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Cristo300Brasulista #188

Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #188
December 4, 2015

Bom dia, gente!

This is the first Brasulista since early September because of some difficulty with my gmail mass mailing.  Sorry about that.  I will try to keep this issue short and send another soon.

In this issue:

  • NEWS - Potuguese LDS Bible
    NEWS Paulo & Zuleika Grahl to Preside over São Paulo MTC
    Reunion Report
    VIDEO - Mozambique Maputo Mission
    Our Former Missionaries
  • Good Tidings From Cumorah
  • A Visit With President Elmo C. Turner
    Brazil Trip Feedback
    Merry Christmas Video


Perhaps the biggest news of the last few months is the publication of an LDS version of the Holy Bible in Portuguese, titled Bíblia Sagrada, Almeida 2015.  From Newsroom, which I quote here:

Portuguese-Bible-LDS Page 1“After five years in the making, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a new edition of the Holy Bible in Portuguese that is now available online ( Printed copies of the Portuguese Bible are being published for worldwide distribution beginning in March 2016. It is also available in the Gospel Library mobile application.

”The new edition of the Portuguese Bible is based on the 1914 version of the João Ferreira Annes de Almeida translation, which was chosen because of its high quality. The translation also addresses outdated grammar and vocabulary.  In a video, President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency, encouraged Portuguese-speaking members to study the new edition of the Bible, which is titled Bíblia Sagrada, Almeida 2015.

“The new edition of the Portuguese Bible is based on the 1914 version of the João Ferreira Annes de Almeida translation, which was chosen because of its high quality. The translation also addresses outdated grammar and vocabulary.

“The revision of the scriptures will be a great blessing and will impact the lives of many people who speak Portuguese,” said Elder Ulisses Soares of the Presidency of the Seventy, who is a native of São Paulo, Brazil. “We can know the Lord better through the scriptures in our own language.”

“The project included a team of General Authorities, Area Seventies, professional linguists and Church members who worked under the direction of the Church’s First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles."

“The new Portuguese edition of the Holy Bible will also include study aids such as cross-references, footnotes, a topical reference guide, Harmony of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and latter-day revelation), Bible chronology, selections from the Joseph Smith Translation and Bible maps and photos. For additional information, visit”



Paulo and Zuleika Grahl to preside at the São Paulo MTC

GrahlFrom the Deseret News:  “Paulo Renato Grahl, 67, and Zuleika Morais Grahl, four children, Vila Sônia Ward, São Paulo Brazil Stake: Brazil MTC, succeeding President Robert P. Swensen and Sister Julie Swensen. Brother Grahl is a stake patriarch and stake institute teacher, and a former Area Seventy, president of the Brazil Brasilia Mission, stake president, branch president and church-building missionary. Translator, Special Projects, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. Born in Novo Hamburgo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to Albino Grahl and Iracema Oliveira Grahl.  Sister Grahl is a stake Young Women presidency counselor. She served with her husband in the Brazil Brasilia Mission and is a former stake Relief Society president and ward Young Women president. Born in Uruguaiana, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to Romeu Morais and Gelsa Varallo Morais."

Alf’s note: On a personal note, Elder and Sister Grahl kindly hosted my wife Marcia and I and a group of us former missionaries at their country home near Embu das Artes, SP, a few years ago.  Also, at the rededication of the São Paulo Temple in 2004 brother Grahl, then a member of the Area Presidency, was the interpreter for President Gordon B. Hinckley. He speaks excellent English. His life has been one of continued faithful and capable service in the kingdom.

“Grato, querido amigo Alf. Zuleika e eu estamos animados e felizes para voltar ao “campo missionário”. Não há nada melhor nesta vida do que ajudar na qualificação de nossa bela juventude para o serviço no reino de Deus.  Com apreço e gratidão, Paulo e Zuleika Grahl”


We had a marvelous super reunion at Orem on October 1.  A big thanks to all who helped with organization and shared many talents, under the capable direction of Sister Leuri Zibetti.  Great food, good fellowship, and a fine evening meeting.  We filled a cultural hall with folks enjoying feijoada and salgados as well as many potluck dishes and guaraná.  In our evening meeting we sang the hymns in Portuguese and were honored to hear inspiring messages from two Seventies, Elder Stan Ellis of the Africa Southeast Area Presidency and Elder Marcos Aidukaitis of the Brazil Area Presidency, telling of the faith of the Saints of Brazil and the work going forward in Africa.  Again, thanks to all.

Thanks to contributions, the reunion expenses were covered and the reunion fund was replenished.  So we will aim for another super reunion in three years.


Brother and Sister Paulo Kretly of São Paulo recently returned from presiding over the Mozambique Maputo Mission 2012-2015. He sends us this link to a marvelous and inspiring 30-minute video about all the miracles and that happened and are still happening, showing how it was possible for the Lord to bless the Mozambican people with the organization of the first two stakes in that beautiful country. (

Take time to see this!  Very well done; in Portuguese with English subtitles, published in October 2015.  

