Friday, June 11, 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Every Wednesday morning I go to CITI Bank to pick up our mission’s petty cash check. As luck would have it, the Elders from the Santo Domingo East Mission were there too. However the checks weren’t ready yet so we had to wait over 30 minutes while they were being printed. I had a nice long visit with the East Mission Elders. They are Elder Clayton & Elder Vargas. Elder Vargas is from Santiago, DR, that’s in the north-central part of the island. He speaks very good English so I asked him where he learned it. He said his whole life he has watched the “Cartoon Channel” and the “SciFi Channel”! Who says there’s nothing good on TV.

Elder Clayton is from the states and does all of the driving. We had a nice long discussion about the “Dominican driving rules”. Elder Clayton wasn’t aware of any real rules of the road. He and most Americans think it’s a free for all and it’s every driver for himself. I got to tell him about some real Dominican driving rules he wasn’t aware of; things like the “Position, Speed and Size” rule and the “Drift” rule. There are about a dozen more. Dominican drivers don’t obey any “Laws of the road” but they are very faithful about obeying these “Rules of the road”. I think I should write them all down so any American that drive down here will have a sporting chance at surviving when he he’s behind the wheel.

Saludos mi familia,
We have had a busy transfer period so far. It started with our special transfer of Hermana Mecho on transfer day. Driving quickly up to Duvergé for the funeral then President Almonte asking us to be a part of the 3 day, 3 zone conferences the following week. We then had a large group of members from Neyba and Duvergé come down to do temple work. Many of these members were seeing the Temple for the first time (inside and out). To have the privilege of helping many go in for the first time was a treasured experience. One of the members going in was Hermana Mecho’s mother. The first time she came to the temple with her daughter she fell in love with the spirit that surrounded the Temple, Mecho could only observe baptisms at that time because I had not received her ordinance clothing from Salt Lake then. The second time, Mecho went into the Temple to receive her endowments; her mother had been baptized the week before. Her mother waited inside the waiting area the whole time for she loved the beauty and the spirit inside the Temple. This time, without her daughter, she went in and did baptisms. In my best Spanish, I expressed to her how happy her daughter is that she was in the Temple doing work. She just wept, she misses her daughter so very much. I’m so thankful for Temples that are placed all over this earth and the sacred ordinances that we have the privilege to take part of inside them. We are truly blessed to be living in the days of the fullness of the gospel.
Now for an ‘ALL POINTS BULLETIN’: does anyone know of a couple who is thinking of or is ready to serve a mission? We are approaching our year mark and it takes about 6 months to get a replacement couple. We have already requested a replacement couple with Salt Lake but senior couples can be recruited, soooooo does anyone know of a couple? If so, have them email us and we will be happy to answer any questions.
Have a great start to the summer season of camping, swimming, BBQs, etc. We love you all so very much.
Elder y Hermana Johnson

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