Elder Clifford is serving a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Mexico Guadalajara East from August of 2014 to July of 2016.










E a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to Mexico Guadalajara East from August of 2014 to July of 2016.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Week Eighty Two


No letter from Elder Clifford this week but we did get pictures!!


Sister Egginton posted this picture of Elder Clifford and Elder Suarez on the mission facebook page, they were at a training meeting in Morelia.  She called the video below "Joyous Reunion".  Watch for Elder C being silly near the end.


video








This is the Hernandez family that they are currently teaching.  




He finally bought a guitar!  He is currently living near Paracho, which is know for making the best sounding guitars in Mexico and around the world.





Monday, February 22, 2016

Week Eighty One





This week was awesome! 

A bunch of crazy stuff happened yesterday and I'm super excited to share it all with you guys. First off, before we went to church we passed by an investigators house so that we could bring her to church. When we got there she was out there waiting for us and ready to go. While we walked we talked, and she shared many things with us about her life and her family situation. Her mother is a less active member, and her father isn't around anymore. He doesn't care for her or for her sister and she told us that she doesn't see him as her father. I felt really sorry, but really grateful that I grew up in the family situation that I have. I can't imagine what my life would be if I didn't have the family that I have. She had a wonderful time at church and is planning on coming next week. 

Also, another family of investigators that we are teaching called us late Saturday night and said that they didn't know if they would be able to go to church yesterday because they had a trip to Morelia for their work. Well you can imagine the look of surprise that I had on my face when the entire family walked into the chapel. The father walked up to me smiling and said, we decided not to go because we feel that this is more important. After church we had a great lesson with them and they are now set on being baptized for the 12 of march. It was a really great experience. 

Other than that 2 less active members that we have been teaching came to church out of no where and at this point I was shocked to the point that I couldn't even speak. These people haven't gone to church in years and out of nowhere they just decided to go. If that had been my Sunday I would have been more than happy, but it doesn't stop there. 

On the way to the food appointment, I round the corner with my comp and the family that was going to give us food to eat, and right there at the end of the street was my best member friend from Acambaro, Josafat!! We saw each other and it was like what no way!! What are you doing here?? I guess his brother is getting married to the sister who gave us our meals daughter and the whole family came to visit. I couldn't believe that I was able to see them again after such a long time! It was definitely a great blessing for me and I couldn't believe that so much happened in one day. 

If there is anything I learn from this its just always work your hardest and be really grateful always and the blessings will come. Such a crazy day. 

Hope you all have a great week. Ill be looking for funny stories because I haven't shared one in a while!

Elder Clifford

Elder Clifford, Josafat and Elder Suarez


Elder Suarez hit the year mark!



Elder Clifford wrote "A dog pretty much died on my feet."  Hoping he's kidding!


 Taretan



Taretan


Monday, February 15, 2016

Week Eighty




Good afternoon family! 

I hope that you have had a great week. 

This week I do not have very much to say. But I do have a few invitations..... I invite you to watch and discuss the talk called The Opportunity of a Lifetime by an Elder Waddell. (you can read that talk or watch it here)  It's a great a talk and I feel that it would be a great opportunity to discuss Caleb, Cameron and Carter's thoughts on serving missions. It's time to start preparing. In all honesty, something that is as important as serving a mission is preparing to serve a mission. Looking back, I wish that I had done a better job. That I had been less worldly. That I had studied more. But my mission has still had a wonderful impact on my life, and I know that my influence can help other people to experience the same. Invite my brothers to begin preparing for a mission. I will be here to give support. 

