Here are free resources about the Brazil Curitiba South Mission:
- Mission address and phone number
- Mission map
- Missionary blogs
- Facebook groups
- LDS Mission t-shirts and gifts
- List of past mission presidents
- Cultural articles written by returned missionaries
- Survey with RMs
*Other Mission Pages: Brazil LDS Missions.
Brazil Curitiba South Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Curitiba South Mission. We try our best to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Brazil Curitiba South Mission
Recanto Joseph Smith
80613-991 Curitiba – PR
Phone Number: 55-41-3345-1010
Mission President: President B. Corey Cuvelier
Brazil Curitiba South Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Curitiba South Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Curitiba South Mission, simply
Brazil Curitiba South Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Brazil Curitiba South Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Brazil Curitiba South Mission Groups
Here are Curitiba South Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Curitiba South Mission.
Brazil Curitiba South Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Brazil Curitiba South Mission!
Shirt designs include Brazil Curitiba South Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL. The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.
*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Brazil Curitiba South missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Curitiba South Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Curitiba South LDS Mission.
- 2016-2019, B. Corey Cuvelier
- 2013-2016, Leonel R. Fernandes
Brazil LDS Statistics (2016)
- Church Membership: 1,326,738
- Missions: 34
- Temples: 6
- Congregations: 2,038
- Family History Centers: 341
Helpful Articles about Brazil
Curitiba South Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Brazil Curitiba South RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2014-2015 (Katie)
- 2012-2014 (Marcus)
Which areas did you serve in?
What were some favorite foods?
- Stroganoff. Coxinha. Pizza (It’s different there- the dessert pizza is amazing). (Katie)
- Stroganoff, pizza, lasagna, Brazilian barbecue, passion fruit mousse, feijoada and Guaraná Antártica. (Marcus)
What was a funny experience?
- When someone says they got Botox, they may be talking about their hair…. haha Saying the wrong words… it happens to everyone. (Katie)
- Interacting with members in different areas – you have some marvelous people in Curitiba. (Marcus)
What was a crazy experience?
- Dogs are vicious! Watch out for stray dogs, especially if they are in a pack. I’m serious. (Katie)
- Walking home through a very dangerous neighborhood. (Marcus)
What was a spiritual experience?
- After two weeks of teaching a man, he finally realized that he is a child of God. (Katie)
- Watching an investigator choose to be baptized while we taught on the temple grounds. (Marcus)
What are some interesting facts about the Curitiba South Mission?
- It was formed in July 2013. Missionaries are from everywhere! Especially other countries in South America. Southern Brazil is a lot more Europeanized- modern- it can be suburban or rural. There are two states in this mission. You will see some Japanese people…they are natives…they speak Portuguese. (Katie)
- The mission has a little of everything – large areas, small areas, city areas, countryside areas, poor areas, rich areas, beachside and forests. The bus system is one of the best in the world. (Marcus)
What was the weather like?
- Cold and rainy during the winter (Oct/Nov – Feb/March) Hot and humid during the summer. During the summer, you’ll get rain about once a day. It lasts anywhere from 20 minutes to 1.5 hours. (Katie)
- Near freezing in the winter, 80s and 90s F in the summer. When it rains, it POURS. Sporadic rain throughout the year. (Marcus)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- They are the most humble of people! Almost everyone believes in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. (Katie)
- Did not seem to have a drastically different culture compared with the United States. There are some differences that you learn about quickly. The members in some areas were the best I ever met. You can be loved there by members and by investigators. (Marcus)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Bring a decent coat for the winter…it really does get cold…especially with the rain. Good shoes to walk in…a lot of the roads are cobblestone or they are patchy. Good shoes to walk in the rain. For the summer, make sure you have clothes that breathe well. (Katie)
- You will need a good coat and an excellent raincoat. For elders, mostly short sleeve shirts but pack 3-4 long sleeves. Sweaters are a must, and shoes you can walk in because you will always walk. I took 4 pairs of shoes and by rotating them daily they lasted my mission. Don’t pack too much because you won’t always have a member to drive you to transfers. Bring a shoulder bag and NOT a backpack. (Marcus)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- I am a better disciple of Jesus Christ. I understand who I am and the Atonement a lot better. Charity never faileth. Better listener. Increased faith. Better love of the scriptures. (Katie)
- Patience and humility and a strong work ethic. (Marcus)
What are some skills you gained?
- More outgoing. Listening. (Katie)
- Work ethic, speaking skills (I gave a talk in nearly every area) and fluency in Portuguese. (Marcus)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- Studied the language better. A visa…waited for 9 months in the Ohio Cincinnati Mission. (Wouldn’t change it for the world!) The language is going to be difficult no matter what, but studying does make a difference. (Katie)
- Be physically ready to walk a lot. I had blisters within two days in the field. Don’t pack heavy during the day. Get in the habit of drinking lots of water. (Marcus)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Curitiba South?
