The view is great!
April 11, 2012 (Letter written the day he arrived at the Missionary Training Center, or MTC) "I made it! I really did! I got dropped off and was not sure what in the world I was doing. I was met by a host missionary and the next thing I know I have a new name tag on my suit--Elder Cluff. Feeling strange and looking around, trying to take it all in, I then found myself in a classroom introducing myself and laughing with the other missionaries." -Elder Cluff June 19, 2013 "This is our last full week of the transfer and then next week is transfers! It helps to know what is going on but at the same time there are sooo many changes going on. Next Friday will be our last time to see the Winns and say our goodbyes. I am trying to accept the fact they are leaving and that this will be a good change. I am excited for it but it's also a little nerve racking. Over and over in sacrament meetings I heard people say "Come what may and love it." Heavenly Father was reminding me what I already know. Despite how crazy everything is and how fast time is going....I will be okay. :) " -Elder Cluff
December 30, 2013 "I learned a lot this past week about faith, trust and prayer. I was struggling with being patient with myself and my hearing...again. I just simply wanted everything to sound right and perfect...but it was not. Last Saturday during one of my "moments" I was praying for someone who just might understand me to be placed in my path to help me. Seeing Kimball on Thursday and giving me a blessing was the greatest day so far that week. In the blessing I realized that Heavenly Father answered my prayer in a very real way. It was such a tender experience and to see just how much Heavenly Father cares for each of us. How amazing is prayer and faith! I love this gospel and the blessings it brings. Kimball's voice sounds just like Dad's and during the blessing I was constantly being reminded that I will be okay. My physical ears may have issues but my spiritual ears won't...as long as I keep doing the things that will allow me to hear my Savior's voice---I will be okay."-Elder Cluff
March 31, 2014 Today I am filled with all sorts of emotion. Tomorrow morning I will be stepping onto a plane and to fly into a new chapter in my life. As I look back on my mission and the different mountains I have climbed--I have found the view to be great! I learned so much and grew closer to my Heavenly Father. I have said this often through out my mission but it is so real..."The Gospel is a Gospel of Transformation". I feel so blessed to have been able to witness lives change and transform into something beautiful. Miracles do happen each day...we just have to have eyes of faith to see them unfold.
I know with all my heart that God lives! I know we are children of a loving Heavenly Father. I know that as I was able to help see lives change...my life changed along the way too. I love this work. Although, my time as a full-time missionary is coming to a close...I will always be "Elder Cluff" within. My brother who is serving a mission in the England London South Mission gave me some advice that I just love "When you wear your suit coat...place your name tag on the inside to remind you of who you have become." It has been a special time for my brother and I to serve our missions at the same time for a year. His year mark is in a few days. I learned that though he and I were far in distance we were close in heart as we worked on helping others come unto Christ.
The Gospel makes me happy and I love to see smiles on others as they learn about Jesus Christ. This mission will always be in my heart.
From my heart to your,
Elder David Cluff