Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

We concluded our first set of Sunday services in Neyba at noon. Before we left for Duverge we asked all of the families if they would stay after to have their pictures taken with Hna. Johnson and I. Everyone was happy to pose with us and when we get a name with all of the faces it will help us remembers everyone’s name.

After the picture taking we had 3 hours before the services started in Duverge. So, Hna. Johnson and I stopped under a large shade tree on the road to eat our lunch. We made sandwiches and eat them on the tailgate of the pickup. It was a beautiful spot for a picnic and except for an occasional passing car or “Motore” (the Dominican word for motor scooter, pronounced “mow-tow-ray”) it was very tranquil.

Next we spent the rest of our time reading and studying the Book of Mormon in Spanish. It’s one of the things we’ve been doing to help Hna. Johnson learn Spanish. We also studied the titles of the Spanish hymns and wrote their English equivalent in our Spanish Hymnals. It was a very well spent couple of hours.

When Hna. Johnson was set apart as a missionary by our Stake President, Craig Ahlstrom, she was given the “Gift of Tongues”. But having the gift given to you doesn’t do anyone any good if they don’t put forth the effort to make it happen. Ever since that blessing, Hna. Johnson has been a real trooper and studies very hard to improve her Spanish language skills. As it says in James 2:20: “… Faith without works is dead” Hna. Johnson has the faith and she is doing the work to receive the blessing of the gift of tongues.

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