Monday, August 21, 2017

Busy! Busy! ⚠️ Week #70 August 21 2017

Hey so it's been another crazy week here in Juneau and this one has
been Stressful. It has been good though.

So we were able to meet with and teach Pama a couple of times this
week. On Saturday we were able to have her baptismal interview and she
passed with flying colors. It was so cool and I'm way excited for her.
She told us she's the last one in her family to be baptized Mormon.
She is from Samoa and her family was married in the Temple but they
fell away and went to another church growing up. She's excited though
and her baptism has excited her whole family and we're hoping it will
help bring them all back to church.

We also had a lot of good people to visit. We're really focusing on
the over age youth in the ward and seeing why they haven't been
baptized and and hopefully we will get to teach some of theses
families soon. So exciting things are happening.

Elder Hunter, my companion is a stud and he hit his 1 year mark on
Thursday. So of course we went out and got some pizza. It was super
good 😊 Elder Jaken Hunter is from Pleasant Grove,Utah and we have a
ton in common. He played football and loves to hunt and do all sort of
things. He is definitely one of my favorite Companions. I've learned a
lot from him and he's going places. I'm pretty sure he will be the
Next AP but I guess we will find out in a couple of months haha
hopefully then he can set me up in my next area ;)

Sooo for the stressful part of my week, so me and Elder Hunter have to
give a 45 minute training to the missionaries in our Zone for Zone
Conference coming up this Tuesday so we have spent a lot of time
putting that together. On top of that we have had to figure out a lot
of Logistics from them we had to call and tell each companionship
about their flights and ferries to get her to Juneau and then we have
to find places for each of them to sleep and then set up all of their
times for their interviews with President Toone. Honestly I didn't
know this much went into Zone Conference but it has been a pretty big
Headache. Biggest reason is because we are here in Juneau and Zone
Conference is an all day thing and not just a few hours. Even after
Zone Conference were in charge of making sure 20 missionaries are
staying busy and then after all the interviews are done we will be
going to the gym and just play some games and then Wednesday Morning
we have to get all of them to the airport so they can get back to all
of their areas.

Then on top of all of that we got asked to speak in Sacrament
Yesterday in the YSA. I gave my talk based off of Elder D. Todd
Christofferson "Voice of Warning". It went really good I spoke for
about 16 minutes and it was good. Then right after church we got asked
if we could speak in our family ward on the 15 of October but that's a
minute or two away so I'm not going to stress it. Anyway

So yea we have a lot going on this week but we have prepared and now
I'm pretty excited it will be super nice to see all the missionaries
in the Zone and get to visit with them.

Life is all good and I'm pretty excited to just continue to work as
hard as I can. I love it here in Juneau. It doesn't ever stop raining
but haha it's all good. It's so pretty I'll actually take some pics
next week so I can share it all with you guys.

Anyway I love you all have a great week.

Elder Kayden M. Gentry

Alaska Anchorage Mission


Monday, August 14, 2017

Fire 🔥 Week #69 8/14/2017

So this week has been good. I can't believe it's already been another
week. But all is well and the work is going great.

Umm so first off this week I got home and settled into my new
apartment and then my President gave us a call and wanted us to move
into the Juneau trailer which is a double wide next to the stake
center out here. There are already a set of missionaries in there and
he wants to save on money and it's a test run for the rest of the
mission to see if 4 missionaries can live together without being to
wild. Haha so I had to pack up all of my stuff and haul it across
Juneau it was good though. So we live with the Auke bay Elders and
it's awesome. My companion is elder Hunter and he is awesome and the
other two are elder Watkins and elder call who are really cool. I
served around Elder Watkins while he was in Anchorage and now he is
one of our district leaders in our zone. It's been good to work with
him.

A big portion of the week we have been hauling missionaries to and
from the ferry and the airport as they went to Anchorage to get their
new companions and then headed back to their area. It was kind of
weird because for some of it I was in the car by myself as my comp
drove the other car on the way back haha it was kind of sweet though.

It's been fun though since being here in Juneau. We have met with a
lot of families and one of them is the son to a family that I was
very close with in Cordova and that was awesome to talk with him about
his family and Cordova. The members here are awesome and super excited
about missionary work. We just got another set of missionaries in our
ward so now there are four of us because the work here is really good.

We got to teach the restoration to an investigator named Pama she is a
Samoan girl and the spirit was so strong. We invited her to be
baptized for the 26th of this month so we are super excited to be
working with her and helping her to be ready for that.

Life is good here in Juneau, it definitely rains here.... a lot but
that's chill I have lots of rain gear from Cordova so I think I'll be
okay. I'm just excited to be here and they are putting us to work.
Just in this next week I get to talk in sacrament meeting in both the
YSA branch and then in the ward as well. So that will be good and then
we have a lot of other stuff coming in the next week and then Zone
Conference that we have to start preparing for. My companion and
myself have to give a 40 minute training... yikes we will see how that
goes..

