This is late getting posted but in April we had to say goodbye to Elder & Sis. Jex. We held a going away get together over at the Mission Home. This is the Jex second mission they have served in the last 5 years. We will miss them very much.
They have served faithfully an 18 month mission in the Scottsdale mission where they mostly worked with the Native Americans on the reservation up in Cibecue. They were much loved by the members up there in that branch. Following are pictures of a branch activity put on the by the Jex and the elders. Pres. Spencer W. Kimball loved the Native Americans in this area and was the one who had this chapel built and later came and dedicated it. Pres. & Sis. Robinson were invited to their branch activity on March 17 where we enjoyed enchiladas, salad and mingling with the Cibecue branch members. Beautiful and humble people.
Elder Jex with Pres. Robinson
Sis. Jex with Elder Huerra & Elder Edwards
Chapel/all purpose room
Greeting the members
Elder Kunz, Elder Edwards, Sis & Pres. Robinson, Elder Huerra and Elder Moody
We held our zone conferences with the three zones up in our mountain area of the mission on 4-25-17. We have between 50-56 missionaries who serve in an area which covers about 200-300 square miles up in the Heber, Snowflake, Show Low, White Mountain and Eager areas. They are very dedicated and love to serve in this beautiful environment.
We always conclude all our zone conferences with a wonderful lunch prepared by different Stake RS sisters. Pictured is Sis. Seaman, the Stake RS Pres., from the Show Low Stake with her helpers (including her wonderful husband). We are spoiled by the love and attention we are given at these lunches.
Can you spot your missionary?
Maricopa and Pinnacle Zones
Paradise Valley & Scottsdale Zones
One of the Mesa stakes held a Wilderness MTC with all their laurels and priests in their stake. Pres. Robinson, Sisters Manarangi, Cahoon, West and Elders Bean & Jenkins all went up to the mountains to talk about what it is like to serve a mission. The trip up was a little scary since the road was on the side of a mountain and very, very bumpy. But the youth loved interacting with these fine missionaries and listening to their testimonies of Christ. Beautiful day to be up in the mountains too.
Four of our outstanding missionaries, Elder Tuckett, Elder O’Brian, Elder Watson and Sis. Johnannessen completed their missions with honor left for home. Always hard to say goodbye to our fellow missionaries.
Elder Tuckett, Elder O’Brien, Elder Watson, Sis. Johannessen
Finally get to pick the fruit.
We received 7 fine new missionaries on a beautiful day in April. We told them they arrived on one of the most perfect weather days ever.
After a lunch and then orientation the new missionaries met their companions. Always exciting and nervous at the same time. Then we ended the day with dinner and then off to their assigned areas of labor. Another successful transfer!
Elder Cedeno & Elder Meeks
Sis. Valentine & Sis. Pratt
Sis. Paul & Sis. Tuttle
Sis. Ames & sis. Prellwitz
Sis. Gulley & Sis. Hopkins
Sis. Lawrence & Sis. Hancock
Elder Ferrin & Elder Young
On P-days, the missionaries take care of doing laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning their apartments, getting haircuts, emailing and other personal activities. In addition, they may engage in extra-curricular activities such as hiking. President Robinson has always loved hiking with his children and friends. Here in Arizona, there are plenty of hiking trails to enjoy. One favorite hiking experience around here, is hiking Camelback mountain. Whenever he can, President enjoys hiking with the missionaries. Often times there are great missionary related opportunities as they encounter a wide variety of people hiking along these trails. As you can see in these pictures, the missionaries wear their badges even when hiking!