June 16, 2014

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

   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 coming through our ceiling. There was also a terrible wet carpet stench so we grabbed our mattresses and went into the living room to sleep for the night. It was about 2:00 at the time and we just laughed and laughed about it all. "Oh how great it is being a missionary", we would say. It took about two days for the stink to go away and we will need to have the ceiling replaced soon. It was a lot of fun! This was definitely a week with a lot of those "missionary stories". 

On Saturday we were making dinner and we wanted something more than just pasta and sauce out of a jar. We opened up the pantry and looked at what else we could put in. We through in some sausage and minced then we though it would be a good idea to put an egg in it. After that we seasoned it a little with salt and pepper, of course, and then chili powder, garlic granules, mixed herbs, and a couple other things that have fled my memory. We finished it off with some lemon juice and cinnamon and called it a job well done. It tasted pretty fantastic! I love being a missionary! 

   David will be getting baptized this Saturday! He is so great. A guy was teaching priesthood yesterday said something that wasn't quite right and so David raised his hand and corrected what he was saying about the oath and covenant of the priesthood and callings. This guy knows his stuff! The Sisters asked if they could use him to help teach their investigators. They have been taking him and they said that he is a fantastic missionary! It is so cool!

  James has gone missing again. It is such a pain not being able to get a hold of him. He keeps saying he is real exited for baptism but then he doesn't show up for crucial things. Hopefully we will find him soon. Last night it was 8:30 when we finished accounting and we wanted to drop a note off to James. It was going to be real tight to get there and then back home on time but we felt it was important. We got on a bus and the bus was going to make a two minute loop near where James live and then head back to our flat. We had to catch that bus if we wanted to get home on time. Just before the bus turned to make the loop we jumped off and booked it for James' flat. We slipped the note through the post box and booked it back to the bus stop. We barley got there before the bus was going to pull away. It was awesome! I love being a servant of Christ, literally running around assisting Him in this great work. I love being a missionary!

   It is so great serving with Elder Reed! We both have great desires to be powerful servants of Christ. We almost constantly are having profound gospel discussions. We are striving to serve diligently in the ordination wherewith we have been ordained at this time and we are also doing all we can to, through this service, prepare to be great servants and instruments in the Lords Kingdom here on earth in these last days! The missionaries in the district call us Elder Holland and Elder Bednar. We are striving to be missionaries like Ammon, Alma, and others. It is a blast!

    Today should be pretty good. We are spending the afternoon with our ward mission leader and the Sisters. Our ward mission leader is like in his 50's but he is a very funny guy so it should be fun hanging out with him and strengthening our relationship with him.

I hope and pray that all is going well back there. This is the work of the Lord and it so great! I hope you have a fantastic week!

-Elder Colton Cluff