Monday, October 16, 2017

18 Months...😎 Week #78 10.16.17

So this week has been Busy... it’s been a super good week. Just seems like I turn around it’s already Monday again.

We started off last Monday and we went to this super sweet Catholic Shrine. It was awesome inside the chapel thing we brought a ukulele and played songs and had a super fun jam session. Then we took some sweet squad pics. Then for the rest of the night we picked up missionaries from the air port and got them fed and then they all spent the night in our double wide trailer Haha super fun night though!!

Then on Tuesday we had our Zone Conference. This one was a little different. We did the whole conference in P day cloths which was strange but kind of nice to get out of the suit. We did give a 45 minute training in jeans and a hoodie haha it was fun though. Then the second half of the conference we did skits and talents as districts and as companionships. It was really fun. Then after the conference we sent some missionaries to service while we finished up interviews with our mission President and we were all done by 5 so we ate dinner as a Zone and then just played sports until 9. It was a lot of fun. Zone conferences is Juneau are seriously the best!

The rest of the week was pretty normal but on Saturday we did have 3 baptisms. Allie and her kids. They are an amazing family. She has two little girls one named Catalina and the other Peyton and they kill me they are so cute. Catalina is my best friend haha. The Baptism was awesome I’ve never seen such good fellowshipping from the members. They are awesome. This whole ward is amazing 

Sunday was a pretty good day. We got to help with the confirmations and help give the gift of the Holy Ghost to Allie and her two kids Leo and savanna. It was an awesome experience. We also were asked to speak in sacrament. They didn’t give us topic they said just whatever we wanted to talk about which can sometimes can be a lot harder then just being given a topic. I ended up speaking on the Holy Ghost because of the confirmations it was a good talk and I’ve actually started to enjoy speaking in church. I think this has been like my 8 talk in sacrament meeting since being on my mission haha.

But those are like the highlights of the week. It’s been a super good week and has been super fun!! This week should be really fun to not to much going on so we actually get to dig our feet in a little bit and do some good work so I’m pretty excited to do some work!

Well have a good week everybody love you all

Elder Kayden M. Gentry

Alright!!πŸ‘Œ Week # 77 10.09.17

Okay soo.... sorry for last week! Just had like no time! But now we are back in Juneau this week and I have plenty of time haah.

So last Monday morning we were up super early and headed to Anchorage. We were in Anchorage until Thursday. The reason being is that we had exchanges with the Assistants to the President and then on Wednesday we had MLC. Super good meeting. We were able to talk about the goals of the mission and things that we could improve on. The meeting got over about 4:00 pm and we had the rest of the night we had to do whatever we wanted. So I went and visited some missionaries and it was so good to see a lot of them. Made me miss a lot of the guys I used to serve around. It was so weird to be driving around anchorage in my old stomping grounds. So many great memories.

So early Thursday morning we got to the airport and our flight actually got delayed so we sat there for like two hours but it was awesome we were able to share the Restoration and the Book of Mormon with this guy that. Is from Ketchikan. Eventually we got on the plane and when we landed in Juneau I gave him a card with the Elders in Ketchikan phone number! He said thanks and yea I have some questions so hopefully he will actually hit them up.

It was so nice to go to anchorage but it made me really miss Juneau. I was glad to be back. So instantly we got back into the grind and it felt good. We were able to set up some lessons with potentials and invite some peeps to church. 

Saturday was awesome. Dylan was baptized and the service was wonderful. It went so smoothly and Dylan was super nervous but really excited. I’m so glad that we have been able to help him on this journey. Super funny though the water in the font was like ice cold... we don’t know what’s up but the boiler is trash. But have 3 more baptisms this coming Saturday and so hopefully we can get the water pretty warm for them because two of them are kidsπŸ™€

Sunday was awesome... so it was fast and testimony meeting and the two kids who are 9 and 8 that are getting baptized this Sunday got up and savanna said how thankful she was that God gave her family hope to learn and grow! And the boy Leo got up and said a prayer in front of the whole congregation! I freakin love this family they have two little girls that are 4 and 2 names are Catalina and Peyton seriously the cutest little girls... it has been so fun to help teach them and prepare them for baptism!

My Birthday was awesome I got experience all of that and the members made it super fun. Last night we had dinner over at our ward Mission leaders home brother Sekona and we ate with a part member family and we had king crab and salmon and chicken and sushi and salad and Oti which is a Tongan drink that is super yummyπŸ˜‹ so officially I’m 21 and have spent my last birthday as a missionary seriously two birthday that I will never forget 

It’s weird to see the weather changing and the leaves changing. We are starting to see snow on the top of the mountains so it’s only a matter of time before it gets down here. I’m actually super excited for the snow to come I just can’t actually believe that it’s already almost here. Super crazy I feel like the snow just melted haha it’s all good though I’m ready for the winter and the dark to come. Now I know what to expect.

Life is good and this area Keeps is super busy! I love it we are teaching all the time and am able to help people come closer t9 their savior. Honestly don’t ever want to leave Juneau... but I still have a minute. Here so I’m going to soak it up. 

