March 18, 2016

Brazil Porto Alegre Mission

Here are free resources about the Brazil Porto Alegre Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Brazil LDS Missions.

Brazil Porto Alegre Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Brazil Porto Alegre Mission. We try 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.

This mission does not currently exist.

Phone Number: N/A
Mission President: N/A

Brazil Porto Alegre Mission Map

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

*Mission does not currently exist. (Browse LDS.org mission maps)

Videos with Brazil Porto Alegre RMs

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

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 Porto Alegre Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Brazil Porto Alegre 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.)

Brazil Porto Alegre RMs lifey.org/brazil-porto-alegre-mission   2017

Brazil Porto Alegre Mission Groups

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

  1. MISSÃO DO BRASIL PORTO ALEGRE 76/79 Group (512 members)
  2. MISSÃO DO BRASIL PORTO ALEGRE 79/85 Group (413 members)
  3. Brasil Porto Alegre Mission – Cabral / Brassanini Group (330 members)
  4. Brasil Porto Alegre Mission (President Christensen) Group (231 members)
  5. Missao Porto Alegre – Missionários que serviram em Novo Hamburgo, RS, Bras Group (199 members)
  6. Missão Brasil Porto Alegre (1983-1985) Group (45 members)
  7. MISSÃO BRASIL PORTO ALEGRE 82/88 Group (12 members)

Brazil Porto Alegre Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Brazil Porto Alegre Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Porto Alegre Mission gifts

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Brazil Porto Alegre Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Brazil Porto Alegre LDS Mission.

  1. 1991, Mission split into Porto Alegre North Mission and Porto Alegre South Mission.
  2. 1988-1991, Larry S. Christensen
  3. 1985-1988, Pedro Brassanini
  4. 1982-1985, Osiris G. Cabral
  5. 1979-1982, Walter Guedes de Queiroz
  6. 1976-1979, President Souza
  7. 1973-1976, President Sorenson
  8. 1974, Mission created.

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 Porto Alegre Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Brazil Porto Alegre 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?

  • 1984-1986 (Todd)
  • 1975-1977 (Mark)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Porto Alegre Ala 5, Intercape, Sao Borja, Alegrete, Bage, Passo Fundo. (Todd)
  • Montenegro, Porto Alegre, Alegrete, Rio Grande, Jaguarão, Cachoeira do Sul, Novo Hamburgo, Montenegro. (Mark)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Chuhasco, mandioca, fried polenta. (Todd)
  • Pastel, rice and black beans, guaraná soda. (Mark)

What was a funny experience?

  • At a group meeting, the sisters prepared watermelon juice as a refreshment. To keep it cold, they put a large piece of ice in the juice. Unfortunately, the meeting went on and on, and when time for the juice arrived, the ice had melted completely. The drink at this point was so diluted that it was hardly more than dirty water. The sisters took some goodnatured ribbing. (Mark)

What was a crazy experience?

  • A man invited me and my companion into his house. Excused himself for a minute. We heard him making noise and looked down the hallway to see him with a big huge machete. We headed to the door and he chased out of his house and down the street swinging his machete. He was yelling stuff at us but I don’t remember what he said. (Todd)
  • I caught pneumonia. Went to a pharmacy and received an injection (a common way to deal with sickness). Should have gone to a doctor instead, but I got better. Another experience was my first day in the field in Brazil. I was put on a bus with my duffel bag and an address on a slip of paper that was where I was going to live. I lost the slip of paper on the bus. Did I mention that I couldn’t understand a word anybody said? Finding my destination was a testimony that Heavenly Father guides us. (Mark)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • I was called for 18 months but 4 or so months into my mission it changed to 24 months. We could pick how long we wanted to stay. At the time, I didn’t want to stay any longer than 18 months. However, I knew I was supposed to stay 24 months so I did. After 18 months on the day I would have gone home, I was transferred. I replaced my MTC companion who was going home. I stayed in this city for the remaining 6 months of my mission. It was the best 6 months! I found a golden family that I know I was supposed to find (that is another longer story). I would have never found them if I had gone home or the mission hadn’t been changed to 24 months. (Todd)
  • One spiritual experience was to leaf through my journal on my last night in the mission field. In my early notations in my journal, I read that a challenge made to us missionaries during the first couple days on my mission was to make a goal of the baptisms we would have on our missions. My goal, made with prayer to request the Lord’s guidance, was twenty baptisms. It seemed, at the time, to be a goal requiring a missionary to stretch himself in the Lord’s service. I then thought back through my mission, on the people that had been baptised while I was in the various companionships that formed my mission experience. The number of baptisms I had had was exactly twenty. (Mark)

