Monday, October 22, 2012
Dear Children. Of God. Haha :)
I love you and everything about you! BE HAPPY! This is a happy time! I don't care what time it is but it is now a happy time. and later a happy time. and for eternity a happy time! Happiness comes when we are coming unto Christ! Letting him fix our broken hearts to make us whole!
So good news... Elder Q and I are good friends now! Yay for prayer! When you need help... pray in faith and do all you can to help yourself! :) God wants to help us help ourselves he doesn't want to help us without our effort because we won't grow. He does what will make us grow! Soooooo transfer calls were on Saturday... Crazy how fast time goes.... The end of my 3rd 6 week transfer in the mission. There are 17 transfers in an English speaking mission. I am STAYING here in Plainview! so is my companion and so are the other two elders. It's crazy that no one is leaving! I guess God decided he would like us to baptize people here and we needed to do it!... haha so ya that's the new news. President also said that he is going to keep people in there areas for about 6 months at a time because he wants us to grow really good relationships with members so that they can trust you with their referrals! It's smart because of how valuable member referrals are. They are amazing. In my mission so far I have had 3 member referrals that have all turned into baptisms (they were ultra prepared though nothing really to do with me). Tells you how important members are in missionary work! So be EXAMPLES! Be willing to share your precious jewel of knowledge of God's plan for us with your friends who need it! (By the way that's everyone... even members... no pressure... ;) )
Holy Smokes what to do in life... Hard Question. GOOD LUCK with that question. I am glad that all I have to worry about right now is focusing on the Salvation of others... That is FUN to worry about... EWWW for the future of deciding what to do.... That is scary but I am excited to find out what to do and raise an eternal family. More bringing to pass the immortality and Eternal Life of man. Fulfilling our purpose here :) But either way life is short. The most important thing is families. :)
Man I love basketball... It would have been so fun to try to play highschool... Haha now that I am actually playing smart it is a lot of fun! But man I am sooooo happy about Kyle and his practice and work in tennis! Next Andy Roddick? Why not!!! He's Kyle Clark!!!!! He can do anything!!!! hahaha :)
And that is sweet about Austin's pick! Man that's sooo cool! Hopefully the kid didn't hurt his fist! And also his 6th place!!!!! Wow that is crazy awesome!!! Dang... I don't like running. cross country kinda made me happy while not at the same time. I like chasing a ball.
Shoot Riley loves injuries huh? Well jeepers he is so good that he can be the best at sports with the injuries!!!! That is sad though.. Hopefully it gets better soon!
Man It sounds like with Jeffrey doing great in Rugby and getting faster that I'm the only one in the fam right now who isn't beasting it up in sports!!! Haha well I did play basketball today... So I guess I can put some Clark influence out here ;)
So anyways... This will be a really exciting fresh start for us and I know that we will be blessed for our work. Hopefully that blessing comes in the form of success with bringing people unto Christ! That is my purpose out here!
This past week has been hard because we have had 8 or 9 set up teaching appointments with a lot of solid people and all of them either weren't there, cancelled on us, or we couldn't teach without getting a male member to teach with us. So we taught 3 whopping lessons this week. So Sad. but anyways this next week we will most likely be blessed to teach a lot more! We are still working hard and I know we will be blessed for it! I hope you can feel blessings at home. I pray for you ALL all the time. We are still freaky fearlessing and I have to get 2 peoples information today to fill up my Potential Investigators section of my planner for this transfer! Hopefully that will happen! I am sooo much happier now that I have learned to lose myself and talk to everyone... my first two transfers there were a lot of people and putting both together I filled about half of my Potential Investigators section... Now I just need to fill up my Investigators section! then I will work on helping them accept and use Christ's Atonement through gaining Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost and Enduring to the End! Well I will work on that anyways ;) haha but that's what my goal is in my mission... if I can do that I will be happy and feel accomplished. :)
We have almost no investigators close to baptism yet... but we will find them. they will be baptised. they can't run or hide. We know they're here. They can't change their fate. ok just kidding that's getting into Satan's plan. I can't change their fate but they can't help but to accept Christ in there life! in the way that he wants us to! Yay BURNING PLAINS! Baptise with water and fire! then let that fire burn within you forever! As you do you will be on fire in life and Eternity! All the Glory be to God! :) Immortality and Eternal Life or Exaltation awaits! Choose Eternal Life!
