Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Must to see and Hear!

Birthday Celebrations!

Good Food and Good Company
Our Missionaries love to sing the Mission Fight Song!

This week we held a Zone Conference where our beloved Elder Peck, who once sang with the Tabernacle Choir, wrote a new verse specifically for our mission to the song, "Called to Serve". Thanks Elder Peck for your continual support of the Arizona Phoenix Mission.

Monday, July 19, 2010

A New Curriculum for our Missionaries

The new mission presidents just arriving to their areas were instructed on the "Simplified Curriculum" that has just been introduced. All missions have been given the new lessons and are to begin teaching them to their missionaries. Immediately, we got to work with our assistants and developed a plan. We put together a Mini MTC, for all the Zone and District leaders along with our trainers, and step trainers, so they could be trained and then deploy this in our mission.
Last week we had four straight days of 10:00 am-4:00 pm, where we gathered together and were taught the new curriculum. The changes that will occur are that we will have Zone Conferences and Interviews quarterly. Sounds like it would free up a lot of time?...WRONG. New instruction will be added in their place. Every other month we will have "Leadership Training" mission wide and we will have "Specialized Training", monthly which will help us focus on areas in the mission that need extra attention so that we can be more effective. This will be a tremendous opportunity to accelerate the work throughout the world.

This is just a small glimpse of what our week was comprised of.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mini MTC Week

On Tuesday morning the missionaries were greeted at the registration desk
and given a new companion for the week and training packets to work from.
Their regular companions were paired with other missionaries to
carry out the work of the day while they were trained. After each day of instruction,
they would return to their areas and companions and deploy that which they learned.

Excited missionaries anxious to find out what the New Curriculum was all about!

Our Wonderful Assistants greeting our missionaries!

Sister Hudson said good-bye to her trainee, Sister Freeman, who would
carry out the daily appointments until she returned that night.

Elder Rodriguez and President Beck ready to begin the meeting.

We taught the Certified Curriculum in the chapel. Each day we would introduce
two different lessons and practice in groups what they learned.

Each day Sister Eager and Sister Clark, with their able assistant
husbands, would prepare a wonderful lunch for all the hungry
missionaries. Thanks for all your hard work sisters!

At the end of each day our missionaries received an object of their
learning. On day four they all received a certificate of graduation
and a large delicious apple reminding them that now they were
all certified teachers for the simplified curriculum. It was
their job to go and teach the rest of the missionaries so that
their teaching skills could improve also.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

2 More Groups of Level Five

Elder Grigg, Sister Willardson, Elder Crampton

Elder Tanner, Elder Mackey, Elder Hansen, Elder Marr

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Moms & Dad's- They have Arrived!

Arriving at the mission home and feeling the Heat of Arizona are:
Elder Posada, Pryor, Bruening, Catlett, Carlson, Giles,
Hampton, Keele, Martin, Nelson, Troxler,
& Sisters Bunnell, Pilimai, Keelin, & Belnap
!Following the leader through the airport

Elder Catlett soaking it all in

We get a lot of looks at the airport when 16 missionaries trail down the escalator, retrieve their luggage and pile it into the trailer and then pack into the mission van. I guess it is not something you see everyday. It is truly a sight to behold and we are proud to welcome them into the number one mission.

Waiting for everyone to get their luggage.

Arriving at the mission home and feeling the HEAT of 107 degrees.

A hungry crew of missionaries

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Special Group of Mssionaries

Elder Noyce, Crampton, Ulima, Crampton, Hymus and Rider.
Sisters Jones, & Williardson

What will be do without Elder he returns back to Hawaii.

It's time to get goofy!

Today we sent home a very special group of missionaries. It is actually the tail end of our first group of missionaries that came into the mission two years ago when we arrived. I remember it vividly as if it were just yesterday. Actually, three of the group went home last transfer as they were spanish missionaries who entered the MTC earlier and we also sent the original sisters that came with the group home last January as they only serve for 18 months. Sister Jones and Willardson were also amazing Sister missionaries who left their mark on the mission. We wish them all the best as they return back home.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Preparing for Transfers

Much thought and prayer goes into each transfer as we try to put each missionary just where they will be most effective in the mission. It is quite the process as we contemplate the needs of each area and missionary, trying to keep them in their current areas for as long as we can. The Lord truly inspires us as we go through this process. Above is our transfer board with every area and of every missionary on it. When you bring 16 new missionaries into the mission then it becomes a rippling effect as we try to find trainers and companions for everyone.

Elder Crandall, Elder Beames, Elder Westbroek and Elder Hones. Our amazing Assistants. These young men are such valiant missionaries and do a lot of behind the scene work. We truly grow to love each one of them as they serve with the President in the mission.

Our trip to the Mesa Temple

We can't seem to keep an Assistant lately. Elder Crandall will be going back out to proselyte his last few transfers in the mission. What an incredible young man he is and we are humbled to have been able to work with him as an Assistant. Elder Crandall is a humble missionary who "lifts where he stands". Always giving his all and helping where he can. We love you Elder Crandall.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Spanish Assistants

Happy Birthday Elder Beames!

Welcome Elder Bingham!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Friday, July 2, 2010

Good friends to Serve With

Elder & Sister Clark, better known to us as Robbie & Larry, from Cincinnati, have come to the barren desert to serve in the Office of the Arizona Phoenix Mission. Larry will be the Office manager and Robbie will be doing missionary travel and baptismal records. It is so fun to have them around and bringing all their talents to the office and mission. Welcome!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Two Year Mark