Family and friends,
As you know this past week was transfers and I left Wyoming. As sad as that was for me, I really love my new area. I am still a Zone Leader (7 transfers) and training a new zone leader, again. This is my 3rd time training a new Zone Leader and we turned his area into a Zone Leader area for PARK CITY!!!! Elder Daines, my new companion, is from California and has been out for a little over a year. He was already in the area when I came in. I am in the Kamas Stake which has 3 sets of Elders to cover it--two sets of English and one set of Spanish! It is the vision for every stake in our mission!
My apartment address is:
1216 Cow Alley
Oakley, UT 84055
But…my mailing address is:
PO Box 494
Oakley, UT 84055
I live in a trailer…love it! They remodeled the inside so it looks really nice and it is a new missionary apartment. The members, the Lakes, that own it live up the street from us and are super nice. They have us over for Sunday lunch and like us to feel a part of the family. They just got set apart to be Church Service Missionaries yesterday for the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. They are an awesome family. The members here are just really nice and I get to enjoy farm lands once again. I really love it. My companion and I clicked really well. He is an awesome missionary and I knew him from different parts of the mission. Things have gone better than I thought. I am not able to work in the deaf ward, yet. But, yesterday we were doing sharing time for a primary and right before we were to do our part, they were all practicing “I am trying to be like Jesus” in American Sign Language (ASL)! I about cried. There is something about watching little kids sign. Mainly it reminds me of my childhood. When we got up I introduced myself in ASL and all the kids were all super quiet. The leader that was teaching the kids the song came up to me after and said “I have 3 hearing impaired children.” One of them I knew from my connection with deafteens.org and the deaf in St. Louis. One of her daughters went to school in St. Louis for her Senior Year and lived with her aunt or a friend in the Frontenac ward. Remember, a few years ago there was a young woman that was deaf/hearing impaired living in that ward and someone told us about her. Well, that was her. CRAZY! The mother was shocked to see that I was serving here. Small world. Then the stake president said “My wife is hearing impaired.” on the first day I was here. You never know where the Lord will place you. As much as I wanted to go to the Deaf Ward, this is where I am needed right now.
In our zone we cover the Park City Family Tree Visitor Center (or known as “The Tree”). The Director that works there with our Full-Time Sister Missionaries said that if they find a deaf group wanting to do a tour, they will call me up to help as I am about 20 min from Park City. I've been to the tree a few times now, know what’s there and it’s a neat place to visit. On Halloween our zone will be there to help with the tours, tourist, trick-r-treaters, and also have a dinner and games with the zone. It will be fun as we can’t proselyte on Halloween from 3pm on. The Director is awesome too and he and his wife will be there.
We also had a baptism on Saturday and that was special as always and we have another one for this Saturday. Life is awesome and can’t get any better.
A funny side note. So, over the course of my mission and the many companions I have encountered, they always seem to do the same thing the first night with me. I try to warn my companions that I REALLY DON’T hear anything at night. The moment I take my implants out….I am gone. So, the first night I would say “Need anything before I turn off?” They laugh but they don’t believe me that I REALLY DON’T HEAR A THING! The next morning Elder Daines said “Wow, you really don’t hear a thing.” I laughed and asked what do you mean? He goes on to say “So, after you fell asleep I decided to test you…I called your name….nothing, I started acting like I was in pain….nothing and then I yelled for help…..nothing.” After that he thought….”Yikes, he really does not hear a thing.”
One elder decided to talk to me while I was asleep and tell me his whole life story and how he got on a mission. He wanted to see if I would say “Elder, I can hear everything…” Super funny!
My personal favorite is when they play music to help them fall asleep and I don't even know that there is music playing.
I thought all of you would enjoy a little laugh. It seems to blow their minds that I can’t hear a thing at night.
Hope all is well and have a great week!
From my heart to yours,
Elder David B. Cluff