Below and especially at the end you will find a growing album
of some absolutely beautiful photos I took in
THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA
& I WILL BE ADDING MORE EACH WEEK that will follow some kind of logical geographical or historical pattern as well as gradually creating captions, and titles
"EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY!
THE LANDS & PEOPLE
OF THE MAYA
WHERE COLOR WAS INVENTED!
NOTE: Once you get through the following post—hopefully my last important message which you'll notice is crucial, literally with lives hanging in the balance—describing briefly
the fulfillment of a key Bible prophecy
—WE WERE A PART OF AT VALPARAISO—
by the Apostle Paul who said it had to be fulfilled prior to the Second Coming of the Savior. This post will likely remain hoping those in danger because of their part in it will eventually be moved to find it, study it carefully with an honest heart and react humbly with integrity—taking courageous deep seated soul-searching sincere action for their own salvation and hopefully do something for those they harmed.
So this will sort of be my long awaited...
...."loving goodbye message of hope"
For info about the
April 17, 2023 MINI-STROKE and my Progress beating it, go to my website: https://cordellmandersen.com/
and my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cordell.andersen
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0. COVER, TABLE CONTENTS, INTRODUCTION, 4 pages I've added this for those who will be downloading all the chapters, parts and sections so that you will have like a complete copy of the book, with the important Table of Contents, and Introduction....including guidance from the movie Gandhi about how to judge justly a man.
1. PART 1 "THE VISION QUEST" 0-22 years: THE CHECKERED FAITH & WORKS JOURNEY of Cordell M. Andersen 80 pages
NOTE: Everything in my life of any value evolved from what is described in this crucial foundational autobiographical writing. It was originally included as an Appendix in the evolving MAYA BOOK. Then the EDITED & IMPROVED 80 page writing became more logically Part 1 in the FINAL VERSION of the Book as it set the stage for my existence—what will now be my busy 88th year that began on April 20, 2023.
You'll notice my "VISION QUEST" didn’t involve any stimulants—like some friends say I used in a previous life as John Morgan, "Shunkawakan," the Sioux name for "A Man Called Horse"—but rather followed a normal sequence of development, each step building on a previous one motivated by a wonderful influence I was attracted to—yes, stumbling here and there but gradually learning, but aided by great parents whose example motivated my personal efforts trying to be a better person—guided, strengthened and confirmed by a divine influence I came to realize was our Creator who I came to know by leaning towards my father’s saintly influence and what he took very seriously—a special book of holy scripture—The Book of Mormon, from ancient America through which I came to know the influence guiding me was our Savior Jesus Christ who in fulfilling his purpose on earth had actually become “Our SAVIOR and the GOD OF THIS WORLD."
2. PART 2: The Lord did not fail me in my efforts to seek and follow Him. He rather prepared me to fulfill a purpose —in my case a very humble one—so unambitious & lowly that no normal individual or family was interested or willing—among a people most Mormons considered a backward and even a “cursed” people The Book of Mormon called Lamanites —but whom the resurrected Savior considered so critically important that he appeared to them after his triumphant appearances among the Jews. Part 2 of my BOOK deals with them being my CAUSE, and my CAREFULL PREPARATION to dedicate much of the remainder of my life to them.....I call "MY PEOPLE!" Now comes a smarter, simpler version of: Part 2: The MYSTERIOUS CAUSE & OUR PREPARATION TO ACT, > 9 years of careful and intensive preparation & transformation. 41 pages,
3. PART 3 of the MAYA BOOK, describes the emotional and daring story of the long journey by the ANDERSEN FAMILY PRIVATE PEACE CORP, to live among and help the descendants of those Jesus Christ appeared to 2,000 years ago, along with a summary of how we survived supporting ourselves through agro-business projects used also as tools to save as many as we could, and what we did that prompted our good friend Harold Brown to say, "Thousands were saved and many tens of thousands were aided in receiving an education!"
Part 3: THE 1967 RISKY, BREATHTAKING PIONEER JOURNEY TO THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA 50 pages
4. PART 4: Items 1-11of 33
MEMORABLE EFFORTS, EVENTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS (85 pages)
The FINAL REVIEW of the “VISION QUEST”
FULFILLMENT AMONG THE MAYA
5. PART 4: Items 12-14 of 33 12. THE EARLY LDS RELIGIOUS HISTORY of ALTA VERAPAZ; 13. BYU's LAMANITE GENERATION at VALPARAISO, and 14. THE GREAT 1976 EARTHQUAKE that killed 25,000 Guatemalans, losing the first Lamanite missionary--out Daniel Choc, etc.
