hey mom and dad,
hey mom and dad!
hey mom and dad so the has been an awesome week. i got the christmas tree fabric im assuming you set me? we got to have a district p-day where we went up to ee point ad went looking for seshells. the cool thing is that we foud a whole unch of crabs and sea cucmbers. so naturally we played with them. so update on the weather here. so it doesn’t rain very much right now ecause we are in the “build up”. so instead it is just humid as all the time and really hot and cloudy. but i am managing fine. just hotter thn my body is used to. So the really exciting thing coming up this saturday is peter’s baptism this saturday. he is sooo keen. he asked us how he can apply to be missionary and is going to fly to adelaide for fsy (basically efy). so also i got my halloween pckage about a month ago so i already ate it…… it was really good thank you. where is carter going again? its exciting to see the missionary crew heading out!
Brent – BAPTISM!! So awesome. Carter is going to Tennessee Nashville. He gave his farewell today and reports on Wednesday. He did a great job. I am ocean jealous again. What a cool PDAY. If it is feeling too hot for you I am guessing I would be dying!
thats right, thats realy good to here he is doing well!
its like 35-39 every day with 70% or higher humidity
I’m so happy to hear about Peter. That will be a great experience for him. Is any of his family interested? The fabric is supposed to hang on your wall like a decoration. You should also be getting some more decorations in the next month or so.
Holy Cow…. it must be a sweaty experience! Do you have AC in your apartment? How much have you been on bikes
President Craig says hi. I am actually at Stake Priesthood right now. We split into quorums for instructions. I went with the Teachers. Then I saw your email and ducked out
Pres Craig just walked by and said I am doing something more important. They introduced about 18 new Deacons. Pres Craig wants you to know he remembers introducing you and it seems like yesterday.
we are on bikes every day almost so really sweaty, i have lost 5 kgs. and yeah we re acually starting to teach his brother and cousin
That is great about his family! How old are the brother and cousin? How are your shirt’s holding up? Do you need a fresh one or two?
That is very cool. The connections you make when teaching one person can go on directions that surprise you.
The exciting news now, Daelene is hosting a cinnamon bun party right after Priesthood. It is good to marry a Steed.
T- Peter’s brother is 13 and his cousin is 23
Benny – It is Ben so MidSun junior boys volleyball is practically awesome. So yeah how are you
realy good ben we found heaps of animals at the beach and have seen lizards as big as my arm
That is awesome! It’s so exciting that Peter is already thinking of his future in the church. He is 18 right? How long has he been in Australia?
he is 18 and is a refugee from south sudan and has been in australia for about a year and a bit
Ben-what color we’re they oh and I’m being the great hambino/sandlot for Halloween –
Benny. That is really cool about Peter
the crab was brown and the lizard is called a goana so basically the aussie iguana and it is yellow and brown. it’s a monitor lizard and we have one that hangs out around our house –
usualy in our front yard
Ben – Benny. Send a pic of it it would be really cool to see
Yeah photos! I love them. I was showing Audrey M some of your photos of animals last night at the party. She really liked them!
Oh wow! I LOVE the photo of peter and his brother. What a great family to teach!
we couldnt get a photo of te lizard because it was going to attack us but yeah just the same type as before
Ben – Benny. Aww that sucks that you can’t get pics but it’s okay. Drew’s Marty mcfly for Halloween
Ok… that makes a little more sense! When are your next transfers? A couple of weeks??? How much longer does Elder Ellingson have before he goes home?
i heard, what is jobs going as?
Ben – Benny. I think a baseball player again like always
haha ok transfers are next week and i gott go love ya
We love you. Benny misses his roommate. Happy Baptism on Saturday
Love you lots… have a great week. Excited for your baptism!
hey mom and dad
so this has been a crazy week. it is hot as up here. yesterday we had our first day of wet season so it was pouring rain in 30 degrees and later that afternoon it was 80% humidity. so it has been a great week. i love darwin so much and am so glad to be back in this branch. we are really doing all of our work in the city with the immigrants, primarily the nepali people and the chinese. but the most exciting of it all is because it is wet season it is MANGO SEASON!!!! we had a member give us 100 mangoes so we had a lot to eat. yes mom i knew the lea’s before just barely though so its really cool to work with them.
love elder dickson
Brent – MANGOES!!!!
