Sunday, March 22, 2015

Soup & The Spirit--Second Installment

Between arriving at mid-semester and having spring break the following week, we finally got to start our class. We teach "Teachings of the Living Prophets" on Tuesday afternoons. Our first class had 6 attendees, and we anticipate that those numbers will grow. This week, we will also be substitute teaching for a few class sessions as the director will be away to meetings for a few days. We also keep the institute open in the afternoons for any who wish to come and use the available resources. Additionally, we participate with 2 YSA wards here in Anchorage. 

Currently, the institute has 5 classes, Teachings of The Book of Mormon, Book of Mormon (Pathways), Building a Successful Marriage, Doctrine & Covenants, and our class. All told, total class participation has been about 55 to 65 students. Many of the young adults are away to colleges in other states and then there will be quite a few summer workers who come for the tourism season. Consequently, we anticipate that our numbers will grow in the summer months.

On Friday nights, we alternate two activities called "Soup & The Spirit" and "Waffle Night". Somehow those two names got joined together into "SASWAFEN". And it starts promptly at 7:03 pm! We have food, a spiritual message, fun and games, and often, a service activity. We have already met and associated with many outstanding young adults who participate in the Wards and in our classes and activities. 


Missionary activity is very good as there have been a number of recent converts of the young adult variety. This is Elder Bailey and Elder Carroll; they are assigned to the Cook Inlet YSA Ward.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Week 2

One of the hard things about going on a mission is leaving the grandkids behind.  This week we got some lovely artwork from Dylan, Logan, Kade and Rachel.  Notice the necklace that Rachel also sent Grandma.  Love and miss them all.

First Waffle Night--Buttermilk Carmel Syrup was a great hit!

Saturday afternoon P-Day--Saturday afternoon we took a little trip Southeast down the Seward Highway. It was cold, about 10 degrees, (wind-chill much colder than that). This area is called the Turnagain Arm and the wind was blowing the ice toward the East, the closed end of the inlet. Beautiful!

This is Meliame--She was the companion to the High Council speaker in one of the wards we attended today. She recently (January) returned from her mission in the Philipines. That had to be a contrast in climates!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Sister Watts & Companion

We went to the mission transfer meeting on Tuesday, March 3 and there met Sis. Elizabeth Watts from Alpine. We know her mom Heather Nelson Barney and grandparents John & Carol Nelson!