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, December 29, 2014

Week Twenty One

(picture from our skype!!)
(this was his "I'm trying to figure out what was just said and how to reply in English" look!)

So not a lot happening this week. I’ve got some really great investigators but like always I just need some more time with them.

Great experience of the week….. I’d have to say that Christmas was a great experience. It’s really different to spend Christmas alone but I’d have to say that it was my favorite Christmas of all time. I didn’t have any special dinner. I didn’t spend any time with my family, but it just felt like a really special day. We left for our district meeting in the morning and it was a blast. Everyone bought candy and a piñata and we just went ham on the piñata. After we went to an investigators house and had dinner and taught a lesson with him. He’s a really great guy and his only doubt right now is the Book of Mormon. He said that he didn’t have a clear answer that its true and he wants a clearer answer. Well, his brother totally grilled him and was like no we don’t need to see an angel we don’t need a huge experience with it, part of this process is showing our faith to God and He will give us an answer. It was a lot deeper than that short description but that went on for around 15 minutes and it was really powerful. So now were just waiting for his next interview.

Let’s see. Funny experience of the week….. I’d have to say talking with my family was the funniest experience. I had to turn off the Spanish hahaha. It was really weird because I haven’t actually had a conversation other than sending emails every week in English in a long time. I can’t imagine how bad my English is going to be by the end of two years. But yeah let’s just say that it was a little bit eye opening!

Hope all is well and that you all have a good new year! Make good choices!

Elder Clifford

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Elder Clifford Christmas 2014 skype

Here is a tiny portion of our skype with Elder Clifford!!

Christmas Skype

Elder Clifford's family really enjoyed skyping with him and seeing how happy he is!  It was the best Christmas present ever!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Week Twenty

Elder Clifford's zone, picture taken Friday, December 19th.

So this week was a bit different but goodish. Most of our investigators are progressing really well. We can’t quite get them to go to church yet but we're working on it. We should see some baptisms in January so get excited for that. But yeah all is well here in Mexico.

This week I did a lot of study on the characteristics of Christ in chapter 6 of pme. It’s a really great chapter and you should check them out because they help a ton. I did a lot of focus on obedience because obedience is one of the most important things we can have as a missionary or member of the church. When we are obedient we’ll have the spirit and we’ll be able to more fully follow his promptings and we’ll be blessed for our obedience in other ways as well. But yeah just a small thought to keep in mind.

Funny story of the week.... hmmmm, not sure if things are just boring here or in just so used to all the weird stuff that it seems normal by now. But let me think for a second…… The other day my comp asked if we ever get to ride buses because he was sick of all the walking we do every day. I laughed and told him that the first time he took the bus that he would love walking more than anything else. He still wanted to take the bus so we did. What happened next is a perfect picture of my last 14 weeks here. We flag down a bus and run to the front to get on. Nope, there’s people packed into the door. Run to the back and get on. I go up one step and my comp is on the last step. Bus driver leaves the doors open and we drive for a few minutes. After about 2 minutes my comp says okay lets walk and we yell at the guy to stop and jump off. Needless to say he felt my pain. I would take pictures of this stuff but yeah probably not.

Merry Christmas have a good week.

Elder Clifford

Monday, December 15, 2014

Week Nineteen

 (Pictures from Presidente and Hermana Camarillo from Elder Nelson's visit during the weekend.)

Greetings from Industrial 2!!!

Things are going great here!! I’ll start it all off talking about Christmas. It totally doesn’t feel like we’re coming up on Christmas or this is the Christmas season. I don’t know if it’s the lack of snow or because of some other reason but yeah. Either way I like the way that this Christmas feels. I’ve focused so much more on Christ and the true meaning of Christmas this year than any other year in my life. I don’t think I ever really thought about what Christmas really is before the mission.  But yeah, it’s probably like that for everyone.

Anyway things are going great as to the work. We set a couple new baptismal dates for January and we are really making some good progress with some of our investigators. Like I said before, if I could carry these guys to church I would haha. It’s like when I was in elementary, probably high school as well, and my mom would force me to go to school. Eventually they absorb what we teach them about church and the Sabbath day and why it’s actually important but usually they just say they understand then have other things that they need to do come Sunday. This week we should be holding the baptism for one of our investigators. She’s definitely ready. She’s already a member she just actually needs to be baptized and become a member and all that. But yeah it’s been really great to teach someone who is so eager and willing to learn and do all of the things that she is taught. She is so happy to follow the commandments and asks tons of good questions. Either way I’m crazy excited.

Funny experience of the week... totally had a dream in like half Spanish. Everyone in the dream was speaking English and I would answer in Spanish. I have no idea why but it was crazy funny and made no sense. Also I was making omelettes for breakfast this week and I just hear this screaming from Elder Escobar in the shower. I ran like the 2 steps that it takes to run across our house and was all freaked out and like dude what happened. And he opens the door and is just like, we ran out of hot water man. And he just slowly closes the door with one eye staring at me through the door the whole time. Kinda weird but really funny because I know the feeling.

