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Cristo300Brasulista #187

Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #187
August 31, 2015

Bom dia, gente!

In this issue:

  • Explaining the Brasulista
    Mission opportunities in Brazil and Africa
    Called to serve:  Portugal
    Tribute to Hal and Virginia Johnson
    Alumni in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
    Upcoming super reunion details  -- October 1!
    A Poem:  Recife to Natal by Bus


The Brasulista is a newsletter suitable for ALL missionaries who served in Brazil, but is generally sent only to those who served prior to 1985 because there would be too many who served after 1985 for me to send to them all.  As it is, it takes at least four days to send to some 3,000 now.

A note about the name “Brasulista”: The project began in November 2001 when I began to locate missionaries who had served at the time I served in the Brazilian South Mission, and the first issues were called “BSM News.”  When we decided to put a name on it, someone suggested we use the name of the original in-mission newsletter of the Brazilian South Mission (c1960), which was “Brasulista.”  The “sul” referred to the southern mission. After locating some 900 former missionaries in the BSM, I figured the “northies” would enjoy it as much as the “southies.”  So from March 2005 on we have been locating and sending to all, and we don’t favor one group over the other when it comes to what we include in the issues.  We have been pleased to see many former missionaries return to Brazil as senior missionaries as they become aware of missionary opportunities there and in other countries where they can use their Portuguese.


Have you kept up your Portuguese? Are you good with numbers and training people? Interested in serving a 23-month mission in Brazil? If so, we are looking for a missionary couple to serve in the auditing program in Brazil beginning the end of June 2016. For more information, please contact Elder and Sister Mark  and Carolyn Zaugg, who are currently serving as Area Auditors for Brazil until 4 July 2016.  Contact information - and telephone 801-292-5744 (evenings between 4 - 7 p.m. MDT). We are having a wonderful experience in this calling and will need good replacements to continue the work when we leave.  Elder Mark Zaugg, Brazil Area Auditor


From Chuck Walton (BCentM 69-71) of Campbell, CA:  Dear Alf, I am always very appreciative of the Brasulista. I love hearing about Brazil and my fellow Brazilian missionaries.  I have not had a chance yet to return to Brazil and serve with my wife Liz, but we had the blessing of presiding over the Portugal Porto Mission from 2009 to 2011.  We then had the special privilege of serving the 3rd year of our call preparing the Portuguese-speaking country of Angola for its own mission.  We are now serving as the executive secretary for the Africa Southeast Area which contains 14 missions including the Angola Luanda Mission.  In our role here in South Africa, we have become aware that Angola is in desperate need of couples to serve in the mission office, Seminary & Institute, and Member and Leader Support.  My wife and I absolutely loved serving in Angola.  The people are warm and friendly, and they all speak Portuguese. It is a very special place to serve.  I can't help but think that out of the hundreds of missionaries who served in Brazil around the time I served, there must be some couples who are prepared to receive the blessing of serving in Angola, helping build the Lord's church there.  I can't think of a more exciting place to serve at this time.  Thank you again for the Brasulista.
Chuck and Liz Walton ( or

Alf’s note:  I met a lovely Angolan sister and her daughter at General Conference last year.  We spoke in Portuguese and in our delightful but short conversation she sounded just like a Brazilian to me.

Item:  Elizabeth Hales, writes:  “I want to add to Craig Johnson's comment about his mother Virginia Johnson. She's the sweetest lady ever. Pres. Johnson and his family are my America family. My father Walmir Silva was his counselor in the mission presidency and our families became very close. They are some of the best people God has sent to this earth! When I came to the US and went to Ricks, they were my family here and I love them dearly. They love Brazil and the people and have served the church well down there.  Elizabeth Hales” (


From Michael Dyal (BSM 62-65) of Springville, UT, who recently served in the Manaus Temple:   Alf, Margaret and I received yesterday our call to the Portugal Porto mission and we enter the MTC on November 30 for a Member and Leader Support mission.  We will follow Gordon and Lynette Robinson by a month to five weeks.   What a difference this will be from the Amazon!  We are looking forward to this and are excited to be serving together a second time.  For both of us this is our third mission in our lives as she served in Mexico before we married.  Thanks for the newsletters, for due to that we talked with President Amorim prior to his departure for Portugal and we look forward very much to serving with him.  You may recall he twice sent a message in the newsletter about the Porto mission and both times I felt something good about him so we followed up on those feelings.  Abraço irmão, Michael Dyal


From Fred WilliamsHi Alf,  Always a treat to receive the Brasulista.  Thanks for your diligence.  I am responding to your query about Brazilians or missionaries who served in Brazil who have sung with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As you know, my wife Carol and I served as mission presidents over the São Paulo Interlagos Mission, and then as president and matron of the Recife Temple.  Carol had graduated Magna Cum Laude in voice performance from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  When I was invited to teach at BYU, and before we moved from California to Utah in August of 1999, she had already begun the process of auditioning for the Choir and began her service there the first week of January of 2000.  I say served, because singing in the Choir is a calling and the members are set apart.  She sang with them for 7 years.  Also, Brazilian Cláudio dos Santos sang with the choir in the 1960s and 70s.

