9-25-17

Hey everyone!

This has been an insane week! So I said goodbye to Kenai and Elder Hatch and went to my new area. It was super sad to say bye to Kenai and my companion. I really loved my time there! The people are so amazing. This is always the hardest part of being a missionary is leaving after you love the people. There is memories in Kenai that I'll never forget! Most of those memories are because of Elder Hatch. I have loved my time with him and loved training him. He has taught me so much and I am so proud of that kid! He is staying in Kenai so I know it's in great hands. Although it's sad to say bye it's exciting to start a new adventure and adventure is what this new area is for sure! My new Companion is Elder Pauga from Arizona. He is Samoan but is called 
Tongan Speaking. We are in a English Ward but he is only here for a transfer with me then goes back to the Tongan Ward. It's awesome because I love learning Tongan with him! So much as happened already since I have been here. Seems like we have a ton of meetings and lots of exchanges this coming transfer which will be fun. This area doesn't have to many investigators well actually none. It was crazy though because just the few days we were together we saw so many miracles and found lots of great potentials! Oh and out of no where on Sunday we find out a nine year old of a recent convert family wants to be baptized. We had the first lesson with him and now we are preparing him for baptism! So many miracles it's crazy. Also we have had a lot of fun! One of the funnest things was driving up here with Elder Lewis! Oh my goodness it was so beautiful!!! I love Autumn in Alaska. Then the fun just continued with Elder Pauga! I love him because we are just super chill together! Oh and our apartment is crazy dope! We have an awesome hammock that is perfect for late night chilling. So on top of having a crazy awesome Soa (companion in Samoan) we have a really great Zone with lots of new missionaries. Ever companionship but us and one other is training! Crazy how many greenies there are but that just means lots of greenie fire! Well that has been my week so far!
Just Chilling
 I love you all and hope you have a great week!


-Elder Barney


2 Timothy2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Traveling with Elder Lewis



9-18-17

Hey everyone!

Okay so this was such a crazy week! This is probably the busiest week of my mission! So much has happened! I guess I will start with transfers. I am getting transferred to Chugach in the Bear  Mountain Ward, Chugach is just a little north of Anchorage. I am excited and sad to leave, I am excited to end my last 2 transfers strong but sad because I love the people here in Kenai. I will really miss my companion Elder Hatch. Training him has been such a fun experience. Watching him grow as a missionary was such a blast. He is a true friend and I'm very proud of him! Okay so now for the biggest news of the week, Andy got baptized!!!!
His baptism was one for the books. Not only was it amazing to see him happy and changed but the baptism set up was nuts! So the story is that we tried to fill the font in Kenai but after letting it run for awhile we checked on it when it was half full and it was straight nasty brown!  I guess the city was cleaning out their pipes at that moment so it was gross water. With time ticking we made a mad scramble to change it to the Soldotna chapel which was about 20 minutes away. The font there takes 4 hours to fill but we had less then 2 until the baptism. So we called the Zone Leaders and they started filling it up and dumping big buckets of water to help it go faster. Once we got there we had a train of dumping the buckets.  

