Sunday, September 22, 2013

Elder Ballard was in town...

Dear family and friends,
I know there are many of you anxious to write Ricky and we are so grateful!  Because the internet is so slow and he is allowed only a short time on the computer he has asked that you send notes to us and we will send them all on.  I think he is trying to cut down the "traffic" so he can utilize his short time more efficiently.  That may change once he is actually in the field but he won't know until he gets there.  He cannot download or upload any photos in the MTC either, so you (like me) will have to wait to see his smiling face for about 5 (yup FIVE) more weeks.  If you want to send him an actual letter the address is:
Spain Barcelona Mission
Spain MTC
4a. Planta
Calle del Templo No2
Madrid 28030
It will cost $1.10 for postage - or three forever stamps.  You can do but the cost is the same as he is not a pouch mission.
The Elder Ward that Ricky mentions is his friend from High School that was in the Madrid train accident a few months ago that made national news.  He had to come home for some back and neck surgery and was able to go back out about a month ago.  He serves in Madrid.  The Lord truly loves His servants.
Thank you so much for all your love and prayers on behalf of our missionaries.
We love you,
Laura Dixon

 So, here is the rundown of my week:
Apparently I have a new district.  There are ten of us. (Elder Hunter Johnston from Bountiful is my District Leader), and there are two hermanas in the district. It's pretty cool.  My new companion is Elder Love, and he is an awesome kid from Arizona.  Not much really to say, but he is super cool. 
So we found out some cool news Friday about some stuff......
Break time!! I'll send the rest today still, but idk when.... (we're only allowed on the computers for half an hour at a time, but I still have another 15 min later, so I can finish, don't worry)
.........k, here is the rest.
....Elder Ballard was in town to teach the Mission Presidents, Stake Presidents, and Bishops from all over Spain, and he got to come talk to us before that meeting, and he shook every one of our hands.  Here in Spain, having a General Authority is super rare, so we were some of the only missionaries to get to see a General Authority at the Spain MTC.  As a part of that too, I got to meet my Mission President, who I found out stands a good 5 or 6 inches taller than me.  He is way nice though, and his wife was super kind too.  I can't wait to actually be out in the field!!    Another cool part about that meeting was that I got to see Steve Ward!!  It was weird calling him Elder though....he is really just Steve...anyway, it was really good to be able to talk to him.
The other thing we found out was that the biggest TV station in Spain was curious about the MTC, and so they filmed a bunch of missionaries and stuff on Wednesday...I don't think I'm on it, but a ton of my friends may be, and it's just cool that the MTC got filmed:) I don't know what station or anything, but if I find out I will let you know so you can go look it up.
Also last week we got to go to Del Sol, the very center of Madrid, and we saw the palace and cathedral and all sorts of stuff.   It was crazy fun.  We also have been playing a ton of futball (soccer...and yes, that is how it's spelled)   The field we play at is about a block west, and it’s a big arena. It's really cool...there is no grass here's strange.  Today though we get to go to the Real Madrid stadium.  I'm way excited.
K, change of topic.  
This week all the Russian elders left, and the French left as well, which was sad because they were all so cool.  It was fun to try and talk to them because Spanglish was our common language.  The Russian elders names were Elder Gorbokoninko, and Elder Antroppov, and the French names were Elders Amico, Luterme, and Copenrath.  Elder Copenrath was actually from Tahiti though. He is so funny, and the one who messed up my room the most.  One time, we went into our room and all our beds were made....without mattresses....they were all stacked up on top of the stalls in the restroom.....we got them back with their four alarm clocks set at 1, 2, 3:30, and 4 though.....and it was my idea to hide one in the was pretty fun.
Well, I have to go now, we're about to leave.  I love you all and I want you to know that a mission is one of the hardest things I have ever done, but it is also one of the best.  Even though it may not sound like it, the Spirit I feel is so strong.  I love this church, and the gospel. 
Elder Dixon

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