Week 30- “Prophets of God still live.”

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This could have been the worst week of my mission. But it wasn’t. I started my first week of training a little down. I was feeling a ton of pressure to teach my companion how to be a missionary. It’s been a little hard here in this area because we really don’t have very many investigators at all, so I was stressed about that too. I started thinking about how I didn’t want to be training. I was having a really stressful anxious couple of days. Squirming and shrinking under the pressure of everything, so I decided to pray. (I had already prayed but I decided to really pray) And I didn’t feel anything. I didn’t feel an answer and I didn’t feel help. I wanted to cry in all honesty. But little by little I felt little bursts of happiness and brightness. But in my mind I still hadn’t received my answer. I don’t know exactly what I wanted. But I really started thinking about how selfish I was being. How I wasn’t thinking about anyone else but me. I feel bad that I ever felt that way. And I realized I had been receiving help and answers from Heavenly Father all along. I started thinking about how a lot of the time, we want something specific from our Heavenly Father. We want to see something or feel something or be taken out of whatever situation we are in. Heavenly Father has his plan for us. Sometimes we need to step back and look at the situation, and ask ourselves, “have I already received my answer?” Maybe we haven’t felt anything significant or seen anything amazing, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t received our answer
The week turned into one of the better weeks of my mission. It’s cool being a trainer because you almost do everything yourself. Heavenly Father Blessed us to be able to find 10 new investigators. I felt really blessed. The week turned into an amazing week and I’m very happy and very blessed.
This week I gave my first baptismal interview. It was dope. We had a million problems getting the baptism ready as usual. But it happened and it was a great afternoon.
I’ve been blessed with the gift of tongues this transfer and I’m learning Spanish real quick. I love this language. I love the people here too.
The big changes we had this transfer have been hard, but I’m loving the new zone and district. It’s been fun to meet new people.
I’m super pumped to listen to the apostles and prophet this week. President Clayton gave us a promise that we will receive the answers to our questions and worries. We have to write them down and listen with the spirit, and we will receive what we are looking for. I’m gonna do it. I’m excited to listen to the prophet. It’s the exact same thing as if we were listening to Moses, or Nephi. Prophets of God still live. They are inspired in the same way as the prophets of old were. What a blessing it is to have such a close communication with them.
I’m loving the mission. I’m growing and shaping into the person that Heavenly Father wants me to be. I can see how the mission will help me forever. I know that I am where I need to be, doing what I need to be doing. I love you all.
Elder Cluff

Week 29-“They have to come from their little village and it’s a sacrifice but they do it anyway “

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This week was dope. The last week of the transfer and the baptism of Javier. It was super awesome. I was able to baptize him and I felt the sweetest feeling. He was so happy and couldn’t stop smiling. He is a really expressive person and was really just super excited. It was a great day.

We had transfers yesterday. My comp is leaving to train and open an area and I’m staying to train and be the new District Leader. We had a ton of changes in the zone. I’m really bummed to be honest I loved my district and my zone and my comp. We are gonna  work hard tho and I’m going to grow to love this newness. My comp is from Salem Utah. His name is Elder Koyle. We are pretty different but we are gonna get some work in. I think that it will be a good transfer. The heat for real is gonna start in a month and I’m not excited.
Anyway we had a couple of investigators that want to get baptized come to church this week. We just need them to keep coming so we can baptize them! It’s really awesome because they have to come from their little village and it’s a sacrifice but they do it anyway and I love it.
Well I’m missing march madness. I really thought my team would have a little extra help from the Lord since I’m here grindin in His work, but nadaaaa. 2nd round and Duke loses. What’s happening? It’s like they dont even want to win The Lord was ready and willing to help them and they didn’t even try. I’m extremely disappointed in them. They even have a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on their team and they didn’t even use it to their advantage. Anyway… we came to the earth to be tested. And here I am, being tested.
On a more spiritual note, I talked in church this week and it was great. I used a talk from Robert D Hales from April 2005.  It was great. There were a lot of people there. All of the missionaries did a great job.
Well I’m ready to start another transfer. One day at a time, one step at a time. I’ll need a lot of prayers, so pray for me. I always feel the help from home! Thank you for all of the help and support that you all give.  The work is moving and I’m happy to be a part of the greatest work on the face of the earth. Like I always say, it’s hard. But I’m learning more than I ever thought I was going to and I can already see how these two years are going to influence my life forever.
Love you all have a great week
Elder Cluff

Week 28-” I know that if we don’t read the Book of Mormon we won’t grow in this Gospel.”

