"As President Nelson was describing our membership," Elder Stevenson said, "President Vizcarra was nodding his head, 'Yes, yes, I'm very much aware of them,' and of our young members."
Peru's president asked President Russell M. Nelson to help his country's children Saturday morning during a historic meeting at the presidential palace here.
On Saturday night, President Nelson spoke in Spanish as he delivered a message to the parents among 5,600 people who gathered to hear him at a full Lima coliseum.
"Please teach your children about the Atonement of Jesus Christ," said the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "His Atonement is the most important event in the history of the world and the foundation of our religion. Everything else in our religion is secondary."
In between, President Nelson spoke to nearly one-tenth of the church's missionary force in a broadcast from a packed Lima chapel.
The day began early, with a 40-minute visit with Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra. The two leaders agreed Latter-day Saints are a force for good in the country and discussed the needs of women and children, humanitarian issues and their shared concern about corruption.