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London Streets | Balloons

An excerpt from my brother's letter this morning.

"I am having a lot of fun with Elder Bradshaw. Sometimes we wonder if we are having too much fun. The other day we went out to a really posh (very nice) town where we usually don't have any luck getting people to listen to us. We went there as it was getting dark and went to the high street. Those two things usually equal in people not wantin to listen to us at all. But instead of just going out with the usual, "Hi we are missionaries..." "Leave me alone!" , we did this. We blew up a bunch of balloons and put different questions in them. We took these out on the high street with a thumb tack and asked people to pop our balloons. They would pop them and then read the question that was inside. It was so much fun! People who would have never stopped for us ended up becoming good friends by the time we were done talking with them and in the missionary language we got a lot of potential investigators." -…

Grateful

As November rolls around we all begin to think about what we are grateful for. Over the last few weeks I have been thinking about everything I am grateful for. I came across this photo that got me thinking about how grateful I am for prayer. 
   This photo was taken around my six-month mark on my two-year mission in Salt Lake City, Utah. There are very few that really know the meaning behind this photo as it was taken after a hard mountain that I had to climb. It was not an easy time. The day after Mother’s Day of 2012 I was all the sudden experiencing pain around my Cochlear Implant site on my head. I did what I knew best, which was to trouble shoot my equipment first and make sure my external equipment was in good shape. Everything looked fine but the pain kept coming and then sounds started sounding really strange to me. At that moment my worst nightmare was becoming a reality. I called my mission president and tried to explain just what was going on. He was by my side within th…

A Good Day To Smile!

Today's letter from my brother, Elder Colton Cluff,  just made me smile and reminds me that even when things get hard we can still smile! Enjoy! -David
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Family! It is sure great to hear your stories! It has been a pretty funny week over here. On Monday when we were at Seven Sisters we got a call letting us know that there was a flood in the flat above us so there may be water damage in our flat and the electricity had been shut off. We went on with our day and got back at 9:00 that night to a dark, wet flat. We got ready in the dark, planned in the dark, and then went to bed in a very moist atmosphere. I woke up at about 1:00 to a very loud dripping noise but I was too tired to be bothered. I woke up a bit later to a sound and Elder Reed was out of bed and said, "Man, there is like a two inch puddle all over the floor." There was a little April shower com…

"I am not ashamed"

I love Mondays as I get to read emails from my brother who is serving a mission in London, England! He is serving in a very interesting part of England. The Lord is teaching him many lessons that will last him a lifetime. Today’s email held a story that shows his testimony and his firm stand as a witness of our Savior Jesus Christ. Here is an except from his email:
“I don't have much time but I will share a funny story with ya. I wrote this in a letter that I will try to send this week so sorry that you will have to hear it twice. This will be a shortened version though. Yesterday evening we were out talking to people on the streets. We were talking to this guy and something was a bit off about him so when the conversation was passed to me I just asked the guy if we could leave him with a card because we needed to go. He said, "No, I want to hear the message from you". I said, "Our message is that Jesus Christ is our Savior, now we need to go, have a nice day&quo…

Your best---it's all He asks

Just because my Full-Time mission is over does not mean I can’t continue to write on this blog.I would like to continue to write and share advice, lessons I learned being a “Returned Missionary”.
I returned from my mission in Salt Lake City 43 days ago and life has been a whirlwind. I have learned many lessons and today I would like to share with you one of them.
Comparing. Comparing against another is one of the worst things any human can possibly do. I see too much of that. Not only in the world but even on missions. On Sunday, Mother’s Day, I decided to go to my family’s ward and then leave after sacrament meeting and go to my own ward. I sat there listening to the talks. The couple that spoke touched my heart. They were talking about not comparing against another. Too many mothers compare against the “other mothers” around them and think they are not the best. I sat there and something hit me. I realized that the past few weeks I have been comparing myself against “the others”. I…

David's Mission, A Journey of Faith

This is a video that tells about my mission. It is a journey of faith! I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father who helped me every step of the way. The making of this video was amazing--full of tender mercies.I am grateful for my mission and the lessons I learned--even when gas spilled on me. Enjoy!


