December 22, 2014

Brazil Brasilia Mission

LDS Brazil Brasilia Mission logo tshirt
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Here are free resources about the Brazil Brasilia Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Brazil LDS Missions.

Brazil Brasilia Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Brasilia 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.

Mision Brasil Brasilia
AOS 5/6 Bloco A
Octogonal
70660-665 Brasília – DF
Brazil
Phone Number: 55-61-3468-3833
Mission President: President Mark C. Lundgren

Brazil Brasilia Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Brazil Brasilia Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Brasilia Mission, simply

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Brazil Brasilia RMs

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

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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 Brasilia Missionary Blogs

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

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

Brazil Brasilia RMs lifey.org/brazil-brasilia-mission 2017
Mission Alumni mission.net/brazil/brasilia 2017
Sister McKayla Menlove sistermckaylamenlove.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Hyrum Giles elderhgiles.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Sonny George sonnygsmissionblog.weebly.com 2016
Elder Colton Van Wagoner mymission.com/eldercoltonvanwagoner 2016
Sister McKenna Hill sistermckennahill.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Chandler Hyer elderchandlerhyer.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Aaron Adams elderaaronbadams.wordpress.com 2016
Elder Seth Neeleman sethneeleman.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Paul Johnston paulinbrazil.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Lofton Bean elderloftonbean.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Ashton Hoopes elderhoopesinbrazil.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Hayden Anderson elderhaydenlewisanderson.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Samuel Clark eldersamuelclark.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Galen Darke galensmission.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Tarah Kerr sistertk.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Garrett Anderson sjmissionaries.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Josh Furphy missionsite.net/elderjoshfurphy 2014
Elder Bryce Young bryceinbrazil.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Kristen Hoopes savingtheworldmissionstyle.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Michael Norton eldernortonstravels.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Spencer Dunlop dunlopmissionaries.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Joshua Barton elderjoshuabarton.blogspot.com 2011
Sister Katherine Wardle katsinbrazil.blogspot.com 2010
Elder Eric Maughan elder.maughan1.com 2008

*Download free app for LDS missionaries learning Brazilian Portuguese

Brazil Brasilia Mission Groups

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

  1. Brasilia Brasil Mission Facebook Group (572 members)
  2. Ex. Missionarios da Brasilia- Pres. Stanicia Group (340 members)
  3. Missao Brasilia Pizzirani Facebook Group (333 members)
  4. Missao Brasilia (Stanicia, Grahl, Knudson…) Group (260 members)
  5. Missao Brasil Brasilia Facebook Group (153 members)
  6. Missionarios da Missao Brasilia Facebook Group (144 members)
  7. Missao Brasil Brasilia Facebook Group (99 members)
  8. Ex-Missionarios da Missao Brasilia- Pres. Ghahl Group (81 members)
  9. Missao Brasil Brasilia Facebook Group (40 members)
  10. Brasilia Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (10 members)

Brazil Brasilia Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Brazil Brasilia Mission!

Shirt designs include Brazil Brasilia 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 Brasilia missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Brasilia Mission gifts

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Brazil Brasilia Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2017-2020, Flávio A. Cooper
  2. 2014-2017, Mark Cameron Lundgren
  3. 2011-2014, Hélcio L. Gaertner
  4. 2008-2011, Gelson Pizzirani
  5. 2005-2008, Marcos A. Aidukaitis
  6. 2002-2005, David Frederick Babbel
  7. 2000-2002, George Mavromatis
  8. 1997-2000, Scott Wright Hadley
  9. 1994-1997, Larry Berkley Hanks
  10. 1991-1994, Richard Knudson
  11. 1988-1991, Paulo Renato Grahl
  12. 1985-1988, Demar Staniscia

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 Brasilia Missionary Survey

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

When did you serve?

  • 2012-2014 (Nate)
  • 2003-2005 (Creed)
  • 1999-2001 (Brian)
  • 1990-1992 (Brett)
  • 1988-1990 (Glen)
  • 1988-1989 (Shelly)
  • 1987-1989 (Joel)
  • 1987-1989 (Maria)
  • 1987-1988 (Mark)

Which areas did you serve in?

