Monday, March 19, 2018

Week 63: My Birthday is also National Pi Day :D

Well this week was truly a week to remember.  I had a birthday, we got our transfer calls and I got to say my goodbyes to all the families in Midvale.  It was just a wonderful week over all.

I usually start off with a lesson I’ve learned, but this week I can’t really think of one off the top of my head.  How about this:  Amidst all the darkness we face in the world today - be a light.  Whether sharing the gospel, serving one another, complimenting one another.... look for the good in each other.  Instead of focusing on the bad, find the good. I have found that to help me love others and treat others as I would want to be treated. After all, we are all children of our loving heavenly father. 

That’s all J

Anyways, I might as well jump into the week.

Monday:  We bowled, emailed, played volleyball and had dinner appointment with the O__ family.

Tuesday was a good day.  It was the last day before I turned 20. We worked at the foodbank, which consisted of pre-opening pallet after pallet of food.  After working at the foodbank, we went to Sunny Daze Café for lunch, where Elder Mitchell bought me a pre-birthday meal of biscuits and gravy and a peach milkshake.  After that we made some stop by visits and then had a wonderful goulash dinner with the B___ household.

Sunny Daze (They have the BEST peach shakes!!)

Wednesday was the big day, the big 2-0.  It all started off with apartment inspections.  We had two lessons scheduled, but they both got cancelled.  No matter how many lessons got canceled, my day was great because of my awesome birthday package from home. Everyone was asking where I had gotten my gift from because they want one!  (It was a leather bracelet which has a metal plate stitched onto the band.  The metal plate is embossed with the latitude and longitude of my home in Wisconsin. Also embossed on the inside of the leather band were the words “So you can always find you way home”).  Also, thank you for the healthier food.  I start my diet on Tuesday, so I really appreciate the thought of the healthier food!  My Birthday package rescued my day.  We also had our District Meeting, where some ward members brought in some pie for PI day (March 14th = 3.14 = Pi, get it?).  

Thursday was a day to remember also. We worked at the foodbank in the morning until 12:00. After eating lunch we attempted to do some stop-by visits - but nothing came of them.  We did studies until our dinner appointment with the O__ and C__ families.  They took us and the C___’s daughter out to the Texas Roadhouse to celebrate our birthdays.  We had an awesome evening of exchanging laughs and smiles.  It was so awesome. They also gave us gifts. So, weeks earlier we were looking at buying a perplexus puzzle.  You know, the clear ball puzzle. Anyways, we decided not to buy it and that is what the O__’s  got Elder Witzel and they found out my new love for Damascus steel blades and gave me a nice Damascus bladed knife! That being said, it was a wonderful night all around with my favorite families of the Midvale Ward - minus Grandpa Collingwood, of course!

Friday was planning and then more planning with a little of family history - That was our day. 

Saturday was another wonderful day.  We had planned on accompanying some new members to the temple for baptisms, but they didn’t show up.  So, Bro. O___, Elder Witzel and I took turns for a bunch of names. Brother O___ is a big guy to manhandle, but it was a blast.  Not only that, when we got to the Temple, we found out that the Temple staff had been praying for 3 people show up to be baptizers.  Before we got there, they had no one to perform baptisms that day.  Bro. O___ said it perfectly, "We were meant to be there at that time."  It was an experience and a day I will never forget - the peace and serenity from being in such a special place.  After this awesome day Elder Witzel and I ate out before transfer calls.   When we got home, we got our transfer calls. Elder Witzel is getting a new companion named Elder Wilson.  He’s pretty new.  I will be going to.....drum roll, please....the Sierra Vista 3rd Ward.  My new companion is Elder West and he is my brother in the mission (we were both trained by Elder Degrange).  He is pretty cool and I am excited.  The only problem is Sierra Vista has a CAL Ranch Store.  Keep me out of there, lol.  (Think lots of cool cowboy boots, belts, belt bucks and other cool stuff)  But yes, I am super excited.