This week was a wonderful week. One experience that we had shows the importance of prayers of faith. We are currently teaching a family of golden investigators. I think I told the story recently, but they are a family of 6, and they are accepting the gospel at an amazing rate. They came to church this week, and the whole time I was praying that they would have a good experience, and that the ward would support and help them. Well, when they got to church, I decided to not worry about it and put it out of mind and focused on teaching. Well church went well and afterwards we taught them a lesson with our ward mission leader. They had a wonderful time and couldn't believe how great they had felt. The father of the family shared with us that he had prayed the day before and received an answer to his prayers. He was expecting some kind of crazy answer, but he didn't receive it. While he still knelt in prayer he could not doubt that he had received an answer of yes. It was a very humbling experience, and they are now fully committed. I think it is important that each of us experiences the same on a kind of regular basis. That we can discover and rediscover the simple truths of the gospel. I invite you all to pray to know that this church is true. I don't care if you've done it before. Just do it again. I know that you will receive an answer and that answer could just change your life and the lives of those that surround you. 

Have a great week everyone!

Elder Clifford


 We did a service project of painting.



 This is how we protect the pizza from cockroaches in the night time.



Giant lemons that a member brought from an orchard where he works.



Monday, February 8, 2016

Week Seventy Nine



Hello family! 

I hope that you have had a great week! This week was a really fantastic week! We've been working non stop and honestly I've never had this many investigators since my first area in my mission. Each morning when we pray to be led to the people who are searching for the gospel it seems like we are finding them. It's insane but I'm super happy to see so many blessings. 

One of the great experiences we had took place in Taretan! We can only visit once a week because like I said its kind of far away and there's almost no way to plan for it. But the members there need our help so we try to go as often as possible. Well this week we went and we sat down with the Branch President and talked about the branch's needs and how we could help. He told us his plans he had made and we checked our watches and realized that we had like an hour before it was time to go home. We asked him if he knew anyone that we could teach that lived close to there since its kind of hard to find people to teach in the pueblo. He told us that he had a brother in law that never liked to listen to the missionaries and that had always said no, but that if we wanted he would ask if him if he would like to meet with us. Well his son ran to the guys house and next thing you know we were there teaching him. It was a great lesson and he committed to be baptized in March. I learned from this experience that it doesn't hurt to be direct or to ask sometimes. Afterwords they got some coconuts off their tree, and cut them open and we drank coconut and then we ate the insides. Never done that before but it was awesome haha! 

I will be studying the second Article of Faith among other things this week!

Be well!

Elder Clifford








 


Monday, February 1, 2016

Week Seventy Eight




Happy Lunes to the family! 

I hope that you have all had a great week! This week was a pretty great week. 

We had many experiences and saw many miracles! One of those was learning by the spirit! Its hard sometimes to admit or learn or see that the spirit is the real teacher here. Sometimes as a teacher I just want to talk and talk and talk and say all of the things that I know but honestly its not about that. Its all about the preparation that one puts into the teaching first off. You have to study hard, the people you are teaching have to study hard, and then you have to create a spiritual place where the spirit can touch the hearts of those present. Then you need some good interaction. You've gotta get everyone involved and participating, meditating the things that are being said. I probably won't say anything very important right, but what's important, is that they recognize the things that they are learning from what I do say. That they share them, so that others may learn and that they can then see that they are receiving spiritual impressions. Then you have to invite them to act upon what they have felt. If I want someone to change I need to invite them very specifically to change. If I want them to do something, it must be said specifically. Afterwords you've gotta check and see how it went. But either way, the spirit will do things in the way he will do things. There is no special checklist to have the spirit present in your life, or in your lessons or anywhere really. But if we humbly and hopefully invite him, willing to receive and act, he will come. I hope that this is applicable as it is what I felt like writing this week. 

Have a good week and don't do stupid things! 

Love you guys,

Elder Clifford



The pictures are from a pday trip they made to Barranca del Cupatitzio National Park right there in Uruapan.  It sounds amazing.  It is in the northwestern part of the city and completely surrounded by city development.  There is a permanent mercado, where they sell all kinds of touristy things as well as street corn and tacos.  The water is the Cupatitzio River, whose name means the river who sings.  Elder Clifford said it was so beautiful there and an incredible park.