Week 66

Hola!

This has been a great week. We had our first official week in Teo and it was good. We saw some serious miracles and found a seriously prepared investigator. I pray every single night that we will be able to baptize in this little town. It’s been a long time since that happened… I know it can happen.
This week in church we had 11 there! it was awesome because I got to share like an 11 minute testimony to try and take up some time. The spirit was there and it was a great meeting. It doesn’t matter where we are. It doesn’t matter how many people are there. This is the true church of Jesus Christ and the spirit will always be there to testify of the truth. I love it.
I loved the Christmas devotional…. It was fantastic. I loved the messages. I loved the talk by Dieter F Uchtdorf. I learned a lot. It’s really important that we really love the people and not just say that we do. There is a lot to be learned and a lot to change everyday to be able to really show the love of Christ to all of the people. I need to be better!!
This week we will have a Leadership training in Guadalajara with all of the leaders from the whole mission. Zone Leaders, District Leaders and Sister Training Leaders. I’m really excited to see a lot of friends and to learn from great and inspired leaders.
This month is going to be full of activities. I love Christmas time. I love it. I love all of the activities we have planned and we are excited to work all the time that we have. The only hard thing is that we aren’t going to have the time we normally would in our areas due to all of the crazy activities.
I think the highlight of the week has been the 5 new missionaries in our zone. They all come from different places and it is so so cool to see them all in a new world. They all speak different types of Spanish and they all have great desires. I think the best thing I have been able to realize is how much I have changed personally. I remember some of the things I thought or said or felt at the beginning of my mission and I see where I am now and I am not the same person. It has been funny to watch a lot of this young missionaries arrive full of desires to work but also not wanting to change or do the hard things. I realize that I was probably the same way but the mission really does just break you down and mold you into who the Lord needs you to be. What a blessing it is to be able to share the restored gospel on a daily basis. I hope that we can do that always through our example if not our words… both of those things would be best haha. I love you all and hope you have a great week.
Elder Cuff

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Week 65-“We might not realize it but the feelings that keep us nice and toasty throughout the cold winter are the little rays of Christs light that we let shine through us.”

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This week has been fantastic. The highlights are two. Transfers and a Seventy.
Last week an area seventy came to visit our district. The place was packed and his teachings were great. He started by inviting us to ask any questions we wanted. ANY. There were a lot of great questions but he didn’t answer any… we were all wondering what the heck he was doing. He proceeded to tell us that he was going to teach us and that we would all get the answer we needed. He started teaching the parable of the prodigal son. He broke it down in a way that I had never seen or heard and the spirit filled that place. It was a super cool experience. There was a part where he called my comp and I up in front of everyone and asked them all why we were there… a lot of people answered and gave some great answers. But then he shared a scripture about how every time we preach the gospel we receive a forgiveness of our sins. He said these Elders are here so that you can preach the gospel with them and be forgiven of your sins. He told them that they were all fulllll of sins. So that was awesome. It was a super spiritual meeting. I loved it.
Later in the week we had transfers. We really weren’t expecting anything, but we both got transferred….TOGETHER. That just was not expected. We got called to open up an brand new area that hasn’t had missionaries in 4 years. Its quite a transfer but its exciting. There is a tiny little house of prayer and about 8 people go to church. Its going to be an adventure. It’s a little far from the rest of the zone, so we will be traveling tons to fulfill all of our responsibilities. It is going to be super fun. We have already seen miracles. We found a house and two new people to teach in our first day there so that is good, exciting stuff.
This week December starts. That means the Light the World will be in full swing. The spirit that the activities bring is incredible. Just watching the videos fills you with a desire to be a better person and to work harder. That is the light of Christ. That is what is really is that we look for in this Christmas season. We all look forward to gifts, parties, traditions… but if we look right down to the core of all of these things it is the light of our Savior that drives it all. We might not realize it but the feelings that keep us nice and toasty throughout the cold winter are the little rays of Christs light that we let shine through us. I know that this Christmas initiative is special. I know that there is nothing that will brighten the holidays like Christs light. Let it shine through you. Participate in this years initiative. Share the videos and give service. I promise that it will be an unforgettable experience if you do. I love you all!

Feliz Navidad.
Elder Cluff

Week 64-“Not as long as you’re livin under my roof!”

