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Departing Missionaries July
Post: July 26

Elder Cook

Hermana Wixom

Hermana Sorenson

Elder Warren

Elder Kelly

Elder Burton

Elder Casto

Elder Hale

Elder Bollschweiler

Elder Fong Baeza

Elder Umphress
Elder Larsen
Elder Golling

Elder Maugh



Elder Sheilds



Elder Urness

Elder Stewart-Chester

Elder Hinckley

Elder Morse
Elder and Sister Mathias

Departing Group Pictire

                                                    Elders Morse and Maughan
                                                       Hermanas Wixon and Sorensen
                                                              Elders Eddenfield Umphress

                                            Elders Warren, Maughan, morse, umphress, Casto,

                            Hermanas Wixom and Sorensen and Elders Warren, Umphress, Kelly
                                         Elders Fong, Burton and Kelly, and Umphress
                                         Elders Morse Hale, Sheilds, Casto, Eddenfield
                                Elders Harris, Larsen, Morse, Hale, Maughan, Cook Kelly, Casto...
                                                  Elders Atkinson, Maughan, Glines

                                                               Elders Hale, Fong

                                                              Hermana Wixom

                                                                    Elder Matthias

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New Missionary Training August 2017
Post: Aug 15
Elders: Adair, Miner, Carraway, Champneys, Morgan, Thornock, King, Christensen

Elders: Adair and Norton

Sisters Brown and Muhlenstein and Elder Clinger
Having their cake and eating it too!

Sisters:  Brown and Muhlenstien

Elders: Busher, Arkoudas, and Aguirre

Elders: Carraway and Kloosterboer

Elders: Whipple and Champneys

We Teach, Testify, Invite people to act, Promise blessing and Follow up!
Elder: Christensen and Sisters: Brown and Muhlenstien
Sisters: Jagielski and Lyons
Lunch Time!
Elders: McDougal, Figgins, Norton, Calder
Elders: Glines, Hadlock, Kirkham, Lewis, Sabin, Calder, Clinger, Adair

Sisters: Brown, Muhlenstein, Young, Wynn
Elders: Rich, Fry, Gordon, Smith

Elders: Christensen, Miner, Carraway, Clinger
Elders: Aguirre, Arkoudas, Champneys, Whipple
Elders: Morgan, King, Thornock, Adair
Elders: Glines, Atkinson, Jepsen, Hadlock
Elders: Rodriguez, Kish, Leal, Jewell
Hermanas Linehan and Roberts, Elder and Sister Busher, and President Griffin
Hermana Clavel and Elder Leal
Sisters Stolk, Jagielski, Fitzgerald, and Clavel
Elder Harker
Sisters Clavel, Lyons, Eatough, Corbett, and Epps
Elders Hadlock and Sabin
Sisters: Reynolds, Prisbrey, Winkelman, and Beckstrom

Hermanas Clavel & Eatough

Elders Clinger and Sabin
Sisters Corbett and Stolk

Elders Glines and Atkinson

Sisters Epps and Jagielski

Sister Fitzgerald and Hermana Lyons

Elder  Fry

Elders Glines and Atkinson

Elders Gordon andAguirre

Elders Hadlock and Kirkham

Elder Aguirre

Elder Jewell

Elder Harker

Elders McDougal and Arkoudous

Hermanas Roberts and Linehan

Sisters Prisbrey, Young, Reynolds, and Wynn

Elders Rich and Kish

Hermanas Roberts & Linehan

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New Missionary Training 

 Elders Urness & Ellis

 Elders Rogers & Adams

Elders Lake & Jensen

Elders Lund & King

Sisters Corbett & Gray

Hermanas Coltrin & Beatson

Elders Maughan & Urness

Elders Wells & Moore

Elders Maughan, Ellis, Rogers, Jensen, &Wells

Elders Wells, Riggins, Lund, Adams, & Maughan

Sister Busher

Hermanas Eatough, Coltrin, Beatson, Eldredge, Roberts, Sorensen, Wixom, & Hokanson

Sisters Peterson, Brown, Corbett, & Gray

Elders King, Moore, Lake, & Urness

Hermanas Wixom & Hokanson

Hermanas Beatson & Eldredge

Sisters Brown & Peterson

Sisters Brown & Peterson

Hermanas Sorensen & Roberts
Hermanas Wixom & Hokanson

Hermanas Hokanson & Wixom

Elders Maughan & Riggins

Hermanas Beatson & Eldredge
Hermanas Coltrin & Eatough

Elders Adams & Lund

Elders King & Rogers

Hermanas Eldredge & Beatson, Sister Gray
Elders Jensen & Wells

                                                               Elders Moore & Lake

                                         Hermana Coltrin, Eatough, Griffin, Elder Maughan

Sisters Gray & Corbett

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July 2017 Arriving Missionaries 
Welcome to the Illinois Chicago West Mission!

