April 10, 2017

Brazil Maceió Mission

Missão Brasil Maceió

Here are free resources about the Brazil Maceio Mission:

Aqui estão alguns recursos gratuitos sobre a Missão Brasil Maceió:

*Other Mission Pages: Brazil LDS Missions.

Brazil Maceio Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Maceio Mission. We try our best to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to double check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Missao Brasil Maceio
Av. Dom Antonio Brandao, 333
Sala 402 Ed. Maceio Work Center
Farol, Maceio – AL
CEP/Postal Code 57051-901

Phone Number: 55-82-3336-5558
Mission President: President Mark W. Taylor

Brazil Maceio Mission Map

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

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

Brazil Maceio Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Brazil Maceio 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.)

Elder Braden Toma elderbradentoma.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Bailey Behrmann sisterbaileybehrmann.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Taylor Steele tayoinmaceio.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Luke Batten elderbatten.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Courtney Walker sisterwalkerinbrazil.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Ruiz sisterruiz.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Bailey Helm sisterhelm.blogspot.com 2016
Mission Alumni mission.net/brazil/maceio 2015
Elder Connor Weeks elderconnorweeks.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Ross DeFranco elderrdefranco.weebly.com 2015
Elder Ryan Johnson elderryanjohnson.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Daniel Buffington danielslifeinthemission.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Brianna Ball sisterbriannaball.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Brennan Davis missionsite.net/elderbrennandavis 2015
Elder Colton Bates missionsite.net/eldercoltonbates 2015
Sister Sarah Chilson sisterchilson.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Benjamin Ralph elderbenralph.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Dylan Jensen elderdylanjensen.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Curtis Wigginton missionsite.net/eldercurtiswigginton 2014
Elder Easton Harris missionsite.net/eldereastonharris 2014
Sister Diana Martin sisterdianamartin.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Jordan Coon eldercoon.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Tanner Johnson eldertannerjohnson.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Bradley Biddulph missionsite.net/elderbradleybiddulph 2013
Elder Kevin Anderson missionsite.net/elderkevinanderson 2013
Elder Cache Guzy cacheguzy.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Brad Ludlow elderludlow.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Rhett Bushman missionsite.net/elderrhettbushman 2012
Elder Garrett Thomas missionsite.net/eldergarrettthomas 2011
Elder Toby Redd missionsite.net/elderredd 2011
Elder Matthew Hill eldermatthewhill.blogspot.com 2010
The Palfreymans brazilmaceiomission.blogspot.com 2008

*Download free app for LDS missionaries learning Brazilian Portuguese

Brazil Maceio Mission Groups

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

  1. Missao Brasil Maceio Facebook Group (815 members)
  2. Missao Brasil Maceio Facebook Group (654 members)
  3. Missao Maceio Facebook Group (267 members)
  4. Missao Brasil Maceio/ Recife Sul Group (96 members)
  5. Missao Brasil Maceio Facebook Group (95 members)
  6. Maceio Brazil Mission Facebook Group (61 members)
  7. Ex-Missionarios – Missao Brasil Maceio Group (30 members)
  8. Missao Maceio 2007/2009 Facebook Group (8 members)
  9. Maceio Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (4 members)
  10. Mission Brazil Maceio Facebook Group (4 members)

Brazil Maceio Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Brazil Maceio Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Maceio Mission gifts

*Click here to see our new shirt design for the Brazil Maceio Mission:

Brazil Maceio Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2017-2020, Mark W. Taylor
  2. 2014-2017, Henrique Gomes Jr.
  3. 2011-2014, Mauricio G. Gonzaga
  4. 2005-2008, B. Bruce Muir
  5. 2002-2005, Nata Tobias
  6. 1999,2002, Edson Jose Martins Lopes
  7. 1996-1999, James M. Fisher
  8. 1993-1996, Moreira
  9. 1990-1993, Don Clark

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 Maceio Missionary Survey

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

When did you serve?

  • 2010-2012 (Kara)
  • December 2009 – December 2011 (Parker)
  • 2001-2003 (Hanks)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Arroz, feijão, churrasco, pão de queijo. (Kara)
  • Brazilian Stroganoff with Batata Palha, Frango emapanda, Coxinhas. (Parker)
  • Oatmeal for breakfast. Rice, beans, noodles, & meat for lunch. Pancakes for dinner (remember to bring maple extract with you). (Hanks)

What was a funny experience?

  • I once let go of the hand rail in the bus to put my backpack on – the bus took a sharp turn at that moment and I ended up in a young woman’s lap. I jumped up immediately and got off the bus as fast as possible. My companion almost didn’t get off the bus in time because he was laughing so hard. He then told everyone at church about it- they still laugh about it. (Parker)

What was a crazy experience?

