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

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. 


12 August 2012

Blessing Number 8...Isaac Nathan Button

One of our favorite hymns is  "Cuenta tus bendiciones" or "Count Your Many Blessings".  On July 20, 2012, Isaac Nathan Button was born - our grand blessing number 8.  We are so grateful that little Isaac Nathan is heathly and strong.  Thank you Isaac and Julie for giving us a sweet little grandson!
 Skype call with Isaac, Julie, Bristol and Isaac Nathan
   "Count your many blessings, name them one by one, 
count your many blessings see what God hath done."