The water got really cold so we started boiling huge pots of water and dumping them in there! It was nuts!  After all said and done we did it! We filled it just in time! The baptism went great and at the end Andy bore his testimony. This was the coolest part! Seeing him after being washed clean and saying he knows this is Gods church on earth, this is something I will never forget. I have truly come to love him! He had been meeting with missionaries for years and I am so thankful that I was here when he got his answer! This is Gods Church! Great day that was!  So let's go back to the beginning of this week.
So Monday night to Tuesday night I went on Exchanges with one of my favorite missionaries! Elder Lewis! We had a blast together! We are like the same person so we just crack each other up so much! When we exchanged back we all drove up to Anchorage together for a Zone Conference. The Zone Conference was super awesome! We learned a ton from Elder Foster of the seventy. We also learned that we are getting Facebook on this mission. We will see how that goes but I guess we get it in just a few weeks. We learned a lot of working with member. The biggest things that hit me was when they introduced Facebook they said the greater the agency the greater the growth. I believe that! And also he asked us to think about what we want to say in our last prayer as a full time missionary. I have really been thinking about that. I only have 2 transfers left so the end is just right there so can I say to my Heavenly Father I have done all I can and have given my all to this work? 
I sure hope I can when the time comes and I'm determined to do so. Oh! And at Zone Conference my whole posterity of people who I have trained and who they have trained were there so we took a family pic! I just found out though that one of them is training so we are one short now. I am a great grandpa! After Zone Conference we drove back and had a blast. The next day we went to a baptism in the Zone Leaders area but right before the baptism they called and said that there will be a MLC that I need to go to the next morning so I will be trio up with them for the night and tomorrow morning. It was fun to be in a trio with 2 of my best friends in the mission for the night! The MLC was very good. Elder Foster went over a lot and helped us understand more about how to work with the wards. I wish we could of been there in person but since it was 3 hour drive we just Skyped in. Still got a lot out of it so that was good. Well that was my super crazy week! We have been running every which way saying my
goodbyes to Kenai and getting Elder Hatch ready to take over the area. Kenai has been an experience I will never forget! I love the people here so much. Lots of memories have been made here that I will cherish for the rest of my life. All the goodbyes we sad but its not a forever goodbye. One of the good byes was the coolest ever! Brother Ellis has really awesome cars and one of them is a sweet Camaro that he built himself. I told him my last wish is to take a ride in that car and burn some rubber. So we did! I have never been. In a car like that! Holy cow that thing was super fast! He did this super sweet burn out that melted the asphalt in his drive way. Dream come true riding in a car like that! Well Bear Mountain here I come!
Love you guys and hope you have a great week!
-Elder Barney

2 Timothy2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.


9-11-17

This has been a great week full of wonderful miracles! First of all! I have such a strong testimony of goal setting now! Elder Hatch and I prayed about what number should we do for baptism goals for the month. We got the answer for 2. One name came to our minds which was an investigator who has been meeting with the missionaries for a super long time and keeps every commitment but says he hasn't got an answer that it's true. It felt like we have tried everything with him. And no other name came to our mind but we felt like there was another person that was ready this month in our area so we went with 2. That night Andy, our investigator, told us at our lesson with him that he got his answer and knows for sure it's all true. He will be baptized this coming Saturday! Then just 2 days later at church a man walks up to us and tells us how he just moved into our area with his family who are all recent converts and that he wants to be baptized as well. He said he knows it's true and has finally quite smoking and has taken all the missionary lessons in his former Ward. Our jaws just dropped to the ground! We are meeting with him this week to see where his at and hopefully pick a date. I know that was an answer from Heavenly Father that there are people here who are ready and we just need to have faith to find them. Setting that goal was the act of faith we needed. I am so pumped for this month and the months to come!
I also need to talk about how Andy got his answer that the church is true. So we asked him to fast in the lesson we had with him and he told us he already has his answer. So I guess one day he was cleaning out his gun and accidentally shot it off. The bullet went right past his hand and was so close it burnt his hand. The bullet went through the floor and down to the first floor and missed all of his family who had just seconds ago were standing in that room. He slammed the bullet down on the table and said "baptize me! I know it's true!" I can't even describe the joy I felt in that moment. I am so happy for him! This gospel is so true! He is one of the most ready people I have ever met. There is no reason to wait for him so on Saturday he is getting baptized. Also this week another amazing experience happened when I interviewed a couple for baptism. The husband has a serious past and I mean a crazy one! I knew of his past so as we sat down i asked him to tell me how he has changed. He bore one of the most powerful testimonies I have ever heard about the Atonement. This man has done a complete 180. We talked about his past a little bit and how it is now in the past and is to be forgotten. He told me that he can't even describe how happy he is to be baptized and put it all behind him. His wife was the sweetest lady! She is pregnant with their first child and is so excited to be in the church to raise their child in the covenant. I am super excited for Josh and Jaselle! The crazy part was when I was feeling out the paper work I realized that they are only like 2 years older then me. I was so blown away! So anyway the other crazy miracle happened Sunday. So we were out at this little town just north of Kenai called Nikiski. All of our appointments fell through and we were stuck. I just started driving and ended up at the Olson who is a less active family. They were coming back to church for a long time but we hadn't seen them in about a month. After some small talk Sister Olson says you are probably here because we haven't been to church. She explained how she got offended by a leader in the Ward who didn't help her in a time of need. The spirit was so strong when we testified to not let that make them stop coming to church. We shared a Mormon message about forgiveness which was about a man forgiving a drunk driver. After the video they were crying. We found out that brother Olson lost a daughter to a drunk driver. I felt super bad but the spirit told me no, they need this. At that moment they started talking about the pain they felt I felt it too. I literally felt their heart break. It was the most sad I have ever felt but instantly as I asked them to look into my eyes as I testified of the Atonement of Christ I felt joy and determination like never before. I begged with them on the saviors behalf to please forgive those people who wronged them. The spirit was so strong there was not a dry eye in that room. They said they would come to church and try hard to forgive. I know that this gospel is true and the Atonement is real with all my heart. It is sufficient to cover us and to heal us completely. I love you all and hope you all have a great week. I am sorry this was so long but this was one of the most spiritual weeks of my mission! 
Love you guys!

