Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Yellow Sunflowers of Spain

This photo is only a glimpse of the beauty that is covering a major portion of Southern Spain right now. It is the time of the huge sunflower fields. They are a bright yellow and so beautiful to see in so many areas. A picture doesn't do it justice. They follow the sun which makes it fun to drive to and from an area and see them as they have changed their direction.
Even still, the field is white and we are in Harvest Time in Spain. Elders Berrett, Dunoskovic, Manning and Nalley are baptizing in the heat of Badajoz. It is hot up there, and not only in baptizing. I heard the temperature was in the 40's this week. That is over 100. The heat is on!
Even though it can be hot outside, the youth in the Malaga 1 ward are practicing their songs to be sung at the wonderful baptism that took place this week in Malaga. Elder Redd and Elder Hunt found a golden FAMILY.
O.K., Elder Redd, where is that family?
Here they are, the Martinez Family. What a beautiful baptism. The only one not baptized was the daughter because she is only seven. But she will be baptized next year by her father. The great thing about this family is that the Elders found them KNOCKING DOORS. You got it everyone, this thing called trackting and contacting does work as well.
Hna Bascope was also getting the font ready in Malaga because the sisters had a baptism.
Hna Cluff and Hna Bascope are beaming. What great work Hermanas.
Andrea's big sister was getting baptized this weekend but the whole family and members of the Fuengirola Ward came up to the mission home for a "Noche de Hogar" (family night lesson). We had a wonderful time and Andrea ran off with some cake.
We had a great night and Jisaura is leading the way in her family by being the first to be baptized. She is the cute jovenes in the black shirt by me. Edurado, next to Presidente Clegg will baptize her. He is a recent convert. We love to see these new members be involved in the bringing of other souls unto Christ.
Three great missionaries and friends, Elder Hafen, Elder Peterson and Elder Manning stop and smile and say hello to everyone. We are happy and hard working Elders and Hermanas in the Spain Malaga Mission.
These look like the ruins in Merida. And I think that is Elder Manning on a p-day at the bottom of the stairs.
Yes it was and now we find him in a turret on a bridge in Badajoz. Drink lots of water and don't melt away in Badajoz Elder Manning.
So the Hermanas Baptize and they are not calling a soccer game?
Hey they fooled us, but cool p-day to go visit the soccer field in Malaga. GOOOAAALLL for Hermanas Bascope and Cluff.
We enjoyed a great visit from Manuel and Estefania Castellon who are currently living in Elche. Manuel was a former missionary in Bilbao. We loved having them in the mission home for a day.
Elder Lignell is giving the monkey a High Five for being a good monkey and not jumping all over him.
Aghh, says the monkey. Don't push! These guys can be a little frightening, but always a treat on the Rock.
As the sun sets in the west of Spain, the missionaries keep working harder and harder. We have reached our half-year goal and working to reach or exceed the yearly goal. We have great missionaries and members and we love them all in the BEST mission on the planet. The Spain Malaga Mission.

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