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

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