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!

 

Mission President Seminar October 2017

In the middle part of October we were able to fly to Houston, TX, and have a few days of training at our Mission President Seminar. These seminars happen twice a year. Not only are they wonderful, but very needed.

The quote I just loved in the above picture was shared with us at our training.  Missionary work blesses all of God’s children, especially His own missionaries!

“Our greatest desire for your missionaries is that, by the time they return home, all of them will have the new and everlasting covenant written in the fleshy tables of their hearts, that they will become an “epistle of Christ”. All are capable of doing so, no matter their personal situations or challenges, if they rely on the Lord Jesus Christ…There is not a better way to get the gospel of Jesus Christ into the hearts and minds of the young people than for each to be a missionary and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ to others.” President Russell M. Nelson

 

One afternoon, after some morning training, we got on a bus with all the other Mission President’s and wives and headed on a field trip to NASA. Yes, I said, NASA

 

The control center for all of the Apollo missions. Pretty retro.  There is not one keyboard in the whole place that runs those monitors.

 

This is where the astronauts practice being in space. The famous simulators.

 

And this rocket was ginormous.  AMAZING!

 

Lucky for us, we ran into the Merrill family from Rexburg, ID, who knows our son and daughter-in-law. Of all places to meet someone from Idaho. Who knew!

 

Now to a restaurant by a large body of water!! (Not sure if that is the Gulf of Mexico or a lake???) I haven’t seen that much water since we left Utah and Idaho in June!

 

And lastly, here is just a sampling (those that would take pictures with us) of the great men and women we were able to meet and associate with in Houston.

 President and Sister Peterson of the Texas Houston Mission

President and Sister Hewlett of the Texas Houston East Mission. (Fun fact, their daughter, young Sister Hewlett, will becoming to our mission February 2018!! Whoo Hoo!)

Elder and Sister Pearson

Elder & Sister Godoy, President & Sister Uceda

October Events

General Conference was the very first part of October… And the very next day, Oct 2, Transfer WEEK!!

Off to the airport on Monday morning, to pick up our new missionaries coming in from the MTC. There is a buzz of excitement throughout the mission and a flurry of activity and preparation for them all.

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Here are our two wonderful Assistants with President Browning to help with driving “Lola” (our mission people-mover van) and getting our new missionaries and their stuff to the Mission Office.

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Oh boy, look….here they come down the escalator!! It’s so exciting!!

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After the hugs and handshakes, we all wait for the luggage and then head out to take personal photos with President and Sister Browning.

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This spot is perfect for pictures to show off the beautiful Saguaro cactus (pronounced Sa-WAH-ro). The sun is shining and all the missionaries are in a weather shock… it’s October and it’s in the 80’s!

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We head to downtown Tucson to show the missionaries the Mormon Battalion Monument. This is a memorable first impression of being in the Arizona Tucson Mission!

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Before we head back, we get a selfie waiting at the cross walk.

These missionaries are such a great group! President and Sister Browning are so grateful to have them and we are looking forward to getting to know them and to hasten the work of the Lord together here in the ATM.

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Next day, is Transfer Day. Here we are getting everyone transferred and the new Trainers ready to meet their new Trainees. It’s an early start of the day, but everyone is up and ready to get going!

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Here are the Trainers and Trainees.  Sometimes they are in trios, but most of the time they are just in a companionship of two.

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Trainers, please take good care of our new missionaries…we already love them so much.

Now we switch gears and concentrate on the departing missionaries.

We head to do temple work and we all love that part of the day. The Arizona Tucson Temple is just radiant and gorgeous. So blessed to have it up the road from the ATM office.

Here is our small band of seasoned, wonderful missionaries finished with the temple and getting ready to head home.

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It’s so hard to let these almost perfect missionaries just leave us… I’m not a fan of that part of Transfer Week, not a fan at all.

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Dear ATM missionaries, thank you so much for your hard work and for sharing your life and the gospel with the people of the Tucson area.  May the Lord bless you and your next steps in life. Until we meet again.

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More September ATM Pictures

Here is our newest Sr. couple missionaries, Elder and Sister Jex, who are from Montana! They are such wonderful people and we are thrilled to have them in the ATM!

These are our Central and Northwest Zones. This picture was a “No Smile”, “Serious”, or better yet “I’m trying to be tough” picture.

(I know, the Elders insisted.)

Selfie found on Sister Browning’s phone….

Thanks Elder Carr, Elder Taylor and Elder Thompson!

Here is just the Northwest Zone…

…and the Central Zone.

Now we move to the Southeast Zone Conference on another day.

The Blessed LUNCH BREAK!!!  Thank you dear Sisters of the Tucson Rincon Stake for providing such a yummy meal!!

Our wonderful Southeast Zone!

The matching Spanish Sisters. They are unified!

And to end this post, our fun and crazy group photo.

Oh boy…. one Elder decided to bolt right over the top of the Sisters. He shall remain nameless….

[Deep breath.]

 

Tucson Spanish & Sierra Vista Zone Conference Sep 2017

Zone Conferences are a great time for training and learning together as zones. Plus, we have a lot of fun being around each other.

Here are some of the pictures.

The Sisters/Hermanas took advantage of my phone. This is one of MANY group and individual selfies. I just love these happy faces.

Tucson Spanish & Sierra Vista Zones

We taught about the new blessing and tool in our mission….social media. The ATM is now an online proselyting mission. What is that? With MP authorization, a missionary can use FaceBook Messenger, Skype, and some other tools to get in contact with, teach and communicate with those who may be interested in the gospel. It has been amazing and a lot of good is coming of these wonderful technologies.

Here the Assistants are demonstrating how to use Messenger and Video Chat to teach and keep in contact with people that are extremely busy or prefer to use FB or Messenger.

Now for some post Zone Conference pictures.

(My favorite pictures….you get a sense of their personalities.)

This special couple is Elder and Hermana Jones. They regretfully are leaving us next month. (How dare they.)

Dear Jones’, you are an example of being anxiously engaged in missionary work. No matter where you two are, you are always looking for people to share the gospel with. And Hermana Jones, you make the yummiest Mexican food ever. Me gusta!! We are going to miss you terribly. We love you!

The Tucson Spanish Zone.  We are missing Elder Jones though….

(Sorry, that curtain was not shut all the way. That will bother me forever.)

Oh the fun drama of these missionaries….yagottaluvit!

M.L.C.-September 2017

Missionary Leadership Council was here again. A time when the Zone Leaders and Sister Trainer Leaders meet together with President and Sister Browning to be trained, show the successes of the month and then to plan and move the work further for the next month.

It’s mostly an all day meeting/training but it is very enjoyable and worthwhile day.  Especially when they pose for photos like this at lunch time.

Some of the teachings of President Browning on the chalk board. Can you tell the principles taught here?

We are always amazed at how quick these missionaries can strike such silly and creative poses!

We are so blessed by all of their leadership and dedication to the Lord and missionary work here in the ATM.

(Sorry…not all the Zone Leaders and Sister Trainer Leaders were photographed.)