Elder Dawson

Elder Dawson

Friday, September 25, 2015

P-Day Hang Out

Elder Larsen, Elder Forbush, Elder Dawson and Elder Guymon...not necessarily in that order!

September 25, 2015

September 25, 2015

Bula Vinaka! It's been three days and I can already tell that this is going to be one of the best times of my life. When I woke up on Wednesday I had this terrible feeling in my stomach and I couldn't shake it. Being with Stacie and Corey helped, but I just felt so nervous and worried. As soon as I entered my class room though everything changed. I couldn't stop smiling. I was just engulfed in all the craziness that was my new District, District E, and the beautiful language of Fijian. The language is so cool, I can't wait for you to hear it.

My itokani, "companion" in Fijian, is named Elder Guymon. He's from Mesa, Arizona and has an awesome attitude that is just great to be around. In our Residence we have three Elders from Australia, and all three are trying to teach us how to perfect their accent. I was just called as Senior companion last night. My Branch president says we can't say it out loud, but we have the best Zone by far. The Zone is made up of the five South Pacific Island missions. The guys in my District are the bomb. They all just have such a great spirit.

The language is coming along very well. It's a little tricky to get the pronunciations down but after you do it just kinda flows. It is such a gorgeous language. Lots of Vs, Ts, and Ks. I just recently learned how to bear my testimony in Fijian as well as pray. We are teaching our first investigator tonight in Fijian. 

This morning I was able to go to the Temple to do sealing. I was accompanied by my itokani, and two Elders from our District, Elder Larsen and Elder Forbush. It was such a great experience. The feeling of joy that we could all feel didn't come from us, we knew it came from those who were now bonded to their families forever. 

I LOVE being here, waking up is hard and sometimes the meetings seem to drag on for hours, but this is the happiest I've ever been, AND IT'S ONLY THE THIRD DAY.

Au via wasea na noqu ivakadinadina. Au kila e  dauloloma ka kuakuawa na Kalou. Au kila e bula vakayago o Jisu Karisto. Au vakadinidinataka e kaukauwa na yalo tabu. Ena yaca i Jisu Karisto, Emeni.

With much love,
Elder Dawson
September 23, 2015

A note from Andrea:

Tuesday night, Jasen arrived in Salt Lake City and was met by his fabulous aunt and uncle who treated him to a fine meal of his favorite, BBQ burgers, hot off the grill.  The next morning he visited with his Grandparents Dawson, who loved on him like they always do!
They headed to the Mission Training Center, in Provo around 12:00.  His arrival time was 12:30.

From Stacie, "He didn't want to be the guy that showed up five minutes early so we drove to a parking lot and hung out!!"

September 22, 2015

A note from Andrea:

Jasen's flight left John Wayne Airport, in Irvine, CA today at 11:25 am.  We had a fun drive up, Jasen, Michael and I, laughing and talking as if nothing hugely monumental were about to take place. We parked on the roof level of the parking garage...mostly to keep me from hyperventilating, I think.  Check in was a snap, thanks to the travel experienced big brother.  He was excited, nervous for the flight but excited.  I held it all together, even during the best and most painful goodbye hug of my life, and watched him walk through security.
I don't see my tiny binky baby anymore. He is a man now.  I like who he has become, so tall and strong, so fun and witty, so tender and gentle.
He arrived in Denver, a tender mercy layover, around 3:45 and got to spend the next few hours in the loving arms of my parents, my sisters and some absolutely darling cousins!  I love them so much for loving him so much!