Monday, August 25, 2014

The Many Miracles of Centenario

Ok this week was pretty great. This here in the area of Centenario C are progressing, A FULL!

So, fun fact, we may have a baptism this Saturday. One of the members here was talking to us and wanted us to teach her sister-in-law. So we went and she has some learning disabilities and possible schizophrenia. Igual, we are teaching here. She comes to church almost every week and we put a date for the 27 of Sept, but as we were talking this week with the member, she said if we wanted to, we could baptize her this Saturday. Yup. This Saturday and we met her this week. It’s crazy. We are going to visit her every day this week in order to do it but it's going to happen. We just have to teach her really simply and she can learn it. We are super excited. 

We also have a baptism planned for the following Saturday too with the brother of the same member. (Just so you know, the Hermanas here are also baptizing her grandson this week so her family is going STRONG right now haha) But he is progressing really well. He is feeling the Spirit every time we teach him. He still isn’t sure if this is the right path for him, but he is going to get baptized. We are almost positive. This week we had several cool lessons with him and he is progressing which is great.

We also had the Capilla Abierta this week! It was really cool. So they setup many different rooms. The chapel was setup with a big cutout of The Christus and they played a little thing in there. Then people would transfer to the gym where they would explain quickly almost all of our beliefs. Then they would come to the baptismal font. That’s where I was. We were dressed in all white and explain the purpose of baptism. Then they would go to all sorts of other rooms that explained things like primary, relief society, Priesthood, young men’s, young women’s, family history, etc. It was so cool! In all honesty we didn’t get a whole lot of non-member traffic, but it was really cool to see all the members come together and have a good time sharing the gospel. It was a really cool experience and I hope this program makes it to the States. It’s really is so cool!!

Other fun things:
1) Elder Marx bought a cactus. Its name is Regina.
2) We did lots of Exchanges (We switch companions for a day) this week. We always see so many miracles with exchanges. It’s great. Plus we get to know everyone better. It was fun!

I think that is about it. I’m sure we did so many more things, but they all disappear when you actually sit down and try to write them. I love you all and I am so grateful for your constant support and prayers. It really does mean the world to me. I am grateful to have all of you in my life and am grateful for the help you gave me to get me where I am, in Argentina serving the Lord. This truly is His work and the fact the He entrusts me to do it is an incredible blessing. I am learning so much and having the time of my life.  

Elder Clifford

The Week with the Cool Fireside

Howdy Everyone!! 

So as the title states, we had a super cool fireside this week in our ward. As missionaries we helped plan it but it was about the missionary work here since we have a big activity coming up this Saturday. We watched parts of La Luz de La Verdad (sorry I don't know what its called in English) But it is a super great training thing. I suggest watching it. But we watched parts of that and people bore their testimonies about the importance of missionary work and it was super cool. The best part was the practices. So we asked the members to go into the Cultural Hall and practice inviting their friends to the activity. I didn't think it would go very well and I didn't think the members would want to participate, but it was amazing!! They all did the practice and were really getting into it! It was so cool to see everyone so excited for this activity. I am excited to see the miracles that come from this amazing activity on Saturday. Its going to be great!!

This week we also had Zone Conference in Neuquen. We got up early and headed into town. It was really cool though. I always like hearing the things President Lovell has to say. He is a very knowledgable man. One of the things I really enjoyed that he said is that sometimes, feeling tranquil and calm isn't always the spirit. It was an interesting thought. Something to think about: how we can make sure to always have the Spirit.

Wow and hour is just not enough. Sorry again for the short email. I love you all and am grateful for your continual support.

Lots of Love,
Elder Clifford

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Better Week

Ok this week felt like a deep breath. Elder Marx is learning really fast about the area and so that is helping to take a lot of the stress off of me. Thanks for all of your prayers in my behalf. I really do feel your love every day. Thanks!

High of this week: We had an investigator to church! WOOH! It was super great. We went and picked him up because he is 80 years old. His sister is a member and she has been helping us with him. He is super great and has a testimony of the Book of Mormon. Its great. We have high hopes for him and we are thinking he will be getting baptized late this month or early next. We are very excited. 

This week we also had Zone Capacitation. It was really good. We talked a lot about how doing really simple things brings out great things is our areas. It was really great. I really enjoy when I get to hear other missionaries speak because they always have so much good stuff to say. I love hearing the wise words of the missionaries that have more time than me. Its always nice.

Our area is getting better. We are finding people and working with people and everything is progressing really well. Thanks for your prayers and your support. It really means a lot. I love you all! Keep doing amazing things!!

Elder Clifford

Monday, August 4, 2014

Another week...

Welcome one and all to another riveting adventure that will stir both your Spirit and your mind! ...Ok I cant promise that. Sorry.

This week was interesting to say the least. My new companion and I are getting along really well. He is from Oregon and we have a lot of the same interests so it makes for a good time.

This week was a bit unsuccessful as far as actually teaching people. So the thing is we have people to teach but their schedules are just so incredibly busy that we cant see them very often, which means they aren't progressing and so nothing really happens. Its been a bit rough but we are doing what we can. The Lord will provide. Our Heavenly Father wants His children to understand this gospel and be happy so when they are ready, He will touch their hearts and put us where we need to be. Here's hoping!

So we had our training for the Capilla Abierta (Open Church) this week. So we have a day where all the members are at the Church and there are all sorts of presentations to explain what we do in our church. Everyone is really excited and I'm excited to see what comes of it. For more information see the Mission Blog. But it should be amazing. We are hoping to see a lot of miracles. We are also gonna set up a stand at a local Flea Market to draw up attention and excitement. We are excited. I'm really looking forward to it. Its gonna be amazing!

Keep up the good work everyone! Fight the good fight! Remember who you are and what you stand for! You can do it!

Elder Clifford