Guatemala Guatemala City South Mission
Free resources about the Guatemala Guatemala City South Mission:
- Mission address and phone number
- Mission map
- Video interviews with returned missionaries
- Missionary blogs
- Facebook groups
- LDS Mission t-shirts and gifts
- List of past mission presidents
- Cultural articles written by returned missionaries
- Survey with RMs
Guatemala City South Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Guatemala City South Mission. We try to keep this info up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Guatemala Guatemala City South Mission
Ave. Reforma 8/60 Galerias Reforma
Torre 2 Nivel 6, 606 Zona 9
Pouch Mailing Address:
Salt Lake City, UT 84130-0150
Mission President: President Larry R. Stay
Guatemala City South Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Guatemala City South Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the mission:
Videos with Guatemala City South RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Guatemala City South Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Guatemala
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Guatemala. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Guatemala, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Guatemala City South Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Guatemala City South Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Guatemala City South Mission Groups
Here are Guatemala City South Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Guatemala City South Mission.
- Mision Guatemala Ciudad de Guatemala Sur Group (371 members)
- Guatemala City South Mission Keith Layton Group (250 members)
- Guatemala City South Mission- Kenneth Turley Group (182 members)
- Guatemala City South Mission- George Lyman Group (99 members)
- Mision Guatemala Ciudad Sur Facebook Group (60 members)
- Guatemala City South Mission (2002-05, Tolboe) Group (9 members)
Guatemala City South Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Guatemala City South Mission!
Shirt designs include Guatemala City South Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL. The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.
*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Guatemala City South missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Guatemala City South Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Guatemala City South LDS Mission.
- 2014-2017, E.J. Caffaro
- 2011-2014, Larry R. Stay
- 2008-2011, Herbert E. Alvarado
- 2005-2008, Ronald Rex Bennion
- 2002-2005, H. Rand Tolboe
- 1999-2002, Keith N. Layton
- 1996-1999, Kenneth W. Turley
- 1993-1996, George Lyman
- 1990-1993, Israel Perez
- 1987-1990, Adolfo Avalos
Guatemala LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 255,505
- Missions: 6
- Temples: 2
- Congregations: 421
- Family History Centers: 0
Helpful Articles about Guatemala
- Recipe: Guatemalan Pupusas
- Overview of languages in Guatemala by Larry Richman
- Problems of a Divided Society: The Conflicting Cultures of Guatemala, by Larry Richman
- History of Cakchiquel Translation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).
- List of Church translations into Cakchiquel
- Culture for LDS Missionaries: Guatemala Indian, pages 1-50, 51-102, 103-130, acknowledgments.
Guatemala City South Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Guatemala City South RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2006-2008 (Huss)
- 2006 to 2008 (Brandon)
- 2008-2010 (Luke)
- 1989-1991 (Sergio)
- 2005-2007 (Russ)
Which areas did you serve in?
- El tejar (chimaltenango) chinique, joyabaj (el Quiche) Mariscal, Santa Marta and the mission office in Guatemala city, Hunapu (Escuintla). (Sergio)
- Oratorio. Morales. Lo de coy. Primero de Julio. Zacapa. Tierra Nueva. (Russ)
What were some favorite foods?
- Corn tortillas with eggs and beans, hilachas, pupusas, baleadas, atol, chile rellenos. (Huss)
- Pollo campero. Platinos Fritos. (Brandon)
- Beans and rice, tortilla de harina, fruit. (Luke)
- I like it all (Sergio)
- Papusas. Fried plantains. Fresh tortillas con crema y queso. (Russ)
What was a funny experience?
- An investigator gave us a sea food soup that had snails in it. I really didn’t want to eat it but when I wasn’t looking my companion threw her snail in my bowl too. When I tried to put it back, she told on me and I had to eat both of the gigantic grey snails. (Huss)
- Eating fiambre for the first time! (Brandon)
- Falling in a open sewer on the side of the road. (Luke)
- Teaching a family the first discussion, when my companion asked about who Joseph Smith sought, he structured the question in a way the sister didn’t understand, and to make her find the answer he added “who has a beloved son” *quien tiene un hijo amado hermana* and she responded…I do * Yo lo tengo.* (Sergio)
- Watching 40 Guatemalans try to replace a pole holding up half the city’s power lines. (Russ)
What was a crazy experience?
- A man was shot about a block from our apartment one morning. We usually always walked that way to catch a bus but as we left our apartment that morning, we were prompted to go check on an investigator who lived in the opposite direction. It was scary to know we should’ve been there at the exact same time as the shooting occurred, but we were comforted to know we were watched over and protected. (Huss)
- I have confessed and forsaken these and remember them no more! (Brandon)
- I got in a bus wreck; we were okay but the cars we hit were not. (Luke)
- Going to teach in the highlands of chinique walking between the soldiers and guerrilla. (Sergio)
- Almost falling out of a mini-bus… Several times! (Russ)
What was a spiritual experience?
