Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014

Hey mum

So first off, you will never guess what???!!!!!!??!??!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!

Anna, the girl who was our referral, the college student who is 19. Well it turns out that the friend that she has who is serving a mission in Lyon France is named Karson Pape. This is the funny part – She was one of Tori’s companions in France!!!!! Her friend is one of the reasons she has decided to learn a little about our church! How great is that? So we taught her again this week and that went really good. Her one hold up is the church and its position on the same sex relationships. She feels that if God wants his children happy and he says no acting on same sex feelings then why would he make them that way. Any way we are trying to work with that. I am praying I find the right things to say. I feel if I can she will progress for sure.

Funny story from this week - on Thursday we were supposed to go to Bath which is where the sisters are living. They had the car and we needed it. So we needed to get to Bath and get the car. We had no ride to Bath so our only option was to bike! We start biking there on this nice really nice little bike path, and suddenly we come to these barricades and the path has flooded because of all the ice that is melting and coming down from the rivers and there is water all over the path. Me and my companion stop and look at the water for a bit and then I start going though it … figuring it can’t be too deep. I think that I can just bike through it, well when I get in deep enough that the water is up to my pedals the bike stops! I have to step off into icy cold water! At that point I figure what the heck! My feet and ankles are freezing and I am going to be wet any way and how deep can it be any way? I start walking across the path and the water gets deeper and deeper till it is almost to my crotch! It WAS DEEP! And it was SOOOOOOO COLD! I kept going figuring if I was already wet why stop? Besides that at this point my companion is already following me so we are both wet and cold now so we might as well keep going forward right? We both make it through and get back up on our bikes and keep going. We are very cold. Do you want to know the only problem with water proof shoes? It is that they don’t just keep water OUT – they also keep water IN! So that part was no fun, but we keep going and what do we come up to? A SECOND flood! This time I think that if I can get the bike going fast enough I can just go right through. So I get the bike going as fast as I can and hit the water attempting to pedal through….. Needless to say I didn't make it … at all.... and again I walk through waist deep water but luckily that was the last flooded part! After that we just had a 6 mile bike ride left to the sister apartment. Oh also this whole time I have a bike rack,(You know the kind to mount bikes on cars) strapped to my back, so we could get the bikes back after we pick up the car! Mom, it was a blast! I mean it was tons of fun! I only wish I had a video or pictures of it, but we were too cold and didn’t think about taking pictures until it was too late. I guess I came about as close to swimming on my mission as I will ever get! I still really like my companion. Things are really good, I am happy to be here and I love the gospel so much mum, I am so grateful to be serving a mission, to be able to have all of these experiences.

So yeah I love you mom, have a good week

love elder dean


Elder Bryson Dean 
1 Cedar St. # 8
Brunswick, Maine

April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014

Hey Mum,

Hey so that sounds fun with girls camp and all that, It should be a good year.

You will never guess what happened this week though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we got a referral last week for a girl, going to college,(we live in a college town) I called the number and she was willing to set up a time! On the phone I asked some questions as to why she was meeting with the missionaries and she said she had a friend serving a mission, I thought nothing of it and THEN!!! …. We went and taught her on Thursday and picked her up as a new investigator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anyway as I was talking with her and asking her some questions I asked her about her friend who is serving a mission. It turned out that her friend is serving in the Lyon France mission! I said I have a friend there and she asked what her name was and I told her that it was Tori Beeny and she was like no way! I have seen that name on my friends mission blog!!!!!! So Tori knows this girls friend!!!!!!!!!! Way cool!!! Anyway we taught her and she is now and investigator!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is 19 and going to college. She seemed to be way interested, she was all over and she has watched a ton of videos, and she really seems to be golden!!!!!!!!!! So hopefully something comes of this.....

Grant sent two pictures in the past two weeks of his three baptisms per week he has had…. I am happy for him. I just wish I could maybe have one. oh well.....

I got really sick this week, I mean really sick. I threw up so many times and couldn’t eat at all and was just crappy, I lost ten pounds in two days, it was bad, I felt so gross, for two days all I ate was like a bowl of soup and I had to muscle that down, even the thought of eating made me want to puke, ugh!!!!!! I am happy to say that I am all better now!!

Lochlan wants a long board? That was something I was not into... interesting. But cool.

My new companion is super awesome, he and I are a lot alike, I don’t want to curse it yet but he seems really good, He is from Grand Junction Colorado and he is just a good guy. He is waiting for his visa to Brazil.

I spent a ton of money on food today, 65 bucks, yikes but I needed what I got, chicken and milk and spices and some can goods, and just a lot. I got this interesting thing, its powdered peanut butter, they press all the oil out and so its healthier and I am going to use it in shakes and stuff only problem is it is expensive.. oh well!!

Well that is it from me hope you have a good week mom!

