Week 84-“I felt as if Christ himself had spoken to us through his Prophet. “

Hola!

What a week! A lot very special things have happened. General Conference was amazing. I know you all have heard plenty about the amazing things that happened, so I will just leave a little part from my journal about how I felt.

3-31-18 A Historical General Conference
…”Priesthood was incredible. Signigicant changes were made and great talks were given. The whole first presidency spoke and it was powerful. President Nelson spoke about how crucial it is that we understand the Priesthood. He talked about how we have to use it to bless. We have to use it to bless. That is why we have it. He shared some home teaching stories and I just felt the biggest desire to be like him. As I watched him today I just loved him. He finished his talk just encouraging. Encouraging us to rise up. He invited everyone to stand up. Quorum by quorum, office by office. As he finished we all sang “Rise Up, O Men of God.” The spirit was absolutely burning. I felt as if Christ himself had spoken to us through his prophet. I was in awe and I was powerfully moved by the spirit. I knew that President Nelson is a prophet of God. I knew that I wanted to become more like him, and the Savior too. I recieved an undeniable impression that this is the Church of Christ. This is His church. What a historic moment and special experience.”
Those were the feelings I had during Priesthood session. I love this church and I love Russell M Nelson. He is called of God.
I love you all!!!
Elder Cluff
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Week 83-“Making amends in the Bowling Alley”

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Many of you will remember a few months ago I sent an email about a sub-par bowling day. It was very sub-par btw.. Anyway I’m pleased to start this email off with great news. I’ve returned to my original bowling standards. I’ve never been too good, but I have never been as BAD as I was that one day. In short I got the job done today and I consider myself blessed. I’m not gonna throw any numbers out there, but were talking fourscore and seven years ago plus 100.                                                                                                      This week has been great. We have had a few exchanges and my new comp is really getting the hang of things. He is a great elder. This week we got all of the missionaries that are going home to come in and they have been doing the whole last week routine thing. It’s been good but they are always a little out of control and it can be stressing. Everything is good though. Today we took them to the temple with President and Sister Clayton and it was actually really good. I love being in the temple. I think it might be my favorite part about my new assignment. It has been such a blessing to go to the temple so often.                                                                                                                                                  Well this weekend is General Conference and that is good news. I am so excited. It really is such a deal to get to hear this apostles and prophets speak. A few weeks ago we had an apostle here in the mission and he mentioned something very interesting to President. He told him that the only way the saints will get through the difficult times that are ahead is if they read every single day the words of the 12 apostles and the first presidency. He said that the talks from the seventies are great, but we need to be reading every single day from the apostles. I cant remember if I already shared this but it’s really interesting and a great reminder with conference starting tomorrow.                                  Its been a lengthy week and I’m excited for this group to go home. It really is difficult with them all here sometimes. They are good, but they are all just bursting at the seams to get home and it makes things a little nuts. Hopefully next week things will be back into the normal swing of things.                                                                                                                 I hope everyone has had a good week. I love you all. Get some serious juice out of this conference!!!

Elder Cluff
note: fourscore=87. 87+100= 187.. I bowled a 187

Week 82-“I have never felt a desire to learn like I have here on the mission.”

This week has been great. We have been all over the place again. It’s been fun. I now have been to almost every part of the mission. This week I will finish it all off and we will be golden. With Elder Long leaving in about a week and a half, his replacement came this week to get all trained up. His name is Elder Velazquez. I love him. I knew he was going to by my companion. He is rock solid and will be a great example for many. I’m super excited to get to work with him. The interesting thing is that this will be my last companion… How strange is that? We are gonna hit it hard together for about 4 months… A little more. I’m happy about it.                                                                                                        Today we had a follow up training. All of the new missionaries that got here this transfer rolled back in for a follow up. It was great and it was fun to teach a little bit. All the meetings are always great meetings.                                                                                          This week we will be heading to Manzanillo and will attend a branch conference with President and Sister Clayton. I’m excited and I love being with them.                                  This week I got a lot out of the scriptures. I took Mosiah 4 and I really just dug into it. I loved it. Especially verses 11-16ish. I love all of those promises. They are fantastic. The Book of Mormon is really just a manual to help us make it through the hard times. There are so many blessings for us. I love the Book of Mormon.                                                            I have never felt a desire to learn like I have here on the mission. I want to know. I want to learn and grown in the gospel. It’s so interesting and everytime we study it we feel God´s love. It’s interesting how scripture reading is kind of the first thing to go when times get hard. We ask ourselves why things are so hard but we are cutting that connection to Gods love by not reading his words. I know i’ts easy to say but scripture reading has to be daily habit. It’s hard. But it is so worth it and it becomes a beautiful habit.

