Week 43-“I love this work and I’m so happy here.”

Hola!

This week was super cool. We got to go to Vallarta! It was super good. It was overcast and actually really nice. It was awesome to get to see Vallarta and I hope I get to serve there. The people are definitely more closed off towards the missionaries though… so we will see.

The zone conference itself was super amazing. I love zone conferences because it’s always so evident that they receive revelation. They always discuss exactly what all the missionaries need to hear. It’s super spiritual. It’s always fun and relaxed but really inspirational and spiritual. The Clayton’s are the best in the world and I love them.

My comp and I are really getting along great. We have 3 transfers together right now which is not super common, so we are enjoying it. He is arguably the funniest person I have ever met. But he is just so quiet and monotone that it makes everything he says 10 times funnier. He always is doing something that just makes me laugh. I love it so much.

Lets talk about Georgina for a sec. We passed by like 3 times this week and she gave us all her excuses again. It makes me sad. We went by one day and she had like 5 old ladies in there (obviously a catholic gathering) and a big ole picture of the virgin. That just really got me. We decided not to say anything and to go back later when the catholic insects weren’t there anymore. So we went back last night and I was like “Oh hermana what happened to that awesome and marvelous answer to your prayer that this church is for you?” and she just pointed at this virgin and was like”Look! there she is taking care of me.” So I grabbed a couple hand grenades out of my bag, tossed them in her concrete home and we bounced. It was awesome. We will see what happens with her on Tuesday when we go back.

The investigator progress is slow, but we are trying. Hopefully we can get some of these new ones that we have found to progress a little. I just really want to find one of those people that are just ready to hear the gospel. I love all of these people we are teaching but many of them aren’t ready to make and keep commitments. I hope and pray to find ready ones.

I love this work and I’m so happy here. Its amazing the things I’ve learned and been able to understand. I’m thankful for the mission and I know that its where I need to be right now. The rain season is starting so it’s super awesome cause it will cool down a little but then it gets super humid and hot when it starts evaporating. pero que me importa estoy en el servicio de dios.

Elder Cluff

Week 42-“I hope that we can all put our full trust in Jesus Christ no matter what the circumstance.”

 

Heyyyyyyyyy whats up fam? It’s been a good week. It started really good and ended a little disappointing but hey, that’s just how the cookie crumbles sometimes.

This week was super awesome because we were daily planning and we were kinda having a hard time with deciding where to go and all that, and all of the sudden Georgina just came to mind. Now, sit up straight and listen good, I have been here for about 5 months and I taught her one time like my first week here. Elder Koyle and I had passed by a few times our first transfer together to try and teach her but she always gave us some beyond poor excuse. So we just kinda decided we wouldn’t go to visit her anymore. Anyway she came to mind while planning so we decided to go. We knocked and she was like “oh my word come on in” I was like “Wow isn’t this a surprise! Whats going on?” Well we started talking a bit and Georgina is a talker, she´ll talk your ear right off if you’re not careful, and she was like “Oh my husband works in Idaho and his boss is an RM and he has been taking the missionary lessons and they went to General Conference in April.” I was like, “Wowwww this is incredible.”  But there is more. She continued saying, “I decided that maybe I would pray to see if your church is for me. As I prayed and then laid in bed after, I have never felt such a strong peace and joy as felt in that moment.” I was like, “Good glory this lady is sent from heaven.” We continued to talk a while and she was all excited to set a baptismal date and everything was just super awesome. I loved it. She said the words “I used to care what my family would think, but now nothing will stop me from going to church and being baptized.” Well the good old sabbath day rolls around and Georgina let something stop her from coming to church. Thanks for the hype Gina. It’s a little funny to step back and look at it that way. But really as a missionary, having those amazing experiences so often, and not seeing anything come from them is super frustrating. I know that Heavenly Father knows why these things happen, and His plan is bigger than ours, but it really is just a little discouraging seeing such an awesome miracle and then not seeing her at church. It really just grinds my gears.

However, we will not stop visiting Georgina and who knows why she wasn’t able to make it, but I know that she will progress, whether it be now, or in 30 years.

This week is going to be super fun. We get to go as a zone to Puerto Vallarta to have a combined zone conference. I’m super pumped. I have a best friend in my zone named Elder Clawson. We got here together and were in the same zone as we started the mission, so we are super close cause we talked each other through the hard times. I love this guy and I’m thankful to be with him again in the same zone. We are about to take Vallarta by the horns.

Happy Father’s day to all those dads out there. Just want to send a little shout out to my old man. Feliz dia papa ojala que lo pudiera distfrutar. Aun que ya es viejito todavia sigue el dopest baller que conozco. le amo valedor.

