Friday, February 9, 2024

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES, including new book VISIONS, plus GUATEMALAN FOUNDATION history & MY LAST MESSAGE

NEW ONLINE BOOK finished...
February 15, 2024 
The DIVINE VISIONS book
now finished with Chapters 1-6 online.
IMPORTANTLY....
....there will be updates through the 2024 season to finally conclude the online book later this year.  Some of said "updates" will  be the story of germinationof the plants be it the sprouting of each plant, or in the case of perrenials, them coming to life again in late winter, or early spring.  
For example just today, February 24, 2024 I photographed the germination of 6 plants I missed last year as I didn't start this project until March 15th when I didn't even have a clearly defined purpose yet of it becoming a book. 
So I will keep at it like never before and do my best to photograph and report on as many as possible of the wonderful beginning of the 140 plants photographed so far.....and in that effort will likely discover more making as complete a record of the 
Foothills of Timpanogos 
as has ever been done before.  For each of them I will include the edibile and medcinal benefits of each, and make sure all know about those that are poisonous, but always emphasize their beauty.

I will then go to work to convert it to a printable book 
with page numbers and index.
The Introduction in Chapter 1 of the book documents my story as a cripple who 3+ years ago couldn't walk, my leg muscles disappearing. I then briefly tell  the story how I NEVER GAVE UP...WITHOUT A FIGHT and became a "recovering cripple."  Eventually my painful therapy progressed to hiking the foothills of Mount Timpanogos and motivated  to accept the pain as the VISIONS of NATURE I found everywhere inspired  me to document those "visions" with my camera and share with the world,  first online as outlined below, that will eventually become a printed book with color photographed like no one has seen before.





                            VISIONS of NATURE


Note:  I have now finished and posted here  all 6 Chapters of this my 5th book: DIVINE VISIONS.... as an inspiring,  informative and  wonderful gift to all of my friends, and a testament to the CREATOR, who we learn from the BIBLE book of John  was  Jesus Christ:
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
ADDITIONALLY.....
....an ancient prophet in America said we are to serve Jesus Christ,
"who is the God of this land."  Ether 2:12
With this understanding  Christmas and our daily worship for many of us will have a multiple  meaning: 
Our "SAVIOR," the "CREATOR,"  and the "GOD OF THIS LAND!" 
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NOTE: 
The Guatemalan Foundation was retired on its 50th ANNIVERSARY in 2017, so no donations are requested anymore. I, as the volunteer Field Director for 50 years, maintain myself the website for its great historical value as it represents my 
"FIRST IMPOSSIBLE DREAM REALIZED," 
in the Mountains of the Maya and gives to all interested access to the online  book that tells 
that history, as well as MY FINAL MESSAGE available by scrolling down. 

A friend, after one of my speeches to the Utah Valley Historical Society, said, 
"WHAT A LIFE....WHAT A COUPLE OF BOOKS!"
...The two:  
"My Life in the Mountains of the Maya" and "in the High Uinta Mountains"...
I'll be the first to confess that I can't hardly believe I was blessed
 with the realization of two dreams in one lifetime, and now almost finished with the third "Impossible Dream" with my witness of the DIVINE VISIONS of NATURE from TIMPANOGOS

Now, the MAYA BOOK is available only by sections & chapters accessed below on this Home page.  

 The original HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS book  called by some, the "ENCYCLOPEDIA of the UINTA MOUNTAINS" is available through information CLICKING ON THE LINK BELOW.  
It has now been divided into two books, available in paperback and a beautiful hardcover book on AMAZON.COM. Scroll down to see it along with excerpts showing it's beautilful color reproduction. 

 IMPORTANTLY every section is prefaced with HISTORY,
 LEGENDS, SURIVAL STORIES and why some were lost, and 
MY 8 SURVIVAL EXPERIENCES and WHY I SURVIVED 
and
YOU CAN TOO.........SAFELY & ENJOYABLY
No other High Uinta book has all of that.  


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CLICK for: Original HIGH UINTA BOOK with index
Below we see the hardcover versions of the two books.  The paper is a little better than the paperback version, and the color reproduction is wonderful.  Below I'll insert a few photos taken from the books.







And, of course it is the best up-to-date guidebook for hiking, backpacking, goat-packing, horsepacking, etc. There are color topographical maps of every trailhead area with well marked trails to all the best lakes/peaks, with mileages and enlarged labels.  



At AMAZON.COM  ask for "books by Cordell Andersen"  There you can see the first sections of each book.

At the end of Chapter 6 there is more information about these books and how you can get any of the 3 versions. 

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From this point on: 
MY FIRST 
"IMPOSSIBLE DREAM" 
FULFILLED: 
IN  THE MOUNTAINS  of the MAYAS
CLICK FOR PREVIOUS GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF:   THE MAYA BOOK
HACER CLIC PARA ESPANOL DIGITAL:  ULTIMO MENSAJE EN ESPAÑOL
CLIC PARA   BAJAR MENSAJE  con paginas IMPRESA:  VERSION de ESPAÑOL
CLICK FOR ENGLISH DOWNLOAD with page numbers:  FINAL MESSAGE
For FINAL MESSAGE in English:  SCROLL DOWN starting HERE

MY FINAL MESSAGE is critical for those who love frankness, honesty, and knowing the truth of my experience that includes me perhaps rashly believing we experienced in Guatemala the fulfillment of a Bible prophecy about which the Apostle Paul said,  "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that dayChrist's comingshall not come, except there come.... first..." WHAT?  

It is described in my MESSAGE  access to which you've got online by  SCROLLING DOWN.  Above are options for Spanish and versions in both languages with page numbers you can print.  

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!  

ENJOY!