The interesting 67 year timeline of the RELIGIOUS HISTORY of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. will be on hold until the end of the next chapter which will be item 15. THE ORGANIZATION OF THE LDS DISTRICT OF ALTA & BAJA VERAPAZ; Which, soon after the beginning was called by the missionaries THE SIBERIA OF CENTRAL AMERICA>>to 15 years & nothing>>to 4 years of only VALPARAISO keeping Alta Verapaz religiously alive>>to a MASSACRE with thousands lost in fulfillment of a BIBLICAL prophecy>>to a Mission>>3 to 4 Stakes &>> a Temple.
3. From EASTER SUNDAY: THE POQOMCHI/MAYA LEGEND OF THE HOLY MAN—NAHUAL GWINAK & BOOK OF MORMON equivalent, 7 pages
4. BOOKofMORMON "GEOGRAPHICAL EVIDENCES" References from the MAYA BOOK showing a very good case that it is true history taking place in the Mountains of the Maya as believed also by the Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith. Valparaiso is included as likely the ancient fortified "CITY of HELAM." Coban, situated in "the Valley of Alma" and likely the "CITY OF MANTI." 9 pages
5. The last chapter in the MAYA Mountains BOOK: 33. OUR GREATEST BLESSING OVER 50 YEARS WAS what the critics called OUR “DUNDERHEAD KIDS”..aimed also at the “DUNDERHEAD PARENTS!” Meet my amazing 15 children and learn of the great advantage being "dunderheads" and "Rodeo Clowns" 17 pages.
6. A final tribute to my good friend GARTH NORMAN, archaeologist and world-renowned expert on THE IZAPA TREE OF LIFE MONUMENT SITE in Southern Mexico near the Guatemalan border, including a photographic report of his and my last visit to Valparaiso in 2017. I was blessed to be his photographer on the first expedition to Izapa in 1966, and sort of the last in 2017.
By the way he's the one who made a positive comment about "faithfully reading the book and really coming to know Cordell..." in the section about "What the attempt to come back in the Church meant."
7. From the High Uinta Mountains book Appendix:
Gradually there will
be other segments shared with all so check once in a while,
THE AVAILABILITY OF THE BOOK
THE AVAILABILITY OF THE BOOK
The only version of the book, A Fifty year “Impossible Dream" Among My People in the MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA , that has remained available lately to the public is an ONLINE VERSION of the evolving BOOK which I have maintained accessible on this website for several years because it had a complete Appendix, and I didn't want to hide anything from my friends who really wanted to understand the WHY'S of my life and its work among the Mayans.
In the BOOK on page 84—or on page 4 of the segmented Part 2—I've carefully explained how the Lord instructed me to write this history under the title:
The concluding advise from the Lord....
"SPEAK THE TRUTH FROM YOUR HEART"...
...and over the last year or so I have gradually added more revealing history, made corrections as well as incorporating updates, adding enlightening enhancements, plus a few new photos and some powerful awakening wisdom along with potent doctrinal clarifications to produce on April 1, 2023 what I call:
"MINE the FINAL VERSION April 1, 2023"
I'm, so far, the only person who has a copy. A similar but edited previous version I called the PUBLIC FINAL VERSION has been available free to download to your computer for some time....but, in all of this carefully honest process I was too naive, and some could justifiably say, just plain stupid—ignoring the advice given me once by one LDS General Authority with whom I mistakenly shared a lot in a two hour conversation—during which he first injected, "The devil is deceiving you...then later.....Satan is trying to destroy you, etc." but I continued undeterred and he gradually reversed himself finally saying,
DON'T TELL ANYONE—NO ONE WILL UNDERSTAND!"
Seventy General Authority, William Bradford, now deceased
So, he momentarily saw the truth in my history and began to understand, but it didn't last long and he finally proved his own advise correct and strangely turned against me in bizarre ways.
TWO SPECIAL MEN UNDERSTOOD
Previous to the disappointing experience described above and throughout my life, I was blessed with the wonderful friendship of
LDS Church Regional Leader, Harold Brown—with whom I was eventually moved to share all of my life including what I have called,
"the rest of the story."
