Here are free resources about the Brazil Piracicaba 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 Piracicaba Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Brazil Piracicaba 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.
Av. Dr. Paulo de Morais, 555
2° Andar, Sala 25
13400-853 Piracicaba – SP
Phone Number: 55-19-3377-2159
Mission President: President Howard K. Bangerter
Brazil Piracicaba Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Brazil Piracicaba Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Piracicaba Mission:
Brazil Piracicaba Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Brazil Piracicaba Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Brazil Piracicaba Mission Groups
Here are Brazil Piracicaba Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Piracicaba Mission.
- Missao Piracicaba Group (718 members)
Brazil Piracicaba Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Brazil Piracicaba Mission!
Shirt designs include Brazil Piracicaba 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 Piracicaba missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Brazil Piracicaba Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Piracicaba LDS Mission.
- 2016-2019, Howard K. Bangerter
- 2013-2016, Kennedy F. Canuto
Brazil LDS Statistics (2016)
- Church Membership: 1,326,738
- Missions: 34
- Temples: 6
- Congregations: 2,038
- Family History Centers: 341
Helpful Articles about Brazil
Brazil Piracicaba Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Brazil Piracicaba RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2013-2015 (Christine)
- 2013-2015 (Maren)
- 2013-2015 (Lauren)
- 2013-2015 (Cassandra)
- 2013-2015 (Mallory)
What areas did you serve in?
- São Carlos 5, Leme, Poços de Caldas 2, Piracicaba 4. (Christine)
- Limeira, Pocos de Caldas, Jau. (Maren)
- Piracicaba, Poço de Caldas, and Rio Claro. (Lauren)
- Cordeiropolis, Americana, Sao Carlos, Piracicaba. (Cassandra)
- Piracicaba. (Mallory)
What were some favorite foods?
- I loved everything! I especially loved the rice and beans :). The desserts were amazing too- brigadeiro, pudim, and so much more! (Christine)
- Mandioca frita, brigadeiro, suco de goiaba e maracuja, estroganoff. (Maren)
- My favorite food was the rice and beans we ate almost every day. There’s no better combination. (Lauren)
- I loved acai, estrognoffe, churrasco, lasanha, and all the fresh fruits and vegetables. (Cassandra)
- Guava, pastels, caldo de cana, carne de panela. (Mallory)
What was a funny experience?
- The mission is full of laughs! It is one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. (Christine)
- Getting kicked out of a lesson because my companion and I refused to drink coffee. (Maren)
- One time my companion and I got caught in a huge rain storm, so we went home to change into some dry clothes. Later that day, another rain storm hit and we got drenched again and had to change. Again. (Lauren)
- Once a member made me put on her wedding dress. It was weird being a missionary and wearing a wedding dress…the sparkle of the dress and my name tag just did not match well. 😉 (Cassandra)
- Ordering the wrong food because I didn’t know how to say it in Portuguese. (Mallory)
What was a crazy experience?
- We had our cellphone stolen, but everything turned out okay in the end. (Christine)
- My companion getting bit by a crazy, enormous German Shepard dog in my second area. We had to go to the hospital to make sure she didn’t have rabies. We laughed about it for a long time after. (Maren)
- Driving with any of the members. Brazilians have no fear when driving. (Lauren)
- One day we were in the “Projects” and started hearing all these men yelling and fighting. The home owner told us to lay down on the ground and suddenly all these guns started firing. I guess there was a fight about drugs. It was really scary because we were in these small, cinder block houses with really thin walls and no roof…luckily we were safe and it all worked out, but I just remember laying on the ground and praying that we could be safe and get out of there. (Cassandra)
- Teaching an ex-murderer who sold women into prostitution. (Mallory)
What was a spiritual experience?
