March 12

Hey mom and dad how are you?

so time to give you an answer, im staying for another transfer. elder salcedo, anderson, hunter and siaw are leaving. sister lousi is leaving as well. sister harrison has moved to palmerston sisters and elder tyler has moved to katherine. PROVO!!!!!!!!!!!!! he is gonna love that mission. so as for the baptism it didn’t go through for mohamed becuase of some family opposition. he is still coming to sports night but we are working with him. it has been a crazy transfer for sure. my new companion is…….ELDER FIU he is now a ZL after his training (unheard of). he is a great missionary and will do great things. so on the other exciting news. elder miague is coming to darwin! he will be the palmerston district leader in palmerston. it has been a crazy week but really good.


Elder Dickson

Krista –

When we didn’t hear from you yesterday we thought you might be transferred but I guess that was just the holiday in Australia. I’m surprised you are staying… you really will be the king of Darwin. That is crazy about Elder Fiu… you said he was like Elder Punou… so I’m assuming you get along? Where is Elder Salcedo going?


I can’t keep track of all those moves but your super focused and dedicated mom will. I’m glad you are staying in Darwin since you said that is what you want.

1st day of rugby today. 72 boys, 32 in grade 10. Gets popular when we win back to back provincials.


dang thats heaps of guys! that means that the teams will only get better, how are they skill wise? and yeah we get along really well. i will be the king of darwin only if i stay the rest of my mission –

do you think the raptors could contend this year?


That’s cool that Elder Miague is coming. Who else is coming to Darwin?


Lots of good players. We should contend again. Charles Barkley picks the Raptors to win the east. I think he is right. Still not sure anyone can beat golden state in the playoffs –

T- elder davison and elder symes are coming to malak. sister shakespear and elder mcdonald are training. –

i have never met the elders before you ask about them-

who do you think will make the seniors?


Very cool. Are you just doing airport runs then this P Day? Did your birthday package arrive yet?


Drew will make it :). I don’t really know. There are a ton of kids to sort out. This is a first.


will drew play 8 man again? we did airport runs at 4am yesterday and we pick the others up on thursday night –

no i haven’t gotten a package yet but im sure it is on the way

K-With the Katherine transfer do they now have a driver?


yes elder tyler will be driving them-

elder arnaud goes home in 3 weeks so they are in a trio for now –


Drew probably won’t be an 8   We have a gr 11 that will probably play that position. They will find a spot for him.


but he will stay in the forwards? maybe a lock?


Are you feeling positive about staying in Darwin ? You might get all the way through the rainy season! Are you still working with that new Chinese investigator?

B- I think probably a lock. Chambers will figure out best where to use him –

Maybe he should play 10. I hear that is where they put the soft players (that was Tommy”s position)


i hear thats where they put the all stars, i think i will stay here till the end of my mission to be honest. and yeah the rainy season ends in april



Would you be happy with that? Where did Elder Salcedo go?


yes i would love to stay, elder salcedo went back to adelaide city


Very cool… makes the sweater I am sending you kind of useless but maybe you are so used to the weather that you will be freezing at 25.

Benny and Drew are watching the Breakfast Club tonight…. a flash back to the fabulous 80s😜


Don’t you forget about me!!  Classic movie.


haha classic and yeah i noticed the other day it go to 20 degrees in our bedroom from the aircon and i was freezing


As I am still cursing all the snow I am just a little bit jealous! How much longer do the Leas have in Darwin?


I think you are a dead man when you return to Canada. Or at least a frozen man.


the leas leave in june


I can’t believe you are almost 20 …. I hope you will make plans for your birthday . Can you ever do something like order pizza?


yeah we can do that, ill figure something out.


Our Apple TV brings up pictures when it is on sleep and I was looking at some pictures from your farewell, you have changed and I think you are going to be surprised how much Drew and Benny have changed too. Dad and I just look older!


how have benny and drew changed?


Drew is a giant…must be 6’3” with the hair and Benny doesn’t look like a kid anymore  he is in full teenager mode and a total beanpole! Starting to develop a little bit of the teen attitude too…. I am in mourning for my sweet little boy


all good i will still beat drew in a wrestle. and how is benny in teenager mode?


Don’t get too cocky… Drew is a bit of a gym rat now…. he goes to the Y all the time to lift weights. Benny is just like both you and Drew…. room is a mess, wrappers everywhere… attitude to his mom… but still glimmers of sweet…. I’m holding on to them!

T- haha is he still big into the xbox?


Drew is now a Simpsons junkie and Benny is into anime and stupid YouTube videos. Benny has a phone now and I basically have to pry it out of his hands…. sound familiar?


haha what kind of phone does benny have?


He has an IPhone….better than mine but not the latest. At first he would text me random stuff but now he is a little more video focused


The kid is an Anime junkie. Definitely not my thing.


yeah i never got into that either


He and Dad are going to Comic Con…. he may want t9 be looking at that stuff while dad is into superhero stuff. We will see who wins!


haha we will see. i gotta go, love you heaps talk next week!


Bye love!



March 4

hey mom and dad,

so this has been another crazy week in the darwin zone! so the first crazy thing that happened is we held three sacrament meetings yesterday! so when investigatrs can’t come to church in the morning because of work president has myself and elder salcedo hold a 20 minute evening sacrament meeting. its pretty spotaneous. so we got a call from darwin city elders’ investigator asking if he could do it and we dropped everything and went and ran the meeting. that was crazy. as well this week mohamed dropped us. he has run into some pretty rough family issues and he needed to focus on that. but the exciting news is that we were able to put our investigator simon on date for the 31st of march. he is a 42 year old man from china. he has come over to get his masters in accounting and is planning to bring the rest of his family over soon. so crazy but great week. who is drew taking to grad?

how are the raptors doing?

Love Elder Dickson

Krista –

Drew says …. a girl…. so communicative…. actually Drew is taking Emma Giustini from Chaparral Ward… he is being a 17 year old putz about it all!!!!! That is too bad about Mohammed but exiting about Simon. How did you find him?

So when you hold that sacrament meeting do you just do it in their home? I didn’t know you went to both wards. That makes for a big Sunday


we dont go to both wards we just held two different evenng sacraments on for the sisters investigator and one for the elders investigator. sounds like typical drew 😛 we met simon by just talking to him in the city. we have been teaching him for a week and he didnt accept baptism at first but he finally did


That’s really cool. Have you heard about Teigan yet? He has to come home tomorrow for surgery. He has a cyst that has to be removed on his back. Apparently Brother Simpson had something like that before too. He will be released and then probably go straight to Puerto Rico once he is healed… about 5-8 weeks. It is good that Taylor is around.. they can be buddies!

Oh… had a thought as I was looking at Elder Fiu’s pictures which were awesome last week…. do you still have a camera?


oh dang no i didnt hear about teigan. yes i still have  a camera but im just not the best at taking photos


Ok good, yes poor Teigan… his mission journey has not been without speed bumps .  Hopefully Taylor will get his call this week. Aunt Christina is hoping for tomorrow on her birthday


i could totally see him going to the islands


I agree, that or the southern states. So any plans for PDay today? We are getting close to your birthday too… I sure hope your package gets there in time!


haha yeah crazy to think that i will be 20 eh? yeah so we are having a district p-day and we are going to play board games at the chapel


Awesome… so hopefully no poor losers. Which district are you with today? So with transfers next week do you think you are staying?


so i think that i am definetly staying. president was joking with me gthis week on the phone that he needs me to permantly live in darwin and get a job here so i can be the darwin zone leader forever. we are going to be with the darwin city district


Raptors are doing awesome. First place in the east and a legit contender to win the east. It will be pretty hard to beat Golden State. Though Houston is in first in the west and some think they can beat the Warriors. I don’t.


Ok I guess we will see… you never know! Maybe you can be like Elder Atkinson and be the king of Darwin like he was the king of Katherine. I’m glad you love it so much. So still thinking about family history… pretty sure you are related to Elder Hymas….


I am emailing you from Stake Priesthood meeting. Just sustained Cam Rice to be ordained an elder. President Craig is now introducing the new Deacons. Some things don’t change.


wo do the rockets have on their team? –

haha so how am i related to elder hymas?


Br Mandan is now teaching us how to sing better. Mom would be fired up. Me not so much. 🙂


You will have to look on Family search but through Grandma Steeds line…. the Cooks… there is a big Hymas line that has a lot of Mormons that settled in Utah and Idaho…. if you are related it will be like 7th cousins or something… not like a long lost brother or anything! What was the funniest thing that happened to you this week?


We are learning to conduct. Adam Sorenson will be upset giving away his secrets. –

Br. Manden just asked for a priest from each ward to come up to learn how to conduct. I just volunteered Drew so he is up front standing by Liam Baines. Tragic mom is missing this!


haha brother manden is the man

haha, who is on the rockets?


Oh. Drew will thank  you for that!!!!

Who will be the crazy board game player in the district? What is the best game!


Out of nine priests conducting Drew was tallest by 3 inches.

Rockets have Harden, Chris Paul, Aliza, can’t remember first name. And Tucker who was with the Raptors last year. They are great. Watched them win a close one over the Celtics last night.


we play a lot of risk, it gets intense


I’m sure instead of killing and conquering the world you are converting instead. LDS Risk


nope i will destroy all


Be sure to create alliances and then crush them when it serves you best.


Risk is a recipe for disaster…. I think every Risk game in Waterton ended with someone mad… I guess you need the missionary spirit to survive!


So is the rain still coming strong. This is the most snow I have ever seen since I moved to Calgary


Ok… my advice is completely opposite to your dad… don’t make people feel bad by alliances….I guess I really am the girl!

T- so the rain has slowed down a bit

ok i love you i gotta go


You are the best. Love you


Love you heaps!!!


Feb 25

Hey mom and dad!

so this has been a crazy week. very bus doing a lot of finding! it has been a great experience being able to go finding in the darwin city. This week they had the chinese new year festival in the city so it was a great experience to talk to a lot of foreigners. So other news is that my visa will not allow me to extend. president has looked into it and i won’t be able to. But on the positive side, mohamed is progressing so well! he is the man annd is soo keen for baptism. I’m pumped to hear where taylor will be going! when did he put his availability date? Great week, Awesome mission, Perfect Church and  Wonderful Saviour. (Bold added by Dad – what more do you want to hear from your missionary than those statements!!!)

Love you heaps

Elder Dickson

Krista – I love your last sentence…. I am so proud of your focus and hard work! That is too bad about extending but I have to admit my mom heart will be happy to see you a month earlier.

I’m happy about Mohammed… is he on date yet?
That is also really cool about finding in the city. Do you have any Mandarin speaking missionaries in Darwin?
T- yes so mohamed is on date for the 10th of march. elder siaw is mandarin speaking and most missionaries know a couple phrases
K- Is March 10th before transfers? Do you find most Chinese students English is good enough to teach, or do you need Mandarin support?
T- yes it is the day before. their english tends to be pretty good but it helps when we know gospel words in chinese
K- That’s interesting. I think Taylor put his availability as immediate  but I am not sure. It seems like most of the calls right now are a few months out so it looks like it is likely that you may miss each other for 4 years… for the best reason … oh well!

Did we tell you… we have planned a family vacation for Christmas coming up in Mexico. It will be great and by that time you will probably be freezing in Canada so it will be a break.
Did you find any other interesting prospects this week in the city?  Tell me about them
T- so no really interesting prospects in the city, just a lot of potentials
K- I’m leaving for a fireside …. Dad is taking over
B- Just got back from home teaching Stevens – he was at the Olympics in Korea.  Calgary is thinking of putting in a bid.
T- will that be the winters?
B- I haven’t had a chance to read all the emails but I heard no go on the extension. I am sorry to hear that but selfishly a little glad to see you sooner.
Yes Winter Olympics. He says we already have the facilities at Olympic standard to host 11 of the events. The key is to make sure not too much debt. We shall see.  I say yes as long as we don’t take on debt.
T- yeah so no go apparently my visa won’t allow it even though president wants to – is it pretty well supported throughout calgary?
B- That is too bad. But the most important thing is that you were willing to do it. It says a lot about how you feel about your mission. Blessings come from intent too. Too early to say about calgary support. People think it would be cool but don’t have enough info yet. Will be interesting.
T- yeah do you think it will go through?
so the family is going to mexico for christmas?
B- Yes Mexico is booked   Wanna come?  We will be there a week right after Christmas. Condo etc books. Now mom is watching for cheap flights. We want a vacation with all of us before Drew is gone. We will leave Jake for the week.
T- that sounds really cool! where in mexico?
B- Near Cancun I think. 20 min from the beach. Nice pools and access to other resorts. Close to two amazing Aztec ruins we can tour. Mom is the hero on this. She has done all the work to make it happen. She is a keeper. I think it will be so great to be there all together.
T- that sounds awesome, right back to the heat!
B- We will probably all think it is so hot and you will be laughing at us sad Canadians.
T- haha that sounds great, i gotta go love you heaps,

Feb 19

Tommy’s Mission President’s Website

The link above is from Tommy’s mission president. They were in Darwin for a zone conference. Keep scrolling down, there are 3 sets of pictures. Pretty sure Tommy is wearing the tie Aunt Denise sent him. I’m lucky enough to have one that matches!  My favourite pic is of two massive crocs caught in Darwin. Yikes

hey mom and dad,

how are you? this has been a pretty awesome week! we were able to find a new baptismal date named mohamed! he is the man. he is in year 12 of high school and comes from a strong muslim background but wants to become christian. he is accepting the lessons really well. Darwin has been really good. really wet. i took a video of the rain but it doesn’t really do it justice. overall its been a great week. no i haven’t seen any crocs up here. i’m pretty sure you have to go out of darwin to really find them.
Elder Dickson
Brent – Mohammed sounds like a stud. Congratulations!  I was impressed with the Parkers croc picture but assumed they weren’t roaming the streets.
T- i never saw it
Krista – It sounds like you are teaching lots of young men… that is great! Is he 18 yet? How does his family feel about it? Is your raincoat holding up? Or can anything hold up to the rain? I will be excited to see the video…. you will need to repent from your non-picture taking ways😁
K- The picture was just one that the Farmers had on Facebook. It is of 2 crocs that someone caught but they must each be about 15 ft!!! – That would be Farrers… stupid autocorrects
T- yeah so he is 18 and really keen. i will try to upload the videos
K- I’m just kidding, I know you are busy! We just love seeing you. I’m glad your investigator is so keen. How is it adjusting to a smaller branch? Does the Palmerston branch meet somewhere else now?
T- the branch is still about 120 members so its still pretty large. the palmerston branch meets at 1pm
K- That is  a nice size! Tell me about this new initiative in your zone… blue hand?… something like that… Sister Parker mentioned it
B- So what is one cool thing you learned from Zone conference. Drew is reading Book of Mormon at dinner as fast as possible. Maybe he wants it done fast?  I think it his voracious scripture appetite!
T- so #operationbluehand is something that elder hunter dreamed up. basically it is putting a larger emphasis on the book of mormon in finding. its really effective
B- Nice. My operation blue hand was wiping my hands on my new jeans and thinking that I had bad circulation.
T- haha i remember you telling me that
K- That’s a great idea. How does it work? Where is Elder Hunter from and how long has he been out?
T- elder hunter is fro new zealand and has been out about 6 months, the idea is that you act devastated that they haven’t heard about the book of mormon and then offer to give them a free copy as a gift
B- Sounds like he will be a great car salesmen one day.
K- That cracks me up! Smart idea. I can see how some of your more dramatic missionaries could be quite creative with that.
T- haha yeah elder fiu is really good at it
K- Well I guess you will never know who will read it… I am always amazed at how creative missionary work needs to be.
B- Watching a bit of the all star NBA game. The top two vote getters, Lebron and Stephanie Curry got to pick their teams. It was just announced who was on eAch team after they picked. A commentator said they should have picked live right before the game started like gym class that would have been cool.
T- so who is with lebron? and curry?
B- Can’t remember them all but Curry picked Derozan and Lowey. Derozan is a starter, voted in. The Raptors are #1 in the east right now. They look good.
T- who is leading the west?
B- Technically Curry is leading the west and Lebron the east. But once the all stars were voted in or chosen then the teams got all mixed up.
B- Drew, Benny, and I are going to Utah spring break. Gonna stay with Denise a few days and a few in St. George. Going to a Jazz Mavericks game in Salt Lake with Denise’s Family.
T- gotta go love you
B- Have a great week

Feb 12

hey mom and dad, so this has been an awesome week! we had the parkers and the assistants up this week so really good. this week we have been teaching a lot. we put a boy named mohammed on baptismal date. He is from samalia and is muslim but wants to change and be baptized. his mom is a little reluctant, actually a lot but he is 18 and really wants this. Elder Fiu is the man! he is just like elder punou. they are like the same person so its really cool that i am training my trainer. My prediction is the AUSTRALIA ADELAIDE MISSION! nah im just kidding. i thnk that he will go english speaking to the states? its been a great and busy week!

love you heaps

Elder Dickson

Krista –

That’s funny because I thought wouldn’t it be funny if he got called to Australia… I will text him and tell him to email. Ok you ave to be more specific than English speaking in the States… have to pick a state or a city. It always feels good when you are teaching a lot. Is Rikki ona baptism date too?


southern states –

no rikki isn’t on date anymore. we hae lost contact with him but are trying to re-establish contact

Brent –

Snow fest continues. Snowed the middle of the night last night so we had to shovel. Then the ploughing came during church so we had to dig out again. It is our month to shovel at church so the young men are not too impressed. But Broadhurst’s now owe Benny $210 for shoveling this winter so he feels rich.


Well hopefully you will reach him. What did you learn at your zone conference? Did President Parker give you any more information about extending?-

Keep trying…. more specific!


yeah i am all good to extend


Ok… well have you definitely decided? Is there a date that you have to make up your mind by or have you already? September 19?


I was telling President Craig about you thinking about extending your mission. He said Why wouldn’t he!

It was ward conference today and they read your name first for missionaries serving from our ward. You are the longest out now.

Billy S and Chris D are also waiting on their calls.

Were you impressed by the snow piles taller than Ben?  I feel like they are monumental since we shovelled all of that.

Mom is watching Winter Olympics figure skating with Drew. Probably not super popular in Australia.


my companion freaked


Ok…. Billy is great and we are very happy for him but I need to k ow your extending info….!!!


i havent finalized it but i want to extend to september 19th


Ok.. I will resist asking for  a definite answer right now…. but you know it is killing my planning nature. Just let us know as soon as you decide for sure. Grandpa will want to know about the weather… give me a report and and pictures of rain would be much appreciated


ok its been pretty dry recently


Well that will make Grandpa happy and if you just had Zone conference I’m sure Sister Parker or Sister Lea will post pictures. Did you ever get those new pants?


no they haven’t come yet


Wow…. sometimes I am amazed at how long things take…I sure hope your birthday package gets there in time. Any interesting things you did with the Parkers or APs


no nothing super cool just lots of great stuff


I was talking to Garrett today and congratulating him on his call and he was saying how cool your mission was . I told him it was great but that he should not be jealous of the heat or of the biking. I think his mission will be a little like yours in that it will be so diverse. There is a big difference serving in Vancouver or serving up north or on the island. I think the change in the areas would be refreshing

K- How big is the Alice branch? Zone? Is there just one zone leader there?


yeah just one zone leader there –

about 150 people


Is that a change? Is that Elder Shortland? What is going on for PDay today? Grandpa liked the toad busting


Just locked down a youth Speaker for Sacrament in two weeks. I am the voice of doom in the ward. I thought we had a high Councillor next week but was wrong. So I was scrambling but found speakers for next Sunday.


yeah so that is elder shortland. nothing much on for p-day –

gott go love you heaps


Have an outstanding week. So proud of you!


Love ❤

Feb 5

hey mom and dad,

That so good to hear that dani got her call to mexico! that will be a great experience for her. haha so funny story with sister leas video i saw her pull out her phone and begin to record but i couldn’t stop her because we were in a meeting. this has been a crazy week, transfers brought us up some great missionaries. in katherine we got elder justin from tahiti and he is super funny, but it made for a little complication, neither of them can drive. so elder salcedo, elder fiu and I drove them down on tuesday and came back on wednesday. plus on top of all the meetings made for a crazy week. as well we got a new sister named sister harrison from NZ and a new elder named elder hymas from utah. its been an awesome week. rikki also got back from perth and we have begun working with him again.

Something i want to share that i heard in priesthod yesterday was.

“we are all continually converting to the church. none of us are truly 100% converted. so our cal is ‘once thou art converted strengthen thy brethren’. our call is to go and convert our brethren in the church. we do that through home teaching. home teaching is merely missionary work to those who are already baptized”

it was really cool to me so lets al be the best home teachers/ visiting teachers ever.


Elder Dickson


The video is great.! Tell Sister Lea that I was slightly obsessed. Do the elders need to drive in Katherine? Will one of them have to drive? That is a great quote… I am called to improve!


eagles are winning?


Ok dad will be your Super Bowl update king. The ave no idea… now all the girls are actually in the room watching Justin Timberlake. I did the presentation for the young men today. I think it went well. Dad said he thinks the boys all liked it because they were quiet… I guess  not a usual state of being😁. I showed them a bunch of pictures and talked about different aspects of your mission and then showed the video with you and Elder a Miague doing the Australia Adelaide Mission Culture actions… I love that video!


haha thats pretty funny i kinda assumed they would be there for the half time show


22-12 eagles winning at half


So I was talking to Sister Low today she was saying that Noah has been in a pretty tough area since he got to California… it was way too affluent and they were just finding absolutely no one to teach. so finally the Mission President and the APs came to their area and spent the day and then decided to completely close the area. So they are waiting to find out where Noah is next. Layton’s are also anxiously awaiting this Monday’s email because Parks just arrived in Portugal and they want to know about his area and trainer


Did you know that they are merging parks mission with the mission next door? suprise! and yeah noah emailed me about it


They were hoping he would be with Joel Patterson but Joel’s mom told Layton’s it wasn’t happening. The two missions inPortugal are getting made into one.


Yes we heard that. That will be cool to have more of the country to teach. I was curious about your new mission President and I think he is a BYU guy. If I have the right name. I think he is a broadcaster and was one of the producers of Studio C


Oops, guess we emailed the same Portugal info


yeah so that will be crazy –

yeah he was in charge of all byu broadcasting. just looked on –

all good


Well the Studio C connection will give him some street cred with Benny! How is Rikki doing? Did he resolve his family emergency?


I’m sure he is a good guy but I still can’t support Studio C – so bad


yeah he did he is just getting back into the swing of things


Who’s your district leader up in Darwin. Do you have two? Elder MacDonald?


Justin Timberlake half time show pretty good. Plus had a lot of fun filled commentary from Drew throughout 🙂


no so we only have 1 district leader and elder salcedo and i are the dl –

i gotta go love you heaps !


Love you have a great week!


Have a great week

Jan 29, 2018

hey mom and dad,

so the news that you have all been waiting for is that i haven’t been transferred. Its still elder salcedo and i together and elder fiu has joined our companionship and we are finishing his training. Elder atkinson and sister hsiao are leaving the darwin zone. we are getting elder justin from tahiti in katherine and sister shakespear and elder tyler are training. yes i have got my bank card and it has definitely cooled down a lot. the sad news this week is that rikki did not get baptized he had some concerns come up and a famiy emergency in perth but we are working with him still. Nothing too crazy this week other than the fact that we have had 40 inches of rain in darwin this last week. totally wet


Elder Dickson

Krista – im sad about Rikki but glad to hear that you got your bank card. That sounds like a lot of change in Darwin. Are you happy to be staying?

