Transfer Week Apr/May 2018-Departing Missionaries

Switching gears now…let’s get to the temple where we meet up with the departing missionaries.

After a special time with our departing missionaries in the temple, we head off for the mission office for some lunch and interviews.

 

Everyone….these are Sonoran Hot Dogs. They are the Tucson bomb!

A good brother from Tucson makes these for us. They are something everyone should try, they are THAT good.

All of the departing missionaries squeal with delight, well maybe not the Elders, when we tell them what’s for lunch… their last ATM lunch.

They are THAT good.

Let’s eat!

Elder Gillespie thank you for being an ATM missionary. We enjoyed getting to know you and work along side you. We love you!

Off to the mission home for our last dinner and special testimony evening. Pass around the tissue box!

Departing Wednesday-early in the morning… doubt none got very much sleep.

Off to the airport and to get them home to their families!  Bitter sweet.

Unloading the precious cargo of eighteen months/two years. Hoping every bag is under 50 lbs! Cross your missionary fingers.

Tickets in hands and hearts a-pounding. Gulp.

 

This sight is the most tender sight of the transfer cycle. Backs to us, and faces toward their futures.  Onward, ever onward!

God Bless you all!! May you take what you’ve learned from your missions and light the world with your Savior’s LIGHT!

Transfer Week Apr/May 2018- Transfer Tuesday

Bright and early, up and at ’em! That describes missionary life. Especially on transfer morning.

Our new missionaries are here, ready for their official first day and to meet a very important person in their life…their trainers.

Goodbyes. Hellos. Bags. Suitcases. Bins. Bikes. Hugs. Tears. Blow horns. Chaos. Excitement.

Those are some of the words that describe a transfer morning.

Inside, after the transfer vans and missionaries leave, we have a training meeting for the trainers and new missionaries. It’s an exciting time!

Here are the new Trainer/Trainee companionships.

Welcome to the ATM!!

Transfer Week Apr/May 2018- New Missionary Monday

Welcome to our Transfer Week.

Let’s start with our Monday where we receive our new missionaries. It’s a wonderful way to start out Transfer Week!

Load up!

Our new and wonderful new missionaries! (We will meet another new Elder at the mission office.)

At the Mormon Battalion Monument in downtown Tucson.

We got to meet Elder Wells’ family which is always a treat. They dropped him off and were able to meet some of the other Senior missionaries.

Now for the orientation and trying to keep them learning while so tired!

Dinner at the mission home….

…and a beautiful walk around the Tucson Temple.

Lets’ get these poor tired missionaries to bed!

See you tomorrow morning bright and early to meet your first companions, your trainers!