Thursday, June 14, 2018

Peace through hard times

June 11, 2018

Wow what a busy week.

Made it through the chaotic mess of cambios. Elder Ritchie is training- I'm a grandpa!! My new companion is Elder Prince from Jerome, Idaho. This is is first time being zone-leader so its been fun training him. We've gotten a lot done in these first few days, its gonna be a good cambio.

Passed out at a member's house after stake conference waiting for lunch haha

Living with Elder Bravo (Peru), Elder Baxter (Oregon), and Elder Prince (papalandia) is awesome. I love these guys haha

A friend and fellow missionary committed suicide this last week. He was a nice, funny guy and a good, hardworking missionary. Its hard for me to understand why he did it. We all miss him.

Part of my personal study that helped me feel more at peace this week

The God of heaven is not a heartless referee looking for any excuse to throw us out of the game. He is our perfectly loving Father, who yearns more than anything else to have all of His children come back home and live with Him as families forever. He truly gave His Only Begotten Son that we might not perish but have everlasting life!1 Please believe, and please take hope and comfort from, this eternal truth. Our Heavenly Father intends for us to make it! That is His work and His glory.2

Alma 40:11-12

11 Now, concerning the state of the soul between deathand the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body, yea, the spirits of all men, whether they be good or evil, are taken home to that God who gave them life.

12 And then shall it come to pass, that the spirits of those who are righteous are received into a state of happiness, which is called paradise, a state of rest, a state of peace, where they shall rest from all their troubles and from all care, and sorrow.

Lead Kindly Light

1. Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom;
Lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
Lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
The distant scene--one step enough for me.
2. I was not ever thus, nor pray'd that thou
Shouldst lead me on.
I loved to choose and see my path; but now,
Lead thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
Pride ruled my will. Remember not past years.
3. So long thy pow'r hath blest me, sure it still
Will lead me on
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
The night is gone.
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!
I am so grateful for the plan of salvation. It comforts me to know that we are all sons and daughters of God- to know that God understands and loves each one of us perfectly. He wants more than anything for us to be happy and to live with Him again. (Moses 1:39)

I love and miss you guys

Elder McClune


June 4, 2018

What a week.

Just like to start off by saying that miracles happen and God answers our prayers. I am so incredibly blessed.

Lost my companion- Elder Dameron got sent to the offices for his last two cambios as secretary to the president so that blows. I miss him like crazy, hes a good friend and missionary. Its been hard managing the zone by myself, being in a trio, and working in two areas but s'all good hahaha. The work is progressing. Elder Baxter and Elder Tayco are awesome haha. Nervous for cambios as always. This will probably be my last companion and area. 

Got shots for the influenza- NOT HAPPY. Man I hate needles.

It has been BITTER cold lately. Holy cow I had no idea it could get this cold in Bolivia. Sleeping in 4 layers and 3 blankets- and Im still freezing my nalguitas off. Its going to be rough transitioning back to winter in the USA ha

I had a lot that I wanted to share this week. I've been thinking about what I've learned on the mission, the gospel, my family, all of the blessings God has given me etc. This verse sums it up better than I can:

Alma 26:16

16 Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel.

I love the Lord. I love His gospel, His church, and His work. He is my Redeemer, Brother and Friend. I will dedicate the rest of my life to following Him

1. I feel my Savior’s love
In all the world around me.
His Spirit warms my soul
Through ev’rything I see.
He knows I will follow him,
Give all my life to him.
I feel my Savior’s love,
The love he freely gives me.
2. I feel my Savior’s love;
Its gentleness enfolds me,
And when I kneel to pray,
My heart is filled with peace.
He knows I will follow him,
Give all my life to him.
I feel my Savior’s love,
The love he freely gives me.
3. I feel my Savior’s love
And know that he will bless me.
I offer him my heart;
My shepherd he will be.
He knows I will follow him,
Give all my life to him.
I feel my Savior’s love,
The love he freely gives me.
4. I’ll share my Savior’s love
By serving others freely.
In serving I am blessed.
In giving I receive.
He knows I will follow him,
Give all my life to him.
I feel my Savior’s love,
The love he freely gives me
Love and miss you guys.

Elder McClune

May 28, 2018

Another tough, but awesome week.

Found some new families to teach. Amazing how God leads us to the people that are ready for the gospel. Miracles are real and we're seeing a lot of them here in Bolivia:)

We did a service project making a soccer field for some investigators and members. Good, fun, manual labor! Got some new caluses and blisters haha. After we ate relleno Beniano (cow intestine stuffed with rice and meat) super good!!

Out of time but Ill be sure to share more in next weeks email!

Love and miss you guys!

Elder McClune

May 21, 2018

Another incredible week. I feel so grateful for everything. God is amazing.

