BRAZIL: Farm-&-Convert Mission

George and Marjorie Button lived a soft and pleasant life in Los Angeles. They owned two Cadillacs, splashed in a heated swimming pool, entertained 1,500 guests a year in their $100,000 house. Five pages of pictures highlighted them as a "lucky" U.S. family in LIFE'S "Special Issue on the American Woman" (Dec. 24, 1956). They shot elephants in Africa, spent holidays in Hawaii, toured the Holy Land, knocked about Europe.

But to the Suttons, the soft and pleasant life turned out not to be the satisfying life. Last August George, Marjorie and three of their children chucked the pools and parties...

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