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Cristo300Brasulista #212

Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #212
June 3, 2018

Bom dia!

In this issue:

Brazilian missionaries go to the world
Medical missionaries needed in Brazil
Cliff Clive Gives Thanks
Find My Missionary
Who was the first branch president in Fortaleza?
Called to Serve:  Brazil Recife and Rio de Janeiro
Elder Barker and the bilingual elementary school in Provo
Report on the Brazil South Mission Reunion Temple Tour


File this under “I stand all amazed!” * Brazilian missionaries go to the world

On my flight home from Brazil recently were four Sisters and one Elder—not flying home from their missions but flying TO their missions in the USA, all after serving two months in the Riberão Preto Mission while, yes, visa waiting!  Two Sisters to Temple Square, the Elder to Boston as I recall, two Sisters to other USA missions.

At a fireside with a Curitiba South Mission President Corey Cuvelier our tour group of former Brazilian South missionaries learned that Brazil is sending missionaries to just about every South and Central American country, several African countries, Japan, the United States, England, Italy, Portugal, and to almost every corner of the world, just like American missionaries.  At a mission president’s discretion, we learned, the wake up and bedtime hours may be adjusted to the culture. In one mission the missionaries sleep until 7:30 am, are back to their apartments at 10 pm and lights out is between 10:30 to 11 pm.  This follows the recommended schedule from the missionary department. There are three primary purposes to the change:  1)  Increase productivity, 2)  Improve general health, and 3)  Teach principles of self-reliance. 

See a report at the bottom of this newsletter about our recent tour. 

Attention MD’s:  Area Medical Advisors needed in Brazil

Brother Gunn,  My name is Camille Whiting and I was referred to you by Dr. Laird Swensen. I am the secretary to Elder Weatherford Clayton, director of the Missionary Health Services and we were wondering if you could include in your next edition of the Brasulista that we are in need of Area Medical Advisors who speak Portuguese in Brazil in January 2020 and April 2020. They need to have an MD and would be called as fulltime missionaries. Would you be able to get the word out for us? We also have several areas open for service next year, which are in Spanish countries, if they feel so inclined. Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you somuch!  Camille Whiting * Executive Secretary * Elders Gregory A. Schwitzer & Weatherford T. Clayton *Quorum of the Seventy * 801-240-5341 *

Area Mental Health Advisor for Brazil

Elder Dennis and Robyn Barney, currently serving in the Brazil Area Office in São Paulo as Technology Specialists, alerted us to the following. “There are a whole group of senior missionaries working here in the Area Office and at the CTM.  We really enjoy working here and meeting together for family home evenings, etc.  There is a very special couple here whose mission is ending in the near future. Will you please post this in your newsletter to let people know of this opportunity?  It would be a great opportunity for a couple who would like to serve in Brazil.”
(Alf’s note:  Elder advises me that this position is now filled, once again with the calling of a non-Portuguese speaking couple. I mention it here because the need will arise again in a couple years.)

Area Mental Health Advisor for Brazil:
               Background in psychology, psychiatry, social work or counseling
               Primarily working with English speaking missionaries as a pastoral counselor…short term (by phone/email)
               Coordinating with Family Services in Brazil
               Possible training/coordination with Brazilian LDS psychologists
               Consultation with all 34 mission presidents/wives
               Close coordination with AMAs (area medical advisors)

If interested please contact: Elder for additional information.

Thank you so much.  Abraҫos, Dennis and Robyn Barney (

Cliff Clive Gives Thanks

Cliff Clive served in the Portugal Lisbon Mission and he and April later lived in Brazil and are friends of my brother there. They hosted me on a visit to their home outside of Philadelphia last year. Here is a note from April:  “Thank you for another inspiring newsletter, Alf!  My heart was touched when reading about the two couples so diligently serving among the poor Venezuelan refugees, and I felt a connection at your mention of senior couples being needed in Curitiba and other parts of Brazil.  You might remember that Cliff and I went back to Brazil with our daughter Caitlin about two years ago, to visit her missionary stomping grounds in Paraná (Londrina Mission).  At that time we were able to join a busload of stake members traveling to Curitiba Temple to do temple work, including the sealings of some of Caitlin's converts who had been married and then baptized as a result of her proselyting. (She was often referred to as "Sister wedding planner" [in Portuguese] because five couples were married at the Cascavel Ward, followed by evening festivities catered by the members; then further support was shown during their next-day baptisms!) We marvel at how meaningful our daughter's mission was for her -- as well as those of our five sons.  Someday, if Cliff is on board, I hope to serve a mission -- possibly to Brazil.  Thank you for keeping in touch with your inspiring newsletters!  Best regards, April (& Cliff) Clive”   (

