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

09 November 2012

On the road again...in 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!
 
"Cabins"


 
 

 
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.”

24 August 2012

A "normal' day

We have been in the Domincian Republic for almost 7 months now and have grown to love this country and the people.  We feel blessed to have the opportunity to serve as missionaries.  We enjoy starting our mornings with a walk in the park across the street.
It's fun to see the Angel Moroni on the temple through the trees
While walking last week we had reminder to be careful. We were walking on the street in front of the temple and a moto with 2 young men on it drove up, stopped just ahead of us, acted like they had a gun and told us to give them our rings. (We don't know if they actually had guns or not, we didn't wait to see.) Leon grabbed my hand and we quickly walked behind them and crossed the street. At the same time the temple security guard came through the gate to the street to see what was going on. The moto immediately drove off. I wasn't wearing my ring but Leon was (he doesn't anymore when we walk). The security guard told us that it is better to stay in the park, where there are guards when walking. Close call!
 
Monday through Friday we work in the office on the 1st floor:

 
Upstairs to the 2nd floor for lunch and then again for dinner:
 
Now the day is over...sunset from our apartment window.  I was trying to document the clouds for tropical storm Isaac, but thats about all we got, some clouds, a little rain and wind.
 
 
 
 

Charlotta Cake Day!

Sister Hernandez taught the Senior Sister Missionaries how to make Charlotta Cake. 


We had a fabulous time together and look how beautiful the cake turned out.  Delicious!!! 

Of course we couldn't just eat cake, so we also made lunch and ate cake for dessert.

I joked with the sisters that they all took the morning off, but since I'm the area historian, it was a work day for me, documenting the lives of the missionaries. 
 

Sister McDermid prepared a slide show and shared some thoughts with us. 
We had a very nice Relief Society meeting.