Serving in the Caribbean Area Presidency Office in
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

13 May 2013

Three Angels

“And Christ hath said:  If ye will have faith in me ye shall have power to do whatsoever thing is expedient in me.”  Moroni 7:33 

Last week we had a faith building experience with a companionship of three sisters, Sister Jorgenson, Sister Rush, and Sister Smith during TRC (when they practice teaching us in Spanish.)  The previous week following their lesson during “feedback time”, we invited them to stretch a bit the next week.  We invited Sister Smith, who has struggled the most with the language, to do at least 50% of the talking the next week. We invited Sister Rush to not use notes and just teach by the Spirit.  We invited Sister Jorgenson, to pray for her companions during the lesson, but not say anything until the end and then bear her testimony.  They accepted the invitation and came full of faith, ready to teach us, hoping to succeed.  They brought a feeling of love and unity.  Sister Smith was able to communicate better than she ever has before.  She led the companionship in a beautiful lesson.  Her companions gave her smiles of encouragement.  Sister Rush spoke with confidence and conviction.  We knew that she knew the truth of what she was teaching.  Sister Jorgenson silently prayed for and watched her companions as the Lord worked a miracle with them.  She added her testimony at the end.  We were blessed to witness three angels. 
“…have angels ceased to appear unto the children of men? . . . Nay; for it is by faith that miracles are wrought; and it is by faith that angels appear and minister unto men” Moroni 7:36-37

24 March 2013

Last trip with the Glaziers

Stewart and Sandra Glazier presided over the MTC (Missionary Training Center) in Santo Domingo for two years.  Their mission ended in January 2013.  Before they left we took one last Saturday get-away with them and the Mahons.  The Mahons are serving a mission working with the Young Single Adults and Institute program in Santo Domingo.  Here are a few of the pictures we took -
President Glazier planning the trip from a tour book
A common, but sad sight in Santo Domingo - A Haitian mother begging at a stoplight.

View of the Silbao - the plain of the Northern part of the Dominican Republic where much food is grown

Marilyn with some of her Dominican friends

Marilyn in front of ruins of one of the first Spanish settlements in Northern DR near Santiago

Leon along side of one of President Trujillo's limosines - Trujillo was an evil the dictator of the DR for almost thirty years.  Although he has been dead for over 40 years, we felt a very dark, evil feeling just looking at that car and realizing the terrible fear that so many people felt when they saw that car and devil inside it.

The Glaziers, the Buttons and the Mahons at a very old church near Santiago that supposedly was first built in the time of Coumbus

The view from the church built in Columbus's time.

01 January 2013

5x7 Folded Card

Flourish And Rejoice Religious Christmas Card
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09 November 2012

On the road the Dominica Republic

In some places of the world people do crazy things to get an adrenaline rush like parachuting, bungy jumping, rock climbing, etc.  But here in the Dominican Republic all that is needed for your pulse to race, your blood pressure to rise and your muscles to tighten in fear is to simply go anywhere on the streets and roadways.  You can, and will, see amazing things "en la calle" 

The truth about mangos

Take a good look at these pictures. 

Unfortunately for you, that's all you can do is ....look.  We however were able to do more than look.  We were able to eat these delicious mangos, savoring every juicy bite.  In our opinion they are more than a fruit.  They are delectable evidence that God loves his children.

13 September 2012

Camp in Progress

We traveled to Bonao (about 1 1/2 hour drive from Santo Domingo) with the area presidency  to see the Church camp that is being built for the youth here in the Dominican Republic.  When completed it will be a facility that will bless the lives of many, many youth.  We enjoyed touring the property and seeing the progress.  Walking through the camp I could just imagine the sounds of young women at camp:  laughing, singing, playing, learning, praying, reciting scriptures, sharing feelings, cooking, hiking, crying, serving, loving, bearing testimony, etc.  There are amazing things for the youth and leaders to experience here in this gorgeous camp.  Starting next year the camp should be ready to hold EFY which will a great blessing to the youth!


It is a beautiful area with many types of trees and vegetation.  Mango, avocado, and macadamia trees were a few. This was our first time to see a macadamia tree and macadamia nuts that weren't packaged.

It was fun to see the work in progress.  They were forming the steps to many of the bungalows.

One of the workers was cooking a typical Domincian lunch of beans and rice for the other workers over a small fire.  Then they all sat under a big mango tree to eat. 


This missionary couple (below) from Puerto Rico oversee the camp and live
in the Caretakers home (above)

Highlight of the week

One of the highlights of our week is on Monday evenings at 6:00 pm, when two young Elders from the CCM (Spanish for MTC) come to our apartment to practice teaching in Spanish.  They teach us for the 6 weeks they are in the CCM.  It is very rewarding for us to watch them progress in many ways.  Their language skills improve every week!  We can see their knowledge and testimonies grow through the experiences they have during their 6 week stay in the CCM.  We watch their confidence grow stronger as they learn to rely on the spirit of the Holy Ghost to guide them.  We see their faith in Jesus Christ as they struggle and overcome difficulties.  And we watch them become united as a companionship and teach with power.  Last week we said goodbye to Elders Ika and Brumm.  We love these young Elders and are so proud of them.  We know that they are prepared to go out and fulfill their purpose as missionaries as found in “Preach My Gospel”.   Our purpose as missionaries is to “invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end.”