Always fun to start with a baptism. Our assistants are working hard both in the office and in the field. Elders Halverson and Solari are up to the task.
We spent the first two days of the week in the Sevilla Zone and the San Fernando Zone. We didn't take any pictures of the Sevilla Zone, sorry, but we did take a lot in San Fernando thanks to Hna Montes de Oca sitting here with her companion Hna Hidalgo. The two are ready for the training to begin.
So are the elders, they look excited.
Elder Wells is ready to play the piano as Elder Velasquez, one of the Zone Leaders is ready to conduct.
The other Zone Leader, Elder Langston is ready to do any translation that is needed and with a smile too!
After the training I am doing a little scripture chase while we are waiting for the food. The missionaries in the New Spain Malaga Mission know their scriptures.
Elder Giler is studying his notes as he waits for the food.
Elder West looks like he sees something good entering the room.
Hooray for pizza! El Presidente says it is good and "Let's eat."
Wow, you can almost taste that pizza that Elder Travis is eating. Mm, mm, good!
Of course Elder Stowell is enjoying his Reece's Peanut Butter cup that all the missionaries received for a Halloween treat!
Elder Avellar and Elder Giler, you aren't going to Portugal are you? Oh no, just helping us get to the car and get on our way after our wonderful training sessions with everyone. We need to get home to Fuengirola because the Cleggs are coming!
Yes, I said the Cleggs are coming, and actually, they are here! Elder Cal and Hna Gayle Clegg have just arrived to the mission to serve for 18 months with the District of La Mancha. They have served in the church in many capacities and it is to our joy and delight that they will spend 18 months with us.
They spent the night in the mission home where EL Presidente cooked his famous, perfect over easy eggs. Notice the wonderful apron we received from a parent of one of our missionaries in Bilbao, Elder Anderson. It says El Presidente, Espana Bilbao-Malaga. We love it! He also sent one for me, Hna Clegg, so we are now ready to feed the Army of Helaman.
We took the Cleggs to the Malaga specialized training where Elders Black, Niebergall, Hunt and Hna Clegg look happy. Well at least 3 of them look happy.
Elders Solari, Bullen and Goodman are also giving us the thumbs up!
Elder Romney and Elder Wallace are feeling the love of missionary service!
Hey, why not an entire Zone picture just for the fun of it.
We drove the next day to Ciudad Real where we introduced the Cleggs to their new piso. The Zone Leaders, Elder Gold and Del Molino were there for a "Cosecha" in Puertollano that day and so they were there to help us move in. Elder Talbot is also looking mighty happy.
A big thanks to Elder Siddiqui and Elder Talbot for all their work in finding the apartment and making sure it was clean and ready to move in. Great job Elders!
I think Elder Siddiqui is going to faint while carrying in the mattress for their bedroom. Elder Del Molino isn't even tired, it must be the difference between a Spaniard and an Englishman! (Whoa, I am going to get it from Elder Phillips and Elder Siddiqui now.)
We are in Don Quixote country now. Los Clegg (two of them) with Elders Talbot and Siddiqui in a town square in the lovely town of Ciudad Real.
The next day we had a district meeting and then it was lunch time. Kabobs for everyone.
Wow, I don't think all of that is going to fit in my mouth, but mm, the kabobs are great in Spain!
Sunday brought the District Conference in Ciudad Real. It was well attended then afterwards the District Presidente made empanadas for everyone and an incredible cake. He is a baker and it was all delicious.
Beatriz and Ken are engaged! She is a member of the Valdepenas Branch and Ken is an American, working in Spain who served his mission in Spain a few years ago. They look happy.
Elder Edgar Montes, the newest called missionary from the La Mancha District is looking excited. He just received his call to Montevideo, Uruguay. He leaves in February. Everyone is so excited for him. His family didn't find out about his call until today as the District President announced it. It was a great moment.
Presidente Pedraja sure looks happy passing out some of the fabulous cake he made. His wonderful sweet cake matches his wonderful sweet heart. He loves the members of his District and they love him too.
It was time to leave Ciudad Real and all the wonderful people and things that are going on up there. Elders Heywood, Bader, Fetzer and Moss are working hard and loving being a missionary in the New Spain Malaga Mission and we do too!