Today should be pretty busy we have to pick up all the missionaries today as they are all flying in for our Zone Conference tomorrow. Which I’m not super pumped about because we have to train the missionaries for 45 minutes but it’s a part of the gig I love getting to see the missionaries though I love these guys never thought you could get so close with a bunch of dudes but they are all so awesome.. 

Well that’s about all I got I love you guys and hope that you have an amazing week..

Love always 

Elder Kayden M. Gentry

Alaska Anchorage Mission

Short OneπŸ•΅️ Week#76 10.02.17

Hey Fam

So this email is going to be pretty short. This morning we woke up and was on a plane by 6:30 am. We are in anchorage until Thursday for meetings and other stuff I’ll explain more next week. Kind of a bummer though because we will have been out of our area for almost a week! 

Umm general conference was really good. I took a lot of notes and want to apply a lot of what I learned to the mission. I’m excited to go back through and read the talks and learn more.

Last week we finished up the commandments lesson with Dylan and he will be baptized this Saturday so we are super excited for him. The cool thing is that he is planning on going to snow college in the spring so hopefully he will get to come to my homecoming. That would be pretty sweet.

Anyway we are super busy today I love you all and hope that you have an awesome week!

Scatter Sunshine ☀️ Week #75 09.25.17

So it's been a solid week here in Juneau. We had two sunny days in the
same week and that is unheard of... it was super good though. It's
starting to get dark quick though which means the winter is coming.
The leaves here are starting to turn color just a little bit but it's
still actually really green still.

So this week was just a normal week full of missionary work. On Monday
we got to say goodbye to one of the kids in our wards that is headed
off on his mission. His name is Mahina. He is going to the Orem Utah
Mission and he is really excited. It was fun to get to know him before
he took off.

On Tuesday we had missionaries flyin in and out getting to their new
areas so we were pretty busy just getting them around and to and from
the airport. And then on Wednesday was basically the same. Wednesday
was a super sunny day and we ended up going downtown which we do all
the time, but we went right up to the docks and as people flooded off
the boats we talked to them and passed out cards with a picture of
Jesus. There were a few members that got off and took pictures with us
it was a lot of fun. We had lots of good conversations and just
enjoyed walking around and talking to tons of people.

Oh we also saw a pretty cool little old red car so we took a pic by it
so I'll attach that haha. This week we had quite a few lessons and
they went good. Our best one was with Dylan. He is preparing to be
baptized on the 7th of October and he is doing so well. His best
friends are preparing to serve missions and have been big influences
on him. This next semester he is going to go to snow college in Utah
and I'll home before he gets done with school. So I'm hoping to catch
up with him then and hopefully help him to get out and serve a mission
for himself. That would be so sick.

This week we got to do some solid service. We helped out at Helping
hands and that's always super fun and then we ended up helping this
lady in another ward move some stuff and getting all settled and
helped her clean out her storage unit. On the bright side we got a
free couch out of it for the crib.

Umm not much else has been going on I'll have a lot more coming in the
next couple of weeks because it's about to get super busy up here in
the Juneau Zone.

Life is good and we are headed to the tram today to check out the top
of the mountain and the shops that are up there. Well I hope you all
have a good week and I will talk to you later.

Elder Kayden M. Gentry

Alaska Anchorage Mission

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Elder Foster of the 70😎 Week #74 9/18/17

So this week has been super sweet. It was also a super busy week but
that's what I like to be honest. I can't believe that it's already
Monday again.

So last Monday we went fishing and it was awesome. We caught 5 fish as
a group. We took two of them home. Sadly I didn't catch any myself but
it was way different fishing than I have ever done but it was a ton of
fun. Basically you wait until you see the salmon in the water and you
toss the line in over them and you just try to snag them out of the
water. The hook goes through its side or back and you reel it in.
Super fun. I have some videos and pics of us so I'll send them.

During the week we did a lot of finding so that was good. We tracted a
lot of doors and it was actually pretty fun. a Elder a Hunter and I
have a lot of fun with it. There are a lot of strange people that live
here in Juneau.

So the busy time started on Wednesday, we picked up the Elders from
the airport and bussed them over to our trailer and we ended up making
lasagna which was cool. We made it for lunch for Elder Foster and our
Mission President for the next day. Then we just hung out with the
elders and had a blast.

Thursday we set up for our conference and then Elder Hunter and I went
to the airport and picked up Elder Foster and our Mission President.
So I gave the car I was driving to our President and then got in with
Elder Hunter and the General Authority. It was a really cool

The conference was awesome he gave us a lot of good ideas and we are
excited to implement them into the Zone and see miracles. Elder Hunter
and I have been working super hard and we are finally seeing miracles.
So just yesterday we had a lesson with a kid named Dylan and we taught
the restoration and the spirit was really strong and we were able to
invite him to be baptized on October 7thand he accepted. It was
awesome so we are excited for that.

Also we have seen a lot of other teaching miracles with people
committing to be baptized so the work is really starting to take off
and it's exciting.

Life is really good for me right now and I'm pumped to see how much we
can get done. We just had Transfer calls and we are staying together
another Transfer so I'm pretty stoked.

