Alf Gunn BadgeBrasulista #110


For the reunion on April 2 we need an accomplished organist and an accompanist for the Mormon Melodaires. Please call Jim Smith at 801-492-3482 or cell 801-628-1538. Thanking you ahead of time.



Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #110

March 25, 2009


Greetings, Elders and Sisters!


In this issue:

The Big Reunion – Be there or be square!

Missionary opportunities at Curitiba and Mozambique

Unique Church service volunteer assignment at Minas Gerais

Super Reunion of the Early Brazilian Missions April 2

            See potluck assignments, please

            Volunteers needed

Ron Madsen recalls Elder A. Theodore Tuttle

Reunion of the BNM Oakes group on April 3

How to order a new Brazilian Mission lapel pin

“Terra da Felicidade” Tour and Cruise of Brazil set for next January


Editorial: Okay, some people go to reunions and some people, well, don’t. That’s my observation anyway. Last time we had a big reunion we invited some 1,200 folks and less than 200 of those showed up, plus their spouses. What’s that about? This time we are inviting 2,000. And a good percentage of you live within 100 miles of Bountiful, UT, mostly in Sandy as far as I can tell.


At the reunion we are going to visit and we are going to enjoy each other. We are going to eat Brazilian food! We are going to sing the hymns of Zion in Portuguese. The Mormon Melodaires are going to sing! We will spotlight our oldest surviving Elder (1935) and oldest surviving Sister (1947)! We are going to honor our mission presidents by our presence. So suck in that gut, brother, put on that smile and come to the dang reunion! Puxa!


Read more about the reunion below.


Mission opportunity in Curitiba, Paraná

“Dear Alf, Thank you for your newsletter. We have a spot for a couple in the mission office here in Curitiba, even for those who do not speak Portuguese. US $1,200 per month is enough to cover expenses. If you could spread the word, we would appreciate it. Muito obrigado, Presidente Paulo Araújo” (


Unique Church Service Volunteer Assignment

Location: Church Owned “Fazenda São Miguel” (60,000 ac. Farm-Cattle Operation) Cabaceiras, Minas Gerais, Brazil (60 miles east of Brasilia)

Need: Agricultural background, Portuguese language (at least husband), and proven leadership training skills

Contact:   Bob Lamoreaux (BSM 60-62) 801-544-7062 or meet at 3:00 pm session of up-coming Missionary Reunion


Mission opportunities in Africa

Charlotte and Stephen Nebeker (BSM 64-66) of St. George, UT, have pretty much been serving missions of one kind or another since 2003. They write from Africa:

“Alf, we have arrived in Beira Mozambique on our CES mission and found the people very open hearted and accepting of us. We look forward to our mission adventure very much. However, we need two other missionary couples who can come right away to serve with us in Beira, a city that once was beautiful, but was destroyed during the war that ended the Portuguese occupation of this country. The members here are wonderful and the church is growing, but life is hard and the people need our help. Our Mission President, President Blair J. Packard really needs two very flexible missionary couples to rush forth immediately to help us in this city. Their responsibilities would be to help the YOUNG full-time missionaries and the members. They will be greatly appreciated and will have an "unreal" experience that they can talk about for the rest of their lives. Your fellow workers in the faith,
Elder Stephen & Charlotte Nebeker (

President Packard’s email address is


Item: Relief Society General President Julie Bangerter Beck and Brazil:


In case you missed it before . . .  

Two of the Seventy, Elder Homero Amato of São Paulo and Elder Stanley Ellis of the Brazil Area Presidency will speak at our multi-mission reunion on Thursday, April 2. A special guest will be José Alfredo Graça Lima, Consul General of Brazil at Los Angeles.


The reunion will begin at 3 p.m. at the Bountiful Central Stake Center, 640 South 750 East, so come early and visit a lot. Please bring your pot luck food (assigned below) and there will also be some Brazilian dishes.


Be there for sure for the 6:30 p.m. chapel program where we will honor our mission presidents and their families. After, there will be “break out” sessions for the various presidencies. Here is the official scoop from the Deseret News:




All Presidents Pre-1980


Thursday, Apr. 2, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Event ends at 9:00 PM.