He became a dear friend and supporter his entire useful life and because of his virtuous soul he naturally followed the correct pathway to judge a man from the movie GANDHI on page 4 of the MAYA BOOK:
Harold was not disappointed in so doing, and from 1973 when he was first my LDS Regional leader in Guatemala, described in the book and in this message, he promised to inform the General Authorities that I was worthy of their trust as was the methodology and success of my work with the Lamanites—Brown even being the one to begin calling me—
"a modern Ammon!"
—but later he sadly admitted to me that the General Authorities refused to accept his testimony and persisted in believing the biased gossip, rumors and misinformation.
He was very pragmatic about Church leadership recognizing there was too much politics in the administration of the LDS Church. He believed strongly that it needed desperately more genuine and real divine guidance. Over many years of close association with them he carefully attempted to influence them in the right direction, but sometimes gave up doing so directly and rather did his best to help the Church through his Regional callings as he did with me.
For example, after failing with the General Authorities in my case, he was able to help a new Mission President, Bob Arnold (1973-76)—
—to trust me and that opened up the way for the organization of the Alta Verapaz District and my calling as District President for 3 years (1976-79)—during which period more opposition raised its deadly head, nevertheless prophecies literally began to be fulfilled with the Lamanites and the groundwork was laid for eventual explosive growth and even for the first time actual rural Stakes in the middle of the Mountains of the Maya!
If I ever knew a man worthy of being a General Authority, it was Harold Brown. But, his friendship and defense of me likely had him lose that opportunity with the General Authorities as he refused to go along with the mysterious bias, gossip and misinformation that somehow got started back in 1970 and we have had to deal with until now.
Eventually his long chain of important Regional callings in the Church ended. By that time in the mid-80's my life had become too controversial for most of my friends, family and relatives—but Brown perceived I was truly being guided by the Lord
and we were able to have open minded conversations that led him to persist as a friend supporting our work as well as my private life—he even volunteering to be a Trustee for the Guatemalan Foundation, and we in turn cooperated financially helping him in his project to aid poor Mexican Latter Day Saints with transportation costs to get to the LDS Temple in Mexico City where he had been the first LDS Temple President south of the border.
Years before he had become the author of the “Ammon” comparison as well as telling us our efforts "had embarrased the General Authorities into organizing World-wide Welfare Services," [today "Humanitarian Services"] and throughout his life encouraged me to persist with what he called
.....meaning the effective, heaven inspired methods and Christ-like attitudes towards the Lamanites that had laid the foundation for all of the progress in our area of Guatemala—even extending to several other countries—but he was honest making it clear that likely only he would give us credit for any of that and it was with his support and encouragement his useful life ended.
NOTE: And, I did persist with the "experiment" for 44 years after he began encouraging, and defending us in 1973, until retiring the Foundation on our 50th Anniversary in 2017 and in a sense I'm still at it with personal aid projects to as many as I can who only receive short-term hand-outs, rather than long-lasting leg-ups!
LIFELONG POSITIVE EXPERIENCE WITH HAROLD BROWN LED TO WHAT SEEMS TO BE A MISTAKE.....
My positive experience with Harold Brown had me innocently believing that sharing my life through the MAYA BOOK with all interested friends, family and relatives would also be a wonderful blessing...but in that I have mostly been wrong:
First, because I underestimated the powerful negativity of the "P" word that brought on Joseph Smith's martyrdom, but which nonetheless was for 50+ years in the LDS Church—declared by the Prophet—"an essential principle of the restoration of the Fullness of the Gospel," accompanied by prophetic statements from leaders that an abdication of that principle would be apostasy. For most the reality is that it isn't understood, nor believed in the Church today!
"set things in order,"
according to the scriptures SHALL END BADLY!
Third—primarily, to this point today my hope was wrong with my loving and caring effort to help individual General Authorities realize their personal need of remorse for tragic events they were responsible for—mentioned in a moment—as they have been met with silence—they seemingly with difficulty admitting having possibly committed serious error, and for sure none of it is told in the history of the Church."
That brings to mind a scene from the wonderful series about the life of Christ, THE CHOSEN, when on the Sabbath, at a certain pool known for it's healing where a poor cripple, Jesse had been trying to get healed for 25 years, Jesus talked to him and eventually he was healed, Jesus telling him to "stand, pick up your bed and walk."
He stood, picked up his bed and went looking for his brother.
he was a "false prophet!"
His disciples asked him why he told the man to break one of the Jewish rules that was getting them all in trouble. He replied: "SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO STIR UP THE WATERS!"
