Monday, Aug. 20, we received 14 new missionaries into the AZ Scottsdale mission. Half came from the Provo MTC and half came from the Mexico MTC. We have one elder from the Mexico MTC who was ill and not able to come with the group. We expect to get him towards the end of the week. We brought them over to the Mission home/office to get acquainted and then fed them dinner over at the church next door. Sis. Robinson fed them smoked pulled pork sandwiches or they could put the pulled pork over a green salad, coleslaw, tortilla chips, carrots, grapes and brownies and ice cream for dessert. Pres. & Sis. Robinson introduced them to the mission through a power point presentation and also to their family through a power point. Then they did some training and answered questions. By 9:30pm, all missionaries went to their assigned sleeping accommodations for the night. We are excited to have them and look forward to getting to serve with them.
Tuesday morning, our new missionaries awake and rise at 6:30am, get some exercise in, shower and dress and then are treated to breakfast provided by Sis. Robinson at the mission home. Then we take a group photo and also individual photos to send home to family to let them know of their son or daughter’s safe arrival in Scottsdale. Then we all head over to the church meeting house next door to the mission home for interviews by the President, trainings, orientation, and lunch.
After President Robinson interviews each new missionary, he ponders and prays about who should be that new missionary’s companion/trainer. Then just before lunch, President Robinson has the new missionaries gather with the trainers and announces what the companionships will be. Its always a little exciting and a little nerve wracking as each new companionship is announced.
As is our usual, after trainings and orientation all the missionaries enjoy a delicious lunch provided by our senior missionary couples. New missionaries sit with their new companion/trainer and life long friendships begin. After lunch, Sis. Robinson does a training on technology in the mission field and the assistants do a training on what to expect from her new companion. Then Pres. Robinson wraps up the days training with some advice and encouragement. Afterward, driving tests are conducted and then its off to their first area they will serve in.