Ohhhhh man just coming back to NY will be the coolest thing ever! I'm excited to hopefully be able to make a trip or two during my Southern Virginia years! :) That'll be great! But it'll be even better with the fam if we ever get the chance to go... We are a busy family... I understand if we never get to go! There'll be a lot of mission areas in the family coming up here sooner than we think.
Anyways I love you all! Good luck with your journeys to become like Christ! I know you can do it through the Atonement!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Dear Motherly Dearest and my wonderful Eternal Family! whether under the Clark name or not!
I am reporting to you from this wonderful place I call Hicksville... because thats literally the towns name haha :) but anyways I am doing really well! The Atonement goes on! It's just something I am blessed to get to learn is how to (finally) humble myself and just only love. Contention = bad. haha :) Love = GREAT = Gift of God when we obey his commandments!
I love sharing about God's wonderful plan for us because it is soooo perfect! It's insanely organized!!! I can't believe how amazing it is that God brings to pass his eternal purposes through his imperfect Children who learn to rely on Christ and use the Atonement to change themselves in order to obey God's commandments! It is soooooo simple yet soooooo profound! Isn't it amazing that he has a perfect knowledge of alll things and he does EXACTLY what will make us happiest! That's why its soooo crucial for us to say "not my will but thy will be done" because as we do we will be able to receive the most blessings and we will be able to see how much better for us God's way is than our own thoughts and ideas about how things should be... He strengthens us by having us strengthen others! He is the perfect CEO of this amazing Earth Company! He trains us so that the only thing he has to do is pay us with blessings and we do all the work to learn and grow and gain experience and strengthen and lift each other for HIS glory so that someday we can all be like him and hopefully receive our own Celestial Glory!!! How amazing is that! It is not a popularity contest in this workforce either! WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS! Thank goodness the founding fathers had inspiration from on high to create this country where that is the basis. Equality. We all are on our journey through life to become the best that we can be! Time doesn't go any faster for any of us than another! We just need to make the most out of it! Until we are blessed to be like God through the wonderful Atonement of Christ! It makes us soooo important and GREAT! However without that Atonement we are nothing. Isn't it great! Haha we NEED Christ in our life otherwise there is no point. we are unclean and can't progress.
So anyways we have been working hard to find those prepared to hear the Gospel and it is soooo much fun to talk to soooo many people! We are fearlessing a lot! Really it is fun to see positive results in the work here because of it! We are finding a lot of people to teach but still no baptisms yet... those that are close and interested are held back by work hours... sad news... but hopefully that will change!
It is sooo fun to be a missionary though... I love looking at the Elder Clark on my name tag... sometimes I laugh because of how fast it has gone... My life is short... This mission will be even shorter... I can't believe how fast it has gone anyways... There's no way I feel old enough to be a missionary and then when I'm married I gaurantee there will be no way I feel old enough to be married... Then there will be no way that I am old enough to have a High School Kid! And then time will go so fast that I will be dead thinking theres no way I am old enough to be dead... Time will just go that fast! haha and all that matters is that we stick to God's plan for us! Nothing else does! EES GREAT I LOVE IT!! Then comes Eternal Happiness in the Celestial Kingdom hopefully!
We have also faced a lot of rejection in the last week.... Man... people these days... don't understand their purpose to life... but anyways we got cussed out hardcore yesterday about how we are stupid because we believe in a cult started by a farmer that got gold from a stupid hill (that is extremely edited) hahaha but guess what... IM SOOOO HAPPYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!! Those things don't matter. The fact that I know eternal truths and I truly receive blessings of joy because of obedience is the greatest thing in the world! YAY! Happy are we! Happy are WE! Soldiers in the army! :) YEEEEHAAAA!!! Spanish time YIIIIIIIIIJAAAA!!! Haha anyways... I hope life is going well for all within the sound of this email... I love you all!!! :) choose to be happy! Choose Eternal Life! The time is NOW to make a decision! As for you and your house you will serve.... THE LORD!!!!!!! :)
Elder Tyler Joseph Clark
Monday, October 8, 2012
Dear Mother Dear! and all others within the sound of this email! I love you! Love your neighbors! Love all because Love = Joy (elder l says hi) hes a stud missionary I'm happy to be in the same district as him and if your wondering he wrote that in. Say hi as you please. haha :)
I'm happy you got Sister N's letter! Did you get the picture as well she sent? I hope! :) Yes she is sooooo awesome! She is a huge blessing! She was baptised just before I got here and she quit everything cold turkey! She got to do baptism's with Elder J and I a few days before she wrote you! :) It was a great experience!