T-  i am really happy that i get to stay, it will be awesome


I’m glad  you are happy. Do you have to go pick up missionaries today at the airport? Where is Elder Fiu from? Tell me a little a bit about him


elder fiu is from brisbane but he is samoan. he is a great leader and will be a leader very soon


You have been in a trio three times. That is a little unusual. It seems like your zone leaders train quite a bit. Did you get your other package from Adelaide? It has the new pants in it


zone leaders train a lot and no i haven’t got the package yet


Ok…any other interesting transfers? Do you know anything about the new Elder and sister coming? Is Rikki now in Perth? Will you continue to work with him? We are having our home teachers now but I told them you take priority so I’ll keep emailing. They were amazed by the 40 in of rain. That is hard to even imagine. Are there some dry creek beds that become rivers?


i don’t know anything about the new missionaries, i dont even know their names. rikki is just in perth for a little while and then we will work with him. yeah a lot of darwin flooded. tell the home teachers i say hi


Absolutely! Is the flooding typical for the rainy season?  Drew is almost done exams now. Just physics left. I think he will be happy to be done. So I think I get to talk to the priests quorum for a short bit next week about your mission. What would you like me to say? What is important in your mission? As a missionary?


yeah its pretty typical. um just tell them it is the largest land mission in the world and covers 1.2 million square miles. (not sure in km’s)


What about some of the culture of your mission? What do the Parkers emphasize? What advice would you give priests heading out on a mission?


in our mission we are OCD missionaries Obedient Consecrated Diligent. I think the biggest piece of advice i woukd have would be to start book of mormon study now.


That is awesome! This won’t surprise you but we are not all that sure we are presenting but I think so. Especially as we are starting to have lots of different missionaries going from our ward.


how many are out now?


You, Taysia, Carter, Teigan, Parks, and now calls for Garrett and Jackson

I think Taylor has been medically cleared now and he is getting papers together. He is still working at the movie theatres.


thats great that  taylor has been cleared


Jackson is going to the MTC in the Dominican Republic which means all 4 of Joel and Allison’s kids have not gone to the Provo MTC.


dang thats crazy


Grandpa just arrived and is telling us about crocodiles. He was interested in your rainfall totals. Really the fact that you are in Darwin and in an interesting weather spot is HEAVEN for him

T- haha yeah kinda figured


Any pictures this week?


no ive been really busy


No problem. I think you are suffering a little bit from  not having  Elder Ellingson. Didn’t he take lots of pictures?  so do Elder MacDonald and Elder Siaw stay in your flat?


yeah so they wil stay and yeah he took lots of photos


So Drew made cookies this morning for his and dads home teaching families and after he was finished the kitchen looked like a bomb went off. It reminded me a little bit of you before your mission. I still remember when the Farrers had their flat inspections and you passed. Miracles really do happen. Let’s just say I am counting on it after I looked at your brothers rooms


well i passed the last ne too!


Do the Leas do flat inspections too? Do they still have the Croc prize?

T- no they dont have the prize but yes the senior couple inspects


I am impressed that you pass! I would have never believed it 2 years ago!  When do the Leas go home. are they about the same time as the Parkers?


yeah they will go the same time


That will be a big change for the mission! Do you know anything about the new mission president ?  You will have him for 2- 3 months?


i will have him for about 2 months


Now we are talking Costco’s… grandpas next favourite topic. Debating the virtues of all the various Costco’s and their locations… oh this is the life! He still buys croissants and chocolate muffins for us on a regular basis. Costco in Darwin?


no, sad….

as we are speaking it is raining cats and dogs in darwin

K- Oh well… you will have to wait to get home to have the joy of chocolate “ muffins”.

Ok…. take a picture sometime this week and send it to us so I can show grandpa… He will be thrilled!

Think you must be gone…. love you heaps!

Jan 22

hey mom and dad

so first of all yeah its weird being in a smaller branch but it still has about 100 people soo not too small. Things are going great here in darwin, we recently got a referal from a member and they are our new baptismal dates. they are really cool. So as for school i have been praying about it and i think i am supposed to go to byu I. also to answer more questions my card has arrived in adelaide and they are sending it up here so it hasn’t come yet, but will soon. I also have been talking to president about extending. he has asked me about it and is looking into how long my visa will allow me to stay. at this point it is looking like my release date will be september 19 if everything works out. is something that i really would like to do to help the mission and the work.


Elder Dickson


Ok… If you feel that is the answer to prayer I will hold off on registering at St. Mary’s. It can sit there for a few months if you change your mind. or even if you wan to use it to upgrade your English You will need to work for some time before going if BYU-I is the goal. I can help you apply for the January semester. I think the cut off is not until summer. Let me know what you need done.


I am surprised the bank card went to Adelaide because I sent it to a post box in Darwin. Are you sure? It is just in a letter.


i can ask the leas

Brent –

If you feel extending is the right thing to do then go for it! Be sure to do it because you feel it is the right thing to do. We will support you going to Idaho if it feels right but you will need to earn money before. We can help with tuition but not the rest.

Look at you, talking like a grown up! 😉



Is the September 19th date, the  release date if you extend?  I guess it depends on visa?


no thats right we just have to wait til it comes. september 19th would be the realease date if i extend and august 19th would be if i dont


So tell us some stuff about your new investigators. Anything else interesting happening in Darwin?  Were you able to watch the broadcast announcing the new First Presidency?


so no i wasnt able to watch the broadcast because we were all proselyting but the exciting new is that rikkis is getting baptized on saturday


That is great news. How long have you been teaching him?  I thought you might have seen the announcement some time later in the week. We are on exams so I watched it live. It was just a half hour.


Ok, pray and wait for visa information and then let us know  as soon as you know, what your decision will be. If you are thinking of school in the fall or coming home in August we will need to just be aware of some deadlines.

Did I tell you Cody is getting married March 10th?… how exciting!

That is great for Rikki. Darwin branch is really growing! Make sure you send us a few pictures of the baptism day. they are definitely some of my favorites!


who is cody marrying?


Shoot…. thought you would ask that… can’t remember her first name but her last name is Comfort and she is from Calgary


So Drew was set apart as 1st assistant in priests Quorum so now both he and Benny attend BYC meetings. The Dicksons are well represented.


Dicksons represent!!!


So what are the most interesting things you have learned about Elder Salcedo this transfer? Other new to Darwin missionaries?


Drew also got his recommend from the bishop to get his P. Blessing. Exciting.

NFL update

Patriots beat Jaguars and Eagles beat Vikings

Super Bowl in 2 weeks Patriots vs. Eagles – go Eagles


he is really orgaized –

ANYBODY BUT THE PATRIOTS! and yeah we have gotten a whole bunch of rain.


That is a great skill to have. I think I am still working on that one!  Any monsoons yet?


I agree but it is hard to bet against them. Brady is 40 and looks as good as ever.


So the Farrers were in Pincher Creek for Elder Dietze’s homecoming this week. I told her that we spent lots of time down there in Waterton. They are very sweet and want me to tell them when you come home and they may be able to visit. I think their hearts will always be in Darwin!


that is really sweet of them, they are the best


A great thing about a mission is the relationships you build.


So I had a missionary mom ask me this week about the Parkers. When do they go home? Summer?


they go home in june

That’s all for this week


Jan 15


hey mom and dad,

so this sunday was crazy…..

they split the branch!

so yeah now there is a palmerston branch and a darwin branch. brother silcock is the new pamerston branch presidency and they also called a new district presidency! so thhis has been a crazy week. we were able to have an awesome zone conference and time with the assistants. lotts of good work. Rikki is still doing great and progressing well. our new investigator is doing great. and no i havent received the card yet but it will come


Exciting news. I bet there are some families whose lives will change a bit. Growth is a good sign. Tell me something you learned in zone conference.


well hopefully soon our whole mission will be getting smart phones! and we talked a lot about the 2018 AAM vision


AAM vision, what is that. What would change with smart phones for you?


Wow that is really exciting. Which branch are you assigned to? Are they splitting the missionaries between the branches?

Wow smart phones would be a huge change. Will that happen soon?


that would mean that we would all have unlimited data as well so our area book could be digital, we could email investigators, use google maps and show videos


That would make life easier. What is the AAM vision?


Hmmm….that would be different for sure. Were the Parkers up in Darwin aga8n?


we are assigned to the darwin branch and the palmerston elders (elder tyler and elder fiu) and the palmerston sisters (sister ili and sister lousi) –

yes they were up and we talk about the focus areas in the mission

1) baptize 277

2) become book of mormon missionaries

3) retain converts


When you get your bank card, as well as your Christmas money Grandma Dickson sent $20for you to have for Valentine’s Day


Nice. Kevin came to church today. We have a new sister missionary from Alaska. She says there are two stakes in the area she lives. So Canadian winter shouldn’t be too bad.


Talked to Sister Simpson today. Teigan went to Tacoma Washington this week. That is his new assignment until he goes to Puerto Rico


yeah he emailed me about it

so good that kevin came to church!


I haven’t met the sister yet… dad has. How long is your zone conference? Did you have to do some teaching?


zone conference goes from 10am to 6pm and yes we roleplay


NFL update

Jaguars upset the Steelers. Will play Patriots next Week.

Minnesota beat Saint on a touchdown throw with 2 seconds left. They play the Eagles next week


we have been focusing on overcoming issues with the word of wisdoms


Have you been drinking too much diet Dr. Pepper or are you talking about investigators? 🙂


That would be a difficult challenge. Jackson and Garrett have their papers in and should be receiving their calls this week. Byams are convinced Garrett will go to Canada. It will be interesting to see –

Ok dad is definitely making fun of me now…. let’s just say if President Uchtdorf can talk about a certain “ diet” drink in General Conference. I figure I am ok –

Tell me about what you are teaching Rikki. What is your favourite discussion or concept to teach?


it probably wasn’t doctor pepper mom


Ok…Diet Coke same thing…. ! Still not feeling any guilt !!!!

So with the branch switch, how many members are in each ward? Does the district presidency look over places like Katherine too?


the district presidency looks over all of the northern territory –

about 100 in each


Does that include Alice too ?


So where are you at with Ricki?  What are your next steps with him?


he is hoping to be baptized on the 27th of january. something cool i woould encourage you to do dad is to carry preach my gospel to all meetings. it is something gary e stevenson asked all the bishopbric in adelaide to do


Sounds like a great idea.


Is that before transfers? That is great that he has a goal to work towards


yeah we always invite to baptism in the first lesson and set a date


So I will be interested to hear President Nelson’s announcement on Tuesday. Any predictions about the first presidency?


elder eyring and one of the new three


I think it will be Elder Utcdorft and someone else. We shall see.


Ok I am predicting Elder Holland and Elder Bednar…. we will have to wait and see


good predictions, guess we all have horizontal revelation though :p


I watched a really cool video with President Nelson from 3 years ago reflecting on his 30 years in the quorum of the twelve. He picked his 10 highlights and it is fascinating to hear about the growth of t(e church in that time –

I suppose so  but you know mom is always right!


I’m good with whatever they decide. Nice to guess but not worry.


i heard about the video but never got to see it


Mom is the Facebook master. She probably knows about stuff happening in your mission before you do 🙂


Did you do any special activities as a zone for the conference


no just lots of trainings


Well you deserve a low key PDay then. Any special plans?

Right now with going back to work tomorrow doing nothing sounds fabulous!  How is it going in the flat? Tell me about Elder Salcedos family?


One time you are going to shock us with epic PDay plans and four million pictures uploaded. It will be a mom dream come true.


well an epic p-day usually costs money and to be fair territory wildlife park was pretty epic


True, true…. you have certainly grown from the boy who wasn’t always the most careful with money….THANK YOU AAM!


That did look pretty amazing. Maybe once you get your bank card treat you and your companion to a little fun.


We love you and think you are great !


love you too i gotta go!!


Love you heaps!


It’s Finally Raining In Darwin – Jan 8

hey mom and dad,

this has been a pretty normal week. not much going on. we were able to teach a new investigator named clement!  he is from uganda and is really keen to learn. another positive note this week is that rikki is progressing really well. he is giving up all his old habits and is committing to change. oh also this week we got a lot of rain so it really cooled down. elder salcedo is very similar to elder ivory. i keep getting americans because most of the zone leaders are american. but going great


Elder Dickson

Brent –

Define cooling down!?  It has been around zero here so we can’t complain. A new investigator. Awesome. You have a real touch with those Africans.


cooling down to 30 degrees

Krista –

Well you certainly loved Elder Ivory so I hope it’s going well with Elder Salcedo. Did you repent and remember your camera this week?


Ok, you still get my trophy as current favourite son. I have told the boys that whoever is on a mission gets the title. So when Drew goes out the mantle will be passed on. Tell me a little about your Ugandan investigator.


Drew bore his testimony in church today. Proud of that kid.


he has only been here about 6 months and loves soccer. lives alone and thats all we really know about him –

he is 30


Interesting. How old is he? Has he been in Australia long? How did you find him?


alsoo we helped a member move in that is a really cool story. he was a child soldier in liberia and escaped and reunited with him mom and fled to australia. they met the missionaries in perth and then moved here


Where are all the animal pictures taken? Was that a PDay activity? Next time you think of it I want to see what the scripture covers look like. Take a picture for me.


I guess that puts our problems into perspective eh.


we went to teritory wildife park for boxing day


Wow you are certainly meeting really interesting people with lots of challenges. It makes me feel pretty lucky to be in Canada. Did he happen to know Elder Torrie in Perth? There recently?


no he didnt


NFL update

NFC semifinals Atlanta @ Philadelphia, winner of Saints / panthers @ Vikings

AFC semifinals Titans @ Patriots, Jaguars @ Steelers. These games happen next weekend


It seems like the Darwin Branch is really diverse. Are there a lot of members who are new converts? From how many parts of the world?


about 25 new converts and the branch is super diverse


How many different countries? Name some. From all over Australia? –

Just a little different from Sundance ward! But with Elder Johnson gone you are the only Canadian? Or is Elder Mattie still in Darwin’s?


Oilers totally stink. Flames are decent but will have to do better to make the playoffs.

Team Canada Jrs. Beat Sweden for gold in the world finals    Very close game.
Raptors are on a roll. Only lost 2 games at home all year. In second place in the east behind Boston. Cleveland is third but still the team to beat. DeRozan is incredible. Averaging 30per game. Scored 52 franchise record, against Milwaukee the other night.


i am the only canadian left standing! –

thats awesome that the oilers stink! and go raptors

B- You stink! 🙂


haha go flames


Be nice or no more sports reports 😎


haha im just kidding


Well, proudly represent! Eat a donut, say sorry lots and be proud of universal healthcare!  We are still hiring a new respite worker for Sundays so I wasn’t at church today. Tell me something you learned at church or in your study this week.


how is the snow outside?


Melting but still tons. Slush drifts everywhere


well i love the analogy that our elders quorom president used for christ, he said: “in the california fires there were fire fighters going thrugh marvelling at the carnage of the flames. burned wildlife everywhere. horses, deer, rabbits burned alive. but as they were walking they heard a faint cheep cming from the trees. they climbed the tree to find a burnt to a crisp mother bird with her wings out-stretched and covering the nest where her baby birds were surviving the fire. she sacrificed her own life for her chicks. christ is like that mother bird who out-streches his wings and takes on the fire of sin and death”


My car has a complete coating of dirty, salty muck but I have been postponing getting it washed because I know the minute it is washed it will be dirty again. There is still so much snow to melt that it is slushy by day but icy at night … kind of brutal actually . So the days in Darwin have cooled to 30… does that make the nights any better?



no the nights are still hot just more humid


That’s awesome. Stories and analogies work so well for teaching the gospel. People really relate and remember them


yeah they are awesome


So what are the plans for PDay and the rest of the week? –

Ok so dumb question…. I was watching the Christmas opening … very fun! Are you not allowed to wear the tie with the Mountie on it? Note to self for future reference…. I know every mission is different


By the way, you are now the senior missionary in our ward. Taysia Kerrison will come back before you, but you are longest out. Garrett and Jackson are waiting on their calls. Any day now.

Mom will be giving a 15 minute presentation to all the young men fast Sunday in Feb. she is sharing what is up with Tommy in OZ.


i will get permission to wear it, i got to go love you !


Don’t worry about it… I just don’t want to be a rule breaker –

Love you heaps


GET Permission!  It is your Canadian right!😎
Have a great week

Jan 1 – Happy New Year

hey mom and dad,

so not that much to update on this week. it has been a pretty normal week. lots of findin and not so much teaching. yes i got the scripture covers. THANK YOU!! they look awesome. the australian basketbal movie is really cheesy but really good. its cool how much the aussies really dont change. If i had to describe elder salcedo in three words it would be “sarcastic, funny, Trump-loving american”. overall its been good. i think in regards to the license and health care, just keep them there i have the id that i need in australia
Elder dickson
Krista –  We had the breakfast at Grandpas today 85 people or so and now dad and Drew are at Joan’s . Ben is hanging at Alex’s …. any Christmas pictures today?
Brent – Hey kid, I am at Barry’s house for the New Year dinner. The older boys convinced Gord to drive the truck and pull the inner tube so he is off risking life and limb. It was -10 today and it feels tropical.
T-  i forgot my camera at the flat so i will have to send some next week. dad tell everyone i say hi!
B- I will. It is pretty mellow right now. The old tired types are snoozing or visiting while the youngins are out tubing.
K- is all going well with Elder Salcedo? Is he new to being a zone leader?
T- yeah we get along great. yeah this is his first time being a zone leader so i get to show him the ropes
B- You two need to Make Darwin Great Again 2018
K- Also Aunt Demise said she sent something this week. Pictures from breakfast
T- she did?
B- You should see it in a month. We will have sweet matching ties.
K- Yep… hers should get there pretty quick because she sent airmail. Because the pants were heavier they went snail mail and to Adelaide so don’t expect them for about a month. Aunt Denise mailed to Darwin.. so are the scripture covers fuzzy? Grey or brown? I have never seen them so I am curious
T- they are brown and fuzzy
B- Kind of like Benny!
T- haha kind of
K- Awesome! How is your Nepalese family doing?
T- so the nepalese family dropped us turns out they like another church better
K- Oh well… on to someone else. Are you still contacting that Australian man you found before Christmas? Today is was only -13 and it felt almost tropical after a week of -30. Has it started to rain thee yet?
T- yeah we are still working with him but are also finding new. it rains everynow and again but not consistent
K- Now that you are done with Light the World are there any new initiatives in Darwin? Plans for PDay?
T- not really we ar just figuring ou where to go next with the mall
B- Any out of town trips planned in the next little bit?
K- Are you still allowed to have a booth there?
T- yes we are allowed just need to rent

and we will probably go to katherine next week
K- When you go to Katherine do you do splits or do you go for Sunday
T- we go on splirts for two days
K- Is Elder Atkinson still there. He has been in Katherine a while hasn’t he? He must really love Katherine?
T- he has been there for 10 months and yes he loves it
K- I have to go … his highness Jake s requesting a bath… Love you heaps. Load pictures next week,
T- love you too
B- 10 months in one area. Wow. How big is Katherine? – Drew just returned from tubing. Apparently he survived. Good mission prep eh?
T- haha i guess so and katherine has about 1500 people so really small – probably smaller than chlaresholm
B- Probably they don’t have amazing chicken. Rocky is working there one day a week. He does a lot of wills etc. He says it is worth the drive once a week.
T- haha thats funny
B- So what are some goals you have for your zone this transfer?
T- this week we set the yaerly goal for the zone which is 43 baptisms. if everything goes well we should have 8 as a zne this transfer
B- How many are there in a typical transfer. How much time will you spend on splits?
T- typically about 3 – we go on trade off 4 times for 24 hours
B- So we have been watching Bond movies with Grandma and Grandpa D. Benny and I. We only have 3 left. Quite the accomplishment. We started in Edmonton.
T- dang that is a lot of movies, good work
B- Or maybe we should spend more time reading books. 🙂 mom gave me an Abraham Lincoln book for Christmas so I have been nerding out with it.
T- yeah hahaha

i gotta go love ya dad!
B- Love you more than poutine or an apple fritter from Timmy’s. have a great week.

Dec 17 – One week until we facetime with Tommy!!

hey mom and dad so i am sure that you heard the absolutely exciting news about the car getting broken into last night. typical. anywho transfers have been crazy. elder johnson has been transferred to adeliade and elder mcdonalds new companion is elder siaw from malaysia. my new companion is……….elder salcedo from america. im not quite sure which state but thats where he is from. yes i am still in darwin. ok so for skype next week can we do it at 11am darwin time? which would be 6:30pm calgary time. it will probably be facetime. so other than that we have had a great week we have met an absolutely solid family from sri lanka the have left hinduism behind and want to be christian. super solid.

elder dickson
Tommy got his wallet stolen yesterday – we figured out everything we need to replace and all is good.  The best news is they didn’t take his bag or scriptures.
Brent – So what did you think about Phil Boyte being in Adelaide and meeting those missionaries that know you. Cool huh
T- yeah that is so cool he met elder Li (came to the mission together), elder maddock and elder huot
B- Tell me about your new family you are teaching. How many times have you met. Where did you find them. How many are there?
Krista – I’m here at the Nativity …. only email possible. Looking forward to seeing you
T- we actually haven’t taught them yet we just invited them to church and they came. the family loved it so much that they wanted to stay longer than 3 hours. and they are a family of 4, 3 over 8

‎That is exciting. Coming to church is a big step.
What are your plans for Christmas eve and day, other than talking to your awesome family?
K- Benny is very enamored with the sheep and being a shepherd…. drew is having trouble hiding
T- for christmas day we have some activities planned zone wide that are still being nailed down

Sounds fun‎. Mom will get the card to you asap.
Parks gave his farewell today. He did really well. The church was full to the back of the gym. Lots of non members there. He explained what a mission would be like and why he was going.
T- what is the mcmullen crew up to?  – thats awesome he (Parks)will do a great job as a missionary – wish him good luck
B- ‎McMullins are doing well. Brenton had a baby last summer, a boy. So Tim is an old Grandpa. Kristen is in her third year of some kind of veterinarian care at Uof A. Ryan is in Gr. 12. Not sure what his plan is next year. And I think Jared is in Gr 9. He was collecting bottles to build a home on Central America.
T- thats good to hear!
B- ‎I am planning on seeing the Nativity on Tuesday. Taylor will watch Jake. Gotta see Drew as head angel with my own eyes. Have you done any specific things for light the world?
T- yeah we have had a lot of stuff for light the world. this week we ran a three day booth in the city with baloons and oass along cards a stand up tv and a lot more was a huge hit and will hopefully continue that this week

‎Nice. I have been using the ideas for a #bekindatchristmas campaign on the Canadian Student Leadership social media. The Mormon Leadership kids have been noticing some striking similarities.
Do people talk to you much at the booths?
T- yeah its really cool because people are pretty interested
B- So here is a Mom question. How are the shoes. Do they fit? Did you get a Christmas card from Grandma Dickson that you make into a Nativity.
T- yeah they fit and yeah it is sitting on our kitchen counter right now  – gotta go love yous!!
B- ‎That will make Grandma and Mom happy. – We will chat / face time next week. Light the world Elder!!!

