Saturday, August 15, 2015

Y Elder Clifford se va a.....¡SENILLOSA!


Well, Lamarque was a wonderful time of my life. It is really a blessed place and I have been gone for only a few hours and miss it dearly. But I’m off, well already here, to my next adventure in Senillosa, (pronounced Seneeshowsa) which is just about 45 minutes west of Neuquén. It’s a city a little bigger than Lamarque but is split between 2 companionships so the area I work in will be smaller. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to serve in Lamarque and be able to be a part of so many miracles and answered prayers. It is a blessed placed. BUT! A new adventure awaits me in here and I’m excited. This past week has been crazy.

Yesterday we had our first meeting in our new building that we finally got after months of fighting. It was wonderful. We had several less active members come which was great to see. It was a nice thing to end my time there. One of the first things my companion told me when I got there was the struggle for "a place of our own" and to actually end having a place of our own made me happy. It was a struggle all the way through and we still had to do church without heat and with really limited lighting, but it was incredibly worth it and it was so cool to see the members so content there. I really do love that place.

This week we also had a scare. We got a call from the elder in charge of the housing telling us to clean it up and throw everything out that was trash and not ours. We got confused so we made another call to one of the assistants to the President. He told us that Lamarque was being closed, meaning that they were going to take the missionaries out. We were devastated. We told him that we had just gotten started of actually accomplishing things and told us he would see what he could do. This transfer we lost a lot of missionaries and so lots of places had to close and with there not being many baptisms in Lamarque, it had to close. But we fought and it stayed open, but with an ultimatum: They have to baptize this transfer or else it will get closed next transfer. But they can do it easily. We put up a fight and got a little more time. But it will live. That place will suffer very bad without the elders, but I hope lots of hope. Please keep praying for Lamarque.

Well, the big news. I just got called to be a District leader, which means that I am in charge of a small group of missionaries. My district is only 4, me my comp and 2 sisters so it’s not the crazy but it’s still going to be interesting. I’m going to have a lot more responsibilities now which is not going to be as fun haha but that’s how it rolls. 

I love you all and wish for the best! ¡Cuídense y disfrutan su semana! ¡Hasta Luego! 

Elder Clifford

Thursday, August 6, 2015

New Church Building

The weather is beautiful here in Lamarque. We didn’t have winter this year. Everyone is shocked haha it’s been GREAT! 

We are hoping that next Sunday, 8/9/15 we will be in the new building for church (which may end up being my last here due to transfers). But there are elections this Sunday and it is mandatory to vote here, so due to laws in this country, we may not be able to have church at all. We have to check with the town hall people to figure it all out. It’s silly but it’s what we live with. 

Hopefully I can enjoy at least one Sunday in the new building before I amtransferred. With the building I think attendance is going to go up at least 4 or 5 more.   Our attendance has already gone from 6 with 0 priesthood holders to 13-18 with 3 active priesthood holders as of yesterday 8/2/15 so I am CONTENT!  Even if I don’t get to experience the new building.

From the pictures, you can see stained glass windows just like a real church.  The building used to be a funeral home!!   My dad asked me if there are dead bodies in the basement and said I shouldn’t go and look!!  I told him that the exciting part!!

On Saturday, we spent some time doing some service with the members cleaning up the new building. 

We spent the next two days in our pension, my Comp was really sick and we made a trip to the hospital on Sunday. We are keeping things pretty low key right now until he feels better.

We made some YUMMY fruit salad. The liquid is juice, that’s how they do fruit salad here. It’s like a soup.