Monday, August 21, 2017

Week #48

It was a great week! A little slow in the work aspect because almost everyone of our lessons canceled this week but we also had an apostle come talk to us. So it evens out. 

Tuesday we just worked. But we actually had to go to the church to make a schedule for this book fair we were serving at on Saturday so that ate up most of the time for the day. 

Wednesday I went on exchanges with my boy elder Thomson!! Love that homie to death! Tuesday night we exchanged and I was at his place. He was talking to me and I straight knocked out at 9:30 because I am completely exhausted because we never go to bed on time especially when elders don't text that they are in and then we have to leave our apartment at 10:20 at night to go look for them. So I just passed out cold that night at 9:30 and the next day I felt fabulous! We went out and worked hard then exchanged back early because we had ward coordination meetings. 

Thursday was district meetings freaking love my district they are all the best. Then we went out and worked some more! 

Friday we had to wake up early and be at the temple at 7 in the morn for temple service. So we were out in the sun grinding pulling weeds at el templo until a lit noon then came back and tried to knock off some of our referrals. Friday we also go to go to el coyote! It is a famous Mexican restaurant in LA and the owners just happen to be in our ward. So my boy eazy Elder E and I got buffalo enchiladas and tacos. Oh and the owners gave us a referral from one of their staff. It was nice because we got treated like royalty in there. Friday night at 6 at a nice sit down restaurant and we were in and out of there in 25 mins. 

Saturday was the book fair at a mall. We were there from 7-5:30 in the sun just helping out where help was needed! It was fun and every member from the zone came plus we got some sick hats and a free Quran with my name written in Arabic. We also got to meet my boy Star. He is this crazy I am guessing homeless dude that was wondering around the book fair handing out vegan pamphlets with scriptures in it and saying if Jesus were here today he wouldn't eat meat! He was also wearing a Bernie sanders hat with sweet Bernie sanders buttons all over it I asked if I could have one of them but he would always change the subject! Freakin Star. I got baked by the sun that day it was bad I had a throbbing head and I wanted to go home and cry about it. But after the book fair we finally had our flood the Visitors center night! We were able to go with one of our recent converts! We watched the testaments and it was a great time!

Sunday we had a special stake conference and Elder Ballard was the main speaker! Oh man I just strengthened my testimony even more about how God works though his prophets and apostles. Elder Ballards testimony was so simple yet it hit you so hard. What he was teaching us on we so simple and it had so much meaning behind it. Elder Ballard threw some shade at us tho... he was saying how we spend too much time on social media and how when we want answers answered we go to google and the internet. Then he said I always ask them when was the last time you picked up the Book of Mormon? Roasted. But that's really all he Asked us to do! Is read and pray often and learn and know about the plan of salvation. I kw what he is saying is true because he is an apostle of the lord! That's my challenge for you all this week! Read and pray more often and know and learn as much as you can about the plan of salvation!

Love you all! Have an awesome week!

1-3 with our main squeeze Star 
  1. With the head honcho of the book fair 
  2. Most of the zone homies 
  3. Freakin Star. 

Last Monday we were sitting at the Hollywood building when a man comes up and asks if he can use the parking lot to park some equipment for a music video he is shooting around the corner. So I asked him who the artist is and he looks at all of us and goes "I trust all of you, we are filming for Jason Derulo" thought was worth sharing. 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Week #47

This week was super good!! A lot happened and we set a baptismal date and have two solid investigators!

It happened on Tuesday! First we had interviews pretty much all day. All we do as Zone leaders is keep all the interviews on schedule. So we just sat there. But at 4:30 we went up to the visitors center and had a super great lesson with our new investigator Wendy! She is solid! Plus she has a bunch of family that is LDS so that's always a plus to have that support! Right after that we had to haul back to our area to have a lesson with our other new investigator named thania! She is 19 and is super chill! We set a baptismal date with her! Tuesday was just a great day #blessed

Wednesday we went and helped out at the same school pretty much all day long. They just kept asking all of us to do one more thing. But we finally got out of there. It was super fun tho! Always glad to give a helping hand! 