  • Ceilandia, Planaltina de Goias, Itapua, Sobradinho, Gama, Paranoa, and Cristalina. (Nate)
  • Palmas Tocantins, Jardin Inga, Occidental. (Creed)
  • Gurará 1, Mapim (Mato Grosso), Miracema do Tocantins, Lago Asul (DF), Lago Sul (DF). (Brian)
  • Manaus. Gioania. Cuiba. Gama. Ceilandia. Rio Verde. (Glen)
  • Brasília, Manaus, Anápolis and Rio Branco. (Shelly)
  • Contagem (Belo Horizonte), Manaus, Ceilandia, Cuiaba, Goiania, and Brasilia. (Joel)
  • Anápolis, Brasília, Manaus, Goiânia. (Maria)
  • Nucleo Bandeirante, DF, Goiania, Planaltina, Novo Gama, Ipatinga, MG, Contagem, and MG. (Mark)

 

What were some favorite foods?

  • Suco de maracuja, vitamina de abacate, pao de queijo, leite con toddy, feijao con bacon, and feijoada. (Nate)
  • Rice, beans, steak, chicken, maracuja, pao de quejo. (Creed)
  • Pão de queijo, pizza com frango e catupiry, churrasco (picaña com alô, sonhos (em Mato Grosso), coxinha de frango, musse de maracujá. (Brian)
  • Churrasco, pamonha, arroz e feijao. (Brett)
  • Feijoada. Bananas fritas. Pao de queijo. (Glen)
  • Feijão, sucos, as frutas, requeijão. (Shelly)
  • Feijoada, Cupuacu, and Pao de queijo. (Joel)
  • Suco-no-saco, qualquer comida fácil de fazer. (Maria)
  • Feijoada Brasileira, and Pizzaria – Pizza de Banana com acucar e canela. (Mark)

What was a funny experience?

  • It really rains a ton and every car that passed me driving by would hit that puddle right by me and would soak my pants, but not my companion’s. (Nate)
  • To many to pass on. The Brazilian people are amazing and so loving! Some of the funny situations where when I said something in Portuguese the wrong way. (Creed)
  • Having my house flooded in Miracema do Tocantins and all the giant spiders trying to get in our house to avoid drowning. (Brian)
  • Na minha primeira area, my great companions told me after lunch I should tell the dona de casa that I was gravida. It would be a sign of respect instead of saying estou cheio that I remembered from the Mission Training Center. They said I shouldn’t say “estou cheio” but couldn’t remember “estou satisfeito”. It was hilarious for them. Not for me. (Brett)
  • Andndo no pe no Manaus durante um “thunderstorm’ e quase precusando nadar ate o apartemento. (Glen)
  • My zone leader (an American) kept insisting that the American sister (me) needed to make a banana cream pie. I resisted for awhile and then gave in. I made two pies – one went in his face, the other we enjoyed. I also had a pet monkey named Miko in Manaus – I had to save him from being turned into a scripture case by one of the elders. (Shelly)
  • Teaching an investigator on his front porch in Manaus during rainy season. A monkey grabbed my umbrella and bit holes in it, rendering it useless. (Joel)
  • Uma vez os Lz’s estavam sem almoço e sem dinheiro. Eram americanos e totalmente loucos…. fizeram uma oração pedindo ao Senhor que os ajudassem e logo depois do amém escutaram uma galinha entrando em sua casa daí eles pegaram a coitada mataram cozinharam e comeram. E na reunião de zona ainda deram testemunho. (Maria)

What was a crazy experience?

  • In my second week, in a city called Ceilandia, we were robbed by a teenager on his bike and I didn’t understand anything. Thankfully he only took our cell phone, and not our wallets. That kid was a harmless punk that only made us mad. (Nate)
  • I had a gun pulled on me, but felt calm and collected and we went right on our way. Honestly, there are some dangerous areas, but I never felt worried or scared. (Creed)
  • Opening new areas in rural areas was always fun and dangerous. Northern Tocantins and Mato Grosso. (Brian)
  • Running to the bottom of the veu Das noivas cachoeira no Pantanal em Mato Grosso. Swinging out over thin air on vines on the way. (Brett)
  • Ceilandia. (Glen)
  • I had snakes crawling up through floorboards in a house in Manaus during discussions. We had a stalker issue in Anápolis. Elders were shot at in Ceilandia while I was serving in Guara in Brasilia. No one was hurt. (Shelly)
  • Mugged by two escaped convicts at gunpoint in Ceilandia. They discovered we were missionaries and said, “don’t curse us, we’re good Catholics.” They took a passalong card and we invited them to church. They also took our money amd watches… (Joel)
  • Uma vez logo que cheguei em Manaus fui visitar uma família que minha companheira que já estava em Manaus há mais tempo havia é ensinado É o chefe tinha problemas mentais e ficou bravo sobre a lei do dízimo. Então ele correu com uma faca enorme atrás de nós duas. (Maria)
  • Thankful the Lord protects his servants. (Mark)

