Elder & Sis. Kirby arrived here from Kearns, Utah on July 9, 2017 to serve as senior missionaries in the AZ Scottsdale Mission. We are very excited to have them and to get to know them better. They will be serving in one of our larger Phoenix wards. We love these older missionary couples who come ready and prepared to serve the Lord. We also appreciate the way they work with our young missionaries and love and mentor them. The Kirbys said they are ready to get to work!
During the month of June we had several different departing dates for missionaries completing their missions. We will miss these outstanding missionaries very much but will continue to follow their lives as they return home and get on with life.
This is Elder Flake. He served as the President’s assistant when we first arrived in the Scottsdale Mission. We can not thank him enough for his patient and loving help as we learned the ropes of presiding over a mission.
The next picture is Elder Carlson. He battled some health challenges (gall bladder removal) but was a trooper of a missionary.
Sis. Davocol was our very first missionary we picked up at the airport on our third day her in Scottsdale. She came all the way from the Philippines. She had served 6 mos over there as she waited for her visa to come through. She is tiny but has a giant testimony and spirit.
These five elders came out together and return together. Sis. Davidson served as one of our office secretaries for the past year. We will miss these fine missionaries and their incredible faith and devotion serving as a Scottsdale missionary. From left to right, Elder Whitehouse, E. Kipping, E. Wayment, E. Damiani, E. Bonilla, Sis. Davidson.
We love getting together for zone conferences. Here are the group pictures followed by a sampling of pictures at a typical zone conference.
Maricopa & Pinnacle Zones
Paradise Valley & Scottsdale Zones
Show Low, Snowflake & White Mtn Zones
We LOVE Zone Conferences. There is always good gospel discussion, fun role playing, incredible teaching, singing of hymns, testimonies and great food prepared by our wonderful stake Relief Societies throughout the mission.
In reviewing this blog, I realized I never entered Elder Vagen coming to our mission. He arrived here from Norway!! He is deaf and is a convert to the church of about 2 years. He learned ASL which is a little different than Norwegian sign language. He has a tremendous testimony and loves serving as a missionary. His story of running into missionaries in Norway is a miracle. The ASL missionaries in Norway began teaching him ASL so they could communicate and teach him the gospel. He bore his testimony this last zone conference and we all felt we were int he presence of a spiritual giant. His companion is ASL and they serve in the ASL branch in Phoenix doing a tremendous job there. We are so grateful to have Elder Vagen with us!!
Elder England is on the right who is hearing but is one of our ASL missionaries. Elder Gubler is on the left and he also is one of our ASL missionaries. They were very helpful in translating for Pres. Robinson.
Sis. Romney, our mission office secretary finished her service as a senior missionary in the Scottsdale Mission on May 17, 2017. She had previously served a mission in Frankfurt, Germany 2012-2014. Then, she ‘applied’ to come serve as the mission secretary for then, Pres. Sweeney, whom she had known for several years. She arrived in the Scottsdale mission Dec. 2014. She continued to serve as secretary for Pres. Robinson when he took over the mission duties in July 2016. Sis. Romney (Bass) had been a widow for several years. While serving in the Scottsdale mission, Sis. Romney met and married her husband, David (a widower), in her home ward here in Scottsdale. They have been married for 9 mos now and are excited to do some traveling at the conclusion of Sis. Romney’s missionary service. The entire mission will miss Sis. Romney. She loved the missionaries and loves the Lord. She always had a big smile and sweet words to share with the missionaries when they came into the office. Her dedication and attention to detail in this mission was superb. We will all miss her very, very much.
Elder & Sis. Porter have been serving as our vehicle & bike coordinator and as referral, mail and baptism coordinator. Besides doing an outstanding job in all these areas, they have loved these missionaries like their own children. Many times, you could see Elder and Sis. Porter helping these missionaries figure out some of their future educational plans when their mission’s were coming to a close. Elder Porter always had his phone on him ready to go into action at any time of day or night if a missionary needed him. They too, will be greatly missed. Fortunately, they live in Mesa, and we hopefully will see them from time to time.
We held a going away gathering and luncheon for the Romneys and Porters with all our senior missionaries serving in the Scottsdale mission. The young missionaries who serve in the Scottsdale mission have had their lives richly blessed by these wonderful senior missionary couples. We will miss the Porters and Romneys at these gatherings.
Once again we said goodbye to 7 of our finest. Four of the seven have quite a long flight back home. Elder Kapisi was picked up by his parents for his return trip back to Hawaii. Elder Hugo is on his way back to Alaska. Sis. Manarangi will return to Tonga. Sis. Fukushima returns to Japan. Sis. Fisher, Sis. Grow and Elder Huerra are stateside and have a much shorter trip. We have enjoyed these great missionaries. We know they will make great leaders of the church!
They talked Pres and Sis. Robinson into doing a silly picture. But President only has one pose.
Sis. Manarangi, Fisher, Fukushima
We had 10 new missionaries arrive in the mission on May 15, 2017. Unfortunately on the day they flew in, Pres. Robinson had a 24 hr flu bug that kept him home. Sis. Robinson was able to pick up these new missionaries with the help of the assistants and bring them to the mission home. They all enjoyed lunch together on the back patio of the mission home and then walked next door to our meetinghouse for a full afternoon of orientation. Later they met and were assigned their new companion/trainer. The wind was blowing fairly strong this day as you may notice Sis. Robinson’s hair flying around. By the morning, Pres. Robinson was back on his feet and met the new missionaries as they took off for their assigned areas.