LDS missionaries teaching in the fields of Guatemala

Larry Richman's Missionary Companions

...and goofing off on preparation day. (We really didn't dress like this all the time!)

Chronology

El Salvador

  • Mathew Greer in Ahuachapan from 10-5-74 to 12-27-74
  • Val Dean Bell in Retalhuleu from 12-27-74 to 1-16-75
  • Matthew Fenn Hilton in Retalhuleu from 1-16-75 to 2-4-75

Guatemala

  • David Frischknecht in Patzicía from 2-4-75 to 5-29-75
  • Samuel Schmutz in Patzicía from 5-29-75 to 9-3-75
  • James Aaron Nelson in Patzicía from 9-3-75 to 10-22-75
  • Daniel Choc Xicay in Comalapa from 10-22-75 to 12-3-75
  • Gary W. Larson in Comalapa from 12-3-75 to 2-4-76
  • Luis Manuel Argueta in Patzicía earthquake camp from 2-4-76 to 3-31-76
  • Bradley Wayne Hixson in Comalapa from 3-31-76 to 5-26-76
  • Greg Sansom in Sololá from 5-26-76 to 7-7-76
  • David Frischknecht in Patzicía from 7-8-76 to 8-3-76

See various missionary assignment sheets.

David Frischknecht

Elder David Frischknecht

Elder David Frischknecht. His nicknames were "Mellow Frischknecht" and "Frishmar" (because the people couldn't say "Frischknecht" and they confused "Frischknecht" and "Richman"). His favorite line was "Keep Smiling."

Elder Frischknecht vaccinating chickens in the marketplace in Patzicia, Guatemala

Elder David Frischknecht vaccinating chickens in the marketplace in Patzicía, Guatemala, on Wednesday, February 19, 1975

Elder David Frischknecht

Elders Richman, Frischknecht, and Argueta

Elder David Frischknecht in the apartment in Patzicia

Elder David Frischknecht in the apartment in Patzicía

Elder David Frischknecht in the apartment in Patzicia

Elder David Frischknecht practicing the harmonica in the apartment in Patzicía

Elder David Frischknecht playing the harmonica in Patzicia

Elder David Frischknecht playing the harmonica in Patzicía

Elder Frischknecht and Elder Richman preparing for a meeting in Itzapa

Elder Frischknecht and Elder Richman preparing for a meeting in Itzapa

David Frischknecht with a typical coat

Elder David Frischknecht

Elder Frischknecht and Elder Argueta

Austin Choc, Elder David Frischknecht, and Cesar at the Calvario in Patzicia

Austin Choc, Elder David Frischknecht, and Cesar at the Calvario in Patzicía

Elder Frischknechts with Pablo Choc's kids

Elder David Frischknecht with Magdelena, Florinda, and Rolando Choc

Elder David Frischknecht's Birthday, October 1975

Elder David Frischknecht's Birthday, October 1975

Elder David Frischknecht's Birthday, October 1975

Elder David Frischknecht's Birthday, October 1975

Telegram from David Frischknecht on my birthday

Telegram from David Frischknecht on my birthday. He was working in Tecpán at the time.

Telegram from Elder Frischknecht and Elder Choc (Chonecht)

Telegram from Elder Frischknecht and Elder Choc (Chonecht) to the "chumps" Elders Richman and Argueta. The word "Phone" in the signature was code to phone them to confirm.

Telegram from Elder Frischknecht and Elder Martin on my "hump day" (one year mark).

Telegram from Elder Frischknecht and Elder Martin on my "hump day" (one year mark).

Telegram from Elders Frischknecht and Choc in Sumpango to Elders Taz Evans, Larry Richman, and Manuel Argueta in Comalapa

Telegram from Elders Frischknecht and Choc in Sumpango to Elders Taz Evans, Larry Richman, and Manuel Argueta in Comalapa

Telegram to Elder Richman about preparing acts for the fair in Tecpán

Telegram to Elder Richman about preparing acts for the fair in Tecpán

Christmas card from David Frischknecht to Larry Richman 1975

Christmas card from Elder Frischknecht, December 1975

Elder Frischknecht's wedding announcement

Elder Frischknecht's wedding announcement. See page 2

Samuel Schmutz

Elder Samuel Schmutz

Elder Samuel Schmutz. See alternate photo.

James Aaron Nelson

Daniel Choc Xicay

Elder Daniel Choc (Xicay)

Elder Daniel Choc

Elder Daniel Choc Xicay was the first full-time LDS missionary from the town of Patzicía and the Church's first native Cakchiquel-speaking missionary. Read more about Elder Choc and see pictures on the page about the earthquake.

See a Christmas card in 1975 from Elder Choc to Elder Richman.

Gary W. Larson

Gary Larson

Gary Larson

Elder Larson's wedding announcement

Elder Larson's wedding announcement

Bradley Wayne Hixson

Brad HixonBradley Wayne Hixon

Greg Sansom

Greg Sansom

Elder Greg Sansom. See back of photo.