 

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Every time you feel the Spirit in a lesson, you almost always see in their eyes that they too are feeling the Spirit. You know that this feeling is the greatest feeling of peace, success, love, and hope. (Nate)
  • Every day there were little miracles, and seeing people make the decision to be baptized and follow Christ was amazing. (Creed)
  • Having people find us on a regular basis that asked to be taught and baptized. (Brian)
  • Over and over having the Spirit testify of the Savior’s love for people. (Brett)
  • Cada cinferncia de zona com Pres e Irma Grahl. (Glen)
  • Just getting to know the Brazilian people was a spiritual experience. They were ready to hear the gospel and warmly accepted us into their homes. They had powerful spiritual experiences and it was great to be a witness to them. (Shelly)
  • A new companion arrived on a Thursday evening when I was new on the mission. He asked me what our weekly goals were for contacts, discussions, and baptisms. He then asked where we were on them. Because of travel arrangements and saying goodbye to members, we had not completed any discussions that week nor did we have anyone ready for baptism. That evening we began knocking doors and finding people to teach, and we were working steadily toward reaching our goal. Saturday evening we had gotten many discussions completed and all our contacts, but clearly no baptism yet. My companion was teaching me about praying in faith, however. Saturday night we met a young man (about 12) from the branch and I introduced my companion. He asked when the young man was baptized, to which he replied that he was sick the day his family was baptized and had never had the ordinance. He had been active for months and no one had noticed. That evening we reviewed the lessons with him and he was baptized the next day. That week we met all of our goals, and did so thereafter. A prayer in faith availeth much, and the Lord will help you reach your goals. (Joel)
  • Uma vez em um domingo a noite vi um grupo de rock gótico e como precisava fechar minha meta de duzentos contatos semanais fui falar com eles. Um deles que era um dos chefes do grupo aceitou as palestras se batizou e fez missão. Para mim foi muito importante pq aprendi neste dia que não devemos julgar ninguém pela aparência ou qualquer outra coisa, estava lá para ensinar a qualquer um. Missão dada tem que ser cumprida. (Maria)
  • Reading the Book of Mormon in Portuguese. It helped with the gift of tongues and adquiring the language. Soon I was dreaming in Portuguese and spoke fluently. The Lord helped me gain the ability to speak Portuguese made sharing the gospel a pleasant experience and serving with love. (Mark)

 

What are some interesting facts about the Brasilia Mission?

  • It is a melting pot culture of Brazil because the city was constructed in the 1960s. So the capital is “new” and has many, many people from all over the world. (Nate)
  • It was the biggest geographically. Shaped like an airplane and not as humid as most parts of Brazil. (Creed)
  •  When I served, we did transfers by bus and they routinely took up to three days straight on bus. (Brian)
  • Was largest geographic mission in world. (Brett)
  • I was in Manaus when Elder Haight came to form the first stake. I was part of the first set of sister missionaries to serve in Rio Branco, Acre. We had a very small branch and met in a home. We were the largest mission in the Church, geographically, at the time. I served in two areas that were more than 1500 miles from the mission home. (Shelly)
  • My mission was divided twice while I was out in the field, and every area I served in is now a mission. Manaus was a district and now has a temple. (Joel)
  • Tenho muitas coisas especiais que aconteceram durante minha missão. Ñ dá para enumerar ou escolher somente algumas. (Maria)
  • At the time I served, The Brasil Brasilian Mission was the largest land mass mission in the world (1987). The mission split twice during my mission and I ended my mission in the newly created mission: Missao Brasil Belo Horizonte (1988), while serving in Ipitinga, MG. (Mark)

What was the weather like?

