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Country information: Peru

Jan. 1, 2009: Est. population, 29,547,000; Members, 462,353; Stakes, 87; Wards, 568; Branches, 183; Missions, 7; Districts, 24; Temples, 1; Percent LDS, 1.6, or one in 64; South America West Area.

Located on the Pacific Coast side of South America, Peru is a constitutional republic with a population that speaks Spanish, Quechua and Aymara.

Prior to 1956, Latter-day Saint families living in Peru held group meetings, but no organized missionary work was done. A Peruvian copper mine owned by Alfred W. McCune, a Church member from Salt Lake City, also brought a few members to Peru. Frederick S. Williams, a former mission president in Argentina and Uruguay, moved to Peru with his family on 1 January 1956 and soon contacted Church headquarters for permission to organize a branch and begin missionary work.

A branch in Lima was organized on 8 July 1956 by Elder Henry D. Moyle of the Quorum of the Twelve. Four missionaries, Darwin Thomas, Edward T. Hall, Donald L. Hokanson and Shirrel M. Plowman, arrived on 7 August 1956. A building for branch meetings was purchased the following November. Missionaries were sent to Arequipa later in the year. The Andes Mission, headquartered in Lima, was established on 1 November 1959. At the time, there were five branches and 300 members.

The mission was divided on 1 October 1961. When the first stake was organized in Lima on 22 February 1970, with Roberto Vidal, an early convert, as president membership was 10,771. That same year the mission was divided and renamed the Peru Mission.

Growth continued as local leaders assumed priesthood leadership. At a two-day area conference in Lima on 26-27 February 1977, presided over by President Spencer W. Kimball, 7,900 attended. Four years later in 1981, President Kimball announced a temple for Lima, which was completed and dedicated on 10 January 1986. Twelve years, later on 3 September 1998, a new mission training center, with capacity for 150 missionaries and room for expansion, was dedicated by Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Just 32 years after missionary work started in Peru, seven stakes in Lima were created the weekend of 30-31 January 1988 by Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve. Lima then had the second largest number of stakes of any metropolitan area outside the United States. Although Peru experienced political instability, the Church continued to grow, even after extremist groups murdered three Peruvian missionaries, Christian Ugarte and Manuel Hidalgo in August 1990 and Oscar Zapata in March 1991.

In July 1993, the Peru Chiclayo Mission was created, which included the highland Andes bordering Ecuador. Seven additional stakes were created from October 1992 to October 1994; and 18 stakes were created from October 1994 to October 1996. President Gordon B. Hinckley visited Lima on 8-9 November 1996 and spoke to some 35,000 people. A new area, the South America West Area, was created 15 August 1998, comprising only Peru and Bolivia, with headquarters in Lima.

A massive earthquake shook much of southern Peru on 23 June 2001, killing a young LDS girl and seriously injuring four other Church members. More than 130 member homes were destroyed and another 175 were severely damaged in the quake. One meetinghouse was reported severely damaged. The Church sent 110,000 pounds of food, blankets, hygiene kits and first aid supplies in relief aid to victims in Moquegua and neighboring towns.

In 2002, there were 368,568 members in 80 stakes and 512 wards. In 2005, memberhsip reached 416,060.

Sources: Andes Mission history, [1960-1962], Church Archives; Andes Mission, Manuscript history and historical reports, Church Archives; Peru Branch, Manuscript history and historical reports, Church Archives; Manuel Sanchez, Relatos de la Historia de la Iglesia en El Valle del Mantaro, 1990, Church Archives; Donald Q. Cannon and Richard O. Cowan, Unto Every Nation: Gospel Light Reaches Every Land, 2003; Frederick S. Williams and Frederick G. Williams, From Acorn to Oak Tree, 1987; Gordon Irving, "Peru: A Background Paper," Church Archives; "Peru," Ensign, February 1977; Lee Warnick, "Resourceful People of Lima Making Church 'Blossom'," Church News, 6 February 1988; "Shooting Claims Peruvian LDS Missionary," Deseret News, 14 March 1991; Lee Davidson, "Were Terrorist Attacks Related to the Gulf War," Deseret News, 26 March 1991; "Prophet Visits South America," Church News, 16 November 1996; "5 New Areas Announced Worldwide," Church News, 4 July1998; "New Training Center Dedicated in Peru, Leaders Asked to Raise Worthy Generation" Church News, 12 September 1998; Jason Swensen, "Church Assists Peruvian Quake Victims," Church News, 7 July 2001.

