Monday, April 29, 2013

Flash back!

The country roads Elder Dean bikes along!

13 miles on this bike trip (Round trip)

21 Miles round trip

10th Letter from Sanford, Maine

Hi Mom

Ok so I am really jealous of Christine right now! I want to be on a cruise – bet it would be easier than a mission. Missions are not that easy … at all.

The worst part about a mission is the suits! I hate suits so much. If I can help it after my mission I will never again wear one (except to go to church). Biking in a suit is absolutely terrible. You get so hot and you sweat so much, even when you are wearing just your short sleeve white dress shirt and a pair of dress pants you sweat… constantly.

I don’t understand why Lochlan wouldn't want to go on his 8th grade trip, that’s just weird?!?!?! He would rather go to school?!?!? WHY?!?!?!

I can’t believe that every one of you forgot about Lady and that you left her outside in the rain all night! My poor dog!!! I miss her.

That is good to hear about Mandy and how she is doing so well on her mission.

It would have been nice to be home and help out with the weddings. Strangely, I miss that, I really miss helping you guys set up for the weddings and seeing it all come together.

I don’t really know what else to include, I don’t really have much from this week. Not much happened this week, we had lots of canceled lessons and did a lot of tracting. We biked 13 miles on Thursday from our apartment into South Lebanon and tracted and then on Friday we were picked up and we biked from the middle of Acton Home, 21 miles and then another 8 on Saturday. So in three days we biked over 40 miles. I have to tell you the seat on my bike is so hard it is unreal! My butt was numb by the time we got home.

One funny thing that happened while we were out tracting is we have an investigator who doesn't know much about Christ. We were telling how him some of the basics about the Savior, how His mother was the Virgin Mary, things like that. When he heard the Saviors Mother’s name was Mary he became really excited and said "whoa" Mary-Anne is my mother’s name!" Honestly it seemed like the next thing he was going to say was that he must be Christ then. He didn't, but it was really funny how excited he was.

Today is district pday and we are even more rushed then usual so I need to get off now. I’m sorry. I love you mom

Love Elder Dean

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

9th Letter from Sanford, Maine

Hey mom,

So this week has been OK, mostly.

The stuff that has been going on in Boston didn't really affect us much here. There wasn't much that changed in our daily lives. I did hear some people talking about it on the day of the bombing and knew it had happened. We were also told that all of the missionaries who were in the Boston area were all OK  which was good because there were some missionaries who were really close to where the bombs went off.

The new ties came in the mail, I really liked them both thank you!

A little bit about Maine….. um the people here are not really that different from Georgia except they have a really funny accent. Most of the people we meet are really really nice. We don’t have many meals at members houses and so far nothing has been really strange (the moose meat taco soup was pretty much the weirdest thing and it was really good) mostly if we go out we are served soups or chili.

Something that I think is really strange is that whenever you ask someone for a phone number no one will tell you the area code! All of Maine is the same 207, so it really throws me off when they just say the last few digits…. so that's kinda weird.

Good news! We got our bikes last week on Thursday. We have started biking a lot, we bike 6 to 10 miles a day. It is really really weird to bike in a suit, it kind of sucks actually. Oh well. Sometimes we still walk; we will walk on average about 4 to 5 miles a day.

One of the craziest things that I have noticed here is that a lot of people here do not seem to brush their teeth. At all. Ever. So many people have teeth that are rotting and in really bad shape here.

Like I said most people are really nice but there have been some people that are very mean and some really reclusive people.

We study from the Book of Mormon every morning and we also study from Preach My Gospel every day. There is a set way to study that we were taught in the MTC.

I don’t think knocking on strangers doors will ever be easy, but it has gotten easier. It’s still really hard though. When we go up to the door we don’t usually have a plan - we just kinda wing it with what we feel is right (like family history or eternal families or whatever). Mostly people will look out their windows and then say “go away” or the popular phrase that most New Englanders like to use “I’m all set”

So me and my companion are really running out of things to say to each other. We are with each other 24/7.

My favorite day of the week is p day and my favorite time of day is bed time. I really like the weather right now here in Maine. It is really nice.

I am always happy to get mail. It is good to hear that the family is all good.

Mom I love you so much. I miss you. I miss everyone.

I miss our ward, tell everyone there that I miss them, that I am all good and mostly happy. That I am glad I am on a mission.

I love you, I’m going to get off now but I hope you know I love you Mom.

Elder Dean

PS. Transfers are on May 7th and then they are every 6 weeks after that.

I miss you

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Elder Dean has always loved having his picture taken!

Elder Dean at the Beach!

Some random shots Elder Dean included!

Scenery Shots!

What Elder Dean sees when he steps outside his apartment!

First Apartment

Drive to first area! Sanford, Maine

 (because of the boxes of bedding I had shipped to the Mission Home for Elder Dean!)

First Companion and Trainer - Elder Thomas

Mission President - President Wilkey and his wife

Mission Home

Flying to New Hampshire

Elder Dean and Elder Farley .... Representing Georgia!

Trip to the Provo, Utah Temple