hey mom and dad,
hey mom and dad!
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!
thats right, thats realy good to here he is doing well!
its like 35-39 every day with 70% or higher humidity
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-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
We love you. Benny misses his roommate. Happy Baptism on Saturday
Love you lots… have a great week. Excited for your baptism!
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!
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
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?
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?
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!
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!
hey mom and dad,