|Sets and Runs is our favorite game.|
We had some lunch and went to the central market for more shopping. Tuesday we had the morning shift in the temple. My family came over for the 7:00am session. There were 22 English speaking missionaries with them. Afterwards, we did sealings for many Badger names that I had researched. We then went for a late lunch to one of the top restaurants in Trip Advisor, El Rincon del Steak. It did not disappoint. We had huge platters of stake and shrimp, salad and guacamole and chips. Then it was on to the artisans market by the airport for a little more shopping. Everyone is trying to find a few last minute gifts to take home. Even my wife decided to send home birthday gifts for all the grandkids.
|Shopping and drinking diet coke at the artisans market. Aren't the dollies cute. The granddaughters loved them.|
We came home and of course, spent the last night together playing cards. Alice had taught us a new game, Fruit Salad, but we added another hand and renamed it Guatemalan Salad. We laughed a lot and enjoyed the evening together. Wednesday we had a nice breakfast together and then we loaded up for the airport. Chris had to pack our gifts in a suitcase, so they had an extra bag to check.
|L to R Van, Tad, Tove and Alice. They are headed to the airport. We love you so much, thank you for coming to see us.|
We then came home and went to the temple for the afternoon shift. Thursday we had presidency meeting. In the afternoon we went to the movies with two couples who are serving as temple missionaries in the Quetzaltenango temple. They are staying with us for a few days while the temple in Xela is closed for maintenance.
|Recliner seats and popcorn. Tarzan was entertaining and we enjoyed a restful afternoon.|
Friday we had off, but I had been asked to officiate the sealing of the son of one of the area seventies, Elder Camay. It was an honor and a privilege to officiate this sacred ordinance for this young couple. They seemed pleased and looked so happy. No matter how often I officiate in sealings, I will never tire nor find it common. I consider this sacred calling as a sealer, as one of the greatest blessings in my life.
Saturday we had the early shift. I woke up at 3:40am and went in on the computer and finished a spread sheet for Chris. She had been working on it the night before and it was getting late so she said she would get up and finish it in the morning. Well, I let her sleep a bit more and I finished it. It was a new schedule for the Saturday morning shift. We got to the temple by 4:00am and our shift coordinators were waiting for us. We have such faithful workers. At noon, the hour that our shift is done, a couple arrived to be sealed and asked if I would officiate their sealing. I couldn’t say no, even though we were tired and my feet hurt because I was wearing new shoes. We got home about 1:00pm and had some lunch. I had another sealing scheduled at 4:00pm. I sat down in the recliner and fell asleep. Chris woke me up as she was leaving to go over and be with the bride’s family who are not members. I arrived at 4:00pm and they told me that the couple was ready and that all their guests were in the sealing room waiting for me. I hurried and changed and as I walked into the office, the paper work was coming off the printer. Perfect timing, which is unusual in Guatemala. I enjoy sealings and the Spirit that is always present. We got home and felt like we had had a good day. We were tired, but we were happy and felt like we had made a difference and that our service had been acceptable. Sunday we got up and I made breakfast. Where is my brother, Van, when I need him? After church, we had a quick dinner of leftovers from the freezer. We worked on an Agenda for the Coordinators’ meeting at 4:00pm. We went to the temple at 1:30pm to get ready for the training meeting for all the Saturday workers. We are so busy in the temple on Saturdays that we can’t find a time to do training. 64 workers showed up. We had a great training meeting and finished 5 minutes before the start of our Coordinators’ meeting. We trained and counseled with our coordinators and we got home a little after 6:00pm. How can you not love spending your Sunday afternoon in the temple? A great finish to the week. It was so great having my siblings and Tove with us for a week. We played hard and really connected and we loved sharing a little of Guatemala with them. They were surprised at how green and beautiful this country is and they left happy to have had the opportunity to experience Guatemala. Seeing all the kids together Sunday evening opening their presents was a little hard. It pulled a bit at our heart strings. But we still know that this is where the Lord wants us to be and the Spirit comforts and confirms this to us on a daily basis.
|Emme and Abbie like their new dollies.|
|Charlotte and Tilda like their new shoes.|