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