Peru remains a 'bastion for the Church'

Elder D. Todd Christofferson's recent trip to Peru was marked by its variety.

His 10 days in the South American nation — a "bastion for the Church" in Latin America — included face-to-face visits with prominent civic leaders and a series of Spirit-filled firesides and training sessions in front of thousands of local priesthood leaders, missionaries and rank-and-file members.

Even the venues on the apostle's Peruvian itinerary were dramatically different — ranging from the ornate government palace in bustling Lima to a tiny reed chapel built atop a floating island on Lake Titicaca, the world's highest navigable lake.

Elder Christofferson, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, was accompanied on his Sept. 4-12 Peru trip by Elder L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy, along with their wives, Sister Katherine Christofferson and Sister Kathy Ann Clayton.

Elder Christofferson and Elder Clayton conducted an annual area review of the South America Northwest Area and presided over two priesthood leadership conferences in Trujillo and Lima. The visiting authorities also offered spiritual direction to missionaries in four different missions and to thousands of young single adults, youth and other Peruvian members in a series of evening firesides.

While each of the member meetings was distinct, Elder Christofferson told the Church News they were all anchored to a central theme: "We always emphasized President Monson's focus on rescuing others — be they less-active members, other members with a particular need or non-members."

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