Week 74-“I am definitely in the best part of my mission.”

Fam!!

Its been a fantastic week. I’m still happier than I have ever been and that is good news. I am definitely in the best part of my mission and I’m doing great.
This week we were barely in our area. We had divisions with the assistants and it is just a real deal to get all the way to their area and back to ours. It was really fun and I learned a lot from some great Elders.
We had a little bit of time to work in our area and we got some good stuff done. We finally met our recent converts husband and he was excited. We taught him the restoration of the gospel and he liked it. We invited him to be baptized and he accepted because he wants to be sealed to his wife. She has been a great missionary and taught him tons of little things to spark his interest.
We had a good week. I don’t have a lot of time, and there isn’t a lot to say either, but my companion is a great missionary. We are learning a ton together and I’m glad to be with him.
I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that if we read it everyday we will be able to overcome temptation and make the best decisions. I love the Prophet Joseph Smith and I’m so thankful for him. I know that Jesus Christ guides this church and that He died for each one of us. I love you all and I hope you have a great week.
Elder Cluff
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Week 73-“Heavenly Father knows where we are.”

Hola!
This week has been a good one with my new companion. We have worked hard in the little time we have had. This week we had Zone Conference. I love that meeting. We talked a lot about the basics in missionary work. It’s a good reminder because a lot of times we are trying to be better missionaries but we want to do it in some type of complicated way when really all we need to do is go back to the basics. It was a great reminder.
Sister Clayton talked about the importance of a good morning study. It kind of sets the tone for the whole day. But even more important than that, it gives us a desire to keep the commandments, and as missionaries it fires us up to share the gospel. It was a great conference. My companion and I taught almost the same thing and it was a great teaching. My companion and I teach really well together and the spirit was present.
Yesterday was probably my favorite day of the week. We went to church and spoke. That was fun, we ate lunch and then had companionship study. That was great too. Then we went to work. We only had one set appointment. When we got there Guadalupe was not there…. but right when we showed up, we noticed a lady carrying big buckets of water. We went up and started to help her. We took like 6 buckets of water to her house and then started to talk with her a little. We taught her The Plan of Salvation. It was a great lesson and she was really prepared to hear what we had to say. It was such a great experience. Heavenly Father knows where we are. We didn’t show up for our appointment in vain. Heavenly Father knew what was going to happen and we were there to meet Leticia. It was a great blessing and a testimony builder.
Later that night when didn’t have anything going on so we just contacted the rest of the night. We got to the house like 20 minutes early but we weren’t about to go inside that early. So we made a plan to give away all of the materials we had with us.. 2 Books of Mormon, a bunch of pamphlets and like 20 contacting cards. It was so fun. We just went crazy in 20 minutes and we got to the house with nothing. It was such a good feeling.
This week we are going to be super busy again. I love it. I love being so busy. The only hard thing is we dont get any time in our area!!! It’s so in the middle of nowhere that we have to leave a day early if we want to be able to make it to things. That’s the only downside.
But we are doing great and we are going to keep working. My companion is fun to work with because we laugh and talk. It’s been a good week. I love you all and I’m thankful for all of the support!!! I love you! Have a good week.
Jack

Week 72-“The mission is the best and gets better every transfer. It’s the biggest blessing I have had in my life.”

