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.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Work Begins - A Slice of History

The first missionaries to preach in Barcelona in modern times arrived at the Barcelona train station at 7:30 a.m. on October 11, 1969, just four months after the first missionaries arrived in Madrid. They were a handsome group:

Elders Glenn Richards, Robert Johnson, Jorge Michalek, Robert Bollard, Michael Duffin, Michael Spackman, David Hall, Gary Glosser at the RENFE station in Barcelona upon arrival


  1. WOW! We love the history! Great picture.

  2. Wow, only a few months after the first missionaries arrived.

  3. NOTE: Elder Duffin provided some corrections to the names of the elders in the foto. If anyone has any more details of the early days, please send them!

  4. From David Hall - I was one of the eight, and was the first branch clerk of the Barcelona Branch. I kept an extensive journal throughout our first months in Barcelona, and you can read my detailed account of those times at:
    I do not believe the photo above was taken upon arrival, but was taken sometime later. I have in my journal that Elders Angel Herrero and Kevin Bodily were in that first group of 8. The photo, however, shows Elders Robert Johnson and Glenn Rickards (not Richards). And I am skeptical that the scarf and overcoats would have been needed in Barcelona in early October.