Friday, February 26, 2016

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Valentine's Day



HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!  We are heart attacked by some of our sweet missionaries!!!

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Zaragoza, Hospitalet, Barcelona, Badalona Specialty Trainings

Zaragoza Zone during Specialized Training--Monday February 22nd

Hospitalet Zone at Specialized Training--Tuesday February 23rd

Barcelona / Badalona Specialized Training--Wednesday February 24th

Family Home Evening in the Mission Home.

Elder and Hermana Maxfield, Barcelona JAS Couple, Presdient and Hermana Dayton, Elder and Hermana Rohde, and Elder and Herman Morejon, office couple.

We welcome our new Married Couple, Elder and Hermana Rohde, to the Spain Barcelona Mission.
They will be serving in Bilbao working with the Single Adults.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

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Area Coordination Council/Manresa Branch

We hosted the Area Coordination Council and those attending were the Stake/District Presidents, Area Seventy and President Dayton. From left to right they include:  Presidents March, Vilar, Barraza, Dayton, Elder Reina, Silvestre, Hernandfez, and Franco. 

Dinner in the mission home following the meetings.

We attended church in the Manresa Branch, a new branch organized a year and a half ago.

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Bilbao, Vitoria, Valencia and Baleares Zones---Specialized Training

Bilbao and Vitoria Zones participated in Specialized Training on Monday February 15th. My topic was "Dignified Behavior and Dress:Hallmark of a Disciple of Jesus Christ".  President sang an original composition to introduce his message--"Invite, Commit, Testify: Keys to a baptizing Missionary." We did "practicas"--simulations of actual encounters with investigators. He also spoke in the afternoon on "Building Zion: Retention and Activation". Our wonderful assistants, Elder Dunn and Elder Kimball, taught on the 8 Fundamentals and Elder Gonzales taught a Spanish lesson. We enjoyed a beautiful musical number and ended the conference with a very special testimony meeting.

We celebrated President's birthday in Valencia with the entire zone. Sister Fenn and Sister Plant purchased a very delicious cake and ice is a day we will always remember. On Monday evening we arrived to the airport for our 8pm flight from Bilbao...taxied on the run way then were notified there was something wrong with the plane, our flight was cancelled and there were no other flights to Valencia. We decided to fly to Madrid for the night, arriving around midnight.  The assistants and I sang "Happy Birthday" to President as we checked in to the hotel.  We were up at 4:45 to catch a 6:45am train to Valencia getting us there just in time for the training.  We flew to Palma that evening--so, President celebrated his birthday in Madrid (not in mission boundaries--we called and received permission), Valencia and Palma.

Baleares Zone Specialized Training on Wednesday February 17th.

President Dayton and I are obviously working our Assistants too hard!

Hermana Lofgran does a beautiful drawing for us as we travel from Palma to Barcelona.

A surprise birthday party for President as we return from our first three Specialized Conferences. We present him with a book with birthday messages from each of the missionaries.

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We attend a wonderful baptism in Mataro.

Hermana Laine receives a HUGE birthday card from her family!!! What a fun memory!

Missionary Leadership Council--A remarkable day of training.  

Hawaiian Haystacks are enjoyed by our missionaries.

We have delicious warm bean dip and chips following our meeting.  This is a tradition that our missionaries LOVE!

Family Home Evening in the mission home. Twice each month we invite investigators, newly baptized converts and the missionaries to participate in Family Home Evening. We had 36 people attend.

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Friday, February 5, 2016

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Baptisms and Transfers

After planning transfers we celebrate by eating at an inexpensive but delicious sushi restaurant.

The joy of seeing an entire family baptized in Terrassa Spain.

Attending the baptism of a semi professional soccer player, Ramon.

Attending the wonderful branch in Vic Spain. Our dedicated missionaries--how we love them!

Welcoming the newest missionaries to the Barcelona Spain mission. This photo is taken in 
front of the FC Barsa soccer display.

Our newest missionaries as they arrive to the mission office.

A wonderful tradition in our mission is transporting our new missionaries to the top of Mont Juic and letting them see the beautiful city of Barcelona--their new mission.

Our final banquet with our beloved departing missionaries.

Saying good-bye to the faithful fourteen at the airport. How we will miss them!

Lunch with the new missionaries and companions of the Spain Barcelona Mission.

Group photo of the new missionaries and companions.

New companions and areas are announced with great excitement!

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