 President Griffin, Elders Atkinson, Maughan, & Glines

Fresh off the plane!
July Arriving Missionaries

Meeting the Griffins!
President  & Sister Griffin,  & Elder Jewell

  President & Sister Griffin, & Elder Aguirre

  President Griffin & Sister Epps

  President Griffin & Sister Stolk

  President Griffin & Sister Beckstrom

  President Griffin & Hermana Clavel

   President Griffin & Elder Figgins

   President Griffin & Elder Norton

   President Griffin & Elder Smith

   President Griffin & Elder Schramm

   President Griffin & Elder Rodriguez

   President Griffin & Elder Harker

   President Griffin & Elder Calder

   President Griffin & Elder McDougal

   President Griffin & Elder Sabin

   President Griffin & Elder Rich

   President Griffin & Elder Morgan

   President Griffin & Elder Miner

   President Griffin & Elder Carraway


At the Mission Home!

Elder King, Elder Urness, Elder Fong-Baeza

E;der Maughn, Elder Glines, Elder Atkinson

Hermana Clavel, Sister Beckstrom

Sister Ethington, Elder Maughn

Elder Glines, Elder Urness, Elder Atkinson

Elders Calder & Norton

Elders Morgan & Harker

Elders King & Calder

Elders Miner & Jewell

Elders Aguirre and Carraway

Elders Ethington & Rich

Elders Fong-Baeza, Maughn, and Urness

Eldrs Fong- Baeza & Urness

Hermanas Roberts, Griffin, and Sorenson

Hermanas Roberts, Busher, and Sorenson

Sister Busher and President Griffin

 Meet Your New Companion!

