Week 46-” Our goal is simply salvation.”


This week we just had a plethora of things going on. We started off the week with interviews with President. It was a great few minutes and he told me that I would be staying another transfer here in Santiago to continue being the Branch President. I expected as much. Then after the interviews, Elder Koyle and I had divisions with President. It was awesome. I was all sorts of nervous trying to get all prepared and stuff, but everything worked out so well and President gave us tons of compliments, so it was great.

Wednesday we took off to Guadalajara to have a little training and stuff up there. Elder Koyle and I got to ride with President and Sister Clayton in their van. I was just shocked with how strong the spirit was..even in their car… like it was strong, I loved it. We listened to album by Kurt Bestor and Sam Cardon. Fantastic. I think it absolutely nourished our experience. It was fun to ride with them though.

We kinda hung around working with different Elders in Guadalajara all week. We stayed with Elder Knight and Elder Taylor… my MTC comp and my trainer. It was wild. It was great to see Elder Knight again. I love that guy.

Elder Koyle and I discovered a restaurant called “Cuarto del Kilo” and it was just out of control. They sell these hamburgers that are a quarter pound (rough estimate) and just fantastic. I think we need one in St. George. Someone get on that.

Well we finally got back to Santiago on Saturday afternoon. It was good to get back into the area but absolutely scorching right as we got of the bus. In Guadalajara we were working in streets full of water up to our knees and it was cold as can be. I loved it. But it had to end and we had to get back to our humidity.

We got to have a good little lesson with Nadia after a few days without seeing her. She had read everything that we had assigned her and more. She has a great desire to know if it’s true. She says she feels tons of peace and love as she reads and that she believes that it’s all true. Shes so fun to teach because she understands the importance of it all. She asked us “Is it your goal to baptize me?” we assured her that it’s not. I said ” Well certainly we want to baptize you, because we want you to live as a family with our Heavenly Father again, and that’s our goal.” I loved it because the spirit just took it right to her heart. Baptism isn’t our goal, church numbers aren’t our goal. Our goal is simply salvation. She is doing awesome and we are developing a great relationship with her.

Sunday morning my comp and I showed up to the church early as normal to get everything ready. Presidente Arias (district president) showed up a little early too and informed me very calmly and quietly that he was there to give me a little break. I thought that meant help with the services and everything but NOO. The man released me.  I am no longer the Branch President. I feel great. It’s like a little burden was lifted off. But at the same time I’m sad! I loved being the Branch President. I had incredible experiences with the spirit and I felt a love for everyone! I’m all sorts of confused now on what will happen with these transfers next week, but I’m ready to serve wherever it is. I grew up so much in these last 6 weeks. I’m really thankful for the opportunity I had to help this branch.

Its been an eventful week, but a good one. I love the mission. It was fun to work in the city for a little and I’m thankful for the mission I’ve been assigned to. I’m so thankful to have the truthfulness of the gospel in my life. I’m thankful for the knowledge of a restored gospel, and I’m thankfulnI can share it. I’m thankful for a loving Father in heaven who allows us to go through refining processes so that we can become what he knows we can be. I’m thankful for a Savior who knows each one of us, who wants us to lean on him in times of need. I know that we have the guidance of scriptures and prophets that help us know exactly what we need to do to make it back to our Father in Heaven. I know that this is true, and I invite any of you who dont, to ask God. He loves you and will tell you through his Holy spirit. I love you all and hope you have great week.

Hasta la proxima semana amigos. Que esten bien. Cuidense mucho. Byeeeeeeeeee.


Elder Cluff


Week 45-“I love the gospel and it brings so much joy and helps us avoid so much heartache and anguish.”

It’s been just a stellar week and I’ve just been busy busy busy. It’s been awesome. We had a great 4th of July here. We made hotdogs at night and they were great but we are convinced that they aren’t actually real meat. We just chilled and had a great night and we were actually able to download Whitney Houston’s “The Star Spangled Banner.” So as we fell asleep, we had American liberty absolutely ringing in our ears. I fell asleep comfortable, and with a single tear rolling down my cheek. We just love America down here.

We had some type of activity every single night in the church this week. It’s good, but it’s really interfering with prime proselyting time. It’s good that we are busy, we just aren’t very busy with investigators. In the words of the famous but complete disaster Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner, “it’s tough but it’s good.”

Moving on to the highlight of the week, we found a little family! About a month ago I started really feeling like we needed to teach the family that lives across the street from us. I didn’t really ignore the feeling, but I didn’t do the best I could. I just kinda said “hey we are missionaries could we share this message with you?” They replied with the norm of “oh let us talk and think of a day and we will let you know.” So I just kind of left it at that and was happy because I followed the prompting. Well this week I felt again like we need to teach this family. So I walked across the street and talked with the dad, Daniel. He said “oh we never set up a date what happened?” I was a little surprised because normally they don’t remember these kind of things. But then his wife came out and started talking to us. She was asking us all sorts of questions. She said “I’m Catholic but I just don’t agree with any of it. There is no reason to worship Mary, that’s against the commandments. And why do they baptize us so young, we dont even know what sin is.” We were just standing there in awe like whoaaa there hold on let us in your house!! We gave her the Restoration pamphlet and told her to read it and study it and that we would pass by again the next day. Well we passed by and they were all ready for us and had read the pamphlet and highlighted it and marked it and loved it. We taught them the whole first lesson and they loved it but they were just a little worried about the Joseph Smith thing. I LOVE when that happens because it shows to me that they understood what we just told them. But she said she really wants to know and she is going to pray and read and find out for herself. She was really happy and asked a billion questions and wanted to know everything. It was great I’m excited to teach them.