Stakes — 89

(Listed alphabetically as of Oct. 1, 2009.)

No. Name Organized First President

South America West Area

1815 / Arequipa Peru Central / 15 Sep 1991 / Cesar Leoncio Gamarra G.

2361 / Arequipa Peru Hunter / 25 May 1997 / Alberto Enrique Mansilla Luque

1540 / Arequipa Peru Manuel Prado / 20 Jun 1985 / Efrain Jorge Rodriguez M.

1985 / Arequipa Peru Selva Alegre / 24 Jul 1994 / Elias A. Rebaza Rado

1108 / *Arequipa Peru Umacollo / 20 Jun 1985

Arequipa Peru / 21 Feb 1980 / Victor H. Gamero

2312 / Arequipa Peru Zamacola / 23 Feb 1997 / Federico A. Rosas Molina

2189 / Ayacucho Peru / 21 Apr 1996 / Job Edwin Quintanilla Pretel

2246 / Cajamarca Peru / 13 Oct 1996 / German Maximo

2156 / Cerro de Pasco Peru / 21 Jan 1996 / Bernardo Cristocal Santiago

1145 / Chiclayo Peru / 8 Jun 1980 / Jorge Humberto del Carpio M.

1567 / Chiclayo Peru Central / 27 Oct 1985 / Franklin D. Orroyo S.

1820 / *Chiclayo Peru El Dorado / 29 Oct 1995

Chiclayo Peru North / 20 Oct 1991 / Javier Delgado Torres

2260 / Chiclayo Peru La Victoria / 3 Nov 1996 / Erasmo Delgado Rivera

2113 / Chiclayo Peru Latina / 29 Oct 1995 / Oswaldo Tello Mier y Teran

1122 / Chimbote Peru / 23 Mar 1980 / Carlos Santos Lopez O.

2820 / Chimbote Peru Buenos Aries / 22 Feb 2009 / Alfonso Anibal Granados Aguirre

1790 / Chimbote Peru South / 17 Mar 1991 / Julio Arturo Leiva P.

1527 / Cusco Peru / 28 Apr 1985 / Jose U. Coacalla

1910 / Cusco Peru Inti Raymi / 15 Nov 1992 / Miguel A. Vallenas Frisancho

1725 / Huacho Peru / 4 Jun 1989 / Carlos Manuel Zapata P.

1471 / Huancayo Peru / 6 May 1984 / Moises Sanchez T.

1756 / Huanuco Peru / 17 Jun 1990 / Raul Rodriguez S.

2148 / Huanuco Peru Amarilis / 17 Dec 1995 / Jesus Antonio Epinoza Solorzano

1739 / Ica Peru / 17 Dec 1989 / Alexander Alfonso Nunez T.

2041 / Ilo Peru / 23 April 1995 / Miguel Fernando Neyra M.

1162 / Iquitos Peru / 3 Aug 1980 / Carlos Rojas Romero

2132 / Iquitos Peru Nueve de Octubre / 26 Nov 1995 / Johnny Padilla Bustos

1864 / Iquitos Peru Punchana / 23 May 1992 / Alfonso Frederico Rojas R.

2779 / Jaen Peru 4 Nov 2007 / S. Guillermo Sanchez Caseaneda

2007 / Juliaca Peru / 18 Dec 1994 / Jesus Mario Barreda Ponze

2771 / La Merced Peru / 25 Aug 2007 / Elferh David Diaz Gamero

1924a / Lima Peru Bayovar / 7 Mar 1993 / Augusto R. Ordinola Salva

1063 / Lima Peru Callao / 16 Sep 1979 / Manuel Paredes

2355 / Lima Peru Campoy / 18 May 1997 / Carlos Roberto Cabrera Rondon

1743 / *Lima Peru Canto Grande / 7 Mar 1993

Canto Grande Peru / 18 Mar 1990 / Augusto Ordinalo S.

