7-10-17

Hey guys!

So this week has been pretty sweet! The 4th of July was super fun and crazy busy! We had all the missionaries in our district in the parade for Kenai 4th of July parade. We all rode bikes in our shirt and ties and sisters in skirts. It was super funny to hear random Mormons start cheering like crazy when they saw us haha! After the parade we all went to the fair for lunch and OYMing. We had reindeer sausages which we super delicious! After all of that was done we were running every which way to all these BBQ's. On top of the awesome food that day we had a great lesson. We were able to talk to a former investigator and recommit him to baptism. We taught him the restoration and at the end of it he told us he was done with chewing and gave us his stash to throw away. We have high hopes for this great guy but didn't see him at church today so hope we can catch him later on. So also this week we had exchanges with the Zone Leaders which was such a party! I got to go with one of my favorite Elders ever Elder Ryan and had a good time. Coolest part was he taught me how to be Californian which didn't work too good haha! We worked hard and had fun doing it, even rewarded our selves with a 
milkshake.  It seems like this week just went by super fast but so much has happened. We really have been trying to ride bikes a lot with the weather being good some days. We have talked to a lot of people and it's been a lot of fun helping Elder Hatch learn to talk to everyone. That's definitely one of my favorite things about greenies is how excited they are to talk to everyone. It gives a lot of funny moments. One thing that I have learned out here is that missionary work is super awkward so we just need to embrace it and have fun in those awkward moments. We had one of those funny moments this week riding bikes. We were talking to this older couple on the street and I thought they were both super nice but after we left my companion said something about the old lady flirted with me the whole time then I stopped and thought for a minute and then it hit me and I just died laughing! It was super funny! Me and my companion had a good laugh for awhile! Good times. Anyway on Sunday a missionary I knew came back to Alaska to visit and brought his family up. It was crazy because he just went home like 2 weeks ago but his family wanted to go fishing so here they are. It was weird to see him with out a name tag and with facial hair. So that was a cool surprise.
 On Sunday we had a missionary
farewell which was awesome! We also got to sit in on his setting a part blessing and had some flashbacks. Time goes so fast! I feel like it was just yesterday but at the same time it feels like a lot has happened. I really love my mission! Alaska is awesome and life is good! Well I love you guys and hope all is well!


-Elder Barney
7-3-17


Hey guys!

So this has been one crazy week for sure! So I picked up my new companion Elder Hatch on Wednesday and he is a greenie from Arizona.  He is a stud and I really like serving with him. I lucked out because I'm pretty sure he came pre-trained! 
 


On Wednesday we got to go to the temple which was super awesome because I got to say bye to
all my friends that were going home. It is pretty crazy to see everyone go home. I will really miss all those missionaries but I'll see them when I'm home. Anyway the drive back to Kenai was great! It is always super beautiful and it was cool to show Elder Hatch how awesome Alaska is.  We have had a lot of fun so far and have done some good work! I'm excited for this transfer. Our district is a lot of fun as well and lot of cool missionaries. Oh and I broke in the new missionary with his first dinner of Chili Mac and Cheese!  
So ya things are going really good!


 Well I love you all and hope all is well!

