Monday, February 13, 2012

Happy Valentines Day from Georgia!


How are ya? Thanks for sending me a ton of candy for Valentine's Day
(which is all gone now, by the way); it was awesome! I had forgotten
about Valentine's day , to tell you the truth. Holidays don't mean as
much as they did back home; out here all that means is people are
The new area is doing swell so far; the investigators who missed their
confirmation date last week got it yesterday; I got 11 grey hairs from
stressing over getting all this done. It's all on the ward now; at
least, up until the Smalls move to Alatoona (dang it!). They were
trying to find a house in the boundaries, but this was the best deal
they could find, and they have to move out of that house by next week.
I am a little worried about Recent Converts moving away from the ward
they were fellowshipped in, but the church is true no matter where you
go. Oh well.
Anyway, it was a pretty awesome week; we saw both of our top
investigators! last Monday we saw the 14-year old and taught a first.
It was great; he is a smart kid who wants to do right. He wants to get
baptized, but his parents are a little wary; while his Aunt (who a
member) is his legal guardian and is very good influence on him, his
parents, while supportive, think that their son is just going through
a phase, and don't seem okay with him joining. We're trying to work
with them and teach them so they know what their son is getting into,
so we'll see. We also saw the guy we met who has a Book of Mormon
already and lived in Provo briefly on Saturday with the YSA Elders
Quorum President. Another spiritual lesson, where he expressed a
strong desire and commitment to wanting to change his life and join
our church! Yay! He missed church this Sunday because of work (sad
face) but we're working on that.
We did a temporary exchange thing on Thurs. to Fri.; Elder Hokafonu
from the Spanish branch stayed with us while his companion was at a
leadership meeting. He's a way funny kid from California (his parents
are from Tonga) who is been 2 months out. Our apartment was crowded
with four people, but it was a ton of fun! Reminds me of those crazy
sleepovers I used to have.
On Sunday I went to the branch with the Ward Mission Leader as my
companion while the other 2 went to the ward to confirm the Smalls.
Both wards are very awesome; I've never known a ward to be so
missionary-minded as these guys are. We taught Sarah that evening; she
is a recent convert of a few months, and is the funniest person I have
ever met; she is so scatter-brained! Yet she is so obedient; she has
done everything asked of her by the missionaries and the ward without
murmur. I wish we could find more investigators and members like her.
We got in an interesting argument with some Jehovah's Witnesses on
the phone the other day (don't ask me how lol). They were both a
little tipsy, and they used that almost worn out technique of not
letting us talk lol. We bore testimony and said goodbye, which they
took as an insult. I was this close to saying "the wicked take the
truth to be hard" to her lol. It was a little frustrating, but wasn't
anything compared to the awesome spiritual experiences we have had
this week.
Today I finally got to eat at the Famous Steak N' Shake, known for
it's steak burgers and milkshakes lol. It was pretty tasty! Not as good
as Coneys, though.
Nothing else to report; I'm pretty excited for the work in this area;
we have a few possible baptisms in the future! Can't wait!
My companions have been great, too; Elder Youd is a way funny kid, as
well as Elder Bowers. It's been a good balance of having fun and
getting work done. Teaching has been interesting; we are constantly
interrupting the other. It's not as bad as I thought it'd be.
It did feel good to finally get someone in the water (even though I
didn't find them or hardly teach them, nor did I baptize them). To see
them become and stay so happy is the best thing I've ever seen. How
great was my joy!
 I actually forgot the Superbowl was this past week; totally spaced
it! We were wondering why no one was out and about that day lol. I
don't care for either team, but I'm glad that the Pats lost lol.
I'm a lot more confident and talkative than I used to be; it took
awhile, but I've learned not to be embarrassed about talking to people
I don't know. This work is too important to let my weaknesses get in
my way. I'm grateful for the Gospel in my life, and the fact that the
Lord will make our weak things become strong. Jesus is the Christ, and
the church is so true. The Book of Mormon holds the answers to life's
questions, and completes the fullness of the Gospel in this, our last
dispensation, where we have a modern day prophet to lead and guide us
to victory. In the name of our Master, Jesus Christ, Amen.
Thanks for all you've done for me; you are the best family I could
have asked for!
Elder Casey Guy Dickson
P.S. How's life, Missy? How's school? Tell me more, tell me more!
P.S.S. S'up, Stinky? What's the buzz, dummy, what's a happenin' (give
yourself 5 points if you can guess who sings that song lol)?
P.S.S.S. Thanks for everything, Mom! You rock!

1 comment:

  1. Casey sounds like he is doing amazing. His testimony is powerful and he is having the best experiences of his life. Glad to hear all is going well. Love to read his letters. They remind me of my own special mission experiences. Thanks for sharing.


Casey Guy Dickson

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