This is Elder Martino (left) from Texas and Elder Carter from Florida making sand. They are breaking up old broken blocks to reuse the sand and clean up the yard. They would wet the old blocks down and then use the log to smash them in to sand. It was a very hard way to make sand, but when they finished the yard looked better and there was more sand to build additional blocks.
This is Miguel, he works for one of the members in the Branch. He takes the sand and mixes it with Portland Cement and then pounds it into the form and makes one block at a time. They have 4 different mold to make different types and sizes of block. When they don't have Missionaries making sand out of old blocks the go to the beach area with their horse and wagon and haul sand back to the area they build blocks. It is hard work but it is something they can do and the are supporting the family doing it.
This is our District leader, Elder Whitaker from Florida. He too is making sand out of old broken blocks. I personally found that the back of the shovel smashed the blocks very well and was a lot lighter to pickup than this log hammer! These Elders are assigned to the City of Rocha which is about 30 kilometers in land from La Paloma where we are assigned.