Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #142
February 9, 2012
In this issue:
At the bottom of this newsletter are three items which were sent out separately already and are repeated here:
--Elders Claudio R.M. Costa and Stanley G. Ellis of the Seventy to speak at the upcoming mission reunion (all the missions, 1935 to 1985) on March 30.
--Missionary Cruise from Spain to Portugal to Brazil, November 2012
--Passing of President Wayne M. Beck of the Brazilian Mission
Bold promise of a temple in Porto Alegre was realized
Finding missionaries for members in Brazil
From Dean Meservy (BPAM 77-79) of the U.S. Embassy, Vienna, Austria:
Alf, Thanks so much for these wonderful recollections and accounts. I think it was Davis Gardner alerted me to the Brasulista, and I'm glad he did. I was recently able to go back to Porto Alegre for the first time since I left. It was so exciting to see people I knew as youth and new converts having served as bishops, stake presidents, mission presidents, temple presidents, and in one case (Elder Carlos A. & Monica Godoy) as a member of the First Quorum of Seventy. As if that weren't exciting enough, I saw their children serving as bishops and stake presidents and mission presidents’ spouses.
The account of the six temple trip brought something to mind I thought I'd share with you. My first area in Porto Alegre, then known as Ala IV and now consisting of several stakes, covered a vast area across the north of the city and out to several neighboring towns. It was a wonderful ward with many strengths, not the least being the unbelievable youth. But the members were somewhat discouraged about missionary work. Many missionaries over the past year or two had been infected by the malaise.
In an effort to help the members catch the vision of Church growth, I began saying to them, "Do you want a prophecy? I will prophecy right now that if you are faithful and live and share the gospel, you will have your own temple right here in Porto Alegre." That usually made them smile and pull down the skin under one eye. The São Paulo temple was already under construction, and everybody knew this would be Brazil's one and only temple ever. I would continue: "But I will go farther. I prophesy that the Porto Alegre temple will be built within the boundaries of this very ward!" Yes, I was being a little silly. I was just trying to instill a vision in them. And, over time, it had the desired effect.
I was transferred up to Montenegro after a few months, and I more or less forgot about what I'd said. But the members sure didn't. In the 1990s, when a Porto Alegre temple was announced, I began receiving breathless letters from Brazil telling me that the site was indeed within the boundaries of the old 4th Ward.
Now, I have to say that when I visited in March and was able to visit the temple in person, I was a little doubtful. The temple is right where the old ward boundary was, and I think it actually sits on what used to be the 1st Ward side. But that's all right. I'm pleased that the members were blessed for taking up the work like they did. Best wishes, Dean Meservy (BSM 77-79) U.S. Embassy, Vienna, 12/11/11 (email@example.com)
Administrative note: Dear Elders and Sisters, When I locate a missionary I ask them for some info about themselves (full name, spouse’s name if married, name of the mission when they served, years of mission service, phone numbers and address). Then I ask for names of their companions and missionary acquaintances, and where they were from or last known to be. I check the names they furnish to assure that they go on the master lists. (I have a South list and a North list—both very big.) When I find some time I try to locate the missionaries on the list. The last two months have been good. I have been busy locating many of the listed (not lost) sheep, and have located a good number and added them to the email address book. So I have been a little slow to compile this issue of the Brasulista.
Thanks to all for tips on folks you have found. And thanks for the news you share with me. And thanks for your notes of encouragement. I enjoy it all. Alf
Elder David Egbert and his wife Ann, from Jerome, ID, are serving in beautiful Canela, Rio Grande do Sul, in the Brazil Porto Alegre North Mission. He wrote: “Alf, another family asked for help in finding the missionaries that taught their family. Marcos Milkiewicz is the 1st Counselor in the Hortensias Branch Presidency with me, serving with Pres. Jose Ramos Souza. Marcos' family was baptized in Erechim, RS in 1981 when he was only 5 years old; his father and three siblings were baptized. He said his mother was just recently baptized in 2010. Marcos remembers wanting to be baptized and wanting to be just like those missionaries. Oh, he wanted his family to be happy and loving like those in the pamphlets the missionaries left for them to read. There was no church in Erechim at the time or the family had little contact with the church after baptism. Some years later, in 1997, he and his wife had an opportunity to be baptized in Lagoa Vermelha, RS. His father passed away a few years ago and his mother now lives with them and their five children. They are a bastion of strength in our branch and district today, because of the feelings of little five-year-old boy in 1981. The missionaries that taught his father's family in Erechim, RS in 1981 were Elder Michael, an American and Elder Leite, a Brazilian. Any help you might be will greatly appreciated. Marcos just wants to express his gratitude to those Elders; and for them to know how much influence they still have here in Brazil in his family, who are so grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thanks again, Elder and Sister Egbert, BPAN Mission, Canela, RS, Brasil” (firstname.lastname@example.org)
“Dear Elder Egbert, Thanks for this inquiry. I contacted former mission president Osiris Cabral, who identified these missionaries by checking his records and said "I'm almost sure that the missionaries were: Emilson de Farias Leite from Espirito Santo, Brazil and Michael David Adams from Utah." Thanks to Brother Cabral I was able to find Elder Adams (BPAM 81-82) in Alpine, UT (email@example.com) and am now sending him the Brasulista. I was able to locate Elder Emilson de Faria Leite, whi is at tel. 27 3316 8906 and I spoke with him just now. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org and I am now sending him the Brasulista. Please pass this information on to the family of Marcos Milkiewicz so that they can connect with their missionaries. Um abraco, Alf Gunn”
Passing of President Wayne M. Beck
See the obituary at The Davis Clipper - Wayne Moore Beck or
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Wayne M. Beck (BM 38-41), beloved former President of the Brazilian Mission, 1963-1966, on Sunday, February 5, one month prior to his 95th birthday. President Beck was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn in April 2005 and son Gary Wayne in January 2005. Please watch for a Deseret News obituary and announcement of funeral time and location. I know that Brother Beck had been a long-time and faithful temple worker at Salt Lake City and then Bountiful, where he lived. As many know, David Beck, General Young Men President, is the son of President and Sister Beck. Daughter Susan is serving with her husband who is a mission president in Argentina.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the family of President Beck.
