Show Low Arizona is a long way from everywhere! That’s why people go there. It’s the “go-to” place for beating the summer Phoenix heat, but in the winter, the summer crowds of tourists are gone and the 15,000 residents are pretty much left to themselves (at 6,300 feet in elevation, it gets its fair share of winter weather!).
The Church has a large presence there – 2 growing stakes with dynamic Bishops and Stake Presidents for both. And, it has an over-sized contingent of missionaries! Between the 2 stakes, the Mission has 20 missionaries and 2 senior couples. Four of those missionaries are Sisters – living in a single apartment – working with 4 wards.
That brings us to transfers. The transfer process is a spiritual process. Explaining it is as difficult as describing what salt tastes like. But this much is clear – the Lord has a plan for each missionary who serves and He gives detailed revelation on who is to go where, and who their companion should be. When the transfer board is done, there is a “settled” feeling about it. As if a great masterpiece finally is done – at least for the night.
And so it was that 4 Sisters, from 4 different parts of the world ended up in Show Low. All different, but all united in sharing the gospel. Japan, Tahiti, Florida and Montana – so diverse, yet so unified.
“For it shall come to pass in that day, that every man shall hear the fulness of the gospel in his own tongue, and in his own language, through those who are ordained unto this power…” (D&C 90:11)
It’s a modern-day miracle!