December 22, 2014

Brazil Cuiaba Mission

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

*Other Mission Pages: Brazil LDS Missions.

Brazil Cuiaba Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Cuiaba 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 Cuiaba Mission
Av. Hist. Rubens de Mendonca, 1731
Sala 10, Bairro: Consil
CEP: 78050-975 Cuiaba – MT
Brazil
Phone Number: 55-65 3642-1056
Mission President: President Keith R. Reber

Brazil Cuiaba Mission Map

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

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

Videos with Brazil Cuiaba RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Brazil Cuiaba 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 Cuiaba Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Cuiaba Mission. This blog 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.)

Sister Allie Lloyd sisterallielloyd.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Daniel Rice elderdanielrice.blogspot.com 2016
President & Sister Reber ksrebermission.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Justus Johnson mymission.com/elderjustusjohnson 2015
Elder & Sister Harris tmharrismission.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Nolan Gibb eldernolangibb.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Mason Marstella eldermarstella.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Shelby Whipple sistershelbywhipple.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Justus Johnson elderjustusjohnson.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Kyle Payne elderkylepayne.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Marcus Phipps eldermarcusphipps.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Mariana Espiritu sister-espiritu.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Michael Moody eldermoodysmissionblog.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Smittenaar discipleeleathan.wordpress.com 2014
Sister Emma Marion sisteremmamarion.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Skyler Kennington skylerkenningtonbrazil.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Roman Laws elderromanlaws.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Bryce Stephens missionsite.net/elderbrycestephens 2014
Elder Shane Lee eldershaneblee.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Marc Skiles elderskilesinbrazil.blogspot.com 2013
Mission Alumni mission.net/brasil/cuiaba 2012
Sister Danielle Hames sisterdaniellehames.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Richard Searle searlemissions.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Dallin Shirley missionsite.net/elderdallinshirley 2012
Sister Kristin Smith sisterkristinsmith.blogspot.com 2012
Elder & Sister Woodbury brazilianwoodburys.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Devin Ockerman missionsite.net/elderockerman 2010

*Download free app for LDS missionaries learning Brazilian Portuguese

Brazil Cuiaba Mission Groups

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

  1. Missao Brasil Cuiaba Facebook Group (246 members)
  2. Missao Cuiaba – Pres. e Sister Reber Facebook Group (117 members)
  3. Missao Cuiaba Facebook Group (107 members)
  4. Missao Cuiaba Facebook Group (80 members)
  5. Brazil Cuiaba Mission Family & Friends Facebook Group (40 members)
  6. Missao Cuiaba – Somente Sisteres (2010-2013) Group (21 members)
  7. Missao Brasil Cuiaba Facebook Group (9 members)
  8. Brazil Cuiaba Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (7 members)

Brazil Cuiaba Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Brazil Cuiaba Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Cuiaba Mission gifts

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Brazil Cuiaba Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2013-2016, Keith Ray Reber
  2. 2006-2009, Cesar Augusto Seiguer Milder

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 Cuiaba Missionary Survey

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

When did you serve?

  • 2013-2015 (Kyle)
  • 2006-2008 (Jeremy)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Cuiabá (Industriário, várzea grande). (Kyle)

What were some favorite foods?

  • TERERÉ! (Herbal drink), Churrasco (brazilian bbq), Pão de queijo, fresh fruits/juices. (Kyle)
  • Rice, beans, feijoada, fish, beef, chicken, local fruits. (Jeremy)

What was a funny experience?

  • Too many to count. Every day was funny with my Brazilian/Hispanic/American companions. Always something different. (Kyle)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Getting robbed at gun point once (he let us go though), also I got hit by a car one time, and my companion got hit by a car on Christmas night! (We learned not to walk on this particular road anymore) (Kyle)
  • We were walking down a street which we never had been down before (and my companion who had been in the area for 3+ months had never been down the street) when my companion noticed some guys whispering to each other and talking about me. He told me not to look, but to keep walking to the end of the street and to keep calm. I knew something was up and was nervous, but didn’t ask until he mentioned we were in the clear. Another experience was when I was transferred to an area to train there. We went downtown to get a briefcase for my companion. As we rode the bus back to our area, the bus came to a stop. We weren’t far from home (a few blocks). The bus suddenly started moving again and we saw a man who had been shot in the chest on the sidewalk. (Jeremy)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • When I had just gotten to Brazil, I was in an area that bordered Paraguay. Half of the city was in Brazil and the other half was in Paraguay, so there were many Paraguayos and Indians called Guarani there. I was asked by an investigator to give her a blessing, but she only spoke Spanish and didn’t understand Portuguese super well. I said I would do my best and told her she would be able to understand the blessing. I said a little prayer in my head before hand, and once I started giving the blessing I was speaking all Spanish rather than Portuguese. I don’t remember what I said and I couldn’t speak Spanish very well after that, but it was a powerful experience for me. (Kyle)
  • Giving priesthood blessings was always a spiritual experience. In the end, the best experiences were when we had an open couple of hours and walked the area trying to follow the Spirit. (Jeremy)

What are some interesting facts about the Cuiaba Mission?