  THE LANDS & PEOPLE 

WHERE COLOR WAS INVENTED! 
OF THE MAYA


Mayan regional queens from all over Guatemala
candidates for the prestigious title
Maya Indigenous Queen of Guatemala  
or as said there 
"THE DAUGHTER OF THE KING OF HEAVEN"
THIS STORY WAS DIVINE only in the "Mine Version!"
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 THE SECTION BELOW HAS ENHANCED
DOWNLOADABLE  CHAPTERS OF THE ENTIRE BOOK THAT DETAILS MY LIFE IN 
THE MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA.

CLICK TO SEE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING  WRITINGS ONLINE & DOWNLOAD if interested:

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 stimulantslike some friends say I used in a previous life as John Morgan, "Shunkawakan," the Sioux name for "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 scriptureThe 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." 

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2.  Part 2: The MYSTERIOUS CAUSE & OUR PREPARATION TO ACT,  (41 pages)> 9 years of careful and intensive preparation & transformation. ,  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 oneso unambitious & lowly that no normal individual or family was interested or willingamong 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!"  This is a smarter, simpler version of the origenal writing.

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3.  Part 3: THE 1967 RISKY, BREATHTAKING PIONEER JOURNEY TO THE  MOUNTAINS OF THE MAYA(50 pages)  This section  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!"                                  

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4. PART 4: Items 1-11of 33 
MEMORABLE EFFORTS, EVENTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS 
The FINAL REVIEW of the “VISION QUEST”
FULFILLMENT AMONG THE MAYA  (85 pages) 

In this section is included an introduction to the book, THE TWELVE STRONG who gave crucial  help, the significant SUPPORTING ACTORS, and then  the Memorable Efforts, Events & Accomplishments, the 1st project Cine Chapinlandia--traveling movie, the second project--1st Poultry Farm in northcentral Guatemala, then Valparaiso becoming THE CID--The Center for Indian Development--government  sociologists saying in 1979 it was "AN OASIS OF HOPE & JUSTICE FOR THE POOR."  down to #11 - the Victorias dairy, the largest in northern Guatemala with 2 cows & a heifer all defeating the Grand Champion Cow of the Jersey breed in all of Central America.

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--our Daniel Choc, etc. 

Note:  The Early LDS Religious history section includes:  Where the amazing statement came from  that we stimulated the LDS Church organizing World Wide Welfare Services and how that evolved; The history of multi-million dollar possibilities lost;  An attempt to talk to the Prophet results in a frustrating experience with a counselor;  Other multi-million dollar struggles; Advice to not pick a fight...sounding like.....from the Mafia? and more.
6.  PART 4: Items 15-19 of 33  (55 pages)  
15. 1976 ALTA VERAPAZ DISTRICT ORGANIZED:  The Presidency, and LDS Alta Verapaz history reviewed from 1974 to present; 
16.  THE POLOCHIC AREA “The greatest missionary adventure! "
17. 1977 BYU Distinguished Sertvice Award, Church Historian Leonard Arrington comments, my work manuals; 
18. INTERNATIONAL ADOPTION SMUGGLING SCANDAL: Innocent (Carl Jacob and Hortensia Ovalle)  to Federal Prison EL PAVON, other innocent (Miguel Max & Florencia Rivas) to jail! >> THE TRUE STORY, THE COWARDLY GUILTY & the IGNORANT BELIEVERS!   
19. HELPING LDS MISSIONARY WORK IN THE QUITO/ECUADOR MISSION & A STRANGE... REVERSAL ......all in all a very bizzare  SEQUEL!     
  7  PART 4: Items 20-27 of 33  (13 pages)  20. From 1980 on REMOVED LDS IMAGE--as Leaders desired--FROM WORK & MULTIPLIED MAYANS HELPED:   21. GREATEST SOCCER TORNAMENT OF MY LIFE—The Valparaiso  Lamanite Youth champions; 22. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE VALPARAISO COMMUNITY;  built homes for widows, aided potable water, and electricity; 23. 1981-1982 BECAME AYUDA'S REPRESENTATIVE --  REORGANIZED Patzicia Credit Co-op;      24. SUPPORTED CUNEN PROJECTS FOR 10 years; 25. SPIRIT OF CINE CHAPINLANDIA SHOWING  movie  TEN COMMANDMENTS to 10,000 people;      26. FOR 32 YEARS BUILT & MANAGED The Andersen College in Patzicia for needy children;  27. IN 1987 CONSTRUCTED  The Ariel & Ines Andersen Chuluc Village School, PAID TEACHER'S WAGES FOR 30 years.
8.   PART 4: Item 28 of 33: (84 pages)  "The Rest of the Story"  from 1971 to 2002  including THE MASSACRE at VALPARAISO in fulfillment of Paul's prophecy for the last days in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12, the ANDERSEN FAMILY HOUR saving again the faithful for nearly 5 years, The Sale of Valparaiso, THE FARM OF THE HOLY MAN. return to the U.S. for the Andersen's. 

NEW! 11.    33.  OUR GREATEST BLESSING OVER  50 YEARS WAS what the critics called OUR “DUNDERHEAD KIDS”..aimed also at the “DUNDERHEAD PARENTS!” plus ALL 6 APPENDICES:  The FINAL REVIEW of the “VISION QUEST” FULFILLMENT AMONG THE MAYA - MEMORABLE  EFFORTS, EVENTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS  PART 4: Item 33 plus CONCLUSIONS & “HE WHO DARES!” plus 6 APPENDICES (Combat Handguns, LDS Authorization letter, Garth Norman, "THE TRIAL," Letter to LDS 1st Presidency, & "Friends" Turning Against us        (59 pages)   

WITH THE ABOVE Item 33, CONCLUSIONS,  HE WHO DARES, & the 6 APPENDICES, the book is complete. 

2. 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)

3. 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:  

THE ANTI-AGING CHALLENGE:Why, What & How? 

34 pages. 

