Monday, March 30, 2015

“I want patience and I want it NOW!"

March  30, 2015

This week’s been rough again. I’m still sick. I went to the doctors on Tuesday, and they told me I have a lung infection, and an ear infection as well, so we’ve been taking it easy the past week. I feel bad because my companion really wants to get out and work, and so do I, but me being sick is holding us down. However, one night we did go out and work, and we took a member out with us. It was really neat, because after the visit, we had an hour of contacting, and so he suggested we say a prayer, and then we would be able to find some people. Well, for the rest of the night he was directing us to people to talk too, and we saw miracles!!  He would nudge one of us and say "that one. She will listen" and then they would! It was incredible. I really had my testimony of working with the members strengthened. The neatest thing though, was we stopped a lady and her daughter, and she said she didn’t have time, and so we offered her a card, and then right as she was turning away, the member stopped her and asked if he could just say a little prayer to help her. She agreed, and so he said a little prayer, and then she went on her way. We don’t even know her name, but I do know that she will never forget that experience it was really neat.

Also this week, I went on two intercambios, because Elder Engen had to go to Vitoria for a physiotherapist appointment three times. So one intercambio was to Vitoria with him, and the second one was in my area with Elder Defendis. It’s been quite the medical week! But, I’ve learned a lot about relying on the Lord. He is always there, and he knows what’s best for us, so we just have to learn to be patient. My only problem is, to quote Elder Clark, “I want patience and I want it NOW"! At least I know what to work on:)
Thanks for all your support and prayers. Have a good week!
Elder Dixon

Monday, March 23, 2015

This week’s been a bit rougher then the past few

March 23, 2015
This week’s been a bit rougher then the past few. I’ve been sick since Wednesday, and inside for most of the time, and the weather is rainy, and a bunch of stuff has fallen through, but, through it all, it’s still been a really productive week. We’ve been able to really see the hand of the Lord this week, and the way I’ve been able to see His hand the most has been through my companion.
One of my favorite scriptures is Mosiah 2:17, "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God". Well, as a missionary, Elder Noovao already is in the service of God, but then to top it off he’s taken really good care of me, and even more than that, he’s done a ton of work in our area. On Friday, I took a good five hour nap trying to sleep off a fever, and when I woke up, he showed me the pass by plans he made for every investigator in our area book. Then, the next thing I know is he was studying the language. He didn’t miss a beat in the work, but just kept plowing ahead while I’m trying to get better. It’s been really neat to see. He has such a big heart, and he’s dedicated it to the Lord. It’s all because of him that we still had a lot of lessons.
Other than that, I don’t have much to say about this past week. We have unfortunately lost contact with the reference from our ward mission leader, and so hopefully we will be able to talk to her this week but we’ll have to wait and see. We did however find a bunch of great people to start teaching, and today while we were walking in the old part of town buying stuff, a guy stopped us and asked us if we could teach him and his wife. Apparently the missionaries had been teaching them a while ago, and he wants us to go by again, so that was pretty neat. We´re finding a ton of work to do here, even after all the work we have done already. I love this area, and this work.
Elder Dixon

Monday, March 16, 2015

It was really touching

March 16, 2015
This week was a ton of fun, and we saw miracles. Our ward mission leader works as a repair man, and this past week, he was helping a lady fix her water heater, and somehow he started talking to her about the church, and found out she wanted to learn more, and come to stake conference. So, he gave us her number, and we called her up, and had a visit with her, along with a member. In the visit, she explained to us that she had been going to a different church for a while, but never felt like she could open up an really express herself, but with us she could, and so she proceeded to tell us her life story, and how she knew that God was there and watching over her. It was really touching. She’s been through a lot of hard times, but she knows that God has always helped her out of the situations. She’s had a lot of health problems as well, and for a couple of years she couldn’t walk. But she just kept bearing her testimony about how loving God is, and then we explained that He is our father, and He loves us, and asks us to do certain things in this life. Then, we invited her to be baptized, and with tears pouring down her cheeks, she said she had been waiting for someone to ask her to be baptized, and she accepted a baptismal date for the 28th of March. She also came to stake conference, with her husband, and they promised they would never miss a day of church. Since then, we haven’t had a visit with them, so we don’t really know her husband very well, but they truly are amazing people, and she at least has a very strong desire to be baptized. It’s absolutely incredible. It’s really neat to see what Heavenly Father does to prepare people to accept the gospel, and how He prepares and guides us as missionary’s to help His children.

