In reviewing this blog, I realized I never entered Elder Vagen coming to our mission. He arrived here from Norway!! He is deaf and is a convert to the church of about 2 years. He learned ASL which is a little different than Norwegian sign language. He has a tremendous testimony and loves serving as a missionary. His story of running into missionaries in Norway is a miracle. The ASL missionaries in Norway began teaching him ASL so they could communicate and teach him the gospel. He bore his testimony this last zone conference and we all felt we were int he presence of a spiritual giant. His companion is ASL and they serve in the ASL branch in Phoenix doing a tremendous job there. We are so grateful to have Elder Vagen with us!!
Sis. Romney, our mission office secretary finished her service as a senior missionary in the Scottsdale Mission on May 17, 2017. She had previously served a mission in Frankfurt, Germany 2012-2014. Then, she ‘applied’ to come serve as the mission secretary for then, Pres. Sweeney, whom she had known for several years. She arrived in the Scottsdale mission Dec. 2014. She continued to serve as secretary for Pres. Robinson when he took over the mission duties in July 2016. Sis. Romney (Bass) had been a widow for several years. While serving in the Scottsdale mission, Sis. Romney met and married her husband, David (a widower), in her home ward here in Scottsdale. They have been married for 9 mos now and are excited to do some traveling at the conclusion of Sis. Romney’s missionary service. The entire mission will miss Sis. Romney. She loved the missionaries and loves the Lord. She always had a big smile and sweet words to share with the missionaries when they came into the office. Her dedication and attention to detail in this mission was superb. We will all miss her very, very much.
Elder & Sis. Porter have been serving as our vehicle & bike coordinator and as referral, mail and baptism coordinator. Besides doing an outstanding job in all these areas, they have loved these missionaries like their own children. Many times, you could see Elder and Sis. Porter helping these missionaries figure out some of their future educational plans when their mission’s were coming to a close. Elder Porter always had his phone on him ready to go into action at any time of day or night if a missionary needed him. They too, will be greatly missed. Fortunately, they live in Mesa, and we hopefully will see them from time to time.
We held a going away gathering and luncheon for the Romneys and Porters with all our senior missionaries serving in the Scottsdale mission. The young missionaries who serve in the Scottsdale mission have had their lives richly blessed by these wonderful senior missionary couples. We will miss the Porters and Romneys at these gatherings.