Hola Friends and Fam☺️
Well everyone I made it to Cordova and it was quite the trip. Super
pretty drive to Whittier and then a wicked ferry ride to Cordova. The
ferry took 7 hours but it was cool they had puzzles and games and food
but mostly I just slept. We got into Cordova late Thursday evening and
then Brother and Sister Hamberger showed us to the church and we are
staying in the family history room. It's packed with Stuff everywhere
and then our beds in the corner. We shower in the font and it is super
weird not to bad though. Cordova is probably one of the prettiest
places I have ever been.
Super small town though. Everybody knows everybody. We went around
town and saw lots of the same people everywhere. The graduating class
here only has 16 kids in the entire class. It rains like crazy down
here and still don't have a rain jacket so I'm hopefully getting one
soon ha anyway all we eat is Mac and cheese and chilli. No such thing
as fast food down here and everything is almost double mark the
original value. Now that Sunday has passed we got a food calendar and
a couple families have signed up to feed us so it'll be nice to eat
something different. There are only roughly 5 families in the branch
We have already been
asked to speak not this Sunday but the next. I better get used to it
though cause we will probably speak quite a bit.
My new companion is Elder Pace and he is a super cool kid. Me and him
just sit and talk and have long conversations. If I'm down here I'm
glad it is with him. We get along super well. This is his last
transfer and he goes home. He still works super hard and I look up to
that a lot. He's just an awesome missionary and a great guy.
Life is a struggle but all in all it is good. Hard getting used to
living in the church. I broke the key in the lock in the materials
center and then that same day we went to the bathroom and the door to
our room was locked and we locked the keys and the phone inside. Then
we thought, is there any way we left the window open?? so we went and checked and
it wasn't!! Only to find out that we locked ourselves out of the
church with no phone and no keys?? And, I didn't even have shoes on. We
asked a guy across the street to borrow his phone and we had to call
some elders in Fairbanks So we could get our presidents number then
called him to get Brother Hamburgers number so he could come let is
It's been crazy but at the same time we have seen lots of miracles and
have met some solid potential investigators and hope it works out.
It's just such a small community the second we start teaching someone
the whole town finds out and there's pressure and it's just stressful.
I'm excited to be here though and work hard to serve the people here
in Cordova. I miss Wasilla way more than I thought I would. I miss the
Elders, the Ward Members, the food and just everything about it!! Ha Ha it
was an awesome place to serve and can't wait to go back and visit someday.
Everything is going good and know that I love all of you and miss all
my friends and family, but I feel like I'm growing a lot. I wish you
all the best week and hope you see miracles.
Elder Kayden M. Gentry
Alaska Anchorage Mission