Where I'm Serving

Quatemala is located in Central America, bordering Mexico to the North and Hondorus/El Salvador to the South. It has coastland bordering both the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.

Language: The official language is Spanish, however, 40% of the population does speak Amerindian langagues. There are 23 officially recognized Amerindian languages, including Quiche, Cakchiquel, Kekchi, Mam, Garifuna, and Xinca

Climate: Quetzaltenango is located in a mountain valley at an elevation of 2,330 meters (7,640 feet) above sea level at its lowest part. It may reach above 2,400 meters within the city.  Because of the cities location it is classified as subtropical highland climate. During the coldest months the lowest temp averages at 39 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of 72 degrees Fahrenheit. During the hot months the average low is 46 degrees and a high of 74 degrees on average. The average humidity is 73% year round.

Food: Just as during the time of the Mayans, corn continues to be a staple food. It is most often eaten in the form of a tortilla. These are usually served warm and wrapped in cloth. Black beans (frijoles) , another Mayan staple, are eaten at almost every meal. They are usually refried (volteados), mashed, or simply eaten whole (parados). Rice, eggs, and cheese are also widely consumed.

Religion: Mainly Roman Catholic, Protestant and some indigenous Mayan faiths remain.

Some more fun facts about my mission area can be found here!

The Church in Guatemala and my Mission:

Total LDS members: 247,708
Missions: 6
Temples: 2
Guatemala City and Quetzaltenago Temples