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, July 9, 2011


Saturdays are special days, since most baptisms take place on Saturday. We returned this afternoon from Tarragona in time to attend two baptismal services in Barcelona.

The first service was in Barcelona 2, where the girl-friend of a recently reactived young adult was baptized. The newly actived boyfriend also had his non-member sister and niece at the service. This is a great group of young single adults, and Elder and Sister Brown were there to invite all of them to come regularly to the Young Adult Center and participate in institute classes.

Elders Araujo and Bronson flank Andrea and Cesar
(a priest in the ward who performed the ordinance)

We then went over to the stake center to attend a baptism in Barcelona 3. Mother and son, Natividad and David, were baptized about a month ago, but Fernando, the husband/father has not been very receptive. Last Sunday they were all at church, and Elder Shields and Elder Garces felt they needed to visit with them after the meetings. They found an empty class room, had a prayer, and began to visit, no really knowing what they needed to teach or what to say. But there were guided by the Spirit, and that wonderful miracle unfolded where the Spirit touched Fernando and his testimony came. Today he was baptized, thus bringing the entire family into the Church. They are  making plays to go to the temple in a year. And David is counting the days until his 19th birthday when he can be a missionary (he turns 14 next month).

Elders Garces and Shields flank David, Fernando, and Natividad,
following Fernando's baptism


  1. Wow. An amazing story. Elder Garces looks great! Definitely was transfered for a reason.

  2. I love seeing Cesar performing the baptism ordinance! That is a miracle to me! Thanks for sharing President! :)