Sunday, October 17, 2010

From Fish to Elche?

What Elder is this? O.K., so this isn't a picture in Spain, but our son was fishing in Washington and caught this nice big salmon and sent us this picture. The question of the week is what kind of salmon is this? (hint, it isn't a king salmon)
Back to business! Almeria is at it again. What an incredible ward and also great Elders who send me their pictures of their baptisms. Way to go Elders Hurley and Dunoskovic. We do have other places where the missionaries are baptizing, but they are not sending me their pictures. So when they do, I will put them on the blog!!
Also, Elders Fagersten and Adams are pictured with their baptism this last week. Now Elder Hurley, what is all the smiling about?
Wait a minute, this looks like a serious game of.......
Cockroach baseball? I don't know what that is exactly but the Elders had to mix a little fun with their service in cleaning the chapel. Clever, clever.
Much of this week was spent by "Grandma Annie" being a grandma for a few days. Just thought I would show you what kids like to do in Spain. First of all, Henry loved the bullring in Mijas.
Ellie and AnnieKate loved to look like Spanish Flamenco Dancers. Oh such grace!
They loved going bowling.
Grandpa even took a p-day to take us all to Gibraltar where we all got a piece of the rock. They especially loved the monkeys there!
Fuengirola has a great zoo.
Yes, this is in the zoo.
Visiting Marbella is always nice.
Or just playing in the mission home tree!
We loved their little visit and were somewhat sad to say good-bye, but grateful for the sacrifice of their parents to bring them to us. Sweet dreams AnnieKate and Henry.
We put them on the plane and drove straight to Granada for the beginning of this month's specialized training. The Granada Zone is doing great. We enjoyed the teachings about the Book of Mormon and also working on "Inspired Questions." Afterwards, it is time to eat.
Elder Adams isn't too sure about this box, but Elder Hurley is. This box contains one Book of Mormon in Spanish in Braille. It was amazing to see. They are taking it to Almeria for a man who is blind and investigating the church. Wow, never realized the books were this big.
I found Elder Kusseling playing the piano while his companion Elder Alejandre enjoys the music. Presidente was also doing interviews at this training, so they were being patient waiting for their turn.
Mmm, Hot Dogs for lunch! They were actually quite good with all the fixings. Elder Pratt doesn't look like he's too sure of that, but El Presidente says si, they're good!
The next day we found these two happy sisters in Murcia. Hnas Guerra and Ruiz de Mendoza. Time to do some more training.
El Presidente is just checking on the facts for the training with one of the Zone Leaders, Elder Brian.
We are ready to start!
And of course lunch after we are done. Elder Wilson is happy we had tacos today, prepared by the Elders in Cartagena. Great job Elders and Hermanas.
The rest of the pictures you will see are of our wonderful weekend attending Stake Conference in the Elche Stake. We love the members there and enjoy socializing with them. This is one of the special families that love the missionaries and support them in many ways. The mom, Marie, is from France, so we loved speaking a little French together. She helps me to remember un peu de la francais!
This darling family is the Munoz family. Great family, just a great example of the many wonderful families and members who live in this glorious Stake.
We love being with the Moores, who are the current Temple President and Matron of the Madrid Temple. They are such wonderful people and are doing so much to strengthen the members all throughout Spain. We are in the same home Stake in Bountiful, Utah, so this is always a treat to see each other.
Presidente Marmol is a wonderful man who leads this Stake. We are getting ready to begin the Sunday general session. It was a spiritual feast.
Afterwards we talked with many members. These wonderful members are members in Crevillente and they are deaf. Three of the sweetest people we have met in Spain. Notice the red scarf! The choir of over 70 youth of the Stake sang and every young woman had this scarf and every young man had a matching red tie. They gave one to me and Hna Moore and ties to Presidentes Clegg and Moore. We will cherish them always.
We chatted with a few of our wonderful missionaries after the conference which was held in Alicante. Elders LeBaron, Sanchez and Larsen are all smiles on this beautiful fall day. We will be with them tomorrow for their training in Elche.
Finally, what is better than two adorable sisters to be in a picture with. Hnas Ackerman and Brown always make my day. Whew, this was a busy week with many blessings abounding. The mission is doing great, the missionaries are all working hard and are seeing the fruits of their labors. We love being missionaries in the Spain Malaga Mission.

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