Thursday we were on exchanges I went with my second to last companion elder lawton! He is doing so much better! 

This weekend has been a big party since Johnny the kid that lives in the front house is leaving on his mission on Wednesday:( it's sad I don't really want him to go. But he finna kill it in Guatemala! So he had a lot of goodbye parties and we helped set up and clean up for those! 

Something that I loved this week and I actually spoke on it a couple of weeks ago was about the importance of the sacrament. Yesterday I was able to just sit and take it. I really got to meditate and think about how my week was and I truly did feel different after taking the sacrament. I was truly able to feel the cleansing power that comes from Jesus Christ. Still amazed at Him and all that he does for me. I know without a doubt he loves me, knows me and cares for me.  

Quote of the week from Elder Eldredge. We were coming home Saturday night out of our sketchy area and we rolled down the windows and blasted praise to the man by vocal point (not my first choice but it happened to be on) then elder eldredge goes "why do people look at us like idiots? Meh doesn't matter cause they are going to hell and we aren't."

Have a great week! Look for simple opportunities to share the gospel or serve someone! Love you all!

Pics por fin!
  1. The LA Butchery 
  2. Buncha white kids walking down western Ave.  lol
  3. Service project.
  4. Views of DTLA from the south part of our area. 


Monday, August 7, 2017

Week #46

Another great week down here in the CLAM! Not much happened. Like no really funny or crazy stories....but we had some really cool miracles! Plus I had fried chicken for lunch 3 days in a row. 

Tuesday we were at MIssion Leadership Council from 10-4:30. That was very long but I learned a whole bunch and it got me excited for August! We were finally able to see wenetta west that day!!she is doing good and it was great to catch up with her. 

Wednesday we got a text about a service project at some school they are remodeling so we helped paint and clean desks. It was cool because more than half of the zone was there helping out. Then after that we had probably the most amazing and spiritual lesson with the Westwood sisters investigator who is still having problems with the law of chastity. (<- after I thought we pounded that into his brain the first time) it was amazing! The best part was the spirit totally took me over and I just started talking and testifying. I don't remember what I said honestly I don't, but what I said changed him and he agreed to live it! So that was a pretty cool experience. 

Thursday we had district meetings they were great! The. After that we went directly back to the school to do this service project. After the elders from the district we are in went to get lunch and while at lunch this old guy pushing a shopping cart passed out and fire trucks and ambulances where everywhere then they took this old guy away to the hospital 

Saturday was exchanges with the APs I went with elder Pearson. He is one of the best missionaries here hands down. We had a great time together and laughed a lot but that was when we saw the most miracles. 

After that we exchanged back we'll actually this week I have been meeting with a struggling missionary who has been out on e mission 2 weeks. So we meet with him almost once a night. He is the cutest lil missionary. With the sweetest spirit. It was funny because his companion told me when he was struggling he asked him what he wanted to do and he said "meet with elder clark" I don't know why lol I am not very wise and I don't have much to offer but yeah hey I'll try to help him out! It has been some of the best hours of my mission sitting and talking with this elder. The spirit that is felt in our conversations is unreal. Whatever I am doing seems to be working too! He is getting better and better every time I am meeting with him! I know it's not because of me tho. It's because of the spirit that is helping him through this. I'm just here for support! The spirit is truly a marvelous thing. 

Again sorry no pics this week. I will try harder. Have a great week homies!


Saturday, August 5, 2017

Week #45

This has been a really really rewarding week! First off my new companion is off the chain lit. His name is Elder Eldredge. He is from Harriman Utah (<-my first Comp from Utah) and it's great! We get along so well and we know a lot of the same people! Funny thing is that i am training him on how to be a zone leader.. have you all ever seen that vine with the blind football player and he goes "anything is possible" then it shows him running around in circles like 15 yards behind the play. (Thanks Elder Retamales) That's how we both  feel. We have no freaking clue what's going on and we feel like we are barely staying afloat. Yet somehow the zone has been saying how we are their favorite zone leaders they have ever had on their missions. Must be doing something right somewhere I guess. 

