We are delighted to welcome 17 new Elders and Sisters to the Mission!
Arising by 3:30 a.m., this group of 16 from the Provo MTC and 1 from the Mexico City MTC arrived at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix at 10:15 on Monday, Feb. 17. They looked marvelous! President and Sister Sweeney were joined by Elder Tarr and Elder Wilson, the Assistants, in greeting the new arrivals. First stop after baggage claim was the Mesa Temple Visitors Center where they toured the VC, got to know the new VC directors (Elder and Sister Cameron), and took individual and group pictures under the trees adjacent to the temple. It was cool (in the 60s) but the sun shown brightly all day. After a 15 minute trip to the mission office, the group enjoyed lunch cooked by Elder and Sister Dale followed by interviews with President Sweeney and orientation from the Mission Office staff (Elder and Sister McConkie, Elder and Sister Williams, Elder Morgan and Elder Dale).
Then it was off for some “Proselyting 101” at various places around Scottsdale. The entire group performed wonderfully, placing multiple copies of the Book of Mormon and getting referrals for other missionaries. After dinner and a brief fireside to discuss the day’s learnings, the missionaries were ready for bed.
Tuesday began with exercises and breakfast of waffles, eggs and bacon prepared by President and Sister Sweeney. The new missionaries joined in various trainings until noon when their companions were introduced to them for the first time. This group is READY! They have maturity, desire and humility!