Nov. 14,15,17 & 21 Zone Conferences

We had quite the stellar month in October for baptisms.  We had 72 baptisms!  Three children in one family got sick the Saturday night before their confirmations on Sunday and were not able to be confirmed.  As far as statistics go, you count the ones who have been baptized and confirmed in that month so officially we had 69 baptisms.  But the mission was really on fire!  We celebrated at zone conferences with cake and ice cream.  And we talked about the people behind these numbers and how precious they are to the Lord.  We have a baptismal slide show at each zone conference highlighting those who have entered into the waters of baptism and letting each missionary see not only those who they baptized but other investigators they had been working with, and then got transferred, but who now are getting baptized.  It is always a wonderful and emotional part of zone conference for the missionaries.  This time, Sis. Robinson attached slides with all 69 names of the people who were baptized and confirmed at the end of the slide show to remind us that our work is about saving souls not about numbers or goals.

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Snowflake, Show Low and White Mountain zones

Snowflake, Show Low and White Mountain zones

Paradise Valley and Scottsdale Zones

Paradise Valley & Scottsdale Zones

PN & MA

Pinnacle & Maricopa zones

PHX & PHXE

Phoenix & Phoenix East zones

Oct. 30 New Missionary Arrivals

We received 14 new missionaries from the Provo MTC on Monday, Oct. 30.  The weather was about as perfect as it gets here in Scottsdale.  A light breeze but only about 80 degrees.  We had lunch on the back patio of the Mission Home and then went next door to the Mountain Shadows building for orientation and new missionary training meetings.  Love all 14 of these eager and faith filled young missionaries!

Arrival Group October 30

By late afternoon, the missionaries were ready to see who their new companion/trainer would be.  All but one was able to meet their new companion.  Elder Barlow met his new companion, Elder England the next up in the mountains.  They are all off to a great start.

After the companionshipss are assigned we have meal with everyone.  Sis. Dale cooked spaghetti for us tonight and Bro. Dale gave everyone a ‘bib’ to wear to keep their new missionary clothes clean, haha.   Then all went out with their new companions and proselyted for the rest of the evening.  It was a good day.