Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #198
October 13, 2016
Bom dia, irmãos e irmãs! This newsletter contains some items that have been on my shelf for a while waiting to appear in a Brasulista.
In this issue:
Serving from home: Facebook and Family History
50 years later – Fruits of the Labor
Portuguese, the language of many countries
Hello from the Imperial City of Petropolis, RJ
SERVING FROM HOME: FACEBOOK & FAMILY HISTORY
Brother George Franklin Reid of Ogden, UT, mentions some ways he is serving in Brazil via social media and also mentions creating a pdf file of his mission journal history and submitting it to the Church History Department. Perhaps this will inspire some of us to do the same.
“Alf, I just finished reading your latest newsletter and enjoyed it very much. I am much older than most those who read or write here. I was in Brazil 1958-60 when it was one big mission. Elder Asael T. Sorensen was my first president and about ten months later he left and was replaced by Elder William Grant Bangerter. A few months later he sent all the missionaries a letter telling of the division of the mission and he asked if any of us in the north wanted to go south, and we should write to him and he would transfer us before the division. He suggested that we might be able to learn German. I was in Santo Andre, São Paulo at the time and had no reason to change.
The new Brazilian South Mission was created and we in the north could concentrate on our labors there. Since then, of course, Brazil has been divided into many missions and they are now building their seventh temple with the eight announced. The last statistics I saw says that there are about 1.3 million Saints in Brazil.
“I take personally the words by Alma as he began to baptize at the Waters of Mormon that we are, "to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death," (Mosiah 18:9) In following this I have been very active on the Facebook page for the Brazilian SUD set up by the Church. If you wish to see it in Facebook just type in the full name of the Church in Portuguese and it will open. Even though it is mostly much younger people, still I enjoy reading and, with the help of Google Translate, writing to them and bearing my testimony and telling of events at the time of their grandparents. I have made many new friends that were not born when I was there.
“One young sister asked me if I ever got to Araraquara, São Paulo. I answered that I had been there. Then she asked me which ward I was in. I told her I served as the branch president of one very small branch. She wrote back that there were five wards and two branches in the Araraquara Stake. It warmed my heart to learn of the growth there.
“My last branch was a large one of nearly a hundred people in Campinas, São Paulo. Now they have a Campinas temple there. What a wonderful thing to see the growth of the church there in my lifetime.
“I have recently typed in my Brazilian Missionary Journal of my time there and converted it to a pdf file which I donated to the Church History Library. After discussing it with my children I also will be sending the original book to them also. Abraços, Elder G. Franklin Reid em Ogden, Utah.” (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brother Reid is a prolific writer and you may find a number of his books under the authorship of Franklin Reid on Amazon. Find him on Facebook under the same name.
50 YEARS LATER - FRUITS OF THE LABOR
In April of 2011 Klaus Jasche of São Paulo visited Richard and Sandy Tidwell in Provo, Utah. Klaus is the son of Gunther Jasche and grandson of Walter and Lydia Jasche. Brother Tidwell wrote at the time, “Elder Barry Bartlett and I taught and baptized the Jasche family in 1966 in Santana, São Paulo. Klaus' dad, Gunther, was 13 years old at the time he was baptized. Klaus returned from a mission in Portugal about a year ago [c 2010]. In the course of serving his mission he learned to speak English along with preaching the gospel. He hopes to attend BYU in the future. Elder Bartlett came over to our home to share time with Klaus as well. What a blessing to see the seeds that we planted in Brazil many years ago continuing to grow.”
Update: Brother Tidwell reports, “While Klaus Jasche visited with Barry Bartlett and me in April of 2011 in Provo, Utah, he told us about how he was seriously considering to marry Amanda. After Klaus described her, Barry strongly encouraged Klaus to go home and marry her because it sounded like she was a perfect match and in addition was ready to marry him in the temple. I believe Walter Jasche, his grandfather and a sealer in the Sao Paulo Temple, performed the sealing. On November 15, 2012, Walter Jasche passed away at the age of 91 in São Paulo, Brazil. In 2013 Lydia Jasche (Walter’s wife), Gunther and Ingrid Jasche, and the rest of the Jasche family moved to Austria. They are actively serving in the Innsbruck Branch of the Salzburg Stake and attend the Frankfurt Temple. I know that Klaus (Gunther’s son and Walter’s grandson) and Amanda have a daughter and maybe more children now and other grandchildren of Walter and Lydia have married as well. So, a fourth generation of Jasche’s is being raised in the Church. I am a friend of Gunther and Ingrid Jasche and Klaus Jasche on Facebook. It is a blessing to see how missionary work can impact future generations.