I'm doing as the Lord told me to do, telling: "the truth from my heart" to hopefully "STIR UP THE WATERS," and move honest and humble leaders to admit the truth and begin the needed,
"SETTING IN ORDER THE HOUSE OF GOD!"
—THE KIND OF HUMILITY, HONESTY AND COURAGE NECESSARY TO ADMIT ERROR & FEEL REMORSE PUBLICLY IS THE VERY DEFINITION OF A TRUE MAN OF GOD AND A PROPHET!—My reasoning was the same as Christ's, "STIR THINGS UP TO HOPEFULLY GET WHAT'S OUT OF ORDER CORRECTED!"
IMPORTANT NOTE: My brief experience obeying the Lord with Celestial marriage had said principle confirmed to me as true, and showed clearly my willingness to obey but which sadly only lasted a brief period of 4 years of dedication, loving sacrifice, and learning ..... leaving me technically as a celibate polygamist now for 35 years and looking forward to the eternities, that is basically what all was about anyway, but with need of certain earthly friends and willingness requisites.
Importantly, obeying the Lord—in addition to my first family with 10 special children—brought the blessing from heaven of 3 more choice sons as well as 2 additional more than special daughters and blessed me with being able to raise those last 5 wonderful children during 20 years alone as a "Mr. Mom," another blessed experience!
It all ended being for all involved an important learning experience, and preparing all of us for the eternities.
But, so far my sincere effort to do as the Lord directed...
"SPEAK THE TRUTH FROM YOUR HEART"
in the writing of the BOOK ....has not been well received except by a rare few like Harold Brown. Thus I have been prompted to now backtrack—not with the truth—but....
..........WITH THE SHARING OF IT, so the.....
FINAL VERSION of the book is not available any longer!
With too many it worked out being like "casting
I was sincerily honest, but yet so naive....yes, a DUNDERHEAD!
If you were really interested in full understanding you should have downloaded the book to your computer when you had the chance, and best if you got a more complete version just before I removed it. You then should have tried humbly and honestly to understand as brother Brown did, but I should add that if you downloaded it a year ago, or even a couple of months ago—like the version on the thumb drive sent to the Church History Department mentioned further along—what you have is a bit obsolete as some powerful additions were made recently, but they will be in those sections available gradually to download at the beginning of this message.
So the only versions or portions of the book available publicly from now on are those items with links, at the head of this post.
A DIGITAL or PRINTED COPY of the complete "MINE"FINAL VERSION in one book WILL ONLY RARELY BE OBTAINABLE THROUGH A PERSONAL CONTACT WITH ME...
....perhaps requiring more than twisting my arm, likely needing also a strangle hold, plus for sure a significant contribution--so far only one has been grantedl. Not one penny of such contributions will be for me rather 100% to help me in what are now my monthly personal projects among my most needy Mayan- Lamanite brothers and
sisters in Guatemala—who, if receiving help from the Church are only getting short-term band-aid fixes, rather than long-term effective help—said needy the Lord called
"MY LITTLE ONES,"
when He transformed my life on the snowy slopes of the Henry Mountains on October 23, 1965.....
........ and gave me the faith, the heart and the love to head for THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA to in one way or another dedicate my life to them as the Lord requires of his faithful children—the guiding principle being:
HELPING THEM MOVE MORE TOWARDS THE KIND OF LIFE I DESIRE FOR MYSELF....
......which is what the genuinely faithful are naturally committed to....[read carefully Jacob 2:16-19] and He promised to guide and protect me as long as I persisted...and I will persist for a while even though the glitches are building and challenges great in my 88th year!
at least some of my family as well as for others sincerely interested in what a few of us—with Harold Brown's help—called....
......The “MODERN AMMON FAMILY LEGACY”
We had no choice but to do our best to have a good sense of humor—through sometimes perplexing BIAS and sad MISUNDERSTANDING like what Brown reported to us on November 5, 1973 in a surpise meeting at Valparaiso, him coming all the way from Mexico to talk with me as it was reported to him that "there was trouble with Andersen at Valparaiso!"
He explained that he had been keeping a close eye on what we were doing and had received some glowing, wonderful reports, but also some very negative ones, and figured out what was happening.(page 277):
It was actually in an ANDERSEN FAMILY HOUR run like a Sacrament meeting since for several months the branch had no leadership and in spite of me informing the Mission, no one ever came to reorganize it.