-Elder Barney

2 Timothy2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.


P.S. The picture of the missionaries is in district meeting when I had the whole district make a Rugby scrum haha!




9-4-17

Hey guys!

So it has been another fast week! So the week started off great with a visit from our Mission President. President Toone joined our district meeting which was lots of fun having him there. He has lots of amazing insights so it was cool to have him with us. He came down to our district for interviews which were very amazing. He is such an inspired man! I know that he is truly called of God! Our interview was great! He is a very personal man. It was a great start to the week. The next day I went on exchanges with a brand new missionary named Elder Parry. He is a fun Elder with lots of energy. We learned a lot from each other. We had a cool experience teaching one of our investigators here in Kenai. We planned on talking about the spirit and how we can feel it and the environment we need to be in, but as soon as I said the opening prayer the spirit instantly said to change the topic. So the first thing out of my mouth was well today we want to talk about repentance. Elder Parry had a priceless look on his face with being only about 3 weeks in the field. He did great though and it was one of the most powerful lessons we had with Andy. He is so close! Please keep him in your prayers! After our exchange we had a long day of contacting people. We contacted over 40 names that day! It was a busy but long day of not a lot of interest. We finished the night with a pretty awkward experience. So we invited a Ward missionary to a lesson with a less active we never met before and just set a appointment with them. On our way over to the lesson we were telling him who we were going to go see and he told us how him and that person have a bad past together. He decided to stick it out and see what happens. Oh man the look on the less actives face was priceless when they saw who we brought with us. Definitely one of the more tense moments of my mission! You could cut the tension with a knife it was so thick! Everything went well and we left on okay terms. Lesson learned to plan farther in the future haha. On Saturday we had a district tract in our area that went great! We got like 3 return appointments! It was crazy but for some reason everyone was interested. As I was praying and thinking about why this one Tracting day was so successful my mind thought of the long day of rejection we went through earlier that week. I learned that blessings come when we endure with faith. It my not be immediate blessings or obvious ones but they will come. Another time I saw that was when we were Tracting with long street no one was interested until almost the very end. We walked up to this guy who was just getting dropped off from work and said hi. He instantly told us he wasn't interested. We asked if anyone in his house was and he said his grandpa was a devote baptist. Long story short we ended up asking about if he was very religious and found out he actually had some soul searching questions. We answered all of them by briefly teaching the Plan of Salvation. We also corrected some rumors he heard about Mormons. He walked away with a Book of Mormon and promised to read and pray about it. I'm excited to check back up with him. It was cool to see how at first he said he wasn't interested and actually told us not to talk about God with him but because of the spirit he walked away with a Book of Mormon and a changed view about Mormons. I sure love watching the spirit do its thing! So ya this week was one full of cool faith building experiences. I love you all and miss you a ton! I want to wish my dad and grandpa a very happy birthday! I love and miss you guys a ton! Hope you both had a great birthday! Thank you so much for all you so for me! Love all of you! Bye!!

