July 15

14 new pictures from June and July – The tie cutting is a tradition when every missionary goes home.  Since President Parker left June 30 he cut every Elder’s tie who was staying behind.

hey mom and dad,
> how have things been going? its been a crazy week. so transfers came
> and i’m still here! exciting that i get to stay in nightcliff to the
> end! so nothig too crazy has happened regarding transfers still with
> elder syme. as for institute i want to be able to take the cornerstone
> class but the only offer those ones at the institute at U of C. Will i
> be able to travel to that one? the only thing that i’m concerned about
> is having time to work as well
> love
> Elder Dickson

Krista – Whatever you want. I thought there was a cornerstone one night but I could easily be wrong. I say register and then you can change if you need to for work. Any changes in your flat?

T-ok easy. elder nayusan is going to palmerston and elder lu is coming
to darwin city

Brent-Benny and I have been watching Lawrence of Arabia. 4 hr movie and we are 2.5 in. I wasn’t sure if he was ready for it but he reminded me that he had watched all three Godfather movies and didn’t fall asleep like you did.

T-haha thats good to hear

B-31,30,and 29 the high for the next three days. Probably still colder than Darwin.

K-How are your investigators doing?

T-high of 33 everyday this week

K-Oh Tommy …. I will start buying you thermal layers right now. And you will be living in the basement which is cool. Maybe dad and I should trade you our stuffy bedroom

T-its crazy our bedroom is normally 27 degrees and i use a blanket

K-You are a true Aussie now

B-You will look like the new exchange students from Africa wearing their heavy winter gear end of September and October. They have no idea what is coming. Teigan spoke in church today. Br. Chipman was the visiting high councillor and Teigan his companion. He did great. Teigan is now the stake assistant exec secretary and attends high council and stake presidency meetings.

T- haha
that’ll be me! great to hear teigan is doing well!

K-So Elder Lu and who is his companion that will be in your flat?

T-elder turcotte and elder wu

B-So what is one thing you would really like to see happen or accomplish in your last few weeks?

T-i want to baptize

K-I can tell we are close to the end because I used to know a lot of the missionaries names from the Parkers’ blog but now I just can’t keep track.  Did you look at your schedule for school? Any concerns?

T-no i just dont understand the winter semester thing

K-Winter semester starts in January

B-Was looking for something a little more specific but that is a pretty good answer!

T-oh so when does the winter semester finish?

B-End of April

K-We’ll get you home, get over the jet lag and settled in school and then you can worry about looking for a job.  What is up for the Darwin zone this transfer?

B-Hopefully lots of mangoes

T-haha hopefully lots of baptisms not sure yet though

K-Any interesting branch activities coming up ?

T-no we have a missionary family home evening every monday though

B-Okay, baptisms first, then mangoes for refreshments! I’m guessing that you have done all the sightseeing on PDays that you want since you are the Darwin man.

T-yeah i have seen everything

B-
So do you sound like an Aussie, a Canadian, or a real mix with your accent?

K-Who attends the missionary nary family home evening? Do you run it?

T-a lot of people say that i sond like a hybrid

B-What is a missionary nary family home evening?  Sounds funky. Is that like narly?

T-we run it and food provided by the chanboon family. investigators and
recent converts come

B-Being serious now, that sounds great. Wonderful service from the Chanboon family.

K-That is really kind of the Chanboon family….how many people do you get each week?

T-we usually have about 15 people. the chanboons are awesome!

K-I haven’t heard you talk about them before. Who is in their family?

T-so there are 5 boys, he is the elders quorom pres. super dedicated family

B-Five boys. He beats me as super dad!

K-Gotta love those all boy families!

B-How old are his boys? Guessing not as good looking as mine! Mom’s genes!

T-his boys are 19, 18, 16, 14, 12 -i gotta go love you heaps!

B-Have an amazing week. Love you

K-Love you

 

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June 24

hey mom and dad,

so i guess since ou went on a more spoiritual note i will do the same.

one scripture i have been pondering this week is the book of moses and king bejamins sermon. so as a little bit of a back story to this experience. this week a member family from adelaide was in darwn and i had worked wth them a lot. i had been over to their house for dinner.

the father is less active and from our chat ii found out that the mom is now as well. i shared with them this:

 

“4 And, behold, thou art my son; wherefore look, and I will show thee the workmanship of mine hands; but not all, for my works are without end, and also my words, for they never cease.”

