Friday, December 25, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve and we can’t help but think of the Savior at this special time of the year. He is the reason for the season. I recall last year’s December issue of the Ensign and the First Presidency’s message “The Best Christmas Ever.” Pres. Monson said: “Giving, not getting, brings to full bloom the Christmas spirit. Enemies are forgiven, friends remembered, and God obeyed. The spirit of Christmas illuminates the picture window of the soul, and we look out upon the world’s busy life and become more interested in people than things. To catch the real meaning of the “spirit of Christmas,” we need only drop the last syllable, and it becomes the “Spirit of Christ.”

The work in the office goes on but there is definitely a change in the season. It is actually cooler here in the Dominican Republic. Day time highs are still in the 90’s but the evening and morning are definitely cooler. And today a big storm rolled over the island and we had gentle rain most of the day. It was a very pleasant change. There will never be snow on the ground in the Dominican Republic but it is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

This morning Hna. Johnson’s contact and financial expert at Centro de Servicio, Hna. Dayanara Almanzar, came to the office to teach her how to account for petty cash using journal vouchers. It was training Hna. Johnson should have gotten 5 months ago. As it turns out the mission has been out of money for a month because of journal entry errors. Now they can be corrected and the mission will be in the black again. That is a very good thing.

President Almonte has asked all of the missionaries in the city to stay in their apartments after dark until after Christmas. It is too dangerous to be on the streets with the drunks on the road. However the AP’s and the office Elders did “intercambios” (companion exchanges) with the other Elders in their Zone this afternoon. Intercambios are good for missionary moral and good for training as well.

This afternoon I had “Diligencias” (Errands) to run. While I was out I picked up flowers for Hna. Johnson. She arranged them for Hna. Almonte and her dinner she is planning for us and the other senior couples in the mission. This evening we went by the mission home and dropped off the flowers.

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