And why are they not frozen? Because their hearts are warmed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Welcome to our blog! We hope you enjoy our travels and dialogues as we journey to Anchorage Alaska for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Nothing terribly  noteworthy happened this week.  The high point was taking Gatorade and soda crackers to some Elders who had food poisoning and the low point was Sister Taylor having to have a filling replaced.  You get the idea.

We didn't get to do a lot of exploring this last week so we thought we might just give you a tour of our apartment and show you where we live.   We feel very fortunate to have quiet space (for the most part) that we can clean quickly and be comfortable in when we are able to be home.   (Spoiler alert - Ralph and Dixie don't go any further.  We don't want you to be mad at us....)

I think we told you before that we are on the second floor of an apartment building.  There are 8 units in this building divided into two sections.  In each section there are two downstairs and two upstairs that open into the same area.  In our section of 4 there are missionaries living in two of them (us and the Elders) a member couple in one.  Did you know that Alaska has the third highest number of members of the church per capita in the US?   It is right behind Utah and Idaho.  

As you enter our apartment, you look directly into the living room.   The kitchen and dining room (part of the living room) are on the left and the hallway to the bedrooms/bathroom is on the right.

From front door into living room
Looking to the right into the living room

From living room into dining room. (All those nice big windows are on the south side -
lets in lots of light.)

Looking from entryway to the left into the kitchen.  

From dining room through service slot into kitchen.

Looking from entryway to the right down the hallway.  Closets (coat and utility) on the right.
This used to be the manager's apartment and the middle door went into the office, which is now a separate unit.

At the end of the hallway, looking straight ahead into the bathroom.

At the end of the hallway, looking left into our bedroom.

Yes, that is a king-size bed.  Our comforter just barely covers the top.

At the end of the hallway, looking to the right into the extra bedroom/sewing/utility room.

This room is where your air mattress will repose when you come to see us.
Believe me, you won't be able to afford a motel room.  At least in the summertime.

Looking closely at the table in the above picture, you will see this.  It is the mission's
Singer Sewing machine, circa 1964.  It's the exact same model Sister Taylor used
in her Home Ec class at Corvallis High School.  Fortunately, it has been refurbished
and works reasonably well.  And, also fortunately, Sister Taylor can remember how to use it.  

The only disadvantage to our apartment is that we don't have a washer or dryer.  The laundry room, however, is just downstairs and the management keeps it clean and serviceable.  And it's not too expensive.  The other disadvantage is the stairs, but every time I complain about hauling the groceries up the stairs, I remember Ralph and Dixie carrying theirs for miles from the stores to the boat and I try not to make a fuss.

And we've told you about our mission vehicle.  This is our 2014 Nissan Frontier crew-cab pickup. Very nice vehicle, even if it is a bit rough riding (4x4 drive) and only gets about 14 mpg.  Monday we have an appointment to change the studded snow tires for the summer tires.

This is the greenspace across the street.   It is the view we see out our living room windows.   This summer it will look much better than this we are told.   We are also told by the lady who lives downstairs that there is a moose that frequents this space quite often, especially late in the evenings.  We'll let you know if we ever see her (the moose not the neighbor).


  1. That sure looks nicer than any of my mission apartments! Although that might have something to do with the higher standard of cleanliness... ;) I love the sewing machine, what a fun little coincidence. I can't wait to see all the summertime pictures!

  2. Wow You guy know how to live... Btw.. Whats going on there on the sewing table?