Sunday, May 17, 2015

Concilio and what is a "SHE"??

Elders Metcalf and Phipps with Elder Frost in Malaga 1.

Sisters Buechter and Hansen being agents to act (rather than objects to be acted upon).

Concilio, 12 May 2015

A little mingling in the back yard after Concilio.

Elder Gonzalez always has a good smile!

President Deere related missionary work to building up his law practice during Concilio, and some elders had some questions for him afterward. Future lawyers perhaps?  

One of the wonderful changes we've seen during the last 3 years is the addition of Sister Training Leaders to our Concilio.  They add so much and are a key part of the mission leadership council.  Before the Church announced the name for their position in Spanish, we felt the best translation for them would be "Hermana Entrenadoras", or Sister Trainers.  But as you can see, the abbreviation would be "HE".  We just couldn't have that for Sisters, so President Deere suggested jokingly that we should call them "Super Hermana Entrenadoras", or SHEs.  The name stuck.  Here they are--our "SHEs". 

Meet our office elders, Elders Weenig (pronounced "When-ig"), Clark and Fife.  They keep the mission running smoothly and do missionary work at night. We all depend on them daily!  

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Historic Conference

Hermanas DeMayola and Nelson in Alicante 2.

Hermanas Curtis and Meneses in Elche 1.

Elders Maldonado and Fillmore in Alicante 1.

Elders Gonzalez and Durrant in Jerez.

Elders Alomia and Mangum in Malaga 1.

Elders Adcock and Marchant in Molina.

Elders Landinez and Johnson in Molina.

Cousins!  Elders Hall and Buttars found each other.

Elders Melgarejo and Reseigh.  They didn't write it, they just found it!

Elders Evans, Shoell, Sisters Read and Miller and Elder Evans of the Dos Hermanas District.

We never thought this would happen, but last week we ALL met together for the first time in history, as far as we know.  Elders Clark, Fife and Weenig moved mountains (of missionaries) to get us all here for a wonderful conference with Elder Dyches of our Area Presidency and Elder Allen of the Missionary Department and their wives.  It was about using technology for good, being agents to act rather than objects to be acted upon, and about our leaders' vision for missionary work and technology now and in generations to come.  But it was mostly about change, repentance, and the healing arms of Jesus Christ.  We will never forget it. 
Missionary Work in the Digital Age Mission-wide Conference
Wednesday, 6 May
Seville, Spain

Great missionaries come in all shapes and sizes.  Some of our best, from left to right:  Elders Narcizo, Galarza, Prescott, Love, Ward, Sykes, Mangum, Clark and Orr. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Best Senior Missionaries and Spring Cleaning

Sisters Esplin and Olson in Almeria.

A triple baptism in Malaga 3.  Missionaries shown are Elders Beuchert, Wheeler, Durrant and Erickson.

Elders Adams and Melgarejo in Alcoy.

Elders Johnson and Landinez in Molina.

Elders Lowry and Milius in Puerto de Santa Maria.

Elders Wheeler and Beuchter again in Malaga 3.

You already know the missionaries!  Congratulations to our new friends.

Some of the best senior missionaries in the world!  From left to right Elder and Sister Frost (Young single adult specialists in Malaga and medical specialist), Elder and Sister Redd (Member/Leader support, Caceres), Sister Nielsen (office specialist), and Sister and Elder Wiscombe (Member/Leader support). 

BEFORE.  The missionaries of Molina, before spring cleaning. I know this doesn't exactly show missionaries in a dignified way, but along with the next picture it shows the spring cleaning and organizing effort!

AFTER.  Much better Elders! Still need to lose the wig.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Transfer week: 9 Arrive, 9 Depart

Nine new missionaries arrived at the Malaga train station on Tuesday, April 14.

Here are some of the Elders who are training just before receiving their new companions.  Apparently there's always time for a little game of Around the World.

Sister Verdejo will be trained by Sister Benavides in Malaga 4.

Sister Asay will be trained in Elche 2 by Sister Arce.

Elder Pesce will be trained by Elder Baker in Sevilla 1.

Elder Rojas will be trained by Elder Reid in Murcia 2.

Elder Reynolds will train Elder Costas in Fuengirola.

Elder Padilla will be trained in Cartagena 3 by Elder Hill.

Elder Martin will train Elder Alvarez in Elche 1.

Elder Maldonado will be trained in Alicante 1 by Elder Fillmore.

Elder Francia will be trained in Crevillente by Elder Day.

These great missionaries and dear friends finished their mission this week.  From left to right, Elders Rodriguez, Miller, Proctor, Sister Herrera, Elders Bleazard and Miranda, Sisters Nava and Fumero.  We love you and miss you!  Elder Durfey also finished his mission this week. (picture coming soon).

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

A far-away baptism and a note to parents and missionaries


Hermanas Plummer and Villamar in Badajoz.

Elders Day and Prescott in Crevillente.

Hermanas DeMayola and Nelson in Alicante 2.

Hermanas Swenson and Knowles with Elder Crandall in Cartagena 2.

Elders Skousen, Metcalf and Phipps in Malaga 1.

Elders Narcizo and Tye in Malaga 3.

This baptism was performed by our soon-to-be President Andersen. He was invited to baptize one of his investigators:  a sweet little granddaughter. Congratulations to all!

Concilio, March 31, 2015

Elders Prescott and Day have been getting rid of stuff in Crevillente.  Good job!

Elders Marshall and Hamblin have also been working hard cleaning out their apartment.  Nice!

Zone Meeting aftermath in the San Fernando Zone.

The Sevilla 1 Zone.  We love these bright shiny faces!

Dear Missionaries and Parents:

We have some big changes coming to our mission.  The "digital age" is finally arriving!   In the coming months, missionaries in our mission will be able to proselyte online using Facebook and blogs.  We don't know much about this yet, but in preparation for this phase, President Deere and I will change this blog to set the example for the standards our missionaries will be asked to keep if they choose to write a blog. 

Here are some of the changes you'll see on this blog:

  • Identifying people in photos:   I intentionally do not identify our friends who are being baptized in order to protect their privacy.  Beginning now, missionaries should ask the person for their permission to share the photo with me to put on this blog

  • Missionary attire:  I will no longer post photos of missionaries in preparation day clothing, only in missionary clothing as you see above.

  • Types of photos:  I will only post photos showing activities consistent with the sacred nature of our callings. 

Many parents and families of missionaries maintain blogs of their son or daughter's missionary service.  This is a great way to inspire and inform others who know and love your missionary.  Please be careful as you post your missionary's news in these blogs to protect the privacy of our new friends in Spain.  Do not share full names or private details of those they teach or baptize.  For the safety of all missionaries in Spain, be vague as you describe the changes coming with regard to mobile devices.

Missionaries, you're the best!  Parents and families, we consider ourselves so lucky to be part of this great work in this sunny, beautiful corner of the world, and to be doing it with your sons and daughters.  We love them. 

Sincerely, Sister Deere