Wednesday, September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013


So there was nothing really new this week...

Just kidding!  This week was insane.  My new companion came.  I am training him.  He is fresh from Syracuse, Utah.  He got here on Wednesday.  Then on Saturday there was a terrorist attack very near my proselyting area.  It is still going on, I believe.  So far I think around 30 have been killed and 120 have been injured.  I hope everyone is thoroughly terrified for my safety.

I also finished the Book of Mormon during the time we were locked down (can't leave our flat) on Sunday.  I gained a stronger testimony that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God!  It is an awesome book, you should read it!

For now, we have a curfew of "dark."  So that means we are in our flat by 7pm at the latest.  So it really means we need to be in around 6.  Which means that after we get out of our flat at 12 because of training the new missionary we have only 6 hours to do work...  Let's get to it I guess.

I am safe, though, so no one worry.  I might need an emergency care package of snickers and jolly rancher bursts.  Just kidding...  The snickers would totally melt.

In case anyone still cares, my address is

Elder Jacob K Dick
Kenya Nairobi Mission
PO Box 46162-00100
Upper Hill Road next to Citigroup

If you request reimbursement for the expensive stamps or package costs...  Haha what a joke.

I love you all!!!!  Here is a good quote from Elder Spencer Stolworthy (Mexico Torreon Mission):
Work like a fool and obey like a dog.

Elder Jacob Dick

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

September 16, 2013


So this week was awesome.  Well, I guess it is how you look at it, because if you weren't me you'd probably think it was terrible.  But I am me and I think it was fantastic.

On Monday we went into Nairobi for me to go to the doctors.  The doctor was total bogus.  He knows less than I do about problems of the body.  On our way home we got a call from this girl that we know saying that her boyfriend was trying to kill himself.  When we got off the matatu we went over to see what the problem was.  She called us because she was still at work.  So the guy was drunk and high and just plain crazy as it was and he was acting so strange.  The cops were called and they took him away.  We saw him later in the week and found out he was just faking it all.

From that incident we met Catherine who we think talked to us because she wants a white boyfriend.  My suspicions were heightened when we taught her for the first time and she kept talking to me and not my companion.  She has an 8-year-old daughter.  I emphasized I was 19 but I don't think that did a darn thing.  Every time she calls and I answer "Hello this is Elder Dick" she says "Hiiiiiiiiiii."  Which is awkward because then I always say "Is this Catherine?"  And, like most Kenyans, she responds with an affirmative grunt.  There is a grunt for "yes" and a different grunt for "no" and I have been endowed with the gift of interpretation of tongues and I can now finally tell the difference.  I think that the next time we see her I will tell her how I am going to marry some white girl from Utah or something.  I will progressively increase my opposition to our relationship until she finally realizes that I don't want to date her, all I want her to do is read a book.

On Friday we tracted FAR to the south of us.  We walked and walked and I have never met so many Muslims.  Holy moly.

Other than that, same old same.  Elder Ledwaba leaves on Wednesday to go somewhere else.  We will find out where this evening.  I love you all!

The Sri Lankans send their regards to everyone.

Elder Dick 

Monday, September 02, 2013

August 26, 2013

So not much this week.  It was a really hard week for me.  I was sick, but I didn't tell my companion because I didn't want to stay inside all week.  So we went out and worked every day.  It was possibly the wrong decision for me because everything was just hotter and I was hungrier.  But we got a lot of work done!

Our water was out Fri-Sun and then Sunday night our power went out so we did everything by candlelight when we got home...  What an experience!

We walked so much this week.  We saw so many people.  It was hotter than any week so far.  We did WORK.  But through all of the pain and struggle, it has been easier to recognize the little miracles that our Heavenly Father gives to us that really keep me taking those next few steps.  You know the story of the pioneer who was pushing the cart and when they felt they couldn't go any further they felt someone pushing the cart from behind.  When they looked back, no one was there.  That is how I feel almost daily.  It is quite often where I feel like I could just give up right then and go home and I would be so relieved, and then I decide I need to keep going, and when I start taking the next few steps I feel like someone is actually lifting me and pushing me onwards toward that next house that most likely will be a bounce.  It is so wonderful, and terrible, and hot, and mosquito-infested, and I love it.  It is seriously a blessing.  Sometimes I am upset I got called from my beautiful home in the South to come to Kenya of all places, but it is so much more of a blessing than I could ever begin to appreciate.

The church is true!

The Book of Mormon is the word of the Lord!  Read it!  Share it!

Elder Dick