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, May 14, 2012


1106 1/2  2nd Ave N.
Payette, ID 83661

Mother’s Day was last Sunday, and that is one of the few times (4 in two years, Mother’s Day and Christmas) a missionary gets to call or skype home.  Elder Dees’ mission allows them to skype so it was nice to hear and see Elder Dees.  He looked good.  He said he and his comp. run a few miles each day and has trimmed up some.  He just reached his 8 month mark.  Please keep him in your prayers that he will love his mission and want to serve honorably.  He has a slight Idahoan southern accent :) .  Pray for all our missionaries.  As you will read in his email below he has been blessed by all the prayers.

May 14, 2012 4:49:00 PM
Subject: Hey I'm on

Elder Nicholas Dees: 
Elder Nicholas Dees after accident.  He was in the front,  passenger side.  Airbags deployed.  He had a little bit of chemical burn.  But hey----HE'S ALIVE!
So Hello to everyone out there, who will be reading this letter. This week has been an interesting one for sure. I have finally been able to skype home again and I shared with my Family one of the major things that happened to me this week. My companion who has been out 19 months was our designated driver. We were on the way to go out on splits with our Ward Mission Leader and my companion pulled up to the stop sign at an intersection where the other road doesn't have a stop sign and their speed limit is 45mph, well he is a horrible driver, he stopped for a split second and pulled out without looking both ways. I was paying attention to the surroundings and saw that there was a vehicle coming and i screamed at him to stop but he didn't listen. We were hit on my side of the vehicle but thankfully on the back door instead of on my door.  Attached are some pictures of what happened to our vehicle. The vehicle he hit was a Ford F-750, which is essentially a semi truck and there is a picture i pulled off google of it and imagine that exact truck with the back loaded, and i mean loaded, with sheep. Luckily none of us were hurt to bad. i have some bruising on my arm, ribs and stomach but nothing serious. we were for sure blessed. Now i am the Designated Driver and i feel so much safer haha. Luckily the mission happened to have an extra vehicle so we went from the decent 2011 Ford Fusion w/ under 6000 miles to the ever so lame 2009 Chevy Malibu (aka the Maliboat) but once again I'm grateful to be in a car area and have a car in general. Other than that the week hasn't gotten any worse. Well that is all for now.

Mom:  Hi Son--just getting this.  Are you there?
You were sure blessed.  I know you know that......but don't forget that.  Be a good missionary to receive these blessings.  Love, Mom

Elder N. Dees:  yeah I’m on. Whats new? i got your letter i sent dad another email about what else happened last week.

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Email from Mom: 
Hi Elder Dees,

It was good to see your smiling face yesterday for the Mother's Day Skype!  

I've been concerned about you yet in the skype you seemed to have a better outlook.  Be patient honey.  Be compassionate to your companion(s).  Your life being spared in the accident should help you put that into perspective.  I have repeatedly thanked Heavenly Father for sparing your life in that accident.  I need him to know that I know it was his will that you two were protected at that time.  Members around the world pray fervently for the safety of the Lord's missionaries.  Live worthy to receive those blessings.

Always remember that you can stay one more day than you think you can and eventually you will long to stay and serve.  Become converted-find your testimony.  You were called to serve.  Do it.  You have great potential.  I hope you read your patriarchal blessing like I asked you to for my Mother's Day present.

I forgot to ask you if you received the letter I sent last week?  Let me know.  I want to make sure I have the right address for you and to post on the bulletin board.

Madison getting ready to go to Mormon Prom.  Thanks to Tiffany R. and fam. for letting her ride in the limo!
Pippin is so tired as we are all are.  The Mormon Prom has wiped us all out.  Lots and lots of work.  Sister Roedel took some pics of Madison so I attached one.  

Be loyal to yourself and follow rules sweetheart.

I saw a nice quote on pinterest the other day.  Kristin had it posted on her account.  It reads:

"I refuse to lower my standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs."  Steve Gamlin

Nice quote to remember in times of decision making.

Well, I will try to look for you to get on the comp.  We may have to run out to a clean.  Your dad has to check first.

I love you.  I pray for you.  I cry for you.  I'm happy for you.  Serve well Elder Dees.  Be a missionary that Pres. Cannon can count on.  Pray to align you ways with the Lord's way.  Prayer will work.

Love,  Mom :)

Comments from family and friends:
***Goodness!! Should any of those guys get to drive???? I think his comp needs to be on foot or a bike.......
Wow. I am really glad no one was hurt, however---that is the main thing.
Our friends' son is in Mexico City--he is currently in the mission home, and had a nice conversation
with his mom on Sunday. He has 9 months to go.
It is surprising how quickly the time goes. Pretty soon John will be out at school.
Thanks for posting the pictures that you do. I don't FB, and Earl does only occasionally, and I don't think
he is connected up with y'all.  Genine

***Thank goodness that he's okay.  That looks like a close call....not good if it had been his door!!!!!!  He was watched over!!!  It was fun to visit yesterday!!!  Leslie R.
 ***Sister Dees;  I pray for the missionaries every day from our ward and stake and for all missionaries every where, and for my Michele in Japan. I hope my prayer helped Elder Dees. I will pray for him to get well soon, also for him to be happy with his mission.  M. Smith

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