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> I received my mission call to Quetzaltenango about a
> month ago and just wanted to find out some things about where
> I am going. I leave soon, so if you could please send me
> some info on the mission because I can't seem to find
> anything on it. Thank you.

We're glad you'll be serving in our mission. We loved it and we know you will too!

First, a word about the most important feature of the land of Guatemala -- her people. Guatemalans are very close in lineage to father Lehi in that there are still many pockets of mostly pure bloodlines (meaning, they have not mixed as much with European bloodlines). You will be privileged to be working among some of God's most elect people and will have the blessing of helping to bring about their exaltation in His Kingdom.

To illustrate, there is much in the way of archaeological evidences to point to Central America (and Guatemala and the Yucatan in particular) as being the region in which many of the events of the Book of Mormon took place. This evidence is not conclusive, but there are definitely too many similarities to ignore the possibility. From the cultural artifacts to the dialects still spoken by the Mayan people, to the writing systems and religious ideas that have carried over from centuries of oral traditions. You will find that the Guatemalan people are very much like the people of the Book of Mormon.

Here are some good general/tourism information sources on the Web to give you a better idea of what makes Guatemala so great.

http://larutamaya.net/index2.html - Has maps, cultural information, weather information, and other stuff geared for tourists (but some of it applicable to missionaries too). You can find a really good map of Quetzaltenango on their site at http://www.larutamayaonline.com/map.html. The mission offices are in Zona 2 (eastern edge) near La Rotonda on the way out of town towards Guatemala City. The bus station that you will likely be going to to head to your first area (if it's outside of the Quetzaltenango vicinity) is in Zona 3 on the western edge of town. The mission home is approximately halfway between the mission office and the bus station.

http://www.anthro.fsu.edu/wovenvoices/wv.html - Talks about weaving, economics, and the history of the highland Maya people.

More tourism information

You may want to visit our "Mission Survival 101" page as well. It has information about what and how to pack, what kinds of shoes you'll need, and other things to expect in terms of lifestyle changes that come with any mission.

Also, now that you have your mission call, please register at our site as a "Current Missionary". Your parents will be able to update us on your progress and when you return home (provided your end date is entered correctly) your profile will automatically be converted to an Alumni profile. As an alumnus of the mission, you will receive e-mail announcements about reunions and will be able to communicate with your former companions and friends who have also registered.

Please note, however that this site is in no way an official affiliate of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although this site is designed to complement and illustrate the teachings and beliefs of the Church, no content within this site should be taken as official church policy or doctrine.

I hope this information has been helpful to you. Please let me know if you have further questions.

Sincerely,

Robert Watson
Guatemala Quetzaltenango Mission alumni site administrator

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