Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Where in the world is Elder Rich?

Some of you may be wondering just exactly WHERE Landon is ..... well he is about 4260 miles from Morgan, Utah (if the crow flies southeast)

He is on the South American Continent, in the country of Peru. If you were to draw a line straight North from Peru, for about 3700 miles..... you would run into New York City.
The LDS church has divided Peru into 7 different missions. Lima North, East, Central, & South. Also, Trujillo and Piura (Northern Peru), and Arequipa (Southern Peru).

Peru is one of 12 countries in South America. It has about 28 million people. The geography ranges from the desert plains on the coast, to the high mountains of the Andes, to tropical rainforests. It is a developing country with a poverty level around 50%. It is also home to the ruins of the great
Inca Empire,
Machu Picchu,
and the Nazca lines.

There are 195 provinces in Peru, grouped into 25 regions except for the Lima Province which does not belong to any region. The Lima Province is located in the central coast of Peru. It's capital is Lima, which is also the nation's capital. Despite its small area, this province is the major industrial and economic powerhouse of the Peruvian economy. The Lima North Mission covers the largest area of all of the missions in Peru (see map in red). It is basically (2) different areas; the northern part of the Lima Region and the Lima Province (city and suburban), and the large "jungle" area, with the main town of Iquitos which can only be reached by air or boat. Landon will spend time in both areas over the course of his 2-year mission.

Within the Lima Province, there are 43 districts. Landon's first area of assignment is in the Comas District, which is North of the city of Lima. It covers about 30 square miles, and is 460 feet above sea level. It is one of the most populous districts in the country, having 460,000 people. Comas used to be one of the poorest districts in Lima, until recently when parts of it developed into a middle class residential district. Despite this fact, there are still patches of poverty displayed, with shacks which lack running water and electricity.

Landon is in the Collique/Casuarinas "area" of the Comas District. If you are interested if viewing his area up close and personal:)

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