This happened 4 times over 26 years when we—the Andersen Family Hour had to keep the LDS religion alive in our region of Guatemala—in the beginning for 4 years when Valparaiso was the only LDS oriented Group in the entire Alta Verapaz Region—which eventually developed into a Branch, next a District, later a Mission, a number of Stakes, including unbelievably totally rural Lamanite stakes, and a Temple; and then after "The Massacre," explained next, the ANDERSEN FAMILY HOUR kept the religion alive among the faithful for nearly 5 more years—explained in detail in the BOOK, and mentioned in a moment!
“ History is repeating itself and the Andersens are being 'laughed to scorn' as had happened anciently to Ammon and his companions, What is being said and believed is:
1.) Andersen was crazy to give up a comfortable life in the U.S. to be living among and dedicating his life to the Indians;
2.) The Andersen's haven't made a return trip to the U.S. because he did something terrible in the U.S. and is afraid to return and face the consequences; and
3.) Brother Andersen is giving the appearance of living a charitable life, but it is a scam to get rich and build himself a business empire using the Church and the Foundation.
He went on denouncing all of them as untrue—Mission Counselor Perez, who had come with him, showing SHOCK and PUZZLEMENT.
Brother Brown then said,
"His efforts are AMMON-LIKE, with the same motivations of faith in the Lord and sincere love for the Lamanites as was the case with Ammon!"
Those in the packed chapel were all in tears like I had never seen before nor since in a Church meeting—except for a stunned Mission Counselor Perez.
The “good sense of humor” mentioned a few paragraphs ago had more to do with labels given us by LDS friendly fire, like:
"Crazy modern Don Quijote (or Ammon)"—that was the one I liked best then ....
—which I still, with a warm smile, use a lot today as it's history was wonderful. It came from a visiting friend, Agronony/Animal Husbandry professor from BYU, Keith Hoops who in a key year later—1985— was my Stake President in Utah and mentioned prominently in the book in the 1985 period. But as I was giving him the tour of Valparaiso and our Victorias Dairy, he seemed puzzled and asked, "Where are your alfalfa fields and production of silage?" NOTE: They are keys in the dairy industry in Utah.
Others of what were intended as insults were, "The Mob,"—our Central House Family, and "Dunderheads," etc. all of course meant to be offensive but we outsmarted these courageous sanctimonious souls—none of whom were willing to risk anything to help or do as we were doing—so we embraced all of the labels and had fun laughing at ourselves and feeling awfully grateful when all of a sudden someone like Harold Brown saw through the bias, bigotry, narrow-mindedness, the gossip, ignorance and misinformation, and rather saw the hand of the Lord guiding our efforts and gave us his support and encouragement and decades later summed up the efforts with comments like:
"Thousands were saved, and many tens of thousands of Indians were aided in receiving an education!"
3. Years later in the first important test of my faith and grit living my dream at Valparaiso, Guatemala he coincidentally was the LDS Church's Regional Representative in Central America and surprised us one Sunday, mentioned above,
AT THIS CRITICAL JUNCTURE, BEST INSERT HERE A BIT OF HEAVENLY GUIDANCE from:
I pray that the LDS Leaders will have listened to the SPOKEN WORD April 30, 2023, the message being......
—"RECEIVING CORRECTION FOR MISTAKES....IS RECEIVING LOVE!"—
...which is my message for the Leaders and others...so that the reaction of being told the truth will not evoke anger, rather gratitude with a humble and honest reaction and doing the right thing....so that the Lord will maybe put on hold the prophecied destruction in the Apostle Paul's prophecy to the Thessalonians because of its possible fulfillment at Valparaiso, Guatemala with the Massacre. That of course sounds awfully presumptious on my part—but read on with an open mind to see if it could be true.
TOWARDS THE END, well after Brown was gone from Leadership, A NEW PURPOSE OF THE BOOK EVOLVED WHEN it's writing also became a crucially informative and loving aid to LDS Church Leaders needing to know the truth about the life and death aspects of the history that reached a tragic climax with the terrible event called by those of us who lived it....
"The MASSACRE at VALPARAISO,
Guatemala of January 10, 1989"
It was to happen after the latter day restoration of the gospel when there would again be a legitimate "temple of God" on the earth where there would be a meeting of powerful people authorized to be in the temple with all of them voting to accept an untruthful report that would trigger unrighteous sanctions—all of which the Apostle Paul described as
"THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY!"
