April 10, 2017

Brazil João Pessoa Mission


Here are free resources about the Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Brazil LDS Missions.



Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission. We try to keep this info up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Missão Brasil João Pessoa
Rua João Amorim, 429
Centro
58013-310 João Pessoa – PB
Brasil

Phone Number: 55-83-3225-2979
Mission President: President Xavier Dias

Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Joao Pessoa Mission, simply

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Brazil Joao Pessoa Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Joao Pessoa Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Mission Alumni mission.net/brasil/joao-pessoa 2017
Elder Carson Sork eldercsork.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Quincy Adelman alegrianocaminho.wordpress.com 2016
Sister Ashley Wheatley ashleywheatleymissionblog.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Brenden Wong elderwong.com 2016
Elder Jeffrey Carroll eldercarrollmissionblog.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Cooper Christensen eldercooperchristensen.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Hannah Moore sisterhannahjoymoore.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Joseph Canto joepessoamission.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Madison Stolk madisonstolk.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Michael Kamilos eldermichaelkamilos.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Brett Wilson elderbrettwilson.blogspot.com 2014
Sister McKenna Seal sistermckennaseal.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Steven Untch elderstevenuntch.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Adam Jensen elderadamjensen.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Courtney Hicks sistercourtneyhicks.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Brady Simpson bradysmissionblog.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Courtney Fernelius courtneyfernelius.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Brett Galbreath elderbrettgalbreath.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Andrew Howell anasianelder.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Rebecca Caiani missionsite.net/sistercaiani 2013
Elder Ryan Walton missionsite.net/ryanwalton 2012
Elder PJ Stanley missionsite.net/elderpjstanley 2012
Elder Robbie Mitchell missionsite.net/rmitchell 2012
Elder Chace Tenney elderctenney.blogspot.com 2012
Elder & Sister Petrie steveandcarolpetrie.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Adam Wright missionsite.net/elderadammwright 2012
Elder Dallan Coombs missionsite.net/elderdallancoombs 2012
Elder Aaron Clark missionsite.net/elderclark 2012
Elder Braden Casperson missionsite.net/elderbradencasperson 2012
Sister Lauren Richardson laurenrichardsonbrasil.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Brandon States missionsite.net/elderbrandonstates 2011
Elder Kenneth Magleby missionsite.net/elderkennethmagleby 2011
Sister Stephanie Gordon followmestephanie.blogspot.com 2010

*Download free app for LDS missionaries learning Brazilian Portuguese

Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission Groups

Here are Joao Pessoa Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Joao Pessoa Mission.

  1. Missao Brasil Joao Pessoa Facebook Group (1,104 members)
  2. Missao Brasil Joao Pessoa Facebook Group (695 members)
  3. Missao Brasil Joao Pessoa (Geschwandtner) Group (49 members)
  4. Joao Pessoa Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (22 members)
  5. Missao Brasil Joao Pessoa – RS – Gauchada Group (13 members)
  6. Joao Pessoa – Best Mission in the World Group (3 members)

Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission!

Shirt designs include Brazil Joao Pessoa 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 Joao Pessoa missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Joao Pessoa Mission gifts



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Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Joao Pessoa LDS Mission.

  1. 2016-2019, Xavier Dias
  2. 2013-2016, Izaias P. Nogueira
  3. 2010-2013, Gordon J. Hall
  4. 2004-2008, Atual Silvio Geschwandtner
  5. 2001-2004, Carlos Wizard Martins
  6. 1998-2001, Wilson Roberto Gomes

Brazil LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 1,326,738
  • Missions: 34
  • Temples: 6
  • Congregations: 2,038
  • Family History Centers: 341

Helpful Articles about Brazil

Coming soon..

Brazil Joao Pessoa Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Brazil Joao Pessoa RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2002-2004 (Aaron)

Which areas did you serve in?

  • Campina Grande, Mongabada, Santa Rita, Natal, and João Pessoa. (Aaron)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Pastéis, Feijoada, and Farofa. (Aaron)

What was a funny experience?

  • The whole zone went for a hike through the botanical garden in João Pessoa. We were accompanied by armored guards. It was really fun. (Aaron)

What was a crazy experience?

