Saturday, October 29, 2011

We Are All Enlisted

A future missionary!!
He was just baptized with his father. Hna Ackerman and Hna Sypherd are doing great in Cartagena. Hna Ackerman is working down to the last minute in her mission. Way to go.
Algeciras is baptizing again. Great work Elder Jordan and Elder Lignell.
Double blessings.
Valdepenas is all smiles and thumbs up with Elders Triana and Bradly. This was a special baptism with many people there to celebrate.
Our dear members in Caseres are learning about missionary work. Elder Allred and Elder Shaver made them their own missionary tags. Such a special branch.
Elder Waite and Elder Dunoskovic are talking to everyone in Granada.
We returned to Algeciras for a wonderful dinner with a few wonderful members who invited us to come to their home. We went on their roof for our picture.
Elder Jordan isn't sure what to think about the look that Elder Lignell is getting from the Presidente. Hmn, what have you been up to Elder Lignell? Just keep on smiling and keep on baptizing.
We were out in Sevilla at the Plaza de Espana and we found Malaga! Yes, the best mission on the face of the planet.
Two couples from our home ward in Utah came and spent two days with us. Linda Reeves and Jill Taylor and I are by the beach at Fuengirola. A beautiful day to be with friends.
We took another picture with their husbands and President Clegg. Brian Taylor is our Stake President and was a missionary in the Sevilla mission 27 years ago. He is sitting by his wife Jill. Mel Reeves was released as the mission president over the Riverside Mission in California this past June. He and his wife Linda were fabulous in their assignment. They also have a son in the Barcelona Mission right now. Oh so close, too bad he didn't come to the best mission.
Elder Taylor and Elder Fagerston spent their p-day and Elder Taylor's birthday visiting Mijas, just up the hill from Fuengirola. See the beautiful blue mediterranean behind them.
They are ready to take on anyone today.
The Stevens and the Massaros went along for a fun p-day.
We spent the weekend in LaMancha with Elder Weidman and his wife. He is an Area Seventy from Switzerland. We went visiting a few members on Saturday. We drove to Alcazar to be with Albalino and Elder White and Elder Crawford. The Cleggs also came along to keep us on course.
We were able to spend a little time with Hna Letendre and Hna Sturgess. They love Hna Clegg and working with her in Ciudad Real.
I wanted to get a hug too.
Saturday night before the conference we had a dinner with the leadership in the District. Here we have Elder and Hna Clegg holding the LaMancha cake made by the Presidente Pedrajas, the District President.
We took a group shot after our wonderful meal. We were missing two branch presidents and their wives, but all in all, it was a wonderful night. The next day was a wonderful branch conference. The mission is moving onward and upward and we are going to reach our goals for 2011.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Malaga Mission Believes Faith Precedes the Miracles

We have seen so much faith in our missionaries lately. For example, the Malaga District has set some very high goals for baptisms. By the end of the month they could see more baptisms in their District in one month than the entire mission normally sees in a month. They are working with faith and a lot of effort to reach their goals. Elders Dangerfield, Peterson, Walton, Manning, Wells, and Hales (who is in the next picture) know what it takes to do the work of the Lord. They, along with Elders Avellar and Jones are working at doing something very special this month.
Two of their many baptisms took place this week. One of their recent converts performed one of the baptisms. It was a beautiful experience as all baptisms are. Elder Hales and Dangerfield are doing all they can to invite EVERYONE to Come Unto Christ.
Elder Fetzer and Elder Waite have been very busy in Fuengirola when they aren't going around the mission. They have brought some very special people into the church these past two weeks.
Their second baptism may be little, but she is mighty in spirit. Little Andres will light up the Fuengriola Ward along with her sister who joined a few months ago.
Like the song says, "Do more than dream of your Mansions above." That's what the Hermanas in Almeria are doing. They not only prayed for persons to teach and baptize...
They went out and found them. And they were rewarded for their efforts.
A wonderful baptism in Almeria.

And a second baptism in Almeria. Way to go Hermana Perera, Bozeman and Woffinden.
San Lucar is feeling the love and the joy of growing.