I hope that everyone has a super good week and that we can all put our full trust in Jesus Christ no matter what the circumstance. Study the scriptures and you will find answers to all your questions and worries.

I love you all.

Elder Cluff

Week 41-“Work yourself out of a job.”

Hola!

This week was good. We got some great stuff done in the branch and the members have responded great with tons of help. I’m thankful for the members who are so willing to help. It makes it a lot easier.

This week was the last week of the transfer. My comp and I are going to stay together! I’m super excited to have another transfer here and do the things I didn’t do last transfer. I felt so much peace and excitement to be a missionary last night and I’m excited to work even more this transfer. It’s a good opportunity that I’m going to try to take advantage of. So Santiago is becoming my home. By the end of this transfer I will have been here for 6 months and I never imagined that I would have been here that long. I know that there is more left for me to do.

President Clayton was writing me a letter with tips and advice to help me in this new calling as branch president. He ended with a quote that his mission president told him when he was called to be a branch president. “Work yourself out of a job.” I loved that quote and I think it’s something we can all use in all situations of life. Imma slap it up on my wall when I get home.

This Sunday was a good one and I’m glad its over to be honest haha. I had to organize the whole thing during the week and then two of my speakers finished with about 45 minutes left and I only had one speaker left. I started to think hmmm lets have this district counselor speak, then we will sing a fat intermediate hymn and then my last speaker will get the job done cause she’s just awesome. It turned out all great. We finished a little after the hour and it was great. I would say the whole thing was a success but it just so happened that our first speaker just yelled in the microphone for 4  minutes and forgot to end in the name of Jesus Christ. It was incredible.

We had very few lessons this week with so much stuff going on. It’s just barely hitting me that we really didn’t get to help our investigators this week so we will have to get all over that this week.

Well I’m doing great. I know that our Heavenly Father supports us in our trials. I know that his son Jesus Christ walks with us through the hardest of times and that he even carries us when we just cant do it by ourselves. I’m so thankful for how much I’m learning out here on my mission. I can see that it is shaping so much and I’m happy to have this experience. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!.

andale pues que les vaya bien.

Elder Cluff

Week 40-“As for right now I am the branch president in a very large branch and I’m not sure what in the heck I am doing”

Hola!!

This week was awesome. We got to have interviews with President Clayton and a training from Sister Clayton. I love those days. I love being trained cause they just receive straight revelation for all of us. We focused a ton on reading the scriptures. They told us that any thought impression or feeling we have while reading the scriptures is REVELATION. So that was a good reminder and they gave us the challenge to write all of those things that we feel or think right there in the scriptures wherever we are in the book. It’s been super awesome to see and realize that the more I write, the more I receive. Que loco.

We went to another area to help out a companionship with a baptism. That’s another interview I got to do, and I think it was one of the more special ones. I had little Carlos pray (9 years old) to start the interview. As he was praying it was just like your basic prayer but then all of the sudden he started talking to Heavenly Father. Unlike I have ever heard any kid pray. He was asking with all his heart to have help to be able to answer the interview questions so that he could be baptized. It was incredible and before I even could give the interview I knew he was ready. It was such a great experience. Learning to receive and recognize revelation has been something I have loved so much. I’m so thankful for this grand laboratory of a mission to learn all of these things and I know that they will shape my life forever.

We got home from helping with that baptism and went right to church. We got there, and I had already known that they were going to release our branch president but I didn’t know who they were going to call, and the district president, President Arias called me out into the hall. He said “Elder will you help us out and be the branch president?” Woah woah woah President, hold your Mexican horses. I don’t know if I can do that. He was like, “yeah President Clayton told me I could call you.” So there I was after the block, giving temple recommend interviews and counting fast offerings. President Clayton called me later that night and told me that president Arias did the whole thing wrong, but that I had his permission to be the branch president for a bit. So we will see how long it lasts, but as for right now I am the branch president in a very large branch and I’m not sure what in the heck I am doing. So that’s just a little taste of the mission for ya. Gotta stay on your toes at all times.

This is the last week of the transfer. I thought I was out of here but my new calling makes me think different. Goodness gracious I’ve been in this zone my entire mission and it’s actually very taxing. But I think all in all its the coolest zone in the mish. Its definitely the hottest though.

The nightmare of the Pday fast came true today. We couldn’t get our fast started on time so here we are right now, fasting away. I love it though, and I’m going to do it more often then I have been. I know that there is so much power in the fast and I never realized how often it talks about fasting in the Book of Mormon. It’s incredible. I love you all and I miss you all so much. I hope that you all realize the blessings you are getting everyday.

Elder Cluff