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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July 8

hey mom and dad,

so first question what happened to the truck? i might have been told but don’t remember. some of the tings i appreciated the most were canadian things like all dressed chips! as for this week it ha been great! still the same amount of chaos but i don’t break just bend! 🙂 haha so it has been an awesome week. we have been teaching an aboriginal family and they are progressing really well just need to get married so we have that underway! as for the new mission president, he is very different from the parkers but awesome as well. very buisness style

Love

Elder Dickson

K-Interesting!…. business style? What does that mean in the missionary context? The truck is long gone…gave up the ghost. Dad has been driving Grandpa Dickson’s old van…AKA the “man van”

T-yeah so he runs everything like a buisness, more articulate.

K-Well that will shake some things up. With you at only 7 weeks or so I guess you will just get a taste of the new focus. Is the family you are teaching related to the mob that was baptized and being taught in Malak?

T-yes they are cousins

K-Had you seen the article I sent you?  What did you learn at Zone Conference this week? I’m sure the new mission president was a bit nervous and feeling like there was a lot to learn and do.

T-yeah i helped them put it together! we didn’t have a zone conference just a meet and greet

K-That’s awesome. I will have to save it. Does your new mission president have a blog or Facebook page like the Parkers?

B-June 2017 Grandpa Dickson offered us their Ford Freestar van because they wanted something smaller. I think you drove Grandpa from Edmonton to uncle Shane’s in that van. In honour of the original man va we called it man van 2.0. A few days later I took the truck in for some repairs and it would cost way too much to keep it running. So we donated it to the kidney foundation. Feb of 2017 we bought a black minivan at an auction for $750. The Jakevan. I am afraid it is ready to die so I jumped on the opportunity to buy the new car. Will probably try to sell the Jake van. See if we can get something for it. Haven’t even talked with mom about it yet. All dressed chips …. excellent.

Jakes dinner at the hospital was chicken, mashed potatoes, and broccoli. Also ice cream. I suggested he start with the ice cream and he did. I had some Licorice. Something wrong with this picture. Benny was usher and did the count for the first time in church today. He took it very seriously. I watched from the stand. I was proud of him. God knows what he is doing with the Aaronic Priesthood. Boys learn and are given responsibility step by step.
T-haha sounds about right-yeah i remeber getting a talking to by coy for not getting the count right
K-Speaking of national foods like all dressed chips. What Australian foods are you going to miss the most?
T-do you have my schedule for uni yet? – do you have the times i want to look into enrolling in institute
B-Drew volunteered you to walk to work or take the bus since he feels he will need a car to get to work.
K-Yes I was just looking at it tonight. First term you only have 4 classes. English, Math, Human Kinetics ( like the science of gym with activity) and psychology.
You  start classes at 8:30  and the Latest you go until is 2:15

The next term you have a full load – 5 classes. English, history, another Kinetics course and Astronomy and Biology.

Those courses should give you a basic first year base so you can go any direction you want

T-ok sweet so i want to be taking institue as well, im looking at the
website but not sure which to register for -of course drew did
B-Pretty sure they run a couple institute classes at the seminary building at night. That way you don’t have to go all the way to UofC
K-Can you access the institute schedule from there? If not I can find one for you so you can look. There are some chunks of time in the day too like MWF first term  you have a break between classes. I will put your schedule into a chart and send it next week so you can see.
T-yeah i can access from here
K-What is the website?I will look here and tell you which courses work or once you get the chart it should help
K-Any of the night classes in Sundance will work. I will quickly look at the U of C classes
T-all good no rush
B-So then go take a class at uofc at night. Might be cool to meet different people. You can drive or take the train if necessary. We will make it work.
T-ok sweet i think that would be a great opprotunity to meet people at well
B-How about mom and I look at the schedule this week, give you our two cents next week, and then you choose what you want to take and where.
T-sweet
K-Ok I looked. It seems like the classes that would work for you first term would be:
1)  Evening Classes at the Sundance building
2) Friday classes after 10:30 at the University
3) Evening classes at the University.
B-Might be cool to have Drew come with you to a class. His plan is to regularly attend the YSA Ward with you when you come back. There was talk of him going today but I thinks his friends bailed. Might be kind of nervous going the first time. I really want him there with you rather than hanging in Sundance Ward teaching primary.
K-ok awesome thanks mom you’re the best!
B-Hello, who found you a cool man van 2.0 or PT cruiser. The coolest in used vehicles
T-haha yeah i’ll bring him along, get him super involved
K-No, ignore your dad…. you were most correct  to praise your mom…nothing like buttering me up😀. Do you have any PDay plans?
T-haha clean the flat, and shop
B-Hopefully it doesn’t take the 3 hours Benny and I took to clean the basement yesterday.
T-i remember going to the ysa ward for the first time, i was like ” no
way, im out of here”
K-What are you going to do about shipping things like your paintings? Do we need to put some extra money in your account so you can start sending things home?
T-haha no we divide and conquer-nah i can fit them in my suitcase
K-Just wait till Benny gets to clean out that room for your stuff… he is going to be SO happy!
B-Bring a Koala home for Benny. It can stay in the basement.
K-Ok…has the new mission president announced a new focus or theme for the mission?
T-haha i don’t really have much stuff other than souvenirs and stuff i
have picked up and been given -no he hasn’t announced anything
K-Well with next week being the last transfers it should be exciting. Will you stay in Darwin and then just fly to Adelaide a couple of days before you go home ?-Oh… did you get your package?
T-yeah i will fly to adelaide with like 5 days left – gotta go love you heaps!
K-Wow…that is starting to feel real. Finish strong.
B-Have a great week. I’ll eat some all dressed chips for you and you eat some amazing mangoes for me.

