Sis. Brown actually arrived a couple of weeks ago but we had her join in on this new group of missionaries to go through the formal training.
We welcomed these 9 fine young men and women as our newest missionaries to the AZ Scottsdale mission. Elder Houghton, whose picture is on the top left corner, flew from the Mexico MTC into the Phoenix airport. Due to weather conditions, his plane was delayed from leaving Mexico City and therefore he missed his connecting flight in Denver, CO. Fortunately, Elder Houghton is a seasoned flyer for his young age, and knew what to do when he finally arrived in Denver. He was suppose to fly into Phoenix at 2pm but did not arrive at the mission home until 9:30pm! Even after a long day, though, he was all smiles and excited to get to work. What a trooper.
After a day of training and eating meals, our newest missionaries met their companions, or at least most of them met their new companions. We didn’t have Elder Houghton here yet, and Sis. Hanson and Sis. Palmer were assigned to serve in the mountains and the next day they traveled to the mountains where they met their new sister companion. We look forward to getting to know these new missionaries in the coming months. We can already tell that these new missionaries are going to be incredible instruments in the Lord’s hands.