Peru Lima Central Mission History & description
Note to the Reader: This information is not necessarily the most
complete about the Central Mission, rather it is a brief overview of some
of the history and characteristics of the Mission. If anyone has updated information on the area covered by the mission, which cities and stakes are included, and the like, PLEASE contact the webmaster so that we can keep this up to date..
The Peru Lima Central Mission originally consisted of two parts: the central/western parts of the city of Lima and several provinces in southeastern Peru. The mission was created in July 1994, with the included provinces coming
mainly from parts
of the Peru Lima South Mission, and the zones in Lima coming from
the Lima North Mission. The Palao Stake was also included, formerly from the Lima East mission. In July 2010 the provinces were split off to become part of the Peru Cusco mission.
The mission included parts of Lima, Callao, and the provinces of Cuzco, Apurimac,
and Madre de Dios.
The Mission presidents include:
Carlos A. Cuba
Miguel F. Rojas
Brent Pratt Thomas (2000-2003)
Spencer L. Weston
Jeffrey C. Elmer
Stephen H. Tyler (2009- )
As of 1999 the mission in Lima included the stakes of Callao, Olivar,
Maranga, Magdalena, Palao, and San Martín.
In the Provinces of Cusco, Apurimac and Madre de Dios, missionaries served in the Cuzco and Inti Raymi
stakes, and in the districts of Quillabamba, Sicuani, Abancay, Puerto Maldonado,
Urubamba, and in the independent branch of Andahuaylas.These provinces became part of the Peru Cusco mission in July 2010.
Many of the earliest MPLC alumni will remember that each zone was originally named
after a prophet in the Book of Mormon, but in 1999 the names were changed
to their corresponding stakes and districts, mainly to get rid of confusion as to the location of each zone.
Peru has 3 distinct regions: The coast (in
Lima) where the climate is temperate but it never rains. The Mountains
(in Cuzco and Apurimac) have a typically cold, rainy climate. Puerto Maldonado
is located in the Amazon jungle, where there is abundant rain, 100 percent
humidity and high temperatures. The district of Quillabamba is located
in a forested mountain area in-between the jungle and the high mountains.
Transfers in the provinces usually are done by bus, although Puerto Maldonado
is the exception being easily reached only by air. Cusco was something of
a hub for the area before it became its own mission, and most missionaries heading for the provinces
passed through Cuzco.
It is recommended that missionaries who have been called to the Peru
Cusco mission bring a raincoat (preferably plastic and not Nylon),
an umbrella and possibly a pair of boots. Sweaters may also recommended for certain
seasons in the mountains. It is also recommended that missionaries bring
a flashlight for use in areas of the countryside where lighting is scarce.
Nevertheless, most missionaries prior to the division of the mission typically spent about half their
mission in Lima, where there is no rain. Lima as well as Cusco are large
cities with access to modern conveniences, and needed items can be
easily purchased in all areas.
If you happen to be a newly called missionary looking for information on where you may serve in this mission, the most important part is knowing that the Lord has called you to serve in the place you
are in, and it is possible to work hard and receive many blessings in any
place whether it be in a Stake or a District, Lima or the Provinces.
Click here to see a map of the Lima area of the mission
Click here to see a map of the Provinces
Click here to read the words to the old (really old) mission song
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