 

July 2

hey mom and dad,
so this has been a full on week. we have been running around getting
everything together for the switch over of mission presidents. so as
well a crazy miracle happened this week. elder dudfield (area 70) was
in darwin on sunday. he came for a family vacation but had heard the
story about a family that had been baptized here. he is going to put
their story on lds.org! so you’ll see about darwin online! as for the
work this week we are teaching a new family. their names are
sylvester, oletta and sylvestina. they are cousins of a family
previously baptized. they are doing awesome! crazy week. stressful
week. right now is probably the most tired and worn out i have ever
been in my life but the lord is defintly blessing me with renewed
strength.
Love
Elder Dickson

Brent- Good to hear you are exhausted!  You are supposed to be cause you are doing good stuff. Is Elder Dudfield a General Authority?  I just arrived at the hospital and mom and I did the switch so she may not see these right away.
Drew has no work tomorrow because with Canada Day on a Sunday Monday becomes a stat holiday. He is going to see the fireworks tonight.

T-yes he is, we had an hour long interview with him, elyssa and irene.
he loved it.

B-Nice. So do you know the cousins of your investigators?  When does your new president arrive?  What are your plans for him. The new Calgary president is from New Zealand. I guess the sisters in our ward met them yesterday and the mission presidents wife went on Splits with them. That is a strong start! Cutting edge news boy. 7 minutes ago LeBron James announced he is signing a 4 year deal with the Lakers. We shall see who else goes there. Chris Paul signed an extension with the rockets and Paul George signed an extension with Thunder. I love LeBron but very glad he is in the west away from the Raptors.

T-yeah we know the cousins really well. so he is already in adelaide and
flies up to darwin tomorrow.

B-What will he be doing with you on Darwin?

T-dang lebron

B-Not sure what to do. Really like LeBron but have always hated the Lakers. First world problems

T-who else do you think will go to the lakers?

B-Kwahi Leonard wants to be traded from the spurs. They aren’t getting along. But I wouldn’t trade him in the same conference and have to play him a ton. He is a feee agent in a year and says he wants to go to the Lakers. There isn’t really any big names left.

T-so why would lebron go to the lakers? money?

B-The Cavs aren’t good enough and won’t get better. Some people think he is hoping to attract other players. Others think it is to be close to Hollywood. He is starting to get involved in movies and other such stuff

T-dang crazy #spacejamround2

B-Changes the balance of power a bit. The Raptors will have to deal with Philly and Boston. They need to get tougher. LeBron was in their head and they kept losing to him. So what is the plan when the mission president arrives. Mom is going to be in tough with no Sis. Parker blog to follow.

T-still not sure. gotta take it as it comes
when he gets here.

B-So today Bishop Steed and I had to do tithing on our own. No clerk to help us. But we were big boys and made no mistakes we know of. Taylor went down to Waterton this weekend for a last hurrah!  He flies Thursday. Billy went to the temple this week. He was in Raymond today and leaves Thursday too. Bishop Steed said he looked and sounded great!

T-awesome!

