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April 26, 2012

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 http://www.mtc.byu.edu/themtc-virtualtour.htm
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

April 24, 2012

Hello!!!!
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 but I will touch base on it.
Last week we taught one of our investigators, George, who lost his leg. He felt like he could connect so well with me and I could too. He then opened up his scriptures to 1 Nephi 1:1 and said look at the word "affliction" and then look at the footnote for that word. It says a "blessing from God" and he started to have tears run down his face. I was being taught by him at that moment. He then said---when my Mormon friend showed me that...I knew I needed to listen to what you have to say. It was really cool and my companion was also in tears. I am relating so much of my life...more than I ever thought to these people. This gospel is amazing! I am learning so much about how to teach and teach with the spirit. This Friday we get a "crash course" on how to do things in the field. It goes from 8am-9pm! CRAZY LIFE HERE!!! I sent home my old schedule since we all got new ones on Monday due to changes. I thought you would like to see what life is like at the MTC.

Dad, sad news, I can't email photos. The MTC changes everything on the computers that make it so no one can send photos home until they are out of the MTC. I was sooo bummed.
Also, I get my first MTC hair cut today! We are required to get one 5 days before we leave...which is May 1st (at 4:30pm).

I love you all so much and am excited to get out in the field. I really am happier when I am working with people.

I thank you all for your support and love. When you went to the temple last friday, I felt so much peace and support from all the prayers.

With all my love.

Elder David Cluff

April 17, 2012

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. Not kidding! He makes everyone laugh.
The Zone leaders said to make sure you relax tonight because over the next 3 weeks you will not get another chance. I got our 3-week schedule and he is not kidding!
The minute I stepped onto the MTC grounds, I was no longer worried. Also, everyone in my district thinks my implants are so cool and they all help me so much. One of my teachers is a returned missionary and relates so much to us. There are about 5 of us that are going to Salt Lake. We love talking about how people reacted to our calls.
After a very long day, I finally got unpacked around 9 pm.

I know the Lord is watching over me!

I love you all!
Elder David Cluff

April 11, 2012

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.

April 7, 2012

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