2181 / Lima Peru Carabayllo / 17 Mar 1996 / Johnny Enrique Tunque Carrasco

789 / Lima Peru Central / 21 Nov 1976 / Oscar H. Aguayo U.

1679 / Lima Peru Chorrillos / 31 Jan 1988 / Israel Antonio Gonzalez B.

1794 / Lima Peru Chosica / 5 May 1991 / Ricardo Enrique Lazo T.

1675 / Lima Peru Comas / 31 Jan 1988 / Grover Pinto R.

2824 / Lima Peru Condevilla / 19 Apr 2009 / Richard Manolo Vasquez Anaya

1680 / Lima Peru El Olivar / 31 Jan 1988 / Antero Miguel Sanchez M.

2611c / Lima Peru El Trebol / 7 Sep 2003 / Richard Manolo Vasquez

788 / *Lima Peru Independencia

Lima Peru Lamanita / 21 Nov 1976 / Rafael de la Cruz

2841 / Lima Peru La Libertad / 21 Jun 2009 / Martin Isidoro Waitong Campos

2297 / Lima Peru La Molina / 5 Jan 1997 / Abel T. Gonzales Rebaza

1677 / Lima Peru Las Flores / 31 Jan 1988 / Miguel Fernando Rojas A.

1674 / Lima Peru Las Palmeras / 31 Jan 1988 / Albina Isidro Chagua C.

503 / *Lima Peru Limatambo / 21 Nov 1976

*Lima Peru

Lima / 22 Feb 1970 / Roberto Vidal

670 / *Lima Peru Magdalena / 21 Nov 1976

Lima Peru West / 1 Dec 1974 / Manuel Paredes L.

1678 / Lima Peru Maranga / 31 Jan 1988 / Benedicto S. Pacheco M.

1486 / Lima Peru Palao / 1 Jul 1984 Rene Loli

2604e / Lima Peru Puente Piedra / 16 Feb 2003 / Carlos Francio Solis R.

2201 / Lima Peru Rimac / 16 Jun 1996 / Gustavo Guillermo Andrade Brouseet

1439 / Lima Peru San Felipe / 11 Sep 1983 / Mauro Luis Artica Q.

2185 / Lima Peru San Gabriel / 24 Mar 1996 / Juan Carlos Mercado Briceno

1064 / Lima Peru San Juan / 16 Sep 1979 / Jorge Salazar

1440 / Lima Peru San Luis / 11 Sep 1983 / Philippe J. Kradolfer

1065 / Lima Peru San Martin / 16 Sep 1979 / Rene Loli

2149 / Lima Peru Santa Anita / 17 Dec 1995 / Jose Humberto Naupori Velez

2378 / Lima Peru Santa Isabel / 15 Jun 1997 / Gerardo R. Jillar Quevedo

2186 / Lima Peru Surco / 24 Mar 1996 / Alejandro Julian Llanos Morales

1795 / Lima Peru Tahuantinsuyo / 5 May 1991 / Albino Isidro Chagua C.

1553 / Lima Peru Villa Maria / 25 Aug 1985 / Juan Maguina Colquis

1881 / Lima Peru Villa Salvador / 31 May 1992 / Victor Nicolas Anicama

1676 / Lima Peru Vitarte / 31 Jan 1988 / Luis E. Stiglich S.

1734a / Mantaro Peru / 30 Jul 1989 / Manuel Moises Sanchez T.

2008 / Moquegua Peru / 18 Dec 1994 / Claudio Luis Zeballos Flores

1925 / Pisco Peru / 13 Mar 1993 / Marcelo P. Munante Salguero

1755 / Piura Peru Castilla / 17 Jun 1990 / Oscar Alfredo Galvez C.