Other than that, this week was really great because we had the mission tour in Bilbao, and stake conference, and even though we missed a full two days of work, we still met most of our goals, and found a bunch of great people to start teaching as well. There were so many other experiences that we had that were amazing. For example, we were passing by a house to see if an old investigator still lived there, and when we knocked on the door, and explained who we were, the lady who answered asked us very sharply what we were doing looking for her daughter. So, after talking for a minute through the timbre, we asked if we could go up and speak face to face. The look on the lady’s face when she saw two young guys in suits and ties was priceless, and then as we continued talking in her doorway for the next hour, her surprise just grew and grew as we explained what we believe, and why we do what we do, and in the end, she said we could come back on Tuesday when her husband will be home, and she gave us a reference as well. It was incredible.

Another really neat thing was that a menos activo family invited us over to eat Sunday, and when we got there, the mom said she had been cooking for 4 hours for us, because it was the first time in 8 years that missionary’s had set foot in her home. It was a really humbling experience.

Over all, I learned a lot about the correlation between diligence, patience, and blessings this week, because we have been working really hard, and even though some days have been really hard, the Lord just keeps blessing us. I love being a missionary, and especially being here in Pamplona with Elder Noovao. He really is an amazing companion. We have so much fun, and we are really open with each other. I really feel like he is a brother, not just another missionary.
I hope you all have a great week too!!
Elder Dixon

Monday, March 9, 2015


March 9, 2015

This week was amazing, mainly because WE HAD A BAPTISM!! It was really great. Francisca Ruiz Cordova was baptized on March 7 2015 by Elder Noovao, and I was able to confirm her a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on March 8, 2015. It was a very sweet baptismal service. We met Francisca through her daughter, who has been a member for almost three years now. A lot of missionaries have passed by their house, trying to talk to her family, but none of her siblings or parents ever really wanted anything to do with the church. Well, these past 2 months their family has been going through a really hard time, and so Francisca started reading the Book of Mormon, and she came to church with her husband for the first time in the beginning of February. Since then, she has only missed one time, because of work, and she has progressed so much. It’s really easy to see how much her life has changed. She even told us that as soon as she started reading, praying, and coming to church, she has felt more at peace and things have gotten better with her family. As a part of it as well, her oldest daughter, who has always been nice to the missionary’s, but wouldn’t go out of her way for them, has invited us to eat at her house with her family a lot. So we have been working a lot with the whole family. So far, Francisca is the only one who would even accept the invitation to be baptized, but her husband is reading, so we’re working with him as well.
One neat thing that happened was that we had the interview Friday at the church, because we figured it would be quieter than their house. However, we forgot that mutual happens Friday night, and that the young men’s leader has a two year old child that never stops screaming. So, we were praying that the interview would go well, and that they wouldn´t be disturbed by the noise, and afterward, I asked Elder Engen if he could hear everything going on. He said yes, but it seems as though Francisca wasn´t able to. It might just be that she’s a mom and so is really used to crying babies, and it just didn’t bother her, but either way, It was a blessing. I’ve never seen anyone so happy as her daughter when Elder Engen let us know that she could be baptized the next evening. The service was very neat, and very spiritual, and a bunch of ward members were there. I really have loved being able to see her progress, and now be a part of the church. The Garcia-Ruiz family really is like another family to me, and I hope to see all of them become a part of the church and go through the temple. I love fulfilling my missionary purpose.
Thanks for all your prayers and support!
Elder Dixon

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

It rained so much the river went up about 5 meters...

March 3, 2015
This week was a really good week, and we had a ton of fun, first with going to Vitoria for an amazing zone enfoque, and then with a really great intercambio with Elder Engen. Then, after having the transfer jitters all day Saturday, it was really neat to find out that Elder Carter is going to Gandia, and that Elder Engen is training. I’m super excited to be with Elder Noovao again too.
Oh ya, and it rained so much the river went up about 5 meters...flooded big time, so that was cool too. However, the best part of the whole week, was when Francisca, the mother of a member, accepted the invitation to be baptized this coming Saturday. It’s been a really hard time to get her to church, and her daughter has been really patient with her, and very encouraging. It’s been very obvious that the Lord has been helping and preparing her for the past two and a half years since her daughter’s baptism, and we are sure that her baptism will set the example and the rest of her family will soon follow. It’s been really neat to see her progress the past couple of weeks. The only possible hiccup is if she has to work on Saturday, so we’re praying for her to not have to. It’ll be pretty neat though, because the new missionary will get to see how a baptism is done in the Barcelona Spain mission his first week in the field. We are so excited.
So ya, this week was amazing. I hope you all have a great week too.
Elder Dixon