Monday, September 29, 2014

Just livin' the life on a desert island in a white shirt and tie.

September 29, 2014

So...this week was crazy!! We had some great activities, like a sports day, and we did a karaoke activity that Manuel (the recent convert who just got ordained an elder) was in charge of, and a ton of people came.  It was a blast!  And then Sunday Manuel blessed the sacrament for the first time, because he couldn't walk very well before, but since he came back from Palma, he has changed so much! He passed the sacrament too, because he didn't understand he was just supposed to hand it to the person who would pass it, but it was really sweet to see him pass to everybody., and he looked so good in a white shirt and tie.  I think he forgot to take the bread too, but hey, it's his first time, so I'm sure the Lord understands.  Oh ya, and when he came back from Palma, he brought us shaving cream....he's a great guy, and I love visiting with him. He's so neat!  
We also visited every member during the week, that I have met, so that was a really neat thing, cuz usually they are working or too busy or something, but not this week!  We either saw them in the streets and stopped to talk or we went to their house.  It was a pretty good week.  A ton happened, but the problem is that it was all small little things that just are a part of missionary life, so I don't really know how to write it all in an email....oh well.  Anyway, things are doing great.  Just livin' the life on a desert island in a white shirt and tie.
Love ya!
Elder Dixon

Monday, September 22, 2014


September 22, 2014

This week was awesome we had so much happen, and I have no time to write it highlights!
1. A recent convert just got ordained to be a Elder yesterday!!! booyah!!
2.   We have a new investigator, and he's great, and even though he doesn't read very well, he has been reading every day in the Book of Mormon, and he has prayed and knows it's true, even though he has only been able to read to page 8.
3. We had district conference, which made church crazy cause they had it on the big island and couldn't broadcast it to Menorca, so the president and half the members were gone, so we had a super small meeting yesterday, but it was still great:)
4. the Nunez car only needs one more coat of paint:) then it's done:)
5. The Book of Mormon is the best!!
So yup! that was the week!!
Love you all!  Have a great week!!
Elder Dixon

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Can you believe I've been on this island for almost 4 and a half months?!

September 17, 2014

So...this week was "una locura" (crazy)  so much happened!  The fiestas were all done and stuff, so that was good, they have cleaned up everything, and stuff.   So, Tuesday, we had a meeting for all the sisters in Europe, that we were in charge of setting up. It was broadcasted from Germany, and we weren't allowed to watch...but we couldn't leave either, and since they were using the computer we couldn't work that way...and oh, ya, there's no cell service in the church, and so we just sat and talked and played chess for two hours. Yup. Then we also went to the Nuñezes again to work on the truck, that was fun, and we found out later that night that one of our investigators was moving to England the next day...we got her new address, so more missionaries will be knocking on her door:) Then Friday we also taught institute, so that was fun, and I have learned a ton already from the manual we're using.  Then we also got to go teach a private English class to a members boyfriend, and so that was super fun, and then the crazy stuff really began.  So, Saturday was transfers, and Elder Jonson is now in Sabadell, by Barcelona.
Well, since there isn't anybody I could stay with on the island while he was traveling, I got to go to Barce again for a day!!! I got to see a ton of people and missionaries I know, and then I played guide for all the people who had no idea how to use the metros or get to the airport.  It was a blast!!  So, my new companion is Elder Lesueur, I don't know how to say it really it's like le sweer or something...idk.  Anyway, he's great.  He's from Arizona, and we get along well so far:) I'm super excited.  We are going to see so many miracles here!!!  Can you believe I've been on this island for almost 4 and a half months? Crazy!!  Also, we set a branch goal to have 30 people in church regularly by the end of October, so we're going to have to work super hard!!  It's gonna be a blast!!
Anyway, I hope you all had as good a week as I did!!
Love you!
Elder Dixon

Monday, September 8, 2014

Palma, zone conference, miracles...and PICTURES!!

