The Arizona Scottsdale Mission has a rich legacy of missionary work. Through the doors of the mission office – formerly the office of the Arizona Mesa mission – and mission home have passed over 4,000 missionaries in the +/- 40 years since this mission complex was built. However, not everyone who serves in the Scottsdale Mission is called to the Scottsdale Mission. Those missionaries called to foreign missions – like Brazil and Argentina – often encounter trouble getting visas to enter the country they are called to before their MTC training ends.
Weekly, we receive calls asking if we have room for “visa waiter” Elders and Sisters. Last week, we took 6 of them – and they arrived today (photos below). These extra missionaries aren’t coddled in the slightest – they are welcomed and then teamed with a companion that has been called to the Arizona Scottsdale Mission. This unsung force allows us to stretch our missionary resources so that we have 5 or 6 areas open for proselyting that otherwise would not be open. These visa waiter missionaries are our secret weapon!
Although they generally only stay about 6 – 10 weeks with us, they leave with a love of the people they serve and, in many cases, their first experience with a baptism. They universally arrive with a determination to serve with honor while they are here.
Our latest visa waiter arrivals are:
Sisters Astle, Wadsworth and Houtz – all bound for Argentina and Elders Goodfellow, Morgan and Faughnan all bound for Brazil. Welcome to them all!