Sunday, May 22, 2011

Zone Conferences May 2011

We've just finished off another round of zone conferences.  We traveled to the Canary Islands first, then we held a combined Madrid tri-zone conference at the stake center.  The following week we traveled to Santiago de Compostela for the zone conference followed by the Santiago District Conference, and then a week later we drove to Leon for the last of the zone conferences in this cycle.  It is always such a treat to meet with the missionaries and share principles of the gospel and experiences with them and then watch them as they teach each other.

In the Canary Islands we alternate holding zone conferences on Gran Canaria and on Tenerife.  This time we went to Santa Cruz de Tenerife.  (Back row) Elders Nielsen, Mills, Scott, Hanson, White and Andrews   (Front row) Hnas. Tanner and Kartchner, Elders Simmons, Kunkel, Jeppson, Sanchez, Otteson and Hna. Andrews.  After the conference we sat down to a delicious homemade taco lunch prepared by the Andrews.

 The Santiago Zone is comprised of (back) Elders Cunningham, Howard, Z. Anderson, Holub, Lopez, Coral, Hoskins, Soliz and (front) Elders Zamora, Albretsen, Woodbury, Jeppson, Quevedo, Tirzuman and Earnshaw.  After the conference we lunched on pizzas.

The Leon Zone:  (back) Elders Mateer, Robertson, Beatty, Bundy, Rigby, (Middle) Elders Woolsey, Araya, Gallego, Rivera and Cardoso, (Front) Elders Bermudez, Carey, McGrath and Benson.  Lunch was ham and cheese sandwiches made on great Spanish baguettes.

The Cuatro Caminos Zone covers Barrio 1 and 5 in Madrid, plus Villalba and Segovia.  (Front) Hermanas Jimenez, Peterson, Perez and Long (Middle) Elders Reist, Aston, Saune, Martin de la Sierra and Groves (Back) Elders Thurston, Raiano and Wilkinson.  After the conference, all sixty of us went to the cafeteria in the Temple for lunch.

 The Madrid East Zone is the largest zone with 27 (including two senior couples).  (back) Elders Driggs, Cerro, Slack, Rose, Evans, Zamora, Earnshaw, Bundy and Vogel.  (middle) Hnas. Lewis, Marin, Londono, Read, Nielsen, Delgado, Sister and Elder Jewell and Sister and Elder Ovard.  (front) Elders Tyndale-Biscoe, Ramirez, Pyne, Veintimilla, Mateer, Ross, Jackson, Portas and Cano.

The Madrid South Zone is another large zone.  (back) Elders Iverson, Tirzuman, Ashworth, Jones, Forsythe, Gabbitas, Barlow, and Stock. (middle) Hermanas Benitez, Waters, Wilson, Moulton, Smith, Greer, Bell, McMurray, and Stokes. (front) Elders Blatter, Jaramillo, Carter, Wadsworth, Larrea and Howard.


  1. Thank you so much for posting pictures. I can tell you spend your spare time doing this service. Elder Carter is a great letter writer, but we haven't had too many pictures so I love seeing yours. We're so happy for all his experiences as a missionary in Spain.

  2. Thank you, thank you. I haven't seen any Zone pictures yet. This is a great site with so much fun information. Its a connection with our son and we really appreciate you for keeping it up to date!
    Greetings from Orem,Utah!
    Patty Robertson

  3. Dear Sr. Watkins, we enjoy reading your blog. We are interested in serving in a Center for YA. HQ gave us Pres. Watkins' phone number, but we know how busy he must be. We have written up a little about ourselves if you are interested and it is appropriate. We are just in the planning stages. We are familiar with but not fluent in Spanish. My email is Thanks,