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June 3, 2013

 

Good Morning Family!!

Monday- After P-day we went to a members house for dinner, they work with the youth out in Immokalee but live in Naples, so i’ve known them for a long time. We had good food and oh yeah the dad, Elder Thompson is an Area 70! They got out their scrap books of the scouts in Mokee and the first page is me with my baptisms! It was so cool to see!

Tuesday- We switched companions at Red Robin in the pouring rain and it was sad to say bye to Wilson but good to get Olschewski! First night taking over the area and I double-booked dinner appointments.. what is this? I’m not a grennie 😦 Had a good dinner then saw some less active members to finish off the night. The 2 little girls did my hair and put purple extentenions in my hair haha

Wednesday- I had to go to a District Leader Meeting all day and that was fun, good to see some of my good missionary friends that I haven’t seen it a while. Had dinner with another member when we got back and then got finding blessings from our bishop, which were really helpful!

Thursday- We taught some less-actives and one of them was saying the closing prayer and then whipped her kid with a belt during it and then continued with the prayer! so funny! I bought some Haitian cd’s that me and the chef are always jamming out to. So sick! We had dinner with this family and they invited our investigators over too and we had a way spiritual lesson with them, the members gave bomb testimonies and it really helped. The 2 gators are 2 girls who are going to girls camp, so that’ll help their progress as well. We wanted to go to a graduation for our other gator but we didn’t have the miles 😦

Friday- My first time training at District Meeting! It went really well and I love my district. It is a big district and we work with all of the companionship’s so its fun. We saw tons of members after and it was good to see them. We have 2 kids right now who are 8 and their parents are less-active so we have begun teaching them! I love teaching kids!

Saturday- We ate T-Bell and my slushy dropped and went all over the floor, so embarrassing! We went finding and found some really awesome families that we are going to start to teach. Really excited about that! We went to a members house and she is Jamacian with a Haitian Husband. They left raw meat outside and flies and bugs were all over it and then they decided to cook it up and feed us it! Goodness! And It was Hayden’s baptism! I want to hear all about it!

Sunday- Beautiful Sabbath day. I loved it so much. We had tons of Haitians at church and translating was fine. I was busy running around everywhere. I met a guy who is in the Little Valley stake and says he is going to contact mom when he gets back and say hi for me! I also saw a girl from my high school there too.. Now 2nd time i’ve seen someone in the Naples Ward I’ve know. Small world! We had dinner with our ward mission leader.. the one who sales Bentley’s and Maserati’s!

I am grateful for the work that I am engaged in, I am so thankful for the support I have back at home and I am grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ who so willingly gave His life for us. Let us all use the Atonement in our lives and appreciate the life of our Redeemer because He does live! Love you all so much and I hope you have a great week!

-Elder Thomas

May 20, 2013

Sak ap fek fanmi’m!!

don’t google translate that by the way.. it’ll say something about bags.. haha it just means what’s up family! But This week has been epic and so awesome! We concluded the week with 3 baptisms and we are so blessed and grateful for the opportunity we had to bless these peoples lives!

Monday- We had a good p-day, we went on exchanges with this Elder named Elder Langi, he is a boss! He plays football for Utah. Cool Kid. We had dinner with a Spanish member and then picked up this dope couch from another member, he just gave it to us! haha We had fun on our exchange, good memories!

Tuesday- 1 Year in Florida! We sat in Zone Conference all day and it was good, that was are last one with President. We taught Bernadette a little more and figured out the program. We helped the Desire’s with their baptism as well and we were just pumped for the week!

Wednesday- We just made programs all day and then went knocking, we went to activities and and gave Elder Brower (the senior couple) a blessing because he is getting surgery on his eye. It was really spiritual and he appreciated it.

