Fourteen youth from four of those branches participated in two temple sessions, one on Friday evening and another on Saturday afternoon. Some had never been to the temple and one youth hadn't been out of Bethel for four years. Three recently moved to the bush from Utah due to changes in family situations and the economy.
It was difficult to get good pictures because there were so many people trying to take pictures. Representatives from the temple presidency, the mission presidency, the former bush district presidency and youth leaders from all three stakes were on hand to welcome and chat with the youth. These youth are from Bethel.
These kids represent the Bush Branch from three different locations, Aluknuk, Clarks Point, and one I can't remember, pronounce or spell, but it starts with an "S". Dillingham.
Dutch Harbor. She was a fun girl. We had a blast at neon bowling and she holds the group record for most $$ spent on clothes at the mall!!
The cousins from Bethel. #3 was my right hand man! He helped me pick out baby clothes in the mall, chaperoned me to the restroom, made sure the car doors were locked, and kept us all in stitches most of the time.
In addition to the temple the youth enjoyed some shopping, a regional church dance, neon bowling, long, hot showers (water is very expensive in the bush), Costco pizza, breakfast at Denny's (their choice , not mine!), about 100 chocolate chip cookies, too many arcade games, playing 10,000, Sunday church meetings in Eagle River and a stake youth fireside. We had some wonderful times that I will never forget. I hope they don't either.