Elder Dees w/Mission President-Pres. Cannon and his wife and Elder Dees first companion-Elder Kurtz

Elder Dees w/Mission President-Pres. Cannon and his wife and Elder Dees first companion-Elder Kurtz
Elder Dees w/President and Sister Cannon and first trainer / companion, Elder Kurtz

Monday, March 5, 2012


Email from Elder Nicholas Dees:

Monday, March 5, 2012 11:50:21 AM
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Elder Nicholas Dees:  IDK^ I couldn't think of a cool title =P.

Well this week has been fun for sure.  Things are starting to pick up here again but I’m pretty sure I’m about to be transferred out this time.  We had interviews with President Cannon this week and he told my companion that I was more than likely going to leave this transfer. Also I went to the oral surgeon last week. Part 2/3 of my implant is going down this Friday at 11 am my time, 12 FL time. They are going to be sedating me again so I’ll be down for probably 2 days. Something really cool that happened this week was we were at a member’s house and we had an investigator there who had been taught everything, finally quit smoking and wanted to be baptized but she said she would need a really long time to think about it. So we are sitting over there visiting, I’m playing with the Rubik’s cube, half asleep, and out of nowhere she says "Hey Elder Dees", I said  "Yeah?" She said "When am I gonna get baptized?" o.O Talk about a wake up call, haha, so we set a date for March 10th, this weekend!!!! I’m super excited.  She has had missionaries for nearly a year now! So that was awesome. 
We got a little bit of snow and had some fun playing in that.  Only downside to this week has been that I got sick starting on Friday,  Thats the only thing I really dislike about my mission, I’m getting sick all the time. I NEVER got sick back home. haha.
Other than that things are going great!

Mom:  Love you email Elder Nicholas Dees.  Neat about that lady wanting to go ahead w/her baptism and so glad that you are still there.  I will pray things go well for her and you two elders as well.

Yea, we got a fax from your dentist.  $$$$$$$$$$$$$$  The lady, (secretary) said she would call us when you are out of surgery.  I will be thinking of ya and will put your name in the temple.  I was talking to a dentist for the Airforce (young guy in our ward now) and he said that it shouldn't be to bad, that it sounds like they will be putting in a screw and then cap later or are they doing that all at the same time?   So yea, I imagine you will get transferred but maybe not, depending on how the surgery goes. One missionary here has been in Callaway for 7 1/2 months so far.  

Are you being a good comp? 

If you are getting sick often it may be that you need to wash your hands more often and then don't put them near your mouth, nose or eyes.  A clean restroom in your apt is a must as well.  Follow those rules and that should help.  Of course some hand sanitizer is helpful when you can't wash up.
Are you feeling some better today?

What are you doing for P-day?
Email conversation:

Elder Nicholas Dees:  Whats up? I’m on!

Mom:  Oh I forgot to say the Voyles got moved. 
Any full bodied pics of you in suit and tag?  I really want some good ones.  I still haven't looked at the second sd card because of no room on the computer and I haven't tried it on your computer yet.  aarrrhhh.  Telll you dad to help me w/that.
Are you being a sweet and a helpful companion?

Elder Nicholas Dees:  DANG, that’s way more than I thought it would be for my tooth. o.O. Yeah I’m being a good comp and we were over there visting right before dinner, but President Cannon said I more than likely will be moved out of the area this transfer, so I’m kinda excited. That’s neat about the Voyles already packed up and moved, that was pretty quick.  I need those sd cards back pronto. I’m running out of space on this one I have now =P.  IDK why I get sick.  I always wash my hands and do all that stuff you have always got on to me about not doing and I’m still getting sick -____- ugggghhhh.   Oh well this transfer is going by nice and fast! The day of my 6 month mark we are having a party at the Russell’s house with a giant bonfire and s’mores, etc. with 3 other elders that came out with me and we are doing our tie burning =D
Also for p-day we are going to Boise to hang out with some people and doing some shopping. Also no more full body shots yet. Have you guys got the headlights on the Honda working properly?

