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, April 18, 2016

Week Eighty Nine

Brother Hernandez (who Elder C and his companion baptized last month) baptized his daughter last week!!!!

Good day to you!! 

I hope you guys have had a great week. This week was a really wonderful week and we were able to have a lot of funny and great experiences. We got to go on divisions one of the days and we got to have interviews with the President! I love interviews because I always leave feeling super energized and ready to take on the world. It was short and quick, but I got to wait a while for my interview and I kind of got to take a minute and see how all of the missionaries would go in, and how they would leave afterward. Lots of them would go in super nervous. I think that happens to everyone. You never really know what to expect. And then time would pass and some were longer than others but everyone always leaves the same. Everyone leaves happy and a lot more positive. That is the effect of a great mission president, I think any mission president. 

Our divisions were super funny. We were running all over the place and my comp for the day was super nervous because they were his first divisions ever. I kind of got to see a lot of my first divisions way back in the day to a certain degree. Well actually they sent me out in divisions my first day with another new missionary, but that's a story for another day. We didn't really have a lot of success that day but I think we learned a few key lessons. Patience, hard work, and perseverance. I felt good even though we didn't have a ton of lessons or find a ton of people. I remember that I once went on divisions with a mission leader in my first zone for 3 days, and that guy just tore me apart. He yelled at me, and he told me that I had to talk with more people, he made me talk with around 60 people in the streets in 3 days. All the while, he didn't really give me a great example by his own worth ethic. I left those divisions changed for the better and I thank that Elder not for the things that he tried to teach me, but things that I learned from his example. I vowed from that day that if I ever had to go on divisions with a new missionary that I wasn't going to make his life heck and that I would encourage him with love to overcome the things that scared him. I vowed not to follow that Elder's example. He was a great missionary, and maybe he just got a little bit excited to teach me. But at the end of the day I think that that is the most important way to teach, by the example. Out of all the meetings I've had in my mission, I don't remember very many of the words that have been said, but I do remember the feelings that I've felt and the righteous attributes that other missionaries have shown me. I think that we should all work on being better examples. I will at least. Just some food for thought there. 

I hope that everyone is feeling okay and that you have been able to have spiritual experiences. This week I'm going to be ponderizing Alma 27: 17 and 18. Its a super awesome scripture and I want to experience that type of joy. 

Do good stuff.

Have good weeks.

Elder Clifford

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