Tuesday, April 30, 2013

MTC Elders and Madrid Sister Missionaries

On a recent missionary preparation day, we (Scott, Beverly, and Elder and Sister Jones, fellow temple missionaries) happened upon four MTC elders in the local metro station. They were on their way to Domino's Pizza (yes, there is one near here in Madrid!). We enjoyed talking with them for a few minutes.

From left to right: Beverly, Sister Jones, and Elder Jones; Elder Anderson from Boise, Idaho; Elder Smith from Springville, Utah; Elder Cluff from St. George, Utah; and Elder Wiley from Seattle, Washington:

These elders can also be seen on two videos that Scott uploaded to YouTube. The links to the two videos are https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuBwBJtyao0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMwFs0VKgOY.

The next Sunday, Scott and Beverly invited two sister missionaries to dinner. They currently live just around the corner from us, but will be moving soon to be closer to their assigned area.

From left to right: Scott; Sister Rebekah Seastrand from Holladay, Utah; Sister Allly Frandsen from San Bernadino, California; and Beverly:

After our dinner of chicken fajitas and fruit salad, these Sisters each shared a favorite scripture and bore their testimony. It was touching to feel their spirit, hear of their wonderful investigators, and know of their dedication to the work in Madrid.

We love the young missionaries, whether they are just passing through Madrid during their short stay at the MTC or working here as part of the Spain Madrid Mission.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Young Missionaries at the Madrid MTC

Scott and Beverly spoke at the Centro de CapacitaciĆ³n de Madrid (Madrid MTC) today (April 21, 2013). We enjoyed being with the large number of young missionaries currently living here, just above us in the same building. The number of missionaries has more than doubled over the past few months, with more sister missionaries arriving than elders.

Here we are with Sister McKinsey Jo Smith. We corresponded with her sister, Kelly Bunn, before Sister Smith arrived here. It was great to meet Sister Smith in the temple after she first arrived and to see her again today. What a wonderful, special missionary!

As we were giving our talks, we saw a missionary sitting on the front row with the name of Vogel. He looked just like President Eric Vogel, counselor in our home (Orem, Utah) stake presidency. As we surmised, Elder Peter Vogel is Pres. Vogel's son. What a great Elder! Here we pose together in the MTC cafeteria:

Later in the day, all the missionaries at the MTC assembled on the stairs by the temple and sang church hymns:

This view of the choir shows Elder Vogel in the upper left corner and Sister Smith in the middle of the front row:

And here are closeup shots of Elder Vogel and Sister Smith:

To view the YouTube video of these missionaries, go to LDS Madrid Missionaries Sing by the Temple

It's always wonderful to be with the young missionaries as they prepare to become ambassadors of the Lord here in Spain!