Tuesday we had meetings and had to help new missionaries move into their apartments and take all of their crap to them so we just did a bunch of driving that day. It was good tho! Got to meet some of the brand new elders in the zone! We are so pumped to have them! We also went up to LA 4th ward and ate with the familia Flores! They are the best! That ward is my favorite!

Wednesday we had Zone Leadership Council. Just talked about what we want the zone to do and how we can be successful for this transfer. Then we went back to LA 4th and I got to interview one of their investigators in Spanish! Yes mom if you're wondering I am keeping up with the nish todavía

Thursday we had a get to know you activity before district meeting. We played a couple of get to know you games then we hade district meetings. They were super good! We also met with our investigator Tasha who was already a progressing investigator but was sent to us as a referral. She is so incredible funny! We committed her to pray daily. And when we extended it to her she said " pshhhh that's hella easy yes I'll do it"! It's like perfect! Sounds good! We are excited to keep working with her! 

Friday we finally found time to go shopping and go serve at the food bank! That was fun then we went to the VC to have a lesson with the Westwood 1 sisters. They want us to teach their investigator the law of chastity because he is our age and he doesn't feel comfortable talking about that kinda stuff with girls his age (<-retweet)
He didn't end up coming BUT he committed the next night! 

Saturday we played this game that we named the pride game to see who is more prideful. It was about 85 that day and we rolled up the windows and turned on the heat full blast. We did it to see who was more prideful and to see who would  wuss first. We played it pretty much all day and probs lost a couple of pounds in sweat. I lost tho:( I couldn't take it. We also  taught the Westwood sister investigator the law of chastity! The spirit was so strong in the room! I don't even remember what I said which made me realize I was speaking the words that God wanted me to say. It was a super great spiritual experience for all of us. 

Sunday went to church elder eldredge had to speak because he is new. Then we went to the VC again to watch a movie with Johnny and his investigator friend! It was amazing! He is going to be such a good missionary!!

That's it! Hope you all have a good week! Sorry no pics this week!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Week #44

Another week gone and another transfer gone. This blows, it's going by too fast! Had a super good week this week full of miracles and making johnny mad. 

We first met with a man named Harold who loves God he told us about 30 times while we met with him. He is referral and we set a baptismal date with him!! He was awesome and he is so ready to do this! He was excited. Just need to get that ol boy to church! 

Wednesday was good we went o lunch with a member from Downey where elder Reynolds served. This member gave me some sample cologne and I left it in his car.. completely forgotten about it, this member is not very happy with me rn... but I apologized and he didn't say anything back so whatevs. 

Thursday elder Reynolds and I went to district meeting and we conducted and gave a training. It was good it was like I was a district leader again. I also got a sweet sweet package from my family. They are the best. 

Thursday night is where it gets good. So the member boy who lives in front of us who is getting ready to go on a mission comes over and hangs with us every night. He is pretty immature, he took something of mine that I just got in the package from my parents and put it down my pants to be funny. I didn't find that too funny. So I grabbed him by the back of the neck made him wash what was down his pants then Took him to the toilet and put his head in the toilet. Just like I did to Elder Holyoak when I would get fed up with his crap, so I am pretty good at putting people's heads toilets. No jk I didn't really I took him to the toilet and he was screaming I'll do it the easy way!!! So he out his own head in the toilet. As he was washing his hair out in the bath tub my companion takes a wooden spoon and hits him in the butt with it. He freaked out and started to attack me, he was even trying to bite me. My companion said it looked like a legit fight. All I was trying to do was to get him to stop it! I did and then I asked johnny why are you so mad? Then he got his things left and didn't talk to us until Sunday.... we made up tho, but my companion and I made that rule that there will be no more idiotic stuff anymore.  

Saturday the LA stake celebrated Pioneer Day and all the missionaries got to go. This is there like one big stake activity so they go all out! There was a load of good food a machinable bull bouncy houses and a ton of people. It was good to see some 4th members. They all said they miss me and how tall I was. Great people. 

