Monday, March 28, 2016

March 28, 2016 Letter...

I don't need anything in the package.. or wait maybe I do... hmm... no I don´t think so. There is just some stuff I want. Pilot G2 pens would be nice.... also... umm... what else. I think that´s gotta be it. Guess what... I honestly didn´t even know it was Easter until last night.. I´m honestly terribly confused right now -- why is Easter in March this year?! What the heck. We are an eternal family :) that makes me really happy. But yeah, college is going to be fun and great.. we´re excited! And hey, Haylee Evans is really going to Peru?! That´s great! I´m going to give her some tips.. if I tell her everything though she isn´t going to want to go anymore hahaha. Oh beloved Peru... and the letter last week.. I totally got distracted reading talks.. forgive me mother :) I´ll make up for it right now!

Mason Wells.. I know him actually pretty well. That´s crazy. I´m glad to hear he is doing better though! The Lord really is watching out for him. He really needs to become like a navy seal and get back at those terrorists. Thanks mom for letting me know though!

Well, this week has been a longgggg week. I wanna fill ya'll in on last week.. everything was good. My comp and I gave a sweet training to the zone on miracles and how we can receive them in this great work. We shared the classic story of David and Goliath and related it to missionary work. David was a very small blonde and beautiful kid (like us, lol) that didn't have much experience, but he had to take on a big powerful enemy. If he would have fought Goliath with his own strength, he probably would have been completely destroyed. But David understood that; he understood that he couldn't do it alone. His eyes were set on the Lord and his power to save and free, not his own skills and talents. He told Goliath that it wasn't his battle, but rather the Lord's and because of that, the Lord would free him. David trusted and ran towards Goliath with all his might. Goliath did the same; he ran towards David, full speed, full power, ready to kill him, but David, with the strength of the Lord was able to kill him and defeat an enemy that was supposedly undefeatable. We related this story to us. We are in the richest zone in the mission, and supposedly the hardest zone to baptize in the mission, but that is the limit that we as missionaries have put on ourselves; it's a false belief. We taught that our zone may be different from the rest, but because of that we need work in different ways to see different results. We can take this giant on walking, and we can't do it by ourselves, but rather, this is the Lord's battle, not ours, and we need to do it at a full run, giving everything we have. Doing so, trusting in the Lord and recognizing that he directs the work, will make the complete difference so we can see fruits of our labors and baptize the elect that the Lord has prepared for us. Great stuff.

So also last week we had a super poopy experience, we have two investigators, a mother and a daughter named Carmen and Camila. I've told you guys about Carmen, she is a wonderful woman who has progressed beautifully over these past weeks. Her daughter Camila has about 21 years and she is also progressing very quickly. We have been teaching them very frequently and both of them have accepted the invitation to be baptized, because they have been able to feel that it is true. On Sunday night last week, we went to their house to be able to prepare them for their baptisms and teach them the commandments. We walked in their house with our ward mission leader, sat down, and began conversing before we taught. Before we said the prayer, through the door in walks Camila's friend. We greeted her and she sat down and began also talking with her. She was like a 22 year old spoiled party brat and come to find our she was an inactive member of the church. She then went on to tell us, in front of Carmen and Camila, that she got baptized when she supposedly knew it wasn't true and that the church is false and that God's actually not a person, just a magic unknowable spirit essence that fills immensity. WRONG. We told her God is a perfect and exalted PERSON that has a tangible body of flesh and bones. Then she continued with her schpeel of apostasy and began talking about how the "church" makes dumb rules like not drinking or having sex before you're married (listen brat, it's not the church, it's God). She didn't give us much room to talk and correct the here-says she had taught and we also couldn't teach Camila and Carmen the truth, because she stayed there in the room, doing another thing, but listening still. Awkward. Carmen and Camila were super suprised at the stupid things that girl said and it made them start thinking and second guessing. So yeah, we took other appointments out all this week we've gone by, but we haven't been able to find them all week... We actually found Camila on Saturday, but she was super discouraged due to the opposition in her life; her ex partner, her father, her friends, everyone is telling her NO, the Mormons are BAD. I invite them to read Mormon 9:3-5. boooo. Carmen's baptism was supposed to be this week too, but her boss decided to take her on vacation with him and his wife. Dang it. And now she can't be baptized until the 16th of April due to the general conference next week and national elections that take place on Sunday (there won't be church in all of Peru) in two weeks. But I guess it might be better though, because now Camila and Carmen, when we are actually able to teach them and get everything settled, they can be baptized on the same day. That was pretty much my week in a bag. We worked our keesters off this week. We also found a lot of new families to teach and many of them are progressing. Our ward mission leader named Jimmy Chuan has helped a lot this week, that's been nice. We got a new pencionista and she now delivers the food to our door every day, so the other Elders come over, Elder Pearce and Elder Cancino, and we eat with them. It's nice. Elder Pearce was my comp in the MTC, and he is a super solid dude! We usually end up talking about guns and things we're going to do when we get home.

