week 22-“Most of you probably don’t have 20 of anything.”

Hola!

This week has been great. We were out of our area for a couple of days because we had exchanges with the Zone Leaders and the District Leader too. Both days were good but super long full of walking. It seems like all of the investigators gather together and decide to cancel all the appointments when we have exchanges. We almost always walk all day during exchanges. It’s the worst. But it’s fun to hang with other elders every once in a while.

So this week in our area we didn’t have a lot of lessons, but on Saturday and Sunday we straight worked. We had 12 lessons in 2 days all with a member. It was super good and a great feeling to work that hard.
This new mission schedule is super awesome and I love it. It feels like we have more time and I can focus better, and get more full studies. I really know that this new schedule comes from the Lord. It’s not easier, it’s just different and it’s better.
This week kind of sucked with investigators. We lost one that we really thought we were going to baptize. She was listening and we were having fun and we were friends and one day she just said she didn’t want to listen anymore. I was really sad, but I was reminded by the spirit that it’s not her time, and that I dont need to be worried. I’m a little sad still, but I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for her.
We had another great week in sacrament meeting. 20 less actives!! 20!!! Most of you probably don’t have 20 of anything. ahaha. Heavenly Father is blessing us with success in that area of the work.
So there is a legendary elder from our mission named Elder Botch. He went home about a year ago. But he is legendary because he spoke really good Spanish and he also because he was super funny and spoke in almost all slang haha. All of the missionaries here really loved him and talk about him a lot. Today we were eating lunch with some other missionaries and one of them told me that I was going to be the next Elder Botch. It was a super good compliment haha. I’ve learned so much funny slang (non of it is bad) and it makes learning Spanish more fun.

I’m loving the work more and more everyday. It’s hard and a lot of work but it’s just so good and there is so much happiness. I feel the spirit so strong so often and I really love it. I really love Jesus Christ and what he did for each one of us. I love our Father in Heaven. He knows each one of us and desires happiness for us. We find that happiness as we obey him and do the things we have been taught through his mouthpiece here on earth, prophets. I hope we can all try a little harder to be a little better this week.

I love you all!

Elder Cluff

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Week 21-“When I am exactly obedient I don’t need to worry about anything because whatever the Lord calls me to do I will be ready.”

This week has been super good and I have learned a ton. We had Zone Conference this week and of course I learned so much from President and his wife. They are the best teachers in this world. The second they start talking I want to change and be better. It’s super awesome and I love learning from them. Something that really hit me is that we need to know our message. Like yeah I know our message and I can teach, but I started thinking and it hit me that I can really learn so much more and I need to learn and study so much more. So I have really focused my study this week on the Doctrine of Christ and I have felt a difference in my week and studies.

Right after zone conference we had exchanges with the assistants and that was so dope. I learned so so much. I love our assistants, they are both so awesome and we had a great day and a fun night too. Something I learned from both of them and something I’m working on is how we should pray and talk with Heavenly Ffather. Elder Uribe from Cancún and I were contacting and he contacted a family and this family was really struggling. They don’t have a house right now and they seemed pretty worried. Elder Uribe bowed his head to leave them with a prayer and even the way he said “dear Heavenly Father” hit me so hard. I felt the spirit super strong. I could really tell that he knew that he was talking to Heavenly Father and it was something important to him. Later that night before bed, Elder Contreras offered the prayer before bed and the same thing happend. I was like, “wow are my prayers even half of how they should be?” I’ve really focused on my prayers this week and I can feel a difference in them. I’m glad that we have the assistants that we do, and I truly know they are called of God.
What I’ve really been thinking about and feeling this week is the importance of these two years in my life. I’ve been thinking that I really want to do my part and I know that the Lord is and will continue to do his. When I am exactly obedient I don’t need to worry about anything because whatever the Lord calls me to do I will be ready. I love missionary work and this is really becoming my mission. I hit 5 months today and I’m a little bummed cause I feel bad its taken me 5 months to learn some of these things, but I’m excited I still have a year and a half to apply them. I love being a missionary and I love my Savior Jesus Christ. My faith is growing and I am changing as I more fully live this gospel. I’m thankful for the blessings and trials I have had everyday, which are shaping and molding me into the person and missionary the Lord wants. I pray for you all and I’m thankful for your support. Have a great week.

Que Dios les bendiga.

Elder Cluff

Week 20-“When we really focus and thank Him and focus our prayers on others and the will of god, then we see miracles and our faith grows.”

It has been a great week here in San Blas. It’s super nice out today and I couldn’t be more excited about that. I’ve been sipping horchata all morning and I’m just content. God is speeding the right. Sunday was good and we had quite a few less actives in church. 14 this week, so that was a success. I’ve realized this week that right now as we are having a little bit of trouble with investigators, that we can really focus on helping some less actives. We have seen some good success as we really focus on one aspect of the work here.