The prophecy mentions "unrighteousness" that actually began with all in the temple gathering believing the LIE filled report, followed by the bulldozing of the chapel, compounded by then abandoning an active, faithful congregation—that a study I made the year before, comparing it with branches in Coban and Patzicia, showed that, while it had dropped some in attendance from previous years, and paid a bit less tithing than previously when the Mission President said "it paid more than any other Church unit in the country," but it still was better than the branches in the study—yet the chapel was destroyed and they were cruelly abandoned by the Leaders!
"All Guatemalans who knew me—members or not—knew such was not true. Why didn't the Leaders know it? What was terribly wrong that had them committing such a horrendous act—that needs 'SETTING IN ORDER?'"
Fifty percent of the member's faith at Valparaiso was destroyed and the members were lost to the Church, the other 50% didn't trust the Leaders and asked for my help.
The act of punishing the members for what I was doing in my personal life was interpreted by almost everyone as unrighteousness in the many villages surrounding Valparaiso as well as in the urban center and elsewhere.
THE HORRENDOUS GRAVITY OF THE MATTER?
I realized the actions taken were serious and in my early writings mentioned how the Apostle Paul's prophecy was fulfilled, but it didn't hit me hard until twenty-eight years later in 2017 when I made my last visit to Guatemala and Valparaiso with Garth Norman, and asked the missionaries what success they were having in the many villages surrounding Valparaiso.
Below we see the two missionaries I talked to, along with one of my traveling companions, Abinadi.Their reply: “NONE! WE ARE ALWAYS REJECTED!”
It especially hit close to home understanding how it contributed to most of the members of my family also rejecting what was done which spurred me on with the BOOK. One example I used in the book drives home the point with a statement from a wonderful, sweet daughter who gave me a statement about this, with permission to publish it:
“The Church’s mistreatment of our family, and the destruction of the chapel effected me—that’s why I left the Church. When I removed my name from the records of the church I wasn’t the only one, my husband and all of our kids left too. We were part of a mass exodus from the church—several of them were happening at the time. God knows our hearts and what we have been through. He understands.”
The loss of faith of so many immediately brings to mind Christ's words showing this is A VERY SERIOUS, EVEN SPIRITUALLY DEADLY MATTER. He said:
"But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to fall away—it would be better for him if a heavy millstone were hung around his neck and he were drowned in the depths of the sea.” Matthew 18:6
The details were explained
clearly in the BOOK
in a sincere attempt to help the leaders make amends before it is too late, or—if they ignore the truth and rather are angry—show that those responsible at the final day will likely see their lamps run out of oil causing the pronouncement by THE LORD on their heads of what should be for them the...TERRIFYING WORDS:
"I KNOW YE NOT!"
This will be spiritually deadly for the leaders unless the Lord is just joking with all of His pronouncements in the scriptures about LIES, INJUSTICE & UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!
Back to 1989, our brothers and sisters—who were firm in the faith—didn't trust the Leaders and asked for our help. We immediately responded to their need by inviting all to attend an expanded ANDERSEN FAMILY HOUR run like a Sunday School, and for nearly 5 years I put on hold other plans to be able to help those interested in persevering with their faith in Christ, and the restoration of the fullness of the gospel. We had an average attendance of 60 similar to what is seen below .....
...... but finally I realized, in spite of problems with Leaders, the members needed the LDS Church structure and programs, but as long as I was there no help was forthcoming, so I decided to sacrifice what for me was sacred ground that I dearly loved where I had dedicated 26 of the best years of my life among a people who I loved as family, and sold Valparaiso and moved on.
But I left them all established in their own community on properties they owned with their own homes and with their own potable water, and electrical systems—and importantly all educated and trained to qualify for good employment.
However I advised the members in my last Family Hour.....
"In spite of problems in the Church with the administration and questionable divine guidance, the Church was still the best and that it was for their own good, and that of their children to be active in Church if it returned and it was hoped that with their help they could be of positive influence to help in the prophecied and needed ......
....."SETTING IN ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF GOD!"
Eventually the Church returned and for the 4th time a branch was organized. Today it is a Ward with one of the "Mob" (Central House Family) as Bishop, raised by us—who still calls me "Papa Cordell."
A nice chapel was constructed in the middle of their community on properties purchased from 5 families I had given it to.
The tragic element in this is that with a little inspiration and common sense it could have easily been achieved without believing a false report, and creating a "Massacre!"