 

now they looked at me a little weird thinking “what the heck has darwin done to elder dickson”. but i explained it as such. moses has had a pretty rough life. he has been subject to the decree of pharoh to kill the children. he was adopted by pharoah’s daughter. as well moses has grown up in the palaces of egypt (the most powerful and wealthy nation at the time). God shows moses here an all expansing vision similar to that of many prophets. after this account moses says

 

“Now, for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed”

 

this brings up an interesting point. moses having seen all that the world has to offer is shown what god has created and see’s that man is nothing. the paradox as we all know is that we are nothing compared to god, his glory, his divinity, but we are everything to him. the advesary will do everything to challenge that. we know that is his purpose is to bring misery to us just like he has.

 

11 But now mine own eyes have beheld God; but not my natural, but my spiritual eyes, for my natural eyes could not have beheld; for I should have withered and died in his presence; but his glory was upon me; and I beheld his face, for I was transfigured before him.

 

12 And it came to pass that when Moses had said these words, behold, Satan came tempting him, saying: Moses, son of man, worship me.

 

i find it interesting that the very first thing that satan does to disuade or to destroy moses is challenges his divine identity. “moses, son of man, worship me”. Within our own lives we will have many times when satan comes knocking challenging our divine identity. that can come at many times, when we are distraught and feel that god has left us, it can also happen when we are doing fantastic and feel as though we don’t need god. the important part is to respond as moses.

 

13 And it came to pass that Moses looked upon Satan and said: Who art thou? For behold, I am a son of God, in the similitude of his Only Begotten; and where is thy glory, that I should worship thee?

 

Throughout my time as a missionary that is something that i have come to truly know and cherish. I am a child of god. he loves me and will help me today. He will help you today and everyday because he knows you and the struggles that you face. It is the most important thing for an investigator to know that he/she is a child of god. it is no coincedence that the first principles in both the plan of salvation and the restoration is “God is your loving heavenly father”. I know that to be true. i love what you said dad about the prophet joseph smith. my favorite scripture from that encounter happens in the next section though.

 

7 And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.

 

8 The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?

 

9 Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.

 

I know that the Saviour lives. He walks with us everyday and when we can’t walk any farther he carries us. I know that as we turn to him our trials don’t nessecarily get easier but they become lessons for us. He loves us and wants us to succeed.

 

Love,

Elder Dickson

Krista -That is a very powerful testimony Tommy. I am so grateful that you have served a mission and are able to help yourself and others with the lessons from the scriptures. I think most people in the world today don’t see themselves as Children of God and that is a critical truth

Brent –

That is one of my favourite scriptures from the book of Moses. I remember my MTC president teaching it to us. The three big concepts:

  1. I Am God
  2. You are my son
  3. I have a work for you to do

 

It is a prototype of all our relationships with God. It stuck with me from when I was 19. It becomes more profound the more I think about it.

T-

kinda figured that is better than a weekly update

K-

Absolutely! It is great t see your maturity and growth…. don’t think though that you are getting away with not telling me a couple of details of your life😁

B-

So funny Benny party story. They said no presents but Candy would be welcome. His friends went to town. This was a better haul than Halloween. Jake benefited with some shared Skittles.

Sad rugby moment. Wallabies lost to Ireland in game 3 of their test series by 1 point. I’m sure Chambers will have something to say about that tomorrow. Stupid Chambers with his Irish heritage!:)

K-

Yep…definitely a mom fail on that one, I should have said a chocolate bar…. instead giant Costco bags of gummies….he’s going to have lots of cavities with his sketchy brushing habits

T-

haha thats hilarious!

B-

Benny was worried I would steal candy. I promised I would only take it right in front of his face.

President Miles and his wife spoke in Stake Conference today. They are released on Saturday. Bore powerful testimonies. Made me think of Parkers. It would be a powerful experience to be a mission president.

K-

Did the family respond to the lesson? Do they have family in Darwin?

T-

oh is he our mission president?-

they responded well and promised they would go to church when the get back to adelaide

B-

The Calgary mission president. Released Saturday. Heard the new one is from New Zealand. Don’t know the name.

The new mission president of Vietnam is Ross Chile’s and we hung out together at UofA before I went to Sweden. Kinda cool

T-

oh wow thats cool!

K-When do you meet your new mission president?

B- His mission was New Orleans Vietnam speaking. I remember him taking us for Vietnamese food and everyone in the restaurant having to meet the blond kid that spoke Vietnamese.