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Well this week was super awesome. So I finally met the mother of Napoleon Dynamite. It finally happened. I’ve been waiting several years and bang 6 months into my mission it happened. No, just kidding, but really how weird is that. We had a zone conference with the doctor over the area of Mexico. They came to teach us and it turns out they brought Napoleon Dynamite into this world. I’m sure you can imagine how the conference went.

Aside from all that riot, this week was actually super awesome. Are golden investigator is as golden as ever and we are going to baptize him on Wednesday. I’m pretty pumped.
My comp and I had a great time this week. We went to a little village named Ojos de Agua. You’d think the people there have never seen a white person before haha goodness gracious. Anyway, we found a lady that doesn’t like the idea of baptisms for the dead too much so we will make our way back to Ojos de Agua shortly to clear things up.
We also threw a birthday party for Hermana Perez. She’s super dope so that was a fun day. She’s from my generation, so we are good friends.
I really just enjoyed the mish this week. There is a ton of work to do and we need to find more people to teach, but it was a great week.

I destroyed 1st Nephi this week. I really learned a lot about obedience, faith, and love for the Lord. I really love the example of Nephi. I was really able to apply a lot of it to missionary work.  I love the Book of Mormon. I know that it changes lives. I know that if we don’t read it we won’t grow in this gospel. I see it everyday. You can’t afford to not read the Book of Mormon. It has changed me and is shaping me. If you don’t feel like reading it, forget about your dang feelings and sit down at your kitchen table and give it a good read. You won’t regret it. I know that it’s true and we have it to help us through these latter days. I’m so grateful for it. I know that this Church is true. I know that Thomas S Monson guides it today. Follow the Prophet, he knows the way.

Adiosssssssssssssss bye bye

Elder Cluff

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Huge spider, but he says he has seen bigger
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Cora de Nayarit (old Indian natives)
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A weird pueblito Jackson didn’t like very much
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Angelitos baptism
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Un cerdito

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Week 27-“I really like thinking about the fact that our church was restored by means of a prayer.”

This week has been great. My comp and I love to walk to the little Villages a little bit outside of Santiago. They are about 5 – 7 miles outside. We always walk and have the best time talking and making funny videos. He’s taught me a ton. I’m thankful that he’s my companion.

In one of the pueblitos, we found two new investigators and set baptismal dates with them. They didn’t come to church on Sunday, but we are gonna roast them this week and hopefully they’ll come next week.
Its gettin’ real warm. Just super hot. I’m not sure if I’ll make it out alive to be honest. Guess we will just have to teach more so we can stay out of the heat.
This week I’ve been really thankful. I think we have the best investigator on the face of the planet. Javier comes to EVERYTHING. This guy cleaned the dang church this week. Solo investigadores de oro nada mas. I love him. He will be baptized next week. It will be awesome to see. He is the best. Him and his wife live alone and they do family night and everything. Straight to the celestial kingdom.
I studied a lot this week about Joseph Smith and we taught the restoration quite a few times. I’ve been overwhelmed this week with gratitude for him. He suffered so much. He gave his whole self for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He never shrank. He always gave it his all. I’m so thankful for him. For his courage to ask God what he should do. For his faith to keep going everyday.
I really like thinking about the fact that our church was restored by means of a prayer. The power of prayer is so real. I really love the fact that we can pray anytime anywhere, and I encourage everybody to do so!! Prayer is for everyone. You don’t have to have a testimony, you don’t have to be worthy, you just have to have the real intention. Heavenly Father loves us and is ready to bless us. We just have to ask.
I love you all!
Elder Cluff