As explained in the book I advised against the Church purchasing the property they insisted on where they built the chapel, quite a long distance from their community A year later I organized the Valparaiso Community where it would have been much more logical to have the chapel surrounded by their homes.
But they doggedly did it their way and built the chapel anyway, leading to the debacle of 1989 and the temple meeting with a false report read. If they could of had divine guidance the Leaders would have rejected the false report with no destruction of anyone's faith, nor poisoning against the Church the many thousands in the villages, in the urban center, and other areas of the country. Many lives would have been saved and more educated by not slowing my work and that of the Foundation.
Lastly the eternal jeoprady of the souls of the Leaders
responsible would not be a deathly fear as it is now!
IMPORTANTLY, as happened in other areas of our work like at Chulac, Senahu, and Sacsuha unbelievably now with rural Stakes of the Church—the BOOK telling how it all started.....but at Valparaiso, if not for the Massacre, it could have, and should be surrounded by Wards and branches, and be......
The history of this tragic event has been available in the MAYA BOOK in all of its detail and deadly ramifications sufficient time for those responsible to understand the long-term life and death tragedy of the event—and as prompted by the Lord—on January 31, 2023 I sent a then final version of the book on a thumb drive to the LDS Church History Department with the hope that it would be read by the Church Historian, and—as I suggest therein, be passed on to the indicated leaders. Reply is so far a bit scary for them, but I have hope that the SILENCE will end by them doing the right thing!
SHOULD BE GRATEFUL RATHER THEN ANGRY
The Leaders should now be deeply grateful for having the opportunity to understand the details—especially the top four Leaders in the Church (04/01/2023): The entire 1st Presidency, and Presiding Leader of the Quorum of the Twelve, who are the last four General Authorities alive who were Leaders at the time of the Massacre and likely were involved in the unanimous vote acceping as true, a false report—with all of its life destroying consequences!
For the average faithful member of the Church this kind of unanimous vote would be accepted as "the mind and will of God, and revelation!" This terrible error has to be rectified by them doing the right thing!
—With this knowledge they can do what needs to be done in time for their own redemption and for the work of the Lord.
THE HISTORY TOOK A LIFETIME TO LIVE..... ....5 YEARS TO WRITE!
Here we see the printed copy of the 568 page FINAL VERSION that I had printed for myself.....which I thumb through often when I now-—pretty much alone—need a boost as I continually feel profound gratitude to the Lord for blessing me with a lifetime of living it and rewarded with the opportunity of serving my Mayan brothers and sisters who blessed my life so much that....
..... I will now dedicate what I have left of time and money to continually aid the most needy among my Lamanite/Maya friends in living a life of dignity similar to what I desire for myself!
There might be reports of my activities here once in a while, but most likely they will be on my personal website: https://cordellmandersen.com/ or on my Facebook page where last year I began posting many historical photos in chronological order for my Guatemalan brothers and sisters — an example of one of many is inserted below with photos of my "Mob" who heroically all helped me twice save our barn from going up in flames:
So, if you are interested, take the initiative to check once in a while as I will not be pestering anyone with email notices.
Dealing with the numerous challenges-—like the mini-stroke, not being able to walk just 2+ years ago, etc.-—of being 88 years old while still backpacking and being inspired with the wonders of God's creation in the High Uintas, as well as continuing my personal projects helping my people in the Mountains of the Mayas, is enough for me.
My personal website has mostly dealt with the HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS & that book, but will now be a mixture of the two historical aspects that basically make up my life. So, this is my way of doing as promised...
....and FADE AWAY QUIETLY— helping still from long distance my needy Lamanite/Mayan brothers and sisters not reached efficiently by any effective humanitarian service. That, along with my outdoor activities that keep me alive—until my final disappearance with some of my ashes adorning my beloved High Uinta Wilderness and others sprinkled lovingly on....
.....The Mountains of the Maya......
.....where I lovingly gave—and am still giving in the time I have left on this earth—my all to save as many of my Lamanite/Mayan brothers and sisters as possible !
the land of eternal spring
Note: I will gradually add captions, titles and many more photographs that might go on forever!
EASTER SUNDAY -- DIA de la RESURRECCION and the Maya/Poqomchi Legend of the Holy Man -- La Leyenda de Nahual Gwinak--El Hombre Divino
UN MENSAJE ESPECIAL para EL DIA DE LA RESURRECCION--LA LEYENDA de NAHUAL GWINAK--THE HOLY MAN