-Elder Barney





6-26-17
Hey guys! Wow! It's been one crazy week! Everything just happened sofast. Okay, so first off we got transfer calls on Friday and I am training a new missionary here in Kenia. I'm really excited because this is my second time training and the first time was a lot of fun!  So this means I drive up to Anchorage Tuesday and pick him up Wednesday and I get to go to the temple then drive back to Kenai.  I am so pumped to got to the temple!! Last time I went is the last time I trained which was about a year ago so I'm excited!  Should be a fun time pick the greenie up because we have about a 3 hour drive back to really get to know each other haha.  I don't know who it is yet because we find out Wednesday, but whoever it is sure is lucky to come to Kenai for his first area during the best time of the year, so that's the big news.  Other then that we have just been really busy seeing lots of people. Everyone here is super nice and I noticed they are very faithful here.  It's crazy to see the new converts in the Ward being so hungry for the gospel.  That's honestly one of the favorite things is going to their home and listening to them just ask these amazing questions and hear their insights and what they have been studying.  It's not just a few of them it's like all the new converts and it's great!   I had one of the coolest conversations with a member this week, it was after a  get together for the less actives and non members.  We were talking just the member, me and my companion.  We talked about a lot of things one thing is I asked him if he had any advice for an RM.  He told me to always read the Book of Mormon, pray, and repent every single day.  He told me how when he was a bishop not one person who did that everyday had to go see him and that really hit. It really sunk in when he looked at us in tears and said I don't dare miss even one day because that's the day Satan will be there. That is really something I want to make sure I always do, is get in the scriptures everyday and want to be able to say I don't dare miss a day. So that really struck me this week.  Oh! And also on Sunday I had one of the best surprises ever!  My old companion Elder Jensen showed up to church in Kenai to say hi!  He moved to Nome and came to Anchorage to go the temple and decided to come say hi to me!  We served together a little over a year ago in Anchorage when I first came out!  He was my second companion.  It was so awesome to see him again and just talk about all the amazing memories we had. I love all my companions so much and hope one day I will see them again!  Well that's it really for this week!
 
Hope you all have a great week!

-Elder Barney


(Me and Elder Jensen.....well I guess it's Austin Jensen now)
6-19-17


Hey everyone!

So it's been a pretty great week! It's crazy how fast this transfer is
flying by! On Friday we get transfer calls which is just crazy! This
is kinda weird because my mission President is going home in a few
weeks and it is sad to think this is his last transfer call. On
Tuesday we had our last interview with him which was really good but
kinda weird because it doesn't feel like he is leaving. I really have
come to love President Robinson. On your mission it feels like your
Mission President is like your dad and his wife is your mom. They have helped me out so much and they will be dearly missed! I hope to get to go see them in 6 months though. So other then saying bye to our mission President this week has been fun with lots of hard work. We have really been trying to find now after Jena and Hara were baptized.
They are doing great by the way! We had a lesson with them last night and it was really awesome to hear them talk about how the Holly Ghost has helped them so much. I love watching people change! Also this week I gave a talk in sacrament meeting about how my dads Priesthood example has helped me on my mission. It was awesome to look back on just how much he has taught me. I love my dad and feel so blessed to have his example in my life.
Love you Dad! Can't wait to go fishing up here with you one day! 
Speaking of fishing I have to get fishing so I hope you all have a great week.
love you guys!


-Elder Barney


6-12-17

Hey Everyone,

Okay so first off this week was awesome because we were so blessed to meet and hear from President Nelson himself!  It was so awesome to be able to drive up to Anchorage and meet an Apostle!  So when we first got there, we were all in the gym waiting for President Nelson so we could take a picture with all the missionaries. While we were all waiting we started to sing called to serve and we thank thee oh god for a prophet. It was pretty cool to do that. When he walked in you could just feel the presence of an Apostle, it's hard to describe. After the picture we all lined up to shake his hand and man oh man that was so great to look him in the eyes and shake his hand! As he was sitting there on the stand the spirit was so strong and was just testifying to me that this is a prophet of the Lord a true spokesman in these latter days. We heard from some amazing General Authorities. Elder Murphy from the 70's and Elder Gong from the Presidency of the 70's,  both gave great talks.  The thing that touched me the most out of their talks was the love I felt for my mission President who is about to go home in a few weeks. It was amazing to hear his final testimony to all of us.  I felt nothing but pure charity from him. After all of their talks President Nelson spoke to us and it wasn't what I was expecting. He went straight to the scriptures and started talking about the different meaning the Bible gives in Hebrew.   It was super awesome!  It made me realize that I haven't even scratched the surface of what the scriptures really are all about. There is so many meanings. He spent a lot of time talking about the "great I am" in the scriptures. Oh and one of my favorite things he taught us was the different meaning of repent, it means to "breath different".  I love that definition of repentance. The two biggest things that struck me is in the middle of his talk to us he stops and asks his security guard to come up and speak to us about his daughter going on a mission.  It was crazy to see how in tune he is with the spirit. It was obvious once the security guard started to talk to us that he really needed to speak to us. That was such a great example of always following the promptings of the spirit because it was really great to hear from him telling us how our parents feel. After he was done President Nelson went over D&C 31 with us and it was amazing! I got a ton of cool insight but the thing that was the biggest was,  we are promised these amazing blessings for a short time so don't waist it. I know that this church is lead by true prophets and inspired leaders! This weekend has made my testimony grow of that fact so much. On Sunday we had a special Stake Conference with Elder Murphy and he talked about faith and their is a difference in "faith" and "Faith" think about it ;) anyway it was one amazing weekend that I surly will never forget!
 Love you guys and have a great week! 
Gotta go catch them fish 🐟


