01 de Enero de

Clarín de El Faro
2017
Message From Presidente Dayton

New Year – New Start
An enthusiastic Happy New Year and Prospero Año Nuevo to our beloved
missionaries in the Spain Barcelona Mission!! What a wonderful year 2016 was—
so full of incredible conversions, baptisms, temple sealings, growing wards and
branches, new chapels being built, and tremendous contributions to the building of
the Kingdom of God by consecrated missionaries. What magnificent memories
were made as you went out into the streets of Spain and raised a voice of warning
and gave our Heavenly Father’s children a chance to hear the Restored Gospel. I
want to extend my deepest gratitude to all of you for the support that we felt and
received from you, for living Christ-like lives and being exemplary, for working to
the limits of your physical ability, for using time wisely, and for raising obedience
to its high level in El Faro. Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of our
hearts.
I hope you had a chance to celebrate the coming of the New Year by eating the
traditional 12 grapes as the gong sounded for each of the twelve months just past.
Hermana Dayton and I did so and we were both successful except that we made
the mistake of buying grapes with seeds in them. That was a little challenging
chewing and swallowing. What a fun and unusual tradition; it is one we will likely
celebrate even when the time for our missions is over. There is so much we love
about this beautiful land and its people. What a blessing to have been assigned to
this mission!
I had the privilege of attending the dedication of the new Logroño Chapel on
December 17, 2016. It is a beautiful 2-story chapel with extensive windows, a
huge chapel, beautiful baptismal font, ample classrooms on both levels, and a
location in a very nice part of town. Talk about a new start! There is no question
in my mind that the missionary work will increase and flourish in Logroño with the
completion of this beautiful new chapel. Currently the new chapel in Santander is
almost completed, the new chapel in San Sebastien is half completed, the huge
new stake center in Valencia has its roof on, the new chapel in Vilafranca has its
roof on, both Tarragona and Terrassa Wards have purchased the land for their new
chapels and are about to begin construction, and the spectacular site for the new

local which triples its current space, and the group in Teruel has its own local for the
first time. The Pamplona Ward was just divided and the units in Barcelona and
Tarragona are preparing for division. The Church is entering a whole new advanced
phase of its existence here in Spain and that should certainly be seen as a new start.
Our initiative “What Gift Will You Give the Savior at Christmas Time” spills over into
January and we know that your hard work, increased dedication, extra effort,
inspired finding and consecrated effort will pay big dividends. For sure we want to
start out the New Year in an outstanding fashion. The year 2016 was a good year for
our mission with 403 baptisms and we were blessed to lead the Europe area in
baptisms. The down side of that statistic is that we baptized fewer of our Heavenly
Father’s children in this mission than we did the year before and are still below our
goal of having 12 baptisms per week (we are currently at about 8 baptisms per
week). You will all recall that our eventual goal is to baptize 600 people in one year
in our mission. To reach that goal, we have felt that it would be good to break it
down into a 2 year process. Thus our new baptismal goal for 2017 is to baptize 500
worthy converts in 2017 and 600 in 2018!! Without any question, both of these
goals are reasonable goals for this amazing mission but it will require the best efforts
of every single missionary in this mission. Thus it is important that every single
companionship understands that we will need them to contribute to our
successfully obtaining this goal. It is our prayer that every companionship can
baptize every single month. It is doable with faith, obedience, hard work, and
perfect use of our time.
Since the New Year is a great time to set new goals, we hope that all of you will
embrace this goal and work tirelessly to achieve it. I am absolutely certain that with
the help of the Lord and us doing our part, this goal will be achieved. Know that we
love you, are honored to serve with you, are lifted and inspired by the great work
you are doing, and share your love of the Savior’s Restored Gospel. May 2017 be
the best year ever for every single one of you is my prayer.
 