I really love you

love elder dean

April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014

Hi mum,

So this has been a really good week. We were REALLY feed a TON this week! We had big meals every single day, Indian on Monday from a sweet family the Mullins, Chilean food, on Tuesday, the burritos on Wednesday, we took it easy Thursday and then another member meal Friday. We went to Five Guys before the priesthood session on Saturday and then a ward potluck on Sunday between sessions, so TONS tons of food both me and my comp feel gross. It’s a good thing this is not how it is every week or I would be the size of a house by the end of my mission. We have an apartment on the second floor so I am not able to do insanity, but luckily the weather has started to warm up so I will be able to start running more often.

Oh as for transfers my companion is leaving and I’m staying, so that’s good. That is SO crazy that there is three sets of missionaries in our ward now, I can’t believe that! that is crazy!!!!!! Holy cow that is so many!!!!! I can’t believe that.

This week I realized how long I have been on my mission, I’ve seen 3 conferences on my mission, when the next one comes on I will only have 3 months left - how crazy is that!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Time for me mom has gone SOOOOOO fast it really does feel like only yesterday that I entered the mtc. One of the crazest things is that out of my district from the mtc four elders came to this mission. There was 20 something that came out with me, but 4 from my mtc district. So out of those 4 - two went home so from my district its only me and one other elder left. The coolest thing is he is a zone leader who just happens to be over my zone! This past week it was awesome, I got to go on exchange with him! It was sweet just remembering the mtc and how much time has passed. It was really fun.

I loved conference! I thought it was really good, I loved elder Oaks talk in priesthood on women and the priesthood, it was UNREAL!!!!!!!!! SO cool!!!!!!!! You should totally watch it!!!!!! but yeah not much else this week. I got Greek yogurt this week in shopping, I have started buying it every week, since I’m trying to eat healthier.

oh and the sisters gave me and my comp these notebooks they made – they are really great. I forgot to bring pics with me to the library, but they made them as a thank you for all we did for them this past transfer, which was cool!

I love that I was able to watch conference! I love that I am on a mission, I am so grateful to be here mom.

Yeah love you mom have a good week!!!!
love elder dean

March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014
Hey Mum, 

I know I say this all the time, but not much was different this week. Things are sadly mostly the same, lots of walking, lots of knocking. Not much else. 

So after emails last week we tried to clean the new apartment. It was pretty gross. We tried to vacuumed the apartment but the bag was SO full, in fact it was overflowing. So we went out to try and buy new bags, but we could not find the bags ANYWHARE. The mission office ended up buying us a new vacuum. We must have spent an hour vacuuming our apartment. I think that we pulled up about 5lbs of gross dirt from the carpet. It feels so much better in here. 

So I went on exchange again this week. I went with the Elder that stuck his tongue on the frozen pole…. the really lazy one. Remember I told you about him….. Yeah, I don’t want to talk about it. It made for a long week. 

Guess what I bought? A Boston Redsox world series hat this week. I figured since I was less than 45 minutes from Boston when the red sox’s won the world series it would be a cool memento.

Love you mom

Love elder dean

Fellowship of the Unashamed

Fellowship of the Unashamed.

I am a part of the fellowship of the Unashamed.
The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I won't look back, let up, slow
down, back away, or be still.

My past is redeemed, my present makes sense,and my future is secure.
I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions,mundane talking, chintzy giving, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by presence, learn by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power.

My pace is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear.
I cannot be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, diluted, or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of adversity, negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won't give up, back up, let up, or shut up until I've preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. I must go until He returns, give until I drop,
preach until all know, and work until He comes.

And when He comes to get His own, He will have no problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear for "I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.." (Romans 1:16)

March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014
At Zone Conference! 
Elder Whitehead. 

A trip to the pet store! 

March 17, 2014

This is what you find when you take over the Sister Missionaries apartment: 


March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014

Hey mum,

So Loch’s just invited them all over for dinner – without checking with you? Or even telling you that he invited a whole family over for Sunday dinner until you were on the way home from church????, THAT IS GREAT! haha what a goof ball!!!!!! I love it! How was it with them over? I really love that family.

How is Lochlan doing in school? How is Alexander doing, also before I forget I need you to send me a list of all the possible people you can think of and their birthdates last year I spaced everyone’s and so I don’t want to do that again.

Dang, Lochlan is so lucky, I really wish I could go to Philemon with them too, tell Joel I feel his pain.

Thank you for sending the root beer cookies!

So as for this week not much else happened really, things are still really slow, I heard from the peacocks in my last area and they have THREE new investigators back in Derry…. I really wish I could have found them when I was there. um

The ward had it’s dessert auction so we went to that and they were selling stuff off. Some members give us some money, so we asked the sisters what one dessert they wanted and they wanted this lemon meringue pie. We used ALL the money that the members had given us to buy it for the sisters! It cost seventy bucks and that was all the money the member had given us. but we got it!!! I think we shocked some of the members in the ward the ones that didn’t know we had gotten money from members were shocked at how a missionary had that much money it was fun!