Dec 9 – scroll down for pictures

Hey mom and dad so firsts things first mom i repented and uploaded more pictures in the nightcliff folder and they are ones president parker took. So this has been a great week having zone conference and having the parkers and the assistants up in darwin. really great zone conference and really great time with the parkers. thats great to hear that grace got her call and where is parks going again? oh also about skype i havent been able to organize a family yet but will be hopefully this week. i think it would be easiest if we just did facetime like last year. as for light the world this week we are doing a zone service project picking up marine debris.

great week overall
Elder dickson
Krista – Marine debris… that sounds interesting. I’m glad the zone conference went well. What did you learn? Did you do a skit?
Brent – Parks is going to Portugal. Same mission as Joel Patterson. He leaves a week from Monday.
T- yes we did a skit and it was based off of key and peel’s substitute teacher skit. oh cool maybe they will be companions
B- ‎A Aron!!! So how did you put a church spin on it?
K- Ok that is intriguing to me… did you pull out your drama skills? Tell me a little more.
T- yeah so we had a substitute distrike leader and a fake training about no-ah getting the 8 condements
B- ‎I am guessing mom may not know the skit. We will bring her up to speed later.
T- yeah it was really funny, made some pretty good jokes. i can send you a video when the parkers get it to us
K- That sounds funny…what else did you learn at the conference? That breakfast with the Parkers looks amazing! – Oh ye of little faith …. of course I know the skit! I loved seeing the pop up booths. Were they successful?
T- the breakfast was actually at 3 in the afternoon but president really wanted pancakes – we learned alot about effective baptismal invites – yeah they were really good and we are having one downtown tomorrow
B- ‎Sounds like a righteous man. So it has been super warm for December. Is it raining a ton?
K- And it looks like some fun Christmas stockings…. did you get your decorations?
T- no wet season hasn’t come yet which is really late this year. and yes i got the decorations 🙂
K- Hurray!!! Makes a mom’s heart happy to know you have at least a little desk tree. When you do the pop up booths how long are you allowed to have them up? Are there special rules?
T- yeah for the pop ups we cant leave the booth but we can invite people over. and they can be there all day we just have to rent the space
B- ‎Sounds creative and a change of pace. What do the booths say to grab attention?
K- That’s awesome… must be a nice change and pretty effective. What is that picture with the stairs and the projector?
T- yeah they are big ad flashy. i added a picture in the googe drive – oh we ran a city activity about ight the world at the ymca so i was presenting – putting aslc experience to work
B- ‎Tell me more. What was the Y presentation all about?
K- That’s cool…. looks like you had a few people there. I’m sure you are good at coming up with creative ideas. Boy from minute to win it to Canadian pancakes and pop up booths you are certainly doing missionary work in interesting ways
T- we had an activity to present light the world to the community and to have an activity to bring investigators to
K- How is it going with your investigators? Do you have anyone who has committed to babptiam right now or are they still in progress? I have lost track… remind me of names
B- Very cool – did you do the Chevy Van cheer? Maybe not appropriate. Though if you can make Key and Peele work I believe in you.
T- yes we found a man yesterday, his name is daniel and he recently quit smoking and drinking because he wanted to change his life around and then we knocked on the door so right now he is on date for january 13 – haha no
K- Good for him and good for you. How is Peter’s family doing?
B- ‎That is very exciting. It seems like you always have someone to teach. That is the good stuff!
T- peters family aren’t really interested at this stage but he is doing awesome. he is going to efy in adelaide in january
B- ‎EFY should be a real boost. It makes a difference to meet other people the same age who share beliefs.
T- yeah he is really excited
B- So do you have some new shoe sor are you using duct tape?
K- That’s great… did they get the funding in place for all the kids who wanted to go? I know I saw a thing about Katherine youth. Do they still need donations?
T- i have one pair of shoes that i am wearing
K- Ok well if you hear anything let us know… that will be great! Are transfers next week ? I guess the only certain thing is you will be getting a new companion
T- yes transfers are next week
B- Have you been spending any time at the University?   Any cool animal stories for Benny?
T- no the malak elders do the uni
K- Darwin, Darwin!!!! Hear me chanting … wherever you go will be right and wonderful but I’m a little biased I think Darwin is GREAT!
T- yes benny we have seen a few monitors around. on the way to katherine we saw a few emu’s and dingoes
Benny – Benny. Hey that’s really cool what is a monitor again
T- like a min komodo
B- Benny has disappeared. Mom has him on basement cleaning duty. It is Gingerbread houses tomorrow. Lots of crazy before and then a great night.
K- Are dingoes as frequent as coyotes here? Where did the Katherine elders stay for zone conference? With you too? I have 2 handbells rehearsals today, one with beehives and one with deacons. It will be interesting to see the difference !
T- no not as frequent but still around – ok i gotta go love you heaps mom and dad

Dec 4

The Sr. Couple serving in Darwin with Tommy, the Leas, sent us these pictures of Tommy before a service project.


hey mom and dad,

This week has been great! we have been gong full speed ahead with light the world! this week was the beginning of the pop up booth in the ma in palmerston. (We found out that people like talking to sisters more than elders so they are running it now). as well like you mentioned we had “canadian pancakes” for a toy drive we were doing at the church. this next week we are going to try to get a stand in the city mall so EXCITING!!! today the assistants and the parkers fly up for our christmas zone conference. As for the zone we just had a baptism on saturday in katherine so things are picking up. we are definetly going to hit the zone goal of 40. the cool thing about the goal is that the original goal for the year was 23 but we hit that in july so they reset to 40 and now we are at 35. Elder and sister lea put up the ornament that you sent them and are really grateful for it
Elder Dickson
Krista – That is cool about the malls… will you have sisters at the one downtown too? Did you get any community members for your pancakes?
Brent – Hey, hey I am at the Bishop’s house right now. We had a dinner for all of the Bishopric families. Singing some carols and the heading home for the First Presidency message. Mom came with Jake for a bit. He focused on desert.
T- yeah we had heaps of investigators come not so many off the street though. and we will see in the city, really depends on how it goes
K- That will be exciting to see the Parkers and assistants. Do the assistants stay in your flat ? How long are they in Darwin? Is you Conference tomorrow?Maybe they will bring your decorations?
T- yeah they stay in our flat. they will only be here for three days and yes the cnference wll be tomorrow
K- Do you know the assistants? Do you have responsibilities for tomorrow? What a great way to start December!
T- the assistants are elder miller and elder pickett. i have no clue if we will have resposibiities
K- Have you ever been in the same zone as Elder Miller or Pickett? I’m glad the Leas got the ornament. We sent one to the Parkers too. Jake and I are watching the Christmas devotional right now. I guess dad and the boys must be watching at Hansen’s. I’m actually amazed Jake is sitting here watching. Granted he has his earphones in but he is staying put… must be the pull of MoTab! Maybe he is hoping for his favourite hymn…Called to Serve
B- Maybe serve some Canadian Pancakes at Zone conference! ‎We aren’t watching. Oops. Singing carols and planning to watch the recorded devotional. Bishop’s fault!!!
T- yes i was in marion with elder miller  – haha blame it on bishop, tell him i say hi
B- I will, we are now heading home. Doing the long walk from his house to ours.
K- Awesome! How are your investigators doing? What was the best teaching moment this week?
T- they are doing great. it was cool t teach our investigator rikki this week. we taught him the book of mormon and before we even started teaching he said “i have a question, if god loves all his people than why is the bible only written f the people in the middle east”  we were like “oh rikki do we have an answer for you”‘
K- Gotta love that moment when you get to testify of the Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ. Stake Conference today had a lot of missionary work talks. one of the best I thought was Drew’s friend Cole who spoke about a missionary experience he and Drew had this week in Mc Donald’s with a homeless man. They had a 2 hour discussion with him and gave him the missionaries phone number
T- thats awesome!!
B- YES, a golden question. I’m home now. Drew and Ben ditched me so I had to walk alone. So sad.
K- Dickson superstars! Now selection from the Messiah in the broadcast… Still think Jake is holding out for the good stuff…may have to pull out YouTube version of Called to Serve. When do you see the broadcast?
T- we wont see it until christmas eve
B- ‎…and I am just finding out about it now. Drew shares so much. :). So I am getting big on the church speaking tour. Speaking at a seminary Morningside Dec 20. Don’t want this to become a habit.
T- love you but we gotta go to pick uo the assistant from the airport
B- ‎You are awesome. Always so glad you are my son.
K- Love you heaps… have a great week!

Nov 26

hey mom and dad how are you?

this has been a pretty cool week. elder ellingson and i are leading the zone hard out into light the world. for example on the second of december it is jesus christ is the living water or something like that, so the mission has bought us 700 water bottles that we have relabled with the light the world logo and are going to be handing out on the saturday. as well we are putting up these huge banners in the new mall in darwin (first time a mall has let missionaries in, ever). as well we have soo many zone wide services planned so it will be an awesome light the world season. i havent gotten the decorations but i have received the big cloth. its possible that sister lea thinks that it is the christmas package so she could be holding on to it until christmas. This week as well i was able to go on trade off with the katherine elders! i love katherine, it is soooo unique. we are still working with peters family and a new investigator who is really solid and is on date for the 30th of december. he is aussie background and has had some really serious struggles in his life but he is doing awesome. when he called his mom to tell her he was meeting with the mormons she had only great things to say. awesome week.
Elder DIckson
Krista – Awesome…. maybe ask Sister Lea. It was full of decorations. ! I think it is awesome all the things you do for the zone… that is great!i think that is cool about Katherine too who are the elders there ?
Tell me something cool about what you’re teaching the investigators
T- elder arnaud and elder atkinson are there now – i think the coolest thing is to see the atonement of jesus christ work in their lives. the just so readily change in order to follow christ.
K- I love that…. that is a lesson I need in my life right now! I’ll be excited to hear about all of those initiatives. What is the investigators name that will be baptized?
T- his name is rikki – update on the game?  – (I told Tommy the Grey Cup game was on)
K- I’m so happy for you and for him . What else is happening in the Darwin Branch right now? Does Elder Ellingson go home this transfer ? – I’ve told dad to email you…
Brent – Stamps 14 Argos 8. 2 min left in first half. It is snowing pretty bad. No team is kicking. They go for 2 on converts. – ‎You are earlier than usual. You sound fired up and busy. That is awesome. I love the waterbottle idea! – ‎The Argo touchdown we a 100 yard catch and run to the end zone. Doubt it would happen without snow.
K- Tell me about some of the other service your zone is planning
T- wait so the argos just scored a 100 yard touchdown, and yes he goes home this transfer
B- wait so the argos just scored a 100 yard touchdown, and yes he goes home this transfer – ‎Tell us more about Katherine. What do you like about that place. I think Darwin is a good fit for you. Sounds that way.
T- katherine is 70% aboriginal and is a town of about 1500 people. it is just really cool because you teach people by sitting in the dirt and talking
B- ‎That is cool. Sounds like more humble people. Hopefully not so many pitbulls too!? Jake is jamming out right now to ABBA. He knows what he likes!
T- lots of dogs just roaming around,
B- As long as they are friendly and don’t chase you. Maybe this could b E your chance to punch a kangaroo. Benny would be so impressed.
T- not very many kangaroos around but i did see a few dingoes
K- I have seen quite a few baptisms in Katherine. They must be really growing that branch. I also saw the Darwin Branch had a baptism this weekend and she is a friend of Peter?

‎Awesome!! A dingo stole my baby! I bet they aren’t too impressed if you say that.
So no arrests by drunks this week? I thought that was a really funny story. We would always get cussed out by drunks in Sweden. It is where I learned my first Swedish and Finnish swear words.
T- the have tripled the branch in size in this year alone – yeah peter spoke at her baptism
B- ‎See, Mom is all over Facebook. I loved the picture of your shoes. Sad but funny.
K- Wow that is awesome. How often do you go to Katherine?
T- haha no drunks this week and haha no babys snatched  – yeah my shoes were pretty trashed, we go to katherine once a transfer
B- ‎So Shania Twain is performing at halftime. It is truly a Canadian experience. The drummers cymbals have snow sitting in them.
K- Do the Leas go with you?  When is the next transfer? I’m wondering if that package of decorations is with the Parkers? Do they come up soon?
T- haha thats crack up – no we go our self and next transfer starts december 17th
K- Well if Elder E goes home you may be staying put…. a few more weeks of Darwin heat!
T- i would love to stay in darwin the rest of my mission if i can
B- ‎Makes your papa happy to hear you happy. That’s what happens serving others. Enjoy every minute.
T- its awesome

PD plans today? Maybe an ocean view to make your dad a bit jealous?
K- I’m glad,  that would be cool . Somehow I think that somewhere in your future President Parker will have a surprise for you 😋
T- oh dad we have an ocean view everyday

and what do you mean mom?
B- ‎I think she means you probably have another move in you before the end and I bet you will love that place too.
K- You have been surprised by transfers before. You never know inspiration may send you somewhere else before your mission is over. If you stay in Darwin …. great ! But you never know… maybe eventually back to Adelaide????
T- i don’t want that to happen though, hopefully the suprise will be “Elder dickson you will staying in darwin for ages!”
B- ‎Delayed start to second half. They had to snow plow the field. – ‎Great attitude but I will pull a mom on you. Singing – i’ll go where you want me to go dear Lord. 🙂
K- You will be great anywhere! But I know you love Darwin!
T- haha ill go where god wants me to go but i hope its here 🙂
B- ‎No rule against praying in your request.
T- haha i guess not
B- Uh oh, Argos just scored a touchdown. Calgary up 17-16. I will email you a final score even if you are gone. You can check later.
K- Good attitude…. we are proud of you!  The Leas are awesome, we are so grateful for them and their help! Take a picture of those shoes from the top. I want to see if they really “ look ok from the top” like you claim!
T- ok love you lots but i gotta go,

K- Love you too! Have a great day!
B- Have a great week. We love you!
Tommy will have to wait until next week to see who won the Grey Cup 🙂

Nov. 20

hey mom and dad,

so this has been a crazy week! so first of all this week in the city i got “arrested” hahaha. so we were contacting this man when another really drunk an comes up to us and says “i am a black angel pray for me brother” so naturally said a quick prayer and began to walk away. he then started yelling that we stole his money and that he was making a civilian arrest. everybody was just looking at him like he was crazy. so that was funny, nothing came about from it but a funny story none the less. So it hasn’t really started to rain yet but during the “build up” it rains all night and is hot and humid all day so thats a new experience. our investigators are doing great! we have been working a lot with a bunch of new investigators that it should be interesting to see how they progress. nothing super new.


Elder Dickson

Krista –

Wow, now I guess you are officially a criminal. Maybe Canada won’t let you back in when you are done your mission. Tell me a bit about your investigators.


haha so that was a funny experience. we are teaching a lot of people from nepal and from sudan. peter has been a big help with the sudanese and sumit has been a big help with the nepali


Is Sumit a member or are you teaching him? Do you have any English issues or are your investigators fluent?

Any words for Teigan as we see him tonight?


he is a recent convert from nepal –

tell teigan my only peice of advice is to be exactly obedient even when others around him aren’t. thats what shows someones love for christ is their obdience to his commandments and in the mission his commandments are the mission rules


Grandpa  says you should be glad that the Stamps beat the Esks and that they just had another kid in their ward that got called to Australia… Joe W


where in australia?


Perth like John Torrie. How is that greenie from Langdon doing?


he is from strathmore, and he is doing great but is taking some time getting used to the heat


Oy… I am sure the heat is almost unbearable for you Alberta boys. I ordered one of the those fans I sent  you to give to Teigan. If it gets here in time I will send it to him. I think it is pretty hot in Puerto Rico too. Are you back to wearing your Khakis? Would you Want more golf pants?


im pretty much used to it, it was 23 in our flat one morning and i was freezing cold  –

you know whats funny i was looking and darwin is almost the exact opposite side of the world as puerto rico. so we are in the same climate. and yeah i would love another pair or two of golf pants

K- Oh my goodness… you are in for a harsh  reality check when you get back to Canada… We’ll invest in down coats and lots of sweaters.


so i looked and my mission extends coordinate wise from upper arizona to puerto rica and guatamala


Oh my goodness….!!!!!!! Well I am heading out to Teigan’s now. I will look into the golf pants. Can you wait for a month or so? have a great week. Love you! Do you need anything else? I may email from Teigans –

Cool…. I think Darwin is basically as hot as you could get… you are a polar Canadian hero!

Love mom


yeah i can wait for a while just let teigan know i wish him luck and that he better email me!

Nov 12

hey mom and dad,

this has been a great week! so first of all elder johnson is doing great, we instantly recognized each other when we picked him up at the airport! so thats cool. for mom he is from strathmore and the greatest thing is that he is a (for dad) FLAMES FAN!!!!!!!!!!!! jokes, its pretty cool having another elder from the calgary area because we can talk about things and people from back home. so about the baptism. they are a part member family, the mom is a member and the dad is out of the picture but now the kids are baptized. its sooo cool because the mom has made huge strides even from when i was here in june in coming back to church. #eternalfamilies. So peter is doing great as well. he is giving a talk at a baptism this saturday for the sisters because turns out that their investigator is one of his friends. he is really excited. Other than that it is definitly the build up season because it s hot and humid but never rains.
also up here in darwin we are getting really onboard with the light the world initiative again so it will be great!
Love Elder Dickson
Brent – Sounds like great things are happening for you warms my heart. Sorry about the Flames thing. Opposition in all things. President Yee just asked me to speak in the adult session of Stake Conference. 7 minutes on Family Councils. Could test some members faith :).
T- we actually had a similar talk in branch conference this week
Krista – That is so cool about Peter. it sounds like he is really progressing. How did you recognize Elder Johnson? Dances???  How are your investigators doing?
B- ‎Then help a brother out!! What did they say?
T- they focused on how when elder ardern was here he said “participation invites revelation” then they talked about how much we need guidance in this ever changing world and how family councils are ways to gain love respect and most importantly revelation for the whole family

and yes peter is doing really great, yeah i recognized him from dances and turns out he was watching the provincial final verses foothills in lethbridge
K- That must seem really strange to connect halfway across the world.
B- Perfect. I am quoting you in my talk. Good that Elder Johnson got to see some amazing Coyote Rugby. So will you have him do something special for the first PDay?
T- nah i think they are doing something with an nvestigator

CFL update. Saskatchewan beat Ottawa in the east semifinal and play Toronto in the East final. SK finished fourth in the West and crossed over.
E skies beat Winnipeg in Winnipeg and now play the Stamps in the West final. Go Esks!
K- That works for me.  Have you started planning for the Light the World campaign? It would be cool to do those activities here too. I will have to look at LDS. org again Is this a ward or a mission focus?
T- go stamps!!!
B- ‎Do you have any memories  of family meetings we had that stand out to you? Looking for more talk material.
T- not particularly  (ouch 🙂
T- both and we are going do be doin lots of things here
K- It sounds like The Darwin Branch is really growing and doing interesting things. Remind me again how big the branch is? Do they have any youth that you work with?
Benny – ‎Benny. Hey Tom so on Thursday we won all our games in volleyball to end off the regular season and loving your bed trololololololloolloollool
Brent- ‎And Benny is off to the basement. 🙂
T- the brach is about 200 people and we work with both of the preists and the ysa
K- So tell me an experience you have had this week that has been significant… a teaching moment, some inspiration, a cool thought from what you have been studying…
Tommy shared some C.S. Lewis quotes
B- ‎So what will the rainy season be like? Hotter? More humid? How much rain are we talking here?
T- it is called monsoon season so a lot and it will cool down a little it will start in december
K- He has such an interesting way of looking at Christianity.  I love his Screwtape Letters and Mere Christianity. When you get home I will make you watch one of my favorite movies ” Shadowlands” which is about his life and the death of his wife
B- ‎So hopefully more time in a car rather than on the bike? Drew is off to Parker Byam’s playing Smash Brothers. A proper sabbath activity cause he is with family. 🙂
T- no even in the rain we bike
B- I can endorse that movie. A good one. We will also have to watch “In the good old summertime”. We are keeping it on the PLT just for you.
T- is it still on there?!
K- You also may not remember but we are still saving “In the Good Old  Summertime”  on the PVR until you are back… the brothers claim we can’t watch it without you but lets just say they MAY be trying to avoid the MOST AMAZING MOVIE!… ok mom geek out time.
B- Absolutely ‎- we will have a watching party when you return and then a ceremonial deleting

That cracks me up that dad sent that while at the same time i was typing about that AWESOME movie!
What are your plans for Pday today? Is this Elder E’s last  transfer?
T- wow…… i thought you were kidding  – yes it is – and we are doing some service for a member – hey mom and dad i love you email next week!!
B- You da bomb. We pray for you daily!

Love you!

Nov 5

hey mom and dad!

so the big news is that i am staying in darwin longer this time! 🙂 so the big changes are that elder shortland and hammond are leaving along with sister ceaser and sister angoy. this week was amazing. peter as you know was able to be baptized this weekend. i will never forget the first thing peter said as he came out of the water is “i feel so clean”. he is a solid convert. we hadn’t really been able to go into depth about fast offerings yet his first sunday as a member he paid them. other than the preperation for that it has been a normal week. we were able to get a few new investigators that were referred to us by a recent convert named sumit. in regards to the degree i want to do special education so does the route have to go through a nromal degree in education and then to specialize?
Brent – ‎You are now a Darwin Man! That is a great memory with Peter that you will never forget. All the hard work you put in every day makes that possible.
Krista –  I am so thrilled about Peter. That is amazing that he is so dedicated already. What a wonderful spiritual high that must have been for all of you.!!! Are you still teaching his cousin and brother?
T- its really cool because he asked how he can serve a mission so president chick wants to start working with him so he can go and serve
K- Wow that is impressive. Good for him
B- ‎Cool to think you play a part in a new missionary being sent out.
T- he is so prepared he is currently bring us all his cousins to teach
K- Will you be getting a new district leader, or is a missionary who was already in the zone taking over that responsibility?That means a new flatmate… do you know who it is?
T- you’ve got it mom and elder mcdonald will be the district leader and he will be training a new missionary
K- That will be fun to have a greenie in your apartment! Do you know where he is from?

Sports report
Astros beat Dodgers in 7 – an epic series Drew is sad
CFL Saskatchewan crosses over to the east and plays in Ottawa. Winner plays Toronto.
West Edmonton plays in Winnipeg – winner gets Calgary.
Weird Eskimos season. Won first 7, lost next 6, won final five. Stamps looked like a lock but lost last three. We shall see.
Raptors look okay. Oilers are surprisingly horrible and Flames are 500
T- we won’t know who he is until wednesday night – who do the raptors have this year? – i also hear ben simmons is carving it up, is that true?
K- I hope he is from somewhere warm… coming to Darwin might be a little bit of a shock. I was talking to grandpa today and this will not surprise you at all, he told me a fun fact about Australia. I guess somewhere (maybe he was saying all of the Northern territory) there are more crocodiles than people???? Who knows.. just laughed that he remembered that. Have you seen a croc yet?
T- that is in katherine. and yeah but not in the wild – sorry a little town outside of katherine
B- Same people. Added CJ miles who is a great 3 point shooter. It will be tough for them to get past Cleveland.
Yes‎ hopefully he stays healthy
K- What is on the map for PDay today?  Do you have to help Elder Shortland? Where is he going? – I love the new pictures, especially the baptism pictures. It will be wonderful to be able to talk to you about them and hear the stories. you’re looking good!
T- elder shortland flew out at 7 this morning to alice springs. he is a new zone leader – i have lost heaps of weight up here with sweating so much 😛
K- My poor baby… drink lots! Do you still have those little spray fans I sent you?
B- ‎Maybe I should try the missionary workout. Super hot, ride a bike in shirt and tie etc. I would like to lose heaps too
T- i used the enitrety of their lives  – entirety
K- Oh dear… guess they were meant for Canadian heat, not Australian heat! I think that is cool that the font in Darwin is outside.. I guess you don’t have to worry so much about heating the water like we do in Canada
T- yeah everyone loves the cold water – i gotta go mom and dad love ya!
K- Love you lots… you are a ROCKSTAR
B- Be amazing. So proud of you. Jake just belched in your honor 🙂

Oct. 30 – tons of pictures and YouTube clips


hey mom and dad so the has been an awesome week. i got the christmas tree fabric im assuming you set me? we got to have a district p-day where we went up to ee point ad went looking for seshells. the cool thing is that we foud a whole unch of crabs and sea cucmbers. so naturally we played with them. so update on the weather here. so it doesn’t rain very much right now ecause we are in the “build up”. so instead it is just humid as all the time and really hot and cloudy. but i am managing fine. just hotter thn my body is used to. So the really exciting thing coming up this saturday is peter’s baptism this saturday. he is sooo keen. he asked us how he can apply to be  missionary and is going to fly to adelaide for fsy (basically efy). so also i got my halloween pckage about a month ago so i already ate it…… it was really good thank you. where is carter going again? its exciting to see the missionary crew heading out!

