Thursday, October 29, 2015

Just getting prepped for Halloween

        Chillin' with Pumpkin Dude
October 2015


The Priesthood Restoration Site
Located in what was historically known as Harmony, Pennsylvania, the site includes a visitors’ center and meetinghouse, the reconstructed homes of Joseph and Emma Smith and Isaac and Elizabeth Hale, the woods where John the Baptist restored the priesthood, the baptismal site at the Susquehanna River, a trails system, and new statuary.

Joseph and Emma Smith moved to Harmony in December 1827 to escape persecution for their religious beliefs. They lived with Emma’s parents, Isaac and Elizabeth Hale, until they purchased a nearby home with 13½ acres from Emma’s brother Jesse.

In early April 1829, schoolteacher Oliver Cowdery came to meet Joseph and soon became his scribe. During the translation of the Book of Mormon, Joseph and Oliver went into the woods and prayed for guidance on the subject of baptism. In reply, the resurrected John the Baptist visited them on May 15, 1829, and ordained them to the Aaronic Priesthood. He then commanded Joseph and Oliver to baptize each other in the nearby Susquehanna River. A little later in a nearby area, the two men received the authority of the Melchizedek Priesthood from Peter, James, and John, three of Jesus Christ’s original Apostles.

Also in Harmony, Joseph received 15 divine revelations that were later included in the Doctrine and Covenants. Joseph and Emma Smith moved from Harmony in August 1830. The home they lived in burned down in 1919 and is now reconstructed as part of the site.

The old Priesthood Restoration Site

The new Priesthood Restoration Site

Smith Headstone
Baby Smith Head Stone
The Hale Home

Elder Dean at the Susquehanna

I'm not even sure what to I'll just quote right from the source
"And above all remember."  -Elder Trevor Dean

Monday, October 12, 2015


October 12, 2015
Tribute to Elder Gabe Richardson serving in Guatemala.  
Hey mom it's me!  Here is the news of the week.  First, transfer calls came and Elder Cruz is leaving.  So I will have a new companion tomorrow, it will probably be a Spanish speaker though.  Next, we had a super cool ward cultural party this last Friday to help the Spanish people intermingle with the Linwood Ward.  I made sure to get pictures of Guatemala and forgive the tooth pick.

This week has been a really long week because so many things have happened.   So, on Tuesday we did a lot of finding.  We were stopping by a potentials we knocked on the door, a family opened the door.  They told us that the potential was their grandmother, but they had investigated the church in the past and would love to have us over next Thursday (hopefully they’re there). Wednesday I went on exchanges with Elder Crane, one of the missionaries serving in Cape May, NJ.  It was super fun to be out of my area for a day and not have any worries.  Thursday we had zone training in Vineland. Friday was weekly planning and transfer calls.   Saturday was Elder Cruz's packing day.  I kid you not it took 8 hours for him to pack.  And Sunday we had church and a few lessons. It has been a very uneventful week.

What about you?

The Random Musings of Elder Dean

(I don't ask, I just publish.  I guess Elder Dean found these pictures interesting.)

House lifting 


The Beast.  This must run on coal.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Hurricanes and bru ha has

October 5, 2015
Okay, we have had a crazy day/week. It has been super stormy the last few days and because of the weather and General Conference we haven't really left our apartment. The hurricane looks like it's heading out into the ocean, but I've heard from a few people that it could come back and smash us.... who knows?

We had a zone conference Wednesday, but I didn't see my package so it is probably at the mission home.  We have another zone training this Wednesday so it might be there and we also have transfer calls this Friday, so I will probably see it soon. 

Today I saw a few black girls get into a full on brawl in the grocery store check out line.... weaves got torn out and everything. 
Now about my companion... He is a quiet guy who likes things to be a certain way.  He has "his" food and "my" food.  Also, he is a super light sleeper and I think he is afraid of the dark. If I just stay to myself and do my own thing, he seems okay with that.  We don't talk much though. He is also a little critical and doesn't like criticism.  In his eyes, he is perfect.  I just let him be and everything seems to be fine. 

