It’s been a busy week in the Arizona Scottsdale Mission!
President and Sister Cox were able to meet all of the missionaries in both the valley and the mountains. The sisters and elders baptized several new members into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All of the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders met for Mission Leadership Council. The week was topped off by a potluck dinner for all of the Senior Missionaries.
President and Sister Cox presented a slideshow about themselves and their family and some of the training they received at the Missionary Training Center.
Baptisms are one of our favorite events. There is nothing more exciting than seeing someone enter the waters of baptism, make covenants and come unto Christ.
The missionaries sang Joseph Smith’s First Prayer in English, Mandarin and Cantonese at a Chinese Community Cultural Celebration on July 4th.
In addition to sharing delicious food, each of the missionaries shared something that they have learned on their mission and a habit or quality they have developed that they want to take home with them from the mission.
The senior missionaries threw a going away party for Pres. & Sis. Robinson. We met in the RS room next door at the church which is adjacent to the Mission Home/Office. We have enjoyed this church very much over the past 3 years. We have held many, many missionary related meetings over there. We will always have fond memories of gathering here at the Mountain Shadows building.
Sis. Lauritzen did a beautiful job organizing this gathering. Everyone brought food and helped with the decorations. We enjoyed ham, cheesy scalloped potatoes, salad, fruit and strawberry shortcake. Pres. & Sis. Robinson had each table work as a group to answer one of the following questions:
How has the gospel of Jesus Christ helped strengthen your faith in Heavenly Father’s plan during times of trial and adversity?
How has your faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement increased through your study of the Book of Mormon? Identify ways you have studied the Book of Mormon to learn more about Jesus Christ.
What have you learned from the ‘Come, Follow Me’ curriculum? What are some effective ways you have used Come, Follow Me as a couple and/or as a family?
Under President Russell M. Nelson’s leadership, the church has experienced many changes. Identify the recent changes in the past year and a half and share how one or two of these changes has increased your faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement.
We all learned together how we can increase our faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement. We had Elder & Sis. Dimond introduce themselves and tell us a little bit about their family. They are from Wendall, ID. They both served missions when they were younger. They have a large and a firm testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. They currently serve in the Papago ward among the native American Indians.
Pres. & Sis. Robinson received some lovely gifts and cards. They also received a flashdrive that had over 200 messages from missionaries who have served in the AZ Scottsdale mission expressing what they have learned on their missions and the love they have for Pres. & Sis. Robinson. The assistants and Elder Lauritzen had worked on this project for many weeks gathering missionary’s videos. Pres. & Sis. Robinson were completely surprised and overwhelmed. Thank you to all who helped with this last gathering for Pres. & Sis. Robinson. We love you!!
We held our last zone conferences with Pres. & Sis. Robinson. Pres. & Sis. Cox will begin presiding over the Arizona Scottsdale Mission this June 29, 2019. They are excited to come and work with these incredible young missionaries.
Our last zone conference was focused on the Savior and improving our missionary skills to share this great message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Sis. Robinson provided a training based on a talk by Elder Lawrence E. Corbridge “Stand Forever”. She also included a talk by Pres. Dallin H. Oaks “Be Not Deceived”. As we face questions and sometimes opposition to our great message of the restored gospel, we need to remember to always turn people back to Christ and His teachings. As we strengthen our own testimonies of the Savior and His Atonement we will become better instruments in teaching by the Spirit and of staying focused on the blessings of the gospel. “Stand Forever” is an excellent talk and we would encourage all who read this blog to look it up and ponder Elder Corbridge’s message. A statement/question is posed – “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will stand forever. But will you? And if you go, where will you go?” There was much good discussion that went on with this training.
Pres. Robinson taught again, the importance of understanding the foundation of the Plan of Salvation – The creation, the Fall, and the Atonement. He invited the missionaries to prepare for his training by reading Pres. Nelson’s talk “The Atonement” Oct. 1996 and sections in Preach My Gospel having to do with The Atonement of Jesus Christ, The Creation and Agency and the Fall of Adam and Eve. When we understand the Doctrine of Christ, we access those blessings of the Atonement into our lives.
