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, March 19, 2012


Transfers were a little complicated this month. After saying goodbye to 10 missionaries on the 6th, we had to wait ten days before receiving any of our new missionaries (the ever-present visa delays). But when they came, they came like an army: 16, including two couples, in the morning, and #17, Elder Schindler, late that same night!
Excited to finally be in Barcelona!
At Montjuic
Elder and Hna. Thompson with the Ayudantes
Elder and Hna. McArthur (yes, they really are that young!)
Through a series of extremely complex logistics organized and carried out by our incredible office elders, all 16 of the missionaries who arrived on the morning train made it to Montjuic, back to the mission home for lunch, then down to the Barcelona 2 chapel for orientation and to meet their new companions, then off to work by 5:00 p.m. It took 3 cars, the van, and a couple of taxis to get the job done, but it worked! And just in time to get back to the train station to pick up Elder Schindler, introduce him to his trainer, and get them bedded down (briefly) before taking a 6:45 train to Girona. Meanwhile the Thompsons and McArthurs accompanied the Browns to the JAS (YSA) activity on Friday night.

Saturday we hosted the quarterly Correlation Council Meeting at the mission home with the four stake presidents, district president, and a few guests at the mission home. After serving a late lunch (this is Spain), we had time to pack our bags and take the 8:30 pm flight to Ibiza. A full couple of days!


  1. that's a lot of missionaries at montjuic!

  2. This is SO exciting to hear! What a marvelous work! Saydi's service in Madrid many years ago was the hardest work she'll ever do because despite thousands of hours of work, the yield was so slim! We agree with the second harvest and dearly hope that it is going forth all over Europe. We are in Poland tonight but were in England (London) last Sunday in Saydi's ward where they had 24 baptisms in their ward last year. We were blessed with 150-200 baptisms a month toward the end of our time there (with an army of 200 missionarie)s in The London South Mission when we were there (1976-79). We felt blessed to have companionships baptizing once a month. Once a week is astounding! It's amazing how these harvests go in cycles. We ever pray for you, especially now that Hermana Eyre has joined you!

  3. Ahh, I'm one of elder and sister Thompson's daughters. It's so fun to see them here on your blog! I know they are having a great time!