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.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

June: Concilio, Stake Conference, District Conference, Zone Conferences, Transfers, etc.

In other words, just another great month in the mission field!

We began the month of June with our monthly Zone Leader Council ("Concilio"). This month we invited all of the district leaders to join and expanded the council to include some broader leadership training. We had a wonderful series of meetings on Thursday and Friday with these great young priesthood leaders.

The following day - Saturday - the new Barcelona Stake Center was dedicated by Elder Jose Teixeira of the Seventy and 2nd counselor in the Area Presidency. It was a wonderful event at which both President and Hermana Hinckley spoke.
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Coat of Arms of the City of Valencia

Following the dedication we drove Elder Teixeira to the airport (in company with President and Sister Moore of the Madrid Temple), then returned home for a quick lunch before jumping back in the car and driving down to Valencia with the Moores for stake conference.

Sunday morning we attended the general session of conference, held at a large convention hotel in the city. It was a wonderful conference, with record attendance, a great choir, inspired instruction, and a wonderful spirit! After the session we met a couple who had come from Castellon (about an hour away) to attend the conference. They had walked into the chapel the week before asking how they could "sign up" for this church. Among other things, they signed up that day to take the bus down to Valencia for stake conference!

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Paella Valenciana
After conference we were invited over to President Bleda's home with the other members of the stake presidency to enjoy a fresh paella valenciana. The meal was almost as good as the conference! Well fed both spiritually and temporally, we dropped the Moore's off at the train station where the boarded the high-speed train to Madrid and we drove back up the Mediterranean Coast, between the orange groves and returned home that night.

Missionaries and future missionaries at the Valencia Stake Conference

Sergio stopped two missionaries on the street a few months ago and
told them he wanted to be baptized! He was sustained to
 become an elder at stake conference, and hopes to go
on a mission once he has been a member for a year!

Hnas. Ruz, Fuentes, and Moulton add smiles and energy to stake conference!

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