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This has been quite the week.
We started by getting word that Mariana’s sweet little mother is not on board with the whole baptism thing. She said that as long as she lived under her mothers roof she could not be baptized. The hard thing is that Mariana doesn’t need permission..But she doesn’t want to ruin things with her family. We can’t talk to her anymore or her mom will have a fit. It’s safe to say that Satan does not want baptisms here in Ciudad Guzman… We will have to see what we can do with Mariana.
We had a good week, it seemed to go by a little slow after all of that business, but we are working hard and working through it.
This week we spent really planning a zone conference. It was super cool. I received some serious revelation in a really clear way. It was such a cool experience. We were just working hard to get everything ready and it was a little stressful but it was a super spiritual experience. We presented a great teaching and we were really able to grab everybody’s attention. It was awesome.
Today we had a super fun Pday. We went with a member to a little village called Tapalpa. They call it the magic city. It is really cool: Everything is painted and built the same and it’s all cobblestone. We also went a little further to some giant rocks in the middle of nowhere. We had a super fun time with this brother. His name is Abraham and he just got here from Utah with his wife and two kids. He is really excited about the church. His wife is a recent convert and they are working towards the temple. It’s really exciting to watch them. They love to be with us and they do tons for us. I love the tons.
This week we have transfers. We are expecting quite a few transfers in the zone, but we feel like we will be staying together. 26 missionaries will be coming on Monday… 26. That almost never happens and the mission will be changing.
I’m loving the work and I’m growing everyday. I’m thankful to be here. I’m learning and loving it. I’m thankful for this time of year that is coming up. I’m thankful for the Savior and all He does for us. I’m grateful for this Gospel and the knowledge I have of who I am, why I’m here, and where I am going. I love you all and hope you guys have a great week!!
Elder Cluff

Week 63-“This mission is amazing and guided by revelation and I trust in every word our president speaks to us.”

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This week has been a great one. We got to have some exchanges, we had a baptismal interview, and we taught Mariana.
The other companionship had been working with a great investigator for the last few weeks. I got to interview him and he was all set for his baptism. Well on Thursday he disappeared. We are not quite sure where he is at, but he didn’t get baptized to say the least. Poor guy. He was actually really progressing. We heard from his sister that the last time she saw him he was leaving with his backpack on and a tub of coffee caressed in his loving arms. We just haven’t been able to get a hold of him. The elders are bummed, but all is well in Zion.
The best of the week has been that we have been able to meet with Mariana a few times and her baptism is set for this Friday. She is really excited. She still hasn’t told her mom, but she says she is getting baptized either way.. She really wants to tell her mom but it just scares her a lot. We want her to tell her mom because we want to teach her whole family!! We will see how it goes.
I got to work with Elder Koyle for a day this week. I love that guy. It’s been a long time since we worked together. We found 2 new people and set a date with both of them!! It was a miracle to find them. We were talking to the older lady, Maria, on her porch and she was just kind of like oh come back another day, but we didn’t stop talking. Out of nowhere she was just like, “you know what come on in and teach me.” Her son was also there and he understood reallyyyy well. It was a great lesson and a miracle to see the spirit touch her and let us in.
The coolest miracle that we saw this week we saw as a zone. So last mission council we talked a lot about finding. President Clayton told us he wanted to double the number of new investigators we are finding. As a zone we normally find around 25 new investigators a week. This week we saw miracle after miracle and ended with 61 new investigators in one week. It is so cool to take what President teaches us, teach it to the zone, trust in it, put it into practice, and literally see the fulfillment of his promises. This mission is amazing and guided by revelation and I trust in every word our president speaks to us. How could I deny it when it is happening right before my eyes?
I just love being out here. I want to be better. The mission just really exposes your flaws and it’s awesome cause you actually want to do something about it. It’s super motivating being out here. I’m glad I have to chance to be out here. It’s humbling and such a blessing. GO ON A MISSION.
Well to finish this weekly update.. ‘Ive got to drop that shout out to the parentals. 23 years of marriage.. that is a feat. I cant even handle being with myself 24/7 and I’m not even 20.. How they have done it I know not, but I’m thankful. Also happy birthday to my dad. Don’t go grey on me. Love you man.
Have a good week everyone. Love you all!

Elder Cluff

Week 62-“The best way to have a week full of blessings is being obedient and watching the blessings flow!”

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This week has been great and it has flown by!! We have had a crazy week. We had to be inside at 5pm on Tuesday for Halloween, so we didn’t get to work to much on Tuesday. We went to Guadalajara for an outstanding mission council. I loved it. It was so good and focused on the needs of the mission. We applied what we learned and saw immediate results Thursday morning. We had to be inside at 3pm on Thursday for Day of the Dead. It was a good time with the other Elders but really we just didn’t get to work so that was a bummer. But we did get to have exchanges in Sayula and it was a great time. We found a lot of new investigators and worked really hard. We had successful exchanges and met our goals.