Elders Leal & Jewell

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Sister Specialized Training
April 27, 2018, Naperville Stake Center from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm         All sisters invited, 44 young missionaries, 8 Seniors, 9 Griffins = 61 Total
Theme: You were Born to be a Queen!
We are Daughters of God, We are the Noble and Great Ones!
“…having been prepared from the beginning to come forth… to labor in His vineyard for the salvation of the souls of men!” D&C 138:55-56
*Prepare a 2 ½ min talk on, “Having Christlike charity for companions, members and investigators.”
8:30     Arrive / Greet President & Sister Griffin/ Brunch - Fruit and Yogurt Parfait - Sisters Starr, Ethington, Ward and Sorensen ---- serve and prepare
8:50     Start Prelude—Sister Christensen
9:00     Start Morning Devotional in the Chapel
Preside: President Griffin
Conduct: Sister Bair
Piano: Sister Christensen    Conduct:  Hermana Morrell
Opening Song: #309, As Sisters in Zion
Opening Prayer: Hermana Corbridge
2----2 1/2 min talks on Charity; called on by President Griffin                     
  9:15   Musical Number--Sister Weber “Oh, My Father”—By Eliza R Snow
  9:20   President Griffin—Theme
  9:50   Stretch, Sing D&C 4---Hermana Morrell and Hermana Carter
  9:55   Duet- “Teach Me to Walk in the Light” Hannah and Brooklyn Proctor
10:00   Sister Griffin—The Righteous Desires of our Hearts—Our Sisters in the Scriptures.
10:20   Testimonies of how trials bring us closer to our Savior: Sisters Proctor, Griffin, Smith, Griffin, Davis,    Starr and Ethington (5 to 7 min each) There will be about 15 min for others to share testimonies.
11:25   Musical number-The Griffins, Sisters Starr and Ethington “I Walk by Faith” - by Janice Kapp Perry
11:30   Helpful Hints for Healthy Sisters --- Sister Ethington
11:45   LUNCH --Prayer—Sister Reynolds— Lunch Served by Office Staff and Senior Sisters
            Croissant Chicken, grape salad sandwich, lettuce, fruit bowl, veggies, pickles, chips, cookies, water
12:25   Musical Number—Sister Hatch--- “I am of Infinite Worth” by Janice Kapp Perry
             Everyone move their chairs and tables around the edge
12:30   6 Workshops – (move and use the rectangle lunch tables and chairs around the edge of the cultural hall) workshops will be 14 min each with 1 min change in-between (7 min./ teach /7 min roleplay) 6 groups
1.      Have Faith to speak up/Overcoming fear and social anxiety!  (2 Tim1:7 & D&C 100:4-6) Sister Starr
2.      The Power of Music in Teaching/Directing (D&C 136:28) Lindsay Griffin Davis
3.      Teaching with Power and Confidence (PMG-Chapter 10) - Joanna Griffin
4.      Using Time Wisely/Accountability (PMG--Chapter 8, Pages 150-152)   Christiann Griffin  
5.      Building Relationships by Developing Charity (PMG--Chapter 6, Page 118)   Lacy Griffin Smith   
6.      Perfectionism/Comparing (1 Kings 8:61 Moroni 10:32) Laralee Griffin Proctor
1:45     Closing Song: #219, Because I Have Been Given Much    
1:50     Break to Change for exercise and service —Use the class rooms in the back wing, by back rest room
2:00     Fun ideas to stretch and exercise---Griffin Family 15 min
2:15     Self Defense helps--- Hermana Coltrin—10 min
2:25     Self Defense helps--- Sister DeGraff—10 min
2:35     Self Defense helps—Amber Anderson—45 min 
3:20     Set up for Service
3:30     Service—Humanitarian Project -- 1 ½ hours   (Sister Trainers will help the Church Humanitarian Committee lead the projects at each area. Some will be making quilts and others cutting out burial caps and dresses for stillborn babies. This service touches and blesses families who are grieving after they have unexpectedly lost their baby before or at birth. It is a sacred and tender time for parents who are not prepared for such an event. This service will really touch our hearts.)
5:00     Closing Prayer and blessing on the food: Hermana Nelson
            Dinner -Sister Griffin & family-Penne Pasta Pesto Chicken & Broccoli, Salads, Roles Dessert, Water
5:30     Clean-up together—Take clothing exchange to the car---we can be done in 15 min.
5:45     Everyone change back to proselyting clothes —
6:00     Back to areas

Penne Pasta Recipe Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Heat butter and olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté chicken and garlic until chicken is almost cooked. Reduce heat and stir in salt, pepper, cream, pesto and Parmesan cheese. When slightly thickened pour over the chicken and pasta, stir in steamed broccoli and serve.  Costco Pesto works great!  Cook the amount you need to the taste you like.
We will have gluten free substitutes for pasta and bread.

Sister’s Clothing Exchange- Everyone bring the clothes you want to share and lay them out to exchange and shop throughout the day! Get any winter clothes that you might need even though you have to carry them around.  This will be our last clothing exchange until further notice. 
SMILE  Spiritually Minded Is Life Eternal

Sisters Conference was one of the best conferences I have ever participated in! We started by singing "As Sisters in Zion", it really made me think, all of us had come together with a variety of different backgrounds unite together and serve the Lord, the spirit was very strong. It felt like Zion to me! These sisters are the best the Lord has to offer. It was an amazing day! -Sister Pace

Sisters Conference was one of the most fun days of my mission! Being together with all of the sisters in the whole mission was a super fun. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a missionary in the ICWM and share this experience with such amazing sisters. -Hermana Hatch

I LOVE being a missionary and Sisters Conference just added to that love.  There is such a unique spirit when you are with Sisters who have the same purpose as you and are excited about the work just as much as you are.  Sister Griffin shared with us scripture stories about women in the Bible and The Book of Mormon who has so much faith and acted on that faith.  As I listened to these stories I reflected on how these women have the same purpose that we do.  They were inviting others to COME UNTO CHRIST.  I am so grateful to be a Sister missionary and have Sisters around me who I am united with as well as sisters in the scriptures who I am united with.  I love this work. -Sister Wynn

I felt so spiritually uplifted afterwards! I loved listening to all of the speakers and learning from their life experiences. -Hermana Beatson