Con deseos para un Prospero Año Nuevo,
 
Presidente Merril T. Dayton

01 de Enero de
Clarín de El Faro
2017
Message From Hermana Dayton
Decisiveness vs Procrastination
Decisiveness is choosing to do what is right based on accurate facts, wise counsel,
and clearly defined goals. It is the ability to recognize key factors and then finalize
difficult decisions.
President David O. McKay counseled: “The greatest battle of life is fought within
the silent chambers of your own soul… It is a good thing to sit down and commune
with yourself, to come to an understanding with yourself and in that silent moment
what your duty is to your family, to your church, to your country, and… to your
fellowman.”
As missionaries, we have decided what our duty is to the church, to God, and to
our fellowmen at this time in our life. We’ve chosen to serve the Savior – to bless
the lives of the people in Spain to bring their happiness through the gospel.
Many years ago I took a leadership class. The instructor asked each of us to write
down what would be spoken at our funeral if we passed away that day. He said we
were to think about what our parents would speak, our brothers and sisters, our
friends. He asked, “Would they all say similar things?” He asked if our behavior was
consistent at home, at school, on a sports team, or at our work. He then gave us
30 minutes to write the talks. At the end of class he asked that we go home and
ponder what we wrote. The next day in class he asked us to write another talk for
our funeral. It was a talk reflecting what we wanted to be spoken at our funeral. I
can assure you, that my friends and I realized that essay #2 was the one we
desired read at our funerals. At the end of this exercise our instructor asked us to
write what we could do beginning that day to make sure we became the person in
essay #2. We listed each item we desired to be spoken and then listed specific
things we could do to become that person in essay 2. This experience impacted me
greatly… it inspired me to focus my time and energy on the character strengths I
wanted to develop. It inspired me to take action to become the person I visualized
and desired to be.
With the beginning of this New Year, it is the perfect time for us to make decisions
on what we desire to accomplish and who we desire to become in 2017. The little
decisions we make today will determine the direction of our lives. Sister Elaine
Dalton has said, “It is the daily, consistent things you do that will strengthen you to
be a leader and an example-daily prayer, daily scripture study, daily obedience,
daily service to others. As you do these things, you will grow closer to the Savior
and become more and more like Him.”
As missionaries we can decide today to be 100% strictly obedient to the White
Handbook, Preach My Gospel, and the scriptures. We can make decisions now to

In one of President Monson’s talks he shared a simple, yet far reaching formula to
guide us in the choices and decisions we make in life:
“Fill your minds with truth.
Fill your hearts with love.
Fill your lives with service.”
He further goes on to say, “By doing so, may we one day hear the plaudit from our
Lord and Savior, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over
a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of the
lord.’”
President Dayton and I hope and pray we will all be wise in the decisions we make
each day. We hope we will all choose to trust in the Lord and to serve him “with all
of our heart, might, mind, and strength.” We love you and feel grateful for the big
decision each of you made to serve a mission. We pray that the New Year will bring
you much joy as you faithfully serve in the Spain Barcelona Mission.
Hermana Dayton

Christlike Attributes- Faith, Charity, Love, Virtue, Hope, and Humility, Knowledge & Wisdom,
Patience, Diligence, Creativity, Enthusiasm, Generosity, Forgiveness, Dependability, Availability,
Orderliness, Gratitude, Endurance, Persuasiveness, Compassion, Alertness, Character,
Decisiveness, Determination, Truthfulness, Benevolence, Honor, Sincerity, Punctuality,
Joyfulness, Gentleness, Self Control, Initiative, Cautiousness, Loyalty, Meekness, Sensitivity,
Obedience, Discernment, Boldness, Discretion, Responsibility, Attentiveness, Hospitality,
Thoroughness, Deference, Justice, Contentment, Tolerance, Resourcefulness, Thriftiness,

01 de Enero de
Clarín de El Faro
2017
Bautismos/Confirmaciones/Mi
sioneros

“Eran contados … y
se inscribían
sus nombres”

Bautismos/
Confirmaciones esta semana

0

Bautismos/
Confirmaciones este mes

0

Bautismos/
Confirmaciones hasta la fecha este
año

0

9
oct

16
oct

23
oct

30
oct

06
nov

13
nov

20
nov

27
nov

4
dec

11
dec

18
dec

27
dec

1
dec

Bautismos

3

10

5

10

20

21

5

3

0

6

4

11

0

Confirmaciones

4

9

6

6

24

21

5

3

0

6

4

11

0

Fechas bautismales

139

114

148

114

120

102

134

146

134

107

80

74

93

Inv reunion sacramental

188

159

197

159

204

218

166

186

164

190

152

125

86

Lecciones con un
miembro

677

615

580

615

652

546

615

512

511

564

525

431

472

Lecciones con un m. p.

