Eighteen LDS families lost their homes, and 198 members required food, clothing, and medicine as a result of five separate rock and mud avalanches that struck several small Peruvian mountain villages east of Lima in March. In Chosica, three hundred people took refuge in the ward meetinghouse after their nearby homes were destroyed. The Chosica chapel was one of the few buildings in the area that had both water and electric power following the disaster. The San Luis stake, with the support of Lima area stakes, cared for the needs of members and nonmembers alike. Young Women in one Lima ward sold quilts and refreshments to raise relief money. An LDS youth led a group of twenty-eight nonmembers to Chosica to help in the cleanup. All homes not destroyed had been cleaned and reoccupied by the end of March.
More than 725 people attended the second annual conference for Spanish-speaking members in Arizona’s Salt River Valley March 8. Elder Charles Didier, Area President and a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, addressed the group.
Some twelve hundred people, including many nonmembers, recently attended an international fair culminating a “Member-Missionary-Media” campaign sponsored by the Kaneohe Hawaii Stake. Those attending were served delicacies representative of twelve nations, and were treated to a historical and cultural show.