Thursday- We made brownies for the baptism and set up everything and some other Elder gave Bernadette her baptismal interview and she passed with flying colors! We got some BK ice cream before the baptism and found this way awesome Haitian lady we need to follow-up with this week. The baptism was so beautiful. It was Myrlande and Gerard Desire! They were so happy to be re-baptized into the church and we confirmed there too. I gave sister Desire the Holy Ghost in Creole and it was so awesome, best thing ever! The man that baptized them is from Immokalee and his daughter came too and told me how everyone in Mokee misses me and wants me to come back! So funny!

Friday- We did service in the morning and painted this porch fence. It was fun and we talked with some Haitian workers and they loved that we spoke Creole! We printed some pictures off, so i’ll send some to ya’ll soon 🙂

Saturday- best day ever!! First off it was “Haitian Flag Day” which is basically 4th of July for Haitians:)  Bernadette’s baptism was off the chain! I gave the talk on baptism in Creole and then Wilson baptized her. When she got done changing and back in the room she waved her hands in the air was all, “I’m soooo happy!!” it was hilarious! Everyone loved it! She bore her testimony and I translated it but I just started to cry.. She said she split from her husband in Feb. and that she had been praying for someone to be placed in her path for more faith and guidance. Two weeks later we showed up on her door step and then a month in half later she was baptized! Best story of my mission so far! Ah, I love Bernadette!! We then went to a Haitian Flag party in Ft. Myers with all the Haitian-aries and it was lots of fun with tons of good food. We then went to a graduation for an investigator in Ft. Myers and that was fun as well, crazy I’ve been graduated for 2 years.. what the junk?? Time Flies!

Sunday- Church was a little stressful because I had to translate all 3 hours. I was able to give Bernadette the Holy Ghost in Sacrament in Creole again. Such a great experience, I loved it! And so did she!! she started to walk on the stand to give another testimony.. haha! Then while I was translating in Priesthood, the Haitian man just knocked out, snoring and I was just laughing! We had dinner with an English member family who all their little girls remind me of Hayden 😦 we got fed steaks and they were delicious. We drove home in the pouring rain and it was scary but we made it safe:) had a good rest of the night with all the Elders and that concludes the week!

I love my Savior! I am grateful for the chance to serve Him and brings souls unto Him. We have been blessed for our efforts! It is now grind time, to go out and find more people to come unto Him! Wish us luck and pray for our success! Love you all so much 🙂

-Elder Thomas

Talked to my MOM!! May 13, 2013

 

I love Mothers day! And I had the best time talking to my family!! I love you all so much and thank you for your support. The mission is so great and it helps when people back at home are praying for you! I miss my baby sisters so much and my dear parents. So glad I was able to see all of you 🙂 Hopefully on X-mas I can see the whole family. Chris and Elise included!

Monday- Just like today, last Monday we went to the Pier and played beach volleyball, so much fun and the sand is so soft! We made sand mermaids and buff dudes haha. I was the little Mermaid 🙂 You can call me Ariel 🙂 We played basketball and it was legit, I love playing with Elder Schenk. We own the court! Then the junkin’ sisters wrote on our car windows with paint.. what are we in high school? goodness! Took so long to scratch off. They are shortening our time out here again.. this time by 2 weeks. So I come home now on March 5th! Crazy!

Tuesday- We did service in the morning and painted some walls and put this sticky stuff on the floors for carpet. It was fun! We had a good lesson with Bernadette and she is solid, then we asked Cemy Desire, the son of the 2 parents if he wants to be baptized with them and he said no 😦 We’ll get him soon enough! We through a surprise Birthday Party for Elder Chamberlain and it was way sweet, he turned 19! Young Gun. Then the bishop came with me and Wilson to a way less-active family and it was really spiritual and they committed to come back to church! So stoked!

Wednesday- We had ZDM for like 5 hours it was ridiculous and our ZL’s looooove to talk :/ Kinda just put everyone in a downer mood for the day. We helped the Naples Elders move into their new house and we taught this recent convert. We got pizza at activities and the sister missionaries gave us these pictures of our favorite temple and scripture, way cool!