  • I was mugged. I don’t think he was armed, but he claimed he was. We we’re walking down the street and it was dark, and there weren’t very many others on the street. We were two houses away from our apartment and he asked for my backpack. I didn’t have very much money, but I did lose our mission cell phone, my camera, and a bunch of contact information for the members. It took me a while to get over it. (Kara)
  • Walking down the street and turning around to see a shooting happen. It was the most empty feeling I have ever had. (Parker)
  • The shower heads have an electric element to heat the water. If you touch the shower head (usually mounted around 6′) then you were wet and grounded (but not so much to knock you off your feet). In one of the apartments I was in, the proper circuit had shorted and had wires across the ceiling. Fortunately, shortly after arriving, the Mission President did a surprise visit and ordered us to fix it. (Hanks)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • The first time someone told me they we’re waiting for us. They heard about the plan of salvation and asked their friends about it, they came to church looking for us and wanting to be baptized. They are preparing for the temple now! (Kara)
  • Feeling the utmost of joy when my investigator who could not be baptized, because her ‘husband’ wouldn’t legally marry her (and she couldn’t leave because she didn’t make enough money and had a son to care for) bore her testimony to me of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I have never heard a more powerful and moving testimony in my life. She got baptized a month after I left my mission :). (Parker)
  • Seeing so many people grow in their testimony of Christ. (Hanks)

What are some interesting facts about the Maceio Mission?

  • It’s a very dangerous area, convert humble. But the sweetest people in the world! The beaches are beautiful! The streets are dirty. But I’d much rather spend all my time on the streets than anywhere else! (Kara)
  • Maceio is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Brazil- it’s best admired from the boardwalk as a missionary however ;). (Parker)
  • The people are really diverse (southern slaves, European settlers, and indigenous). As such, they are relaxed and accepting of many people. I appreciated the openness with which they shared of what they had. (Hanks)

What was the weather like?

  • Hot!! Sometimes there was a little breeze, but mostly it was just hot and humid. (Kara)
  • Tropical hot with lots of rain- typically American umbrellas don’t last as long. Get a good umbrella in Brazil that is big and plus it doubles as a walking stick. (Parker)
  • 88 F year round. My dad once wrote me to see if that was actually true or if the internet didn’t report it accurately. (Hanks)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • That they understand the importance of God in their lives- not everyone may be living up to their potential, but they all know that God is real and plays an integral part in life. (Parker)
  • The people loved Christ and learning about Him. They were easy to talk to about spiritual matters. (Hanks)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Pack clothes that don’t require layers. Pack cotton garments, and very comfortable shoes! You don’t need a lot of makeup, you just sweat it off. (Kara)
  • It’s hot- don’t worry too much about a coat. (Parker)
  • I enjoyed wearing loose fitting, long-sleeve shirts. The sun is so strong, that a long sleeve shirt was really the best protection. (Hanks)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • A stronger testimony. I was able to work hard and study hard. I met a wonderful man and have a beautiful family! (Kara)
  • I wish I could just insert a picture of my wife and two kids- that would say it all! (Parker)
  • A better understanding of peoples. (Hanks)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Study skills. Able to talk to strangers. Teaching skills. (Kara)
  • New language, confidence, leadership, empathy, understanding, endurance, compassion, love, and many others. (Parker)
  • Speak Portuguese. Make feijoada. (Hanks)

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

  • Learn about brick construction, sugar cane farming, and coconut trees. Learn more about soccer league teams. (These don’t relate to a mission but do relate to people you are talking to). (Hanks)
  • To have fun. You need to work hard. You will pray hard. You will do the hardest things you’ve ever done in your life. But, enjoy it. You only serve once and you’ll make some of the best friends of your life. (Kara)
  • I wish I knew that as much as getting people to the waters of baptism is important, it is about the end goal of bringing them entirely to Christ (which if done right will then lead to the waters of baptism). While numbers are an important indicator of your work and efforts, don’t let anyone tell you that your lack of baptisms is an indicator of your effectiveness of your missionary work. Robots can be programmed to baptize people, but missionaries do more than that. (Parker)

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

  • There will never be a substitute for serving a full-time mission – there is nothing you can experience in this world that will measure up to a mission. (Parker)
  • Congratulations it is a great mission! Be humble and understanding. Help people retain the testimonies they have. Their friends will enable you to teach others. (Hanks)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • I once asked for poop water instead of coconut water (they are both spelled the same, excluding accents. co-CO is how you say poop, CO-co is how you say coconut). (Parker)

Spencer (Brazil Maceio Mission)

–Paraphrased from  Spencer’s mission interview–

Mission Life

Maceio is in the northeast. It’s considered kind of the backwoods because it’s very poor. It’s the most violent city in Brazil. Every area has these very poor areas. It covers two states. Currently there are no sisters in the city of Maceio because it is too dangerous for them. The nearest temple is a three to four hour drive. There are caravans of members that go all the time, but we weren’t allowed to go. I only served in three areas in Brazil. When I arrived in my area we had attendance of 60 people per week and it went up to 100. We worked on baptizing men to help the church grow. We tried to work with part member families as well. In my next area it wasn’t nearly as poor, but it was a much older ward compared to the others. We had a bunch of good members that helped us out. While I was there I messed up my knee so I was sent to the mission office for three months. I was in another really old ward and the church had been there since the 60’s or 70’s. I met a family who was one of the first baptized there in Maceio.

Religious Backgrounds

There are a lot of Evangelical churches where they sing really loudly. Everyone says they love to hear the word of God, but they don’t want to do anything. Most people will accept hearing a lesson, but then they don’t do anything.

Getting Married

Getting married is a lot of money for the people down there so they don’t do it very often. In some places you had to wait 45 days for the marriage license to process before you could get married. I knew people who were ready to be baptized, but then while they were waiting to be married they fell off the wagon.