B-So tell me something that you love about Darwin, something you will really miss.

T-i love the people, particuarly the members

B-The nice thing with social media is you will be able to keep up those contacts. So did you take a moment and sing O Canada yesterday?

K- Ok my mom nature is now taking over … take care of yourself my tired and stressed boy…. delegate some responsibility, eat well, excercise. You can do this! I hope when the mission president arrives it will be joyful, not stressful. Can you isolate what is causing the stress?

B-Maybe Tommy is a missionary with two months left and wearing down a bit :). Thank goodness for moms who worry more than dads.

T-i gotta go love you heaps!

B-Take a nap today and then get at er!
Love u proud of u

K-Love you heaps… take care of yourself!

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!

June 11

hey mom and dad,

so it has been an emotional week. this week the parkers as you know were in darwin. we got our “final counsel” from them and it was amazing. as well we saw them off at the airport and i totally broke down. told myself not to cry but didn’t go so well :p. any ways things have been going really well here. nothing to crazy happened this week, except i got our new companion! his name is elder nelson (not related t the prophet) he is from texas and is a gun! super awesome! so other than that nothing too crazy. heaps of blessings and miracles as always but normal week.

Love

Elder Dickson

Krista-

What does it mean he is a gun? I’m getting emotional thinking about the Parkers too😢 Is Elder Nelson a brand new missionary?

Make sure you write down their counsel so you don’t forget. Did you get a picture with them?

Brent

Nothing wrong with feeling emotional about the Parkers. Working hard in a righteous cause brings you together.

T-

gun means he is sooo ready to work hard. we got a zone picture together

K-

Awesome… tell me a little more about him. You are back to two Americans…. building those North American bonds!

B-

Drew played well in the selects game. A UofC coach came up to him and asked if he would be interested in playing for the Dinos next year. Drew was thrilled.

T-

thats awesome for drew!

i didn’t even know they had a team

K-

He’s our second rugby star… not sure Benny is going to follow in both of your footsteps though. When I suggested bringing out Spike Ball for him and his friends for his birthday he said…. well mom these people are not exactly athletic, they are geeks like me! Not sure I classified Spike Ball as athletic.🙄

B-

I gotta go. I’m off to get a computer tablet for Jake. Surprise. He broke his. So glad you are doing great. Take care of that Texan. I’ll leave you to Mom.

K-How many missionaries do you have in the zone now? – What is up for this week? Any investigators?

T-

nah nothing too crazy this week. just finding, finding and finding

K-

Have you seen the Farrer’s yet? Jake is now expressing his displeasure that there is no Domino’s pizza at the hospital. Me too!!

T-

yeah we have just for a short time though

K-

Did you get your package?

T-

no not yet

K-

Oh well… you will have to pretend that Canada Day is not July 1st….. what were some of the pieces of advice the Parkers gave you?

T-

they talked about regular FHE, temple attendance, ongoing conversion, don’t delay marriage –

i gotta go love you!

K-

Love you heaps…. this is the best part of my day today!

June 3

hey mom and dad,

so crazy day in darwin! so midway through the week elder mcdonald and elder fiu got emergency transfered to adelaide and mildura to help with some problems down there. so as for transfers my new companion is elder syme! he is from mississippi and is a long distance runner. elder biesemeyer got transfered to malak. sister ili got transfered to adelaide along with elder hawkins. coming up is elder turctte from arizona (chinese speaking), elder wu and elder lu both from china. so it has been a crazy week! as well elder syme and i are training. so crazy. oh as well elder mcdonald is the new assistant. anywho thats exciting to hear about finding a place for jake, so will that be his permanent house?

Love

Elder Dickson

Krista-

Wow that is quite the week…. is Elder Syme there yet? That is crazy the Elder McDonlad is an assistant and that there were emergency transfers. Do you k ow why you are training g?

T-

yeah he came from malak, and no we dont

Brent –

Hey my boy, sounds like the zone got blown up. I can’t keep track of all those missionaries but your mom will know who they all are. The best plan is for Jake to live in that group home permanently but to spend time with us too. Not sure how it will all work just now. His aggressive behaviour has to be under control before spending time with us.

K-

Right, I forgot he was already there. So you get to train another new ZL ? So with Sister IIlli and Elder McDonald gone you really are the king of Darwin! Any pictures this week?

