Monday, March 16, 2015

Last time . . .

Dearest Mother!!!

How are you doing?!?!?! :)

I hope you are having the very best day of your whole entire life. This is the last email I'll send you here on the mission! Thank you so much for your email and the awesome picture of the week!!! :) haha, Scotty is a babe. I'm so happy to see all of you!!!! :) I'm going to give you all such a big hug. Um, response to question number two, the Church standards are that only the immediate family come to the airport to greet the returning missionary; only the parents, and siblings. I would like to follow that standard, and after picking me up let's go right over to the grandparents house and we can meet the rest of the family there!!! (uncles aunts..etc) I don't need to see friends for a few days, and don't plan on it really. To question number one, I already bought garments; 10 bottoms and 10 tops. I'm thinking that I'm just going to bring back the new ones, and throw the old ones away here. To question the third; CUALQUIER COSA!!! ask Steve what that means. Honestly, I don't even remember what I used to eat in the United States - it's the truth. Not a lie. I have no idea. I don't remember! Cualquier cosa está bien. 

That's great I'll be speaking with Elder Cook!! He's a great guy. I'm happy for Christian Wells too. The gospel is the most beautiful thing that changes people!!! Mother Dear, I am so sorry about your tooth!!!! That is so sad. I'm glad you're feeling better now. Anyways, I'm sending you my itinerary, just in case! Thank you for all of the very wonderful things you do dearest Mother!!! I love you so much!!! And I'm so grateful and happy to have been able to serve a full-time mission; it's the best decision of my life! I get so nervous for finishing! But I'm going to give ALL that I've got these final days. Tomorrow I'm doing an intercambio in Huanta, Wednesday is my last day here in Ayacucho, Thursday we'll be in Lima for a mission conference with Elder Waddell, counselor of the Area Presidency, and I'm playing a musical number at it!! More Holiness Give me, with our zone as the choir. It'll be awesome! And...Friday and Saturday who knows where I'll be...somewhere in Lima. Sunday is the final interview with President, Monday is a final life-training with the Area and I'll be home on Tuesday! 

I love so much the people here in Ayacucho, I'm sad to leave them!!! We have 2 awesome families who are looking forward to being baptized in April and May with great excitement and joy; the Family Espinoza Cruz and the Family Navarro Cosipuma. They are doing so great, we've taught them all the lessons and Doctrine with power and authority and they always come to church! We've found a lot of other great new investigators, and 2 less actives who want to come back to church!! I gave a talk yesterday in church..it was awesome. I love my companion, Elder Nuñez, he is such a great missionary and I'm going to miss him so much! He has this professional camera that we've been taking lots of cool pictures, I'll show them to you soon because there' s too many to send! 

I know that the Gospel is true, and that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, and that we MUST be obedient and faithful to the end. I love you so much and will see you soon! Have the best day ever!!!!!!!!

Sincerely,

Elder Clarke 

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Living Son of the Living God



Dearest family and friends,

´´My mission is to testify of Jesus Christ.´´ - Joseph Smith. I testify that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World. I know this without a doubt, and it is my determination to testify of Him to all, in every moment, from now until the end of my mission, and throughout my whole life. I know He suffered every pain and sorrow that mankind has ever gone through, and that He will give us mercy and his comforting grace if we repent and do His will. I am
positive that through faith on His name men may become so much more; I know they can truly change and become more like Christ. Most importantly, I know that men can be forgiven of their sins through His complete and infinite sacrifice, and that they may dwell in the presence of our Heavenly Father. There is nothing more important to me, in every aspect of my life; this is the very most important thing. It is the most important thing in the life of all humankind as well, although they don't realize it. Every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, that Jesus is the Christ. There will be given no other name nor way under heaven by which salvation comes to men. Jesus Christ lived a sinless, perfect life and was crucified by wicked men; by the power of God the Father, He was risen from the tomb, to never again be subject to the effects of death and sin. I know that all men shall live again and be brought to the presence of their Maker to be judged by their works, and that those who have been wicked, will be wicked still; and all those who have sought the will of the Father will enter His kingdom. I know that the Atonement offers us courage to press forward with a perfect brightness of hope for God and for all men when darkness and temptation covers the way. It gives me hope, and love, and faith to do His will. ´´It was this truth, this reality that allowed a handful of Galilean fishermen, turned again apostles, who without a single synagogue or sword went on to shape the history of the world in which we live in today.´´ -Elder Holland. I am taking His name upon me and committing to testify of His divinity for the rest of my life. I know that my Redeemer lives! and loves us! In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Sincerely,

Elder Clarke

Monday, March 2, 2015

Chicken!

Dearest Mother,

Elders Clarke & Nunez
Thank you so, so much for your testimony. I appreciate it so much. You are a wonder-woman! And I love you so much. Thank you for always helping me feel the love of the Savior and remembering Him. You live your life so centered on Jesus Christ and it's so admirable! Never change!!! 

I hope more than anything that people can feel God's love. That hurts me a bit..when others can't feel God's love. I know that God is more loving, just and merciful than I am and I'm glad it's in His hands. All I want in my life is to be able to develop a great love for others, the love of Christ; charity. It's so important. I feel like many missionaries don't feel that and it bugs me. I'm so grateful for the Doctrine of Christ; I know that it changes people. It leaves people thinking...meditating. I hope to be able to share more of that with all the family. 


I've been studying VERY profoundly the Atonement this week...and it's amazing the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. I don't know what will happen in the future, but have the complete confidence and assurity that I will be claimed by His merciful grace if I keep repenting and giving ALL that I have. I have a TON to improve still. I hope to be a missionary the rest of my life, and will; I'm making the decision now! 

It's a beautiful, joyful time in the mission. President Douglas came for a training with our zone and we also had Stake Conference in which he spoke. His talk was so incredibly powerful; it's absolutely amazing. That man is going to be an apostle someday. He always shares with us his great desire to see the face of Jesus in the flesh, and just has the most powerful testimony of anyone I've ever heard! His life is so centered and focused on the Doctrine of Christ, and really changes people. 

Here are some pictures with Fermin and his family! We did a service at his house one morning helping him cook in his restaurant, and he taught me how to make some Peruvian dishes. I'll make it for you back home! Haha. He's super awesome, and his family. Those are his two kids. 

I'm giving everything I've got, Mamá! I'm trying to do my very best. We're finding lots of people, bringing them to church and teaching very well the doctrine, but they're just not wanting to accept it. But we are changing little by little the lives of Fermín's family and the family Navarro as well. We have many great blessings!

I'll pray lots for Scotty, Katie, Adam, Steve, and the rest of the family! I'm doing just fine here, experiencing trials but I know and testify that the Lord strengthens me every day, so there's no problem. I'm so grateful for the Holy Ghost; it's played a fundamental part in my life. I know this is God's work and that it WILL go forward, despite all opposition! I know He has all power! Thank you Mother Dear for everything you do, I love you so! Have the best week ever!!!

With sincere love,

Elder Clarke


Have the best day ever!