January 9, 2015

Portugal Porto Mission

Here’s a ton of free resources about the Portugal Porto Mission, including:

*Other Mission Pages: Portugal LDS Missions.

Interesting facts about Porto

  1. Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon.
  2. Porto is an important Atlantic port.
  3. Wine, cork, fruits, olive oil and building materials are major exports.
  4. Evidence of people in the Porto area dates back to 8th century BC.
  5. In 1807 Napoleon attacked the city and was repelled with the help of British troops.
  6. The most apparent landmark is a Baroque Tower called the Torre dos Clérigos (built in the 1700s).

Portugal Porto Mission Address

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

Portugal Porto Mission
Rua de Amalia Luazes Nº 23 Sala I
4200-052 Porto
Phone Number: 351-225-072-820
Mission President: President Joni L. Koch

Portugal Porto Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Porto Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the Porto Mission:

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

Videos with Portugal Porto RMs

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

  1. Porto, Portugal Mission – Dan Copeland Group (157 members)
  2. Porto Portugal Mission Group (83 members)
  3. Portugal Porto Mission Group (13 members)
  4. Portugal Porto Mission – President West 1996-99 Group (4 members)
  5. Porto Mission 1989-1991 Presidents Copeland and Brown Group (2 members)

Portugal Porto Missionary Blogs

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

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

Elder Paulo Meira ldsmeira.wordpress.com 2017
Elder Hyrum Kim elderkim-porto.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Melissa Regan assistersinporto.weebly.com 2017
Sister Madison Hillam irmahillam.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Bethany Morey sisterbethanymorey.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Madison Keenan fromtexastoportugal.wordpress.com 2016
Sister Kendall Runyan sisterkendallrunyan.wordpress.com 2016
Sister Kendra Smith portugalsister.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Tanner Powell powellinportugal.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Lucas Buchanan elderlbuchanan.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Carly Parkinson carlyparkinsonmission.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Brandon Eldredge brandoninportugal.blogspot.com 2016
Mission Alumni mission.net/portugal/porto 2014
President & Sister Walton portomission.blogspot.com 2011

Portugal Porto Mission Groups

Here are Portugal Porto Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni who served in the Portugal Porto Mission. Coming soon..

Portugal Porto Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Portugal Porto Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Porto Mission gifts

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Portugal Porto Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2015-2018, Joni L. Koch

Portugal LDS Statistics (2016)

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

Helpful Articles about Portugal

Coming soon..

Portugal Porto Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Portugal Porto 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?

  • 1993-1994 (Mark)
  • 1992-1994 (José)
  • 1991-1993 (Robert)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Guimarães, Famalicão, Guarda, Porto, Leiria, Vila Real, Vila do Conde, Coimbra, Águeda, Santa Maria da Feira. (José)
  • Leiria, Coimbra,Vila Nova de Gaia, Braga, Vila Real, Guarda, Valadares, Ingote. (Robert)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Soups, Pastries, Breads. (Mark)
  • Bacalhau (Codfish), Cozido à Portuguesa. (Boiled pork, beef, chicken and several vegetables). (José)
  • Pao, Chorizo, Feijoada, anything Portuguese. (Robert)

What was a funny experience?

  • Teaching discussions in a crack house. (Mark)
  • We went out to eat with some members. It was a pork platter. Basically the whole pig. Towards the end of the meal, the members put a pigs ear on my plate. After a few minutes of stalling I apologized and said I couldn’t eat it. They all had a big laugh and said they wouldn’t eat it either. (Robert)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Being threatened with an AIDS infected drug needle. (Mark)
  • The traffic was really dangerous. We witnessed many auto-pedestrian accidents. (Robert)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Seeing the change in the countenance of a new convert. (Mark)
  • Once in a mission meeting we were blessed with Elder Curtis’ (Area Presidency) presence. We had been asked to prepare a text to deliver in that meeting to the zone leaders. I didn’t prepare the text. I saw all the missionaries delivering their papers to the mission leaders. While giving his talk, Elder Curtis paused and said: There’s a missionary among us that has some words to share with us all. He came down from the stand and pointed at me. I bore my testimony to the missionaries attending. (José)
  • There were too many to list. (Robert)

What are some interesting facts about the Porto Mission?

What was the weather like?

  • Warm and rainy. (Mark)
  • Depends where you served. By the beach areas the weather was nice. Up higher in Guarda it got cold. The rain was crazy also. (Robert)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Humble people, trying constantly to make you feel welcome. (José)
  • They are great people and friendly. They know how to prepare food, not the ready made junk we currently down in the US. (Robert)

Any packing/clothing advice?

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I got married to a worthy and amazing woman that had a goal to marry a returned missionary. (José)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Learned to speak face to face with other people despite their background. Before my mission I was very shy and incapable of talking in public. Today I’m a Branch President capable of showing empathy to members and missionaries. (José)
  • Cooking and loving the work. (Robert)

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

  • Every thing I knew at the end. (Mark)
  • More scriptures and doctrine related to mission discussions. (José)
  • Portuguese. (Robert)

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

  • Listen to your leaders and parents. Study and get acquainted with the scriptures. (José)
  • Learn to love and work hard. The Catholic church has a stronghold on people’s hearts. But they make great members when they are converted by the Holy Ghost. (Robert)

What was a funny language mistake?