Sunday, May 22, 2011

This looks like cotton candy floating on the streets, but someone put soap in the fountain at the round about.
It almost looked like snow, but by the afternoon it was all cleaned up, so I'm glad I took a picture on the way to the office.
These flowers come in all different colors and I think the are so pretty that I can't take just one picture.

This was a cactus blooming that we found on the way to church when we walked over there.
Our Zone Conference with 3 combined zones, Malaga, Granada and La Mancha. The senior couple are all in the same zone conference, put we have 6 sisters with 2 in each zone. The AP's are way at the back. We sent one home this week, because it was the end of his mission and he stayed a transfer longer. A great group of missionaries.
We got 4 new missionaries this last week and sent 6 home. We got 1 American sister and 3 Spanish elders. We sent one sister back to Japan, who is an American, but her parents live in Japan. We sent 2 Spanish elders home and then 3 back to the states. It is sometimes hard to keep up with all the transfers, because there has been transfers almost every week for a year, because of the visa waiters, Spanish elders that don't stay as long in the MTC, etc, and then missionaries going home at different times, because of the combined missions from last year. From now on we should be on the 6 week cycle, keep our fingers crossed. We still have an elder in the States who is waiting for his visa and could come any time.
It has been a busy busy time with conferences, departures, arrivals, trainings etc. It keeps us being busy. The branch is doing great and we love them. Next week is our monthly Munch and Mingle, where we pot luck lunch after church. This combines all of our monthly get togethers, because it is almost impossible to get the branch together any other time during the week. We have several members who are caretakers, servants, etc that can't get off during the week and the distance is too far for several of them to come again into Fuengirola for another time during the week. We also have several who go back often to England to visit, but then we have visitors that come regularly to visit Fuengirola.
We hope you have a wonderful week.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

A couple of weeks ago we took some time off and went up to see the Alhambra in Granada. It was the last stronghold of the Moors who were driven out of Spain in 1492.
Roy and I standing in the gardens. We were too late to get tickets to the palace so we went through the gardens instead.
It took several years to build this complex and several Moorish kings.
The gardens were just beautiful and we really enjoyed our walk through the gardens, which took about 2 hours.
This is the beautiful wisteria with Elder Hunt and Pam Young who joined us while she was visiting in Spain from living and helping in Mali, Africa.
I couldn't resist taking a picture of the beautiful rose, and they weren't all in bloom yet.
One thing that really fascinated me were the walkways in the gardens that were made of different stones.

Sorry but I took lots of pictures of the ground with all the designs in the walkways.
I'm not sure I would have the patience to do this work.

Elder Hunt climbing stairs in the gardens.
Spain is a wonderful place to visit and a wonderful place for missionary work, which is progressing nicely here in Spain. It might not be going as fast as other countries, but it is still growing. We now have our allotment of missionaries and they are working hard and miracles are taking place. We love the work here and hope we are helping the work progress.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Statute of Christopher Columbus in the harbor going into Huelva.
Some of the beautiful tiles that was found in and around Huelva.
Map in the museum in Huelva showing settlements in Spain, some of which date back before Christ. Where the Phoenicans had settlements.
Another snapshot of inside the Santa Maria
In side the Santa Maria
Figures of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand in the small museum by the boats.
We saw miles of greenhouses filed with strawberry plants. This was on the way to Huelva.
It has been awhile since I did anything on our blog. I'm back in Spain with Roy and we decided that we were going to see some of Spain during the last 6 months of our mission, so each month we are going to take a side trip and visit some of Spain. First we went to Huelva, which is across the river from where Christopher Columbus sailed from. These next ships are just replicas of the ships that he used.
The Pinta
The NiƱa
The Santa Maria
A view of all three ships. We got to go on the ships and we took several pictures of the insides. We couldn't believe how small they were and try to imagine them sailing across the Atlantic Ocean. The Santa Maria was the biggest and held a crew of 40, where the others held 20 and 30 each.

The missionary work in Spain is progressing and so far they are keeping up with their goal of trying to reach 300 baptisms by the end of 2011. The missionaries are very dedicated and are doing their best to teach the gospel. Wonderful stories that we hear. It has been great to be back here in Spain and to help the missionary work.