Sunday, December 15, 2013

Sharon Springs Ward Christmas Party....

At the Sharon Springs ward Christmas party we honoured all of the cute young men and young women serving missions from our ward. There was a picture display and a write up of each missionary. The ward provided the address, and all of the stuff needed to write a letter or card to the missionaries! This was the write up used for ELDER BRYSON SCOTT DEAN

Elder Bryson Scott Dean

Bryson is serving in the Manchester, New Hampshire mission. That means in his own words that he and his companion spend most of their time "finding" or in other words, walking and knocking looking for the "one".
Bryson is the middle child in the mashed up Jackson/Dean mix and the oldest of the 2 Dean boys.
Before his mission Bryson was attending BYU. Bryson wants to be an orthodontist.

Bryson in 3 words... As described by each of his family members:

Joel - Thoughtful, athletic, conscientious
Alexander -  Adrenaline junkie, supportive, expressive
Danielle - 3 words in a sentence  'Totally a babe' OR 3 separate words 'Loving, loyal, laughing'
Christine- Huggable, kind, strong
Lochlan - Mature, fun, friendly
Mom- Honorable, adventurous, humble

Bryson in a nutshell:
He loves....
(not necessarily in this order) his family, rugby, old muscle cars, the Book of Mormon, jumping out of airplanes, dogs, his friends, COD, running, weird and gross food, fireworks, traveling, languages, driving fast, scuba diving, Xbox 360,  roller coasters, more gross foods, reading, sleeping, football, fire, fishing, guns... Well actually any acceptable red neck pastime, diet coke, movies, beef jerky, extreme running /obstacle races, white chocolate, his mom..... He really loves his mom!

First Snow

Elder Dean's Favorite Sweater!

Derry, NH - #10

Hi Mum

First off what will the Christmas box be holding? Better not be anything big or expensive....

As for this past week, really nothing changed its still just the same, me and my companion still just did a lot of finding, so you know …. walking and knocking.

SAD STORY…. I ruined one of my favorite sweaters today, its 100% wool. I forgot that and washed and dried it just like normal….. Now it is a little small on me. (see picture).

Mum it is snowing THIS DOES NOT make me happy, I hate snow. I have already seen enough to last me a life time.

On Monday we had a Nerf war at the Georgetown chapel – it was epic.

We did have dinner with members over the week which was really good. We studied and did work every day. Fun thing on Saturday we did service a service project. Saturday was also Elder Jensens birthday. The service project we did was we helped cut this tree down for a member. It was a big fifty foot tree! A member would go up in a boom lift and then cut off branches and lower them down to us, once they were down they would be chopped and split. We (my companion and I) couldn’t use the chainsaws, but I could haul the branches and cut them up with an ax so that was really fun.

Elder Jensen and I still do insanity every day.

So I hope your meeting went well this morning what was it for?, sorry my emails have been so short, not much to post online. I love you mom.

Love, Elder Dean

Derry, NH - #9


So this past week, was ok. We didn't really do much other then find again. a lot of knocking and walking and driving from house to house trying to see less actives. So it wasn’t too bad.

The weather is getting colder and we got snow TWICE this week, it all melted away the next day but I’m not really looking forward to winter.

Thanksgiving was good, we ended up having lunch with one family and dinner with another. I made myself only have one plate that wasn't too full at both places, I was afraid of feeling sick. It was a good day and we had really good food.

Good news, my whole district is staying the exact same this transfer so that’s really good – I am really happy about that.

Well, other than that – there is really nothing else that happened this week, no crazy stories or funny things just all the same. Any way love you mom

Love, Elder Dean

Derry, NH - # 8


So this past week was ok, we just did some finding again so not much talking to people really. We still don’t have anyone to teach so that really sucks but we keep looking.

For Thanksgiving this week my companion and I will be going to a members house for dinner so that'll be good and should be fun. For Christmas we have dinner with someone as well. So Christmas day in the mission field is going to be different, it is really supposed to be a regular day except we get to call home, nothing will change…. I’m a little worried.

You know I haven’t had your turkey for like two years I was at college and dads last year and here now. Sad.
Transfer week is this week we get the call on Saturday … so I have no clue what’ll happen.

I love the boxes you send mom.

No I really haven’t eaten anything else crazy…. the moose and squirrel were the weirdest but both tasted good. and i will look for a nativity.

Oh I bought a Nerf guns today just the cheap little ones to mess with.

So yeah not much else
love you mom have a good day

Love, Elder Dean

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Derry, NH - 7


So funny story!

There is an elder who is in this mission and before he came here his mom was reading a blog online of an elder who is currently serving in this mission…… I bet you can’t guess who.... ME!

His mom had been saying how funny it would be if he ended up with me! He didn’t but he was at a meeting I went to on Friday and so he needed a picture with me to send to his mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Although other than that this week has just been the normal everyday routine, we still don’t have anyone to teach and so all our time was spent finding this week. We actually didn’t even teach a single lesson, not even less active or recent convert lessons this week, we just mostly drove and tracted.

We did get fed a lot this week, there is this one really great member - he does a lot with us. This week he took me and an elder I was on exchange with to cracker barrel. He also took me and elder Jensen out for Chinese…. Last week he took us to longhorn steak house AND cracker barrel. Oh my gosh I need to work out.

