On a cool December afternoon, the Arizona Scottsdale Mission welcomed it’s latest arrivals – 9 talented new Elders and Sisters including 2 ASL Elders and Sisters from Japan and the Philippines. With snowstorms making the trip from the MTC via Frontrunner and Trax dicey at best, the SLC departing flight was delayed 90 minutes before heading to Phoenix – BUT at least it got off!
Upon arrival, the missionaries gathered their belongings and loaded the mission trailer with luggage and headed for lunch at the mission home. While eating build-your-own subs (prepped by Elder and Sister Jex), the Elders and Sisters were oriented by the office staff – Sister Bass , Elder Dale, Elder and Sister Porter, and Elder Morgan. Then it was off to contact in Scottsdale and Phoenix until dusk. It’s quite an amazing thing for newly arrived Elders and Sisters to do their first contacting – and discover what Elder Boyd K. Packer teaches “a testimony is found in the bearing of it.” No matter whether they have success in placing a Book of Mormon or placing a Mesa Christmas lights card – or even making a return appointment, simply opening their mouths brings blessings to the testifying missionary.
by 6:30 all had returned from the contacting to the Mission Home for dinner of Cafe Rio chicken tortilla soup with all the fixings – a perfect warm up for the chilly night air. Eight of the 9 arriving missionaries then packed into the van for a trip to the Mesa Temple Visitors Center and the temple lights. They joined hundreds of people in the Visitors Center where they saw various displays (nativities) and got introduced to the movies and booths that are available to them while they serve on their missions. Sister Zabariza – after travelling for 24 hours from the Philippines – to Japan, then Seattle, the Phoenix – was sent straight to bed with Elder and Sister Jex as her chaperons.
Tuesday, Dec 15th dawned early – 6:00 am where the 7 arriving Elder joined Pres. Sweeney for a workout in the gym of the next door chapel. Each missionary was asked to think of an exercise that could be done indoors – with no special equipment – but would build muscles or give aerobic benefits. They were extremely inventive – and Pres. Sweeney had sore muscles for several days! After breakfast of eggs, sausage, and pancakes with buttermilk syrup – they were ready to be given driver training followed by instruction on how to be effective as trainers and trainees. By 11:00 am, it was time to introduce the new missionaries to their trainers – then lunch, a drivers test then off to their new areas. Several needed some warmer clothes before they left the valley and headed to the mountains where there has already been substantial snowfall this year.
This is a great group of new missionaries! We’re pleased to have them serve the equally great members and nonmembers that reside in the Arizona Scottsdale Mission!