Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday Sacrament services in Neyba were very good. Elder Batista and Elder Rojas were the first two speakers and I got to give the final talk. I asked the Elders on the spur of the moment. With no time to prepare they gave great talks. Of course they are missionaries and missionaries are always prepared! The talk I gave was one I had prepared for last Sunday to be given at the end of the Christmas Cantata however the cantata was too long and I decided to use the talk today. It worked out perfectly. Hna. Johnson gave the closing prayer. It was in Spanish so it was a simple prayer but it was a very good prayer because “missionaries are always prepared”.

I canceled Br. PEC meeting today so I could finish the “Ajuste de Diezmos” (Tithing Settlement) interviews. When the last appointment was done we headed for DuvergĂ© to deliver the mail to the Elders and also supplies for the DuvergĂ© branch. All of the Elders got some mail but Elder Arreola was the winner, he got 3 packages.

We took a new route back to Azua. We were told not to use it because the road was bad. But we could tell from the map that it would cut off a lot of miles. Since it was full daylight we decided to give it a try and we were glad we did. Yes, there were a few bad spots in the road but nothing to compare with the terrible road to Neyba. It turned out the new route was shorter, faster and much easier to drive. I think we will be using it a lot in the future.

The new route took us through some very picturesque farm land of mostly sugar cane fields. Last week we noticed empty rail road box cars on the siding of the railroad tracks on our way back to Azua. Today we actually saw those box cars loaded with sugar cane on their way to the processing plant.

The rail road track is very interesting too. It is “Narrow Gage”. That means the tracks are closer together and the rail cars, as well as the locomotives, have to be smaller than modern rail. Narrow gage railroad tracks went out of service in the US back in the first half of the 20th Century. But here in the D.R. they are still hauling the freight.

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