-Elder Barney

Me and my Grandson (its a mission thing)

6-5-17


Hey guys!

So it's been a crazy but cool week! It all started Monday when we went
fishing which was awesome by the way. The next morning I couldn't find
my wallet which started the great search. We were on exchanges that
day so it was spent trying to find it. We looked everywhere and just
couldn't find it anywhere so I decided to call the search and get new stuff. So that was the crazy part of the week but the cool part was summer time in Alaska! I love summer here so much! It's beautiful all the time. On top of the beautiful weather we have had lots of blessings with investigators. On Sunday we had an investigator who honestly should be Mormon but isn't which drives me nuts, but he came to church. So that was awesome! Also it was cool to have district meeting in person for the first time in like a year! It is so much better then being on Skype. I really love the missionaries I'm around here, because they are a big help and inspiring. It feels good to see them at least once a week instead of every 6 weeks. So ya that has been nice... Oh! I almost forgot to mention that President Nelson is coming to Alaska this week for a special fireside for the youth so he is going to stop in and say hi to the missionaries as well. 
We get to drive up to Anchorage and see him so that will be lot of fun! It has been a long time since our mission has had an apostle come talk to us. Really stoked about that! Oh and also I hit my 18 month mark this last week which was a weird experience.
I don't feel like it's been that long and it feels like I still have 2 years left so I don't know how
to explain. Anyway it has been the best 18 months of my life that's for sure! I have truly come to love the people of Alaska and the Yukon! There is no where else I would rather be then here serving the Lord. Well I hope all is well and if I don't hear from ya keep on trucking!


-Elder Barney




5-29-17


Hey guys!

So wow this has been a crazy week once again. I guess I'm just use of being in the middle of no
where with my companion and only worrying about what we are doing for the day, but now it seems like so much happens in one week! We drove up to Anchorage this week and it was a long but beautiful drive! It was so awesome to see the Kenai river and how blue it is!  Everything is just so green and awesome right now so I loved the drive. We went up for Zone Conference which was a lot of fun. I haven't been around that many missionaries in a long time so that was weird but super fun! We combined with two other zones. I learned a ton there and the spirit was really strong. I took away a lot about just how powerful the Book of  Mormon is in our personal  conversation to the gospel of Jesus Christ. They called up missionaries  randomly to give a 3 minute talk about the Book of Mormon so it was really neat to hear their insights. Right after one Conference we drove back down to Kenai and man was it a long day after all those training's then driving 3 hours back! The rest of the week went really well. Seemed like we were running all of the place but it was good to stay busy. I really love the work here. There are so many elect people and everyone is so kind! At church today I was so impressed with our ward coming up to
our investigators and making them feel as welcome as possible.
This Ward is so nice and gives us so much food I love it but man I'm going to get fat here haha.
Oh something really fun happened this weekend. So there are a ton of people here for the holiday weekend so they had some booths set up in parks and parking lot to sell stuff. Anyway so a recent convert owns reindeer and had them and this party thing we went to and they all wanted the Elders to "kiss" the reindeer. Soooo I put a dandelion in my mouth and puckered up hahahaha! I will send you guys the picture either this week or next, but it made everyone laugh so that was cool. So it's been a lot of fun here in Kenai! Fishing here will start up soon so I can't wait! 
Well I love ya all and up you guys have a great week!
-Elder Barney



New Companion, Elder McGee 

5-22-17

Hey guys!