This week we focused a lot on mini goals. When we do that we have some fun and find progress. It also helps time fly. This week went super fast and this whole mission is flying. It’s super weird.
I’m turning in to a Mexican!  haha. There are like 4 members and my comp that are always teaching me Mexican words. Don’t worry they are good words. But they laugh so hard when I use them. Haha! I feel like I’m starting to understand better how Spanish works. There is a big difference between knowing all the words and grammar and actually knowing how to speak it and use it all. But it’s really cool and I’m loving it.
This week someone tried to rob us here in San Blas. Quiet tranquilo San Blas. He was drunk and he was asking for our money. We told him no and he tried to hit me but he missed haha. Then he said a bad word about my mom and left. 😦  poor guy haha que dios le bendiga or something bc he is strugglin rn.
This week we also found a decently golden investigator. More of a bronze or platinum. He is 12 and a relative of one of my favorite families here. His name is Yahir and he wants to be baptized and says he knows the church is true. His mom is super catholic but we asked him to pray and ask God to soften his moms heart and let him listen to us. The next day he called us and said “My mom said yes!! I can listen to you guys” super awesome and a testimony builder of faith and prayer. I love prayers and I’ve been studying it this week. Sometimes its really hard to focus and really grasp that you’re talking with Heavenly Father. But when we do and we really focus and thank Him and focus our prayers on others and the will of God, then we see miracles and our faith grows. What’s better than an increase of faith? What will help us more than that? Faith is our rock and when we have faith our desires align with the desires of the Lord, we become more obedient, we receive blessings, and we are happy. Focus on the Lord when you pray to him. I try to imagine him sitting on my bed right by me listening. It’s super hard and I fall asleep sometimes on my knees. But I’m trying. And that counts too.
Man I’m loving the mish and I’m thankful for this opportunity. I’m growing and changing but there is still so much more I want to change. Everyday is a learning opportunity and we can choose what we want to get out of our day.
Well that’s my weekly rant. Pray for the crazy people here that want my money and pray for me too haha. I love you all and I’m thankful for the love I feel from home.
Que esten bien y que dios les bendiga.
Hasta próximo
Elder Guapo

Week 19-“When we follow the spirit, we see miracles.”

This was a good long week. Full of some good, some bad, and a couple really long days. I can say that this week I had one of the toughest days of the mission, but also I had one of the best weeks full of some of the best memories. I’m going to paint a picture for you guys… Just imagine walking down a street in Mexico, it’s dusk, the sun is setting into the ocean and there is just a fantastic mariachi band doing their thing on the side of the road.(of course 14 people on a moped are included in this image. 48 dogs as well. you can throw some chickens in there if its something that you would like to do.) That’s exactly one of the things I experienced this week. I forgot I was in Mexico for a little bit but I was reminded quickly. I love it here believe it or not.

The coolest thing that happened this week was probably seeing 18 less actives in sacrament meeting. That just warmed my little missionary heart. I also taught a class this week in the Spanish language about the work we do in temples. Imagine teaching that to about 30 people that haven’t been to the temple. It was awesome though and I was guided by the spirit. When we follow the spirit, we see miracles. Every single day that I’m here is a miracle. I was thinking about that today. I’m 18 and I couldn’t speak a lick of Spanish 4 months ago but somehow I’m here right now and the people are understanding me and I’m helping people come unto Chirst. Yeah it’s a miracle. It’s sweet too.
The week was slow in reference to the investigators. We just had a baptism but we don’t have much planned for the next few weeks with them. We are focusing on finding new people to teach. One of the things we have been doing is focusing on handing out Books of Mormon. We were walking one day, and it was a slow day and we didn’t have any appointments. So I just decided, hey lets set a little goal to hand out 2 books in a half hour. We did it. Exactly at 4:30 we handed out the second. Little goals help the days go by faster. We handed out 8 books in 3 hours doing the same thing.
I had a little bit of a hard week and was really stressed because my comp hasn’t been helping me with any paper work and he loves to sleep in. I’ve been using the time I have while he is sleeping in or going to the bathroom for literally 45 minutes to study a little bit. I’ve been learning a lot and feel like I’m growing in my knowledge of the Gospel. I really have a ton I still need to learn, but one step at a time right? I really am going to focus on how to become a better teacher this week. If you have any suggestions hmu. I would love that.
My comp is awesome tho. We can’t go 5 minutes without laughing super hard about something. He thinks it’s so funny when I speak Mexican (like slang Spanish ha) he laughs so hard.
We are going to work harder this week. And every week to come. There is always something we can improve. When we focus on improving something everyday, our will aligns with Gods and we will feel a real love for our Heavenly Father. I have a lot I want to improve but I’m getting to the point where I feel legit sorrow and disappointment when I mess up or don’t do my best. I’m thankful for the opportunity I have to be here serving. I’m looking forward to spending the rest of my life in Mexico serving the Lord. haha!
Que esten bien y que dios les bendiga
Elder Cloof
PS dont pet the dogs
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Week 18-“Elder Hernandez and Elder Cluff straight ballin in San Blas.”

Hey everyone I hope everyone had a good week and a fantastic New Years. I can’t believe it’s 2017 that’s nuts. I had a good week here in San Blas. I got my new companion on Tuesday and we worked together all week. We should have some success this transfer. Elder Hernandez and Elder Cluff straight ballin in San Blas. He is teaching me to speak Mexican so that’s always hilarious. We have had some good laughs together so I’m looking forward to this transfer.

I had my second baptism as a missionary this week. Pedro Pablo Mariscal Villegas. Hes been an investigator for 4 years. Its an awesome miracle that he was baptized. I can see the Lords hand in the work everyday.  Pedro isn’t a small guy so it was really hard to find clothes. That was also a miracle. But it was a great service. He asked me if I would confirm him on Sunday so I did!! It was crazy. Such a spiritual experience.
I’m going to send a lot of pictures next week. But man what a great week and way to end the year. I also finished the New Testament. I feel so close to my Savior and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to serve him. There is so much more I want to say but we had a wild day and not a ton of time to write. Next week will be better. I know this church is true. “When we chose to follow Christ, we chose to change.” I love that quote. I can feel it’s truth in my life. What an amazing experience I am having. I love you all and I pray for you. I hope you have a fantastic week.
Elder Cluff