-Elder Barney


2 Timothy2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
He can still ride a bike

House with lots of licence plates on it



8-28-17

Yo! Hey Guys!

So another crazy fast week just flew by! We had a really great week with lots of fun and hard work. Last Pday was fun playing ping pong and pool. On Tuesday I went on Exchanges with one of my Zone Leaders Elder Ryan. He is such a great guy! Exchanges with him are always such a party! On our exchange we had one of the craziest experiences of my mission. So this is a long story so buckle up. Okay, so about two weeks ago we were doing a district tract in the Zone Leaders area when this random guy and his wife comes running up to Elder Hatch and I and invited us over for dinner. It was a little weird because non members don't usually do that so we said we would love to. We set it up for this last Tuesday and we decided it would be smart to bring one of the ZL's since it's their area. We were a little nervous about what was going to happen but when we arrived it was all normal until they introduced us to their friends. Once we got talking with the friends we quickly realized he was a pastor of the baptist church down the road. We instantly looked at each other and our faces just said, "well this will be fun." The conversation started out great and we just got to know them but it took a hard turn when we started asking each other religious questions. You could just feel the tension in the air. The pastor was obviously prepared for bashing when he tells us that he was just looking through the Book of Mormon the other day. He started ripping into us with some questions and we just answered them boldly and with the spirit. Once we could tell it was starting to turn bad we just said we had another appointment and left with our testimonies and a prayer. I learned a lot from that experience! First of all is that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God and contains the full gospel of Jesus Christ. Second of all arguing does absolutely nothing for anyone! I learned that along time ago on my mission but it was definitely reconfirmed Tuesday night. After that me and Elder Ryan felt like we deserved a mcflurry so we made a quick McDonald's run. It was a good way to end the night! That was quite the fun exchange! The rest of the week went very well! We seem to just be running all over the place. One of our recent converts had their wedding which was a lot of fun!
This was the 2nd wedding in this area for a recent
convert! Their was a ton of non members and lots of great contacts. On Sunday we went to a baptism in the sisters area. It was really fun to see Dominic get baptized because I was the one who interviewed him. It was a little different experience interviewing someone but really amazing! Also Sunday we had a lesson with Jena who is a recent convert and we helped them rope some reindeer. Quick question, does reindeer poop come out of suit pants? Anyway well that pretty much sums it up for my week. I hope you all have a great week! Love ya!

-Elder Barney


2 Timothy2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.




8-21-17

Hey......yikes....

This week has gone by super fast! To start off last Monday we drove the beautiful 3 hour long drive to Anchorage with our Zone Leaders. It was so much fun and really amazing views the whole time. We drove up for a Zone Conference which was a blast. I really love seeing everyone and also listening to the trainings. I learned a ton! Our new mission President had a lot to go over on the agenda so it took a long time. We learned of the new push from the Brethren about who we should be spending time with and how long we spend there. It honestly sounded like some big changes to missionary work is coming but not any time before I'm done so it will be interesting to see what is coming. We talked a lot about finding through part member families and prospective Elders and children of record over 9. It was a lot of stuff to take in but I really loved it. One of my favorite things President Toone said was "a number will never get into the Celestial Kingdom only a child of God." That really hit me! We were talking so much on all the different people in our area and contacting as many as we could but that statement made me remember that these are people and not numbers. Oh and President Toone was wearing a tie that will soon be mine because he said he would arm wrestle me for it so it's sooo on! Anyway after Zone Conference we drove on back and really started our week. We taught a lot of people this week which was a huge blessing. Having a new missionary can be kinda hard when you don't have a lot of people to teach but after diligently doing all we can to find people the Lord really blessed us with some amazing investigators. One new one is a 16 year old kid who is friends with some members. He is a lot of fun to teach because he has very little religious back ground so we have to start from the ground up on everything. I actually really love teaching people like that because you need to focus so much on faith in Jesus Christ before everything which is nice. The kid's nickname we call him is slick because always wears these shades and dresses slick hence the name slick. Slick came to church yesterday so that was exciting! We had a good amount of investigators and less actives there this week so it was a party. Well ya that was my week. The transfer is going great and I really a, loving my companion and area. I hope and pray I get to end my mission here but who knows. If I do that would mean I only have 4 areas but I think it would be awesome. Well hope you all have a great week! Love ya!