Like I said, its been a long week and I might have cabin fever.  Whatever happens, happens.  I love you, I love Colin and Ryan and I am very proud of them.  I love Dad, and I love Ashton....Like I said when I left, we have been together a really long time. I love you, Mom.  Jeffrey R. Holland's talk made me a little heartbroken inside.-Elder Dean

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

All you wanted to know about Atlantic City

September 28, 2015
Umm... I always forget everything that happened during the week as soon as I start my email, so I'll just give a re-cap on what's happened to the Atlantic city branch.

When I transferred to this area, the branch was closing down and merging with the Linwood Ward (I was there for the branch's last Sunday meeting).  We have now merged and we are helping the members make the transition to an English-speaking ward.  It's been a unique experience and needless to say, it's been a crazy 3-4 weeks!

View from my apartment
Besides that, Elder Cruz is still my companion.  We have very different backgrounds and ways of working.  He converted to the church 4-5 years ago and comes from a very Spanish family that emigrated to the States when he was six.

In other news, our investigators are all progressing.  We were able to see a few of them at church on Sunday, which is great because not many people have cars in Atlantic City.  It's hard for some of them to get to church because it's in the the next town over and there are no buses that make a stop there, but the faithful will find a way.

I've learned a few things about Jersey this past week.  First, it has the least amount of wards, branches and stakes of all the states in the union (including Rhode Island).  There are two stakes throughout the whole state.  Second, New Jersey has a lot of toll roads.  I also learned toll roads are the dumbest idea in human history next to not being able to pump your own gas (Jersey has that too).

But I'm still enjoying the mission and staying busy.  I still get a little homesick from time to time, but that's expected.  Love you guys!

-Elder Dean

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Alantic City

September 14, 2015

So, there are a lot of things happening here in Atlantic city.  First, President doesn't want me to learn Spanish.  He told me to memorize a few things like my testimony and maybe a prayer, but besides that whatever I pick up is what I'll use (and I'm not picking up much... everyone talks so fast!)

Next, we have wifi in the apartment now. Our landlord is super chill so I don't have to rush my email.  

Third my new address is 108 N Trenton Atlantic City 08401 (Tell Grandma). Besides that, I can't think of anything... but if I do I will write you about it. 

It's awesome to hear you are reading the Book of Mormon again.  I know that you will see blessings come from reading it. It really helps lighten our burdens. They will still be there, but the decisions we have to make are much easier when we have eternal perspective.  I read the Book of Mormon every day too... as if that's a big surprise.

I have also started reading the Bible these last few weeks.  It has had its ups and downs ( exodus > numbers) but I am seeing a lot of blessings and a lot more understanding of the prophets and how they communicate with God.  The Book of Mormon and Bible really do support each other.

I also have been fed a lot of "weird" things now that I go into a lot of Spanish homes... like fried plantains and friends and this------------>

But it is a ton of fun... Dominicans are da bomb!  We also started teaching a family straight from Sierra Leone.  They have only been in the States for two weeks and they are super interested in the Gospel.  Please keep Aiah and his family in your prayers. 

As you can see I am having as much fun as I can and am trying my best to do the Lord's work.  I love you, Mom... thanks for all the emails this week.  If you want me to answer any other questions, let me know and I will try my best to answer them today!

-Elder Dean

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Hola Hermano Dean Adios Elder Dean

September 8, 2015

Dear Mom,

So, I have been re-assigned to a new area...Atlantic City, NJ... the land of Snooki.  It's a unique area.  First off, I've been assigned to a Spanish speaking area with my new companion, Elder Cruz.  I am totally lost.  Most of our lessons are in Spanish, but I'm trying my best. The Atlantic City branch had its final Sunday meeting this last Sunday and now is being absorbed into the Linwood Ward.

View from Elder Dean's Window
Atlantic City is a unique place to say the least... talk about being part of the world but not of it, but I think I will enjoy it. The majorities are people from Bangladesh, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Mexico. I am enjoying the weather here, but New Jersey is a weird place.  They won't let you pump your own gas... an attendant does it for you.  It feels strange, but gas is super cheap.  Also, all the casinos means something is always going on, like fire works ever Friday night and jet flybys.  There are also a lot of poor areas that you can only go by during the day.

Our house is right near the waterway (the picture is the view from my desk) so there are a lot of boats just cruising around. It's also super humid out now.  It's cooling down, but on hot days it's really sticky.  But I know the church is true in all places and that if we work hard we can turn this area around.

