The ward which includes the mission home, Barcelona Barrio 2, is in many respects a typical inner-city ward. We have members from all walks of life and from a score of different countries, and on any given Sunday we have visitors from around the world. The Bishop is Catalan, the first counselor is from Latin America, and the second counselor is from the Philippines. Tt is a very active ward in terms of missionary work.
Today was a typically great Sunday in Barrio 2. Nataly, who was baptized on Friday, was confirmed in Sacrament meeting and then gave the closing prayer in the meeting. She prayed like she had been a member of the Church all her life. Brother Moises, who was baptized about 6 weeks ago, was called as 2nd counselor in the Young Men and helped ordain a young man as a priest before leaving the opening exercises of priesthood meeting to meet with the Young Men. These two recent converts are well-integrated into the ward!
A new sister who has just moved from the Badalona Ward attended our ward for the first time today. She is originally from Brazil but has been less-active for many years. She was warmly welcomed by the great ward members and is excited to finally be back a Church!
Sister Maria Luisa from Andorra was visiting and brought her non-member sister with her. Maria Luisa also reported on a contact Sister Hinckley had made in Andorra a few weeks ago when we were up there. Since we have no missionaries serving in the Andorra Branch, Maria Luisa agreed to deliver a Book of Mormon to Fatima, our contact. Fatima was very happy to receive the book; her mother was there at the time and asked if she could get her own copy. So we may send a pair of missionaries up to Andorra for a day to visit these new investigators.
Other visitors included a couple from Mesa, Arizona, spending a week in Barcelona celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary, and a brother from Guatemala City who is here for two weeks of training with his employer, Roche.
All in all, it was a great Sunday in Barrio 2!
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.