Sunday, January 30, 2011

                                  University of Alaska Fairbanks mascot -- the polar bear. They have
                                  three ice sculptures of the polar bear on campus.
                                                 Friday we had an open house at the institute.  Sunday
                                                 it was a special bring a friend to church Sunday. 
                                    The colors of the sun rises are beautiful.  This is our backyard.

Each day we notice the sun is getting higher, and the skies are brighter.  It is a welcome sight.  However, we can still enjoy the late sunrises and early sunsets.  It's a bonus not to have to be up super early to see the sun rise.  A friend told me that Alaska has a lack of color in the winter.  It seems to be pretty much black and white.  Perhaps that is why we love the colors in the sky.

It's been another busy week.  Along with regular classes, we had an open house at the institute with a showing of "The Restoration" to give visitors an introduction to our beliefs.  Although we had a good group, we only had a few new friends come.  We were glad to see as many as came. 

Sunday Jim spoke in Sacrament Meeting, and we had a special fireside for the seminary teachers and their spouses in the evening.  I was able to make a DVD of the program and will make copies to send to those who were not able to attend.  President Uchtdorf gave a wonderful talk with points to help us be better teachers and examples to our students.  (It was so nice to see our dear friend Larry Tippetts offer the closing prayer.)

We are enjoying teaching both classes for adults and classes for the students here.   It has been wonderful getting to know the young people.  They are so strong in their faith in Jesus Christ.  Some of our branch members are in the military.  They are being deployed in two weeks to California and then Afghanistan.  We pray for the Lord's protection in their service to our country.  

We feel so blessed to be in Alaska serving a mission.  We truly know that Jesus is the Christ and that He lives.  May you be blessed in all you do.

JoAnn & Jim