-Elder Dean

Friday, September 4, 2015

Good by Allentown Hello Somewhere New

August 31, 201
So, this week has been pretty weird. Transfer calls came Saturday, I'm leaving my area. I am pretty ready to move. I could have stayed, but I kinda want to see more of the mission too. I kinda want to go to Philly, but I also don't because it's a walking area and winter is coming soon, but whatever... things will happen. We have had a really great week for teaching. We have found a lot of people. I have a few more pictures for you also.

Elder Fernandes walking the lonely streets of Allentown.  The baptism pictures as promised from last week.  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Should I stay or should I go now?" -The Clash

Hey.... We have had a really strange week with a lot of ups and downs.  One of the ups is that we had the baptism of Xaymara Fajardo which was awesome.  I was able to baptize her.  In case I haven't said too much about her, she is the daughter of a less active family who was super interested in being baptized.  I will send pictures next week of the baptism.  She will be my 9th baptism out in the field (in case you are counting).  We are being very blessed.

We had a crazy encounter when one of our recent converts broke up with his girlfriend and sent us the epitome of suicide notes. We spent the next day hunting him down.  We found him at his job and talked to him there.  He has been very stressed recently, but we were able to talk him through it.

Also, transfer calls are this Friday so I will learn if I am staying in Allentown or moving to a new area... exciting!  I hope you guys are doing just as well as I am... going on cruises, riding jet skis and such.  I will make sure to send pictures next week.

-Elder Dean

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Making Decisions

2015 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Zone Conference 
Hey!  It's time for the new weekly email (audience applause).  We have had a great week here in Allentown.  Elder Fernandes and I have been keeping ourselves busy.  We are having a baptism this Saturday for Xaymara Fajardo.  She is the daughter of a less active family who we are helping re-activate, so we are super exited and I will try to send pictures next week.

Companion News
Elder Fernandes and I are still working well together.  He is a cool companion and we are getting along great.  Here are some things you might not know about Elder Fernandes: he has Tourettes; he is Portuguese, Hawaiian, and Japanese; and he wants to be an aerial lineman (google it).

Elders Dean and Fernandes go to White Castle
White Castle, the home of the slider, is part of the true East Coast experience... one of the essential East Coast food chains. It is a disappointment.  Those are the only words I have to say.  But the tiny cheesesteak place attached to the Home Depot is the best steak in town. I am making a pact to never go to a chain on my mission again.  There is just too much good food I would be passing up to do so.

Making Decisions
This week I thought a lot about making decisions. I know if I hadn't
made the decision to put in my papers with you and dad that night when I sat on your laundry basket, I wouldn't be out here now.  There is a great talk by Henry B. Eyring in the 2007 April General Conference called "This Day".  It is about making decisions now.  Another is "Choose to Believe" By Elder L. Whitney in the 2015 April Conference.  I love you, I love dad and I love all three of my awesome siblings. I want to be an Eternal family...that is the decision I have made.

-Elder Dean

Friday, August 7, 2015

Let them eat...Cheesesteak

The First Philly Cheesesteak Report

August 3rd, 2014

OK real email while the bread bakes.   How are you mom?  Are you feeling better after your trip to Park City?  That sounds like a lot of fun.  Did you do anything fun up there? Also how is the family?   

The Cheesesteak was great and nothing too crazy has happened . This week has been pretty normal for me.  We're still doing work, trying to contact people and being missionaries. Elder Fernandez is six months out and I'm only three, so he is the senior companion.  

Excerpt from his letter to Grandma
Thanks for the letter. Rita's is really common shop on the East Coast I didn't know there was one in Provo, it's probably from all the missionaries.  It's a fun treat that we get sometimes on P-day.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28th, 2015

Thanks Allyson and Jere VanPatten for the quick snapshot.
As they say...
Well I'm living here in Allentown
And it's hard to keep a good man down
Good luck Elder Dean!

Monday, July 27, 2015

A change in companionship

July 27, 2015

Hello family and friends,  it's me Elder Dean.   I am sending you my weekly report.  
Elder Fernandez and Elder Dean
This week we had transfers. My past companion, Elder Litton, is gone and I have a new companion Elder Fernandes.  He is 23 years old, he is from central California.  He served four years in the Marines and is now on his mission.  He's a really fun guy and we're going have a really great time here together in Allentown. 

