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.
Snowflake, Show Low and White Mountain zones
Paradise Valley & Scottsdale Zones
Pinnacle & Maricopa zones
Phoenix & Phoenix East zones
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!
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.
E. Barlow met his comp E. England the next up in the mountains
Sis. Baker & S. Palmer
E. Graham & E. Johnson
E. Ludiker & E. Ririe
Sis. Larson & S. Prellwitz
S. Fairborne & S. Foist
S. Eldridge & S. Tuttle
E. Denos & E. Macy
S. Daley & S. White
S. Chandler & S. Sanchez
E Burt & E Poll
E Bess and E Gurley
E. Barson & E. Roberts
E. Brimhall & E. Jones
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.
Sis. Kenney and the bikes.
We had another great month of zone conferences with all the missionaries in the mission. See if you can find your missionary in the pictures. At zone conference we introduced another resource to our online proselyting efforts – Facebook, and Messenger. We have already been using our tablet devices utilizing the ability to show videos such as mormon messages and the mormon belief videos in lessons and in contacting. We now have expanded in being able to message investigators, teach lessons over skype or through video messaging, posting uplifting and inspiring messages on Facebook, creating invites to baptisms and posting on Facebook, and other missionary purpose driven ideas online. The missionaries will use their existing facebook accounts or if they do not currently have a facebook account they will create one. They will put a current picture of themselves as a missionary on their profile signifying to all that they are serving as a full time missionary. We have invited the missionaries to update their facebook page to reflect their missionary intent to invite all to come unto Christ and to go online with the soul purpose of moving the work of the Lord forward. They will continue to email family and friends on p-day. Please help the missionaries to be focused on their missionary purpose as they use these online tools by not tagging them in pictures and striking up conversations with them online. The missionaries are encouraged to become facebook friends with their investigators and recent converts. In order to help them remain focused on the work, they may ‘unfollow’ many family and friends to avoid having their news feed cluttered with pictures and posts from back home. Its an exciting time to be a missionary in the AZ Scottsdale Mission.
Paradise Valley & Scottsdale Zones
Pinnacle & Maricopa Zones
Phoenix & Pnoenix East Zones
Snowflake, Show Low, & White Mtn. zones
Transfers are always a bittersweet time for us. Always fun and exciting to welcome new missionaries into the field. But the next day we say good-bye to those missionaries who have completed their missionary service. We grow attached to these young elders and sisters. But life must go on and at some point they must return back home to their families and continue on in going about doing good. For this time, we said good-bye to 8 wonderful Elders who have served the Lord with dedication and devotion to His gospel. Fine young men. We will miss seeing them and interacting with them.
Elders Bay, Motz, Blue, Walquist, Mangus, Grimes, Wallin, Bebee
All the Zone Leaders and Sister Training leaders in our mission came together on Elder Wilson’s last day here to receive training on our Vision, Goals and Plans for this mission and how to be more effective leaders.
Part of Elder Wilson’s counsel on using the Book of Mormon more effectively in missionary work, was to encourage the missionaries to give ‘trailers’ of what is coming up next in reading the Book of Mormon with our investigators. This way, it gives our investigators something to look forward to in reading the Book of Mormon. So Elder Wilson divided up the missionaries in groups of about 10 and gave them time to come up with a trailer for 1Ne. 1-3. Then he had 3-4 groups perform them for all of us. The groups who did not perform this day were assigned to perform their trailer at district meetings. It was really fun to see what the various groups came up with including props they found around the building in creating their trailer. All had a good time and it was wonderful to see how the Book of Mormon can come alive with limited costumes and props! Are you able to tell who was Lehi, Nephi, Sam, Laman, Lemuel, Laban, Sariah, etc?