What are some interesting facts about the Brazil Porto Alegre Mission?

  • It was super hot in the summer and could get super cold in the winter. Some transfers were 9 hour bus rides. The most amazing people live in Rio Grande do Sul. (Todd)
  • At the time that I served, there were four missions in Brazil. Now there are more than thirty, as I understand it. There were no temples then; now there are six, I believe. My mission area consisted of two states, with one stake and several districts. Today there are many stakes, six missions and a temple in my old mission area. (Mark)

What was the weather like?

  • Super hot in the summer and could get super cold in the winter. Overall I loved it. (Todd)
  • The weather was much like Southern California where I am from. There was no central heating in houses, so one could get pretty cold and had to learn other ways to warm up after long walks outside in rainy weather. The heat was more humid than California, but you tried to keep hydrated. (Mark)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • It was beautiful, unique smells that I have only smelled in Brazil. Everyone was nice and would let you into their home. Clapping at the doors and trucks driving down the streets yelling GAS! (Todd)
  • The people were very friendly. One could not help but fall in love with the people. The were earnest and simple and open, unless you pressed them for their address. They were sensitive and would give you a false address rather than refuse to give you one. (Mark)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Too long ago, don’t have any suggestions. (Todd)
  • Try to pack light. Find out before you go how secure the mails are – some places you go, family cannot send you clothing or things, because you will never get them. In those cases, you have to take enough shoes to last. Your mission will send you suggestions, which you should take seriously. (Mark)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Converted the most important person in my life, myself. Met life long friends, one of whom introduced me to my wife. (Todd)
  • I learned to rely on the Lord. I learned that I needed to live worthy to receive the Holy Ghost’s guidance, because I needed that guidance. I learned that the Lord is ready to forgive those who repent. I learned not to judge those who were seeking the Lord, but to look for His direction. I learned that as much as I sacrificed, the Lord always blessed me more than I sacrificed. I learned that a mission was an experience that I wanted my wife to have, and I later married an ex-missionary. (Mark)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Confidence, public speaking, learning to work hard and never give up. (Todd)
  • I learned that I could walk a lot, get a lot of sun, and that I could get wet in the rain and not melt. I learned to love the language of my mission. I learned that I did not need a lot of money to get by. (Mark)

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

  • Been way, way, way more prepared. (Todd)
  • I wish that I had known to pray for my companion at every opportunity – he needs blessings too. I wish that I had known to “obey with exactness” like the two thousand stripling warriors, the “sons of Helaman” in the Book of Mormon. (Mark)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Brazil Porto Alegre?

  • Always have an open mind, don’t stress out about not learning the language fast enough. It will click at some point. (Todd)
  • Establish goals. Obey with exactness. Learn to hear the Holy Ghost. Don’t worry about yourself, worry about others and serve them. (Mark)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Even though the MTC tried to prepare us for breast feeding, I wasn’t prepared. A week in Brazil, I was giving a discussion to a family. I didn’t know what I was saying, I was just repeating what I had memorized. The mom lifted up her shirt and began to breast feed. My mouth dropped to the floor and I sat there and stared at her. Then I realized her husband was right there in the room so I turned and starred at him. I stopped talking and never talked again. My companion had to take over. (Todd)
  • There were tons of those. Sometimes one could become quite embarrassed. Nevertheless, those are just humorous experiences. Laugh with the others, learn what the correct word or pronunciation is and keep talking. (Mark)