Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Alaska Mormons are DIE HARD

So I'm sitting here today doing the dishes after playing outside with a bunch of friends that came over. All our kids ran around and played in the sunshine together eating pretzels and grapes. It was fun. But I got to thinking............I COULD NEVER DO THIS WHERE I GREW UP. Today in Fairbanks, it is -22 degrees....thats 90 degrees colder than it is out my front door. Its the middle of January and I BARELY have to wear a jacket. I love it...

Then I got to thinking. When I was up there in the beginning of January, we still went to church. IT WAS -38 degrees. Why was church even still on that day you ask? Well, they have a cold weather policy. If its warmer than -20 they still have all 3 hours of church. If its between -20 and -30 they have only 2 hours. If its colder than -30 they only have sacrament meeting (1 hour). If its colder than -40 than church is cancelled. Want to know the main reason? BECAUSE ITS COLD!! Those are die hard mormons. It was -38 on the Sunday I was there and there was a good 40-50 people at church that day (probably 2/3 of their normal sunday attendance). Nobody turned their cars off, they just left them running the whole time......

People ask me if I miss Alaska....and I do sometimes...but wintertime is not one of those times. I miss the summers. Light all day and all night, 80 degrees, great smells, few days of heat then a few days of rain, blueberry picking, raspberries in my backyard, the hammock (with the patent pending pulley system), green green green everywhere you look, moose everywhere..... I miss the summers.

......thats what I've been thinking about today as I put off cleaning. I like my Cali winters.

3 comments:

Melissa said...

I don't miss the winters either! Of course I don't have California winters so I still miss my auto start, but I'll take a Nevada winter any day.

Cristin said...

What an interesting policy! That really puts things in perspective when dumb people here don't go to church because of the snow.

Katie said...

auto Start...I was thinking about that the other day too.... totally foreign to people here as to why anyone would need that. But when its 30 below its nice to not have to run out to your car and start only to run back inside so it so it can warm up for 20 minutes.