Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Elder Keys opened the package that came in the mail yesterday. It was his birthday package full of presents and an Elders favorite gift… food!

Today Hna. Johnson spent about 6 hours on just one task. She prepared and entered all 188 missionaries support money into IMOS. It’s a huge job and it would have been a little quicker but she has to deal with all of the usual office interruptions. The “Apollo” (Missionary support money) will be reviewed and approved by Pres. Almonte next Monday. Next the funds will hit the Elders & Hna’s JP Morgan Visa cards on Thursday.

On Friday I usually have a long list of diligencias (errands) to do but today is a national holiday in the DR. All businesses and government offices are closed. I was able to spend the whole day in the office catching up on my list of things to do. It was a very productive day for me.

The office Elders, Elder Huey and Elder Ortiz headed out to San Cristobal today. They have finally closed the deal on a new apartment for the Hna’s out there. This apartment has really been a struggle for the Elders. They’ve been working for weeks to negotiate and finally get all of the approvals submitted and approved. Today they headed to San Cristobal to pay the $30,000.00DRPesos deposit (about $815.00USD).

By Dominican standards a $30,000.00 deposit is very large. But Pres. Almonte demands the very best apartments for the Hna. missionaries. His standards are very high, especially when it comes to security.

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