Email of Elder N Dees:
Elder Nicholas Dees: Hello family and friends, another great/horrible week, great because we did plenty of teaching and went to some ward parties/events. Horrible because we are struggling w/a missionary who literally goes out of his way to break rules to try and look cool. He sleeps in and constantly separates himself from us.
Well last P-Day I was able to acquire about 30 new ties (= for about 18 dollars but I need more funny ties! (He only wears the funny ties to District Mtgs only). But all in all this transfer is going by very fast.
Email conversation of Elder N Dees and mom:
Mom: Hi Son! Sounds like you have your hands full w/this elder.
So great you have had lots of teaching opportunities! Do you do well on your part of teaching?
30 NEW ties????
Elder N Dees: yeah I have a ton now. I got some really cool/funny ones. I got a Noah’s ark one. haha!
Mom: Did you get my big email? Did you get John's last weeks email? I'll forward it if you didn't.
Elder N Dees: yeah I got it all. Have you been looking for funny ties and stuff?
Mom: yea, I've been checking. I only found a snoopy / tennis one at gw but didn't get it. They wanted $5 for it and I'll not be spending that for a tie that you can't wear but I’ll keep looking.
Elder N Dees: Buy it and I’ll pay you back! PLease (= btw why did you only send me two bucks in that letter! Cheeeeeeeeeeeap (;
Mom: yes---in that letter it was just two bucks. hey---I had 4 one dollar bills in my purse at the time I sent your letters. I sent you two and your brother two. I do what I can. We aren’t rolling in the dough you know. :) However, you should get a letter today and it has a $10. Do you be kind sweetheart? You have such a kind heart so I hope so.
Mom: Oh and why buy so many "funny" ties that you can only wear to district mtgs? And are you saying buy that one because of snoopy or why?
Elder N Dees: because I need ties!!!! =D
Mom: sweetheart----you have way to many ties!!!!!! but if I see one that I think you would like I'll get it. How has the last 4 months been for you? I posted that you had been out for 4 months and friends "liked" it :)
Your dad said hi-
Elder N Dees: but I need more ties, but the past 4 months have flown by its crazy!
Mom: oh ok
I need the comps names and where they are from for these pics.
When will you send your sd card? I want to see some pics.
Elder N Dees: The Big one is Elder Valk and the other one is Elder Andersen. Valk is from Oakdale, CA and Andersen is from Sacramento, Ca
Elder N Dees: Hey where is the closest airport to Pensacola?
Mom: Pensacola has an airport and there is one in Fort Walton. Why do you ask?
Elder N Dees: I’m coming home!!!!! sike --a member is going to be going to P’cola and didn’t know where the closest one is so he told me to ask you guys.
Mom: oh I wasn't psyched----I know you are happy and doing well and blessing the lives of others==but live worthy to be able to do that. Cool about the member coming this way!
Elder N Dees: yeah a ton of people think I’m down by Miami or something -____- what noobies
Mom: I can't remember---what colors are your suits?
Elder N Dees: 1 black 1 blue , 1 blue with yellowish pinstripes and another, blue one with gray pinstripes
Mom: ok, I'll send the tie hangers (there are actually 4 hangers that have a dozen holders) but what do you mean you will take the ties? Are you wanting me to send you some of those in you closet?
Elder N Dees: if there are some nice ones in the closet then yes! but if not no thanks keep looking at GW for funny but also nice ones!
Mom: still wondering---are they NEW ties? Y N
Elder N Dees: No the ties aren’t new, but yes I’ll take those ties and the hangers!
Mom: hey, keep your brother in your prayers. He really wants to get into BYU-Provo. Do you hear from Elder Ryan S anytime?
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Email from Mom to both Elder Dees’.
Jan. 16, 2012
Another week has past. Elder Nicholas--you marked your 4 mouths out in the field! You seem to be doing good and I'm happy about that. Keep the rules and study the gospel--read. Then teach it! How is the finding coming along?
Oh-News Alert---The Voyles Family is moving. :( He has a new job. We all will miss the family.
Sister Hewett just called me and said Sister Richards (they both are my VTchers) had to go out to California about a week ago to help out w/a daughter that was very ill. Anyway Sister Richards was trying to get up w/the missionaries to see if they would come by and give her daughter a blessing. It's my understanding she tried to call the missionaries and others several times but only got a machine. Later she was texting Sandy H who was down at the temple and Sandy said she would call the mission office and then they told her to have Sister Richards call them and give an address and they would send some missionaries around there. Of course you've probably guessed which missionary(s) showed up. Yup, that's right! Your very own cousin, Elder R Snyder! It's a small world in the gospel. :)
Aunt Gina went to a lesson last night (just met the missionaries there) and they are teaching a couple who could use a few thing. (blankets, clothes, etc) Aunt Gina and the RS are helping them out as they can. It was the Baptismal Challenge lesson. This couple has been to church about 3 times already. Aunt Gina does well to try to help out w/missionary work.
I--not so much yet. No shocker there. Madison has a kid that found out she was "Mormon" and anyway asked a question. Madison told him to go online to lds.org and then we had the missionaries that night for supper and he gave her a pass along card and told her to tell him to go to mormon.org. She gave the kid the card the next day. It's someone she has been good friends with for a long while. So, she's doing a little bit of missionary work as well.
We had the elders for supper a few nights ago. We had the Greenie/Elder Buchanan and then an Elder who was on trade offs from the Callaway Ward. They a good young men. Very focused.
The Theme for all the upcoming Ward Conferences in 2012 will be Helaman 5:12 "And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall." Great council. Always remember these truths sons!
I finally went to see Jonathon and Kailyn and Kinsley. They are fun to have in the ward. Kinsley is a sweet child. Kailyn spoke yesterday in Sacrament mtg and Kinsley kept pointing to her and wanted her mom but she did good. Kailyn did a great job too.
Hey Elder John Dees did you get to speak to Elder Holland? about BYU? I've been praying they will accept you. I hope they will.
Madison may get out of DE Bio because some kids moved over the Christmas Holidays and left a few slots in the Honors Bio. I hope she gets to be moved if that is her desire.
We have Zone Conference here tomorrow and I'll help out although Sister Stewart and Peel have things lined up and in order.
I pray for you two and all missionaries.
Be careful and follow the spirit. There is safety in doing so.
I love you both.