Nothing too dramatic has happened this week.  One of our investigators Xaymara Fajardo will be baptized on
August Ninth and hopefully Cinquetta Moore the week afterwards.  It's good to have success.   I am also so glad that I was born to great parents who have raised me to be a missionary.   I know that Heavenly Father has put trust in me to be a missionary because I know that I was born into this gospel so that I could share it with others. 

Thank you for all the letters and emails I have received (shout out to you Grandma) they have really lifted my spirit.    It's hard to be a missionary, but it is fun to see that I have already been away from home for three months.  Time is just flying by.   I love you guys.   If you have any questions for me I would love to answer them (whether they be for Trevor or Elder Dean).   I can also read Emails any time, so write me anytime like I said I love seeing what is happening back home. Keep doing your best
-Elder Dean
My mailing address is 510 North 8th Street, Allentown, PA 18102 

Transfers are coming...

July 20th, 2015

Dear Mom,
Humidity in Allentown.  
I hope you are doing well and I hope Colin is doing well after his fifty miler hike.  I expect he has some good stories from camping.  How are you doing?   I haven't heard much from the family in the past week.   I am doing well-ish.  Transfers are coming up and my companion is leaving, so I will be getting a new companion soon.  I don't know who it is yet.  I'm a little nervous taking over my first area.  I will still be in Allentown.  What was dad's first experience of taking over an area?

I have a few things to ask of you mother first could you email me some pictures of each family member second could you send me your bread recipe and third could you send me some nose hair trimmers (they're getting a little wild).  I hope your feeling better from your Kux love you.

-Elder Dean
(P.S. I'll write about my week in a minute)
(P.S.S. Minute is slang here for any measure of time)

Love you Mom!

The Bread Recipe
6 C flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 Cups lukewarm water
1 1/2 tsp yeast

Mix 6 cups flour and salt together.  In another bowl add to 1 Cup of the water and 1&1/2 tsp yeast and set aside.  Mix the rest of the water into the flour salt combo.  When well-mixed, add the yeast water.  Mix well, cover and let sit.  (Note: None of these ingredients needs to be exact. If the dough is too playdough'ish add more water.  If the dough is too'll add more flour after its raises.  Depending on the quality and age of your yeast you're dough should raise enough to cook within 4-10 hours. I generally do it over night, it seems to work best.)

When you're ready to bake. Set the oven temperature to 400 degrees and heat up the pan and lid.  Scrap the dough onto a floured surface. Depending on how wet your dough will determine whether you need a full cup of flour or a half cup of flour to knead into your mixture.  Scrap the dough onto a flour surface and shape into a ball or oval. (Just needs to fit your oven proof pan.) I pour a little olive oil into the bottom of the pan, but you could use Pam spray as well.  Put the lid on the pan and bake for 30 minuites.  Then remove the lid and bake uncovered for 15 more minutes to brown the top of the bread.  
                                                                    Love you, 

July 4th, 2015 

Thanks for the heads-up I love you and I have a lot of cool news and stories for you when you get back.   I am getting a mini missionary, so we will see how that goes. Also things continue to go well for for me in Allentown we have some ne
w investigators and have five baptisms on the forecast. 

I hope you are having fun and I expect to here some fun stories of dear nuzzling and Ashton antics when you get home. Also it's all about your mind that if you want things to be good things will be good.  That's what I learned here in Allentown.  If you plan be
happy,  you will be happy.  If you want to be stressed about a camp out,  you'll be stressed about a camp out.  Keep doing your best.    -Elder Dean

(Trevor wrote later "The mini missionary wasn't able to come.  He had something come up.   To put it in missionary terms we had a miscarriage.)

June 29th, 2015
Things are going well not much has changed we are about half way through a the transfer so I will probably have a new companion in 3 weeks or so my trainer will probably leave but he could also stay nothing is to solid in missionary work.   I'll write something about that for the blog later.   Not much has happened this week.  The days are starting to blur together.  I love you I will write a news letter next week. 