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INTRODUCTION to 

 MY LAST  MESSAGE
 
1975                2023
 August 2023
which you'll notice is crucial 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 in the key
period prior  to the Second Coming of the Savior..
...but studying it carefully it becomes clear it had to be after 
"the restoration of all things"  
when there would be "temples of God" again where 
 powerful leaders, authorized to be in a temple meeting, 
would  in harmony cast a unanimous vote for a report read 
to them that would involve us at Valparaiso, but with far reaching consequenses talked about in the book, 
and discussed here in brief, but with some new examples that will help us understand clearly.  So we will  review some key aspects of this 50+ year history first. Then come to the critical prophecy that will have an important punch line
— all part of my
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...."LOVING GOODBYE MESSAGE OF HOPE!"

THE FINAL MESSAGE to KEY PEOPLE 

 FIRST 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 available on this website for several years because only that version 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. But that version was otherwise obsoleteexcept for the Appendix!  But the last part of the book downloadable above, "Item #33, Conclusions" & "HE WHO DARES,"  also has all of the 6 Appendices.

In the BOOK on page 84or on page 4 of the segmented Part 2I've carefully explained how the Lord instructed me to write this history  under the heading:

DIVINE GUIDANCE

The concluding advise from the Lord through the deeply sacred experience related in Part 2 was....

  "SPEAK THE TRUTH FROM YOUR HEART"...

...and over the last year or so I have gradually added more revealing historymade corrections as well as incorporating updates, adding enlightening enhancements, plus a few new photos and some powerful awakening wisdom along with potent doctrinal clarifications and a complete Appendix now with 6 including The Trial, Letter to the LDS 1st Presidency, and others to produce  on August 1, 2023 what I call: 

"MINE the FINAL VERSION April 1, 2023  

I'm, so far, the only person who has a copy......except that just recently a close friend got me in a strangle hold so I gave her the link to download it.   A similar but edited  previous version  I called the PUBLIC or SANITIZED 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 stupidignoring the advice given me once by an LDS General Authority with whom I 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, 

"MAYBE THERE'S  SOMETHING TO THIS BUT,
 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  bizarre things continued as explained in the BOOK.


TWO SPECIAL MEN UNDERSTOOD

  Previous to the  experience mentioned  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 I'll insert below: 

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 inspired methodology and success of our work with the LamanitesBrown even being the one to  begin calling me

"a modern Ammon!"


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  experience rather had him do 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 him to accept my suggestion to organize the Alta/Baja Verapaz District and he called me  as District President, serving for 3 years (1976-79)during which period more opposition raised its deadly head nevertheless I found ways to work around the opposition and,   doing as told “follow the inspiration of the Lord” which was using what came to be called “THE GOOD LIFE METHOD.”  

Doing so prophecies literally began to be fulfilled with the Lamanites and the groundwork was laid for eventual explosive growth that evolved for the first time actual rural Lamanite 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 as he refused to go along with the mysterious bias,  gossip and misinformation that somehow got started back in 1970 that 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 embarrassed the General Authorities into  organizing World-wide Welfare Services,"     [today  "Humanitarian Services"and throughout his life encouraged me to persist with what he called 

"the experiment"

 .....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 which also included teaching and helping with the common day to day aspects  of their liveseven extending to several other countries (Ecuador and Mexico),  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 martyrdombut which  nonetheless was for 50+ years in the LDS Churchdeclared  by the Prophet...."an essential principle of the restoration of the Fullness of the Gospel," in fact making it clear it wouldn't be "the Fullness" without that principle accompanied  by prophetic statements from leaders that an abdication of that principle would be a "falling away."   
If you don't like that being said, don't blame me, it was the Prophets of the Restoration that said all of that and more. Furthermore the prophecies of the restoration also made it clear that there would be a chance to "set the house of God in order," with dire consequences for those who resisted what the Lord said would have to happen!

For most today the reality is that it isn't understood, nor believed in the Church today that it was an essential principle of the Gospel, and of course  they can't accept the "falling away" or "apostasy"    prophecies  as they have been taught that there can’t be another such happening! 

But the Apostle Paul prophetically saw what would   happen and recorded it in 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12  saying: 

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that dayChrist's comingshall not come, except there come.... first a falling away!" 

In Spanish it uses the word "apostasia." (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

Paul then explains in detail his prophecy that said “apostasy” would take place in “the temple of God” indicating that it had to be after the “restoration of all things” when again there would be a legitimate “temple of God” where unimaginable things would take place  among powerful men authorized to be there and direct a gathering regarding a matter they would believe and by so doing demonstrate “not loving the truth” and because of believing “lies” they consequently would be led to commit acts of “unrighteousness”  with terrible consequences—the whole prophecy called by Paul, “the mystery of iniquity.”  

We shall see that literally this came to pass affecting spiritually Valparaiso and the entire area, event called then, and some still do call it “THE MASSACRE” that I examine in detail in my BOOK, and review further along in this message—

ALL DOCUMENTED WITH  THE HOPE OF AWAKENING THE RIGHT PEOPLE WHO CAN MAYBE “set in order the house of God” and SAVE THE CHURCH!    

Second results so far for honestly telling the truth of my experience with Leaders  to help them understand  problems requiring the  "SETTING IN ORDER OF GOD'S HOUSE,"  have been rejected.  All want to stick their heads in the sand  and  ignore things that need fixing, and rather turn against the messenger rather than humbly making amends with God and doing  what's right.    The scriptures  are clear they  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 as they have been met with  silencethey with  difficulty  admitting having carried out a  serious error....with the act stricken from the public history of the Church.

I was advised by a friend who had been a General Authority to just forget the matter or I would suffer unbearably at the hands of the faithful who would have blind faith.  He went on to mention what many faithful members have told me, 
"It is unlikely that any of them will admit to making serious mistakes!  So to do as you do in your book, pointing out case after case over the years, and saying 'something is wrong' will first get you disliked and ignored with silence, and if you push it, will get you into deep  trouble!"

