Mission Home Address:

Elder Ammon Woolbert
Alaska Anchorage Mission
3250 Strawberry Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99502

Monday, April 15, 2013

Dear Family and Friends,


We had a great trip up to Glennalen. It's a weird little town and there is not much to do there and not much work. The mountains all around it are beautiful but the town is lame. We stayed in the little church building they had. That was fun but interesting. I don't like living in the church, but we were able to make some really good visits with members there who need the help. One of the families we met and had dinner with the wife is active and the husband has been less active for years and they have three sons. The oldest son is less active and the middle one is on a mission and the other one is only sixteen. So the sixteen year old boy and his mom and one other lady are the only ones that meet and go to church on Sunday. I feel so sorry for them. They call in to Valdez and listen to church and then have their own Sunday school and go home. That poor boy has to be so much more grown up for his age. He is a stud; he really is and will be one of the best missionaries. He is the only youth that's a member in the whole town and the only active priesthood holder. There is a lot on that young man’s shoulders. We also visited with the other lady that comes to church. Her husband is a nonmember. We had a good time over there. We have plans to come back and see them next month. We also met some crazy weird people too. Wow, what an interesting place. People that normally live out in the middle of nowhere in Alaska are weird and have problems. Me and Elder Parkin were a little afraid for our butts. Like you know in the Deep South when you see that crazy creepy person playing the banjo on the front porch. It kind of makes your butt pucker. Ha-ha. Well that's what this house was screaming and the two weirdo men inside screamed the same thing. I don't plan on going back there anytime soon. Sorry for the blunt talking but it's the only way I can get my point across.

            Ann is the lady on date to be baptized and her date is the 4th of May. We hope is all works out. We did not see her last week because the guy that comes with us got sick so we are seeing her on Thursday. She is doing good though. The witch lady we have not talked to since. We don't plan on teaching her. We have not met her kids either. We need the members to invite them to church. So we will wait and see what happens.

Well this was a really hard email to read. I was just thinking about Grandpa Simkins this morning before I came to do my email and I was thinking how cool it would be to have him hold my first kid when I have him in two years or so. I miss them so much and I never thought I would lose them on my mission. They are supposed to live forever. Grandpa was a stubborn man that would never give up the fight. I do not know this is just freaking hard to talk about. Thanks for keeping me in the loop about all this. I will pray for him and grandma. But your right mom it’s not the end. Not by any means is it the end but it’s still hard to deal with the loss of a loved one. I am forever grateful for you and dad taking us kids to Utah every year to visit them and spend time with them. Thank you.

            I am sorry I don't have much else to say right now. My eyes are to watery and I can't think very clear right now. I love you all and thank you for keeping me in he loop. You all have a great week and keep safe. And by the way I got your letter, thanks. Could you look up what is takes to be an instrument tech? They use them a lot in the oil refineries and can you look up and see what it takes to be an operator at the oil refineries as well? The oil field is good work and pays very well and I could get a job in a lot of different places. Thanks.



Elder Woolbert

Dear Family,


We had a great week. We taught more lessons this week than missionaries have in the last six months. We also put a lady on date to be baptized last night. That's pretty cool. And what I mean about the number is we total all the numbers of lesson up at the end of each week and we taught more than the other elders did in a week. The lady we put on date is a Vietnamese lady and does not speak much English but there is a guy in the branch who speaks Vietnamese so we are lucky. She is a nice lady and wants to do what’s right but she has some really bad health problems and is sick a lot. I know she will be blessed for doing as the Lord asks. All the other people we are teaching are kind of different. They are not all that solid but still good. The weather was so nice from Monday to Thursday. Then winter came back for another round. It has been snowing the last two days now and we have about 18 more inches of snow. Ha-ha. I love it but I was also excited for spring. The winter is really long up here in good old Alaska. 

Well conference was good. We watched it at the church and we were the only ones there. Kind of sad that none of the ward showed up but I don't blame them for watching it at home. So we got really comfy and watched and sometimes passed out but hey that happens. I really like Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk Sunday afternoon. That one just stood out the most to me. I liked it because it is so good for the people we are teaching. I am getting copies made of all of Conference on DVDs to give to Ann the Vietnamese lady in her own language.

Thanks for looking up the stuff I asked you. Can you look up another one for me as well? Vet school and electrician? If dad says to look into it I will. I could always try getting a job at an oil refinery as well. It pays good and is a constant job and it’s got benefits. I guess I just have a lot to consider. I just want to make a good living for my family and not hate my job. So send me whatever you think might be good for me.