  • When I lived in Caico, all the elders went for a hike up the mountain on P-day. We didn’t take enough water and it was 130 degrees by 10 AM. So on the way home, we stopped at a local’s house and they gave us, what we think was, pond water to drink. We drank it because we didn’t have much choice and we still had a few miles to go. We all got sick from it for 2 weeks. It was fun though. (Aaron)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • My companion and I were asked to teach a kid that said he didn’t believe in God. So we went with some members to tech him. The member and him started to argue about God. The Spirit told both of us in a loud voice to leave. So before we left my companion told him, he could talk until he was blue in the face but it wouldn’t do any good, he just needed to pray. Two weeks later we saw him in the store and he told us we changed his life, he was going to do black magic until we came. He had prayed and got an answer. He was baptized a few weeks later so were a few of his friends. (Aaron)

What are some interesting facts about the Joao Pessoa Mission?

  • There is a light house in João Pessoa where the sun hits first in all of the Americas. (Aaron)

What was the weather like?

  • HOT! Summer and Summer with rain. (Aaron)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Even if they didn’t want to listen to our message, they would invite us in to share a meal or juice with them. Very humble people. (Aaron)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Really good shoes. Breathable pants and shirts. (Aaron)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • A strong testimony of Jesus Christ and Joseph Smith and the power of the Book of Mormon. (Aaron)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Walking long distances, patience, and how to talk to people. (Aaron)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • How to listen and have fun while working hard. (Aaron)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Joao Pessoa?

  • Just have fun, love the people, and rely on the Spirit. (Aaron)

What was a funny language mistake?

Bobby (Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission)

–Paraphrased from  Bobby’s mission interview–

Mission Geography

I served there from 2008 to 2010. They split the mission in half since then. Our mission was the most east point on the American continent. I’m not sure how many stakes there were, but there were some strong cities. I served half my mission on the coast and half in the desert. There is a lot of desert. You wouldn’t think so but there is.

Mission Culture

The religious culture there is very Catholic. Many of them say they were born Catholic and they will die Catholic. Everyone is Christian. If they aren’t Catholic, they’re Evangelicals. They all respect Christ and they respect that you are preaching it. It’s very nice and it’s a very warm culture to be in.

A lot of people see Sunday as the day of rest, but not for missionaries. A lot of people there will wait for you to pick them up. When you have 20 people waiting for you we would split with members and go around to pick up all of these people. 90% of them wouldn’t end up coming, but people would come. You still had to go to all of those homes. When it really comes down to it, it’s human nature to be lazy.

The Culture

We didn’t have a temple in the area. There was one a few hours south in a different mission. There is another to the north in a different mission. Church attendance was pretty standard. We would probably have a good 150 to 200 if it was a really established ward. In one new area we met at a schoolhouse in a little pavilion. Some days 5 people would show up and some days 80 people would come. You never knew. It was really interesting. You have the whole variety down there.

When I was set apart I was told to not come home with any regrets. That means every single day I had to be on my toes working hard. No one is going to be perfect, but I always had that at the back of my mind. There are still books full of things I could have done better.

Logan (Brazil Joao Pessoa Mission)

–Paraphrased from  Logan’s mission interview–

Mission Climate and History

The church started in Sao Paolo and then it moved north. My mission was in the northern corner. It’s on the coast and is pretty tropical and hot. There is lots of diversity there. The slave trade brought in a lot of Africans to the area. There are lots of Japanese as well. I remember thinking that there wouldn’t be any white people but there were.

They had 4 stakes in Joao Pessoa. The mission used to be just two stakes, but the mission split. It was a pretty big mission. It took eight or nine hours on a bus to the furthest area. In the city you taught more wealthy people, but right out of the big cities it gets pretty poor. Those people are probably the poorest in the whole country. It still isn’t very developed.

Mission Diversity

I served in a couple different kinds of wards. I served in one where the church was pretty big compared to the rest of the mission. Usually we filled the whole chapel. I was in the office for 8 and a half months and that was in the richest area of the mission. The ward was very strong. They had cars so they could drive us around or help pick up investigators. I also served in a very small little town where there were maybe 20 members and the only priesthood holders were the bishopric. The people were a lot more humble and likely to let you in to talk to them and we had lots of miracles.

In the office, I worked a lot with the missionaries making sure that they had what they needed to do the work. In the office we had to work a lot. It was a 24 hour job responding to emails and phone calls. We made sure we were ordering the right materials and submitting baptismal records. I was excited to get out so I didn’t have to worry about that. I could focus. I was sent to that little town and I was so excited to get out. I was training an elder and I love training. We looked through this list of at least 100 names of people that we had in our area book and we talked about each of the people and we grouped them into areas so we could see each of them. We brought a lot of people from that group into church and they started progressing.