I love you all,
Elder Cluff

Week 81-“I know that the blessings of the Restoration are endless”

I have never been on so many exchanges. We go with 2 companionships a day and we are just flyin’ around the mission. It’s been super fun and I have learned a ton.                    This week we had a our zone conference. It was really fun because it was the first conference in a long time that I just sat it. I just sat there and listened and I didn’t have to teach a thing. It was super awesome. We talked a lot about how our main message is the restoration. Sometimes we get caught up in only talking about Jesus Christ. For example, we contact people in the streets all day long. Lots of times we just say somthing along the lines of “we share a message about Christ that will make you happy” and lots of people will listen to us because lots of people believe in Christ. But we need to be more focused on OUR message. That the Gospel of Christ has been restored and is being restored by prophets and apostles. It’s been fun to really focus on that these few days and I feel better about how I am doing talking to others. They pay more attention too. Its been a blessing.                                                                                                                                                    This week I will be getting a new companion and we will be going to Manzanillo!!! Look it up I’m sure it will look appealing.                                                                                                  I know that Jospeph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and that through him they have restored their church. I know that the blessings of the Restoration are endless and we can all enjoy them. I invite you all to ask God tonight if it is true. If this church is true. Even if you are already a member. I promise that if you do it with a sincere heart you will recieve an answer from God through the Holy Ghost. This answer, if acted upon, will bring more happiness than you have ever experienced. I know this is true.

Love,
Elder Cluff

Week 80-“I know that this church is true. I just know it.”

Hola!

This week we have had a great week! We started it off with exchanges in Puerto Vallarta!!! It was super beautiful. I’ll be heading back after the mish for sure. Super gorgeous. We then went to the Altos de Jalisco. It’s like all up in the mountains pretty far from GDL and it’s known for being just out of this world Catholic. There are a few different little cities up there and they are all super Catholic. If you dont believe me just look up “San Juan de los Lagos.” It’s also known for having just tons of white people. Tons and tons. I fit in just fine up there. It was wild. I loved it but it was a real task to proselyte up there. It was fun though.
Its been a really good week actually. I dont have any crazy stories to tell this week but everything is going super well. We have been reading the four gospels as a mission this month in preparation for Easter. We are specifically looking as we read, for how Jesus taught, loved, reacted, and served. It has been incredible and I am so thankful for the Savior Jesus Christ. What a blessing it is to have the knowledge that we do about him. I love him.
I invite you all to read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John looking for those same things. You will change and want to be better.
I know that this church is true. I just know it. I wish everybody would be willing to just pray and ask God if it really is. I just wish that people would let go of whatever it is that is holding them back and become members of this beautiful church which is lead by Jesus Christ himself. I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week. Do something to strengthen your testimony every day.
Elder Cluff

Week 79-“It has been in incredible experience to be able to see the hand of the Lord in my mission.”

This week has just been special. It has been full of preparation, fun, and some good ol´ physical exertion out here in the Lord’s work. It’s been a blessing to say the least. Una bendicion is how we say it here in Mexico.

