Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mayan History at a Stone's Throw

Belize has so many Mayan ruins
that today's civilization is never too far away from them.

In this case, just a mile from the main cross-country highway.

The river crossing is at the highway's edge...

and then less than a mile to this.

The "Castillo" (Castle) is the second highest Mayan structure in Belize.

The panorama from up top was impressive.

You have to love the easy access.

Cahal Pech, another ruin, is actually in the city of San Ignacio
and only 1/4 mile off the main highway. 

Smaller structures but ...

more of them.

People wonder why the steps are so steep, especially
when the Mayans were only about 4 1/2 feet tall.

It is assumed so you will ascend slowly,
almost on hands and knees in humility and reverence.

We loved the serenity.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

"where two or three are gathered together in my name...there I will be in the midst of them" D&C 6:32

The love and power of Christ are present no matter where
the faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-Day Saints meet.

Their rooms are versatile...

as chapels for Sacrament meetings...

or classrooms.

One end of a room may be the kitchen and classroom...

and the other end the baptistery.

Most of the buildings are probably not much bigger than
our houses in the USA...

but they allow the members too rejoice
in the glory of the Gospel.

The surroundings may be humble...

but the Spirit

can always be felt inside.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the same

no matter where it is taught...

(No standing in the hallways during Sunday
School classes in this building)

or in what ever language.

Glad to be a soldier in His army
and accompanied by my wife in the work.

What a beautiful and humble little church;
and I suspect it was a very sincere place of devotion in its day.

I love these trees.  Perhaps not exactly the Tree of Life...

but I felt like either could somehow be
symbols of Gospel principles.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

You Have to See it to Belize it.

We are soooooo happy to be in Belize

Only 3 days after arriving in Belize, thanks to Elder and Sister Flake,
(who arrived only 2 weeks ago), Julie and I were taken on a
whirlwind tour of the villages we will be visiting regularly
as a part major part of our assignment.  We met most of the local
Seminary and Institute teachers and a couple of the Branch Presidents.

We love the blue skies ...

and all the colors of the countryside.


It feels so happy!

As we traveled it was evident that the look and feel
of the country was definitely different than Peru...

 though the open markets seemed the same.

They have the best produce.

There are several large Mennonite communities throughout the
country that provide produce, dairy products, chickens and beef. 

Similar to Peru, the ma & pa shops are everywhere.

Being our first time out, we passed on the
Cowfoot soup...

and opted for the traditional rice and beans.
Next time we are going to try the beans and rice.

Yes, apparently there is a difference.

The houses are small but practical...

and I think this one even comes with 2 bathrooms.

With the doors open and the draft under the house,
who needs air conditioning?

Everywhere we went we met happy and friendly people.
We love their sense of humor.