Brent – BAPTISM!! So awesome. Carter is going to Tennessee Nashville. He gave his farewell today and reports on Wednesday. He did a great job. I am ocean jealous again. What a cool PDAY. If it is feeling too hot for you I am guessing I would be dying!

Tommy –

thats right, thats realy good to here he is doing well!

its like 35-39 every day with 70% or higher humidity

Krista –

I’m so happy to hear about Peter. That will be a great experience for him. Is any of his family interested? The fabric is supposed to hang on your wall like a decoration. You should also be getting some more decorations in the next month or so.

Holy Cow…. it must be a sweaty experience! Do you have AC in your apartment? How much have you been on bikes


President Craig says hi. I am actually at Stake Priesthood right now. We split into quorums for instructions. I went with the Teachers. Then I saw your email and ducked out

Pres Craig just walked by and said I am doing something more important. They introduced about 18 new Deacons. Pres Craig wants you to know he remembers introducing you and it seems like yesterday.


we are on bikes every day almost so really sweaty, i have lost 5 kgs. and yeah we re acually starting to teach his brother and cousin


That is great about his family! How old are the brother and cousin? How are your shirt’s holding up? Do you need a fresh one or two?


That is very cool. The connections you make when teaching one person can go on directions that surprise you.

The exciting news now, Daelene is hosting a cinnamon bun party right after Priesthood. It is good to marry a Steed.

T- Peter’s brother is 13 and his cousin is 23

Benny – It is Ben so MidSun junior boys volleyball is practically awesome. So yeah how are you


realy good ben we found heaps of animals at the beach and have seen lizards as big as my arm


That is awesome!  It’s so exciting that Peter is already thinking of his future in the church. He is 18 right? How long has he been in Australia?


he is 18 and is a refugee from south sudan and has been in australia for about a year and a bit

Ben –

Ben-what color we’re they oh and I’m being the great hambino/sandlot for Halloween –

Benny. That is really cool about Peter


the crab was brown and the lizard is called a goana so basically the aussie iguana and it is yellow and brown. it’s a monitor lizard and we have one that hangs out around our house –

usualy in our front yard

Ben – Benny. Send a pic of it it would be really cool to see


Yeah photos! I love them. I was showing Audrey M some of your photos of animals last night at the party. She really liked them!

Oh wow! I LOVE the photo of peter and his brother. What a great family to teach!


we couldnt get a photo of te lizard because it was  going to attack us but yeah just the same type as before

Ben – Benny. Aww that sucks that you can’t get pics but it’s okay. Drew’s Marty mcfly for Halloween


Ok… that makes a little more sense! When are your next transfers? A couple of weeks??? How much longer does Elder Ellingson have before he goes home?


i heard, what is jobs going as?

Ben – Benny. I think a baseball player again like always


haha ok transfers are next week and i gott go love ya

Brent –

We love you. Benny misses his roommate. Happy Baptism on Saturday

K –

Love you lots… have a great week. Excited for your baptism!


Oct. 22

hey mom and dad,

so this has been a fantastic week! so i forgot to tell you that for a period of time we were kicked out of the city for proselyting but we are back! president worked some of his legal magic and we are able to be back in the city. peter is doing really well and is set for the 4th of november for baptism. also dad yes people are just giving us mangoes left right and center. soooo many mangoes. so funny story this week, we were knocking doors and in darwin everybody has a large gate and usually a big dog, so as we come to go in a gate to knock on a door we usually whistle to see if there is a dog. so this time elder ellingson was leading so he whistled and no response so e proceeded to the door. when we were about 20 feet from the gate a huge pitbull woke up from his nap and was not happy we were in his yard. we proceeded to yell “go, go, go” to elder hammond who lead us as we ran as fast as we could for the gate. just as the dog was about to chomp down on elder ellingsons leg the heaven sent owner comes running out to stop her dog. i am convinced that we were protected there. so that gave us a jump this week but it definetly brought some energy to door knocking!


Elder Dickson

Brent –

Pit Bulls. Not making me a dog fan. What do you mean it was illegal to proselyte in Darwin? Glad to hear your investigators are doing so well. Baseball update. The Houston Astros are playing the Dodgers on the world series. The Dodgers beat the Cubs in 5. Astros beat the Yankees in 7. Astros won 2, then Yankees 3, then Astros 2. I like the Astros and are bandwgonning them so Drew and I are on opposite sides.


so the city had specific rules where we weren’t allowed to talk to people. Go astros


So how did your Pres get it overturned? Tell them What is your problem? I’m a raging Canadian.

Tonight I am heading to Noah Laycock’s open house. Any message for him?


the second counsellor on the mission presidency is a supreme court judge. open house for what?


Nice bringing a little heat from a judge. Open house for leaving on his mission to California. Mom an di both would have gone but she ditched me for LA 🙂 – Any Mountain biking today? Those pictures were awesome. You made me beach jealous!


nah no biking today

B- Maybe some interpretive dancing on the beach? You could be the Canadian Moose.


haha maybe the birth of a flower?

B- I gotta Head out to his open house and then pick Benny up from Steed’s. Anything else exciting we need to talk about?


not really hope you enjoy the open house!


Love you tons. Rock Darwin this week



love ya bye

Oct. 15

hey mom and dad

so this has been a great week, we had the parkers come up from adelaide to do our zone conference so we hosted the assistants in our flat for 4 days. that made it so we had 8 missionaries staying in our flat! crazy hey? good to hear that the stamps are still beating the eskimos. thats crazy seeing waterton. so on the future note i have been really thinking about it and i was thinking of studying special education at the university of alberta.

Krista – That is very cool. I’m sure that having all of those missionaries was a blast!

Would you like me to look into applying in Edmonton? You could start out at Grant McEwan and then transfer if your marks are not good enough. Calgary?  I will do some investigating.

Did you do anything special for conference with the Parkers?

Ok… I can look for information here too. i wasn’t sure what the process was with you on a mission. I didn’t want you to be distracted on your mission.

Do you do any different things with Zone Conference? Special meal?  What did you learn from the Parkers and the assistants? Benny wants to know what other position you played other than setter?

Tommy –

yeah we have a special meal with the parkers and assistants for lunch. and for volleyball i played outside hitter and right side


Any crazy 8 missionary stories from the flat? Did you have the Katherine elders with you too?

How long do they stay 2 days?


no so elder hammond has joined us in  trio for the rest of the transfer and there are three assistants. they stayed for 4 days and the coolest story is that elder rupe shouted us a giant feast at kfc


Nice!… he is going home soon isn’t he?


How is life in a trio? Was Elder Hammond in Katherine before? 4 days is a long time. There must have been a bunch of interviews and other business. Do the assistants teach and tract with the Darwin missionaries?


yes he goes home at the end on the transfer. yes so elder hammond was in katherine but is now with us. and yeah we go on splits with them. –

because the northern territory is a district president parker is basically the stake president for the nt as well as misson president,


That’s great.It must be interesting to have different combinations of missionaries. How are your investigators? Any potentials?

Hmmm… I never knew that. That is a big responsibility. Very cool to see the branch in Darwin and the people there? Do they go to Katherine too?

Brent –

Just put Jake to bed. You would be an amazing special ed teacher. I think Edmonton would be a great decision.

Sounds like you have been zone conference busy.


our investigators are doing awesome, our investigator peter is the man. he is from south sudan and is 18 years od and is keen to be baptized –

yeah so they travelled to katherine as well


Wow, that is great. What is Peter’s story? How long has he been in Australia? Does he live with family?


yeah so peter is living with his aunt and uncle in darwin so he can finish high school in an english speaking country. he is really really interested in god


That is very interesting. I’m glad it is going so well with him. We will pray for him and you. How did you first find him?


he came to sports night and was really loving it so we asked if we could come by some day


That’s great. Is sports night at the Darwin chapel? Have you been running other activities?

T-yeah so sports night is still at the chapel – the p-day plans are to meet with elder and sister lea about school and then no plans past that


How close do the Leas live to where you are?  Are they in an area where there is a companionship?


yeah so they just live near to the chapel in our area  – i have to go love you


Love you heaps! Have a great week. Know that we are always praying for you!

Oct. 1 & 8 Letters

Oct. 1 

hey mom and dad  

so this has been a crazy week. it is hot as up here. yesterday we had our first day of wet season so it was pouring rain in 30 degrees and later that afternoon it was 80% humidity. so it has been a great week. i love darwin so much and am so glad to be back in this branch. we are really doing all of our work in the city with the immigrants, primarily the nepali people and the chinese. but the most exciting of it all is because it is wet season it is MANGO SEASON!!!! we had a member give us 100 mangoes so we had a lot to eat. yes mom i knew the lea’s before just barely though so its really cool to work with them.  

love elder dickson 

Brent – MANGOES!!!! 

Are you in the Celestial Kingdom or is it just Zion on Earth? 

Krista – What on earth do you do with 100 mangoes????? You should cut some up and freeze them for smoothies. Have you done any trainings yet? 

T- we have been giving them to other missionaries and eating them with everything. yeah that is also the plan to freeze some the best is mangoes on ice cream  

K – Well I’m sure dad is jealous! Mangoes are his favorite. Tell me a little about your investigators.

T- we had a really good week we found 6 new investigators, most of them are from nepal and china

K-  That is really cool, tell me a little about them, are they all students? How is your flat? Is it just you and Elder Ellingson or do you have other Elders?

B- Big news, Benny made the Gr. 8 volleyball team

T- YAHOOO!!!!!!!!! – so we live in a 3 bedroom house. it is awesome. we share a flat with the darwin city elders so elder mcdonald and elder shortland. oh and elder mcdonald says a huge thank you for the pants – almost all of our investigators are foreign students or workers 

K-  That is nice to have so much room. Do you use one room as a study? I’m glad about the pants… I hope they are ok and they fit. They were not exactly like yours but I had a hard time finding light pants at the end of the season. Is Elder Shortland the district leader? He was there when you were in Darwin last time right? Where are those Elders from and how long have they been out? Will you watch Conference next week in the branch? That would be a neat experience. Are any of your investigators ready for that experience?

T- yes elder shortland is the district leader, he  came to darwin the same time as i went to malak. elder shortland has been out 3 months longer than me and elder mcdonald has been out 6 months  – yeah we watch it next week, and we have heaps of investigators coming

B- Cool, you went on a mission to Australia but are teaching China and Nepal. World Missionary!

K – That is really cool. Conference was fabulous, you are going to really enjoy it!  Are all of your flatmates from the US?  Did you get to see John and some other friends in the Darwin Branch yesterday?

T- who would’ve thought that we would be teaching anybody but australians?

B- I‎ went to Sweden to teach Africans.

T- no so elder ellingson is the only american in the flat elder shortland is from new zealand and elder mcdonald is from south africa

K- You are a truly international flat… any interesting things you have learned about their countries yet? Any great new cooked meals? I am excited for you to work in the city, that is great.

T- elder mcdonald qualified for the olympic in karate – nah nothing about the countries though

B- ‎So are you driving all the time now? How far away is the furthest part of your zone.

K- Very cool. It sounds like you are happy to be back in Darwin again and that missionary work is going well there. What has been your favorite moment this week?

T- probably the miracle of finding so many new investigators

B- ‎That is awesome. Do you have any specific stories of how you found them?

K- I’m so happy for you. Any trainings coming up?

T- yeah so we train every week so we will have one tomorrow

K- Oh my goodness I just saw the pictures of the mangoes… you weren’t kidding about the number! Those members must love you!

T- yeah i wasn’t kiddding

K- What is in the plans for your first P Day back in Darwin?

T- go shoping and get some chores for the zone done

B- Maybe eat some Mangoes?

K- You are starting to sound like an adult! That is about what I do on my day off too.  Remind me again how big is Darwin? Do you have your driver’s license yet?

T- its about 200,000 people not including students

K- That is a big area to cover. Do both you and Elder Ellingson drive? Do you bike when you are in your area?

T- yeah we both drive and bike in the suburbs

K- SO… never off the bike. There is just a little irony in that. Did they give you the same bike you had before?

T- no i have a nicer one – i gotta go love ya

K- Love you heaps! Have a great week and enjoy Conference!

Oct. 8

hey mom and dad,

how are you? so this week has been an exciting one. we needed to drive to katherine to transfer a missionary so it was really busy. so mom the lea’s have told me that you have been in contact with them……..typical. haha no i’m just kidding. they are awesome aren’t they? so other than driving to katherine we have had a lot of big success in the darwin city. we have been working on getting a teaching center and getting heaps of activities run there. so dad i have been cashing in on my leadership experience in running activities and it has been paying off. we had 7 people just walk off the street and come join our activity and now they are potential investigators. do you have any ideas on inexpensive things we could do for outdoor activities? anywho to answer your question conference was awesome! there has been a lot of strife in darwin about the same sex marriage law which is being discussed in australia and darwin is very pro same sex so it was really good to hear dallin h oaks talk. the one tradition they do here is between showing the sunday sessions at the chapel they have a big potluck
love elder dickson
B- Sounds like life is good. The teaching Center sounds awesome. Glad the leadership skills are working. Give me a little more details. What kind of activities are you looking for?

Hi Love,
Leas have lots of good things to say about you too. I had to contact them about a Christmas thing… can you believe it… I’ve already finished your Christmas stuff. What about traditional games for outdoors like egg and spoon and musical chairs, relays etc. Do you love your neighbour? Ultimate frisbee….how about a game of capture the flag? That’s interesting that Australia is having the same discussions that are happening here about marriage. I thought Elder Oaks did a great job of explaining our beliefs while respecting others.
Will the teaching centre be like the one in Adelaide?
T- basically anything that would be fun to do that would be approved for missionaries. for example last week we did minute to win it  – sort of but smaller
K- Is it setup yet? Do you spend a lot of your time there?
B- I will work on it this week. Guess what, Drew is going to be the head angel in the Mativity. Mom and I are nervous 🙂
T- no its not set up yet we still need to secure a lease – Drew is?
B- ‎He could be the most epic angel ever. Adam and Billy S are Roman soldiers. I’m betting at some point they end up in a sword fight with each other. 🙂
K- That is cool and it s great that you are having so many potential investigators. Who are you teaching right now?

Did you go to Katherine with the Leas or did you go as Zone leaders?
T- we went to katherine as zone leaders
K- Tell me about some of your investigators? Did you finish all your mangoes?
T- yes we finished all the mangoes and we have a few awesome investigators. one family is from india and is really keen to hear about the gospel. we met them through english class. another one of our investigators is from south sudan and we met him at sports night
K- That is so cool. What do you  do for sports night? Do you also teach an English class?
B- ‎Let’s talk more about Mangoes. I was bragging to a lot of people about your mango adventures.
K- I was just showing Brooke and Bronwyn your pictures from last week
T- we play basketball at the chapel and the sisters teach english class but for safety we have to be there – is everyone still there?

‎Leadership idea.
Doughnuts hanging from a string, hands behind the back, eat the Doughnuts.
Panty hose on your head with a ball in the toe. You try to move a bigger ball or balloon to the finish line by swinging the ball in the nylon with your head. Huge pants race – two people in huge pair of pants, each in on elegant. Race to the line. – ‎Grandparents wuss early and uncle Ryan left too.
K- Daves and Shane’s family are still here
T- ok im adding some pictures you can show
K- From Isabelle: First off not cool that you are eating all those mangos without me!

‎Jake is now tying up mom. He is jumping up and down for joy and ice cream.
Jake has new headphones Mom got for free. Panda and teddy bears. So cool.
T- haha sweet and sorry isabelle all mine
K- Isabelle doesn’t think you are sorry at all. Taylor is working for a political campaign because Aunt Christina didn’t want him to just hang out in the house all day…. or maybe it’s all about Taylor’s passion for civic politics!
T- haha good on ya taylor maybe you can work from the bottom and in a few years be trumps vp
B- ‎Taylor will make America even greater again.
K- Bronwyn s now painting her lips with whipping cream…. she is decorating her feelings…. a true artist
T- haha sounds like a good plan
K- Now Bronwyn is trying to kiss aunt Christina with her whip cream lips and her family has kicked her off the couch….love at home – Yep… the biking lots like it was very hot… is there ever a breeze? I like the tag pictures. Are the other pictures of investigators
T- no not yet and sometimes theres a breeze but its usually a warm one
B- ‎Mom is showing Bronwyn how to use our sewing machine. Jake is interested too so he is doing the Jake dance. And now he has dragged her upstairs. Things don’t change much.
T- haha typical jake
B- ‎There were snow flakes as I headed to church this morning. Any snow flakes in Darwin?
T- gotta go love you
K- Love you heaps….
B- Have an awesome week! Hopefully you baptize your Indian investigators and maybe get some Indian food too!


Sept. 24 – Tommy Heading back to Darwin!

hey mom and dad so president parker threw me another curve ball.

Im being transferred! so im going back to darwin with elder ellingson in an area called nightcliff. so i have no clue what i got sick from but something got me. the mission took care of us really well and we are fully healed now. some missionaries in the missionhave the scripture cases but i don’t know if they have them anymore. if possible i would like red and short. but i dont know if they exist anymore. so i fly to darwin at 6pm in adelaide so i have a little bit of time to get all my stuff packed. to be honest i’m still a little shocked so my email might be a little bit scatterred.
Elder Dickson
Krista –

Wow….that is exciting! Darwin again…. did he give you any indication of what the needs are there? That is really cool to get to see some of the saints you knew there. Do you know Elder Ellingson? – Are you excited about Elder Ellingson? You will get to be with a new senior couple too in the Leas. Are there still some missionaries who were there when you were there before?
Tommy – no i just found out last night that i am moving there. yeah i know elder ellingson he was my zone leader in firle – yeah we will get a long great, i love him! yeah there will still be a lot of missionaries from when i was there before – elder masten is coming in behind me. he actually is elder hartmans other trainee
Krista –

Masten?.. new Zone leader? Haven’t heard about him yet. How long has he been out? Where is he from?
Is there anyone else going to Darwin with you?
T- yeah he is new. he has been out 6 months and is a great missionary. he is from Louisiana. yeah so the list is sister ili, sister white, elder mcdonald, elder siaw and me
K –

That’s quite a few going to Darwin. Is Elder Ivory still there?
So you said you know nothing about the area. Was it in your district last time you were there? Are there still two districts?
Brent – ‎Hey Tom very cool. You are a cross continental traveller. Are you still a zone leader?
T- no elder ivory is leaving as i am going up. it is in a different district as last time, all i know is that it is the zone leader area and that they sometimes work in the city center
B- Are you and your companion the only zone leaders for Darwin?
K- Hmmm…. that will be cool! City centre will give you some great opportunities. So Elder !Masten is a new Zone Leader. Any other new zone leaders or transfers of your previous companions? Did Elder Hartman and Elder Degn stay put?
T – yes me and my companion are the only zone leaders in darwin. – and seriously hopefully i don’t come down after one transfer haha – i am going up during wet season, so i should lose heaps of weight –

elder hartman and elder degn stayed put, elder green has been assigned to be a zone leader in alice springs – elder ivory is in golden grove, and elder angelo is in port pirie
K- Me too because now I am going to mail your Christmas packages to Darwin. Did you get the Halloween one already? ( Grandma also put $ 20 in your account for Halloween) . There is also another package somewhere on the way that has Christmas decorations but it is definitely going to Adelaide…. so you may get it after the holiday!
T- just mail them to the mission office and they can mail them to darwin. no i haven’t gotten the halloween one so i’ll get it in darwin. – wow it feels like yesterday i got a halloween package. – thank you mom for sending a package 🙂
K- Oh…serious humidity. Do you still have your good rain coat? I’m assuming the zone leaders will have a car so you will probably have to get a NT drivers license. Did you get that working with kids card last time you were there ?
B- ‎Isabelle and I had heaps of fun (sounding Aussie) at the game today. It was Bautista’s last home game. Hi is a free agent and won’t be resigned. The crowd went crazy every time he was at bat. – ‎Mom works hard on those packages. She is always asking my opinion of what to put in and I always have no idea. Your mom loves you heaps!!!
K- Well two packages on the way before Christmas then! The mission sent a letter with addresses for Christmas packages, so at least that. One will go straight to Darwin
T- no i didn’t so ill have to get that all this time – do the jays not want him anymore?
B- ‎He is 37 and production dropping significantly. I agree with the decision not to resign him. The Jays are doing a good job of honoring him
K- Maybe you’ll get to see a croc this time! I’ll have to tell Grandpa Steed he will be interested
B- Don’t punch a croc, just Kangaroos!
T- yeah thats kinda what i thought with bautista, any big free agents this year?
B- ‎We will see in the off season. The Jays will finish with a losing record. They lost 17 of their first 20 games, got hot in June, and then faded.
K- I think it will interesting to see your convert John and how he is doing. That is a neat opportunity. Is Darwin in the same time zone?
T- i’m sooooooooo excited to see john. and no they don’t do daylight savings
K- So was showing Ms Mann some of you photos on Google Drive at Matt Proctors farewell. A great missionary tool! She and I were both wondering about what the heck was that FLOMBY
T- haha so the story with the flomby is there is acrazy guy in mount gambier who makes them all day long and just leaves them in random places in mount gambier  – hey so i have to go to transfers, love you heaps talk to ya next week
K- Love you heaps too… rock it in Darwin!
B- Miss you – being at CSLC brings back good memories of leadership stuff we did together.

Sept 20

Email came later this week and sadly no parent available to email back


hey mom and dad,

so this week has been fun. elder hartman and i got salmonella so we were in the flat for 5 days but we are all good now. so there isn’t really heaps to talk about this week. In the past week we had two training’s from the second counsellor in the pacific area presidency. it was really cool, learned lots of ways to be a better leader. also since there isn’t much to share i thought i would tell you about something i learned in my studies. so this week i was focusing on the story of lazarus. as we all know jesus raised him from the dead 4 days after he had died. the cool thing is that jewish culture believes the body and spirit stay together for 3 days so jesus christ was showing his fathers power through that. cool. so i think the only request i have for christmas is a kangaroo scripture case. you can order them online and i was wondering if i could get a compact quad one?


Elder Dickson

(the coolest)

Sept. 11

hey mom and dad,

so this has been another crazy week. we had three district meetings again and we went on trade off to mount gambier (5 hours south). the elders are doing great. other than that this week has been pretty normal. i got a cold so my emails aren’t exactly the best. there hasn’t been much else.

love elder dickson

Brent – Drew and I are watching Cowboys Giants. Our mutual disgust of the Cowboys unites us.

Krista – What happens when you are sick?  Do you get to take some breaks or sleep a little bit more?  I didn’t know that Mount Gambier was in your zone. Who are the elders there?

Tommy –

elder peihopa and elder smith (both from new zealand) and when you are sick you can call president and seek permission to stay in the flat but ill be fine


PEIHOPA!! I know that name. Is he feeling famous now that he is on


yeah he framed the article

K –

Oh your mom is feeling sorry for you. Make sure you take care of yourself. Don’t be a Dickson man and take some Medicine or at least some juice and chicken soup.

B- Now it is my mission to get you into Maybe if you punched a kangaroo….. – Be a Dickson MAN!!! We are magnificent!


haha rest is for the weak 😛

K- Saw some great pictures of you in arrivers training. Are things still going well in your flat? – Oh your mom is going to get all protective! Pretty hard to do from across the world


yeah things are going great! –

haha im ok 🙂

K – Ok, I believe you… won’t pull any crazy helicopter mom stuff. Did you see the pictures of Waterton? Kind of crazy. It’s a little strange because we just are sitting and waiting to see what the fire will do

T- I really hope it doesnt hit the townsite. what happens if it does?

B- Ian Tyson is coming to Centennial tomorrow. He is speaking to 3 Leadership classes and giving a keynote. A busy and fun day.


oh tell him i say hi!


Don’t know what happens. They will fight it if the fire gets to the town but the fire is so huge that I don’t know what they can do. it really depends on the wind and weather. if we could have rain it would make a difference. Is it getting warm there?

