Newsletter of the early Brazilian missions, #98
May 17, 2008
Bom dia, pessoal!
In this issue:
Photos of the Curitiba Temple
Language tip of the day
Called to Serve – Dawson’s and Call’s
Jesus Pretel: Joy in Serving as a Construction Missionary
President George Oakes shares some mission history
Mission presidents finishing their service in June
PHOTOS OF THE CURITIBA TEMPLE
Brothers and Sisters, please go to these links to see current photos and TV coverage of the beautiful new Curitiba Temple, scheduled for dedication on June 1:
The open house is going on now. I am very happy for the Saints in that temple district. For any of you who will visit there soon, please share your experiences with us.
I understand that the Curitiba Temple has a smaller “footprint,” and so is taller than most small temples, so that it can fit on the temple lot without disturbing the huge Paraná Pine (Araucaria angustifolia) that is immediately behind it, which is a protected species in that location.
Administrative note: The name “Brasulista” was the name of the original mission newsletter of the Brazilian South Mission in the early 1960’s. When the current newsletter was started among BSM alumni in December 2001 the only name suggested for it by readers was Brasulista. Just in case you “northies” wondered. Today the Brasulista goes to some 1900 alumni of the early Brazilian missions (mostly prior to 1975) and to many Brazilian saints. That number would be 2000, but many emails ‘go bad’ and messages bounce. Don’t let yours be one of them, please. Thanks to all who advise me of email address changes.
LANGUAGE TIP OF THE DAY
Language tip of the day: Apoiar/Suportar
I heard President Wilford Cardon, recently of the MTC São Paulo, tell a story about when he and Sister Phyllis Cardon were called to preside over a mission in Brazil some years ago. Sister Cardon was doing very well at learning to speak Portuguese, and on one occasion was speaking before her husband at a meeting of the members. She used the verb suportar to say that she had supported her husband in all of his endeavors. When she sat down, during an intermediate hymn, President Cardon told her he knew what she was trying to say but explained that in Portuguese the verb suportar means ‘to put up with’ rather than ‘to support.’ He asked her if she would like to take a minute at the stand before he spoke and make the correction.
“No,” she said. “I think I’ll let it stand as it is.”
By the way, last time I visited the MTC SP Sister Cardon gave a great talk to the missionaries there about persistence in the service, saying “Don’t give up! Pray! Visit daily. The Lord will help you. You will help someone. Miracles will happen!”
CALLED TO SERVE
Steve Dawson (BSM 63-65) and his wife Janet are leaving their long-time Normal, IL, home for a pleasantly warmer climate: “Janet and I have received our long awaited mission call to serve as proselyting missionaries in the Brazil São Paulo North Mission. We have looked forward all of our married life to the opportunity to serve a mission together and have hoped our health would permit. Thankfully, we can serve. We immediately begin with on-line language training supplemented with some tutoring and enter the MTC in Provo on June 30.” (email@example.com) Parabens!
My friends Alan (BM 62-65) and Debbie Call of Sandy, UT, who were on our 2005 ex-missionary trip to Southern Brazil, are excited to be called to serve in the Brazil São Paulo North Mission to work in the area of the Perpetual Education Fund program. They leave in August. Alan is a very capable and pleasant “Northie” and Debbie is a bright spark and fun to be around. On our tour in 2005, Alan was the only one in the group who had served in the Brazilian Mission, as the rest of us had served in the Brazilian South. When we finally got to Rio he said, “Now, this is MY mission!” and headed for a hamburger at Bob’s for old times sake. I jumped a ferry to Niteroi with Alan and Debbie to see the sights on our last day. Big congratulations to them! (firstname.lastname@example.org)
MISSIONARIES OF CHAPEL CONSTRUCTION & PROSELYTING
Caro Elder Jesus Pretel,
Fique feliz em encontrar seu filho Mateu na conferencia geral, e saber que você serviu missão de construção em SP. Temos um projecto agora com o propósito de localizar todos os missionários que serviram em Brasil, principalmente antes de 1975. Não temos bons registros dos missionários de construção, mas queremos juntar o quanto mais informaoções possiveis. Enviamos notícias do trabalho atual no Brasil, e etc. Alf Gunn Gig Harbor, WA
Caro Irmão Gunn
Fico feliz em saber que o irmão está envolvido em resgatar a história do passado da qual participei com grande alegria.
