Thursday, December 22, 2016

Office insanity

     I don't have much time. The branch of Takaroa is here going to the temple this week and today we did "tour-de-l'├«le" with them and it was awesome to be able to spend time with everybody I know from Takaroa!! So happy to have done that but now I'm sunburned and don't have much time but it's worth it. 

     The baptism went so great! He's doing really well and his parents who were not alright with the baptism before have even changed their minds and almost came to his confirmation!! It's one of the greatest blessings in the world seeing a change like this in a person. 
     We have another baptism this week!!! She had her interview yesterday and it's good. SO cool!! 
     I've had an insane week this week at the office, everyday was a nightmare of things to do and some days I would be so stressed I dream about the things we have to do and don't sleep well at all. I think it's all calmed down now but this last week was INSANE!! 
     As for Christmas, if all goes well I should be online at 12:00 my time. NOON. I forget what time that is there because of the whole daylight savings thing. Talk to you soon!
-Elder Clements

Thursday, December 15, 2016

You wrecked the truck?!?!

    Ya I wrecked the truck. Well... not the whole truck, just the bumper. It wasn't my fault either. I was stopped in traffic when all of the sudden BANG!!! we got rear ended by a guy whose foot got stuck under the pedal and couldn't brake. No ones hurt except the truck. But the Lord has blessed us with insurance so all is well.

     Other big news is we have a baptism on Saturday!! SO pumped. The Lord has really blessed him and has helped him gain a testimony and overcome trials in his life to be able to get to this point. I'm excited to see him enter into the waters of baptism and all the blessings he'll receive after.
     Other than that this week we were super busy and could barely get it all done. Last Monday I got home at 1:00 in the morning from picking up and dropping off missionaries at the airport and slept in for the first time in a year and a half. It was really insane. Last Monday was one of the craziest days of my life I think. 

     Another worldly pleasure is that we got a new phone. There's a myth that missionaries can't have smartphones well ya right. Our new phone is the Samsung Galaxy J1 which is 2legit and makes the million calls a day we have smoother than silk. Thanks President!!

     Other than that y'all I don't have much time. Just know that every day my testimony grows that God lives and that His plan is real and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. It's simple but it's so wonderful. I'm one of the most blessed people on earth to be able to be a servant of the Lord! Love you all, have a great week!
-Elder Clements

This is how the Mormon's buy bikes!


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Busiest day ever!

So ya today was one of the busiest days I've ever had. Today is transfers and 9 missionaries are leaving and 12 are coming in.

At the airport...shipping and receiving ;) 

     I, Elder Clements, being born of goodly parents, woke up this morning and was mis-led enough to think I would have a P-day today. After cleaning the house and getting ready we set out for the mission office. Upon entering this establishment I found a scene not unlike that of the New York stock market!! All the missionaries that were leaving needed their things treated for sending back to america, about 20 other transferred missionaries and their baggage cluttered every room and hall, and we needed to get it all there before 11:00am My companion disappeared with Elder Boyd to go run a favor and so I was left to deal with this mess alone! By some miracle, I got every one to get their things all in one place, wrap it up and fill out their papers and get it all to the fumigation by 11:00am. Then we had about a million pieces of luggage to drop off at the boats, move some bikes around but we finally have a break. It'll recommence at 8:00pm tonight to take the returning missionaries to the airport with the assistants and president, and pick up the new missionaries from Provo. We should be back home by about 1:00 in the morning. Tomorrow will be the first time I sleep in, since a very long time ago. (approved by president, don't worry)
    OTHER THAN THAT, I had a pretty calm week. Yesterday we fixed 2 BAPTISMS!!! The first time in my mission I've fixed two baptisms in a day. One will be baptized the 17 December at 9:00 AM. This guy has really seen the hand of the Lord reach out to him this last couple months. He's had a great welcome from the members into the ward and really has felt the love of God through them and now really wants to get baptized. He doesn't understand everything but enough to get him started. SUPER pumped about that! He doesn't miss a Sunday or a church activity. The other one is getting baptized the 31 December. He still has to start coming to church before then but other than that, he's good. He stopped drinking coffee and he's getting married on Friday. 

     Well I don't know what else to say, my brain's pretty fried for today. And with that I make an end of my speaking, amen. 
-Elder Clements