July 10th through July 16th: Monday we left at 7:00 am to go to Quetzaltenango (Xela). Neither the Winkfield’s nor the Gordon’s have been to the temple there. We arrived in time for lunch and as we were trying to decide where to eat, mom remembered that when we were in Xela with Ginny and family, we ate at a placed called Tacos Tabascos. I loved the pork tacos, so we went there for lunch.
|We enjoyed our meal of Mexican Food.|
|The restaurant had a security guard who watched our car.|
We then went to the main market and walked around.
|The markets are a total sensory experience.|
|The colors on the fabrics are so amazing.|
|I want to buy one of each.|
|Mom bought one of these aprons last year.|
|You can find just about anything you need in these markets.|
|Are you ready for lunch?|
|The embroidery is so wonderful.|
|Women sit and sell whatever in the aisles.|
|They wait patiently for their next customer.|
|There is not much rhyme or reason to where things are sold.|
|One of the main churches in Xela. It is by the main market.|
We ended up at the temple where we were warmly welcomed by President and Sister Galvez. They invited us to dinner and family home evening with all the temple missionaries. They had made pupusas and they were delicious.
|Dinner with the temple missionaries in Xela.|
|Family Home Evening|
|View from our window of Xela.|
|As the sun is coming up.|
|Daytime view of Xela.|
|As the sun is going down.|
|Words somehow don't do this justice.|
Tuesday we got up early and went to the temple. Mom had spent time with the Gordons who are from Belize to get the names and dates in Family Search for their parents and grandparents.
|In the morning sunshine.|
|Ready for a day in the temple.|
|The sun was very bright.|
|The stone work is so beautiful.|
|The stained glass windows are impressive.|
|This volcano is only a few miles from the temple.|
We did the baptisms and initiatory for them and some of our own names. We then went to see the market in Salcaja.
|This market is set up in the street.|
|She is selling shrimp.|
|Boots for sale next to veggies.|
After wandering around for an hour then we headed to San Andrés Xecul to see their famous painted church. We came back to the temple and did a sealing session with our family names.
|In front of the church in San Andres Xecul.|
Wednesday we got up early and went and did the endowment for as many of the Gordons names as we could. We were going to return to Guatemala via Lake Atitlan, but as we were leaving the temple we were told that all of the main highways were blocked with demonstrations by the union for the farmers. We called Elder Hill, the area executive secretary, whom we had seen the night before at the temple and told him about the roads. We called the area director of security and he told us not to try and leave.
|Sometimes Lola our GPS gal gets us in a traffic jam.|
|She took us through the bus station and things moved very slowly.|
|Our lunch group. L to R Sister Gordon, Sister Winkfield, Sister and Brother Marker, Sister Hill's brother and sister-in-law, Sister and Elder Hill, and Mom and I.|
He told us to hang out and we could leave at 6:00 pm. So we all went to lunch. About 4:00 pm Brother Rodriguez called and said he had heard that the road closures were over and we could head home. We got home about 8:00 pm. Thursday I went over to the temple to check on how all the projects were going. We are getting new tile in the baptistery, new fabric on the benches in the endowment rooms and new mirrors in the sealing rooms. Things are looking great. I spent some time painting and mom did some sewing and laundry.
|Mom caught me working on a painting of my grandson Moose.|
|I got his shirt and jacket finished.|
Saturday we had our summer party for all the temple workers and their companions. We both spoke in a short meeting to thank our workers and leave them with a message.
|The meeting before our party.|
|Mom and her assistants. L Sister Rosales, R Sister Funes.|
|Me and my counselors. L President Rosales, R President Funes.|
We then went to a large covered building where we had tables set up and a marimba band playing. We had a great time eating pache, potato tamales, bread and hot chocolate and dancing up a storm. Everyone had a great time.
|Lined up for pache.|
Click below to see some dancing. More dancing
Click below to see more dancing. Just a little more dancing
|Mom had a great time.|
Click below to see mom's moves Mom enjoys dancing to marimba music
Click below to see us dancing. Mom and Dad cutting the rug
Click below to see more of mom dancing. More of mom dancing.
|Mom danced with everyone.|
|One of our sealers, Brother Paredes, joined the band.|
We have had two weeks of downtime and have loved visiting the temples in San Salvador and Xela. They are beautiful temples and they help me feel the majesty of the Plan of Happiness. We are excited that our temple opens up next Tuesday.
|Fuego was up to it's old tricks this last week.|