Sunday comes and we have to pass the sacrament, speak in sacrament meeting, teach gospel principals and I had to conduct the music In priesthood. I loved it! It's fun being so involved! It was sad because it's elder Reynolds last Sunday so the whole ward was just super sad he is leaving. That night we got to see where everyone is going for the next transfer and call the zone and tell them where they are goin. My new companion is elder Eldredge!! He went to Harriman high and we know the same people! I am super excited to serve with him! Bad/good news is I am training him on how to be a ZL... I barely think I know what to do. So we are both in for a ride. Hey I know if we put our trust in the lord and give it our very best. MIRACLES. Excited to learn and grow! 

1-6. Last p day we went and played frisbee and soccer at a park right across from the ocean!
  1. Get in there big girl 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Week #43

Man the weeks are flying by now... it was a super good week! Had a lot going on but we were also privileged to have a big miracle!

We try to teach at out Visitors center a ton so we spent a lot of time up there but we were only able to have 2 lessons up there. It wasn't a good week for that but there is next week! We had a big miracle that day tho. We get a call from a random number saying his name is Alex and he is a less active and he wants to come back to church and he will give us a call later that day. So we start working we try this referral names Alex, we knock on the door no one answers so we start to head back towards the car and as we do we hear "hey elders" it  was a young boy named Alex! And by young I mean 18. He came over and said yeah I called some elders today I want to come back to church we said oh wow.. this is weird we were actually looking for you! Crazy how gods timing is right 

Then the next day we went to the VC wit him and had an amazing lesson super powerful we are gonna start working with him 

Thursday we had Zone conference and elder Reynolds and I had to give a training. We had 0 time to prepare it. Then we find out we have to give it to half of the mission... we winged it pretty hard and everyone seemed to like it! even my boy P. Haynie. Learned a lot from the trainings one thing I really liked was a training about laying out weapons of rebellion down. Get rid of laziness, bad speaking, pride everything that could help you be "rebellious" before god. It was a great training and I definitely need to work on that. 

Saturday night some members from a different ward that elder Reynolds served in took us to Cheesecake Factory it was so good. Loved it. That was probs the highlight from this week.  Oh and the APs got to meet Blake griffin at one of the buildings down here. Freakin buckets. 

Also Thursday was 1 year since I left my home family and friends to start this adventure. I am so grateful God led me to make this decision to serve a mission for him. This is the best thing I have ever done in my life. Sure it is hard and I want to kill myself every morning when I hear that alarm go off at 6:30 but it's totally worth it. I have come to understand the great importance of this message and how it brings everlasting happiness. I am so humbled for everything that God has blessed me with and I am so grateful I can show him that I love him by doing this to help at least one of his children partake of the best message on the face of the earth. 

Love you all have a great week! 

1. Went to paramount studios last week and walked around where they make movies and all that.
  1. Mom dad we are going to the griddle. 
  2. Desayuno with the kawmistsus 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week #42