33%

34%

34%

34%

36%

34%

33%

30%

30%

35%

36%

33%

29%

Nuevos Investigadores

686

565

589

565

588

517

589

671

581

512

488

552

562

01 de Enero de
Clarín de El Faro
2017
And the Spirit shall be given unto you by the
prayer of faith.
Doctrine & Covenants 42:14

Compañerismos que lograron Oremos por estos investigadores con
las pautas de excelencia: fechas bautismales para esta semana
SEIS:
CINCO:
CUATRO:

Barcelona 1A
Sabadell 1B
Badalona 1A
Mataró A
Gerona B
Valencia 1C
Gandía A

Roel
Boubacar
Richard
Juana
Daniel
Daniel
Daniela

The Zone
L’Hospitalet is in the Zone!
-With an average of 7.46 new investigators per
companionship!

01 de Enero de
Clarín de El Faro
2017
Our Gift to the Savior
100
96
92
88
84
80
76
72
68
64
60
56
52
48
44
40
36
32
28
24
20
16
12
8
4

18 of 97 Companionships have baptized this
month!

01 de Enero de
Clarín de El Faro
2017

13 de abril de 2014

The Miracle of Baptism

 Our miracle this week was  tell but I can see how much he
changed. We had so many
Iñigo :) He got baptized on the
amazing experiences with him  The miracle of the week was
22nd of December!! Can you
of course the baptism of
that just showed that God
believe it!? We are so so soooo
Michael. We buckled down on
cared
for
a
penniless
man
excited for him :) We are
Monday and got through the
from
Ghana
who
doesn't
excited to continue to work
rest of the commandments
speak
the
language
in
Spain,
with him and help him
and lesson 5. We did a mock
that
he
sent
the
missionaries
strengthen his testimony……..
interview and I know there's
to
him.
he is my first friend who has
not a right or wrong answer to
been baptized on the mission,
the
questions
but
he

The
baptism
and
confirmation
and .... I just wanted to make
definitely
answered
all
of
with
Lidia-Dayana
was
great.
sure
that
he
understood
them
right.
As
he
came
out
of
In
her
testimony
she
said
she
everything perfectly before he
the water he stood there for a
was very grateful to feel
was actually baptized and
few seconds with his eyes
"new".
She
also
said
her
door
confirmed but I have to
closed and you could feel the
would
always
be
open
to
the
remember that they can't be
spirit just settle in through the
missionaries
and
members.
It
perfect. …. But his baptismal
whole room. We asked him
was
very
comforting
to
hear
service was amazing!! We got
how
he
felt
after
his
that
as
I
was
to
leave
the
home from the conference and
area.
I
had
the
opportunity
to
confirmation
on
Sunday
and
literally ran more than a mile
confirm her on Christmas Day.
he said he was the "happiest
to get to the chapel on time for
It
was
a
very
powerful
feeling.
man in the world!"  
his baptism. Although my ankle
I
could
describe
it
as
a
great
is still swollen from before the
warmth and also as a sense of  Cinthya was baptized on
mission
……as
we
were
fullness. I felt that I had
Friday, (Thank you for playing
running there, I didn't feel a
completed
part
of
what
I
was
the piano,) and she had a
thing :) Miracle! We arrived all
meant
to
do.
I
hope
I
can
special experience. She has
sweaty and hot, but we were
continue
to
do
so. The
miracle
been kind of an interesting
on time :) The service was
of
the
past
week
would
be
investigator. She gave us
amazing and I'm so grateful for
probably
Lidia's
baptism.
The
challenges that I hadn't had
all of the members who came
whole
process
with
her
was
before and we learned a lot
as well.
just amazing, and I will be
from it. Her decision to be
forever grateful for it. 
baptized
when
she
did
 .. We had a baptism Christmas
honestly
came
as
a
surprise
Eve!!!!! DANIEL KUASI COLLINS
 Great last week in my area
to me. She just didn’t seem
DUAH….. he is from Ghana
and excited for a new one. I
really prepared until the day
and so his English was a little
loved that I ended my area
she came to a lesson and just
bit different and we were a
with the baptism of Paul.
told us yes. I see that she will
little worried that he didn’t
Thank you so much for the
be a good faithful member.
really understand a lot because
permission to have it. It was a
She sees the Lord’s hand in
when we gave him his first
very spiritual experience and
her conversion and she is
fecha he just said Si Si Si.
his family was able to come.
excited for what the church
Before I even said who he was
From it we have two of his
has to offer. She’s a fire
following the example of. But
family members who want to
cracker as well. She is sharing
teaching Collins has been such
get baptized next week but we
the gospel with everyone. 
a blessing in my life. He has
need to work with them on a
such a different culture than us
few more things.
 We had an incredible white
but he loves everybody. And
Christmas as we saw our dear
when we told him about the  Gracias, por dar permiso para
friend Reinaldo be baptized
plan of salvation and said he
que Pedro fuera bautizado.
this past Thursday! It was
could see both of his parents
Ahora espero que él y su
such a beautiful service!
again. I just felt so happy, he
familia sigan a progresar aún
Reinaldo is truly such an
said "I just can’t believe it!"
más. Con fe este joven sera