Are you in the Celestial Kingdom or is it just Zion on Earth?
Krista – What on earth do you do with 100 mangoes????? You should cut some up and freeze them for smoothies. Have you done any trainings yet?
T- we have been giving them to other missionaries and eating them with everything. yeah that is also the plan to freeze some the best is mangoes on ice cream
K – Well I’m sure dad is jealous! Mangoes are his favorite. Tell me a little about your investigators.
T- we had a really good week we found 6 new investigators, most of them are from nepal and china
K- That is really cool, tell me a little about them, are they all students? How is your flat? Is it just you and Elder Ellingson or do you have other Elders?
B- Big news, Benny made the Gr. 8 volleyball team
T- YAHOOO!!!!!!!!! – so we live in a 3 bedroom house. it is awesome. we share a flat with the darwin city elders so elder mcdonald and elder shortland. oh and elder mcdonald says a huge thank you for the pants – almost all of our investigators are foreign students or workers
K- That is nice to have so much room. Do you use one room as a study? I’m glad about the pants… I hope they are ok and they fit. They were not exactly like yours but I had a hard time finding light pants at the end of the season. Is Elder Shortland the district leader? He was there when you were in Darwin last time right? Where are those Elders from and how long have they been out? Will you watch Conference next week in the branch? That would be a neat experience. Are any of your investigators ready for that experience?
T- yes elder shortland is the district leader, he came to darwin the same time as i went to malak. elder shortland has been out 3 months longer than me and elder mcdonald has been out 6 months – yeah we watch it next week, and we have heaps of investigators coming
B- Cool, you went on a mission to Australia but are teaching China and Nepal. World Missionary!
K – That is really cool. Conference was fabulous, you are going to really enjoy it! Are all of your flatmates from the US? Did you get to see John and some other friends in the Darwin Branch yesterday?
T- who would’ve thought that we would be teaching anybody but australians?
B- I went to Sweden to teach Africans.
T- no so elder ellingson is the only american in the flat elder shortland is from new zealand and elder mcdonald is from south africa
K- You are a truly international flat… any interesting things you have learned about their countries yet? Any great new cooked meals? I am excited for you to work in the city, that is great.
T- elder mcdonald qualified for the olympic in karate – nah nothing about the countries though
B- So are you driving all the time now? How far away is the furthest part of your zone.
K- Very cool. It sounds like you are happy to be back in Darwin again and that missionary work is going well there. What has been your favorite moment this week?
T- probably the miracle of finding so many new investigators
B- That is awesome. Do you have any specific stories of how you found them?
K- I’m so happy for you. Any trainings coming up?
T- yeah so we train every week so we will have one tomorrow
K- Oh my goodness I just saw the pictures of the mangoes… you weren’t kidding about the number! Those members must love you!
T- yeah i wasn’t kiddding
K- What is in the plans for your first P Day back in Darwin?
T- go shoping and get some chores for the zone done
B- Maybe eat some Mangoes?
K- You are starting to sound like an adult! That is about what I do on my day off too. Remind me again how big is Darwin? Do you have your driver’s license yet?
T- its about 200,000 people not including students
K- That is a big area to cover. Do both you and Elder Ellingson drive? Do you bike when you are in your area?
T- yeah we both drive and bike in the suburbs
K- SO… never off the bike. There is just a little irony in that. Did they give you the same bike you had before?
T- no i have a nicer one – i gotta go love ya
K- Love you heaps! Have a great week and enjoy Conference!
hey mom and dad,
hey mom and dad so president parker threw me another curve ball.
Wow….that is exciting! Darwin again…. did he give you any indication of what the needs are there? That is really cool to get to see some of the saints you knew there. Do you know Elder Ellingson? – Are you excited about Elder Ellingson? You will get to be with a new senior couple too in the Leas. Are there still some missionaries who were there when you were there before?
