December 30, 2013

Every Note

  Ever have one of those moments where nothing seemed to go just the way you planned? Or made a video and everything did not sound right? Well, I did, lots of them. The past few weeks seem to have been just like that. I thought I had the perfect plans but nothing seemed to go as planned. Just when that was happening--everything started to not sound right. Every place I turned nothing seemed to sound clear and I kept getting only parts of the puzzle that fits into the world around me. Needless to say I got frustrated, more than once. My cochlear implants were functioning just fine...I even tried on a spare from the hospital and everything was just the same.
  After many sleepless nights, sighs and a few tears, I took a deep breath and started to change the way I prayed. Rather than praying and asking God to take this challenge or trial away...I prayed for strength and the ability to keep moving forward. I was hoping I would all the sudden feel this great strength come over me...but that did not happen. With Christmas only a few days away and my second Christmas away from home I received a Christmas package from home. I was excited to open the box and I did the moment I got back to the apartment. Inside were many little wrapped gifts with scriptures written on each one of them. There was one wrapped gift that really caught my eye. The scripture that was picked for this gift was “For my soul delighteth in the song of the heart; yea, the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me.” (D&C 25:12) When I read that I knew it had to be a CD of some sort. I was having a really rough day and thought “I think I will just open this gift today.” I did and found a CD that was made by my mother. The title for the CD was “Mom’s Music”. My heart started to pound as I had always wanted my mother to record her piano music. I put the CD in the CD player and started to play the songs. I sat really close to the speakers and listened to every note. Every note touched my heart and took me back to the memories of my mother’s piano room growing up. I was able to hear every note from my mother’s music. It was an answer to my prayer...I felt a greater sense of strength that I can keep going.                                                                
         Yes, there are hard days but those sweet, tender music notes reminded me of God’s love. I know that He has been right beside my side every step of the way and through every note I hear. The way He answers prayers are often different than we would like them to; but He knows us better. I may not hear everything the way I want but I know He hears me. 

A Christmas ornament that David got as a young boy as he loved listening to music after getting the Cochlear Implant. He was spend hours with his head close to the radio listening to his favorite songs. It now hangs on the tree every year as a reminder. 

December 9, 2013

Christmas Once Again


It's Christmas time, once again! This is David's second Christmas away from home and his last Christmas in his mission in the Salt Lake City Utah area. He loves his mission and in the past almost 2 years he has been able to work with so many people. One thing David loves to see is individuals come to know who Christ is and the love He has for all of us! David has learned that when you believe...anything is possible. There is a miracle behind each photo. David has come to see that God's hand is in every aspect of our lives. 


To learn more about David's Mission please visit: www.elderdavidcluff.blogspot.com 

Moving Forward

When we fall we often find it hard to pick yourself up and try again. I have learned that lesson over and over in my life and I love this quote. Even when life throws hard things at you...keep trying. 
Remember that with God all things are possible.  


"I will go in the strength of the Lord God..." Psalms 71:16

November 18, 2013

Beautiful Life



With Thanksgiving around the corner I was asked to speak to a church group of 150 people yesterday. I was speaking on blessings and what I am grateful for in my life. As I stood up there at the microphone, sharing my story and halfway through I was overwhelmed with how blessed I am. These are some of the things that I am truly grateful for: 
-God
-A family that is always there and supports me in all I do
-Friends
-Good people
-Smiles
-My ability to hear with a Cochlear Implant
-My hearing loss and how I grew from it
-My Faith
-Prayers
-Sunsets
-Seasons
-Time
-Good photos
There is so much more that I am grateful for but it would take me forever to write them all out. I hope that each of you will be able to take time in the next week to write down what your grateful for. 
David in his mission in Kamas, Utah. They got 4 inches of snow! It looks like fun! 

November 11, 2013

Broken Moments

 




Just finished building my master piece, with blocks, it was perfect. It was nice and tall. Then my sneaky brothers came and knocked it all down. Frustrated, I started all over. I re-built it, added new cool things and made it even bigger. Despite the fact that it was all broken just moments before...I was able to refine my master piece. I don't know about you but that was a lot of my childhood growing up with two younger brothers.


