Transfers are always a bittersweet time for us. Always fun and exciting to welcome new missionaries into the field. But the next day we say good-bye to those missionaries who have completed their missionary service. We grow attached to these young elders and sisters. But life must go on and at some point they must return back home to their families and continue on in going about doing good. For this time, we said good-bye to 8 wonderful Elders who have served the Lord with dedication and devotion to His gospel. Fine young men. We will miss seeing them and interacting with them.
Elders Bay, Motz, Blue, Walquist, Mangus, Grimes, Wallin, Bebee
All the Zone Leaders and Sister Training leaders in our mission came together on Elder Wilson’s last day here to receive training on our Vision, Goals and Plans for this mission and how to be more effective leaders.
Part of Elder Wilson’s counsel on using the Book of Mormon more effectively in missionary work, was to encourage the missionaries to give ‘trailers’ of what is coming up next in reading the Book of Mormon with our investigators. This way, it gives our investigators something to look forward to in reading the Book of Mormon. So Elder Wilson divided up the missionaries in groups of about 10 and gave them time to come up with a trailer for 1Ne. 1-3. Then he had 3-4 groups perform them for all of us. The groups who did not perform this day were assigned to perform their trailer at district meetings. It was really fun to see what the various groups came up with including props they found around the building in creating their trailer. All had a good time and it was wonderful to see how the Book of Mormon can come alive with limited costumes and props! Are you able to tell who was Lehi, Nephi, Sam, Laman, Lemuel, Laban, Sariah, etc?
The following are some random pictures of missionaries taken during lunch with Elder & Sis. Wilson. We certainly were well fed both physically and spiritually during our meetings with Elder Wilson.
Elder Larry Y. Wilson and his wife came to visit the AZ Scottsdale Mission. We split the conference into two days and half the mission came one day and the other half came the second day. Then on day 3, Elder Wilson held an MLC with all our zone leaders and sister training leaders. Elder Wilson taught us how to effectively use the Book of Mormon in our proselyting efforts. Attached are the group pictures taken on both days.
Elder Jenkins completed his mission August 28, 2017. He served valiantly as an assistant for the last several months. He has been a joy and a delight to have in this mission. He is respected by his fellow missionaries as being trustworthy, thoughtful, unselfish and an outstanding missionary who exemplified great skill and strength of testimony in fulfilling his missionary purpose. We will be forever grateful to have known him!