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

To Whom Shall We Go

This is so cool!

Right now, this video “To Whom Shall We Go” is on the front page of LDS.org. This inspiring video features one of our own missionaries who is serving right now in the ATM…Elder Lee! You also get to see Elder Lawrence who is Elder Lee’s companion (at the time this was filmed) and the wonderful people and places of the ATM mission.

Make sure you watch it and share it. The message of the video is for everyone.

February 2018-Saying Goodbye

How we love these missionaries!!

It’s been a privilege to have known and worked with them all. We know the ups and downs of mission life, and the grit and diligence these young adults show is nothing short of INSPIRING.

Our dear Sisters & Hermanas…. oh how we will miss your influence and bright bright spirits.


Our AP’s got this picture with Moroni and the Tucson sun glowing in the background. So cool!

You all are so wonderful…don’t leave!!!


This was a pano of the “My Life” discussion we had in President’s office after all the exit interviews were finished…

…our dinner at the mission home…

…and signing the ATM flag.

And don’t forget a couple of selfie’s on Sister Browning’s phone.

Love you Hermana’s!!

The famous mission home stair picture of our stellar, steadfast missionaries on the eve of going home.

Next morning, early early in the morning, we board the mission van (“Lola”) and head to the airport.

It was a little chilly for a February morning in Tucson, but not too bad for 5:00 am.


This scene of mass amounts of luggage and people always gets a few stares.

We usually get stopped at least once during these drop offs as people think we work for the airport.

(Haha, I stopped wearing my navy blazer to the airport because I was constantly being asked for directions of lost airport patrons.)

Goodbye our dear ATM missionaries. May you always be kept safe and strong as you head out into your new life.  God bless.

February 2018 New Missionaries

The beauty of transfer week… NEW MISSIONARIES!

We love this week because the ATM gets a shot-in-the-arm of new recruits!! They are fresh, excited and ready to fulfill their purpose. They have contagious enthusiasm and their spirits are as bright as their white shirts and beautiful smiles.

Arriving missionaries getting their luggage and loading up. The weather is perfect, sunshine and in the upper 70’s. Wonderful time to arrive in Tucson.

Haha! I must have snapped the photo as Elder Creason (one of our AP’s) was blinking….or taking a half second nap!


Heading up to downtown Tucson to see the Mormon Battalion Monument.

Now to the office/church for some lunch and training!!

Next day, is the kicker!

Transfers for the whole mission happen early in the morning (those missionaries that are getting transferred come to the “transfer site” and meet up with their new companions OR get on the transfer van to head to their new area.) It’s called controlled chaos… sort of…

Also, the new missionaries get to meet their blessed trainers and have more training. After that, they head out to start what they were born to do, INVITE OTHERS TO COME UNTO CHRIST.



Here are the new trainers and trainees.  They are all going to be wonderful!!

December 2017 Departing Missionaries

Our dear friends and fellow missionaries are going home.

We are always threatening that we are not going to let them go home. Nope. No way. They are staying here with us. By golly, it’s just so hard to have accomplished, hard working, competent missionaries leave!

Before we send these departing missionaries home, they all get to go to the temple. The Gila Valley, New Mexico and Sierra Vista departing missionaries were able to go to The Gila Valley Temple and the Tucson missionaries went to the Tucson Temple.

How we love that time with our missionaries. It truly is a tender mercy to be with them in the temple right before we depart ways.

This is the Gila Valley Arizona Temple and even though it was cold, they still had flowers on the temple grounds!

By the time we were done with the session, it was dark and our pictures were full of shadows. But the temple at night was breath taking.

One last dinner for these missionaries we love so much and a touching testimony meeting that just can’t be described with words. After one of those heart filled, spirit filled meetings, you just cannot be the same.


Elder Bryce was picked up by his family. It is always so delightful to meet in person the families that are behind these missionaries we serve with.

And finally, before everyone heads off to bed, we hear a musical number that was requested by President Browning of these two musically inclined Elders. What a cherry on the top of an inspiring night!

Here we are, bright and early, on departure morning at the ATM mission office. We wait for everyone to arrive and make sure the bags are under weight.

We make it to the lit up Tucson airport…

…and here we go!

This is my favorite picture of this transfer. I love to see the friendships that are forged on missions that will last a life time. My eyes filled with tears and my heart was pained a bit when I took this picture.

These goodbyes NEVER get easy.

God speed ATM missionaries. Be strong and of a courage, never forgetting that which you have treasured up. We love you forever!