With all of that, we come to the question: 
"WHY RUN THE RISK OF GETTING IN TROUBLE BY TELLING THE TRUTH?" 

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.

  Some of the Jewish religious leaders were watching and got really upset telling the man he was sinning by carrying his bed on the Sabbath, and that Jesus telling him that meant 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 prophecied, "SETTING IN ORDER of THE HOUSE OF GOD!" 

With that I must quote myself to make a point that should guide us:

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!" 

I have quoted a prophecy that Paul said had to come to pass prior to the Second Coming, after the "restoration," in a legitimate "temple of God," by those authorized to be there and lead.   Sooner or later it had to happen, and if our experience is right and it really did happen, and members and leaders refuse to recognize it and make amends, what will be God's reaction other than what the Apostle Paul prophecied?
I am literally risking it all in an effort to help the leaders and the Church.

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 this was about anyway, but with need of  acquiring certain key earthly friends and demonstrating a willingness to obey the Lord.  

Importantly,  obeying the Lordin addition to my first family with 10 special childrenbrought 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 my pearls..."
 I was sincerely honest, but yet so naive....yes, a DUNDERHEAD! 

NOTE:  That's a word mentioned in a moment and in the last section of the book 
available to anyone with the link at the beginning of this message.. 
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 alongwhat 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. But, now in August 2023, as explained in the beginning of this post, the entire book is now available piecmeal in sections or chapters that have been edited slightly and improved. So, you could now download all of them in order giving you a complete book including all the appendices.  You could put them on a thumb drive and take to your favorite printer to have a print copy of the history.  As I have explained, COPYTEC, in Pleasant Grove, do the best job, if that is your interest.     

 BUT, 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 contributionso far only one has been granted.   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 childrenthe 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! 

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The COMPLETE 568 page historical BOOK, was written for
 at least some of my family as well as for others sincerely interested in what a few of uswith Harold Brown's helpcalled....

 ......The “MODERN AMMON FAMILY LEGACY”  

We had no choice but to do our best to have a good sense of humor—through  sometimes insulting NICK-NAMES, perplexing BIAS and sad MISUNDERSTANDING  like what Brown reported to us on November 5, 1973 in a surprise meeting at Valparaiso, him coming all the way from Mexico to talk with me as it was reported to him that "there is trouble with Andersen at Valparaiso!" 

So, in November 1973 he surprised us one Sunday in the then remote and hard to get to Valparaiso Plantation,

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):

As explained in detail in the BOOK, he said he wanted to get to know the Center and Plantation and understand our work, purposes and results….so first I took him on a 90 minute tour during which he continually asked questions, made comments, and at times offered congratulations.  The Counselor in the Mission, Jorge H. Perez, who came with him seemed surprised with Brown’s interest, because he couldn’t see anything of value, the same as the other counselor in the Mission, John O’Donnal, all explained in the BOOK

NOTE:  In that regard it is interesting to know that a few years later INDE, the National Electrification Institute, constructed its largest hydroelectric CHIXOY PROJECT near Valparaiso during which it had a well known sociologist do a study of the CID and Valparaiso, and in his official report concluded:

VALPARAISO IS AN OASIS OF HOPE and JUSTICE FOR THE POOR!”

Additionally a  few years before BROWN’S visit famous Guatemalan musician from Coban, Victoriano Narciso Chavarria, said:

"What is happening at Valparaiso is something that has never been done on a plantation.  It is true Christianity in action!  Mormonism is not only a religious philosophy, but a complete system and way of life!

 

 

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 Regionwhich eventually developed into a Branch, next  a District, later a Mission, a number of Stakes, including unbelievably totally rural Lamanite stakes,  and a Temple!  Then,  after "The Massacre," explained next,  the ANDERSEN FAMILY  HOUR kept the religion alive among the faithful for nearly 5 more yearsexplained in detail in the BOOK, and mentioned in a moment!

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At the FAMILY HOUR seen above:
Brown, Regional Representative of the General Authorities, said to the Latter Day Saints at Valparaiso: 

 “ History is repeating itself and the Andersen's 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),"

but the one I liked best  was ....

.... "Rodeo Clown,"  
which I still, with a warm smile, use a lot today as it's history was wonderful.  It came from a visiting friend, Agronomy/Animal Husbandry professor from BYU, Keith Hoops, who in a key year later1985— 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.
I pointed to our rich fields of African grasses, explaining they had 23% protein the same as alfalfa, and we had our cows pasturing on them 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!
He just shook his head in disbelieve and began calling me a "RODEO CLOWN" since we didn't do it his way, or the Utah way.

Since, I have loved the nickname, "RODEO CLOWN," especially each time I made my frequent visits laughing all the way to the bank, and proud of having beat all the doubters by paying off much ahead of schedule what I owed on the plantation, the dairy and credit purchases to open our store (co-signed by my friend Enrique Rittscherfor which he was never sorry as I never failed to meet my committments)—as well as later having 2 of our cows and a heifer in a LIVESTOCK SHOW  all defeat the Central American Grand Champion of the Jersey breed, seen below being shown by three of my 
"Dunderhead kids—Julie, Dave & Rich"

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 soulsnone of whom were willing to risk anything to help or do as we were doingso 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!"

It goes without saying, but I've got to do so anyway, that Harold Brown appearing in our history was like an angel sent from heaven by whom I was blessed so much that I sometimes have wondered how we could have survived without him—I think I would have found a way, but apparently the Lord felt we needed some effective and long lasting help from a most reliable source.
  
