A few weeks ago at Church two of our missionaries met Amada, a 71-year old Spanish widow who had come with a friend who was a member of the ward. They set an appointment to visit her on the following Saturday. Knowing that she had recently lost a son, the Elders taught her about the plan of salvation. There was a wonderful spirit present during the lesson, and the Elders asked her if she would be baptized. She responded, "Of course I will. I have no doubt that this is what I need to do!" They asked if she would prepare to be baptized the following Saturday, one week later, and she agreed.
The next day at Church as they were talking with Amada and her member-friend, the Elders asked how long they had known each other. They looked at each other, then back at the Elders and said, "15 days."
"What?" the Elders asked. "Yes, 15 days," was the response. Fifteen days earlier this sweet investigator had been walking down the street, saw another lady (the member) walking down the street, and had a strong impression to talk to her. Amada recounted that she felt very strongly, "I must meet that woman. I have to talk with her!" She followed her prompting and began a conversation with the ward member. They became immediate friends and the member shared her testimony and invited Amada to Church.
Amada was baptized on 29 August 2009, 21 days after stopping a stranger on the street in response to a prompting. She is preparing to go to the Madrid Temple where she can perform the baptisms of her husband and son.
"Behold, are not the things that God hath wrought marvelous in our eyes?" (Mormon 9:16)
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.