Monday, July 27, 2015

When things get rough, worms and ice cream

Worms and Ice Cream

Everybody hates us
Nobody likes us
Let's go eat some worms.
Fat ones
Skinny ones
Little itty bitty ones
I like the ones that squirm. 

Well hello my little worms. 
That's the song Sister Bee and I sing when we are out tracting for 40 days and 40 nights and no one lets us talk. Funny story though, we were singing that when a lady who was walking behind us gave us a funny look. We didn't know she was there. And she didn't want to talk about Jesus either. It was pretty funny though. Hahaahaha

So this week has been...interesting. Very interesting but good. So after going to the temple on Tuesday, which was fantastic, I got sick. Like way sick. I had the 24 hour flu. So all day Wednesday I was literally dying. But let me just tell you Sister Bee is sooo amazing. I literally was so sick I couldn't get out of bed, so she made me toast, ran a bath for me, made me some noodles for dinner (I love noodles), got me medicine, made sure I always had water, and told me funny stories to cheer me up. She was fantastic. I couldn't have asked for a greater companion. I really think that because of her I was able to get up Thursday morning and get back to work! I am sure the priesthood blessing helped too! Haha I've only been out here for two weeks and I've only gotten sick 3 times. I think I've been sick enough now I don't have to worry about it for the rest of my mission! (Hopefully). 

This week has been really challenging. We got 8 return appointments from tracting and everytime we went to check up on them they weren't home. And all of the other potential investigators and less actives we tired to check up on weren't home either. But we will keep trying. And hopefully we will be able to catch them at a good time. We have a few really promising potentials so pray for them please! 

We have a count on how many people open their doors without pants on cuz, ya know, that's like totally a normal thing to do. We also get ice cream after hard days. And good days. And whenever we see people with no pants on. Let's just say we get ice cream a lot. Also, the people here think that 80 degree weather is like as hot as inside a volcano so they ALWAYS have the air turned down to 30 degrees. I'm always so cold and they look at me like I'm crazy. They don't understand that I just came from 104 degree weather. They have no idea what true heat is. Hahaha but I love the weather here! The high is like 80 and the humidity hasn't been bad at all so I am in heaven!!! But winter is gonna be a toughy.. I can already tell. 

So for a spiritual thought I have this wonderful poem Sister Bee shared with me about forgiveness, it goes:
To forgive, is not to forget
To forgive is to really remember
That nobody is perfect
That each of us stumbles
When we want so much to stay upright
That each of us say things,
We wish we never said,
That we can all remember 
That love is more important than being right
To forgive is really to remember 
That we are so much more
Than our mistakes
That we are often more kind and caring
Than we think we are
That accepting others flaws
Can help us accept our own
To forgive is to remember that the odds are pretty good
That we might need to be forgiven ourselves
That life gives us more than we can handle gracefully
To forgive, is to remember
That we have room in our hearts to begin again
And again
And again
-Sydni Masoncup 

So my challenge for all of you is too forgive. It's easier said than done, but it's worth it. If God can forgive us all the time for all the stupid things we do, than we can forgive too.

God is real
He knows us
He will help us
The gospel is true
God loves you
And so do I 

Love, Sister Dickson

Maranda's Awesome Zone 

A Walk in the Woods 

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Ice Cream! 

When Things Get Rough 

So Friday was a particularly hard day. All our appointments canceled
and no one would answer their doors or they would say the infamous I'm
all set. I was really discourage until sister bee had a prompting that
we needed to stop at this certain street and go tracting. I said ok
and we went. We knocked on quite a few doors and no one said yes. We
were more discouraged and about ready to turn around when a car pulled
up to a driveway. A man got out so we went over and asked if he had a
moment and he was like yeah i do.
After he said yes I was shocked. We talked for a while and we gave him
a Book of Mormon and he said he'll read it.
Now we don't know of anything will come of it, because from what he
was telling us he was strongly involved in his religion but he lifted
our spirits. God put us on that path to find him because God knew that
we needed that extra "umph" to get through the day. That experienced
helped me realize that God knows what he is doing and we just need to
trust in him. This picture was taken right after that experience. A
rainbow. I beautiful rainbow that said to me, God know you. And he
loves you. Keep your spirit high and never doubt. There is a purpose
to every door you knock on.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

