Sunday, September 26, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Our routine on Sunday is as much a routine as it is an adventure. Hna. Johnson the Primary Nursery leader in the Los Arroyos branch we attend in Santo Domingo. Hna. Johnson says it is a pleasure and a lot of fun working with the children but it is also a challenge. Some Sundays are great others don’t go so smooth. Today during the second hour was one of those challenging days because she spent most of her time breaking up fights between little boys that don’t know how to share toys. But the rest of the time in the nursery was good.

Even the language barrier isn’t bad in the nursery. One of the little 4 year old girls can say a few words in English and she can also count to five. Hna. Johnson enjoys practicing her Spanish on the little children. They seem to understand everything she says.

This afternoon we invited the office Elders over for dinner. The AP’s, Elder Keys and Elder Rodriquez, office Elders, Elder Huey and Elder Ortiz and Office Elders, Elder Thorup and Elder Anderson. We didn’t eat until 4:00pm so it was an early dinner or a late lunch, which by Dominican custom is lunch. Dominicans eat lunch between 2:00 and 3:00, they don’t eat dinner until about 8:00pm.

We really enjoy having the Office Elders over once and a while for Sunday dinner and give them a taste of American food. The Dominican Elders really liked the “Funeral Potatoes”, baked ham with corn on the cob that Hna. Johnson prepared. We also had a tossed green salad, fresh pineapple and strawberries with orange crystal light. Our drink was over crushed ice but even that is unique for Dominicans. They often have a drink with meals but almost never with ice. Drinks are usually served at room temperature.

The real reason we invited the Elders over for dinner is today is Elder Key’s 21st birthday. After dinner, after seconds and after thirds we sang happy birthday to him and had cake and ice cream. It was really good. I was stuffed!

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