Modern conveniences like cellphones and the Internet increasingly make living in rural Alaska less rural and decidedly more intriguing. With small villages scattered across the largest state connected by frozen roads and air travel, Alaskans are innovative in many ways.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are no exception, with the formation in recent years of the Alaska Bush Branch of the LDS Church.
With approximately 200 members from 36 families, the Bush Branch of the LDS Church meets Sunday mornings as many churches do, except this congregation meets over the phone.
Brother Chip Sharpe is the principal at Mountain Village School in Mountain Village. A member of the LDS Church, Sharpe appreciates the conference call technology. "Attending services over the phone is pretty unique," Sharpe said.