Bountiful Central Stake Center
640 S. 750 East
Bountiful, UT
United States

  1. phone:
     Work phone:

Denis Hawkins
801 641-5022
801 240-6429

  1. phone:
     Work phone:

Alan Hill
801 292-7369
801 309-1737


Brazilian and pot-luck meal from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (we will furnish rice, feijoada, rolls, and guaraná. Attendees A-H bring casseroles, I-Q bring salads, R-Z bring desserts, all for 10 people). Evening program at 6:30 p.m. conducted by David Beck. Individual mission break-out sessions at 7:30 p.m.

Evening program at 6:30 p.m. conducted by David Beck. Individual mission break-out sessions at 7:30 p.m.


Volunteers needed at the reunion

As you can see, things are shaping up in an amazing way for the Brazilian Missionary Super Reunion on April 2nd.


Okay, troops, we need some good volunteers to help out with specific assignments at the reunion. Roll call, please! We are not looking for our volunteers to put in full time at the reunion to these assignments, but would appreciate having them take an hour or two of their time to help. Sunday dress is probably the most appropriate attire for the evening program, but more casual attire might be appropriate for some of the working assignments. We will make changing rooms available before the program. Please contact Alan Hill at or call him at 801 292-7369. Here is a list of specific needs:


- Table setup  2pm-2:30pm
- Food Service  3pm-5:30pm (work with food service and small cleanups, etc).
- Table removal and chair setup  5:30pm - 6:00pm (Need some leadership, but many present will help with this assignment)

- Clean up Kitchen 5:30 pm - 6:00pm
- Work at the Greeting Tables 3pm - 6:30pm
- Help with special guests 2pm - 6pm part time
- Ushers  5:30pm - end of evening

Ron Madsen (BSM 62-65) of Provo, UT, shares a recollection of President A. Theodore Tuttle: “In the early part of 1965 I was working in Bagé, RS, when we traveled to Livramento for a conference with President Tuttle. As you mentioned he had Diane with him and when he introduced her he said something like this: ‘Isn't she beautiful. When the girls in your city start looking this beautiful, call the Mission President and he will transfer you.’ After the meeting we were all interviewed by President Tuttle. I was the first one to be interviewed and when he heard my name he immediately knew who my parents were and started talking about my father and the hobby horses that he used to make. He said that all of his kids used the one he had and that now the spring was broken and he wanted to get a new spring so the grandchildren could ride it. After the interview President Tuttle asked me if I would take Diane down the street and get her an ice cream cone. I told him that I couldn't because my companion hadn't been interviewed yet. He was not going to let me off that easy and kept after me to go. President Turner heard all of the commotion and came out and asked what the problem was. President Tuttle said that Elder Madsen wouldn't take Diane to get ice cream. President Turner said that he might go if I go as his companion, so the three of us went for ice cream.”

Ron Madsen (



Dear Brazil North Missionaries, There will be a reunion of those who served under President and Sister George A. Oakes, on Friday night, April 3, 2009, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Rim Stake Center, 3051 South 2900 East, Salt Lake City.  Directions: Eastbound on I-80 to 2300 East exit; proceed .8 mi. to 3300 South; turn left (east) and proceed .7 mi. to 2900 East; turn left (north) and the stake center is .3 mi. 


Item: Portuguese speakers may volunteer at the MTC Provo

Elder Robin Hagberg (BSM 59-62) writes: “I work as a volunteer at the MTC in Provo. On Thursdays we help the missionaries who are going to “U.S. missions – Portuguese language speaking” to learn the language by us playing the role of investigators as they teach. We need more volunteers! We have prayer meeting at 9:50 a.m. and the one-hour roll-playing sessions start at 10:10 and at 11:10. The volunteers play the roll of investigators for an hour at each session. We are seeking returned missionaries who live in the greater Provo area who served in Brazil or Portugal and are still comfortable speaking the language with reasonable ability, and also native Portuguese speakers. The volunteer work can be very rewarding. If those interested would send their email addresses to me and their phone numbers, I will be glad to coordinate volunteers and needs at the MTC. Volunteers will not be committed to a regular schedule, but would be on standby and can come when they are able. Volunteers will need a temple recommend, a BYU ID, or a bishop’s recommendation to serve at the MTC. Muitissimo obrigado, Robin C. Hagberg




Thanks to all who have inquired about buying the new Brazilian Missions lapel pins. If not attending the reunion then here’s how: Please send $5 for each pin to me at

Alf Gunn

3720 26th Avenue Court NW

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Be sure to include your name and return address on a note. I will provide the postage and padded envelope for mailing the pins to you.