Find My Missionary

President Alberto L. V. Mindelli, Counselor in the São Paulo Temple, seeks to find and Elder Ross and Elder “Lent” who taught him when he was baptized October 28, 1979.   My list, incomplete, does not show either name serving a mission in 1979.  For those of you who served at that time, can you give me a first name or other information about an Elder Ross or Elder Lent (or some such name)?  (Please notify me at and him at
Here’s another one for Beck missionaries.  Elder Dennis Barney, serving at Area HQ São Paulo writes:  Irmão Davi Cabral Murare is working here in the Brazil Area Office as an Architect.  He would really like to find the sister missionaries who taught his father.  He thinks his father was baptized in about 1964.  He lived in the area that is now Ala 2 in the Estaca São Paulo Oeste.  His father’s name is Jose Rodrigues Cabral.  Will you please post this information in your newsletter to see if someone might be able to help with this search.   Thanks,  Dennis and Robyn Barney (


Who was the first branch president in Fortaleza?

My friends Richard (BM 65-67) and Sandy Tidwell of Provo, UT, write:  Alf,  We are serving as Temple Missionaries at the Recife Brazil Temple. The temple district is very large and a number of caravans arrive each week from many distant areas in northeast Brazil from 76 stakes and 11 districts. Recently members from Fortaleza included a family who was baptized early in the history of Fortaleza that of Lino and Maria Cintra. Here are my notes about that meeting.

Today I met Jorge Cintra who with many members from Fortaleza, Brazil, had traveled by bus 11 hours to Recife in a trip called a “Caravana” to do temple work in the Recife Temple. He recognized my last name and asked me if I had served a mission in Fortaleza as he had seen my name on old Fortaleza Branch records. As it turns out he was the son of Lino and Maria Cintra which was the only complete family in the Fortaleza Branch when I went home from my mission in November 1967 after serving as Branch President. The total membership in the Branch was about 12 at the time. The big surprise was that not only was his father still living at 80 years of age but he had come to the temple on the same bus. Later in the day I had a joyful reunion with Lino Cintra with a big abraço, and we enjoyed a conversation about our time spent together in Fortaleza. Brother and Sister Cintra have a large family with six children and more than 20 grandchildren. All of the family is active in the Church and many have served missions. Lino was a Stake President two times and serves currently as a Stake Patriarch. He and his wife served a senior mission in Riberão Preto, São Paulo, some years ago. Fortaleza currently has more than 12 stakes, and a temple will be dedicated there within the next year.

As I shared the fact that I was one of the first branch presidents of the first Fortaleza Branch, the question came as to when the very first missionaries were sent and who was actually the very first Branch President, probably a missionary. It would be appreciated if I could be made aware of any of these details. The members are putting together a history of the early days of the church in Fortaleza and would like that information being that the Fortaleza Temple will be completed in 2019.
Richard (BM 1965-1967) and Sandy Tidwell at

Called to Serve:  Brazil Recife

Brother Jeff Bell (BSM BSM 65-67) of Twin Falls, ID, writes:  Ola Bro. Gunn!  Just a note to inform that my wife Susan and I are in the Brazil Recife Mission serving as Office Support Specialists, myself as financial secretary and Susan as assistant to Sis Houseman, the president's wife. The work is rewarding, if sometimes challenging and I can certainly testify that 50 years is too long an interval without Portuguese. What a difference between the old Brazil South Mission and the Brazil Recife Mission, and how inspiring the growth and development of the church and country in those 50 years! Elder Spencer W Kimball prophesied it would be thus!