- It was amazing to see people ready to receive and accept the gospel! I loved seeing peoples’ lives change when they learned about our Savior and His gospel. (Christine)
- See the change in a person’s eyes after they are baptized. (Lauren)
- We were serving in an area that was really wealthy, so it was hard to talk to people. Usually in Brazil there are always lots of people in the street, so it is easy to contact people and find new families to teach. However, it was different in this area because all the wealthy families had cars and big gates that they would enter into and not sit outside of. My companion and I decided to promise the Lord that we would talk to EVERYONE on the streets if we could find an elite to teach. One day, we were super tired and exhausted after a long day and were walking home. We had been working really hard to be obedient and talk to everyone we met. We had walked that street millions of times but for once, someone was coming out of their home. I ran over to invite her to come to church and gave her a pass-along card about the family as she quickly took out her trash. From the beginning I could tell that she was different – just in the way she looked at us. When I invited her to church she said that that Sunday wouldn’t work but that we could return next week. When we returned the next week, she showed us around her home (a common custom in Brazil). She showed us a picture of her family and, with tears in her eyes, showed us the picture of her daughter that had passed away almost a year before. I felt that I had seen her daughter before and still strongly believe that it was her that lead us to her mom. In that first lesson we taught about the Plan of Salvation and testified that she would see her daughter again. It was very special. As we continued to teach her, I could tell that something was different – and one night I told my companion, “I KNOW that she knows something we don’t…I just want her to tell us!!!” Then, one day during a lesson, she started to tear up and asked if we wanted to know something. Eagerly we responded “Yes!” and she told us that the same day we had first contacted her on the street, she had just said a prayer asking God to send her some sort of peace, knowledge or guidance. She had been invited to many other churches but never felt that they were right so she asked God to show her the way. Then, as she got up off her knees from praying, she went to take out her trash quickly. In the five seconds that she was outside, two American girls came running to her to tell her that families were eternal and invited her to learn more. I looked at my companion and we both just began to cry. It truly was an amazing moment to be the Lord’s hands in such a real way.The woman was baptized on the one year mark of her daughter’s death and has since been to the temple to do her work. It was no coincidence that we met her just in time for her to be baptized on the one year mark of her daughter’s death. Her daughter definitely lead us to her and the Lord definitely fulfilled His promise as we fulfilled our’s of obedience and talking to everyone. Best experience of my mission by far. (Cassandra)
- Watching my investigators choosing to change themselves so that they can live the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Mallory)
What are some interesting facts about the Piracicaba Mission?
- It is a newer mission. (Christine)
- It’s the best in the world. (Maren)
- It’s the greatest mission in the world. There are several touristy areas that are absolutely beautiful and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to serve there. (Lauren)
- There are a lot of immigrants in the area – so you will get tastes of all parts of South America! (Cassandra)
- It’s not even three years old. (Mallory)
What was the weather like?
- It was pretty hot all year long. (Christine)
- Mostly sunny and HOT. Sometimes crazy rain storms. Cold, but not freezing in the winter. (Maren)
- Mostly hot. Sometimes it rained. (Lauren)
- Hot, humid, sunny. Around 90 degrees or higher most days, with 100% humidity. (Cassandra)
- Mild winters and hot summers. (Mallory)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- I love how open and accepting the people are. (Christine)
- Everything. So loving, selfless, so much faith in Christ and trust in God. (Maren)
- The people are the most kind, loving and thoughtful people on the planet. It’s impossible to not love them :). (Lauren)
- They are very kind and laid back. Since it is a country side mission, the people are family oriented and very relaxed. (Cassandra)
- They are so warm and trusting. They will invite you in and tell you there whole life story in a matter of minutes. They like to talk about themselves. They like to serve you too. They are humble and happy. (Mallory)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Take extra clothes and shoes because you will probably wear through everything:). (Christine)
- You won’t find peanut butter, brownies, mac and cheese, good missionary shoes, or most of the same makeup/hair products in Brazil that you find in the USA. (Maren)
- Good shoes. You walk a ton! Also a good umbrella and a really sturdy bag. (Lauren)
- You don’t need as much clothing as you think you do. You will end up wearing the same clothes all the time because they’re what you like. (Cassandra)
- Lightweight clothes. (Mallory)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- There are so many that I can’t even begin to count, nor do I think I recognize all of them yet. (Christine)
- I found the love of my life only two months after getting home!!! All those hot sweaty days on the mission paid off. (Maren)
- The knowledge and surety that the Gospel really does change lives for the better. A better appreciation of my family. More love for the scriptures. (Lauren)
- I better understand people, understand myself, and better understand the Lord’s will for me. I feel closer to my Heavenly Father and feel like I have a better relationship with Him. I have a greater confidence in that I can accomplish hard things. The mission was not easy so when challenges come up now, I remember that I served a mission! I also feel like I better understand the importance of the family and a temple marriage. I also established life long habits while on my mission – like daily prayer, daily scripture study, daily goal making, etc. My family was extremely blessed as well. Plus, I gained life long friendships and memories. (Cassandra)
- Being able to change to be a better person. Good job. Hot Husband. (Mallory)
What are some skills you gained?
