September Transfers

As you know we had a transfer meeting earlier this September that went very well. We brought in a lot of new missionaries and rearranged some zone and district boundaries. We’re very excited for this transfer and for all the hard work these great missionaries are doing. Here are a few photos taken throughout the day at the transfer meeting so you can get a taste of what it is like.

Photos taken by Elders Kirk and Clark

New Elder and Sister Visa Waiters – This is a Day of Miracles!

L to R, Top to Bottom: Elder Molinaro, Elder Maguet, Sister Fairbanks, Sister Healy, Sister Harrast and Sister Thompson

Our Visa Waiter Elders and Sisters add great strength to the Arizona Scottsdale Mission. They serve with distinction and they serve throughout the mission helping us hasten the work of the Lord. Elder Maguet is up in Ft. Apache – on the Apache Indian Reservation in White River AZ. He is large in stature – which we hope helps the work there. Elder Molinaro is valiantly serving in the heart of downtown Phoenix and doing a great job there.

But, it is the 4 VW Sisters whose story I’ll tell. Seems two of these VW Sisters on day 2 of their missions here in Scottsdale – were looking up less active members for a visit (many of the Sister Visa Waiters do “rescue” work). Because they were new, it was only 11:30 am, and they were already hot and thirsty. You see, they had forgotten their most important accessory – a water bottle! No one was home at the less active member’s apartment, but hearing music coming from the apartment next door, they walked over and knocked. The woman that answered invited them in for water and a chat. Seems she knew several members of the Church, had already read the Book of Mormon and was (in her words) “just waiting to find out how to be baptized”.

It doesn’t always happen this easy, but sometimes it does. I can see the email to Mom and Dad that followed…Here exactly 2 days and we’ve already found a golden contact! By the way, this story is 2 weeks old and the contact is set for baptism on 9/21. Arizona Scottsdale – Where Miracles Happen!

Arizona Scottsdale Mission Welcomes 23 New Missionaries!

Sep 3, 2013 Arriving Group

It is now transfer day + 5 and every missionary is now safely with a companion and doing the Lord’s work!

July transfers were only 3 weeks after the office opened with new staff – and to say there were some glitches would be extraordinarily charitable.  For example, vehicles came into the mission with one driver and left with another driver – and no one in the office knew of the switch.  For a couple of days, we weren’t sure who had the vehicles!

This time, we were ready!  Lots better organization (Elder Wood – a skilled bike repairer even repaired bikes all day), we brought in some senior missionary couples (Elder and Sister McBride, Elder and Sister Holmes, Elder and Sister Baker) who helped with everything from taking pictures to giving driving tests, and we added some canopied areas outside the mission office that offered shade and a place to gather.  The mission office is only 1200 square feet or so and it can be tight with 120+ missionaries gathered.

Plus, we changed the first-time proselyting experience for the new missionaries and they went out 2 x 2 to Scottsdale parks, downtown, Old Town Scottsdale, and a Spanish apartment complex area called simply “the square”.  The missionaries did wonderfully well and gained much-needed confidence that they can do missionary work.

By Tuesday at 4 pm, all 23 were on their way to places like Eagar, Taylor, Mesa and Pinnacle Peak.   They are a fantastic group!  We love them all!

L to R, F to R:  Sister Yates, Sister Pumphrey, Sister Holman, Sister Watkins, Sister Hogenson, Sister Christensen, Sister Sweeney, President Sweeney, Sister Faw, Sister Wheelwright, Sister Evans, Sister Roberts, Sister Cole, Sister Crowther; 2nd Row: Elder McBride, Sister McBride, Elder Myers, Elder Tarrazas, Elder Linn, Elder Simpson, Elder Blankenship, Elder Lakatani, Elder Stevenson, Elder Merkley, Elder Orr, Elder Millis

The Bike Light – Sisters Style

Sisters Holyoak and Tillman

As “the wave” continues, the mission is moving towards more bikes! Even Sisters on bikes! Of course, the PR for the Church when two modestly (and colorfully) dressed Sisters on bikes roll by is tremendous. People are drawn towards them due to the spirit they project. What we didn’t anticipate was that Sisters like different bike accessories than Elders. Elders go for the spartan look. Speed is the priority. Sisters go more to comfort and carrying capacity — which includes baskets.

The picture shows a Sisters bike with a basket on the front. When we got a call from the Sister who used this bike saying her front headlamp did not project much light, we were confused. Lots of Elders used the same light and we had no complaints. So, we had her send us a picture of the bike. Then we noted the issue. Note the direction the handlebar light is pointed. Yep, almost vertical because of hittting the basket. No wonder!

Now we have most Sisters using helmet mounted headlamps – problem solved!Image

Getting to know the Mission Office/Home

Well, the mission just added 24 more missionaries! It is an exciting time to be in the Arizona, Scottsdale mission. To help the parents of current missionaries, along with future missionaries, we made this gallery to help everyone to get to know the mission home a little better. On the gallery there’s a picture of the mission home, the mission office, and the beautiful garden out back.

September 2013 Departure — Elder Dockstader & Friends –

Tonight, Elder Dockstader – one of our stalwart former Tempe Mission Elders had his farewell dinner at the mission home.  Joining him were 3 other Elders – Elder Blake (his companion) and Elder Livermore and Elder Tarr (his Zone Leaders).  It was a great evening of food, stories and testimonies.  Here are the Elders in a more serious moment….(JK).  From L to R, Elder Blake, Elder Dockstader, Elder Livermore, Elder Tarr.



September 2013 Departures – Hermana Reed

We are a young mission with few returning missionaries.  In fact, Sister Reed was the only missionary going home this particular week (Elder Dockstader followed a week later).  The departure dinner for Hermana Reed was held with her companion (Sister Mortensen), one of her investigator families and a couple of the convert baptisms she taught.  The convert just to her right called her from his cell phone just before his scheduled baptism – in fact – in the parking lot of the Church – and told her he was 100 miles away, in Mexico.  That caused her heart to pound — until he walked in to the Chapel ready to be baptized.  A little missionary humor!

L to R:  Sister Sweeney, President Sweeney, Familia Damien and Juana, Hermana Reed, Convert # 1, Hermana Mortensen, Convert #1’s Friend