On Friday we went to this new missionary and trainers meeting up in Manchester, that was a lot of fun and it was good to see president and all the other missionaries. They are now going to be putting chips into every mission car in the world so that adds a huge stress to driving now.

On Saturday a cool thing happened, we were out just tracting and working. We were with a member and we had to use the restroom and so we stopped at this gas station, but they didn’t have one so we went to a restaurant next door, take in mind this is like the only one for maybe 10-15 miles in any direction, and so we go in and use it and the member walks in and sits down and this girl at the counter asks some questions about us, white shirts and ties, and if we are in college or something so he goes on to explain that we are missionaries and when we come out we end up have a thirty minute talk with the people that work there and it was really cool.

But yeah not much else this week love you mum, have a good week.

Love Elder Dean

Monday, November 11, 2013

Elder Dean's SECOND apartment! Derry, New Hampshire


Derry, NH - 6.

Hey mom!

So not much this week, it was actually a very long week of just nothing. Igot into a real rut of just feeling a little homesick so that made it really long week…but it was ok.

We had the ward trunk or treat which was fun. I enjoyed going and getting some candy!

I hate daylight savings it makes everything worse for us. My body is so used to getting up at six thirty that it has decided to wake its self up every morning without fail at six….. I am not kidding every morning!!!! and so with the time change my body still wakes up but now it’s at FIVE in the morning. Sunday I was just dying and so tired and dead and every one kept asking if I was alright and it sucked and now it gets dark here at like 5:30 instead of 6:30 and its getting worst every day!!!

It’s SO cold at nights here already – it is in the 20s and the days are in the 40s. THERE WAS snow on Sunday as well in the morning, none of it stuck but it SNOWED.

I would love to have you deliver a pizza!

Any how I miss you mom. Not much else happened this week. I’m sending you a flash drive, with a video of the apartment and also pictures

Love you mom,

Love Elder Dean

First Baptism

Elder Dean had a baptism! 
However, he said that he doesn't feel right in "claiming" it as he was not part of tracking this great man out. He was only there for the last three weeks before he was baptized. 
I still think it is FANTASTIC! 

Elder Dean and some friends!

Derry, NH - 5

Hi Mum,

So this week was good. Yes i did get your package i had to pay postage for it so that wasn't good but thanks for all the stuff!

You should only send on package per transfer mum. I don’t need anything.

Things are going good, we don’t have anyone to teach right now… it’s a lot of finding and tracting, so that’s no fun. This week on Thursday we are going to be put on lock down, the whole mission will be put on lock-down, at 5 o'clock because of Halloween. We have been told that we cannot do anything. We pretty much just get to sit in the apartment for like 4 extra hours so that sucks.

Let’s see…. I’m still working out I try to do insanity as much as possible its hard but I get it done, I heard they released a new one recently. Still getting fed a lot in this area which is great!

I hit my nine month mark in like four days can you believe that? things are going good with my new companion he is really good and a way better missionary then I am, but its different because he is deaf, but he has an implant that enables him to hear so that’s really cool. In the mornings when he doesn’t have the implant in I have to wake him up since he doesn’t hear the alarm.

Things are going really good here, hope they are for you too! I love you mum. Talk to you later.

Love Elder Dean

Monday, October 7, 2013

Putting a roof on a house!

Elder Dean on the roof! 

The View 
Close up! Check out the SMILE! 

Bryson said that the lady cutting it made a couple of mistakes and needed to keep trimming it so it ended up very very short this time.
LOVE the sunburn! 

4 Derry, NH

Hey Mum,

So conference was amazing. I really enjoyed each of the talks; they were all just so great. It was really nice to just sit back and watch them all. We (the missionaries) had to watch it at the chapel as well, we spent 10 hours at the chapel on Sunday, it was a very long day. We were the only people that were at the church, everybody else stayed home to watch it.

Elder S. Gifford Nielsen, he was the one who spoke about the exclamation point! He is coming to our mission in November for zone conferences so that should be really cool.

That’s really cool that you had the elders over for dinner we didn’t go anywhere, we didn’t even get dinner, we had to skip it last night. But we met a really cool Guatemalan family, they go to the Spanish ward but live in our ward boundaries, they signed up to feed us every week now. Sweet!

This past week we did a lot of service, a member in the ward needed a new roof on their house but they didn’t have the money to pay for one. The High priests group leader and us (my companion and I) put a roof in for them. Nobody else could come - they all had work or something else. We put the roof on from Tuesday till Friday. It was really cool! It was a really neat thing to help and learn how to roof, and it was also nice to be able to do a little physical work.

We taught our one investigator on Saturday and we brought over a member with us to teach. Our investigator called Sunday night frrrrreaking out that we brought somebody with us. He doesn’t want anyone coming over with us… that is a little bit annoying because we should be bringing members over so he can get to know them. Frustrating.

This was a really fast week it just blew by, it was a really good week though. I have a quick question I seem to remember that you said grandpa was a free mason and I want to see if I was correct, and if he is did he have a ring and also who has it?

Hope everything is good with you and the house love you mom talk to you next week

Love Elder Dean

Monday, September 30, 2013

Elder Dean and the turtle


3 Derry, NH

Hey Mom,

So I got the package and thanks for all the stuff,

I haven't yet eaten the bugs - I will take pictures of me eating them when I do though.

