Hi, I am new to this site. I have been in Alaska since 1983 and have left the state twice but always came back. It is a great state to live in, we have good weather and I like what it has to offer. We moved here from Colorado and when I thought of Alaska I would get a picture of Christ in my mind. I was not a member of the church yet and had no contact with it. Some friends in the navy were LDS and talked to us.
My husband was getting out of the navy and did want to go serve for two years as a missionary since we had no concept about missionaries we did not pursue the church. When we moved to Eagle River, AK it was hard to make friends here and a person my husband worked with invited us over for dinner. The next thing we new we were taking the missionary discussions and making friends. There have been certain movies since I was child until I got baptized that played a role in my conversion. I think the movie parts that I had seen were preparing me for the discussions. We joined the church in 1984 in Eagle River, AK. A year later we moved to California and were sealed in the Oakland Temple then moved back to Eagle River, AK.
Alaska gets in your blood and there are times when you want to leave but after six months being in the lower 48 you are ready to come back. I tell people they put a computer chip in you when you cross the border that they beep you back to Alaska. When I first joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints it took a while to understand the concepts. A friends introduced to me the different authors who were members and they helped me understand the gospel. Gerald Lund's novels were a good source of entertainment and education. When we were in California a friend told me to read the Book of Mormon as a novel. That worked and it has become one of my favorite books to read. I try to read it every year. I can relate what is happening the Book of Mormon to today. I will point out to non-members what is in the Book of Mormon and how it relates to what is going on in today's society. I am grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and have members as friends. It is important in my life. I like the knowledge we have about our pre-existance, this life, and our eternal life. We have so much to be thankful for what we have been taught by those in authority.