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More Than a Thousand Youth in Guatemala Participate in ‘A Missionary Now’ Initiative

Activities help motivate and prepare participants to one day serve a mission

More than a thousand 12-to-19-year-old members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Guatemala Central and City Coordination Councils participated May 29 to June 5 in “A Missionary Now” initiative, the goal of which was to help motivate and prepare participants to one day serve a mission.

During the week, the young people participated in a Face to Face devotional in their neighborhoods and branches, were assigned a companion, discovered as a family how to make their home an Missionary Training Center, and learned in fun activities how to be a good missionary.

“The activities are to help young people understand the importance and magnitude of their spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical development,” explained Elder Patricio M. Giuffra, a member of the Central America Area Presidency, “because when the time comes to serve a mission, they will put into practice all the attributes they learned during the week.” 

Elder Guiffra congratulated the youth for participating. “Remember that the decisions you make now define your future,” he told them. “The Lord will bless and care for you as you make the right decisions.”

“I was happy to see that the activities we had were team activities,” said participant Skender M, “and it was nice to know that we can count on other people to guide us on the right path and to know that we can also help others by striving to be disciples of Jesus Christ.”

“This week helped me to strengthen my desire to serve a mission,” said another participant, Bryan L. “I could feel the Spirit in each of the activities I participated in, and being able to learn about the experiences of returned missionaries helps me strengthen my testimony.”

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