Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Our Friends, Elder and Sister Bowles

With our good friends, Elder and Sister Bowles.  They are a senior missionary couple from Murray,  Utah who are serving  in the Tucson south Stake, which is just north of us.  They do a lot of things with us on "p" days.  Last night we went to see the movie "Saving Mr. Banks."  It was an incredible movie!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Our New Home - The Peaks at Santa Rita

This is "The Peaks at Santa Rita" in Green Valley.  It is a beautiful retirement center.  We will live here from now (December 1st) until the end of our mission.

We live in bldg 7 which is on the right and at the end.  

The courtyard between buildings.

The entrance to the main bldg/social center where the exercise room, game room, library, small theater, offices, dining and cafe rooms are located.

In the courtyard beyond the fountain are a small swimming pool and jacuzzi.  

In the courtyard is a wash to catch and run off all the flood waters from the monsoons during the summer months.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Sahuarita Stake Center - Zone Meeting

We had a zone meeting today with the elders and sisters at this Sahuarita Stake Center.  
This building has interesting architecture with a strong Spanish influence.  
Most of the streets here in Tucson have Spanish names.  
Three of the nine wards in our stake are Spanish speaking wards so we have a lot of missionaries on Spanish speaking missions within our mission.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Madera Ward

This is the chapel for the Madera Ward, our first assignment here in Tucson.  It is located in Green Valley, which is 20 miles south of Tucson.  We are in a very dry desert climate with only a few trees and cactus plants that add a touch of green to this area.

Bishop Nay and his wife, Kathryn, outside the church with us today. 
 We attended the baptism of an 8 year old girl.

 The weather has been very pleasant this week with temperatures in the low 80's.  
A great welcome to Arizona!

Monday, May 6, 2013

The Beginning of our Journey

This is the place.... where we start our one year mission serving in Tucson. 
Bill and I are happy to be welcomed into our new home after a long drive from Utah to Arizona... and after an inspiring week spent in the Mission Training Center in Provo.  

Bill enjoyed talking to Brother Perkins, the man in charge of housing for the missionaries.  We're grateful for his work in finding us a nice place to live!

Here we are checking in with the mission secretary and her husband, who takes care of the vehicles for the missionaries.