Aren't the revelation's of a Wonderful Modern Day Prophet amazing! That was inspired! It makes me think that the time is nigh at hand! This is going to increase missionary work in number and efficiency! I can't wait to be like a year older than people in a few months hahaha it will be weird! What will be crazy is if people like Sarina or Annie or Momi or any other girls my age end up coming on a mission now?! That'd be sooo great! Sister Missionaries are awesome! They are good for missionary work! Women are just great in general. I guess that's why I like them. haha :)
About voting... I definitely would but I don't really know anything... I don't know what is going on but I don't know what to do... maybe just mail it to me... I'll mail it back! Idk!
That is soooo cool about Kyle though!!! He is so smart! Knowledge is super important and building your intelligence in school will only increase your ability to spiritually learn! Knowledge of spiritual things is a gift from God! Feast upon it!
Yay for Aunt Karen! Good thing the judgement bar of God isn't like chip timing that... Oooooh you missed the celestial kingdom by one cup of coffee! Haha I am sooo happy we have a knowledge of how it can be a pleasing bar as stated so wonderfully in conference! I loved conference sooooo much!!!! I don't know if I told you but Elder Shayne Bowen spoke to us the other week and it was really really good! He is amazing!
Haha I am typically being a missionary right now... Don't worry my jokes wont always be related to scripture... I think anyways... hahahaha :) I am a happy Scriptural Geek! YAY! :)
I don't know about getting to the temple much! We will see! I have gone more than most people go in such a short amount of time! Blessings! Yay! I hope sooooo bad to get to see my friends sealed!!!! It will be an amazing experience if I do!
Tell Dad to stop complaining his knee is not nearly as big as Sadies! Hahahahaha I'm joking. Dad you are soooo humble and selfless! I love having that example for me. I need to follow it! Flanks so much for it!
Oh man! The work is soooooo exciting right now! Field is white already to harvest! I love speaking to those who Heavenly Father has blessed to be prepared and willing to listen! I love seeing how he uses us to accomplish his purpose in turn making us one with him. Becoming as he is. The Abrahamic Covenant is an amazing thing to be able to take part in and through it we have a promise of Eternal Life! Yay for faithful fathers that came before us!
Austin best be gettin better because golly the sports star is important for the athletic ability of this country!
Riles... Can you please know that you're the best foosba playa in awl da worl! hahaha Clark we need you.
Kyle.... Man youre great! Keep up the smiley fun and life will good! Keep up the love and eternity will be good too!
Just so you know.... if you are putting this on the blog or anything please put this in...
To any of those who are considering missionary service and to all really haha:
Let me tell you of the amazing joys of missionary service. You learn. You love. You grow. There is nothing more amazing about missionary work than the blessings that come from it! Missionary work sets our hearts in the right place to be prompted by the spirit in love for God's children. It is an amazing and once in a lifetime opportunity for personal growth, organization, spirituality, and joy. The work in the Glory of our Father is the greatest joy that can come to us as children of God. A decision to serve a mission is a very important decision. A mission is the hardest thing that I have ever experienced in my mortal life. However the difficulty, the blessings of it completely outweigh the troubles. You will feel yourself grow to the person that Christ see's you as. Through selfless service and diligence in obedience you will be able to feel the blessings of Heaven truly surround you. This is a blessed work. But just as the general authority states, It is work. Challenges will come. No doubt. But overcoming those challenges will make you rely on Christ in turn growing in faith and maturity. As this happens you become the best that you can be. Thank goodness for trials that shape and refine us as we rely on the Savior! When you serve, you are able to feel of God's love for people which in turn shares that love with you. Love = Joy. The Eternal Joy of the Father is through the immortality and eternal life(exaltation) of our fellow brothers and sisters. Missionary work is a blessing and promised blessings come from those who take part in it. Whether be it on a mission or not. Every member is indeed a missionary. When you make your decision, you need to remember that God knows you better than you know yourself. I mean that in the sense that his path is the one we need to take, not always by our own plans. His paths will lead us to Eternal Happiness in the best possible way available to us. In saying this I want you to know that through sincerity of prayer and open hearts to follow God's plan for us we can receive a spiritual witness of God's individual plan for us. We do not know what lies in the road ahead but God does. Consider this as you diligently seek your answer. Also I want you to know that I love you and God Loves you. Because of the spirits you render and the faith that you have been blessed with you are precious. You are important to the Kingdom of Heaven. I do not know specifics but I do know that as you find yourself through becoming as the Savior, through his Atonement, you will be able to find of your spiritual blessings. Develop them for they are blessings given specifically to you to develop and help build Zion. You are necessary so make sure you are there.
