Monday, October 31, 2011

"You wouldn't take your car to get repaired at the barber."

The beautiful Georgia sunset!
Dear Family,
How are ya? It has been an incredible week! The other Elders had an awesome baptism Saturday! We came and helped set up and my companion gave one of the talks. This girl is awesome; she asked if she could get baptized after the first session of General Conference! That's pretty legit! She has already brought several friends to church who all want to take the lessons, and her mom and sisters are working towards baptism! How cool is that?
We had an awesome Trunk R Treat party this Saturday night! What fun! There were plenty of non-members and less-actives there, so it was very effective use of our time. We got to judge the kids costumes and then participate in the spook alley; I scared the stuffing out of this member! She flipped then hit me! It's all good though; we helped her clean everything up and set up chairs for Sunday, so she forgave me. She also promised to sign up and feed us, so every thing's great!
We had an awesome Sunday! They gave a missionary report, and a return missionary gave a great talk on "waiting on the Lord". Waiting on the Lord does not mean waiting for him, sitting around doing nothing; it means to wait on him like a waiter does! We need to work and do are best to get the job done! Pretty cool.
We had a great Sunday dinner too: baked Z! It was great, and they gave us the leftovers! Awesome!
They kids in the ward are pretty great; they are studs in missionary work, and they are all pretty hilarious!
Dang, the cougars lost! Oh well. Is TCU good this year?
We also carved some awesome pumpkins with this awesome family! I made a bat, but Elder Nielsen's was better; he made a Mario! Buh duh duh duh duh Duh, duh.
We helped that family we are teaching (where the mom is still deciding) move the other day; we had a member bring a truck and it all went smoothly. We'll still see about them.
On the other hand, they other family we are teaching is doing great! They finally got a phone, so we can call them! They are moving eventually, and the husband has nearly recovered, so he'll be going to work soon! I'm happy things are looking up for them and I'm praying for them. The mom is still married to her husband, we found out. She needs the divorce papers and legal aid so she can get divorced then get married then get baptized! That's the only thing stopping them; they are way solid! They love church and everything about it! They can't always get a ride to church, but they said they'd call a cab if they had to. Talk about dedication! They rock! We had several awesome lessons with them, and took a member who remembers them from when the mom was in the ward before. How cool is that?
We are also teaching this woman who is Muslim; it has been a very interesting experience. I know little to nothing about Muslim culture, but she is kind and funny, and a little scatter-brained like me! Yay! I'm not alone after all! At first she wasn't too sure how she felt about Jesus Christ (or God for that matter), she says she wants to believe and asks us to help her with that. She came to the baptism, which was awesome because she felt the spirit. She had come to church and we expect her to come again. We have been killing with our LIMPS (Lessons with an Investigator with a Member Present) this past week; a return missionary sister has been meeting us at the Muslim woman's house, and she has been a BIG help! She served in Sydney, Australia, so she is used to teaching people without a Christian background. It's been great, and I can't wait to teach her again!
We also met this one guy who is non-denominational, and who loves to discuss religion. While this usually turns into a Bible bashing situation (to which we then politely excuse ourselves), he was sincerely interested in our religion, and really liked the first vision, and the fact the true church wasn't on the earth after Christ was crucified. He wasn't too sure about the Book of Mormon, but he was OK when we told him we read the Bible as well. He told us he has done some "research" on our church, which usually means they went to an anti-site or got anti-material from their pastor. He asked us if we believed Jesus Christ was an angel, and not the Son of God. He also asked us if Joseph Smith proclaimed he was the Holy Ghost. I have never heard that one before. Like always, we turn to the Book of Mormon in these situations; We showed him 3 Nephi 11, and he agreed that if he wants to know more about our church, he should ask someone who actually knows. You wouldn't take your broken down car to get repairs by some other person rather than a mechanic; so if anyone wants to know more about our church, ask a Mormon, come to a Sunday Worship, or go on (The Church's OFFICIAL WEBSITE!).
We said the same thing to a guy at McDonald's who told us he is on that preacher in Texas' side; that we are a cult. First we asked him what a cult was, and he couldn't give us a better answer than, "well... it's what you guys are!" We then invited him to, but he refused, saying he was told everything he was told by his pastor. He was humbled by our "would you take your broken car to your barber?" statement, so we'll see. Anyway, something that the first guy ( see beginning of  this paragraph) said (that I think is awesome!) is that after we showed him this, he says "Well, then Mormonism should really be called Christianity." That's right! Why hasn't anyone else understood that? He welcomed us to come back, so we shall.
We had interviews with the Mission President this week; he is a fantastic guy and we are lucky to have him helping us with this great and marvelous work! He didn't say, but I think that either I am staying here and training, or I'm going somewhere else and am training. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oh well. It'll be a great opportunity to learn and grow even more. I have learned so much already, and I feel like I'm changing every single day! It has been so great, and I can't wait for more awesome adventures!
That's all I got for news this week. I hope that everyone is well, and I hope to hear from y'all soon! I can call/Skype for Christmas, so watch for that! Thanks again for the package Mom, it was wonderful! I sent you an e-mail; check it out! Dad told me that Shelby's team rocked, and is done now. Congrats, little Missy! I heard that soccer one, and football did well. Go T-wolves!
OK I la you Buh-Bye!
Elder Casey Guy Dickson
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Casey Guy Dickson

Casey Guy Dickson
Called to serve in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission (July 2011 to July 2013)