 THE LORD MOVES IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS TO BLESS HIS CHILDREN   and HIS WORK—and between Harold  and us Andersen's it started 
1.  early on as he coincidentally was a young missionary in Tierra Blanca, Mexico and knew Maria when 4 years old and kept the friendship going, as seen below in an old photo of the LDS group in Tierra Blanca in about 1941 with Maria as a 4 year old on the 1st row, left/center shading her eyes, and a tall missionary in upper row to the left being Harold Brown:  
2. later, coincidentally he came to know me as a teenager when he was our neighbor for a very short while in Provo, Utah on Ash Avenue, as seen in the photo below, Harold's home for a short while in front of my parent's home, his behind the tree in the right background. 

 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 in November 1973 like 
an angel sent from Heaven. 
He was of vast influence and support then and continued as my trusted friend and confidant to the end of his useful life  as a trustee for the Guatemalan Foundation, each of us giving mutual support, trust and help for both of our life long  work among the Lamanites as mentioned previously. I am eternally grateful for him and all the coincidences mentioned that of course I believe were 
DIVINE INTERVENTIONS by the Lord to help and bless both of our lives along with the many thousands we were both able to help over more than half a century. 

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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 prophesied 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 presumptuous on my part—read on with an open mind to see if it could be true. 

The SPOKEN WORD message was followed with the theme of 
HOPE with the CHOIR singing "OVER THE RAINBOW!"

I pray that my loving message here will be received with humility and gratitude and that eventually the 
"setting in order of God's House"  
will be accomplished. 

LATER, 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"

A beautiful chapel was constructed by the Church at Valparaiso for the LDS Branch that, when it was just a GROUP, was described in a glowing moment of honesty  by Mission President Harvey Glade: “Valparaiso is likely the only Lamanite Church unit in the Hemisphere that is not a parasite to the Church,” and “The Church receives more tithing from the Valparaiso Group than from any of the Wards in the Guatemala City Stake or branches in the Mission!"  So a lot of our own money—the Lamanite member's and minewent into creating the chapel .....my last big contribution a brand new Yamaha piano—quite expensive in Guatemala!

.....but...on January 10, 1989 the roar of bulldozers awakend the residents of Valparaiso!


Many gathered quickly to react with sad tears the destructive scene that was one fulfillmentand maybe specifically "the  fulfillment"of the   Apostle Paul's prophecy in 2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 which is one of the most consequentialbut  misunderstood—prophecies  for the last days of all the scriptures which Paul makes clear had to happen after there had been a "restoration" with once again a  legitimate "temple of God" in the period just prior to the Second Coming of the Lord 
The above simple facts are so crucial it is worth repeating them....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

"THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY!"

The  prophecy, carefully studied in the BOOK,  mentions "unrighteousness" that actually began with all in the temple meeting believing the LIE filled report,  followed by the bulldozing of the chapel, compounded by then abandoning an active, faithful congregation!

Suspecting something like this  I made the year before study , 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 before 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 studyyet the chapel was destroyed and they were cruelly abandoned by the Leaders

Then to multiply the unrighteousness, the Church sent representatives to areas where I had projects and warned the people to not be my friends or they could suffer similarly—which for a time reduced the life saving work of the Foundation causing more loss of lives we could have saved! 

The hoped for positive results all backfired and made the overall, long-term results literally "the mystery of iniquity" that the Apostle Paul said would end in the "destruction" of those responsibleat least one of whom he called "son of perdition," who we understand can't be forgiven!

All of the elements of the prophecy are found in what transpired at Valparaiso:  The "untruthful report" believed by all was eventually discovered through two witnesses, including from one who had been a General Authority and was in that meeting,  to be that I had....

“Taught the Indians to worship me as though I were God!”

A rebuttal of this key accusation that had the Indians who heard it "laughing their heads off"  is found in a quote from my BOOK in response:

"All Guatemalans who knew memembers or notknew such was not true. Why didn't the Leaders know it? What was terribly missing that had them believing such a lie and thev committing such a horrendous actthat Paul called 
'THE MYSTERY OF INIQUITY?'" 

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 are you 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!”  
At that time I had finally published my High Uinta book, and had retired the Foundation, and then had more time on my hands.    Realizing more than ever that the MASSACRE was still producing spiritually deadly casualties over 30 years easily multiplying to  TENS OF THOUSANDS, I went to work dedicating hundreds of hours going over my journals and letter files and writing the book about 
MY LIFE AMONG THE MAYAS.

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.” 

Honestly, how would you react to your family being

 SPIRITUALLY MASSACRED?

and..... 

FOR THOSE MEMBERS DRIVEN AWAY FROM THE CHURCH?

also....  

FOR THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF POTENTIAL CONVERTS TURNED AGAINST LISTENING TO THE MISSIONARIES?

and finally.... 

FOR THE DEAD INFANTS WE COULD HAVE OTHERWISE SAVED?

all leading us to an example that has application:


A MODERN METAPHOR of HOW WE MIGHT FEEL TOWARDS THOSE LEADERS RESPONSIBLE

A recent (Aug. 2023) hearing in the U.S. Congress delt with the 13 servicemen and women killed in a terrorist bombing in Afghanistan in 2021 that was preventable but a military snipper who could have taken out the terrorist was told to "stand down" followed moments later by the attack and loss of 13 of our bravest. 

The "Gold Star Parents" of those lost were interviewed.  A few excerpts follow Note: I'll leave it up to each of you to make the comparison between this case, and the Massacre in Guatemala, its terrible consequences and those responsible:

One mother said:  "The administration is tone deaf and made bad decisions and more....they are INCOMPETENT, COWARDLY and EVIL!"

Another mom said emotionally:  "When our leaders call this [the withdrawel] a success, it is like a knife in the heart for everyone who served in this 20 year war.  I live every day knowing these deaths were preventable!" 

