We had 15 new missionaries arrive from the Provo MTC and the Mexico MTC on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Pres. & Sis. Robinson were there to greet them when they came off the plane. They come from many different parts of the country as well as the world – Tennessee, Minnesota, Alaska, Michigan, Texas, Utah, Idaho, CA, Canada, England. They are a great group of young people who are devoted to serving the Lord here in the AZ Scottsdale Mission. They all arrived around 3:30pm at the PHX International airport. After gathering all their luggage we took them to the church adjacent to the Mission Office/Home where Sis. Robinson had snacks and water bottles for them. Pres. & Sis. Robinson then have the missionaries gather in the backyard of the mission home where we take a group picture as well as individual pictures. After, the new missionaries met up with veteran missionaries who then go out to designated neighborhoods and do some contacting. Its always exciting for them to share their testimonies of Jesus Christ fresh out of the MTC. Then they come back to the church where Sis. Robinson fed them Taco salad with all the trimmings, fruit, tortilla chips with salsa and drinks. After dinner, we gathered in the RS room where Pres. & Sis. Robinson officially welcomed them to AZ and the mission and showed Power point presentations of the Robinson family, what the Scottsdale mission looks like, and a message from Elder Holland and Pres. Eyring. Pres. & Sis. Robinson share their testimonies and we end the night with prayer. Then we finished with brownies, pumpkin pie and ice cream before sending them off to their sleeping accommodations. Welcome new missionaries!
Tuesday morning starts at 6:30am. The missionaries do a little exercising and then dress for the day. Breakfast is served at 8am by Sis. Robinson. The weather has turned cool (48 degrees this morning) so we ate breakfast over at the meetinghouse next door. The missionaries feast on Sis. Robinson’s famous scrambled eggs (lots of many cheeses in her eggs!), sausage, pumpkin bread, yogurt, cereal, oranges, grapes, juice, milk and chocolate milk. They are well fed in this mission. After breakfast, the assistants and sister training leaders do a training with lots of role playing and discussion of a missionary’s purpose. At the same time, Pres. Robinson does personal interviews with each missionary to get to know them. After the assistants training, the office staff orients the new missionaries on their debit card, housing, phones, medical (Sis. Robinson does this) and other mission related items. Then Elder & Sis. Kenney do a training on car and bike safety. At the same time those missionaries who will be training come from all parts of the mission for an hour training on their new leadership responsibilities of being a trainer to a new missionary.
At 12:30pm Pres. Robinson gathers with both new missionaries and trainers and makes the new assignments of companions. Below are the pictures when the new missionary and trainer are paired up. Remember, that you can click on any picture to make it larger to see your son or daughter and their new companion. Following the new assignments is lunch. The missionaries were treated to ham, cheesy potatoes, green beans, salad, pumpkin pie and whip cream and rolls. A few more trainings follow lunch and then they are off to their new area.