Guatemala is witnessing the greatest number of young men to submit applications to join us in our forces to accomplish the great work assigned us by the Savior, to “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
On April 25, 2009 young men and women participated in the “Jornada medico” where they congregated in Guatemala to attend an event that would prepare more than a 1000 young men and woman to enter the mission field.
Latter-Day Saint Doctors, Dentist, and other medical professionals came from the United States, bringing with them supplies and equipment to examine, correct minor dental issues and help each prospective missionary fill-out their applications to be submitted. The young saints were accompanied by their priesthood leaders and those coming from distances as far away as Petén stayed as guest in the boarding house for those who come to the Temple.
Our mission saw 20 young men and 2 young women coming from Petén as well as 30 coming from the Polochic areas. Each one of the Stakes in our mission also had many fine young men anxious to do what was needed to complete their missionary application.
I was able to help in a small way by feeding our young people and also as a “barber” on Monday afternoon. Some of the young men were reluctant to part with their locks, but I was there to sooth their concerns. The event ended on April 22nd. Elder Clarke of the 70 proclaimed that by the end of this year, Central America would be self sufficient as a missionary force.
How wonderful to see the prophecies of the Lamanite people unfolding before our eyes!