Saturday, September 19, 2015

Farewell to the Visitors' Center (for remodeling) and farewell to our Dear Friends

We bid farewell reluctantly to Elder and Sister Bowers

Elder and Sister Bowers hold quilt made from the fabric of skirts she altered for the missionaries

Sister Embley has won the hearts of everyone in the Visitors' Center

The Bowers and Sister Embley chose Breakfast Burrito's for the menu

Sisters Lloyd, Guevara, Willes, and Knudsen

Sister Ganta and Morris

Sister Ventanilla, Kohler, Greene, Kelson and McNeely

Sister Pajaro, Duran, Hernandez, Aguilar and Elder Ashton

Sister Lopez, Hart, Gonzalez and Stringfellow

Sister Anderson, Grow and Lund

Breakfast Burrito's are enjoyed

Sister Niska, Beach, Ganta, Anderson, Kohler, Makaya and Brady

A traditional picture taken at the Christus statue following the testimonies shared by the departing missionaries

Sister Zamudio and Embley share a parting hug

Elder and Sister Cameron celebrate with Sister Embley a mission served valiantly to the end

The Bowers leave a loving legacy along with their talents of  dancing and sewing
The Arizona Mesa Temple Visitors' Center will be closed for several weeks for remodeling and the addition of new exhibits

The sister missionaries came early on a Saturday morning to clean out the Teaching Center work room and the supply room

Sister Greene organizes the office supplies

Egg McMuffins provided the needed energy for Sister Anderson and Lund

Sisters Anderson, Greene, Willes, Morris, Gonzalez-Calderon, Duran and Hernandez sort through papers

Cleaning continues in the kitchen

Sister Hernandez carries a treasured, Braille copy of the Book of Mormon

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Mesa Temple Visitors' Center as a Learning Center

Brother James and sister Sunny Allred were visiting Mesa, Arizona from Sierra Vista on Sunday, September 6, 2015.  They came to the Mesa Temple Visitors' Center to use the displays to teach their their children Jack (7), Max(5) and Alexa (2) about the Savior and his ministry.  Jack will be baptized soon and his parents were teaching him about why we are baptized and what it symbolizes.
Observing this family, we were taught how the Visitors' Center can be used by families to help children learn about the gospel, keep the Sabbath day holy, and enjoy a family outing.

Brother Allred said, "We find the Visitors' Center has the most complete series of paintings to help teach about the Savior's life and ministry."

The sister missionaries use the Visitors' Center as a teaching center in a number of ways.  Sister Embley teaches Sister Zamudio a lesson on the piano during their dinner hour.