Sunday:  After exactly 30 Sundays in this area, Sunday was my final watch over the marvelous Midvale Ward.  Church started at 1:00 because of a Stake Conference for a different stake (we share a building). We left after Sacrament Meeting so we had time to visit Sis C__ one last time.  Seeing a 91 year old woman cry because I would be transferring absolutely broke my heart.  After some consoling and a nice talk we gave her a blessing before we left. It was a beautiful goodbye.  After this, we ran home finished packing up and then went to pick up our dinner.  After picking up our dinner we went to the R___ family for the evening. I really enjoyed bonding with that Wisco family one last time. Sis R___ had a friend fly in from Gresham/Shawano area (about 40 minutes from my home in Wisconsin).  She Snapchated a picture of me to some of the young women in Shawano and they were freaking out because they knew me. The church makes this place a small world that’s for sure!  It was a wonderful night.

Saying Goodbye to the R___ Family

Tomorrow we will be going to play volleyball, say goodbye to Grampa Collingwood and go bowling again.  We will also have a dinner appointment with the O__  and C__ families again, this time at the C___s house. Those two families must like me or something, lol.

Anyways, I hope y’all had as good of a week as I did!

Love you,

Elder Connor William Dickinson

Monday, March 12, 2018

Week 62: Grand Champion Greased Pig and Chicken Chaser

Well this last week was pretty darn interesting. 

First off, we are now two hours behind everyone in the Central time zone until November - just letting you know.

We found a new investigator and picked up and old one. We don’t have any baptismal dates yet, but they are definite signs of progress.

Sunday was my last trip to Sells AZ.  It was sad because I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye to everyone, just those who attended church. 

On Saturday the Mt. Fagan Ward hosted a Stake-wide activity and we were invited to do missionary work at the event.  It was a chili cook and a ward rodeo. It was a blast!

So, last Monday we played volley and did some abbreviated zone sports before we went golfing.    For never playing golf before, I didn’t do half bad!

Tuesday:  We worked at the foodbank for most of the morning.  After the foodbank we rushed home, got ready and had our interviews with President Browning.  We mostly talked about the trials of having people scheduled for baptism only to have them back out and other stuff.  He also pointed out that I will defiantly be transferred when transfers roll around next week. After eight months in this area, all I can only say is...hallelujah!  Knowing that I will be transferred gave me time to start saying good bye to some of the wonderful people I have met during this stop of my journey.  In all reality, I won't miss the area that much, but leaving the people I’ve grown to love, now that one is going to hurt!  I’ll miss the people so much!  After the interview, I showed Elder Witzel where some people lived so he will know when I’m gone.  This was followed by a dinner appointment with the O__’s and C__’s - my two favorite families!  They found out my birthday is coming up on the 14th and the C___s’ youngest child’s birthday is the 15th,  so they are taking us all out to Texas Roadhouse on the 15th  to celebrate.  I can’t wait!

Wednesday started off with our usual District Meeting along with some Spanish training.  Following that, we went out with Bro. Collingwood for the entire afternoon.  We visited a referral named J__. He is an 84 year old ex-con, ex-gang banger and now he’s looking for the truth.  So, it looks like our diligence is starting to pay off.  After that, we did a lot of visits until it was dinner time. After that, we did a little cleaning and I started doing a little packing.

Thursday we had another very good session at foodbank.  Then, for one last time went out with Bro. Collingwood until it was time to bounce out to Sells for our Book of Mormon class.  After that we had late night T-bell date with Grandpa Collingwood.

Friday:  We did weekly planning and packing.

Saturday was the day a champion was born.  Saturday afternoon we visited with Sis. C___ for a while before we headed to the Mt. Fagan Stake/Ward Rodeo.  There were probably about 2,000 people there!!!!   They had a bunch of activities for the kids like a petting zoo, bouncy castles and ‘Mutton Bustin’’ (little kids riding sheep like cowboys ride bucking broncos – it’s hilarious!).  

