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, May 30, 2011

A Month of Miracles 2

The month of May was a month of miracles. We were blessed to see 56 people enter the waters of baptism and be confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is the most successful single month in terms of convert baptisms of any month for which we have records.

Elders Bennington and Sommerfeldt with Hnos. Julio and Dres
at the baptism of Julio and Dres
Every one of those 56 converts is a miracle. Here is just one story. About 7 months ago, two missionaries were with a young priest on their way to visit. They had been contacting some people along the way, and the young priest asked one of the missionaries how they know who they should contact when the sidewalk is filled with people. The missionary began to explain that you look at the people walking and watch for someone.. Then he stopped abruptly and said, "Wait just a minute, I need to talk to that man." He approached a man on the sidewalk, tapped him on the shoulder, and began a conversation.

Julio, the man on the sidewalk, was surprised. He said he had prayed the night before to know which Church he should join. The elders invited him to accompany them immediately to the chapel (just a couple of blocks away) where they taught him and invited him to be baptized.

But before his baptism, Julio had to return to his native country in South America and lost contact with the Church and the missionaries for several months. Then three weeks ago a new set of elders in the same area received a telephone call from a man who introduced himself as Julio and said he was back in town and ready to prepare for his baptism! He was baptized last Saturday and confirmed on Sunday, one of the 56 great miracles of the month of May!

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