To Whom Shall We Go

This is so cool!

Right now, an LDS.org video “To Whom Shall We Go” is on the front page of LDS.org. This inspiring video features one of our own missionaries who is serving right now in the ATM…Elder Lee! You also get to see Elder Lawrence who is Elder Lee’s companion (at the time this was filmed) and the wonderful people and places of the ATM mission.

On the main page it is titled, “Drawing on the Strength of the Savior”.

Make sure you watch it and share it. The message of the video is for everyone.

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February 2018-Saying Goodbye

How we love these missionaries!!

It’s been a privilege to have known and worked with them all. We know the ups and downs of mission life, and the grit and diligence these young adults show is nothing short of INSPIRING.

Our dear Sisters & Hermanas…. oh how we will miss your influence and bright bright spirits.

 

Our AP’s got this picture with Moroni and the Tucson sun glowing in the background. So cool!

You all are so wonderful…don’t leave!!!

 

This was a pano of the “My Life” discussion we had in President’s office after all the exit interviews were finished…

…our dinner at the mission home…

…and signing the ATM flag.

And don’t forget a couple of selfie’s on Sister Browning’s phone.

Love you Hermana’s!!

The famous mission home stair picture of our stellar, steadfast missionaries on the eve of going home.

Next morning, early early in the morning, we board the mission van (“Lola”) and head to the airport.

It was a little chilly for a February morning in Tucson, but not too bad for 5:00 am.

 

This scene of mass amounts of luggage and people always gets a few stares.

We usually get stopped at least once during these drop offs as people think we work for the airport.

(Haha, I stopped wearing my navy blazer to the airport because I was constantly being asked for directions of lost airport patrons.)

Goodbye our dear ATM missionaries. May you always be kept safe and strong as you head out into your new life.  God bless.

February 2018 New Missionaries

The beauty of transfer week… NEW MISSIONARIES!

We love this week because the ATM gets a shot-in-the-arm of new recruits!! They are fresh, excited and ready to fulfill their purpose. They have contagious enthusiasm and their spirits are as bright as their white shirts and beautiful smiles.

Arriving missionaries getting their luggage and loading up. The weather is perfect, sunshine and in the upper 70’s. Wonderful time to arrive in Tucson.

Haha! I must have snapped the photo as Elder Creason (one of our AP’s) was blinking….or taking a half second nap!

 

Heading up to downtown Tucson to see the Mormon Battalion Monument.

Now to the office/church for some lunch and training!!

Next day, is the kicker!

Transfers for the whole mission happen early in the morning (those missionaries that are getting transferred come to the “transfer site” and meet up with their new companions OR get on the transfer van to head to their new area.) It’s called controlled chaos… sort of…

Also, the new missionaries get to meet their blessed trainers and have more training. After that, they head out to start what they were born to do, INVITE OTHERS TO COME UNTO CHRIST.

 

 

Here are the new trainers and trainees.  They are all going to be wonderful!!

Mission Tour 2017- Elder & Sister Maynes

Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy and his wonderful wife, Nancy J. Maynes, came to the ATM November 28-December 1, 2017.

They were able to meet with our Zone Leaders and Sister Trainer Leaders on Tuesday night, and then have a dinner with the Senior Couple Missionaries on Wednesday.

But the special treat for the whole mission was to meet Elder and Sister Maynes in special Zone Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday. It was truly a wonderful couple of days, and we all learned so much. Never before did we love to sit for hours and hours being fed spiritually and gleaning new ways to accomplish our purpose of “Inviting other to come unto Christ.”

Thank you Elder & Sister Maynes for coming to Tucson to train and inspire all of us to be better “Finders” and how to have more “Quality Gospel Conversations”.

ATM Senior Couple Missionaries (both full-time and service missionaries), Elder & Sister Maynes, President & Sister Browning,  and President Browning’s two counselors, President Larson and President Elmer. And Sister Elmer was taking the picture…we can’t forget her!