We aren't in Kansas anymore Toto

Well hello hello hello my pretties!
Sorry I am emailing on a Tuesday because we switched our p day to....
(Pause for effect) I'm going to the Boston temple!!! Woohoo I am so
pumped. My lovely companion and I are sitting out front of the
Portsmouth chapel just waiting for a sweet member to come and pick us
So let's get down to the nasty. If you have a light stomach or get
grossed out easily I would skip this paragraph and go to the next. But
I am gonna talk about the plane ride here. Let's just say I got sick.
Way sick. And threw up everywhere. Thank goodness I made it to the
bathroom but that's all I made it too. So we had a layover in Detroit
ya know, and I had literally just puked all over myself but when I got
off that plane that's when I realized we aren't in good old Utah
anymore. I was saying hi to everyone and waving because that's just
what you do in Utah. They don't do that in Detroit. Everyone was
staring at me like a had four heads and only one person said hi back.
And to top off the glorious day my phone card wasn't working so i
couldn't call my family and I only had enough change to talk for two
minutes. So Imagine me, in all my cuteness, sitting in a airport with
literally the meanest people ever covered in puke and crying because
of the phone company and their hatred towards me.
That's when the miracle came. The lady I sat by (who I had recognized
from the flight we were on before) just started hugging me. For like
10 minutes and just sat there and let me cry. I was so confused. Like
who in the heck was this lady and why was she being nice to me?? I was
convinced that nobody outside of Utah was nice. But I was wrong. Way
wrong. She asked me what was wrong and I told her my little sob story
and she was like oh here is my phone. I lost it. She is truly so
christ-like. So after I got to talk to my mom and dad we sat there and
talked for awhile and she told me she was a member of our church and
that she lives in somersworth New Hampshire. Then she said I know at
least one of you will be in my ward and I said oh man I hope it's me!!
Then we ended our conversation and got on the plane where i puked for
about another hour and a half straight.
I have never loved land so much until the moment I got off that plane.
Now let's talk about New Hampshire holy cow it is beautiful. Just big
bright amazing huge trees ever!!! And cute old charming towns and
houses that are centered around history. Its amazing. And my cute
loving mission president and his darling wife did everything they
could to help me get over my sickness. Unfortunately I didn't get to
eat any of the great food sister stoker and prepared because I was so
sick, but I got a blessing and then they told me to go lay down. The
kindness of all the missionaries was over whelming.
So the next day we had our transfer meeting and to my joy and
excitement I got called to serve in the somersworth NH ward with my
amazing companion sister Bee! The Lord truly watches over us and cares
about us because I am serving in the greatest area ever! The people
here are kind. Even if they aren't interested in hearing our message
they are still so kind and caring. We had one lady answer her door and
said no she doesn't want to listen to us but offered us water. And
another lady said please don't come back but gave us some homemade
jam. Haha. People here say the phrase "I'm all set" so I here that
like 800 hundred times a day. But I've only had one guy be mean and
that's it so I will take it!
So sister Bee and are like the same person. I love her dearly she is
amazing. She's from Tremont! It's great here. We have a few potentials
but no investigators at the moment. Pretty much everyone here is
catholic. But we have a few and hopefully we can help them feel that
love and peace this gospel brings us.
This week has been the hardest yet most amazing week of my life.
I am soooo blessed. The ward members and so kind a Christ like. They
would literally drop anything to help us.
The food here sucks. The fast food restaurants are terrible and taste
completely different than the ones in Utah. Haha but the members can
cook so good! So I am blessed there.
I love you all dearly and thank you for your letters and your
encouragement. You are all wonderful.
God is real
He watches over us
He loves you
And so do I!
Love love love,
Sister Dickson

Here are some videos from Sister Dickson about her new adventure in New Hampshire!

House Tour Part 1

House Tour Part 2

House Tour Part 3

House Tour Part 4

Sundaes Part 1 

Sundaes Part 2

Cookies Part 1

Cookies Part 2


Finished Dinner

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I am off!!!

Here are some pictures of Maranda at the airport just before leaving to New Hampshire! Thanks Heidi for going there and getting us the pictures. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015


k my dearly beloved,
Lets get one thing straight. I have loved my experience here at the MTC. I have learned so much and I have grown so much as a person. I am a completely different person today than I was a week ago. I have grown such love for my Savior and for this wonderful gospel, and I wouldn't trade this experience for the world!
But oh my heck, I can't wait to get out of here and get to work!! I can't wait for food that doesn't want to make me die and I can't wait to be able to do my business without anyone knowing about it. #dormlifesucks
I can't wait to go and help people find this amazing joy and love that I have because of Jesus Christ.
We got to watch Elder Packer's funeral on friday I just wanna say one thing about that. It wasn't sad. Why wasn't sad? Because everyone knew that we would see each other again. How wonderful is that? Families are forever all because of our wonderful Savior and our loving Heavenly Father. Death is not a permanent thing. What joy that brings!!
So there is my spiritual thought for the day!
I am leaving on Monday at 3:30 am. (kill me) so my roommates and I are pulling an all-nighter and eating all the junk all of our wonderful family members have sent us. We have an extra top bunk bed so we have all the snacks on there. It is pretty funny. I will send a picture of it next week when I have a little bit of time.
I'm sorry this is short but I have to start getting packed!!
I love you all so much!
The gospel is true
God is real
He loves you
and I love you

Love, Sister Dickson

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Monday, July 6, 2015

One week down, one to go!!