  • Dry and hot from May to November, and super rainy from December to April. (Nate)
  • Awesome weather. Warm with crazy rain storms. (Creed)
  • Hot, hot, hot….oh and humid. Don’t need long sleeve shirts and you’ll rarely wear a suit. Bring only one. (Brian)
  • Hot. (Brett)
  • Quente. (Glen)
  • For the most part, very pleasant. I wore sweaters in Brasilia, but that was it. In Manaus, in December, it was hot and humid. It was the rainy season and I never thought I would see the sun again. (Shelly)
  • Hot in Manaus, warm to temperate everywhere else. (Joel)
  • Wonderfully summer year round. (Mark)

 

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • The people treat you so well. They are so warm, loving, and accepting. (Nate)
  • They are fun, kind, giving, humble and sensitive to the Spirit. (Creed)
  • People were all awesome. My favorite place was in Gurará. Great members and people. (Brian)
  • I loved their warmth and acceptance. Loved their love for soccer. Loved their humility. (Brett)
  • A amor da gente. Na cada cidade sempre ha pessoas que nunca encotrei antes da missao, mas quando a tempo a voltar a casa chego. Nao podia esquecer ou lembrar um tempo antes de conhecer. (Glen)
  • Absolutely everything! They are warm and generous. They were poor in worldly goods, but rich in Spirit. Whatever they had, they were willing to give. They lifted each other up and didn’t tear each other down, for the most part. (Shelly)
  • Loving, open people who wanted to serve the Lord. (Joel)
  • Eu amei todos os lugares aonde servi. Principalmente Manaus. Tive dez companheiras que muito me ensinaram e até hoje mantenho contato com alguns. (Maria)
  • Warm and friendly. (Mark)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • One suit and lots and lots of short-sleeve shirts. (Nate)
  • Short sleeve shirts. (Creed)
  • Thin shirts and pants that don’t fade. Expect to go through lots of shoes. Bring good ones with thick soles. (Brian)
  • Don’t take a rain coat. It won’t help in the rainy season. (Brett)
  • Pack light. Tudo que precissa voce pode comprar. So “pack” as essentias e deixa espaco pelas lembrances. (Glen)
  • Light weight everything! (Shelly)
  • I resoled my shoes with truck tires while on my mission … we walked everywhere! Big and tall guys will have a harder time finding replacement clothing in the interior. (Joel)
  • Bring some “shorts”. (Mark)

 

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I have been blessed with more confidence in myself to accomplish hard and seemingly impossible challenges. Of course spiritually, I have been eternally strengthened and know for myself now that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored. (Nate)
  • Best two years for my life! (Creed)
  • An experience I’ll never forget and a love for a country that rivals my own. (Brian)
  • An incredible family. Perspective. Appreciation for what I have in America. Opportunities to serve others. (Brett)
  • Entendi o que amor e. Amor por um povo. Amor por amigos. Amor do Senhor. (Glen)
  • My life was changed. I grew to know my Savior and trust Him as I never had before. I realized just how far my heart could open. (Shelly)
  • Strengthened testimony. Built lifelong friendships. Felt like I helped Zion roll forward.  (Joel)
  • Casei com um rapaz que eu mesma havia dado a referência quando fiz missão de curto prazo. Tive três lindos filhos…. Tive muitas bênçãos. (Maria)
  • I love the gospel, the Savior, the Portuguese language, and the people of Brasil. (Mark)

What are some skills you gained?

  • I learned how to talk with people and motivate them to do hard things. (Nate)
  • Discipline, hard work, unconditional love, service, follow the Spirit, work hard, play hard. The Brazilians love to have fun. (Creed)
  • Ability to talk to strangers. Memorization. Scripture knowledge. Teaching. Language skills. Self confidence. (Brett)
  • Comi falar com qualquer pessoa sem medo. (Glen)
  • Leadership skills – speaking in front of a group, motivating a group, etc. (Shelly)
  • Patience. How to speak the Portuguese language. Empathy and understanding. More patience. (Joel)

