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