In the La Esperanza Stake legend has it that a Mormon Missionary went to the little store across the street from the chapel and showed the owner how she could cover ripe bananas with melted chocolate, roll them in nuts and sell these to the members. The Mormon Choco Bananos were born! Much to the delight of the priesthood who love to eat these in between the adult session and priesthood sessions of Conference. "Buen provecho hermanos!" (see the entire conference photo slideshow to the right)
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
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
On Sept 5th we will be having a mission fast. We will be praying and fasting in particular for a very special missionary, Elder Gray Johnson who had to return home due to illness. He is undergoing treatments to help him recover from his illness and hopefully return to help us gather the Lord's chosen people here in Guatemala. "Get well soon Elder, we will be waiting for your return. "
On Aug 17th the new missionaries were picked up from the CCM and brought to the Mission Office to train as well as to the Mission Home to enjoy a lunch. They were transported by the "Magic Bus" back to their temporary housing until the next day where they would meet their new companions. Welcome to the greatest mission in the world, Elders Meza, Lemus, Navas, Lainez, Tambriz, Garay, Kjar, Gonzalez, Chavarria, as well as Sisters Westenskow, Perdido and Datwyler!
As with each change meeting, we send our experienced missionaries home when they have completed their assignment. This change period we say good bye to Elders Juan Flores, Carlos Flores, Greenwood, Diego Hernandez, Fabian, Sisters, Ayala, Samol, and Lebeau. Earlier we said goodbye to Elder Javier Lopez who returned to Mexico to study.
Sister Nava from Mexico is a realatively new missionary in our mission. She is unique because she comes from an extremly faithful family who currently have 7 missionaries serving in the field. She has Sisters in Chile, Osorio, Santiago, Argentina Bahia Blanca, Rosario, Costa Rica, Honduras, Comayaguela, and of course our Sister Nava is serving in El Estor, Polochic Zone.
This is in direct fulfillment of a prophecy given by Spencer W. Kimball in 1946 who said;
"When I was in Mexico in 1946 I was dreaming for the people of Mexico. I had a dream of your progress and developement...this is precisely what I dreamed: I think I see stakes by the hundreds in Mexico, missionaries by the thousands. "(Area Conference Address, Mexico City, Mexico, Feb 17, 1977)
Monday, August 9, 2010
We celebrated along with other missionaries in other zones our pioneer heritage on July 26th. We started with a devotional and had some missionaries share stories of their ansestors who were among the early saints. Then we had some missionaries tell about how they were pioneers because they were the first in their families to join the church. We had musical numbers and showed a video clip about the young men who saved the Willie-Martin saints from crossing the Sweet water River's frozen waters, at the cost of their own health and well being. We made the correlation on how they are also doing a magnificent work in placing their own desires aside to serve and "save' their brethren.
Afterwards they changed into their P-Day cloths, played outdoor games , had hamburgers, chips, watermelon and fruit drinks!
We are all.....Pioneers
Sunday, August 8, 2010
In Guatemala, the church has reduced the price of a subscription to the Liahona (Spanish language Ensign). It has made a great impact. The very poor still must make a great sacrifice to buy the subscription. 16 Quetzales, about the amount for one day's meals.
We found a little girl in Teleman who, her parents said, purchased her very own subscription. How proud she was to have this picture taken.