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

  • I wish I knew how treat my teaching pool. The secret is FIND A TON. The more you find, the more likely you are to be teaching someone who will accept. Unfortunately you can’t ever force anyone to do anything. I wish I knew that by dropping investigators that weren’t progressing was not a bad thing, but the best thing you can do. (Nate)
  • Had a great trainer who helped me get off to a great start. (Creed)
  • The language more fully. How fast the time would go. (Brett)
  • See the comment about what to bring. (Glen)
  • I wouldn’t change anything – I needed the growth that came from not knowing and learning as I went. (Shelly)
  • When members trust the missionaries, referrals follow. When with members, that’s not a time to relax and talk about home … that’s an incredibly important time to build relationships of trust as an emissary from God. I wish I knew that from day one instead of learning it along the way. (Joel)
  • Teve uma família em Manaus que eu é minha companheira ensinamos e por motivos diversos eles ñ se batizaram. Voltei, casei tive minha primeira filha e meu marido era Bispo aqui em Fortaleza quando a missão Manaus foi criada algumas sisteres que almoçaram aqui em casa foram transferidas para Manaus e fazendo contatos conheceram a esposa dessa família que eu ensinei, eles pediram para serem enfim batizados e perguntaram se as sisteres me conheciam ao saber que sim escreveram e me fizeram muito feliz por ñ terem esquecido e se batizaram. Depois de quase dois anos. (Maria)
  • I kept a journal, but wish I had kept an even more detailed journal and recorded daily daily events that may have seemed insignificant, but now wishing I had addresses and records of branch presidents, ward members, investigators whether or not at the time were baptized, …. keep a good journal. (Mark)

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

  • Don’t let anyone set your limits. You can always find more, you can always teach more, you can always bring more to church, you can always baptize more. Serve with more heart, more might, more mind, and more strength. (Nate)
  • I’m a firm believer that you go where you are supposed to go. That there are people waiting for you to bring the gospel to them. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true and that missionary work gives you the opportunity to share the happy message. (Creed)
  • Don’t hold back from giving your whole self over to the Lord. (Brett)
  • Prepara-se por uma experience da mudanca da vida. Abrir seu coracao pelo tudo o Senhor tem preparada a voce. (Glen)
  • Be willing to just love the people and you’ll be successful. (Shelly)
  • Read the Book of Mormon and New Testament especially cover to cover. Know that you are going to serve and be prepared to give 100 percent, 100 percent of the time. It flies by. (Joel)
  • Trabalhem, sirvam com o coração e saibam que vcs ensinam mas quem mais aprende são vocês. (Maria)
  • Open your mouth and the Lord will fill it. We talked at bus stops, on the bus, walking to appointments, be not ashamed of the gospel of Christ and love those you serve. It shows and everything else is added once you love them, – the language comes because you read the Book of Mormon and obey mission rules and pray in Portuguese… perservere through the first few months of frustration with the language and feeling inadequate… it will come. (Mark)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • I once tried to say that God wants the best for us, but it came out, God wants the woman for us. (Nate)
  • Better not say. (Creed)
  • Asked a member how long it took to charge his cell phone and accidentally asked him how long it took to crap it out. (Brian)
  • See gravida comment above. (Brett)
  • Quando comenci a missao nao pronuncia Senhora correctamente. Aparacia cenoura. (Glen)
  • Nothing in particular. It was just frustrating when I would work so hard on a discussion, pass it off with my companion, teach someone and have them listen and nod their heads and then turn to my companion and say, “What did she just say?” But that passed. (Shelly)
  • “E tenho outras orelhas que não são desse aprisco “. ( isso foi uma companheira americana trocando as palavras ovelha por orelha). (Maria)
  • I arrived in June 1987, my very first companion showed up to take me to Nucleo Bandeirante, DF, upon arrival on transfer day, there were three other Brasilian Elders in the little apartment, my new companion, his old companion and his new companion – whom were leaving for their new area. It was hot and I didn’t have appropriate clothing for a P-day and wanted to ask where to buy some shorts. Being new, I knew that pants were – Calcas, and to make things small ( for “short pants” we learned you add “inha” to the end of the word. So I asked the three brasilian elders, “Where can I buy some calcinhas?” Next thing, all three were laughing so hard and falling on the floor. I learned what that word was and also learned to be careful of guessing. I learned that shorts is “shorts”. (Mark)