Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #171
March 8, 2014
Bom dia, gente! There are some wonderful insights in this issue into different types of missionary service. Enjoy.
In this issue:
- Mission reunion info
Tips on improving our Portuguese online
Temple mission info from Manaus
New mission presidents
Called to Serve and Service Missions info
This and past issues of the Brasulista may be found on www.brasulista.com, a service provided as a service by Michael Leavitt of Orem, UT.
MISSION REUNION INFO
Brazilian Mission Reunion - Asael T. Sorensen group
Friday, April 4, 2014, 5 p.m. to 7 or 7:30 p.m.
LDS chapel, 6350 S. Rodeo Lane (1550 East), Salt Lake City
Contact Gary Kay 801-277-2307 or cell 801-419-2668 or David Richardson 801-262-5988 or cell 801-891-6639 (email@example.com)
Brazilian Mission Reunion - Bangerter group
Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6 pm.
River Meadows Senior Living Center, 137 Red Pine Drive, Alpine, UT 84004,
This is the location where Sister Bangerter will be living during her recuperation from her hip injury. The facility is providing a nice lodge for our meeting directly across the street from the main facility. Go to our web site for addition information at - therussells.net/brazil.
IMPROVING OUR PORTUGUESE
Hi Alf, Here is a website put together by a former [BYU] student, Orlando Kelm, that former missionaries to Brazil might find helpful in reactivating their Portuguese: http://www.coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/cob/ Tudo de bom, Ron Dennis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alf’s note: This is really good!
And from Orlando Kelm (BSPN 77-79) himself:
Top 2 sites to help folks review their rusty Portuguese:
- Conversa Brasileira: http://coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/cob/
- Portuguese Communication Exercises: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/orkelm/ppe/intro.html
And for the Spanish speakers who would like to learn some Portuguese, try
- Tá Falado: http://coerll.utexas.edu/brazilpod/tafalado/
Boa sorte, Orlando Brasil São Paulo Norte, 77-79
(Note: After BYU, Orlando Kelm earned a Ph.D. in Hispanic Linguistics from California Berkeley in 1989 and has been with the University of Texas ever since. Home page: http://orlandokelm.wordpress.com Email: email@example.com )
Another tip or two—these from Brazil:
Dear Alf Gunn, Please forward these links to folks so they can brush up their Portuguese.
There are many more links if he does not like these ones. He also can find lots of other options on Facebook. I would be more than happy to guide him into that. I have a magic jack number that allows me generate and receive calls from the United States and Canada. I just have to pay an annual fee, not by each call. I can call land-based phones and cell phones as well.
My number is 209-855-2436. Vilemar Magalhães, Fortaleza, CE, Brasil (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Steve Hortin (BNM 69-70) advises “The best brush-up on conversational Portuguese is to subscribe to the Readers Digest in Portuguese for a year. It is the right level of vocabulary and is interesting enough that it is easy to read it and restart your Portuguese memory working.”
Alf's note: I don’t know who sent me this tip: easyportuguese.com (free with lots of common phrases). Busuu.com also offers interactive Portuguese lessons for free, with the opportunity to practice with native speakers.
TEMPLE MISSION INFO - MANAUS
Alf: Just a comment after the end of our marvelous mission in the Manaus Temple--a beautiful place and an amazing area and people. The temple was originally slated to have four couples but ended up with three as one could not get a visa. We have just completed our mission and the Cox's complete theirs in early April leaving one Brazilian couple as missionaries until they leave in July. The members and presidency do a fantastic work but some replacements are in high need. Elder Craveiro is one of the best trainers I have ever worked with and I could not recommend him more highly. If anyone can get assigned and arrive prior to he and his wife's departure in July that would be excellent. I suspect more than one temple and mission has its staffing challenges, but to live and work in the Amazon us a unique opportunity in many dimensions. If anyone would have any questions about the living conditions (excellent), weather (surprisingly moderated by all the water in the area), etc they can email me or my wife at email@example.com. Michael and Margaret Dyal
Every week or so I receive a newsletter from Elder Bruce Cox (BM 57-60) and Sister Linda Cox, serving in the Manaus Temple, their third or fourth senior mission after sending all eight children on missions. These newsletters share their joy. And the letters are much better than my Brasulista. I wish you all could see them. Since my friends Mike (BSM 62-65) and Margaret Dyal just wrapped up their Manaus Temple mission I am going to attach a Cox letter to this Brasulista, to encourage others to serve in that temple. Remember, a temple mission is an air-conditioned mission in Brazil! Apply early. Visas are slow.
