April 10, 2017

Brazil Londrina Mission


Here are free resources about the Brazil Londrina Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Brazil LDS Missions.



Brazil Londrina Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Londrina Mission. We try to keep this info 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 Londrina Mission
Rua Belo Horizonte 1236, Centro
Londrina, PR 86020-060
BRASIL

Phone Number: 55-43-3324-9346
Mission President: President Luiz Pereira

Brazil Londrina Mission Map

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

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

Brazil Londrina Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Londrina Mission. This blog 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.)

Sister Megan Penni sisterpenni.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Kalee Tyson sisterkaleetyson.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Ben Worsley elderbenworsley.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Spencer Johnson theelderjohnsonreview.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Emily Ferguson sisteremilyferguson.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Chanae Anderson brazilboundlds.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Brittany Eliason sisterbrittanyeliason.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Peter Abernathy missionsite.net/elderpeterabernathy 2015
Elder Kevin Ross missionsite.net/elderkevinross 2015
Elder Trevor Jackson trevordoinglondrinainbrazil.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Whitney Dean whitneydeanmission.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Luke Wilder elderwilder.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Missionary xoxovalentine.wordpress.com 2014
Elder Reed Fletcher missionsite.net/elderreedfletcher 2014
Elder Tanner Schenewark schenewarks.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Caden Morgan missionsite.net/eldercadenmorgan 2014
Elder Eldon Cummings a-missionary-in-brazil.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Rachel Edwards sisterracheledwards.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Sean Anderson elderseanderson.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Suzannah Butler sisterbutler.wordpress.com 2013
Sister Laura Bullen laurabulleninbrazil.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Zachary Hoskin hoskinhappenings.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Kevin Leete elderleete.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Mason Petersen missionsite.net/eldermasonpetersen 2013
Elder Levi Jones missionsite.net/elderlevijones 2013
Elder R. Chandler Halpin missionsite.net/elderrchandlerhalpin 2013
Elder Jake Crowther missionsite.net/elderjakecrowther 2013
Elder Colby Chambers missionsite.net/eldercolbychambers 2013
Elder Josh Carrell missionsite.net/elderjoshcarrell 2013
Elder Parker Bennett missionsite.net/elderparkerbennett 2013
Elder Colin Skillings missionsite.net/elderskillings 2012
Elder Aaron Serrano missionsite.net/elderaaronserrano 2012
Elder Ryen Pope missionsite.net/elderryenpope 2012
Sister Katelyn Empey sisterkatelynempey.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Steven Markham eldermarkhamonamission.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Ryan Phillipy missionsite.net/elderryanphillipy 2012
Elder Dylan Jarman missionsite.net/elderdylanjarman 2012
Elder Ian Freeman missionsite.net/elderianjamesfreeman 2012
Elder Derek Titus elderderektitus.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Devin Flake missionsite.net/elderdevinflake 2011
Elder Joey Burt elderjoeyburt.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Leighton Yuma elderleightonyuma.blogspot.com 2010
Elder Jordan Rodriguez elderjordanrodriguez.blogspot.com 2010

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Brazil Londrina Mission Groups

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

  1. Missao Brasil Londrina Facebook Group (774 members)
  2. Missionarios Retornados Missao Londrina Group (374 members)
  3. Missao Brasil Londrina/ Pres. e Sister Burns Group (348 members)
  4. Missao Londrina Presidente e Sister Franca Group (326 members)
  5. Missao Londrina Brazil (1998-2002) Group (209 members)
  6. Missao Brasil Londrina Facebook Group (126 members)
  7. Missao Retornados 2013-2016 Missao Londrina Group (80 members)
  8. Brazil Londrina Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (39 members)
  9. Brazil Londrina Mission Facebook Group (2 members)

Brazil Londrina Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Brazil Londrina Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Londrina Mission gifts



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Brazil Londrina Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2016-2019, Luiz Pereira
  2. 2013-2016, C. Alberto de Genaro
  3. 2010-2013, Eduardo L. M. Tavares

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 Londrina Missionary Survey

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

When did you serve?

