Jackson’s testimony for our wards Christmas Program

 

  • I have been able to study a lot about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ this
    month. I feel a newfound closeness to him that I haven’t felt before and it makes
    me want to be better. It’s often easy to get caught up in thinking about ourselves
    and our own interests, but when we think about Jesus Christ and his example,
    we recognize that His thoughts were never centered on Himself. There are
    countless stories of Him, setting aside His own comfort to heal and bless others.
    We can best feel the love of the Savior, and have the pure love of Christ by
    losing ourselves in the service of others.
    I love Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for Him. As a missionary, and as I have
    come to know Him more personally, I feel his love all the time. I can feel him
    helping me through my mission. and as I teach others about Him, I can feel His
    perfect love for them. I know that he loves each one of us so much that He gave
    his life for each of us. Without Him, we are nothing, that is a truth I have come to
    understand. I have learned it for myself and I have seen it in the lives of others.
    Howard W Hunter said, “Without Jesus Christ nothing can go permanently right,
    with Him nothing can go permanently wrong.”
    How wonderful is it that our Heavenly Father has given us the gift of his Son?
    Because of Him, there is always hope; there is always light, and there is always a
    way out. Through our Savior, who loves us so much, we can be forgiven and we
    can be clean. I can’t think of a greater gift or a greater demonstration of love than
    that. Because He died for us, we only have one option. Jesus Christ is the only
    way. I know that as we do our best to become like Him, and give him our all, we
    will receive blessings so much greater than we can imagine. Our families will be
    stronger, our love will be deeper, and our testimonies will become stronger. We
    will be able to make it through all the hardships and temptations we face. He is
    our light and our hope, and our loving brother. This is my testimony in the name
    of Jesus Christ Amen.

 

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Week 17-“Not only am I changing spiritually, but also I’m turning into a Mexican.”

 Hello everyone!!

     I hope everyone had a great Christmas and enjoyed family time. I sure loved talking to my fam. I had a good day here in San Blas and the members were really good to us. We had a great dinner on Christmas Eve. Christmas eve is bigger than Christmas day itself here. But it was a good night and we enjoyed dinner with la familia Gutierrez.
     Christmas day was good. I loved having sacrament meeting, but it was a little weird because it wasn’t really about Christmas haha. But that’s alright I could still feel the Christmas spirit.
     I got to talk to my fam for a little while a little bit later in the day. It was so good to talk to them and we had some good laughs about my companion falling of a bus. haha it was good to laugh with them.
     Some other news is that I am illiterate. I could feel it a little bit but my family really helped me understand clearly that I dont know how to speak English anymore haha. I think it’s kind of cool to be honest. Not only am I changing spiritually, but also I’m turning into a Mexican. Hopefully my uncle Donald Trump will let me come home.  Hahaha everyone here calls him “my uncle”.
     Even more news is that I’m staying in San Blas but I’m going to have a new companion. His name is Elder Hernandez and I’m excited to work with him and learn Spanish faster. I’m also super happy about staying here. I love the people here. The food too. I put a picture of one of my meals last week. So dang good. looks a little gross but I loved it. I love fish. We eat it a lot here. I ate some gianttttt shrimp for lunch today.

     I hope everyone is doing so good. I’m thankful for this time of year when we can focus a little more on Jesus and learn from him. I love what I’ve learned from the New Testament. I really do love the New Testament. But in all honestly I feel a different spirit when I read the Book of Mormon. I love the Book of Mormon. I know its true. I know Joseph Smith translated it through the power of God. We have it today to help us and guide us and I’m so thankful for the lessons I learn each time I open it. I hope you all can gain a personal testimony of the Book of Mormon.

     I love you all and pray for you. I’m thankful for all of you and your prayers. I feel them everyday!

FELIZ NAVIDAD Y PROSPERO AÑO

Elder Cluff

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Week 16-“Sometimes I forget that I’m a missionary until I find myself standing on a chair tying a mini Nerf basketball hoop to the wall.”

Buenas Tardes

   This morning i woke up at about 4:30 laughing so hard. HAHA i had the funniest dream but i cant remember it. I found myself laughing at the fact that this happened all day. But I laughed and that’s the best news.
   Man this week was kind of uneventful. It felt like we did a whole bunch of work and didn’t have any success. But then Sunday rolled around and we had 20 less actives in Sacrament meeting. So that was an answer to prayers and super awesome to see.
   This is the last week of the transfer and Christmas. There are a few Christmas decorations and stuff but for the most part it doesn’t feel a ton like Christmas. I’m on the beach and its hot so I guess that’s expected.
   Ha I’m fairly adjusted to being a missionary and it doesn’t feel like a new thing anymore. In fact sometimes I forget that I’m a missionary until I find myself standing on a chair tying a mini Nerf basketball hoop to the wall. You already know I straight ball every night. One of my mission besties that went home left it for me as my inheritance. So dope. Also just so all of you know, there is a mission veil. It exists. For example. JamestheMormon has a cover of Angels We Have Heard on High and it is so dope. Before the mission that phrase never would have left my mouth. But its dope.
   I’m liking Mexico. Its pretty cool. Coconut water straight from the coco is a major game changer. Heard its good for you too. Who knows.
   I’m learning Spanish tho. Its so fun. I’m looking forward to learning more everyday.
   Well its about Christmas so feliz navidad a todo. I hope everyone enjoys it. Read the New Testamant about all that Jesus did and his sacrifice for us. Take a second to think about why we really have Christmas and try to think of how you can try a little harder to be a little more like Jesus. You’ll find more happiness if you do I promise. I love you all. Hope all is well and everyone has a safe week.
Feliz Navidad!
Elder Cluff
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Week 15-“To whom shall we go”

Week 14-“Everything worked out perfectly for Yoselin to enter the waters of baptism and make covenants with our Heavenly Father”

Hola!
Its been a good week fam. A few days full of canceled appointments and un buen de camino but all is well in San Blas.

On Saturday we had a baptism. We got to the church like an hour early to make sure everything we alright and the font was full and stuff. Well it just so happens that everything wasn’t alright. The font had like an inch of water. So clearly we filled the font with buckets for the full hour before the baptism. BUT of course everything worked out perfectly for Yoselin to enter the waters of baptism and make covenants with our Heavenly Father. It was amazing to see and it was such a special feeling to have my first baptism. I wont forget it.

Man but on Friday we walked all the day long and all of our appointments fell through. We  were on splits with the zone leaders and i was with an elder that likes basketball as much as I do so we had a good time. They days feel like weeks when we don’t have appointments.
Its been raining like crazy here the last 3 days. Its nice cause it’s really cool right now and a lot of the people say it will stay pretty nice until like March. Some of them even say they wear a sweater at night but I really doubt it.
I’ve been jump roping like mad every morning. When I get back I’m going to dunk on all of you. That’s the goal. Heavenly Father is going to help me.
Man I’m learning a ton from the New Testament. I love studying it. Hermana Clayton told me that if I study it hard and write down my feelings about Jesus Christ after. That I will never be the same. That I will tell my friends and family that “I studied the New Testament during the month of Diciembre on my mission and I will never be the same” I think that’s quite the promise. I’m going to finish in December. I’m already learning a ton about my Savior.
Man I’m loving the mission. It’s a blast. It’s hard work but it’s fun. I hope everyone is having a great December! Focus on the Savior and why we really have Christmas. Man I miss home a little during Christmas, especially during the devo last night. It was great wasn’t it?
Pray and Fast for Duke Basketball.
Love you guys
Elder Cluff
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