This week while reading Preach My Gospel I was reminded of the very point of missionary work. Declaring the fact of the fullness of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ and the authority of the holy priesthood that has been restored to the earth. That if we live in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ, we will be presented before the Lord in the last day and we will receive mercy from the Savior, and will enter into the presence of the Father to dwell with him in his eternal mansion.

The gospel is great. I love it. I pray for the apostates who have left and hope they come back.

Elder Cluff

Elder McPhie and Elder Cluff emailing on P-day

Thursday, March 17, 2016

March 14, 2016 Letter...

Thanks, that makes me feel more comforted what you said about dad and his job. That's awesome. Maybe he can work on the side with Kula for the church or something like that:) Who knows.. but I'm glad to hear all is well and thanks for all you did with the room! We are going to have a lot of fun! Now I just need to see what job I can get to be able to pay for school and pay rent. But cool :) I'm super pumped. Life is a continually progressing. This week has had a lot of good fun things in it! On Tuesday I received a new comp, and I am now training a new Zone Leader. His name is Elder McPhie from St. George!! He went to Desert Hills HS and knows a lot of the same people I know!!! Like he was on swim team and stuff and he told me he knew Taylor our cousin! Such a small world. It's super fun. It's nice having a USA comp I'm not going to lie... Anyways. We are taking the Zone Limatambo to new heights and we have a lot of new things we are implementing here and we have already seen the differences! The investigators I told you about last week, Carmen and Rachelle, they both will be baptized next week! We are stoked to get it done! They have made such progress and especially Carmen, her conversion story is just amazing. She has received many answers to her prayers and she is just pumped. The ward is doing a great job of helping them feel comfortable also.

This Thursday we have a training from Elder Robbins from the 70 presidency.. it was awesome! I was definitely spiritually enlightened. He talked a lot about obedience and how we have to do it, even when we don't understand. He mentioned that we need to learn to trust in our leaders and those who receive revelation for us, and do what they say and trust in their promises. It was great. Then afterwards we had the leader council with Elder Montoya from the 70.. he was super direct and used a little bit of fire with us and it was awesome... it wasn't really fire for us, but rather in the mission, some things that have been happening that really shouldn't be. I enjoyed it. Then yesterday we had another meeting with my comp and I, Pres. Larson, the stake president, and Elder Alvarez from the 70. It was also a solid meeting. He gave us some new ideas to help the zone, and did some follow ups to make sure we completed with the assignments that he had given us the last time we talked with him. We went SUPER prepared and we able to answer all of his questions and defend the zone. Great experience. I love preparation. 

Anyways, I love you guys,

Elder Cluff

March 7, 2016 Letter...

Good to hear everyone is good motherrr :) I hope Ashley has her baby this week.. that would be cool. I got the shaving oil and YES I love it. It's solid and I thank you for it. Transfers are tomorrow and I'm about 100 percent sure I will be receiving a new comp. Idk if it will be a new zone leader or an old zone leader that will come. Either way it'll be a solid missionary. That's the good thing about being a ZL.. you always get good comps! I'm pumped to hear about Zack and the ACT. I'm positive he'll score much higher than me. I really hated that test to be honest... I''m glad I'll never have to take it again. Glad everyone is working hard and having funnnnn :)

Not much happened this week to be honest. We were able to find a lot of new people to teach and our current investigators are progressing really beautifully. We are seeing a lot of blessings right now! We have two investigadores that are pretty sure for this month. One is Rachelle and the other is Carmen. Rachelle is progressing wonderfully. The most solid family here in the ward, the Vicente family, are helping us a lot with her. One of the daughters from that family recently returned home from the mission in Brazil and is helping us a lot with Rachelle. They are doing a great job of befriending her and helping her go to activities and church. We honestly don't have to do much, well we do, but we don't have to worry about going and picking her up for church or calling her to remind her about appointments and things like that, the family does it.. it's nice :) My comp and I have been able to note a significant difference in her conversion as compared to someone who we have done everything for and members nothing.. She has been able to progress a lot faster and has been able to be more sure about the answers to her prayers and her questions thanks to the family who has completely adopted her into their loving home and dedicated themselves to her eternal well being. That's the way it should be! Members and missionaries... working TOGETHER. I love it.