Barry Bartlett adds this note: “What a blessing it has been in our lives to have listened to the Spirit and been involved in the conversion of the Jasche family back in 1966...50 years ago. Missionary service is like wearing spiritual binoculars that enable us to look into the future, and see how helping people gain testimonies of the Gospel in the present moment will bless their family's eternal future.”
You already knew this . . .
PORTUGUESE, THE LANGUAGE OF MANY COUNTRIES
From “Omniglot, the online encyclopedia of writing systems and languages” find this page on Portuguese (Português):
“Portuguese is a Romance language spoken by about 220 million people mainly in Portugal and Brazil (Brasil), and also in Angola, Mozambique (Moçambique), Cape Verde (Cabo Verde), Guinea-Bissau (Guiné-Bissau), São Tomé e Principe, East Timor (Timor-Leste), Equatorial Guinea and Macau. There are also communities of Portuguese speakers in Goa, Daman and Diu in India, and in Malacca in Malaysia. Portuguese is a descendent of Latin, which was brought to the Iberian Peninsula by Roman soldiers, settlers and merchants from 218 BC. The earliest records of a distinctly Portuguese language appear in administrative documents dating from the 9th century AD. In 1290 King Denis decreed that Portuguese, then simply called the "Vulgar language" should be known as the Portuguese language and should be officially used.”
The Poliglot website (http://www.omniglot.com/writing/portuguese.htm) contains much more technical language information plus two short recordings of a long sentence, one in European Portuguese and the other in Brazilian Portuguese, for comparison. A very interesting listen.
HELLO FROM THE IMPERIAL CITY OF PETROPOLIS, RJ
Thanks to Rich Ewing (BSPN 80-81), a Bellingham, WA, boy like myself, for sharing this note from Brazil. “Alf, I have always enjoyed reading the newsletter. Prior to my mission your father was one of my Seminary Instructors in my home ward in Bellingham, WA. I knew your father well as he and my father, Richard (Dick) Ewing, were always together in various functions of the ward and stake. I am presently living in Brazil with my wife and daughter. My wife, Claudia is from Rio and just last year we relocated to Petropolis in the Serra region of Rio. It has been an interesting transition from the well oiled ward and stake where we lived in Laguna Beach, CA. But at the same time, it has been a pleasure to feel welcomed into a ward and feel as if we have always been a part of it. For me, Brazil in many ways just feels right. I once again want to thank you for the newsletter as it is a pleasure to read each month. Rich Ewing” (email@example.com)
October 2016: “Good evening, Alf. Let me fill you in on what's been going on since the last time we spoke. We will be completing six years here in Petropolis this next month. It's a great place to live...we are about 90minutes from the center of Rio about one hour from the international airport, Galeão. The best part about living here is we don't have to deal with the violence or the hot humid weather of the city. We are literally at the top of the mountains in the Região Serrana. It's a beautiful and very historic city which dates back to the imperial empire of Brazil, hence the nickname of the city, Cidade Imperial, being named after Dom Pedro II. Here we actually have four seasons and in the winter the temperature can get close to freezing. The last week of June (when it's pretty cool) the city celebrates the colonization of the German immigrants. Something similar to Oktoberfest, here it's called Bauernfest and the German influence is seen in the local architecture and its people.
“The Church is well established here with a stake and five chapels which serve six wards. I'm in my forth year as the Bishop of the Imperial Ward. It's been a challenge with many blessings living and serving here. The church is growing here better than before, since we have been in the Juiz de Fora Mission since the mission opened three years ago. Before that we were kind of the, "fim do mundo" of the Rio de Janeiro Mission. Back then not all of the wards had full time missionaries assigned to them, whereas today, all of the wards have missionaries serving in them. Our ward has had four Sisters now for the last couple of years. Hope that helps you out...if you're ever up our way, please look us up. I'm sure we'd have lots to talk about. Rich”
That’s all folks!
Um abraço, Alf Gunn of Gig Harbor, WA - USA * 253-307-3338 * firstname.lastname@example.org * BSM 62-65