We went to Tlaquepaque today and bought these huge burgers so I guess that was fun.  One time this dog followed us around for like 2 hours that was kind of funny. He would just wait outside of appointments for us and then keep following us.

Elder Nelson came and spoke to us this weekend.  He just kind of animated us and gave us some stuff to study in the Spanish guide for the scriptures, but it was good and funny. He looks dang good for being 90 years old! I want to be in that shape at 90!

But all is well here in Industrial. I’m hoping my baptism planned for Saturday actually happens. I’m praying and working hard for it. I know it’s going to happen but it will be hard to say the least. Either way this would be the best Christmas present I ever got.

Anyways, hope this week goes well for all of you. Remember to be member missionaries and all that and feed the missionaries if you can. Hopefully they appreciate food from members as much as I do. Well sometimes haha. But yeah see ya.

Elder Clifford

Monday, December 8, 2014

Week Eighteen

Greetings from Industrial!! So I didn’t have cambios this week!! Unfortunately Elder Sanchez did have cambios. It was so great to be trained by Elder Sanchez and I will forever be grateful for the example he has given me here in the mission. We did a lot of work here and while our companionship didn’t end up having very much tangible success, I still am grateful for everything we experienced together. Now onto my new comp. His name is Elder Escobar, he is from El Salvador. Haha I was joking around that at this rate I will go the whole two years without a comp from Mexico. But all is well here. He seems like a great missionary and I can’t wait to work with him for the next 6 weeks. He only has 3 transfers left in his mission so there’s a lot that I hope to learn from working with him. I’m a little tired because we were up till 1 in the morning packing and stuff and then I had to go to the bus terminal to pick up my new comp.

This week was really great for me. It was also a bit eye opening for me. The whole week I worked as hard as I could because I didn’t want to leave Industrial without a little bit of success or good memories. Towards the end of the week I realized the huge mistake I had made. I should have been working that hard for all 12 weeks that I had been here, but it was only the threat of transfers that really pushed me to work as hard as I could. Honestly, I don’t want that feeling again. Not once in my mission. I don’t want to look back on a transfer and say wow we really didn’t get very much done. So that was a really eye opening deal for me. Another thing I’ve noticed is that I’ve become a lot more direct of a person. I used to be afraid of talking to people but I learned really fast that I have to talk to people or they won’t progress. And it’s not only talking with them but it’s also voicing what I want and saying everything that I need to say. This week was great though.

So Christmas down here is kinda the same except for the food they eat. They eat special foods and stuff like that. But yeah they do trees and some people do Christmas lights. One thing I’ve seen that is crazy is that people will wrap their entire front door in wrapping paper. I’ll take a picture next time I see it.

Now for the funny story:  Saturday night we were ending planning and I heard this thing run across the floor. I immediately knew that it was a mouse. So we stealthily began hunting it. We hatched an ingenious plan to kill it and then we set to work. Basically both of us ran around the house with brooms swinging everywhere trying to kill it. We finally got it when Elder Sanchez kicked it into a grocery bag and I hit it like a baseball. It flew across the room and smacked into the wall and then it died. But yeah that was my exercise for the week.

Hope all is well back at home or wherever you are and I hope things continue to go well. Have a good week.

Elder Clifford

Monday, December 1, 2014

Week Seventeen


Okay so I’m back in action, I was sick for a little while there but I’m totally better now.

So this week was pretty fast to be honest. Time is just flying here in the mission. But yeah so let’s get down to business. This week I was totally studying about my favorite scripture hero Ammon. Basically I got a lot out of it. I mean he had a lot of trials right?? He had to freakin chop peoples arms off or he was going to die. That makes my missionary work look a lot easier to be honest. But yeah like he not only was awesome but he really served the king. Maybe we need to serve people more in order to see success like Ammon did. Just small thoughts but yeah.

Anyways this week was alright. Only 1 investigator attended church but the bright side is that she has gone 4 times now and she loves it. She says she believes the church is true and is excited to get baptized. Well I’m excited for her. But wait……. my Clifford Luck sensors are tingling... this week I end my training and there is a good, well average, chance that I will totally have cambios. If I have cambios I’ll have to miss her baptism and also my awesome confience investigators baptisms. But anyways I’m keeping positive about it. Even if I don’t get to see their baptisms in person I’ll always take joy away from the fact that I got to teach them the gospel and help them learn and all of that stuff. But yeah well see.

 I don’t have a funny story again. Well kinda. I want to talk about food this week. It’s obviously the big deal. But anyways this week I had pickle water and carrot water and I’m not going to lie to you guys, it’s gross. That’s all I’ve got, I’m sorry. Also I totally had menudo this week and I don’t know what to think of it. It was kind of good but it had a really weird texture. Oh and another thing, I had some menos activos who totally tried to make me drink their Mormon coffee as they called it. They said it looks like coffee, that it tastes like coffee, but it isn’t coffee. Sorry peeps but I’m not taking any chances, I drink enough weird stuff as it is.

But yeah that’s all I got for this week.

Hope all is well. Hope Thanksgiving rocked. Have a good one.

Elder Clifford