They also had a chili cook off and tug-o -war, a chicken chase and a greased pig. They had both adult and kid categories.  I won both adult contests…in missionary white shirt and tie, lol.  Don’t worry it was one of my older shirts, khakis and service boots.  My goal was to put on a show and man, it was a blast!   As we were leaving people were congratulating me like crazy.  Everyone loved that a missionary won, lol.  It was a blast, that’s for sure!

Sunday was my last day in the Sells Ward.  It was bittersweet, mostly bitter because I will miss the heck out of those people.  They have a wonderful spirit about them!  I gave a talk based on Elder Stanley G. Ellis's talk, "Do we trust him? Hard is good" from October 2017 General Conference.  Please read it. My Recent trials and Elder Ellis’s talk have really helped my testimony grow like crazy! 

That being said, I love y'all, and would love to hear from yah. 

Have a wonderful week!


Elder Connor William Dickinson

Monday, March 5, 2018

Week 61: Faith, all encompassing

This week has really been a trial of faith and marks the fifth time we have had someone so close to being baptized only to have something come and have them back out.  That being said, we no longer have any baptismal dates set. We started this latest transfer with five baptismal dates set and now we have zero.

I’ve been really down on myself lately, because it feels like all of that work was for nothing.  I know that the effort didn’t go to waste, but right now it didn’t really amount to anything.  I guess this is where faith comes in.  I need to have faith that someday those people will eventually get baptized.  Faith is an all-encompassing eternal principle that shapes who we are and who we become. In the end, we will be judged by who we have become through enduring trials and how we react to those trials. 

Every day has its own trials.  Before and during my mission I have lost loved ones, both family and friends. Now, as a missionary, sometimes it is hard to keep the faith when you get knocked down - when those we work with and learn to love decide to walk way.  When you get knocked down you have to get up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward, even if it means crawling.

I have adopted a new saying that goes as follows:  "There never has been a beautiful garden without a gardener.”   Now, whether you see this meaning a literal garden or look at it as your life - there’s a gardener - our Heavenly Father.  He gives us trials, because he wants us to be the best we can possible be.  He wants us to become like his son, Jesus Christ. I wish I could say it would be all sunshine and rainbows, but it is going to rain sometimes and you have to learn to dance in the rain 😊.

This week started off with a good PDay of bowling and emailing home.

Tuesday:  We had Zone Conference.  It was a neat experience, as always, to hear from the Brownings!  We also got smart phones, which is a blessing and a curse.  That being said, it was a good day, tiring but good.  Seven hours sitting on hard chairs in a gym can take its toll on a person, that's for sure.

Wednesday:  We spent all afternoon contacting potential investigators and referrals, which entailed a bunch of driving.  All of that driving combined with no luck made for a long day!

Thursday was a super duper long day.  We went out with Bro. Collingwood all day.  We contacted a bunch of less-active members until we headed off to sells for Book of Mormon class. During class we taught Z__, who was scheduled to be baptized in a little over a week.  He ultimately ended up not be able to get baptized any time soon.  It was a wonderful day until I heard this news. Let’s just day that was a long sad quiet ride home.

Friday was our planning day. We did our weekly planned and ate at the Sunny Daze café for lunch. Someone picked up our tab and thank goodness because that was an expensive peach milkshake, lol.  It or luchople frople from noon ekuse of some trialssis my new favorite dessert though!  After lunch we continued our planning.

Saturday was Elder Witzel’s birthday!  We started the day by helping someone move then we ate lunch at this awesome mom and pop Mexican shop.  I think it is safe to say me and chimichongas still don't get along, lol. Tasty, but man a couple hours later I was not a happy camper. We made some visits and then went on splits.  

