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.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Internet Miracles - How Google and Facebook Further the Work

Two months ago a woman living in Murcia was trying to find the address of the Church using the Internet. Somehow - we still don't know how - she came up with the address for the apartment where the sister missionaries live. She went to the address on three successive Sunday mornings hoping to find Church services, but the missionaries, of course, were at the chapel. One Sunday the sisters came home early as they were feeling ill, and were home when the woman tried one more time to find the Church. She was baptized two weeks later.

A few weeks ago we received a referral from our neighbor Ruth Ann Abbott in Salt Lake City. She and a young man named Tony from Cairo had somehow become friends on Facebook and Ruth Ann had shared the Gospel with him via Facebook. Tony was interested in learning more, and as he now lives in Barcelona, Ruth Ann emailed his address and telephone number to us. Tony was baptized last Saturday.

Some weeks ago a man who had first heard of the Church in Nigeria was looking on the Internet to try and find the Church in Valencia where he now lives. In the process he somehow came across a Church member in Australia, and they began communicating via Internet. She sent him a copy of the Book of Mormon, and he wanted to learn more. Somehow he found a cellular phone number that had once been assigned to the Elders in Valencia. They phone number was now assigned to Elder and Sister Thompson on the island of Mallorca. They Thompsons served a previous mission in West Africa, so when this Nigerian called asking about the Church, they had an common connection. Elder Thompson wrote down the man's name, telephone number and address and promised to have the missionaries meet with him in Valencia. The Valencia sister missionaries met with him within a few days and he told them he loves the Church and wants to become a member. He is scheduled to be baptized April 3rd.

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