They are kicking up their heals in Almeria as we "kicked off" our Specialized Training. Elders Mervai, Bailey and Cortes along with Hermanas Torres, Leon and Sypherd are happy to be in the best mission ever! But we are getting ahead of ourselves. So many blessings are coming to the mission. Come take a look at our week in a big glance.
Two Elders, Elder Geest and Elder Bradley are intent on getting Elder Geest's pants ready for their Dia De Diamante Miracle baptism. I love seeing Elders doing a little sewing now and again.
Along with Utrera where Elder Taylor and Elder Banbury had their baptism, Elder Geest and Elder Bradley had their baptism from Alcala. All was held in the Sevilla Stake Center. Such a beautiful time for all.
Another miracle from Dia de Diamante. Elder Hatch and Elder Pedersen are feeling the love in Granada.
It's great to see Elder Bailey (and Elder Mervai?) with their baptism in Almerica. So sweet.
More love and happiness is going on in Sevilla with Elder Hafen and Elder Lignell.
Now we have Elder Mervai and Elder Bailey in their other baptism in Almeria. Way to go Elders.
Cadiz is nice and cozy with Elder Hamilton and Elder Jordan working hard. Great job Elders!
Elder Peterson and Elder Hall were overjoyed with their baptism in Alcazar.
In Malaga Elder Roa and Elder Long as well as Elder Peterson and Elder Ferguson enjoy a baptism of many!
Another miracle in Granada. The heavens are opening in Granada. Elder Anderson and Elder Crawford are elated.
And so are Elder Hatch and Elder Pedersen again in Granada.
The newly formed ward in Molino has just grown a little more. Elder Bennett and Elder Brown and Elder Cooper are just trying to keep up with all the work that is going on out there.
And Elder Bailey is saying, "Which one is the best?" Jamon is the way to go in Spain.
Elder Blanch or Elder Jones, not sure who this is but this is what Elders do when they are so pumped during Dia De Diamante.
Whoops, Elder Card is crossing into somewhere he shouldn't?
It led him to the chickens and roosters of Huercal. No Elder Card, these don't count as futures.
Elder Salmeron thinks in the Spain Malaga Mission we talk to anyone. Yes, but a horse? No, he can't count as a future either.
4 exhausted Elders after an incredible Dia de Diamante brought home some pizza to celebrate an incredible day. Elders Blanch, Pratt, Jones and Berrett know how to end the day right.
4 Ayudantes in the office? Well sort of. Two to assist President Clegg and two to travel. Yes, it's that time for Traveling Ayudantes again. Elder White and Elder Pedersen have been called to the assignment while Elder Alejandre and Elder Manning will man the operations from Fuengirola. What a team. We love them all.This looks like old times when Elder Bailey and Elder Avellar were in Concilio together?
Actually, it's the trainers training and we found out we have 4 trainers that are having birthdays in April. Hermana Sypherd, Elder Velasco, Hermana Torres and Elder Wright. So one big candle and singing Happy Birthday to all was a great idea.
Little boy tricks never leave, even when they are grown up boys. Elder White found a HUGE grasshopper and "surprised" the Hermanas with it. It landed on Hna Torres' arm. They are letting him know how they felt about that. Oh boys (even missionary Elders) will be boys sometimes.
We received 11 missionaries on Tuesday this week. But wait, there looks like only 10. What is going on? Anyway, these 10 look great.
As they were putting their luggage into the lockers they did a little contacting with the security guard. Always finding.
Could we all fit in the elevator?
Yes we did. We were on our way to the van to go to the mission home, where the excited trainers were waiting.
Excited, we might say a little off the wall, but they are excited.
Aren't they great? They are all so excited to train our newest Hermanas.
Hey, the Elders are excited too, says Elder Valenzuela.
Wow, I would say they are way high!! Look at Elder Forrest and Elder Bailey, they are very excited.
Elder Aviles is going to Motril to be with Elder Velasco.
Elder Nunoz is going to Jaen to be with Elder Mendoza.
Elder Mambo is going to Jerez to be with Elder Forrest.
Elder Cortes is going to Almeria to be with Elder Bailey and Elder Mervai.
Hermana Torres is going to Badajoz to be with Hermana Vasquez.
Hermana Leon is going to Almeria to be with Hermana Sypherd and Hermana Torres.
Hermana Martin is going to Malaga to be with Hermana Perera.
Elder Keller is going to Jerez to be with Elder Valenzuela.
Elder Tenney is going to Lorca to be with Elder Wright.
Elder Berrett is going to Alarafe to be trained by Elder Mockler.
And what happened to Elder Long's new Elder? He had to finish some residency in Madrid and will be on the 9:00 p.m. train later that night.
It was time to sing the mission song. We love our mission song.
O Vos, Los Llamados!!
El Presidente says, O Vos, let's eat!!
And eat we did! 34 people at the table. Our biggest feed yet!!
Hermana Leon is surrounded by our two Hermana Torres.
Later that night we greeted Elder Mora. What a great Elder.
And Elder Long finally got his companion.
Elder Mockler, I don't think that is proper use of the mission car. What are you doing to Elder Wells? Look out!
Would somebody stop Elder Ferguson. He looks like he's trying to harm himself?
We got you Hermana Clegg. I know, that silly expression that we don't really like to refer to the end of your mission. Elder Fetzer, Elder Avellar, Elder Ferguson and Elder Wells are fine on their last night in the mission.
So is Elder Stowell. He is all thumbs up.
Hermana Woffinden is the only Hermana going home in this group, but she's fine as well.
We had a wonderful testimony meeting after our dinner. We will miss everyone of these missionaries. They all gave everything in their service as a full time missionary. Vaya con Dios!
The end of the week we started our Specialized Training for April. After visiting Almeria we were off to Huercal Overa. We are visiting each District to train and do personal interviews. And you would know that Elder Fagersten would have a piano in the room for us.
The District of Huercal Overa consists of D.L. Elder Jones and Elders Fagersten, Wright and Tenney. They are so dear and so good. We had a wonderful, spiritual feast together. We also had a feast as Elder Fagersten prepared us lunch. Way to go Elder.
Elder Dangerfield is trying to stop Elder Nally for some reason. They are new companions and are very happy to be in Cartagena together.
This is our Cartagena District with D. L. Elder Dangerfield with Elders Nally, Roa and Marchello along with Hermana's Yardley and Crowder.
All were very merry in Murcia. D. L. Elder Cooper along with Elders Pearce, Biamont and Brown and Hermanas Ross and Nelson. They are a super group.
We pushed onto Elche. D. L. Elder Geest along with Elders Redd, Mardones, Triana, Stoner and Card. We met in the Centro Para Jovenes Adultos, or in other words, the Young Adult Center.
Oh my goodness, who cut your hair Elder Triana. At least it will grow back. I think it was one of his investigators. Elder Mardones doesn't like it either.
We dashed up to Alicante where we met with both Districts. This is the District with D. L. Elder Pallas along with Elders Lyman, Bird, Rencher, Hales, and Hunt. They are a group with a lot of energy for sure.
The other district in Alicante is with D. L. Elder Shrewsbury with Elder Hooper and Hermanas Castrillo and Bascope. We had a great meeting there in which we all learned a great deal. We will continue onto much more of the mission next week. So if you didn't see your missionary this week, good chance you will get to see them next week.
And just thought you would all enjoy a little Hola from Chloe Clegg, who was born March 8th. You got to love the hairpieces now days.