We have been preparing for a Family Home Evening with all of the Zone Leaders. It’s like a little training here in the office the night before Leadership Council. So we have been preparing for that and also the Leadership Council. I have just felt really discombobulated because I’m just all of the sudden expected to teach all of these baller Zone Leaders and it’s a little intimidating. The Lord has blessed me a ton and L have had some serious revelation and the teachings have come together flawlessly. It’s also been una bendicion.
This week has been fun with my comp. I love Elder Long. We have been playing catch everynight as we do little things here and there. We literally throw anything that can be thrown at each other. One night I was just in my room getting ready to go to bed and I just saw a little flash out of the corner of my eye. I looked over and saw a hefty hacky sack just bulleting it’s towards at me. It stung me right in the thigh and that was the begining. We are like brothers. We just started wrestling and we had a good laugh. It’s fun to be with good companions. I still haven’t returned the painful favor but I will.
To end this letter I must tell a special experience I had this week. This week I was on exchanges with a fresh Elder. He has like 5 days in the mish. We he got here he was with all his buddies from the MTC and really was just the center of attention of the group. He seemed very sarcastic and maybe a little arrogant. I was suprised as I started to see him work and talk that he was just scared and nervous. He looked like he had just been thrown into some cold water. I felt so bad for him. I wanted to help him.
He really opened up to me super fast. We had good conversations throughout the day but what was most important to me was the companionship study we had. We started with a hymn and prayer and the Spirit just filled the room. It was so strong. I asked him if he could feel it and he said he could. I began to teach and it seemed I was able to adress his needs. The beautiful Spirit mixed with  personal preparation made for an inspired study. He knew what he needed to do and he became excited to work and give it all. I told him not to be afraid and to just love his mission.
It has been in incredible experience to be able to see the hand of the Lord in my mission. I have been able to really feel his help and I know that I could not be doing what I’m doing right now with out this divine help. I love this mission.
Elder Cluff

Week 78-“I really have felt more love and a desire to help other missionaries this week”

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This has been a week. It has been fast, long, and everything in between. We saw off the missionaries that were going home and then an hour later we greeted the new ones arriving. We had to go back to the airport that night to pick up another new missionary that got in late. Anyway that was quite the day.

We had an entire day of training with the new missionaries the next day and that was good. It was long and brought back some crazy memories. We planned our entire transfer the next day. It was a literal day of planning. Weve been assigned to go to every single part of the mission that I haven’t been to yet so that I can get to know the entire mission before the new President gets here. Its gonna be super fun but crazy. We will be traveling every single day. Which is good but I’m not going to be able to get any shut eye on on the buses because I have to know where I am going. There is opposition in all things.

This week we are hoping to work for a sec. It’s been a minute since we were able to get out and grind. Hopefully we will get a sec this week.My favorite part of this whole week has been the way I have felt. I really have felt more love and a desire to help other missionaries this week. I feel like the Lord is helping me to love and help them. I hope I can get better at it everyday.During the week I studied 2nd Nephi 25. I loved it. This time as a read it I understood it differently. I caught the same feeling Nephi must have had as he wrote it. I felt the same thing. I knew that it needed to be heard by everybody. I knew that Jesus Christ is who saves us. I knew that it was true and I loved it. I love the scriptures.

Elder Cluff

Week 77-“I’m humbled by the task….”

This last week and a half has been nuts. Its been full of great spiritual experiences and change. Last weekend we had a great District Conference in Ciudad Guzman. The teaching was super inspired and I loved every minute. We also had interviews with President Clayton and they were awesome. It was the best interview I have had with President and I felt the spirit and he helped me a ton.

That same night I got a call from President telling me I has special transfers and that I needed to be in the offices the next day with all of my things. I had another interview with him a day later and that one was even better than the one I had on Sunday. He invited me to be his new assistant. I’m humbled by the task and I’m excited to get to work with all of the missionaries and really get to train and help the mission. We have quite a few tasks and we will be super busy. I’m excited.

Today has just been such a special day here in Guadalajara. We had a great meeting with Elder Andersen, Elder Lynn G Robbins, and Elder Valenzuela. It was 2 hours full of the Spirit. It was incredible. I literally sat at the feet of Elder Andersen. He looked at me in the eyes. It was so awesome. He came down off the stand and stood right there in front of me. I could have touched him without extending my arm. He shared with us revelation he was recieving on the spot about how we can find new people to teach. It was incredible. As he finished he shared his experience with the 12 apsotles choosing the new prophet. It was incredible and my testimony was strengthed so much. The words he used and the experiences he shared mixed with impressions from the Spirit really fortified my testimony and I’m so thankful to be a member of this church.
I’m now in a little tiny town called Jala. It is beautiful and I’m excited to be back in Nayarit (Santiago and San Blas are also in Nayarit so I’m going back). We have a little group that is just growing super fast. There have been lots of baptisms there and we are going to be seeing more and more. It’s such a blessing to be in Jala.
I’m really excited to get to work more with President and Sister Clayton and get to learn from them. It will be a wonderful way to end my mission. I ask for you all to continue supporting me as you have and praying for me. I need it!!
I love you
Elder Cluff