B-

So I am sitting in the hospital with Jake, watching Pres. Nelson’s devotional to youth, and emailing my missionary in Darwin. Never would have predicted all that a while ago.

K-

So with Elder Biesemeyer going to Malak does that mean Elder Miague is finishing his training…..? You are a grandpa!

T-

no so elder davison will finish his training

K-

So Elder Syme… could be your last companion….finish strong! Do the new missionaries come today?

T-probably will be and yeah we pick them up tonight

B-So a long distance runner from the south. Does this mean some training other than karate in the mornings now. A Canadian Aussie accent and a southern US Aussie accent. You will be quite the pair.

K-

So Elder Syme is a distance runner. What else is great about him?

T-

he doesn’t have a draw, he actually sounds pretty aussie.

B-

So you can both blend as natural citizens. But the shirt, tie, and black tags may raise some suspicion, even though lots of your missionaries are Aussies.

K-

So do you have another Mandarin Elder in Darwin already or will the Elder be in an English companionship?

T-

the will be in an english companionship but using their chinese to teach and find

K-

That is awesome! Where will he be based? So still trying to figure out a good missionary gift. Taylor’s farewell is in two weeks because of Stake Conference and the long weekend. It has come really fast

B-

So will you watch Pres. Nelson’s youth devotional some time soon?  I enjoyed it. Simple and to the point. Two thumbs up from me 🙂

Just put Connor McCue on the Taylor Farewell program. Might as well throw a Steed cousin in there. Dani Carter gives her farewell too. This will be the third double farewell in the ward since April.

K-

Ok I guess I will just have to use my mom brain. So with all of the changes who does that put in your flat with you and Elder Syme?

T-

so it will be elder syme, elder nayusan, elder turcotte, elder wu, our trainee and myslef

K-

So who is the newby in the other trio. That will be crazy having 6 elders. Good thing the flat is so big. Anything else up for PDay other than airport pickups?

T-

so don’t know yet and nah just sleep

K-

Oh I know what I forgot to ask? Did you get your Canada Day package? I planned it for only one companion, so yo7 will have to share around

T-

no i aven’t gotten anything yet

B-

So turns out Jake loves tuna sandwiches and egg salad sandwiches. They always have some in the fridge here and he crushes them.

K-

Ok, hopefully it  will come with the Parkers when they come for their last visit.

T-

did you send it to adelaide?

K-

Plus he got a slurpee from Sis Banfield and some Dr. Pepper from us. It stinks being in the hospital but he is eating all right.

T-

haha probably gaining heaps of weight

K-

Yep… but with the way the mail works I had to send it a long time ago so I wasn’t sure where you would be . Drew goes for his mission medical tomorrow….. time flies!

B-

When he gets better we will send you on some power hikes with him.

T-

when does he want to go on the mish?

B-

Right after our family Mexico trip. Around Jan 1 will be his available date

K-

I don’t think he really knows. I either think he is going to Texas or somewhere like  Vietnam or the Philippines where his 6ft 3 self will not exactly blend in.

T-

awesome!

K-

I should have read closer… I thought yo7 said where

T-

probably philipines

B-

I was trying to convince him he should put November 3 as his date and then let God decide if he should go to Mexico on holiday or mission right away and make that sacrifice. I almost had him convinced and then said, are you kidding me! Come to Mexico and then hit the mission. 🙂

T-

hahaha

K-

I better start planning that Mexico trip…. you know my crazy planning self😁

T-

haha im sure evryday will be planned

B-

It will be cool to see where he goes. We have made some joking predictions but who knows what will happen.

K-

Well let’s just say… sitting all day at the beach is just a little hard for me but I’m sure Dad will help balance us out

B-

Some beach wave watching, some ancient ruins, and some market shopping all sounds pretty good to me.

T-

haha

B-

We need to stop. This could make you a bit trunky. Focus on the work and hopefully some mangoes. 🙂

K-

Benny’s birthday is coming up soon. He says he wants to be the Dickson brother who gets his drivers license the fastest. I can’t quite bring myself to imagine Benny behind the wheel…. just too scary

B-

Centennial parking lot here we come. Two boys down, one to go.

K-

Have you had any luck finding this week?

T-

holy benny

B-

Jake just made things exciting and ran for the far washroom. That kid is a rebel.

