Alaska Anchorage Mission


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The Church

The Church was officially established in Alasksa in 1938, although a few members had previously lived there beforehand. Currently there are over 33,000 members in Alaska consisting of 83 congregations, one temple and one mission. The support and assistance from the Church after earthquake and oil damages initiated growth in the Church. The Alaska, Anchorage Temple was dedicated in 1999.

The Alaska, Anchorage Temple was dedicated in 1999.

Food

The Anchorage food culture highlights a variety of foods due to its location on the waterfront and mountainous terrains. Many areas specialize in cold water seafood. Alaskan salmon, halibut and Alaskan Crab are among the three most popular dishes. Large game offer other cuisines, especially for people living outside of the city.

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Sourdough is an old favorite for Alaska. With a rich history in providing sustenance during the Klondike Gold Rush, it’s a part of the Alaskan Heritage.

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Sourdough Bread is a traditional food, with a long history in Alaska.

The Native People of Alaska, nicknamed the “Eskimos” more correctly known as the Central Yupik or Inupiat, depending on their location eat differently city folk. They get their protein from large water mammals like seal meat, whales, fish and walrus. Birds are among a daily diet too. Each Native group also has traditional meals unique to their location and climate, the most common ones are Akutaq, Blubber, Muktuk, Reindeer and Bannock. 

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Akutaq, also called Eskimo Ice Cream is a mixture of large mammal fat, berries and snow.

 

Transportation

Alaska has a number of byways and highways, connecting people to destinations with the option to take scenic routes and become better acquainted with terrain. Anchorage is among of the of only numbered highways of Alaska, called Alaska Route 1, also known as Seward Highway. This highway leads people south to Kenai Peninsula and west towards Cook Inlet.

The public transportation in Anchorage is called the People Mover.  It is a great way to move around the city and runs from 6:30am-9pm on a daily basis, with different schedules for holiday weekends.

There are a variety of airports, around Anchorage, including the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and Lake Hood Seaplane Base, the largest Seaplane Base in the world.

Safety

There are many safety elements one should consider in Alaska. The wildlife thrives in Alaska, and can be territorial. While camping, hiking and enjoying nature in Alaska, it is important to learn Bear Safety Tips because these mammals can be frequent city-goers and wilderness walkers. The crime rate in Alaska ranks higher than the national average. The majority of these crimes relate to theft and assault.

Customs

Anchorage highlights the great aspects of Alaska; its natural beauty and landscapes, appreciation for wildlife, and it also welcomes tourists to enjoy festivals, cultural sporting events such as dogsled racing, and the amazing outdoor playground.

Culturally, it hosts people from many tribes and countries, all of whom bring with them their family traditions, adding to the vibrance of Anchorage. The Native American legacy flourishes in Anchorage and has become an integral and major part of the city. These family histories combined create a community of understanding and welcome visitors to learn and take part in these traditions.

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Photo: Brian Adams

The Iditarod, hosted in Anchorage each year during March, is the longest dogsled race in world.

The Iditarod ceremonial beginning starts on 4th avenue in Anchorage

The Iditarod ceremonial beginning starts on 4th avenue in Anchorage

Anchorage kicks off the flower season in June with the Flower Festival. The Flower Festival is one of the many attractions put on in Anchorage. The cool temperatures and endless days of sunshine create the perfect environment for color throughout the summer months. Over 80,000 flowers are planted throughout the city, with many events and attractions for families and visitors.

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A preview of what to expect all throughout the city of Anchorage, Alaska.

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Profile

United States
President Eldon R. Robinson

3250 Strawberry Rd
Anchorage AK 99502
United States

English
metro: 380,821
Only 33% of the Alaskan population is religious, 9% Catholic, 4% LDS, 4% Baptist
Alaska stays true to its location and offers cooler temperatures throughout the year. In the winter the average temperature range between 5 to 30 °F and in the summer it warms up between 55 to 78 °F. The winters are snowy and the summer welcome rain.
Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau

http://www.mission.net/~anc/

Experiences

Straight from the Alaska Anchorage Mission :

*What items were hard to get or not available?

*What did you eat the most of?

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Reindeer and Buffalo”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“They take their shoes off at the door.”
-Michael

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Alaska Anchorage Mission?
“Buy your coat and Sorrell boots from missionaries that are going home if possible.”
-Michael

*What do you wish you had known before you served?

*Other comments?

**Did you serve in the Alaska Anchorage Mission? If so we want to hear from you! Share your experiences here or by emailing us at editor@missionhome.com**

A note from a currently serving missionary:

“We’ve been teaching so much it’s awesome! We are teaching a girl named Chelsey, who is so solid and loves the gospel. She is going to get baptized on July 25. We are also teaching this guy Devin. He’s a way cool kid, and he’s going to get baptized the first week in September. There’s so much to do here. We teach a lot here, but we also tract a lot more than I have in the past. Because it’s YSA the way we contact isn’t the same as if we were contacting families, so we spend a lot of time tracting in apartment complexes and walking around the streets. Whenever we find someone who isn’t within the age range for YSA, we give him or her as a referral to the ward in whose area he or she live in. Last week we were knocking on some apartment doors, and at the first door the lady told us she was getting ready for surgery and didn’t want to hear it. At the second door was a really strange lady that shook my hand really hard for like 10 seconds and wasn’t interested. Then at the third door, a guy answered whose name was Gary, and he invited us in to teach him, so we taught him and he accepted the invitation to be baptized! He wasn’t in the YSA age range, so we gave him to some other elders, but it was a cool experience. Me and Piips relate it to the story of Nephi getting the plates from Laban and they had to try three times before they were successful. Oh and just a few days ago, we tried contacting someone, but they weren’t home, so we decided to knock on some doors, and the first one we knocked the guy said he would love to hear our message and be taught, but he was married so we gave him to the sister missionaries that serve in his area. It’s actually fun to find investigators not just for your own area, but for other missionaries too.

We cover all of Fairbanks and North Pole and surrounding areas so we find people to teach wherever we feel prompted to go. Anyway, it’s been a great week. We got to do some exchanges last week and spend some time working with other missionaries. We’ll do that again for the next couple of weeks for a couple days at a time. Well, Fairbanks is great! See ya!”

Elder Squires