In Nov. 1967 David LeFevre and I were sent to Ayacucho in the high Andes to help a little branch of members. There were 5 families in the city that were members. Two of the families, Espinoza and Ataurima were the first members of the church that spoke Quechua. The article that came out in the Liahona in July 1966 is included. We were in Ayacucho 70 days then we left and it was closed down to missionaries from 1968 to 1978. It was really sad to leave this town without missionaries and we knew that the members would be lost. FAST FORWARD 20 years when we were getting to know our missionaries in Lima. Three of the 5 Ayacucho families had boys of mission age (Roberto was born the same day I was in his house Nov. 29, 1967 and Julio Gonzales was born 1 Jan. 1968, l week before we closed down the town) The third was Josue Espinoza, the son of one of the two families that were the first quechua families to join, and a cousin to Roberto Atarima. ALL THREE OF THESE BOYS from these 5 families, THAT DID NOT HAVE MISSIONARIES FOR 10 YEARS, sent missionaries to the mission field AND ALL 3 MISSIONARIES WERE SENT TO MY MISSION.
FAST FORWARD April 2009: After 41 years, I have returned to see my families and my city. I spoke in 4 meetings today, plus a fireside and these are just a few of the pictures. Four of the 5 early families ARE STILL ACTIVE with ALL OF THEIR CHILDREN and grandchildren. The fifth family ANGEL HINOJOSA (who we baptized) was active when he died. The city is 20-30 times bigger, has 4 chapels and l stake. The first church building is located 25 feet from where David Lefevre and I lived in Parque Alemeida. This could only hapen in the true church of God. I went from being sad about our failure in Ayacucho to knowing that God knows us and has extended another tender mercy in our direction.