Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Barcelona and Badalona Zone Conference -- March 15, 2017

Today we had our combined Zone Conference of Barcelona and Badalona. As you can see from the picture, it was a big group! I taught first again on the power of positivity. Then the Assistants taught about keeping in contact with the people that accept our message and "keeping the sheaves on our backs." A reference to the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 33:9. After lunch we had an amazing special musical number by an octet of missionaries, a teaching by the Zone Leaders Elders Tyson and Knadler on how to improve our commitments, and President taught on how to better teach the importance of prayer to our investigators.

A delicious meal was prepared by Carolina with help from Brother and Sister Berrett. Thank you!!

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Called to Serve! -- March 21, 2017

We went straight from the airport right to the train station to pick up 9 amazing looking missionaries! We are happy to report that all arrived safely and with smiles on their faces. We are so excited for these great servants of God to begin their journey.

After a brief presentation and welcome to the mission, we all took a trip to Mont Juic to overlook the city of Barcelona and the missionaries had a moment of prayer and pondering. 

The missionaries all went out with temporary companions for their first night and the next morning we all met back in the Mission Home. The trainers and trainees all enjoyed a lunch together, and then we had our meeting and assignment of trainers. 

                               Elder Doman will be trained by Elder Bradshaw in Terrassa!

                                  Elder Astorga will be trained by Elder Dixon in Manacor!

                               Elder Chin Ah You will be trained by Elder Kreutz in Palma!

                            Hermana Clark will be trained by Hermana Anderson in Hospitalet!

                                Elder Holmes will be trained by Elder Bowles in Menorca!

                              Hermana Barlow will be trained by Hermana Nelson in Palma!

                                  Elder Triana will be trained by Elder Riggs in Vilafranca!

                              Hermana Clark will be trained by Hermana McConkie in Lleida!

                              Elder Jones will be trained by Elder Christensen in Tarragona!

                             Hermana Johnson will be trained by Hermana Sperry in Palma!

        And Hermana de Lima (who will arrive tomorrow) will be trained in Castellon by                                                                                   Hermana Cummings!

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Departing Missionaries -- March 21, 2017

Last night we had the farewell dinner together in the Mission Home. They all shared mission experiences and stories as well as their powerful testimonies.

This morning we said goodbye to 10 great missionaries. As always, it is hard to see them go, but we are so grateful for their service and are excited for the new mission they are starting at home! Thank you Elders Orantes, Bennion, Alleman, and Oliver as well as Hermanas Crofts, Larsen, Laine, Martinez, Iverson, and Roggierro! We will miss you!

The office staff bids farewell and gives their last bits of advice: go to church, read the scriptures, and pray!

Our last group picture as they headed off for their flights. 

And the Elders last goodbye to President Dayton.

We were blessed to be able to meet with Hermana Iversons parents when they came to pick her up this morning. Thank you Brother and Sister Iverson for letting us have her for a year and a half!

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