Jan 15

 

hey mom and dad,

so this sunday was crazy…..

they split the branch!

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

Brent-

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

T-

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

B-

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

Krista

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

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

T-

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

B-

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

K-

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

T-

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

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

1) baptize 277

2) become book of mormon missionaries

3) retain converts

K-

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

T-

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

K-

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

T-

yeah he emailed me about it

so good that kevin came to church!

K-

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

T-

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

B-

NFL update

Jaguars upset the Steelers. Will play Patriots next Week.

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

T-

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

B-

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

K-

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

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

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

T-

it probably wasn’t doctor pepper mom

K-

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

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

T-

the district presidency looks over all of the northern territory –

about 100 in each

K-

Does that include Alice too ?

B-

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

T-

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

B-

Sounds like a great idea.

K-

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

T-

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

K-

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

T-

elder eyring and one of the new three

B-

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

K-

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

T-

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

K-

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

I suppose so  but you know mom is always right!

B-

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

T-

i heard about the video but never got to see it

B-

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

K-

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

T-

no just lots of trainings

K-

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

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

B-

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

T-

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

K-

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

B-

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

K-

We love you and think you are great !

T-

love you too i gotta go!!

K-

Love you heaps!

 

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It’s Finally Raining In Darwin – Jan 8

hey mom and dad,

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

love,

Elder Dickson

Brent –

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

T-

cooling down to 30 degrees

Krista –

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

T-

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

B-

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

T-

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

he is 30

K-

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

T-

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

K-

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

B-

I guess that puts our problems into perspective eh.

T-

we went to teritory wildife park for boxing day

K-

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

T-

no he didnt

B-

NFL update

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

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

K-

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

T-

about 25 new converts and the branch is super diverse

K-

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

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

B-

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

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

T-

i am the only canadian left standing! –

thats awesome that the oilers stink! and go raptors

B- You stink! 🙂

T-

haha go flames

B-

Be nice or no more sports reports 😎

T-

haha im just kidding

K-

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

T-

how is the snow outside?

B-

Melting but still tons. Slush drifts everywhere

T-

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

K-

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

T-

SLUSH! –

no the nights are still hot just more humid

K-

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

T-

yeah they are awesome

K-

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

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

B-

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

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

T-

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

K-

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

Love you heaps

B-

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

Jan 1 – Happy New Year

hey mom and dad,

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

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

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

Dec 9 – scroll down for pictures

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

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

Dec 4

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

 

hey mom and dad,

This week has been great! we have been gong full speed ahead with light the world! this week was the beginning of the pop up booth in the ma in palmerston. (We found out that people like talking to sisters more than elders so they are running it now). as well like you mentioned we had “canadian pancakes” for a toy drive we were doing at the church. this next week we are going to try to get a stand in the city mall so EXCITING!!! today the assistants and the parkers fly up for our christmas zone conference. As for the zone we just had a baptism on saturday in katherine so things are picking up. we are definetly going to hit the zone goal of 40. the cool thing about the goal is that the original goal for the year was 23 but we hit that in july so they reset to 40 and now we are at 35. Elder and sister lea put up the ornament that you sent them and are really grateful for it
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!

Nov 26

hey mom and dad how are you?

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

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

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

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

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

Nov. 20

hey mom and dad,

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

Love,

Elder Dickson

Krista –

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

T-

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

K-

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

Any words for Teigan as we see him tonight?

T-

he is a recent convert from nepal –

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

K-

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

T-

where in australia?

K-

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

T-

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

K-

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

T-

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

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

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

T-

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

K-

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

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

Love mom

T-

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

Nov 12

hey mom and dad,

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

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

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

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

Love you!
Mom

Nov 5

hey mom and dad!

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

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