Sunday, May 10, 2015

May 4, 2015 Letter...

Perfect. Love ya mom. Glad everyone is doing well and that all of you guys are happy. Zack... sophomores shouldn´t go to prom.. what the fetch.. smack him with love for me. But glad to hear he´s killing it in lacrosse. But make sure he participates in every single thing LP has to offer. It will make his high school life more memorable, I promise. Anyways, yeah at 6:30 Peru time I'll be calling you guys on an iPad this Sunday.. WEEEE:)

This week was insanely stressful, but we were able to pull off 4 baptisms this weekend :) We are stoked and so blessed out here. Remember Paul? The guy who I told you guys about who we bore such powerful testimony to the first time we met him about the Book of Mormon, and felt to put a baptismal date that would happen in 3 short weeks? In that moment, we felt the spirit so strongly, but everyone, him, and even his family who are members, doubted that he would be able to complete with his baptismal date because it was such little time, and he had a lot of doubts. But we didn´t, because we knew it was the spirit who had told us to invite him to be baptized in three weeks. Well, I can really testify that it was the spirit who told us to put the date when we did, because this weekend he was baptized and I honestly have never seen anyone so happy in my life. He really cannot take the smile off his face, and his family.. wow I LOVE THEM. His aunt Flor, about 80 years old is such a strong member of the church who has taken Paul under her wing, and prepared him so much. I love her. I feel like she is legitly my grandma. She calls us her little angels :) I'll send pics with them. Anyways, with the help of the members and his family, we prepared him in 3 short weeks, helped him gain his own testimony, and defeat all of his doubts. The spirit has done such wonders on him. Such an amazing experience. I'm going to remember this hermano Paul for forever and how important it is to listen to the spirit when it tells us to do something, in this case it was putting the baptismal date so soon, even though the odds told us it wouldn´t happen.. I want you guys to always be aware of the spirit, and always live in a way that you´ll be able to feel it. Sometimes we might not recognize it, but as we begin to live our lives in the way that Jesus Christ taught us, full of charity, meekness, and always giving service to those who need it, and with obedience to the Lord's commandments, we´ll learn and it will become more easy. And the more we listen, the more in tune we´ll become. This is the promise from the Lord, not from me:) I love you guys so much and am so glad you are all happy. The other 3 baptisms were super awesome, too. Yuly Ramirez and her sister Nallely Ramirez, and another little guy named Jose Luis :) Such a great weekend fulll of blessings from the Lord :)

Super pumped to talk to you guys.. my best homie Gavin Clark got home and it´s so weird how fast 2 years went.. I can´t believe it.

Elder Cluff

My favorite Pday place -- Parque de las Aguas

Me with Elder Jake Irving from LP 

 My mission homies! Me, Elder Austin Richards and Elder Jake Irving (LP baby!!)

Paul's baptism -- with his family :) 

Paul's Baptism :) 

Jose Luis' Baptism :)

Yuly & Nallely's Baptism :) 

 Yuly & Nallely's family :)

Elder Cluff, Sister Yuly, Elder Mera

April 27, 2014 Letter...

That´s sweet Michelle was here. Tell Serena to come visit, lol or come teach with us... lolol. Totally against the rule, but hey NORMAL. And Zack got an A- in drivers ed... ah crap. You and dad should go in to get it fixed. That irritates me. But hey who cares. And you need to get him signed up for the ACT. He needs to start studying and take it. It doesn´t matter a 4.0 if you have a good ACT and good essays. It would be a smart idea to hire Mrs. Jaynes again to help him if he wants to get into BYU.

Hahahaha, Josh repaired the fence.. that´s the funniest thing I´ve ever heard. Legendary. And that pic of that album cover is scary, isn´t it ? hahaha I thought it was me the first time I saw it. And my money is there!! Thank you mammamamaa :):)

Anyways, this month was really good. We worked really, really hard. We have a lot of people with baptismal dates for this month and they are all ready. The Lord has blessed us so much and I'm so happy :) It´s not always easy, sometimes I get super frustrated and irritated, but the Lord has really been trying to teach me patience. An attribute of Jesus Christ that´s so important. I really believe faith and patience are the keys to receiving answers to prayers. We have had a lot of prayers answered this week. Our investigator Paul is progressing insanely -- everyone is progressing. We found a family of three this week, and they are so prepared. They actually live with the president of the Relief Society, and every week they have Family Home Evening with them. The only reason I didn´t know the fam is because the mom works on Sundays, but her kids go to church with the Relief Society pres. But recently the lady, named Mercedes has been praying to find a new job to be able to go to church every Sunday, and we think she´s found it. The Lord always prepares the ways for us to complete and keep his commandments. He always answers our prayers :) So they all came to church this week as a family and it was amazing. She is a single mom with 2 sons of 11 years and 8 years. The whole family will be baptized on the 23 of May and maybe more soon :) We are really so excited, and so blessed to have found these people so prepared. Even more, this week, super weird, but I had a dream and I saw the name of a random girl in my dream named Christina (only a name), a name that I have seen once before, but had thought nothing of it. I woke up and went and found her name, that was actually in the area book, and then we got her address, went to visit her and found her brother Ivan. We didn´t find her, but we found her brother who had been an investigator and was going to get baptized and everything. He had all the lessons and had gone to church and everything for a long time, but started college so he couldn´t be baptized, and the elders quit visiting him. The sad thing is the other elders didn´t keep records of him like they should´ve. He didn´t exsist. No one knew of him, but we found him and he´ll be baptized really soon, this month! Cool stuff. It´s cool because he was completely forgotten of because records didn´t exsist of him, but the Lord directed us to him in another way :) So smooth :) Anyways the Lord always has his ways of reminding me to be humble and faithful and diligent, and that this is His work, and not mine. Anyways, get ready for a lot of baptismal pics :) We have 2 for sure the next week, and maybe 2 more additionals.

Love you all, tell the boys to write me

Elder Cluff
Franklin's baptism :) look how happy every one is. The first Elder who worked with him, Elder Price came back to baptize him. Elder Price has Cluff blood in him. 

Interchanges with Elder Pack, who has 4 months in the misiĆ³n. He´s a stud.

Cluff Gym 

A garden with my son.

 Old library