I suck at writing emails so I'm bumming off of my companion again haha:

this last week, it BLEW, my mind. i am so grateful for all the many blessing our Heanvenly Father has seen fit to send us. becuz they are MANY! and they are powerful!
this week we were in a an absolute scramble, a hectic rush, a frantic race against the clock as you could say. we had a million and a half things to accomplish and never enough time for it all hahaha finishing the lesson with andres and yuli, setting up their baptismal interviews, a mulitzone conference, a baptism to plan,  we gave baptismal interviews in warnes AND universitario, and exchange with elder baxter and tayco etc. but somehow by the Lords almighty grace, we pulled through!

it was such a unique and wonderful experience! the baptismal service was short, sweet, neat and tidy. so not at all like the usual hahaha! it went perfectly! my favorite part was the confirmation the next day!

so yuli had asked that her best friend, thats an return missionary, so Nimrod (thats his actual name im not insulting him haha) could confirm her, so nimrod, our ward mission leader, samuel oyola, my comp and us placed our hands upon her head and nimrod began to say the prayer.

in that very moment it seemed to me as the very heavens held their breath, and the very world came to a standstill. every word that fell from his lips carried the distant weight of destiny and of salvation, each phrase seemed as if a hammer blow, and the spirit filled my being so strongly that i felt as if I was the one being confirmed instead of yuli. THE POWER OF GOD WAS MANIFEST.
i will never forget that experiance.
literally saving ordinances done be worthy preisthood holders are God´s will being made realilty.
my experiance was very similar for andres and his confirmation.
i have an undeniable testimony that GOD´s power and authority exist in this church! that it has been restored to the earth! i know it with all my heart! i have no doubt

both yuli and andres when they gave their testimonies expressed desires to also also honor their baptismal covenant, stay close to God,and be faithful until the end. ANDRES EVEN SAID HE WANTS TO GO ON A MISSION! i am so so happy for these two wonderful children of God! I AM FILLED WITH JOY! I AM JUST SIMPLY FILLED! i dont know how much more i can take!
and if that wasnt enough
on saturday a family we reactivated, the antelo family brought friends to the baptism and then to church too! and then a different family, the Lima family that we helped reactivate the father jhonni gave an absolutely killer talk in sacrament! i just sat there in awe and amazment! the LORD IS SOOOO GOOD! this work is so true! i dont know how else to explain it

Just some little quotes and thoughts from the week:

"Sometimes God closes all of the doors but the right one"

The distance between us and our Heavenly Father is 12 inches- the distance from our knees to the floor.

"Problem" is just a lazy way of saying "has a solution"

So yeah Elder Dameron and I are having a good time and getting work done. Time is flying by. So surreal, seems like a dream.

Love and miss you guys,

Elder McClune

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hard at work!

May 14, 2018

WE PLAYED AMERICAN FOOTBALL BABY!! Super fun playing flag football (with old socks and ties). Even the Latinos enjoyed it haha


Man this week has been an answer to my prayers. Elder Dameron and I have been putting in the work and God has been blessing us for it. We found new families to teach, a lot of people came to church, and we have two baptisms coming up this Saturday!

Had the best AND LAST Skype call of my mission yesterday. I am so very blessed. I love my family so much. I am eternally grateful that through God's plan I can live with them forever.

DyC 130:20-21 20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—

21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.

DyC 82:10
10 I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.

To live righteously is to live happily. I'll testify of that for the rest of my life. God loves us and he wants us to be happy!! Thats why he sent his Son and the gospel:) MEN ARE THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE JOY

Love and miss you all!

Elder McClune

May 7, 2018

So I ran out of time because I was putting in logros for the zone... so I'm borrowing what my comp wrote for his group email. This week was incredible. God lives and works miracles. I feel so blessed to be part of His work.
 Mormon 9:8-11, 15

8 Behold I say unto you, he that denieth these things knoweth not the gospel of Christ; yea, he has not read the scriptures; if so, he does not understand them.

9 For do we not read that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and in him there is no variablenessneither shadow of changing?

10 And now, if ye have imagined up unto yourselves a god who doth vary, and in whom there is shadow of changing, then have ye imagined up unto yourselves a god who is not a God of miracles.

11 But behold, I will show unto you a God of miracles, even the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob; and it is that same God who created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are.

15 And now, O all ye that have imagined up unto yourselves a god who can do no miracles, I would ask of you, have all these things passed, of which I have spoken? Has the end come yet? Behold I say unto you, Nay; and God has not ceased to be a God of miracles.

Ether 12:12

12 For if there be no faith among the children of men God can do no miracle among them; wherefore, he showed not himself until after their faith.

