The Arizona Scottsdale Mission welcomed 13 new missionaries on a bright Monday morning in late October – with temperatures finally pleasant all day! Five of the missionaries arrived from Mexico City with the other 8 arriving from the Provo MTC – except for Sister Jesse who arrived from the Temple Square mission in Salt Lake City for her two-transfer mission.
The Elders and Sisters were taken to the Mesa Temple Visitors Center for a guided tour led by Elder and Sister Cameron, Visitor’s Center director and companion. They learned how to use the VC in their proselyting efforts – and the VC will be prominently in the minds of the missionaries as Temple Lights comes on line the day after Thanksgiving.
After group and individual pictures, the 5 Sisters and 8 Elders held a brief testimony meeting at the VC, then came back to the mission office for lunch and a well-deserved nap. Later they were oriented and then left for the highlight of the day – first time contacting in and around Phoenix and Scottsdale. They were one of our top-performing groups with each companionship having success in placing Books of Mormon or getting appointments to teach. Dinner was served at 6:30 pm and after a final meeting to review what they had learned by contacting, these Elders and Sisters were ready for a good night’s rest.
Bright and early Tuesday morning, the Elders joined Pres. Sweeney in the back yard of the mission home for a workout! They were joined by the Scottsdale Zone Leaders, Elders DeBruin and Stevenson. We believe in exercising in this mission – and the Mission President leads by example! Breakfast was breakfast burritos, smoothies and lots of milk and OJ. After a driver training written test (they all passed), it was time for the transfer meeting where they were introduced to their new companions.
This group is quiet dedication personified! We love them already!