Tucson Spanish & Sierra Vista Zone Conference Sep 2017

Zone Conferences are a great time for training and learning together as zones. Plus, we have a lot of fun being around each other.

Here are some of the pictures.

The Sisters/Hermanas took advantage of my phone. This is one of MANY group and individual selfies. I just love these happy faces.

Tucson Spanish & Sierra Vista Zones

We taught about the new blessing and tool in our mission….social media. The ATM is now an online proselyting mission. What is that? With MP authorization, a missionary can use FaceBook Messenger, Skype, and some other tools to get in contact with, teach and communicate with those who may be interested in the gospel. It has been amazing and a lot of good is coming of these wonderful technologies.

Here the Assistants are demonstrating how to use Messenger and Video Chat to teach and keep in contact with people that are extremely busy or prefer to use FB or Messenger.

Now for some post Zone Conference pictures.

(My favorite pictures….you get a sense of their personalities.)

This special couple is Elder and Hermana Jones. They regretfully are leaving us next month. (How dare they.)

Dear Jones’, you are an example of being anxiously engaged in missionary work. No matter where you two are, you are always looking for people to share the gospel with. And Hermana Jones, you make the yummiest Mexican food ever. Me gusta!! We are going to miss you terribly. We love you!

The Tucson Spanish Zone.  We are missing Elder Jones though….

(Sorry, that curtain was not shut all the way. That will bother me forever.)

Oh the fun drama of these missionaries….yagottaluvit!

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M.L.C.-September 2017

Missionary Leadership Council was here again. A time when the Zone Leaders and Sister Trainer Leaders meet together with President and Sister Browning to be trained, show the successes of the month and then to plan and move the work further for the next month.

It’s mostly an all day meeting/training but it is very enjoyable and worthwhile day.  Especially when they pose for photos like this at lunch time.

Some of the teachings of President Browning on the chalk board. Can you tell the principles taught here?

We are always amazed at how quick these missionaries can strike such silly and creative poses!

We are so blessed by all of their leadership and dedication to the Lord and missionary work here in the ATM.

(Sorry…not all the Zone Leaders and Sister Trainer Leaders were photographed.)

Transfer Week for August 2017

Transfer weeks (which translate into Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) are full to the brim with ATM activity. We get in brand new missionaries from the MTC, we assign new trainers, we transfer some missionaries and have the departing missionaries leave for home. It is a thorough “mixing” of the mission every 6 weeks.

Here are some photos of our transfer week for August 2017, starting on August 21 (the day of the eclipse mind you) and going through August 23 when the departing missionaries boarded planes and flew home.

First off, the group of 19 missionaries fresh from the MTC came off the plane all smiles and excited to finally be in their mission!

Next we took photos with each of our new missionaries by Tuscon’s amazing Saguaro cactus. This was also the same time as the eclipse and it was a bit hazy and cooler. What a memory for these amazing missionaries!

Here is a group photo minus one Elder that had not yet arrived from the Mexico MTC.

We had them grab their luggage (their life for the next 18-24 months) head for the van and trailer to load up and head to Tucson. Our wonderful AP’s also helped the large group. (They are the ones without suit coats.)

In keeping with the ATM tradition, we drove our new missionaries to the center of Tucson and President Browning lead them up the street to the Mormon Battalion Monument. (We also ran up the street as an ATM tradition of hastening the work in our mission but we didn’t get those pictures…we were running along with them!) Aren’t they a sharp and unique looking group of young adults!!

The rest of the afternoon was spent being trained and interviewed by President Browning, Sister Browning and Sister Pershing (the mission nurse). It was a lot of information to take in, and they were extremely tired from being up since 3:00 am. We fed them at the mission home for dinner and had a special testimony meeting right after. We are so excited to have them all here!!

Next day, they all had more training (yippee!) and they met their most important companion, their TRAINERS!

(Sorry, by the time the camera came out, some of them had already left so we didn’t get all the new companionships.)

Now to our wonderful, seasoned and experienced missionaries. How we love them and hate to see them go!

They spent the first of the day in the Tucson temple, the very first group of ATM departing missionaries to attend the newly opened temple on their last day of their mission. (Before the Tucson temple opened, the missionaries had to drive two and a half hours one way to the Gilbert temple. Not any more!!)  Look at that gorgeous blue dome!!

After the temple and exit interviews with President Browning, we had a dinner at the mission home, testimonies (my favorite thing in the world) and our sweet final embraces that were filled with tears.

Thank you parents for raising such beautiful and righteous children. Thank you for lending them to the Lord and the ATM mission for these past 18-24 months. They have BECOME such powerful and refined missionaries and amazing master teachers. How the Savior loves them! In our eyes, they are just about perfect.

 

And now, early on departure day, we head to the airport with missionaries, bags, memories, and stronger testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We hate to see them go because WE have grown so attached to them and love them so dearly. But they must “depart”, go home to their patiently waiting families, and start the rest of their lives. May they always be faithful and diligent in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We know they will do GREAT things!

God be with you, ATM missionaries, until we meet again!

Zone Conferences August 2017

We made it through our first set of Zone Conferences in August. They were wonderful! We enjoyed seeing everyone and having the Spirit there in great abundance in all of the trainings. I know everyone learned so much.

Southeast Zone

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They love their silly poses.

Central Zone

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And yes, that is an Elder in the front doing the splits.

New Mexico Zone

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Both Gila Valley and New Mexico Zones

Gila Valley Zone

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Sierra Vista Zone

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July 2017 Blog Posts

I didn’t have the time to get the ATM Blog created and going before we came to Arizona or during the first month we were here (just a bit crazy busy). However, I did post a few times to our family blog about that first month.

Here are the links to those posts so you can see what happened July 2017 in the ATM and bit of background of President & Sister Browning.

Here we go!! Arizona Tucson Mission

Trip to Tucson

First Week in the A.T.M.

Week 2: Transfer Week Craziness

Welcome to the ATM Blog

This is the post excerpt.

Welcome!  It’s taken a bit of time to get this up and running, but we now have an official ATM Blog!!

We are the Arizona Tucson Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We have around 165-175 full time missionaries that volunteer their time and resources to come to the southeast Arizona areas and southwest New Mexico areas to teach others about Christ and His gospel.

The goal of this blog is to:

1) Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel

2) Highlight the wonderful work and miracles occurring in the ATM

3) Share the joys of missionary work

4) Highlight our amazing, faith-filled ATM missionaries

~DISCLAIMER~ This blog is run by the Browning’s who are serving as Mission President and Mission President’s Wife for a term of three years. Our assignment here is from July 2017 to July 2020. We are faithful and active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and LOVE missionary work. The content of this blog represents our own opinions and experiences and is not an official site nor reflects the opinions or doctrines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.