Here are free resources about the Brazil Porto Alegre North 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.
Porto Alegre North Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Porto Alegre North Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Brazil Porto Alegre North Mission
Av. Visconde de Maca, 245
91350-290 Porto Alegre – RS
Phone Number: 55-51-3348-5302
Mission President: President D. Layne Wright
Porto Alegre North Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Porto Alegre North Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Porto Alegre North Mission:
Porto Alegre North Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Porto Alegre North Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Porto Alegre North Mission Groups
Here are Porto Alegre North Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Porto Alegre North Mission.
- Porto Alegre North Mission – Pres. Antunes Group (434 members)
- Missao Porto Alegre Norte Mission Group (328 members)
- Missao Porto Alegre Norte Pres. e Sister Pavan Group (256 members)
- Porto Alegre North Mission, President Pavan Group (216 members)
- Missao Porto Alegre Norte (Pres. Woodward) Group (181 members)
- Missao Porto Alegre Norte – Pres. Turner Group (176 members)
- Porto Alegre North Mission President Wright Group (93 members)
- Amigos Missao Porto Alegre Norte Facebook Group (20 members)
- Porto Alegre North Mission – President Walker Group (19 members)
- Porto Alegre North Mission, Pres. Woodward Group (9 members)
Porto Alegre North Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Brazil Porto Alegre North Mission!
Shirt designs include Brazil Porto Alegre North 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 Porto Alegre North missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Porto Alegre North Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Porto Alegre North LDS Mission.
- 2015-2018, Jose V. Campos
- 2012-2015, D. Layne Wright
- 2009-2012, Edison Pavan
- 2006-2009, John Douglas Whisenant
- 2003-2006, Benedito Sergio Antunes do Santos
- 2000-2003, Joseph Grant Turner
- 1997-2000, Arlan W. Woodward
- 1994-1997, Sanford S. Walker
- 1991-1994, Joseph Larry Memmott
Brazil LDS Statistics (2016)
- Church Membership: 1,326,738
- Missions: 34
- Temples: 6
- Congregations: 2,038
- Family History Centers: 341
Helpful Articles about Brazil
Porto Alegre North Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Brazil Porto Alegre North RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2009-2011 (Alex)
- 2008-2010 (David)
- 2004-2005 (Kari)
- 2001-2003 (Herrera)
- 1999-2001 (Alexandre)
What areas did you serve in?
- Guajuviras (Canoas), Neopolis (Gravatai), Boqueirao (Passo Fundo), Chacara das Pedras (Porto Alegre), Osorio. (Alex)
- Montenegro, guajuviras, Elizabeth, cachoeirinha, Novo Hamburgo, gramado, cachoeirinha. (David)
- Novo hamburgo, Santa Cruz do Sul, Torres, Tramundai, Bento Goncalves. (Kari)
- Capão da Canao, Canoas, Passo Fundo, Guaíba,Erechim, and Passo Fundo. (Herrera)
- Sapucaia do Sul, Porto Alegre, Farroupilha, Gravatái, Carazinho, Canoas,Alvorada. (Alexandre)
What were some favorite foods?
- Churrasco, Lasagna, Carreteiro. (Alex)
- Churrasco, xis tudo. (David)
- Lasagna. (Kari)
- Churrasco, torts de bolocha, rice and beans depended on who made. Lasagna, the crepes with ground beef, the beef stroganoff. And all the salads no dressing except olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper. (Herrera)
- Lasagne, rice and beans and Brazilian barbecue. (Alexandre)
What was a funny experience?
