Saturday, December 1, 1973

Dale's mission call

In September a call came from the Prophet: Dale was being sent to the Bolivia Mission. He becomes the third in the family to go among those South American Lamanites who are just now becoming such a strength to the missions and stakes of a fast-growing area of the Church. Kay served from 1961-63 in the then Andes Mission and Dean from 1968-70 in the Brazil North Mission.

On Sunday, October 14, in the Nampa Fifth Ward chapel his missionary farewell began at 3:30 p.m. The program was presided over by Bishop Wally Bryson. Here is what happened:

Opening hymn: no. 213, The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning

Invocation: Jerry

Sacrament hymn by choir

Speaker: Jackie (recounted Hugh B. Brown's familiar story about the currant bush)

Speaker: Gene (missionary work, 1 Nephi 3:7, "every member a missionary")

Vocal solo: Darrel Green, It May Not Be on the Mountain Height

Speaker: Dean (history of the Church in South America)

Remarks: Mother (the family, her six sons who have been called to missions, all temple marriages among her children, etc.)

Musical number: choir, The King of Love My Shepherd Is

Remarks: Father (missionary work)

Response: Dale

Remarks: Bishop Bryson (general counsel and instruction)

Closing hymn: to have been A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief (not sung because of time)

Benediction: Ray

Attending Dale's farewell were most of Lyle's family, Jerry, Gene's family, Ray's family, Dean's family, Ivard, Dorothy, Jackie, Gary Horner, Darrel Green, and of course the new missionary—a total of twenty-five family members. Gail's family was unable to come up from Ogden because of sickness. And Kay's family was unable to come up from Bountiful because of a new week-old baby.

On Friday, October 19, Dale went to the Provo Temple with Claudia and me to take out his own endowment. The next day, October 20, he entered the Mission Home in Salt Lake for a week of instruction and counsel. Then on October 24 to Provo for eight weeks in the Spanish Language Training Mission (LTM). His address there is:

Elder Dale Cleverly
Knight Mangum Hall
Box 672
Provo, Utah 84601

On Wednesday, December 26, Dale will leave for Bolivia from the Salt Lake International Airport. Family members are welcome to see him off then. After that mail can reach him at:

Elder Dale Cleverly
Bolivia Mission
Casilla de Correo 4789
La Paz, Bolivia

If anyone is considering giving him a Christmas gift, be advised that he has a luggage weight limit of only 20 kilo (44 pounds), which isn't much. So try to make any gifts practical.

On the Sunday following Thanksgiving (November 25) we happened to run into Dale here in Provo for a few moments. He seems to be happy and enjoying what he is doing. His letters already indicate that the miracle of change—which is what the gospel is all about—is already beginning to happen.

The Cleverly Newsletter, Dec 1973 [Vol 1 no 2]

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