September 8, 2014

This week was amazing!  So much crazy stuff happened, from going to Palma and the Zone Conference, to seeing miracles, and having the fiestas de Maó, it's been a really good week.  One of the miracles we saw here in Menorca was that Maca and her mother, Uriana came to church this week, for the first time since I have been here, and that was absolutely amazing!!  We had people to participate and everything!  They are both really less active and we have been visiting them a ton, and finally they came, and both gave beautiful testimonies as well.   The only bummer is the Clark's are in Barcelona to do piso inspections so they didn't get to hear them.  
Anyway, the miracle I really want to tell you about though is one that happened when I was working with Elder Dailey (my district leader) in Levante(Palma, Mallorca) while we were there for the conference  (we stayed two days, so we went on splits and worked the first night) anyway, we passed by an investigators house, but she didn't let us in, and wouldn't even talk to us through the timbre, so we left and passed by more people.  Well, later, we had to walk by again, and so we decided to try and find out if she wanted us to come by at a different time.  Well, Elder Dailey did a really good job of talking to her through the timbre (I was on the phone, so I missed his conversation) and we got in, and the following lesson we had was one of the most powerful I have ever been in.  As soon as we entered, she began to cry, because so much had been going on.  She has a handicapped daughter, and she and her husband are about to go through a divorce, and countless other things are going on, so she feels like she can't talk to anyone about anything, not even to Heavenly Father through prayer.  So we read a little bit of the Book of Mormon when the people of Alma are enslaved, and how they weren't allowed to pray, and then the Spirit just took over, and we  both felt impressed to promise her that if she were to read the Book of Mormon with the district, 2 chapters every day, then her whole situation would work out.  It was absolutely amazing, and at the end she was laughing and smiling, then crying from happiness and everything.  I really gained a huge testimony of both the power of the Book of Mormon, and of the promises we as missionaries can make.  And all this happened the day before the zone conference, where we talked about the exact same principle.  It was absolutely amazing to me to see and be a part of it.
That really was the highlight of the week.  We're also trying to avoid all the drunk people here because it's the biggest party of the year, with dancing horses and everything.  It's pretty crazy.
Thank you all so much!!
Elder Dixon
Photos are of Menorca and Elder Jonson is the comp.


Monday, September 1, 2014

We will finish the Book of Mormon by the end of the year!

September 1, 2014

So here in Spain a cool thing is happening, that for all the Barcelona mission, every missionary, and hopefully every member is going to read the Book of Mormon every day, about 2 chapters a day, and we will all finish by the end of the year.  The whole thing is to study the testimonies, attributes, and teachings of Christ, and then share that with everyone we can.   We are starting today, the 1st of September, and it hopefully will become a focus point throughout the mission.  I would venture to guess that it may be through Spain even, but I'm not sure.   Still, it's really cool, and even though we only started today, I learned something really neat.  Every time that Nephi or Lehi talk about the Lord, and his commandments, or his words, it is a testimony that He lives.  It's really neat to see that.
Aside from that, life here in Menorca is going well.  Things are starting to slow down for the tourists, which means that the work is picking up for us. This week we have been able to get a lot done, and we have seen miracles.  A miracle that happened this week was that one of the investigators we lost contact with for a while came to church yesterday, and so we had a great opportunity to talk a little more with her and try to help her out, and she said that she would read the Book of Mormon with us to be done by the end of the year.  Apparently, she has known the missionaries for at least 4 years, and she still hasn't ever read, but she said that now she has a schedule to follow, she will, so we will see what happens.  I'm really glad to have the schedule for me personally as well, because one of the problems I have with studying is that I want to cover so many topics, I pick up one and then drop others before I get done, so to have a set schedule is really helpful.  I'm really excited to be able to focus on Christ a little more as well.
We also went to a less actives house yesterday, to be able to teach her non member boyfriend.  It was really interesting, because he has no religious background at all, so things like praying, or thinking that there is a God, are completely foreign to him.   He's never really thought about it before, and so to teach him is really different.  But he loves to read, so we'll see how it goes.  Hopefully he will read the Book of Mormon with us too.
So, it was a good week.
Thanks for all your support.
Elder Dixon