Krystal (Brazil Porto Alegre South Mission)
–Paraphrased from Krystal’s mission interview–
The Culture and the Church in Porto Alegre
Porto Alegre is one of the bigger cities in Brazil, with a population of about 4 million people. That’s probably why they split the mission into two. I served the eastern half of the Allum ward. It was close to the center of the city, and much of the area was market and business districts. There were a lot of skyscrapers and apartment buildings, with very few homes. It was one of the richer wards in the mission, and most of the members and people were super busy but had very nice homes. There’s a big lake in Porto Alegre called Lago dos Patos, or duck lake. Porto Alegre also has two rival soccer teams, Gremio and Internacional. You had to be careful about saying which team you went for because Brazillians are very passionate about soccer.