December 22, 2014

Brazil Belem Mission

Here are free resources about the Brazil Belem Mission:

Brazil Belem Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Belem Mission. We try our best to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Brazil Belem Mission
Av. Narzare, 532 Sala 412 4˚ Andar
Nazaré Royal Trade Center
66035-135 Belém-PA
BrazilPhone Number: 55-91-3223-7123
Mission President: President José C. Scisci

Brazil Belem Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Belem Mission (LDS). Coming soon..


Videos with Brazil Belem RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Brazil Belem Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

mission interview

LDS-Friendly Videos about Brazil

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Brazil. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Brazil, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

LDS Church  language  mission calls  time lapses

Brazil Belem Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Belem Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Mission Alumni mission.net/brazil/belem 2016
Sister Laurel Dickerson sisterlaureldickerson.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Kevin Arevalo elderkevinarevalo.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Craig Maughan eldermaughaninsantos.wordpress.com 2016
Elder Clay Green elderclaygreen.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Daniel Monzingo thelaughingmonzingos.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Nicole Neal sisternealinbelem.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Mitchell McCrea mccreamissionaries.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Carson Gale eldergaleinbrazil.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Haley Sender haleymsender.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Taylor Wilding missionsite.net/eldertaylorwilding 2014
Sister Kelly Mendenhall mendenhallmonsters.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Briana Barkdull brianainbelem.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Taylor Clark taylorclarkmission.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Sarah Kemer kemerbelemmission.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Benjamin Clark bengoestobrazil.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Scott Maughan eldermaughaninbrazil.wordpress.com 2013
Elder Zack Fischer elderzackfischer.wordpress.com 2012
Elder Nicolas Reed eldernicoreed.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Christopher Arroyo eldercarroyo.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Collin Andrus elderandrus.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Spensor Smith missionsite.net/elderspensorsmith 2012
Elder McKord Harris missionsite.net/eldermckordharris 2012
Elder Samuel Critchfield missionsite.net/eldersamuelcritchfield 2011
Elder Rand Looper missionsite.net/elderlooper 2011
Elder Justin Wakefield missionsite.net/elderjustinwakefield 2011
Elder Brian Jensen missionsite.net/elderbrianjensen 2011
Elder Collin Andrus missionsite.net/eldercollinandrus 2011
Elder Ryan Spencer elderspencer.blogspot.com 2010

*Download free app for LDS missionaries learning Brazilian Portuguese

Brazil Belem Mission Groups

Here are Brazil Belem Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Belem Mission.

  1. Belem Mission – A Missao de Milagres Group (1,227 members)
  2. Missao Brasil Belem Facebook Group (640 members)
  3. Missao Brasil Belem 1994 a 1997 Facebook Group (404 members)
  4. Missao Brasil Belem (2009-2012) Facebook Group (310 members)
  5. Missao Belem 2000-03 Pres. Don Leo Andrew Group (249 members)
  6. Missao Belem- Guerreiros Pres. Godoy Group (65 members)
  7. Belem Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (19 members)

Brazil Belem Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Brazil Belem Mission!

Shirt designs include Brazil Belem Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Brazil Belem missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Belem Mission gifts

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Brazil Belem Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Belem LDS Mission.

  1. 2015-2018, Alexandre Stasevskas
  2. 2012-2015, Jose C. Scisci
  3. 2009-2012, Jose Claudio Furtado Campos
  4. 2006-2009, Roger D. Hoggan
  5. 2003-2006, Robert L. Layton
  6. 2000-2003, Don L. Andrew
  7. 1997-2000, Carlos A. Godoy
  8. 1994-1997, Pedro J. Penha

Brazil LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 1,326,738
  • Missions: 34
  • Temples: 6
  • Congregations: 2,038
  • Family History Centers: 341

Helpful Articles about Brazil

Coming soon..

Brazil Belem Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Belem RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • May 2005-May 2007 (Stewart)
  • 2004-2006 (Tom)
  • 2001-2003 (Curtis)
  • January 1997-December 1998 (Mark)

Which areas did you serve in?

  • Castanhal, Santana, Icoaraci, Capanama, Belém. (Curtis)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Guarana de Jesus, cupuacu, jaca, acai with farinha, fresh pinapple, black beans over rice. (Stewart)
  • Feijoada, Guarana, Many different tropical fruits including cupuacu, bacuri, mango, acerola. (Tom)
  • Tacaca, Guarana Amonzas, Pato na tucupi. (Curtis)
  • Guarana, acai, acarola, cupacu, rice and beans. (Mark)

What was a funny experience?

