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.

 

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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 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!

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!

May 28

hey mom and dad so i sent that letter of reccomendation that sister lea wrote for me. super awesome! any ways this has been a great week. had a fantastic interview with president where he told me that i will be here till i finish. as well we are looking into going out bush and teaching out there so it should be pretty interesting. nothing too crazy happened this week. just zone conference and elder pickett and i running a lot of errands for president.

Love,

Elder Dickson

Krista –

The letter is awesome. What a great recommendation for you. Are you ok with finishing off strong in Darwin? Where are you going out bush?

T-

oh i love darwin! no where else is better! we are going to a place called maningrida. as well we are going to be having an area 70 visiting that is in charge of pblic affairs and i am supposed to take him around

K-

Oh that will be cool to tour a 70 around. You will have to have your best public affairs face on. Do you have investigators in Maningrida? How far is it away? Is that the place where the whole mob is being taught?

T-

no soo we don’t have any investigators there but we hae a member family that wants to introduce us to people to baptize. it is 6 hours from darwin

K-

Wow… will you go in one day? Is it just your companionship ?  Who are the me,bets?

Brent –

Hey Tommy. Took a quick selfie when th the Grampster. Lots of advisors are asking about you. I told them you were freezing in 22C

T-

not sure of the plan, probably a two day trip

K-

Darwin is full of adventures! Is that the last time you will see the Parkers? Are the Leas gone yet?

B-

I was telling some LDS advisors about you drawing the plan of Salvation in the dirt for the Aboriginal people. They were impressed.

T-

so the lea’s leave on thursday and the parkers last visit will be on 2 weeks –

haha the dirt drawings are a little bit unique

K-

Wow… big changes! I assume you will get some new missionaries next week too.

B-

This is Drew’s big leadership Farewell. I have had you or him involved for 5 years now!

T-

yeah should be getting heaps

K-

I guess you will get to see the Farrers then. They are coming back to Darwin to visit

T-

dang a little break for a while-

yeah i will!

K-

Jacob is now calling out every treat he could possibly have in the hopes that I will cave. There isn’t much to do here so he eats non stop…. he is going to gain 30 pounds! Me too probably with all of the ice cream I am eating.

B-

They are now introducing all the dignitaries at opening ceremonies. Love those speeches. I’m sure it brings back fond memories for you.

K-

Well here is a Grandpa Steed moment. After having the worst winter in a while…we have now had a May that is just like summer. This probably doesn’t bode well for the actual summer and you may just come home to crazy cold…. Darwin boy!

T-

haha i hope it is still warm in august

K-

Star preparing yourself….that would be a dream! What was the message at zone Conference this time? What did you teach about?

T-

so we talked about member work and potential follow up

K-

Awesome… hey don’t forget to get a memory stick and ask Sister Lea for  pictures. Tell me a little about the Clydes . Have you had anything to do with them yet?

T-

i am getting the photos today. and elder clyde is a choir director and sister cyde is a stay at home mom

K-Choir director and mom…. people after my own heart ❤

B-

Choir director!  Mom is in heaven. Sing Elder

T-

haha seriousy

K-

Did he work in a school or university?

T-

well he is a full time engineer but also a choir director

K-

Oh well, not everyone is perfect –

Well we are getting close to Taylor leaving. Chris and Cameron had their farewells today and the next two are Taylor and Dani…. super cool!

T-exciting!!!

K-

I have to start thinking of a good missionary gift for him and Dallin.  Any suggestions?

T-

Ties

K-

Ok but looking for something a little more personal…. How many ties do you think you have now ?

B-

They just scrolled the past conferences on the screen. My favourites were Centennial 2009 and a little conference you may remember. A New Hope 2016

T-

not sure i think like 30.

whats the theme for this year?

K-

That is crazy…. you better get an office job for a while when you get home!

T-

hahai will probably give a lot away before coming home

K-

Take a picture of all of them before you do…. how goes the Elder MacDonald karate training ?

T-

pretty good im still out of shape but not overweight 🙂

K-

I can imagine with the Darwin heat and the bikes that is a ready made fitness program

T-

haha i weigh less than i did befor eth mission

B-

The theme is Agents of Change. Spies and superheroes

Sports update.

Stanley Cup final Las Vegas vs. Washington Capitals. Starts tomorrow

NBA

East final game 7 Celtics vs Cavs tonight

West final game 7 Houston vs. Golden State game 7 tomorrow

You looked really good in the FaceTime call…

K-

All of Canada was sad about the Winnipeg Jets getting knocked out. Something is just wrong about hockey in June. Although last weekend Newfoundland got hit with a HUGE snowstorm…guess I’m glad to be in Calgary after all

T-

who does las vegas have?