T- yeah about 20 degrees


How are your shirts and pants holding out. Do you think any of them need to be replaced?

B- It is soooo dry Tom. The driest since 1945. Calgary is brutal too. There is a fire ban in the city. No fire pit. I can’t ever remember that happening before.


they are holding really well –

K –

I’m glad… that will mean you are not getting pants for Christmas… always a good thing. Oh Elise  is going to Australia for about 6 months. I am not sure yet where she is going. i haven’t had a chance to talk to her or her momyet


oh cool why is she coming?


Not sure… touring? I don’t know if she has a visa to work or not. I will get details and let you know. How are your investigators coming along?


they are doing good we found a new investigator named george who is from china and he is on date for the first of october

B- You have the magic touch with those great people from China

K –

That is so exciting! People from China are certainly joining the church in great numbers in your mission.  Is he a student?


yeah he studies software engineering


You and Elder Heindel were meeting to get onto a campus right? Did that ever happen?


Dishes done … I’m back

Matt Proctor’s farewell is next week. I saw him today. He looks ready. Watch out Hong Kong.


president is still working on the campus –

i gotta go love ya

September 4

hey mom and dad so first of all i have repented and put photos onto my google drive!

this week has been crazy we have only had about 6 hours total in our area. we have had so many meetings and trainings that we didnt really get much time to proselyte. this has been a really good week though the mission is making really good progress and continuing to sky rocket. last week i got to go on trade off with elder miague and elder degn so it was cool to be with both of my sons and continuing to teacjh them a little bit. its really cool to see hpow much elder miague has grown since i was with him. so to answer your questions. when we go and do zone buisness we just put elder degn with the glenelg elders (elder miague and elder mikami). our african investigators are doing alright they aren’t progressing heaps well but are slowly working. im still doing really good its a weird feeling to think that i have already been out a year it seriously feels like 1 month. 
Krista – Well that’s great! That is the best way to feel! I am glad to hear about your repentance to add pictures for me….. they make your mom happy ! Dad and Drew just headed out to a seminary fireside so it may just be me this time. Are your meetings MLC ? Zone meetings? Are you still getting along with the elders in your flat? 5 must make it interesting
Tommy – so this week we had three district meetings, MLC, a zone p-day to tab book of mormons, and arrivers training. yeah we get along to great, there is a video i added to the drive of when elder hartman degn and i made it seem like the flat was broken into and we scared them.
K- Oh dear…. I’m not so sure I should celebrate that 😜but I’m glad you’re having some fun while you are working so hard.  Do you have three districts in your zone? Is Elder Mikami one of the district leaders?i’m trying to imagine the elders so use one word to describe each of the elders in your flat.
T- we have three districts and are the only zone in the mission with three. Elder mikami: laugh elder degn: prankster elder hartman: tricky elder miague: goofball
K- Ok well then….. that seems to make an interesting mix ! Did you get to go t the Royal Adelaide show or was another zone manning the booth? It would be really cool to see that tabbed Book of Mormon. Did you get to keep one?
T- i kept two and am adding my own tabs as well. and no its the city zone that runs the show
Brent – ‎I’m at the opening seminary fireside with Drew. There seems to be some excitement and some dread in the audience. Drew didn’t complain about coming so that is a good sign.
K- I will love to see that. It would be great to study like a missionary. You really are specialists because you spend so much time immersed in the scriptures and the work. How is the zone doing? It sounds like they are on fire!
T- they are doing great and there is a lot of room still to go but overall are smashing it
B – ‎Cole P and Kim H are the seminary Council presidents for Centennial. Kim will be great but I told Drew I am worried about Cole because he has shady friends. (Drew and Cole are buddies)
K- Do you have senior missionaries who are associated with your zone? What has been the most inspiring thing you did or learned this Week?

Oh and by the way they switched Seminary times so Drew now gets to go at 7 instead of 6:30….totally spoiled!
T- what the heck lucky duck. you should see the seminary classes here. 15 kids from all ages in one class at 6:30

no we don’t have any senior missionaries associated with the zone but the withingtons are in charge of our housing. i have been studying jesus the christ and that whole book blows my mind
B- ‎Kids these days slacking at 7AM. It moved later because Centennial now starts at 9:15. So far Drew has no spares so he will be early. He is taking all 3 sciences, leadership, and calculus this year. He may have to do homework this year. He isn’t playing football. Decided to focus on school, work and Rugby.
K- I loved that book while I was teaching Gospel Doctrine. I felt like sometimes I would have to read passages several times over before I really understood. When we were all in St George a couple of years ago I went to a lecture about how Talmage wrote the book in An office in the Salt Lake Temple. How do you decide what to study by yourself and as a companionship?
T- thats really good maybe his grade 12 marks will be better than mine 😛 and i dont know i just picked it up and started reading
K- I’m fascinated by the pancake picture…. what is that?! – Elder Maganda?….
B- ‎Cole talked about how his brothers were an example to him for attending seminary. Drew and I decided you were an excellent example of early morning attendance but maybe not quite as good with release time 🙂
T- so the man we made them for is named r_________. he has a mental handicap but is determined to have the missionaries over so every wednesday he makes us crazy spicy food and every saturday we make him “flapjacks and french toast”  – so we made a special one for his birthday.
B- ‎Is he a member?
T- maganda means beuatiful in tagalog so we taped it to elder miagues badge as a joke
K- I’m impressed. That is kind but also some serious culinary skill!
T- yes he is was baptized 40 years ago the photo i have on the drive of me saluting is with him
B- ‎Can’t think of a better thing for you to be doing as a missionary than spending some time with him.
K- I am looking at the pictures now. I think I see your flat and some zone pictures. What is the statue with a sword?
T- oh thats a statue of ned kelly (kinda like aussie john wayne)
K- Ok….Elder Maganda?
T- maganda means beautiful in tagalog so we taped it to elder miague’s badge as a joke
K- He is pretty darn beautiful! Heard it was Father’s Day yesterday in Australia? Do they do anything different than here?
B- ‎I’m sure you had a moment of silence for me.
T- no they just do the same thing – haha fathers day was in june
B- ‎Every day should be father’s day cause we are awesome.
T- haha maybe not
K- I think Dad would like every Sunday to be Father’s Day. We might have to invest a little more heavily in root beer. Layton got home this week. He is in Waterton for the weekend and then back to school. Do you have any idea of what you wan to do next year? Work? School? Do you know your release date?
T- i want to upgrade my english before i go into school. ill be relased on august 19th – hey mom i have to go love you heaps
K- Ok…. interesting… I didn’t know that. When we get a little further into the fall, I will look into some of that for you so you can make deadlines. Are you starting to see signs of Spring in Adelaide? The nights are definitely getting cooler here
T- jokes im not leaving yet – yeah we are seeing spring now
K- Layton made me think of it…. no rush and no need to think about it yet
T- i do have to go now love you heaps bye!
K- Like be you lots… have a great week!

August 27

hey mom and dad how are you?

so this week has been a crazy one. first thing that happened is that a missionary in the zone had a huge bike crash and she tore several muscles in her back and neck. elder hartman and i had to rush to the hospital and give her a blessing. also this week we are having a zone p-day which we are going to be marking 1000 book of mormons to be giving out at the adelaide show. this week we were also able to find a new investigator family from a very small country in africa. they are really solid. the new missionaries name is elder degn the senior couple must have spelt it wrong.
love elder dickson
Krista – Oh that poor missionary! Is she out of the hospital? That sounds like a great P Day 1000 Book of Mormons… how many is that per missionary? I am at home. We were at Isabelle’s birthday dinner but Jake got obsessed about popping balloons so I went home. Dad and the boys are still there
Brent – Awesome week. Is the Adelaide show like Stampede?   How is the sister missionary doing now?
Tommy – the adelaide show is like a giant bmo center kind of thing. lots of stands. and yeah the missionary is doing ok she is out of hospital now and recovering.
K – That’s good! Tell me about the new investigators. How did you find them? How many in the family? What country?
B- Maybe if it is like comicon you could be super missionaries. Everyone is playing Mario kart. Joseph says he is best.
T- we door knocked into them and there are 4 in the family  – haha maybe
B- Since Taylor is all gimped up maybe he should be an online gaming missionary. While he battles people he could bring up the book of Mormon etc
T- haha dont know if they have that one
K – Are your Nepalese investigators still interested? When is the Adelaide Show? Will you get to be in the booth for any of it?
B- ‎I think he would be excellent!   I go back to school in two days. Mom tomorrow. She is whining but I don’t feel sorry for her. She gets 2 weeks at Spring Break and three for Christmas.
T – they have dropped off the map so we are trying to get in contact with them with little luck
B- Use your Stampede skills and you will rock!
K – That’s too bad…l did you do anything for your hump day? Is that what they call it in your mission?
T- they just call it the year mark and no we were really busy
K- I guess being busy is the best way to be. How is your greenie doing? Do you have time for finding and teaching?
B- ‎What!!! No hump. We would bump, hump, slump, and then do when we went home. Call your mission to repentance. Sounds like a good tradition. When does Australia’s school year rin@
T- we burn a shirt at the year mark but i havent done it yet.
K-Ok…. now you are sounding more like a 19 year old boy. ! Are you still the cook or do all of you take turns?aw you driving and waking that poor greenie up… maybe a little jet lag?
T-im still the cook and he isnt really jet lagged anymore and they are in school until christmas
That is all for this week

August 13, 20

Fun cousin picture 2/3 of the way down

Letter from Tommy August 13

hey mom and dad so the big news is that my new companion is elder hartman (my former zone leader in darwin)! also we will be training! the other cool news is that they falt mates have changed. elder miague is now companions with elder mikami! so all of the missionaries i have been around in one flat. its crazy tpo think that i have already been out one year. yes i did get the package and i smashed the soft licorice really fast. other than that this week has been pretty normal. oh and another cool thing, elder riding ended up giving me his drone!

love ya
Elder Tommy Dickson
Brent – What do you mean you will be training?   How does that work as a Zone leader? I am in Wa‎terton now. It was warm this morning but cold now. We are hiking Akimina Ridge tomorrow. Taking on the three peak challenge.
Tommy – so we will be in a trio training a new missionary
Krista – That is cool that you have Elder Hartman! Who are you training? When do you get him? That will be fun to see how much Elder Miague has grown since you knew him as a greenie….. and a drone???? Fun week! Do you just fly it around the apartment?
Brent – ‎Funny story, Joseph asked if we were doing a big dinner after church today. I told him I didn’t know and sent Joseph and Benny over to cement to ask Joan. She said there was no plan so I told the boys I would make something. 1 hour later we got an invite from Joanne for dinner. We may have moored our way in a bit but it was delicious.
Tommy – i will find out who i am training on wednesday – we start transfers at 2pm today – its 11 here
Krista – Fun! I am excited for you. That sounds like some great combinations and challenges. So believe it or not I am starting to think about Christmas…. is anything wearing out? Any requests? Where did the other elder in your flat get transferred to?

Do you go and pick up the new transfers in your zone? Are you the only Elders with cars in your zone? Do you still have Elder Heindel until tomorrow?
Tommy – no so most of the companionships have cars so they all come to the chapel at 2pm and we move them to and from the zones. elder heindel is at the mission office until he flies home on wednesday
Krista – What about the senior couples? Did any of them move? Any of your old companions get moved? Transfer week must be very busy.
Tommy – no so the senior couples don’t really move – transfer week is chaos
Krista – How many new missionaries do you have transferred to the Marion Zone?
Tommy – 8
Krista –

Good kid!
Sundays are always an adventure in Nursery. I am relearning the basics of the gospel and it is really sweet to see the little ones as they learn and talk about simple things. Today was about the sacrament and thinking about Jesus… a good reminder for me as I was talking to Drew! you can learn a lot from Nursery!
Tommy – its suprising hey how much we learn from the kids
Krista –

Well some great spiritual moments but I also got  “my hair cut”, told about multiple Batman cars, tried valiantly to prevent a little one from throwing up when her parent left for a minute and got more shots from the doctors kit than I can count… got to say much more entertaining than sitting through the adult lessons!
How are your Nepali investigators?
Tommy – they are doing well, progress is slow but coming along
Krista – I’m glad that even with all the busyness of being a zone leader that you still get the opportunity to teach investigators. What are you teaching them right now?
Tommy – we are focussing on clearing up the doctrine of the trinity. stupid nicene creed……
Krista – That’s interesting. I wouldn’t have guessed that doctrine would be that challenging. I guess you just take some things for granted when you grow up in the church. Any Christmas needs??????
Tommy –  yeah its annoying but all good and no not that i can think of now.
Krista –

Ok… you just are going to get Mom ideas… probably some cheesy stuff, some stuff your companions think is crazy but hopefully it will make you feel like not much has changed at home.
Where is Elder Hartman from? How long has he been out?
Tommy –

elder hartman is from draper utah and he has been out almost a year and 3/4
Krista – Is it starting to warm up in Adelaide? I am fighting off the thoughts of fall here. School is coming too fast!
Tommy – yeah its starting to warm up but its slow still. i got to go and organize some transfer logistics, love ya!
August 20
hey mom and dad so this week has been awesome. so first of all we got to meet gary e stevenson and he was really awesome. he did a personal training for the mission on saturday morning and i sang in a choir for him. i dont even know how to describe it. so elder hartman and i are like the same person its crazy so we get along really well. also my trainee is elder degn (pronounced dane) from malad idaho. he is really good and is so excited to be better. he is very quiet so the opposite of elder miague so its a little different. one of the big points of elder stevenson that stuck with me is that he said. “when people ask leaf questions, don’t respond with leaf answers. respond with root answers”
Brent – Nice!!!‎ I think mom will be impressed you sang in the choir. She is in Waterton and I am in Calgary with Jake. Where is Elder Hartman from?
Tommy – he is from draper utah
Brent – he is from draper utah
Krista – I’m here , just biking to the church so I don’t use all my data emailing you

we just had one for the missionaries and one for each stake
K – Did you just attend the one for Marion Stake? S Elder Degn is quiet. What else do you know about him?
B- ‎That is a great opportunity. Not many missionaries have that happen. So do you do everything in a group of three or do you split off. I’ve never heard of two zone leaders training a greenie.
K – Ran into Noah L at church today. All his mission papers are done and he just has to have the final interview with the stake president and hit send. He is trying to get them in quickly and then he’ll see where he goes and how long a wait. He shouldn’t have visa problems because he also has a Us passport. I’m excited for him
T – he is really big into snowboarding and yeah we also attended one for marion stake – the zone leaders in our mission train heaps. and thats awesome for noah!!
B- Billy S got sustained to be ordained an Elder today. He also spoke and did a good job.

no i didnt but elder hartman did
K- We had a fun afternoon in Waterton. I brought down a bunch of Food Network magazines and all the kids in our family and Pollock’s picked something to make. It was a little hodgepodge but lots of fun and tasted surprisingly good. Benny made white chocolate mousse and Drew mad stuffed zucchini, vegetable pasta , and also made sweet potato chips with Isabelle – Funny moment . I am sitting at wifi to email you and guess who just hobbled up…. you are right Taylor.!!!!! He is getting better and has a huge brace on his leg
B- ‎I’m sure he came for WiFi just so he could email his favorite cousin!
K- He is emailing his cousin now…. so maybe not his first motivation but still doing a good thing –

From Taylor….
Hey. So you can now sleep easier now I have be tentatively cured from the afflictions of my knee. I know it is a big deal, don’t get to excited. How has your boring mediocre life going so far other then sleepless nights thinking about my health?
T – hah its been good tay
K –

From Taylor,
Anything interesting happening? Taylor wonders about companions, animals, people you are teaching etc
K- I’m also wondering how your investigators are doing? Was this week too busy? – How’s this for a memory. Drew is running the dishes game for all the cousins and they are doing dishes in two cabins… poor Mark and Winston got called up tons
T- how come drew got to weasel out of that one  – my companions are really good
K- He did dishes yesterday and he was the only cousin old enough who knew the game and could run it
B- Gotta be some privileges for being oldest. Anything fun planned for PDAY today?
K- Everyone is getting dessert here….you can imagine the chaos… one of the funniest desserts is Nate who made a cake that looks like a wheel of cheese…..”cheesecake” get it!!!!!! -Benny says hi smelly how are you doing? Walker wishes he could send you a batch of his brownies. Clara misses you and remembers pulling candy off your shirt
Tommy –

haha tell them i say hi! and not really just have to get a lot of zone things done. we usually dont really have much of a p-day because of responsibilties. its all wporth it though to help the missionaries
B- Love the Oilers shirt. What a righteous and Noble cousin. – Maybe help the play a game of pool or help them improve their bowling game? 🙂
K- Clara wants to tell you that Kathlyn and Grace are in Singapore right now so they are the closest to you. Sabrina and Clara and Walker are watching me email you right now
T- haha not really – tell clara “apa kabar”
K- What does that mean? – Saya Suka Tommy says Clara…. that means I like Tommy
T-  it means how are you?

The kids here were quite interested in your pictures and knowing about your     mission. Sabrina was surprised that we didn’t FaceTime you all of the time so we talked about how you need to be focused on missionary work and we are proud of how you are focused.
Clara says Bike Saja which means I’m doing good

‎Better butter up to Mom and send pictures. She is currently assembling your Christmas package.
T- i have put a few on and will take more this week
K- Missionary Christmas is challenging!!!! The package has to be under 4 pounds and mission appropriate???? A great challenge!
T- i have to go love yous!!
K- Love you heaps!!!!!!

August 7, 2017

hey mom and dad, so nothing much has changed since we thursday. the zone is one that needs a lot of ministering. we are on the phone every night counselling missionaries so really busy. this weekend we were able to find 3 new investigators from nepal so i am learning some nepali. also yes elder heindel flies home on the 15th of august and his leavers trainings and stuff starts on friday so i basically become a single zone leader as of friday. The university is going great we updated presidnet parker and he has a member from firle ward (former state judge) working on getting us permits. other than that nothing really new. are you talking about lexie from the yellow cabin or lexie leishman?

love elder dickson
Krista – Lexie from the yellow cabin ( which is now the green cabin) . That is interesting about the Nepali inestigators? Are they Christian? A family or students?
Tommy – two are christian one is hindu, they are all students at flinders university. They painted it green? we spend majority of our time working around the university
Krista – That makes sense… It sounds like students are the most open to listening to the gospel. How is driving going? Are you getting used to having a car or do you sometimes still bike?
Brent – That is exciting teaching people from Nepal. You seem to be meeting people from many places, especially Asia. Matt Proctor’s grandpa died last week. He was 92 and died in his sleep. Sounds like a great way to end an awesome life. I am taking Grandpa and Grandma D up to the funeral on Wednesday.
Tommy – we still try to get on the bikes as much as possible because we can talk to more people that way but when we have to take care of zone business we usually need the car
Krista – Tell me about a couple of new missionaries you have met and something cool about them.
Tommy – oh goodness there are a lot of great missionaries mom, so ill tell you a little about a few

elder mikami: elder mikami’s grandma is a dickson so we are related. he is also one of the most patient people i know.
elder mcdonald: he is from south africa and has qualified for the olympics in karate
elder fepuleai: he is a big ol teddy bear. he is sooo loving and accepting of everyone
Krista – That is great that you are learning so much about them. Speaking of pants… where are you at with clothes? Are you running out of stuff? With the pants for the elder do you want me to shop and ship (might take a while to get there) or do you want the money put in your account and you can look on a PDay?
Brent –  Funny thing happens when you serve others, you come to like and love them. What is leaver training?  Do they do something special to get them ready to go home?  The Calgary Mission President and his wife were in our ward and bore their testimonies. They said that 37 missionaries went home last Friday and 29 new ones came. I guess they borrowed members vans to get them all to the airport. That would be quite a transition.
Krista – So how can you tell it is a holiday in Canada? This week Sundance Ward had 128 people and Waterton branch had 187 children under the age of 12. There were at least 75 people sitting outside on the lawn of the church. They even had chairs and a speaker out there. Waterton was so busy today that they closed the gates of the park for the first time ever for about an hour!
Tommy –

leavers training is when the missionaries going home get prepped for home and do things like “self reliance training” and others. to be honest in our mission it’s like a big secret what happens there
Krista – That cracks me up…. what do you do while he is in leavers training? Do you get to be in a group of three?
well another missionary in the zone is leaving also so i get his companion and we go out for the day
Brent – Sounds very mysterious:). Mom has been binging on disaster movies lately. She loves them and I admit I got sucked into some too. Now she is with an old friend Harry Potter. I am guessing that doesn’t surprise you – Tomorrow will be an exciting holiday Monday, more house painting!! Love that. I have had a pretty awesome July so I can’t complain. Haven’t been to Waterton yet but may get there for a bit before summer ends. I watched the Super Rugby final yesterday. It was the Crusaders from N Zealand vs the Lions from South Africa. Crusaders killed them. I think I am hooked on this Rugby thing.
Tommy – its crazy how good new zealand is
Krista – I saw a Facebook post today of the Farrer’s in the Darwin airport and then on the plane on the way to go home. I have loved seeing Sister Farrer’s posts. I feel like I really got to see a lot of your Darwin experience so I am grateful!
Tommy – she is in adelaide right now
Krista – Did you see the fabulous “Flat Tommy”? A little ridiculous I know but it was fun. I was laughing at how the teenage boys loved to kiss it!!!! Dad told you about Noah Laycock getting ready to go on a mission. That is really exciting for him! We are so glad
Krista made a Flat Tommy and took it down to Waterton for the Steed Family party on the long weekend.  He got a lot of attention from family and friends!
Tommy – yeah i was so excited to see that!
Brent – Some pretty big boys on the Crusaders. The Jays have fallen apart. It will take a miracle for them to make the playoffs. Drew’s Dodgers are on fire. They are on a 35-7 tear right now, best of any team in a stretch since 1927. My Eskimos are 6-0 despite having 18 players on the 6 game injures list. Calgary, BC, and Winnipeg all look really good too. The rest not so good. I think Calgary is the team to beat.
Krista – The Byams are starting to get excited for Layton to come home. he is serving in a Filipino ward right now so he is getting fed lots and getting to learn a little Tagalog. It is fascinating how you are learning little bits of so many different languages and cultures.
Brent – ABC – anyone but Calgary says the diehard Edmonton fan 🙂
Tommy – whatever
Krista – Grandpa Steed did the unbelievable and went to get blueberries at the coast with Isabelle and Bronwyn instead of going to the party yesterday… people were surprised. i’m sure he will show up in Waterton any minute and then over at our house by late tonight. Hopefully they were worth it!
Tommy – wow unbelievable
Krista – Boy those blueberries better be worth their weight in gold, or maybe it was just an excuse to go on a road trip!
Tommy – i thinkit was an excuse
Brent – I don’t care if it gets me some sweet Abbotsford blueberries. You will probably always think those are the best since it is your birthplace. Good stuff comes from Abbotsford!
Krista – I agree… or maybe just the desire to be a man of mystery! He also loves the social part of getting all of that fruit. What are the best fruit and vegetables to buy in Australia? Is there anything that is more expensive because it has to be imported?
Tommy – we get really cheap mangos and really cheap passion fruit but my fav is durian
Krista – Durian? I don’t think i have every tried it… isn’t it stinky????? Who introduced you to it?
Tommy – yeah it stinks but tastes sooo good, a member in darwin showed me
Krista – Hmmmm…. you will have to show me. Any pictures this week?
Brent – Never heard of it. Mangos, cherries, and blueberries are my jam.
Tommy – sorry im the worst at taking photos, i will upload next week  – sorry im the worst at taking photos, i will upload next week
Krista – Ok… I know you are busy but we love seeing you! What is coming up for the Marion Zone?
Tommy – nohing really big coming up other than transfers on monday. oh we are going bowling today as a district
Brent – Mangoes on the trees!!! Sounds Celestial, if it wasn’t for the intense heat and humidity. Maybe the price you pay for mangoes.
Krista – Mangoes on the trees!!! Sounds Celestial, if it wasn’t for the intense heat and humidity. Maybe the price you pay for mangoes.
Tommy – i will! and yeah staright up celestial  – has benny and drew gone through all my stuff yet?
Krista – Have fun! That will be a busy place with all those missionaries… take a few pictures. Benny is headed off to Volleyball camp this week. If he is decent a lefty is always in high demand
Tommy – ya i saw drew wearing my brown shoes
Krista – Yes I have to admit I offered those up…. they weren’t in your buckets and I figured you might want to buy new when you got home anyway…. My bad
Tommy – ok thats alright no worries
Brent – That could be. I don’t know who is who’s. I can punch him if you want. Benny and I are going to have a fire tonight. He found some Weinhards root beer we forgot about in the storeroom so we are going to get root beer wasted!!!
Tommy – i got to go ill email you next week love ya!

