Monday, November 24, 2014

Dearest Mother!!!

Mother Dearest!!!!

I hope you know how much I love you! And I hope you can forgive me someday for writing so short, you have no idea how much stress and sadness it causes me, I so wish I could write more! We had an activity in the beach and there were so many things to do this morning we didn't get to do much internet, I just read your email before and now am writing a little bit. I promise I will send you all pictures next week, nothing more!!!

Mother Dear, the best news ever.....woow. Elder Cajo's dad totally got baptized last week!!! He went to Cañete where Elder Cajo's serving and he got to baptize his dad. I cannot tell you of the immense joy it brings me, you have no idea! Anyways, we have been working so hard this week, I've never worked harder! We found sixteen new investigators and taught more than thirty lessons!! We're about to baptize a half-family... almost. I'll let you know how it goes soon! 

I am praying every single day for Grandpa, Grandma, Kriss and Kor, all of you family members and everyone's spiritual, physical and emotional well-being. I could not begin to express the love I feel towards all of you family, especially my most loved grandparents. We must push on with all diligence, following the example of our Savior and Redeemer. Everyone stay strong! Love God, trust in Him, and fast. 

I will write more next week I promise! Have the best day ever!!!!

Elder Clarke 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dearest Mother!!!

Dear Mother and all of the Family!!

I cannot express to you my joy!! It has been a wonderful week, especially the last companionship inventory with Elder Valencia - after such a long time being his companion, there was a reason, for me to learn this one lesson -- that it's  not that we are obligated to keep every commandment perfectly, but that we all have our agency and must keep them with the intention to receive some blessing from God, and to show Him our love for Him. There shouldn't be any other reason to be obedient! Anyways, Elder Valencia finished strong and we'll always be friends. He's a super good guy! 

I could not be more excited to work as hard as we can this transfer with Elder Rivas, un Hondureño!!! :) ALL of the missionaries (except for one) from Honduras here in the mission are the kindest, most sincere, respectful and loving people I have ever met. They are just different from the rest, their Spirit about them, I can't explain it. Elder Rivas is such a great missionary, and reminds me a lot of Elder Fiallos when I was in the office. Anyways, we're going to work hard! There are also 6 companionships in our zone who are in training - 5 of which are newbies from the MTC! and 4 of those trainers have 4 or less transfers in the mission! It is incredible how young our zone is....just the zone leaders, 2 district leaders, and the rest are so new. Haha. I love being zone leader because it's like we're training everyone in so many intercambios we have - service is a blessing! Just like a phrase a friend taught me that is always in my head ´´Oh how praying rests the weary´´...service also rests our Spirits, purifies us, and enables us to do more than our natural capacity.

Yesterday we went to an appointment, they were not home...immediately Elder Rivas saw an old little serrano lady digging a whole on the hard dirt with a shovel and told me we needed to go help her. It brought the Spirit so strongly into our companionship as I followed and so naturally he started to work and serve and talk about the gospel at the same time with her, her brother, and neighbor. I know that every effort we make towards doing good and trying to do God's will will not be lost - the Spirit is a great recompense.

Every day is the best day ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you all and pray for you!

Sincerely,

Elder Clarke

Monday, November 10, 2014

Teach with Love

Hi Mother!!

I hope you are doing great!! :) Love you so much!! Man, this week I have been working hard, and we've been busy with so many plans to bring people to church yesterday. It was the Stake Conference, and we had a special visit from a Seventy, from Ecuador, named Elder Xavier Espinoza. It was so cool, Saturday before their meetings they asked to accompany us to visit some less-active, new families. For a little more than an hour the Seventy, Elder Espinoza and President Douglas accompanied me and Elder Valencia to visit and teach two great families!!! It was the coolest experience!!! Man, and wow - I cannot express, Elder Espinoza taught with SO much Christlike love to the less-actives, the parents; it really touched me deeply. He said, ´´If we could really understand Christ's love, a lot of things would change.´´ We visited the Molina family with them and also another new family we found this week, Edwin the investigator father who desires to be baptized (referral from the Bishop, he presented us to them) and his less-active wife Sonia, and their 3 less-active children, and they youngest daughter who also wants to be baptized. La Familia Uribe. They are wonderful! They just need to get married before he can get baptized,,but they are really excited to come back to church. Anyways, I just learned that you show people your love by the way you look at them, look into their eyes and express testimony that Christ lives and can heal us from sin if we believe in His name and repent. If we do it sincerely with the Holy Ghost I promise it makes the biggest difference in the world. Help ALL around you to feel the pure love of Christ to teach them to follow Him.

I love you all so much, have the best day ever!!!

Sincerely,
Elder Clarke

PS: Mom it would be great if you could write little hand-written Christmas cards for the Molina family too! :) It would be great. Guess what, Hernán (the dad of the family) received the Melquisidec Priesthood yesterday! And Miluska (the mom) gave the final prayer in the stake conference! It was really cool! Also, so sorry for the shortness of the email!!! I hope you will still love me! the 2 pictures Pres. took for us with Elder Espinoza! :)

Sunday, November 9, 2014

My Favorite Family!!

Dear Family,

This has been the best week ever!!!! THANK YOU ALL SOOO MUCH FOR PRAYING!!!! God has been sooo, so merciful with us, and has blessed us greatly. The biggest miracle of all was that Ivan got work off Saturday and got to go with his wife!!! Wow - and all of the Molina Family went, and July and Junior as well. It was such an incredibly beautiful fast and testimony meeting yesterday, like all the Molina family bore their testimony! I sat with them, and they are so spiritually happy, and just amazing people. I'm so grateful for all of the members in our Chincha ward! Seriously, Sundays are my very favorite days, I couldn't begin to describe the feelings I feel. I talked a lot with President but he was not able to give me permission to go to the temple with them. I was so grateful for it too, I know it's a way the Lord wants me to become more consagrated as a missionary. I have a LONG way to go to be 100% consagrated - it requires great, great faith, and that we repent, being humble even lower than the dust of the earth! We have been blessed to teach a lot of lessons, especially yesterday was awesome! I love so much giving my testimony to all, and seeking their spiritual relief. 

I don't know if you remember Jaime and Salomè, the investigator and his less-active wife, well, last week they got married!! I forgot to mention it, and we went and were like fotographers. Haha it was fun. But sad news...Jaime doesn't really want to come to church...after so many spiritual experiences...and it`s sad and hard for Salomè. Pray lots for him to change his heart. Wow I experienced such an incredibly big miracle when we went to Lima for the leaders conference - I accidentally left my suitcase in the taxi at night....with precious and expensive items inside, including my suit and camera, and slept that night feeling terrible, and hopeless. Then in the morning we went to where they picked us up and the man had returned the suitcase, at like 8am before the meeting. I don't know how to help you understand how that's just something that doesn't happen in South America...especially Peru, Lima, but it was such an incredible miracle from some prayers of great faith. Man, haha it was a scare. 

I am loving so much the mission - we are required to humble ourselves a lot, and be more and more consagrated to the Work of Salvation and our sacred calling. I'm grateful for this experience. Anyways, I love you all so much and am grateful for the emails you sent me! I love hearing about all of your joys and successes...you are a family of excellence!!! :) ANd I love you all. Sorry for not having too much time today, we've been filling our lots of reports and stuff, but I hope you have the best day ever!! :) 

Sincerely,

Elder Clarke