September 30, 2011 - President Cordon, Temple President Mask and Wife Come to Visit Belize

Saturday, October 1, 2011

We always look forward to our mission president, President Cordon coming to to town.  We picked him up at the airport last Friday about 45 minutes after we put David and Kris on their flight to the U.S. (See last week's post.)

He needed to give some things to the zone leaders before heading up to Cayo for district conference, so we met up with them in a parking lot not far from their apartment.

The very next day, Saturday, we borrowed a car (President Cordon had the van) and went to the airport to pick up President and Sister Mask. They are from Arizona, and they are currently serving as temple president and matron of the Gautemala Temple. 

They came to give special  meetings about temples in both Belize and Cayo Districts. The meetings were well attended, with many people having to travel some distance. They both gave wonderful talks that will no doubt inspire many to ready themselves to go to the temple. We enjoyed our time with them very much.

This is the Casteneta family from Corozol, two hours north of Belize City. During a special sacrament meeting for our entire district, held just before the temple meeting, Brother Casteneta was sustained as the second counselor in the Belize City District.  

Brother and Sister Lammy traveled in from San Pedro to attend, which is an hour and 15 minute water taxi ride away. An interesting thing about this couple is that he speaks English, but not Spanish, and she speaks Spanish, but not English.  There are probably times when a few things have to be left unsaid. Maybe that's good for a marriage.

This happy couple is engaged and plan to marry next spring. Joseph is a new convert and attends Belize City Branch. Mary is from Cinderella Branch. 

The Crawfords have been married a long time. They came down from Orange Walk.

Handsome brothers

Sister Celia is primary president in San Pedro. Recently her house burned down. She and her two children were able to get out safely, but everything else was lost in the fire. 

As we mentioned in our last post, George Price, first prime minister of Belize, and known as the Father of Belize independence, passed away. He had a State funeral including military guard and marching band. The procession went in front of our house, and he was buried in a cemetery not far from where we live. 

Citizens lined up along the road 2-3 hours early to pay their respects.  He was much loved, respected, and admired. 

One last photo of Elder and Sister Pattee at the Mayan ruin Cahal Pech, which we visited with David and Kris. 

 They said enjoyed their Caribbean vacation very much.

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