Quetzaltenango Temple open house
The temple is beautiful, and members and non-members alike are excited for the opportunity of touring it prior to its dedication. Lots of prominent people have already gone through, and we have had very favorable write-ups in both the Quetzaltenango and Guatemala City newspapers. The president-elect of the country was slated to tour it on Friday with his prospective cabinet members. I assume it happened but have not heard any details. Saturday they had over 20,000 people show up, including over 100 buses! Unfortunately, they were able to move only about 15,000 of them through the temple. I hope the others were all locals who can come back. And we thought we were busy during the Panama Temple open house when we had 6000 in one day! They were much better staffed there in Quetzaltenango than we were able to be with our more limited personnel resources in Panama, and things are going very well. I'm getting copied on the daily attendance reports and most relevant comments from visitors. Such comments as the following from non-LDS visitors have been typical:
"Thanks for inviting me. It was marvelous! I felt God in the entire church and in the entire tour I felt full of the Holy Spirit."
"I have no words to express the thrill and the peace that little by little overcame me until I was moved to tears. Thank you for the opportunity. Congratulations on the temple, which is most impressive."
A 7 year old girl wrote: "I liked the baptism room, the bride's room, and the celestial room. I felt happy and peaceful. I want to come again."
"A piece of heave on earth."
"The temple is very beautiful. I never dreamed I would ever be in a place so lovely."
"Now I have an idea of what heaven is like and how we'll be received."
"I wanted to learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."
"This is the happiest day of my life because of this tour."
"I forgot all my sorrows."
"This is the first time in my life I have felt peace."
"I'd like to learn more about Joseph Smith and the other prophet."
"I want to be a member of this church."
"This was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen in my life."
"It was very beautiful, and I'd like to be a member."
Maybe the funniest comment (not intended to be so) was from a visitor who said the only additional thing he'd like to have seen would have been a picture of the Virgin Mary!
Following are a few photos of the temple and of our trip:
Room in the guest house where we sat for most of two days with other guides, waiting for the next tour.
Place where road was washed out on way back from Quetzaltenango. We understand several cars plunged some 150 meters down when they didn't see it after it first sank in the night following heavy rains.
This and the following photos are from the Church web page but are put here for your viewing convenience.