Oh I saw a guy flip his bike over while doing a wheelie… it looked painful.

I am so grateful for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am so grateful to be serving a mission.
I love you mom

have a good week.

love elder dean

March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014

Hey mom,

I got the package thank you!

That game is way fun and a blast to play! We will have to play when I get home.

Can you believe I only have 11 months left on my mission? It seems like it has gone by so fast to me. I am worried that time is slipping away. There is still so much I want to accomplish here on my mission.

So sadly there it still doesn’t seem like we do much here. I don’t know how to help this area and my comp is ok, he and I aren’t really that alike at all. It is frustrating at times to be with someone 24/7 and not have many things in common and to be so different. If I disagree with anything he says, he won’t argue but he gets really upset and annoyed, he won’t say anything but it’s almost worst the way he acts, I would rather slug it out and get over it. I get so irritated sometimes, I don’t really know what to do … except pray.

Funny thing, I went to a catholic mass, talk about feeling out of place, it was weird............... Never. Again.

Ummmm, I’m sorry this is going to be so short this week and not a lot, because not a lot happened. How is Grant doing? Only two kids from the ward got into BYU? That’s crazy?

Oh that sister you talked to on the phone was probably sister pettingill, she and elder pettingill are the office staff they are awesome!

Guess what? I actually got a package from one of the families that I was close to in Derry this past week! How cool is that? I still email them. I really miss Derry i try not to dwell on it or anything like that, because I’m not there - I’m in Topsham and I know that I am here for a reason. but at the same time i really loved that ward a lot.

Anyhow I love you mom,  SO much

love elder dean

February 24, 2014

February 24, 2014

Hi Mum,

Ok so you haven’t sent the package yet? I thought you had so I’ve been looking for it all week.... ok guess it’ll come this week then.

So I didn’t get transferred this time and neither did my companion, so first time other then training ive had a comp longer then a transfer.

We helped this less active lady set up for a huge fundraising dinner she was having, we set up tables, clean up and moved stuff. We also did dishes and other stuff so yeah it was good! I had a really good time. She made this AMAZING seafood Paella that was UNREAL, she is from Columbia and she makes amazing food and every time we go to her house we leave with so much food in our stomachs! It is GREAT! She served us some of the best paella I’ve ever had …. It was so good. It had octopus and calamari and scallops and mussels and it was AMAZING.

I had this unreal experience while on exchange with my DL this last week, my companion and I had a guy who we thought was a good “potential”. So my DL and I were in this guys house and my DL starts talking about how we have to turn away from sin and this dude blew up. He was also drunk… did I mention that? Anyway he looks at him and says you shut the F up in my house, you f this, and f that. He looks at me and says ‘you never return to my house with this B- word( but not the female dog the other word)’ My my DL is like almost smiling because he is so blown away (NOT because he thinks it is funny) and the guy looks at him and says " stop f-ing smirking at me! I could f you up, do you know that?" Needless to say we got out of there!!!!! But SOOOO crazy!!!! it was ridiculous!!!!! Never going back there in my whole entire life!

I bought protein powder this week, and PowerAde, and mangos, and Greek yogurt, and turkey and cheese and a scale and a black light bulb, and....... I think that’s it

oh yeah and we had dinner this week with a family the Norton’s and they were awesome, they have five kids, all under ten and they are awesome just crazy running around the house jumping all over us and Sister Norton I swear she is like a twin to Sister Puzey, looks really similar and just awesome like her, but yeah

So mum I’m pretty sure our house is the coolest one in the entire area, even my friends would always come over there and always say that it was the best. I loved how you trusted us to know and do what was right and if we mess up there was always a consequence…. but you always had so much trust in us. I think your trust and not really having rules that we had to follow was probably the best thing in the world for me. Personally because I knew you trusted me I had no desire to rebel and I did what was right because I wanted to keep your trust.

I love being here on my Mission, I love the gospel so much.
I love you mum.

Love Elder Dean

February 17, 2014

A few pictures from Bath, Maine!

The Apartment in Bath, Maine

Bath Iron Works, the shipbuilding yard and life blood of Bath

Monday, April 7, 2014

February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014


This past week was good, on my birthday we had a CRAZY storm and I was on exchange with another missionary (I really don’t like exchanges. You know I don’t like talking bad about anyone but I just don’t understand this Elder that I was on exchange with. He seems to have no desire to work or go out at all. Ever. All he does is dwell on home and what he’s left behind and girls, like 24/7. There is no happiness in that, no peace, no sense of satisfaction in your work when that’s all you think,

This work that we do requires all our time and attention, when the lord called us he asked for all our heart, might, mind, and strength. To serve with only might and strength doesn’t cut it, He wants it all every ounce of what He’s already given us He wants us to willing lay it on the table before Him and say,

"Here, here is all that I have. Take it and me and make what you can out of it"

That’s the only way that we can ever become all that the Lord intends for us to be. So I don’t understand at all when a missionary is out here and does not seem to understand he needs to WORK.