-Elder Barney


2 Timothy2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

Long hike to the beach 

8-14-17

Hey guys!
                                                                                                                                                                  Sooo this week has been insane! First off our trip to Homer was super awesome!
Homer is the halibut fishing capital of the world and also one of the most beautiful! It has one  of the very few spits (a peace of land that sticks out in the middle of the ocean) in the world. We saw some really amazing sights and had a ton of fun with the members that drove us down. The Owen family is one of the coolest people I have ever met! They lived in Homer for a little bit so we got to see all of the cool views that the tourists don't see, so that was a huge bonus.  One of the views you can see is the spit and 3 ice glaciers.  I also got some cool pictures of some fire-weed when it's blossomed. It is really cool and  is all over the place here! So we went and checked out the spit and it was really surprising all the cool stuff they have there. They have a ton of shops and even some
places to eat. They even have this place where you take a charter to go catch halibut then you watch them cut it up then you go across the street and give them the fish and they cook it up for you so we can it your fresh catch! I sooo want to do that one day!!! It's crazy how much fish people eat here! Down in the lower 48 we pay lots of money for that type of food but up here you get sick of eating it so much! Being up here has ruined me for fish. I love fish but it won't be the same when I get home. So anyway the Homer trip was super dope! It was a great start to the week! The rest of the week was a ton of service all of the place! After this week I have a different out look of service. I use to not get to excited for it which I know is bad, but after seeing all the good we did it really softened my heart. On top of the service we had some great lessons. One of which was with Andy. We brought a recent convert with us this time and it was perfect! They grew up together and literally have like the same story and questions. It was super awesome lesson! One thing I learned from it was that Satan is so good at deceiving. He try's to make himself sound like you. If we listen enough to negative thoughts then eventually we will start to believe it. So cool insight there. Then to top the week off we had a crazy cool experience! We were doing a district tract in the Zone Leaders area and we knocked on this guys door who told us he has his own beliefs and closed the door so we moved on. As we were knocking on doors on the other side he came running across the street with his wife and asked if we could come over for dinner on Tuesday. We were speechless. Just shook our heads yes but then quickly remembered we have Zone Conference that day and we will be in Anchorage. We scheduled it for the following week. They didn't say why but just said they wanted us over. In my mind I am thinking this is going to be crazy awesome or crazy bad. I hope it turns out great and I am really excited to see what happens. Never had this happen before! It's like the feeling you get when someone you knocked on their door says come on in and your like "oh my goodness! I never got this far before! Is this what it's like!" It felt just like that! Anyway that was the cool story for the week. Today we do the beautiful 3 hour drive to Anchorage and spend the night then go to Zone Conference then drive back. Long few days but I'm super pumped! Well hope you all have a great week!

-Elder Barney

2 Timothy2:3   Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.





















8-7-17

Hey guys!