Senior couples are really needed in the missions and are almost embarrassingly appreciated! Language need not be a barrier if one of the couple can speak it-my wife speaks only a few words of Portuguese but still communicates well with the missionaries and folks around town and in the ward-there are also a few English-speakers. She says she is getting very good at charades! Anyone with a desire to serve a senior mission should definitely come! The Lord's kingdom is truly covering the earth and all talents are needed to strengthen the stakes!  Abracos, Elder Jeffery K Bell  (

Called to Serve: Rio de Janeiro

Alf, my wife and I were recently called to serve as MLS missionaries in Rio de Janeiro South. We wanted to see if through your network we could find out what other senior couples have served in this area recently that we might be able to correspond with to learn more to prepare for our service there. Thank you for your newsletter and service to the Brazilian missionary community.  Abraços,  Dennis e Janet Broderick  (


Elder Barker and the bilingual elementary school in Provo

Hi Alf,  This is Mike Barker.  I live in the same stake as your sister Gaye Beeson (in fact I am the high councilor assigned to their ward right now).  I served in Porto Alegre from 1986-1988.  I just wanted to say thank you for your quote from Preach My Gospel about keeping up with the language after your return.  I wanted to share a quick story.  While at BYU, I had the prompting that I should continue my study of the Portuguese language.  I didn't really have a reason to because I was studying to be a Biology teacher.  However, I followed the prompting and completed a minor in Portuguese.  I ended up teaching 7th grade science for 24 years in Provo, Utah.  Every year that I taught, I had at least one Brazilian student in my class! The parents would enroll at BYU and bring their entire family with them.  I was able to keep up with the language and help those students.  More recently I decided to return to BYU to complete my Masters degree in Education Leadership with the hopes of becoming a School Principal.  It paid off.  I was recently named Principal of Lakeview Elementary school in Provo.  I will officially start July 1st.  The beauty of it all is that Lakeview is a dual language Portuguese school!  The students study half of the day with their teacher only speaking Portuguese and the other half of the day with another teacher speaking English.  It is amazing to see how quickly these little ones pick up the language. The program starts with the 1st grade and continues through high school.  After only a few weeks the students are understanding their teacher and starting to converse. By the end of 6th grade they are pretty much fully bilingual.  It is a sight to behold.  Most of the teachers are native Brazilians and the program is very strong.  I just wanted to issue an invitation to any of the readers of the Brasulista to stop by for a visit and see what is going on at the school.  Like I said, I won't start until July and school won't be back in session until mid-August but if anyone is in Provo, stop by and see what is happening!  Um abraço!   Mike Barker


A report on a tour of the South

I will just mention that eight wonderful returned-missionary couples and I enjoyed a grand tour in May—the Brazil South Reunion Tour.  We took the wild boat ride at Cataratas do Iguaçu; sessions at the temples at Curitiba, Porto Alegre and São Paulo, church and firesides, good food and fun with the Saints of Brazil. Besides the typical breakfast buffets at our hotels, we toured Madalosso Restaurant (seats 4,000) in Curitiba’s Santa Felicidade neighborhood with owner matriarch Dona Flora Madalosso herself after we dined on their never-ending Italian rodízio. And at Porto Alegre we dined two days in a row at what must be the best and least expensive lunch buffet in all of Brazil: the newly remodeled Girasol Restaurant, not yet discovered by tourists, on the 4th floor of a building across from the Mercado Público.  Something new, at little cafes all over Brazil today enjoy “açaí na tigela” shakes with leite condensado and other goodies—to die for. We had this treat at Parque das Aves at Foz do Iguaçu. 


Our RM couples:  Dean and Jolinda McCook, Reese and Judy Abel, Bruce and Vonda Louthan, John and Ingrid Wilson, Dennis and Jacquelyn Hawkins, Roland and Janice Ruegner, Craig and Lenora Johnson, and Bob and Carla Little.

After the tour I stayed with my brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Marlene, for a wonderful 10 days with extended family members at their Guarujá home overlooking Praia da Enseada. I’m counting blessings in my old age.


Um abraço,  Alf Gunn Brazilian South Mission 62-65 Gig Harbor, WA


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