Week 13-“I have graven thee on the palms of My hands” If he did that for me I can walk the streets of San Blas with a with a smile on my face.

Hola que tal!

     This week was a good one. I cant decide if time is flying or hardly moving. Time is so weird sometimes.
     Overall this week was great. The hardest thing about the mission so far is when I talk to someone and I bear my testimony in what I feel is great Spanish and I ask them a question and they just stare at me for like 10 seconds and then this phrase comes “casi no entendi” man I hate that and I feel like a loser every time. Haha! it really just sucks.
     One thing I’ve been focusing on a lot this week is taking it one step at a time. It’s hard sometimes because it’s really easy to think about when I get home and what I’m gonna do and stuff but that’s just torturing. Everyone that has ever told me that the mission is hard, told me the truth. I’m learning to take it one step at a time, one day at a time, and one week at a time. Because in all honesty sometimes it just sucks. It’s not fun to walk these streets here, it’s not easy to hear people tell you they dont understand your Spanish, it’s not fun to have nobody to talk to all day. But I absolutely love being a missionary. I absolutely love planning a baptism. I absolutely love seeing our investigators come to church. Gaining 7 new investigators in one day makes it worth it. Having 3 baptisms planned for December makes it worth it. There is so much more good than bad here. I have nothing to complain about. I read a scripture the other day that said something along the lines of “I have graven thee on the palms of My hands” I love that scripture. If he did that for me I can walk the streets of San Blas with a with a smile on my face. I love being a missionary.

     I need to hear some jokes or something though because I haven’t really laughed in about 8 weeks.

     I think my favorite thing about San Blas so far is the members. They are so willing to help us and feed us. It’s awesome. They always hook us up.
     We have a baptism this Saturday and it’s been so cool to see the whole process for the first time. Joselyn is going to be baptized by her husband who we have helped reactivate this last month. They are so strong and it’s cool to see because they are only 22 years old. They have travel about 30 minutes to church every week and they are always there 30 minutes early. It’s awesome.

     I just feel the answers to prayers this week, and I feel very blessed. I’m thankful for the opportunity to be here. My mission president challenged us to read the New Testament throughout December and focus on the life of Jesus. He said that sometimes in our lives when we aren’t feeling the happiness that we want it is because we aren’t studying like we should. I think that’s true and I think that we can all study a little bit harder. I love the idea to read about Jesus this month and I encourage you all to do it too!!

     I know it’s a little bit more serious of an email this week, but that’s alright There are several more weeks for that. Well that’s about it. I hope you all had a good thanksgiving and are in the Christmas spirit. I miss that! Celebrate extra hard for me!

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Week 12-” I’m so happy here, happier than I’ve ever been.”

Hola!

I’m just out here in Mexico straight grinding. The first few weeks in my mission contacting was my least favorite thing. But as I have set goals for myself I have grown to love trying to achieve them. I’m doing so much better at contacting. I even got to play basketball for a little the other day by contacting. It was so good.

     The work here is moving and we are doing better every day. There are tons of little things that make it harder and just suck, but when we get through those things, and have a little bit of success I just love it. I’m so happy here, happier than I’ve ever been. To anyone that doesn’t know if they want to serve or should serve, I promise this joy is what you want. It’s what you want. Its hard, but it’s what you want.
      Well it’s Thanksgiving this week, I hope you all enjoy it, I’ll probably be teaching the restoration somewhere, and there is nothing wrong with that. Thanksgiving isn’t really a big deal here. Watch all the football games for me and eat mad pumpkin pie. I’ve got Kinder Eggs here so I’m good.

     I’m learning Spanish everyday and it’s fun, I’m enjoying it but I just want to know it all already!! But it’s fun to feel the gift of tongues everyday. I think I’ve given 6 or 7 blessings in Spanish since I’ve been here and those are the hardest but the most spiritual. I love it!

     I only have 5 more weeks of training and then I’ll be a veteran. I can’t wait to see what the next weeks bring. I always love splits and stuff cause it’s just a little different from normal days and I get to be with Mexican Elders which I love.

