The Arizona Scottsdale Mission welcomed 4 new Elders this transfer – with our arriving ASL Elder, Elder Gubler physically arriving on 5.9.2016, a week after the other Elders as the ASL transfer cycle is a week behind the mission’s transfer schedule.
These Elders arrived enthusiastic and ready to go to work! And that is just what happened. After greeting them at the airport, we headed to the Mesa Temple Visitors Center where we got acquainted with the various displays and focused on “beginning with the end in mind” with investigators and returning less actives. The smaller group meant we had time for pictures and a testimony meeting where each of the young men was able to tell their story of how they got on a mission and their hobbies and interests.
After the Temple Visitors Center visit, the Elders received a warm welcome from the ASM office staff and were oriented by the office secretary, housing coordinator, vehicle coordinator, referral secretary and financial secretary. By then it was time to get ready for their first time contacting in various parts of Scottsdale and Phoenix – where they were joined by some experienced missionaries to help them get started on “talking to people everywhere they go.”
After the hour long contacting session, they returned for a Cafe Rio dinner prepared by Sister Sweeney – and a chance to talk about their learning experiences from Day 1 and have brief interviews with Pres. Sweeney welcoming them to the mission and letting this added knowledge weigh into the new companion decision.
Day 2 dawned with some physical exercise in the chapel next to the mission home including some rigorous PE led by Pres. Sweeney and some basketball! Breakfast was next featuring eggs, bacon, and pancakes with buttermilk syrup – and lots of OJ. At 8:00 am they convened under the direction of Elder Porter, the vehicle coordinator, for vehicle safety training. At 9:30 they joined their trainers for some joint training on how to be a good trainer and a good trainee – and by 11:00 am they were ready to be matched with their first companions.
Lunch was Hawaiian haystacks – with all the trimmings – followed by driving tests (they all passed) and a trip to Wal-Mart to buy bed linens – and they were out the door to their first areas by dinner. A good start to a great mission ahead!