Lochlan really is really funny. That is crazy that CR just got home from his mission. Connor is really ready to leave for his mission. He will be good out there, it’s crazy though that he will leave and I will almost be at my year mark, in fact he might not even be in the field when I will hit my year mark. It kinda sucks that I will get home such a long time before him.

Thank you for keeping a list of the movies that are coming out, I have heard of some of the movies that have come out during my mission, I try not to notice them.

Mom, things here are going really good. My companion and I are doing really well together and I really like this ward… it is a great ward! Things are good.

One thing I forgot to mention last week I gave another talk - so that makes four in eight months.

Guess what today is? Today is my eight month mark, one third of my mission is finished, that is SO CRAZY.

We are teaching a little bit and things are good, our one investigator is progressing he has been without smoking for two weeks and so I am pretty sure that he will be baptized but we will have to see.

So these computers here are really weird, they shut off and most times we don’t even get a full hour, so yeah. It’s been a good week. Time is really flying right now, already I am half way through this transfer Not much else happened this week hope all is great with you.

I love you mom

Love Elder Dean

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

2 Derry, New Hampshire


Hey, so things this past week have been going really good, it’s crazy, the members here feed us SO MUCH in this area. My companion has some terrible allergies and he just always seems ready to die when we run the short distance so sadly I am not able to run as much.

BOTH my companion and I are out of money for the month so we can’t get any food so it is a good thing the members feed us…. WHY are we out of money? You will never guess what happened. We came home one evening later then normal and the latch on the door was locked, which was weird because I never lock that lock, I only ever lock the dead bolt. So we go to the windows, because we had no key for the latch, and tried all the windows - luckily we had left one unlocked so I was able to hope in and unlock the door … We thought that was it. However, the next morning my companion was going through everything and notices things are out of place and missing and his suit cases are all opened – he just started freaking out. I just thought he was a nut job. but when I went I checked my wallet I noticed that I was missing all my money and my subway gift card. That is when we realized that we had been robbed the day before and that was why the latch was locked. So I had all my support money stolen. Which was awesome! Nothing else was taken but I was so freaking pissed off! I was furious all day, I was so MAD. I have calmed down now but it still sucks. Yeah.

My companion REALLY likes to talk. Which is good and bad, New Englanders also really like to talk. So it is really difficult when we go to members houses for meals. I am always struggling to get us out at the time that we are supposed to. I feel like after Sanford where we never went to members homes for meals here we use up so much precious time just sitting and chatting with members, it’s hard to find the balance.

It’s starting to get really cool here and I’m really really excited for the fall weather to come to New England! I am NOT excited for the snow, i hate snow.

I has been really good to come to Derry, we taught out one investigator last week and so that was really good! He committed to a baptismal date, but he is really addicted to smoking he has been smoking since he was 13. So it’s hard for him but he comes to church and he gave us his cigarettes and his lighter last week. So that was good, pray for him.

This past weekend we went to this thing called Derry-fest. We spent the whole day just sitting there handing out cards inviting people to church, it was fun.

So this ward has a ton of these recent converts and they are the sickest people on the face of the planet! They are all so awesome, one of them named Brandon he is 18 and a senior in high school. He was just baptized in June and he is amazing! I love him so much he is so rock solid and loves the gospel and he plans to serve a mission after graduating and he is so cool, he plays music and guitar and he is just amazing and he is the best people person and he will be an amazing missionary.

Man, I hope I remembered everything I wanted to tell you, I am running out of time. I will try to email the Sister missionary back but if I run out of time tell her I said I was sorry these computers are so dumb, they lock you out after an hour.

Mom I love u so much. Ahh, I am really trying to remember everything I feel like I am forgetting things but these computer can cut your time short its weird. I want to still write dad so I need to go.

I love you I’ll send pictures soon.

Also last question is grannies moms name Eveyln Jeanette Frieholtz? I am trying to use family search since that is all I can use since its church website. Love you.

Also on family history get granny to see if we have revolutionary blood cause that would be SWEET!! And any other cool stuff I want to help just no time. Love you

Also on I traced back the Mack line all the way to the 1100s it’s so freaking sweet! We are all over the European continent, Germany and Switzerland and France and everything it is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!! And if this family search thing is right I found some direct relatives that were counts and knights in France and Germany and all sorts of stuff but I don’t know if it’s all correct

So I have to get off but one last thing - you will never believe it, looking at family history I found my 8x great grandmother on the Mack line, her grandpa is buried in my mission really close to my area!!!!!!!!! So sweet!!!!!!!

love you got to go

Love Elder Dean

Monday, September 23, 2013

Google Map views of Derry, NH

The aerial view of the drive from Elder Deans apartment to the LDS church building 

Elder Deans Derry, New Hampshire Apartment 

 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Derry, New Hampshire

Monday, September 16, 2013

Derry, New Hampshire

Derry, New Hampshire. 

Situated an hour from Boston, an hour from the seacoast, and an hour from the base of the great White Mountains of New Hampshire...... So really an hour from just about everything!

Derry, New Hampshire!

New Address: 

Elder Dean 
26 South Main, Apt. 3
Derry, New Hampshire, 03038

Second Sacrament Talk - Sanford, Maine

Good morning brothers and sisters, whenever I think of Missionary work one person always comes to my mind first and that is Jesus Christ. Throughout the course of His earthly life he was the perfect missionary ever. He was always looking and striving to find ways to teach people the gospel and to share with them the amazing message that he carried. Always saying exactly what needed to be said right when it needed to be. So how was it that Christ was able to so effectively spread the gospel? (other than the fact that He was the only begotten of the Father).