- I learned how to deal with people, how to work hard, and how to love others better. (Christine)
- Being able to talk to anyone about anything, working and being friendly even when I don’t feel like it, learning to love and get along with highly difficult people, and a million more useful skills! (Maren)
- Learning how to talk to people, how to live with different people, conflict resolution, teaching abilities, new language abilities. (Lauren)
- I learned a foreign language which has blessed me immensely! It was really hard at times, but it all paid off in the end and has helped me in many aspects of my academic studies. I gained better people skills. I gained organizational skills. I learned how to work hard. (Cassandra)
- Portuguese teaching, English teaching, addiction recovery programs, playing the piano in front of people, being able to problem solve, navigation, communicate with people I don’t like. (Mallory)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I wish I knew how hard it would be to come home. (Christine)
- I wish I wasn’t so hard on myself. I pushed myself insanely hard and felt so down on myself when I failed to reach goals or baptize as much as I wanted. I was miserable for a long time. It took me a long time to learn the Lord just expects our best, not perfection. (Maren)
- How important the scriptures and Preach My Gospel are. (Lauren)
- You cannot expect perfection. You can work towards perfection, but you will never achieve it in one day. Trust in the Lord and it will all work out. (Cassandra)
- That it’s okay, the language will come. (Mallory)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Piracicaba?
- It’s going to be hard, but it will be so worth it! Keep going and trust in the Lord and everything will work out in the end. (Christine)
- There are some prepared and AMAZING people in the Piracicaba mission! (Maren)
- Love the people you serve and do everything you can to help them receive the gospel. (Lauren)
- Learn all the missionary lessons and develop your own testimony before you head out! Serve as much as possible before hand, go to the temple as much as possible, love your family as much as possible, and get ready for the best adventure of your life! Piracicaba is amazing. (Cassandra)
- Going on the mission was the best experience. It was so hard, but so worth it. (Mallory)
What was a funny language mistake?
- I wanted coconut and in Portuguese that is coco, but it’s very similar to the word cocó which means feces. It was really hard for me to hear the difference for a really long time. (Mallory)
Christine (Brazil Piracicaba Mission)
–Paraphrased from Christine’s mission interview–
For Future Missionaries
A mission is something that’s hard, but it’s also one of the most rewarding you can do in your life. I like the saying that the mission isn’t the best two years of my life, but the best two years for my life. On the mission you learn things that will help you for the rest of your life that you’ll be able to apply in school, relationships, and life in general.
It’s cool that Heavenly Father trusts us to go out and share the gospel, but we’re not alone in doing so. We’re instruments in his hands, and as long as we are willing to be used by him, and we show that through our obedience and doing the best that we can, Heavenly Father will bless us and we will see miracles. A mission is definitely hard, especially when you’re trying to learn a new language and culture, but you’ll get through it. Your companion, other missionaries, and your mission president will all be there to help you