|ESPECIALLY FOR THE GRANDKIDS - WELCOME TO NORTH POLE, ALASKA|
SCULPTURE OF SANTA'S SLEIGH AND REINDEER
We have had a wonderful week here in Alaska. We had our first experience using the "polycom" to have an inservice meeting with our seminary teachers across the state. It's a device that can be used to have a large phone-in meeting. Technology is wonderful. We have also been substituting in a seminary class and in an institute class this week. It is giving us a taste of what is to come. We were able to travel to Nenana about 60 miles away to visit a home school seminary class. The people here are wonderful and love the Lord. Even though there might be only 1 or 2 students, early morning seminary classes are held faithfully. We had a beautiful drive through over 60 miles of frosted forest tundra. It takes many days for the frost to melt because the sun is low and the temperature only gets up to about 17 degrees. We are told that this high temperature is unusually high for this time of the year. On Friday we joined the Mission Zone Conference in North Pole. Since it was light, we decided to take pictures for the grandkids. At the conference, I met another Park Lane student--Elder Bryce Greenwell. What fun to see how these boys have grown. For lunch, the Relief Society served a "Thanksgiving/Christmas" feast for the missionaries. We won't see the Mission President again until February. (Note: Look at the long shadows in the pictures at 11:30 am.)
Our mission president challenged us to count our blessings and give more thanks this season. We are truly thankful for our wonderful family and friends who love and support us in this endeavor. We are thankful for good health that makes it possible. It is a blessing to us to meet new people who are quickly becoming our friends as well. Each day we are thankful that we had a remote start installed in our car to warm it up before we have to travel to our destinations! We are ever thankful for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and that his gospel has been restored to the earth after being lost and changed. We know that He lives and that we can look forward to living together as a family and with Him and our Heavenly Father in the eternities to come.
Love to all,
Elder and Sister Spens (Grandpa and Grandma)