  • Hot. Very hot. The mission area is huge. There are two states, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do sul. Both HOT. The two capital cities are Cuiabá and Campo Grande. An place close to Cuiabá in a nationa park area marks the geographical dead center of South America. Cuiabá is pretty chaotic and poorly developed, but it is a fun city. Just be careful! Down in the south of the mission the cities are more organized, thanks to more modern European influences. More of people are descendants of Germans/Italians/Spaniards the farther south you go. (Kyle)
  • It has been reorganized and now excludes the areas I served in. Cuiaba, the mission seat is HOT! Southern Hemisphere summer temps often get to 120 degrees F in Cuiaba. There are rivers and jungle right in the cities where I served. (Jeremy)

What was the weather like?

  • HOT HOT HOT. And rainy in the summer months. (Kyle)
  • Hot during Northern Hemisphere summer months, cool during the winter, random MONSOONS in the fall and spring. Being wet is normal, whether it’s from sweat or rain or general humidity, just get used to it. Drink water by the gallon. (Jeremy)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Brazilians are very very loving, and feed you well. They love when you ask for seconds of their cooking 🙂 They’re very friendly and easy to love. I loved drinking tereré every single day with members, investigators, and total strangers. (Kyle)
  • Those who accepted the Gospel stuck with it. They wanted it. They loved it and were willing to sacrifice to live it.  (Jeremy)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Invest in some really really good shoes. Don’t skimp on shoes. You will walk more than you ever have in your life, so take care of your feet and they’ll take care of you! Pack lighter than you think, as traveling is much harder and tiring there than it is here. It’s difficult to travel with and worry about 3 suitcases, believe me! If you can, fit everything in 2 suitcases. You can buy almost everything in Brazil at fair prices (except peanut butter) so don’t worry about trying to bring all of the United States with you! Bring what you think you need, but if you ever need extras you can buy clothing in Brazil to get you by until someone can send you more. Many times I had wished I didn’t bring so much stuff. Save room in our suitcases too, as you will acquire more things throughout your mission. (Kyle)
  • Take one long-sleeved shirt, just one. No sweaters. Buy an umbrella when you get there. Your mission president will inform you better soon after you receive your call. Take ONE checked bag and ONE carry-on. Transfers are sometimes done by plane and you may have to pay for extra baggage weight. Light-weight, but opaque clothing is recommended. Any heavy fabrics might actually encourage a really nasty heat rash. (Jeremy)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Too many to count. It was the best experience of my life. (Kyle)
  • I learned a second language, which gave me an unexpected job for a while. I came to recognize the Spirit even better. I came to trust the Lord more fully. I learned to respect an individual’s agency. (Jeremy)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Became very fluent in Portuguese and semi-fluent in Spanish. (Be sure to study the language tirelessly and ask questions. People are very willing to help you when they can see you are trying to speak their language, so don’t be shy.) I got better at teaching, public speaking, working with others and relating to them, being more patient and going with the flow. (Kyle)
  • Washing dishes, cleaning clothes by hand, proficiency in Portuguese. (Jeremy)

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

  • I wish I talked to more people. It’s hard- sometimes very hard- to talk to people, but you’ve gotta talk to them so they can know what you do. (Jeremy)

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

  • Don’t worry about knowing everything. A simple and sincere testimony is more powerful than you know. Just love the Lord, the people, and your companion, and everything will work out. Most of all, have fun and find ways to be happy, even if that means taking a break every once in a while and going to get a Coca Cola! People love happy missionaries and you will be much more effective that way 🙂 (Kyle)
  • Love the people. Let go of any judgments you might carry from a knee-jerk reaction to their lives. Their situations are different from what you may be used to. Many are poor, but they’ll give you a glass of water and offer to get you out of the rain (or blazing heat), out of kindness. Love them. (Jeremy)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • At the beginning, I always confused gravata(tie) and gravida(pregnant)… So be careful lol. Also one time I was trying to tell a guy he would feel warmth in his chest (peito), but instead I used the word (peido) which means fart. So I accidentally told a guy that after he prays he will fill warmer in his fart! He and my companion had a good laugh until my companion later told me what I said. (Kyle)
  • My trainer told me that the word for toothpick was “sobremesa” which actually means “dessert”. The family feeding us that day was moving out of the state soon and it turned into a stoke among us for the meal. (Jeremy)