In the wee hours of the morning, there is a stir at 939 W Chapala Dr in Tucson, AZ.
This morning, our ATM missionaries are leaving their home of the past two years or 18 months to fly home to family and friends excitedly waiting for them. Can words really describe how we all feel? Simply put, NO.
But maybe you can read between the lines, seeing the faces in these pictures and maybe feel a little more of what we all are going through.
It’s just hard to explain…
T H E A I R P O R T
T H E U N L O A D I N G
T H E S T U F F T H A T ‘ S B E E N S T U F F E D
T H E G O O D B Y E ‘ S
T H E H U G S
T H E F I N A L T I C K E T H O M E
Farewell to all of our dear ATM missionaries. Safe travels!
Thank you for all your service and dedication to the Lord’s work. May the Lord bless you for your efforts and may He be with you in all of your many endeavors. We love you!
Here we go, bright and early, off to Transfer Tuesday!
It’s such an exciting day, with lots of movement and energy. It’s also a day of new beginnings and sad goodbyes. What complex emotions all on one day.
We love getting to the transfer site to get pictures of all the hustle and bustle. Sometimes we get lots of pictures and other days the camera woman is awful busy. This transfer, however, we got some good photos!
Here the transfer van (which is named Lola) has it’s precious cargo heading out for their new areas. Blessings to you all…we will be praying for you.
As the cars, vans, and trucks move out, some of us gather in the church building for our Trainer/Trainee Training Meeting (now that’s a mouth full). Here the new missionaries find out who their trainer is and the area they will be serving in.
E X C I T I N G ! !
Here are the new companionships.
This training meeting is so remarkable to be apart of. It’s such a unique moment in time for everyone involved. To see the anxiousness of our new missionaries turn into hope and excitement, is inspiring. Our prayers go with you all!
Now off to the next event….a time in the temple with our departing missionaries that are leaving tomorrow. What a bitter sweet time!
A selfie of the Sisters in Sister Browning’s car going from the temple to the Mission Office. They all didn’t want to be separated so they squished and had a great time. Haha! Elders would never do that.
In honor of our well seasoned Tucsonan missionaries, we had Bro Quijada make these “Sonoran Hot Dogs” for our lunch. They are a masterpiece for your taste buds. Delicioso!
We meet for a final missionary “Q & A with President & Sister Browning” and then have final interviews and yes….more food at the mission home.
Someone, Elder Ballard, was lucky to have his birthday fall on the day he was going home (tomorrow). So we celebrated the night before.
After our departing missionary testimony meeting, we sing our traditional “Mission Song” one last time.
We just love all of these consecrated and obedient missionaries. They truly will LIGHT and BLESS the world where ever they go…just like they did the ATM. Well Done!
Transfer Tuesday is over, but we still have one more morning of goodbyes. See you bright and early at the airport for Departing Wednesday.
Six weeks has come and gone and now we are at Transfer Week once more.
This transfer group is smaller than we usually get, but just as stellar!
And here they all are!
In front of the Mormon Battalion Monument.
Since Elder Creason, one of our Assistants, is going home this transfer, Elder Anderson, to the far left, will take his place with Elder Duncan.
We start the new missionaries right away with interviews, orientation and paperwork.
Elder Lambson, our Vehicle Coordinator, helping out our missionaries.
The top 10 of the ATM given by the Assistants, is a fun way to introduce our new missionaries to the area.
After training, we have dinner at the mission home and then go up to the Arizona Tucson Temple and have a time for reflection and inspiration. The temple looks over the city of Tucson and it is sooooo brilliantly beautiful at night.
Poor picture quality but amazing quality of missionaries!
Most of our new missionaries that come in have sleep deprivation… they’ve been up since 2:00 am or thereabout–so let’s get them to bed.
Get some rest dear missionaries, for your mission officially starts early tomorrow morning!!
We have four separate zone conferences that we get to spend most of the day together being trained, spiritually uplifted, fed yummy food, and discuss those things we need to do as a missionaries and as a mission.
The ATM Zones are: Sierra Vista, Gila Valley, New Mexico, Tucson West, Tucson East, Tucson South, and Tucson North.
Here is the Sierra Vista Zone.
Elder Lambson, our Vehicle Coordinator, made a cake for the missionary that had a perfect DVR.