A Happy Missionary
Thanks soooo much Eryone for the love and all! Again I hope all is well and I will be excited to see yall in less than 20 months... Can you believe that? It seems so short!
Kick some in life. for eternity.
Monday, October 1, 2012
motherly Dear! :)
I love New York. Oh man! It is the greatest! Really expensive so chances are I'm not living here... but traveling when I can afford? YES! This is such a great experience!
Jeffy is so great! Tell him I love him! Thanksgiving will be so fun! I'll be there in spirit and in love! :) Oh my gosh I am so excited for him to recieve his temple endowment(power) and get set apart(authority) to do as preach my Gospel explains to "teach with power and authority" in the Land where God's children are waiting for him. He will help people realize that he has what they are looking for! So many people are looking for it even if they don't know it. Another Elder Clark in the family will be sooo powerful for the family. Jeffrey will do soooooo well as well! He will have such a great experience! I can't wait to see him and have the Son's of Mosiah feeling with him! I can already feel the power in which that will be. It is amazing and that power is eternal.
I really truly feel of your love right now it helps me sooo much to continue working and to be doing the work of the Lord! It's an amazing work! Our mission president has been helping us work smarter by going to places where families might be! We had Elder S come speak to us and he spoke of how there are thousands of families in the area prepared to hear the gospel so we are focusing on finding families to teach! We are doing this by, as mission president states, "Going to places where families will be like high school football games, parks, any area activities" and things like that! Oh man it is so smart! He is inspired directly from God! He trusts us soooo much! I love to have that because I know that as we do these things with the purpose and drive to find families who are prepared by God to hear the Gospel we will be able to find them. This is truth. Sesi se verite. - Haitien Creole for "this is truth" haha I'm trying to learn!
So truly the work is going well! We have been blessed by the Lord! C is such a wonderful man. He bore his testimony yesterday at church(his second week there!) We haven't even finished teaching him the restoration! But he spoke about how Elder Clark and J knocked on his door and changed his life! That was one of the most rewarding things I have ever heard! I love him! K didn't go because of school work but she still is looking forward to baptism I believe. I am sooo excited to teach more people! I have hope that through Grace and Mercy we will be able to find more people to receive the wonderful news!
I got to go to the temple on Saturday with a recent convert here (who I also love!) named F! She has a great story of how she wouldn't even meet with the missionaries(they'd have lesson's over the phone even!) and then she came to church and loved it and she quit smoking and drinking tea and drinking 2 weeks later cold turkey to be baptised at the end of last transfer! She is wonderful and it was a great experience to go to the temple with her. When we taught her about temple work she said first "am I going to have to get my hair wet?" Then I explained more and she said "I know it's true. It is so much better than the belief in death then straight to hell. This sound's more like the loving Christ I know" Oh my gosh it was so cool! So ya then after that we went and had lunch in Central Park and I felt like spiderman. hahah just kidding but there were sooooo many people it was a missionaries dream! Elder J and I fearlessed sooooooo many people and gave out so many cards it was sooo fun! I also talked to this journalist who is probably going to write a story on Mormonism now! I'm hoping he still does! He asked me all about what I thought of Mitt Romney and the mormon moment and then also a lot more things! He also asked me of Garments so that was fun to answer... hahaha I'm hoping he also doesn't write anything from the internet but instead from like mormon.org or other missionaries thats what I told him is that the best place to go for info was there... but we will see! ya that was a good day!
Thanks for the talks! I love them! I hope that was a good experience going to all of those Farewells! Let the Work Press On!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT'S GLORIOUS!
I love you all sooooooooooooo much! thanks for everything!