Hola!
It has been a hot minute since I wrote home but here I am!! Things have been so great these last couple weeks. I got to spend Elder Moras last week with him and see him off. The best part was that we were able to baptize Sara!! It was so fun to finish his mission off with a baptism. Sara is the best and she is the first person that I have personally contacted who I have been able to baptize. It was such a miracle and a great experience.
The following day we received the news that President Monson had passed away. What a man. What a leader he was. He dedicated his life to serving everyone and never thinking about himself. From a very young age he understood what he needed to do and did it diligently until the day he died. What a great example. I know that Russell M Nelson will be a fantastic leader. He loves his calling and loves everyone. He will lead this church by revelation and example. He will be a great blessing to each of us.
We had a great mission council and I just long for the opportunities to listen to President Clayton. He is such a great man. I learned a lot and left very excited to do a better job as a zone leader and also received quite a few answers to how to do that. Its always such a spiritual meeting and a great experience.
We wrapped up the transfer this week and boy did we have changes. The whole zone almost had transfers. It was wild. My new companion is Elder Sime. He is from the Dominican Republic and has 14 months in the mish. He is a WORKER and I am pumped. A stereotype of Dominicans is that they are always just hyped up and excited bouncing of off the walls. It’s true.. This guy doesn’t run out of energy. Whats even funnier is when multiple Dominicans get together.. We have three in the zone and they just go nuts. Its really funny. Yesterday we were walking and all of the sudden this dude just starts honking like crazy. He swerves over and slams on the breaks and yells at us. I’m a little scared at this point, but my comp runs up to the car. I’m like “dude what are you doing we are supposed to run in the opposite direction”. He gets to the window and there is a Dominican in there. They are just pumped to see each other. They had never met ever but it looked like the same type of reunion that a Utah mother has with her son when he gets home from the mish. It was hilarious. But yeah anyways Im super excited to be with this guy and we are going to get some serious stuff done. Being with him is an answer to my prayers.
Those are the highlights.. I can’t handle how fast the time is passing. It’s pretty frightening. The mission is the best and gets better every transfer. It’s the biggest blessing I have had in my life. I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week.
Elder Cluff

Week 68-“There is no better way to feel or partake of that fruit than by reading his words.”

Hola!

This week has been great! It has been busy busy busy and we haven’t been in our area for a long time.

This week we had exchanges with the Assistants and they were great. I learned a ton from a great missionary. Elder Dehesa is probably the most consecrated missionary I have ever met. I learned a ton from him and I’m super glad I got to be with him for the afternoon.
We also had a Christmas activity in a city named Manzanillo. Three zones got together and we had a great time. We had to come up with a little skit and ours was definitely the best and everyone was laughing the whole time. We have 3 missionaries from the Dominican Republic in our zone and Dominicans are known for just being crazy.. They are wild. They make things fun though.
I love the mission during Christmas time. I remember last Christmas I didn’t have a lot of time in the mission and I remember I felt a great peace during our activity and I was so thankful to be a missionary during that time of year. I feel the same way this year and I love being in the Lord’s service. We were challenged to read Luke during the month and it has been a great experience. I have learned a lot and I feel so good as I read about the Saviors life. I have been able to feel the spirit consistently as I have read this month.
I hope that everyone has a great week. I’m a little low on time, but I want to just let everyone know how thankful I am for the support that I have. My family and friends are the best and I’m so thankful to know that I have all the support in the world. I love being a missionary.. I dont know if I say that enough. I feel like I’m just at a point where I can reach a new level as a missionary and this week I am going to do my best to reach it. It all starts with a good study in the morning. I think the same can be said about everyday life. I hope to be able to develop a great daily study after the mission so I can say the same as Henry B Eyring. He hasn’t missed a day in more than 50 years.. that’s some serious business. We have to read them because we feel Gods love as we read them. We don”t read just for knowledge. Think of the way that Lehi talked about the fruit(gods love) there is literally nothing that good. There is nothing so sweet. And there is no better way to feel or partake of that fruit than by reading his words.
I love you all!!! Feliz Navidad
Elder Cluff

Week 67-” I love how difficult this mission can be because without the trials we can’t grow. We cant learn.”