Today we have had a super fun Pday. We went bowling. Today I picked up a 13 pound ball and rolled it down the slippery lanes of Guzman for the first time in 14 months haha. I am just enthralled. I bowled a poor game, but the important thing is that I have a testimony of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately with all the business we have not been able to see Mariana this week. We have been in contact, but tomorrow morning we have an appointment with her and we are excited for that. There should be a baptism super soon.
I’ve started getting into the bible a lot more this week and I enjoy it. I love a lot of the scriptures and how you can use the Old Testament, New Testament, and Book of Mormon to clear things up and understand everything. The scriptures are so powerful.
Like I said, we have had a productive week, but not a ton went down, but it was a really good week and I am happy with what we accomplished.
One other thing that happened this today…. we had lunch with a New Zelander!! We spoke all English and we have an appointment to teach him on Wednesday!! It’ll be really cool. He has met a lot of Mormons and he is excited to talk to us. Cool experiences every week.
I love you all and hope that this week is full of blessings. The best way to have a week full of blessings is being obedient and watching the blessings flow! Pray for strength to be obedient and strength for me too!! Have a good week!
Elder Cluff

Week 61-“I feel a desire to study everyday and I hope that that never changes.”

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It’s been a really fun week. We got to go on divisions with the assistants! It was really fun because we went to a little tiny village where there is a branch. We are supposed to go once every two weeks. I hadn’t been yet but it was really fun. We spent the entire day talking to everybody that we could. Everyone was really friendly and would talk to us. We saw lots of miracles. We always see miracles. It’s my favorite thing as a missionary. We see soooo many miracles daily. The problem is recognizing them. Sometimes we think that it was just something little or a coincidence but nooo. Miracles.
We got to have a couple good lessons with Mariana. She is progressing really well. She is fasting today for the words to say to her mom and that her mom will take the news well. (about her baptism and her listening to us.) Shes one of those golden investigators.
This week we haven’t been able to find too many new investigators but we are hanging in there and we will find people that are ready. I’m sure of it.
This week is going to be busy as can be. We are going to have to go to Guadalajara for mission council tomorrow and Thursday through Sunday we are going to be working in different areas. We will be all over the place but that’s kinda what makes the mission fun, so we are looking forward to it.
A new family from Utah moved into our branch this week. They are working to be sealed right now and it makes me so happy. I got to teach the Gospel Principles class this week and it just happened to be about eternal marriage, their first week here. It was so great to meet them and talk about eternal families with them. They will be a great addition to our branch!
I can’t believe it’s already November. The time is just slipping by! It’s crazy. But the good news is it’s basketball season. So that’s a blessing.

I love being a missionary. It seems like I love it more all the time. I have been more into my studies the last few weeks and I’m loving them. I definitely feel a desire to study everyday and I hope that that never changes. I love being able to talk to my companion about what we have studied. It’s awesome to learn from each other. So shout out to my future eternal companion. Start studying. That was definitely a missionary sentence but I’m not ashamed. I hope everyone has a great week . Love you all

Elder Cluff

Week 60-“I love being a missionary. I wouldn’t take back this decision for anything.”

Week 59-“I have been able to make some stellar promises this week. The Spirit is so strong when we do. If we do it with complete faith, we know that God will honor our words.”

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This week has been super good, and probably the busiest of my entire mission! I loved it. We started of the week going to do a baptismal interview in a different area, so that took away our entire afternoon of work in our area, but it was a great experience and I loved it.                                                                                                                                                          The next day, Wednesday, we left after lunch to Guadalajara to attend a family night for the Zone Leaders. It was awesome. Elder Mora and I ate at our favorite restaurant and then we went to the offices to the family night. It was so sweet to see all of the leaders of the mission. It really was a great atmosphere. We had a training from the assistants, and everybody participated and it was a great, spiritual night. We had some moneyyy tacos for din btw.                                                                                                                                        Thursday morning we all bounced from the offices to our Mission Council. It was absolutely fantastic. Sister Clayton killed it as normal. I could listen to her all day. She was a seminary teacher for years so she really knows what shes doing. President hit some great points as well. The assistants taught for a sec as well and it was great. Even though everyone prefers to listen to President and Sister Clayton, we have to give a little time to the assistants too. The best part about all of council is what we have seen since. Elder Mora and I have put to the test what they taught us and we have had a stellar week, even though we haven’t been in our area a lot. We saw so many direct miracles from applying what we learned.                                                                                                Friday we got back to our area in the morning and went to work. We found a new investigator and walked a ton. It was a good day.                                                                       Saturday I had to go to one area and my comp to another for baptisms. We had 2 as a Zone this week which is awesome because our Zone has been baptizing every week! How exciting.                                                                                                                                          Sunday was a great day and I was able to meet a lot of the members and give my testimony in church. I love this branch, it’s the biggest I’ve been in.                                         I feel really content and happy this week. I feel a sense of satisfaction because we have been working and teaching. We learned a lot about promises in our council and I have been able to make some stellar promises this week. The Spirit is so strong when we do. If we do it with complete faith, we know that God will honor our words. What a special blessing that is. I love this work. I feel more of a love for it now than I ever have. I love it and I’m thankful to be a part of it. I don’t have a lot of time to give it my all everyday, so these two  years are special. I hope everyone has a great week and that you can all recognize the many blessings that we receive daily. I love you all!!! Have a good week.