By the way, the 6th and 7th volumes in the bilingual poetry translation series have been published: Poets of Angola (2014), and Poets of São Tomé e Príncipe (2015).  The 8th and final volume, Poets of Guinea-Bissau, should be out later this year.  I continue to teach at BYU.  Um abraço,  Fred Williams

Item:  Azul Airlines offers bargain ticket

David Neeleman (BRdeJM 78-80), airlines innovator and founder of Brazil’s dynamic Azul Airlines, comes up with a new promotion allowing all-you-can-fly unlimited domestic travel throughout Brazil to Americans on one ticket purchase.  Read about it in USA Today:



Upcoming super reunion for all who receive the Brasulista
Thursday, October 1, 1 pm to 10 pm
Orem Utah Cascade Stake
481 East Center Street, Orem, UT 84097

Start:  1 pm with potluck and Brazilian food
Visiting:  1 pm to 7 pm – including break-out sessions for many missions as well as general visiting
Joint reunion meeting in the chapel with speakers:  7 pm to 8:30 pm
Break-out sessions for early missions:  8:30 pm to 10 pm

Let’s talk food!  Sister Maggie Hammer is coordinating the Brazilian food being prepared by great Brazilian sisters in the area AND potluck provided by all of us, all to be served at 1 pm, when the reunion begins.  

For the potluck, if your last name begins with . . .  please bring . . .

A-J :  main dish
K-S:  salads + rolls or sliced breads (green salads should come w/ the dressing)                
T-Z:  desserts

All food should arrive ready to be served. There'll be no cooking at the church.  Please bring your food at 12:30 pm and please bring enough to feed about 10/15 people.

“In addition, we will have the arroz & feijão cooked in conjunction with the Brazilian sisters, which hopefully will be at least enough to give all a taste, while it lasts. I'll ask them to make enough to feed about 250 people,” says Sister Hammer, herself a Brazilian American.  Wow!  (We expect many more, so first come first served.)

The afternoon will continue as visiting time, with all pitching in to prepare the building for the evening meeting for all in the extended chapel, to begin at 7 pm.  We will sing and hear great speakers and honor our mission presidents and their wives.

Rooms are being made available for mission presidents to meet with their (pre-1987) missionary groups.  

Be there at 5 pm for “coxinhas de galinha” that will “matar saudades.”


Brazil lapel pins, representing ALL of the missions of Brazil, will be on sale with proceeds to replenish the reunion fund.  The pins feature Cristo Redentor, Pão de Açucar, and the gold plates, and at only $5 are half the price of mission pins sold at the BYU Store.  Buy one for each of your suits and some to re-sell to the younger former missionaries in your ward.

There is no admission or food charge at the reunion, however, donations to defray costs will be welcomed.

Any questions, email me at  Please put a new title on your email.


by Elder Kim Barney

Recife to Natal by Bus

Fifty shades of green
is about what I've seen
so far on this bus ride.
Good thing we're inside
and not out there
because I swear
that rain we just had
would have soaked us
to the core.
So many trees!
Palms and countless
others I can't name.
Red soil, then brown,
then red again.
Posto Peixe Boi
we passed just now:
Manatee Service Station.
Wonder when they saw
a manatee here
this far inland.
More open now.
The only trees
are on the left,
a perfect row of palms
next to a straight fence
stretching on for miles.
Now trees of every kind
abound once more.
Fields of grasses
and grassy plants,
some taller than I
and almost half as wide.
The curious in me
wants to know the names
of all these exotic plants.
A horse appears suddenly
in the middle of the forest.
No house is visible
anywhere near,
yet he is tethered.
We're heading downhill.
It's drier here.
The greens are duller;
the leaves seem droopy.
Uphill once more. Bus seems
to be struggling.
Not again! I think, because
this is already our second
bus on this journey. The other
broke down after only five minutes.
Downhill again. Open fields,
crops harvested. Now a field
of tall plants which I'm sure
are sugarcane.
More trees, bushy ones. So dense
you can't see through, just the tops
of palms behind them.
The forest goes on and on,
just like this bus.
Will close my eyes now.
Wake me when we get there.

Hoping to see you at the reunion.

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

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