Peru


Population: 32,166,473

Income per capita(US$): $6,027

LDS Membership: 578,526

Number of LDS Congregations: 749

Number of LDS Missions: 13

Number of LDS Temples: 2

LCF Programs in Peru

Arequipa Zamácola Stake

Chiclayo Stake & Lambayeque District

Cusco & Cusco Inti Raymi Stakes

Hancavelica District

Huancayo Stake

Iquitos 9 de Octubre Stake

Iquitos Punchana Stake

Iquitos Stake

Jaén Stake

Juli District

Lima Canto Grande Stake

Lima Santa Isabel Stake

Moyobamba/Belen Branches (Moyobamba District)

Nauta Area (Near Iquitos)

Paita District

Partido Alto Branch (Tarapoto District)

Piura Castilla Stake

Piura Central Stake

Piura Miraflores Stake

Piura Sullana Stake

Piura Talara District

Pucallpa Stake

Rioja Branch (Moyobamba District)

Shilcayo Branch (Tarapoto District)

Trujillo East Stake

Trujillo Esperanza Stake

Tumbes Stake

Urubamba District

Yurimaguas Branch (Trarpoto District)

Peru – History & Demographics

Peru is located in western South America and is bordered by the Pacific Ocean, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, and Chile. In size, it is almost twice the size of Texas, but is just slightly smaller than Alaska. The climate of Peru varies from tropical in the east to dry desert in the west with temperate to frigid conditions in the Andes mountains. The terrain also varies depending on location. In western Peru you experience coastal plains which rise to the high, rugged mountainous terrains of the Andes in the center. In eastern Peru the Andes give way to jungle lowlands of the Amazon Basin.

Peru is known for being the home of the once prominent Incan Empire, which was then captured by the Spanish conquistadors in the early 1500’s. Peru was under Spanish rule until it gained independence from Spain in the early 1800’s. It is now under democratic leadership and has experienced many economic ups and downs in the past 25 years. In terms of economy and natural resources, Peru is the world’s second largest producer of silver and the third largest producer of copper.

The LDS Church in Peru

The first official LDS branch in Peru was organized in July of 1956. Missionaries then arrived and started proselyting the following month, and the early Peruvian members held group meetings in their homes until a Church building was purchased in November of 1956. Less than three years later, there were about 300 members, five congregations, and the Andes Mission was organized.  By January of 1988, the Church in Peru experienced such tremendous growth that seven stakes were organized in one weekend by Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

History of the Liahona Children's Foundation in Peru

In May 2011, a group of volunteers from the Liahona Children's Foundation went to Peru and screened children for malnutrition in Cusco, Juliaca, and Juli. They found many malnourished children, especially in Juliaca where they enrolled 60 children alone. In 2013, Chiclayo and Piura, the first stakes of northern Peru, were screened. In these areas many children were malnourished as well. In 2014, a few interns from BYU and several native coordinators and volunteers helped screen children and initiated the program in many other areas of Peru. As part of this work, we have identified new areas that have malnourished children and have established communication with LDS church leaders in these areas to begin programs when resources are available. Some of these areas include Huanuco and Pucallpa.

 In Peru, we are currently using two types of supplements. "Sprinkles" or "Sparky" is a micronutrient supplement produced by the World Health Organization and supplies adequate Vitamin A, iron, and zinc to growing children. We also give soy flour or powdered milk to supplement the caloric intake of children and to supply adequate carbohydrates, fat, and protein. Also, where available, we employ the government run health organizations to measure children and supply caloric and micronutrient supplementation as well as to de-worm children.