My immediate family will remember I used to have trouble pronouncing things because I talked too fast or I mumbled; I used to say "bury" instead of "bear" when I'd get up on Fast Sunday as a rosy-cheeked youth lol.
Hello, Dickson clan!
Sorry I couldn't e-mail yesterday... the library was closed for the holiday, and that is the only place we can really go to e-mail because we don't have a church family history center nearby like in Kennesaw or Conyers.
What is up everyone? How's Nebraskaaa? How's looking for work? How is school? I wanna know (can you show me!)!
Not much is happening here; the work is still slow; we have been street contacting and tracting and talking to people, but not too much has happened yet... I know it will, though! There is obviously someone here we need to meet and teach, because we are still here; we just got to go out with more faith, diligence, and heed, and we will be led into the more fertile parts of the land. (1 Nephi 15)
The weather has been rainy, which means it gets REALLY humid when the sun comes out afterward lol I have never sweat so much in my life, not even during football camp; it destroys my clothes, and I am rather self-conscious of my stinky sweat when we contact people, but it's all good; if they really are elect, they wouldn't mind a little sweat lol.
The apartment is pretty good; we call it the missionary manor, since it's a two story; it's a little homely, but comfortable, and I like it fine; at least we haven't had too may roaches or scorpions.
P-day is usually pretty boring here; there isn't much to do besides e-mail and write letters. And it's hard to play a board or card game with only two people lol. This P-day was extra boring since we couldn't even go to the library; we got to play some soccer, though, so that's something.
Author is still kind of stuck until some legal things clear up, but he is still a stud! HE bore his testimony of Sunday! He isn't even a member yet, and he stood up, walked to the front, and shared a powerful testimony. I love that big guy. He also had a very cool experience he shared about Christ coming to him in a dream, and answering his question about children who die without baptism (his brother...); the answer he got was the same answer that is in Moroni 8! We talked about that chapter this week, which was cool.
Also had a cool experience contacting; we were at the park, and some teens were playing soccer; we asked if we could join. My soccer skills aren't up to par, but Elder Indriamiarina's certainly are lol! It was kind of neat, cause we hardly brought up the gospel; they asked us about it (what we are doing, what we are, what is the difference between our church and yours, etc.)They asked us if we could play again sometime, so we gave them our phone number. It was kind of cool that one of the kids even said he might want to serve a mission some day!
We hang out with Terrell a lot now; a recent convert who has had it rough (and still does...), so we try to take him out with us on team-ups and such. Wish we had more gators for him, but it's all good.
That's about it.
Go Cougars! I have very much missed football since I have been out, but not enough to miss out on the great and marvelous work of missionary work lol! I'll take sharing the gospel over football anyday; still, I am looking forward to catching up once I get back home lol.
Go, Cornhuskers! It'll be weird to cheer for them, since I know nothing about them, or have even seen them play; I'm sure it won't take me too long to get with the program when I get back lol!
Devin! I love that you are going out on team-ups with the elders; it's the best thing you could be doing, good for you! I should have a lot more when I was home... I'm glad he had a good experience. I know the love of going out and helping people come closer to Christ. I wish I would have done more to prepare for my mission; read more, study more, go out with the elders more, etc. It's so great that you want to go out 3 or 4 times a month... please read the Book of Mormon all the way through, to get a copy of Preach My Gospel and study it, and to pray for attributes needed for missionary work (and Christian life in general); charity, patience, humility, diligence, faith, hope, knowledge, etc. Proud of you, love you!
Shelby! How is school; how is Lincoln; how is everything? If you are still planning on serving a mission, the statements above apply to ya too; love you bunches!
Mom! Hope that work finds you; God will help! I have a small request; my quad that I have had since I was 8 got some water damage when the rain soaked it while it was in my backpack; I would love for Christmas a new smaller button-snap quad with ELDER Casey Guy Dickson on it; Grandpa offered to buy me one, but I thought I wouldn't need it; I do lol I can't read my Old Testament and some of the New! Thanks for all you do, sorry to ask for so much stuff while y'all are still trying to get settled in Nebraskaaa but I would love and kind of need a new scripture set lol; I'm borrowing some from another elder. Thanks, love you THIS much!
Everyone else; thanks for all the support and love and prayers! Take luck!
Elder Casey Guy Dickson