LDS missionaries teaching in the fields of Guatemala

Tikal and Heading Home

My parents flew to Guatemala on July 31, 1976 to visit the people I served for two years and take me home.

Saturday, July 31: Picked up the parents and drove to Momostenango with a few elders.

Sunday, August 1: Itzapa, lunch in Patzicía, Comalapa, and Patzún.

Monday, August 2: Flew to Tikal.

Tuesday, August 3: Interview with President O'Donal, central market, Kaminal Juyu, map of Flores, and the National Plaza.

Wednesday, August 4: Antigua, Iximche, Sololá. Stayed the night in Panajachel.

Thursday, August 5: Boat trip, Sololá market, Patzún, Tecpán, and back to Guatemala City.

Friday, August 6: Flew from Guatemala to Mexico City to meet with Eb Davis and see some sights. Arrived in Boise on August 10?

My parents, Lynn and Mary Richman shopping by the side of the road between Los Encuentros and Solola, Guatemala

My parents, Lynn and Mary Richman shopping by the side of the road between Los Encuentros and Sololá, Guatemala

Shopping in Momostenango, Guatemala

Shopping in Momostenango, Guatemala

We flew to Tikal, along with Elders Hafen, Martin, MacIver, and Blake Wright.

Lynn and Mary Richman at the airport in Tikal in 1976

Lynn and Mary Richman at the airport in Tikal in 1976

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

Lynn Richman explaining the hieroglyphics

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

Climbing the temple

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

While exploring the ruins, we miraclously bumped in to Brother and Sister Miza who had come over from Petén! I was sure glad to see them, have them meet my parents, and to say goodbye.

Miza family at Tikal in August 1976

Back row (left to right): Elena Miza, Rogoberto Miza; Front row (left to right): Hugo Miza, Noe Miza

Elena Miza at Tikal in August 1976

Elena Miza at Tikal

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

Elder Alan MacIver, Elena Miza, and Hugo Miza

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

Tikal, Guatemala in 1976

Thoughts Upon Ending My Mission

Written while in Patzicía, July 8 to August 3, 1976:

"When I attended church in Patzicía on July 11, 1976, I saw many people who I had taught when I worked in Patzicía, but never could baptize. I guess they just weren't ready yet. But I guess I helped plant a few good seeds. Several of Elder Schmollinger's recent baptisms were people I had taught at one time or another. At church, I counted five that I had taught who are now members. 

"As I look back on my mission, I recall performing just two baptisms, but I also see many people who are now members of the Church who we taught. In Ahuachapán, a man named Salvador Chiguila is now in the branch presidency. Elder Greer and I taught him while we were there. I look over the old areas and see that in Comalapa, they have another baptism—a man named Eligio Perex Cheverí to whom we taught four discussions. So perhaps I have planted many seeds. Some are called to plant and others to reap. I don't know if I'll be able to be in Sololá when Austin Coj is baptized, but I sure hope so. He will hopefully be baptized by his friend who fellowshipped him into the Church—the branch president Francisco Guarcax. Austin Coj received all eight discussions in Cakchiquel and hopefully will have the honor of being the first person to be baptized with the new Cakchiquel baptismal prayer.

"As I come to an end of it all, I begin to feel pretty good about it all. I know that we all have our place in the Lord's work. Some are called to do one thing and others are called to do another. If we do our part that we are called to do, we needn't worry, because we've done what was expected of us. And even though it would be nice to be in the proselyting work for the last few days of my mission, I'm happy doing what I'm doing, because I know how important it is and that it's what the Lord wants me to be doing.

"When I get home, some may say, "Hey, you look just the same. You haven't changed a bit." How wrong they will be. I know I'm not the same, and never can be the same again. I've changed. And no one will ever know how much.

"When I get home and people ask me how many people I converted, I hope I can say "none." I hope that everyone I baptized was converted by the Lord and came into the Church because they gained a testimony and not because of me. I hope they are converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and not the church of Larry Richman.

"I have come to love the people and the country so much that the only way I can leave is having made the determination and the promise to myself to come back some day.

"I will never will be able to forget my mission, its experiences, or the people I've met and come to love."

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See the page about my post-mission work among the Cakchiquels