The beautiful story of Brother Beck’s return to Brazil with his young wife Evelyn after WWII and their subsequent lifetime love of the people of Brazil are captured in the short (26-minutes) film Brasil Doce Lar, available online at brasildocelar.com, and well worth the watch. President Beck has left a great heritage of faith and love for Brazil.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 11, at 1 p.m. at the Bountiful Utah South Stake Center, 1250 South Main. Viewings will also be held at the Stake Center Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30-12:30. Interment will be at the Bountiful City Cemetery. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com.
UPCOMING REUNION NEWS
I am very pleased to announce that Elder Claudio R. M. Costa of the Seventy and currently President of the Brazil Area, and Elder Stanley G. Ellis of the Seventy, will address our evening chapel session at the Early Brazilian Missions Reunion 2012 to be held on March 30, the Friday before General Conference.
The reunion begins at noon on that date, and the evening session is at 6 pm. So calendar the date, book that flight, and plan to attend and take in General Conference too!
I am reluctant to use the term “super reunion,” but this will be one where all missionaries who served in whatever mission in Brazil before 1985 are invited, as well as their mission presidents and Brazilian members from that era. We hold one of these super reunions every three years or so, hoping not to interfere with other mission reunions.
Once again we have secured the large Bountiful Central Stake Center at 640 South 750 East, Bountiful, UT 84010. Please make note of that location.
When we get together we typically enjoy an afternoon of visiting and food—including some real Brazilian food, wonderful meals kindly prepared by Brazilian members, augmented by potluck items from you folks who live in the area (see the assignments below, please).We will have a general meeting in the chapel featuring our special speakers in the early evening (6 pm) and then breakout sessions with the individual mission president groups.
For attendees who live in the Salt Lake area, please accept the following potluck assignments for the 1 pm potluck: Last name beginning A-H salads; I-Q desserts; R-Z casserole dishes. (These do not have to be Brazilian dishes.) Muito obrigado.
The reunion will start at noon, with mingling and visiting. The potluck and Brazilian food meal is at 1 pm in the cultural hall, followed by more visiting. Rooms will be available and designated for mission presidency groups who wish to gather together. At 6 pm there will be an uplifting chapel session. We will sing hymns in Portuguese, honor our mission presidents, and hear from our two special speakers. Break-out sessions will follow, again to rooms designated for your mission groups.
The reunion is open to all who receive the Brasulista, or who served in Brazil up to about 1985. While many of the folks who attend may not be your mission acquaintances, come and meet new folks who share the Brazil mission experience. We also invite and hope to see many Brazilians.
Brother Denis Hawkins (BSM 64-66) of Bountiful has consented to head the reunion committee and Alan Hill (BSM 67-69) of Bountiful will be his right-hand-man. These good brothers have done this twice before and are great to work with. If you can volunteer to help, please call Denis Hawkins at 801-296-0400 to offer your assistance.
Please spread the word about this reunion and plan to attend.
Item: Missionary Cruise and Tour Planned for November 23 to December 11, 2012
Barcelona, Cádiz, Lisbon, Tenerife . . . this is the stuff of dreams! Salvador da Bahia, Rio de Janeiro, Santos . . . I’m loving this! See it all at http://alanmckaytours.com/southamerica/november-2012-brazil-cruise/ or Google “Dick Jensen Tours.
PLEASE SIGN UP EARLY FOR THIS TO OBTAIN A BRAZIL VISA
From Spain and Portugal to Brazil, including a 15-night cruise on the Royal Caribbean Splendour of the Seas, with seven city tours and LDS church services and firesides on the high seas. Bring your talents and be a part of the events we plan. Base price is $1999 per person, and THIS INCLUDES FLIGHTS TO AND FROM! at a fraction of the normal price. Dick arranges tours in the ports we visit. Note: Singles, at your request we will seek another single to be a cabin mate. Your tour hosts will be fellow Brazilian missionaries Larry and Cheryl Stamps and Alf Gunn. Complete details are found at http://alanmckaytours.com/southamerica/november-2012-brazil-cruise/ or Google “Dick Jensen Tours.”
Alf Gunn (BSM 62-65)
Gig Harbor, WA email@example.com 253-851-1099