I loved sisters conference because it was exactly what I needed to hear. It was a great opportunity to strengthen our testimonies together as sisters. As a whole it made me feel more confident in my abilities to teach, testify, and invite all to come unto Christ. -Hermana Allison

I loved seeing how much all of the sisters loved being together. There were a lot of hugs and a lot of hugs again, there was a sweet buzz around the room. -Sister Griffin

I loved the self-defense course we briefly toke. It made me feel more prepared if anything goes wrong, and it was just fun. I also loved hearing the conversion story and testimony of a convert named Franny. Her testimony touched and moved me to be more diligent in my missionary work and I'm sure it did for others. It just brought the Spirit into the room and peace when hearing her story and how much joy the gospel has brought into her live. It is always very humbling and brings me back to the core of missionary service when hearing someone's testimony: to invite others to come unto Christ. -Sister Petty

The best part about Sisters Conference was being in a room full of strong, spiritual, and empowered women who have the love and light of Christ radiating from them. You could feel the love that Heavenly Father has for His daughters very strongly the whole day. It is a sweet feeling to know that there are so many wonderful women who all have the same goals and values that you do. - Sister Urquijo

I absolutely loved sisters conference! When you entered the room with all these wonderful sisters, you truly felt as sisters in Zion. I felt united in the great cause of remembering who we are, and bringing others unto Christ to know of there eternal worth. So much love felt! You couldn't leave this conference not feeling your true worth as a daughter of God. I know I felt this. I loved hearing the conversion story of Franny and feeling of her sweet spirit and love for the Savior. Each sister I saw had a radiance and light of love within them. The service and self defense was a lot of fun, and I felt really bonded with my sisters! -Sister Gray

I love sisters conference! It has been a highlight of my mission both times I have been able to attend! I loved this year how we were able to experience the spirit & testimonies of the strong women in the Griffin's life. The testimonies & training's of their daughters were some of the most influential aspects for me. One thing I loved was seeing how these strong women lived their testimonies. They shared struggles they have had throughout their lives & it helped me to have a greater perspective of our trials. I also loved the powerful spirit of unity I felt between all the sisters. It was a lesson as to our Divine purpose as women in Heavenly Father's Plan. Sister Jagielski

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Sisters Conference 2017
We are here to lift others!

Getting all ready!

Hermanas Coltrin, Eatough, Sisters Peterson, Brown, Ward, Morales, & Prisbrey

Hermanas Sorensen & Roberts

Sisters Ivie, Hokanson, Corbett, Fitzgerald, Allowitz, Fugal, & Anderson

Learning how to become better teachers using PMG.

How can we better interact with members?

Family History opens the hearts of those we teach/

Sisters Ivie & Jardine, & President Griffin

Sisters Jardine and Ivie

Sister Allowitz helps us get awake with a game of "head, shoulders, knees, & toes"

Hermanas Allison, Krebs, Greenlaw, & Fitzgerald

Sisters Brown, Ward, Morales, & Fitzgerald

Hermanas Cleveland & Morrell, Sisters Bair, Vescovi, Ivie, Madsen, & Fugal

 Sisters Corbett, Gray, Madsen, & Fugal

Hermanas Eatough, Coltrin, Hokanson, & Wixom

Hermanas Eatough & Coltrin, Sisters Sorensen & Anderson

Sisters Greene, Hall, Hatch, Parish, Murchison, & Ilene

Amber Anderson & Sisters Gray, Corbett, Jagielski, & Willes

President Griffin, Sisters Young, Prisbrey, & Hatch

President & Sister Griffin

Sisters Havey & Campbell & Hermanas Hokanson & Wixom

Sisters Havey, Young, & Prisbrey

Hermana Krebs & Sister Winkelman

Hermanas Lewis & Alexander, Sisters Muhlestein & Allowitz

Hermanas Lewis, Roberts, Sorensen, Fitzgerald, Greenlaw, & Alexander
Sisters Young, Prisbrey, Petty, & Jardine