So last Monday snow shoeing was freaking awesome. I had a lot of fun and it was a good work out. I thought it would be way harder than what it was but it was easy for me at least. I want to get a pair of snow shoes when I come home. But we don't get much snow in places to use them. We hiked out on a frozen lake to a glacier and then to an ice cave. Wow was that pretty. The blue was so vibrant.  I will send my SD car home sometime soon or you will just have to wait until I get home. So I did meet with Frankie. Ha-ha. He is a good guy. I really like him. He gave me two big bags of that stuff. It was way nice. We eat Quinoa most every day for lunch. I cook it with a can of chicken and season it. It's good and healthy. We also got gym memberships this last week so we can work out every morning. I lost a lot of my strength and it sucks plus I got some weight to lose. I got the branch to not feed us desserts anymore. That's nice.

Well we should have a good week. This coming weekend we are driving up to Gleenalen. It like two hours north of us. There are some members up there that need help and support so that will be a fun trip. Well thanks for all you do. I love you all so much and I can’t wait to see you all soon.



Elder woolbert

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hey Mom, Dad and Family,

            We had a good week. So to answer some of your questions. We live in our own rundown apartment like always. It's cool. I had to spend the first day and a half cleaning it. It was freaking dirty. I can't stand a dirty house. It's a work in progress. It's hard to clean something when it's already a hunk of junk and needs to be fully replaced. But it's all good. I don't know about what really happens on p-days here seeing as though I have only been here one p-day and working on number two, but today we are going snow shoeing to a glacier. It should be fun. We are going with a bunch of members. I hope I don't die on the way from being out of shape.

So we got to meet a lot more people this week. Spring break is finally over and people came back. We have been hitting it off good with the members. For Easter we all had a ward feast after church. It was nice but there were so many people that I did not know.  We had a lesson with a Wicken lady this week. I am sure dad knows what they are and he probably saw them in England a lot. Well she is a witch. What an interesting lesson that was. She told us all about her stuff she believes in and we talked about our belief. She was very nice and liked to hear both sides of the story but she was not interested for herself. She was meeting with us so she can teach her kids about us. To make a long story short her kids are the ones we are trying to teach. 

            I do not really have much to report on, but I can tell you that Marie in my last area is doing good and has been to church every Sunday. She is solid in the gospel. It is way cool. The elders there love teaching her. I just thought you might want to know about that.

            So Nathan is getting married? Wow I have no idea what to say to that. Ha-ha. Wow that's dang cool though. And David as well. Freak, I need to get home. All the people here ask me how long I have been out and I tell them 22 months and they are like dang what are your plans when you get home?  And I have no plans that are set. It sucks. I wish that I could start making plans but I need a computer for that. I want to try and be a cop. That's my first choice and then a diesel mechanic or a heavy machine operator. Those are my three big ones and I also want to learn how to be a gun smith on the side. I don't know what but learning to be a gun smith has been on my mind the last several months. So I hope it works out. I just need to get in shape and make some money and get things going. Maybe you can start looking at schools and prices for me on a diesel mechanic and gun smithing. I just need an idea of what I am getting myself into. Woo, so enough said about that. I am just trunky when I am not doing missionary work. It's hard to stay busy here. We have five feet of snow that's melting and it’s a small town. We will be watching General Conference in Valdez probably at the church. So that should be good.

            Well I am glad that Cory is OK. Well sorry if this email is not all you wanted it to be. I just have a lot on my mind. Life is starting again and I need to figure stuff out.

            Be sure to really pay attention at conference. It might be interesting. These next couple of years are going to be very different than what we are used to. Things are getting worse and worse. A lot of people up here can see it. They are preparing. But not only are they preparing physical but mentally and spiritual. That's all the conference talks have been on lately anyways. We are getting ready for the second coming. Hence why we have the big mission boom.  The gospel has to be proclaimed to every nation.  All I am saying is be prepared and help others to be prepared. You don't have to be all crazy on them but help them and guide them. We are already seeing the wheat being separated from the tare. It's happening up here and I am sure it's going on down there. There has been a couple families that I have know just recently that were active and are now anti. It's sad but that's what is talked about in the scriptures.

            I just needed to tell you what I have been seeing and what I know is coming. Sorry to drop that on you but know that no matter what happens if we stay on the Lords side all will be well in the end. This life is short but it will affect us for eternity. Please have a great week and stay strong and stand in holy places.


Elder Woolbert