K-

Poor kid has been stuck in the same room for a while… I guess you have to have some interest in your life

T-

haha i guess so –

gotta go love ya heaps

K-

Love you heaps… hope you enjoy your new companionship and flat

 

April 29

Hey mom and dad,

so its been another crazy week. so first of all we had heaps of meetings. so didnt get to do much proselyting. the coolest one we had though was a skype call with salt lake to discuss smart phones. heaps cool. so with that the missionaries will be buying their phones but since i am amost done the mission will buy me a mission owned phone. as well the other exciting news is that we got elder biesemeyer as our new companion. soo he is from arizona and is realy cool. he is a gun and is ready to serve. he is really big into basketball so heaps of ball in the morning. Jun is doing really good, he is progressing really fast so he will for sure be baptized on the 12th of may. so supre exciting week! that sucks as well that you cant go and see president nelson speak, but at least you can watch a broadcast!

Love

Elder Dickson

Krista – Awesome about the phones. That is interesting that Salt Lakehad to talk to you. was it all of the Zone? Rules about usage?

Brent – Free Phone!  A fathers prayers are answered :). Just kidding – I mean …

Baptism – so awesome kid!  We are very excited for Jun
T- no so it was just the darwin zone leaders, city zone leaders and the assistants and president. it was all about the start up plan
K- Interesting…. so are they starting with only a few zones? What is the timeline?
T- yeah and malak just baptized 3 times on saturday  – no they will do the whole mission but president asked specifically that we attend. it will start in june
B- Is there anything about smart phones they said that surprised you?  Have you explained to your greenie that the Raptors are the best?
K- Very cool…. do you know anything about Mother’s Day yet? Also did you remember to ask about  a reference letter from the Leas?
T- we will be sing facebook. as well each missionary will have a phone but only one SIM card per area. and yeah i told him don’t worry he knows the suns suck. and yes i have asked sister lea for the letter of reference and we haven’t sorted mothers day yet
B- Impressive. You answered four questions in one response. You got game!
K- Ok that is the answer to a million questions…. I’m sure your greenie is ok in the heat if he is from Arizona. It’s great that you have an investigator for him to work with. He loves basketball… what else is he good at?
T- he is really prepared for missionary work, heaps better teacher than i was
K- That’s great… we are starting to get Drew ready, what do you think helps with that?
B- So we’re all the meetings this week for all the missionaries in your zone or just ZLs?  What kind of meetings?
T- going out with the missionaries before hand (but we have sisters), preach my gospel and better scripture study
so no the meetings are just for us
K- Good advice…. . What about living with companions? What were some of the best things you learned from some different elders?
T- like what kind of things?
K- Who do you think of as kind, a master teacher, organized, tidy…? I’m sure each has their strengths. I think it’s also great that you have got to train 4 missionaries .im sure they have all brought different gifts to the work
B- Besides Drew cleaning his room what are some things he can work on to get along with companions?
T- i think the biggest thing is to just be flexible. its mostly the little things that cause companionship riffs
K- What have you learned from the members of the branch?
T- i think the biggest thing that i have learned from the members is sacrifice. they will do anything for us
K- Your mom LOVES Darwin! Hooray! What a great place to serve. any great plans for your greenies first PDay?
B- So the Raptors get Cleveland next. The Cavs beat Indiana by 4 in game seven. LeBron has scored over 40 in 5 of the games but the rest of the team isn’t great. Never count him out. Makes me nervous for the Raptors.
T- no nothing big planned
K- The deacons all sang in church last week…. did I tell you? Our ward has a crazy number of deacons 18! They even sang in parts… let’s just say your little brother is not the most enthusiastic singer. Lots of new people in the ward too… you may hardly recognize it when you get home
B- Your mom is helping me do my calling. 4 youth and one adult are speaking in Mother’s Day sacrament meeting. Mom came up with all the topics for talks. I’m dead without her.
T- yeah i used to make fun of the missionaries who know nobody. now thats me
B- It will be a busy July. Dallin has his farewell on Sunday the 8th and Maddy’s wedding will be the following Saturday in the Provo city temple. Either mom or I will go down with Benny
K- Oh well, you will just spend a couple of weeks in the home ward and then be off to YSA anyways…. you will love it
T- my companions predict that the raptors beat the cavs and play the 76ers
haha yeah i have only spoke in ysa ward 😛
K- Are there any YSA wards in your mission? Would the city branch count as that?
T- no they only have 1 in australia. all ysa just have class in their wards. i guess the city is sorta ysa but they are more focussed on school than marrage
K- Drew is complaining about social studies….NOT his favourite but I guess you two are a little different because he loves math and science – Drew says…NO!  He does not like social!!! I can’t quite believe he is graduating
B- Drew just needs to find his inner social studies love
T- haha funny, crazy that 3/4 are soon outof school
K- That does NOT make me old… I repeat that does not make me old! Pictures of Waterton are starting to be posted . It still looks beautiful but it will be interesting to see what the valleys are looking like. I’m sure Red Rock and Cameron will be bare
B- All the 12s are starting to talk grad. Grad grad grad. Sounds familiar?
T- haha grad, grad, grad
B- Sounds like Drew’s plans will be fun. I think he won’t be too disappointed his dreams will be crushed.
K- I am still not clear about all of the plans but he is pretty responsible and I think the girls are making all of the decisions
T- haha sounds about right, i gotta go love you heaps bye!
K- Love you