Elder's Witzel, Banks and Mitchell

Sunday Elder Mitchell and I stayed in town while Elders Witzel and Banks went to Sells. We had meetings starting at 7:00 am and we got home just before 4 o’clock. We had a correlation meeting Sunday evening - with a dinner appointment thrown in there somewhere.  I had a really cool experience this Sunday.  We had a mission wide fast for various reasons and it has really helped lately. Not only that, but I got to bare my testimony for the first time in the Midvale Ward, after serving there for 7 months!

Anyways, this email was a tad different than others.  Instead of an emphasis on each day, it was a little more spiritually focused because of some trials. I’ve learned a ton this week and maybe you got something out of it too.  ¿Quien sabe?  

I hope you had a good week this week. I would love to hear from y'all.


Elder Connor William Dickinson

Monday, February 26, 2018

Week 60: Huckin' `crete & TRIP 100!!!😥

Quite the endearing term for this week - well Saturday at least.

We had a good week of visiting people and doing some service - as always. I remember someone saying something along the lines of: Each missionary has their own special way of connecting with people - or touching people’s lives.  Whether it’s teaching, blessings, being relatable or service. 

I think mine is service. I can gladly say I have now built five concrete wheelchair ramps for people’s homes in Sells, NM and Topawa, AZ. – along with numerous other projects. Whether it was helping build the P___' family’s house or the B___’s house, we each have our own way of reaching out and connecting with others. Being that I was just talking about service, I’d like to personally challenge y ‘all to serve someone this week! Big, small...a simple smile... just do it. It’ll make you happy,  I promise!.

Also, something I learned from Grandpa Collingwood is:  Our brains are stupid...literally.  The key to having a good day is:  First thing in the morning, tell yourself you are going to have a good day today and you will.  If you do the opposite, the opposite result will occur.  So, having the right attitude makes a big difference!

So, that being said let’s jump into the week:

Miraculous Monday:  We attended the timed events at Tucson rodeo. Man, it was a wonderful day!  A much needed change of pace. Sadly, I barely got to email home, but that doesn’t mean you weren’t in my thoughts.


Rodeo Selfie

Terrific Tuesday:  We also had a wonderful day on Tuesday.  We had an awesome shift at the foodbank.  We worked there for quite some time. After the foodbank, we went to the Sunny Daze Café for lunch.  It is a member owned café I had told you about earlier.  She sent a picture to Mom’s phone, not sure if you got it or not, so I will include it in this week’s email.  After lunch, we went out to visit some people (referrals/potentials) until it was time for dinner. We had a dinner appointment with the wonderful C___ family, again. We had pulled pork, fries, salad, broccoli and cupcakes for dessert.   It was an awesome ending to a pretty good day.  We shared stories for a long time that evening. I love the C___s so much!

Wonderful Wednesday:  We had our District meeting, which lasted for about 2 hours, but it was good.  We started learning Spanish. Thank goodness for my five years of Spanish in High School.  We are now a dual language zone. So we speak Spanish and English. Yay!   After our District Meeting, we went out with Grampa Collingwood for the remainder of the day. We then ate dinner on our own and did some extra studies.  The most productive time for missionary work in south Tucson is during the day.   After dark it is garbage, because the freaks come out and people don’t answer their doors.  If they do, they threaten you, lol. So, without a set appointment after dark…good luck!

I finally found something taller than me! :D

Tremendous Thursday started at the foodbank, where we made up like a thousand boxes of food, if not more! I have learned to love foodbank, honestly.  Sometimes it sucks because it is so repetitive and most people we work with there just bum the time away.  So, Elder Wetzel and I take it upon ourselves to work hard.  Working hard will teach you a valuable lesson, which is basically to work hard in all you do.  After the foodbank, we ate lunch. Due to Elder Wetzel not sleeping well the two nights, he took a short nap in place of his lunch.  After some quick studies we hauled out to Sells for the Book of Mormon class we teach.  Only two people showed up.  We read out of 3Nephi where Christ appears to the Americas.  Man, chapters 8-13 are amazing - as is the entire book of Mormon!  After class, we drove home and Grandpa Collingwood took us out to Taco Bell for dinner.

