December 2017 Arriving Missionaries

December was a crazy month. Lots of things to do and places to be.

But gratefully, even with all the holiday chaos, a week before Christmas, the new missionaries arrive (yippee) and our seasoned ones go home (boo hoo).

Here we have our three AP’s waiting at the airport to pick up the new arrivals.

Welcome Elder Creason to the AP assignment, and thank you Elder Medina for all your help and goodness.

 

And here they are!! All fresh from the MTC.

Walking to the Mormon Battalion Monument in downtown Tucson.

It’s an ATM tradition.

 

Pictures of our new missionaries, day one of boots on the ground!

 

Lunch was served at the Mission Home (sorry no pictures were taken) and then to the ATM Mission Office for New Missionary Orientation, training, and interviews with President Browning, Sister Browning & Sister Pershing, the mission nurse.

Our Assistants always have fun helping the new missionaries feel comfortable in the ATM and to teach and familiarize them with the area.

 

Early next morning, Transfer Day, the missionaries are off to find out who is their trainer! This is an exciting morning and hopefully they have gotten some sleep. But realistically, sometimes the adrenaline just won’t let them.

All the other missionaries that are being transferred, are also meeting to get a new companion and new area.

The logistics of bags and stuff (and obviously milk and bread) getting to the right place and with the right missionary can be a little mind boggling….

 

New missionaries quietly waiting for the training to begin. What could be going on in their minds?

 

Role-playing with their new companions. Right out of the gate, we get them into why they are here….missionary work.

Here are the new companionships!

WE LOVE OUR TRAINERS. They are the BEST!

We love our new batch of enthusiastic missionaries too. We will be praying for you all!

Christmas 2017 ZC- Part 3

Here we are with the last Christmas 2017 Zone Conference featuring the Northwest and Central Zones.

(The post, Christmas 2017 ZC-Part 1 has more of an explanation of the Christmas Zone Conferences as a whole.)

We start out with a get to know you game, then have the “Guessing Jars” and the voting for the “Ugliest Tie”.

 

Missionary clothing exchange. Haha, the ATM could run it’s own missionary clothing department.

ATM Family Feud is next!!

(Luckily, some of the missionaries knew this retro game show.)

Next….bring on the Christmas Missionary Extravaganza!

WOW!  We have talented missionaries in the ATM.

Meet the Browning children: Left to Right, Preston, Emma, Sister Browning, Julia, & Alex. They came to be apart of the zone conference.

 

Our wonderful Sister Cluff who helps put on these functions. Thank You!!

Now Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without some yummy food!

Official Christmas 2017 Zone Conference photo of the Northwest and the Central Zones.

 

Northwest Zone

 

Central Zone

 

Finally, to finish off this post…. the sneaky selfies that missionaries love to leave on Sister Browning’s phone. Love it!

Merry Christmas from the ATM!

Christmas 2017 ZC- Part 1

Christmas is a wonderful time of year.

And this Christmas in the ATM was no exception.

With so much going on in the month of December, we consolidated our usual four Zone Conferences into three.

Our goal was to have some good ole’ fun (let our hair down a bit) and then enjoy the Christmas spirit with a Christmas Missionary Extravaganza (i.e. variety show).

The games we played were “Guessing Jars”, “The Ugliest Tie”, “Getting to Know You” and then our big game… “Family Feud: ATM Style”.

These are pictures from the Gila Valley, New Mexico and Sierra Vista Zones.

President Browning was quite the Game Show Host.

Now for the Christmas Missionary Extravaganza!

That was brilliant! Our ATM missionaries are so gifted.

Now for some group and random photos of the Gila Valley, New Mexico and Sierra Vista Zones.

Merry Christmas from the Arizona Tucson Mission!

Christmas 2017 ZC- Part 2

More of the Christmas Zone Conferences but with the Southeast and Tucson Spanish Zones.

(The post, Christmas 2017 ZC-Part 1 has more of an explanation of the Christmas Zone Conferences.)

Let’s have some fun.  ATM Family Feud!

 

Now for our “Christmas Missionary Extravaganza”!

 

Let us feast!

Sister Browning wanted pictures of all her beauties (the Sisters and Hermanas) with the red flowers outside. And who could complain with such warm perfect Arizona weather.

Official Christmas 2017 Zone Conference picture of the Southeast and Tucson Spanish Zones.

Merry Christmas from the ATM!

Mission Tour 2017- Elder & Sister Maynes

Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy and his wonderful wife, Nancy J. Maynes, came to the ATM November 28-December 1, 2017.

They were able to meet with our Zone Leaders and Sister Trainer Leaders on Tuesday night, and then have a dinner with the Senior Couple Missionaries on Wednesday.

But the special treat for the whole mission was to meet Elder and Sister Maynes in special Zone Conferences on Wednesday and Thursday. It was truly a wonderful couple of days, and we all learned so much. Never before did we love to sit for hours and hours being fed spiritually and gleaning new ways to accomplish our purpose of “Inviting other to come unto Christ.”

Thank you Elder & Sister Maynes for coming to Tucson to train and inspire all of us to be better “Finders” and how to have more “Quality Gospel Conversations”.

ATM Senior Couple Missionaries (both full-time and service missionaries), Elder & Sister Maynes, President & Sister Browning,  and President Browning’s two counselors, President Larson and President Elmer. And Sister Elmer was taking the picture…we can’t forget her!

 

Gila Valley Zone

 

New Mexico Zone

 

Sierra Vista Zone

 

Northwest Zone

 

Tucson Spanish Zone

 

Southeast Zone

 

Central Zone

 

Here are our bonitas hermanas de Espanol.

November 2017 Departing Missionaries

We just can’t explain how hard it is to say good-bye to these wonderful seasoned missionaries. It should get easier, but  we have yet to feel that. In fact, it’s the opposite….it is getting more and more difficult.

Sigh.

We let the missionaries that are going home go and spend the entire morning in the Tucson temple. Then we join them right before noon. What an amazing group of missionaries.

(Sister Browning was on her way home from Utah so she missed being in the temple with this group.)

Our wonderful lone Sister Nuttall. The rose of the whole group.

Dinner at the mission home.

Oh we love all of you!

Getting their packet of flight information and other important things as they get ready to leave in the morning.

Elder Bradfield’s parents came to pick him up. It was wonderful to meet them in person. We don’t get that chance very often. Thank you Bradfield’s!!

Our amazing AP’s (Elder Medina and Elder Duncan) and Elder West (one of our office Sr Missionaries) who do so much to make our transfer weeks run as smoothly as possible. THANK YOU!!

Up early early the next morning to get everyone to the airport on time.

Last minute shuffling of items and trying to make sure the bags don’t exceed the weight limit.

Sister Nuttall knows how to get her suitcase to close even though it’s bulging. Something every missionary becomes expert at!

Now off to the airport!

Checking in and saying the last good-byes. We don’t like this part.

Thank you ATM Missionaries for your service!!

We love you and wish you the best.

November 2017- New Missionaries

November brought us a new group of wonderful missionaries.

(Sister Browning sadly was missing from these pictures as she was in Utah at a family funeral.)

What a great way to finish off their first day of training with an evening walk around the grounds of the Arizona Tucson Temple. Beautiful!

And here are the new companionships.

Welcome to the ATM!