In Doctrine and Covenants section four it gives us a list of the attributes that we need to have in order to accomplish this work,

“5. And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.

6. Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.”

All of these attributes are things that Christ excelled at, he showed forth these qualities wherever he went, and so I wish to talk about a few of these attributes and why they are so key to this work.

First I want to focus on the love that Christ so magnificently showed forth to all who came seeking. To me in missionary work one of the most important things that is needed in order to be successful is that we have to love those around us. In Doctrine and Covenants Section 12 verse 8 it reads:

“8. And no one can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope, and charity, being temperate in all things, whatsoever shall be entrusted to his care.”

Love is an essential characteristic that is needed when we do missionary work. I have a friend who, prior to her being set apart as a missionary, was told by our Stake President that we will truly become successful when we love those that we serve. Since I have come on my mission the word love has taken on an all new and deeper meaning to me, prior it was a word that I hardly ever said, and when I did say it - it was to very few people. Now to me though, to love someone is to truly desire what is best for that person and to care for them. And as a member of this church I know that what is best for people is for them to partake of this gospel, we as members just need to make others see that as well. Christ did just that by showing love to everyone, he showed his love when he talked to the Samaritan woman; a group of people who were so hated ****THIS PART OF TALK WAS CUT OFF****to enter their country, yet our Lord and Savior showed her the same love that he did to everyone else and taught her. He showed forth his love when he forgave the woman who was taken in adultery and when he taught his disciples and the Pharisees that the second most important commandment, behind only to loving God, was that we are to love our neighbors as we do ourselves, and again in Doctrine and Covenants 112:11 when he said;

“I know thy heart, and have heard thy prayers concerning thy Brethren, be not partial towards them in love above many others, but let thy love be for them as for thyself: and let thy love abound unto all men, and unto all who love my name.”

And lastly he showed forth his matchless love for all mankind when he allowed himself to be taken and crucified, so that we could all eventually return to live with Him some day.

I would like to read the first and fourth verses to Hymn 220,

“Lord, I Would Follow Thee.” “Savior, may I learn to love Thee, walk the path that thou hast shown, Pause to help and lift another, finding strength beyond my own. Savior, may I learn to love thee – Lord, I would follow thee.”

“Savior, may I love my brother as I know thou lovest me, find in thee my strength, my beacon, for thy servant I would be. Savior, may I love my brother – Lord, I would follow thee.”

This has always been a favorite hymn of mine, because learning to love as our Savior does is so very important. In the very last discourse that our Lord gave while mortal to his disciples, right before his suffering in the garden and his arrest, was recorded in John 13:34-35:

“34. A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

So far I Have struggled with this for my whole mission, to be able to love someone that is nice or kind or who is my friend is easy, even sinners can do that, but to love everyone, even those who hate us and persecute us is very difficult. In his Sermon on the Mount Christ taught on this very same thing, he said:

“44. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. 45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven:…….”

For me to love those who yell and curse me, who slam their doors in my face, or who threaten me is extremely hard, but as we follow the example of our Lord and walk the path that he has shown and show that same love to our fellow brothers and sisters, they will come to recognize us for what we truly are, and that is disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, and their hearts will be touched by the Holy Ghost and softened so that they will desire to hear our message. Our previous mission president told us a story of two Elders who, one cold winter night knocked on a man’s door, who told them off. As they were walking away one of the Elders put his arm around his discouraged looking companion and told him that it was okay, the Lord will help us. The man watching from his house suddenly called them back saying, no one who shows love like that can be that bad, so he let them in. So as we show love to everyone people will notice and desire to know why.

Next I want to talk about something else that was very key to the character of our Lord, that was his attitude of service. In Matthew 20:28 it reads:

“Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

In the dictionary it defines to minister as to give help, so the greatest being to ever live, came down to this earth to give service and to help out everyone. He came down and he “took upon himself the form of a servant” (Philippians 2:7). He came down here and “went about doing good” (Acts 10:38). Prior to his arrest our Lord took water and washed the feet of his disciples. In Mosiah 2:17-18 King Benjamin in his address to his people says:

“17. And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

18. Behold, ye have called me your king, and if I, whom ye call your king, do labor to serve you, then aught not ye labor to serve one another?”

The Savior taught the same thing while on the earth, in Matthew 25:34-40 he teaches us:

“…. and the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done [it] unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done [it] unto me.”

“A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief”, verse 7 reads,

“then in a moment to my view the stranger started from disguise the tokens in his hands I knew; the Savior stood before mine eyes. He spake and my poor name he names, of Me thou hast now been ashamed. These deeds shall thy memorial be, fear not, thou didst them unto me.”

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does just as we are taught by the savior. We have a huge humanitarian program. The church is often one of the first groups into an area after a natural disaster giving out food and supplies to those who are poor or needy.