Fab Friday:  Friday was a wonderful day of planning.  Weekly planning is awesome because it breaks up the monotony of the other days! Later in the afternoon we had an oil change for the truck and then we did some exchanges, which lasted Friday evening until Saturday evening.  Friday was a good day.

Waffle House

Swell Saturday:  Man Saturday might have been one of the best days of my mission, so far!  I was on exchanges with Elder Mitchell.  We were talking the night before until like midnight about fishing and hunting. We decided to wake up at 5:00 and go to the Waffle House for breakfast. Man, it made me super super nostalgic.  The waking up before sunrise made me nostalgic for those early mornings before fishing.  Breakfast at the Waffle House made me really nostalgic of our wonderful family trip of 2016!  The whole thing was just full of nostalgia so it was super fun.  After breakfast, we picked up Gramps and headed off to Sells by 6:45.  We got to sells around 8:30 and commenced project ‘Huckin' Crete’  We built two wheelchair ramps out of concrete for two members’ homes in Topawa. It was a fun time, but man I was sore after throwing (Huckin') 60lb bags of concrete (crete). Not only that, I also swung a 20lb sledgehammer so many times I lost count, lol.  Man, we were sore after that, but it was worth it because service is my way of reaching out at touching the lives of others while gaining a lot of valuable experience along the way.

20 lb sledge. UGH

Bro. Collingswood is awesome! I have learned so much from him!

Yes, that is a bed...outside

Super Sunday – and a super Sunday it was!  We had splits, so Bro. Collingwood and I headed to Sells while Elder Wetzel and Bro. Carroll headed to Midvale. During the Sells Branch’s Sacrament Meeting we watched a church movie called The Testaments.  It was fairly good, as I’ve only seen it 50 times, lol. I figured out that Sunday February 25th marked my 100th tip to Sells, AZ!  Man, all the driving gets tiring out here.  Later we had Correlation Meeting and later at home we did some prep for PDay.

Our plans for PDay include:
1.     Volleyball from 9:00 until 11:00
2.     Free 9 holes of golf - all inclusive! Just Elders Mitchell, Banks and I.
3.     Emailing from the library

I hope y ‘all had as good of a week as I did.  I can’t wait to hear from you guys!


  🌵🌴 Elder Connor William Dickinson🌴🌵

Monday, February 19, 2018

Week 59: It's Rodeo Time!!!

Due to the rodeo being this week, all of the kids out of school today.  They call it rodeo break. This might be my most liked thing about Tucson.... too bad never had rodeo breaks back home, right?

That being said, the timed events (steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing and team tie down) starts at 8am.  Too bad that there won’t be any bull or bronc riding, but it is what it is.  So, we will be there most of the day. Sadly, without Wi-Fi.  This Rodeo is my most looked forward to event since I’ve been here and it’s on a PDay!  So, you probably won’t hear from me most of the day. There is a possibility of me checking in - potentially in the evening for an hour or two - but I cannot, repeat cannot, promise anything as we will be there most of the day. Hopefully I’ll be at the library around 6:15 your time. That being said, we could very well be online earlier if the rodeo ends early! So be prepared.  YES, I will take plenty of pictures 😊 so hopefully there will be time to talk, but if not, I am already looking forward to next week. 

This week was full of rain and sickness. Yes, you heard right…it rained for 3 straight days. It made me super happy.  I wish I had more to report on, but this week was just a pretty bad week in general.  So sorry in advance for the lack of detail.

So, I guess to just jump right into the week, without further ado:

Monday was pretty good.  I was sad I didn’t get to talk to you guys more, but hey every little bit counts, right?  I had to leave early because we had an appointment, which ended up being cancelled and I was busy at home were we do not have Wi-Fi.

