|A shrimp farm in the Berbice area.|
It's November and still summer in Guyana. We are still rookies. We have had many many tender mercies. Elder Beecher has had at least two deja` vu moments. One time when we were leaving the mission office which is about a half mile from our place. As he was driving past some missionaries pulling their suitcases he had the distinct feeling that this was a familiar scene that he had previously experienced. It was an over powering feeling. It was like he knew he had this experience before perhaps in a dream. It was verification that this was where we should be.
We are amazed at the knowledge and sacrifices that members have in their lives. We have worked with the Young Single Adults for over 10 years. These Guyanese YSA's know just as much about the scriptures and the Gospel of Jesus Christ as their counterparts in Utah. They do not have the experiences that those in Utah have. They don't know some of the how-to's, but they know their scriptures. There are many very bright people in Guyana. They sometimes race each other to see how fast they can talk back and forth amongst themselves. They also change their talk so that others cannot understand them sort of like pig latin. One couple had extra "b's" in their words. For example for the command, "Come here." They something like: "Combe herbe" making single syllable words into two syllable words. They have many interesting ways.
|President Cardon and Sister Marcia McKenzie|
|A sugar cane field|
|The rice paddies.|
|The sugar factory. The boats are filled with sugar cane, the tractor pulls them and then they dump the|
sugar cane out on a conveyor belt.
|A funeral procession|
We also just happened to see a funeral procession. We thought it was a parade, but they were carrying the casket. This just is a very interesting place. We went for a ride out along a river. The Treseders, another missionary couple took us. Crowds of people were out having bar-b-ques along the river. Cars were parked on both sides of the narrow road. Plus cars were coming down the road. I know we have angels on our fenders, like Marilyn Oxborrow said about their mission in Guatemala. I love the houses on stilts.
We went to church in the Rosignol Branch. We were so impressed with the large crowd that was there. The branch president there is really trying to follow the handbook. I think I heard that there were 88 people there. They were so happy to see a missionary couple. The people just love us because we are missionaries. A boy named Tyrone who is 12 just came and stood by me. I talked to him for a minute and then he just stayed there. So I put my arm around his shoulders and gave him a hug. He put his arms around me and just squeezed me. It was a tender moment for me.
We helped with the Primary Sacrament Meeting Program in the Diamond Branch. We were blessed that day, because the power was on and Elder Beecher could play the electric piano.
The children are so beautiful and lively. Fifteen boys in this primary and only four girls.
|Simeon Lovell, Naomi, Selwyn Lovell, Cameta Williams, Sophie Henry, and Roger Ramnarain (Institute Group from Prashad Nagar/ Georgetown)|
|The Diamond Institute Class, Yvonne Beharry, Melissa Gaspar, Marissa, ? , Kurtis Charles, David Singh, Milton Steven, and Sister Beecher|