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, July 9, 2012


7/9/12---5:07 pm  (Pics, 3 at Zoo)
Hey everyone not much this week. Had a hard time getting in to see people due to the holiday weekend. Had a meeting on the fourth in Boise, finally get a day off and I have to spend it in a meeting! But other than that things went ok.  We began teaching a new part member family and they are LOADED, they litterally have a giant jungle gym INSIDE their house and they fed us dinner and gave me a steak like the size of my face! But other than that kind of a slow week. Some news though is that I have to speak next week on my birthday.  My greeny volunteered me not knowing it was my birthday, greenies don't know anything!!!! Just kidding its ok. Today we went to the zoo in Boise and it was so much fun! Got to see all kinds of animals and fed a giraffe! The video is to large to email though )=. Well you can see it in 14 months I guess. Other than that not much to report, hopefully this next week is better. I'll be awaiting a birthday package here soon! Bye!

Email from Mom:  pics
Early HaPpY 20th BiRtHdAy SoN!!!!!!

Hi Son!

Son you are growing up and having another birthday!  UnBelIeVaBlE!!!!  I recall the day you were born.  You were a precious little boy---well, not little--you did weigh in at 10 lbs 6 oz!  :]  You were 22 inches tall and you've kept up the growth spurt all your life.  So much time has passed-you are now a grown man.  I'm proud of you.  You've accomplished many good things in you life, the most important being baptized on July 15, 2000, becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I was looking at that picture of you and Ryan S and Logan and Jordan C were standing outside of the church and now look-Logan has returned from his mission and you, Ryan and Jordan are serving your missions at present--I find that pretty cool.  Keep the faith.  

I want you to know we love you and I have enjoyed many wonderful moments with you as you have grown up.  Wish I would have been a better mom for you and I will try harder to do so.  

I had a strong impression in Sacrament Mtg yesterday to pray for you and I immediately did so, a silent yet heart felt prayer asking Heavenly Father to watch over you and keep you safe and strong in doing good.  I pray for you often.  I pray things are well w/you and that you are continuing in doing good on your mission.   Overcome evil thoughts and actions.  We all can w/the help of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and our love for them and ourselves will motivate us to do so.

From your last email I seems you and comp have been busy w/teaching appointments!  That's awesome!  

How are meals coming along?  We feed our missionaries this Wed night.  What to fix?????

Had a prank call on my cell last night.  My heart sank because I wasn't sure if it was you.  I hope not you or any of your friends.  Such ugly cussing.  I just hung up.  So uncalled for.

We have spent some time in Bristol this past week since Melissa and family were down.  Mark and Savannah and children are at Cindy's as well.  They may move to our Lynn Haven area.  Some have been swimming in the Springs.  Not me though.  Too mossy---I just walk the dock and do "gator watch" patrol.  


Grandma Gentry is doing ok.  Her memory is still poor but she ALWAYS remembers to ask about you and ask how you are liking your mission.  I told her she should write you but her penmanship has diminished and I think she feels embarrassed about it.  She seems to have arthritis in her right hand.  I causes her pain, as well as her back.  

The ward is growing.  Have I mentioned we open the overflow curtains?  They still haven't asked John to give a return missionary talk.  Two plus months now---he's a bit disappointed.  Oh well.  Sister Cornelius did ask him to come into RS yesterday and share on "how to prepare for a mission".  He did a nice job.

"GEORGIA THUMPER"?  ON Grandma's screen.
The house is a wreck---been trying to clean out this garage.  Overwhelming.  Your dad keeps threatening to get flooring.  We shall see.  Way overdue but funds are slim.

Pippin is still doing well.  Seems to hear better since John got some medicine for him.  Your dad's phone has a high pitched "ding" when someone calls and it always sends Pippin into barking mode.  aaarrrrhhhhh

Well, I'll get you a pkg off soon for sure this time!!!!!!  

Madison goes to Youth Conference this week.  They don't need your dad to go this time----BUM  - MER   !!!!!!!  I could have used the break!  :)

I have to put some quilts together up at the church (for youth conference) so I may not be around when you get on but if you could let John know you are on I would like to ask a question or two.  But it you don't want to---well I'll have to understand.  (tears)  

I love you----really I do.

Live your testimony.

Love, Mom

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Cousin Wade G.:  Did I fall off the email list or did Nicholas stop writing?

Gretchen:  Hi Wade---I am behind on sending out his emails for like a month now but I have plans to get them out soon.  Thanks for asking.. :)

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