A father said, directing his remarks to the political and military leaders:  "Do what our son did, be a grownup.....man.  Admit your mistakes so that this doesn't ever happen again!  You all need to resign immediately.  Our sons and daughters have more integrity in their little toe than every one of you combined!" 

INSIGHT OF A GUATEMALAN LDS WITNESS…
......34 YEARS LATER

I will insert it here as posted on my Facebook page in Spanish, July 9, 2023…English translation follows:

Don Cordell, “Recuerdo todo esa desgracia que ocurrió con la iglesia. Todos se lamentaron y lloraron a gritos y orando a Dios por una explicación. Pues fue repentino y sin aviso. Todos los miembros fueron vistos como nada. Toda la emoción espiritual se perdió. Todos los que tenían fe titubearon. Muchos miembros fueron a otras iglesias. Las otras iglesias tuvieron buen material para burlarse de la Iglesia SUD y de los fieles miembros. Y muchos lideres de las otras iglesias ofrecieron consuelo a los dolidos y confundidos. En verdad, fue un terrible desastre que no se olvida.”

“I remember the disgraceful event that happened to the chapel.  All felt terrible crying bitter tears, and prayed to God for some explanation.  It happened suddenly without any warning.  All the members were treated by the leaders as though they were nothing, and all their spiritual feelings  were lost.   All those with faith found themselves hesitating about their beliefs in the Church.  Many members began going to other churches that  had good evidence to laugh at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the faithful members.  Leaders of other churches offered comfort to those hurt and confused.  In truth, it was a terrible disaster and that can’t be forgotten.”  

NOTE:  At this point to help us understand better this tragic event, let me quote a section from the BOOK (page 445>>) or (page 70 of the segmented version

PUTTING INTO PERSPECTIVE THE GRAVITY OF 

“THE MASSACRE”
The words of the Lord we have read describing this terrible tragedy should be enough to have us shedding bitter tears and should have us angry, but let’s just add a few simple, easily understood words from a well known writer and historian—whose pen name was VOLTAIRE, 1694 to 1778—known for his advocacy of freedom of speech, and of religion from way back in the period of the French enlightenment. He once said:

“THOSE WHO CAN MAKE YOU BELIEVE ABSURDITIES, CAN GET YOU TO COMMIT ATROCITIES!”


The Leaders in the Temple hearing the 
ABSURD report read by one of them with authorization from the highest level of leadership, all believed—at least voted in favor of, what those in Guatemala who knew me considered ABSURDITIES…..leading the General Authorities to commit human and spiritual ATROCITIES that have been described with many souls lost.


REMEMBER WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH….
We are talking about some members and a great number of others who could have become converts, but all “spiritually lost” in the event called “THE MASSACRE—a spiritual genocide”—all sort of symbolically left diabolically hanging spiritually dead along the Valparaiso road as a warning to others!

Note: Mention of a “hanging” along a “road” refers to the example of a movie, 

THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD detailed in the BOOK.


LET’S IMAGINE US TAKING LDS LEADERS DOWN THE VALPARAISO ROAD…
…….seeing the haunting scene of some abandoned—unrecovered Saints from Valparaiso, along with outstanding people from Santa Cruz Verapaz and Patzicia, and thousands of Indians from the
villages who could have been converted, but rather turned away by an unrighteous decision in the Temple based on lies—all of this varied multitude was lost and left spiritually slaughtered gruesomely along the roadway—an…

ATROCITY OF GIGANTIC PROPORTIONS!


Will the Leaders be moved to tears seeing what they have done? Will they humbly feel a broken heart and contrite spirit racked with sorrow—enough to move them to repentance and positive action to do what has to be done to “set in order the house of God” and avert the destruction?


You might say all of the multitudes in the previous paragraph can’t be compared to lynched black people left hanging along a road as a warning, but again, WHAT DOES CHRIST THINK ABOUT
THOSE WHO CAUSE OTHERS TO LOSE THEIR FAITH & also perhaps prevent others THE 
OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP IT? 


The reply to that question immediately brings to mind Christ's words showing this is A VERY SERIOUS, EVEN SPIRITUALLY DEADLY MATTER for those responsible.  Christ’s warning:


"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


So Christ takes even more seriously the unrighteous actions that can destroy ones faith, and maybe too for those who prevent others from developing it. Maybe Christ wouldn’t promote lynching those responsible, but with those guilty  in the temple of God… 

JESUS CHRIST would apparently…
...hang a millstone around their necks and throw them into the depths of the sea!


This can’t be ignored, but has to be followed by quick personal redeeming efforts.


So let’s look again at the statement modified to fit our situation likening it to the “the mystery of iniquity” that happened in the Temple:


MEN ARE CAPABLE OF “ATROCITIES” ….WHEN THEY BELIEVE THEIR “ABSURD” BELIEF IS TRUE AND THEY ARE DOING THE WILL OF GOD!

When Harold Brown in 1973 heard about the injustices that had been launched against us causing good members to fall away and infants to die....

.....he broke down and wept! 

He went on to explain, saying that high leaders at that time in 1973, “sometimes treat others cruelly when convinced they are right!

  So, 

his sad tears were also  for the leaders who he feared wouldn’t be honest and humble enough to accept their error!


But, here 
in 1989 we are dealing with a much more serious injustice, with far greater potential numbers of God’s children lost. Do you care? Are you shedding heartbroken tears? Will the Leaders—if given a chance to know of their mistake—shed bitter tears leading to humble repentance? Will they be grateful to learn of their terrible mistake and be able to make amends…before it’s too late?
 

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 such, using one of Christ's parables.........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 & SONS OF PERDITION!

Back to 1989, our brothers and sisterswho were firm in the faithdidn'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 so sold Valparaiso and moved on. 

WAS MY LEAVING THEM....CRUEL, HEARTLESS?

