Guatemala City North Mission

...let us labor diligently: for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God. Moroni 9:6

Monday, December 28, 2009

Pastorella in Coban

For the 4th consecutive year the Coban saints sponsored a “Pastorella”, which is a live nativity using real animals and people to depict Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem. Our missionaries, in the area, participated in dress as well as in the choir. They had about 200 people gather at Central Park and walk about 1 mile towards a shopping center where the city stopped all traffic to allow the procession to pass. A program was presented by the Coban Stake telling the nativity story to all in attendance in the mall. It received local and national news coverage. (see complete slide show to the right)

Burning the Devil

Here in Guatemala they have a quaint custom on Dec 7th, which just happened to be our change day, where they burn the "old to make room for the new." They collect their trash and throw in a piƱata that looks like the Devil and call it "Burn the Devil" day. Some of the Devils are real works of art. They even have dancers dressed in Devil outfits who wear fireworks to simulate the burning. Scary but fun!

Welcome to our world

As with every mission change day, we always a have a new group of faithful new young people, ready to "embark in the service of God," Our new missionareis are Elders Daun, Davis, Peterson, and Sisters Mitchell, Caceres, Rodas, Cajti, Vasquez, Salazar, Castillo and Gonzalez. Bienvenidos!

Home for Christmas

The missionaries who made it home for Christmas after having fulfilled a successful mission were Elder Belliston, Elder Ocampo, Miner, Cordobas, Roberto Martinez, Jake Hansen, Elder Swensen, Sisters Delis Hernandez, Lott, Menocal and Sister Balderomar. Feliz Navidad