Sunday, March 2, 2008

Blue Volkswagen


Forty years ago, about this time of the year, I taught and baptized the Vilchez family. I was moved to San Martin, here in Lima a short time later and the first Sunday i was there, the Vilchez family showed up to my new branch. I explained they had to go to theirs, but they said, "we have a car," and we are going where you go. Anyway, they eventually went to their own Branch, but this is the same car that they came to San Martin in. Not only that, but 20 years later I bought tires for it so they could continue to take people to the temple every week. Now Beto Vilchez has it. At the time of the taking of this picture, Beto and his oldest son Carlos are in the temple getting Carlos' endowments on his way to the Bogota North Mission. These are the other 4 boys waiting outside the temple, all dressed up, for their brother and family to come out. The two oldest boys will be on a mission by the time Carlos comes home. Once they figured out how excited I was to see this car again they were happy to have their picture taken in front of it.

4 comments:

ashleyboice said...

man wouldn't it have been great to know how much impact your mission would have, when you were 20 and homesick?I think that is amazing.

Keith Cutler said...

What this really shows is how important cars are.

Tom said...

That is totally amazing.......!!!!

vjc said...

I remember the story of the blue volkswagon. Fun to see a picture of the actual item.
If I stay up much latter you (Doug) will be up for the day judging from some of your post times anyway and when you would get me up to start driving.