Before we had left El Salvador, my wife shared with me an impression that she had felt something inside her tell her, “You will not be able to return with your children, El Salvador shall be in flames.” For this reason, she had bought a small suitcase and brought with her all of our important documents.
Soon after I arrived in El Salvador, I called my wife and told her that I would try to sell as many of our possessions as time permitted and return as soon as possible. War and threats on my life were inescapable. The other two brothers who had been stake presidents before me were both in exile for these same reasons, and I was next in line. I returned to Los Angeles with the conviction that our Heavenly Father’s will was that we remain there for some time. The United States government granted us temporary residency, which was later permanent, and our life in this country began.”
Read Roberto’s 1994 personal essay recounting his life and history with the Church.