A group of members of Mayan descent fluent in the language of their forefathers go to the Merida Mexico Temple quarterly, on fifth Saturdays, to enjoy the spirit of the House of the Lord in their own language.
The experience allows them to understand better the doctrines of salvation related to this important work of the restored gospel, said temple President Fernando Gomez. The members make up to a two-hour trip from such rural communities as Valladolid, Motul, Baca, Izamal, Uayma and Ticul. In these communities, they derive their livelihood by cultivating the land. Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula is famous for its abundance of ancient Mayan ruins.
At the Merida temple, they are welcomed by Jose Andrade, a native speaker and temple worker who officiates in the sessions. Sister Francisca Tuz de Flores and Sister Lydia Itzincab have been also of great help in communicating the ordinances to the Mayan sisters.
"It is marvelous to see them arrive in their colorful native dresses, anxious to feel the Spirit that surrounds this holy place," said Sister Enriqueta Pia Gomez, temple matron.
"It is wonderful to see how temple workers make them feel the Spirit by performing the ordinances in their own language," she said. "As we know, Heavenly Father understands us in whatever language we speak. But there is nothing that we can compare to being able to pray and worship in the language of our ancestors."
"They express appreciation for the opportunity to feel the Spirit in their own ancient language and feel greatly blessed," said President Gomez.
"It is a great testimony for all of us to see these people, descendants of Father Lehi, and in their humble conditions, participate in temple work and be an example us all," he said.
"It is marvelous to see them arrive in their colorful native dresses, anxious to feel the Spirit that surrounds this holy place."