Ever since my mission to Argentina in the 1970s, I have been amazed at the faith, vision and perseverance of the Hispanic saints. Working with the Spanish-speaking saints in northern San Diego County, however, has taken that respect to a whole new level.
Three years ago, the branch in which I serve was invited to participate with the Vista 4th Ward's (also a Spanish-language unit) first Pioneer Day celebration. While not exactly sure what a Pioneer Day event would be like in Spanish, it did sound like fun.
As we arrived, my wife, Laurie, and I found more than 100 Hispanic saints wearing pioneer-era clothing and about a half dozen full-sized handcarts built of scrap lumber by individual families. We all embarked on a parade, singing pioneer-era hymns in Spanish.