The ASM received a mighty group of missionaries on Monday, August 4th. Coming in were 25 new missionaries (22 Elders and 3 Sisters) all ready to respond to their call to serve! (the influx of Elders seems designed to rebalance our missionary force to the 65/35 ratio the Missionary Department strives to maintain between Elders and Sisters)
The group features 8 Spanish speaking missionaries – including Sister Penalba who is from Panama and is on a 2 transfer assignment to the mission. The missionaries joined the mission on a typical early August day where the high reached 102 – but we let them shed their coats during the afternoon while they went contacting in various parts of Scottsdale joined by experienced missionaries.
Dinner was held on the patio of the mission home – with the misters on – making it a comfortable night for taco salad courtesy of Elder and Sister Dale who serve as housing coordinators and cooks for our large missionary meals. Delicious as always!
Each incoming group has a personality. The word for the August 2014 group: dedicated and confident. Yes, that is two words, but they earned them both with their preparation before their missions and their zeal to do the Lord’s work today. Great things lie ahead!