- In Neopolis, one preparation day, a pony wandered into our yard to start eating our grass. After some time, we made it leave. When we got back from using the internet, the pony was back but brought 3 full grown horses with him this time, and we had a much harder time getting all of them out of our yard. (Alex)
- With the Ward Mission leader, we set up a prank while on splits. We told him he’d be a contact and when we “knocked” (clapped) in front of his house he was to come out with a machete, then chase us down the road. About a block away from the house, the ward Mission Leader and I started laughing and told him it was just a prank. (David)
- Ruth in Portuguese is pronounced ‘hoochie’. I spent a whole sacrament meeting reminding myself they were just saying Ruth. (Kari)
- We lived in Canoas with LZs and the elevator to our apartment was super tiny. Every day we would go on in it to go up or down, in and out of our home. As soon as those elevator doors would close myself, Elder Silva (Pablo Silva), Elder Beal (Jesse Beal), Elder Gama would start rough housing hitting each other beating up everybody and anybody. One day as we were in the middle of battle, we all suddenly stopped, at that moment we all knew something was awfully wrong. The elevator had stopped and the doors had not opened automatically. We all knew at once and we had that sunken feeling in the pit of our stomachs, the elevator was stuck. We all started screaming for help. Nothing! So we decided to force open the door, yeah we were in between floors. Then we started to scream loud and the people in their apartment heard us and called for help. Then this lady that took care of all the common areas (she was polite but always looked at us with a bit of suspicion) came to the rescue. I believe that Beal went first. She pulled and we pushed, I went either second or third, but Elder Gama took the prize, he was last. We couldn’t help because the space wouldn’t allow it, and Gama didn’t have anybody to help push him up. So that lady single handedly picked him up and out of the elevator. But to this this day, I believe Elder Gama still has a wedgie because she picked up by the back waist side of his pants. We all thanked her and took the stairs up to our rooms to get new shirts because they had gotten dirty from being on the floor. As soon as we stepped inside, we just busted out laughing. They later on told us to not ride the elevator together. That’s a great memory. (Herrera)
- A funny experience was to find a former girlfriend on the same mission. It was strange in meetings and transfers. (Alexandre)
What was a crazy experience?
- While outside of my area on a division, I had a kidney stone and threw up a few times in an investigator’s home. (Alex)
- “Knocking” doors in the very poor parts of the area. Also casting out spirits. (David)
- Ended up missing a bus in a not so safe area after dark–prayer works! (Kari)
- One time, we were at a late appointment and we were walking home. And this guy was approaching us and we noticed that it wasn’t with good intentions so I told my companion ( Elder Cox) in English let me do the talking. I carried two wallets always one with five Reais and another with maybe 50 reais. So as suspected the guy asked us for money and I took my wallet of five reais and said look this is all I have and he was like I want more and in my mind this is not good. My intention is to throw the wallet and run off with my companion but how do I tell him that? I was going to go for it and hoped he would get the gist. As soon as I went to throw, the guy breaks out laughing and says Elders, I’m a member. I’m just messing with you guys. That was not funny. I had never been held up before so my heart was racing. (Herrera)
- During the mission, worked twice in hazardous areas until shooting happened. Nothing happened to me and I managed to change the reality on the way to work. (Alexandre)
What was a spiritual experience?
- I met a couple that read several church books and manuals after teaching them twice and had already prayed and received an answer by then also. Every time we invited them to do something, they had already done it. We felt the Spirit every time we visited them as they talked about everything they were learning and feeling. (Alex)
- Everyday. Once I had a feeling to go out to a part of the area that hadn’t been touched for a good 2 years. When emergency got off the bus, my companion asked if I knew where I was going and I said “nope”. So we started walking and I turned into a street that was a dead end and my companion said to turn around and I said no we have to continue. We did and two houses down, a lady yelled “elderes! Estava esperando vocês.” Then she said she had been praying for the missionaries to come by for weeks. (David)
- Delivering a Book of Mormon to a family that was so prepared–golden! Teaching them, the Spirit was so strong. (Kari)
- Too many and too personal to share in this forum. (Herrera)
- Can help a family who spent many espeirtuais and physical difficulties. (Alexandre)
What are some interesting facts about the Porto Alegre North Mission?
