March 21, 2016

Portugal Lisbon South Mission

Here are free resources about the Portugal Lisbon South Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Portugal LDS Missions.

Portugal Lisbon South Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Portugal Lisbon South 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.

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Mission President: N/A

Portugal Lisbon South Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Portugal Lisbon South Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Lisbon South Mission

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Videos with Portugal Lisbon South RMs

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

LDS-Friendly Videos about Portugal

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

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Portugal Lisbon South Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Portugal Lisbon South 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.)

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Portugal Lisbon South Mission Groups

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

  1. Portugal Lisbon South Mission Group (173 members)
  2. Missão Portugal Lisboa Sul – Presidente & Sister Araujo (1991-1994) Group (23 members)

Portugal Lisbon South Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Portugal Lisbon South Mission!

Shirt designs include Portugal Lisbon South 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: Lisbon South missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Lisbon South Mission gifts

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Portugal Lisbon South Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Portugal Lisbon South LDS Mission.

  1. 2003-2006, Paulo C. de Amorim
  2. 2000-2003, Ronaldo Da Costa
  3. 1997-1999, Allan T. Brinkerhoff
  4. 1994-1997, Weldon Robert Coleman
  5. 1991-1994, Fernando Jose Araujo
  6. 1990-1991, Roland Douglas Holt
  7. 1990, Portugal Lisbon Mission split, creating Portugal Lisbon South Mission.

Portugal LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 43,240
  • Missions: 2
  • Temples:
  • Congregations: 74
  • Family History Centers: 25

Helpful Articles about Portugal

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Portugal Lisbon South Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Portugal Lisbon South 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?

  • 1996-1998 (Brad)
  • 1999-2001 (Chris)
  • 1991 – 1992 (Jami)
  • 1993-1995 (Matthew)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Feijo, Olhao, Cabo Verde Africa. (Brad)
  • Baixa da banheira, Beja, Porto novo (cabo verde), caiscais, can’t remember the last one, where the stake center is. (Chris)
  • Setubal, Almada, Faro, Santiago do Cacem, Barreiro. (Jami)
  • Portimão, Baixa da Banheira, Vale da Amoreira, Moita, Évora, Seixal, Costa da Caparica. (Matthew)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Lots of soup, rice… Excellent bread and pastries. Had rabbit one time. (Brad)
  • Bola de Belem, pasteis com natas. (Chris)
  • Bitoque, the rich creamy soups, bolo de natas, mushroom chicken over french fries, and so many others. (Jami)
  • Squid soup, “grass” soup (made with kale), chocolate salami, kinder chocolate eggs, bisteca (steak topped with an egg, served with fries), grilled sardines and marinated salad, Portuguese seafood stew, turkey breast in cream sauce, spaghetti, Portuguese bread and pastries (!) and P-DAY leftover casserole. So many fun things to eat there! (Matthew)

What was a funny experience?

  • Living six floors up, outside each window in the building there is a short clothesline where some clothes can be hung to dry. One morning, after starting to brush my teeth, another elder asked if he could use the bathroom, I stepped out of the way and he walked in and locked the door. I brushed for a minute and then realized I had no where to spit out now. I went to the kitchen sink, it was overflowing with dishes… desperate now, I went to the window. Just after I let the mouthful of toothpaste go. Two floors below, a poor lady stuck her head out to tend to her clothing. Direct hit on the crown of her head of hair. So stunned by what I had done, I was unable to pull my head back into the apartment before she turned face up to see me. Our eyes met. Later that night there was a hurried / forceful knock on the door. Her husband had returned from work. I learned words in Portuguese that I would never have been taught in the Mission Training Center. (Brad)
  • Eu irei e comprei as ordens do senhor. (Chris)
  • We were feeling a little homesick for America, so on the 4th of July we decided to have a hot dog roast. We got the closest thing we could find to hot dogs, which were these canned sausages, and then roasted them over the open flame of our gas stove on metal hangers. Singed all the hair off our knuckles, but totally worth it. (Jami)

What was a crazy experience?

