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

Friday, October 29, 2010

New Chapel in Chulac

We have a new chapel in Chulac with new building plans for Sanjunte and Senahu. The dedication of the Chulac buidling is still pending but the building was completed enough to allow us to hold the District conference there. Since no other buidling would have been large enough to hold the 513 people who attended. This chapel is also going to have a special housing unit for the missionaries.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Called to Serve

We received our new force of missionaries. How grateful we are for them, their faith, their enthusiasm to do that which our Savior has asked, 'to bring to all the world the proclamation of the gospel."
Our new missionaries are: Elders Norton, Bishop, Rowan, Sakievich, Olsen, Wadsworth, Tolley, Underwood, Snow, Mitchell, Hogan, Nelson, Dilworth, Cruz, Busto, Centeno, Henriquez and Sister McKnight.

They attended the change meeting on Wed, Sept 29th and there met their new companions as well as the other missionaries who had changes. Welcome Elders and Hermana to the greatest mission in the world!

New Change Day

Our Area Presidency moved our change day from Monday, Tuesday to Tuesday, Wednesday. Therefore our missionaries returning home now leave on Thursday and our Change day is on Wednesday. Our September change Day we said goodbye to Elders Winn, Karr, Peterson, Briggs, Dunkley, Empey, Pierce, Luke, Alvarado, Sacalxot, Garcia - Balmoris, Jimenez and Sister Duarte. We will miss you!

Helping missionaries become better teachers

As of July we now have specialized training for the missionaries that encompasses a seminar for the Zone and District leaders, as well as those who are trainers along with their new trainees. This seminar last for 3-4 days and is designed to help the missionaries learn how to more effectively teach by the spirit and teach people, not lessons. These are held during the day and they practice what they have learned at night. President accompanies selected couples of missionaries in each location. These will be conducted every 2 months. We are in a period where we need to baptize more of the investigators that are found weekly. This directive addresses this need.

We now have Zone Conference once every quarter. Interviews will be held in conjunction with Zone Conferences. Because of the logistics of our mission, we have decided to go to the missionaries rather than have the missionaries come into the capital for this training. Therefore, we will be traveling more than previously.

Sept we conducted seminars in Peten, Coban, Polochic (Senahu) and the capital. The end result is well worth the endeavor, by helping our missionaries become better teachers so they can, find, teach, and baptize more of Heavenly Father's precious children. Thus is our purpose here in Guatemala. Thank you for your support.

Sept 15 Viva Guatemala

Guatemala celebrates its Independence from Spain on September 15. They celebrate with parades, fireworks and processions. They dress their children in typical dress and the youth run marathons throughout the country carrying the torch of "freedom".