Week 76-“Every day we see miracles”

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Every day we see miracles. This week has been no exception. We have a rule here in the mish that we need to talk to the first person that we see as we leave the apartment in the morning. Many do it, many don’t. But it’s a matter of obedience so we try and do it everyday. One day this week as we were leaving, we contacted the first person we saw and he was very friendly and told us to visit him later that day.

We also have a rule that we should divide our area into groups and try to spend one half of the day in one area and the second half in another. The goal is to save time and build up a teaching pool in each area. As the man gave us his direction it happened to be in the area that we had planned to work in in the afternoon. It was interesting but we didn’t think to much of it. Later that afternoon we show up to his house and he invites us in and is super excited (not common) So we go in and we teach him his wife. They loved it and they accepted a baptismal date. It was awesome.

We were thinking about it after and we realized a few things. 1) we contacted the first person we saw. 2) We are working in the specific areas without exeptions. 3) we are seeing the promised miracles for doing these things. It’s like Heavenly Father is saying to us “if you guys wanna be obedient I will bless you” also it’s just a crazy confirmation that President recieves some serious revelation.

It’s been a great week and we are preparing for District Conference this weekend. I’m really excited because we get to be with President and Sister Clayton.
We are also preparing the mission for a special visit from Neil L. Andersen next week. I am so so excited and I’m starting preparation right now. What a blessing it will be to have a visit from one of the Lords apostles. I’m so excited.
I know this church is true.
Elder Cluff

Week 75-“I love the Lord and I know that he knows us personally and answers prayers.”

Hola!
We are just doing so great. I love Teocuitatlan and we are doing well. We talk to all of the people. Its a tiny little town so everyone is getting to know us. It’s really fun. We set goals everyday to talk to a certain amount of people and we have been doing well. As we have contacted more we have found lots of people to teach. It has been a blessing.

I am really enjoying being with my companion and he is helping me become a better missionary. I prayed for him to be my companion by name because I knew I needed what he has. I love the Lord and I know that he knows us personally and answers prayers. 
This week we got to go on some exchanges with some of the Elders in our zone. I got to work with Elder Cruz from Colombia. He has 8 months in the mission and is really a great missionary. I learned a ton from him and he really isn’t a new missionary anymore. It was a fun experience and I liked talking with him.
This week is gonna move by quick. We have mission council tomorrow and that is so exciting. It is my favorite meeting as a missionary and I’m thankful for the opportunity. We will learn a lot and I’m really excited to learn.
It has been really rainy and nice in our area. The only problem is that we have a solar water heater so we have had some chilly showers in some chilly weather and that just is not a fun experience to throw your body into such devastating water.
Other than that things are fantastic. We have been eating super well. My comp is a monster cook and the food from the Dominican Republic is just something else.
I’m just happy and thankful. I feel everyday the importance of this work and there is always something that strengthens my testimony. Heavenly Father loves us so much and is always blessing us with his tender mercies. I learned a little something that I like a lot from a Bednar talk.
“But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance” (1 Ne. 1:20).
 
To be or to become chosen is not an exclusive status conferred upon us. Rather, you and I ultimately determine if we are chosen. Please now note the use of the word chosen in the following verses from the Doctrine and Covenants:

“Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?

“Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men” (D&C 121:34–35; emphasis added).

I love this. You and I determine if we are chosen. We determine if we want tender mercies from the Lord. We all want them because they are so great.
This mission is a tender mercy from the Lord and every day I am blessed with little tender mercies that make it that much sweeter to be here. I love you all have a good week!!!
Elder Cluff