Elder Pendleton and Elder Vagen have been serving as our ASL missionaries serving the ASL branch for the past year. Up until Feb 3, 2018, the ASL branch was in the Phoenix East Stake which is part of the Scottsdale Mission. But the location of the building they were meeting in was about 45 min. away from most of the members of the ASL branch. For the past year, they have been working on finding another church bldg to meet in that would be closer to the majority of ASL branch members. There was an opportunity for the branch to move to a church bldg in the Phoenix North Stake which is much closer for the members to come to. The Phoenix North Stake is in the Phoenix Mission boundaries. On Feb. 3, the ASL branch officially moved over to the Phoenix North Stake taking Elder Pendleton and Elder Vagen with them to continue to serve the ASL branch. We know the branch and the ASL work needs these two outstanding missionaries to keep serving them, but we are pretty heartbroken about losing them. We will keep in contact with them and will consider them part of the AZ Scottsdale Mission family for the rest of our lives. The Phoenix Mission is getting some of the most dedicated, hard working and obedient missionaries ever.
We have had wonderful zone conferences with our 6 zones down in the valley this past week. We go up to the mountains this next week for their zone conference. Our focus this conference was using the Book of Mormon. Sis. Robinson trained on the conversion process that takes place in studying, pondering and praying about the Book of Mormon. We read in Preach my Gospel “The Book of Mormon combined with the Spirit, is your most powerful resource in conversion.” The Assistants trained on how we can better help our investigators understand the Book of Mormon and how the Spirit is the teacher. Pres. Ezra Taft Benson stated “Combined with the Spirit of the Lord, the Book of Mormon is the single greatest tool which God has given us to convert the world.” Pres. Robinson trained on “The Power of the Word in Us” emphasizing the great promise of power associated with the Book of Mormon. The Zone Leaders and Sister Training leaders led discussions in the zone break out session of using the doctrine of Christ in everything we teach. There was good participation and discussion in each of the conferences. We have obedient missionaries who are here to work and come prepared to learn at zone conference. Love these dedicated missionaries!!
We had to say goodbye to these 4 wonderful missionaries. Their visa’s came through and off to the Philippines they go. They were with us for 7 weeks – just enough time for us to get attached to these great sisters and elder. Elder Chugg, Sis. Pierce, Sis. Green, Sis. Taylor are some of the best!! We would love to keep them but we know there is great work for them to do in there respective missions in the Philippines. E. Chugg and Sis. Green are going to the same mission, and Sis. Pierce to another mission, and Sis. Taylor to yet another mission. We know they will do and see miracles there in the Philippines. We love them and miss them already. We will always think of them as being apart of the Scottsdale mission.
We received 10 new missionaries on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. Two of these missionaries are actually visa waiters and will eventually go to two different missions in Mexico. We are excited to have all 10 for now. Four sisters and six elders. Our new missionaries come in around 5:15-6pm on Monday evenings now. After getting all the luggage we take them back to the church bldg next door where we feed them a hot meal. Then President and Sis. Robinson introduce the new missionaries to them and through a power point presentation introduce them to the mission. We also encourage them to ask any questions they can think of too. They are usually excited to finally get out in the field but are exhausted too. Sometimes we get missionaries from the Mexico MTC. That was the case for Sis. Childs. She was up at 3 am in the morning to get ready to make her journey to AZ Scottsdale mission. The sisters slept at the mission home and the elders slept at an apartment we keep that can sleep 8 across the street. The next morning we start with a huge breakfast of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, grapes, bananas, OJ, chocolate milk, reg. milk and yogurt. Then we begin the orientation process with the office staff, vehicle and bike safety instructions and driving and training by the assistants and the sister training leaders. During this time they are also being individually interviewed by Pres. Robinson. Then just before lunch, President Robinson announces who will be the trainer for each new missionary. Lots of hugs and excitement at this point. After they meet their new companion its off to lunch. Lots of pizza, salad, oranges, carrots and homemade brownies (Sis. Robinson’s speciality). Lastly, each new missionary goes on a road driving test with Elder & Sis. Kenney our CSM vehicle and bike coordinators. By 4pm they are off to their assigned areas!
Elder Tehuitzil (visa waiter)
Elder Peterson (visa waiter)
We had to say goodbye on Jan. 22, 2018 to these fine missionaries, Elder Stone and Elder Wright. What a tremendous job these two did out here in the mission field. We will miss them and the great spirit they brought to this work!
On Jan. 5, 2018, we had to say goodbye to this beautiful sister missionary, Sis. Cahoon. Sis. Cahoon has a smile that lights up the room when she walks into it. She touched so many lives with her testimony and goodness. We wish her well in the next season of her life. We grow so close to these missionaries while we serve together in the Scottsdale mission. It is very hard to let them go. We know Sis. Cahoon will continue to influence many people and uplift and inspire them.
We wonderful zone conferences this month that both edified and motivated all of us to become better instruments in the Lord’s hands. We participated in role plays to help us teach the doctrine of Christ better. We discussed how we can better ‘become’ what our Heavenly Father wants us to become. We learned about the “Power of the Word in Us” and how we can become more converted unto Christ by diligently studying His words and having the power of the Spirit help us as we become strengthened by His word.
Snowflake, Show Low and White Mtn zones
Pinnacle & Maricopa zones
Scottsdale & Paradise Valley zones
Phoenix and Phoenix East zones