Tuesday:  We ran the production line at foodbank and ended up making a ton of boxes.  I really like working there, it reminds me a lot about packing at Eastbay - mixed with the local grocery store, lol.  After the foodbank we ate at a member owned café where we get half off, she sent you guys a picture... not quite sure if you got it.  She is a sweet heart and is pretty awesome.   Later that night our dinner appointment dropped off dinner. She made some awesome homemade chicken noodle soup.

Lunch after time at the food bank! Hey, look we are all Elder Witzel! :)

Wednesday.  We attended a wonderful district meeting on safeguards for technology.  It was also Valentines…forever alone, lol.  Anyways, I hope you like my message Mom 😊.  The rest of this day consisted of doing some stop-by visits.

Thursday:  We were back at it at the foodbank again.  Elder Mitchell and I went hard opening up boxes and pallets of food so we wouldn’t have to do it next time.  It was basically a workout after my morning workout, lol.  It turns out the Valencia Elders’ apartment got broken into the night before. The Valencia Elders left their apartment about an hour - came back and their door was kicked in.... they stole a bike and Elder Mitchell's brand new watch.... box.. left the watch!!! LOL. AND left their wallets and took a roll of quarters. So, they put their expensive things in our apartment and basically stayed in our area for the day.  We tracted.... the first time on my mission.  I had mixed feelings about it.  We did our tracting in the rain, so it kind of sucked.  It turns out Thursday was Elder Witzel’s turn to get sick - probably from tracting in the rain. Then, we went to Sells for our Book of Mormon class. Only one person showed up so we read from the book of Abraham.... it was awesome. 

Friday was planning day.   Simply put, we planned and cleaned out our area book, which was much needed.  Elder Witzel was sick, but it was good timing because Friday was just a planning day.
On Saturday we had service project planned, but it ended up being cancelled.  So, we did some family history and some finding at the library. It didn’t amount to much, but was still a wonderful experience. Elder Witzel was still pretty sick so we ended up just laying low.

Elder Witzel flexing! :O

Sunday was a much better day. We had church out in Sells.   I was expecting to give a talk, but I ended up not having to. Believe it or not, I was pretty bummed about it. Afterwards, they had their monthly potluck. I tell you what:  It’s follows the same idea as “build and they will come."   Cook and missionaries will come, lol.  Oh, and Bro Collingwood too, lol.

That was pretty much my sad, miserable week - but that means next week can only be better and what way to start a new week off than with a rodeo :)

Mucho love to all my family and friends back home!

Till next week,

Elder Dickinson

Monday, February 12, 2018

Week 58: Buckle up, You're in for a wild ride!

Well, simply put this week was a bit of a rollercoaster ride.  Sadly, there were a lot of dips and negatives, but that’s part of life, right?  

The only way to gain knowledge and grow is to go through the refiner’s fire.  Nobody said life would be easy, but it’s all meant for the best. The best or strongest things in life likely require more heat, stretching, and pounding to become stronger!  Liken it to Damascus steel that must be folded, heated and pounded flat hundreds of times, over and over again.  This process makes the strongest steel one can manufacture. Or, much like football, it is about seeing how hard you can get hit, get up and hit back. Moving forward is a trying process.

That being said, I probably prefaced that a little more intensely than I should have, lol. I was on my soap box. Maybe someone needed that, who knows, lol.

Anyways, I want to jump right into the week to share what happened:

Monday was a good day filled with volleyball, emailing home and getting ready to receive my new companion.

Tuesday:  What…A…Day!  We woke up early for transfers.  We got Elder Perry and Elder Lee’s stuff loaded in the truck.  We then took departing pictures and drove to the Tucson Stake Center for transfers.  We got to the transfer site and talked to a bunch of other missionaries until we dropped Elder Perry off and got our new companions.  After receiving Elder Searles, we went home dropped everything off and headed to foodbank for 2 hours of service.  After that, we went shopping and returned home to unpack.  Being I had a very short night of sleep the night before, he unpacked and I took a nice short nap.

