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Cristo300Brasulista #190

Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #190
January 6, 2016

In this issue:

  • Passing of President Orson Pratt “Bud” Arnold
  • Find My Missionaries
  • Mission opportunities in Brazil
  • From the Field
  • Memories of a young (now very old) Greenie
  • Caldo Verde recipe with couve


Orson Pratt “Bud” Arnold, one of our nation’s ‘greatest generation’ and former President of the Brazil South Mission, passed away on January 3, 2016, exactly three months shy of his 99th birthday.  Brother Arnold served his first mission to Brazil from August 1938 to June, 1941. He enlisted into the US Army Medical Corps 10 days after his mission, reporting at Santa Ana, CA, and served at a new Army General Hospital at Vancouver, WA for 4 years. In 1970 he returned to Brazil as president of the Brazil South Mission with his wife, Colleen Joy Arnold, serving from July 1970 to September 1973. His third mission, a proselyting one, was served with his third wife, Velma Arnold, in Curitiba from December 1989 to July, 1991. The fourth and last mission was a temple mission which he served with his fourth wife, Patricia Arnold, first in the São Paulo Temple, later in the Porto Alegre temple from July 2000 to February 2002. He is survived by his wife Pat, of Orem, UT, and a few generations of family. Viewing will be held Thursday January 7 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Walker Sanderson Funeral Home. 646 E. 800 N. Orem, UT 84097. Funeral Services will be held Friday January 8 at the Windsor 1st Ward Chapel 1505 N. 145 E. at 11:00 a.m. with viewing prior to funeral from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.


President Wanderlei Violin, counselor in the Porto Alegre Temple is seeking missionaries who may have taught his family when he was baptized on March 10, 1968 in Ala 3 Santo Amaro, Sao Paulo, SP.  One Elder who taught him, Elder Larry Kim Garvey of Glendale, AZ, passed away in 2012, faithful in the kingdom.  If you remember teaching the Violin family at the time of their baptism, please contact Brother Violin at   Brother Violin and his wife Alice served missions in Mozambique and Angola in 2006-07 and 2011-13 respectively. 


My friends Ken and Heidi Copa are inviting folks to replace them in beautiful Gramado, RS, Brazil, a vacation destination famous for . . . chocolates!  A group of us toured there a few years ago and loved the area and I have also walked the golf course there with my brother.  My goodness, their situation sounds a lot better than the ones I had in 1963, when Elder Frank Fox took us to a district conference in Gramado and we were stoned by someone in the dark as we sat around the campfire!  Here is their pitch for Gramado:

Dear Alf,  Sister Copa and I will be completing our 23 month mission in Gramado on September 20, 2016, and we would love to have another senior couple to take our place.  We rented a beautiful furnished 3-story, 2-bedroom, condo and have it comfortably set up for a senior couple just one block from the Gramado chapel, looking out on a beautiful yard.  The rent, condo fee and taxes come to between $500 and $600 per month at the current exchange rate.  With this nice set-up we just hate to leave it and not pass it on to another senior couple.  There are wonderful opportunities to do a Member and Leadership Support mission here in the Gramado branch and in the Gramado district.  We are in the Porto Alegre North Mission, and President José Campos would be happy to assign any senior couple coming down to labor here in Gramado.  He asked us to try and recruit another couple to take our place.  We also purchased a car (a 2014 Renault Sandero) when we arrived and will be selling it very reasonably at the end of our mission.  So please pass this information on in the Brasulista, and see if there is someone that would like to move into a perfect setting in this gorgeous town.  Gramado is a tourist town with Germanic architecture and is up in the mountains about two hours from Porto Alegre.  The weather is great.  Anyone with questions can contact us at or on our MagicJack web phone 925-689-7490.  Thanks,  Elder and Sister Copa (Ken and Heidi) BSM 66-68 (


Elder Bill McGuire (BCentM 70-71) and his wife Diana, of Kaysville, UT, are enjoying a Church Education Mission at San Diego State University in beautiful San Diego in 2015-6.    (

Elder M. Bruce Allen (BSM 60-62) and his wife Joan, of Kaysville, UT, are serving in the California Arcadia Mission, and made a connection with an old missionary associate:  “Yes, Jack Green found me in some of his journal history.  I arrived in Brazil soon after the Brazilian South Mission was organized and served under President Sorenson and President Paulsen from Jan 60 to Aug 62.  We are an office couple here in the California Arcadia Mission.  I'm the vehicle coordinator and my wife is the referral secretary. This is our second mission. We served about five years ago as records preservation missionaries in the New Hampshire Manchester mission where we served in the state archives in Augusta, Maine.  You may remember a short piece that I sent to you some time ago in relation to Sister Gygi that was a "scriptural" piece called something like "My Desk is Not a Hat Rack!" We love to read the Brasulista.  Sincerely,  Elder Bruce Allen (

Alf’s note:  Hey, old timers, do you hark back to the era when LDS missionaries wore hats as part of the missionary dress code?  Perhaps you have a story to share.


I am reprinting Elder Allen’s story from Brasulista #61 because it is so darn fun and because I know dear Sister Lola Gygi Timmins so well and love to tell stories on her. 

