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Sunday, January 26, 2014

If you give an Elder a Bread Pan

I don't know about a mouse and cookie but if you give an elder a bread pan, he will never buy bread again! Sister Grosebeck was kind enough to give me one of her bread pans and Ive made home made bread and banana bread so far!! Oh soooo good, never buying bread again if I can help it!!!
Alright today's email is going to be a little "standing-on-a-soap-box"y because I have some things to say. First I met with my mission president this week to discuss my progress and the progress of the missionaries I am in charge of. There is one missionary that the other missionaries joked around with a lot. This person laughs at every joke and is a very happy person. I couldn't understand exactly what they were saying but one time, based on content, I understood and thought it was kinda mean. Then a couple more times I understood and thought again that they were being a little mean. I didn't understand because these are incredible, kind missionaries. When I met with the Mission President he shared with me an experience he had with this particular missionary that was the blunt of all these jokes. He said this person was from the countryside with a very very limited education, of not only the gospel, but life and school in general. He said when he met with them he encouraged them to write their testimony down. As this person struggled to write just basic sentences and as tears poured from their eyes this person was laughing. Their defense mechanism is laughing, so as these other missionaries poked fun at my missionary this person would laugh but on the inside they were crying. I cannot begin to explain how sad this made me, and then how angry. This is something I am ending today with my missionaries, but I wanted to make it a point to tell each one of you the importance of building up and not tearing down. When I was in the MTC we did a lot of negative joking between ourselves, and it began to start hurting us. We all made a goal to only say positive joking. At first it was hard, and I couldn't believe how hard it was but then as we went on it became easier and easier. And now the jokes I tell build up as well as make others laugh. There is no need for negative joking, or "in-between" joking, if its not uplifting its not positive. The picture I imagined of my missionary laughing as tears streamed from her face made me indescribably sad, and while the other missionaries didn't realize they were hurting her this much, they were. Please make it a goal to only positive joke.

Ok so in other news total so far Ive lost 45 pounds. Ive been sick pretty regularly for this last year. Today the church handed out a new booklet titled "Adjusting to Mission Life'. It listed several things that attribute to stress and the affects there of. As I read through it I realized I hit almost all the stress indicator markers. Some of the affects of  stress are weight loss, sickness, easily becomes angry, and others. I didn't realized I was stressed but I was. I want to just remind all of you of the blessing and opportunity all of you have to go to the temple and allow Heavenly Father to ease your burdens and help remove your stress. Stress was something I thought was stupid and not something that needed to be dealt with but it affects you physically as well (as you can see from my 45 pound less body, and the toilet can testify to its never ending torture. Use the resources God has given you and take time out each day to just relax and stop.
Alrighty off my soap box, cool experience that happened to me. A while ago I read a story in the Liahona that related God's commandments to a kite string. The string is what holds the kite up, if the string is gone the kite cannot stay airborn. We are the kite and God's commandments is the string. It may seem to hold us down but in reality it is what keeps us up. As I was teaching this was brought to my remembrance and I was able to teach that. Its sounds kinda small but to me it represented that God keeps His promises, as it says in the Bible:
"But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you".

Alright those things were weighing heavily on me and felt they needed to be said. This week is great, next email will have some pretty awesome pictures due to an upcoming holiday here, prepare yourselves for awesomeness!!!
-Elder Clement
Love you all

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Another short one

What happened to me this week? Not much, I got a new companion. There was a mini emergency transfer and my companion went to the city and I got a new one. He doesnt speak any English so basically besides the Senior Missionary couple here I am the only english speaker for miles and miles!! Hopefully that will allow my mongolian to get better!!
I also got a bigger area, which means the people in that area are now mine. We will most likely have at least a couple baptisms this month. I really want them to be converted, I dont care about the actual baptism because there are plenty of less-actives that have been baptized. My motto: "I dont want to baptize an ALA (assigned less active member)." I got it from my trainer. My goal is to convert not just dunk them in a tank of water.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

What a ride...

