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.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Transfer week. It began with final interviews with Hna. Church and Elder Reynolds on Monday afternoon, followed by our month-end conference call with all of the zone leaders.

We had 12 missionaries who were originally scheduled to arrive, but two of them (Hna. Kline and Elder Littlefield are still waiting for visas). And another two were delayed a day. So on Tuesday morning eight wonderful new missionaries arrived at Estacio Sants.

Elders Thompson, Keeler, Krosnoselsky, Benito, Pte y Hna Hinckley,
Hnas Nalbandyan and Boone
Hauling the luggage to the van
At Montjuic
From Montjuic we came back to the mission home for lunch, orientation, and interviews before assigning the missionaries to their new trainers. We then spent some time together in training before everyone left with their companions to find, teach and baptize!

Elder Thompson and Elder Wedemeyer

Hna. Boone and Hna. Bennion

Elders Close and Benito

Hnas. Nalbandyan and Roerig

Elders Close and Krasnoselsky

Elders Keeler and Bennington
No sooner were the new missionaries off with their new companions than it was time for dinner and a farewell testimony meeting with Hna. Church and Elder Reynolds. Elder Reynolds parents joined us for the dinner and meeting at the mission home. After the meeting it was off to Plaza Catalunya for "Singing for the Angels," our traditional farewell and contacting event. Elder Reynolds left in the custody of his parents - we miss him already.

Early Wednesday morning we headed out to the airport with Hna. Church to bid her farewell and send her off to the next great stage in her life!

At BCN with the incredible Hna. Church
Usually, transfers are over when we come home from the airport, but no so this week. On Wednesday afternoon we received two more amazing missionaries: Elder Araujo and Elder Matthews! It was dark by the time we arrived at Montjuic, but it was a beautiful winter night.

Elders Roos and Araujo, Elders Gerber and Matthews 
In the castle entry at Montjuic
Elders Gerber and Matthews point out Pamplona
Elders Araujo and Roos point out Martorell
 By late evening on Wednesday transfers were over. Just in time to prepare for mission council on Friday!


  1. Looks like it's getting cold there!

  2. Wonderful to see my grandson, Elder Wedemeyer....Thank you so much.

  3. Church! I can't believe she's home! She was the best misionera.
    -Hna. Diehl (Marti)

  4. I love the touch of having the missionaries with their companions pointing to where they are going. We love to know about where they are and who is their trainer. Pres. Earl