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Week 2: Transfer Week Craziness

The second week of our mission was….. nuts!

No, beyond nuts…… it was awfully crazy.

First thing on Monday we get a wonderful load of new missionaries, 11 Sisters and 2 Elders, fresh from the MTC. (Taking pictures with each of them was my favorite part.) They are so excited to be here in Tucson and to get to work. [Note to self…NO black skirt in the Arizona 112 degree sun!]

 

 

After pictures, we load up their luggage in the cargo trailer, and then pile the missionaries into our mission vehicles to set off for the Mormon Battalion Monument in downtown Tucson. It’s a long standing tradition in the ATM.

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After getting to the monument, President Browning explains a little history of the Mormon pioneers and the Mormon Battalion to motivate our new missionaries to honor the tradition of hastening the work in this area, just like the pioneers did.

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Then we head to the stake center for lunch and training (sorry no pictures) and then to the mission home for dinner and testimonies.

Lucky for this group, the monsoons started to roll in just as we got to the mission home!

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Looking out from the balcony of the mission home.

 

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Everyone was so excited to see the rain and feel the temperatures get cooler.

 

After dinner, everyone went to their places and got some rest. On Tuesday morning, we all headed to the transfer site for transfers and the Trainer/Trainee Training! (That was a mouthful.) This is where the new missionaries learn who their trainer is and to begin the 12 Week Training program. We had 11 Sisters so we needed a lot of Sisters to help out this transfer.

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Right after the Trainer/Trainee Meeting, the departing missionaries were waiting outside to head north to the Gilbert Temple for their departing day temple trip. We quickly got in the cars and headed to Gilbert. (This was our first and last trip to the Gilbert Temple for departing missionaries because next transfer the Tucson Temple will be dedicated and up and running!!)

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The departing missionaries high five the new missionaries as they head out to their first areas. New and old, arriving and departing….all on the same day.

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After the 2 1/2 hour ride back to Tucson, we are all hungry and ready for dinner so back to the mission home.

The departing missionaries are just about done with their missions….and their shoes show their service.

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After we stuffed ourselves with yummy food, we had a very special testimony meeting and enjoyed hearing from each missionary.

Wow! What powerful people they have all become.

Parents, you should be busting your buttons with pride for what your missionary children have accomplished and how they have grown up and become. MISSIONS are the BEST!!

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All the missionaries receive their departing packets with travel documents, a CD with all their Presidents emails, and other things.

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And just before they all go to get a few hours of sleep, they weigh and jostle their bags to make sure they are under 50 lbs for each bag.  Some get very creative with our primitive weighing techniques!

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Up early and to the airport we go but they all are a little somber (or just exhausted). The last day of their mission and the first day of the rest of their lives IS HERE. The bitter sweet is hard to take in.

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Farewell ATM missionaries! You have worked hard and brought so much joy to so many people by bringing them the Good News of Jesus Christ! May you be blessed for your service in His army.

God be with you.

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First Week in the A.T.M.

We’ve been here a month and this is a post dedicated to all that happened in our first CRAZY week of July, 2017.

July 6-7 we hit the road for a two day tour of all the zones and to have the missionaries “Meet the President and family.” Even our Eboo, Presto, and JuBean came along with us.

Our first stop was in Willcox, AZ, and we met the New Mexico, Gila Valley, and Sierra Vista Zones.

The drive was so scenic and I wished we could of stopped twenty times to take pictures of the Arizona landscape. But of course we couldn’t…we had to move on.

The next day we did it all again but twice! This time we were close in Tucson and met the Northwest, Southeast, and Central Zones and then the Tucson Spanish Zone last of all. The missionaries were all so kind and friendly, and we are ready to get to work with them.

After our last meeting, when it was hotter than I have ever been, we grabbed our first eeggee’s . That is a Tucsonan snow cone-like-slushie that is nice and cold when it is close to 115 degrees outside. The lemon is my favorite.

I LOVE eeggee’s in July in Tucson Arizona!!!!

 

Trip to Tucson

We headed down to Tucson the morning of June 29, 2017.

Before we left, we said goodbye to our very first, 41 day old grand baby, Lillian, which was so much harder than I had anticipated. Much more agonizing.  It was not a fun family prayer before we left. Sigh.

We also said goodbye to the other children, the married’s, took a picture far away so no one could see the tear stained faces, and then jumped into the packed truck and drove away from our home and from normal life.

 

We now have an Arizona Tucson Mission family, and then the married’s in Ohio and Idaho.

The Arizona Tucson Mission Family

Here are some photos of the LONG trip down via Cedar City UT, Las Vegas NV, Kingman AZ, Phoenix AZ, and then to Tucson AZ.

All the pictures of us outside, it was so so so so hot! It was over 108 degrees if not more.

This is our very first day of our mission, July 1, 2017.

We woke up, put on our missionary badges, and headed over to the mission home to take over the reigns. It was a sunny, beautiful day, but it was a day we will never forget!

#CRAZYDAY.july.1.2017

 

 

 

And I cannot forget to show all of the new beautiful friends we met…these unique Tucson cactus and plants.

How we will be so familiar with them over the next three years, but that first morning we couldn’t stop looking and taking pictures of them.

#IAMINLOVEWITHCACTI

 

 

 

And notice…..no green grass, but look at those BLUE BLUE skies!!

HELLO TUCSON!

We are here ready to get to work.

 

Here we go!! Arizona Tucson Mission

tucson_arizona_postcard-r441f8f4a9912491d8bdf42b219680650_vgbaq_8byvr_512Everyone has heard our story of getting called to the Arizona Tucson Mission so I won’t belabor the story.

Plus, it’s all a blur to me anyway. So forgive my straight-to-the-point format.

EB and I were called to be Mission President and Wife, (MP and MPW), officially last November and then got our call in December (we opened it on our 27th wedding anniversary) to the Arizona Tucson Mission! Arrival date: July 1, 2017.

Here is an article about our call on lds.org. 

We were all thrilled to say the least! Our 4 children (Babups, Eboo, Presto, and JuBean) who are coming with us, were jumping up and down screaming with relief and joy!!

We love Arizona, the dry heat, the Southwest, and being in the United States of America. SWEET!!

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In fact, my secret top place I wanted to go…my numero uno… was TUCSON!! There were 11 places in the United States that were Spanish speaking and opening up, and 45 or so outside of the U.S.  They are all wonderful places with amazing loving people and diverse experiences and culture, but I just wanted simple, sunny, Tucson.

Why? I don’t really know why because I’ve never been there.

Maybe calling to me was the warm winters, no earthquakes or hurricanes, and close proximity for children and future grandchildren to visit. Maybe.

Whatever it really was, we are just so happy to be “Tucsonan’s” for the next three years.

Thank you Lord for being so kind to our family.

 

 

 

 

JQ’s Mission Anniversary

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JQ left on April 10, 2013.

He came home April 10, 2015.

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Yes, that is exactly 24 months.

Funny thing, that is how JQ is—exact.

No sharing straws, cups, or spoons.

His bed is always made, pristine and wrinkle-free.

When he was leaving on his mission, I came to his bedroom to help him pack his suitcase and this is what I found on his bed…

Ties & shoes lined up.

pure packing exactness. It was beautiful!

Now he has been home for a year, exactly one year from today,

and it has been heaven having him back.

Love ya JQ.

 

 

 

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