Hola!
We have had a good week and it has gone by super quick. The highlights are the following…
Wednesday. We had a super super good mission leadership training. I loved it and it was exactly what I needed as always. I got to see tons of friends from the mish because all of the District Leaders came from the whole mission too!! It was awesome. I loved every moment. I’m thankful for inspired leaders who receive revelation for each one of us. I always want to be a better missionary after these conferences.
The other highlight is that we had an investigator in church!!! In TEO!!! It was a real live miracle. She told us she wasn’t going to be able to go because she had to work. We buckled in and taught the Sabbath Day and what do you know…. the next day she walked in to church. It really was such a good feeling and an answer to several prayers. She is awesome. Keep praying for Sarah!! She needs it.
It’s been awesome to have all of these light the world cards to hand out. They have the Virgin Mary on them and the Catholics seems to respond a little better to seeing a familiar face…. would you believe me if I told you they don’t recognize Jesus sometimes… haha but it’s so good to light the world. That really is what this whole time of year really is about. Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.
This week is going to be nuts. We are only going to be in our area for one day.. We are going to be all over the place. We have divisions with the assistants and we have district class and we have other divisions and just a lot of little things we have to do to get ready for the Christmas party. It’s all good though. We are doing great and hoping for great things from the members to help us while we are gone.
I just want to testify to everyone who reads this letter that Jesus Christ lives. I know it and I’m thankful for it. I know that Joseph Smith started the restoration of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know that everyone can know it. If we pray and ask God he will testify to us through the Holy Spirit that it is true. It is such a blessing to know that there is a restored church. That we have the fullness of the gospel and that we know what we need to do to have blessings in this life and an eternal family in the life to come. I love this gospel. I love how difficult this mission can be because without the trials we can’t grow. We cant learn. I love it.
Have a dazzling week.
Elder Cluff

Week 66-“The mission really does just break you down and mold you into who the Lord needs you to be”

Hola!

This has been a great week. We had our first official week in Teo and it was good. We saw some serious miracles and found a seriously prepared investigator. I pray every single night that we will be able to baptize in this little town. It’s been a long time since that happened… I know it can happen.
This week in church we had 11 there! It was awesome because I got to share like an 11 minute testimony to try and take up some time. The Spirit was there and it was a great meeting. It doesn’t matter where we are. It doesn’t matter how many people are there. This is the true church of Jesus Christ and the Spirit will always be there to testify of the truth. I love it.
I loved the Christmas devotional…. It was fantastic. I loved the messages. I loved the talk by Dieter F Uchtdorf. I learned a lot. It’s really important that we really love the people and not just say that we do. There is a lot to be learned and a lot to change everyday to be able to really show the love of Christ to all of the people. I need to be better!!
This week we will have a Leadership training in Guadalajara with all of the leaders from the whole mission. Zone Leaders, District Leaders and Sister Training Leaders. I’m really excited to see a lot of friends and to learn from great and inspired leaders.
This month is going to be full of activities. I love Christmas time. I love it. I love all of the activities we have planned and we are excited to work all the time that we have. The only hard thing is that we aren’t going to have the time we normally would in our areas due to all of the crazy activities.
I think the highlight of the week has been the 5 new missionaries in our zone. They all come from different places and it is so so cool to see them all in a new world. They all speak different types of Spanish and they all have great desires. I think the best thing I have been able to realize is how much I have changed personally. I remember some of the things I thought or said or felt at the beginning of my mission and I see where I am now and I am not the same person. It has been funny to watch a lot of this young missionaries arrive full of desires to work but also not wanting to change or do the hard things. I realize that I was probably the same way but the mission really does just break you down and mold you into who the Lord needs you to be. What a blessing it is to be able to share the restored gospel on a daily basis. I hope that we can do that always through our example if not our words… both of those things would be best haha. I love you all and hope you have a great week.
Elder Cuff

Week 65-“We might not realize it but the feelings that keep us nice and toasty throughout the cold winter are the little rays of Christs light that we let shine through us.”

Hola!

