Sunday, June 17, 2012

Final Zone Conferences

There is nothing better than a baptism to start your mission.  Elder Peters is excited along with his trainer, Elder Banbury.  Two great missionaries doing all they can to preach the gospel in Utera.
The Hermanas in Dos Hermanas are at it again.  Way to go Hermana Meldrum and Hermana Letendre.
Jerez is growing and the Elder are loving it.  Especially when you have a member by the name of Paco who is always sharing the gospel.  Just ask Elder Valenzuela and Elder Keller.  
Another baptism in El Puerto.  Way to go Elder Lopez and Elder Salmeron.
Everyone loves the members in Alicante.  They are always willing to help in the work of the Lord.  Elder Shrewsbury and Elder Meneses can vouch for that.
Malaga 3 had some miracles happen there.  Elder Birnbaumer and Elder Gomez love miracles.
This is there second miracle.  But actually, every baptism is a wonderful miracle.
Elder Norton and Elder Jones seem to be saying "Don't mess with us."  But we know these two work very, very hard and are seeing success in Huercal Overa.
Looks like some of the missionaries are enjoying their new found soccer shirts.  Looks great Elders and Hermana!!
Elder Banbury and Elder Peters are showing us a little bit of their work.  Hmmm, interesting.
Look who came back with his family to visit the mission.  Why it is Elder Ferguson. We enjoyed meeting his family and seeing him again.
We also enjoyed a family home evening and a wonderful dinner with our friends in Sevilla.  Pres. Blanco and his wife Reyes and his 1st Counselor Juan and his wonderful wife Maria.  Such great people.  They will be friends for life. 
Companions can be friends for life.  Elder Shrewsbury and Elder Meneses think this will be the case.
Oh good, the hats are not permanent.  
This week brought our last gathering with all our wonderful missionaries.  It was a week with many tears but it has made for wonderful memories.  We started off in Sevilla with the San Fernando Zone and the Sevilla Zone.
When all the missionaries stand up and sing "God Be With You Till We Meet Again", the tears come easy.
We have such wonderful missionaries.
In Murcia with the Murcia Zone and the Alicante Zone we must have our great music leader Elder Pearce at the helm.
It's hard to let go and say good-bye when all the missionaries are so great.  
Lot's of bear hugs and even for Alberto, the former Elder Basurto who came to say good-bye.
Another beautiful rendition of "God Be With You Till We Meet Again." Yes, more tears.
You say who is coming to Malaga?  
The Elders from Africa arrived on the boat in full attire.
What is this? Presidente Clegg is not sure about this. We are not sure if this is missionary approved attire. We send our boy's to Africa and they come back looking like this!! I think their great.
Another wonderful Zone Conference.  
The Hermanas sang like the angels they are.
And Elder Manning ended with a wonderful rendition of How Great Thou Art.  Every Zone Conference was special and we will never forget our missionaries.
O.K., with all the tears, we had to make you all laugh.  We had asked Elder Bailey and Elder Alejandre to find us each typical clothing from Africa.  What do you all think?
The next day we had the wonderful pleasure to attend the wedding reception of one of our wonderful missionaries from Bilbao.  Along with seeing him and his beautiful bride, we enjoyed being with Hermana Calderon and her family and her cousins, who are also our friends in San Fernando.  We have some wonderful friends throughout this mission.
Our wonderful former Elder Jose Cepeda and his beautiful bride, Ligia.  It was a beautiful evening at a beautiful Golf Course-club house outside of Jerez.
She had a beautiful dress.  They will be sealed in the Madrid Temple next week.  A beautiful evening for two beautiful, happy people.
This is for all of our fathers.  
And one more wonderful meal with one of the great families in Malaga.  Ana Belen and her Husband Jose and his sister and parents and daughter Natalie.  We have great members in the Spain Malaga Mission.  We love them all. They currently have a son Juan Carlos living in Bountiful, and we will see him soon as well.


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