 

Gila Valley Zone

 

New Mexico Zone

 

Sierra Vista Zone

 

Northwest Zone

 

Tucson Spanish Zone

 

Southeast Zone

 

Central Zone

 

Here are our bonitas hermanas de Espanol.

November 2017 Departing Missionaries

We just can’t explain how hard it is to say good-bye to these wonderful seasoned missionaries. It should get easier, but  we have yet to feel that. In fact, it’s the opposite….it is getting more and more difficult.

Sigh.

We let the missionaries that are going home go and spend the entire morning in the Tucson temple. Then we join them right before noon. What an amazing group of missionaries.

(Sister Browning was on her way home from Utah so she missed being in the temple with this group.)

Our wonderful lone Sister Nuttall. The rose of the whole group.

Dinner at the mission home.

Oh we love all of you!

Getting their packet of flight information and other important things as they get ready to leave in the morning.

Elder Bradfield’s parents came to pick him up. It was wonderful to meet them in person. We don’t get that chance very often. Thank you Bradfield’s!!

Our amazing AP’s (Elder Medina and Elder Duncan) and Elder West (one of our office Sr Missionaries) who do so much to make our transfer weeks run as smoothly as possible. THANK YOU!!

Up early early the next morning to get everyone to the airport on time.

Last minute shuffling of items and trying to make sure the bags don’t exceed the weight limit.

Sister Nuttall knows how to get her suitcase to close even though it’s bulging. Something every missionary becomes expert at!

Now off to the airport!

Checking in and saying the last good-byes. We don’t like this part.

Thank you ATM Missionaries for your service!!

We love you and wish you the best.

November 2017- New Missionaries

November brought us a new group of wonderful missionaries.

(Sister Browning sadly was missing from these pictures as she was in Utah at a family funeral.)

What a great way to finish off their first day of training with an evening walk around the grounds of the Arizona Tucson Temple. Beautiful!

And here are the new companionships.

Welcome to the ATM!

 

Mission President Seminar October 2017

In the middle part of October we were able to fly to Houston, TX, and have a few days of training at our Mission President Seminar. These seminars happen twice a year. Not only are they wonderful, but very needed.

The quote I just loved in the above picture was shared with us at our training.  Missionary work blesses all of God’s children, especially His own missionaries!

“Our greatest desire for your missionaries is that, by the time they return home, all of them will have the new and everlasting covenant written in the fleshy tables of their hearts, that they will become an “epistle of Christ”. All are capable of doing so, no matter their personal situations or challenges, if they rely on the Lord Jesus Christ…There is not a better way to get the gospel of Jesus Christ into the hearts and minds of the young people than for each to be a missionary and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to others.” President Russell M. Nelson

 

One afternoon, after some morning training, we got on a bus with all the other Mission President’s and wives and headed on a field trip to NASA. Yes, I said, NASA

 

The control center for all of the Apollo missions. Pretty retro.  There is not one keyboard in the whole place that runs those monitors.

 

This is where the astronauts practice being in space. The famous simulators.

 

And this rocket was ginormous.  AMAZING!

 

Lucky for us, we ran into the Merrill family from Rexburg, ID, who knows our son and daughter-in-law. Of all places to meet someone from Idaho. Who knew!

 

Now to a restaurant by a large body of water!! (Not sure if that is the Gulf of Mexico or a lake???) I haven’t seen that much water since we left Utah and Idaho in June!

 

And lastly, here is just a sampling (those that would take pictures with us) of the great men and women we were able to meet and associate with in Houston.

 President and Sister Peterson of the Texas Houston Mission

President and Sister Hewlett of the Texas Houston East Mission. (Fun fact, their daughter, young Sister Hewlett, will becoming to our mission February 2018!! Whoo Hoo!)

Elder and Sister Pearson

Elder & Sister Godoy, President & Sister Uceda