Well hidya do?

Whats happened to me this week? I became the new District Leader. This week has also been very eventful for me. There was a fight between two awesome missionaries who just lost their tempers and one was sent home, also that same day one of our sister missionaries was having some personal problems and had to meet with President. So all the missionaries in my city left. Anyways long story short only the sisters came back. And the District Leader was one of the elders that made a mistake and got in a fight so President called me as the new DL. My first day what happened? One of the missionaries in my District (not in my city, hes in a different city), got hit by a car so I had to rush to the hospital to see if he was ok (he is). Then ive just been taking care of him, so far. haha, fun week for both of us!

Quote from my companion, said in all seriousness:
"I like to poop outside, the air is nice".

Well I presided in my first church meeting this Sunday. The missionary that got hit by a car is ok, but on home-stay. He is whats called a Group Leader. Its when a group of members live close to one another but there aren't enough people for a branch or ward. He is basically a Bishop. Well he was home-bound so I as his District Leader conducted and presided during church.

Another funny thing that happened, mom you'll like this im sure. I met with an investigator a couple of days ago who was a little drunk (not at all uncommon). He told me that while he was studying in Russia he did some inappropriate things with an American woman. He said maybe I was her son, his long lost son which fate has brought back to him.

Elder Clement the Poet - BE SURE AND READ THIS

This was personal revelation to me in answer to my prayers. I truly believe the Holy Ghost guided my hands and through this poem gave me the answers I needed.

My tongue is tied, I cannot speak.
I'm not perfect, I know i'm weak.

I want to help, I want to teach
a goal it seems, I cannot reach.

I pray and read, study and try
I cannot teach, I wonder 'why?'.

The Spirit burns, a fire bright.
it gives me hope, a guiding light.

The Holy Ghost, my soul  does feed
Earthly words, it does not need

It speaks to us, a message true.
To us it tells, what we should do.

It can be hard, when doubts appear
but trust the Lord, and do not fear.

Now I know, that there's a way,
I think of this, both night and day.

For now i'm weak, but will be strong.
With faith in Him, I wont wait long.

When troubles come, when faith is tried
keep in mind, for us Christ died. 

-Elder Clement
Ulanbaatar, Mongolia Mission

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Years

About New Years
I'm good, my new years was good. I ate 19 buuz (like dumplings). In Mongolia eating a lot is a good thing, I dont know how to explain it but if an American eats a lot it means they are becoming Mongolian and Mongolians love it and new years is really big here so they make TONS of these buuz. I wanted to show everyone how Mongolian I was so I ate more than anyone at the house! I ate 18, but then everyone went crazy, and started chanting "Eat your age, eat your age" so I ate one more. It was great, I got a lot of respect out of that.  

Ok a little about the work here. The work is going great here. One of our investigators had a vision this week. He has been really difficult, not praying or reading the Book of Mormon, or following up on any of our commitments so we stopped visiting him and focused on other people. About two weeks later one of our lessons got cancelled so we had some extra time. We decided to visit him. We go in and sit down and the first thing he says is "I have something to tell you". He then proceeds with this dream he had: "He was in a taxi coming back from the outskirts of the city. When his taxi gets to the church it stops, and he gets out. When he steps out of the taxi everything else disappears and the only thing he can see is the church" then the dream ends. We talked about what this meant and that this is his answer. He hasnt prayed though so he asked how he could receive and answer without praying, and we told him that we pray for him everyday, and that maybe this was Gods way to answer our prayer and give him and answer to the question he wouldnt ask.

Another thing. Another investigator was what labeled Eternal Investigator. I thought that was a stupid label so we began to meet with him often once I got here, often learned and just getting to know him. We retaught many of the lessons and my companion and I really prayed hard for him. This last week he quit smoking. He has been smoking for many many many years but he finally decided to quit.
Also Ive decided my favorite song in the church is Easter Hosanna, its incredible.

Love you all