Friday, August 24, 2012

Comings, Goings, Baptisms and Birthdays

Here we go again--first with Baptisms:  We had 10 last week, which puts us at 41 for August!  Wow!   Here are some of them:

Elders Brown and Kirkham in Molina baptized 2 people last weekend

Elders Dangerfield and Estrada with a new sister in Sevilla 1,

And again with another recent baptism!

Hermanas Gibson and Martin baptized a man in Murcia with the help of Elder Kirkham.

Elders Gomez and Mardones with a new convert in Elche 2. 

Hermanas Letendre and Meldrum in Dos Hermanas with their convert of last week (Dad) pictured right before baptizing his son.

Hermanas Woodward and Castrillo with a woman in Alicante.

Elders Jones and Norton in Huercal Overa with a new sister.

Meet Hermana Lovell from Bountiful, Utah.  Welcome to the best mission in the world Hermana Lovell!

She is now working in  ...  where else?  Dos Hermanas with Hermana Meldrum!

 Now for the goodbyes--here's our farewell dinner with Hermanas Ross and Perera, and Elders Pedersen and Alejandre.  4 Great missionaries.  Will we miss them? 


We end this week with big birthday wishes for two of our Senior Elders:  Elder Spainhower (not pictured)  and Elder Stevens (above).  Happy 74th Elder Stevens, and Happy 50th Elder Spainhower!

Keep up the great work Elderes y Hermanas, and we'll see you all next week at Zone Conferences!
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Sunday, August 19, 2012

It was a scorcher in Spain this past week but the mission saw another successful week with 15 baptisms.  We also had follow-up training with our trainers and new missionaries, and

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Families coming into the church together

We had another miraculous week here with 17 baptisms in the first 5 days of August.  The missionaries are working so hard despite the heat and the fact that everyone else in the world seems to be on vacation.  Way to go Elderes y Hermanas!  Especially exciting are stories of families joining the church together.   Here are some of them:

Here's the mother of a young family who was baptized by her husband.  Her husband had been less active for a while, but has come back.  The daughters were baptized about 1 month ago.  The family is now complete!!! Elders Card and Jordan. Elder Card says they are planning to go to the temple in one year. 

This man was baptized in San Fernando 1 by his Brother-in-law.  His wife and extended family members were baptized recently.  Pictured with Elders Berrett and Phillips. We love seeing families come together into the church!

This couple was married recently, and were baptized on the same day.   Next weekend, the Dad plans to baptize their youngest child.  Great work Hermanas Meldrum and Letendre!

Elders Barahona and Biamont in Valdepenas with a new sister.

Elders Bradley and Barney in Sevilla 2 with two handsome young boys being baptized.

Elders Norton and Jones forgot to take the picture before everyone got wet!  But it was a great day with 2 people joining the church in Huercal Overa.

Elders Peterson and Jones with a new brother in San Fernando 2.

And here are Elders Thomas and Triana again with another new sister in Malaga 1.

Hermanas Torres and Leon are doing such a great job in Almeria B.  Here is a new sister baptized last weekend.

And here we have Elders Bradley and Henriquez with two sisters!

Hermana Crowder getting the font ready...

We'd like to introduce the newest missionaries in the Spain Malaga Mission:  Elder and Hermana Todd, who are Military Relations Missionaries and will be stationed in Rota.  Welcome!

Dinnertime at Concilio!!  We love it when the Zone Leaders come for Concilio!  We like to think they are so happy because they get to be with Presidente and me, but really it's because (1) they love being together, and (2) they are starving and it's time to eat. 

Hermanas Nelson and Perera with a family they are teaching, found on Dia de Diamante!

Hnas Nelson and Perera and Elders Pallas and Forrest serving a member family.  Looks to me like they were just helping with eating!

Great week, Elderes y Hermanas.  We love you!

Friday, August 3, 2012

A Mission ablaze!

Our missionaries had an amazing week with 17 baptisms the last weekend in July.  Here they are:

Elders Anderson and Geest in Crevillente.  The woman in the picture is the brother of the new convert, and she was baptized 1 year ago by Elders Alejandre and Rodriguez!

Elders Forrest and Mambo with a man who was baptized a few weeks ago.  This man was Elder Mambo's first baptism.

Elders Jordan and Card in Elche

Valdepenas baptized another sister this week.  Elders Mora and Barahona.

It was great week in Malaga!  Here are Elders Pallas and Forrest and Hermanas Nelson and Perera with a man joining the Church in the Malaga 3 Ward.

Sunday, July 29th was a great day in Malaga with 6 baptisms, including several extended family members.  Elders Triana and Thomas are pictured here with those who were baptized.

 And Saturday was a great day in Granada!  Elders Shaver and Hatch, and Hermanas Roderick and Ross welcomed 2 families and an individual into the Church! A total of 6 people were baptized there last week.

Now for what else happened in the mission this week: 

There were piso checks in Almeria

long tiring travel to specialized training and interviews with President Deere,

more snoozing on the train...

buying giant watermelons,

and seeing really cool places on p-day.

But don't let the more mundane things fool you.  This mission is on fire!

And I mean that literally!

Yep.  That's soot on the wall and ceiling,

and on a white shirt, and on everything else in the whole piso.

Here's what was left of the iron and ironing board that were left on when the missionaries left their piso Monday morning.

Which missionary looks like he ironed his shirt that morning?  Hmmmm...

The moral of this story is:  let's continue to set Spain on fire, but let's be sure to turn off and unplug appliances before leaving our pisos!   Great work Elderes y Hermanas!!