July 24, 2017

In Darwin Tommy had his scriptures dot painted by a member – it is a traditional aboriginal art form


hey mom and dad,

thats soo great to hear that moroni’s quest went well. i remember the one i attended vividly. i specifically remember when president craig walked over the hill. i will never forget that. It’s so good to hear that drew was able to have such personal spiritual experinces. Its really those that carry you through the trials.  this week has been pretty normal. as zone leader the chaos never ends. we are always running around solving problems. i cant really remember any other specifics.
love ya
Krista – I am glad to hear that you could help that Elder… helping him feel Christ’s love is the most important thing you can do. Hopefully he will continue to feel positive about being on a mission. It seems like you are very busy as a zone leader. Is it rewarding? What parts do you feel best about?
Tommy – yeah its really rewarding. we get to help a lot of missionaries. i feel best when we can encourage a missionary that they can do it and to not give up. we dont really get pdays just due to lack of time but thats ok
Brent – ‎Hey studly, that is awesome you were able to help that missionary. You are very good at that. I am off to the closing Moroni fireside with Benny and Bronwyn. Drew is at work. He had to work Sunday so he could be at Moroni Quest.
Krista – I’m glad, that seems like something you would be a natural at. Do you have more frequent interviews with President Parker to take care of all of that? I have to tell you a funny story. I posted the picture of you and Elder Heindel on the Adelaide mission site…. did you notice in the picture that you look a little like twins? I had to look twice!
Tommy – yeah but i got a new hair style so now we look different

Krista – Are the Farrers gone home now? Who is replacing them in Darwin?

Benny says cool scriptures and wants to know if you heard about Teigan… He goes to the Dominican Republic MTC?  Benny says loving your bed trololololol Bronwyn wants to know if you feel really cold after all of the hot weather.  They are gone now but I will tell them your answer
What is the new hairdo?
Tommy – yeah its really cold. and thats crazy i didnt even know there was an mtc there – ill send a picture next week
Krista – I can tell you are busier  as a zone leader because we don’t get as many pictures. Or maybe that is just because you are back in basically the same area. Do you go on splits as zone leaders? How many different areas are in the Marion Zone. I remember Aberfoyle and Trott and you are in Oaklands Park… What else?
Tommy – there are 12 companionships in the marion zone. – just busier
Krista – So does that mean 12 areas or do some companionships share an area? How many sisters?  I am kind of sad I don’t get to see the Moroni’s Quest Fireside. There are a ton of our ward who are characters. Brother O’ Brien is King Noah and dad said he braided his beard!!! Sister Frodsham made cupcakes for all the youth today… amazing! and Sister Mullen was asking about you today… I said you are good at helping others so being a zone leader lets you use your talents. Even is you are a little busy
Tommy – 12 areas, 4 sets of sisters – thats good to hear! sister frodsham is the best
Brent – ‎Sitting on the Parkland gym waiting for the fireside to start. It has been a hot day so I am cheating and came with no suit coat. Brother Torrie is doing the music so it should be epic. He had his grand piano shipped on because he didn’t like the church’s – ‎The cupcakes were delicious. They were celebrating pioneer day July 24 tomorrow. Brother Hudson and I had two each while counting tithing.
Krista – Do you get  Pday today or are you busy with Zone business?
Tommy – usually too busy
Krista – Do you remember when you got mom volunteered to be in the orchestra with Brother Torrie? We are lucky to have him in our Stake…. crazy talented! That males me want to go watch that video of you playing trombone for that carol festival. That seems like AGES ago!
Tommy – i gotta go, talk to you next week

July 17

hey mom and dad,

just a fair warning this email is probably going to be short because we are crazy busy. this week has been a gong show. I guess ill answer your questions. 1) i am starting to get comfortable because its just like being a district leader with a really big district. so we train every week just like the district leaders except we train at three meetings. we also meet with the stake president every month to discuss missionary work.  2) no we dont get very much time in our own area, at least not as much as i would like. 3) we are working with a few people we have on baptismal date, yan, daniel, alex and thanh. they are all progressing well and are all foreign except for alex. and to answer your mom question yes i got a coat. because it is really cold and wet.
this last week we had zone conference given to us by president and the assistants. it was really weird conducting it.  we have some great missionaries in marion zone.
Elder Dickson

July 9

hey mom and dad,

well its flipping cold down here. the past few days have been a killer. i have come from 35 degrees and humid every day to 11 degrees cold rain and dry. so im serving in an area called oaklands park. so that puts me in a new ward (marion ward). a zone leaders life is crazy. we attend 3 district meetings and we have to run errannds for companionships. plus trade offs and flat rock ups. so its pretty crazy. we have spent a total of like 4 hours in our area this week. it should be a little better now that we are over week one.  its nice to be back in marion. i get to see a lot of missionaries that i knew before. its pretty much like being a really big district leader except my companion is there to help. so elder heindel is from idaho. this is his last transfer and he has been in oaklands park since christmas (a long time). ill probably need to buy that coat. we are in carge of the biggest zone in the mission and im the designated driver so that means i do a lot of driving
Krista – What are s a flat rock up?
Tommy – yeah im comfportable with driving just took a little while to adjust and a flat rock up is when we crash another missionaries companionship study to check on them. we have keys to every flat in the zone so we will show up and make sure they are doing tjhe right things like not coming back to the flat early and stuff
Brent – ‎Hey, freezing at 11 C. You are a true Australian. Sounds like lots of different duties. Change is a good thing.
Krista –

That must be a little strange…
 Did you have that happen to you before you were a zone leader? How is the new ward? Do you have other missionaries in it?
Brent – ‎You sound like the enforcer! Just make sure to do it with love and a smile. Mission letters have changed from back in the day. Instant communication from Calgary, adelaide, and Washington DC – It is still really hot here at 7PM. I think I will take Jake to the lake at 8PM. I don’t think he can break the sabbath. I will read the ensign on shore :).
Tommy – that happened to me but i had never done it. the ward is awesome. the bishop ois really on board for missionary work and we have a gung ho ward mission leader who is smashing it! and yes we are in a flat with 4 missionaries. we have the glenelg elders with us (elder riding and elder mikami (cousin!!!)). and we also have the marion sisters in the ward sister buyanbadrakh and sister afualo
Krista – I remember seeing that picture of Elder Mikami. Who is Elder Riding? How long has he been out? Do you enjoy being in a flat with more missionaries? Well I guess the one thing that will be definite is that you will get a new companion in 6 weeks.
Brent – ‎Guess you won’t get lonely. Good to hear you have Bishop and mission Leader support. So are you going to brave the Cole and do something fun today? – ‎So the TV keeps getting interrupted for a Tornado warning just North of Calgary. Super hot day with a Tornado possibility. Not sure you get those down under.
Tommy – he was in firle with me. he has been out 4 months  – i love 4 elders, never a dull moment – not even close
Krista – What is your area like? Is it similar to the area you served with Elder Punou?
Brent – ‎Of course when I go swimming not so worried about crocs
Tommy – no its closer to evandale. a lot more units and like closer to the city. the photos we are sending is a member named rob deromano or “captain”. he has some handicaps but always has us over every wednesdya and we make him pancakes and french toast every saturday. – he loves the us navy – yeah i guess so, oh wait we dont swim  – i gotta go i love you have a great day
Brent – You are awesome. Have a great week
Krista – I love that. It is so nice when members support missionaries and missionaries return the favour. The US navy huh… well I am in the middle of Everything US military in DC right now. Wow that last picture of you and Elder Heindel was wacky….you look like you could be twins!!!!! I have been meaning to ask you . Would you be interested in having contacts? – Love you have a great week. Rock Oakdale!!!!!!!!
Tommy – jokes im back apparently we have longer email time as a zone leader because we have to update so much stuff – Oaklands park (we call it OKP) not oakdale – no not at all
Brent – So any big plans for today?
Tommy – we are going to costco!!!!!!!!!!!!
Brent – ‎Is it the same company as here? Do they have sweet hotdogs and lots of socks to buy?
Tommy – yeah its the exact same – tell drew to open to zachariah 5:1 (first documented food fight) – or psalms 137:9
Brent – ‎I’m getting him right now for his thoughts. – ‎He likes the idea of throwing stuff. It spiritually moved him. ‎Drew fun fact. At EFY he ate a lot of melons. ‎Not sure the significance of that.
Tommy – i think the second one is how we all feel when we are annoyed – if he reads verse two he will find out how big the bun is – why melons?
Brent – Drew says that is a huge bun. Drew is quite insightful.
Tommy – oh and big news gary e stevenson is coming to adelaide in a month
Brent – They taste good. As you can see he is a big talker. He has now left to watch Simpsons. He was able to give five minutes of his time for you. Touching. ‎Very cool. Is that the first General Authority visit for you. They have very cool and direct messages for missionaries.
Tommy – wow touching
Drew – He is a bit of a Simpsons junkie. He has 22 plus seasons to choose from.
Tommy – well we have had general 70’s in the past but now we have an apostle – i gotta go now. i love you
Brent – Proselyte like a boss! 🙂

July 3 – Tommy is back in Adelaide

So much to our surprise, Tommy was transferred back to Adelaide after only 6 weeks in Darwin.  That trip is a little shorter than a flight from Calgary to Houston.  He was on the move most of the day so we got a brief email in the middle of the night.  Should hear more this week.


hey mom and dad, so the big news is I was transferred! I am back down in Adelaide but I am now a zone leader with my new companion elder heindel. we are the zone leaders for marion and are in charge of the biggest zone in the mission. other big news is that elder ivory stepped up to district leader after I left. he is the man I don’t have much time to email so I will fill you in on more next week love you

June 18

hey mom and dad,

so you met sister townsend? she told me right before she left that she was sister woodruffs neice. we have had a great week here. its been all over the place. first of all we went on trade offs with elder arnaud and elder mattie. i went to palmerston with elder arnaud and we were able to see their struggling recent convert. us and a member gave him a blessing and it was super spiritual. also this week we have seen lots of cool animals near our flat. so benny can look at the photos that i will add. one of the best things about darwin is the people. they are so nice always kind and wanting to talk. one of the people i will never forget is brother maloney. he is a solid member who loves elder ivory and i. he always has us for dinner and is always looking to help us out.
love ya
elder dickson
Drew – You’re a noob you are a ret -drew
Krista – Hooray! I totally cried when Sister Townsend came and gave me a hug. She said great things about the Mission and the Parkers and said how much faith the parkers had in you. It totally surprised me because I was in the middle of Nursery Chaos  and I had forgotten about the Woodruff’s niece. I was so happy to see her. It was kind of like seeing you. I’m glad you are getting meals. How old is Brother Maloney? Does he have a family?
Tommy – the daughter is 6 – he is in his 40’s and has one daughter. he is recently returning from less activity and his wife is a recent convert.
Taylor – ‎”Email him something cool or something” your dad telling me to tell you. Anyway hey it is taysteed. How are you doing? I may or may not have torn my acl so that is fun. So what is going on for you right now?
Krista – That is cool. It sounds like it was a great week in Darwin. Where is Palmerston?
Here is Joseph to say a few words:“ Piitsburgh won the Stanley Cup and Warriors won the NBA final. I won my tournament. How is it in Darwin?”

Brent – ‎So for Father’s day we had a rootbeer bar. Lots of brands and taste cups. I liked the grizzly brand out of Canmore. Mom likes Crim City rootbeer. We think it is because there is a cartoon picture of a guy with tattoos on the front.

Krista – I was proud of my 8 different kinds of rootbeer… not even Barqs or Mug! I had to go to like 4 different stores to find it all.! Some of it was really gross.

Tommy – hey taysteed, so guess what up here in darwin nobody cares about trump (yes that is possible) but the trade off is that everybody here is a bogan (aussie word for hillbilly) – hey well taysteed how was grad?

Krista – I am asking … how do you define an Australian Hillbilly?

Tommy – they drink a ton of beer and all think that they live in the outback even though they live in the city. literally the australian version of a redneck

Krista – This is fro Grandpa Steed… Do  you spend any time climbing termite mounds? Grandpa is now giving me info on termite mounds!

Tommy – there arent termite mounds in darwin only in the bush

Taylor –  was good. We went as a group of people in my grade.  I went with Sophie Carter as my date, and it was good.  The day after a lot of the people came down to waterton and were able to hang out for a couple of days, the guys stayed in the big cabin and the girls stayed out at the Remington cabin.

Well that is kind good and bad, in that you can’t have any type of mutual hating session with the people, but on the good side you don’t ever need to worry about people giving you baggage about Trumps new policies or what he tweeted about.  Are you spending time to keep up with the us’s politics or is this more of a general hatred you have with you? Like what if I was to say that Trump was impeached, would you even know or not?
Brent – ‎Jake is lounging on the swing in the back yard and talking about who just went pee and peeing in the toilet. Some things don’t change.
Tommy – no we would have no clue unless people tell us. thats sweet! and guess what? everybody in darwin has flipping gates and a big dog so we cant knock on their door
Krista – Is it a single mom with kids? Have you started to teach them? What are their names?
Brent – So any fun stories with contacting. ‎Any fun stuff happen on PDay?
Krista / Bronwyn – Here is Bronwyn… Hot? Warm? Or Cold?    Yes that is really all Bronwyn wants to know. Well you know your cousin…. just a “little different!”
Tommy – yeah a single mom with kids and their names are linda, hartley and i dont remember the rest but we are seeing them tonight – it is 30 degrees or hotter every day – not really except for aboriginals telling us that we are brainwashing them by talking to them
Brent – ‎I didn’t know you had such amazing mind powers. What are your top tips for brainwashing 🙂
Krista – It sounds like Darwin is busy with new potentials! Palmerston? Where is it?
Tommy – its 30 minutes from darwin. its like okotoks to calgary
Krista – Ok… that makes sense. Where is Elder Arnaud from/ How long has he been out?
Tommy – he is from tahiti and has been out for almost a year and a half – taylor. the gates are like 6 feet high and man some people have the angriest dogs. its probably just cuz im white :p just kidding
Krista – Are all of the missionaries in Darwin on bikes?
Tommy – you wanna know something funny actually? australia doesnt have rabies – no food and no we are the only area exclusively on bikes. everyone else has both
Brent – We can send Jake down. He can bring it with him. (rabies)
Krista – As you can imagine… Grandpa Steed was most interested in the fact that Australia doesn’t have rabies. Thanks for the fun fact! – You just are never going to get off that bike..! So much fun in 30 degrees!
Tommy – haha yeah they dont have rabies (at least that is what they claim) but the have a bat virus that a member said is basically the same thing – seriously its lie president knew how much i hated biking before the mission
Krista – Isabelle says it’s 66 days until you have been out a year… She knows that because it is her birthday. Father’s Day is fun but I think I am all partied out. Aunt Christina  made great cake and I ate just a little too much!
Brent – ‎So Drew is working hard at playhouse making dreams come true for the little ones. I would have hated that job. I think I would rather mow lawns.
Tommy – my patience would probably run short too
Krista – Grandpa thinks that makes sense. Grandpa thinks deer tastes like Kangaroo. I’m not sure what I think> What are the plans for the rest of Pday?
Tommy – well we are just gonna go to the mall
That is all for this week.  A little disjointed because cousins were sending in emails too.

Tuesday June 13

hey mom and dad this has been a good week. we have had zone conference with the parkers this week and it was great being able to see other missionaries other than the darwin zone. we have had a tough week investigator wise. our investigator eric has dropped off the face of the earth. hes hasnt replied to our texts for the past while so hopefully he will get back to us. this week the katherine elders also came up and stayed with us. so got to spend a lot of time with them. we also found a new investigator antoine (from france). he is pretty keen so we’ll see how it goes. other than that a pretty normal week. we also took president to a mall we have been trying to get into and he is super excited for it.

Krista – That is cool about the zone conference. Do you get along with the Katherine elders? They stayed in your flat? What do you mean about taking president to a mall? Does that mean you proselyte in the mall?

Tommy – we have a mall in our area that everybody goes to in all of darwin and we are trying to get a pop up stand and missionaries in it. and yeah i love the katherie elders

Krista – That’s cool . Will the mall allow a pop up stand? They have them in Adelaide right ? Did you end up getting your package from the Parkers? I was wondering if it got to Adelaide in time

Tommy – we didnt get the package so im guessing it hasnt got here yet

Brent = Sounds like a little bit of opposition. Makes for some opportunities. The mall idea sounds cool. So what we’re you up to yesterday for the Queens birthday?

Krista – Oh well… it was for Canada Day so maybe there will be a chance that it will get to Adelaide and get mailed up to you. What did you learn at zone conference !

Tommy – we had our zone conference all day and its weird australians take it so seriously. and guess what northern territory day is on july 1st so we most likely will be in the flat early that day

Krista – What happens on Northern Territory day? It will be cool to see how differently they celebrate. Are you allowed to be part of the festivities

Brent – Take a moment to sing O Canada on July 1

Tommy – its the only time and place in australia where they can light fireworks so people spend thousands of dollars buying them. and a lot of people will be drunk apparently last year somebody almost hit a missionary with a roman candle.

Brent – Don’t be a target. Hopefully you see some cool fireworks.

Krista – Wow…. I suppose they really have to worry about fire from sparks… so much for having a holiday as a missionary! How long did Parkers stay? What did they teach?

Tommy – they stayed for the weekend and they taught about working with members

Krista – Did they bring the assistants with them? Did you do anything special as a zone? I am sitting right now watching Benny Marcus and Lance practicing rugby – Was it your idea about the mall stand? That is really smart

Tommy – yes they brought the assistants with them. and no nothing special. yeah elder ivory and i thought abut getting missionaries in the mall

Krista – Smart Smart!!!! It sounds like you and Elder Ivory are a good team. What is coming up for Pday today?

Brent – You must be smarter than the average bear / elder. How much time do you spend at the University?

Tommy – twice a week

Krista – Are there any cool outdoor things you can do or is it too hot?

Tommy – there is but its pretty far away so we have to coordinate with the farrers to drive us

Krista – So what epic training did awesome district leader Elder Dickson work on this week – Oh that must take a little planning. Any more spot inspections? I tell you this neither Drew or Ben would pass right now!

Tommy – i didnt have to give one due to zone conference – no none yet – we played basketball with some kids who are coming to sport night now

Krista – So what is the plan for next weeks training? Any more frog encounters or dinner appointments

Brent – Tell me about sport night. We used to do Saturday morning sports an D invite local youth. Some baptisms came out of it.

Tommy – we do it tuesday night and have heaps of non members come. – not sure yet for the training still gotta pray about it –

Krista – Sounds like you have lots of good ideas. I guess all of that South Calgary basketball is paying off! Is it always basketball?

Tommy – always basketball

Brent – I think the Sports is a good idea. Let’s you meet kids in a more natural setting. Never know where it can lead. Just don’t foul too many kids 🙂 – Only 2 days of classes left. I think I will make it. Did Link Crew training after school today. Drew was keeping the tradition of loud and proud up.

Tommy – thats sweet it feels so weird to not be at school anymore

Krista – I’ll be glad to hear it. I’m glad you are doing great work on your mission. School will come again soon enough

Brent – I think it is okay to miss final exams. Plenty of time for that later.

Tommy – haha it will – yeah im ok with that

Krista – Yep…. dad and I are definitely ready to be missing school for a bit! I’m sure Benny and Drew are feeling the same. Need a new cooking idea…. what is your latest favorite?

Tommy – we have been doing chicken alfredo

Brent – I’m getting a bit Rugby addicted. Recording games on TV and watching.

Tommy – they had an nrl game up here on tuesday. it was the queensland cowboys vs the parramatta eels

Krista- Hmmm sounds like a good idea I don’t make pasta very much. I’m sure with all of your biking you must be able to eat pretty much anything. And I’m sure you’re in great shape – What great names! Not sure. You would have a team over here named the eels

Brent – Go Eels? Not sure I am a rugby league fan. Drew and I weren’t impressed. Maybe we are snobs and should give it another try.

Tommy – its an easier game but they aussies love it   i gotta go i love you bye!

Krista – Love you… don’t get discouraged. You have great ideas and the Lord will bless you. We have faith in you


Brent – You Are my favorite missionary in the whole world!




June 5

Hey mom and dad so this week has been a crazy one. We had a pretty normal week. Lots of finding, especially on the uni campus. It’s really weird proselyting in a polo shirt. Other than that it has been crazy. Elder Hartman and I and the Farrers went down to Katherine for trade offs with Elder Atkinson and Hammond. They have a branch of about 5 people and teach all aboriginal. Other than that it has been really normal. We are teaching two people, Eric from china and John who is half cast aboriginal.

Brent – Sounds like you are having more of an aboriginal experience in Darwin. That is cool. Mom found pictures of your visit to Katherine and the baptism on Facebook. She is creeping you. Do you have any pictures to send?  I want a picture of you in the Polo Shirt!

Krista – It is great to hear from you. Did everything work out with the Khakis? I’m glad you have some people to teach. I just got home from a fireside about mission prep for the priests and laurels. Our sister missionaries and the bishop spoke. They all did a great job  talking about the practical things for mission prep and the spiritual and emotional challenges. They also spoke about how different a mission actually is to what they thought it would be but how it is hard but very rewarding. What would you say is different about mission like than you imagined?

Tommy – I thought when i came on the mission all we would be doing was teaching and finding would be easy

Brent – It is easy to go finding, harder to catch a quality investigator. What are some of the big differences you are noticing in Darwin vs Adelaide?

Krista – I’m sure everyone learns that lesson. I think you are working really hard. I have learned that throwing a big party is not a good idea before the missionary leaves and that I am so grateful for everyone that helps my child in his mission and from home. I have also learned that it is hard to type an email to a missionary while Jake is busy trying to get you to repeat everything he says:)!!!! That picture of you and Elder Ivory makes me smile. I remember the pictures you sent of him in the MTC and it seems like he always had that great smile there too.  Do you need to buy any more pants this week?

Tommy – darwin is harder to find a quality invetsigator because they are very laid back up here but super easy to find. adelaide is the opposite  no i have plenty of pants and yeah he loves the work

Krista – Well, we will pray that your investigators stick to it. Tell me  a little bit about them. What a blessing it is to have a companion who loves the work.  And what a neat opportunity to go to Katherine. I saw the Farrer’s picture of a river you were checking out for a baptism. Do you not have to worry about crocs?

Tommy – the uni is cool because nobody recognizes us as missionaries so they just talk to us as friends. yeah so thats in katherine and there are heaps of crocs there so we were checking if the water is good for a baptism next week

Brent – So Drew willingly volunteered to sing in a youth ensemble for the next Moroni Quest fireside. I got the email asking if he wanted to join. Was sure he would say no but he said yes to weekly practices until the end of June. Who is that kid. Guess I don’t know my son that well.

Tommy – eric is from hong kong and is awesome but he is going back to china for a month. and john is half cast and really committed but work takes him out to the mines – he said yes because there will be girls there im betting 10$ on that

Krista – That’s interesting. Are there a lot of mines near Darwin? Is it kind of like working on the oil rigs here in Alberta? Is the University year opposite to ours here? They must have their big break around November/ December????

