Alf Gunn BadgeBrasulista #148


Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #148
August 20, 2012

In this issue:
“Olha que coisa mais linda, mais cheia de graça . . . “ –Garota de Ipanema
Brazil tour of the south of Brazil in the making
Mission Reunion:  Wayne M. Beck/Lloyd R. Hicken group
Mission calls to Brazil and Spain
Link to a history of the Church in Brazil
Two items From the Archives—Hymn #138 and How to Find a Wife

Bossa Nova, just for fun

Here is a well-written article about the song “The Girl From Ipanema” turning 50 this year.  
Read about it at
And yes, there was a real girl who inspired the song.  And yes, see her photo today. Earlier this year I enjoyed a dinner in the corner restaurant one block off of Ipanema Beach where Vinícius de Moraes and his buddyTom Jobim wrote the words to the song on a scrap of paper—now enlarged and painted on the wall. What in 1962 was the Veloso Bar is today the restaurant “Garota de Ipanema,” and the street is named Rua Vinícius de Moraes.

Well, back to the old missionary news. 


Just a teaser here:  Dick Jensen Tours is designing a dream tour of the south of Brazil for next March, including Porto Alegre, Gramado and Canela, Florianôpolis, Joinville, Curitiba, Ponta Grossa and the Foz do Iguaçu.  More on this later.

Reunion Announcement

Wayne M. Beck – Lloyd R. Hicken Missionary Reunion.
Friday, October 5th at 7pm. Val Verda Stake Center, 2633 South 50 West in Bountiful. Visiting begins at 6:30pm. Dave Beck, President Hicken and Elder Stan Ellis will speak to us. Light refreshments and more visiting afterwards. (Be there early. There is a BYU-Utah State Football Game at 8:15pm in Logan.) Small donation requested to help defray expenses. For more details contact Wayne Hale (208-251-2050 email: or Wayne Selph (801-541-6067 email:  We hope you will attend, and help us contact other Beck/Hicken missionaries, especially your own companions. Please forward any new information to the emails listed above.


Elder Ed Archibald (BSM 63-65) and Sister Karen Archibald of Gilbert, AZ, were called to serve in the Campinas Temple and reported there on August 6.  “This temple is beautiful and the saints are very dedicated with a sweet spirit. We are learning each day how to better serve them and the Lord. I would encourage anyone who has been thinking of going on a senior mission to not delay any longer. We have been blessed during this whole process. Many obstacles were removed that we thought were impossible to overcome and everything just fell in place during the 5 months that we had to prepare to leave after we received our call. It is a real testimony to both of us that the Lord really knows us and is willing to help us after we have done all that we can do. We are blessed to be where we are at this time and would encourage others to join in this great work. The need is great, especially in the temples here in Brazil and the blessings are beyond measure. If anyone has questions or concerns please feel free to contact me." (
Elder Greg Jones  (BM 62-64, SPNM 06-08) and Sister Monti Jones (SPNM 06-08) of Providence, UT,  have begun service in the Madrid Temple. This will be Elder Jones' fourth mission, two in Portuguese speaking countries and two in Spanish.  But, since the temple serves both Spain and Portugal, they will make plenty of use of both languages. “There are some very faithful members,” Elder Jones writes, “many of whom spend a week at the temple as often as they can.  Stakes send groups of thirty to one hundred to the temple for at least part of a week, if not the whole time. There are many "stake" temple workers who accompany their stakes for their assigned week, and help out the temple missionaries and temple workers from the Madrid area. The Portuguese are probably the most faithful in this regard, and there are many Portuguese members who spend four weeks a year at the temple.”  (