So I got here to Kenai and I'm really loving it! The people here are
so amazing and the Ward is super nice! It's so crazy how much they
really take care of us here! Anyway it has been such a crazy week!
Soooo much has happened! It feels like a month of stuff has happened
in a week long time period. I guess I should just start with the
beginning. Juneau on Tuesday was fun with the Zone Leaders and my
district leader. We went street contacting over where cruise ships get
in. Only cow those things are huge!!!  
It was super fun talking to all the tourists because they just looked so lost and it was fun helping them find stuff. Also it was super easy to give them Book of Mormons and amphlets because I would just tell them that it was a free gift fropm Alaska hahaha. So we did that all morning long then went to catch a plan. The plan ride to Anchorage was good and beautiful! Seeing a lot of the missionaries in the office was a real treat considering I either haven't seen them in over a year or never met them. After seeing everyone we took of to drive down to Soldotna. It was such a cool drive! We get to make that drive tomorrow night because we drive up for Zone Conference. It's about a 3 hour drive. Once we got to our areas I was so tired I just crashed so that night was a blur.                        My new companion is Elder McGee and he is a stud! Super nice kid and is fresh out of being trained. We have done a lot of work together for the short amount of time we had so far. It was crazy because after only two days in the area we did exchanges with the ZL's so we were just all over the place. 
 It was weird being in exchanges. It's crazy to think I have been out about 18 months and only have left my area 2 times now for exchanges. I'm not use to having missionaries close by. It honestly feels like I'm starting over again. Anyway so after exchanges we had a baptism on Saturday which was super awesome because I have never just got to a area that had a baptism. It was a mom and daughter and they are just so awesome! You can just see how happy they are! I'm excited to work with them! 
Sunday was Stake Conference so another run around thing.  I did learn a lot on Sunday about true conversation. It just really hit me how conversation is a constant process that takes constant good decisions and habits. I have really been trying to focus  on doing all I can in the process of true conversation. So ya, just a lot going on right now. I'm really excited for pdays to go fishing and have some fun here. It hasn't stopped raining since I got here so hopefully we get some good weather soon. 
Anyway I love you all and hope all is well!


-Elder Barney


5-15-17

Hey guys!


Okay so to start off I am getting transferred to Kenai! That is right below Anchorage and it's right on the ocean. I am so excited because that's the place to be for Alaska fishing! I have some crazy logistics to get there. So I started yesterday after mother day calls. We drove a couple hours to Skagway then took the 7 hour ferry ride and now I'm here in Juneau waiting to catch a plane on Tuesday. After we land in Anchorage we drive 3 hours to Kenai. So it's going to be a long few
days. So that's the big news of the week. On top of all that excitement I got to talk with my family which was awesome. Shout out to Elder Taylor for showing up! It was awesome to see everyone but kinda weird to realize this is my last Skype call on my mission. So transfers and Mother's Day was really the exciting part of this week. I have been saying goodbye a lot to everyone.  I'm super sad to say bye. Whitehorse has been a big stepping stone in my mission. I have learned a lot there. The people I met there I know I was suppose to meet. I have never seen people so converted to the gospel before. It's one of the hardest things to do as a missionary actually it is the hardest thing to do is leave after helping and seeing people change their lives. I will really miss all the people I taught and that amazing branch. Although it's hard to leave it is exciting for something new at the same time. It's kinda weird feeling and hard to explain. Another thing I will miss about the Yukon is all the views! I love the beauty of the Yukon! On the drive to Skagway we saw a brown bear cub. That was my first Bear so that was awesome! 
Oh! And on top of that we saw porpoises which is kind of like a dolphin and we also saw two whales on the ferry ride. It was super cool to see them spray and jump all the way out of the water! Man I love Alaska so much! Well that was the big things this week. I just wanted to say I love all you in Whitehorse and will miss ya'll a ton! Thank you so much for all you
have done!