- Batalha de farroupilha. It’s a huge holiday and there’s churrasco everywhere. (David)
- Lots of German and Italian descent. (Kari)
- Study up on Gauchos. (Herrera)
- The care and attention of the people from the south of my country. (Alexandre)
What was the weather like?
- Winter was a pain. It was either raining a lot, or super cold. Summer got really hot, but that was more tolerable for me. (Alex)
- Mostly hot and humid and in the winter super cold and humid. (David)
- Hot in the summer, cold in the winter. (Kari)
- It’s very similar to Indiana weather…cold in the winter, cold enough to snow at times. Hot in the summer…some places hotter then others. My first summer was in Canoas POA and it was crazy hot and humid, but my second summer was in Passo Fundo and it was nice weather, probably because you’re in the mountain area. Oh and the weather is opposite of the northern hemisphere. Summer is our winter (December through February) and winter is our summer (June through August).
- The weather seasons are well defined in the south of my country. Winter is very cold and damp there. (Alexandre)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- Sitting outside on lawn chairs drinking chimarrao was a great time to bond with people. (Alex)
- They’re family. (David)
- Everything. (Kari)
- Everything. (Herrera)
- The joy and the pride they have the culture of their region. (Alexandre)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Be prepared to have it rain at any given time on any given day, even if the skies don’t have a single cloud. (Alex)
- Take what you need and nothing else. (David)
- Lots of separates and layers. (Kari)
- Nylon mesh garments…they breathe well and are easy to wash. Prepare for washing by hand and buckets. (Herrera)
- Well take warm clothes for the wet winter of southern Brazil. (Alexandre)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Friends, language, stronger testimony, etc. (Alex)
- Too many to count. (David)
- Married in the temple with two kids, one on the way. Many callings, speaking a Latin language. (Kari)
- A lot. (Herrera)
What are some skills you gained?
- Talking to people with love. (David)
- Laundry by hand. (Kari)
- Talking to people, anybody. (Herrera)
- Better analyze the situations that happen in the course of life. (Alexandre)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- That everything would be okay. (Kari)
- Forget the numbers. Serve the people. If I had to do it over, I would do an Ammon mission. Where I would go and serve the people. The discussions and numbers don’t convert the Spirit will. (Herrera)
- At the beginning of my mission, I must be open to new realities and also an open heart to try to better understand the comrades and people of each area in the mission. (Alexandre)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Porto Alegre North?
- People are amazing and open there. Talk to as many members and non members as possible. (Alex)
- Read the section on missionary work in the book “Teaching of the Prophets, Brigham young”. (David)
- Be prepared to work hard, study hard, play hard on preparation days. (Kari)
- Go for the right reason. If you are not going for the right reason, don’t go. Because all you will be is a distraction to those that went for the right reasons. Now if you are going for the right reasons, work hard. Don’t stop. (Herrera)
What was a funny language mistake?
- Don’t say “I see food there” in English around Portuguese speakers. I won’t explain why, but it was bad news for me. (Alex)
- There was one sister who mixed up the words ear and sheep, so when she taught about other sheep that were not of this fold, it was other ears 😊. (Kari)
- You can find those out on your own…you’ll have better memories that way. (Herrera)
Stephen (Brazil Porto Alegre North Mission)
–Paraphrased from Stephen’s mission interview–
Learning Portuguese and Adjusting to the Mission in Brazil
I thought that I knew Portuguese before I got there, but the accent was very different in the Porto Alegre area. It took me awhile to understand what everyone was saying. It was like having a glass shield in front of me, and I could see the words come out but they wouldn’t reach me. At the beginning, all I knew how to do was bare my testimony, and how to pray. Learning the language was very mentally exhausting. One of the hardest experiences was learning how to be a missionary, learning how to be a man, and trying to master the language.
That was one of the most difficult things that I had done up to that point. I think every missionary at some point in their mission will think about going home, or serving in a part of the world that’s “easier.” It’s a stupid thought, but every missionary has to overcome it