So funny story of the week. I kept hearing noises in the kitchen and
had no idea what it was. So anyway one night I was doing the dishesj
and I looked in the silverware drawer and there was a bunch of food
like stuck in the corners and I thought some of the other elders were
playing tricks on us. So I cleaned it out and when I was done using
the paper towels I put them under the sink. Fast forward to the next
day I heard something again and I looked under the sink and the paper
towels were all munched on and some of the spatulas were under the
sink that I had just washed the night before and put into the drawer
so we knew we had s little creature. We went to the store and bout a
rat trap and we tied it to the cupboard and a day later we had a
squirrel. Haha that little menace...  but yea it was super weird but
it came together haha anyway that's my story

Well I hope all of you have a great week.

Love always

Elder Kayden M. Gentry

Alaska Anchorage Mission

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cloudy and 55πŸ’― 9/11/2017 week #73

So Juneau is awesome and I love it but man it rains way to much.... the clouds never seem to depart, but it is nice in the sense that it keeps it nice and cool all the time. On the few sunny days that we have had it only gets to maybe 70 degrees outside and it's way to hot
and I can't handle it. I don't know how I'm going to adjust when I get home!! Way to hot in Utah so I guess you could say I'm pretty grateful that I get to be in Alaska for another 7 months.

Ummm this week has been great. The biggest thing we did was we flew down to Anchorage for our MLC meeting. We got to Anchorage super late till about 11:00 pm and then we had the meeting and it was awesome by far the best meeting in the mission. It was tough though because it started at 8:30 am and ended about 4:30! Then we ran a few errands and was back at the airport headed to Juneau by 6:00! It was a lot of fun but also super exhausting.

This last Tuesday we had our district meeting and we went to the other district meeting and it was all on the computers but it was my old district that I was in while I was in Whitehorse. During the meeting we got a call to give a blessing to a baby. It was awesome. The little
girl was only two months old and just a tiny little thin and I was able to bless her. It was different but the spirit was really strong.

So this week we have a General authority coming up and we have a Zone Conference so we have spent a lot of time figuring out Logistics for all the missionaries flying in which is crazy and then literally we're having transfers next week so it's going to be crazy. It keeps us busy though and I love that because it helps me to stay focused and time goes so quickly when you are busy.

Last  Monday was really boring, we decided to switch it up, and play basketball haha just kidding, anyway today we are actually getting ready to go fishing here pretty soon so that will be sweet. We're about to go catch some Alaskan salmon here in Juneau. What a dream I'm super stoked. Hopefully we will get lots of fish so we can pig out on some salmon yum

Well this week we have been doing s lot of finding and we sat down with our district leader and we made goals as a companionship and talked about the work I'm super excited about the work we have and I hope it all works out. Life is super good and I'm ready for another great week..

Well love you all have a great week.

Elder Kayden M. Gentry

Alaska Anchorage Mission

1. Elder Hunter and I pre feast at a members;)

2. Tourist photo at the mall

3&4. Our flight back to Juneau

5. The view from on of our members home 🏑

Monday, September 4, 2017

Juneau πŸ” 9.04.2017 Week #72

Wow... so another awesome week has gone by! Crazy, but this week has
been so good. Lots of miracles and the Lord blesses me everyday.

So Tuesday was awesome I got to go on exchanges with Elder Haupeakui
and we did a lot of good work and I got to help him. I love serving
the missionaries. They are some of my closest friends.

Really cool miracle this week is that we got to help out this lady
named rose move. She is from South Sudan and she's awesome. We showed
up and asked her if we could help her move in and she let us and she
just started to cry. It's an amazing feeling to just help somebody.
She invited us back once they get settled in for dinner so we are
looking forward to that and hopefully we will get to teach her.

As we have gone out looking for less actives we have found lots of
potentials and Elder Hunter and I am super excited to do some
teaching. Next week we have a lot of appointments that we are stoked
for. I just hope that they all progress in the gospel because I know
it will change their lives.

Ummm nothing super funny happened this week. Just same ole same ole. I
know that funny things happen I just don't remember them so maybe I'll
need to start writing them down so I can share them.

Last week we got to do quite a bit of Street contacting down by the
ships and that has been a lot of fun. We got some pics to so I will
attach those. The funniest thing we walked into was we started talking
to these two guys about the Book of Mormon and they were like "yea we
believe in the Book of Mormon" and so of course we thought they were
members but they we apart of the reformed LDS church hahaha super
funny that was the first time that I ran into that but they were super
nice though.

It's also a lot of fun because there are quite of few members that are
on these cruise ships so it's a lot of fun to talk to them and they
are super nice.

Umm last Monday we got to go hike nugget falls again and that was a
lot of fun as well. Super easy but beautiful hike so it's more my
style I guess πŸ˜‚

On Saturday we got to go tracting and that was super good. It was
actually sunny and we met lots of cool people. No super solid
potentials but it was a good time and fun to get and and do some solid

Anyway that was my week and I feel blessed. The work is amazing and so
grateful that I get to be out here doing it while rubbing shoulders
with these awesome missionaries. Life is great I mean I'm living in
freakin Juneau Alaska it couldn't get any better ;)

I love you all

Have a great week.

Elder Kayden M. Gentry