Friday, January 29, 2016

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Missionary interviews/Family Home Evening

We enjoy visiting with missionaries, members and investigators while we travel to each zone for interviews.  This one of our favorite parts of our calling. We are in Valencia with our zone leaders, Elder Dunn and Elder McArthur, and their recent convert.

President goes to a baptism in Logrono while I go with the sisters to teach a discussion.

Inca Branch in the Balearic Islands following Sacrament Meeting. We had 30 ward members to church.

Elder and Sister Chase show us this quaint Mallorca town of Valldemossa.

We enjoy a delightful Family Home Evening in the Mission Home with missionaries and 4 Investigators.  We are going to be doing this two times each month.  

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

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New Missionary/Priesthood Training Meeting with Area Presidency

Elder Woodmansee arrived in January...our newest El Faro missionary!

We attended the Spain Priesthood Traininng Meeting of the priesthood leadership for the entire country of Spain.  All 14 Stake Presidents, the 3 District Presidents, and 3 Mission Presidents met for a 4 hour training session.  The Relief Society, Young Women and Primary Presidencies in the Barcelona area met with Sister Kearon, Sister Dyches and Sister Johnson. Directing the training for the priesthood leaders was the Europe Area Presidency--Elder Kearon, Elder Dyches, and Elder Johnson. Also in attendance were two Area Seventies, Elder Reina and Elder Obando. We focused on the Sabath Day Observance, the Young Single Adults and Family History. These were all components of the Area Plan.

Sending the Area Presidency off at the airport.

Hosting President Pack, Spain Madrid Mission, and his family at the mission home.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

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Missionary Leadership Training

We have a wonderful day of meeting with the leaders in the Spain Barcelona Mission.  President Dayton taught of the principles of Repentance and how we effectively encourage others to repent.  Sister Dayton spoke of A Mighty Change of Heart and becoming more like the Savior.  The Assistants, Elder Dunn and Elder Kimball, spoke of having high expectations and reaching the new baptism goal of each companionship baptizing someone in January or February.  We concluded by doing practicas on common reasons people give telling us they are not interested in hearing our message.  We role played different responses and how to overcome obstsacles.

Elder Dunn and Elder Kimball with the baptism logo written all over their white shirts. Each person was given a rock with the baptism logo.  They were encouraged to only speak of baptism for the next week and if they slip up they were to carry the rock to help them stay focused on baptism. This was a very motivating and inspiring presentation...along with some good humor.

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New Years Eve

We enjoy a special meal honoring Sister Lamoreaux and Sister Solos as they complete their mission.  We welcome in the New Year by eating 12 grapes--0ne each time the gong is hit.  We take these wonderful sisters to the airport at 6am the next morning.

We attend church in Mataro and meet Brett,  Isabel,  Alexis, and Fox Barrett. Brother Barrett served his mission in Spain many years ago.

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Sunday, January 3, 2016

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Tarragona Ward, Senior Couples Dinner

We enjoy church in Tarragona.  We travel to a different ward each Sunday to meet with the wonderful members of the church.

We take Elder Pixton to the airport.  He will have ankle surgery and return in a few months.

We enjoy a delightful evening with the senior couples serving in the Spain Barcelona Mission.

The Mission Presidency--Elder Jordi Manzanares (1st Counselor), President Dayton and Elder Duane Chase (2nd Counselor).

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