Now, for the sad part. Her husband works in Puerto Vallarta and he left on Friday to work for two months. If I would have acted faster and more diligently on the first prompting I had, we could have helped them progress earlier! But I also trust that the Lord has his own timing. We will see what happens.

I have had some strong feelings that I’m gonna stay in Santiago for a 5th transfer. Kinda like someone whispering in my ear. “hold on tight buddy there’s a storm comin” so I’m really thinking I’m going to stay. Which is exciting, but that will mean 7 and a half months here and 1 year in the zone. It would be incredible wouldn’t it?

Well that’s my week. Long but fast. I still love being a missionary. I love it. I wouldn’t change it for anything right now. I know I say this a ton, but it really is shaping me! I can see how it well help me so much as a father someday. I love the gospel and it brings so much joy and helps us avoid so much heartache and anguish. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ speak to us through the scriptures and answer our prayers through them too. I have learned that and seen it in a very real way as a missionary. I love the Book of Mormon and I’m thankful for it. Read it! I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week.


ps. sorry for quoting Bruce Jenner. I wont do it again.


Elder Cluff




Week 44-“I don’t remember the last time my clothes were carefully tumble dried!”

Hey! whats goin on fam? Its been a great week out here in Santiago Ixcuintla. My 21st week here to be exact. I’m closing right in on that 6 month mark. Its pretty crazy to stay that long in an area. According to my mission president, the apostles dont want us staying in our area for more than 6 months. Granted there are always special exceptions, but these could potentially be my last three weeks here. I have grown to absolutely love it. I don’t know how, but it’s happened. I love Santiago.
This week we found a bunch of people to teach. They all have a little bit of potential, but there are about three that really stick out. They listen, but the trick will be to help them keep commitments. I bet they will.
I got to go back to San Blas this week. It was soooo good to go back. I got to have exchanges out there and it was so fun to teach all of the people I used to teach again. They all told me I looked so happy and skinny. Everyone tells me I look so skinny but I’m like 164 pounds so I think I’m doing fantastic.
We had a good Sunday. The attendance was rather low this week which is just real upsetting, but we will work with the families that didn’t come this week. We had a spiritual testimony meeting and I really enjoyed it. I love the testimonies of the little kids. They are so real! I love to listen to them.
Last night we had a branch presidents meeting and it was good. To be honest it was extremely long. I felt like a young priest in a BYC with Bishop Mayfield haha! Just kidding I loved those meetings. But it was really long and then we had left and the District President went all the way home about 40 minutes away, and I realized I left my dang bag in the high council room. So it’s still just chillin in there and I really dont know when I’ll have access to that little guy again .
Something that I’ve really found myself thinking about and reflecting on is the importance of scripture study. Many times we imagine missionaries as people who are constantly studying the scriptures and who have huge spiritual experiences every morning. Well it does happen often, but we have a ton of problems and temptations as we study as well. We often have meetings and things in the mornings or exchanges and we find ourselves at the end of the day without a real good scripture study. I feel huge differences. I feel empty and guilty to be honest when I dont get a good read in. I love the scriptures. I think the best thing we can do is pray to feel the desire to read the scriptures. It should feel like a necessity. After we have prayed we just need to read until it feels that way.
It’s about 98 degrees everyday with 90% humidity and it’s just incredible. I honestly sweat a large amount everyday. Its atrocious. The rain is just playing games with us. The skies are black and it starts to sprinkle a little bit and then it stops and its 110% humid. It has yet to just down poor but they say it’s around the corner…who knows.
My companion and I decided that it was no longer worth it to wash our clothes by hand. We have decided to stop withholding the money and take it to a lady. So last week we dropped off the clothes and the next day we picked them up and went back to the house. We opened up the bag, and never in my almost year as a missionary have I smelled such a ravishing smell! Freshly washed AND dried clothes. SHE USED A DRYER. a dryer. I don’t remember the last time my clothes were carefully tumble dried. Wow what a blessing it was. She is such a great laundry dooer and I’m going to bring her back home with me. I’m choosing to leave the fact that she is a middle aged overweight Mexican woman to the side. The laundry was that good. Thanks Juanita. You’re wonderful. You can bet your sweet little boots that our clothes are in her solicitous care right now.
Well that’s a week for ya here in Santiago Nayarit. Count your blessings and use your dryers.
I love you all and I pray for you. I could use a few more prayers down here!
Stay close to the god and develop a relationship with him that cant be moved. He loves us and cares for us. He is there for us and he guides us. Prayer is the key to open the counsel and guidance He has waiting for us. Learn to pray, and pray often.
adios nos vemos fam.
Elder Cluff

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


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.”


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”


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