  • On one occasion, we had too many Elders packed into the elevator in our building, it overloaded and started racing towards the ground. (We had obviously exceeded the weight capacity) Luckily the emergency brake locked on and we stopped so hard our knees knocked together. When we got the doors opened, we were between floors. luckily there was enough space to crawl out. As we were escaping, there was an old lady yelling at us in Portuguese. (Brad)
  • Man pulled a shot gun on us. By the time I realized it, he had enough time to shoot me 100 times. So instead of running, like my companion had already done successfully, I just stood there and asked him what he planned on doing next. He went back in his house. Moita. (Chris)
  • Some teenage boys decided they didn’t like the fact that we were American, so they started throwing cobblestones at us. We tried to go to two member’s homes, but they were not there, so we walked home. When we got to the point where we had to walk past a bar to get home, all the men in the bar came out and made a wall to block the boys from following us any further. (Jami)
  • Kids throwing rocks at the missionaries, mostly in Cape Verde. In one house, some African immigrants had a kind of shaman over to visit and he looked just about ready to usher us across the threshold. To eternity. (Matthew)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Every time things got hard and we pushed through, we baptized. It’s a lot to type out. (Chris)
  • Oh, SO many. There was this homeless guy who always talked to us when we walked through the square, and he never asked us for money. One day we were walking through, and very broke because we’d both been transferred twice in a month, and he stopped us and GAVE us some of the money he had collected. Told us to go get some milk and bread. I was able to buy ingredients to bake a few loaves of bread and make some soup to get us through the next 4 days until the first of the month. (Jami)
  • Praying in a little clearing in a state park in the Algarve about proceeding with an investigator of the church. The Spirit was so strong for me that day. (Matthew)

What are some interesting facts about the Lisbon South Mission?

  • You can get anywhere in Portugal by understanding the trains. It’s cheap too. (Chris)
  • The people in Portugal are very family centered and very busy. It is still very patriarchal. The Lisbon South mission has some areas in it that used to be very communist, and some of the older people there actually still miss communism. (Jami)
  • Until the 70s, it was a dictatorship with a state religion, so many people turned us away out of habit and others out of fear of being ostracized. The southern part of Portugal was once part of the Moorish territories. Christopher Columbus was trained in navigation here, along with several other famous explorers, all of whom are celebrated more or less in various places around the country. (Matthew)

What was the weather like?

  • Like Southern California. (Brad)
  • Like North Carolina. (Chris)
  • Hot, humid, and sunny in the summer, cold and rainy in the winter. We did not get snow, but we were damp most of the time. And since there is no central heat, we used hot water bottles to warm our beds. (Jami)
  • Warm summers, especially in the south. Cool winters, most notably on the Atlantic coast, with milder winters in the south. (Matthew)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • The people were VERY prideful. The members were great. (Brad)
  • They were always thankful. (Chris)
  • These are amazing and kind people who would give you the shirt off their backs. One of our apartments where we lived, they literally gave us their child’s room, and the child slept in the parent’s closet on a cot. We felt so bad when we found out. (Jami)
  • So much history! Close-knit families and, sometimes, whole communities. Members really rely on each other a lot to learn about being Latter Day Saints and to stay strong. (Matthew)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Don’t take all the garbage people give you. You’ll dump most of it in your first area, along with the last 100 missionaries to live there because the thought of walking it to the train station, then lugging it all over the country makes you reevaluate what is necessary. (Chris)
  • Get a lined trench coat for winter. I had a wool one and all the stitching rotted from being so damp. Have your parents send you american deodorant and more socks about halfway through your mission. Bring lots of cotton clothing – you will stay cooler. Good, sturdy, shoes. Buy a bunch of prepaid postcards, and then you can include them in the letter to your parents and have your parents mail them from the United States. Also, recommend having a debit card or prepaid credit card that your parents will put on an agreed upon amount monthly. Do not use it except in emergencies, but there will be times of multiple transfers in a month, or other emergencies and it takes time to get money from the mission office in those cases. (Jami)
  • Plenty of rain, plenty of shine, so pack for warm and cold. (Matthew)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Too Many to count, A lifetime of blessings from those two years. (Brad)
  • I’m 34 and still counting them. (Chris)
  • So many blessings. In serving others, I found myself. MY testimony was strengthened and deepened. I learned to trust in the Lord, and I learned how to study my scriptures, which has been a blessing to me since. I also learned to see people through the Lord’s eyes, and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. You lose some of that when you get home, and I miss it. (Jami)
  • Great memories. Deeper understanding of gospel principles. A love of Portugal and Portuguese people. (Matthew)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Too Many to mention, People Skills (invaluable), Hard Work. (Brad)
  • Kindness, I am wrong sometimes. How to live with someone you aren’t necessarily getting along with. (Chris)
  • When I left on my mission, I was so shy I was scared to walk to the mailbox by myself after dark. I learned to talk to people, learned that it never hurts to ask, because the worst thing they can say is No, and that is rarely personal. I also learned a foreign language, learned how to learn and how to get along with people who are very different from myself. I learned how to agree to disagree. (Jami)
  • My parents taught me a lot of what I needed to know before I went, but I learned how to teach better, to cook better, to plan time better, to rely on and understand the Spirit, to work better with public transportation and maps, and help people recognize the Spirit. (Matthew)