Elder Sansom's wedding announcement

Elder Sansom's wedding announcement

Mathew Greer

Mathew Greer

Elder Mathew Greer

Elder Terry Dalton

Elder Terry Dalton

Elder Gordon R. Billings

Elder Gordon R. Billings

Val Dean Bell

Matthew Fenn Hilton

Other Missionaries and Preparation Day Trips

Garth Howard, March 18, 1975

Elder Garth Howard, March 18, 1975. His nickname was "Faithful Garth."

Elder Howard studying

Elder Howard studying

Elder Howard and Elder Warnock

Elder Howard and Elder Warnock

Elder Howard's wedding announcement

Elder Howard's wedding announcement. See page 2.

Elder Howard and men on a bus

Elder Howard and men on a bus in Tecpán, Guatemala

Elder D Warnock, March 19, 1975

Elder D Warnock, March 19, 1975. His nickname was "D over-the-ball Warnock."

Elder Warnock

Elder Warnock

Typical study hour in Patzicia. Elder Warnock, Elder Howard, Elder Frischknecht

Typical study hour in Patzicía. Elder Warnock, Elder Howard, Elder Frischknecht. Elder Frischknecht: "I remember Larry and I sharing a room with Elders Warnock and Howard at a panadería in Patzicia. Larry’s bed was to the left of mine (if I was lying on my back); Elder Howard’s was to the right of mine and Elder Warnock’s to the right of his. We divided the words from Alma 38:12 into four parts and placed a phrase over each bed. Elder Warnock: Use boldness but not overbearing. Elder Howard: See that ye bridle all your passions. Mine: That ye may be filled with love (still working on that). Larry’s: See that ye refrain from idleness (That’s not been a problem for him)."

Elder Richman in the room in Patzicía

Elder Richman in the room in Patzicía writing a letter home. My mother said she received a letter faithfully every week of my mission, except for a few that were delayed because of the earthquake in 1976.

Elder Warnock and Elder Frischknecht

Elder Warnock and Elder Frischknecht

Elder Julio Salazar

Elder Julio Salazar. His nickname was "Ma Julio."

Elder Larry Richman's passport photo

Elder Larry Richman's passport photo. My nicknames were "Dance," "Dancing Larry," and "Beyon Achin."

Elder Larry Richman's missionary ID card

Elder Larry Richman's missionary ID card. See the back of the card with a list of the gamma globulin shots I got.

Elder Larry Richman LDS missionary

Elder Larry Richman. Photo taken in El Salvador at the beginning of my mission.

Larry Richman's LDS missionary business card

My missionary business card

A picture my companions had made to say that my girlfiend KaLee Neal was always on my mind

A picture my companions had made to say that my girlfiend KaLee Neal was always on my mind

Elder Greg Martin

Elder Greg Martin

Elder Martin's wedding announcement

Elder Martin's wedding announcement

Elder Luis Manuel ArguetaElder Luis Manuel Argueta. He went by "Manuel." His nicknames were "El Manín" and "El Peli."

Telegram from Elder Argueta to Elder Richman

Telegram from Elder Argueta (Manin Peli Argueta) to me (Dance Manin Richman)

Cathy Hyer

Cathy Hyer. See back of photo.

Marth Johnson

Martha Johnson. See back of photo.

Steve Schmollinger

Steve Schmollinger. See back of photo.

Teri Vurvavilli

Terri Turvaville, served in Patzun and taugth a family history lesson. "Aqui es mí" on the genealogy sheet. See back of photo.

Volcano Agua

We climbed to the summit of the volcano Agua, which is 12,336 feet high.

Richman-Martin-Frischknecht-Antigua-before-Agua

Elders Richman, Martin, and Frischknecht in Antigua, Guatemala in 1974 before a hike up the volcano Agua.

Elder Richman wearing typical Guatemalan coat, tie, and pants

Elder Richman wearing typical Guatemalan coat, tie, and pants

Elder Luis Manuel Argueta and Elder Larry Richman in Guatemala City

Elder Luis Manuel Argueta and Elder Larry Richman at Alfoto in in Guatemala City
on Christmas eve 1975

Elder Richman singing "Eres Tú" at the missionary New Year's get-together, January 1976

Elder Richman lip syncing "Eres Tú" at the missionary New Year's get-together, January 1976

On February 2, 1976, the Monday before the earthquake, Elders Robbins, Howard, Argueta, and I took a trip to Zaculeu, a Maya archaeological site about 4 kilometres outside of Huehuetenango. The site was occupied by Mayans from 250–600AD. Zaculeu was the capital of the Postclassic Mam kingdom and was conquered by the K'iche' Kingdom of Q'umarkaj.

