"The Last Sermon of the Bearded White God in Peru" by George Potter 


George in Peru

The oral traditions of Peru tell us that before the bearded white god Viracocha left Peru, he gave his people one last sermon. The Catholic Priest Sarmiento recorded this tradition soon after the Spanish conquest of Peru: "Intending to leave the land of Peru, he [the white god] made a speech to those he had created, apprising them of the things that would happen. He told them that people would come, who would say that they were Viracocha their creator, and that they were not to believe them; but that in the time to come he would send his messengers who would protect and teach them."[1] (Emphasis added) History has shown that the first people who came to the Americas after the Meridian of time were the Spanish, who murdered, raped, and robbed the innocent Incas who had welcomed them as white gods. The Book of Mormon foretold of the arrival of Columbus and the conquistadors (1 Nephi 13:12); and the brutal destruction they would deliver upon the descendants of the Book of Mormon people (1 Nephi 15:17, 2 Nephi 10:18; 26:15-17).   

Fortunately, Viracocha promised the ancient Peruvians "that in the time to come he would send his messengers who would protect and teach them." Again, the Book of Mormon accurately prophesied 2,500 years earlier, that the Lord would send messengers to "nurse" them, to set up a standard (1 Nephi 21:22-23; 2 Nephi 6:7; 10:9), and to carry [teach] the gospel unto the descendants of Lehi. On August 7, 1956 the first LDS missionaries arrived in Peru carrying with them the Book of Mormon. The elders were sent by Jesus Christ to "protect and teach" the Lamanites. Thirteen years later, I was greatly blessed with the opportunity to serve a mission to the descendents of Lehi in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia and Peru.


[1] Sarmiento, 36.