Thursday- Wilson’s mom sent him a package of “gator” stuff and she bought me a Florida Gator shirt, so nice!! We got things figured out for Bernadette’s Baptism, we are so happy for her! We drove around and tried to find the hospital and found it after an hour. We gave this lady a blessing for the sister missionaries, it was a good experience. She was grateful we came. Then we went to the garden “of hope and courage” haha the hospital has a garden for people to forget their misery and try to gain some hope. Goodness, only in Florida. We knocked for a little and found some good areas to go back as well as some sweet Haitian stores.

Friday- We did service again for that lady and we painted doors and door frames. We helped the sisters out again with another blessing for one of their investigators mom, it was really great as they were both crying and grateful we came. Glad the sisters can really upon us as worthy Priesthood holders to help out their gators! We went to Olive Garden for Elder Chamberlain’s real Birthday and ate so much food. Best place yum!

Saturday- Happy Birthday June Bug 🙂 We did follow-ups all day and talked to some crazy Haitian guy who believes in this false prophet.. and then I owned him with my testimony and we bounced. We just gotta start relying upon the Lord to put people in our path and start focusing on the people who are ready to hear the Gospel! We were placed that night in front of our house to help some Haitian’s move in across the street and they were amazed we spoke Creole. We helped them a ton and there were 2 families and they want to fed us! So legit!

Sunday- Best Mothers day ever!! I was so happy to talk to my family and see their beautiful faces. I was basically bawling and it felt good:) haha I miss them so much. Made my night to see them and talk to them. Happy Mothers Day Mom!! I love you so much, you mean the world to me:)

I love you all and I am grateful to be out here preaching the Gospel, helping all those I can come unto the fold of the Lamb. Keep praying and growing your testimony in Christ. I love you and miss you all. Have a blessed week!

-Elder Dallen Thomas

 

April 22, 2013

 

Family&Friends! It is a rainy, overcast day here in Naples Florida. Sitting at the library with my dumb boot on can’t wait to get it off tomorrow so I can get back on the court! 🙂 haha just playing, I’ll take it easy!

Last Monday- We had a great lesson with the Louis Family and they are really progressing it is awesome. They are teenage girls who we might have had a problem with the Law of Chastity…(Florida..) haha But they were good with that and kinda complained about the Word of Wisdom.. but we’ll work out the kinks!

Tuesday- Again we taught Jacquiy and he is so solid, he basically taught us about keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. He is great! We had to help all the new missionaries get settled down here in Naples. We got Elder Schenk, one of the new English Elders and he is hilarious! We actually go home together and we just hit it off. One of my great friends out here on the mish. He came to some lessons with us until his companions came down. We went to some sketchy neighborhood where these kids were yelling at us, telling us “you don’t belong here Mormon’s.. You crackers… swearing…” great times! Which is funny because I’m 6’3 and so is Schenk and Wilson is 6’2. not to mention we are all 20! What the junk? These little punk 15 year old’s man.. We taught a good lesson with the Desire Family and they are solid, we talked about temples. We got the other 2 English Elders at like 9 at night in the pouring rain. One is Elder Langi who is the running-back for Utah (Go Cougars) 😉 yes the rivalry continues in Florida.. and Elder Chamberlain a small, nice black kid from SLC. So these Elders are way tight and we are excited to have them in our area and to work with them!

Wednesday- I was companions with Elder Hubbard all day because our companions had a district leader meeting in Tampa. Hubbard just recently got a concussion and is totally out of it, can’t remember a thing! It is so sad and I just basically had to babysit him all day. We got some Panda Express and that was good 🙂 But he just rested all day. We went to activities once Wilson got back and the Desire’s Mom had her interview to be re-submitted or re-baptized and the Dad didn’t come so… the First Presidency might not clear them 😦  We hope they can get re-baptized because without them, we fail with the kids because they all want to be baptized together. Pray for them!