1400 / *Piura Peru Central / 10 Mar 1996

?Piura Peru 16 Feb 1983 Pedro Puertas Rojas

2177 / Piura Peru Miraflores / 10 Mar 1996 / Jose Alberta Castillo Saldarriaga

2784 / Pomalca Peru / 2 Dec 2007 / Mercedes Edgardo Clavo Chero

1961a / Pucallpa Peru / 5 Dec 1993 / Ferrando Vela Lopez

2130 / Puno Peru Bellavista / 26 Nov 1995 / Pedro Tito Huanca

1872 / *Puno Peru Central / 10 Mar 1998

*Puno Peru Titicaca / 26 Nov 1995

Puno Peru / 28 May 1992 / Adan Bravo Mathens

2745 / Sicuani Peru / 9 Dec 2006 / Alfonso Rios Calle

2788 / Sullana Peru / 9 Dec 2007 / Jose F. Alvarado Arambulo

1399 / Tacna Peru / 13 Feb 1983 / Abraham La Torre Parades

2233 / Tacna Peru Alameda / 15 Sep 1996 / Roger Valdivia

1914 / Tacna Peru Arias Araguez / 6 Dec 1992 / Derliz Guzman Tejadi

1987 / Trujillo Peru Central / 14 Aug 1994 / Pedro Gerardo Rodriguez H.

1802 / Trujillo Peru East / 16 Jun 1991 / Raymundo Aponte Garcia

2428 / Trujillo Peru Esperanza / 18 Jan 1998 / Laureano Gaspar Arrellano L.

2429 / Trujillo Peru Laureles / 18 Jan 1998 / Luis Yvan Sanchez

1487 / Trujillo Peru Palermo / 12 Aug 1984 / Jose Neyra

2452 / Trujillo Peru Porvenir / 19 Apr 1998 / Wilson Americo Moreno U.

887 / *Trujillo Pero Primavera / 23 Feb 1998

*Trujillo Peru North / 19 Aug 1984

Trujillo Peru / 22 Jan 1978 / Teofilo Puertas Vega

2780 / Tumbes Peru 4 Nov. 2007 / Victor A. Pereyra Talledo

2229 / Ventanilla Peru / 8 Sep 1996 / Luis Arnaldo Alvarado Zegarra

Stakes discontinued

2131 / Iquitos Peru Mi Peru / 26 Nov 1995 / Roger Braga Llerena

Discontinued 21 Jun 1998

1541 / Iquitos Peru Sachachorro / 23 Jun 1985 / Jorge Diaz Suarez

Discontinued 21 Jun 1998

2354 / Lima Peru Las Violetas / 18 May 1997 / Elras Humberto Alcantara

Discontinued 27 Apr 2003

2234 / Tacna Peru Los Angeles / 15 Sep 1996 / Rolando Melchor

Discontinued 6 Feb 2000

1860 / Chincha Peru / 8 May 1992 / Alfonso Eduardo Ormeno Villa

Discontinued 26 Sep 1999

Missions — 7

(As of Oct. 1, 2009; shown with historical number.)

(165) PERU AREQUIPA MISSION

Casilla de Correo 1884

Arequipa, Peru

(291) PERU PIURA MISSION

Clle Los Naranjos Mz H, Lt4

Ur. Los Geranios, Piura, Peru

(302) PERU LIMA CENTRAL MISSION

Ave Joge Basadre 592

Oficina 604-B

San Isidro, Lima 27, Peru

(210) PERU LIMA EAST MISSION

Casilla Los Agrologos 368

Urbanizacio Las Acacias De Monterrico

La Molina, Lima 12, Peru

(149) PERU LIMA NORTH MISSION

Casilla de Correo 39-054

Lima 39

Peru

(50) PERU LIMA SOUTH MISSION

Ave Jorge Basadre 592, Oficina 604-A

Lima 39 Edifico Torre Azul

San Isidro

Lima 27, Peru

(184a) PERU TRUJILLO MISSION

Avenida Larco 849 Piso 3

Urbanizacion La Merced

Trujillo, La Libertad, Peru

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