Perú Lima North Mission

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Snapshot of Peru – Spanish is the official language of Peru, though Quechua and Aymara are co-official in some regions of the country. About 80% of Peru’s population is Catholic, with another 12% being Evangelical. Many Peruvian towns have their own unique festivals and celebrations, featuring music, dance, and special meals. Marinera dancing is a popular feature of many of these festivities. Folk instruments such as the charango, cajón, and zampoña are popular, though modern styles such as rock and cumbia are also popular. Soccer is Peru’s most popular sport, though volleyball is also somewhat popular. Peruvian cuisine varies from region to region, though the staples of meat (beef, pork, and chicken), rice, corn, chili peppers, and potatoes are common ingredients in meals throughout the country. Some popular dishes include lomo saltado (fried meat served with french fries, rice, and onions), anticuchos (barbecued cow heart), and ceviche (raw fish in citrus juice and served with chili peppers). A modified version of Chinese food, known as Chifa, is also popular.


The Church

The Church is very strong in the Lima Peru Metropolitan area!  Several missions are located in the region to further missionary work. There are 9 stakes located within the Peru Lima North Mission, and several other Church facilities are present in the area, including a CES Institute located within mission boundaries and other CES Institutes and an Employment Resource Center located nearby.  The area is served by the Lima Peru Temple (located outside mission boundaries), which was dedicated in 1986.

The Lima Peru Temple. Photo cca-sa3.0u by Jeremy O. Evans at Wikimedia Commons.


Chicken and rice are extremely popular in Peru.  Most Peruvian meals include a soup served with a main course of rice and meat (beef, chicken, etc).  Potato-based dishes, corn, and beans are also fairly common.  Seafood dishes are also relatively popular due to Lima’s coastal location.  Some popular dishes include ceviche (fish marinated in lime juice and chilis), pollo a la brasa (roasted chicken), and lomo saltado (fried meat served with french fries, rice, and onions).  A modified version of Chinese food, known as chifa, is also popular in Lima. When members feed the missionaries, they usually offer lemonade, suco de maracuya (passionfruit juice), or Inka Kola to drink.

Lomo saltado. Photo cca-sa2.0g by Matt Rubens from San Francisco, CA, USA at Wikimedia Commons.


Missionaries in Peru get around either by walking or by using public transportation!  The Lima area has several modes of public transportation available, including buses, micros (a type of minibus) taxis, combi vans, and tuk-tuk motorcycles, which are called “motocholas.”  Combis and motorcycle drivers have a reputation for being dangerous and causing many accidents, so it is better to avoid using them if you can.

Micros in Lima. Photo cca-sa3.0u by AgainErick at Wikimedia Commons.


The greatest danger to missionaries is that of theft and pickpocketing.  Avoid giving the impression of being wealthy or being a tourist.  Walk with purpose.  Some neighborhoods may be unsafe at night; ask local members if there are parts of your area you should avoid.

Stray dogs are a common problem in Peru, but if you pretend to grab a rock to throw at them you should be able to scare them off.


Peru is heavily influenced by its mix of Catholic and indigenous heritage.  Most towns have their own unique festivals and celebrations, though nationally, Christmas and Corpus Christi are the biggest holiday.  Corpus Christi is celebrated with special Catholic mass services and parades.  Marinera dancing is also incorporated into many Peruvian celebrations.

Local Lingo

The voseo form of Spanish is rarely used in the area, and the local accent may take some getting used to.  Lima also has its own unique slang.  A few common terms include:

“limeno” – someone from Lima

“passar la voz” – spread the word

“tombo” – policeman, soldier

“ni a palos” – no way!

Additional Info

Lima was first settled in the 1500s, and as such, has a very rich history.  There are several historic sites located throughout the city, including the Historic Centre of Lima, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Other popular tourist sites in the region include the Walls of Lima (ruins of an anti-piracy fort from the 1600s), as well as historic churches and other sites.

Part of Lima’s Historic Centre. Photo cca-sa3.0u by Dozenist at Wikimedia Commons.

Flag of Perú Lima North Mission


President John R. Erickson

Ave Carlos Izaquirre #124
Casilla de Corrello 39-054
Lima 28

About 2.4 million
Roman Catholic, Evangelical/Protestant
Lima is classified as a subtropical climate, but due to it’s location by the sea, it has cooler temperatures and higher humidity compared to similar climates. Temperatures range between 64 degrees fahrenheit and 84 degrees fahrenheit throughout the year.
Lima, San Juan de Lurigancho, Independencia, Comas,


Straight from the Perú Lima North Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?
“In some big cities of the Mission: Lima, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura we found most of the items. In the rest of provinces and villages, almost any item.”

*What did you eat the most of?

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Monkey – Cocodrile, in Iquitos”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“People were very, very friendly”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Perú Lima North Mission?
“Take advantage of people openness and friendship to obtain references and to invite them directly to know about the Gospel.”

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“How to cook healthy and delicious food.”

*Other comments?
“People was very poor but very kind, gentile and friendly.”

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