Elder Dallin H. Oakes, in the last session of General Conference, said,

“During the last quarter century we have assisted nearly 30 million people in 179 countries. Truly the “Mormons” know how to give to the poor and needy.”
We as members also help out each month by fasting and donating at least the amount of the meals missed to help those in need. We as a church have taken the Saviors teaching to heart and magnified what was asked of us. An experience that I had with service was when I was a Sophomore in high school, Alabama was devastated by over a hundred tornadoes that in the course of a single night caused thousands of people to lose everything they had. So the priesthood of my ward packed up everything that we needed and made the four hour trek to help with the clean-up. I’ll never forget the experience of going and helping these people to clear the debris and trees that had caused so much damage. The gratitude that these people had for what we did for them was beyond belief. For me, it was just one weekend not much but to them it was everything. The Lord often answers our prayers through the actions of others, so as we serve and help others in every way that we can, even if it seems small and insignificant to us, may be everything to that person, an answer to their prayers. And though by serving we may not see a result or a conversion, we are planting seeds for future generations to harvest.

In conclusion I will read one last story from Christ’s life in John 1:37-46 “…..” As we follow the Savior’s example our friends and family will notice and as they do be ready to , as Peter says, give a reason for the hope and light they see in you and invite them to come and see and find out for themselves what it is all about. Lastly I would like to bear my testimony.

Silly pictures from Sanford, Maine

Elder Whitehead and Elder Dean

Elder Dean
Elder Whitehead.... FUNNIEST thing about this picture is that is Bryson's hat... IT IS HUGE on Elder Whitehead
This is what happens when you leave your camera in your car!
Sister Welling has the long straight hair,
Sister Westling the long brown curly hair
and Sister Hall the shorter blond hair

Bryson said there were a TON of pictures like these on his camera! 

LAST letter from SANFORD, MAINE!!!!!

Hey mom,

So as I said in the other email, I have finally been transferred, it’s been really hard to say goodbye to Sanford. I really don’t want to have to leave, I love it here but I know that the lord requires my service elsewhere and needs me to go.

I had to say goodbye to the members in my talk, which I will send you a copy. It was nice that a lot of the members came up to me and were saying that they loved having me here and that they would miss. Maybe they say that to most missionaries that leave but it still made it a little better because I felt as though I did my job right and that the members truly like me, at least I hope so.

I am really comfortable here. Things have really gotten good, I loved the missionaries that were in the same ward as me, the three sisters and my companion. This last transfer was a really good transfer… and it went way to fast. It seems like the companions that I really click with and really enjoy serving with – I don’t get much time with. It is just the companions that I struggle with that I seem to have forever. Anyway my companion and the sisters that are also serving here were all just so funny and just so much fun to be around and made the work different.

I have no clue where I will go or who I will be around, so it is a little nerve wracking. Packing is a bear, I have been in Sanford, Maine for 7 months and I have so much stuff!

I emailed all of the kids from our home ward, I did get replies back from Tori, Spencer, Ryan and Tasia. It was kinda cool that I heard back from all four of them.

I don’t know there wasn’t to much this week, the talk went well at least the members said they liked it and so I hope it was good. the past week has just been a blur cause transfers were just so solidly on my mind cause deep down I knew I was leaving and I really don’t want to. I am excited, kinda, but I mean this is all I know and I have been here for over a quarter of my mission.

I don’t know what else to say, I love you mom I wish I had more to say, have a good week.

Love, Elder Dean

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Elder Bryson Scott Dean

Sanford, Maine

I MISS this face! 

27 - Sanford, Maine

Hi Mom,

So we have to do emails weird this week, kinda sucks because its labor day, really annoying by the way, and so we are emailing in a hardware store. The sisters need to use the only two computers later so we have to email way early, haven’t even shopped or done laundry yet.

So transfer calls are this Saturday and I’m really nervous, I don’t want to leave I love this ward. I love the sisters and elders in the area and I just really don’t want to have to pack up and start all over again, I’m worried that I will be moved.

I get the opportunity to speak on Sunday so I am super excited for that, it’s on “Following Christ as we try to become better missionaries”, the member of the bishopric that assigned it to me asked me to focus on the attributes of Christ and how by being more Christ-like and following the Saviors teachings we can be better missionaries. I've started taking notes and working on it for studies and I am really praying and struggling because I want it to be a good talk, it might be my last in this ward.

Have you had the chance to go to the temple yet and see the new video? I really desperately want to go see it. the Boston Temple is only two hours away, it’s hard not being able to go?!?! It’s so difficult to not be able to go at all, I still have seventeen months.

How are things going at home with school for Lochlan and Alexander and Christine? How is the wedding planning business going?

Things are kinda hard here, we are the worst looking area in terms of teaching and stuff and in the past five weeks I have only taught a total of 16 lessons, in five weeks?!?! Now realistically the brethren want us teaching 20 a WEEK. I haven’t even taught 20 in five weeks and so it’s hard to not at times feel like a failure. I KNOW that you just have to keep pressing on and just have the hope and faith that there is always a sunrise, "the night is darkest right before the dawn" and often that is when it gets hardest to see the designs of God. When it’s just so dark and bleak that you have trouble taking that next step, you don’t know if you’ll fall…. there could be a chasm or something else that can cause us to stumble and often there is but we need to trust so much in God and in his sight and how from where he sits above us he can see all and knows all and he is truly within all.

Please don’t get me wrong I am not depressed or discouraged, it’s just a constant struggle, Satan works hard to pull at us and to push, and even though we may not see success as so many people around us and around the world see I know I have to just trust in God. I want to know that I am pleasing him and doing what he wants. I just have to trust that if I work as hard as i can and truly do my best then the lord will do the rest and be OK with my efforts.

