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, February 12, 2011

Waiting No More...

Last week we received five new missionaries who had been waiting for visas. We were fortunate to receive them in just two groups on the same day (rather than one at a time which is very often the case). They are incredible missionaries: prepared and eager to work!

Elders Bronson, Reeder and Farley arrived on the 11:22 AVE from Madrid and were met by the Ayudantes and Hinckleys. The Hinckleys took their luggage back to the mission home, while the Ayudantes took the new Elders down to Plaza Catalunya for an hour of contacting!

Elders Bronson, Reeder and Farley at the station.
After a quick lunch, the new missionaries were each taken out proselyting by a pair of missionaries in Barcelona, then came back and spent the night in the small dormitory located in the office.

In the meantime, the Ayundantes and the Hinckley's trained the new trainers. Then the Hinckley's made a second trip to the station to meet Hna. Fernley and Elder Keyes who arrived on the 9:22 p.m. AVE.

Elder Keyes and Hna. Fernley at Estacio Sants.

At the station.
The next morning we all met for some training and orientation, the new missionaries met their trainers (or at least one of them, as all will be working in trios for at least a couple of weeks), and by noon everyone was on their way to their new assignment!

Elder Keyes and Elder Greenburg pointing to Las Arenas.
Elder Jimenez stayed up north to keep the work going!

Elder Southwick and Elder Reeder point to Pamplona.
Elder Matthews met them upon arrival.

Elders Rasmussen and Hughes show Elder Bronson the location of Cornella!

Hnas. Culverwell and Fernley point to Barceona 1.
Hna. Fuentes joined them a few minutes later.

Elders Farley and Egan find Manacor, Mallorca on the edge of the map.
Elder Farley consolidated down to one bag, and then flew to the island to meet Elder Greep
who is the third member of their trio.

It seems that purple is this year's color!


  1. Wow so much going on in your mission. I love hearing about new missionaries coming to help you out. There is so much work to do.

  2. Thank you for the wonderful pictures. We are so happy to see Elder Keyes has finally made it to the mission field!

  3. Did these five missionaries' visas come while at the Provo MTC? How long was the wait, and did they get assigned stateside before arriving in Spain? (What we look for is a rundown on MTC entry date, date of departure, and if they served stateside before receiving their visa.)

    How long were missionaries in Madrid before reaching Barcelona? Is the temple typically closed this time of year for 2 weeks? Inquiring minds want to know...thank you! Grateful to have them finally here. Welcome!

  4. Elder Skylar:
    Elder Keyes was in the Provo MTC for 12 weeks, as was his companion. He was called in early August and entered the Provo MTC The beginning of Nov. He spent less than a week in the Madrid MTC and arrived in the Barcelona field earlier this month.
    As I understand it, He had the opportunity to enter and serve in the Madrid Temple.

    I hope this helps.

    The older Elder Keyes

  5. Of the five who arrived last week, all but Hna. Fernley remained in the Provo MTC for a few extra weeks. Hna. Fernley served on Temple Square during that time. Missionaries who have been waiting for visas usually spend a week in Madrid before arriving in Barcelona, soley to take care of Spanish residency issues (it only takes a couple of hours to do residency, but it takes a few days to get an appointment and the Madrid MTC only has a day or so notice of their arrival, as they leave ASAP upon receiving their visa).

  6. does anyone know where you can find an address of a missionary in this mission? he sent me his address but the letter just got shot back to me saying it wasn't a real address?