We had an appointment with Carmen yesterday and she is rocking it. She is a single mother who works alllll day as a nurse in the house of a church member taking care of their old mother who is unable to do things for herself. Carmen is a very loving and patient and receptive person. I remember the second appointment with her she started calling us her angels. Haha. AWESOME. Anyways she went to church yesterday and the members did a fabulous job of befriending her and making her feel comfortable. Carmen LOVED IT. What a great spirit was felt yesterday. Then in the appointment we taught the Restauration and she accepted a baptismal date for this month! She has 3 older kids that live with her and we are going to be able to work with them also :)

We have a few other people who are progressing and possibles for this month. We are loving it. It's amazing to see how much the Lord blesses us when we are diligent and when we remember him.

I love you guys,

Elder Cluff

February 29, 2016 Letter...

Yeah that's a great idea about the house.. be sure to stay in contact with Sue Mika and get her in on it so you guys can decide together!! That would be super awesome though. Let me know what happens.. and if I have to sign something electronically that's just fine. Good to hear the fam damily is doing well and everyone is playing lax and haveeeeinnngg fun. That's a straight blessing. I'm excited though for this package you sent! I want that shaving oil super bad! Its going to be cool. Anyways keep me update with Ashley also! I'm super pumped cuz I'll be a tiooooo! Uncle Caden.. coolest uncle ever. RM.. dope. Anyways your letter was good you can always make them like that if you desire. It's good stuff.

This week was cool. On Tuesday with half of the mission in Magdalena. It was a great training. Well it actually wasn't much of a training… more of a remembering things and getting everyone on the same page. Me and my comp had to give a 15 minute training on what Elder Alvarez recently taught us.. we did it awesome and it was a good time. The spirit was strong!! I absolutely love teaching people and training them. Before the mission I was terrified of speaking in front of people and especially teaching, but now, I love it. I teach with Dad's style.. without even trying.. it just naturally happens haha. We also found out the other day that missionaries from the East mission baptized someone from our sector.. that's apostasy, but whatever.. what are we going to do. He's actually an old investigator that the elders tried to teach but couldn't because he was too old to listen and understand. So yeah... que palta.

On Thursday at 6:30 AM we left with brother Miguel Quintanilla, the new water boy of the mission hahaha. I met him when I was in Amakella, because he is the ward mission leader of Proceres who shared a church with us. Anyways we had to go with him for 5 hours delivering water to the whole zone. It was so tiring, to be honest. We had to deliver like fifty, 20 liter things of water. Anyways we had a good time delivering water and seeing all the missionaries in our huge zone.. Then in the afternoon we had to go to Limatambo, the stake center and I interviewed one of Elder Caipo's (he is a DL here and was my old comp in Condevilla) investigators for his baptism. Soooo prepared and ready to be baptized! Wow. He surprised me. His name is Alejandro and he has such a strong testimony of this gospel. I love doing the baptismal interview because there I'm really able to see the conversion of someone. Such a great opportunity.

El Saturday was awesome! We had a baptism! Estefany.. she that was able to obtain a strong testimony of the gospel, and was baptized!!! We are super happy and excited! She was baptized in the stake center because there was an activity there of YSA and we wanted all them to be able to be there. Really spiritual baptism. I had the honor of baptizing her .. and wow it felt so good. There is nothing like performing a life saving ordinance! We are happy here and will continue baptizing our converts :) Also on Saturday we had lunch with the family Tafur.. the wife is an active member, but the husband isn't a member and wants nothing to do with the church. But during lunch on Saturday we were able to gain a lot of his confidence focusing on him and the things he likes and he was smiling and laughing and it was cool. Little by little.. the focus is on HIM. Not us, He is my goal before I go home.. help him come unto Christ!

Anyways, love you guys.. the time is coming to an end. :( Only 3 more transfer cycles.. and chau chau.

Elder Cluff

Estefany's Baptism 

A lady put this whole fish in hot oil and it was so delicious... I loved it! 

The Beach