B-

Goalie Marc Andre Fleury from the penguins. He has been unreal. But they have been good all year, not just hot in the playoffs

T-

gotta go love ya

B-

Work heaps hard. Probably not how to use that word 🙂

 

 

 

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

April 9 & 16

April 9

hey mom and dad!

so this has been an awesome week! lots of craziness with conference! really exciting to see all the changes and the talks. it seemed like there was an overall theme of small and simple things. super awesome. so as for the work this week has been pretty awesome as well. we were able to find 6 new investigators this week. all of them are on baptismal date! so it has been a good week. as well elder salcedo has been called as the new assistant. they are coming up tomorrow for zone conference! nothing too crazy though to report on. what classes am i signed up for in the first semester? and who is the second counsellor in the bishopbric?

LOVE

Elder Dickson

April 16

hey mom and dad how are you?

so this has been a pretty miraculous week! we have been blessed like crazy to have 3 new baptismal dates and they are all really solid! we also were able to see the parkers and the assistants come up. we had whats called boot camp so a 12 hour zone conference. it was mostly just reviewing all the past trainings! so it was heaps good. other than that it has been a pretty normal week. nothing too crazy, just the normal. so our investigators names are komal from kiribus, geff from china and june from south korea. so it has been a great week.

how is jake doing? and how is things at home?

Love

Elder Dickson

K-

You are certainly teaching people from all over the world… that is exciting! Where is Kiribus? Jake is a little better, still a process trying to find the right medication. Dad will send you something, he is on the way to a fireside. Remington’s say hi. Wyatt comes home in June and they are going to pick him up. Elliott is going to put her papers in too.

T-

kiribus is an island in the south pacific. oh thats really exciting for elliot and for wyatt!

K-

That’s cool. I don’t think I had ever heard of that before. I talked to Sister Sorenson again today. Billy’s first email sounded positive and he is excited to be doing missionary work. Taysia reported today and Jackson and Garrett are next week. Tell me the time you felt the Spirit the strongest this week.

T-

probably in my interview with president parker

B- Hey Tommy boy. I mean Elder Tommy Boy!  I’m sitting in the Sundance Chapel with Patriarch Brown. I was getting him set up for a fireside he is giving to the youth in 15 minutes. He sure knows the youth of the Stake. A pretty unique calling.

T-

oh thats awesome is he giving a fireside on what a patriachal blessing is?

B-

What was it about the interview that made you feel the spirit so strong?  I got set apart today by President Stevens. It was pretty powerful. He said some amazing things about your mom. As you know she is amazing!

K-

What are you proud of in the Darwin Zone?

T-

the zone is on fire its great that whenever i ask for more they do it!

K-

Tell me some great examples… what are the missionaries doing well? What programs are working?

T-  so i’m always so impressed with what the missionaries will do to help their investigators. they are truly OCD (obedient, consecrated and dilligent

K-

What are you trying moving forward… your new marching orders so to speak?

T-

so we have a big focus on the book of mormon and sacrament attendance

B- Christlike love causes that Elder. It also takes a leader to inspire that. Nicely done

T-

thanks dad

K-

Are you working with investigator ‘s sacrament attendance or less active members?

T-

investigators

B-

I remember finding some great investigators while reaching out to less active members. One of the best things about being called back to the bishopric is working with youth. Soon Benny will be coming to the Teachers Quorum and I will be there with him.

While listening to the Patriarch’s talk I think I need to go read mine over again.

K-

That sounds like a great focus. It will allow them to feel the spirit and learn at the same time. I was listening to the talk by Elder Wakolo from Fiji from the Saturday afternoon session. He talks about the importance of ordinances but specifically talks about the experience of teaching about the sacrament…. what a great connection

T-

yeah we have been working a lot with PMF’s as ways to find new investigators

K-

Tell me something interesting or quirky about Darwin or your flat this week

B-

So I haven’t really whines about weather. Just felt the need to point out that it is April 15 and we have a 20-30 cm snowfall warning tomorrow so think of us while you are sweating!

T-

so something funny about darwin is that everyone sweats and everyone excepts it as a way of life. so everyone has big sweat stains

B-

Nice. I feel like I would fit right in!!!

T-

it is a whole different ball game than canada

K-

I guess that much heat and humidity will do that to you.! What is the funniest thing that happened this week in your flat? Do you still do a lot of the cooking?

T-

nothing much happened this week just crazy with 7 eldrs atying there

B-

So are you saying no wrestling matches or poor food choices happened with 7 elders together??

T-

no not really just heaps of brownies

K-

Do you only have one bathroom?  What is in for PDay today? I mailed your “last😜” package yesterday. It will take a couple of months but it seemed pretty momentous

T-

no we have three bathrooms, and not really sure for p-day

K-

Funny moment… I can tell I have an Australian Missionary because when I start to type the letter h on my IPad it automatically brings up heaps as a word choice!

B-

Punch a Kangaroo!!!  I feel like that would be Benny’s suggestion.

T-

haha im going to have heaps of lingo like that where people will look at me like “what?”

haha i’ll try

K-

I’ll be interested to hear you on Mother’s Day to see if you sound like an Aussie

B-

You will probably sound like a Australanadian 🙂

T-

yeah well heaps of people i meet on the street think im aussie

i gotta go love you heaps!

K-

Love you heaps