Any way I love you mom and I miss you

Love Elder Dean

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Two of the 3 Sister missionaries serving in Sanford, Maine

Sister Welling, white top, and Sister Westling, colored top
(Third Sister not pictures)

A Sweet Shaker Village Cemetery

The ankle one week after the fall....

Can you guess which ankle he twisted??

Worlds without Numbers by, R. VAL JOHNSON

Elder Dean to read this is you have a free moment.

Worlds Without Number

26 Sanford, Maine


Hey thank you so much, for getting me the music, I will go through it and if there is anything that I can’t have then I’ll delete it… but it should be fine , thank you, thank you, thank you so much! I can’t wait to get it! I love music so much and have missed it tons.

I’m good for protein power, I still have some of the last container. Thanks though, you don’t need to send any right now.

That is great about Brynn, I am glad that she decided to go, it’s been a constant toss up for her to go or not. I hope she really enjoys her mission.

Things here are ok, we don’t have a lot of investigators or even people who are willing to let us in and talk to them for a few minutes. We are the worst area in the whole district with like no investigators. So to be honest I am having a really hard time staying optimistic about it all. I don’t know if I’m am just a failure as a missionary or if I just suck at working or if I’m not obedient and don’t do things correctly. our district leader is like the MOST obedient person I have ever seen… he takes it to a whole new level (it’s almost a little bit odd) Anyway I always feel like such failure cause I mess up and don’t always do things right even though I am really trying to remember everything and do everything perfect.

Sorry it’s been a long week of a lot of walking and knocking and seeming to get nowhere.

have the opportunity to speak again in church on the eighth, so that’ll be good. I actually love to talk in church (Which REALLY surprises me too!) It gives me an opportunity study harder and to think and pray over what to say and it gives me the opportunity to speak to everyone. I will stress a ton over my talk trying to make it as good though.

Is it sad that you were released from nursery?! or is it happy that you were released from nursery? I liked going in there with you now when I get home I won’t be able to go in with you. I am glad that you liked the video with the chipmunk…. it was a funny little thing. I’ll try and take more of them. I will think over what to say for the ward missionary board, and either send it later today or tonight, just give me time to think.

Any way I love you mom and miss you so much you have no idea how much I miss you and the family and the dogs and just everything this is truly the hardest sacrifice that I have ever had to make, I try so hard to constantly stay focused but you see things, especially being state side, like movies that are out or music on the radio, TV shows, and yes even games although I know it’s stupid, I miss all of it I enjoyed playing with my friends and doing things outside and so much.

I know beyond any doubt I’m where I need to be right NOW, at this time of my life - I know I am where I am supposed to be and that what I am doing is beyond correct and true. I have witnessed and seen how true and amazing this gospel is. I have seen the blessings in my life from serving already and I LOVE it out here.

It is such an amazing feeling to know that I represent the Lord Jesus Christ and My God and that I am his servant carrying his loving word and gospel to people who are lost and who need to hear it and feel of that love. Despite all the yelling, the cursing, the gestures and rude things that happen to me I still love these people and desire so much to give them a gift greater than any they have ever had in their lives - but they just don’t know that.

I don’t know how to break through the shell that these people have put up in most cases and allow the lord to touch their hearts and to "heal them" as the scriptures say. I have gained such a testimony of the scriptures. I love them so much, more than I ever have before. I get two hours a day to devote just to studies and I feel awful if I misuse that precious time that I have. Even during lunch or dinner I love to either play hymns on the piano or study and read things like Jesus the Christ or the bible, they have such power Mom, beyond anything that I have ever realized in my entire life.

I have already read the Book of Mormon through once and I am about half way through it again. I am so blessed to have these sacred texts in my life to be able to cherish up and treasure the words of eternal life and to learn from Gods holy prophets. I hope to take these amazing habits that I’ve learned here on my mission so far and take them with me into the rest of my life. It feels so right to be on a mission.

One of the biggest and scariest thing of being here on my mission and seeing how fast time has gone, is too see how fast I am growing up, it was so easy being a teenager. I wish I could go back sometimes. But I know that I can’t - I need to progress and move on but that scares me. I don’t know what the future holds. I DO KNOW that by trusting and relying on my savior and if I remain true to covenants that I have made with him, that he will carry me through this life and into the eternities at which point I will live with him forever in the celestial kingdom, and to be with God forever. There is no other greater reward of any sort. I am so grateful for this gospel.

Any way I love you mom I miss you tons, tell everyone I love them and miss them too.


25 - Sanford, Maine

Hey Mom,

So the two people that we are teaching are doing really well. Melanie is progressing and she comes to church. Jimmy her husband is still struggling because he is an alcoholic, he has not made it to church yet, but he still sits in on the lessons and you can tell that he feels the spirit but he hasn’t gone beyond that.

Yeah it’s been two weeks so far with my companion and it feels like I’ve had a ton of them, counting elder rice I’ve had six in just under 6 and a half months, which seems really crazy and like a lot!

That is really funny that the Sister Missionary in your ward knows elder Thomas. I haven’t seen him in like three months though so it’s been a while. I haven’t seen Elder Wells in two months; I don’t really see them that often once they are transferred. I think I get to see Elder Terry on Wednesday we have zone conference, so far though this companionship is ok, he is different but he works hard and he is good elder so it’s not bad. That’s also really cool that there is four missionaries in the ward now, here they have five in our ward the sisters are in a trio.