NEW MISSION PRESIDENTS
12 of the 34 Brazil missions are getting a new President this July.
- 1. São Paulo Sul
- 2. São Paulo Norte
- 3. São Paulo Interlagos
- 4. Rio de Janeiro
- 5. Recife
- 6. Manaus
- 7. Fortaleza
- 8. Brasilia
- 9. Florianópolis
- 10. Vitória
- 11. Salvador
- 12. Maceió
Item: Perhaps you were curious as I was to see in the Church News that the new mission president in Recife, Rory C. Bigelow, served his first mission in the Illinois Chicago Mission, Spanish speaking (89-91). When I contacted him I learned that he speaks Portuguese as well as Spanish. Seems that for the last seven years he has been supervising Seminaries and Institutes in all of South America and has come to love the Brazilian saints enough to learn their language. Oh, yes. He is going to be a great mission president. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mark C. Lundgren, the new mission president in Brasilia, served in the Brazil Recife Mission 81-83. He and his wife Gerri live in Deer Park, WA. (email@example.com)
Loren Dalton, new to São Paulo Interlagos, served in the BSPS 81-83. He and his wife Annette live in Cameron Park, CA. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
David T. Lisonbee (BSPN 72-74) and his wife Bianca Palmieri Lisonbee, of Sandy, UT, served a senior mission together in Milan, Italy, 09-11, and now will preside in the Brazil Salvador Mission. (Her parents were Italian and she was born on the high seas when they were immigrating to the USA.) (email@example.com)
President Phil Broadbent (BM 69-71), will preside at the Brazil São Paulo South Mission and is making a call for senior couples to join him there. He writes: With the significant increase in young missionaries, both Elders and Sisters, serving throughout the world, the amount of administrative work and support needed to make them effective has increased dramatically. We have been called to serve as mission president in the Brazil São Paulo South Mission beginning in July 2014. We are advised that the number of missionaries and especially Sisters will grow by at least 30% over the next few months. Our mission has a great need for couples, including one to help secure, maintain and upgrade housing for the missionaries throughout the mission. At least one of the spouses should have some background in Portuguese. Couples are also needed to assist with administrative responsibilities in the mission office and in helping with reactivation of inactive or less active members. Please contact me if you have any interest. Muito Obrigado!
Phil Broadbent (firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-608-8048)
Alf’s editorial note: I believe President Broadbent’s appeal could be echoed by any of the 34 mission presidents in Brazil as well as those in the Portugal Lisbon, Cabo Verde Praia and Mozambique Maputo missions. Senior missionaries can express a preference for the type of mission and even the area of service, with no guarantee that the call will meet every desire. Visa delays continue to be an issue for Brazil calls. Thanks to all seniors who have stepped up and answered the call with increasing urgency since the lowering of mission ages for young Elders and Sisters. It’s all good.
CALLED TO SERVE
Mark Zaugg (BSM 64-66) of North Salt Lake, UT, writes: Alf, I'm very happy to report that my wife Carolyn and have received our mission calls to the Brazil Area to serve primarily as area auditors under the area president. As such we will have the wonderful opportunity to travel all over Brazil. Carolyn is immersed in studying and learning Portuguese and she is doing very well. We are so excited to be able to return to Brazil. We will enter the MTC on July 14th. Our mission will be 23 months. Again, thank you for all you do in putting this wonderful Brasulista together. I look forward to each issue and often go back on the website and review past issues. I'm currently our ward mission leader and have been sending out a neighborhood newsletter to all within our ward boundaries and it is helping bring our neighbors and friends of other faiths closer together. Thanks again, Mark Zaugg (email@example.com)
Richard Armstrong (BSM 68-70) of Taylorsville, UT, writes: Hi Alf, My wife, Kate, and I have been called to serve in the Arizona Tucson Mission as member and leadership support (MLS) missionaries. We enter the MTC on March 10th and will serve 23 months. I put on the application a strong desire to serve in a foreign mission, and even had President Fluckiger of the Portugal Mission request us. I thought sure we would get a chance to serve in a Portuguese or Spanish speaking mission to utilize still fluent skills in both languages. We also supposed, due to having spent three years in mainland China teaching English, that we could be called to a foreign mission where there is a large community of Chinese. All of those expectations didn't happen, because the Lord had something different in mind, and my wife is really relieved she will live around English being spoken. As to language, we are beginning a serious study of Spanish through MTC tutors, as we will most likely be serving in Spanish-speaking branches in Tucson. Please let my former BSM (1968-70) missionary companions and friends know of our assignment, and give them our email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) should any want to keep in touch or hear reports of our mission experiences. Muito obrigado! Richard Armstrong
P.S. I was one of the "Big River Boys" from Rio Grande in 1969, along with Peter Sorensen, Randy Hall, and Stephen Franc.
