Sunday, August 31, 2014

Baptisms and a note to parents

Hermanas Heaton and Blake and Elder Bastian in Alicante 1.

Hermanas Robayo and Morrow and Elder Puelles in Huelva.

Elders Triana and Johnson in Lorca.

Elders Miller and Moran in Murcia 1.

Elders Proctor and Sharp in Sevilla 2.

Elders Fisher and Puelles in Huelva.

Here's Elder Warburton's bag ready for the day's harvest.

Elder Easton froze Elder Warburton's chapa because... well I don't know.  You'll have to ask Elder Easton.
Parents, we are keenly aware of the recent loss of three missionaries. One sister serving in the United States died from injuries sustained in a car accident, and around the same time two elders died in Taiwan of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.   We mourn this great loss to the families and loved ones of these faithful missionaries.

The church requires that each missionary apartment has both a carbon monoxide and smoke detector.  As requested by the church, we are in the process this week of verifying that every apartment still has one of each, and that they work properly. 

During the past few days, each companionship in our mission has been asked by his district leader to locate the detectors in his/her apartment, push and hold the test button to verify that it works,  and report back to the district leader.  If they can't find either detector, or one or both doesn't work, they have been asked to order one through the office immediately. 

We have talked about these devices many times in the mission, and consider these detectors extremely important in the safety of our missionaries.  The missionaries are also asked to check these detectors EVERY TRANSFER to make sure they are working (and also verify that their fire extinguisher is "in the green").   Not all of them are doing that.  They will hear it again from us, but we'd like for them to hear it from you too. 

If you haven't already, please ask your missionary about their detectors, and verify with them that they have located and tested theirs, or that they have replaced batteries or ordered new ones.  This is one of the easiest dangers to protect against with just a few simple steps.

Thank you for sharing your sons and daughters with us.  They are hard-working, thoughtful, and so, so good.  We will try to keep them safe and out of harm's way, and we know that heaven is watching over them too. 

Sister Deere

Saturday, August 23, 2014

12 Depart, 1 Arrives

Elders Flint and Simon in Alicante 2.

Elders Guarcax and Reynolds in Almeria at the baptism of a father of a member family getting baptized. 

Sisters Cerna and Andrew, and Elders Durfey and Narcizo with Caceres' first baptism in 1 1/2 years!

Hermanas Volpe and Thompson in Cadiz.

Hermanas Camacho, Cameron and Johnson in Jerez.

Hermanas Fumero and Kunz in Jaen.

Elders Rojas, Crapo and Tirrell in Murcia 2.


Hermanas Nava, Menesis and Israelsen in Sevilla 1.

Pday in Cadiz!

It looks like a baptism-fest but...

it was really a youth activity in Alcazar de San Juan.

Look who Elder Bassett ran into in Chiclana!

Hermana Fumero's agenda cover: Dos Veces en Blanco!

Elder Striebeck arrived Friday night from Argentina where he has been serving as he awaited his visa. 

He will work in Elche with Elder Marshall. 

This week 12 great missionaries finished their missions.  These sisters, in particular, had to do VERY hard things.  They were the first wave of younger missionaries that arrived in the mission in May 2013.  Two of them had to train a new sister after only 6 weeks in the mission.  Two others  were assigned as companions when they each only had 6 weeks in the mission.  All of them, including the elders, had to open new areas and serve in leadership positions very early in their missions.  Thanks to all of you for your brave, faithful service during this historic period!

This wonderful family came to pick up our favorite German.  Goodbye Elder Scheible!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Baptisms and a skirt mystery

Hermanas Herrera and Theobald in Badajoz.

A baptism in Elche--this sister was taught by Hermanas Flake and Hendricks.

Elders Enfield and Puelles in Huelva.

Hermanas Grant, Brown and Guerrero in Malaga 1.

Elders Allsop, Mangum, Lucero and Webb in Jerez.

Two times in white!  Here's our recent convert in Huelva with her first temple recommend. 

Almeria District:  Hermanas Becerra and Roan and Elders Reynolds, Quinn, Sandelin, Guarcax, Oliver and Hyatt.

Is there something in the white handbook about this?

A sweet message (they did not paint that..) to President Deere from Caceres.  He loves you too! Hermana Camacho, Elder Sykes, Hermana Andrew and Elder Durfey.

Happy Independence Day in Peru!  Elders Reed and Rojas.

The Hermanas of San Fernando:  Hermanas Bangerter, Flanders, Perez, Thompson, Johnson, Volpe, Camacho, Cameron, Giler and Brown.

Anyone know the history on this skirt?

Hermana Rindlisbacher is wearing it now, and Hermana Johnson wore it before her, but we'd like to know who it started with??

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Transfers: 10 Arrive, 3 Depart


We received 10 new missionaries this week from the Madrid MTC and the Provo MTC.  Welcome!

Sister Giler will work in San Fernando with Sister Brown.

Hermana Robayo will train Hermana Morrow in Huelva.

Hermana Lyons will train Hermana Carmen in Alicante 2.

Hermanas Folsom and Hurtado will be in Fuengirola.

Hermana Jones is headed to Cartagena 3 with Hermana Hererra.

Hermana Merrill is headed to Cartagena 2 with Hermana Birnbaumer.

Elder Varela (straight from the US today) is headed to Alicante 1 with Elder Caceres.

Elder Cowley, also right off the plane from the U.S. will work with Elder Marchant in Malaga 2.

Elder West and Elder Clark are in love with Alcala already.

Elder Gantner and Elder Ward are assigned to Chiclana.


Concilio Dinner from last week--Sweet pork burritos always makes them happy.

Elders Lish, Gutierrez and Sister Nielsen finished their missions this week.  Thank you for your service!

Elder Lish's parents and Grandmother came to pick him up.