Monday, January 23, 2017

Blankets ❄️❄️ Week #41

Hey Fam....

So this week has been pretty crazy and has been a lot of fun. So I love my mission. I have been out for 9 and 1/2 months, which blows my mind. I cannot believe it. In a sense I feel like time needs to slow down because I don't feel like I am accomplishing what I need to, but I guess I still have just under 15 months left so I'm going to get to work😝

So I don't know if any of you follow the weather up in Alaska, besides my mom but it has been chilly to say the least. On Wednesday it got to -17 degrees❄️ guess what we did that day, we went and shoveled snow and I have never been so cold in my life. I was honestly dying. I asked the guy who we were shoveling for if I could us the bathroom just so I could get into his house to warm upπŸ˜‚ eventually everyone made it into the house and he made us soup it was yummy!!

The very next day it was warmer I think about -5 and we were driving around and there was a guy out jogging. I was laughing so hard just because this guy was insane, I'm pretty sure if it were 30 I wouldn't be out running, but that's just me. πŸ˜

So Saturday was a crazy day, first thing we had interviews with our mission president and that went really well except over night it snowed like 8 inches, probably more I'm not sure, but just getting to the office was crazy we could barely see. After the interviews because my companion and I were the last ones to be interviewed they took us to AppleBees. It was super cool to sit and eat lunch with them and get to talk with them. Funny thing happened, so when I was taking a bite into my sandwich I felt some weird texture and the Mission President's wife started laughing and I looked and they forgot to pull off the paper off the cheese. It was pretty funny and then about ten minutes later the same thing was in President Robinsons sandwich haha but he actually ate quite a bit of the paperπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ it was so hilarious. 

Later in the day we got a text from our zone leaders telling us that church would be cancelled due to all the snow, and to limit our driving on the roads as much as possible. So Sunday was pretty cool. We actually got to call into the Bush branch which is where they hold sacrament over the phone which is normally for the small villages in Alaska. Where people can basically go to church where there are no chapels. It was a neat opportunity and we also got to perform the sacrament in our apartment and it was a cool experience. So Sunday wasn't a too productive day but we tried to stay busy with what we could.

Something else I wanted to share is we have been doing this cool service at the local Rec Center. We go and volunteer to make dinner for the kids that are 17 and younger. It's pretty fun we go and just do what they tell us to do and make meals for the kids. It's a sweet service and cool to help out the community.

Something I've been studying lately is just the life of Joseph Smith and the life he lived. Truly was a man of God! He sacrificed so much so that we could have the gospel in our lives today to continue to bless us and our families so that we can be together forever. How sweet is that!!✍🏻

So sorry about last weeks email was still sick and quite frankly in a bad mood, my mom and my sisters kind of told me to do better so I hope this email does the job!! Anyway I am feeling a lot better I was sick for almost three weeks and that is no fun but this week was a lot better. I hope you guys forgive me πŸ˜‰

Well anyway today is P day of course and we are going bowling as a district and probably play some basketball later so I'm going to bounce✌️

Well I love all of you guys so much and hope your week goes great! Keep The Faith πŸ‘Œ

πŸ’› Elder Kayden M. Gentry

Here are some photos of the snow and stuff!!!!
January 2017 Alaska 
So much SNOW 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Another ☝️ Week #40 Still sick

Hey family,

So it's been another week and absolutely everything's has fallen
backwards when it comes to missionary work. Almost everybody that we
have been teaching has stopped progressing, but hopefully it will get
better. We find a guy that used to be taught by the missionaries and
probably would have been baptized, but got thrown in jail, so we will
so maybe this time around. He is a cool guy his name is Gatdor and he
is from South Sudan.

As of right now I still have a little sore throats but hopefully I
will be able to kick it soon. This is like the longest I've ever been
sick.  Nothing to crazy has happened this week.

Well I love all of you and I hope your week is greatπŸ’›

Love always

Elder Kayden Michael Gentry

Alaska Anchorage Mission

1. Krispy kreme runs (essential)
2. Our bishop sent this too us, he got bored at work I think πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Our Bishop bored at work

Monday, January 9, 2017

I'm All The away Up⚔️ Week #39

Hey everybody, 

So,  this week has been pretty good and pretty bad.  I'll
start with the good. First things first...  as a lot of you might know we
got a new missionary schedule. We do a lot of the same things but we
now get to choose when we do it and and we have a lot more freedom. It
feels good to be able to do stuff they way I like it and to feel like we have more
trust. That was pretty cool to hear about. 