Trip to Huehuetenango, February 2, 1976. Elders Robbins, Howard, Richman, and Argueta

At Zaculeu, February 2, 1976. Elders Robbins, Howard, Richman, and Argueta
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Elders Howard, Richman, Argueta, and Robbins at Zaculeu

At Zaculeu, February 2, 1976. Elders Howard, Richman, Argueta, and Robbins

Trip to Huehuetenango, February 2, 1976. Elder Howard

Elder Howard at Zaculeu, February 2, 1976.

Trip to Huehuetenango, February 2, 1976. Elders Robbins, Argueta, and Howard.

At Zaculeu, February 2, 1976. Elders Robbins, Argueta, and Howard. Elder Argueta is displaying the embroidered butterfly on the back of his shirt.

Trip to Huehuetenango, February 2, 1976. Elders Argueta, Richman, and Robbins in the museum.
At Zaculeu, February 2, 1976. Elders Argueta, Richman, and Robbins in the museum.

Trip to Huehuetenango, February 2, 1976. Elders Howard, Richman, and Robbins.

At Zaculeu, February 2, 1976. Elders Robbins, Howard, and Richman.

Trip to Huehuetenango, February 2, 1976. Elders Robbins, Howard, and Argueta.

At Zaculeu, February 2, 1976. Elders Robbins, Howard, and Argueta.

Elder Richman in Huehuetenango

Elder Richman at Zaculeu

Elder Richman in Patzicia Guatemala

Elder Richman in Patzicía, Guatemala, wearing a shirt that Elder Argueta's mom embroidered.

Elder Richman in Patzicia Guatemala

Elder Richman in Patzicia Guatemala

Elder Richman in Patzicia Guatemala

Posing in front of our tent, trying to look like José hippie

Posing in front of our tent, trying to look like José hippie

Elder Richman in Patzicia Guatemala

Elders Richman and Argueta in Patzicia, Guatemala

Elders Richman and Argueta in Patzicía, Guatemala

Elder Luis Manuel Argueta

Elder Luis Manuel "El Manin" Argueta. We had some great late-night talks while we were tent mates at Camp Patzicía. He taught me a lot about Latin culture and the Latin way of seeing the world. Some nights it took tape to get us both to stop talking and go to sleep.

Elders Frischknecht and Argueta

Elders Frischknecht and Argueta

Elder Richman in Comalapa, May 1976

Elder Richman in Comalapa, May 1976

LDS Missionaries on a bus: Elders Larson, Schmollinger, Bernhardt, Richman, Argueta

Missionaries on a bus: Elders Larson, Schmollinger, Bernhardt, Richman, Argueta

Elder Argueta at Lake Atitlan

Elder Argueta at Lake Atitlan

Elder Larsen in Chichicastenango

Elder Larsen next to a man in Chichicastenango

Elder Argueta in the field in Comalapa

Elder Argueta in the field

Elders Evans, Frischknecht, and Martin at Lake Atitlan

Elders Evans, Frischknecht, and Martin at Lake Atitlan

Elder Argueta at Lake Atitlan

Elder Argueta at Lake Atitlan

Elder Warnock at Lake AtitlanElder Warnock at Lake Atitlan

Elders Richman and Argueta

Elders Richman and Argueta

Elder Argueta

Elder Argueta

Elders Argueta, Frischknecht, and Richman

Elders Argueta, Frischknecht, and Richman

Elders Evans, Howard, and RichmanElders Evans, Howard, and Richman

Elder Argueta on the highway waiting for a bus to Guatemala City

Elder Argueta on the highway waiting for a bus to Guatemala City

Missionaries kept "Baggy Books," which were scrapbooks of mission photos and memorabilia

Missionaries kept "Baggy Books," which were scrapbooks of mission photos and memorabilia. See another baggy book cover.

Elder Argueta writing letters

Elder Argueta writing letters

Elder Frischnecht, Elder Argueta, and Sister Hyer at the Hardees in Guatemala City

Elder Frischnecht, Elder Argueta, and Sister Hyer at the Hardees in Guatemala City

Elder Bleak Powell and Sister Gladys Powell by the Patzicia, Guatemala, LDS church in a native blouse and skirt in 1975

Elder Bleak Powell and Sister Gladys Powell in a native blouse and skirt in 1975 by the Patzicía, Guatemala, LDS church

Missionaries who conducted a survey of LDS members with Brother and Sister Lyons

Missionaries who conducted a survey of LDS members with Brother and Sister Lyons

See the Christmas card from the mission December 1977-78. It has pictures of missionaries who were starting their mission when I finished mine. It also has some people from the Guatemalan wards I served in who where by then missionaries themselves.

See the Christmas card from the mission December 1979. It has pictures of missionaries I met in Guatemala the summers following my mission and also some people from the Guatemalan wards I served in who where by then missionaries themselves.

Julio Salazar and David Frischknecht in 2009

Julio Salazar and David Frischknecht in 2009