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

  • When you feel the Spirit, others are feeling it also. (Chris)
  • I wish I had known how fast the time would go. What feels like forever in the beginning will pass far more quickly than you can imagine. I wish I had learned sooner that it is okay to be yourself. Be your best self, but you were called to that mission for a reason, so be true to who you are and don’t worry about being some perfect version of who you envision a missionary should be. (Jami)
  • Know the scriptures better. Know the structure of the church better. Know how to reach people on a real, emotional level. Know the voice of the Spirit and be quick to follow it’s counsel. (Matthew)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Lisbon South?

  • Get ready to work Hard.. Remember this saying ” I was born Catholic, I was baptized Catholic, I married a Catholic and I will die a Catholic”. (Brad)
  • Obey the rules, but not to inhibit you from teaching. There are always ways to teach and be obedient. Both are important. (Chris)
  • I always said that if I had known at the beginning how hard it was going to be, I’m not sure I would have gone. But I will never regret going. It is hard, and it is sometimes discouraging, but you will never feel closer to your Savior. Prepare yourself spiritually, and the rest will follow. (Jami)
  • Pray, study, and work with your mind fixed on bringing people a greater knowledge of the truth, clad in righteousness and accompanied by the Spirit and those others with whom you will serve. Seek ever to work with the members and new converts, and for the people, in love and with energy. Fail not, flag not, forget not. God puts great trust in you to bring his beloved children back to him and blesses all your honest efforts while in his service and beyond. It is a wonderful experience, right up until it’s over. (Matthew)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • I put the ending ona at the end of the word fubeca. I said fubecona, and got slapped by one of the sisters in the ward. I didn’t realize why for over 18 months. Apparently the mixture of the word and incorrect ending make a very bad word. (Chris)
  • The words for coconut and feces in Portuguese are spelled exactly the same way, just accented differently. I once accidentally went into a little cafe and ordered a feces cake instead of a coconut cake. We all laughed. (Jami)
  • We would play a joke on the newbies, partly for fun but also partly to teach them nuances of a new language. When we would go to dinner at a member’s house for the first time, we would tell them that the members like to feed the elders and they will pile the food on. We told them that “no” was “não”, but to be more polite, they should say “pois” or “porque não”. What we did not mention was that these are actually polite ways of saying “of course” and “why not”. After his fourth plate of food, one poor elder was bodily covering his plate, almost whimpering, “Porque não!”, repeatedly. The nice sister feeding us gave us all a half-hearted scolding, and made us explain and apologize. (Matthew)