  • 2005-2007 (Ben)
  • 2002-2003 (Sharylann)

Which areas did you serve in?

What were some favorite foods?

  • Feijoada! I like it so much I have been perfecting my recipient since then. (Ben)
  • Mousse de maracuja. Arroz e feijao. Bife. Churrasco. Abacaxi. Poca. Esfirra. Coxinha. Pao de queijo. (Sharylann)

What was a funny experience?

  • First day I was in Campo Grande and I saw a lady with a pet monkey.. I thought I would see that all of the time.. I was wrong! (Ben)
  • Oh the mice. I had mice in two of my homes and spent time chasing them in both homes but the second was the best. Sister Devries and I managed to trap the mouse in our room as we chased it through the house with a broom. We managed to trap it when it suddenly ran underneath Sister Devries’ slip on the floor. Without a moments thought, Heather slammed her foot down on the slip. Cruuuuunch, bones breaking. All Sister Devries had to say at that moment was, “That was my favorite slip”. I’ll never forget that day. (Sharylann)

What was a crazy experience?

  • I was walking down the sidewalk and a buss zoomed past extremely close. It was about 8 inches away.. (Ben)
  • Some of the dogs in Brazil are a little fiesty. We were “batendo palma” at a house and saw that there was a doorbell just inside the gate. There were two dogs inside the gate barking angrily. They ran to the back of the house so I took a chance in sticking my hand in to ring the doorbell. They came racing back. I managed to pull my hand out but in so doing left my front half exposed and they managed to grab my chest. I was bit, bleeding, and had to go to the hospital to get some shots and get cleaned up. It left a scar for a long time but I know without a doubt I was protected. (Sharylann)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • When I baptized the last person on my mission. He was ready. (Ben)
  • Bearing my testimony to a couple of Jehovah Witnesses when I barely spoke any Portuguese. They may not have believed me but I know the spirit was there and it was a testimony to me that I was where I needed to be. (Sharylann)

What are some interesting facts about the Londrina Mission?

  • The food was amazing there. I know someone that went to Manause. He did not share the same feeling about the food. The people are a amazing and vet religious. I counted 18 churches while walking for about 15 minutes. (Ben)
  • When I was there, it covered parts of three states. (Sharylann)

What was the weather like?

  • PERFECT Even the rain was fun.. (Ben)
  • During the summer, which is our winter, it was hot. Then in the fall, it’s really rainy. Sometimes, the streets would flood. In the winter, even though it’s not way cold, the humidity and wind bring on a really good chill. We wore coats and I have pictures of us huddled in blankets and hats and gloves in our house. Houses there didn’t have heating. (Sharylann)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • The people are wonderful and so selfless. They would have so little to eat but would make sure the missionaries were fed. I love Brazilians. (Sharylann)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Get shoes with good soles and be ready to wear them out.. Get a suitcase that can withstand a lot. I walked to my first area home from the bus station. It was about 4 miles. (Ben)
  • Sturdy shoes, no nylons, short sleeved shirts but bring a coat, hat, and gloves. (Sharylann)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • A stronger testimony. It kept me out of trouble afterwards for the most part. (Ben)
  • I am a better person because of my mission. My family was protected. I learned how important communication was. It has made me a better wife. I learned a love that I never knew I could have for others. (Sharylann)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Speaking with other people I didn’t know.. I can cook pretty tasty Brazilian beans and rice.. (Ben)
  • Communication. Cooking rice and beans. How to love others. Service. (Sharylann)

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

  • I wish sometime I spoke Portuguese better.. it will make a difference. (Ben)
  • I wish I had known the language better. I wish I hadn’t spent the first few weeks homesick. (Sharylann)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Londrina?