  Sisters Muhlestein, Morales, & Hermana Cleveland

Sister Peterson, Hermanas Roberts & Sorensen

Sisters Busher, Madsen, Fugal, & Wilson

Sister Winkelman & Peterson, & Hermana Morrell

Sisters Winkelman, Andersen, & Wilson, & Hermana Linehan

Hermanas Ward, Beatson, Eldredge, Sorensen, & Roberts

Hermanas Wixom, Alexander, & Greenlaw

Sisters Hall & Hatch

Sisters Parish, Busher, & Matthias
Sisters Allowitz & Muhlestein

Sisters Wixom, Hokanson, Jardine, Sorensen, Coltrin, Roberts, Greene, Eatough, & Ivie

Hermanas Sorensen & Roberts

Hermanas Sorensen, Roberts, Coltrin, Eatough, Ward, Linehan, Anderson, & Sorensen

Sisters Jagielski & Allowitz

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Departing Missionaries September 2017
Post: Sept 6

Sisters Hall, Madsen, Greenlaw and Anderson,
Elders Beotcher, Hadlock, Ashcraft, Vasques, Julander
with President and Sister Griffin

Sisters Hall, Madsen, Greenlaw, Anderson, and Griffin


Elders Hadlock, Beotcher, Ashcraft, Vasques, Julander, 

Elders Beotcher, Hadlock, and Julander

Elders Hadlock with Assistant Glines

   Elders Hadlock, Ashcraft, Vasques, and Julander

                                     Elders Hadlock, Vasques, Julander and Sister Griffin                                                                                                                               
 Elder Hadlock with President and Sister Griffin

 Elder Boetcher, Ashecraft, Julander, Hadlock,Vasques, and Hermana Greenlaw

Elders Hadlock, Vasques, Boetcher, Ashcraft, Julander,
Sisters Greenlaw, Madsen and Anderson

                                                             Sister Hall and Sister Griffin.                                                                                                

Sister Hall with President and Sister Griffin

President and Sister Griffin and Hermana Greenlaw

Boetcher, Hadlock, Julander,

President Griffin with Sister Epps
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Spanish Conference 2017
Los elderes de Espanol!

Las Hermanas de Espanol!

Elderes Richards & Tedders

Elder & Hermana Busher

We want to be bilingual!

Elder Stewart-Chester

Instruction from Hermana Griffin.

Elderes Fong, Gubler, & Stewart-Chester, Hermana Roberts

Elderes Hale, Fong, & Gubler

Hermanas Ward & Linehan

Hermanas Coltrin, Eatough, & Roberts

Elderes Fong, Hale, Gubler, & Stewart-Chester

Elderes Hale, Gubler, Tedders, Hilton, Richards, & Stewart-Chester

Hermana Griffin with the flan. Yum!
Hermanas Ward, Linehan, Lewis, Alexander, Morrell, Cleveland, Wixom, Hokanson, Greenlaw, Fitzgerald, Eldredge, & Beatson

Elderes Ellis, Clausse, Hale, Shields, Eggli, Ruiz, & Jeppson

Elderes Fong & Stewart-Chester

Elderes Hilton, McCormick, & Llyod
Hermanas Ward, Linehan, Lewis, & Alexander

Hermanas Greenlaw, Cleveland, & Morrell

Hermanas Busher, Coltrin, Eldredge, Eatough, Sorensen, & Roberts

Hermanas Roberts, Krebs, Allison, Morrell, & Cleveland

Special Spanish musical performance of "Jehovah se nuestro guia."

Special "guest" judges.

Elderes Hale, Wightman, Vazquez, Gubler, Stewart-Chester, Hermanas Beatosn, Eldredge, Fitzgerald, Lewis, & Roberts

Elderes Ellis, McCormick, Wright, Hermanas Allison, Krebs, & Morrell

Hermanas Wixom, Hokanson, Eatough, Ward, Alexander, Elderes Hilton, Leal, Fong, & Llyod

Elderes Tedders, Arkoudas, Buttars, & Clausse, Clegg, Hermanas Linehan & Coltrin

Elderes Tedders & Stewart-Chester

Hermanas Coltrin & Eatough

Hermanas Sorensen & Roberts

Hermanas Sorensen & Alexander

Hermanas Lewis & Alexander

Hermanas Lewis & Roberts

Hermanas Beatson & Eldredge

Hermanas Linehan & Ward

Hermanas Ward, Linehan, Coltrin, & Eatough

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New Missionaries
September 2017


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