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Cristo300Brasulista #182

Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #182
March 31, 2015

Bom dia!

In this issue:

A second stake in Mozambique in two months
Portugal Porto Mission opens
Sister Neill F. Marriott is one of ours
Called to serve in Brazil
Senior couples needed in Brazil
President Spencer W. Kimball recalled
“História dos Santos dos Últimos Dias no Brasil” Facebook page is a hit
Elder Harold Hillam recalled
Helio da Rocha Camargo, Brazilian leader
Brazilian money blues


  • Paulo-e-Adriana-KretlyPaulo e Adriana KretlyThis link with fine pictures at Newsroom, at the web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was brought to our attention by Paulo Kretly, the great Brazilian president of the Mozambique Maputo Mission, who shares wonderful news with us on occasion:  “Dear Alf,  I'm finishing my 3-year mission in Mozambique, and many miracles have happened in this country. Some good missionaries that served in Brazil when I was young are now serving with their wife here and helping the Church grow a lot. Please find the link below about the creation of the second stake in Mozambique. The first one was in Maputo, one month earlier. I hope you enjoy!"

  • Mozambique 


  • Joni-L-and-Michele-KochJoni and Michele KochDid you notice?  The Portugal Porto Mission is being re-opened, with Elder Joni Koch, 52, of Camborió, SC, to preside over the new mission, with his wife, Michele.  He is a former Area Seventy and stake president, bishop and missionary in the Brazil São Paulo North Mission. I remember Joni Koch in his mother’s arms in Joinville, SC, in 1963. 


    I have been asked.  Yes, Sister Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, is the wife of my missionary buddy David C. Marriott (BSM 62-65) and she served for three years with him when he was president of the Brazil São Paulo Interlagos Mission (02-05).  Sister Marriott is a wonderful representative of the Church.  David is serving as a stake president in Salt Lake City.  (


  • “Hi Alf,  A month or so ago a missionary opportunity that you sent out came to my attention.  It was an urgent need for a couple to teach English as a second language on a large Church-owned ranch in Goiás, Brazil.  The moment I read it I felt a surge of excitement and felt compelled to e-mail about it that very day.  The next day we got an e-mail back asking us to call the director, and before we knew it we were going to Brazil!  We appreciate your posting this notice.  We were just back from serving a young single adult mission in Rancagua, Chile, less than a year ago; and I had plans to rest and relax for several years, so this was a game changer.  I served in the Brazilian Mission from 1965-1967.  We are so excited to go back to Brazil 50 years later!" Larry Battraw (


  • From Elder Wayne Z. Hale (BM 66-68) of Chubbuck, ID, currently serving at the MTC São Paulo: “Dear Elders and Sisters, Since May 2014 my wife Alane and I have been serving as executive secretaries in the Centro de Treinamento Missionário São Paulo. We are now into month 11 in our 18-month mission.  This means that there will be a need by EARLY NOVEMBER for replacements for us here in the CTM. Some people will tell you that you can’t submit your mission papers until six months before your projected availability date, but that general guideline really does not apply if you are interested in serving in Brazil.  You will need to apply early as there may be visa delays as we experienced.  (One of the major benefits of waiting was the additional time for Sister Hale to learn more Portuguese, via Skype with an excellent MTC tutor!)

  • “There is also a need for a CTM physician, by July.

  • “Our mission assignments have worked well, even with Alane having to learn Portuguese. She has served extremely well and happily.  Skype and FaceTime help a lot, for learning language and communicating with loved ones.  Even more options are now available to help a senior missionary learn, or re-learn, the language, including apps, videos, and many resources on the Church web site, as well as YouTube.  It all helps.

  • “If any have an interest or questions regarding duties, living arrangements, costs, etc., we'd be more than happy to visit with you by phone or email, about details and our experiences. If you call us on our U.S. number 208-237-6892 please remember that São Paulo time is MDT plus 3 hours.   

