Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Welcome to President & Sister Zayas

Since President Lopez was called to be a bishop, President called a new
counselor, President Zayas. He is a wonderful, humble man who will be a great
asset to the mission presidency to help us in the spanish work.
They all came to the mission home for dinner and a get to know you night.

Our Newest Group of Zone Leaders

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A returning missionary

Elder Burris and his wife Whitney came to give us an update since
he left his mission a year ago. He is still the wonderful Elder Burris
that we knew and loved.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Someone Stop Time!!!!

When we came to the mission, our children gave us a little countdown calendar.
At first we thought it was a cute idea. Now I can barely bring myself to look at
it. Where has the time gone? This has become our life and oh how much we
have loved it. All I know is that we are sprinting to the finish line. Until then
there is no time to think about what is behind the corner.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Aren't they just the Best!

Sisters Burton, Kolo and Glenn enjoying the desert table!

The wonderful Relief Society Sisters always put together such wonderful
meals for our missionaries. They go above and beyond the call. You can
tell they love the missionaries. Many of them have sons and daughters on
missions themselves and feel a great connection as they serve them.

We love singing to our Birthday Missionaries each time we gather together.
I found out this particular day that we had missed calling 2 of the missionaries
on their birthdays to sing and wish them a happy birthday.
We repented of our wrong doings and we sang personally to both of them.

The Relief Society Sisters love this part of our lunch activities.
Many get tears in their eyes as we sing the thank you song to them.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Our Morning Walks

One of the highlights of our day is to take an early morning walk together!
The beauty of Arizona is unique and it has been wonderful to soak it all
in. Some mornings we take the desert trails and others we just enjoy
looking at all the desert flowers bloom in front of the houses as we
pass by. Everything is in bloom right now and it is a beautiful sight.
President is enthralled with the gamble quail that seem to be everywhere.
As our journey comes to an end, we will miss all these special
moments we have had in Arizona.

Some mornings on our walk we are able to watch the hot air balloons
rise into the sky. The most we have counted is seventeen. It is a
beautiful sight to behold. It is our secret desire to be able to go on
a hot air balloon ride someday!

The cactus is in full bloom. It is beautiful.

The clouds in the sky and the sunsets are incredible pictures in my mind!

How about those tomatoes? This has been President's therapy
on his P-days. He grows a mean tomato. He has found that
growing vegetables in the desert takes a different approach,
but we love the tomato sandwiches that come from his efforts
Good job President!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day

Everyone loves Mothers Day to come around! There are only 2 days in
the year that missionaries are able to call home. One is at Christmas and
the other on Mothers Day! I don't want to crush all the mothers, but we
have a good portion of our missionaries that find the call home a big
distraction. They enjoy talking to family but it is hard to catch up in such
a short call and it takes a while to get back on track. There is a good reason
that missionaries are not able to call home more than those 2 days.
Our foreign missionaries were able to come to the office to make their
calls to their families in the far off islands in the Pacific.
Happy Mothers Day to all the amazing mothers who raised such
wonderful missionary sons and daughters.

Elder Cava- Fiji

Sister Kolo-Tonga

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Two New Assistants!

Elder Tyler Perkins is our newest English Assistant and his new
companion is Elder Jason Brase. Elder Perkins will bring much
enthusiasm and energy as our Assistant. He has been a great
example to our missionaries and is love by all.
Welcome Elder Perkins! Elder Tripp is going out to
train a new missionary his last two transfers. A big thanks to
him for his leadership in the mission.

Elder Falconer will join Elder Miles as our new Spanish Assistant. He too
will bring lots of energy and leadership to the group. We want to thank Elder
Klemme for all he did for the past 10 months. He was our thinker and always
was looking into the future to see how we could do a better job in improving
things in the mission. He was truly a diligent missionary who contributed much.
Thanks Elder Klemme!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Our Newest Arrivals from the MTC

Sisters Winchell, Graves, Jeanfreau, Elders Fagersten, Alvis, Burrows & Lynn

Our newest arrivals!

President Beck doesn't waste any time teaching our new missionaries
about deportment and demeanor. Is that a surprise?

Filling out paper work before lunch!

Monday, May 2, 2011

May Departures

Sisters Ochocinski, Ayala & Lowery,
Elders Bell, Schneider, Murdock, Berry, Barker, Elkington

It just wasn't the same without Presidente Lopez's carne asada dinner that
night! Sister Beck tried to fill in for him, but we missed the special touch
he and sister Lopez brought to the evening. President Lopez was made
Bishop of the Montana del Sur Ward! We will miss them greatly but know
the Lord has called him where he is needed. He must be needed really bad
because he was our best missionary in the mission. He could convert anyone
he talked to. He had a great gift.....the spirit of conversion.
We love you!
President & Sister Lopez.

Each missionary receives a badge to replace his name tag when
they are released from their service. It is a reminder that they
will be a "Missionary for Life". This was just their mini-mission!

A little ping pong with the missionaries. I must admit, I'm getting better
and better with each group. I can at least hold my own. Right Elders!

Our missionary locker room!

Getting ready for their bedtime story!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Another Group of Level Six Missionaries

Elder Angelos, Farnsworth, Bell, Nuttal, Alling,Falconer, Giles

Sister Matsen has added scones to the menu of fruit, egg casserole & waffles. No
wonder the missionaries are so eager to reach their level six of the study guide.