Thursday- We weekly planned and we cannot believe April is basically over.. And it is almost summer and school is about to get out, what the heck?? Time is flyin’! We had some good lessons and taught the Desire Family again on Humility and it went way well, the Dad sat in on the lesson and participated the most, so that was good. We are going to watch 17 Miracles with them soon.

Friday- We had a sick district meeting and then taught Jacquiy. He is getting baptized on April 27th at 11 o’clock! Thing with Haitian’s is they can’t make up their dang decision on who they want to baptize them! They tell us to choose. So Elder Wilson is going to perform the Ordinance and I’ll give him the Holy Ghost the following day. It’ll be great because it’ll be in Creole and we are in a English Ward, so they’ll love it! We had to look for apartments for all the Elders and Sisters down here because we are short 2 apartments and we need to get everyone situated. It’s a mess, and we wanna live by ourselves again!

Saturday- Saturday was way sick!! It was Elder Hogge’s Birthday so we all met half way at Red Robin and went to lunch. I loved seeing all the guys again, we rarely see them because Naples is like a black hole.. It is in a totally different Zone and we never see any of the other Haitian-aries. I need some new b-ball kicks so I got some… hope that was ok 🙂 haha They are so dope!! Black and Neon Green! Imma be ballin’! We then attended a baptism for some other Elders in our District and that was good. We had another Birthday party to go to for this little girl named Ahkilah.. or however you spell it! But her family is less-active so we went to support. We got some great grub of Haitian food and talked with a bunch of “Haitian-Mommies” as we call it.. I’ll explain some day 🙂

Sunday- Probably one of the most stressful Sunday’s! I had to translate non-stop for 3 hours. All of Sacrament, Sunday School and Priesthood to Haitian’s who could care less that they are there.. In fact they take off their head-sets so i’m basically translating for no one. ha one guy even fell asleep in Priesthood while I was sitting right next to him. But I love them so much!! Jacquiy came to church and loved it and can’t wait for his baptism next week! I went home and just crashed out.. When I woke up I was basically in “Zombie-Mode” and not in a good mood 😦 We had to teach some little buy named Darlins who “hates everything” He is 8 and just the biggest trouble maker ever! He got kicked out of Boarding School.. tell me how that happens?? Anyways yesterday just wasn’t my day. We camped out but the window forever waiting for the Spanish Elders to come home so we could ambush them with water guns. They didn’t get home tell 10:35!! Big No-No!! but we still owned them with water.

I hope you all enjoyed your week! It was a great week for me:) I am doing great and can’t wait to be back to normal tomorrow when I get my boot off! I pray for you all and love you all so much! and p.s mom.. I need a new long sleeve shirt.. “16 1/2 34/35 Fitted Poplin” thank you:) Love you mommy! Sorry I don’t have pictures.. I can’t upload them onto the library computers and apparently I look “skinnier” so imma bulk up and then send pictures 🙂

-Love Elder Dallen Thomas

 

March 5, 2013..haircut, basketball, investigators, baptism, gift of tongues, Red Sox,……SUNBURN!

Hello! Sorry for not emailing yesterday, we had a crazy p-day that i’ll talk about a little later..

 
Tuesday- We had some old gross Spanish soup still all over our back seat and it smelt sooo bad! So all morning we tried getting it out… failed. The cars still kinda smells even today. We finally had a b-day party for me and ate some cake. It was fun! I went on exchanges with Elder Jones the Zone Leader and his area is on campus of a college down here. Oh my goodness I was freaking out, we had to talk to all these kids our age and people that AREN’T HAITIAN!! I was tripping out but it was a lot of fun. We then taught this girl named Stephanie at the church and it was good but she is a Biology major and she didn’t believe anything we were saying! Goodness! We then had Institute class and ate some pizza. The other Elders who share the same area with the Zone Leaders came over and baked another cake for me and we had a little party. It was sweet, the Elders in our Zone are so sick! 
 