  • When I tried to tell someone I had a bunch of loose coins in my pocket, but I said I had a lot of pooh in my pocket. Seeing as coins and pooh are very close in pronunciation in Portuguese. (Stewart)
  • One of the first doors in my first area, I was asked by a woman, “what do you think of the Brazilian women”? How do you answer that as a missionary? My response: “they are nice.” (Tom)
  • Was robbed at knife point for some cookies. Also had a boa constrictor in out house . It was killed skied and eaten. (Curtis)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Being robbed at gun and knife point. Blessings and protections come from trying to be obedient with exactness. (Stewart)
  • Riding in a small boat back from a zone activity on a river island called Cotijuba, and encountering a thunderstorm in the middle of the river (miles wide tributary to Amazon river). Big brown waves picked up very quickly and crashed over the side of the boat, soaking us. At a bus station when the power went out and it went pitch black. Almost immediately a lady screamed “robber!” and then gunshots rang out. We hit the deck and hid behind our suitcases. When the lights came back on, we learned that a robber grabbed a woman’s purse and made a run for it. The gunshots were the police firing into the night. Riding in a VW bus (“kombi”) with 18 other people in it. Not an actual bus, but the classic slug-bus that’s meant to seat about 8. (Tom)
  • Chased by a drunk man. (Mark)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Being able to give a blessing to a child a day before a big surgery, on my first day in the field. Still to this day I don’t know what was said, but I do know the family and child felt at peace after the blessing. (Stewart)
  • Too many to list. A highlight was teaching a very difficult lesson on repentance and forgiveness to a family prior to baptism. In order to fully repent and prepare for baptism, the husband needed to confess to his wife and ask forgiveness for an incident of unfaithfulness that she didn’t know about. He had the courage and faith to speak to her, and she had the strength and faith to forgive him though it was very difficult. After that lesson, was the first time I had ever cried for joy. They were baptized the next week. (Tom)
  • The whole mission. Best time of my life. (Mark)

What are some interesting facts about the Belem Mission?

  • There are tribes in the Amazon Rain Forest that have never had contact with modern civilization. Belem means Bethlehem. The geographical area that the mission covers is enormous. A large part of the people in this mission are descendants of indigenous people, or in other words, of Lamanite heritage. It is the best mission in the world. So os fortes servem no norte! (Tom)
  • Highest baptizing mission. (Mark)

What was the weather like?

  • Hot and dry or hot, humid and rainy. (Stewart)
  • Hot and humid. Rain nearly every afternoon in the “wet” season and for hours each day in the “very wet” season. You’ll soon learn that to try and keep your feet dry is futile, so just walk through the water. (Tom)
  • Hot and rainy all the time. (Curtis)
  • Hot, hot, hot! (Mark)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • They’re very humble, very loving, and very respectful. (Stewart)
  • Humble and generous people. (Tom)
  • Everyone was so open and loving. Brazilians are the best. (Curtis)
  • Best people in the world. (Mark)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • If you have to wash your clothing by hand, don’t be afraid to wear your white shirt or pants more than three times during the week. I learned that in the first week, that it really is not fun washing 5 pairs of pants and seven white shirts by hand, along with all that underwear. Buy two pairs of GOOD shoes and try to become good friends with someone who resoles shoes. (Stewart)
  • Don’t bother with those waterproof shoe covers. What use are they if the water is deeper than your shoes?! Umbrellas aren’t very effective either, unless it’s a very large golf umbrella, in which case you can buy it down there. Clothing for cold weather is unnecessary. Your white shirts will quickly turn yellow and brown, so bring plenty of cheap ones to go through. Break your shoes in before you leave for the mission. You will be grateful you did. (Tom)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I had a job the day I got home because I was fluent in another language. I have a beautiful wife and eternal family. (Stewart)
  • Stronger testimony. Happy memories. Friendships. Bilingual abilities…and many more. (Tom)
  • Every minute of service has blessed my life. Even to this day. (Mark)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Communicating with others. Speaking a second language. Learning to plan. (Stewart)
  • Speaking Portuguese. Talking to strangers. Walking fast. Washing laundry by hand and foot. Leadership. Goal setting/ accomplishing. Following the Spirit. (Tom)
  • Leadership, problem solving. (Mark)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • I was fortunate to start with a great trainer who started me on a good path. –Obey commandments and mission rules with exactness –Work hard –Follow the Spirit. The Lord will do the rest. (Tom)
  • Be prepared to walk. And I mean a lot. (Curtis)
  • Worked harder, served more. (Mark)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Belem?

  • Learn to love any kind of food. Don’t be picky with foods. Learn to love and work with people who are different than yourself. (Stewart)
  • You are very blessed to serve in this mission. There are specific reasons you have been called to Belem and you will probably realize what they are while on your mission. (Tom)
  • Be patient and willing to experiance new things. (Curtis)
  • Best mission in the world. Serve with all your heart. (Mark)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • After eating a big meal, saying I’m “estofado” to mean “stuffed”. It doesn’t translate over to Portuguese like that. “Estofado” means upholstered. (Tom)
  • I asked a lady if she stayed home making babies all day instead of taking care of babies all day. Her husband almost killed me. (Curtis)