"The Miracles Continue" Mozambique Maputo Mission. "Os Milagres Continuam"


Alf’s note:  Dear Brother Kretly,   The Lord raised you up to be the man for Mozambique at that time and your influence continues.  I am deeply moved to know a little more of what you accomplished.  Elder Ellis spoke highly of you and Sister Kretly at the missionary reunion.  I think back at when I read, years ago, of pioneer brother Francisco Dique-Souza of Marromeu, Mozambique, and was pleased to see Maria in the film.  I cannot be there, but I feel a great love for the saints there.   I will share this video with readers of the Brasulista when I can.  For now I am off to Brazil for a couple weeks, on tour and visiting my brother Ronald.  Aquele abraço,   Alf Gunn


It was a pleasure to see my missionary buddy David Marriott (BSM 62-65) traveling in Southeast Asia with his wife, Sister Neill F. Marriott, Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency, on Church assignment.  Brother and Sister Marriott presided over the Brazil São Paulo Interlagos Mission 2002-2005. (

How about our great alumnus, John S. Tanner (BSM 69-71) installed as the new President of BYU Hawaii.  What a talented and capable man, who recently presided over the Brazil São Paulo South Mission 2011-2014 with his wife, Sister Susan W. Tanner, former General Young Women President.  Nice folks too.  (


Elder Dale (BSPN 74-76) and Brenda Bradford of Cinicnnati, OH, presided over the  Brazil São Paulo Interlagos Mission 2005-2008. They write about their latest calling:  Alf, We are pleased to let you know that we have a new assignment.  We weren't expecting to be serving a mission now, but got a surprise phone call from Salt Lake asking us to serve as the Visitors' Center Director at the Hill Cumorah, which includes all the historical sites in the area.  It's pretty great to be living at the base of the Hill Cumorah and we have daily spiritual experiences as people come to see these significant, sacred sites.  Someday, we will make it back to our beloved Brazil, but for now, the Lord wants us here.  We invite everyone to come see us.  Elder Dale and Sister Brenda Bradford  (bradf`

From Steven F. Clark (BSM 65-76) of Eden, UT: “Good morning Alf! Hope you and your family had a great Thanksgiving holiday. We enjoyed our first real snowfall the other day. However, it was only an inch but it is cold enough that it hasn’t melted. I just thought you might like to know that my wife, Pam, and I have been called to serve a Member Leadership Support mission in Manaus, Brazil. Our scheduled MTC date is January 25. Knowing the problems with obtaining a visa, we were expecting a delay. However, last Monday I received an email from Church Travel advising that they had received our visas! Talk about a miracle. We submitted the visa applications on October 15 and we received them on November 23. So now, going is a reality. We are so grateful for the opportunity to return to Brazil and serve the Lord.  Thanks for all you do. Fique firme na paçoca! Steve” (


From James Denny (BSM 66-68) of Riverton, UT:   Alf, Susan, my wife and I had the great opportunity to spend late afternoon and early evening with President Turner, his daughters Jill and Jean, and Jean's husband Scott, on November 22, 2015.  What a great pleasure it was to finally report on our recently completed senior couple mission [to the Porto Alegre Temple] to my first Mission President.  He was so gracious and willing to talk about our recent experiences and share thoughts about his own experiences.  I had called earlier in the morning and got Jean on the phone.  I asked her if Susan and I could visit President Turner that afternoon.  She answered positively and even invited us to dinner with the four of them.  We arrived at the appointed hour to find only Jill and President Turner at home.  Jean and Scott were attending tithing settlement.  This gave us a chance to just talk more casually in the living room prior to Jean and Scott returning for the dinner.  Susan and I truly love the Turners.  President Turner had been in our Stake Presidency prior to his call to Brazil and I had a few occasions to encounter him in that capacity.  Upon my return in early 1968, I met and began dating Susan.  During our courtship, President and Sister Lois Turner were Susan and my MM and Gleaner leaders in the Stake.  We enjoyed those experiences, both in church building settings and in their home near the Jordan River Temple.  They attended our Temple sealing in the Salt Lake Temple.  Sadly, age is catching up with President Turner's body.  He is hunched over and has a difficult time walking, even with a walker.  But his mind is sharp and he carried on great conversations.  I hope to see him again soon.  James Denney (


Here is a nice note to travel agent Dick Jensen from Gordon (BM 54-56) and Diane Coffman of Spanish Fork, UT, who were on our recent tour of Rio, Curitiba, Guaratuba and Foz do Iguaçu: “Dick,  We wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the Brazil trip! Thank you for making all of the arrangements and for having Alf as our director.  And, Daniel is the best tour guide ever! Our family (Gordon and Diane Coffman, Vivian Ralphs and Joyce Wahlquist) had such a wonderful time. It was a great group of people to travel with and get to know, along with the local ward members and temple workers. The Spirit was so strong that language barriers could not hold back the emotions and love we felt for and from the members there--it truly was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Alf, Daniel, and many members of the group we now consider good friends. We would love to do this again. (Although I have to say the long flights really take their toll on us old folks!) Thank you again for making this possible. Best regards, Gordon and Diane Coffman” (

Alf’s note:  I will just say that our group of 32 great folks attended a session of the Curitiba Temple, were hosted by the Guaratuba Ward with a fine buffet, saw Blackbeard’s hangout during a fun pirate schooner tour at the coast, zoomed the Rio Iguaçu to booming waterfalls in a power boat, and sang “Tal Como um Facho” at the feet of Christ the Redeemer in Rio. It was great.  


Merry Christmas!  Share this 2-minute video with all your friends . . .


That’s all for now!  Thanks for all you do for the kingdom.  Keep in touch.

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

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