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, October 30, 2010

Miracle in Valencia

Missionaries in the Spain Barcelona Mission claim that investigators just fall out of the sky...

As we finished up interviews in Valencia on Friday, Sergio came over to the chapel and meet us. We had heard about him from some of the missionaries.

Elders Greenburg and Shields, both in the country just two weeks, were working together while their companions were out of town on mission business. In spite of their very limited Spanish and very limited experience, they were doing very well, but did miss the bus and found themselves standing at the bus stop for longer than they had planned. As they were waiting, a little disappointed that they had not planned properly, Sergio saw them and came running. He had met a member of the Church over the Internet, had been learning from her (she is in Trujillo, Peru!), and knew enough that he wanted to be baptized but didn't know where to find missionaries! So he was thrilled to see two elders standing at the bus stop!

When their companions returned, Elders Greenburg and Shields excitedly told them about their new contact. Although their Spanish was limited, they were pretty sure they had an appointment to teach Sergio and they were pretty sure he said he wanted to be baptized. They were right on both counts!

Elders Nye, Ames, Shields and Montoya with Sergio in Valencia

Sergio is currently studying at the University and, with two weeks in the Church, preparing for a mission. Every convert is a miracle!


  1. I served in Valencia and that city is always a city for miracles... I'm glad! I miss the people from Valencia!!!!!!!
    Plus, Elder Nye is one of the nicest Elders ever!

  2. I'm glad to hear that it's STILL raining investigators and baptisms in Valencia. I LOVE that city so much.
    -Hna. Diehl

  3. I find it interesting how many fully prepared people members in Trujillo, Peru find. Marcos in Mataro was one as well.