When we show our faith and do all that we can, God adds to our efforts and works miracles. I love reading in the Bible when Jesus feeds five thousand. It shows that it matters not how meager, insufficient, or humble offerings may be, in Christ it is enough. He will take our two fishes and five loaves, and feed five thousand.

E' Dameron:

This week was just.... STUNNING. I am so grateful and awed by the many blessings and miracles we have recieved!

andres is just one of the coolest dudes ever, he is 21 years old, and sarted coming to church almost 2 months ago with some friends. he is really smart and did everything we asked him! he read, he prayed, he went to institute EVERYTHING. and then his dad was like, " no. no you can not get baptized!" ouuuff ouch

so we told fim to pray about it, and that if he got baptized he would give the example to his catholic fam and help them get baptized too. so after that he kinda got sacred and avoided us for a week but then this sunday we managed rto corner him in church and talk to him, and WOW he gave us quite a surprise! i was talking to him and he said something like " so ive been praying  a lot this week, and i just cant deny it anymore i know all of this is true, i dont how to explain it, but all of this is so true" and then he showed us the calender on his phone and said he had decided on a date for his own baptism!

on the 19th of may was a note that said " mi bautismo" and than he asked us if that day was ok to be baptized!!

hah! we about jumped out of our socks! of course you can be baptized on that day! NO HAY PROBLEMA! no problems here!  so THAT was a huge miracle! thank you thank you heaven!

yuli came to church, and got an answer from God about the BOM so now shes also set for her baptism for the 19th!

a women named sylvia ( a reference from a member family)  accepted a baptismal date for the 2nd of june, and then our less active pencion the antelo family not only returned to church for the first time in years, but they brought an entire family of investigators with them!! what a come back!  halleluyah! haha

We taught the Soliz family about eternal families and they agreed to get married!

we taught a new less active family named the chambi family, the wife of jose, angeli is the only non member, so on friday we went and taught them about the BOM and they all went to church too! for the first time in years! it was a great great sunday! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!! ITS THE BEST EVER!

I testify that THIS GOSPEL IS HAPPINESS! I know that CHRIST LIVES and I know that GOD LOVES ALL OF US!

Keep the commandments and we shall be happy! Simple as that!

Love and miss you all,

Elder McClune

April 30, 2018

No pics because no time. Day late and a Boliviano short. S'all good tho

Well cambios.... I'm back in Viru Viru- where I first started my mission. Talk about trunky right? My comp is Elder Dameron from Rexburg, Idaho. Hes pretty cool and a good missionary, it's gonna be a good cambio. He's pretty into working out so we are on that 6 MONTHS TO SWOLL hahaha.

I hope I get to train again before the end of my mission. I don't like being zone leader a whole ton- too much paperwork and administrative responsabilities.

I'm living with gringos again: Elder Dameron, Elder Tayco from Utah, and Elder Baxter- a greenie from Oregon (already hit his first double dragon, this kid is gonna be a legend hahahaha)

Did an intercambio with Elder Smit- got to see Universitario 2- my first area! I got to see my converts. some members and investigators that I was teaching. A very special experience. I am so blessed.

Quote of the week: Elder Smit: "You can only polish a turd so much"

So I've been feeling sort of inadequate and overwhelmed for some problems taht I'm dealing with, but this quote from Neil A. Maxwell has helped me out

“When in situations of stress we wonder if there is any more in us to give, we can be comforted to know that God, who knows our capacity perfectly, placed us here to succeed. No one was foreordained to fail or to be wicked. When we have been weighed and found wanting, let us remember that we were measured before and we were found equal to our tasks; and, therefore, let us continue, but with a more determined discipleship. When we feel overwhelmed, let us recall the assurance that God will not overprogram us; he will not press upon us more than we can bear (D&C 50:40).” 

There you have it. Whatever problem, trial, or difficulty you are struggling with- you can overcome iit. Don't give up hope, let these challenges bring you closer to God. YOU CAN DO IT.!

Love and miss you guys.

Elder McClune

April 23, 2018
Another awesome week. I am so incredibly blessed.

We got cambios Tuesday. No idea what they could be. Man they stress me out. I want to stay one more cambio here in Asai. I love the members and the people that we are teaching, I dont want to say goodbye yet. Who am I kidding- I never want to say goodbye ha. And Elder Millis and I have put in so much work. I want to be able to see the fruits of it. But I'll go where the Lord needs me. I just need to trust in him. 6 MONTHS LEFT BABY AND IM GONNA MAKE THE MOST OF THEM😎

Adrianna got baptized! She had a lot of doubts and questions, but thanks to her testimony of the Book of Mormon she knows that this is the true church. Its been a privilege to teach her. Man I feel so blessed to have this gospel in my life and to share it with others.

Love and miss you guys:)

Elder McClune