01 de Enero de
Clarín de El Faro
2017

13 de abril de 2014

The Miracle of Baptism

 more from him in these past
weeks of teaching him then
he has from me. He was so
receptive in every lesson and
the reason he agreed and
knew everything was true is
not just because he sat there
and listened to us but
because he also acted for
himself when we were not
together. He would read from
the Book of Mormon, pray to
know, and come to church, he
was and is INCREDIBLE!!! I
have been so blessed to be
part of this step in his life. To
end the baptismal service he
was asked to bear his
testimony and it was one of
the
most
powerful
testimonies I have ever heard,
he said that he knew without
a doubt that the Book of
Mormon was true, that Joseph
Smith was a prophet and that
the priesthood was on the
earth

again. It was beautiful! I
guess you can just know that I
cried! The most beautiful part
is that his son Rey David was
baptized about a month and a
half ago and soon we hope
will be his wife and then they
will be able to go to them
temple and be an eternal

family!

 This week we saw the
baptism
of
Mabel
and
Antonio. Everything turned
out so well. We could see a
difference in both of them. We
had over 10 investigators at
that baptism and they loved
it! We will be teaching
Mabel’s
family
tomorrow
evening
so
were
really
excited. The area here in
______ is just sky rocketing.
We should be having another
baptism this week or the next.
We’re seeing the fruits of so
much faith that previous
Elders

have invested in this area.
What a joy it is to carry the
name of the Savior and
declare
repentance
and
baptism!  The Zone had a
great
week
having
3
baptisms…..
We passed Christmas really
well in _______ finishing the
week with a baptism! Jose
Luis
was
baptized
and
confirmed a member of the
Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. He is going
to be a great convert. His
testimony is so strong, and
yet, he knows that he still has
a lot of learning to go. I am so
grateful that I got to serve in
_______. It was one of my
favorite areas. There was
never a down point, and I
can't wait to bring that
excitement to this new area!!!

“…hacemos todo lo que podemos a fin de que la obra avance;
pero ésta es la obra del Señor, Él la dirige y Él está al mando. Nos
maravillamos al verlo abrir puertas que nosotros no podemos
abrir y efectuar milagros que apenas podemos imaginar”
–Élder Neil A. Andersen

Calendar Reminders
04/01 Enfoque de Zona 05&06/01 Badalona
Interviews
09&10/01 Valencia Interviews
16/01 Palma
Interviews
18/01 Interviews Vitoria
19&20/01 Interviews

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Clarín de El Faro
2017

13 de abril de 2014

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El Faro Welcomes 6 Great Missionaries