Monday, June 29, 2015

Busy Week

So this week was super busy, but we had a great one!

I don’t have a lot of time to write, so this letter might be a little short.

We had a baptism on Saturday. It was so great!! We baptized these three kids that had wanted to be baptized for two years, but their parents wouldn’t let them. Just randomly though, out of nowhere, their parents said they could, and it was so awesome!! It was a great experience. One minor problem was while I was baptizing, I also baptized the phone! haha I had left it in my pocket-classic!! But luckily it still works!! The spirit was so strong. A little sad part was this little primary girl was singing at the baptism, but as she was singing she got super nervous and broke down. It was so sad, but she did so well.

The other big activity this week was our trip to Hawaii! It was super awesome. We had about 150 people show up and it went really well. I know we had a ton of non-members there, as well. Lots of members really enjoyed it and had a lot of fun. At the end, in the relief society room, there were some Polynesians who were teaching some dances and everyone was having a blast. But it is super nice to have the activity over. It was very stressful, but the celestial room was so perfect and spiritual!

Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Clark


Father's Day

June 22, 2015

Happy Father’s Day, dad! You’re the best father! I have appreciated all the advice you have given me on my mission and the things you have taught me. I know that a lot of who I am came from you and for teaching me how to work hard and to love the Lord first. You have always been an example to me of how a priesthood holder should be. I don’t ever remember a time when you complained once about having to do something for the church. You always just diligently complied and obeyed with what the Lord wanted you to do. I know a lot of missionaries have a hard time when their parents don’t support them on their mission, and I am forever grateful for the support you have given me! Being a missionary is great and you gave me a great example to follow!
This week has been good! Lots of exciting stuff! We had a combined district meeting-me and another Dl and it was super spiritual. It went really well! We put it together last second, but it went well! We had interviews with president and that went well. It was cool. Basically, we just talked about my district the whole time, so it was cool to have an interview like that. And then we had a baptism on Saturday, and that was super awesome. His older brother was able to perform the baptism and all went smooth!
Then Sunday we found out that for the baptisms we have coming up this week, we had to get permission from one of the kid’s mom and she wasn’t a member and didn’t really want him to. So that was super stressful, but we were able to get it and all things are on the go! We are super excited for Saturday. Their grandma is making 100 tamales! They think a lot of people will come, so that will be super cool! 
Other than that, the weeks are just flying by! I hope you all had a great father’s day weekend! We have a super awesome activity coming up, so there will be some good pictures coming your way!

Take care!

Elder Clark

Siempre Estoy Correindo

June 15, 2015

Man this week flew by so fast! There was so much we had to get done and it was very overwhelming, but I had a great week!

I don’t even know really where to start. This week we had a lot of lessons and we were able to take out a 19 year old with us for a whole day and that was good. He struggles a lot and so it’s great that he comes with us.

This week we were super busy planning an activity we had on Saturday. It was for all the stake youth and I had mentioned in previous emails what we were going to do. It was very stressful getting it all organized and I was way in over my head, but the activity turned out to be a great success. We had 33 youth there. We were expecting around that number, but hoping for closer to 50. And things went relatively smooth! The kids really had a great experience. Following is a brief overview for those who weren’t able to read the last posts:

The kids showed up and we gave them some cereal for breakfast. Then there were three stations with different activities. One of the activities was a giant iron rod activity. After the activities, the kids, leaders, and missionaries (we had about 10 leaders and 12 missionaries) split into groups and they headed out to the streets to preach the gospel! It was so awesome. It was one of my favorite parts of the day. We got a lot of referrals and one priest that was in my group was on fire! He was talking to everyone and testifying; it was so awesome! That was a great experience. One of the leaders was telling me that one of the girls in his group told him that before the activity she was always very scared to open her mouth and share the gospel but now she saw how easy it is to share your beliefs, and so that was really cool!  Then we had a big lunch and President Cavelieri came down and spoke to us. He talked about what we can do now as member missionaries as a youth and then how to prepare for a mission! He also showed a clip from Facing the Giants, so of course I thought that was cool! (por su puesto) And then we had a testimony meeting with all the youth and it was awesome!

A lot of leaders came up and talked to me and said how much they enjoyed the activity, so all the stress was worth it and hopefully it helps those youth want to serve a mission!

There is so much I wish I could tell you about this week! It was a truly amazing week the Lord really blessed me and helped me feel His love and spirit. I am still learning a lot about leadership-problems never cease, but it is really great to forget yourself and think about others!

In our district meeting this last week we talked about miracles and walking by faith and following in the path of Christ. We don’t need to walk where he walked just as he walked.

President Monson said:

One woman, each time she related experiences she had during a visit to the Holy Land, would exclaim, “I walked where Jesus walked!” She had been in the vicinity where Jesus lived and taught. Perhaps she stood on a rock on which He had once stood or looked at a mountain range He had once gazed upon. The experiences, in and of themselves, were thrilling to her; but physically walking where Jesus walked is less important than walking as He walked. Emulating His actions and following His example are far more important than trying to retrace the remnants of the trails He traversed in mortality.

And then in my personal study the next day, I had a really cool experience in the Book of Mormon. The night before I had told my companion I wanted to study faith and then I wanted him to open to a random chapter in the Book of Mormon for me to study and learn about faith. The chapter he turned to was Alma 49. As I was reading this chapter, it occurred to me how little faith the Lamanite leaders had, and how much faith Captain Moroni and the Nephites had. I learned some characteristics from both sides of the story. Chapter 49 is about the Lamanites attacking cities that had once been much weaker, but that Moroni had fortified. And the whole chapter it talked about how they had been "supposing everything" (vs 7) and the "supposed" they would win or they went to another city "supposing" it was going to be weaker. Each time they were "exceedingly astonished." On the other hand, Moroni was full of confidence. If you read chapter 48 you see how Moroni was firm in his faith in Christ and that he had a "perfect understanding". His was a faith that led to knowledge, understanding, and confidence in the Lord. He was never exceedingly astonished for he knew the Lord would deliver him. One of  my favorite verses about him is :

17 Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.

I love Moroni and I think we can all learn how to have faith like him to conquer our own individual trials. I love the Book of Mormon and the adventures I can have in it, and all I can learn and apply to my life to help others! I hope you all have a great week-and don’t forget to be like Moroni!

Elder Clark