February 2019-Departing Missionary Temple Trip

Usually, our departing missionaries get to spend their last day in the mission at the temple. However, this transfer the Tucson Temple was closed for cleaning the week of transfers.

With that, we took the missionaries to the Gila Valley Temple (the other temple in our mission) the week before they left.

Transfer Week- July 2018- Transfer Tuesday

Tuesdays are always jammed packed on Transfer week….jammed!

We all head out early to the transfer site, the Tucson Stake Center, to have a little bit of controlled chaos take place for just a little bit of time.

We love our Senior Missionaries! They are the backbone of this transfer day. Thank you for all you do.

We meet in the church for our Trainer/Trainee Meeting to have our new missionaries meet their trainers and have some training from President and  Sister Browning and the Assistants.

This is so important because this is the day they officially start to be a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It all is for real now!

Here are the companionships.

 

 Now off to the temple to meet up with the missionaries (22 of them) going home tomorrow. There is a lot of them and only two Sisters!

Back to the mission office for lunch, interviews, weighing bags, and our last dinner together. It is the final hours for these seasoned and choice missionaries.

The two roses among the 20 Elders.

The amount of bags and memories inside those bags, all ready to go home.

 

This is how “sunny” it was today in Tucson. Just a bit on the warm side.

The last meal for our dear missionaries.

It’s an ATM thing….

Oh we love these great people…our ATM missionaries. How we all have grown in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. The gospel changes us, for the better.

Tomorrow we send them all home to their families and friends.

….sigh….

Transfer Week-June 2018-Transfer Tuesday

Transfer Tuesday!!

Early in the morning, ATM missionaries gather to mix up the mission.  Exciting day!!

 

Drum roll……. Our new missionaries meet their blessed trainers!

Switching gears, we head to the Tucson Temple to meet up with our departing missionaries. On their last full day in the mission, they get to spend their morning in the temple. What a blessing for us to be with them.

Pictures at the mission home.

Now we aren’t done yet! Early tomorrow morning we head to the airport to see these amazing and consecrated missionaries off to go home to their families.  See ya soon!

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 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.