SOLDOTNA, Alaska A crowd of some 400 watched four missionaries of the Alaska Anchorage Mission receive the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award Jan. 21. Elders Brandon Sloan, Wess Gibson, Paul Fjeldsted and Christopher Speirs were recognized for routinely volunteering for the chamber of commerce, doing such things as collating and mailing the Soldotna magazine. The missionaries were invited to the award ceremony under the guise of taking attendees coats. To their surprise, they were called to the front to receive the award.
"It was so good for the Church," said Elder Sloan. "They read a statement of what we do as missionaries, saying that we give up two years, pay our own way and serve the people, and that we teach about Jesus Christ. Afterwards, people came up and talked to us and said, 'We had no idea your Church did so much service here.' "