Week 33 -“Heavenly Father definitely reminded me this week that He’s in charge and He has helped me learn Spanish.”

Hola como estan mis chavos. Les extraño mucho y espero que esten al cien. I’m straight preaching the gospel out here so you already know I’m doing fantastic. How could Ii even complain. My biggest problems in the world right now have to do with whether or not people want to listen to me. Obviously being a set-apart missionary makes those problems seem absolutely monstrous, but when I really think about it. I dont have too many worries.

This week was good with the San Blas elders. We found 10 new investigators and set a few baptismal dates. The hard part is getting them to attend church, but we did get one of them to come and this guy is crazy smart.  Sometimes I’m a little nervous because some of the questions he asks are nuts. Like dude, just read the Book of Mormon, focus on your feelings, and shut off. You dont  need to know how spirit prison was formed man. Haha but he has a sweet spirit and a desire to learn so I think he will do great and I’m excited to teach him.

This week I really saw the gift of tongues. It’s weird because I can speak Spanish just fine and I don’t have too many problems. Until I forget to ask Heavenly Father for the gift of tongues  and then I feel like I’m still in my first week of the mission. Heavenly Father definitely reminded me this week that He’s in charge and He has helped me learn Spanish. I forgot to pray for help in that specific category one day this week. I wouldn’t say I was a mess but I would say I struggled. So I repented and asked for the Divine help.

Me and Elder Chamberlain, who has 3 months in the mission, were talking in the church bathroom and he just started laughing so hard. I was like…. what the??…. and then he just spit out “I only have 3 months in the mission!!!!”  I started busting up laughing so hard and then it hit me and I said “I’m not even half way.” we had a good laugh and talked about how weird the time is, and how he will enjoy it more when he has a companion that gets out of bed. I love him and we have plans to go to school together after.

Elder Koyle is dope. We are getting along and the weeks are moving quicker. So that’s cool. I would definitely say the hard part about the mish so far for me is that I’ve only been transferred once and I only got transferred like 25 minutes down the road so I feel like I’ve been in the same place for a fat minute. But now that we have some progressing investigators I dont even think about it too much.

It’s been a good week and I have seen the hand of the Lord. I know that He is guiding this work. I know that we are His children and He loves each one of us. He wants to help us. We aren’t alone even if we feel like we are. It’s never too late. He wants us to change and he’s waiting for it. Don’t let your past, or even your present, determine your future.

I love you all. have a great week.

Elder Cluff

Week 32-“I strive to make the piece of tile I kneel on sacred. I strive to beg and plead with my Heavenly Father. I strive to thank him and praise each blessing he gives me. Our prayers need to mean everything.

Hola!
It’s been a great week. I’ve learned a lot and felt a lot of growth. That’s how I like it. It was a quick week too. This week we had interviews with President Clayton. Love interviews. It’s the best to talk to President one on one and just get some real specific advice.
We also had a little training with Hermana Clayton and it was just spot on. Exactly what I think a lot of missionaries needed to hear. It was all about prayer. She said a phrase several times that I loved. “we need to pray at every intersection” and then we went into further detail about what are those intersections. Really at any moment when we don’t know what to do or our plans fall through, we need to pray. It’s praying at these intersections that is going to bring us success. We need that morning prayer that covers us like an umbrella during the day, but it’s not enough. We need to pray and speak with Heavenly Father at every intersection. We also need to make sure our prayers are sincere and heart felt. Many times we sit down to bless the food or begin a meeting with a very recited prayer. We have all heard it a million times. Like come on!  That prayer didn’t even make it past the ceiling. We need to pray with fervor thinking about each word, using the Holy Ghost, so that our prayers bust through the ceiling and make it to our Heavenly Father. We need to think and pray like we are talking to our God.
I often feel discouraged because I really have this desire to talk to Heavenly Father and I want to do it in a better way. I sometimes struggle to really keep myself focused on each word. I even fall asleep sometimes. I’m gonna go ahead and toss the blame on the fact that I’m a missionary and I’m tired. haha  But really I feel sometimes as if I can’t get better. But when I really think about it and really focus, I CAN do it. I strive to make the piece of tile I kneel on sacred. I strive to beg and plead with my Heavenly Father. I strive to thank him and praise each blessing he gives me. Our prayers need to mean everything.

I’m lovin the mish though. This week the Elders from San Blas are here with us because its a little nuts in their area during Semana Santa. So they are gonna work with us and I’m working with Elder Chamberlain who is also being trained right now (by my last comp Elder Hernandez) so if you’ve followed my letters at all you might know exactly how the training of Elder Chamberlain is going. So I’m really excited to help him and learn from him.

I had a super spiritual experience with him yesterday. We were teaching lesson one to a family that we’ve started teaching. I just stared at each one of them in their eyes for 45 minutes straight. Bearing testimony of each point in the Restoration. I knew in my heart and soul that each word I was saying was being conveyed to them by the Spirit. I knew for myself as well, that what I was saying was true. I had a smile on my face the whole lesson because the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored. We have it. We are part of it. How miraculous is that? I’m so thankful for this Gospel. I just love it.

I’d just like to bear my testimony of a few simple truths I know. I know that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for us so that we can live. I know that through him we can be cleansed from sin. I know that he appeared to Joseph Smith and restored the Gospel through him. I know that the priesthood of God has also been restored. I know that. I really know it. I know that our families through that power can be eternal. I know God loves us and knows us, and wants us to be happy. I love that I can share that with others. I’m on that grind and I’m doing  my best. I love you!!

Elder Cluff