- We were teaching a man who was a soldier in the army during the Guatemalan Civil War. He said he was made to do a lot of awful things and didn’t believe he could ever be forgiven. He barely slept at night because of the pain and torment he felt because of what he had done. He told us that after we taught him how to pray, he went home that night, got on his knees and prayed. He said that night was the first night that he actually peacefully slept in years. (Huss)
- Bautismos! (Brandon)
- Every day getting to serve the humble amazing people of Guatemala. (Luke)
- All my mission was full of spiritual experiences, but this was very important for me, finding this family in which everybody was deaf and speech impaired, we were able to teach with sign language, which we had never learned, they understood and were baptized. (Sergio)
- Teaching the people there is always a spiritual experience. (Russ)
What are some interesting facts about the Guatemala City South Mission?
- The ruins are incredible. If you get a chance to tour south with your family after the mission, you will visit some of the most beautiful places on earth. Guatemala is el alma de la tierra – the soul of the Earth. (Huss)
- It’s awesome. (Brandon)
- It’s the best mission ever. (Luke)
- Knowing that I was representing the Lord Jesus Christ, That I was preaching among the descendants of the Lamanites, Having places which were proposed as sites were many events of the Book of Mormon came to happen, Having very strong members and humble investigators. (Sergio)
What was the weather like?
- Some places were crazy hot. But the city is a constant 70 degrees. And get ready for the rainy season! (Huss)
- Hot really hot and humid. (Brandon)
- The capital was very nice, the mountains were amazing and cool but the coast was extremely hot and humid. (Luke)
- Cold, in fact it was there where I had the coldest night in my life, opening the area in El Tejar, chimaltenango, not having a place to dwell and sleeping in a little corner provided by an less active member. (Sergio)
- Outside the Capital, it is hot and often humid. Inside the capital, the weather is fantastic. Lows in the 50s with highs in the low 80s (Russ)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- EVERYTHING! !!!! The people are so humble and giving. They are incredible! I made eternal friends!! (Huss)
- They are full of love. (Brandon)
- Everyday was an adventure. The people were amazing and very receptive. (Luke)
- I love everything, I learned to love the people, and most of all having a personal relationship with my Savior, and learning that our prayers are answered. (Sergio)
- People are willing to listen. They don’t want to change, but at least they’ll listen. (Russ)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- You do get very sweaty so having extra pairs of garments was so great. Girls take dresses that are easily washed and line dried. (Huss)
- Cotton shirts are a must. Get really good shoes…like 4 pairs of them. (Brandon)
- Good boots because you will walk a ton and it rains and turns the dirt roads to mud. (Luke)
- It’s too general, it depends of the area (mission where you are called) basic things, warm coat, umbrella (buy it there it’s cheaper) good socks and resistant and comfortable shoes to walk. (Sergio)
- Only bring 2 pairs of pants. The rest you’ll end up getting made down there. Bring enough shoes to last 2 years. The shoes down there are awful. (Russ)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Everything I hold dear is a direct blessing from serving an honorable mission. I have an incredible husband and children. We are raising our children to have a testimony and to share their testimony often. And our marriage is strong because of our shared love for our Savior and the experiences we had by both serving him during our time as missionaries. (Huss)
- A smoking hot wife! (Brandon)
- Everything good in my life has come because of my mission. (Luke)
- The Lord strengthened my character, softened my heart and spirit and gave me the ability to serve regardless what I am asked to do. (Sergio)
What are some skills you gained?
- I became very bold and very confident in myself and the decisions that I make. Also learning Spanish has blessed my life immensely with jobs and other relationships. (Huss)
- Spanish and how to talk to anyone. (Brandon)
- Fluent in Spanish and mad soccer skills. (Luke)
- Communication, organization, discipline and public relations. (Sergio)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- How quickly the time really passes. In the beginning when you don’t understand Spanish, the day seemed very long. But after about 6 months, the language fully came and the days pass by too quickly. I remember asking for more time. (Huss)
- Spanish and how to talk to anyone. (Brandon)
- I wish I would have known that the beginning of the missionary work has more challenges than we think. (Sergio)
- Figure out what the most effective tool is to teach people. Everyone is different. Videos can be a huge tool, but can also be a waste of time depending on who you’re teaching. (Russ)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Guatemala City South?
- You only have a short time to serve. The mission is not about you, it is about bringing blessings to your family and to those you are serving. You can have a lot of fun on your mission while being completely obedient. Serve with your whole heart and come back without any regrets. (Huss)
- Go ready to work! (Brandon)
- You are the luckiest person in the world, you will serve the best people in the world, be a great missionary for them. (Luke)
- If you don’t have the desires, pray so you can understand why you need to serve, don’t go just to please your parents, don’t go to gain a testimony, work to gain it and go and make it stronger. -Commit yourself to the Lord, learn to love people genuinely not just to convert them….seek for the Spirit, and be familiar with doctrine and history of the church. (Sergio)
- Not all missionaries are good missionaries, or even good people for that matter. Don’t worry what others are doing. Do what you know feels good and feels right. (Russ)
What was a funny language mistake?
- I had several language blunders. But none that I can write down here. Just make sure you watch for where the accent goes on words. (Huss)
- There are certain hand gestures one must learn that involves the Guatemala equivalent some of our not so nice gestures. (Brandon)
- Too inappropriate to tell but let’s just say pinnapple sounds similar to something hilarious. (Luke)