That is cool about your last wedding, I am glad that the flowers turned out beautiful.

About my friends from high school, the guys and I write weekly which is really cool and I love to hear from them. The girls are hit and miss, not too often I guess…..Which I guess I could look at it as it just helps me focus more by not getting a bunch of people writing me. And it makes it really exciting when I do get a letter!

This week though was mostly tracting every day we walked at least ten miles every day. We tracted in towns such as Shapleigh, Ross corner rd and Nason rd, and Lebanon on Chick rd, that’s really all we do just walk for the most part. The BEST part is when we do get to drive at least I get to be the driver!! I miss driving a lot! Honestly it is really hard… we are not supposed to speed but the speed limits here in Maine are so much lower than anything in Georgia or Utah so I have to be really careful and keep checking my speed. I can’t even follow traffic because it’s not like any of the New England people follow the posted traffic limits. I struggle with constantly going over. Dang it.

We had a dinner at a members house for like the first time in FOR EVER this week and it was at the Lances. Brother Lance is hundred percent Native American he is really fun to talk to. He is really big into scouts and stuff like that. He told me about some sweet places to go scuba diving when I get home. I have tons of things I want to do like the pineapple picking and just a ton of other stuff that you hear from the members and the people that you meet out here.

I love you mom and miss you so much hope you have a good week and thank you for that envelope.

Love Elder Dean

24 - Sanford, Maine

Hey mom,
I am glad that you had an good week. Things here are good.

I realized this week that I suck at budgeting and I am pretty much out of money on my support card…. so it’s been a lot of dried stuff from the BACK of the cupboard… YUM! This will continue until September - when I will budget A LOT better then I did this month.

I saw the picture of you and the launcher that Joel sent and your hair is really long!! And also you should smile :)

That’s funny though that Lochlan likes the stake dances and he goes to them all the time…. he really is the odd ball in the family!

I am grateful that the Sherbert’s son is doing better, talk about a scary thing to go through. Things are going good with the new companion, and we are working hard together. So that means we are doing a lot of walking!

This morning while running I tripped and twisted my ankle and got a pretty big gash in my hand and skinned the whole side of my leg and knee so that’s no fun and on Saturday I got super sick, I had like flu symptoms, so I went to bed a little early having the chills I kept waking up during the night either cold or drenched in sweat. When I woke up the next morning I was feeling fine, so that’s good.

It’s true I have been here in Sanford a really long time and I don’t want to leave. I feel like I will be this next transfer so I don’t know we will see what happens.

The two investigators are doing well and still progressing which is awesome. Anyway this past week has been pretty good, things are just moving along the way they should.

Anyway I love you mom

Sunday, August 11, 2013

A few pictures

DINNER! In Maine!

Final picture before the mission president went home

Putting the "Step back in time" buildings together

Working hard!

Service at the horse farm

Horse at the horse farm

23 Sanford, Maine


School started today right? Hope Lochlan enjoys being in high school.

Things are going good here, and we are having a good time, my new companion is Elder Whitehead he came out a transfer after me. He is a good elder; he is a little bit..... different but he works hard and I am glad to have him for a companion.

Not much really happening here in Sanford… we tracted a lot, I mean A LOT!!!!! That’s all we really ever do. We tracted some streets in cities like Lebanon and Alfred, Deshon Hill rd, and Depot rd.

GOOD NEWS! I DROVE this week!!! It was really fun - I miss driving. I found a 1948 edition of the hymn book and it is the one that still has “Come thou Font of Every Blessing” how cool is that? We have an electric keyboard here in the apartment and I have been trying to teach myself to play the piano.

I suck

But it gives me something to do during the off times.

Granddad sent me a letter and said he was using my talk in a ton of different things…. I know that you said it was a good talk, but you are my mom. I just don’t think it was good. I wish it was better.

Any way Mom, I really love you.

Love Elder Dean

A Step Back in Time

Church group leads ‘A Step Back in Time’