-Elder Barney






Back in Alaska


5-8-17

Hey everyone!

So this has been a pretty different week. So we moved apartments and
there were some complications that popped up so it's been a slow
moving process all week. The good news is that we are all moved in and
things are good now. So that's been the biggest thing this week. We
also have had some huge blessings with teaching and finding new
investigators. The ones that are recently baptized are still doing
great! In fact yesterday I was teasing Larry about bearing his
testimony and he just shrugged it off, but then out of no where he got
up! I know it doesn't seem like a big deal, but if you met him this is
huge! The first time in his life was when he got rebaptized just a
couple months ago and he had been a member since the 80's. It's like
he's a completely different person! This week we were actually talking
to his wife and we got on the subject of questions. It was amazing to
hear him say that thd little things don't matter, but what truly
matters is that the gospel is true and I was just like.....EXACTLY
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TELLING YOU! He has come to truly know that for him
self and it's just so amazing to me. Also in a couple of months the
patriarch is flying to Whitehorse and Nina is getting her blessing
which I am so pumped for her! It's funny because her English is not to
great so she just keeps tell us "you give me blessing now?" It's fun
explaining stuff. Also with Nina one of the coolest things happened.
We are teaching her the new member lessons and we were on the word of
wisdom and she tells us "Elder I think I have an addiction." Which we
ask what? And she said "I am addicted to reading the Book of Mormon." I
just laughed because she was seriously concerned and we told her that
was a good addiction to have. I love seeing the changes these people
make in their lives. I love the people of the Yukon and love being a
missionary! Also I love fishing and that's what I'm going to go do
right now, so hope you all have a great week!


P.S. That Mammoth was a pain to get on! 
-Elder Barney



5-1-17

Hey guys!

So this has been a pretty normal week. We have just been working hard

and having fun doing it. The weather is warming up and pretty much all

the snow is gone so that is great! The views are beautiful and life is

good with summer almost here. One thing about summer that is cool and

a bummer at the same time is the sun like never goes down so it can

be a little hard to sleep but your always going. It takes some time to

get use to it looking like noon at 9pm but it still cool. Anyway

something awesome this week is the cinnamon roll that we had that was

huge! It was super good too. On top of having a great cinnamon roll we

had a great Stake Conference that was super spiritual! All and all a

great week. It was mostly us getting things ready to move and that

pretty much is pday as well. Well I hope you all have a great week!

Love ya!



-Elder Barney
How many bits do you think it took for Trace to eat this? 
4-24-17

What up everyone!

So this week was absolutely awesome!! So we got to fly out to Juneau for Zone Conference for 3 days! I love flying there because it's in these tiny little bush planes and the views are amazing! I also love seeing all of the other missionaries because they are all good friends, it was definitely a party! Zone Conference was super spiritual! The focus was on the Book of Mormon which was great because that's what our prophet focused on. My favorite part of Zone Conference was the testimonies though. At the end of every Zone Conference we get in a circle and take turns barring our testimonies.  It's always great but this time was super spiritual especially when we sang "we will bring the world his truth" after it. After Conference we just went teaching and got milk shakes then went back for dinner and watched meet the Mormons to finish the night. I love Zone Conference in the Juneau zone. Not only is it so beautiful there but it's always fun to see everyone because we
are either on an island or a different country by our selves so when we get together it's a party! Oh and also we got to go see the mission dedication spot where they said the prayer to dedicate Alaska for missionary work.









