Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This morning we had visitors in the Mission Office. Elder and Hna. Mehr, Area Public Relations missionaries, had an appointment with Pres. Almonte. They spoke with him about a very large service project the Area is planning for the last Saturday in October. Every Ward, Stake, Branch and District in the entire country will be involved. The Mehrs are meeting with all of the Mission Presidents in the DR to coordinate all of the full time missionaries too.

“Manos Mormones que Ayuden” (Mormon Helping Hands) is the official logo of the church’s public service efforts here in the DR and all over the world. This time they have tackled a huge project. The church will combine with other churches, volunteers and service organizations on Saturday, October 30, 2010 to clean the entire coastline of the Dominican Republic. Wow… that will be a great service project. But there is so much trash on the beaches of the DR I don’t see how they can possibly do it all in one day. It does need to be done desperately.

The Mehrs told Hna. Johnson an interesting story about the government minister they’ve work with on other projects. The minister needed volunteers to help assemble kits of some kind. The Mehrs promised him they would have all he needed. The day of the event too many members of the church responded and they had to turn people away. Next he said, I have no place to do the work. The Mehrs told him the church’s building and facilities were all at his disposal. He couldn’t believe the resources we have. Then he said he had no way to transport all of the material to be used. The Mehrs again told the minister that the church had all of the vehicles he needed for the project. When they finished this particular project the Minister was so impressed with the church’s organization he wanted to know more about the church and its organization.

This evening Hna. Johnson and I attended a “Noche Misional” (Missionary Night) also called a “Charla Fogonera” (Fireside) at the Los Arroyos Branch. It was well attended and conducted by the Branch Mission Leader, Hno. Albin Esquea. There was a short talk, a couple members bore their testimonies and Hno. Pierson Joseph sang several hymns while he played his guitar. He did a very good job. The evening was concluded with the video, “Como Hayar Fe en Cristo” (Finding Faith in Christ).

Of course the fireside was late getting started. I asked Bro. Pierson what time the fireside would start. He said it starts at 7:00pm. I said, But it is already 7:20. He replied, “It’s Dominican 7:00pm”. I guess “Mormon Standard Time” is the same all over the world!

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