But I left them all a world away from the terrible conditions when we started in 1968 when all of their homes and home sites were “incubators for disease and death!” We left them established in their own community on properties they owned with their own homes, including homes we built for the widows,  and all eventually with potable water, and electricity, as well as having on the edge of the community their school we constructed that eventually would have over 400 students on the elementary level, as well as a Junior High with around 90 students.  

Importantly all were educated and trained to qualify for good employment anywhere in Guatemala. 

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 is still the best  and it is prophesied that eventually it will be "SET IN ORDER," so for your own  good, and that of your children it will be best to be active in Church if it returns!"   

I hoped....and still hope... that they can be of positive influenceMAKING SURE THE LEADERS UNDERSTAND THEIR TRAGIC MISTAKE and LACK OF HEAVENS GUIDANCEso that the prophesied and needed ......

....."SETTING IN ORDER OF THE HOUSE OF GOD!” 

will finally happen 

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Eventually the Church returned and for the 4th time a branch was organized. Today it is a Ward part of the Coban Stake.  One of the "Mob" (Central House Family) is the 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 land  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," and destroying the reputation of the LDS Church among so many important people! 

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 the Leaders 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, and according to the Apostle Paul, at least one would become a "Son of Perdition!"  

 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 countryMany lives would have been saved and more educated by not slowing my work and that of the Foundation. 

LASTLY 
for anyone who honestly examines the facts
—THE TRUE HEART OF ALL OF THIS IS 
that the  eternal jeopardy of the souls of the Leaders responsible is a deathly fear because 
their only hope being to face the facts honestly and with soul wrenching humility before the Lord!  
YET, NO ONE SEEMS CONCERNED!
All of this and much more with a lot of detail and inspiring examples are in the book and all of that will be included in what I have now made available by sections and chapters. 

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 

CENTER OF THE  VALPARAISO  LDS Stake!

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, andas I suggest therein,  be passed on to the indicated leaders. Replying is apparently so far a bit scary for them, but I have hope that their 
 SILENCE will end by them doing the right thing!

They have somehow got to understand that their tactic of SILENCE, they have used with me now for 13+ years since the attempt to return to the Church,  is actually very negative and an even  timid and cowardly approach as suggested by a quote found in the BOOK and inserted below:

SILENCE?

Its mention in this writing—and  the same theme I just heard a crucial comment about at the end of May 2023—has  me feeling the urgency of squeezing it in here and in other key places.  It was made by well known lawyer, author of the current book, TRIAL of the CENTURY, and contributor to Fox News, Greg Jarrett, who said:

“Silence in order to hide the truth is a lie!”


THEY SHOULD BE GRATEFUL RATHER THEN ANGRY 

THIS IS THE VERY  HEART OF THE MATTER! 
The Leaders should now be deeply grateful  for having the opportunity to understand the details—especially the top four Leaders in the Church (06/01/2023) who are the last  General Authorities still alive from the time of the Massacre and likely were involved in the unanimous vote accepting as true a false report with all of its life destroying consequences! I’m talking aboutthe entire 1st Presidency, Nelson, Eyring and Oaks, and  the Presiding Leader of the Quorum of the Twelve, Ballard.

For the average faithful member of the Church this kind of unanimous vote would be accepted blindly as "the mind and will of the Lord, and revelation"  but it is now clear that the Lord had no part in this "MYSTERY of INIQUITY!"  

This terrible error has to be rectified by the Leaders  doing the right thing and having sincerely a soul wrenching repentant attitude!  With this knowledge they  can hopefully do what needs to be done in time for their own redemption and for "setting in order" the work of the  Lord. 

Before the punch line let me give one more example, again from the wonderful series 
THE CHOSEN
Mary Magdalene had weakened and reverted to her previous depraved life.  Peter and Matthew were sent to look for her, found her and convinced the totally ashamed and scared Mary to return to their camp where she was confronted by a very loving and understanding Jesus in a humbling and emotional scene.   The sins involved were serious, but quite frankly not nearly as serious as those Leaders  involved in the Massacre that eventually led to many thousands lost—some participants Paul in his prophecy designates as "sons of perdition!" 

As you read the dialogue imagine Mary Magdaleneas though the General Authorities  responsible for and guilty of the Massacre:
  
MARY MAGDALENE[recognizing emotionally her guilt]:  "I don't know what to say!"
JESUS:  "I don't require much."
MM:  "I'm just so ashamed! You redeemed me and I just threw it all away!
JESUS:  "It's not much of a redemption if it can be lost in a day, is it?"
MM:  "I owe you everything but I just don't think I can do it."
JESUS:  "Do what?"
MM:  "Live up to it! Repay you.  How could I live, how could I go  back to the place I was, and I didn't even come back on my own.  They had to come and get me.  I just can't live up to it!"
JESUS:  "Well, that's true, but you don't have to.  I just want your heart.  The Father just wants your heart.  Give us that which you already have and the rest will come in time.  Did you really think you would never have to struggle, never sin again?  I know how painful that moment was for you!"
MM:  "I shouldn't....."
JESUS:  "Someday, but not here."
MM:  [by this time her head was hung low and she was sobbing...]  "I'm just so sorry!"
JESUS:  "Look up!"
MM:  "I can't!"
JESUS:  "You can.  Look at me!"
MM:  [she sobbing looks up into Jesus' kind eyes]
JESUS:  "I forgive you!"
MM:  [both of them crying and they warmly embrace]
JESUS:  "It's over!"
 As their friend I encourage the Leaders to remember ourFather in Heaven, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christare quite strict in      what  is required of us when we make serious life or death mistakes as they did in the Massacre—but they will understand if the Leaders are honest, humble and sincerily  heartfelt  in their  repentance as was Mary Magdalene....because....                                                    
“....Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy,
....but they have to experience soul wrenching repentance for their responsibility in 
THE MASSACRE and the many thousands lost!
That sounds like a steep hope, but the Prophet Isaiah said in chapter 55:

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

LAST OF ALL MY CONCLUSION IN THE NAME of the LORD

The Lord makes it clear in his pronouncements that  among those who are his elect servants there must be a spirit of truth, honesty and soul wrenching humble repentance for being the willing instigators of Paul's prophecy to the Thessalonians that the prophecy calls "The mystery of wickedness," and in Valparaiso known as "The Massacre!"     