This from F. Glen Waldron (BM 50-53) of Orem, UT: Dear Alf, We always enjoy reading the news in the Brasulista. Thanks for all your hard work. Just a bit about our last few years. After serving in an MTC Branch Presidency for four years, our service was required at home as we cared for my mother for 3 years before she passed. About the time of her passing, one of our daughters had a stroke. She and her two preschool children moved into our home and our service remained family oriented. During that time, we were also called to serve an 18 month Service Mission at the Provo Transient Service Office. Last July, after 8 years, our daughter and her children, moved into an apartment in the home of one of our sons. We have just been called to serve as full-time missionaries in the Utah Provo Mission. We report to the MTC on the 24th of February. We will join your sister in serving a "Live at Home Mission" here in Orem, Utah. We are most excited to help in "Hastening the Work". Looking forward to hear of the further service and news of my fellow Brazilian Missionaries. F. Glen Waldron (BM 50-53) Utah Provo Mission, Utah Orem Northridge Stake email@example.com
How would you like to tour the world on your mission?
Ralph W. Thompson (BM 55-57) writes: Dear Alf, I enjoyed this most recent issue about service missions. When I retired at Ricks College after 37 years teaching, I could not qualify for a full-time mission because I was on oxygen. My wife and I had so looked forward to it. What could we do? I got started with the name extraction program [now indexing] and have been working about 100 hours per month at indexing for 14 years.
Family Search Indexing is a program that lets me download copies of documents that I digitalize and send back to the internet to be made available to researchers of family names. Depending on the project, some of the names may be sent directly to the temples for ordinance work.
Every day I select a few "batches" of records from Brazil, traveling, as it were, to Rio or São Paulo. Currently I have been working on visas of people who traveled through São Paulo anytime between 1930 and 1970. Occasionally I find the info and photo of an LDS missionary--even one or two I have known personally.
I read the document, then type the information into a form which is then sent back, checked for accuracy by an arbitrator who sees both my version and that of someone else, then changes one or both to fit the true facts of the document. Though I have indexed, currently I am in the role of the arbitrator.
So I "tour." Yesterday I began my morning with immigrants from Italy and the Azores who came by ship through Massachusetts. Then I "toured" to Quebec to work with their 1911 census reports. I "stopped off" at Idaho to review some obituaries. I usually like to stop in Essex or Kent, England to check birth, marriage, and burial records.
Since the internet began the Indexing program in 2006, I have no trouble getting enough names to keep busy [nearly 2 million so far since '06.] One can set up his own mission even when nothing is officially available. As a missionary, I suppose I could count all the records I find as "referrals." Much easier and safer, too, than "clapping at the gate." I don't get the hospitality treats of the live missionary, but then, no one throws rocks or "sics" the dog on me.
So there's my retirement mission. Anyone may be called or call himself, as I did in 2000. Hobby, calling, habit, daily "fix." Call it what you will. The blessings come. Most of my "friends" are on the "other side."
Another "missionary" effort since retirement has been to help support grandchildren on missions. I incorporate their weekly letters into our family's monthly newsletter. Some non-LDS family members find the missionary section of the newsletter the best part. And I have seen the missionary grandchildren inspired by and reacting to each other's letters. We currently have 3 missionaries out, but have had as many as 6 at a time.