     Tonight we are going to have a couple family home evenings. It should be good I love teaching the families here.

     I’m having a hard time focusing this week because the kid sitting next to me is a FIFA wizard. I’ve never seen anyone this good. Every five seconds I hear GOAALLLL. It’s nuts. Anyway back to the things pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The spirit is so strong, and I love having it all the time. I love to read the Book of Mormon here cause I’m absolutely hooked. I learn so much. I want to invite anyone who has a husband or wife that reads this to make sure you read the scriptures together. I obviously don’t have a wife, but I know if you do that your relationship will strengthen.

     I know this church is true and I’m thankful for these 2 years I get to share it. I hope all of you are receiving the blessings you need. I love you!! and pray for you, please pray for me!

Elder Cluff

Week 11-” I’m glad to hear that Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America and not Crooked Hillary.”


 Bueno!

This week  has been so good. It has been an answer to prayers and a testimony builder. Last Monday I fasted that we would find an investigator to teach and baptize this transfer. I just wanted a little taste of the glory, ya know, to see what it tastes like. Literally the next day we met Yoselin. We were teaching her and we were getting towards the end of the lesson and we asked her that if she prayed and knew our message was true, if she would be baptized. she said yes!  So I asked her how much time she thinks she would need and she said “hmm about a week” and I was like woah wow! Haha.  But we have a rule that the investigators need to attend church 5 times. So we set a date for the 3rd of December. What a miracle. My testimony of the fast is so much stronger than before.                                        I will be staying here in San Blas to finish my training. We will see what happens after that. I’m excited about it though I like it here a lot.

    I had divisions with the Zone Leaders this week. I was with Elder Ruiz. yesss. I love being with the Mexicans. they love to learn English and it helps me with Spanish. My favorite Elder finished his mission today. Elder Flores. He gave me a lot of good advice, and I learned a lot from him.

     I’m glad to hear that Donald Trump is the President of the United States of America and not Crooked Hillary. Either way I’m glad I’m in Mexico for 2 years. I might get to help build the wall for service or something. We’ll see.

    Everything is super good here in San Blas. I had a freaking good Piña Colada the other day. Imma need some more of that before I go.
     Keep Praying for me, thanks for all the prayers so far. I love Mondays and I’m pretty bummed it’s already over.

     Yo se que Jesucristo vive y nos ama. Yo se que la oracion es muy poderoso. Yo se que esta iglesia es verdadera y hay mucho gozo cuando seguimos los mandamientos. Yo se que Jose Smith fue una profeta de dios. Yo he orado y he recibido una respuesta. Les amo, tengan una buena semana!

Elder Cluff

Week-10″ I know that through faith we can do anything.”

Hola!
 
This week flew by and it was a good one. I got to go to Guadalajara which was so nice. The weather was a treat.
Well is our country in shambles or what? Who’s the new president?
I’m extremely happy to hear the Cubs are the champs. Totally enthralled about that. Its a mission blessing for sure.
Hmm we are seeing blessings here, and hopefully we can capitalize on some of them and have some baptisms. I think we can. I’ve really strengthened my testimony about fasting already and I know it works and helps. Like anything else, it has to do with faith. I know that through faith we can do anything. 
Everyday I can understand more and more Spanish. Its so fun to learn and I’m loving it. I can pretty much say whatever I want or find away around it. I really want to have great grammar so my biggest challenge is that. My companion has awful grammar so I try not to copy him which is also a challenge.
Mexicans are awesome. Not gonna lie I wasn’t a huge fan before the mish. But man I love them they are the best. So humble and kind and patient with a gringo like myself. They love to hear about all of you guys and I love to tell them.
I can feel the spirit so much and that’s my favorite part of the mission so far. Its up to us how much we want to feel the spirit. It is our actions and our thoughts that decide if we can have the spirit or not. I know its much harder in a world where it’s not the center of what you do all day but I challenge all of you to try everyday to focus on feeling the spirit a little bit more, and I promise you you will be blessed.
Sorry it’s a little short this week, but I know that Jesus Christ lives, and that’s as much as you guys need.
I love you all!
Elder Cluff
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