Monday, February 24, 2014

Wasilla is great!

Wasilla is great! We are super super super super busy, like I cannot
even think straight. Its a good thing that I keep a journal but of
course I forgot it today. I still have not unpacked everything because
we have been so busy. Usually when I get to an area I can unpack that
day that I arrive. My new companions name is Elder Cottrell, he is
from Vernal Utah, Elder Cottrell and I served in the same district together
when we were in North pole! All I want for my birthday is contacts for
my eyes, I left 2 boxes in Whitehorse because I was scrambling around
trying to pack everything up. If you could do that that would be awesome. I know that its your
birthday this Thursday and I have a present for you but it will be a
week or two late, you will understand when you get it! :) HAPPY
BIRTHDAY TO THE BEST MOM IN THE WORLD!!!!!  Haha Mom you  are so
awesome! So me and Elder Cottrell being really busy with 2 wards, on
Sunday we had a Meeting at 9 with the YSA ward and then we had church
at 11 for the YSA ward and then we had Church for the Memory Lake ward
at 1 and we did not get done with church until 4. We were exhausted! I
dont know how dad does it every sunday! Haha Well the work paid off,
we just put a guy on date in the YSA ward for March 1st so hopefully
he will be ready! Haha His name is Deon and he is 29 years old and he is ripped! Like huge muscles! Haha
I love you Guys!

Elder Russell

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I'm transferred to Wasilla!

Hey Mom sorry that I did not email you yesterday, I was flying to
Anchorage! So I got transferred to..... Da da da da! Memory Lake Ward
in the Wasilla Zone and Also.... da da da da! Sasitna YSA! 2 Areas,
ugh.... Super Busy! We cover alllllll of Wasilla! I am happy that I am
getting transferred and sad! We put a guy on date right when I left
Whitehorse! OF COURSEEEEE THAT HAPPENS! Haha I don't have much time to
email because we have appointments today, but I will answer your
questions! Yes I read your letters on the Ferry ride to Juneau, Thank
you So much! I will try to write back when I have time. I really do
feel bad when I don't write you guys back, its just I have been to
busy, and now I have 2 areas! But I promise I will do better! Of
course I got your package! Thank you so much! I'm getting used to the
cold! Its not that dark anymore, its almost normal now! I love you mom
and the rest of the family of course!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Whitehorse is treating me good!

Okay so Whitehorse is treating me good! Elder Hayes is not with me anymore! I will talk about that later. That is so awesome that you were able to go to the temple, and especially with your best friend! I have received the letters but I have not had time to sit down and read them yet, but I will as soon as possible!  The weather is -35 right now and it is going to get to -40 tonight! Fun fun! I sure do have a microwave! Elder Hayes goes home in August! 7 Month went by really fast that is for sure! church was interesting! I cant really explain it! You would have to see it to believe it!  So about Elder Hayes! Well last Friday night we got a call at 11 pm. and I answered it and I didnt have my contacts in because well I was trying to get some sleep! Haha but I answered it and I said

-Hello this is Elder Russell
*Oh Elder Russell this is President Beesley how are you doing? tired, and thats pretty much it! 
* Haha thats good to hear! Can you hand the phone to Elder Hayes?
- I sure can! ELDER HAYES wake up Pres. wants to talk to you! Here he is President.
* Elder Hayes you need to pack up your bags because you will be going down to Anchorage to be Zone Leader with Elder Jex for a week! ( NOTE: Transfer calls are in a week). You will be driving down to Skagway and then Flying to Juneau and then Flying to Anchorage! Elder Russell will be put with the other 2 missionaries and they will be a Trio! Good night Elder Hayes and I will see you soon!
-....... Thank you President!

Yeah so we dropped him off yesterday! He was supposed  to fly out at 12 but then it got canceled and moved to 3 but that one got canceled so he left on a 7 hour ferry to Juneau instead! So we were in Skagway all day! I left my Journal back at the Apartment so this is all Im going to say for now! I love you so much!

Monday, February 3, 2014


Restoration in Progress Keep Off!!!


We have seen tons of seals!!!

We drive this way every time we go  from White Horse Canada to Skagway Alaska!!! 

I lost my missionary badge and found it a week later when the snow started to melt!

Here is my week!

Here is my week!

Monday- of course was P-day! We visited with a couple of active families! Not much on Monday!

Tuesday- we visited with our investigator Collin, and he told us that he has been listening to MOTAB a lot and he really likes it. He is comparing the Jehovah witnesses to The LDS church. He is doing his Research which is way awesome! After that we had dinner with one of our Less active members and after dinner he showed us this $3,000 Drone! It has a camera on it and everything! It can go up to 1,000 meters in the air! Then he took it out side and started flying it! We have a little t.v. screen on the ground and so we were able to see what the drone was looking at! We were able to see the whole town of Whitehorse! It was colored white and pink! Pink because his wife would not let him get it unless it had some pink in it! Them Crazy People! Literally though they are crazy!

Wednesday- we had a P.V.C training over the web, and that lasted for 3 hours! So many training's! haha you get used to them after a while! You get used to giving training in front of the whole mission! Just like what Braxton said! I was not really that comfortable getting up in front of people but now I am so used to it! And also being put on the spot, you have to come up with something really quick, and I definitely could not do that before my mission! 

Thursday- We served food at Salvation Army again and they were so happy to see there Mormon boys! I know that you are not aloud to dance as a missionary but the natives at Salvation Army really love us for that! Haha Transfers are in a couple of weeks and they all think that we are leaving and they do not want us to leave! They asked for the Mission Presidents number so that they can call him and tell him that me and Elder Hayes have to stay here in Whitehorse! Of course we did not give them his number, those crazy Natives! We also knocked on a lot of doors that day and every single one of them were slammed in our face, another thing that I am used to! Lol! But almost all of them said that they respect us for the hard work that we are doing! If you respect us then why are you not a Mormon!? Hehe! Then we had dinner with a bush Pilot, he has some stories! But that is for later!

Friday- We got done with studies and we headed down to Skagway to go pick up our Zone Leaders but when we got there they told us that there flight got canceled because of all the fog in Juneau! so we headed back to Whitehorse and that pretty much messed up our whole day!

Saturday- we get a call from our Zone Leaders saying come pick us up from Skagway! So we drove back down to Skagway and drove back up! That was our day again!

Sunday- We saw a bunch of people! People that were not interested started texting us and we went and saw them! Now they are interested and the work is really picking up! 

I love all you guys and I am so Greatful that you are a part of my life! Thank you for your awesome example!

Elder Russell
Alaska Anchorage Mission
Whitehorse Canada