Friday, December 7, 2012

21 Departing and the Mambo Family Reunion???

 Elder Dangerfield and Jones in Sevilla 1
All baptisms are special, but in Malaga 3, these 3 boys were baptized by their uncle, who is the Bishop of the Fuengirola Ward.  
 Elder Dangerfield and Elder Jones again in Sevilla 1
 Elder Fowkes and Elder Peters in Elche
Elder Geest and Elder Barahona in Malaga 1

Hermana Meldrum and Hermana Lovell in Dos Hermanas


December 4, 2012
Elders Peterson, Estrada, Dangerfield, Jones, Seely, Geest, Banbury, Barahona, Valenzuela, Rodriguez, Wright, Salmeron, Jackson, Berrett, Manning, Nally, Rodriguez, Mockler and Elder McGarry.
Conference to Create a New Stake
December 2, 2012
Alicante, Spain
This was a great day for the Church in Spain as 2 Stakes were re-organized into 3, creating the new Cartegena Stake.  It was also a great day for Elder Mambo, because his family lives in the Valencia Stake, and they were all there for the meeting!  Look at all those future Elder Mambos!  Normally it is against the rules for missionaries to see their families while serving, but this was a case of two Stakes from 2 different Missions meeting on the same day.  Lucky for them!  (No moving to Spain just to see your missionary!)
As our Missionaries all know, we had a group of 21 outstanding missionaries return home on December 6.  Here they are in small groups:
 Back row:  Elder Thomas, Thornley, Mervai and Lyman
Front row:  Elder Philips, Long and Elder Jordan
 Hermanas Crowder, Letendre, Gibson and Sypherd
 Elders Cooper, Rencher and Pearce
Back row:  Elder Shaver, Forrest, Bailey and Card
Front row:  Elder Hales, White and Elder Peterson

 Thursday, December 6, 2012

3:50 am

Our victorious office staff (also baggage handlers, travel agents and party planners).  No problems this time--all returning missionaries are loaded onto the bus and ready to go to the airport at 3:50 am.  Elders Manning, Valenzuela, Nally, Mockler, Berrett and Peterson.  These Elders worked really hard to get everyone home.  Thanks Elders for all you do!

We got to meet Hermana Crowder's parents later that same (very long!) day!
Here's the whole group.  It's hard to sum up the work that these great missionaries have done in the past 18 months to 2 years, but this next picture is a good start.  
 These feet belong to Elder Phillips, and I think I found these shoes in the garbage the morning after they all left.  Thank you all for your service, and keep in touch! We will miss you!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this and thank you for the Mambo family reunion picture :) I served in Valencia from Oct 95 to Mar 96 and loved the Mambo family. They had 6 children then, I believe. Such a wonderful family and so willing to help the missionaries. I'm so excited to see that Cartagena is now a stake!!! I finished my mission there from July 96 to Feb 97 and loved it. Now all three of my areas are stakes (the months between Valencia and Cartagena I spent in Elche). Thank you thank you thank you for all your updates - it brings back wonderful memories. Beth (Hurlbut) Lee