Happy Easter - Because of Him

Happy Easter! Because of Him I have been able to hear, and enjoy the blessings of the gospel. This gospel is a gospel of transformation! My life is so much better with Him. Please take a moment to write down your feelings of our Savior today. Because of Him I too live.

My Gentle Friend

Well, I have been home for a week now! It has been a crazy first week for me. I pretty much just threw myself back into everything and so far so good. :)

  I titled this "My Gentle Friend" as that is what I thought of when I was released as a Full-Time Missionary. I heard stories from other returned missionaries on how this process goes. I decided to push everything I heard aside and embrace the moments I was about to experience. I went to my Stake President and he and I talked one on one about my mission. It was a chance for me to reflect on what I learned and how it has changed my life. Then we reunited with my family. Each family member then shared the blessings they saw as I served a mission. It was a tender experience. He then started to read this letter...then it came. The words "You are honorably released from your sacred calling as a full-time missionary" came. Once they were said I felt as if someone stepped beside me and said "You have done well a…

David is Home!

Monday, March 31st, 2014 came. A day I never thought I would see. I found myself surrounded by 13 others who felt just like me. 3pm came and we were in a 15 passenger van heading to the mission home for our last dinner together. Tears about to fall---we began to tell experiences that happened through out our missions. After the departing testimony meeting we went to the mission home to spend our last night. Smiles, tears and many yawns were given all through the night. We all fell asleep around 1:30am. Just in a few hours later we were loading up the truck with all our luggage and headed to the Airport. We arrived to the airport just before 7am and got everyone checked in. All 14 of us stood there and waved goodbye to our dear mission president and wife. We stayed together for a few short minutes and then headed our way into different parts of the world.

   Around 9:15am I found myself on a plane heading to St. Louis. Mix emotions filled my heart. around 12:30 I then was walking dow…

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."


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…

One last week...

Life is sure interesting. Just when I think I got things figured out...Heavenly Father proves me otherwise. It is good a thing. Keeps things really interesting.

  This past week has been full of tender mercies and simply miracles. We have two people getting baptized this Saturday and they both have been miracles in the making for some time. It is amazing to watch how the gospel changes and transforms lives. Yesterday, I ran into one of my most favorite couples from my first area...Andrew and Mandy Nelson!!! Andrew was baptized and then they also got married just a few weeks before I arrived to the mission. I have been able to see them transform into who they are today. It was neat to see them as a few weeks ago I was trying to find where they moved to and no luck in that aspect. I started to pray that I will be able to find them somehow. Yesterday, we went to go pick up our recent convert from church to take him to get his patriarchal blessing. As I walked into the foyer I saw An…

Meet Elder Valdez

This is Elder Valdez! He and I are working in the American Sign Language Program! It has been a blast! 





1,300 photos, Three Zone Conference, Dinner with L. Tom Perry and a Wedding!

This past week was crazy! We had a mission temple trip on Monday, which was amazing! Then Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday I had to help photograph Zone Conference Meetings. Friday night we had a mission photo, dinner with Elder L. Tom Perry and a devotional meeting with Elder Perry. Just when I was feeling sore from a crazy week. We had a wedding on Saturday and I did their family photos as a gift for them. That night Elder Valdez and I had to speak in Stake Conference. It was a crazy week to say the least. 

Some highlights from the week:




















What I see...

I love being a photographer. One of my new favorite things to photograph is missionaries. They are just always HAPPY!! Which just makes me smile even bigger. I LOVE IT! Thought you might like to see some smiles today! Zone Conferences are about 7-8 hours long but they just love what they do! It is a testimony builder to me each day!



















Hope everyone gets a chance to talk to these missionaries! They have a love for what they do and they are not afraid to show it!