January 7, 2015

Peru Iquitos Mission

Free resources about the Peru Iquitos Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Peru LDS Missions.

Peru Iquitos Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Peru Iquitos Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Peru Iquitos Mission
Jr. Napo 478
Iquitos, Loreto
Perú

Pouch Address:
Peru Iquitos Mission
POB 30150
Salt Lake City UT 84130-0150

Phone Number: 51-65-23-2881
Mission President: President José Alfonso Li De La Cruz

Peru Iquitos Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Peru Iquitos Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Iquitos Mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Peru Iquitos RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Iquitos Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

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LDS-Friendly Videos about Peru

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Peru. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Peru, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

weather  places  history  food  nature  language  LDS Church  Social Issues  Traditions

Peru Iquitos Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Iquitos Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Sister Kaitlyn Jackson hermanakaitlynsuejackson.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Natalie Toponce singinandteachinintherain.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Jordan Grover elderjordangrover.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Rachel Briggs smilinginperu.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Brianne Gurney hermanagurney.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Amber Wood hermanaamberwood.blogspot.com 2017
Elder & Sister Nelson scottcaroln.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Samuel Smith eldersamhsmith.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Austin Droubay elderaustindroubay.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Nathan Fox nateqfox.wix.com/embarkinperu 2015
Sister Lauren Benyo whoiamazon.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Chantelle Allphin sisterchantelleallphin.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Cara Larsen hermanacaralarsen.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Sabrina Blackmore hermanablackmore.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Melody Compton sistercompton.wordpress.com 2015
Sister Kayla Jackson hermanakaylajackson.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Tyler Peacock eldertpeacock.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Zack Murphy missionsite.net/elderzackmurphy 2015
Sister Janette Price preachingperuvianstyle.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Meghan Simonson preachinginperu.blogspot.com 2014
Elder David Harmon davidsmission.wordpress.com 2014
Sister Bayley Woodbury missionsite.net/sisterbayleywoodbury 2013
Elders Crump and Collins 2livinonaprayer.blogspot.com 2013

Peru Iquitos Mission Groups

Here are Peru Iquitos Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Iquitos Mission.

  1. Peru Iquitos Mission Sisters Group (15 members)
  2. Mission Iquitos Peru Group (14 members)

Peru Iquitos Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Peru Iquitos Mission!

Shirt designs include Iquitos Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Iquitos missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Iquitos Mission gifts

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Peru Iquitos Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Peru Iquitos Mission.  

  1. 2016-2019, José Alfonso Li De La Cruz
  2. 2013-2016, Alejandro Gomez

Peru LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 557,328
  • Missions: 12
  • Temples: 2
  • Congregations: 774
  • Family History Centers: 125

Helpful Articles about Peru

Coming soon..

Peru Iquitos Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Peru Iquitos RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2013-2016 (Chantelle)
  • 2014-2015 (Kristen)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Iquitos-Secada, Iquitos- international, Tarapoto-Shilcayo, Pucallpa-Ucayali, Iquitos, Punchana. (Chantelle)
  • Iquitos and Pucallpa (Kristen)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Lomo saltado, causa!! Arroz chaufa. (Chantelle)
  • Arroz chaufa, Ají de gallina, Tacacho, Tallarín verde, Causa rellena. (Kristen)

What was a funny experience?