Saying Goodbye to Elder Lee
(A lowrider, Saint Mary and a UFO describes our area perfectly)

After Elder Searles unpacked his stuff we drove 75 miles to Topawa, AZ to teach the M___ family. They had set a bap date of February 17th.  While we were teaching them, we got a call from Mission President saying that after yesterday’s transfers he now had two missionaries in a driving area who could not drive.  He told me his plan initially had me transferring to the Corona ward, but, with the issues I mentioned last week, I ended up staying in Midvale and this caused a domino effect that required an emergency transfer. 

After that call, we had to haul home from Topawa.  We left at 7:15pm and got home at 8:33pm. When we got home we realized that Elder Searles had unpacked all of his stuff and had bought a bunch of food.  So, we had to speed pack everything in 10 minutes and drive another 30 minutes to the transfer sight.  We arrived at 9:30ish.  Man, that day was a mess. But we got it figured out.  My new, new companion is Elder Witzel from Draper, Utah he has been out for 18 months. He is awesome and hilarious so I’m excited.

Wednesday, was basically a PDay all over again because we had to shop for Elder Witzel and he needed to unpack.  So, as he unpacked I cleaned up a bit.  After we finished, we didn’t have a dinner appointment so I made wild rice and a chicken breast. Man, that was killer!  After our dinner we had a lesson with Sister B__, a returning member.

Thursday started with a work out and it felt Wonnnnnnderful!  Man, I’ve missed it. After that, we went to foodbank where we packaged 1000+boxes of food!  After the foodbank we went out to do some street contacting.  I don’t know if it was because it was almost 90 degrees in February or if it was Armageddon or something, but no one was out.... we walked 6 miles on what is usually a very well trafficked road and only saw one person - who was not interested.  So, we then had dinner appointment with the I___ family.  We had some good cheese burgers!  After dinner we taught a returning member.  She’s currently gearing up to go to the temple to take out her endowment so she can be there for her daughter’s wedding. It is so awesome to be able to help her get to the temple!

Desert Sunset

Friday, for the most part was mainly a planning day. We planned out our upcoming week.

Saturday:  We visited Sis. C__ for an hour or two.  Following that, we went home and tidied up a little bit. We then had a dinner appointment with one of my favorite families, the C___’s.  We had breakfast for dinner and it was good!  During dinner we got an urgent call to give someone a blessing.  So, we jump into action and I texted the ward member who lived closest to the person needing the blessing and asked if he could help.  He is a firefighter and little did I know he was already giving that person a blessing.  The person was having a heart attack and I’m glad the firefighter was there to do it, because I would have been scared out of my wits.   They tried to persuaded the person to go to the hospital, but they refused knowing they were dying.  The person passed away about an hour later.  I don’t know why I was prompted to text this person to help, but I’m glad I did...the Lord works in mysterious ways, but now this person is in a better place.

Sunday was a wonderful day.  We went on splits and I was with Bro. C___ and Bro O__. And Elder Witzel went with Collingwood out to Sells.  After we reconvened later in the afternoon. We had a short lesson with sister B__ and then went home a did our studies.

We learned this week that the tribe will not let the M__ kids get baptized.  What a dagger to the heart.  I have grown to love those little kids, but due to the tribe’s decision I can no longer help them. This was the ultimate dip of my rollercoaster ride this week.

All in all, we need to learn, grow and live the most and best we can!  I’d like to invite you to be meek and mild - willing to learn and to be coachable - because, you may just learn something that could help you in the long run.

I will most likely be unable to email until the afternoon tomorrow. We will be going to the gem show. Why? To say we went, lol.  So, this being said I will email to the best of my abilities until the afternoon. Once we get back, I will most likely be free most of the afternoon.

Love you all until next week,

Elder Dickinson

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Week 57: Being Meek and Mild - And There is a First Time for Everything

I don’t know what to say about this week other than there being a mix of confusion, mixed emotions, fear and firsts. There is a first time for everything, right?