Wednesday- We woke up and made some pancakes and I found a Harry Potter wand/writing pen 🙂 so legit! haha We all went to Subway after District meeting and I got Buffalo Chicken… eww bad choice! We taught this less-active lady and she is so nice but she works on Sunday’s so she can’t come to church. We went to dinner with the Spanish Elders at their members house and then we had activities at the church. No one even recognized me with my hair cut! We changed into different clothes and played b-ball with the youth. 
 
Thursday- We had a lot of referrals to contact, so we got some Watermelon sour patch candies and some Mt Dew and drove around visiting all of our potential investigators. It was a lot of fun and way productive! We taught another less-active lady and she is moving and won’t tell us her new address.. Haitians. haha we then had a lesson at this investigators families house where we watched the Restoration and answered their questions. it was really spiritual and we hope to set a date with them tonight! 
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Friday- We went to Mckyd’s for breakfast, so good! Then we went to help this lady with a grant… I didn’t even know what a grant was haha but we helped her and she is this nice Haitian lady who helps out all these poor people in Haiti. She showed us a video of these people in Haiti and it was so sad! That place is awful and it breaks my heart people have to live like that. We taught Chantania and filled out her baptism papers and she was excited for her baptism! We had dinner at another Spanish members house where they fed us pizza and we watched another church movie. It was awesome! I said the prayer twice in Spanish! haha gift of tongues baby! We found out the two Spanish Elders living with us won’t be moving out soon and we are a little ticked off. They are so messy! Our house looks like a bomb went off and I can’t stand living like that (thanks mom) 🙂 
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Saturday- we woke up and helped clean the church and played some basketball. It was transfer call Sat. so we were all excited to see what would happen. Me and Elder Wilson are staying another transfer which is good. And one of the Elders we live with is training so we will have a newb in the house! haha We all went to Olive Garden to celebrate and it was so bomb! I love that place! We then set everything up for the baptism and not a lot of people showed up, it was sad. But Chantania is not the smallest 11 year old and I was kinda stressing out I wouldn’t perform the baptism well. So I had a small prayer that everything would be fine and the Lord in His mercy helped me baptize Chantania and the whole baptism was so beautiful! She loved it and was so happy! Ah it was so perfect! I am thankful for a loving Father in Heaven who answers prayers! We then went home and cleaned/ dis-infected our house and change the whole layout to our house. Our house looks so legit now! We set up surround sound and have this whole “sanctuary” to ourselves 🙂
 
Sunday- Wilson gave Chantania the Holy Ghost and we had a great fast and testimony meeting. The other meetings aren’t as good because we seriously have to translate everything and Haitians are crazy! They LOVE the bible, so you say one thing about it and they flip and go off about non-sense. its ridiculous! Our solid investigators keep bailing on us and on church, it stinks!! Pray for them! We watched the CES devotional that Elder Bednar gave. Oh my, it was so awesome. So spiritual and great! I hope you all had a chance to see it, if not, you can watch it online! We are pulling the sickest prank on Elder Rod’s new trainee hahaha I’m pretending to be from France and I can’t speak a lick of English and we are going to go split knocking and he’ll have to do everything. It’ll be epic. He comes down tonight!
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Monday- Probably the sickest P-day ever turned into the most painful p-day ever (except when i broke my foot) We went to the Red Sox vs Rays spring training game and it was legit!! We got in for free but we had to do some service first. So for 4 1/2 hours we helped park cars. It was a lot of fun and not that hard. Plus we parked some really nice cars!! Ok we couldn’t actually park them, but we directed them into a parking spot haha still it was a blast. It was freezing in the morning and then it got so hot! We got a hot dog and drink and found a sweet spot to sit and watched the game! We left after the 7th inning but the Red Sox were winning 5-1. Elder Hogge came with us and it was a lot of fun! I love that kid. We went to the mall to look for a new belt for Wilson and i looked in the mirror and i was done…. complete 100% tomato. Oh my goodness, my face got so sun burned it is ridiculous! It hurts so bad. I had to hurry and buy Aloe Vera and drench my face with it. My face is seriously swollen and I can’t even smile because my lips are burned too. I have zero expression and it just stinks. I had the worst nights sleep last night! Please pray for me, I need all the support I can get 😦 
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I love you all so much!! You all are in my prayers each night. Stay strong and keep pressing forward!
-Elder Dallen Thomas 