Elder Cluff

PS if any of you were wondering, Elder Koyle and I laugh every night, all night long. Super happy to be with him again.

Week 58-“Heavenly Father really loves us and blesses us. I feel his love today. “

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This week was awesome! I got to go to temple!! I haven’t been in a year and it was such an amazing feeling to be there and be able to go back after so long!! I miss it. It was a good reminder to go as often as I can when I get home.                                                          We got back to our area and we were in trio for a couple of days because an elder from our district finished his mission. It was a fun couple of days. We had a couple of great lessons, neither of which were planned so that’s a blessing. I love blessings.                           This week we had transfers. I really wasn’t expecting transfers, but I got transferred to a new area called Ciudad Guzman. It is awesome here. It is the coolest zone in the mission because it is up in the mountains and it rains all the time. I’m gonna have to buy a sweater. Who would have thought?                                                                                              We live in a house that used to be the house of prayer and is owned by the church. It’s huge. It has tons of rooms and bathrooms. It has a little room with weights and stuff and it has a basketball court out back!! It’s sweet. I’m excited. I think the coolest part is that we live with Elder Morales and Elder Koyle. Us three were in a trio for a week once and it was super fun. I love Elder Koyle. We were together for a long time and I’m excited to be with him again. We aren’t comps. But we live together. Even better:)                                       My companion is Elder Mora. He is from Mexico City. We were friends before so I’m really excited. He has told me that there are a few progressing investigators here so we will see. I’m really excited. We will be serving as Zone Leaders together so we will get to work a lot with other missionaries which I love. I don’t have a lot to say this week, but I’m sure next week I will have all sorts of news. I love you all and I’m thankful for all of the prayers on my behalf, I feel them and I am thankful for them. Heavenly Father really loves us and blesses us. I feel his love today. What a blessing. Have a great week!

Elder Cluff

Week 57 -“We taught a family how to communicate with God. How important is that?? What a blessing it is to be an instrument in the Lords hand.”

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This week was great. I loved it. I learned a lot. I prepared specific questions before conference and I was able to get an answer to each one. Its amazing how a very General Conference can be very personal. I love revelation.                                                        Yesterday we had interviews with President. They were great. We also had a training from Sister Clayton. It was also great. I love being with them. I wish it was more common.                                                                                                                                                  I had a few crazy experiences this week. We have an investigator that we have been helping quit drinking. He has 11 days without alcohol and I’m supper happy for him. Last appointment as we finished we asked him to pray. He has prayed before, but he always gets nervous and doesn’t want to. We finally convinced him and we invited him to pray kneeling. We explained the steps again and we listened. He started praying and the spirit filled the room. He prayed for like 3 minutes. He prayed from the heart. He was saying thank you and asking for blessings. I was praying as he prayed for him to be able to remember all of the steps and to feel something. As he finished he closed the prayer perfectly in the name of Jesus Christ, which doesn’t happen very often. It was an incredible experience. As he prayed for a short time, I had an eternity of thoughts running through my mind. I was overwhelmed with love. This family is sooo poor. The poorest family I have met. They have a million problems.. Everything is so dysfunctional. The chances of them making it to baptism are very very thin, but that’s okay. The thoughts that I had were that it’s okay if they dont get baptized. We have helped them recognize the light of Christ. They have felt Gods love. They dont learn very well, but we have taught them how to pray. If we dont help them doing anything else, if I dont teach another lesson in my entire mission I am content with what I have been able to help with here in Cocula. We taught a family how to communicate with God. How important is that?? What a blessing it is to be an instrument in the Lords hand. I love my mission, even though it’s hard. I love teaching the gospel, even though people dont accept. I love God, even though I fall short.                                                                                                              I know that God loves us and that we are his children. He wants us to make good choices and he will always be there to help us do that. I know that Jesus is our Redeemer, and that he died so that we can live. I know that Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restoration, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Lords Kingdom here on Earth.

Have a good week!!!
Elder Cluff