Elder Spens and his brother Bill
We found some blueberries!
Kaitlyn and Eddie are going to be married in the Salt Lake Temple next week.
A visitor means another trip to Denali Park.
Denali Park was originally set aside to preserve the Dahl sheep like these high on the mountain.
A grizzly bear mom munching on grass to build up fat for winter.
Here are her two lazy cubs. It's beginning to look like fall in the park.
How many Ptarmigans can you count? (It's Alaska's state bird.)
Try out this recipe for blueberry pie.
We have had a fun and busy week. Bill flew into town, so that gave us the opportunity to show him around a bit. We had a chance to try our hand at panning gold and showing off the oil pipeline. On Wednesday we went to Healy for Institute class. We were pleased to have three students and one nonmember there. Bill was happy to make some thoughtful comments as well.
Thursday was Institute class in Fairbanks. We always enjoy meeting with the young adults and sharing the gospel with them. I made a big batch of chicken enchiladas. It's fun for me to see the students enjoy the food so much after classes.
On Friday Bill wanted to try his hand at fishing. We asked the experts where we could fish close to Fairbanks. The best suggestion was the Chatanika River. It was a cold and wet day. At one point the thermometer read 47 degrees. Great weather for someone visiting from the hot Salt Lake valley! Bill tried several spots with no luck. However, Jerri Olsen had told me of a place she likes to go to pick blueberries, and since she was out of town and we were very close, we gave it a try. Berry picking is the Alaskan thing to do in August. Last year we didn't know what to look for. I think the spot we found had been picked already, but we still got enough berries to count. If you want a real Alaskan experience, try the blueberry pie recipe.
Today, Saturday, we drove to Denali Park and took the bus to the Eielson visitor's center. The clouds were hanging very low on the mountains and it was a bit chilly. The colors have started to change a little. It's surprising how much things change here week by week. There was even snow on the tops of some of the lower mountains this week. We enjoyed our trip and were able to see a lot of the park animals.
Kaitlyn and Eddie had a reception here in Fairbanks before leaving next week to be sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. After a reception in Salt Lake, they will be going to Missouri where Eddie is from for an open house there. They are a wonderful couple. Kaitlyn has come home to Fairbanks the past two years from BYU and has been a wonderful part of the branch. Like so many others, they will be going away to finish school and start their lives together.
On the home front, our grandaughters Gabi and Cate turned eight years old this week. Cate was baptized today on her birthday, and Gabi is in Brazil visiting her grandparents there. When her dad, Daniel, flies to Brazil next week, she will be baptized there. It makes us so happy to see our grandchildren make the choice to be baptized and become members of the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The missionary work continues to go forward here and we love serving and sharing our testimonies of Jesus Christ.
Have a wonderful week,