This week has been fantastic. The highlights are two. Transfers and a Seventy.
Last week an area seventy came to visit our district. The place was packed and his teachings were great. He started by inviting us to ask any questions we wanted. ANY. There were a lot of great questions but he didn’t answer any… we were all wondering what the heck he was doing. He proceeded to tell us that he was going to teach us and that we would all get the answer we needed. He started teaching the parable of the prodigal son. He broke it down in a way that I had never seen or heard and the spirit filled that place. It was a super cool experience. There was a part where he called my comp and I up in front of everyone and asked them all why we were there… a lot of people answered and gave some great answers. But then he shared a scripture about how every time we preach the gospel we receive a forgiveness of our sins. He said these Elders are here so that you can preach the gospel with them and be forgiven of your sins. He told them that they were all fulllll of sins. So that was awesome. It was a super spiritual meeting. I loved it.
Later in the week we had transfers. We really weren’t expecting anything, but we both got transferred….TOGETHER. That just was not expected. We got called to open up an brand new area that hasn’t had missionaries in 4 years. Its quite a transfer but it’s exciting. There is a tiny little house of prayer and about 8 people go to church. Its going to be an adventure. It’s a little far from the rest of the zone, so we will be traveling tons to fulfill all of our responsibilities. It is going to be super fun. We have already seen miracles. We found a house and two new people to teach in our first day there so that is good, exciting stuff.
This week December starts. That means the Light the World will be in full swing. The spirit that the activities bring is incredible. Just watching the videos fills you with a desire to be a better person and to work harder. That is the light of Christ. That is what is really is that we look for in this Christmas season. We all look forward to gifts, parties, traditions… but if we look right down to the core of all of these things it is the light of our Savior that drives it all. We might not realize it but the feelings that keep us nice and toasty throughout the cold winter are the little rays of Christs light that we let shine through us. I know that this Christmas initiative is special. I know that there is nothing that will brighten the holidays like Christs light. Let it shine through you. Participate in this years initiative. Share the videos and give service. I promise that it will be an unforgettable experience if you do. I love you all!

Feliz Navidad.
Elder Cluff

Week 64-“Not as long as you’re livin under my roof!”

Hola!

This has been quite the week.
We started by getting word that Mariana’s sweet little mother is not on board with the whole baptism thing. She said that as long as she lived under her mothers roof she could not be baptized. The hard thing is that Mariana doesn’t need permission..But she doesn’t want to ruin things with her family. We can’t talk to her anymore or her mom will have a fit. It’s safe to say that Satan does not want baptisms here in Ciudad Guzman… We will have to see what we can do with Mariana.
We had a good week, it seemed to go by a little slow after all of that business, but we are working hard and working through it.
This week we spent really planning a zone conference. It was super cool. I received some serious revelation in a really clear way. It was such a cool experience. We were just working hard to get everything ready and it was a little stressful but it was a super spiritual experience. We presented a great teaching and we were really able to grab everybody’s attention. It was awesome.
Today we had a super fun Pday. We went with a member to a little village called Tapalpa. They call it the magic city. It is really cool: Everything is painted and built the same and it’s all cobblestone. We also went a little further to some giant rocks in the middle of nowhere. We had a super fun time with this brother. His name is Abraham and he just got here from Utah with his wife and two kids. He is really excited about the church. His wife is a recent convert and they are working towards the temple. It’s really exciting to watch them. They love to be with us and they do tons for us. I love the tons.
This week we have transfers. We are expecting quite a few transfers in the zone, but we feel like we will be staying together. 26 missionaries will be coming on Monday… 26. That almost never happens and the mission will be changing.
I’m loving the work and I’m growing everyday. I’m thankful to be here. I’m learning and loving it. I’m thankful for this time of year that is coming up. I’m thankful for the Savior and all He does for us. I’m grateful for this Gospel and the knowledge I have of who I am, why I’m here, and where I am going. I love you all and hope you guys have a great week!!
Elder Cluff

Week 63-“This mission is amazing and guided by revelation and I trust in every word our president speaks to us.”

