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, August 27, 2010

August Zone Conferences Begin

Europe may go on vacation in August, but our missionaries serve full-time! We have had a wonderful round of zone conferences over the past two weeks as we have traveled through the entire mission.

The agenda focused on "teaching people, not lessons," part of the new MTC curriculum to help missionaries teach investigators more effectively.

Because we had 4 missionaries returning home the morning after the Barcelona/Hospitalet conference, we did not stay for fotos (apologies to the family and friends hoping to see their missionary!) - final interviews began as soon as zone conference ended!

From Barcelona we traveled (by train) to Valencia for zone conference. The Valencia Zone Leaders (Elder Lara and Elder Cairns) went all out, decorating the lunch tables in Spanish yellow and livening up the room with red and yellow balloons! It made the Dominos pizza taste even better!

The Valencia Zone!

Valencia Zone Conference lunch...

From Valencia we flew to Palma, where Elder and Sister Thompson picked us up and drove us to the chapel (for an interview for a recommend for a patriarchal blessing), then to the hotel. We made a quick visit Corte Ingles to pick up some salad fixings for lunch, then back to the hotel to get a good night's rest before conference.

The Baleares Zone in front of the Palma chapel 

"That's a Corsa, not a Porche" - loading up the Thompson's mission car in the hotel garage

We flew back to Barcelona after the zone conference, unpacked, caught up on a few emails, and collapsed into our own bed!

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