For all my family and Mayan brothers and sisters  spiritually lost in  that event…there will  be a  spiritual reckoning with those responsible.

The word of the Lord assures us of that and says there will most
 certainly  be a just spiritual judgment by the Lord against those
 whose act caused to be lost so many innocent, 
beautiful souls, and for these responsible refusing to 
"put in order the house of God" 
or  
for not having taken humbly the necessary steps to recover the key missing element that made possible the Leaders being so easily deceived and being responsible for a "mystery of iniquity" perpetrated by the Church causing the spiritual loss 
of thousands of souls!

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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 aloneneed 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 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 this year, 2023, working at reaching  my 88th  year  while hopefully 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 Mayasall that is about all I can handle.   

My personal website has mostly dealt with the HIGH UINTA MOUNTAINS & that book,  but I have experienced difficulty with that site, and will now use also for those themes the old Guatemalan Foundation website that will now feature  a mixture of the two historical aspects that basically make up my life, along with  my Facebook page that I will use as I go forward.   So, this is my way of doing as promised...

.... FADE AWAY QUIETLY that I guess I'm saying is not really happening....yet as well as helping still from long distance my needy Lamanite/Mayan brothers and sisters not reached efficiently  by  any effective humanitarian serviceThat, 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 gaveand am still giving in the time I have left on this earthmy all, as was required by Christ of the Rich Young Ruler in the Bible, which he couldn't do, but I in my own simple minded way persist trying   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!

Remember, "EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY! What might this one be--and the next, the following?















Above and below we see the Cakchiquel town of Patzun before the Earthquake almost destroyed the entire town.


As explained in the MAYA BOOK, after the GREAT EARTHQUAKE of 1976 that killed 25,000 Guatemalans.....

.....in PATZUN, we see again after the earthquake, with the help of my representative there.....Miguel Ajpop.....

.....we found a hamlet—LAS MERCEDESof the Patzun Village of Saquiya, whose people had not received any help and they were very needy and  so overwhelmingly friendly, welcoming and willing to work to help themselves and their neighbors that for several years I established myself there as my headquarters where I would spend every other week my first quite frantic activity was to treat the sick, malnourished  and wounded....
......while getting the men organized to put up the buildings we would need for community gatherings, adult literacy classes and the strawberry project.  We called the project 
THE CENTER FOR INDIAN DEVELOPMENT —EL CID #2

For my week in the Cakchiquel area I lived in the thatch Cultural Hall we all  built together you see in the picture above, and from there also established projects in a rural area of Patzicia among very needy LDS people, and in Comalapa with my representative, Rigoberto Misa mentioned prominently in my book.


Part of the project was to help them legally organize a CREDIT COOPERATIVE that included their store we see above.




With the help of my brother, Carl Jacob, we introduced the production of strawberries in Las Mercedes.





In the CULTURAL HALL during the day we had adult literacy classes for the women.




In the evenings we had community meetings, educational and commercial movies each with a specific purpose to awaken, enlighten and entertain, like the Cantiflas movie, EL ANALFABETO, THE RETURN of a  MAN CALLED HORSE, etc. 





We helped them  build a temporary school it being one of the first to be functioning in the country  and below we see an actual school we built in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy.   It was a simple school you see below that was the first in the entire earthquake area to actually begin functioning.  




Later we cooperated with the SAQUIYA VILLAGE to build them a new school for the entire village which is the huge thatch building seen here.  Forgive me for not having a good photograph.  Many of my slides over the years were fuined with fungus due to the high humidity where we lived.

Now, on to  beautiful LAKE ATITLAN






















Below, the LDS COBAN Branch in 1967


Beautiful Kekchi sister CARLOTA de YALIBAT, one of the key original members of the LDS Church in Coban, Alta Verapaz.  She previously had taught two Baptist missionary sisters her dialect, and then helped them with the first translation of the NEW TESTAMENT into her native Mayan language.  Later she became the first among her people to be called as a local missionary and was the first to preach the gospel in Kekchi, her first teaching experience, told in my book, with her first investigator revealing a visionary experience that led to her conversion

Her lesson was surprisingly well-received, and Sister Yalibat asked Elvira what she thought about it?
She replied:

“The time Elder Andersen and his companion prayed for me when I was sick, the Lord appeared to me and told me that the time would come when I would be taught  what he was preaching and that I should believe because it is true.”


Here I am with the INFANT INDIAN QUEEN of Santa Cruz Verapaz, in their annual Indian Folklore Festival which we sponsored for 14 consequtive years.


Cecilia Jul, raised in the Central House as one of our "MOB" and  one of our candidates and winner as Indian Queen of Santa Cruz  Verapaz.

Below I am crowning one of our Indian Queens in Santa Cruz Verapaz, as I did most of the 14 years we sponsored the wonderful event.

After we returned to the U.S. in 2002 the Foundation's Regional Director, and my brother, Federico Veliz, one of the TWELVE STRONG and "VOLUNTEER of all VOLUNTEERS" in the MAYA BOOK, along with another of the beautiful Queens we sponsored in the event.



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EASTER SUNDAY -- DIA de la RESURRECCION and the Maya/Poqomchi Legend of the Holy Man -- La Leyenda de Nahual Gwinak--El Hombre Divino



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UN MENSAJE ESPECIAL para EL DIA DE LA RESURRECCION--LA LEYENDA de NAHUAL GWINAK--THE HOLY MAN 

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