T-

so he gets to the mission on the 30th has a 4 hour interview with the parkers and then the parkers leave. president marquis gets to darwin on the 4th

K-

Wow that is a tight turnover…they will probably be a little Jet lagged. Hopefully you will get your Canada Day package and you can just celebrate a week late

T-

hopefully 😛

B-

I love that. 4 hour interview and then good luck for the next three years. You will have to show the new president the ropes in Darwin.

K-

One last bit of Canadian pride! You don’t have any Canadian missionaries left in Darwin so you will have to represent

T-

yeah so i get to take him around and show him darwin

K-

That will be a great opportunity for you. You are the king of Darwin!

B-

Hope he takes notes. Right now probably no one in the mission knows Darwin better than you.

T-

woohoo!-

so apparently president parker has already told him about me

K-

Don’t break any traffic rules! How long are they In Darwin?

B-

I assume he bragged appropriately about you. I am Dad biased!

T-

two days

haha, its just having been here for almost a year, i know my way around

K-

It’s a big position of trust to be a zone leader over 3000 km from your mission president. He believes in you.

Nope…way more than that

T-

thats a good thing 🙂

K-

Of course it is but you have had to work with a new to zone leader, greenie, new senior couple and new mission president…that takes skills

B-

Mad Skillz friend!

So I am multitasking. While emailing you At the hospital i have also been texting people to speak in church. Just nailed down a couple of youth. I am soooo popular in the ward.

T-

haha im sure people love to hear from you

i gotta go love you heaps

B-

Since April 2016 – everyone’s favourite.

Have an amazing week. Enjoy that new president

K-

Love you heaps…I think I am going to say that forever….thanks Australia!

June 17

hey mom and dad,

how are you? so nothing too crazy this week. we found a couple new investigators and are still moving the work forward. nothing too crazy. i’m super excited for taylor and billy! thats so good that he will be able to keep serving!  i dont have his email from home. as well everybody is getting married before i get home haha

Love Elder Dickson

Krista –

So lots of talk at the dinner tonight about your flights and when you get home. I think people just think about missionaries when they are sending another one off. Is your greenie still doing well. Has he adjusted to the heat or has it cooled down a bit?

T-

yeah he is awesome! –

do you already have my flights?

K-

Yes, I though get you might have heard. We got an email on Tuesday. You fly out at 6 am on August 28th from Adelaide. First to Sydney… then LA then home. The layovers are not too bad a couple of hours or 3 hours or so. Because of the time change even with tons of time in the air you actually arrive in Calgary the same day at 5:00 pm. I think you r something like 19 hours on the plane plus layovers. you are going to be one tired boy!

T-

dang, i haven’t heard anything yet

K-

So I assume you will fly to Adelaide from Darwin sometime before the 28th. You will probably hear those details when your new mission president comes up to Darwin. Tell me about your new investigators

T-

so we are teaching two aborignal brothers from tiwi and one guy from liberia

K-

Where is Tiwi? Are all your investigators young? How are your other baptisms from Darwin doing. John and Peter and Jun?

T-

so tiwi is an island north of darwin, and yeah they are doing good

Brent-

Got your flights and it kind of freaked me out. Got a little excited. Taylor did awesome. 404 people in Sacrament meeting today

K-

I didn’t even know there were islands there. Are they mainly aboriginal? I loved some of the pictures you shared last week. Especially the one of you and Serina with her art. That will be very special

T-

holy, must have been his good looks

B-

Posted the picture of you with the joey and got lots of response.

T-

she said she wants to do one more for me

B-

We are now sharing Ron Swanson advice from Parks and Rec. a high level of dude conversation.

T-

haha always listen to ron

K-

That is very kind of her. She is really talented. Does she do it as a business?

T-

no she just does it for fun, since i am the longest serving missionary in nightcliff she sees me as her son so she wanted to paint for me

K-

It has been a cool thing that you have been able to develop relationships with the members in Darwin. One of the advantages of serving in a small branch.  Have you seen the Farrer’s while they have been there?

Taylor – How are things going so far! I just had my talk and we are hanging out around my house. What is new with you?

From Taylor.

T-

man was your talk good? –

yeah i have seen them but only for a short time

K-

What is the plan for PDay this week?

Taylor-

Well my opening line was “my family has problems “

T-

haha sounds about right and probably clean our flat

K-

The other day Drew was going to have some friends over so he totally cleaned the house… it was because the girls were coming over too. He said he wouldn’t have cleaned for just the guys. I totally want the girls to come over all of the time. My house would look GREAT

T-

i otta go love you heaps

B-

Have a sweet week. Love you

K-

Love you heaps… we are so proud of you. Work hard and care for that greenie!

