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Fatherhood

Happy (super)Belated Father’s Day!!! So I totally meant to write about Father’s Day for the past two weeks, but it’s been crazy busy. I apologize.

Being a dad in the mission is different. Especially going almost directly from son to father. I understand why it’s generally a good idea to wait a little later in life to have kids. You can learn some crazy weird things on the mission… But yeah, this is a picture of Elder Bath, my trainee, and I! He’s cool and really funny. We have a good time together. From Mississippi, with the accent and everything (which is pretty contagious… I don’t mean to speak with a drawl. I don’t even want to. It kinda just happens.). He’s willing to work hard, and he’s obedient, which is very good. Now we’ve got to work on changing the “being willing to” into “having a desire to.” I don’t think it’ll be too hard. He’s an awesome elder. I’ll do my best to raise him right and make you proud, dad.

Speaking of fathers, they’re awesome. When a house lacks a strong father figure (more importantly, a worthy preisthood holder), there is a MASSive difference. The Spirit just cannot thrive as much. I’m grateful to have been raised in a house with such a father. I didn’t realize until recently how much of an impact Dad has made on me and the decisions that I’ve made. As I look at who I’ve been and who I am now, I can see in my past similarities to stories Dad has told me about himself. And I can see myself going down the road and heading towards being like him. Thank you for everything you’ve taught me, Dad. In seminary, in family home evening, in our little chats we had every so often the past couple years, and in your example. I’m doing my best out here to make sure you can be proud to tell people you’ve got a son on a mission, working hard and doing what’s right. I know I’m proud to call you my dad.

Just like my biological father has impacted all of my life, my mission dad, Elder Gines, has impacted my mission life significantly. I learned a lot from him about how to be a better missionary, as well as a better person. It surprised me how similar we were when we first met, but everything leads me back to knowing that President Becerra was definitely inspired to call Elder Gines to be my trainer. I’m trying to do my best to make him proud of me as well. I’ll keep him in the Arcadia mission by training Elder Bath the right way. I miss you, Elder. Also, I can’t find your flattened coins… Sorry.

And to conclude, I’d like to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! to my dear friend, Norienne! I’m so excited for you, and I know you’ll have a wonderful life! He looks like a solid companion. My happiness for you exceeds boundaries. That’s one lucky hombre. =)

With love to all,
Elder PICkett

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Posted by on June 25, 2012 in general

 

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Some More Pictures

In the last post, Duncan mentioned that he ran into Reed and Karen (his uncle & aunt), and they took some pictures. Here they are:

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in admin

 

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You Say Goodbye, And I Say Hello

You Say Goodbye, And I Say Hello

Well, Elder Gines is currently with President Becerra, either watching movies or receiving counsel. Or perhaps eating lunch. But he’ll be headed home to Highland tomorrow. Poor guy… He loves the mission so much. He didn’t want to leave it. It must be especially hard, seeing as he was in his last area for 10 months. I’ll miss him.

The farewell was awesome, and for many reasons. The Spirit was flooding in through the tears and goodbyes, and I just felt so lucky to be a missionary. And to still have time left, even though I only have a year and a half left. Even when you start your mission, you’re almost done. Yikes… I don’t want that day to come. Sorry, Family. You’ll just all have to move back to California or something. Mixed feelings about everything… But it really stressed to me the importance of making your time worthwhile, how great a privilege serving a mission is, and how little time you have to serve it. All of these things were intensified by seeing my Uncle Reed and Aunt Karen there. It was so cool! I was taken completely by surprise. They gave me a care package and we had a sweet chat afterwards. It was marvellous! But that’s not all, folks! I also happened to unexpectedly run into Todd Haskin (the older brother of my roommate at BYU) and his girlfriend, Nikki! That wasn’t planned by anyone though. Just a crazy random happenstance. All in all, it was a fantastic experience, one I believe I needed, and I learned a lot from it. I’ll have to pass on the legacy of those that went before me as I train my new companion this transfer. Oh, yeah, and I’m training this next transfer. WHOOO!! I’ll be sure to have pictures tomorrow. If you want, you could guess where he’s from, and make this kind of an interactive experience (even though I can’t read any comments hahaha). Feel free! This blog believes in freedom.

Well, I’ll be seeing you folks all real soon. I need to get back to work now, though. Stay strong and don’t stop believing.

Elder PICkett

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in general

 

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The Ultima Week

[Note: Crud, forgot to post last week’s. So here it is a week late!]

