Well. After traveling for 5 days and a 37 hour flight- I’m home.
God bless America!
Dear Brother & Sister Clifford,
Along with this letter and picture from President Omer, we have included a few other pictures.
One of Sister Clifford pulling her luggage from the MTC to the Church for orientations. One of her with the other three Sisters going up to Botswana. Her companion could not come down for transfers so we do not have a picture of Sister Clifford with her trainer/companion, we hope that they will send you one from up there.
Sister missionaries are a delight, and she was excited to get to her area and go to work.
Johannesburg Mission Office
Thanks for checking out my blog! I am pleased to announce that for my biggest adventure yet I will be posting at:
I have chosen to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and have been called to the South Africa, Johannesburg Mission. I will be moving to Africa for the next 18 months. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you there!
What’s your favorite temple? Because you’re mine.
You remind me of the fruit in Lehi’s dream. Precious above all others.
My Liahona pointed to you.
Haven’t we met before… like in the pre-existence?
Can I borrow your phone? I told my mom that I’d call her when I found the girl of my dreams.
I may need a map, because I’m lost in your eyes.
You’re beatiful in Gods eyes, and mine too.
Do you believe in love at first sight, or do I need to walk by again?
Did it hurt? [Did what hurt?:] When you fell from heaven?
For a minute there I thought I had died and gone to heaven, but now I realize that I am very much alive, and that heaven has been brought to me.
I don’t think you’re worthy to take me to the temple. [Why?:] Because you’re smokin’!
Dearest Darling… after much deliberation, and signficant consideration, I have half the inclination to make you my relation. So if you’ll meet me at the station, with the bishop’s cooperation, we will form a combination that will increase the population.
Last night I was looking at the stars, and for every one I saw I thought of something that I love about you… but soon I ran out of stars.
I knew I’d feel the Spirit at EFY, but I didn’t think I’d see an angel!
What’s a Celestial boy/girl doing in a Telestial place like this?
What time is it? Because I want to forever remember the moment I met you.
Are you a Gadianton Robber [No:] Well, you stole my heart.
Can I see your tag? Oh, I thought so… Made In Heaven.
And MY personal favorites:
Is your name Virtue? Because you garnish my thoughts unceasingly 😉
Hey, what’s your name? [Insert Name:] Hmmm, that sounds familiar… I think it was in my Patriarchal Blessing!
The Joys of Valentine’s day never cease to amuse me–these winner pick-up lines included. Enjoy your day and hug your loved ones extra-close today and celebrate the love you have for yourself, your family and friends, and for your life and this world! So even if you don’t have someone to celebrate with–celebrate anyway! We are too blessed not too!!
LIFE. IS. GOOD.
ps- What is your favorite pick-up line of all time?
pps- I have officially declared this song the song of the day. I LOVE the original, but this is a pretty good cover:
I was challenged by my AP English teacher in my senior year of high school to create a life-list. Challenge easily accepted. She encouraged us to not create a ‘bucket’ list as seeing as although we are currently nearing death continuously, we should not be in the mind-set that we need to rush through them because of our fate, but rather as because we want to live our life to the fullest. Hence the Life List.
I am beyond proud of my list, and I WILL finish it. So I present Kaitlyn Beth Clifford’s Life List circa 2011:
As if receiving a Mission Call, dropping off my older Sister at the Missionary Training Center, and turning 20 all weren’t enough to handle in one week, my best friend of 7 years got married. I went the night before to have one last slumber party and to help out with all the last minute preparations, and I’m so glad I did! I love the Angus family, and it felt like we were wee lassies once again.
It was the most beautiful November day I have ever seen, and I loved being able to be a part of Melissa and Jared’s big day!
Beginning this May, it will be two years since some of my best friends’ started to receive their calls to serve LDS Missions before we had even graduated High School. At that point in time there was plenty exciting going on in my life, with graduation, a senior trip to Greece, becoming a USU Ambassador, and just the general transition from little to big. Although I had so much going for me I always felt jealous of all my friends who got to go through the process of doing their mission papers, receiving their call, and just even the thought of taking off two years of real life for an adventure. You could also say that I have just always hated being left behind.
Through several adventures and experiences over the last year (including spending a month by myself in Europe) I had already made the decision that I had wanted to serve a mission for the LDS church; it was just a matter of when I wanted to fit it into my life plans. Then October Conference happened, and it was an answer to so many different prayers on so many different levels. I knew that my time to serve was immediately. My goal was to receive my call before my older sister entered the Missionary Training Center (serving in the Finland Helsinki Mission) on Nov. 14th, and after several glitches that were put in my path I submitted my papers on Nov. 4th. By Nov. 9th I had a call assigned, which was shocking that it happened that quickly with the increase of papers being submitted- we thought my call would miss my sister by one week. Instead, we had it pulled from the Church Headquarters mailroom and picked it up after our last family dinner.
My mother was in denial, and immediately began freaking out that she didn’t have any paper to make a banner like we did for Kamille’s to surprise all our friends and family with when they came over to say goodbye to Kamille. My Dad was anxious. Kamille was beyond excited. Maddy was feeling left out. And me? I was completely calm.
I couldn’t believe that it was HERE! It was my time to find out what the next two years of my life held before me. And it even made it here before we shipped Kamille off to Finland! And I was 19 years old, and not 21. So many Tender Mercies. Because I wasn’t really expecting to open my call I hadn’t come up with what I wanted. Instead of waiting for all of my friends and family to come over we decided we couldn’t stand it any longer so we opened it as soon as we walked through the door.
This is how it went down:
Was I expecting any of that?
NOT. AT. ALL.
Africa? They send Sister’s there? That moment of surprise is a moment that I will never forget. Such a strong confirmation of what I was doing was the right plan for me. After further investigations, I found out that due to safety Sisters’ only serve in the country of Botswana.
(This is what pulls up when you Google Botswana. Probably not the most accurate thing.)
I am so excited that I have this opportunity to preach the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to the incredible people of Botswana, and for a time in Johannesburg. I hope that I’ll be able to give them the gift of happiness that this gospel has given me throughout my life, and to bring them unto Christ and his teachings.
Cheers to the next 2 years of my life.. IN BOTSWANA!
If you are interested in what I’ll be preaching check out this website: http://mormon.org/
If you are interested in how the LDS Church assigns these “Mission Calls” go to this link: