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.

Friday, November 13, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Elder Fiske and Elder Burton get into the spirit of the season in their piso in Elche

Traditionally, we begin celebrating the Christmas season as soon as we complete the last holiday which precedes Christmas. In the United States, that last holiday is Thanksgiving. But since there were no Pilgrim Fathers in Spain, there is no Thanksgiving holiday - so we begin celebrating Christmas as soon as Halloween is over!

Elder Romney and Elder Baugh assemble the Chirstmas tree in the mission home


As we begin to celebrate the Christmas Season, we continue to be amazed by the miracles we see. Earlier this week, Elder Brian in Valencia received a telephone call during his morning study time, and the caller asked "Are you named Elder?" Yes. "Of the Church of Jesus Christ?" Yes. "Good. I would like to be baptized into your Church."

This woman had been taught all of the lessons a few years ago in her native country of Columbia, but moved to the Island of Ibiza before being baptized. She was in Valenica visiting her daughter (who is a member of the Church) and wanted to be baptized before returning to Ibiza. Although we do not have a branch on Ibiza, we do have several members there who are part of the Levante (Mallorca) Branch. Her baptism is scheduled for tomorrow afternoon.

Last week a young single adult woman called the Elders in Hospitalet and asked to be baptized. She had been given a Book of Mormon by her boyfriend in Sevilla, had read it, received a testimony, and sought out the missionaries. She lives in the area of Hermana Grimm and Konopinski who met with her last Saturday, began to teach her, and took her to stake conference on Sunday. Her baptism is scheduled for next week.

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  1. Elder Brian said it was "the best birthday present" he's ever received! It's an amazing story, thanks for sharing!