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

What We Do: Open Our Mouths and Witness Miracles

On the Tuesday night of transfers, we gather to sing hymns in the plaza and contact people to teach them about the gospel.
Elder Ramirez working with newly arrived Elder  Carroll
Elder Johnson shows Elder Olsen how to teach in the street
More often than not, we don't know the impact of many of these contacts. But last Tuesday we had a very interesting experience. Elder Bennington, one of our Ayudantes, took Elder Carroll out onto the sidewalk to contact some people while the other missionaries were singing. The first three people they spoke with had no interest. Elder Bennington said to Elder Carroll, "OK, who do you think we should talk to next?" Elder Carroll responded, "The very next person we see." They turned around as a woman with a bicycle pulled up to listen to the singing. At first she said she was in a hurry and didn't have time to talk, but after one or two quick questions she began to listen. After a few minutes, she asked if they had anything she could read. They took over to a little table where we had some pamphlets and Books of Mormon and explained the different topics. She asked for a brochure on the plan of salvation, saying that this was what she needed to bring some peace and comfort into her life. She continued the conversation for 20 minutes and before she left, said, "If I give you my telephone number, could you call me and come over and tell me more?" She is now preparing to be baptized on July 30.


  1. Thanks so much for posting all these wonderful updates on the Spain, Barcelona mission! It's so fun to see the progress and changes that are happening there! I Served there 2006-2008 with PTE. Waddell and had so many beautiful experiences there! My cousin Served Just a bit before me 2002-2004. So much fun! Thanks once again for keeping everyone updated! Con Carino, Lethe Bradshaw(Hna. Harnish)

  2. Wow. Good things she stopped on her bike that day!