  I kept thinking about that story and how it applies to my life today. We all at some point feel broken whether it can be physical, emotionally or spiritually broken. With my hearing loss I thought my life was shattered into tiny pieces and could not be fixed. I was frustrated, lost confidence in who I am and struggled with my faith. But, from loving parents and inspiring friends I learned that I needed to take this broken moment and let God re-build and refine me. Although I have been dealing with my hearing loss and wear Cochlear Implants for 14 years...I still have broken moments at times. Each time I do it is a reminder that I am constantly being refined into something greater. It is not easy but with God I can do all things. I have learned that when we have those broken moments...it is how we react to those experiences that count. I found that dealing with broken moments with a attitude of "What can I learn? or How can I grow?" To be much easier than having a negative attitude.

One of my favorite songs is:
 "When Faith Endures" 
"I will not doubt, I will not fear;
God's love and strength are always near.
His promised gift helps me to find
An inner strength and peace of mind.
I give the Father willingly
My trust, my prayers, humility.
His Spirit guides; his love assures
That fear departs when faith endures."


I pray that we will all grow from the broken moments that we find ourselves in. I invite you to pray and ask God for help. If you never prayed before then this is the perfect time to do so. It is really easy and simple. Here is a example: "Dear God or Heavenly Father, say whats on your mind (what are you grateful for, what do you struggle with and what help do you need?) then you can close by saying amen." I personally like to say "Dear Heavenly Father" because He is the father of our spirit or souls. He loves us so much. He wants us to talk to Him and ask for help and share what is going on in our life. He knows how to fix broken things. At the end I say "In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen" because Jesus Christ died for us that we might be forgiven and strengthen through His grace. I love to pray as I feel peace and comfort when I feel broken or when I want to share about what a good day I had. God loves to hear His children.






October 28, 2013

Facing the Question

Being deaf and wearing Cochlear Implants is pretty noticeable at times. At the beginning of my mission I was rather shocked at how noticeable they really are. I have had people ask me about whats on my head but all those I surrounded myself with back home already knew about it. Once I left home and started meeting new people it felt like everyday I was faced with the question "What are those on your head? How do they work?" At the beginning, of my mission, I felt rather frustrated as I wanted to be "normal" and not noticed all the time. After talking to some people and after much prayer I realized this is me and this is my normal life. One of my heroes is Stephanie Nielson "who not only survived a serious accident but is now a thriving example of courage, love, and faith in Jesus Christ, through whom all is well." 
I love how she turned her challenge into her new life. It has been a strength to me when I feel weak at times.


video
http://www.mormonchannel.org/video/mormon-messages?v=911161811001

As time went on I was able to turn the feeling I once had, about wanting to not be noticed, to a feeling of confidence and a tool to share my faith. God is great! He really does love us. It often takes stepping out of your comfort box to see His Hand in our everyday life. 

I have learned that God gives us challenges or talents to help others in very unique ways. Now I am just excited when people ask me about my Cochlear Implants. Each time I do it is a reminder that miracles do happen each and everyday! If you ever see me...ask me about it. :) 


"The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation."
Psalms 118:14
Old Testament


Tender Mercy, Another Divine Signature



  For the past 18 months David Cluff has been serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Salt Lake City, Utah / Wyoming area. Through this mission he has been able to help others come to know God's love for everyone. David has also been able to see God's Tender Mercy which is like His own Divine Signature placed in his life, as a mark that He is right there with him all along the journey.
Though he wears a Cochlear Implant he did not know if he could meet the demands of a two year mission. At many moments in his mission he did not know if he had the strength to endure the hard times. Through his faith in God, he trusted in Him that he could make it through.


David will finish his two year mission in April 2014. Over the next few months you will be able to read more of his Silent Moments.


Read more about his mission and journey at: www.elderdavidcluff.blogspot.com