Monday, January 9, 2012

Jan 9, 2012 Report From Jordon Rands

Elder Scott Knutson

Jordon, Scott & Companion 
Hey Mark, I’m sure you know by now, but we got to see Scott in Guatemala. It was so good to see him. I think he is doing very well. Scott was so vibrant, he really impressed me with his energy and love for the work. its just a matter of time before he has an understanding of how things are supposed to really be and then the work in his area will just take off. He also impressed me with his knowledge of the gospel. We were able to have a short doctrinal/cultural discussion and the few things he shared were all very interesting and inspiring. You have a great son serving in a truly wonderful place, you should have nothing to worry about. I was able to take just a few photos, but i think they turned out very nicely. I love the one of just him, very classic, it is a candit shot of him amidst a thorough argument that Guatemala is the land where the Book of Mormon took place.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Best Christmas / New Year Present EVER!

Scott's cousin Jordon Rands went to Guatemala, and got to spend a little time with Scott. Thank You Jordon!!
Do you see that GREAT smile on Scott's face!  Wow - it speaks volumns!
We we're able to visit with Scott Christmas Day. Another treat for Mom & Dad! We we're able to hook him and Jenn up on the phone together, and that was the sweetest reunion.  They we're so glad to hear each other's voice, laugh, visit, share frustrations, and fun things.  Scott's been having a struggle, and we could share in his frustrations. He's doing better now.  He said they 'walk' everywhere.  The bus rides are always an adventure of who can hold on and stay on!
Christmas traditions there = they get HUGE pine needles about 6-8 inches long, whole bags of them and spread them all over their floors. Random, but smells great! Christmas night he went caroling with a family in his ward! First person they saw was a widow, and she started crying - she was so grateful for the fact that a family would remember her and took time to visit her! They also caroled to a family  of 7, who lived in extremely humble circumstances. There house was between two other buildings, it's walls we're planks of wood and metal sheets. It had uneven dirt floors, and maybe one or two lights. He said they sang to them and we're invited in, and the family gave Scott, his companion and the other carolers all a glass of juice, cookies and a piece of cake. Scott said he could only assume they were going to have it later, because they had no idea they we're coming. They are so full of love, and so humble - gave us all that they had.  

Finally in the field!

Guess where we do dishes! No kitchen....

City Streets!

Some View!

Mission Training Center in Guatemala

New Elder's and new experiences!

P-Day Tour of all the volcanoes in Guatemala - 33+

And then there was an ingrown toes nail! Just like Big Sister  Jenn!

Stripling Warriors!

Outside the Guatemala Temple!
All the Missions in Guatemala!