June is our Mission mid-year and President and Sister Sweeney join all of our missionaries for a temple trip to either the Mesa or Snowflake Temple. The missionaries are always excited to go – and none are more excited than those who have researched and found a name of an ancestor to take through the temple. All of our missionaries become proficient in using Family Search and in helping others to find a name of a deceased ancestor. Twice a year they get to do baptisms, initiatory, and endowments for the names they’ve found.
On Wednesday, June 10th, the 65 missionaries in the Snowflake, Show Low and Apache zones – which includes all of our mission’s mountain areas except Payson – joined together at the Temple View Chapel in Snowflake for a great lunch provided by the Snowflake Stake Relief Society Presidency. The food was delicious – and the Luna Sisters sang Count Your Many Blessings to a ukulele rhythm as a thank you song for the cooks. The temple session was wonderful with missionaries baptizing over 200 names and performing over 50 endowments.
On Thursday, June 11th, the 125 missionaries in the Valley Zones met at the Mesa Temple for a morning and an afternoon temple session with half of the missionaries in each. The groups met for lunch of taco salad prepared by Elder and Sister Dale, our service missionaries who do wonderful work preparing meals for our large gatherings. Again, many missionaries were at the temple early to do baptisms and initiatory work for their family file names. It’s so exciting to find those names and do all of the ordinance work in a single day.
We loved being with them! They are true Saviors on Mt Zion!