From Chicken Soup for the Latter-day Saint Soul


The keys of the kingdom of God are committed unto man on the earth, and from thence shall the gospel roll forth unto the ends of the earth, as the stone which is cut out of the mountain without hands shall roll forth, until it has filled the whole earth.

D&C 65:2

I spent the last two months of my mission in Huehuetenango (way-way-ta-non-go), Guatemala, with Elder Evans, with whom I had entered the mission field almost two years before.

It was a beautiful little town in the mountains near the Mexican border. There were about five hundred members of the Church there, but only a couple dozen of them were active.

Elder Evans and I worked hard, had fun and enjoyed great success in Huehuetenango, baptizing and confirming eighteen new members of the Church. Naturally, we hoped all of our converts would remain active in the Church, but we knew better. The mission average was that one in twenty converts remained active after baptism.

I was released from my mission, toured the Book of Mormon ruins in Mexico, returned home to Utah and moved on with my life.

Twenty-four years later, I was reading the LDS Church News when I noticed that a second stake had been created in Huehuetenango. I read the news item again and again, and I could not believe it. I still can’t.

I would never have imagined such growth in such a small town with so few active Church members.

We all know Daniel’s prophecy about the stone being cut out of the mountain and rolling forth until it filled the whole earth. I have seen that prophecy come true in a little mountain village in Guatemala called Huehuetenango.

Sherm Fugal

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