 

 

December 24, 2012

Merry Chrsitmas!!!!…..Eve!!

Well we will jump right into it starting on Tuesday, Me and Elder Hogge put together our Christmas packages and sent them off, I hope you like the Haiti bracelets and Mokee shirts! We had lunch at a members house and the little girl can’t speak English but she was pounding on the bathroom door and crying and saying in Spanish she is going to pee her pants, it was hilarious! And I received 3 packages! solid day!
Wednesday, goodness I loved Wed. Elder Hogge had a district leader meeting and was gone the whole day so I had to go hang out with Elder Stegall (my trainer) and Elder Elliott (my MTC comp.) up in Ft. Myers. We went to the Edison House which is Thomas Edison’s and Henry Ford’s estate in Ft. Myers, it is where Thomas Edison created the light-bulb. So legit! I took lots of pictures and it was a very educational, I loved it! We taught one of their investigators and I did the first vision in Creole and she started crying, fist time I’ve made a Haitian cry! It was so spiritual!! Then we came back to Immokalee and the Ramirez’s gave us all presents and I got a way sick new tie! I got 2 more packages too:)
Thursday, I woke up really sick and my cold is back 😦 I made a map of Haiti and I am making tallies of where Haitian are from, it’ll be great!! I got 2 more packages and I got a letter from Grandma and Grandpa Thomas! I love them soooo much!! We tried to teach this lady named Annet but she went off on our church and hates our members, she likes us though and told us to come back Friday.
Friday, Welp, the world didn’t end! Goodness, people are idiots! Seminary was so sick as we just had a party and ate and I received an Immokalee High School t-shirt. Sister Ramirez gave me and a hug and in her broken English said, I love you Elder Thomas. So legit!! We taught this lady named Pa Bliye and she gave us food. She started bawling because while we were there she received a letter from her son that is on a mission and it was so sad! I just taught of my mom and me and Hogge started to get teary-eyed too. We watched the “Restoration” 3 times that day too with investigators. I got another package and a letter from my awesome cousin who just got baptized!! We found out that Lone Peak is ranked #1 in the nation in basketball and was playing in a tournament in Tampa. They lost in the finals though. 
Saturday, it was sooo cold!! And I am so sick! It stinks 😦 We taught this lady named Chasline and she is legit, she asks us all these way good questions and we asked her to be baptized but she said she needs to get prepared more. We are excited for her! Then we picked back up this girl I contacted into my first week in the mission, she seems way positive! Best part about the day was getting 2 more packages and getting my voice recorder from my family!!! oh my goodness I loved it so much and seriously cried when I heard their voices and we had a great time recording them back! The Hogge got chased by this huge dog! soo funny!! Played some Volleyball and the sand was so cold, but it was a lot of fun! I seriously have like 20 presents and I am the only one who got presents, I hope I’m not the only one opening stuff on Christmas morning. 
Sunday, stressful, stressful, stressful. We got a lot of presents and groceries from the branch though and that was nice! We took presents to these little Haitian boys and sand in Creole then they fed us some way good soup called bouyon. Yep that was all that happened on Sunday! I am stoked to call tomorrow and hopefully Skype, actually if I don;t Skype i’ll be legitimately mad!! haha Have a Merry Christmas everyone! I love you all and pray for all of you! 
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