  • The accents!! Super funny to listen to. Their jungle legends and beliefs are also pretty entertaining ;). (Chantelle)
  • There was one time it was 8:30 at night and there was a HUGE thunderstorm/flash flood. The rain was coming down like Noah’s ark out there, but we had to get home. We didn’t have anything to protect us from the rain, so our investigators pulled out some black trash bags and we made make-shift ponchos. We were miraculously able to flag down a motorcar (which is like a taxi) but we still came home SOAKED. We took some pretty funny pictures when we got home :). (Kristen)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Walking at night and the power went out. My shoe fell off a bridge into the river 😁. The bridges are super dangerous, but also really fun! I got dengue fever… Worst experience ever! (Chantelle)
  • Large portions of Iquitos are built on stilts because of the flooding of the Amazon River during the rainy season. To get between houses, they have wooden bridges. One time we went to visit a less active and we were walking on a wooden bridge that was about 6 ft off the ground. I noticed that the wood looked kind of rotten…I was thinking, “This bridge doesn’t look so safe-“-BOOM! As I stepped on it, the entire bridge collapsed and came crashing down, and I went with it. I fell about 6 ft onto dry ground. I truly believe I was protected by angels though–when I fell, I fell straight down and landed on my feet. Although I had bruises on my thighs and hips from the wood that I hit on the way down, I had no scratches or cuts. No broken bones, no twisted ankles, no blows to the head. I landed on the dry ground, and not in the water. I had some bruises and I went into shock, but that’s it. I was truly believe I was protected that day. (Kristen)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Too many to count! (Chantelle)
  • We were teaching an amazing family. The father was named Johnatan, and he was a less active member, and the mother was named Graciela, and she was an investigator who wanted to be baptized. They had a 4-year-old son named Luis and had been living together for years, but they never got married. (That is the norm in Iquitos/Pucallpa.) They wanted to get married, but they were running into all sorts of obstacles. Things kept coming up, problems kept happening, and sometimes they would get discouraged. But there was one evening that we went to the house and I could just see the light in their eyes. They told us of their determination to get married and for Graciela to get baptized. We knelt in prayer together, and I could feel the literal ministration of angels in the room. It was something absolutely incredible. I felt the Spirit so strongly. God loved this family, and God sent his angels to help them. They did eventually get married, and Graciela was baptized. (Kristen)

What are some interesting facts about the Iquitos Mission?

  • Iquitos is an island in the middle of the Amazon River. No roads in or out! A lot of indigenous Indian tribes. Very jungly and third world. (Chantelle)
  • Iquitos is the largest city in the world that is inaccessible by road. The only way to get there is by boat or by plane. The hottest it ever got was 114 degrees, but the crazy thing is that you get used to that. It becomes normal. Some crazy things I ate: alligator, a turtle leg, piranha, a worm, cow intestines. (Kristen)

What was the weather like?

  • Hot, hot, hot and rainy…all year round! (Chantelle)
  • “Hotter than Satan’s armpit” hahaha. It is crazy hot, about 90 degrees every day, year round. But the crazy thing is that you get used to it. You just get used to being sweaty all the time and it doesn’t bother you anymore. There is also what I like to call the rainy season and the even rainier season. You will see rains and floods like never before. (Kristen)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Everyone is extremely humble and hilariously funny! (Chantelle)
  • They are the friendliest people on the planet. You can strike up a conversation with literally anyone on the street and they will tell you their life story. They are so loving. I love them and I miss them very much. (Kristen)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Light cotton shirts!! You won’t want anything else. (Chantelle)
  • You don’t get a lot of suitcase space (if you are in Pucallpa, Tarapoto, or Moyobamba you only get one suitcase) so bring clothes you can mix and match to create a variety of outfits. Prepare for the heat, and remember that bug spray is your friend. The mission pays for any/all bug spray you buy while there and they sell good bug spray, but if you’re worried about it I would also bring some Jungle Juice (which is 99% deet). That stuff is very effective. (Kristen)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Lifelong friendships and a deeper testimony of the gospel. The blessing of seeing lives change. (Chantelle)
  • Before my mission I knew about Jesus Christ and I believed in Him. It wasn’t until my mission that I actually met Him. I learned about His life like never before, and I gained a relationship with Him like never before. I truly know and love my Savior. (Kristen)

What are some skills you gained?

  • I can speak Spanish now and I can better interact with people from other cultures. Improved communication and confidence. If you can survive the jungle, you can do anything! (Chantelle)
  • I learned how to use a machete, haha. They use machetes very frequently for yard work, and for service we would often help them. I became very handy with a machete :). (Kristen)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • Don’t stress out! Just let the Lord do His work 🙂 (Chantelle)
  • The Lord doesn’t need perfect missionaries, He needs human missionaries. Don’t worry if it’s hard at first. Do your best, and leave the rest to the Lord. He will make you an instrument in His hands. (Kristen)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Iquitos?

  • Be ready for the adventure of a lifetime! You will never regret it even though this place and the people will challenge you more than you think you can handle sometimes but you will look back with fond memories and many people who adore you! (Chantelle)
  • Prepare yourselves for THE BEST MISSION IN THE WORLD. Not even joking right now. You will have an incredible experience. (Kristen)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Hahahaha, so many!! You have to get used to their accents :). (Chantelle)
  • I once told someone, from the bottom of my heart, “I know that Jesus Christ died for our freckles.” (Kristen)