Sunday, April 29, 2012

April Brings Interviews, Training and Fechas

 The District Leaders are all thumbs up for both the food and for having a District Leader Training.  We have great District Leaders who are on the front lines of the mission, leading their Districts to great heights.
 Elder Cooper sure adds a lot to our favorite tree.  But where are all the other District Leaders.
 Here they are, says President Clegg.  It was a beautiful clear spring morning.
 Since we have so many District Leaders we thought smaller group shots would be great.  From L. to R. are Elders Jones, Mendoza, Shrewsbury, Dangerfield, Velasco, Valenzuela and Geest.  They all learned about understanding our purpose and helping their District to understand it also.
 Next we have Elders Kirkham, Pallas, Staples, Gibson, Birnbaumer, Barahona and Long.  They are excited to help their Districts set more Baptismal Dates.  We have a goal to have 100 by the end of April.
 The next group are Elders Berrett, McGarry, Mervai, Mockler, Barney, Taylor, Alejandre and Cooper.  They know that when we are all obedient the Lord brings great blessings.
 Lastly, Presidente Clegg is with Elders Thronley, Manning and Shrewsbury.  Elder Pallas got in the picture just at the last moment.  We had a wonderful training and are re-committed to have more urgency and passion for the work.   The following pictures are with many more of the Districts in the mission.  We went around and held our quarterly interviews along with a training on being better planners as we are anticipating more baptismal dates.  The next district is that District of LaMancha.  They work so hard to find the elect.  It is a very special place to serve. For some reason I can't list their names under their picture so just so you know they are Elders Allred, Rodriguez, Hnas Carter and Moreno, Elders Meneses, Barney, Hall and Rodriguez.  Great District.
 In Jerez we had a great training on a rainy morning.  But that didn't dampen our spirits.  Elders Forrest, Mambo, Valenzuela and Keller are all standing tall and doing all they can to invite others to Come to Christ.
 In Chiclana we met up with Elder Fowkes, Peterson, Barahona, Hamilton, Mendoza and Jordan.  They love being in the San Fernando Zone and their enthusiasm level was great.
 We met with the Dos Hermanas District in Sevilla.  Elders Banbury and Taylor, and Hnas Roderick and Letendre, along with Elders Bradley and Phillips enjoyed the spirit of the meeting.  
 We had a great time in El Puerto where we had two districts together.  Elders Pratt, Estrada, Berrett, Hojos, Jones, Kirkham, Blanch and Salmeron brought a lot of spirit and enthusiasm with them to our training.
 Most everyone knows that Presidente and Hermana Clegg don't like signs in pictures.  Elder Blanch has been very good at not doing his "Blanchpoint" in my pictures.  He left to have his interview with Presidente and we decided the rest of the Elders would demonstrate his sign.  I still don't like signs, so sorry Elder Blanch, we won't have you doing it, but we thought we would have a little fun.
 In Badajoz we met with Hnas Torres and Vasquez along with Elders Barbosa and McGarry.  What a sweet time we shared with them.
 A member came along and so we thought we would take another picture with us in it this time.
 This is the Sevilla District.  Hnas Rojas and Vega along with Elders Masterson, Gibson, Seely, Lignell, Hafen and Dunoskovic are tearing up Sevilla.  Many miracles and many baptisms going on in this beautiful city. And below you will find the Aljarafe District.  Elders Crespo, Walton, Jackson, Bennett, Berrett and Mockler were inspired and excited. 
 Elder Jackson is taking his work seriously.  He is knocking on every door he can find in Cordoba.
 And Elder Bennett is saying farewell to Molina.  He leaves behind Elder Cooper and Elder Brown, along with our ex-missionary, Elder Basurto.  He has been so great,  going out with them all the time doing missionary work.  He wants to continue to help the mission grow.  We are glad Elder Basurto that we really didn't send you home, we just sent you on a permanent transfer.
 The door that Elder Jackson was knocking on was that of the beautiful Mesquita.  This place is so incredible.  Elder Bennett, who is about 6'5" looks small in this huge hall.
 This is a very interesting picture if you look at it closely.  You can see huge nests on the top of this abandoned building.  Those are storks.  They are all over Spain.  You can also see one of them walking up the roof line.  But they don't bring babies.  Let's just say if they bring anything, it's excitement about the Spain Malaga Mission that this week has set a record number of baptismal dates. 
 That's right says President Clegg with his 4 ayudantes.  The two on the left are the traveling trainers and they left this week to start in Cartagena.  Miracles upon miracles started to happen in Cartagena, but also all over the mission. 
 They got so excited they thought about hugging each other, but well, not really:)  Elder Pedersen and Elder White have a huge task ahead, but they are ready for the challenge.  They have already seen so many miracles.  It is exciting to witness them.
Finally, we leave you with two baptism pictures.  Elder Gibson and Elder Dunoskovic are busy in Sevilla.  And Elder Fowkes and Elder Hales had a wonderful baptism in Chiclana.   But the entire mission is going to be so busy in May.  You see, in one week, this mission set over 70 baptismal dates.  So look out May, it's going to be a record month full of many more precious souls going into the waters of baptism.  We aren't sure how many yet, but we have well over 100 baptismal dates set.  This was our goal for the 2nd stage of "Dia de Diamante".  The third stage is for 50+ baptisms in May.  So it's time to go to work and teach and testify!

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