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, July 3, 2010

Welcome to the Bilbao and Vitoria Zones!


On 1 July 2010 the long anticipated boundary changes went into effect. We said goodby to the remarkable missionaries of the Elche Zone on Monday (see below). Then on Wednesday we hopped into the VW Transporter and headed out to parts of Spain we had never seen before to meet missionaries (most of whom) we had never met before.

It is about a 7-hour drive from Barcelona to Vitoria in the Basque Country. On Thursday morning we met for the first time with the incredible missionaries of the Bilbao and Vitoria Zones.

 A handsome and impressive group of missionaries!

 The hermanas: Hnas. Ruz, Patten, Culverwell, Roerig, Stosich, Gonzales, Johns

 Elders Morales, Southwick and Atkin on the streets of Vitoria

Hydrangea at the entrance to the Vitoria chapel

The old medieval center of Vitoria

 Elder Ashby and Elder Raban become acquainted at the gas station...

Elder Morales seems concerned about the cost of diesel!

As noted above, the new Spain Barcelona Mission not only has 88 incredible missionaries, but an entire mountain range (the Pyrenees - at least the Spanish Pyrenees), two seas (the Mediterranean and the Atlantic), three islands with organized church units (Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza in the Mediterranean), and four great stakes. We also have 4 of the best ten restaurants in the world - not that we have the time or money to eat at any of them!


  1. The new missionaries look great! Cool graphic, did you make that? I guess you will have to get a new map for your office too.

  2. Hello Sister Hinckley!!
    I was wondering if maybe you could post the mission home address here on your blog...I'd like to get a letter out to my friend Elder Southwick but I dont know where to send it..thanks!