Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Quetzaltenango Guatemala!

I FINALLY received my mission call! I am sure all of you have already heard, but I have been called to serve in the Quetzaltenango Guatemala mission! I leave June 29th! I will be in the Provo MTC for three weeks, and then will be in the Guatemala MTC for six weeks.

(Friends giving me various methods of pointing to Guatemala... my favorite is the gun from Alex)

Fun Facts About My Mission
(Mostly, other people have told me these facts...)

A temple is being built in Quetzaltenango and I think it will be dedicated at the end of the year.

There is already a temple in Guatemala City.

It is beautiful!

It is a Spanish speaking mission, but many native people speak Mayan languages.

The weather is the same year round.... BEAUTIFUL! Wendell J. Ashton described it as the "land of eternal spring".

I will be going to Guatemala during rainy season (June, July, and August)

No washer and dryer:)

Guatemala has some of the biggest spiders in the world. (Thanks Brother Elms)

It is acceptable for sister missionaries to wear colorful clothes... thank you for the change in dress standards for sister missionaries.

There is a lot of poverty among the people.

My Mission President in my papers will not actually be my Mission President.... he goes home while I am still in the Provo MTC.

Missionaries were first sent to Guatemala in the summer of 1947... it was then part of the Mexico mission.

Central America is the believed location of the posterity of Lehi in the Book of Mormon.

Xelaju is the traditional name for the city of Quetzaltenango.

As of 2001, there are 175,000 members in Guatemala, 4 missions, and 449 wards and branches.

There is just a few fun facts! I am SO very excited about my call. I had been stressing about the possibility of being disappointed in my call, I couldn't be happier about my assignment:)

I am so excited to see how the people of Guatemala live, to offer my love and support of those struggling from day to day, and to learn the Spanish language which I already love!

In other exciting news... I had my recital a few weeks ago! It went well, and I am so happy to almost be done with school! Thank you to everyone for your love and support for the last few weeks, it means so much to me!