The assistants trained on “Unraveling the ‘No'”. We broke into groups and role played set scenarios to help us improve our understanding of people we are teaching and their concerns which might prevent them from getting baptized. Very effective.
At the conclusion, each individual zones gathered and were participated in trainings conducted by Zone Leaders and Sister Training leaders.
Of course, we had a delicious lunch in between and enjoyed each other’s company very much. Pres. & Sis. Robinson purchased an Arizona State Flag and took pictures in front of it with each individual missionary.
We will miss working with your children!!! What a special and humbling experience this has been. We are connected with all the missionaries who have served in this mission from July 2016 – June 2019. We will continue to pray for them and all missionaries who serve throughout the world that we might increase our faith and understanding in Jesus Christ and His Atonement as we strive to serve our Heavenly Father’s children throughout the rest of our lives. It has been an honor and privilege to work with such outstanding young men and women. We will never forget it!!
That time came for 5 Scottsdale missionaries who have completed their mission to leave for their homes. We have enjoyed these five and watched them grow in the gospel and mature in their testimonies. From left to right: Elder Ulrich, Elder Dorius back row and Sis. Thompson, Sis. Childs and Sis. Galicia in the front row. We are so proud of them and know they will continue to accomplish great things!
We welcomed 11 new missionaries to the Arizona Scottsdale Mission. The weather was a little warm but not too bad. They all arrived happy, healthy and ready to go to work. After greetings and hugs we gathered their luggage and headed back to the Mission Home. We unloaded the luggage into the Mission Home garage and then took pictures with Pres. & Sis. Robinson. These new missionaries were so excited to be here! We fed them lunch over at the church and then began a full afternoon of orientation, trainings, and then meeting their new companion/trainer.
We ended the day with dinner, introduction to the Robinsons, a little scripture study and then off to their new areas if in the valley or to the mission home to spend the night. The next day those missionaries who were assigned to the mountains left for their areas by 8:30am. We are so excited to have such wonderful young men and women who have chosen to serve the Lord in the Arizona Scottsdale Mission.
Sorry, this is late and out of order. Elder & Sis. Dimond joined our mission May 6, 2019. We are so thankful to have them. They will be working on one of the Native American Reservations. We know they will be a huge help to the Papago Ward. Welcome Dimonds!!
We decided to do zone conferences a little different this transfer. We had each individual zone meet with Pres. & Sis. Robinson either in the morning or in the afternoon over the course of 4 days. In between, we had lunch with the 2 zones meeting that day with us. We introduced the missionaries to Pres. & Sis. Cox, via a video they made introducing themselves. Pres. & Sis. Cox will be take over presiding over the AZ Scottsdale Mission July 1, 2019. They are so excited to come!! So we thought it would be a good idea for the missionaries to see and hear their new Mission Pres. & Wife. Then Sis. Robinson trained on “The Plan Of Happiness & Our Mortal Discipleship”. She then went on to train on the 3 A’s of mortality- Adversity, Agency and Attitude. The missionaries were given a pre-read of Elder Bruce R. McConkie’s talk “Agency or Inspiration – Which is it?”. Excellent talk and the missionaries learned so much about receiving revelation and using our agency. We wish all parents could be with us in these zone conferences to hear the discussions which go on with your children. These missionaries are so eager to learn and come prepared to learn. It is one of the great privileges Pres and I get to do – interact with the best young adults in the world and learn together how we can better increase our discipleship to Christ and our Heavenly Father. Then President Robinson trained on “Discipleship, Education and Family”. He compared this to a 3-legged stool. We need all 3 of these elements as we strive to have balance and increase our faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement as we journey on the covenant path. After our trainings, we set aside 30-40 minutes for the missionaries to ask Pres. & Sis. Robinson questions. We are so impressed with your children and depth of maturity they exhibit. We love them!!! We will miss working with these valiant souls for sure. Pres. & Sis. Cox are coming to the best mission in the world!!