For instance on my birthday a snow storm came and grounded all cars, which shot my plans for the day and killed them dead! We were stuck in bath and that was that. Ok I work with what I have, obviously there is a reason for that. We could walk around our apartment. We went Mcdonalds for lunch and after that walked home. I decided we could shovel walk ways. We came inside to grab the shovels and he proceeds to take 3 hours to "warm-up". AHHHHHHHHHHH

I pace around wanting to leave and work, but no he sits and warms up wanting to play monopoly???!!!??!?!?!!!

Finally we get back out shovel the walkway and then walk around. Honestly I didn’t plan the greatest so it wasn’t the best time usage but i was working and making up the plan as I went along. I was happy, he was not.

I was just messing around and told him to lick a pole…..

We’ve all see the Christmas Story, or at least I thought we all had……

So he in a completely idiotic way, licks a pole. Yes he did.

And can you guess what happened? It grabbed his tongue and he was stuck!

So I’m dying laughing because …. well WHO WOULD DO SOMETHING SO STUPID? 
He is stuck for like 5 minutes trying to pull it off finally he gets it off…….well most of it, he left some of his tongue behind and it bled. He claims medical emergency and we go in for another four hours, crap.

The whole day he was complaining saying stuff like “The mission grounds cars and says work well”

“why don’t they worry about hypothermia” on and on and on he complained alllllll day. And I just wanted to yell "be happy you are serving the Lord!!!!" even thought the conditions were not the greatest I was happy to be working and doing what I could as little as it was.

Ok enough of me complaining, because Thursday made up for that completely, we got to go to Augusta!! for zone conference and it was AMAZING!!!! I saw Elder Thomas, Elder Terry and Elder Whitehead!! so that was already awesome and then President stoker taught on this talk about becoming the forth missionary and I will send it to you after this, its long but you should read it, it is so great. and zone conference just made me look inward and see all the many things that I needed to change and fix about myself and how much better I needed to become and that’s all I want to do is be the best that I can be with the lords help. He taught on how we need to surrender our will to the lord we need to go before him and stop fighting on the inside and just work and do our best and how that is the only way that everything will ever work out. Then at the end of zone conference a sister i knew kinda got up and she had to bear her testimony because she was going home for medical reasons and not coming back. And that was really powerful and just how she was so changed by everything. I don’t know it s a great because of all the things i learned. Hope you had a good week.

love you

love elder dean

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Feb. 03, 2014

Feb. 03, 2014


So I have come to the conclusion that Maine is where all the disobedient missionaries go. I miss Derry New Hampshire.

I went on exchange this past week from Monday till Wednesday in Yarmouth, Maine and it was the most useless time ever. We did absolutely nothing except for appointments We did not do anything like service or ANYTHING useful. Truthfully I don’t even really remember what we did, all I know is that we simply walked (we didn’t even knock) and that was it. was. a. waste. of. time.

For the rest of the week, we worked but not much. On Thursday, or as you call it “my hump day” we actually did not go out. I ended up sitting inside the apartment literally the whole day. My companionhad the stomach flu or something i dont know, but he was sick. So I sat and studied all day long…. it was an all too familiar reminder of that time period at the beginning of my mission that I hope to never relive again. However, I did get a few pictures of me in the shirt and with the camel you sent me… but it’s me sitting there just study allllllllll day long...............

This area is different Derry, all we ever do is visit the same people (members) and that’s it, I feel like that’s what the elders before me have have done for a while, which is one reason there are no investigators, they haven’t tried to find any. So hopefully in the next week I can change that and we can find more or at least work more cause I fell like I’m wasting time. I don’t want to waste the Lords time.

Oh also is there a family with the last name Tufts in our ward?! Because a member here came up to me and said her friend messaged her and said her friend’s son just got transferred to Topsham? So I am assuming that is me.

On the fourteenth I will be moving apartments the lease on the one we are in has expired so that’s fun, I am really excited to get out of this apartment…. it is bad.

So not much else to say, still just doing the same stuff here, spent 50 bucks on groceries today, I got a 9 dollar tub of Greek yogurt , why? Because it’s SOOOOO good! I don’t even care that in 3 weeks I’ll be cursing myself when I have no money left! oh well.

love you!!!!! have a good week,

love elder dean

ps oh heard the weather was awful there, sorry!