But to answer some of your questions,
  • I get out of the car to make sure he doesn't scratch the car on the curb. We drive a Ford Fusion.  
  •  I have started to keep a dream journal.  My asleep mind is weird. 
  • Can you get dad to tell me some of his mission stories (maybe he can share them with everyone at a family home evening as well?) 
  • Peace save the whales!  
Love you
-Elder Dean

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A Series of Small Sucessive Emails/Hello

June 23, 2015 

From:  Angie Dean
To:  Trevor Dean
Sent:  Sunday, Jun 21 at 7:44 AM
Subject:  Hello

(Excerpt from a previous email to Trevor from Me for context)...I mean you've only been gone two months now, but it seems like forever for me.  Although Trev I can honestly say, I have never felt like I needed to drive to Philly and sit on the corner with a big bat in order to protect you.  So that's good.  I hope you would tell me if things weren't going well,  then I could pray for you and put your name into the temple.  Pam and Marianne cried for weeks and weeks, but when I think of you, I am always hopeful.  It could be my adventurous spirit talking, but I would encourage you to  enjoy the successes and enjoy the disappointments if possible.  Both experiences will teach you a lot about others, and yourself.  Just don't let the dissapointments keep your down, because you really have no idea what seeds have been planted.  Therefore thrust in your sickle, and trust in God, he won't disappoint.

From: Trevor Dean
To: Angie Dean
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 9:13 AM
Subject: Hello

Sorry our P-Day was moved this week but I can address your last letter.  Yes, I have had a lot of good (and some bad)experiences,  but I am always happy.  I know that you raised me right to always look for the good and to keep my values.

From: Trevor Dean
To: Angie Dean
Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 2:32  PM
Subject: Hello

Hey it's Elder Dean with the weekly news. I have had a great week, our car has been in the shop so we have done a lot of tracting and street contacting on our way to appointments. We have seen so many miracles. We have gotten some new investigators.  We have a great family we started teaching.  We also have a part-member family who wants to start taking the lessons.  There is also a woman who moved from Philadelphia who couldn't be baptized because she was living with her boyfriend, but sheis ready to be baptized we set a day for her in three weeks.   

I know  Heavenly Father has prepared this area for the work and I am glad that I can be the tool that hastens his work. I know that the times we struggle the most are the times we learn the most about ourselves and who we are.  So when hard times hit don't bend under pressure, be the weld that holds.
-Elder Dean

From Trevor Dean
To:  Angie Dean
Sent:  Tuesday, June 23, 2015 3:42 PM
Subject:  Last Ray of Sunshine

I will be on a regular schedule next week so I'll write you on Monday.  I love you. 
-Elder Dean

I wanted to send one last picture then I will be done.  Love you guys.
Put this picture on the front door or something!  Love you!!!
Explanation of the picture:    I got a bloody nose while tracting
June 15th, 2015
I have had a great week in the Philadelphia Pennsylvania Mission.  This week the Mendoza family and Benjamin Bonaparte were both baptized.  It has also been a crazy week for Elder Litton and I.   We have been really blessed. The first few weeks this area was dead, but through working with the members we have seen 7 baptisms and 1 child of record baptism in this area.   

I know that Heavenly Father has helped us with such great members to fellowship our investigators, to get them to church, and invite them into their homes.   Members really are the greatest tools a missionary has so remember to share the gospel as much as possiblebecause you can really change lives.
                                                                                                          -Elder Dean

Monday, June 8, 2015


June 8th, 2015

This week has been okay.  We have been doing lots of exchanges because transfers are coming up (both my companion and I are staying) so I had to take over the area with other missionaries for the last few's been rough.  All of our investigators are progressing and we should have five baptisms this week.  I will try to send pictures for you.

One day while we were waiting for the car to be washed, I saw a group of Asians walking. I turned to my companion for the day, Elder Bair, and stated how this was unusual, when all of a sudden two break off and walk right towards us and state how they are members from Mongolia who have been looking for a ward building.  We told them where to go and gave them our number to call for any help. I have seen a lot of miracles this week like that, except most of them were Spanish members who have lost their connection to the Church when they moved to America. Thank goodness the elders who were with me spoke Spanish, so my job was to smile and look pretty for most of those conversations.