Elder Barahona and Pearce enjoyed bringing their investigator to the waters of baptism.
Yea for Elder Shaver in Caseres. A beautiful city with a beautiful branch that is growing rapidly.
The members are sweet and loving to all. They are excited too because they are going to be getting a new capilla in the upcoming months because of their growth.
Oh Elder Allred, we didn't forget you. We know you are a major part of the wonderful work that is going on in Caseres.
3 hard working Hermanas taking a moment to smile at the world and let everyone know they know and understand their purpose as missionaries. Hermanas Carter, Capener and Crowder, the 3 C's of the mission, are loving serving and finding.
Now Hermana Capener and Gibson, I don't think they can be baptized with their ears on!
We needed a few more days to finish going around the mission and finish the training and interviews. We had a great time in Huelva with Elder Lyman and Elder Mendoza. After their training we went with them to teach a lesson. We were a little late so instead of walking, we took a taxi.
Yea Elder Mendoza, you lead the way.
The next morning we arrived in Aljarafe to the smiling faces of Elder Card and Elder Hall. They are seeing miracles happening there through their faith and prayers.
They even think President Clegg looks like Elder LeGrand R. Curtis, Jr. What is so fun about this is Elder Curtis is a personal friend of both Pres. and Hermana Clegg. In fact, Hermana Clegg sat next to Elder Curtis when they were in kindergarten. We have known each other for a long time, in fact, Hermana Clegg has known Elder Curtis longer than knowing President Clegg. He is married to the former Jane Curtis and we love them both. They too, are graduates from the best High School in the world, Olympus. Isn't that right Elders Estrada and Lignell?!?! Anyway, do you think Presidente looks like him?
Afterwards it is visiting Dos Elderes in Dos Hermanas! Yea for Elder Roa and Elder Peterson. Two great Elders with a lot of faith.
Afterwards we took them to lunch at a wonderful Italian Restaurante. You can never go wrong with Italian. (Even in Spain)
We then moved on to Alcala where the Elders live in a mansion, as we have been told. And, it is right, Elder Hunt and Elder Berrett have a great place to live, especially with the Savior nearby. He is always with his missionaries, that's what we know.
Finishing off the night was great in Cordoba. Elder Pratt and Elder Velasco are all for eating cookies.
I thought they should come into the Young Women's room and learn about what Young Women do, but I don't think they thought it was a great idea.
Finally, our last day of almost 3 weeks of teaching and interviewing, we found ourselves in beautiful Antequera. Elders Jones and Avellar are doing amazing things in this wonderful city.
We finished the day at the office. We couldn't find the assistants as they were doing an exchange, but we know they are alive as they thought they should send us a picture of them eating. Glad to know you are finding time to eat Elder Fetzer and Elder Waite, sometimes that is hard.
Elders Fagerston and Taylor are busy in the office. It was a huge job to change all the phones and keep all the residency issues in check as well as teach and preach. Two very busy Elders who are serving all the mission by their good works.
Everyone loves the Massaros. They are so busy helping with health issues, apartments and organizing the office, and also training the Stevens. They are willing to do anything, and everything they do is top notch. We love having them here and can't think of what it would be like without them.
And finally our dear new office couple, the Stevens. Over the next few months all the missionaries will come to know these two fine people from Preston, Idaho. You know what, they've got skills!!! They are wonderful and willing and working very hard. Elder Stevens was called to be the Branch President of the Mijas Branch as well as do his many office duties. They are so important for the welfare and running of the mission. We are so glad they decided to serve a mission and do all they can to help Invite All to Come Unto Christ.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

October Visits are Great

Hooray for Baptisms. We are so happy in Malaga!
Isn't this the best picture ever! Great work Elders Hales and Dangerfield
Oh my goodness, Alcazar is baptizing. We love it! So do Elders Crawford and White
Elders Peterson and Walton are happy in Malaga 3
And Elders Pederson and Marchello are seeing great miracles in San Fernando.

And little miracles too.
Badajoz just keeps growing.
Elders Long and Nally are on cloud 9 with joy!
Elders Phillips and Thornley are making things happen in Cartagena.
All the missionaries had to join in for this baptism. It's a future missionary.
These are the feet of 3 hard working missionaries. Can you guess who?
Yep, Hermanas Capener and Gibson. Hermana Clegg just loves all her Hermanas. They are so wonderful.
Elder Basurto and Elder Hafen are cooking up something special. Following district meeting in El Puerto we had a homemade lunch. Way to go Elders.
We ate chicken and rice and french fries. Yummy!! Elders Pearce, Banbury, Hafen, Rodriguez, Basurto and Barahona are all doing wonderful things in the Jerez District. We enjoyed our time with them for our training and to be in their District Meeting.
Elder Birnbaumer and Elder Biamont along with Presidente Clegg think things are looking up in Chiclana.
As well as in Algerciras where Elder Lignell and Elder Jordan are trying to find the lost sheep.
Almeria brought treats from Hna Perera as well as Hermana Woffinden and Hna Bozeman. They are busy planning several baptisms.
We also have Elders in Almeria who are finding the elect as fast as they can. Elders Wright, Rencher, Cooper and Pallas are doing their best.
Looking great in Huercal Overa with the Elders from Lorca too. Elders Taylor, Ferguson, Gibson and Mockler are striking a great pose. They are also making a big difference for the members of these two branches.
In Murcia we did some great training. Elders Forrest, Corradi, Shrewsbury and Bennett along with Hermana Woodward and Ross are ready and willing to do what it takes to find and teach and bring people to the waters of baptism.
Wow, the Elche missionaries are really intent on what Presidente Clegg is teaching them.
Hermana Bascope and Hermana Torres had to run after the training. These two are always teaching and working hard.
Wait a minute, Elder Valenzuela and Elder Estrada, two of the newest Elders are without their companions and have a pole between them? What's up with this? At least they have their Books of Mormon to share.
For once I get to be in a picture with the Elders. El Presidente was off on the phone and so we took this picture ourselves. Aren't the gardens around the Elche chapel beautiful! And these are 4 great Elders, Elder Valenzuela, Elder Estrada, Elder Hamilton and Elder Bailey.
Elder Jones and Elder Staples are enjoying a visit with Presidente Clegg in Crevillente.
And all Alicante can say besides Baptism is bring on the cookies. Elder Mervai, Elder Masterson, Elder McGarry and Elder Blanch are 4 hard working, happy missionaries.
Two Angels, Hna Vasquez and Hna Rojas. They light up any room they go into.
And we ended this week of training in Cartagena in the Chinese Restaurant? Yep, we had time after our training with Elder Phillips, Elder Anderson, Elder Thornley, Hna Ackerman, Hna Sypherd and Elder Stowell to get a little food before we attended and spoke at the Elche Stake Conference. A busy week with one more to go to get all around the mission. Lot's of traveling but it is always worth it to be with the best missionaries in the world.