This week was good! Full of exchanges and food! We ate so much this week and didn't have anytime in the morning to work out so your boy has a nice big barriga. That's aight set a goal to go ham this week in workouts. 
Happy 4th to everyone! So grateful and proud to be a USA boy. How grateful I am for our freedom. The 4th for me was just filled with food really just ate at different BBQs then we had to be in at 6 so we just hung out for the night. It sounded like a war zone outside tho.. the next morning the streets were trashed with firework boxes. 
So that day I went on an exchange with elder crafts. His Spanish is perfect and he came out with me. He is such a bro. We didn't have a car so we used the bus and our pies. We walked 11 miles that day... I had blisters and my legs were shaking at the end of the night. As we were waiting for the bus some guy comes out of a convenient store and said you good Christian brothers, can y'all buy me some food? We said yeah sure so he ran back into the store grabbed a 2 liter of soda a big bag of chips, like 5 snickers bars and some like brownies. We go hey easy does it buddy we will buy you 2 things. So he picked 2 things then as the cashier was scanning everything he tried to sneak a snickers bar into mix. I looked at him and then slid it back I tot the shelf. After he just grabbed the bag and ran out of the store. What a guy. 
The next day I went on exchanges with elder halverson. He is a good elder. We were suppose to have the car but his companion took the car keys so we were back to bus and our pies. We took the bus a lot more because I was not about to do that for a second day. Only like 6.5 miles that day so it's aight. 
The next day. I went with my boy elder retamales. He is such a G.  I hope I can be companions with him. We get along really well and we have already planned chilling after the mish. He is so cool. We had a car that day so thank the heavens. Funny story so I got a letter from sweet sweet sister Hannah Kartchner, and I wrote her back   I usually just see mailmen out on their routes so I give them the letters I write to her but for some reason this week I couldn't find one! Until I was with elder retamales. We were driving down pico blvd. When a mail truck starts driving next to us. I hold the letter up and try to get her attention. I finally do and she rolls her eyes and rolls down her window. So I scoot in a little closer and gave it to her!! Did all of this going 40 down pico. 
Saturday was something so incredibly cool. Johnny who lives in front of us who had been less active went and received his endowment in Saturday and we got to go! It was an amazing experience.  A bunch of things stuck out to me as well. So it was an all around awesome. After that we had a wilshire ward activity and we watched the prophet of the restoration movie. It was amazing! It strengthened my testimony on Jospeh smith. I know without a doubt Joseph smith was a prophet of God. We was chosen to restore the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth. Everything he did was to establish the kingdom of God on the earth. He sacrificed so much so that we could have so much joy and happiness that comes from this church. 

1-2. Zone P day activity that we did 
  1. The 4th of July and a member took us out to get something to eat. He is the best! 
  2. Aunt Jen was right. We mob around the streets on these bad boys haha

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Week #41

This week flew by again! Not that much happened this week. Johnny got his mission call!! That was exciting we had temple day and that pretty much it. 
So Monday Johnny got his mission call to Guatemala!! There was a big party and it reminded me of when I opened up my mission call. I was feeling super sick tho I had the worst headache that made me feel like I was going to throw up. So I went to bed at 7:45 that night and missed out on pizza but it was so exciting!! 

Tuesday was my very first MIssion Leadership Council. It was really cool and a little long! We were up doing that for most of the day. We set goals for the month of July, ate lunch and had some super good trainings!Then just came home and worked! Nothing too exciting. 
Thursday was interview and temple day! So pretty much as Zone leaders you make interviews are stating on time so we were in the mission office from 8 until about 6. Then we went to the temple! It was awesome! So great and refreshing to enter in and just be reminded of everything in there! (Also Prez said I need to go change my hair now that I am a zone leader stay tuned) 

Something that has been on my mind a lot is how the gospel blesses families. It's truly amazing how much better our families can be when we have the gospel of Jesus Christ in our homes. I know one thing I am grateful for is my dad and how he exercised the priesthood for all of his children. What a blessing it is when we center our families on everything the gospel teaches us. When we do that we are promised happy marriages and successful families. This church is true! And I love it! 

  1. Elder Pearson, Johnny, Elder Reynolds y yo after where he is going
  2. El mismo
  3. Forgot to send this one! This was inside at the little kidz club we went a few weeks back!

Week #40

This week flew by! Yet again another busy week! Plus this week we set two baptismal dates! So to say the least it's been an amazing week! Only bad thing is I'm starting to get tired... I need to keep moving or a just straight up pass out.

Tuesday we had Zone Leadership Council. It went long because we are planning like a zone conference for the ward with trainings and talks and everything it's going to be great and it will be soon! Came home and ate pupusas went and had a lesson with our less active members there went on exchanges with the Assistants to the President

Get this the senior companion for the AP's sleeps on a temper-pedic (probs not how you spell it don't judge. In Spanish you sound out the word and that's how you spell it) anyways that companion was with my companion so I got to sleep in the bed and boy was it glorious! That day we went hard and it was hot. Sweat was everywhere. Had some good convos. Got to talk to a lot of people in Spanish so it was great. I miss it.

