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, February 18, 2011

101 Interviews Later...

Today we finished the first complete round of interviews of 2011! Interviews actually began nearly 3 weeks ago on January 31, but were interrupted by the arrival of 5 new missionaries whose visas had been approved and the visit of Elders Causse and Paya of the Seventy.

Valentines Day treats in Bilbao
Hnas Roberts, Bennion, Hinckley, Boone and Rodruguez

Waiting for interviews:
Elders Southwick, Awerkamp, and Taylor
Hnas. Roberts and Rodruguez

This last week of interviews began on Sunday night when we flew to Bilbao and interviewed the 5 missionaries in the city. On Monday we completed interviews with the rest of the Vitoria Zone, then flew to Palma in the evening and interviewed the elders serving on Mallorca on Tuesday (along with some member interviews, as this is a mission district). From Palma we flew to Valencia and began interviews on Tuesday evening in Valencia, finishing the interviews there on Wednesday. Wednesday afternoon we took the train home to Barcelona to begin working on transfers, and spent the day on Thursday working on transfers.

Then on Friday (today) we finished the remaining interviews (most of the Lleida Zone as well as the Menorca elders).

While I conducted interviews the zone leaders did training. It was a great series of interviews, and we were impressed again at how wonderful these young missionaries are!


  1. Dear Presidente and Hermana Hinckley,
    I started reading your blog last October when I happened upon it looking for mission blogs. A few months later, Hermana Boone from our stake was sent to you. My husband and I have now been called as Mission President and Companion for the Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission and, of course, will begin our service in July. I just wanted to let you know how much I have appreciated getting a little glimpse into mission life. Thank you so much for your blog!
    Sister Carter

  2. Some of the clothes I see on those Hermanas look vaugely familiar... I love piso finds and hand-me-downs.