Mormon Meet Up in Antigua Guatemala

Mormon Meet Up in Antigua Guatemala

I am seeing more Mormons in and around Antigua Guatemala than usual. To be honest, I don’t know how effective their evangelization campaigns are in Antigua Guatemala, a town nearly 100% Catholic.

What do you think, are the Mormons converting Catholics in Antigua Guatemala?

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  • Maybe they gather to have a party or something, don’t underestimate their capacity for fun.

    • Cristina

      Why of course Hugo!  My mom told me of parties in Xela that the Mormons held back in the 50´s that she used to go to!  No coffee no liquor, just really good music, dancing and lots of fun. 
      It must´ve worked because they´re building a humungus temple very close to Xela´s commercial area. Maybe Luna can get a picture of it in XelaDaily Photo.

      • ajá! no estaba tan perdido entonces, me pregunto, qué tipo de música ponían en esas fiestas…

        • Cristina

          parece que era Lindy Hop!  Que envidia me da!

  • My brother’s theory is that a Mormon Mission doesn’t have as much to do with conversion as it does with bonding among the missionaries and helping to confirm them in their faith.  He says that few people are actually converted (not that he’s a Mormon).

  • My brother’s theory is that a Mormon Mission doesn’t have as much to do with conversion as it does with bonding among the missionaries and helping to confirm them in their faith.  He says that few people are actually converted (not that he’s a Mormon).

    • What your brother said is basically true, but there’s a bit more. The Mormon church (officially called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) actually baptizes over 300,000+ converts per year worldwide.

       I am a practicing Mormon for over 20 years and was a missionary in the Brazil, Rio de Janeiro area.  The mission will either break you or make you. For me, it strengthened my faith tremendously through a lot of special experiences. It wasn’t for free though. 

      I got rejected all the time, was made fun of, sweat like a pig all day in the heat/humidity, was constantly tired from walking all day, struggled with the Portuguese language, etc. 

      The good majority of Brazil is Catholic too (like Antingua Guatamala apparently). The Mormon missionaries look for people who are interested in learning more. If so, the missionaries give them lessons and a free Book of Mormon. The missionaries then basically do the following (from the Introduction of the Book of Mormon):

      “We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.)

       Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah.”

      So, if the people of Antingua Guatamala are interested in an additional witness of Jesus Christ, there will be  converts. I am positive those people will receive an answer because I have received my own, and I have seen other receive answers as well.

  • jen

    There is an LDS church a couple streets away from La Merced, as well. I wish I could remember the street. I think it was the North East “outer” road that semi-circles the city on your way to Las Cruces… I might be turned around, its only been 5 years since I was there. 🙂

    • James

      Yeah, there is a church there — it looks startlingly out of place.

    • James

      Yeah, there is a church there — it looks startlingly out of place.

    • James

      Yeah, there is a church there — it looks startlingly out of place.

    • James

      Yeah, there is a church there — it looks startlingly out of place.

    • James

      Yeah, there is a church there — it looks startlingly out of place.

  • cam

    never underestimate the strength of disillusion people…

  • Eric

    Is it just me, or does this foto remind anyone else of a scene from the musical “Oklahoma!” ?   Je-je-je

  • … honestly I think what they’re doing is a waste of time. Between the tradition Maya religion and Catholicism, who needs Evangelists in Guatemala ?  Plus I think it’s rather rude and disrespectful to make people want to change to your own religion instead of their old one. It’s like saying the ancient and traditional Maya faith is worth less than theirs and that is so wrong. We do have some American Mormons over here in Europe too, but I think they should give up, cause obviously most Europeans don’t care much about religion, no matter which one. I truly admire the Guatemalans for their ancient faith and traditions and even if I don’t care about religion myself, I can appreciate the beauty of the Semana Santa processions and have respect for the faith of the locals. Those Evangelist don’t though, cause I think they make it sound like their faith is the only true one and worth more than the traditional religions of the indigenous people. They should be so proud of their history, heritage and religion and no one should try to convert them and therefore change their way of life.
     

  • Laura P

    Having lived in Antigua as a missionary 20 years ago I can tell you that the many people in Antigua have been converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was an absolute joy to live in Antigua and meet so many wonderful  people.

  • Rostya

    can anyone tell me the address and location of the Mormon meeting house in Antigua?. Thank you

  • Nathan Schneider

    I am here in Antigua to learn Spanish. Church here is alive and well with 90% local members about 10% are expats like me. THE church is strong and growing fast. THE people that join the church here as everywhere do so because they are looking for something better than what they have. The church offers them the gospel of Christ and they embrace it.

    • Thanks Nathan for the follow up and the additional information.