The work here has been picking up and we have gotten 3 new
investigators. So hopefully we will be able to start teaching them and
eventually get the prepared for baptism. Danielle,  the girl that we
have been working with;  is struggling with a few things so we have had
to push her baptism back again. We will just continue to work with her
and do what we can to help her.

We got transfer calls on Friday and Elder Parks and I are both staying
for another transfer and I'm actually pretty excited. It'll probably
go by fast because we have a lot of work. Time keeps flying and it
blows my mind.

Now for the bad....  The only bad part really about this week was I've been sick 😷
 my throat kills and I am full of boogers from my head to my toes. I've been
stocking up on the medicine though and actually woke up this morning
feeling a little better. Being sick is seriously the worst. So say a
quick prayer for me to get better ;).

So one thing about being here in Airport Heights is I swear that nobody
has a car we literally have to block out an hour of our schedule every
Saturday night to call and find rides for our investigators and other
members that we are working with. Sometimes I feel like a freaking taxi service
dispatching calls haha just a part of my missionary work I didn't know existed.

This week we got to have exchanges and I had a good time, me and my
district leader went to what the people here call the beach and we
went out there and took some photos. After that He and I  had like
your typical missionary miracle that was pretty cool. We were going to visit a
lady and when we got to her house she wasn't home but we saw another
lady who needed help taking her groceries up to her apartment, so we
helped her and long story short we taught her and gave her a Book of
Mormon and we are going back on Wednesday.

That experience shows me that when we are doing what we are supposed
to the lord places people in our path that we help and love, which is
what the gospel is all about.

Well this week has been good and I look forward to next week when I
hopefully won't have been sick and I'm up and about. Anyway,  I love you all and 
hope you all have a great week πŸ‘Œ

Elder Kayden M. Gentry

Alaska Anchorage Mission
The Beach Alaska Style 
Gorgeous views 

Sunset 3:30pm  if you could only see how beautiful! 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

BALL DROPπŸ’― Week #38

Family and Friends πŸ˜

Hey everybody so New Years was straight Fire πŸ”₯ 
We had dinner over at brother and sister Callahans and they made Cafe Rio style burritos and they were so yummy. I really miss that place, anyway then we had to head in because we had to be in at 7:30. Kind of lame but I guess it comes with being a missionary. We stayed up and played monopoly and Skip-Bo and ate food and drank some good ole Martinelle sparkling cider🍾. It was a party. I'm excited for the New Year. I remember at the beginning of last year putting in my mission papers. Getting my call in February,  Crazy how time flies. I am excited for the new year and the fresh start to hit the ground running and put in work

Some exciting things are going on as far as missionary work goes. We met with Danielle and she is keeping her commitments and is still preparing to be baptized this coming Saturday. I am super excited for her and the progress she has made. It really is a cool thing to help people and to see the difference in somebody's life....

So the Kinsman's, a family I just love, from Cordova came up to Anchorage this week as part of their family trip for Christmas. So I got to go have lunch with them and visit. It was so much fun it made me really miss Cordova, but was so good to see them. They are such a sweet family.

It's been snowing quite a bit here lately so on top of the low sunlight we have had like straight cloudy days all week, but the skies actually cleared up yesterday and I got to see the sun. Which was cool. My mom got me a happy light for Christmas. For those of you who don't know what that is it's a light that puts off UV rays to help people cope with the low sunlight. This thing has like been my best friend. I literally lay on the couch and just cuddle with itπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ honestly can't get enough of it!

This last Wednesday we had Zone Conference and it was really good, but man those meetings are long. Zone Conference last from 10:30 am until about 6:00. It was really good though. I am trying to apply the stuff I learned into my missionary work so hopefully I can get some of the blessings cause I need them;)

Something my mission is trying to push is getting out and OYM, which stands for Opening Your Mouth and just talking with people. The goal is to talk to at least 10 people a day. My companion and I go to the mall and just try to strike up conversations which isn't always easy. Let's just say I've had to embrace the awkward!!

I am having lots of fun in AP Heights and we are already on week 6 of the transfer. We got calls this coming Friday. Can't believe it has already been a transfer. Time really does start to slip. So I'm just living it day by day and having a blast doing soπŸŒ…

Anyway I love you guys and hope you had a great New Year celebration! 


Elder Kayden M. Gentry

Alaska Anchorage Mission
Kinsman family from Cordova came to visit me 

My "Happy Light" and I 

Zone Conference

Kinsman Kids... Love these guys!!!