Servi como missionário de construção entre os anos de 1964 a 1966. Servi em São Paulo na construção da capela de Perdizes, tendo como supervisor o Irmão William Haiden Llewellyn, de Fairview, Utah. Após a inauguração da capela servi em São Vicente do início até o fim da construção, tendo como supervisor o Irmão António Vasco dos Santos, e ainda com o mesmo supervisor serví na capela da Moóca em S.Paulo. Colaborei por um período na capela de Santo André, onde fiz a estrutura do púlpito e do palco, terminando minha missão em Araraquara onde terminamos as dependencias da quadra de esportes, também com o Irmão Antonio como supervisor.
Nossa designação era de missionários Construtores de Capelas e de proselitismo, pois nos dividíamos com os missionários à noite.
Um dos objetivos desse tipo de missão era ajudar naquela altura os membros a pagarem os 2% do custo da construção com nossa mão de obra doada.
Mas essa missão foi muito importante em minha vida pois além de me preparar espiritualmente para os passos importantes de minha vida como por exemplo o casamento, me preparou também profissionalmente, pois me tornei um empresário da construção civil, profissão que amo muito.
Se necessitares de mais informação estarei a sua disposição, desculpe-me a demora em te responder, se vieres ao Brasil terei a grande alegria em te receber em minha casa. Abraços, Irmão Pretil
Obrigado pela pronta resposta. Meu nome completo é Jesus Pretel Busto, fui batizado por Elder Affleck, e confirmado por Terry Johnson, em nov. de 1961. O nome de minha esposa é Marilena Kretly Pretel Busto, batizada em Baurú , interior de São Paulo. Tivemos 6 filhos, todos ex missionários, exceto uma filha que um pedido de casamento mudou os planos da missão. Todos se casaram no templo exceto um rapaz que deverá se casar esse ano.
Moro na cidade de Campinas, a 10 min. do templo, e temos o privilégio de estar lá todas as quartas feiras. Fui chamado bispo de minha ala a uns 6 meses, e estou muito feliz por isso.
Alguns missionários que trabalharam nos primeiros anos de meu batismo, pois nessa altura tinhamos muita aproximação com os missionarios, aqui vão alguns nomes dos anos 61, 62, 63, e 64: E. Dendurent, E. Roger Martineau, E. Bill Cantrell, E. Michael Files, E. Steven Swenson, E. Michael Lund, E. Melvin Orchard II, E. David Wiltbank, E.Schaeflling, E. Allen Ostergar, E. Charles Walborn, E. Brent Thomson, E. Kerry Rapp, E. Lowell Johnson, E. Donald Holsinger, E. Richard La Pointe, E. Michael Benning, E. John D. Bethea, E. Stephen L. Adams, E. John D. Freeman, E. Lynn Henke, E. Kenneth Croff, E. Robert Hallet Jr., E. Robert Layton, E. Eugene H. Newman.
Durante a minha missão eu não tive um companheiro na area de proselitismo constante, pois um dia saiam com um e outro dia com outro, por tanto não me lembro de muitos nomes, a não ser E. Lund que saí por mais tempo.
Quanto aos missionarios construtores posso te dar alguns nomes, Miguel Sawan, de Campinas e 1º Companheiro; Luis Generick, 2º Companheiro; Miguel Sawan de novo companheiro; 4º Jair Camerlingo e outros, que vou buscar em minhas memórias e depois te informo.