Hello hello hello my loved ones! i sent one email and didn't mean to send it. haha so lets try this agian.
First to start off the gospel is true. I have grown in so many ways in such a short amount of time that it even blows my mind.
So lets start with the companions, my companions name is Sister Wright. Then the other sisters that I room with are Sister Watson and Sister Robertson. I love them all dearly. I swear I know sister Watson and Robertson from somewhere. Its probably from the pre mortal existence.

Anyways there is one experience that I really want to talk about. Last night was movie night and we got to watch a talk Elder Bednar that he gave at the MTC a few years back. It was like the spirit hit me like huge grande piano falling on me from a 20 story building. (smash) It was on the characteristics of Christ. He told a story of a lady who's daughter was in a car accident with two other girls. She learned that her daughter had died but the other two were in very bad conditions and her first concern was to tell the other daughters that their daughters were okay. Elder Bendar was the stake president at the time and he had to go and identify the girls. The ladies daughter was completely distorted and it was a horrific scene to have witnessed. But the lady was concerned about elder Bendar and invited him to see her daughter after she was fixed up so that wasn't his last memory of her. Then on the way to her daughters funeral a very angry sick lady in her relief society called and complained that no one had brought a meal to her yet, so on the way to her daughters funeral she dropped of a hot home cooked meal to this sister.
This lady was a true example of what being Christ-like is like. He invited us all to forget ourselves and lose ourselves in the service of others.
I think that is so important today. I have such a strong desire to be more like my wonderful Savior. We should all try to be more selfless and help others, even when they don't deserve it like that complaining sister.

We also had an amazing fireside with Jenny Oaks Baker. She is an amazing violinist and she is also elder Oaks daughter. Her four kids performed with her and it blew me away. Such a special experience and a great lesson for me on being a great and loving missionary. Again, forget yourself and go to work. 

As for everything else I am okay. I am so happy and so filled with love more then I could ever imagine. It's amazing what this experience can do for so many.
We went on a temple walk and I met Stephanie Neilson. She is the lady from the mormon message about when her and her husband were is a airplane wreck. She is an amazing lady and it was a pleasure to meet her.

The spirit is so strong here. We've taught so many investigators. Even on the first day and I feel so happy to be able to share this great message with so many great people.

I have great teachers. Sister Smith, Brother Sorensen, and Brother McGin (who is a hot hot hottie) are all great and they have helped me so much to be comfortable teaching the lessons. 

I love my district. They are a bunch of 18 year old boys who are about mature as 10 year old boys, but i love them each dearly. They all have such strong testimonies and that continue to blow me away and they have such a sweet and caring nature towards me and my companion. Trent and Jeremy, nothing is more attractive to a lady then a worthy priesthood holder with the name of Christ pinned to their shirts. Please make a mission a priority. It is the best thing I have ever done and its only been 4 days. Plus almost all of them are pretty cute(:

To sum up my experience so far the best way i could do it would be that these past 4 days have been a chocolate fountain of love and of the spirit and i have been swimming in it and stuffing it down my face all day long. Its a wonderful wonderful thing.

As for the bats, that wasn't in my residence hall so I never even saw one. Thank Goodness for that. And as for the parade... guys that wasn't me. I didn't march in any parade and I was way confused. Go look at some more pictures of me so you can remind yourselves of what i really look like. Plus i don't have a skirt like that. hahahahahah mom you should know that. jeeeeeeez louise you had my whole district cracking up hysterically! So that made my day. 

Some things I want all of you to remember. You are loved, God loves you and this world is a beautiful and wonderful place. Good always triumphs evil. And every single one of you reading this is good. Families are together forever and I am so happy I have a wonderful family.
All of you are amazing. Please go out and do something good today. Go help someone in need and brighten someone else's day, if you do I promise it will also brighten your day as well.

Some little questions I'll answer is yes, the food makes me soooo gasey. Yes there are a ton of cute boys, yes I'm still happy I am here and yes I sleep on the top bunk and i hate it because I am i swear I am going to die every night I go to sleep.

I'm alive and well and yes I will send pictures.

I love you all sooooo much and miss you all!

With much love, 

Sister Maranda Dickson

ps please excuse my bad grammer. I do hair not words <3

 Companion in the floral dress and her roommates.
 But first, let me take a selfie!
 Maranda's District.
 All the sisters in Maranda's zone.
 Maranda found her friend Jackie, who is going to New Mexico.
Maranda and her roomates.