April 22

hey mom and dad,

so exciting news, the mission is getting smart phones! so eery companionship will be using a smart phone instead of the brick we have now. other than that the exciting news is that i am still in darwin! so i think i will probably stay for the rest of the mission. as well nobody else got transfered from the zone but malak elders, palmerston elders and us are training. so its been a good week. our investigator jun is progressing really well and he is on track to be baptized on the 12th of may. pretty normal week. oh as well the clydes are going to be the new darwin couple when the lea’s leave
Love,
Elder Dickson
Krista – I am surprised you are still in Darwin… are you excited for that? Do you know who you are training yet?
T- yeah i am super excited!!!! and no we will find outt on wednesday
K- That is great…I’m glad you are happy there. Who are the Clyde’s? I don’t think I know them? Where are they from? Dad is probably still on a plane on the way to Winnipeg so I’m not sure you will hear from him tonight
T- i have no clue who the clydes are just heard that they are coming to darwin
K- Ok then…. when do you get your phones? That must make communicating with members and investigators so much easier. It’s kind of funny they had a dinner for Jackson and Garrett after church today and we were having that exact conversation with Jesse and Layton about phones and missions. It’s great how the church can monitor them and how useful they are for the work
T- so we aren’t sure when the phones will come but it will be soon. did layton have one in his mission?
K- Yes he did and I think Garrett and Taylor will  have them too.  Garrett and Jackson did a great job of their talks today. They have both grown up so much. They leave on Tuesday. Has it started to cool off at all in Darwin?  I can’t tell you how excited dad has been to shovel off the deck and seeing the snow melt. Now he is going to be in Winnipeg while it might be 20 on Tuesday ..

I know that sounds crazy cold to you but to us it sounds tropical
T- haha yeah so it has turned to dry season so all 30’s but little humidity
K- I am now fighting with Drew about getting off fortnight…. this new online game…. oh how I love electronics!  And of course Jacob is adding his two cents to the discussion. So with the new trainees does that mean there will be 17 in your zone?
T- yeah everybody over here in aus is talking about fortnight  yeah 17 missionaries
K- Ahhhhh not there too… I am definitely ANTI Fortnight!
T- haha yeah is it bad?
K- The game itself is not that bad … it’s the obsession that is driving me a little crazy! Lots of people were asking after you today … the general response is …l I can’t believe it has gone that fast. Owen is getting his papers ready and they should be in in the next little while
Brent – Hey Tommy!  The Darwin man!  Glad you are excited to stay. You would probably freeze if you went south. I just landed in Winnipeg and have to go meet Andy Thibodeau. Have an amazing week.

Dad
T- tell andy i say hi
K- Tell me a little about Jun…. Is he your Korean investigator? What does he do?
T- yeah jun is korean and he is your typical korean animated man :p he is really funny and is super sarcastic but is really keen to learn
K- How old is he? Does he have a family?
T- he is 22
K- You must enjoy teaching people that are your age. And it’s pretty awesome how diverse Darwin is. Sister Lea posted some pictures of some people from the branch and some friends and it was cool
T- yeah darwin is a big melting pot
K- What is your favourite discussion to teach and why?
T- i love teaching the plan of salvation because without fail they always say “this makes sense”
K- Do you have a special way to teach it?
T- yeah we do a lot of drawing
K- I hope you have better drawing skills than your mother or you would be in big trouble.  What is new in the branch?
T- no i suck at drawing so usually the investigators laugh
T- ok i gotta go, love you heaps!!
K- Love you heaps