I know that the more people we talk to and share the gospel with the more success we can see.  In D&C section 4, the Lord promises us that the field is white already to harvest and as we thrust in our sickles with our might the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not but bringeth salvation to his soul.  What this says is that people are ready to hear the gospel and that as we share the gospel, people will accept its message...but it is proportional to how much work we put in.  If we tell a friend about our church every once in a while, we might see success.  And if we invite a few people to a ward activity, we will see that much success.  And if we share the gospel with everyone we see, we will see that much success. There is a lot of work to do and we are all called to the work.  I am glad to be serving as a missionary and to be able to change people's lives with the message that we share.  Do your best wherever you are and be the best that you can be.

-Elder Dean

Monday, June 1, 2015

The Daily New at 5:00

June 1st, 2015

Thank you Mom and Family for all the presents.   I got the box with Happy Birthday written all over it and I also got the Granny B box.  I kept opening boxes and there were more boxes in them.   

I also was able to have a baptism yesterday with the Adhikari kids. 
That was another great birthday present. 
The boy’s name is Sanjay.  In the middle is Shreya,
 and the eight year
old is Nikita.

The Adhikari's baptism this week was a little crazy due to stake conference.  Elder Litton and I had to plan everything about 2 hours before the baptism was scheduled, including making the programs, set up the room, invite people to the baptism.  It happened and that is what is important.  I performed the baptism of Shreya.  I have been very blessed to be able to have such success in my first area on my first transfer.  Not much else happened on the birthday.  No cake, just a lesson and a mission prep class.  Lots of fun.

Our other investigators  are also progressing well.  The Mendoza family and Benjamin are both progressing.  We are about to start the "fun" lessons (word of wisdom and law of chastity).   I can only pray that they have enough faith to pull them through.  I know that this is the true church and that what I'm doing here has made a difference for this family and that as we follow the gospel we can see improvements in our everyday lives because I've seen it in mine.  I know that Heavenly Father has helped me get this far.  I know the church is true and that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet and he restored Christ's true church to the earth.

In additional news, we should be getting Facebook in a week or two.  

Love you lots.

Elder Dean

P.S.  I need to take more pictures.  It's just hard to slow down the rush to take them.  I will try to repent and take more.  Just let us work through the rush first.  I am going on errands, but if you have questions I'll be sure to answer them today.

P.P.S. Tell Ryan Happy Birthday and buy him a magic intro deck from me.  I will train him when I get back or Colin can.  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Monday Report

Dear Mom,
I'm glad to hear from you again.  It's been years.  It feels like my family has given up on me.   I'm glad you still care.   I wish you guys would write me more.  There are five of you, so if if you guys had days that you wrote me I would love to hear from all of you i.e. (Mom Monday, Ryan Tuesday,Ashton Wednesday, Colin Thursday, Dad Friday). Your emails really brighten my week.  
A bird's-eye view of Allentown, PA

Now that the rebuking is over, I had a great week.  We have had a lot of great lessons this week and the two families we have, are both progressing.  The Adhikari kids are bounce-off-the-wall-crazy.  It's hard to teach them, but their baptism will be on the 31st.  The other family are the Mendozas.  They have baptismal dates for June 7th.  Sister Mendoza is doing great and so is her brother David, but he is starting to ask some weird questions.   I hope is isn't searching for anti-Mormon propaganda. Our last baptism is Benjamin Bonaparte, we are having ups and downs with him he is going through a hard time so he is hard to
contact sometimes, but all the lessons we have taught him have helped
him to make huge improvements in his life but because of scheduling
issues we will probably have to move his date back.

I have some things that I need and for the birthday.  First,  is a black tie.  Just a plain black tie and any others you might choose.  The second, is some music.  Ask Matt if he can get me a "quiet house" CD.  Don't worry it is mission appropriate and any other mission appropriate CD's you want to send.  And if you want to be rebellious, a booster-pack of magic cards would make my day.   
I'm going to also going to send some pictures like you asked hope you like them.

-Elder Dean
The Lehigh Valley is one of the worst places for allergies.  
Because there is so much plant gunk that can't leave.  
The side picture looks like the bundle has a face.

It's a bunch of flowers.  
They looked like sandbags blowing around in
the parking lot.

Self-entitled, "The Thug Life"