By Andrew Rice | Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 5:22 am
SANFORD – Sanford’s Gowen Park will look a little different Saturday as a replica colonial American village will be erected, complete with candlemakers, Dutch-oven cooking, livestock and a gunsmith.
Members of the Sanford Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been organizing an event they are calling “A Step Back in Time” since May, but for the sheer number of participating exhibits, 17, it was put together quickly, and through a collaborative effort between members of the church and non-church-affiliated volunteers.
“It has been amazing,” said Jen Davie, who handles the church’s public relations. “I’ve been so impressed with the level of volunteerism that has come forward, both in membership and community.”
Davie says that while the majority of the organizing came from within the church membership, they have seen an outpouring of donations from many community residents and businesses with no church affiliation. According to Davie, this includes thousands of dollars in lumber from Lowe’s and Limington Lumber and nearly 1,000 bottles of water from Poland Spring.
“People have been so receptive and so excited,” she said.
The donated lumber went toward the building of pioneer-era replica buildings, which will be a centerpiece to the event and house the majority of its exhibits. Davie’s father, Ron Paquin, was charged with the task of building the makeshift structures.
“They’re sort of mimicking what you might see in an old western town,” Paquin said.
The 11 structures will be moved to Gowen Park Saturday morning with the help of wreckers from a local auto service. Paquin, a retired builder with more than 20 years of experience, says he and other church volunteers worked on the structures on four separate nights.
He said the pioneer village can show Sanford people that Mormons have a lot in common with the average American.
“We’re just like any other religion,” he said. “Sometimes when you tell people that you’re Mormon, they look at you like you have horns on your head. We want to show them who we are.”
Every year on July 24, members of the Mormon faith celebrate Pioneer Day, a holiday not only seen as a special occasion, but also a celebration of everyone who emigrated to the Salt Lake City region during the pioneer era. Davie compared the Utah holiday to the Fourth of July, as it is an official state holiday.
“It’s a time when we can reflect on our pioneer heritage,” she said.
Davie also sees the event as a way to gather the Sanford community in one place to reflect on where they came from and to bring Pioneer Day to their church membership.
“I don’t want to say that we don’t appreciate our heritage, but we don’t live in Utah,” she said. “We wanted to give our membership a taste of what goes on out there.”
The 17-exhibit event will feature a hands-on approach, as guests can knead their own bread and bring it to be cooked in a Dutch-oven exhibit. Other exhibits include a creamery for making ice cream, wood cutting, beekeeping, quilting and soap making.
Victor Van Gieson, who will be heading the Dutch-oven exhibit Saturday, says about 10 different items will be offered that pioneers may have cooked, including a lot of beans and breads. A Dutch oven is a large cast-iron pot with a tight-fitting lid. Van Gieson says through being a scoutmaster of Sanford’s Cub Scout Troop 234, he has cooked many times with a Dutch oven, and learned multiple recipes.
“They (pioneers) used firewood and whatever they could find on the trail as a heat source,” he said. “We’re going to try to use firewood, as well.”
Davie hopes the event will appeal to the colonial background in everyone.
“It was a way for us to let our community know a little about our heritage,” she said. “So often we’re focusing on the faith, and instead I thought, ‘Let’s see what we have in common.’ Everybody has a story.”
A closer look
“A Step Back in Time” is Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m.-noon, at Gowen Park in Sanford. The event will feature multiple exhibits including wood cutting, bread making, spinning, beekeeping, apothecary, quilting, archery and a string quartet.

22 Sanford, Maine


Hey so I am not moving still in Sanford. I am losing my companion which sucks. I am being made senior companion which means THAT I WILL BE DRIVING NOW!!!! so cool.

that’s awesome that you got to see Danielle it’s been a long time since she was in Georgia, yeah go ahead and give her my phone I don’t care at all.

That’s really awesome to hear about the table - that will look really cool when it is done. Summer ended really fast didn’t it? That is so awesome to hear about Devon and Sister Wall.

This week really we started teaching two new people but one is a really bad alcoholic and drunk always so that’s fun. However, it’s still nice to finally teach someone. On Friday we went to Exter for stake youth conference and we helped teach the youth a bunch of stuff, it was really fun. We went out on a kinda of a tracting thing with the youth after …. we just went out and went door to door giving out Lindt chocolate bars with a little card that said “thanks for being our next door neighbor” it was a cool experience.

Something cool about this week – I learned how to put a hard wood floor down on Saturday. It was actually fun and really interesting …. now sadly I’m really sore

Yeah not much else this week. Sorry for how short the email is. I love you mum.

Love Elder Dean
 This is a picture of my last companion, Elder Terry - I really liked him

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A Video Of Elder Deans Apartment (July 4th, 2013)

Drunk Chipmunk and Sweet Park!!

21 - Sanford, Maine

Hey Mom!

Hey so you are probably at the movies still. Not much to write, the week went by fast…. sadly it was a fast week of nothing. I really wish we could have been teaching. But we tracted a lot and went out to the out skirts places like Acton and Shapleigh and Lebanon. Some of the roads that we tracted in and around were - Gully Oven road and Jim Grant road in Lebanon…. actually we really just tracted everywhere in the other places.

The authentic Mexican paleta place sounded like an adventure. Sorry that the Mexican food was gross ….. boiled pink pig skin sounds grrrooooosss…..but at least the palentas where good!!!!.

Sister mayle didn’t come out she was delayed a couple weeks and so she will be out soon.
Christine will be just fine….. and so will you.

Thanks for the package with all of the stuff to make ‘dirty diet coke’ it was so good. Also we don’t have the same kind of theme months that you said the elder said they have in your area.

So the step back in time thing is on Saturday and we get to be really involved. They are bring in 6 other sets of missionaries besides our own two in the Sanford ward. Elder Terry and I have to be at the park by 6:30 in the morning and so we will be crazy booked all day! We will be coordinating all of the stuff that is going on with it, we will wear time period clothes and it should be really fun, I am REALLY excited!

The following week is Youth Conference. We actually get to be really involved with it as well! We will be doing stuff with the youth, I am excited about that!

I wish I could email you a video…… When we were tracting this week we found a drunk chipmunk and played with him for a while – it was so funny. I have a video and I’ll send it later, once I have fill the card with stuff. We also found this really sweet park when we were out tracting, I will send pictures of that today, it was really cool. We have found TONS of wild raspberries; they grow all over New England so we are just like always finding them when we are out tracting.

I don’t know what else to say…. we have interviews with the mission president this week, that should be cool.

Love you

Love Elder Dean


Bryson Sent a flash drive with TONS of pictures!!!!!!!! I am going to be posting them over the next few weeks!  (Too many to post all at once)