Carlos Alegría was a 8 year old boy 43 years ago and his little sister was about 6. The family wasn't able to be baptized at that time because the parents weren't married. Divorce from previous marriage was nearly impossible to get back then and there were a lot of common law marriages. The family was finally baptized in October 1971 - 2 years later. In December 1971 the Constitción Branch was closed after some photos became public of the destroying of Catholic "imagenes" by some unwise missionaries. It would be 5 years before the branch would re-open. I asked Carlos how his family stayed faithful during those 5 years. He said his dad would read to the family from the Book of Mormon. "We didn't have the Church but we had the principles." Carlos was the second missionary to serve from the Constitución Branch in 1979. The first was Roberto Caceres, another young man we taught. When Carlos returned from his mission he was the branch president for 12 years.
Here is more of the family. His children have served missions and are faithful in the gospel.
Carlos and his sisters are now grandparents
Then I got another surprise. A sister came up to me after the Sunday session of stake conference and asked, "Do you remember me?" Fortunately, I did. Hemana Caceres, the mother of the first missionary from Constitución. We baptized her along with 2 other sisters in October 1969 in the Maule River.
She cried and hugged Doug like he was her long-lost son. It was fun to witness these joyous reunions with my own eyes and capture the moment with a photo.
This is not her baptism but the same location a few weeks before she was baptized.