This is a fundraiser, so thanks for your contribution. Here’s more info about the pins:


We have created a new lapel pin for alumni of the Brazilian missions—all of them—which I hope will be wildly popular so I don’t have a garage full of cute little lapel pins. The design features the Cristo Redentor statue, the gold plates and the words in English “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Brazilian Missions.” Sales proceeds will help pay for this and future reunions and the miniscule costs of producing the Brasulista. See a picture of the pin attached to this newsletter. The actual pin is even nicer than the artwork.  




NOTE: As of the first two weeks since we mentioned this trip, 26 persons have signed on or expressed serious interest in this trip and our travel agent, Dick Jensen, says that the balconies are going fast.


Don’t be a snowbird next January. Be a papagaio!


Dick Jensen (Brazil SP South Mission 78-80) has put together a new super trip for our missionary alumni—very different from the past trips we have enjoyed, and very classy. Calendar 14 days beginning January 8, 2010 for this incredible adventure! Here’s it is:


Beginning Friday January 8, 2010, we catch an evening flight to São Paulo, arriving the morning of Saturday the 9th and then travel by scenic motor coach from SP down to Santos to board one of the Costa Cruise Lines elegant cruise ships. The ship will be our accommodations for the next week. It sails for Rio Saturday evening, which is bed time for our weary travelers.  


The Italian cruise line that Dick has booked us on guarantees great Brazilian and Italian cuisine during this cruise, all included in our travel package.


On Sunday, January 10, a motor coach takes us to church in Rio de Janeiro, and afterwards we will do some motor coach touring of Rio de Janeiro, the “Cidade Maravilhosa.”


Next day we are relaxing at sea and will hold a Family Home Evening fireside on board our cruise ship.


Tuesday January 12 we are at Salvador, Bahia, (“Bahia, terra da felicidade” as the song says*) where we will tour this historic port city by guided motor coach.


Wednesday, January 13 we visit the colonial seaport of Ilhéus, tucked in a hidden bay in southern Bahia.


Thursday January 14 we are at sea and will have another fireside.


On the 15th we visit, relax and play at Ilhabela, the largest Brazilian oceanic island and one of the main ecological reserves of the Rain Forest.


The next day is Saturday, January 16, and back on land we will go from Santos to São Paulo and visit the beautiful São Paulo Temple. Dick always arranges for great hotel accommodations for us on these trips.


Sunday the 17th is church and a fireside with the members at São Paulo.


On Monday the 18th we motor coach to Curitiba, Paraná, one of Brazil’s best organized cities and home to many faithful saints.


On Tuesday the 19th we have the opportunity to attend the newly dedicated Curitiba Temple.


On Wednesday the 20th we motor coach from Curitiba to São Paulo where we will catch our night flight back to the USA.


I don’t know how he does it, but Dick is a magician when it comes to finding great accommodations at very reasonable prices. Dick got incredibly good deals with the cruise line (usually very expensive) because we are going to have a good sized group.


The price is expected to be $2199 per person (inside cabin) plus air taxes and visa fee (plus customary tips). The price is good from many US cities. We will arrange our own shore excursions of Rio and Salvador at a small additional cost. To make reservations, call Dick Jensen at 801-505-3495.  


Any single sisters who would like to plan to take this trip please let me know so that I may be able to match you with other single sisters to get the dual occupancy room rate (quoted above). We have done this before.


And, as always, you are going to love the people you travel with. Hey, we’re Mormons! And we know how to have fun.


This trip is open to your fellow ward members and relatives who may have not served a mission in Brazil but would love to be traveling with you and doing these kinds of things. Talk to your family and friends about going with you, and make your reservations.

(* The name 'Terra da Felicidad' is my name for this tour for advertising purposes and not one that Dick furnished. It is taken from lyrics of the Ary Barroso song "Na Baixa do Sapateiro," as sung by Caetano Veloso.)  


Hope you can make it to the reunion!




Alf Gunn (BSM 62-65)

Gig Harbor, WA



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