Hola!
This week has been a great one. We got to have some exchanges, we had a baptismal interview, and we taught Mariana.
The other companionship had been working with a great investigator for the last few weeks. I got to interview him and he was all set for his baptism. Well on Thursday he disappeared. We are not quite sure where he is at, but he didn’t get baptized to say the least. Poor guy. He was actually really progressing. We heard from his sister that the last time she saw him he was leaving with his backpack on and a tub of coffee caressed in his loving arms. We just haven’t been able to get a hold of him. The elders are bummed, but all is well in Zion.
The best of the week has been that we have been able to meet with Mariana a few times and her baptism is set for this Friday. She is really excited. She still hasn’t told her mom, but she says she is getting baptized either way.. She really wants to tell her mom but it just scares her a lot. We want her to tell her mom because we want to teach her whole family!! We will see how it goes.
I got to work with Elder Koyle for a day this week. I love that guy. It’s been a long time since we worked together. We found 2 new people and set a date with both of them!! It was a miracle to find them. We were talking to the older lady, Maria, on her porch and she was just kind of like oh come back another day, but we didn’t stop talking. Out of nowhere she was just like, “you know what come on in and teach me.” Her son was also there and he understood reallyyyy well. It was a great lesson and a miracle to see the spirit touch her and let us in.
The coolest miracle that we saw this week we saw as a zone. So last mission council we talked a lot about finding. President Clayton told us he wanted to double the number of new investigators we are finding. As a zone we normally find around 25 new investigators a week. This week we saw miracle after miracle and ended with 61 new investigators in one week. It is so cool to take what President teaches us, teach it to the zone, trust in it, put it into practice, and literally see the fulfillment of his promises. This mission is amazing and guided by revelation and I trust in every word our president speaks to us. How could I deny it when it is happening right before my eyes?
I just love being out here. I want to be better. The mission just really exposes your flaws and it’s awesome cause you actually want to do something about it. It’s super motivating being out here. I’m glad I have to chance to be out here. It’s humbling and such a blessing. GO ON A MISSION.
Well to finish this weekly update.. ‘Ive got to drop that shout out to the parentals. 23 years of marriage.. that is a feat. I cant even handle being with myself 24/7 and I’m not even 20.. How they have done it I know not, but I’m thankful. Also happy birthday to my dad. Don’t go grey on me. Love you man.
Have a good week everyone. Love you all!

Elder Cluff

Week 62-“The best way to have a week full of blessings is being obedient and watching the blessings flow!”

Hola!

This week has been great and it has flown by!! We have had a crazy week. We had to be inside at 5pm on Tuesday for Halloween, so we didn’t get to work to much on Tuesday. We went to Guadalajara for an outstanding mission council. I loved it. It was so good and focused on the needs of the mission. We applied what we learned and saw immediate results Thursday morning. We had to be inside at 3pm on Thursday for Day of the Dead. It was a good time with the other Elders but really we just didn’t get to work so that was a bummer. But we did get to have exchanges in Sayula and it was a great time. We found a lot of new investigators and worked really hard. We had successful exchanges and met our goals.

Today we have had a super fun Pday. We went bowling. Today I picked up a 13 pound ball and rolled it down the slippery lanes of Guzman for the first time in 14 months haha. I am just enthralled. I bowled a poor game, but the important thing is that I have a testimony of Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately with all the business we have not been able to see Mariana this week. We have been in contact, but tomorrow morning we have an appointment with her and we are excited for that. There should be a baptism super soon.
I’ve started getting into the bible a lot more this week and I enjoy it. I love a lot of the scriptures and how you can use the Old Testament, New Testament, and Book of Mormon to clear things up and understand everything. The scriptures are so powerful.
Like I said, we have had a productive week, but not a ton went down, but it was a really good week and I am happy with what we accomplished.
One other thing that happened this today…. we had lunch with a New Zelander!! We spoke all English and we have an appointment to teach him on Wednesday!! It’ll be really cool. He has met a lot of Mormons and he is excited to talk to us. Cool experiences every week.
I love you all and hope that this week is full of blessings. The best way to have a week full of blessings is being obedient and watching the blessings flow! Pray for strength to be obedient and strength for me too!! Have a good week!
Elder Cluff