Thursday, June 30, 2016

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One Year Anniversary in the mission/Family Visits

The office elders surprise us with a one year celebration.  The #1 is a piñata filled with pictures of every baptism since we arrived along with candy bars, a tie and Spain memorabilia.  We also received text messages from all of our missionaries starting at 8am--a very sweet day for us!  We feel so honored and priviledged for this wonderful opportunity!

My daughter, Katie and her husband Kurt Cherrington, attend missionary Sunday in Terrasas.

Angie and Tyler Pisciota, a former El Faro missionary, attend sacrament meeting where Tyler speaks. He is currently the Student Body President at BYU Hawaii.

We visit  Montserrat high on a mountainside.

My son, Jon Forrest, proposes on the top of Montjuic, to Courtney Baker.  They will be married at the end of the year in the Mesa, Arizona temple.

We go to LaFondas to celebrate the engagement...the best paella we have found yet!


We enjoy a wonderful dinner together with my son Jon Forrest and his fiancé, and my daughter, Katie and her husband.

My sister, Marcie and her husband Kurt Oeler, come for a two day visit. We so enjoy our time together.

Carlos is baptized!

Gretzky is Baptized and is a member of the Barcelona 2nd Ward.

My daughter, Kara Rieben, visits us in Spain for two days--July 8th and 9th.

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Friday, June 24, 2016

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Family Home Evening/Alumni and Friends

Family Home Evening on June 23rd in the Mission Home.  Our lesson is on prophets and then we all enjoy Pazookis for dessert.

Peter Ventura, Sara and Abigail Wadsworth visit us in the mission office.  Peter's father, Juan Ventura, served as the first branch president in 1972. Peter was called as the first missionary from Barcelona to Italy.

Ken Jeppesen and sons, Bryan and Kurt, visit us at the mission office.

Tyler Robertson served in El Faro 1996-1998. His areas included Valencia, Gandia, Villajollsa and Barcelona.  We love meeting these wonderful alumni!

Our dear friends from Mesa, Arizona--Karen Zaharis with her 2 daughters and son in laws and adorable grand children visit us.

We celebrate Elder Knadler's 19th birthday with a rice crispie cake and a large chocolate chip cookie with ice cream.

We attend the baptism of Rubi on Saturday June 25th in Hospitalet.

We attend Missionary Sunday in Terrasa. Tyler Pisciota (a former El Faro missionary) and his mother, Angie, speak at the meeting. My daughter Katie Cherrington and her husband Kurt are visiting for three days.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Lleida Zone Conference

We had the Lleida Zone Confernce on Tuesday June 21st. President Dayton taught about overcoming common objections in contacting and using family history to increase missionary success and retention.  I taught about helping our investigators feel the spirit and the assistants taught us how we follow all the way through with our investigators. Elder Prat and Elder Dominguez taught our Spanish lesson and our zone leaders, Elder Maurer and Elder Lake, taught bringing fechas to the font and Herman Hollenbaugh, Sister Training Lreader, taught the power of the Holy Ghost in conversion. We enjoyed a 9 minute video--"Peter and John Continue Preaching the Gospel" and ended with a very special testimony meeting. All in all, it was a wonderful day.

The Zone Leaders, Elder Maurer and Elder Lake, cook gluten free pizza for some of our missionaries.

We sing "Happy Birthday" to our missionaries who had birthdays in April, May and June.

At the train station as we all depart for various areas.

Preparation Day activities and wonderful sights.

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