Masten?.. new Zone leader? Haven’t heard about him yet. How long has he been out? Where is he from?Is there anyone else going to Darwin with you?T- yeah he is new. he has been out 6 months and is a great missionary. he is from Louisiana. yeah so the list is sister ili, sister white, elder mcdonald, elder siaw and me
Email came later this week and sadly no parent available to email back
hey mom and dad,
so this week has been fun. elder hartman and i got salmonella so we were in the flat for 5 days but we are all good now. so there isn’t really heaps to talk about this week. In the past week we had two training’s from the second counsellor in the pacific area presidency. it was really cool, learned lots of ways to be a better leader. also since there isn’t much to share i thought i would tell you about something i learned in my studies. so this week i was focusing on the story of lazarus. as we all know jesus raised him from the dead 4 days after he had died. the cool thing is that jewish culture believes the body and spirit stay together for 3 days so jesus christ was showing his fathers power through that. cool. so i think the only request i have for christmas is a kangaroo scripture case. you can order them online and i was wondering if i could get a compact quad one?
hey mom and dad,
so this has been another crazy week. we had three district meetings again and we went on trade off to mount gambier (5 hours south). the elders are doing great. other than that this week has been pretty normal. i got a cold so my emails aren’t exactly the best. there hasn’t been much else.
love elder dickson
Brent – Drew and I are watching Cowboys Giants. Our mutual disgust of the Cowboys unites us.
Krista – What happens when you are sick? Do you get to take some breaks or sleep a little bit more? I didn’t know that Mount Gambier was in your zone. Who are the elders there?
elder peihopa and elder smith (both from new zealand) and when you are sick you can call president and seek permission to stay in the flat but ill be fine
PEIHOPA!! I know that name. Is he feeling famous now that he is on LDS.org
yeah he framed the article
Oh your mom is feeling sorry for you. Make sure you take care of yourself. Don’t be a Dickson man and take some Medicine or at least some juice and chicken soup.
B- Now it is my mission to get you into lds.org. Maybe if you punched a kangaroo….. – Be a Dickson MAN!!! We are magnificent!
haha rest is for the weak 😛
K- Saw some great pictures of you in arrivers training. Are things still going well in your flat? – Oh your mom is going to get all protective! Pretty hard to do from across the world
yeah things are going great! –
haha im ok 🙂
K – Ok, I believe you… won’t pull any crazy helicopter mom stuff. Did you see the pictures of Waterton? Kind of crazy. It’s a little strange because we just are sitting and waiting to see what the fire will do
T- I really hope it doesnt hit the townsite. what happens if it does?
B- Ian Tyson is coming to Centennial tomorrow. He is speaking to 3 Leadership classes and giving a keynote. A busy and fun day.
oh tell him i say hi!
Don’t know what happens. They will fight it if the fire gets to the town but the fire is so huge that I don’t know what they can do. it really depends on the wind and weather. if we could have rain it would make a difference. Is it getting warm there?
T- yeah about 20 degrees
How are your shirts and pants holding out. Do you think any of them need to be replaced?
B- It is soooo dry Tom. The driest since 1945. Calgary is brutal too. There is a fire ban in the city. No fire pit. I can’t ever remember that happening before.
they are holding really well –
I’m glad… that will mean you are not getting pants for Christmas… always a good thing. Oh Elise is going to Australia for about 6 months. I am not sure yet where she is going. i haven’t had a chance to talk to her or her momyet
oh cool why is she coming?
Not sure… touring? I don’t know if she has a visa to work or not. I will get details and let you know. How are your investigators coming along?
they are doing good we found a new investigator named george who is from china and he is on date for the first of october
B- You have the magic touch with those great people from China
That is so exciting! People from China are certainly joining the church in great numbers in your mission. Is he a student?
yeah he studies software engineering
You and Elder Heindel were meeting to get onto a campus right? Did that ever happen?
Dishes done … I’m back
Matt Proctor’s farewell is next week. I saw him today. He looks ready. Watch out Hong Kong.
president is still working on the campus –
i gotta go love ya