Acho importante você saber que quando o conselheiro do então Distrito de São Paulo Irmão José Lombard em uma reunião sacramental do unico ramo de Campinas, fez um desafio aos jovens para se candidatarem a ser um missionario de construção de capelas e naquela mesma noite 10 jovens de meu Ramo se apresentaram, e depois de poucos dias estavamos todos no campo, e isso aconteceu enquanto o Pres. da Missão era o Pres. Wayne M. Beck. Um Grande abraço, Irmão Pretel (email@example.com)
Great to hear from Irmão Busto. He was a tremendous young man in Campinas, and his mother Adelaide Pretel Busto was a wonderful cook who provided excellent meals for us in our 8th floor apartment. She later was called to be the official cook for the construction missionaries and we had to fend for ourselves. Don't remember if we got another cook as I left Brazil shortly after.”
Ken Croff (BM 62-63) of Eagle, ID
MISSIONARY HISTORY NOTES
I met Elder George Oakes (BM 59-61) and his delightful wife Jeannette (Mexico Msn 59-61) a few years ago while he was serving as Executive Secretary to the Area Presidency in São Paulo. He was also on my brother’s Senior’s golf team there so I got to walk a round or two of golf with them. (The Area Presidency had given Brother Oakes a golf hat with the word “ELDER” embroidered on the front of it . . . so he wouldn’t forget that he was on a mission!) Some time back I requested that he share with me some of the history of the missions in 1971, when he became a mission president only 10 years after he completed his first mission. He provided the following history:
“I was the first Bangerter missionary to be called to be a mission president, in the Brazil North Mission from 1971 to 1974. I replaced President Hal Johnson and his family. He left me a mission which was obedient, dedicated and very righteous. He was greatly loved by his missionaries. Because of his leadership, my transition was easy. At that time there were only three missions, the South with President Arnold, the Central with President Hibbert and the North. By the way, Presidents Arnold and Hibbert and their families were wonderful people and great mission presidents. During the time I was here, they organized the São Paulo Central North Mission and the São Paulo Central South Mission with Presidents Drechsel and Baker. President Lynn Sorensen replaced President Arnold. I served with these three outstanding brethren for the last two years of my mission presidency. What was then the Brazil North Mission area now encompasses 14 Brazilian Missions. While serving, my missionaries baptized Athos Amorim and Helvécio Martins and their families. Both immediately became leaders in the mission. I had the privilege of assisting Elder Bruce R. McConkie organize the Rio de Janeiro Stake. Basically we just changed the titles of the current leadership of the Branches and District. This occurred in October or November of 1972. Elder McConkie had been my first contact. It was wonderful to associate with him for three years and see him ordained an Apostle in October of 1972. Those were wonderful days. Your friend and reader, GAO” (firstname.lastname@example.org)
CONGRATULATIONS TO MISSION PRESIDENTS
Congratulations to these mission presidents who complete their missions in June:
J. Phillip Freestone (BSM 65-67) at the Mexico Puebla Mission
Stephen K. Parkinson (BSPN 73-75) at the New Jersey Morristown Mission
Marcos A. Aidukaitis (BSPS) at the Brazil Brasilia Mission (newly sustained as a member of the First Quorum of The Seventy)
Lamont J. Dansie, Jr. (BNM 73-75) at the Brazil Florianópolis Mission
Michael J. Bertasso (BNM c69) at the Brazil São Paulo North
Mark B. Woodruff (BSPS c75) at the Brazil Recife Mission
B. Bruce Muir (BSPS) at the Brazil Maceió Mission
R. Blair Condie (Brazil Central Msn 70-72) at the Brazil Ribeirão Preto Mission
Milton H. Brinton (BNM 69-71) at the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission
Dale H. Bradford (BSPN 74-76) at the Brazil São Paulo Interlagos Mission
There may be others—I don’t know. See the Church News of March 1, 2008.
Contando as muitas bênçãos,
Alf Gunn of Gig Harbor, WA - USA * 253-307-3338 * email@example.com * BSM 62-65