Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014 letter...


It's super good to hear from you, as always :) I'm glad to here the kids are loving school! I'm also glad to hear everyone is growing up. It makes me really happy! Everyone is at such an awesome time in their lives... I wish I could go back and do high school over again... lucky Zack. Such an awesome time in my life. I'll admit, the first few weeks of LP sucked because I didn't really know anyone from Alpine, and it was a big school, but it turned into the greatest experience EVER. So far, at least, haha :) Tell Zack to make as many friends as possible and as little enemies as will make his high school experience that much better. I miss little Cameron; that kid is a stud. I love hearing that he's growing up. I love hearing Brigham is growing up, too! And becoming more patient. That's something we all need to work on! And I see Cameron using my old back pack. SWEET. Someone needs to use it! My brothers are studs. I want them all to write me soon. I want Zack to tell me all about LP!

Zack driving.. Sick.. Make sure he takes dang good care of that car, haha. Tell him not to mess with any of the settings on the stereo... keep the subwoofer at zero, the bass at 3, and the treble at 7 for max efficiency, lol. And holy cow that rainbow is sooo pretty, I miss Alpine. It honestly is the prettiest place in the world in my opinion. I will retire there one day with my family!

I'm way happy to hear about you and dad, too! I'm glad to hear you guys are focusing on your health!! Because I'm not, haha. I eat so much junk.. but it's just too hard not to. But wow, keep losing the pounds, and keep it off! I want pics soon! I seriously love my family so much and the support from you guys mean the world.

To Dad:
I'm pumped for you to take the CPA exam soon, I know you'll pass it. I've been praying for you every night. You have put in the work, and the Lord will bless you. I have seen that over and over and over again in my life, especially while keeping my 4.0 in high school, and I know you've seen it for yourself, too! You're gonna nail it! And hey, I want pics of Kula soon, and the pics from Jason of me getting bit before I left, haha.

This past week for me was good. The exact same as every other week, haha, but, it was good. I'm recovered from my sickness which is great. I had diarrhea for a week straight, and then I took this pill and it all went away, and I've never been happier. The food this week was actually pretty terrible. I don't look forward to eating quality food anymore, just filling the holes in my tummy, lol. We are all learning so much here and my Spanish, knowledge of gospel fundamentals, and everything else is progressing very well. We teach an investigator twice a day and it's gotten to the point where we don't read anything in Spanish, which is nice. We planned a lesson for our investigator named Wilson on the Plan of Salvation, but as we got in there talking to him, addressing his needs, we found out the homework we gave him to read Moroni 10 and praying about it, confused him. So we ditched our whole PoS (plan of salvation lolololol) lesson plan and taught him about how he can receive revelation through the Book of Mormon. We walked him through Moroni 10: 3-5, pausing after every few lines to ask questions and explain, and it went perfect! The spirit was very strong during it and even though it's our teacher we're teaching, it is still real. I love it. It's getting much easier to understand people and speaking, too, which is very nice. It is coming slowly, but I get better each day.

Hahahaha, my teacher though... (morning teacher) Hermano Palma is hilarious. His English is getting better and he takes English classes in college. I'm sending a pic of me with him :) He is also like 5'0 hahaha. He is so sick though, we always tease him and ask him how is girlfriend is, but he says he doesn't have one, he just calls girls on the phone, hahaha. My favorite thing he tells us is that we need to work hard because we'll be baptizing Lamanites here in South America.. and he is DEAD serious about it. Another funny thing, he thinks is funny to say "'Hannah Montana"' in English because it has kind of a funny ring to it, and then after he was saying that he was like, in the most broken simple English.."'Hannah Montana is a disciple of Satan" ...... I completed died of laughter.. I don't know if people back home think that's funny.. but here out in the field, that's gold.

Anyways a lot of things happen here, but I always forget because the days are so long.. But I'm liking it more and more each day, even though I'm beyond excited to get to Peru and teach real investigators! Oh yeah, this week we had TRC, I don't know what it stands for, but it's where we teach REAL investigators, and REAL less active members... The investigators I don't think are new, like they're probably ready to be baptized, but they just come here to volunteer and learn more, but the less actives are often people who are referred here or just need help. So, we taught this 16 year old kid named Diego yesterday! It was awesome and it went really well. It was an entirely different spirit teaching someone FOR REAL. It was sweet. We taught him how important it is to pray and how God wants to commune with him. We also taught him how it's important to go to church. He committed to both things! Sweeeeet!

Anyways, I love you all. Mexico is cool, Peru will be better :)

Elder Cluff

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