[And two have been sent to Brazil]
Though I am pretty much physically limited to my home office in Rexburg, Idaho, and to the world that passes by my window--beautiful gray winter day today, all white with some shrubs, evergreen trees and bare boughs of elm, apple, and birch, all framed in the spotless white of a fresh snow--I can pick from dozens of cities in countries all over the world to do my Indexing: my "tours." Ralph Thomson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Item: Norm Van Dam (BM & BSM 58-61) writes: Dear Alf, I too enjoy the Brasulistas and the information. My wife and I have served two service missions and have enjoyed and grown thru both of them. The first, we were called to serve at BYU-H, I as the Records Management Officer and my wife served as a counselor in the counseling Department as well as taught a class each semester we were there (2004 - 2007). Our second was a part time stay at home mission to create and man a branch of the Washington, DC employment center in Northern Virginia where we live. We served in that mission for 2 1/2 years, (January 2011- July 2013), and started with a small office and gave the Career Workshop each month. We then started holding a Resume Workshop also each month. Toward the end of our service we started holding the scholarship workshop for the high school students and finally got the self-employment workshop started. All of this is to help members and nonmembers to be self sufficient. It is so much fun and rewarding to help people have hope and see that they do have skills that make them valuable to a company. I now serve as an assistant Recorder in the Washington, D.C. Temple and that too is almost like a mission. I also run into former Brazilian Missionaries at the Temple, Elder and Sister Green are here as Temple Missionaries, including Larry Storrs as an ordinance worker, and Bro. A. Lemke as a Shift Coordinator and ordinance worker with his wife. We have loved serving our service missions. By the way, the Washington, D.C. Employment Center is currently looking for a couple to come and work in the expanded Northern Virginia Employment Center, mission to begin in June 2014. Tchau for now, Norm Van Dam
Bruce Louthan (BSM 68-70) of Moab, UT, writes: Alf: Just a note for those not hankering for long visa delays to serve missions in Brazil, there is no waiting for Portuguese-speaking Africa. Well, maybe that is a little strong but it is mostly true and sure beats the indefinite waits for Brazilian visas. Plus Africans are incredibly loving, kind, courteous and patient, especially with white missionaries. I knew a fair number of wonderful Polynesians at BYU and even after serving in southern Brazil for 2 years (BSM 68-70), I was unprepared for the warmth of Africans in general, not just church members. We only served in Portuguese-speaking Angola and Mozambique and English-speaking Malawi and Zambia ("Africa A to Z") with visits to Johannesburg, South Africa, but were impressed by missionaries and other folks from the surrounding countries that the cultures of those five nations are no fluke. Once Africans find out that we are volunteers who pay our own way, their amazement and gratitude knows no bounds. As a public affairs missionary, I was encouraged to continue membership in Rotary and interacted with lots of other non-members also. I found them open, community-minded, family-oriented more than we are -- just altogether fantastic, Christian people, interested in discussing religion. What a change from worldly, touristy Moab, Utah where we live! We have friends on their 5th mission and Africa is the first place they have requested--fought hard-- to return to. Actually everyone we know who served there would love to go back. Yes, you can see the animals-- usually several times. And there are lembranças aplenty of unique African style. But it is the people and their desire to progress that amaze (like Brazil 40 years ago). Despite often crushing poverty, they are optimistic, happy and generous. In Angola and Mozambique we encountered some great Brazilian couples serving missions in CES, MLS, and office staff as well as some great American and Canadian couples. And the climate is pretty mild in both, influenced by oceanside locations. Plus most couple quarters have AC if needed. Seriously, it is a fantastic experience and one where Portuguese is a perk to the mission experience in general. Much love and appreciation for your efforts with the Brasulista, Bruce and Vonda Louthan (email@example.com)
As you may know, missionaries from the USA are not recipients of aid from the Church’s General Missionary Fund or from the Perpetual Education Fund. This may impact some urban minority wards which have young men who wish to serve a mission but need some assistance. One Brazilian-American bishop brought those needs to our attention some months ago and we mentioned it in the Brasulista. Here is a note from one of our former missionaries: Alf, I thought you might like to know that our ward High Priest Group is now or shortly will be providing support for five missionaries from the [Spanish-speaking] Ogden Ward that you mentioned in a past Brasulista. I told you earlier that we had we were supporting one that is in McAllen Texas and one in Asuncion Paraguay. Yesterday our Bishop came in to the High Priest's group meeting and told us about a conversation that he had with the new Bishop of the Ogden ward. (The one who originally contacted you has been released.) After the Ogden Bishop told our Bishop about a new family in his ward with several missionaries and no jobs, our Bishop agreed to support three more missionaries. That was a very emotional offer to a Bishop who was obviously struggling to find support for all those willing to serve. Our Bishop told us there were more than a few tears shed by that good man. That is a total of five missionaries that we are currently supporting although they have a variety of release dates so it is not like we are committed for that many for the next two years.
Our Bishop asked the Ogden Bishop to keep this anonymous and I ask you to do the same. I wanted you to know about it because of the good you have done by your efforts with the Brasulista. If you want to use this information in some way in the Brasulista, please maintain the anonymity.
Forte abraço do irmão,
Alf Gunn (BSM 62-65) - Gig Harbor, WA firstname.lastname@example.org 253-851-1099