Thursday we got a call to go give a blessing in the hospital to someone with with stage 4 cancer. It was all in Spanish and I loved every minute of it! Plus I got to bear my testimony to her about having faith through hard trials like this. I told her about my dad and how he had cancer and how faith got not only him but my entire family through this challenge we had to face!

The next day we had our first lesson with our<> referral named Zack. He is so so cool he is from Boston and he even worked for the Red Sox! We got along just great oh and he accepted to be baptized!! Let's goooo he  just said this all makes sense and he is willing to act on our invitations! What a man.

The next day we had another<> referral lesson. She is this sweet grandma. It was one of the most spiritual lessons I have ever been in. We taught the restoration again and from the time we said a prayer until we left she was crying because she loved the message so much! We could tell it just clicked with her. Almost as if we were reminds her about it not teaching her something new. She also accepted a baptismal date. So we are so pumped rn!! She was the cutest and she kept saying everyone has been lying to me and this is what was mission in my heart. Super excited to teach again and have a lesson with her at the Visitor Center!

Yesterday night we went to a fireside with our returning less active. Kirby Heborne was the speaker. He gave a super great talk and after we snagged a pic and I told him he was a looser and we came home!

This week during my personal study I don't plan anything, I say my prayer and then just let the spirit guide me. It has guided me to the scriptures, general conference talks, Jesus the Christ and my patriarchal blessing! How grateful I am to have the Holy Ghost active in my life! Helping me become the best person I can be! He is real, he is here to answer our questions, give us comfort and guide us along this journey through mortality!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Week #39

A kid in the Wiltshire ward gave me a Fidget spinner
This week has been just a busy mess! I love it! Being zone leader is so incredibly busy! You are always going a million miles an hour and I love it! Don't worry we actually got to do some fun things this week in my new area too! We have had meetings, given blessings and helped other missionaries with so many different things! That's what I have liked everyday has been so different, it's been super fun!

Monday night I said good by to all of LA 4th ward it was super sad:( I didn't want to leave :( my companion told me I was going to leave to be zone leader and everyone started to bow down. Ugh. 

on Tuesday I got to the zone leaders area then went to a new leadership training. As we are standing there Getty ready for the meeting president Haynie walks up to me and elder Reynolds and says "elder Clark you have 6 weeks to transfer everything from this brain *points to elder Reynolds noggin* to this brain *points to mine*. He smiled shook our hands and walked away.... I soiled my shorts. 

Something fun and cool happened this week! In our ward there is this less active lady with 3 kids and they are all into acting, apparently one of them has been on parks and rec. we just call them the Disney kids, but one day we were over there helping them with their car and she asked if we could come help out at a CD release party for her friends son. We said heck yes we would love to! So that night we went. It was insane. Polys everywhere so every 5 seconds we got HEY ELDERS. We got there and they said oh we don't need your help but go inside and eat! So we went inside.. it looked like celebrity club for like kids😂😂 I am not joking when I say these kids parents dropped them off. The food was fantastic tho. Plus we got to talk to two polys who are getting ready to go on their missions soon so they asked a lot of questions about it. Then we had to get pics on the red carpet too 

But this week has been so much fun! We have done a lot! We have given two priesthood blessings 1 to a lady in the hospital and 1 to a missionary! We have had a total of 3 hours in our area, but I know that the lord is going to bless our efforts in our area! He did yesterday when some random lady showed up and said I want to learn more about your church! Boom there is a direct blessing from God. 

So we live behind member in an apartment, this family has a son named Jonny he is getting ready to go on his mission (hopefully his call should be here this week) but every night when we get he he comes and hangs with us and we have so much fun! He is the biggest bro and it's just a good time! 

Love you all! Have a good week!

1 barrio cuarto:( 
2 la familia Perez we eat with them every Sunday they are awesome
3 tom cruise and our mission dad!
4 tom cruise and our mission parents!
5 peace out to Spanish 
6 red carpet mayne 
7 us with our less active on the carpet!
8 so she was on the voice I guess. She sang and it sounds like a 23 year old. When we were sitting there talking to her found out she was 14..