What a special, joyful opportunity for the Latin American Saints to have in
their midst. That's truly fantastic!
My first area was Mazatenango, November 1974-March 1975. My companion and I
went to Quetzaltenange, or Xela, as the locals called it, several times for zone
conferences and once for a district conference. Who would have thought? This
is a beautiful blessing for the Church members of Guatemala. It brings tears of
joy.By the way, Quetzaltenango means "land of the
Quetzal." The Quetzal is the national bird of Guatemala, and
"tenango" is an indigenous word that means "land of." Look
up a picture of the Quetzal--it's an exquisite looking bird.
I recently had an email about missionaries who served in Quetzaltanango in the
1950's and there were 2 (two) members there. In their wildest dreams did they
ever think that they would live to see the church in that area grow to 60,000
members and a temple? I served in Mexico in the early 1960's when there were
about 25,000 members in three missions. 9 years ago membership in Mexico
reached 1 million there are now 12 temples. The day is soon comming when half
of the LDS membership worldwide will be the children of Lehi.
Served in Xela in 1975 when their temple district was Mesa. What a blessing
this temple will be to this land of the Book of Mormon.
To Mike B. Loved your comments especially the last......reading it I felt a
sudden surge in my testimony of the Book of Mormon. I did not serve in Guatemala
as a missionary but I've spent time in Xela and other areas of Guatemala. I have
been to the temple in Guatemala City. There will be more temples like this one
built for the saints in Guatemala as well as all the other lands of Centeral
America.This I know to be true.
Always glad to read where new temples make it possible for many saints to attend
where they could not afford to go hundreds of miles. My friends in Laramie
Wyoming are very pleased with the announcement of the new temple in Ft. Collins,
Colorado.Interesting the article mentioned Pres. Uchtdorf would like
"eternal spring" when he was born in cold, dreary Czechoslovakia,
lived in cold, dreary East Germany and later in West Germany. He probably likes
cold weather.Montana Mormon: I served in eastern Montana and western
North Dakota and do not envy you living in cold Miles City. I liked Livingston,
Helena, and Butte Montana weather the first year much better than Glendive
Montana and Bismarck North Dakota the 2nd year.
The people of Iceland are so blessed for this! Mucho Amore!
Guatemala is one of the most magical places in the world. Our family loves going
there, we have so many dear friends there. Everyone should spend time there,
then they would understand. Most of my kids have learned spanish from spending
time in eastern Guatemala. Xela is also a magical place, in a totally
different wayOur family bleeds maya!!
This is a very exciting development. This now makes two Spanish-speaking
countries with multiple temples. When I was born in 1980 there was no temple in
a Spanish-speaking country. To my the truly fun thing is that there
are maya in the U.S., but that is another story.
Had the privilege and honor of being there, in the celestial room for the
dedication of that beautiful edifice. The people of Guatemala are
extraordinary, the members of Xela are incredibly courageous and faithful. I
love that special place and those people.