Elder Reynold Stout (BM 62-65) of St. George, UT, writes:  Dear Alf,  Thanks for the continued updates and information from others which you so lovingly pass along to so many of us who are former missionaries and members connected to Brazil. It’s always inspirational to see how Heavenly Father continues to show His love and support for the wonderful people of Brazil. My wife, Mary Ellen, and I are currently serving as MLS (member, leader, support) missionaries in the Brazil São Paulo South Mission and we are truly enjoying this wonderful experience.
  MLS is service on the ward or stake level and also support on the mission level or wherever the mission president feels we might be of service. In our particular assignment, we attend the ward meetings, visit members who may be less active within our stake and particularly our ward. We are assigned to a stake and work within and work under the direction of a stake president when we're working with members. We attend mission meetings, help support missionaries, teach English classes, make friends with non-members, hold Family Home Evenings in our home with less-active members, and generally do whatever we feel we can to help strengthen the church and its members. We have an assignment to also help follow up with the needs associated with the apartments where the missionaries are staying. We also teach an Institute class on the Book of Mormon in English. There’s a lot to do.
  We have been here for three months now and have seen ways in which Our Heavenly Father can use us to accomplish His work. Although we never expected to be able to serve here because of some health issues, it was such a wonderful surprise when we received our call. Although I didn’t keep up with my Portuguese very well, it’s amazing to see how much is returning. Although my wife didn’t know the language at all, she is studying hard and has a great desire to learn.  Although we had to leave 10 children and 38 grandchildren behind, the blessings seem to be multiplying. I guess what I’m trying to say is that we could think of several reasons why this call might be difficult, but it’s been nothing but exciting almost every day so far. The friendships we have already formed, the spiritual experiences we have already enjoyed and the opportunity to serve together have overshadowed any challenges we have had. The members are wonderful and so loving and the people of Brazil are the same. The opportunity to serve so closely with our great mission leadership, President John S. and Susan W. Tanner and with the wonderful missionaries in this mission is one of the richest experiences of our lives. Our efforts are more focused on the work of “resgate” (rescue) as we try to help in the re-activation of members. But we also have many opportunities to talk to non-members and to help teach the Gospel to investigators. We would encourage anyone who is thinking of serving a senior mission to do it. When we finally decided that it was time to go, all of the obstacles which seemed to be holding us back fell by the wayside and doors were opened which allowed us to move forward.
  We send to all of you our love and hope to see some of you down here. If you have any questions about living here, feel free to write and we will respond as soon as we find time.  Love, Reynold Wood Stout (BM 62-65) and Mary Ellen Wille Stout.  (
Elder Daryl K. Hobson (BM 60-62) and Sister Ann Hobson of South Jordan, UT, are called to serve a 23-month mission in the Recife Temple to begin in December 2012. They formerly presided over the Cabo Verde Praia Mission from 2002-2004, where they witnessed the marvelous work of the Church's neo-natal resuscitation training, vision and wheelchair programs.  In 2007 Daryl and Ann served as short-term humanitarian missionaries in Beira, Mozambique, working with Care for Life. From 2009 to the present they spearheaded humanitarian efforts of the Ashby Foundation, which provides tuition, school materials, and uniforms for needy members of the Church in Cape Verde (an island nation of the west coast of Africa) from kindergarten through high school, allowing students to then participate in the Church’s PEF program. An additional Ashby project is Clothes for Jobs, which ships gently used clothing to the islands for resale by disadvantaged mothers, allowing them to provide basic needs for their children. (


Here is a history of the Church in Brazil, in Portuguese:
Regarding the story of Bruce Cox of Mesa, Arizona (in Brasulista #147), his companion Stanley Miller (BM 56-58) shares this update:  “I baptized Luiz Antonio Vilanova on March 15, 1958 in São Paulo. Maxwell Bruce Cox was my companion.  At the time I was serving as District President of the São Paulo district. According to my records, Rafael Felix Vilanova was also baptized at the same time.” Brother Miller is one of those lucky folks who returned to Brazil many times since serving his mission, first as an advisor to the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture (1966-1968), and later, numerous short term assignments, when he served as the Director of the International Plant Protection Center (1973-1989) at Oregon State University. He taught University courses in the Agricultural Universities of Porto Alegre at Pelotas and Rio de Janeiro at Kilometer 47. Later he had long-term assignments in Venezuela, Yemen, Bangladesh and Albania. After retiring from Oregon State University in 1997, Brother Miller ran his family cattle ranch in Idaho for ten years before it was sold. He and his wife Patricia now reside in Albany, Oregon where he serves as High Priest Group Leader. (


Updated from Brasulista #16, Thanksgiving 2003
By the way, did you know that the beautiful hymn, “Bless Our Fast, We Pray” (Hymns #138), was written by two of our Brazilian South Missionaries, who were companions. The music was written by Elder James B. Welch (BSM 70-72), today a professional organist living in Palo Alto, CA, with his wife Deanne. The text was written by John Sears Tanner (BSM 69-71), who is currently presiding over the Brazil São Paulo South Mission with his wife, Sister Susan W. Tanner, former General Young Women President.  Both of these men are rather remarkable persons whom I have come to know and respect. Thank you for sharing your talents, brethren. ( (
Also from Brasulista #16, 2003
Tip of the month: How to find a wife
Elder Mark E. Whiting (66-68) of Sandy, UT, wrote: “At a wedding reception (in 1981), a lady I had known all my life asked me just what I was looking for in a wife, I being in my early 30’s and unmarried. I described all the attributes of Eve and added that she must be able to speak Portuguese. A week later this lady called my father and said she had found her, and so I married her in the Seattle Temple on 15 July 1981. She is the former Nancy Jacobsen, from Seattle, who served in the São Paulo South Mission in 1974.” (
Tchauzinho, gente!
Alf Gunn (BSM 62-65)
Gig Harbor, WA



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