The lighthouse at Formentor, Mallorca

The background shows sidewalk tiles - "rajoles" - that pave the sidewalks throughout Barcelona. They were designed by architect Puig i Cadafalch for the entryway of a home. Since 1915, they have been used by the city to pave sidewalks, and have become emblematic of the city. One of the city's most famous chocolatiers, Enric Rovira, produces chocolate bars in the shape and design of these tiles.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


Welcome to the Spain Barcelona Mission blog! This blog is for the families of currently serving missionaries and others who are interested in what is happening in the mission.

Last week we had transfers - 10 wonderful and remarkable missionaries went home, and we miss them dearly! Pte. Hinckley had interviewed each of them; the Hinckleys then had dinner with them at the mission home, followed by some words of counsel and a wonderful testimony meeting. After dinner, all went down to the Plaza Catalunya where other missionaries and members were singing hymns and contacting. It has been a long-standing tradition to sing at the plaza the night before missionaries return home and, as always, it was an emotional but enjoyable event. Everyone was up early the next morning and off to the airport!

In the meantime, Sister Church (from Fresno, CA) arrived from the Madrid MTC. Her new companion is Sister O'Neill and they are working in Valencia. We are thrilled to have this outstanding new sister in our mission!

On Saturday we had we a surprise treat - Sister Snow arrived from the Madrid MTC. She had arrived in Madrid on Tuesday with 11 other missionaries assigned to Barcelona, but she is bilingual (her mother is from Spain) and was able to come almost immediately to our mission. Another outstanding sister, she is working with Sister Farnsworth in Zaragoza.


  1. President & Sister Hinckley, you have a great elder serving in your mission that we are particulary fond of, Elder Jaxon Ames. He is my nephew. He loves his mission and seems to be doing well. I am grateful that he chose to serve a mission and that he is where he should be. If you remember, please tell him hello from his Uncle Carl in Arizona. Thanks! Carl Ames

  2. Dear President and sister Hinckley,
    Roger and Coleen are certainly excited to be coming to your mission. we will be sending them off with a fun farewell party. They are full of faith and up for the challenge of missionary life. We loved seeing Joseph and Jenny and the babe at church. They look really good. We love you and miss you.....Melinda Rich

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  4. Thank you for this wonderful blog. Elder Ryser will be joining your mission from the Bilbao area and we are happy to learn so much about the terrific people and places he'll enjoy! Rysers