Memory of a Young (but now very old) Greenie

  • 1. And behold, in that day being early 1960, many of the Elders in the land of Brazil did take great pride in their hats and did block them and shape them and did mold them to fit their individual personalities, and thus did they take great pride, perhaps even foolish pride, in the configuration of their hats. And it came to pass that early one morning, I, with my assigned companion, Elder Richard Carlos Jones, did clothe ourselves and did don our hats, for thus were we commanded that all missionaries should wear hats. And thus attired, did we ascend unto the Casa da Missão, for thus was it called by all who knew it in the south of Brazil. And we did go to pick up mail from the land of our fathers.
  • 2. Now Elder Jones was a very senior missionary and was the District Supervising Elder in this corner of the land, and he was cool. And he was laboring in the ultimate months of his mission, whereas I had sojourned in the land for a period of one week.
  • 3. Notwithstanding his many months in the land, Elder Jones was not trunky. He did not possess a calendar on the which to mark one leg of an “X” in the morning and the other leg of the “X” in the evening in order to measure the progress of his mission, for his total dedication was unto his calling.
  • 4. And it came to pass that we did enter into the office of the Casa da Missão and did come face-to-face with Sister Gygi who was seated at the desk that did guard the entryway.
  • 5. And it came to pass, that as my companion did enter into the presence of Presidente Sorenson, behold, two other missionaries did arrive. One of them spoke in a loud and cheerful voice, and these were the words that he uttered, “Hi, Sister G!” or words to that effect. And whilst he was thus speaking, he did toss his hat toward her desk.
  • 6. Now I was facing the missionaries with my back to the desk when I did detect an exceptionally loud “thump” which did cause me to involuntarily elevate myself to the height of about one meter while quickly turning to locate from whence had emanated that sound.
  • 7. And behold whilst I was descending, I heard a voice. It was not very loud voice, yet it was a sharp and penetrating and an authoritative voice that declared with great certainty and conviction, “My desk is not a hat rack!”
  • 8. And I did look and did behold the forearm of Sister Gygi and it had descended with great force across the hat of the elder who had spoken, crushing the hat completely. And I did hear a voice emanating from the Elder to whom that hat belonged. And lo, and it sounded as if he were in great pain but the words that he muttered were not clear.
  • 9. And whilst I was yet attempting to divine the import of what I had heard and seen, I did behold the hand of Sister Gygi. And the finger of the hand did point unto a framework of curious workmanship which stood in a corner of the room.
  • 10. And these are the words which Sister Gygi spoke, “That is a hat rack.”
  • 11. Shortly thereafter, my companion and I did depart from the Casa da Missão. And my companion did inquire of me, “What perchance have you learned from this morning’s experience?”
  • 12. And thus did I respond, “Behold, I have learned how to discern a hat rack in this new culture, and it is in a specific form, and it does not resemble a desk.”
  • 13. My companion replied with words on this wise, “Elder, thou art learning fast. Perhaps there is hope for thee, even though thou art as green as a willow-shoot in the spring and the moisture doth fairly dribble from behind thine ears. Remember these things, for they shall add to thine overall wisdom and shall greatly benefit the preferred configuration of thy hat.” 

Elder Bruce Allen  (BSM 60-62) (


From Lisa Mendes, a Brazilian from Santos living in Alhambra, CA, here is a correction or improvement on my recipe for Caldo Verde soup:  “Dear Alf ,  Caldo verde is made according to the written recipe but with one correction: couve is always used to make the soup and never the more bitter kale.”  We figured out that at our U.S. grocery stores, “couve” is what we call collard greens.


Alf’s note:  I shouldn’t mention this, but the other day I asked a fellow at the barber shop where he was from.  (I often do this, because I love people and can always say something nice about them.)  He replied, “Brazil.”  So I said, innocently, “Let’s see, they don’t speak, uhh, Spanish there do they?”  “No,” he explained, “Portuguese.”  “Ah, então,” I said, “vamos falar português!”  We had a fun conversation in his native tongue.  By the way, I am an authorized interpreter in the Portuguese language in Washington State nowadays and on many days help over-the-phone with many conversations involving Brazilians in Brazil, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Florida, England, and other parts of the world.

Um abraço,  Alf Gunn  (BSM 62-65) Gig Harbor, WA 253-307-3338


How about 11 days in Brazil in April!  Sign up soon to join us for this great trip.  Our travel agent Dick Jensen (BSPS 78-80) continues to come up with wonderful trips at prices that can’t be beat!  He has just created the first Brazil trip he is able to advertise at under $2000!—for 11 days on the ground in Brazil!  Of course, Rio and the Foz do Iguaçu.  Dick calls it the “Brazil Tour Special – April 15-27, 2016.”  See all the details at


For those who prefer the luxury of the Royal Caribbean’s Splendor of the Seas, see this cruise from Chilean fjords to Santos and trips to Brazil’s Rio and Foz do Iguaçu!  Starts March 25.

Time is short to sign on for one of these trips coming up soon.  What will you be doing in April?

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