December 2014 Christmas Celebration Dinner and Temple Trip

Valley Zones - Phoenix, Biltmore and Scottsdale

Valley Zones – Phoenix, Biltmore and Scottsdale

Valley Zones - Maricopa, Papago, Pinnacle and Paradise Valley

Valley Zones – Maricopa, Papago, Pinnacle and Paradise Valley

Mountain Zones - Apache, Payson, Show Low and Snowflake

Mountain Zones – Apache, Payson, Show Low and Snowflake

 
All of the missionaries in the mission were invited to attend the temple in December as part of our year-end Christmas celebration. Because the mission is too spread out to go to one temple, we go to two!

On Wednesday, Dec. 17 we gathered all 80 of the missionaries in the Mountain Zones at the Temple View chapel in the Snowflake Stake for a delicious dinner of roast pork, mashed potatoes, green beans and chocolate Texas sheet cake prepared by the wonderful Snowflake Stake Relief Society Presidency. The luncheon featured a capella singing by the Luna Sister missionary trio – and was phenomenal! Afterwards, we went to the Snowflake Temple for an endowment session, sealings, baptisms and initiatory work. The missionaries LOVE the temple and how strengthening it is to their greater mission.

On Thursday, Dec. 18 we gathered 4 of the Valley zones and on Friday, Dec. 19 we gathered the remaining 3 Valley zones in the Inter-stake Center (a church facility built near the Mesa Temple to host family and stake activities) for another wonderful meal prepared by Elder and Sister Dale, our missionary service couple consisting of ham, funeral potatoes, buttered carrots, spinach salad with strawberries accompanied by cake and ice cream for dessert. We are indebted so much for Elder and Sister Dale’s service to the missionaries! Afterwards, we went to the Mesa Temple for a temple chapel session followed by an endowment session.

Many of the missionaries found names of their ancestors and brought them to the temple to perform saving ordinances for them.

We wish all of the parents of our missionaries a wonderful Christmas! We are thankful to each of you for supporting your son or daughter as a missionary. We appreciate the thoughtful cards sent to us by many of you. Both the cards and your missionaries are our true Christmas treasures!

President and Sister Sweeney

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