Guatemala City Temple

Guatemala City Temple
Here is where we will be working until Nov. 2018


Dear Readers,

We hope as you read this blog of our mission to the Guatemala City Temple in Guatemala you will feel the joy and happiness we are experiencing by being in the service of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We hope you can experience some of what we feel.

John and Christine

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Monday, March 20, 2017

March 13th through March 19th

 March 13th through March 19th: Monday we went early to Walmart and after our shopping we all headed to Antigua.  Sister Hurst had an appointment with a chiropractor.  We found a couple of churches we had never visited before and then went shopping and we had lunch before heading back to Guatemala City.  
Monday in Antigua.
El Carmen church and convent.
Close up of El Carmen church and convent.
Las Capuchinas church and convent.
Courtyard at Las Capuchinas.
The inside of the church at Las Capuchinas.
The inside of the church at Las Capuchinas.
Very cool old wood doors.
Plaster statue, Las Capuchinas.
Plaster statue, Las Capuchinas.
Angel at Las Capuchinas.
What's left of a round building at Las Capuchinas.
Inside of round building.
More statues.
Lunch in Antigua.
Tuesday we had presidency meeting and then did some more shopping for the two lunches we are going to provide for Elder Alonzo’s visit on Thursday and Friday for the temple review.  
Wednesday we went to our paint class and then did our afternoon shift.  
Mom started another painting.
Week two.
Thursday we went over early to the temple and met Elder Alonzo.  He started our temple review with a meeting with mom and me.  We had a wonderful day filled with lots of spiritual experiences.  We finished up about 9:30pm and went to bed tired, but on cloud nine. 
Lunch on Thursday, L to R  Sister Rosales, Mom, Elder Alonzo, Brother Abidillo, temple recorder, Brother Ibanez, assistant engineer, Brother Carranza, assistant temple recorder.
Friday we again started early and in our final meeting Elder Alonzo was very complimentary and said some very nice things about our service here in the temple.  When we finished up at 10:30pm we were exhausted.  We had 6 sessions in 3 hours with most of the sessions completely full of mostly women.  It was the birthday of the Relief Society and there were a couple of stake relief societies that scheduled visits.  I think that the two days spent with Elder Alonzo were the longest, but the most edifying and uplifting days we have had here.  We were able to express our gratitude for the things we have learned and the love we feel for our Savior.  We also felt the Savior’s love for us through His representative, Elder Alonso.  It is hard to describe in words how completely happy we were.  
Lunch on Friday-making cafe Rio salads.
Saturday we headed for Coban.  We stayed with President and Sister Faundez.  I spoke in the Priesthood leadership meeting and then mom and I both spoke in the adult session.  We again felt an outpouring of the Spirit.  
Saturday afternoon before priesthood leadership session.  L to R, President Coy, stake president, President Faundez, mission preisdent Coban Mission, me, President Corletto, 2nd counselor stake presidency.
Priesthood Leadership Session.
Floral arrangements for stake conference.
Just some kids having fun after conference.
Saturday night adult session.
Sunday, in the general session, I spoke about the Kekchi greeting “ma sala chol” which means, “How is your heart”?  I again had a very spiritual experience and felt like I had received personal inspiration as to what I should talk about.  It was a talk that I have never given before and I am so grateful that, as I sat listening to the speakers before me, I had ideas come into my head that I have never had before.  The choir was one of the best we have heard in all of Guatemala. Click on the links to hear them before and after the general session.
Sunday morning. 2017
Same chapel 2016.  One year ago.
The choir Sunday Morning.

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Hear Sunday's choir.
General session Sunday morning.

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Right after the close of the General Session
Mom has some new friends in Coban.
Some of the choir members.

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One more choir number.
It took us 4 hours to drive home.  This week has been fun and full of truly remarkable experiences.  It will be a long time before we have another week like this last one. 
We got stuck in road construction again.

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