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Last weekend at the MTC

David has spent the last 2 1/2 weeks at the MTC in Provo utah before heading north about 30 miles to where he will spend the rest of his 2 year mission.  Many have asked what the MTC is, so here is a link to a little information about it
David has become very familiar with this complex and now will be leaving it on Tuesday May 1st in the evening. 
So please send any letters to the Salt Lake address from here on out, I will take the MTC address off next time.  He does respond to letters and really enjoys a note from all who write.

April 24, 2012

I miss you all dearly! 

The MTC is really cool! The first few days are really hard and overwhelming, but then things start to fall into place. Two important pieces of advice for future missionaries: keep all the rules and learn to laugh even when things are hard.
I get to be a Host tomorrow for a new missionary and am really excited about it! (I actually prayed that I would be) I almost forgot what the first day is like. Colton, yes, I have been helping some "greenies". You know in the movie "best two years" and at the end the elder that was so worried at first about everything and then at the end at the train station he was acting like a pro and helping people find their way. Well, that is how I felt. The MTC is huge and can get so confusing where things are. Now, I am pretty comfortable on where everything is. It really comes with time.

Yes, growing does hurt but it is good.

I think I talked about this in my letter that should arrive to you today b…

Happy Day! A Letter has Arrived!

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. Since I got here first, I had to wait for my companion. His name is Elder Mauinatu--he is Samoan and from California. He is awesome! We laughed as we were watching others teach and trying to learn what we could do better. I had to speak to an "investigator" today. It was interesting and I have a lot to learn. Elder M gave me a pat and said, "You did great!" It was a good learning experience.
Our district is awesome--we all clicked somehow and we laugh a lot. One of my other roommates, Elder Smith, reminds me so much of Sam. No…

David's Adventure Begins

Today David  Elder Cluff flew out of St. Louis at 6:04 am.  His whole family got up and left the house at 4am so we could spend some time with him.  The very nice baggage people let the whole family go clear to the gate with him.  It was nice to spend the extra few minutes together.  Will update.
Starting April 11th, David will be in a Missionary Training Center (MTC) for three weeks. He would love to receive words of encouragement, stories from your life that you would like to share or if you just want to send a letter to him. Due to the busy schedule he is expected to have, it may take awhile for him to respond to your letters, but he will be reading them. Uplifting words and letters are what he will enjoy the most during his first few weeks away from home.

Here is the mailing address that he will be using for the first three weeks:

Elder David Benjamin Cluff MTC Mailbox # 146 
UT-SLC 0502
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793