  • Work hard. Be dillegent. (Ben)
  • It’s a beautiful place with wonderful humble people. Love them and take care of them. I have been home for 12 years and very little time passes when I don’t think of the time I spent there. Keep in touch with them after you leave…one of the many blessings of technology today. (Sharylann)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Coco with a ^ accent and coco without are coconut and poop, don’t get them mixed up. (Sharylann)

Suzy (Brazil Londrina Mission)

–Paraphrased from  Suzy’s mission interview–

The Londrina mission is west of Sao Paolo. It stems out from the border of Argentina and Paraguay. The first member was a German couple that found each other and went years and years before the church got there. I think the first church was actually in German there. It soared when it finally picked up. I served in two wards and two branches and that is pretty normal. We had 190 missionaries if I remember correctly. For part of my mission I was in the south and then I moved north.

Tyler (Brazil Londrina Mission)

–Paraphrased from  Tyler’s mission interview–

Mission Boundaries

The mission covers two states in Brazil. I never served in the Sao Paolo part. Most of the time when you think of Brazil you think of really really poor people. It isn’t as bad in this area as you would imagine. The mission is known to be one of the wealthier areas in South America. Most people have one or two small cars and one or two televisions.

Church History

Londrina has had members for a long time. The actual city has 2 stakes. In the mission there are two more stakes and they are looking into dividing into four. There is also a district looking to become a stake. In Sao Paolo they have two districts and two stakes. One of those stakes is doing extremely well baptizing and retaining. Londrina is leading Brazil in terms of family history work. They index more than any mission in Brazil. They have had a lot of general authorities in the past. When you get to talk to older members, they will tell you about getting to meet prophets and apostles. Branch attendance and ward attendance is different than here in the states.  It depends on the branch and what part of the year it is. Wards will have 80 to 200 people. I was in one area where the attendance was 75 and because of baptisms and new members and reactivations, it was about 120 when I left there. It was cool. The next one I went to started at 150. It just depends from ward to ward. It’s very rare to see more than 180 in a ward because they split it when it reaches 200.

Religious Backgrounds

Brazil used to be a Portuguese colony and so most of the people are still Roman Catholic. You don’t see it as much in the states, but in Brazil they say they are Catholic even if they haven’t been to church in 40 years. It’s a huge tradition for the people there. There is a strong Evangelical presence as well. You see a lot of Catholics leaving the church and becoming Evangelical. There are Pentecostal churches that believe in the gift of tongues and that miracles happen today. The pastors tend to do that for show to get people to join. There is the Assembly of God church that has a lot of literature against our church. Don’t bible bash because the Spirit won’t be with you. There is another church that was founded by Americans in Brazil. If you get someone to be baptized from that church they will be an awesome member. The problem is trying to get them to understand the doctrine completely. It’s another church with a lot of tradition, but they give their youth a lot of activities to stay involved. I did the baptismal interviews for a family and then got to teach them where after they were baptized they received a lot of aggression from the church they belonged to previously. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are very active in Brazil. You’ll see them go door to door talking to everyone that you want to talk to. It’s kind of awkward running into them. Some of them are nice, but some are mean, so be careful. One time we got invited into a house and they were just trying to destroy our faith so we left.

Misconceptions of the Church

I hope you get to be a companion with a Brazilian that is a convert, because you get to hear a lot of misconceptions. I’ve heard that we sacrifice babies, that we’re only a church for rich people, that it’s only for men, some people confuse us with other religions, and other things. A lot of other churches have many activities throughout the week more often than we do, so some people see our church as closed off. Even in the United States people may think that so you just have to explain to them when the activities are so they can come.

Common Issues

Some people have issues with coffee and that is a big problem you will run into. With people inside the Catholic church you see a lot of people that aren’t legally married because they don’t have the money to do that. Sometimes members will offer to pay, but they’ve lived together for 20 years and it is hard for them to grasp why. Smoking is a big issue. There are a lot of people that smoke there and they start young and aren’t able to kick the habit. Londrina is one of the largest producers of coffee in the world, so it’s really cheap and it’s a lot stronger than it usually is in the U.S. They also have barley that they mash up and fry that they can use as a coffee substitute that helps people to overcome their coffee addictions. In Brazil they have more herbal tea, so that isn’t much of a problem. Some people have issues with alcohol. Part of their culture is that breaking the law of chastity isn’t that bad, so that can be a big problem.