April 2

hey mom and dad!

so first of all its great to hear about dalllins mission call! he will do great! so it has been a pretty normal week. lots of finding and teaching. we had a little miracle this week we were struggling to find new investigators and out of the blue a potential called us and said “i need direction in my life”. so naturally we taught him the plan of salvation the next day. super awesome. its going to be exciting to watch general conference this weekend. i heard they got rid of the high priests group and elders qoroum. the other reason it will be exciting is that president parker has been called as an area 70. so this last weekend he was in salt lake! crazy! as for the cyclone clean up its pretty much back to normal so back to normal proselyting. elder arnaud as well goes home this week so he will be staying with us as of wednesday night. its been a great week
LOVE
Elder Dickson
Brent – The magic words, I need direction in my life. Music to your ears I bet. Dallin is very excited. We are fired up for him. The other big news since we wrote is Maddy is engaged. Her fiancé is named Hunter and he has grown up in the States but his mom is from Calgary. I knew her at UofA. They are getting married in August. Not sure where yet.
After a week of us away mom deserves a break.
T- right before i get back 😛
haha seriously
B- Yup, things change. Your brothers are bigger and Maddy married. Mom put the deposit down for St. Mary’s. we are going to talk to Layton and an academic advisor there to figure out best classes for you to take that will count for everything
T- ok sweet i can ask sister lea to write a letter of reference and see if president parker can do the same
B- Good idea. Your mom is a smart one, a keeper!
T- haha yeah it will be good everyone will be humble
B- Tell me a little more about your new investigators.
T- so the solid one we are teaching his name is gavin. he is indigenous and is really excited about the Plan of Salvation
B- Nice. So how did he contact you?  Beats knocking on doors to find people!
T- we invted him to sports night and he just texted us back
B- So how did you find out about President Parker as an area authority?  Will he be serving in Nevada?
T- he will be in nevada and elder lea told us
B- Very cool. One Elders Quorum makes sense. It will be a mix of Elders and High Priests. I think it will really benefit smaller units. I really enjoyed the solemn assembly. Can’t wait for you to see it.
T- yeah it will benefit us in darwin soo much
B- The other big change is no more home and visiting teaching. Instead you are assigned someone to minister to. It looks similar but home visits aren’t essential. Every quarter you report to your leaders how the family or families are doing. There are asking for a higher level of service.
T- yeah i heard about that, it sounds awesome
B- I’ve been home teaching McCues since with you. Stevens even longer.
T- so some changes soon
B- Tomorrow we are back to school. There is still a foot of snow on the field and cold all this week. No idea when rugby will get outside. Getting tired of the soccer centre.
T- dang hopefully it will go soon
B- Maybe play with snowshoes. Raptors are 2 games up on the Celtics for first in the east. One week left in the season and they play one more time.

So any new finding initiatives? Are you able to open and see all the pictures I’ve been sending?
T- yeah i have seen all the pictures and go raptors! i gotta go love you heaps
B- Have a most awesome week. Love you
For the record Krista is in Kallispell and was watching Black Panther when Tommy emailed – but she did text me that he emailed 🙂

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

T-

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

K-

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?

T-

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

K-

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

T-

i could totally see him going to the islands

K-

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!

T-

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

K-

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

T-

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

B-

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.

K-

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….

B-

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.

T-

wo do the rockets have on their team? –

haha so how am i related to elder hymas?

B-

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

K-

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?

B-

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!

T-

haha brother manden is the man

haha, who is on the rockets?

K-

Oh. Drew will thank  you for that!!!!

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

B-

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.

T-

we play a lot of risk, it gets intense

B-

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

T-

nope i will destroy all

B-

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

K-

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!

B-

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

K-

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

B-

You are the best. Love you

K-

Love you heaps!!!

 

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

Love

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

K-

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

T-

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

K-

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

T-

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

K-

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?

T-

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

K-

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?

T-

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)

K-

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?

T-

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.

K-

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.

T-

how many are out now?

K-

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.

T-

thats great that  taylor has been cleared

K-

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.

T-

dang thats crazy

K-

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

K-

Any pictures this week?

T-

no ive been really busy

K-

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?

T-

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

K-

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

T-

well i passed the last ne too!

K-

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

K-

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?

T-

yeah they will go the same time

K-

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?

T-

i will have him for about 2 months

K-

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?

T-

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!

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.

love,
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
B-

‎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
B-

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
B-

‎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 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
Love
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!