Transfer news:

After 6 months here in Midvale…drum roll... I will be staying for one more transfer, but Elder Lee will be replaced by Elder Searles.  I don’t know much about him, so it’ll be an interesting transfer.

We crushed our goals:

This week got started off super slow - and when I say slow imagine a snail racing a hundred year old tortoise - that kind of slow.   But we finished the week with a bang!  Saturday alone we handed out 72 copies of the Book of Mormon and talked to well over 100 people!  How did we do this?   I’ll share later – keep reading.  Our goal was to hand out 60 Books of Mormon and have 70 quality gospel we smashed our goals!

Jumping into the week:

This Monday was an awesome one as we got to email a lot and share some thoughts about the future.

Tuesday started out awesome with service at the foodbank followed by spending the afternoon accompanying Bro. Collingwood in helping a 93 year old lady who needed a ride to her doctor’s appointment and some shopping.   She lives out in Three Points and her appointment was on the other side of Tucson.  It literally took until dinner time to get everything done and drive her home.  That being said, Tuesday was basically a day of service.  Later, due to what most likely will be some sensitive feelings of others, I will only disclose what happened on Tuesday evening to those who need to know (Mom & Dad). Let’s just say the events that transpired led to my staying in Midvale for another transfer.

At the Midvale Ward Bishop's house
(He's from Wisconsin)

Wednesday means we had our District Meeting.   We talked about baptism and such.  We also watched a short video called ‘The Phone Call.’  I remember seeing it in seminary some years back.  We also talked about the meaning of meekness. 

"David, (or insert your name here) remember to be meek and mild today.”                                                          
                                                                                                      ~ Grandpa Dickinson

I remember being told this a couple times by my father.  Starting this week and in the coming weeks I will be putting a renewed emphasis on this quote.  So, before I exit the door of our apartment, I will tell myself this every day.   Meekness and faith are required for success in anything we do. ANYTHING!

Following district meeting we had improved studies followed by apartment inspections and packing for Elder Lee.

Wednesday was the day we may or may not have witnessed a drive by. Yes a drive by shooting! We were next to a car without windows in a gas station oull out. All of a sudden another car pulled up next to the car without windows and fired multiple shots into the car. The shot up car then rolled out into traffic blocking the road. It was really sad. Thank goodness the car was somewhat blocked from our view and we didnt actually see the shots fired - just the aftermath. The police were there almost immediately after it all happened. It was awful, but to stay safe we just kept driving. "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming," right?  Lol.

First driveby...

Thursday:  Sadly, there was no service at the foodbank, due to their taking inventory. So we had an longer work out and studies.  Following this we went out with Bro. Collingwood visiting people.  Then we headed off to Sells where we taught our Book of Mormon class.  We read from the Book of Mosiah. That’s some good stuff in there!  We had a decent turn out – followed by the brutal drive home.

Friday was a wonderful day spent doing our weekly planning mixed with some errand running.  It was just a relaxing day before all chaos! 

Saturday:  I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend the 80th annual All-Indian rodeo in Sells, AZ.  What an awesome experience that was!  We had a booth set up in the main tent and passed out Books of Mormon.  Four of us Elders passed out a combined 72 copies! We did this to get the name of the church out on the reservation.  I can’t believe how many people we talked to had no was awesome to be a first contact for those people.  We only got too watch 3 bull riders, but it was an experience I will never forget.  It was nothing but a positive experience - other than a sore back and feet!


Our Rodeo Booth

Sunday was also a wonderful day. We got to go out to Sells for church, so we were out there 3 full days this week.  Man, I’m tired of driving the distance, but its good practice though!  After getting back from Sells, we visited a few people for Elder Lee to say goodbye before he leaves.

I can’t wait to hear from yall!  I hope yall have a wonderfully blessed week. Be safe out there!


🌴🌵 Elder Connor William Dickinson 🌵🌴 

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