Transfer Week March 2018- Departing Wednesday

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!

Transfer Week March 2018- Transfer Tuesday

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!

Thank you Elder Duncan for sacrificing your body to get this extraordinary photo.

 

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.

Transfer Week March 2018- New Missionary Monday

It’s time to begin again.

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.

E. Anderson, E. Duncan, E. Creason

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!!

Missionary Leadership Council-March 2018

 Missionaries love to find, teach, baptize, bike, serve, share, etc. But there are two more things that they also love to do…EAT and MEET.

That would perfectly describe what an M.L.C. is about.

The ATM leadership meets together to have trainings, discussions, and celebrate the successes of the month. Then we have a lunch break and eat yummy delicious food.

This month Sister Cluff provided the famous “Sonoran Hot Dogs”. They were a hit with the missionaries!

Here are our wonderful and dedicated Zone Leaders, Sister Trainer Leaders, and Assistants.

 

These are the missionaries that are going home next transfers, thus they are “dying”. Farewell dear missionaries!

 

And just so you know, this shoe and missionary tag photo took a lot of skill!

And to end the day, the Elders get ready to race to put down the chairs and tables. The record to beat is 45 seconds!

February 2018 Zone Conferences Week 2

Week two of our Zone Conferences.

Tucson East and South Zones.

Our wonderful Senior couples who help with car inspections (those in street clothes) and others who are there for the training (those in sunday clothes). Thank you for all you do!

This Zone Conference all the missionaries got new smart phones.

Yes, SMART, not DUMB phones.

These Elders are the Phone Techies…they are the ones to call when there are problems with the new phones. Thank you!

Our birthday missionaries…Happy Birthday!

For the next hour we have Zone breakout sessions where we train on how to find and talk with people. In other words…role playing!

They are all so good and have so much courage!

Tucson South Zone

Tucson East Zone

Tucson East and South Zone

Next day is the Zone Conference for the Tucson North and West Zones.

Our birthday missionaries…

…and our newest missionaries!

Now let’s see how the role-playing is doing in the zone breakout sessions.

Our closing special musical number by this companionship of Sisters. Beautiful!

The Tucson North and West Zones

Our Trainers and their Trainees. We had a meeting after Zone Conference just to check up on them and see how they are doing. Great group!

February 2018 Zone Conferences Week 1

Zone Conference Time!

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.

The winner….Elder Martin!

 

The Gila Valley and New Mexico Zones.

The Gila Valley Zone

The New Mexico Zone