So this feels like a fast week but feels super long because of all that has happened. The week started out super awesome! Hara and Jena and the rest of their family drove up to Anchorage to go do baptism together at the temple for the first time as a family and it went great! It was quite the ordeal getting things set up but after all was said and done it was a great experience for them because of some amazing saints. We had to get special permission to have the temple open at a special time and also had to provide 2 Priesthood holders to help out. It sure seemed like a lot to ask someone to drive 3 hours to just help out for a quick thing at the temple but man oh man the people here are so amazing they didn't even flinch when asked! Hara and Jena were super grateful for everything everyone did and they were super surprised as well. We knew how important this would be for them so we didn't exactly tell them how much was really going into all this but nonetheless it was an awesome experience! So that started the week great! On Tuesday I went on another exchange which was fun! Went with Elder Hymas. He is a really a great Elder and we had good times.   
Later in the week we had a super rad service where we roasted marshmallows at the senior center in Kenai. It was super fun to kick it with the old timers of Kenai and just have some good conversation with them. Lot of life advice from that group so it was a party. Oh! And another sweet thing was at Hara's we got to take pictures with her reindeer after a lesson. Ya real Alaskan reindeer. I think one of them was giving me the stink eye though. So that was all really great but probably one of the biggest highlights is how awesome one of our investigators is doing. Missionaries have been working with Andy for a super long time but he is finally has kept all the commitments and living the word of wisdom like a champ! And he also came to church for the 3rd time in a row and came to Priesthood! It was super great to see him progress! One thing that really helped us out was to really get to know Andy. We really couldn't figure out what he needed or what his big hold up was but honestly we just decided we needed to just talk with him and get to know him. So we played a card game with him and his wife and it really helped to just show that we care for him and actually like spending time with him and don't see him as a number or something. It opened him up more and we stared to get answers on what we need to teach. I have really come to learn how being a missionary isn't a job where you try to be the hardest worker but where you just do Christ Ministry to the best of your ability. I love these people so much and happy to have another six weeks here oh ya by the way we got transfer calls and I'm staying and continue training Elder Hatch. I'm super sad though because our district is loosing some great missionaries. I love this district! Excited for this coming 6 weeks and hope they don't go as fast as the last ones. 
The Stink Eye
Well love you all and hope you have a great week!

-Elder Barney

2 Timothy2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.







7-31-17


Hey everybody! Hope all is well! This has been a crazy week up here! This is the busiest week for dip netting (where you put a big net with a long pole in the ocean off the beach to catch salmon) so it's been a crowded week in the Kenai.  Also we have done a lot of service and I mean a lot! 
But before I get into how crazy that all was I need to tell you about the awesome pday fishing we all had! We went out on the Kenai river with the Tanner family who have a cabin right by the river. The Tanners are from Bountiful and come up every summer so it was a blessing we ran into them at the store because it led to a super fun pday! We fished for a long time and caught a few! Sorry I don't have the pictures because took them with their camera and sent them to my parents. I'm sure they will post them on Facebook or something. Anyway it was one of the funnest pdays I have had! So the week started great with that! On Tuesday we had exchanges with the Zone Leaders again. I went with another one of my favorite Elders! Elder Lewis is super awesome and we had a lot of fun together! We had a cool experience as well together. We were trying to contact a family when we saw this lady hanging out on a couch out side so we went and talked to her. I don't really know how it all happened but she first started off not interested in talking with us to ending with giving her a Book of Mormon and showing her a video from our iPad. It was a cool to see how the spirit really calmed a situation and testified that we were friendly. She also said we can come back so that's exciting. So exchanges were a party with a lot of good hard work! The next morning we started with all the service we did but digging out a basement for a member in the sisters area. It was some serious hard work! Right after we did that we aet something and showered and took of to another service. The second one was actually pretty sweet because we got to paint and I got to do something my dad taught me to do which was how to cut between ceiling and walls. See Dad, something you taught me stuck! Anyway that was fun. Then after that the rest of the week was just a lot of people calling us to help them all over the place. One of the funnest service was splitting some wood!                                
We sure split of wood up in Alaska! It was fun for Elder Hatch to try it for his first time haha. So ya lot of service but the highlight was the Ward BBQ!  It was a lot of fun and good food!  They had a dessert auction for all the members to raise money for girls camp and we  ended up walking out with 3 or 4 plate fulls of dessert! Man, this loose weight before I go home thing is not going good haha! Well that was the big stuff this week! Crazy how fast time flys! We get transfer calls next week. Since I'm training we kinda already know ours but still this went by fast! Well love you guys!






-Elder Barney


2 Timothy2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
  


P.S. The pictures are the beach during dip netting and the fish heads are what the beach looks like and why Kenai always smells like fish, 



7-24-17


Hello everyone!