  • “Currently there are needs for senior missionaries in almost all 34 missions in Brazil, as well as in Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, and Portugal; in mission offices or Member/Leadership Support. There are also specialty missionary needs, such as in CES, PEF, Self-Reliance, Public Affairs, Medical, Legal, Travel, Temples, Agriculture, and more.  Because of the previous visa difficulties, there are few American couples serving now in these areas, and many of those are approaching the end of their missions.  Some of the current needs are being filled by some very special Brazilian couples, which we hope to see happen more and more.”  
    Elder Wayne Hale (  and   
    55 (11)3856-1427     208-237-6892  

  • Jeff Barneck (BNM 73-75) of Taylorsville, UT, writes: Dear Alf, I read this Brasulista (#181) last night while sitting in the airport in Rio de Janeiro waiting for our flight to return home. My wife and I spent six days in Rio. Manoel Bezzera drove us around three days and we ventured around another three days on our own. I can get my way around Rio fairly well inasmuch as I spent 13 months in the city during my mission. I read with interest about the visit of President Kimball and would like to share my experience surrounding his visit near the beginning of my time in the BNM. He and Sister Kimball had a meeting in the morning of December 4, 1973 with the missionaries in Rio. It was a mission conference. President Kimball talked to us about the weekly meetings of the Quorum of the Twelve and First Presidency in the Salt Lake Temple. He gave us advice about post mission life regarding education, temple marriage, and starting families. That evening they had a meeting with the members. These meetings were held in what was then the only stake center in Rio. Today it is the Andaraí stake center in Vila Isabel on the corner of Rua Silva Telles and Rua Maxwell. During the meeting with the missionaries President Kimball sent around a piece of paper for us to write our name, address, and the length of time we had been on our mission. He indicated that this list would become part of the Church records. He later sent a letter to my parents dated January 30, 1974, in which he mentions that he met with the missionaries in Rio de Janeiro in December and apologizes for the delay in writing. The death of President Lee and the necessary changes resulting from his death as well as the Christmas holidays precluded him (President Kimball) from writing sooner. As you may recall President Lee's death resulted in President Kimball becoming president of the Church in December 1973, and this occurred after he visited with us in Rio. My mother was astonished that he would write at all much less apologize for a delay in writing. I still have the letter that President Kimball sent to my parents. Regarding the cruzeiro in the days of 1973 to 1975. I recall that we referred to the cruzeiro as "cano" so that other Brazilians would not know the subject of our discussion when we talked about cruzeiros. We referred to the centavos as beans. This was in the days of the cruzeiro novo which replaced the cruzeiro velho. You probably used the cruzeiro velho to which I refer. Some of the currency and coins of the cruzeiro velho were still in use in that time period. I remember using currency of 1,000 and 5,000 cruzeiros velhos, which were then only worth 1 or 5 cruzeiros. I still have coins in a frame of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 centavos and 1 cruzeiro (novo). I also have quite a few of the cruzeiro velho coins that a member gave to me way back when. I very much appreciate the time you spend creating the newsletters and I look forward to receiving and reading them. Jeff Barneck (

  • Marcus-MartinsMarcus MartinsBYU Hawaii professor Marcus H. Martins (BSPN 78-80), former president of the BSPN Mission (11-14 ) and son of the late Elder Helvécio Martins, writes to the brother who is writing a history of the Church in Rio:  Dear Brother Shields:  In case you haven’t done so already, I suggest you get in touch with Fernando Filho, a historian in Alagoas, who runs a Facebook group called “História dos Santos dos Últimos Dias no Brasil” ( if you connect with Fernando and post your request to the group, no doubt you will get a lot of information and pictures—including about my family which are already there.  Marcus Martins (

  • “Alf, The link to the Facebook site is fantastic.  Thanks for the heads up.”  Jack C. Green, Ph.D, (BSM 60-63) Emeritus Professor of Strategy, Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University (

  • Here is is again:  Facebook site for history of the Church in Brazil
    Olá, irmão Alf. Gostaria de convidar todos os seus contatos que se interessem por trocar experiências sobre história da Igreja no Brasil para participar de um grupo no Facebook, o grupo chama-se História dos Santos dos Últimos Dias no Brasil.


  • Lá, diversas pessoas que participaram da história da Igreja no Brasil estão postando fotos e textos, trocando experiências sobre a Igreja no Brasil. Por favor, gostaria de convidar os seus contatos. O criador da página chama-se Fernando Filho, pesquisador em Alagoas. Um abraço,  Ludmila Galvão (


  • David Mills (BM 66-68) of Boise, ID, shares these insights:  “Elder Harold G. Hillam (BM 54-57) was closely tied to missionary work both in Brazil and in Portugal.  After his service as a General Authority, he was President of the Boise, Idaho Temple from 2005-2008.  Although I held no calling that would bring us into association with each other, I always greeted him with a phrase or two in Portuguese when I saw him, and he was kind enough to reciprocate.  As a regular temple patron, I would glance at his office as I walked by.  If he was alone I would greet him and was occasionally treated with a personal visit.