So this is Elder Gines’ last week. Sad face. I used to be really worried about being “the Man,” as he likes to call it, in charge of the area and everything. But now I’m a lot more ready for it. Partially due to positive thinking exercises and things like that, but mostly because the Lord kinda forced me to prepare myself. So here’s the story:

Elder Gines gets sick one day while I’m freaking out about having to make all the plans in the area, teaching the area to another elder, and it’s not helping that a lot of the other elders are telling me that I’m probably going to train a new elder once Gines leaves. I am feeling thoroughly underprepared. And the Lord knows me very well, so he inflicts Elder Gines with this sickness. He doesn’t feel too bad at all, he said. He just lost his voice. So that day, and the next, and a bit of the next, I have to do everything. Contacting, teaching, calling people on the phone, etc. And I did it. I won’t say I did everything well, because doing so would be lying, but I did do some things well, and the Lord helped me prove to myself that I could (at the very least) do it. When He leaves you hanging… shoo. That’s one of the scariest feelings in the world. But it’s also when you learn a lot about yourself and your capabilities. There is a stark difference between when the Spirit is with you and when He’s not.

I’ll let you know if I actually am training next week… If so, please pray VERY hard for me, or else some poor elder is going to have a very rough start to his mission.

In other news, things are going well. I had something I wanted to tell you about, but it has since been forgotten. Things are starting to pick up, not only in my area, but in the ones around us as well. We also had stake conference this week. I guess in Spanish work, no one cares how much time they take to speak. The stake president started speaking when the meeting was already supposed to be over. But it was good anyways.

Since this is quickly going nowhere, I’ll just close with a spiritual snack. So I started my mission knowing that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was true and all. Which is a great blessing, really. To know of a surety that something is true, and will be forever is something that too many people lack. But my mission is really converting me. As I bear testimony of things I know to be true, they are confirmed to me as well as to those who are listening, even if they choose not to act on what they’re feeling. As I’ve gone along this journey, a lot of the same things happen, but my attitude about them has changed drastically. No matter what happens, I will always know that the Church that I currently represent is lead by Jesus Christ Himself through a man named Thomas S. Monson, that he holds the keys of the very power of Christ, and that I possess the authority to use said power to help God’s children. I know that Joseph Smith was the man who had the privilege to restore this authority, and that sacrifice truly does bring forth the blessings of heaven. I testify of all of these things, and also that God loves each one of you and knows you personally. He wants to bless you. Don’t deny Him the opportunity; don’t deny yourself the joy He wants to give you. I say all these things in the name of Jesus Christ and as His representative.

Amen.
Elder Pickett

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2012 in general

 

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Trying Not to Look Like a Camaron

The sun is super strong here in California. I’m hoping my SPF 50 can hold out. I’m already a little bit red, but I’m not too bad yet. I’m just hoping I’ll be in a car area soon so I don’t have to worry about it as much.

Well, I can’t remember anything super cool or macho that happened this week. We had lessons with two hardcore Catholics about the Restoration. One went significantly better than the other, but neither understood that Peter didn’t confer the “keys of the kingdom” that Christ gave him to anyone else before he was killed, and thus ended the authority to do anything in Christ’s name, and thus ended the Church of Jesus Christ. I also learned that Catholics believe that any member of the Catholic Church who has the Holy Ghost in them can perform ordinances for other people, such as baptism. They don’t believe that they need to have the Priesthood authority from God to do it. But it’s kinda understandable if you believe that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all one single Being, instead of the Father and the Son having bodies of flesh and bone as we do. I am just so grateful that I already know for myself which is the true church. It’d be really hard to try and figure it out if I didn’t have anything to help me. Joseph Smith was a boss. But I guess that’s why God chose him to be the prophet of the Restoration and not me. Definitely a good move on His part.

Another cool thing I wanted to tell you all about was Ramona’s family. Remember all those little girls who were baptized? Ramona is their grandma, and her late husband was a member. And my, what a member he was! He fed the homeless in his house on multiple occasions, he was always doing some kind of charity work for someone else, he was always nice to everyone and never got mad… Man. We were teaching Linda, the mom of the little girls, and she was remembering her dad’s funeral. She said when she was at the casket she saw two tears run out of his eyes and she didn’t know what it meant. We didn’t interpret it for her, but we left the house deep in thought. Ramona was baptized a few months ago, before I got here. Then Angie was baptized. Then Desirae and Destinie. Now Linda wants to get baptized. The only one left is Crystal, the oldest. Elder Gines commented about how Ramona’s husband had a huge hand in helping his family find and accept the Gospel. And it all started because the Spirit told a young man to talk to an old lady taking her trash out. What miracles surround us!

I love you all! Keep praying for missionaries all around the world. We need your support!

Elder PICkett

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in general

 

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