Time just keeps flying by! I can't believe it's already Monday! This week was a pretty normal week compared to the past few. We had a great P-Day fishing the Kenai but the run wasn't in yet so we didn't catch anything but it was still a good time! The big thing we have been doing this week was a lot of service and I mean a lot! It just seemed like we were getting phone call after phone call about service for people which was great but tiring. We had one service for a non member where we brought some young men with us where we did a lot of yard work for her. She was super happy with us and just kept telling us how much it really meant to her. She is friends with recent converts and now our Relief Society President as well, so that's how we got in contact with her. We didn't really now her situation very well but come to find out that her husband has had some serious health problems and close calls as well as herself. It was just a great feeling that is hard to describe when you know you helped one of Gods children. Everyone came up to us at church the next day and told us how she wrote this big long post on a Facebook about how much she really appreciated our help and that made me feel so good! Doing service for someone is the fastest way to feel true charity for them. So on top of that service we were also in the parade for Soldotna Progress Day. The holiday is to celebrate Soldotna progress but it was started because the Mayor was Mormon and wanted to celebrate pioneer day. In the parade we held up banners for this old folks home. It was a lot of fun and really good exposure! So that was the big thing this week. We also had a great lesson with some recent converts on Sunday. I love teaching Hara and Jena! They both have great testimonies and ask a lot of great questions. They are so excited for the temple they just grilled us with questions about it and it was a lot of phone explaining what it's all about. A bonus was that we also had a great BBQ with them as we were teaching. Reindeer sausage is super good! Oh and Elder Hatch ate is first caribou yesterday so that was exciting for him. So ya that is what has been going on this week. Well hope all is well! Love you guys! Got to go 🎣


-Elder Barney


2 Timothy2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.


7-17-17

Hey guys!

Wow! This week flew by so fast! It seems like so much has happened! So to start out the week.  Last pday we had the whole Zone together for the first for Zone Conference. All the other Elders flew into Anchorage then drove down to Soldotna. We then went on a hike to some water falls together which was a lot of fun! We saw some salmon jump out of the water into the falls which was super cool! Blows me away how beautiful Alaska is! That was a great pday!  
The next day we had Zone Conference and met President Toone for the first time.  He is super awesome and very knowledgeable! He definitely likes to drop a lot of doctrine in his training's.  We were also able to have interviews with him for the first time and it was really great just to get to know him. Love him already!
 At zone conference the biggest thing that kept hitting me was how important it is to endure to the end. For me I kept thinking about how I want to end my mission. I want to end it on the highest note possible by working my hardest! One thing that one of my Zone Leaders said is "live every day like it's your last day of your mission." I have been asking my self a question every morning when we plan now and that is if it was my last day what would I do? It has really made a difference in deciding what's important. Anyway on top of Zone Conference we had to keep a 2nd companionship busy all day so we went OYMing on the beach for the rest of the day. The cool part is that we got permission to wear sandals or flip flops on the beach so it was awesome to feel the sand on my feet for the first time like ever! It is insane how many people are in Kenai for dip netting! It makes it great for us but bad for traffic! I got to go on exchanges again this week. I went with Elder Hunt and it was a lot of fun! He is from Samoa and is learning English which just made the exchange even more fun! He taught me some Samoan and it was a lot of fun. We also went on the beach for a bit and talked to lots of people! It was funny when people asked me where I was from and I said Utah and then they asked Elder Hunt and he said Samoa their reactions were priceless haha. We had good times! 
Then the next day was my birthday. I love birthdays on the mission! It is the first 2 birthdays in my life where I completely focus of others. It feels so much better that way! I will say it was super nice to have amazing members have us over for dinner and make me a birthday dinner. The people up here are so amazing! I have just never see so much kindness and love like up here! I truly love Alaskans! So my birthday was a lot of fun filled with every other day missionary work. 



Next big thing was Saturday one of our recent converts got married! It was a lot of fun! I'm excited to see them now start taking steps to the temple. It was kinda weird to be at a wedding though. It was definitely one of the most trunky things I have ever done on my mission but it was still a good time! With all the family in for the wedding and plus fishing season there was a ton of people at church on Sunday! On top of lots of people we had 2 investigators come as well! So all and all it was a great Sunday! Today we are all planning on going fishing because the salmon run should be here hopefully so wish me luck! Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes and gifts! Love you all so much and miss you a lot!

-Elder Barney 🎣


2 Timothy2:3
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.






Got a few new ties for his birthday to add to his collection