Brent – Good guess but you are down $10. It is an all boy ensemble. But he may actually not know that. He just left so we shall see.

Tommy – yeah they have a lot of gold mines out bush. and eah its like living in calgary and doing a week on a week off at the oil rigs. they do 10 weeks straight here and then 2-3 off and repeat all year

Krista – How was MLC training this week?  What did you learn? What do you want to apply or imporve?

Tommy – we focussed on member work. it has been a slow process in this mission but is coming along

Krista – I think what a blessing that would be. I’m sure there would be lots of inactive members to work with like anywhere in the church. It seems so much more personal as I think about family members and friends who have left the church and how happy I would be if they would speak to the missionaries.

Tommy – yeah its something the mission is really focussing on

Krista – I love that! I think you also told me that you are talking to investigators about their family history. i still remember how we both commented on that part of your patriarchal blessing… who knew! Now that you have been in your district a couple of weeks, tell me some strengths of some of your missionaries.

Tommy – yeah who knew about family history eh?

Brent – Tell me how you use Family History with investigators

Tommy – we usually share a family history pass along cards with them and share

Brent – Nice! I think your epic story is checking out a river for baptisms to see if there are crocs. Awesome. All I worried about was drunks.

Tommy – haha probably as dangerous as the croc

Krista – As you know I have a real testimony of family history and how it can soften people’s hearts. I was listening to president Eyring’s talk from General Conference and it was all about that.   Still want to know more about your district than their names. Tell me their best qualities!

Tommy –

elder arnaud is from tahiti and he is always keen to do the work

elder mattie is from mission bc and he is a really good singer

sister angoy is from philipines and is the happiest person i know

sister purvis is from utah and extremely talented finder

Brent – Add in‎ Tommy D and Elder Ivoreee and you have a powerhouse district!

Tommy – we got to go love you talk to you next week

May 28

hey mom and dad!

so this has been a cool week mostly because of wildlife. we see heaps of animals around here. for example last night after our dinner appointment we came outside and there were like 10 tree frogs on our bikes so we were playing with them for a bit. it is really hot up here with humidity. 33 is nice but not when your biking in a shirt and tie. so mom do you remember how i told you some missionarries are on the charles darwin university campus? well thats us. the farrrers buy us polo shirts and khakis that we wear onto campus. we also wear khakis while proselyting up here because the humidity would destroy our pants. i have yet to see any crocs (elder ivory says they arent that common). its cool to be back with elder ivory because i get to see how much he has grown. And another cool thing is one of the elders in my district is from mission bc. (elder mattie) – oh and its not a small branch. its bigger than most wards in adelaide. (150 members) – so the mission buys me khakis

Krista – Mission BC… that is cool. Is he your age? you were probably babies together in the same Stake

Tommy – and yeah we are getting along well. ad our ditrict is great – yeah he’s 19

Krista – Ok… tell me about Elder Ivory and your flat. How are the Farrers? They seem great. She posted something about a flat inspection where 5/6 flats passed and the last flat was maybe … well not so clean Tell me, i have a sneaking suspicion that was maybe you 🙂 Do your old mom a favor and win that cleaning crocodile one time while you are in Darwin! Well that surprises me about the branch size. That is good, you will have lots of members to meet. I will have to check your account for you to buy Khakis. I don’t know how much money is in there right now. Maybe  get a statement and I will put more money in tomorrow. Or if you need to shop today I can run over and put in money when we are done chatting. How is Elder Ivory? Are you getting along? How is your district? Do you have any investigators? Have you been to the University yet?

Tommy – oh ye of little faith…… we passed. our flat is really small and we get lizards in it all the time. the farrers are awesome. sister farrer is sister parker’s sister – not many investigators but yeah we go to the uni twice a week

Krista – Oh… that makes me so happy. I was making your brother’s clean today because I was worried I hadn’t taught my boys anything about cleaning! You are the BEST! What a kid! Benny would be so thrilled about the tree frogs. You will have to send him a picture. That is cool about the lizards… are they annoying or still kind of fun? When you go to the Uni do you teach in a room or do you contact around the buildings?  I asked the Wilson’s about how we get packages to you now and it seems like we still send them to Adelaide and then either the Parker’s bring them or they mail them on. So we will see. I’m really hoping you will get to celebrate Canada Day. Tell me about your area. Is it like a suburb? Are there more aboriginal Australians in Darwin?

Tommy – you still send the packages to adelaide and they mail them to us. yeah so they are nice becuase they eat all the bugs so we let them in our flat. and we just walk around the buildings talking to people and then teach lessons at tables or in the student lounge

Krista – Do you know any of the other missionaries in Darwin? I can imagine that once you are in Darwin you don’t just stay for one transfer. What are your plans for the rest of your PDay? Are there interesting things you want to see?

Tommy – not really they are all new to me. we are probably gonna go to the mall today

Krista – How many Elders and Sisters do you have in your district? Who are they? Do you train every week?

Tommy – I train every week and we have two sets of elders and one set of sisters

Krista – That sounds great. You said you had a dinner appointment. How is the branch? I know you have only been one week but did you meet anyone interesting?

Tommy – not really but we meet a lot of american marines around darwin. (american naval base)

Krista – I’m surprised, I would have never have guessed there was a base there. So Drew has his semi final rugby game tomorrow. As long as they beat Wisewood they will go to provincials. This year provincials are in Edmonton. If they are going I think Dad and I are going to try and take a day off work and go to see them play . It will feel weird to go to Edmonton and have to stay in a hotel instead of Grandma and Grandpa Dickson’s.  Dad is at ASLC, the weather is nice and he is taking 20 kids so he should have a lot of fun. He was picking up licorice to throw at kids on the bus… memories!  We have Joseph and Porter here right now. There is an epic lego game going on in the basement. I don’t even want to think about how much thee will be to clean when they are done. Grace Matthews spoke in church today. She is getting ready to go on a mission in the fall. She is a neat kid.  Oh… what about the tag?

Tommy – she is going on a mission?! thats awesome! yeah and darwin has heaps of historical ww2 stuff. it was bombed by the japanese in the war.

Krista – Yes! I was surprised. There was no note just the tag. Do you get new ones? Is it a tradition to send tags home? The tag is sitting on our mantle right beside the picture of you that is on your mission plaque at the church

Tommy – no i just ordered two new badges from the office so i figured i would send it home

Krista – There are some interesting things about dressing for an Australia Adelaide mission. Sister Parker posted some pictures of a trip out bush where everyone is wearing bush boots because that red dirt gets everywhere. Who knew!

Tommy – yeah you get some big differences from nt to sa

Brent – Hey buddy, sitting in the opening ceremonies of ASLC. They had a million dignitaries. Very painful. How are you!!!!

Krista – I was glad to get it.  the same day I also got a thank you letter from Sister Sennett. i had sent a card when Elder Sennet died and it was really thoughtful of her to send a reply. It was an Australia day in the mail! What did you end up doing with your paintings? Are you hauling them with you?

Tommy – they are in the vault in adelaide. and far out dignitaries suck

Brent – Just read your first letter. Proselytize on Darwin campus sounds really cool. Have you seen any kangaroos? I’m still hoping for the kangaroo punch.

Tommy – yeah we see wallibies sometimes but since we are in the suburbs not so much

Krista – Oh who knew there was a mission vault? I am learning so much. Drew is doing some makeup Seminary assignments right now… sound familiar? He is not too happy with me.

Tommy – haha sad life

Brent – Probably not as cool punching a wallabee. This opening ceremony is a little long. Mama Mcgreggs says hi.

Krista – I am forcing him to finish them in case he ever wants to go to the States for University. Not likely but we’re covering our bases. It’s graduation season here. Centennial’s grad was this weekend and I saw things from Dallin’s grad on Facebook. I guess no matter how much we fight it  you all grow up!

Tommy – tell mama magreggs i say hi too wallabies are small but there are heaps

Brent –  I had a cool discussion with a bunch of advisors. They were asking about you. Got to explain about missions, how you get called etc. It was good. I’m being a member missionary.

Tommy – yeah eventually i guess – which advisers?

Krista – I’m not sure punching wildlife is a great plan. I have been watching Australian Border Patrol shows ( yes mocking inserted here) and let’s just say those Australian officlas don’t mess around! I will be excited to see pictures of your new place and Darwin. What a change! Is your area as big as your Adelaide areas. Do you have to bike far?

Tommy – dad can you send any more photos of our aslc and any more training ideas. they are helping so much, really engaging

Laura McGregor – Hey Tommy…mama McGregs here.  Missing you here at ASLC. Hope you are having a great time. Use lots of sunscreen!


Brent- Wisewood, two Airdrie schools, small schools near Lloudminster, Drumheller.

Tommy – thank you! and yeah its just as big but we cover what is called lee point so its super far

Brent – I will find some stuff for next week. Why do u want ASLC pics? I can send activities.

Tommy – awesome well tell them i say hi – idk i just want some pictures of us hosting it – companions always ask about it but it never really works just to just explain – hey om and dad i gotta go ill talk to you next week. love yous

Brent – I will send pics and ideas. No problem. It brings back great memories of you at ASLC last year. You made an impact on some of these advisors!





Tommy is transferred to Darwin!

Fun fact: Getting transferred from Adelaide to Darwin is the same distance as Calgary to Houston.  Yes Tommy flew.

Hey Mom and Dad so sorry about the late email. So transfers happened and I got shipped to Darwin! I’m the Palmerston district leader in Darwin and my new companion is…… Elder Ivory!(They were together in the MTC)  We are in an area called Malak. So Elder Miague is still in Evandale and his new companion is Elder Hobby. Other than that it has been a pretty normal week. It’s really freaking hot here though. 90% humidity and 30 degrees (there’s the weather report for grandpas). We are doing great and it should be a really good transfer.

so I don’t think I will need a winter jacket

May 8

Hey Mom and Dad, so this week has been a good one. We got 5 new investigators this week! More than all of marion zone. So I talked to Sister Parker and she said I should be able to facetime home on Monday here so Sunday night there. So another cool experience is that I met Brother Steed this week in my ward! Turns out he is from Salt Lake and that he has been in Adelaide for 7 years. #metmycousin. That is crazy that the guys are killing it this year. Far out I’m excited for back to back provincial titles.

We missed Tommy’s email that came a day later so that is all for now.

April 30

Hey Mom and Dad so this week has been pretty good. We were able to get a new investigator named Gideon this week. Gideon is from Kenya and he has had a rough life. He told us stories of watching people starve to death so needless to say he has a tough time believing in God. This week we were also able to go on trade offs with the zone leaders. Elder Leutele (from new zealand) and I got to stay in evandale and smash it here. Other than that it has been really normal. Our converts are doing great and paul is slowly progressing.

  1. read d&c 50 or d&c 112 is what I do to lift myself when I’m feeling down.
  2. adobo is my favorite new food I’ve tried.
    10. Investigators would say this about me i talk really fast and tell stories

Brent – Hey buddy, I’m cheating in the Moroni’s quest fireside and am emailing you. How cool to meet someone like Gideon. I loved teaching Africans in Sweden. Amazing people. The convert  baptism went great. We were in the RS room at Parkland. It was packed. All the YM were standing. At least 10 non members from Centennial came. A good day

Krista – Oh… that is no surprise that you talk really fast and it makes sense that you  are a storyteller coming from your family. I am glad to hear about the two sections of D&C . I will make that my scripture study for this week. So Paul and Gideon and remind me again the name of your Chinese investigator… and what is adobo?

Tommy – his name is martin and adobo is a filipino food that elder miague taught me how to cook. super simple but really good. and yeah the africans are always really receptive – that is sweet i dont even remember convert baptisms in sundance

Brent – Neither do we! It is pretty great.

Krista – Ok… so just saying Philipino food is not that descriptive… any more info? Tell me what you did on splits and a little about your Zone leaders

Tommy – its like meat and filipino soy sauce (very different)  on rice – same as usual finding

Ben – Ben- hey Tommy on our program it says your returning auust 2017

Tommy – one more year

Krista – Hmmm… I will have to look it up and try to find how to make it. Sounds interesting. Where do you go to find in your area? – I think Benny meant 2018 the part he likes is that there is no G in August  …Auust. We look for it every week…  it’s kind of a tradition now

Ben- doh somehow I forgot the year

Tommy – we do a lot of door knocking in a place called campbelltown – haha all good benny

Krista – What is your favorite way to contact people? What are you the best at and what are you trying to improve at?

Tommy – i am not the best at going slow with my contacts, the easiest way to talk to people is on the street because they cant run away

Ben- hey did mom tell you I’m playing Rugby now it is really fun I bit too hard on my mouth guard now it gets stuck in

Tommy – good you want it to get stuck because then it wont fall out – what position are you playing?

Krista – Oh that cracks me up… what a surprise that you are not into details and going slow… sound familiar Benny??? I also laughed at “they can’t  run away”… they also probably can’t send their dogs after you 🙂

Ben- no like have to pop it out from the back. Don’t know my position yey

Krista – Tell me about some of the personalities of the missionaries you work with senior or junior… Who is the most serious? Who likes a good joke?  Who is a good cook? Who is a fierce teacher?

Tommy – exactly – everyone in the district are jokers. i have to be the serious one which is no fun

Ben – in my first practice I scored a try

Tommy – elder garbutt and miague are good cooks – thats sweet!

Krista – That is a hard thing when you have to be a leader… you told me about the adobo… what does Elder Garbutt like to cook? What has become your go to meal for you to cook?

Tommy – i cook a lot of mexican and assorted

Krista – What is coming up for you for PDay… any new training on the horizon?

Ben- thanks, on Friday I went to comiccon. Me and my friend played classic brawl

Tommy – classic brawl how was it?

Krista – What about the senior missionaries? Who is like a mom or dad? Who is a great teacher? Who is a details person?

Tommy – i have been training a lot for meetings speaking of, dad do you have any good leadership trainings that can be applied to the gospel?

Ben- really fun you can be mew two in it witch is awsome

Tommy – and sister smith is like leder miague and i’s mom

Brent – I will have to send you something next week.

Tommy – ok sweet im running out of ideas for trainings

Krista – What!!! I don’t understand, I think you were typing too fast.. explain about Sister Smith and Elder Miague

Tommy – sister smith is like a mom to elder miague and i. she makes sure we are fed

Ben- one thing I got was a pin with cat Head in a cupcake cup with a unicorn horn

Brent – Taylor says hi. The boys and I gotta go. Have a great week.

Krista – What about using the story of Jake in Cameron Lake… He kept swimming deeper and deeper, having a great time and he had no idea that there was a big drop off and that the water was so cold he could be in danger. Finally a man in a kayak pushed him to the shore… could use the analogy of sometimes we don’t know the dangers of what we are doing or what is around the corner… have to listen to people on shore(spirit) and get help from the Lord and others to avoid danger… reminds me of President Packer’s crocodile story.

I have always been interested in animals and birds and when I was a little boy and the other children wanted to play cowboy, I wanted to go on safari to Africa and would pretend I was hunting the wild animals.

When I learned to read, I found books about birds and animals and came to know much about them. By the time I was in my teens I could identify most of the African animals. I could tell a klipspringer from an impala, or a gemsbok from wildebeest.

I always wanted to go to Africa and see the animals, and finally that opportunity came. Sister Packer and I were assigned to tour the South Africa Mission with President and Sister Howard Badger. We had a very strenuous schedule and had dedicated eight chapels in seven days, scattered across that broad continent.

President Badger was vague about the schedule for September 10th. (That happens to be my birthday.) We were in Rhodesia, planning, I thought, to return to Johannesburg, South Africa. But he had other plans, and we landed at Victoria Falls.

“There is a game reserve some distance from here,” he explained, “and I have rented a car, and tomorrow, your birthday, we are going to spend seeing the African animals.”

Now I might explain that the game reserves in Africa are unusual. The people are put in cages, and the animals are left to run free. That is, there are compounds where the park visitors check in at night and are locked behind high fences until after daylight they are allowed to drive about, but no one is allowed out of his car.

We arrived in the park in the late afternoon. By some mistake, there were not enough cabins for all the visitors, and they were all taken when we arrived. The head ranger indicated that they had a cabin in an isolated area about eight miles from the compound and we could spend the night there.

Because of a delay in getting our evening meal, it was long after dark when we left the compound. We found the turnoff and had gone up the narrow road just a short distance when the engine stalled. We found a flashlight and I stepped out to check under the hood, thinking that there must be a loose connection or something. As the light flashed on the dusty road, the first thing I saw was lion tracks!

Back in the car, we determined to content ourselves with spending the night there! Fortunately, however, an hour or two later we were rescued by the driver of a gas truck who had left the compound late because of a problem. We awakened the head ranger and in due time we were settled in our cabin. In the morning they brought us back to the compound.

We had no automobile, and without telephones there was no way to get a replacement until late in the day. We faced the disappointment of sitting around the compound all day. Our one day in the park was ruined and, for me, the dream of a lifetime was gone.

I talked with a young ranger, and he was surprised that I knew many of the African birds. Then he volunteered to rescue us.

“We are building a new lookout over a water hole about twenty miles from the compound,” he said. “It is not quite finished, but it is safe. I will take you out there with a lunch, and when your car comes late this afternoon we will bring it out to you. You may see as many animals, or even more, than if you were driving around.”

On the way to the lookout he volunteered to show us some lions. He turned off through the brush and before long located a group of seventeen lions all sprawled out asleep and drove right up among them.

We stopped at a water hole to watch the animals come to drink. It was very dry that season and there was not much water, really just muddy spots. When the elephants stepped into the soft mud the water would seep into the depression and the animals would drink from the elephant tracks.

The antelope, particularly, were very nervous. They would approach the mud hole, only to turn and run away in great fright. I could see there were no lions about and asked the guide why they didn’t drink. His answer, and this is the lesson, was “Crocodiles.”

I knew he must be joking and asked him seriously, “What is the problem?” The answer again: “Crocodiles.”

“Nonsense,” I said. “There are no crocodiles out there. Anyone can see that.”

I thought he was having some fun at the expense of his foreign game expert, and finally I asked him to tell us the truth. Now I remind you that I was not uninformed. I had read many books. Besides, anyone would know that you can’t hide a crocodile in an elephant track.

He could tell I did not believe him and determined, I suppose, to teach me a lesson. We drove to another location where the car was on an embankment above the muddy hole where we could look down. “There,” he said. “See for yourself.”

I couldn’t see anything except the mud, a little water, and the nervous animals in the distance. Then all at once I saw it!—a large crocodile, settled in the mud, waiting for some unsuspecting animal to get thirsty enough to come for a drink.

Suddenly I became a believer! When he could see I was willing to listen, he continued with the lesson. “There are crocodiles all over the park,” he said, “not just in the rivers. We don’t have any water without a crocodile somewhere near it, and you’d better count on it.”

The guide was kinder to me than I deserved. My “know-it-all” challenge to his first statement, “crocodiles,” might have brought an invitation, “Well, go out and see for yourself!”

I could see for myself that there were no crocodiles. I was so sure of myself I think I might have walked out just to see what was there. Such an arrogant approach could have been fatal! But he was patient enough to teach me.

My young friends, I hope you’ll be wiser in talking to your guides than I was on that occasion. That smart-aleck idea that I knew everything really wasn’t worthy of me, nor is it worthy of you. I’m not very proud of it, and I think I’d be ashamed to tell you about it except that telling you may help you.

Those ahead of you in life have probed about the water holes a bit and raise a voice of warning about crocodiles. Not just the big, gray lizards that can bite you to pieces, but spiritual crocodiles, infinitely more dangerous, and more deceptive and less visible, even, than those well-camouflaged reptiles of Africa.

These spiritual crocodiles can kill or mutilate your souls. They can destroy your peace of mind and the peace of mind of those who love you. Those are the ones to be warned against, and there is hardly a watering place in all of mortality now that is not infested with them.

On another trip to Africa I discussed this experience with a game ranger in another park. He assured me that you can indeed hide a crocodile in an elephant track—one big enough to bite a man in two.

He then showed me a place where a tragedy had occurred. A young man from England was working in the hotel for the season. In spite of constant and repeated warnings, he went through the compound fence to check something across a shallow splash of water that didn’t cover his tennis shoes.

“He wasn’t two steps in,” the ranger said, “before a crocodile had him, and we could do nothing to save him.”

It seems almost to be against our natures, particularly when we are young, to accept much guidance from others. But, young people, there are times when, regardless of how much we think we know or how much we think we want to do something, that our very existence depends on paying attention to the guides.

Now, it is a gruesome thing to think about that young man who was eaten by the crocodile. But that is not, by any means, the worst thing that could happen. There are moral and spiritual things far worse even than the thought of being chewed to pieces by a monstrous lizard.

Fortunately there are guides enough in life to prevent these things from happening if we are willing to take counsel now and again.

Some of us are appointed now, as you will be soon, to be guides and rangers. Now we don’t use those titles very much. We go under the titles of parents—father and mother—bishop, leader, adviser. Our assignment is to see that you get through mortality without being injured by these spiritual crocodiles.

I’m glad Sister Smith is so awesome. Their flat is close to where you live right?

Tommy – around the corner

Krista – That was lucky! Jake is rocking out to the Lion King. I swear I could sing all of those songs in my sleep!!!!!!! Sang with the priests for the first time last week. They did well. Coy sang with them but also showed them a funny email Sister Woodruff sent to him giving him a lifetime exemption from Ward Choir. I suggested Drew go this week… Let’s just say he was hoping for an exemption too

Tommy – haha that is funny

Krista – Yep…there was all sorts of stuff like” it would be detrimental to the testimonies of his family and the ward”. Not sure it is that bad but the priests enjoyed it. May tomorrow finally feels like we can hope for Spring. Have you found that you have adjusted ti the weather enough now that the 19c fall weather feels cold in Adelaide? Are you glad for no more hot weather? I shouldn’t say that because then maybe you will get transferred to somewhere like Darwin where it is always hot

Tommy – gotta go love ypu

April 23

Hey Mom and Dad so nothing much has really changed since Thursday. We had a really cool opprotunity on Saturday though to go to the temple with the youth form our ward. We were asked to come and help with baptisms because of not enough priesthood so we did the confirmations. Other than that this week has been pretty normal. A lot of finding and it is slowly coming. We were able to have lunch with the Smiths yesterday and it was sooo good! oh this week was also firle stake conference which was really cool because the area seventy shared about how we need to catch the wave! Totally a coincidence but he also shared a video of hark all ye nations and that we need to have that enthusiasm. Total testimony builder!

  1. speak many different languages (tagalog, chinese, punjab)  is something I know how to do now, that I never thought I would.

6.. I feel best on my mission when I had the opprotunity to baptize darcy

Brent – Hey stud. We are here. I just got off the phone with Grandma D. She downloaded Rugby rules for dummies an do was explaining stuff. That is a dedicated Grandma. They came to Drew’s game last week

Tommy – haha i heard! so who is playing what position on the back line?

Brent – I don’t know. It shifts around a lot. The key guys are Isaac G, Issac W, Kees, Matt B. They make everything happen. Unfortunately Konor Yee broke his arm. Not sure when he is back.

Tommy – ok i see so pretty similar to last year plus matt b

Brent – Benny’s first Rugby practice is tomorrow. Lance Watson and Marcus Woodruff are on his team.

Krista – Ok, Ok…. lots of rugby. Now tell me about your lunch with Smiths and the temple!

Tommy – the senior couple smiths just invited us for lunch and it was awesome. and we got asked by bishop to do confirmations

Krista – Just you and your companion? Where did you go? How many youth were at the temple? Was it your whole district at the temple or just the two of you?

Tommy – just the two of us and about 6 youth

Brent – Quinn Stewart reported his mission from Iceland today. Only 8 missionaries in Iceland. 100 members attend in two branches on a given Sunday. He bore his testimony in Icelandic and I understood about 70%.

Tommy – we have more youth in sundance ward than all of firle stake  – sweet he’s home now? that was fast

Brent – That’s okay. I bet it takes real strength to be faithful in your Stake.