- FOLLOW THE SPIRIT. The Spirit will never fail you. EVER. Sometimes your companion will bother you, but learn to serve them. You are together because God needs you and him/her to learn something. Read the Book of Mormon before coming out. You don’t have to read the whole thing, but make sure you are reading. The first interview I had with my Bishop to start my papers, he asked me if I was reading the Book of Mormon; I wasn’t. He asked me how I was going to teach people something if I don’t even know what’s in it. Read it. (Katie)
- Don’t expect to have everyone be accepting of your message. Curitibanos aren’t very open to talking to strangers. But it is the best mission in world and don’t ever forget it! (Marcus)
What was a funny language mistake?
- Two funny mistakes from other missionaries I know. Some words are very similar. One elder I know.. haha… so the word “amar” means to love and the word “mamar” means to breast-feed. So the elder accidentally said, “Nos mamamos voce” which means, “We breast-feed you.” LOL Another missionary was quoting the first vision, and instead of saying, “…standing above me in the air…”, she said “farted in the air”! Good thing it was during companion study while they were role-playing!! (Katie)
- My mistake is not exactly appropriate…(Marcus)
LDS Church & Missionary Work
Allysa (Brazil Curitiba South Mission)
–Paraphrased from Allysa’s mission interview–
Curitiba South Mission Geography
My mission covered the south half of Parana, which is a state in Brazil. The state is split into two halves between the missions.
Curitiba is one of the first places where the church started in Brazil. In many places in Brazil, members are very new converts. However, many members in Curitiba are very old and the church has strong roots there. In the summer it gets super hot, but in the winter it can get very cold. If you are a sister, you will want to bring tights for sure. It rains a lot as well. It’s colder and rainier there because it’s in the southern part of Brazil.
Curitiba is a very Americanized and up to date city. It has a really great bus system. The city is very clean, and you won’t see a lot of Green unless you’re in the countryside.
The LDS Church in Curitiba today.
There is a temple in Curitiba, but it was in the Curitiba North mission. The rules vary on whether or not we could attend.
In the city, the church had well established wards which helped a lot with missionary work. In the countryside, there were more branches. I saw one branch that only had 12 members. About one third of the missionaries were Americans and two thirds were Brazilian or other nationalities.
For Future Missionaries
You’ll love the people, you’ll love the experience you’ll have, and I know the Lord called you to this mission specifically for you. Let the Lord build you and shape you and guide you, and He will make you into something great. He wants you to build lasting habits that will help you for your life, you just have to be willing to listen. Know that the Lord loves you and that the gospel is true. Keep reading your scriptures, keep praying, and love those around you.
Culture, Language, and Travel
Allysa (Brazil Curitiba South Mission)
–Paraphrased from Allysa’s mission interview–
Gralha Azul, Brazil
The people in Gralha Azul (and most of Brazil) were so loving. Gralha Azul was a suburban city, so the church wasn’t quite as strong there. I loved it there, but I wish I had gotten to know more. It was hard because at this point I was still learning Portuguese.
Derosso is about a 5 minute drive from Gralha Azul. The members and residents there were really friendly and always helped us. It was amazing to be able to help and serve the people there.
Curitiba was my favorite area, it was a great place. Church members would help out so much in missionary work. In Brazil it’s really expensive to get a marriage license, and one member helped pay for it and the whole ward helped put on a wedding party for them.
Prudentopolis is in rural Brazil, so it’s very different from the big cities and the suburbs. People there are a lot more open than in the city. They keep their door open and are always willing to stop and have a conversation. The city of Prudentopolis was settled by Ukranians, so there were actually quite a few white people there. Catholic religion and culture was widespread because of the Ukranian heritage.
I love Brazilian food! Every lunch we had rice, beans, some kind of meat, a salad, and sometimes a pasta. Lunch is always huge there. Brazilians have a special way of making rice. First, they sauté garlic in vegetable oil, then they fry the rice, then cook the rice in water. Beans are made in a pressure cooker. The most commonly served meats were steak or chicken. Salad was just lettuce and tomato served with vegetable oil.
A few other common dishes are pão de queijo, which is ball-shaped cheese bread. They also have coxinhas, which are tear-dropped shaped pastries stuffed with meat. Brazilians love to serve natural fruit juice. My favorites were lime juice or passion fruit juice. Some restaurants offer an all you can eat buffet for 5 to 10 reais, which is great cause you can get that much food for the equivalent of 2-3 dollars.
Brazilians are a lot warmer than American people. For example, to say hi or bye to someone you give them a hug and a cheek to cheek kiss. You could also go up to anyone on the street and have a great conversation, and then they’ll say goodbye to you with a hug. The people are so loving to each other and do anything to help you out. Brazilians also know how to party -they have fun together and just laugh. I love the Brazilian people!