Finding Christ While on the Trail of the Three Brothers

For nearly 1500 years the Maya had been the divine kings of the rainforest. For nearly 1500 years they would dominate everything from the dense jungles of Northern Honduras to the lowland jungles of the Yucatan peninsula. Across Central America, they pushed back the jungle to build hundreds of magnificent cities, inhabited by some of the best and brightest artists, engineers, astronomers, mathematicians and architects the world had ever seen. And then, this incredible world would just disappear as if it had never existed.

But this is not a story of what was perhaps the greatest civilization to ever exist in the ancient world. This is a story of their “One true God” and our effort to find Him. His ancient name was Itzamna. They called him Kinich Ahau, the Lord whose face showed the light of the sun. On the sides of temples, on great stone monuments known as stelae and on incense burners, they showed their God descending into the mouth of death and hell. They showed Him, rising from the dead with the breath of life in His nostrils. And, they showed Him descending from heaven to bless the lives of His people. And they left behind their witness in stone that they had personally seen him and that he had walked amongst them.

This is also a story of what the archaeological world calls the “Three Brothers”. They were three immortals, who traversed the Mayan world from the time of Christ to the time of the conquest by Spain. Everywhere they went, they taught about the great Itzamna or Descending God who had come down out of heaven, to heal the sick and raise the dead.

Most important of all though, it is the true story of our journey of healing, and the love of Christ which was made manifest in our family as we sought to find evidence of Him and His visit to the Americas, as we journeyed from the Jungles of Central America to the Capitals of Europe and the Middle East.


Keith M. Handy

Keith M. Handy was born and raised in Southern California. Following missionary service to Uruguay and Argentina, he spent 23 years in the Army. He first served as a Counter Intelligence Agent, then Counter-Intelligence Officer and finally 16 years as a military pilot working operational missions in Latin America, the Middle East and Europe. Following his military service, Keith spent 18 years as a Regional Employment Manager for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints covering a nine state area and working with 60 stakes, 11 missions, and 1 district.

Keith is a graduate of both California State University at Long Beach and Webster University, Missouri. He is also a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, the Combined Armed Services Staff School, the US Army Intelligence Center and School, US Army Aviation Center and School and the Defense Language Institute, in the Russian language. In addition, he holds two master’s degrees to include Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Keith’s original major in college was archaeology and he and his wife Carma have spent a portion of the last 22 years doing archaeological research in Central America, where they have traveled many thousands of miles into jungle environments throughout Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, with a primary focus on the Mayan God Itzamna. In addition, In July of 2018, they completed an 18 month mission to Ireland where they traveled over 60,000 kilometers preaching the gospel. Keith and his wife Carma have 5 daughters, 25 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Their hobbies include Skiing and SCUBA diving, where Keith is a certified instructor.