Krista – Tell me a little about the new investigator that you have committed to baptism.

Tommy – yeah his name is martina dn we dont know heaps about him. he is from china and has moved over for school and our recent convert introduced us to him

Krista – I bet those Firle youth are learning to be very strong and will be great leaders in the church. Quinn mentioned that the mission in Iceland had only been reopened since the 1970s. He also told a story about being up north and in an area 6 hours away from other missionaries where there were only 5 members to begin with. I think that is the way the church is in a lot of places. What a great opportunity and challege – Are the Smiths the new senior missionaries? Did you just go to lunch at a restaurant with them? Tell me a little bit about them?

Tommy – yes they are new senior missionaries and we ate at their flat – and yeah its tough to be youth here

Krista – It sounds like there is a lot of missionary work going on in Adelaide with Chinese students and converts. With the new branch and the teaching centre I hear they are quite busy. It is nice that you have that opportunity to teach someone from China too.  I think without regular missionaries in China this must be the way the Lord is bringing the church to China as all these students either go home or teach their families.  How old is Martin? Single?

Tommy – he is single and 25 – and yeah for sure thats the way the lord is getting into china

Brent – Jake just ran by with his iPad listening to Raffi. He has his cats in space shirt on that we bought him. Some things don’t change.

Krista – So when you committed him to baptism, how much longer do you teach him before his date? Had he had any discussions before?

Tommy – we are going to have to move his date due to his comprehension but we arent sure yet

Krista – Do you have his friend translate for him or do you have a Mandarin missionary come to discussions with you?

Tommy – we teach him in english

Krista -Oh my goodness! Dad was bragging about Jake’s lying cat shirt to our home teachers. Lets just say I think they thought Dad was crazy. Flying cats maybe not too much their thing! Benny also went home teaching today because Drew had to work… Now all three boys have home taught the Mc Cues. I really should be checking to see if there are any new Who’s Your Hero books… You can only find a mouse so many times!

Tommy – yeah seriously those saved us

Brent – I went rogue with a different lesson today. Talked about being joyful. In the middle of it Kathryn accidently dumped a bunch of nacho chip crumbs on the floor. Jenny Lynn just said to keep going. I think they are pretty comfortable with us.

Krista – So Dad heads to Winterpeg (AKA Winnipeg) tomorrow. He is sad to be missing rugby but I think he might like the peace and quiet. Too bad it is not a more tropical destination but hopefully no snow

Tommy – hahah love winterpeg

Brent – Mom is overestimating the peace and quiet factor it can be pretty busy.

Tommy –  I have to go, love you!

April 19

This week has been pretty normal. We were able to put somebody on baptismal date though! His name is martin and he is a referral from our recnet convert wei wei. he is super solid. other than that it has been a really normal week. Lots of finding. One day this week we found for 6 hours straight. heres those ad-libs you wanted :p


  1. The funniest members of the ward are szas mckay and that’s because they are sooo caring and loves to laugh. he will literally crack any joke he can to get the missionaries to laugh.


  1. One of my prayers was answered when we put martin on baptismal date



  1. “did you know that cumquats are a fake fruit”  is the funniest thing an investigator has said to me.

April 10 New Tommy Video

hey mom and dad,

Yes at this point we have seen conference and it was awesome. Us as missionaries were jumping in our seats when Elder Costa started to talk! Nothing too interesting has happened this week other than transfers. But we didn’t move. So all good means I don’t have to pack! Elder Miague and I are getting along really well. And no paul has had a rough week. He had his alarm system go on the fritz when he was supposed to come to general conference so he wasn’t able to attend 😦 I had three favourite talks 1) L. Whitney Clayton on how whatever Christ says, do it 2) Gary B Sabin about how we have to be all in not just lukewarm 3) Deiter F Uchtdorf on fear. other than that its been a pretty normal week. crazy with transfers but normal.

Brent – Hey,hey Sitting and watching Star Wars the original with your Bros. Classic – Maybe you need to go live with Paul and guard his house. He has had it rough.

Krista – We figured you would stay put because you have only been in the area for one transfer. Did anyone else in your district move? Will you have some new missionaries?

Tommy – did you like gary b sabins refrence to star wars? – there are 12 new missionaries and nobody moved in the district but sister jorakhe will be training. and seriously satan is working on him

Brent – Yes it must mean Star Wars is true. I really liked the missionary talk. I was thinking of you.

Krista – I will have to go and check that out… I don’t remember. How do you continue to reference conference talks? Do you all get an Ensign? Are you allowed to print talks out? Does that mean 12 new in the mission? Are any of them in your district.. is Sister Jorakkhe in your dostrict?

Tommy – yes sister jorakkhe is in my district and is gonna train one of the 12 new to the mission. we put them on a usb and listen to them. in a bit we will get the ensign and we can print if we want

Krista – Are there any other new trainers that you know? Do you have any plans for Easter. I didn’t send a particular Easter package because I think it would have melted, but buy yourself some chocolate eggs for me 🙂

Brent – So great you have access to conference. In Sweden we would see one session two months later. We only got an English Ensign if someone mailed it.

Tommy – oh wow we watch all the sessions but they are a week late and no not that I know

Brent – Just watched your video with your companion. Drew says it is Mom funny but I think it rocks.

Krista – Just watched your mission motto video. Cracked me up!!!! Drew just thought it was “mom” funny. That is really cool. Did President Parker write that? It seems like you are enjoying each other as companions

Tommy – yeah president wrote that

Brent – So any special plans for Easter?   I plan on stealing from the boys baskets.

Tommy – not that I know of

Krista -LOVE IT! You are becoming a powerful missionary.  I am excited to go and read your favorite talks this week. That will be my scripture study focus – Yep the young missionary teaching his mom… how do you like that! There should be a package that will get to you before your next transfer. It is pretty silly… maybe that can count as Easter. How are your shoes holding up? ( How’s that for  a mom question!!!)

Brent – So Sis Johnson asked me to be involved in Moroni Quest reenactments but I had to say no because I am in charge of activities. She wanted me to be Laman. Not sure if that is a compliment. They didn’t seem to think of me as Nephi.

Tommy – yeah my shoes are holding up because im applying the advice tanner steed gave me for shoes. to alternate pairs each day -that’s ok in all the skits we do here for zone trainings im always the bad guy

Brent – So it runs in the family. I guess you are a missionary shoe Ninja.

Krista – I think you get to be the bad guy because you are big and can look scary… probably the same for dad. I’m not sure your smaller companion would look all that scary! We had our 18th priest ordained today (Cody Rice) I am lucky or foolish enough to get to work with them and have them all sing in Sacrament meeting at the end of May… I will be sure to bring treats!!!! We are doing a missionary medley

Tommy – far out that is more preists than all of the youth in the firle ward

Brent – I think we are up to 84 total youth. Keeps the Bishop busy with interviews.

Krista – What mission events are coming up for you?  i am still in love with Sister Parker’s blog . It gives me such a great picture of what is happening in the mission. I also sometimes look at the blogs of the senior missionaries in the other areas. You are so blessed in having the Parkers and the great senior missionaries!

Tommy –  I don’t know of any big events really and that is almost the whole firle ward dad

Krista – It is a little ridiculous but very exciting. it will be quite the choir but I have to admit I will be talking to a couple of men in the ward to be “ringers” in case the priests don’ sing too loud. I think Sundance Ward is an anomaly even in the rest of the stake. There certainly aren’t the same number of youth in the other wards. Have you got to know the youth in your new ward? Are there any priests? What a great opportunity for mentorship and strengthening! I think you are really blessed to serve in a ward  that is small and you can really serve the members and make a difference. What a great mission!

Brent- We have had a lot of people move in, even since you left. Take the opportunity to connect with their youth. You never know the impact you can have.

Tommy – that’s what we are trying to do

Brent – The Millennium Falcon just escaped the Death Star. Spoiler alert Ben got killed

Tommy – nooooooo    (editorial comment by Dad – this is my favorite response from Tommy this week)

Krista – Good for you… you would be a natural at that. It will be so important for those youth to be strong for their communities and their families. Our ward is doing a big focus on Family History (right up my alley) We are having a ward temple day coming up soon and one of the new couples in our ward is working on a new temple and family history program. the snacks in Nursery are great but I have to admit I am a little jealous!

Brent – I feel confident they will be able to take out the death star. A little creepy watching Luke oogle Leah. I prefer the ASLC version. Carrie Fischer who played Leah passed away around Christmas.

Tommy – yeah I heard about that. sad…..

Krista – And the kids are pretty darn cute… there is this little boy who has the biggest cheeks you have ever seen and he is a dancing and singing machine. He reminds me a little of you. Although Brother Gilson does like to bring recorders…. so imagine recorders in 2 year olds mouths…. just a little less than musical!

Tommy – haha about as talented as me :p

Krista – Oh those nursery kids have some pretty awesome moves… a little London Bridge, some 5 little Monkeys, Ring  Around the Rosy… it has been a while since I lived in that world. Benny asked me if he could skip deacons and come instead maybe a little more active ( on second thought maybe deacons is busier) Benny uses all his active self on Drew since you are not here to distract and let’s just say Drew is not all that impressed! I can’t remember, remind me , where does Elder Miague sit in his family. How many siblings?

Tommy – he is the oldest of four

Brent – The oldest child must make him extremely noble.

Krista – So you are similar… cool. Are you busy contacting this week or do you have any other possible investigators you are teaching? Dad and I have a SLIGHT oldest child bias… and if you stretch because of Jake we might just let you in that club!

Tommy – very busy contacting – haha yes! I have to go love ya bye!


March 26, April 2

March 26

hey Mom and Dad,

This week has been crazy sooooo many meetings. We had the funeral on Wednesday and arrivers training on Thursday and zone conference on Friday. Crazy. But singing at Elder Sennetts funeral was a really good experience. We had 70 missionaries singing and it was really powerful, and YES! Darcy got baptized on Friday night at 7pm and boy was he nervous. He asked us a million and one questions before going into the water. It was a really good baptismal service half the ward attended it! We were also able to get a lot of less active members along to the baptism. Other than that this week has been awesome. Tons of meetings and boy was I spiritually drained after Friday. Going to conference should be a great experience but don’t tell me anything because in Australia we see it one week later.  Ofa atu!

Elder Dickson

Krista – Ofa atu???? What is that ?  I’m so glad about Darcy and I’m glad you had some less actives at the baptism. Do you have a picture? Do you work with the less actives alot?

Tommy – ofa atu means love you in tongan

Krista – Hooray… I’m surprised arrivers training was so late… didn’t you do that already? Or did those visas come through for the other missionaries? How is Elder Miague doing?

Tommy – its the second one and he is doing great far out I swear he’s training me

Krista – That is great. Did you do anything for your birthday? What are you going to spend the money on?

Tommy – we made puffed wheat squares and a cake and im not sure yet

Krista – I saw that picture of the puffed wheat squares… that cracks me up. Do Australians know what puffed wheat squares are? How was Zone conference… what did you do?

Tommy – no they have no clue I brought them to ward correlatrion meeting and the ward mission leader was really confused and it was really good we got trainings from sister parker, president and the assistants

Krista – So did they like the puffed wheat squares? Maybe it is just a Canadian Prairie thing. What did Sister and President Parker teach?

Tommy – they loved them and asked for the recipe and the taught about teaching repentance

Krista – That’s great I just wanted to be sure I didn’t miss you. It sounds like Evandale has lots of work to be done. I was so happy to see the baptism photos. You will always remember that. That one event is worth your whole mission. I’m proud of you and so happy for Darcy. I’m sure this week will be a little quieter after such a big week. I cant even imagine training, funeral, baptism, conferences. It will be nice to just teach. Do you have any other investigators?

Tommy – yeah we have a man named paul who wants to be baptized

Krista – Cool… is everybody an islander ? New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa etc…..How far is Morialta away from you?  Tell me a bit about Paul

Tommy – New Zealand isn’t considered islander unless you are maori – and its like a 30 min bike ride – paul is a wonderful man in his 50’s who just lost both his parents. he already has a testimony of the word of wisdom. he was a former investigator of the assistants who just lost contact with them

Krista – That sounds like a great opportunity. What stage is he at in his teaching? Are you working with him or are the assistants?

Tommy – we are working with him and he is just starting again

Krista – Paul??? Your investigator? How did they ever contact him then? Just goes to show a change of heart is real!

Tommy – yeah we are working with an awesome family who are just being butts and not coming to church

Krista – Well… that’s an interesting way to put it… do they have kids, teenagers?

Tommy – yeah they have two young kids 3 and 1 and they love the missionaries and the gospel but aren’t coming to church

Krista – Ofa atu… got to go and get Jake in the bath… Have a wonderful week. Mom

April 2

This week has been a crazy one also. So we were only able to see Darcy once this week because he is preparing to go down to tazzy (Tasmania) this week. He is doing great though, He is super keen to be a home teacher and president Kelley (EQ) is super pumped for that. Paul has been having a very rough month. For the past three weeks his water line was sabotaged. This week his house was broken into. It just goes to show you how satan works on those that are preparing. other than that it has been a normal week. We went on trade offs with the other elders in the district this week and had to build them up on a few things but they are really great missionaries. Its been a lot of finding this week and not very much success but we know that it is coming so we push forward.

Isaiah 43:2

love Eder Dickson

Brent – Is Paul an investigator or less active?

Tommy – investigator

Brent – Are you able to help Paul out. Maybe guard his house :). mom and the boys loved conference. They were on the main floor row 13 on the left side. They didn’t know the tickets were so good. They came in and we’re told to take the elevator down to the main floor. Whooooo – So it has been a weather and geographic themed dinner with the two Grandpas.

Tommy – haha yeah lots of talk about Chinooks im sure – lots of door knocking and some street contacting. and really good just slow

Brent – No, lots more talk about what can kill you in Australia. People were worried about the cyclone that hit NE Australia. Is Tom okay. That is the same as asking if the storm in Halifax impacted us in Calgary. Grandma D wants to know if it is still super hot and are you on bikes.

Tommy – no that’s like asking if an earthquake in chile affected Calgary. there arte a set of mountains and a whole desert between us and the cyclone -no it has started to cool down 18-25 degrees and lots of rain. yes we are still on bikes

Brent – Grandpa Steed is really impressed but questioning the accuracy of your geography. Super nerdy  Grandpa said something really needs about the height of Chilean mountains. You fill in the blanks. – Grandma D – do your pants still fit. Are u losing weight.

Tommy – of course but it is as insignificant as that – losing weight and the pants are still the same

Brent – Grandpa S says takes a Nerd to know one. One day you will be obsessing over the clouds at the head of the lake just like Grandpa

Tommy – haha actually I predicted the weather like that a day ago

Brent – Grandpa D is lazy and laying on the couch. He has no questions. Just thinks you are pretty cool. Grandpa S is telling Grandma D about sharks. True Story in Australia. In that cyclone a shark got thrown inland. A 3 foot bull shark showed up inland quite a few feet in a pool of water. They confirmed it got thrown from the ocean. Sharknado is real.

Tommy – sharknado strikes again

Brent – I think Grandpa S has a tear in his eye. He is so proud. Turns out the flooding pushed the shark inland and whe the water retreated the shark was stuck

Tommy – sharknado Adelaide edition…..but I don’t think chainsaws are approved

Brent – As your father and patriarch if danger from a sharknado arrives I give you authority to find a chain saw and arm yourself. How is your companion doing? Do you see the Parkers much. If I don’t ask mission questions Mom will get mad. She won’t want everything about sharks.

Tommy – we see the parkers quite a bit considering we live down the street. and he is doing awesome will for sure be a future leader

Brent – Grandpa D wants you to know the Oilers are now in 1st and Flesh fourth. Both made playoffs. 5 points from first to fourth. Final four update. Gonzaga beat S Carolina and N Carolina beat Oregon. Both super close games. Go Zags

Tommy – oilers are first in the west?

Brent – 1st in Pacific division. Anaheim 2 San Jose 3 Flamers 4. It could all change with one week to go. All four are in. Who knows where they finish. Anything exciting or different this week? We had a great experience in the St. George temple. Crud, it is rain snowing now and Rugby is supposed to be outside tomorrow.

Tommy – haha tough it out

Brent – Oh, the fat flakes are sticking. There is a by election tomorrow to replace Jason Kenney. Pretty sure the conservative will win.

Tommy – that’s a pretty safe bet – we see all conference sessions at the chapel and a week behind

That is all for this week




Happy Birthday Tommy! March 19

Hey Mom and Dad,

Thank you for all the birthday wishes! So the funeral for Elder Sennett is on Wednesday and we will be singing each life that touches ours for good. I didn’t really know him very well but I did know that he was a great example to us missionaries. Presidents Lien would always be “would Elder Sennett do that” he was a real hero to our mission. Yes we still have the baptism coming up. This Friday at 7pm. So a little bit about Darcy. Darcy is 19, He is Aussie, studying to be a nurse, originally from Tasmania, got in contact with the church through his girlfriend from another ward, is literally the golden investigator. Elder Miague is doing great. He really stepped up in confidence this week and is starting to take the lead in most things and yes his culture shock is almost gone. Anytime we see food he hasn’t had, we buy it. This week has been pretty normal. I made some pancakes Grandpa Steed and Dad style (mickey mouse blueberry). We had trade offs with the zone leaders and I was able to learn a lot from Elder Radovan from the Phillipines. pretty normal overall.

lots of love

Elder Dickson

Krista – Did you get your birthday package? I mailed it in January but I hope it got there. I have been watching this cheesy show about Australia’s border patrol where they stop people flying in who are smuggling things and they open packages if they contain stuff they are suspicious about so now I am hyper worried about your packages.

Brent – Glad all is good and Elder Miyagi is feeling more comfortable. Taylor and Teigan were pretty proud of their picture.

Tommy – yes I got the package and just different ways to do the work than what im currently doing. and im sure teigan and taylor were sooo proud of that

Brent – Teigan is a ward missionary. He is learning the discussions and sharing them with members. Taylor is supposed to start th soon too.

Krista – Good, I am looking forward to seeing some epic birthday pictures with your decorations!

Tommy – that would have been soo helpful to do before the mission

Brent – President Craig has been encouraging this. Our missionaries don’t have lots to do so hopefully this engages them. Our new sisters are doing a lot with the Laurels.

Tommy – so who does teigan go out with?

Brent –  Teigan goes out with Bro So or Brother Blanco. It seems to be working well.

Krista – The apartment looks small but relatively clean. Do you have laundry in the suite? That is interesting to hear about Darcy. I’m glad you will get to be a part of his baptism. Does he have a good support network outside of his girlfriend? Are you enjoying the new ward?

Tommy – yeah he has a really good support network in the ward. yes we do have laundry in the flat and yeah im loving the ward. we have great members who just love us

Krista – You have been very fortunate in the wards you have served in. Tell me some more about what you have learned from Elder Radovan. How does he teach differently?

Brent – Well you are just sooooo loveable. So far my biggest contribution as a rugby coach is my driving the bus to the Soccer Center. It is warming up but lots of snow on the field. Just signed Benny up for the Hornets. He will play with Lance Watson.

Tommy – hes just very bold with the way he invites people to do things. I would say “can we give you a card” and he would say “ill leave you with this then” – benny will love rugby – and ahhhh the soccer centre turf

Brent – I hope so. It will help having Lance there. They both want to be like their big Brothers.

Krista – Do you have any other investigators other than Darcy? How will singing for the funeral work. Will all the missionaries in Adelaide sing or just some?

Tommy – all the missionaries in the adelaide zones and yeah we have a few but none super solid yet

Brent – So who else are you working with. Any cool stories? Mom has been watching a cheesy movie titled Australia from the 90s. She is hooked.

Krista – That will be a great experience. That must be at least 40 missionaries. Have you been practicing? I’m glad you have some more investigators, hopefully they will stay interested.  What do you do that is special for a birthday in the mission?  Ok… in my defense Drew and I both decided this movie is super dumb but I feel like I have to finish it.

Tommy – so for our birthdays there really isn’t anything special other than sister parker calls you in the morning and we are going to practice at district meeting – what is it about?

Brent – I think moving cattle. Hugh Jackman is in it. It would have been better if he was Wolverine from X-men

Krista – It’s kind of confusing. The first half is about  a cattle drive from the outback to Darwin before WW2 and then it switches to a story about the Japanese bombing of Darwin. It has Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman… but no Wolverine vibe. Trying to finish it right now… not sure I am getting through it!

Brent – Everything is better with Wolverine!

Tommy – that sounds kinda weird

Krista – I taught my last Sunday School lesson today. I am going from teaching Gospel Doctrine to Nursery….I think I got a promotion!

Brent – I don’t think we will save it for you. Chambers went to a big international 7s tournament in Vancouver. I tried to convince him Australia over New Zealand. He didn’t agree.

Tommy – who won the 7s tournament? and I heard talk about an upgrade

Krista – But you will be happy to know that the boys won’t let me delete ” In the Good Old Summertime”. They say we have to watch it when you come home!

Brent – It is weird being in Bishopric and talking about your wife’s calling changing a month before it happens and not say anything to her.

Tommy – haha that is a little weird and I swear  I will never watch that movie

Brent – South Africa beat England in the final. I watched most of it. Best game was Fiji vs. USA in the 3rd place game. Fiji won – Canada did really well. Finished 12. Biggest Rugby crowd ever in Canada. 72,000 over two days.

Tommy – Fiji is supposed to be really good at 7s. was Canada in the tourney?

Krista – OOOOOOOHHHHH I sense a challenge!  Now I really do want to save that movie!!!!. Lots of good things about Nursery, cute kids nice people but have to admit the snacks are a little awesome! Benny would love Nursery too. He spent all night at the family dance playing with Eddie Trim who by the way is a fabulous dancer. Drew’s only reply was lucky you, runny noses and stinky diapers. I don’t think he is as keen on the under 3 set!

Tommy – snacks is all im for and that’s really good Canada did well

Brent – I can get my own snacks. I will pass on the diapers. What is some of the best food you like that is Australian.

Krista – Grandpa and Ry came over for dinner… somehow Joseph ended up here too. He has a good sense for good food(today was ribs). Then Benny went over to Steeds when they were having Beatons for dinner so I guess it goes both ways!

Tommy – some of the best aussei food is the aussie burger hands down the one with beet and pineapple

Krista – Tell me about Darcy’s baptism. Do the missionaries make up the program or the ward? Will you have any part in it?

Tommy – im doing the baptism but the ward makes up the program

Brent – Beet? Not sure I can support that. I had the most amazing burrito in San Diego. Probably won’t have one that good any time soon. 3 more days of students 2 days of PD, then spring break. I am ready. Be sure to send us some pictures. I am excited for you.

Krista – What a great experience. Today in Sunday School my lesson was about missionaries and we spent a lot of time talking about the joy that comes from bringing one soul unto Christ. You will always remember this.

Tommy – we are sooo excited – we have to go ill talk to you next week.  love ya!

Krista – Love you heaps! Happy Birthday

Tommy – wow mom you’ve already adopted the aussie term



March 14

Hey mom and dad,

This week has been a really somber one in the mission. On saturday night we found out that Elder Zobrist (a senior missionary) had had a stroke and was taken to hospital. He is fine and recovering. But the really sad news is that yesterday Elder Sennett (senior couple) was killed in a car crash. There have been lots of tears and mourning throughout the mission. I didn’t really sleep last night thinking about it. But we know we will see him on the other side. So other than that this week has been pretty normal. We taught Darcy a few times and he is progressing like crazy and will be baptized on the 24th. Elder Miague is doing well. He is really lacking in confidence though so thats been our focus for this week. He came from the Phillipines mtc and was there for 3 weeks. He is the oldest in his family and a recent convert (when he was 14, hes 20 now). Teaching was a little interesting because he is nervous to teach so he will just testify of what I said and repeat me. Overall he is doing really well.

love ya

Elder Dickson