Well this week we also got to go out and see the plaque for the
missionary dedicatory prayer and that was awesome. Cool to see the
history of this mission start right here in Juneau Alaska.

Also on Tuesday we got to go and see John Bytheway who is an LDS


speaker and pretty famous when it comes to missionaries. He was up on
one of the cruises and decided to come and speak to the youth so we
were able to attend and got a pic with him. He is awesome and a great
speaker.

Umm well that's about all I have for this week I hope all is good 😊

Keep the faith

Elder Kayden M. Gentry

Alaska Anchorage Mission
Pic with the crew and John Bytheway Aka... jbtwttdubs

Downtown Juneau

Dedicatory Plaque

Monday, August 7, 2017

Juneau Bound 🌄 Week #68 8/07/2017

Sooo we had Transfers this week and the big new is that I'm going to
be transferred and I'm leaving the Beloved Country of Canada and
headed to serve in the Mount Juneau ward and the YSA Branch.

I'm super sad to leave Whitehorse, hah right when things were getting
good. I've thoroughly enjoyed serving with Elder Anderson, seriously
love that guy, but he's going to be training in Whitehorse so I'm
stoked for him. No one even knows how long it's been since they
trained out there. So he's going to be good, plus I'll get to see hi.
At zone Conferences and stuff.

I'm pumped for Juneau though. Such a pretty place and I'm serving with
Elder Hunter who is freakin sweet I served around him when I was in
Anchorage. So I'm excited for that.

I'm already here in Juneau, after church we drove down to Skagway and
then we got on a ferry and got into Juneau last night so I'm already
unpacked and just enjoying my first p day in Juneau. Life is good and
I'm happy.

A lot went on this last week basically just getting a lot of work down
and now Elder Anderson will be taking over the area. Sunday I got to
say good bye to the members and that was awesome crazy to see how
close you can get to some people. One family I won't forget are the
tanners they are awesome, remind me a lot of my dads side of the
family super fun and easy going. They made Whitehorse a party.

Anyway not to much else is happening so I'll just send some pics. I
hope you guys are all having a sick week and a better one to come.

Love always

Elder Kayden M. Gentry

Alaska Anchorage Mission







Monday, July 31, 2017

Umm... Week #67 7/31/2017

So another week has come and gone.. crazy 😜 well this has been a
pretty eventful week so I guess I'll start with Monday.

So we met with Carrie and she told us that she wanted to hold up on
her baptism!! Super sad news. Felt like I was shot in the gut but she
said that she wanted to learn more and that she was just really
stressed. She feels like she doesn't know enough, but I know she's
ready she knows more about the gospel probably more than a lot of
members. So we're continuing to work with her and just hoping that she
can muster enough faith to be baptized and I'm sure all will be good.
So that was Monday.

Tuesday was a little bland we had district meeting as usual and that
was good. I really enjoy the meetings I always take away good things
and make changes. After that we started doing service out at the Yukon
Wildlife Preserve and that's awesome we help build a new fence on a
portion of the Bison Pasture and there are tons of animals so it's
pretty sweet to see and be around them.

Wednesday was pretty sweet, so we do this service for this assisted
living place and this Wednesday they had like this Canoe trip thing so
we went out to the lake and we helped them with that it was a lot of
fun. We made sure the people got on the canoes safely and then we sat
back at the camp and made dream catchers and hung with the oldies it
was a lot of fun.

Umm Thursday was awesome as well our old vehicle coordinator who just
finished his mission, President Lavoie was driving through Whitehorse
with his wife down to the lower 48. So he stopped and bought us
breakfast. They are awesome then we did our normal service at the
Salvation Army and served the food there.

Friday we went back to the wildlife preserve and did some more service
there. All in all it's been a pretty good week except for the whole
baptism thing on Saturday we decided to have a game night so we
invited everybody out and we played board games and card games with
the hopes of finding new people to teach and to reactivate some less
actives and we had quite a few less actives actually show up so that
was sweet. A baptism would have been cooler but hey when life hands
you lemons you make lemonade:)

Church this week was a little hectic. All I'm going to say is we
totally go to church in the Yukon. So in the middle of sacrament
meeting we had the doors open to the outside to let in some air
because it was hot and the door leads right to the parking lot. The
all of the sudden a car alarm goes off between speakers and a member
gets up and peeks and then leans his head back in and says to our
branch president who is on the stand, "Bruce that's your car!" And
then he says yea I know Jana, his wife, when to go get it. Haha 😂
then for third hour we had a combined meeting and it was in the chapel
and through the same door we had a squirrel that came into the chapel
so everyone had their feet up on the pews while a few men tried to get
the little guy but we lost him so we just assumed he made his way
out... haha you have to love the Yukon

Well that's about all I have for this week and I hope you all have a
good week this week

Love always

Elder Kayden M. Gentry