• Nationality: Guatemalan
• Language: Spanish
• Past Jobs: Secretary in a dental clinic, sales assistant in a private cemetery
• Time with the Foundation: 2 years and 7 months
• Profession: Accountant
• Current occupation: Housewife and coordinator of Quiche District
• I was born on July 20, 1982, in Santa Cruz del Quiche. When I was 7 years old I went to live in Solola where we met a very special family of last name Batz. They invited us to family home evening in their house, something that we never had – we had never heard of the Church or the missionaries. But we listened to the gospel, and I was baptized at the age of 8, along with my parents. I have been a member of the Church for 25 years now. I participated in the Primary program, then the Young Women’s program, and now the Relief Society program.
In June of 2011, I went on a full-time mission. I was called to serve in Peru, and it was one of the most beautiful experiences in my life. Then I was sealed in the Temple on November 29, 2014, and now I am the mother of a 1 year old baby, and I will soon have another baby. My parents are active in the Church, and I dedicate myself to being at home and taking care of my little girl. My husband and I are very happy.
Church callings I have had include being a nursery teacher, a primary teacher, the Young Women’s president, a seminary teacher for three years, Gospel Doctrine teacher, a counselor in the Relief Society presidency, and I am currently a counselor for Young Women's District presidency. I love to serve in the Church, the gospel is my life. I love this wonderful work.
My testimony of the Church is with all my heart that I am in the true Church and the gospel has filled my life with happiness. I know that God lives, that Jesus Christ is His Son, and that the Holy Spirit bears witness of the Father and the Son. I also know that charity is the pure love of Christ and this work of caring for the children of my District is a work of love. I am grateful for the blessing of being a part of the Liahona Children’s Foundation and to have very beautiful experiences and see that almost all my children of the District have gained a little weight, and to see the smiles of happiness of those who receive the nutrients. My heart is full of joy to be able to serve them and to also have pregnant and nursing mothers who are also very happy to receive this great help. A thousand thanks to you, Brother and Sister Pearce, for sponsoring our District. We are very grateful, and we hope that this valuable aid continues for our District since it has been a great blessing since our children are of families with very limited income.
In the Quiché District there are five branches, all of which are participating in the nutrition program. One of these branches has a village, the village of Paquinac, that is an hour and a half from the chapel, and you have to walk there because there is no transportation. The branch president takes the supplements to the recipients in Paquinac every Sunday, or if they are able to make it to church, they pick it up.
For supplement distribution, the local coordinator gives each recipient 2-3 lbs. of supplements every other month, and the other month they receive 1 lb. Many times, these villages will just send one person to get the supplements from Quiché and carry the supplements back to the villages, such as Chiniqué or Cunen. The district president and branch presidents are very supportive and thankful for the nutrition program, and Sister Luz, the local LCF Coordinator, also expresses her gratitude.
Thank You Note
I hereby express my appreciation for the program of assistance to children who present some degree of malnutrition in the places covered by this District. I want to tell you that it has helped a lot of member families and non-members of the Church. The places where it has been helping are in the cities of Chichicastgenango, Joyabaj, Chinique, and Santa Cruz del Quiche. Thanks to this program several children have come out of the degree of malnutrition in which they were and the parents have expressed great gratitude for such help. For my part I am very grateful to LCF for having considered the Quiche District to establish this program, and I urge you to continue with such praiseworthy work, since there are many children in this place who need this help. Sincerely, Luis Alberto Noriega Cuellar Quiche District President
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The first screenings for malnutrition in the Santa Cruz del Quiche District were held in April of 2014. Quiche was the 11th nutrition program the Liahona Children’s Foundation opened in Guatemala. There are many children in need in the district, and the program averages about 60 children who are in a state of malnutrition and are receiving nutritional supplementation.