We got our transfer calls Saturday night and take a guess at what happened! You’ll never guess... well, actually nothing happened. Elder Ikimau and I are staying in Midvale! I’m pumped that I get to kill him (be his last companion before he goes home) in this area. So, unless they white wash this area (transfer us both out at the same time and bring in two new Elders), which they probably won’t, I’ll be locked in for at least two more transfer!!!!
I’m so excited to be in Midvale for at least another two transfers! I love this ward so much. The people are awesome.
Monday was good in the fact that I got to email everyone - but it was not very awesome at the same time, because we had a lot of trouble with our email server not cooperating. Hopefully, it will work a lot better today because I’m excited to just email back and forth all day. I’d love to hear from everyone – if you are reading this – send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be honest...the rest of this week was not all that eventful. There was a lot of time spent driving. And to make it worse, I didn’t take any pictures - so I am apologizing in advance.
Tuesday started with service at the food bank. I love working at foodbank, partially because of the tender mercy of music. Music makes working there pretty darn enjoyable. After the food bank we drove home, dropped the other Elders off and decided to do some stop-by visits until dinner. Our dinner appointment was with the B__ family. We had a great time. We had tri-tip steak and twice baked potatoes and man, was it good! After some conversation, we shared a Thanksgiving message and scripture. Then, we headed home for the night.
Wednesday: We had our weekly District Meeting in Sahaurita, AZ. It was Elder Stephenson’s last district meeting before he dies (the end of his mission) and returns home in a few days. He’s a great guy and a great friend, he will be missed. We held his funeral after District Meeting, lol. After the drive home we had a few referrals to contact with no luck (as usual). After that we went on splits with the Valencia Elders. Elder Ikimau went with Elder Perry. They went to a dinner appointment and taught a lesson. Elder Ranson and I went to the S___s’ for a lesson...but they cancelled, so we went to the park and did some basketball tracting. We met a guy named M__. He wasn’t really interested, but said that we could come by. Too bad he is in Valencia Elders’ area. We had a fun night playing basketball at the park, but it was super sketchy because it was in south Tucson - where if you don’t hear police sirens something is wrong! There is a murder just about every day along with robberies, drive-shootings and stuff like that. It’s like a little Los Angeles, lol.
Thursday was a pretty good day. We did service at the food bank again. We ran boxes the whole time. After finishing at the food bank, we went to Lin’s Grand Buffet for lunch. It was a Chinese buffet and man, I smashed that thing. They had some awesome boiled crawfish that were so good! After the buffet we went on splits again. Elder Perry and I drove to Sells and Three Points and Elder Ranson and Ikimau went and taught a lesson to A__ Q__. Both went very, very good! Lot of driving though. That was pretty much Thursday.
Friday: We did our weekly planning for the first part of the day and the night was interesting. We drove to Sells again. Actually, we went to Topawa, AZ, which is actually 20 miles south of Sells and taught Z__ at his uncle’s house. It went well, but there is still quite a bit of work to do with him. We taught that lesson 4 miles from the Mexican border. It was pretty cool, but kind of eerie feeling because the Border Patroll is everywhere and on the way home we passed some illegals and the house where teaching the lession had been broken into last week. We played basketball before our lesson and after the lesion we had dinner. We ate menudo. It was pretty good, but was by far the weirdest thing I’ve eaten, so far. Menudo is tripe (cow stomach) and hominy (corn soaked in lye). It was pretty good, but had a weird texture. Then, we spent part of the long drive home dodging cows on the highway - in the dark, lol.
Saturday: We made some stop- by visits. While doing that, we stopped by K__’s house and gave her a triple combination set of scriptures. She loved the gift. After visiting with her, we stopped in to visit Sis. C__. She is the best - such a sweet spirit! Also, Wisconsin won their game! So, it was a darn good day! Later, we had a dinner appointment with the C__ family. We had steak and potatoes - and a lot of it! I was a happy man! Then, once we got home, we got transfer calls and nothing changed.
Sunday was a typical Sunday in this area – Missionary Work from dusk ‘til dawn. I was exhausted.
As a missionary we often leave a spiritual message with our families or stop bys. This month we have been sharing a message of gratitude because of Thanksgiving. However, I wanted to share my favorite message that I like to leave with members, it is called: Only 10 Dollars and can be found here:
I hope you enjoy it.
I love you guys so much! Keep the faith!
🌴🌵🔥Elder Dickinson 🔥🌵🌴