On the way back to Skagway I asked the pilot if we could fly over the glaciers because it was a beautiful day. It was a bigger plan then usual but he did it and it was beautiful. I will send a picture of the inside of the plan. We were in the back. Anyway the drive back to Skagway was really amazing as well! I fill so lucky to serve in a place like this! It sure grows my testimony seeing these sights that God is real and is great! 
So that was the traveling.



 On Sunday we went with some members to a tiny town in the Yukon called Carmacks.
It was super small and cool. We also went to the village out there. There are some members who live there so as they home taught that family we started tracking to see the response of people and it was all pretty positive. 
Then once we got back to Whitehorse we got a interesting phone call from a lady who has been researching the church online and wanted to learn more so yesterday we went right over and gave her a Book of Mormon and set a return appointment so that is pretty exciting because we have eeally been trying to focus on finding. It goes to show this is the Lords work and we just need to trust
in him and do our part. So this week was pretty great if I have to say so myself! 


Well have a great week everyone! 
-Elder Barney






4-17-17

Happy (late) Easter everyone!

I hope you all had a good Easter Sunday! This week has been really good up here in the great white north! It's been a pretty normal week except for the weekend. We did get news this week that we won't have anymore Zone Meetings because we have Zone Conference every transfer now. It just mean less meetings but I actually like the training and seeing everyone so that sucks we won't have that anymore. On Saturday we had Elder Mayhue, who is a senior missionary with his wife. He came up to Whitehorse on his way home. It was really awesome to see him stop in and say hi. He also got us a new apartment while he was here and I am really excited about that!
So before I forget my address to send packages is changing  so please just send all mail to 3250 Strawberry Rd. Anchorage, Alaska. That will be easiest. So anyway we took Elder Mayhue around town to show him some cool sights that the Yukon has to offer. It was perfect because the weather has really been warming up and it's starting to look more like spring! The Yukon River is finally braking up but some lakes are still frozen over. Still have some snow but is almost gone. Spring time in the Yukon makes for some amazing views! After the amazing sight seeing we had dinner  with Elder Mayhue and had to give him the full Canadian experience with some good old Putine (if you are Canadian you know what I'm talking about) it is pretty much just french fries covered in gravy and cheese curds.  
It's super delicious and it's everywhere here even McDonald's has it. So Elder Mayhue spent the night here then took off to Skagway the next day. It was really great to see be him and be able to say bye! Anyway on Easter Sunday it was a great day!! Church was great as usual but the rest of the day was really....I guess you could say inspired. All day it seemed like everywhere we went we had some one we needed to talk to. It was a day of deep conversation and testifying of the power of change. It really made me think of how much I have changed on my mission. I have truly come to know that Christ lives and actually have a relationship with Him and God and I tell you what that changes a person when you have a real relationship with your Father in Heaven. I am so grateful to be on my mission and I am so grateful for my Savior! I know he is resurrected and lives today. The tomb is empty! I hope you all had a great Easter and have a great week! Next week I fly off to Juneau once again for another Zone Conference so hope to have some good pictures from the plane!

 Love ya bye!
Elder Barney



4-10-17

Hey guys!

So it's been a pretty good week. Not much happened but things are
good. We have been working hard here and have seen some good things
start up. The weather is getting way nice which is super big blessing.
Never thought I would be wearing a short sleeve at 30 degrees but hey
when it's been -20's it's not bad. Oh we did have something awesome
happen we heard from Nina who got baptized just a couple weeks ago and
she is going to the temple in Vancouver to do baptisms for the dead.
That is super exciting because she is also taking her grandmothers
name with her to the temple. Larry is doing really great as well. He just
got a calling as a ward missionary and we are teaching his wife a
little now. Please keep Donna in your prayers. She is super close but
just needs some help. Well that's about all the news this week!

Hope you all have a good Easter!
-Elder Barney