We have received instruction from the Brethren to hold zone conferences every 6 weeks instead of every 12 weeks. So we will have the privilege of meeting together with these wonderful missionaries to discuss and be taught how to improve our teaching skills and inviting the Spirit to be with us. Our motto is, come prepared to learn(read the assigned pre-reads), interact to edify, invite to act. These zone conferences are always filled with wonderful discussions, role playing, and testimonies borne and strengthened. We love these servants of the Lord.
We welcomed Bro. Gonzalez and Bro. Cates from the Church Missionary Dept on Feb. 24, 2017. We held a special MLC which included all zone leaders, district leaders and sister training leaders as well as the assistants. We spent all day Friday receiving superb instruction on how we can become better and more skilled missionaries. The training was excellent and we enjoyed a wonderful lunch as well. Thank you to Bro. Gonzalez and Bro. Cates for their presentations and thoughtful comments on how to become better instruments in the Lord’s hands.
We said goodbye to Elder Dale as he assumes new responsibilities overseeing the church service missionaries throughout AZ. Elder Dale has faithfully served as our housing coordinator for the Scottsdale Mission for 3 1/2 yrs. We are sorry to see him go but know he will bless the lives of many in his new assignment. Fortunately, his wife, Sis. Dale, will continue to help us in food preparation when we have large group dinners. So we will still see Elder Dale from time to time as he helps his wife with these dinners. We enjoyed lunch together at one of Elder Dale’s favorite restaurant – YC’s Mongolian Grill.
Sis. Pinto-Haynes came to the mission 18 mos ago on a trial basis due to health reasons. While serving her health improved and she was able to serve a full 18 mo. mission. We consider her our miracle missionary. She was a joy to have in our mission and we wish her well with this next chapter of her life.
The next day we said farewell to these outstanding missionaries who served faithfully for 18 and 24 months. We will miss all of them!!
We welcomed 14 new missionaries on Feb. 20. We also welcomed Elder & Sis. Schmitt, a senior missionary couple from Utah who joined us on Feb. 17, 2017. The Schmitts will be taking over the housing responsibilities. We are excited to add such great and energetic missionaries to the Scottsdale Mission. Elder Bird and Sis. Lewis flew in from the Mexico MTC (we took their pictures at the Phoenix Airport). The other 12 missionaries came from the Provo MTC. They are excited to be here and we are excited to have them!
In the last two weeks we have welcomed one new missionary, Elder Scalise, and said goodbye to Elder Coleman and Elder Zollinger. Elder Scalise comes from Ogden, Utah. He will be one of our Spanish speaking missionaries. We are excited to have him. Elder Coleman served in the mountains as well as here in the valley. We wish him the very best as he continues on with life back home in Las Vegas. Elder Zollinger has been serving as one of our office assistants. We will miss him also.