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