The lighthouse at Formentor, Mallorca

The background shows sidewalk tiles - "rajoles" - that pave the sidewalks throughout Barcelona. They were designed by architect Puig i Cadafalch for the entryway of a home. Since 1915, they have been used by the city to pave sidewalks, and have become emblematic of the city. One of the city's most famous chocolatiers, Enric Rovira, produces chocolate bars in the shape and design of these tiles.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Last Zone Conferences

Bilbao. Palma. Lleida. Barcelona. It was a whirlwind week of saying farewell to so many wonderful missionaries and friends. We have felt a little bit like parents sending our children off to college: have we taught them everything they need to know? That became the theme of these conferences: what we want to make sure you know.

They were wonderful conferences. After each conference we shook hands and gave abrazos to each missionary. Some we will see when they return home, but some we may never see again in this life. That's why Facebook is worth $100 billion!

Vitoria Zone in Bilbao
Baleares Zone in Palma

Lleida Zone
Barcelona Zone
Hospitalet Zone in Barcelona
 As a reminder that our mission isn't over yet, we did have a couple of unexpected issues arise during the week, including a residency issue which required a quick transfer in order to keep a missionary in the country, so we haven't had much time to think about going home!


  1. Our daughter will be leaving for the Spain Barcelona mission in September. We would love to attend Pres. and Sister Hinckley's homecoming. Can anyone tell me when and were it will be? We live in the SLC, Utah area. Thanks

    1. 8 July 2012, 12:50 p.m., Yale Ward, 1431 Gilmer Drive, SLC, UT.

  2. Our sincerest thanks & gratitude to Pte. & Hna Hinckley for all that you have taught our sons & daughters. Your service to the missionaries, mission & people of Spain is greatly appreciated. Now go & enjoy your other family. Well done.

  3. I love your blog. We have read it while our daughter was serving there with you and have continued on even though she is home. Thank you for all you do/have done for the missionaries. I know you have greatly blessed the life of my daughter.(Hermana Roberts)

  4. I served in Barcelona oh so many years ago - '90-'91 - and I have loved reading how things have changed and grown in Spain. My first area was Llerida and there were 4 of us at the time; one set of Elders and one set of Hermanas. Wow how things have changed. The Bishop in the Llerida Ward is the young boy I helped teach so long ago.

    Thank you for your hard work and willingness to serve.

    Hna. Michelle Berge