Mom:  no the headlights aren't working properly yet.  It seems that when it rains they won't work.  yadda, yadda, yadda.  aaarrrhhh..
I'll get those sd cards off to you tomorrow ok.
Do you want me to send the people you live with any thing special?  or the Russell’s?  
Well I'm glad you are trying to be sanitary to keep from getting sick.  Perhaps you should consider taking a multi-vitamin.
Is tie burning allowed?
Can you even believe you are coming up on 6 months!!!  Crazy.  But I do hope you are being a great missionary--following the rules---please.
I love you.

Elder Nicholas Dees:  yeah we can do tie burning.  But yeah I’m sorry, I should have put the original ones (lights) on before I left. But I already found the car I’m buying once I’m done with my mission. A 2000 Civic SI, our investigator has for sale, for cheap,  It’s actually the one who is about to get baptized!

Mom:  Meant to send this earlier.

Ok, I'll finish the email.

The Voyles got off to their new place, St Louis.
Brother Gainer said he enjoys the emails of you two.  Nic, he said he got a letter from you.  Thanks and I hope it was a nice letter.

Elder Nicholas Dees:  Yeah it was nice. I love the Gainers. There is a guy out here that looks just like him. haha  And a guy that looks like Chuck Norris!

Mom:  A Chuck Norris look a like---now that's funny. How are you feeling?

Elder Nicholas Dees:  Got a runny nose and sore throat but for the most part I feel great!

Mom:  Well--take some cold medicine --it will help. or even some Tylenol.
Hey here is a quote you will like,
 "Why did the cop
 put me in the back seat
 when I clearly called shotgun!"  
Hilarious and so redneck  :)
Be careful on your p-day

Elder Nicholas Dees:  I will. What are you guys up to today?

Mom:  Well, I was waiting to hear from you two.  John is on as well.  BYU-I gave him the crazy track of Winter/Spring---he needs Fall/Winter.  Know anybody that has connections?  He didn't get into BYU Provo but really wanted that. So if you have any connections lets do it!!!  :) hahaha 
Your dad is busy w/rentals. 
I will tend to your sd cards and get them off by tomorrow with these socks and vest so be looking for those by the weekend.
Mark is now in Burley, ID but is kinda putting in applications around here as a surveyor.  Maybe you will get sent to Burley or Declo.  Wouldn't that be cool!

Email from Mom:
March is "March"ing on!

March is here!  Already!  
I've had you two on my mind so much this week.  I hope things have been well with you both.  I have prayed and prayed for your well being, health and success in finding golden investigators.  Praying earnestly that you both are studying and increasing your testimony in the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  Read and study the scriptures as well as the conference issues of the Ensign.  Great counsel.

We had a wonderful testimony meeting yesterday.  Our elders bore their testimonies.  Superb young men!  I need to find someone for them to teach because they have a wonderful spirit and testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I pray you two are living in accordance to the commandments so that you too can teach with the spirit.  I love you both so much.  I know you are trying to serve faithfully.  If you need to do better then do so.  Only you know if you are in line w/the missionary handbook.  There are reasons for those guidelines.  Follow them.  Let the wisdom of the leaders increase your lives.  

Hi Nic--I see you are on.  I'll send this and read your email.  Mom


  1. Hey, Elder Dees Family...were googling "Idaho Boise Mission images ..to get some stuff to draw on a big mural we are making for our son.... Elder Kurtz.. and saw this picture! I started a blog, but am afraid I'm horrible at keeping it up! Just thought I'd say hi from Canada...
    Sister Kurtz

    1. Hi Sister Kurtz! I'm just now updating Elder Dees' blog (I've been neglectful in blogging) and noticed this comment so I thought I would reply and see if you get this message. The big mural sounds neat! I hope your son is doing well since his return. I'm so grateful he served and was Elder Dees first companion. I'm sure it wasn't easy to train an energetic 19 year old so tell him "thanks" from me!!! Sister Dees