It seems strange to be celebrating Father's Day by driving to Linden and attending church there. We are not really well acquainted with the branch there and we only go there once a month and see different faces each time we go. The Relief Society President gave each of the fathers a beautiful ceramic mug. Dad also received a new wallet. I don't know why she singled him out for that gift, since he was the only one there to receive the wallet. Anyway, it reminded me of the song we sang at the baptism yesterday,
There's surely somewhere a lowly place in earths harvest fields so wide,
Where I may labor through life's short day for Jesus, the Crucified.
I felt like I was in that lowly place as we celebrated Father's Day so far away from all of you children and grandchildren. We miss you and would have loved spending the weekend with all of you, but hopefully, we will be able to influence some of the people in some of the branches to work toward making their own families eternal as they prepare to go to the temple and make covenants there.
It has been a good week. We had Family Awareness Week. We spent three days at exhibits in the city where we gave out church literature about family issues. The Elders talked to people on the street and invited them into the room to learn more. We did find some really good families and individuals there.
Yesterday was the best day. We went with members from three different branches and cleaned the walls, floors, and cabinets of a three story building which was a home for men who needed extra care. One of the residents there was a man who was the mayor of Georgetown in the 1980's. He had diabetes and had one leg amputated below the knee. He was very intelligent and gracious to us. '
Later in the day we attended and provided music for three baptisms, two in the Georgetown branch and one in the Demerara branch.
It was really good to serve along side of the members and also to be able to support the new members at their baptisms. It gives me hope that Guyana is going to continue to grow in faithfulness to the gospel.
We enjoyed visiting with you children yesterday at the reunion. We hope that you made it safely back to your homes. To all of our brothers and brother-in-laws, Happy Father's Day. Keep the Faith!
This is your dad and I need to wish all a happy Father's day. I have said it before but I'll say it again. One of the saddest days of my life was when I realized our time for having children in this life was over. What a blessing children and now grandchildren are! Thank you for letting me share our lives as your dad and grand dad.
After church, we visited the Narine family down on the river. They live in a small raised home and have few material things. They wash their clothes in the river and hang them on the line to dry. They swim and bathe in the river everyday. The children paddled their boat about a mile up the river to attend church. To me it was a peaceful enjoyable visit. The children are members but the parents haven't made that commitment yet. Perhaps they will be someday if they only could see the great blessing an eternal family would bring to them. Hopefully we can influence them to make the commitment to each other and the Lord and become an eternal family.
In closing I want to give thanks to a wonderful Father in Heaven who loves us so much that He prepared the Plan of Salvation that we can become like Him and go back to live with Him. Let us always give thanks to Him. And let us always live clean lives that we may be worthy to return to His presence.
Happy Father's Day
Love, Mom and Dad (Elder and Sister Beutler)