  • “One morning we were visiting about the “early days” in Brazil.  For some reason, I asked him if he had known Helio Camargo.  “Know him?  I baptized him!  He was my last baptism before I came home.”  Helio Camargo was one of the original bishops called in the São Paulo stake in April 1966.  I never met him, but he was a legend among missionaries, with the general reputation being that his ward was “just like” a typical Utah ward.  Later Elder Camargo served as a general authority.

  • In subsequent years, Elder Hillam was President of the Brazil area of the Church and Helio Camargo was called as President of the São Paulo Temple.  President Hillam told me that one day President Camargo called him to say he thought they should reduce the number of temple sessions as not enough members were attending.  President Hillam told me, “If I ever had a revelation, it was this:  It wasn’t the temple president’s job to fill the temple, it was the stake presidents’ job.”  From that time forward, as Area President, Harold Hillam taught all the Brazilian stake presidents their responsibility to send their members to the temple.  Problem solved.  The temple was overflowing from that date forward and there was such an abundance of work done, that soon the Church constructed other temples in Brazil.

  • “During another visit President Hillam told me of how he arranged for a new MTC in São Paulo.  President James E. Faust, who had also served his mission in Brazil, was visiting the country. President Hillam used several days to show President Faust the inadequate facilities of the existing MTC.  He lobbied hard enough that President Faust smiled and said, “Hillam, you silver-haired fox, you’ll get the new MTC.  Start looking for land.”

  • “Three cheers for Harold Hillam. Also, it never hurts to have a good friend in the First Presidency – especially one who loves Brazil.”  David Mills (
    Item:  Here is some information derived from DBpedia about brother Camargo:  Hélio da Rocha Camargo was the first Brazilian general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in both the First Quorum of the Seventy and Second Quorum of the Seventy, from 1985 to 1990. Camargo was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1926. He entered a military academy in 1943, advancing to the rank of captain in the Brazilian military before his retirement. Camargo married Nair Belmira de Bouvea. They had six children. Nair served as temple matron of the São Paulo Brazil Temple when her husband was president of the temple and also as an area representative of the General Auxiliary Boards. After leaving the military Camargo moved to São Paulo where he became a banker and also entered a Methodist seminary. Camargo was ordained a Methodist minister but was later expelled from the seminary because he opposed infant baptism. He was one of three ministers expelled at that point. The other two were Saul Messias de Oliveira and Walter Guedes de Queiroz, who both also subsequently joined the LDS Church. Camargo read literature he had previously received from the Mormon missionaries and then started attending meetings of the LDS Church. His conversion was helped by hearing the testimony of a young lady on the power of the law of chastity. He was baptized in 1957. Camargo served as the first president of the São Paulo East Stake when it was organized in November 1968. Camargo also served as a bishop, counselor to a mission president and as a mission president in the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission (75-78).


  • Paul E. Black (BSPS 1975) recalls “When I got to Brazil, I didn't have much experience with Portuguese. At the time, one cruzeiro was worth about 70 U.S. cents.  My experience happened with my companion on my first bus ride. I asked the boy taking money, how much – ‘quanto custa?’ He replied something like "um mil". Wait, what? That's ... one thousand?! I was panicked. A thousand cruzeiros for a bus ride?! I didn't have that much! I didn't think a bus ride could really cost a thousand dollars - that I had misunderstood, so in desperation I just handed him the biggest bill I had. He gave me change without a second glance. In turns out that Brazil had just switched from the old cruzeiro to the new cruzeiro. With inflation, people were saying, for instance, "seis mil" instead of the much longer "seis mil cruzeiros" (like in the U.S. we use "buck" instead of "dollar"). The conversion from old to new was 1000:1, so "mil" was just one new cruzeiro." (

  • Alf’s note:  Brothers and Sisters, I am off to General Conference and then to cruise Miami to Rome with Dick Jensen Tours and some fine fellow saints. Back with a Brasulista in May. Remember: super reunion scheduled for Thursday, October 1, 2015, at the Orem Cascade Stake Center.  Plan to be there!

  • Fique forte, firme, fiel e feliz!

 Alf Gunn of Gig Harbor, WA - USA* 253-851-1099 *   * BSM 62-65

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