Dain (Brazil Ribeirao Preto Mission)
–Paraphrased from Dain’s mission interview–
Our mission was in the state of Sao Paolo and a little spilled over into the state above. From the mission headquarters to the edge it was about 10 hours by bus. When I was in the MTC I told some of the professors where I was going and they told me it was gonna be hot. It’s known for being at least 88 degrees year round. One time it got close to 120. A lot of missionaries would want to just go get an ice cream. Forcing yourself out onto the street when no one else was was a big challenge.
Make Up of the Mission
My first area was a ward with the attendance of maybe 35 people. Another ward I was in had about 60 or 70 people. I think there were nine stake in the mission. I served in four areas in Brazil. I got to serve in the actual metropolitan city and then I served in a small city too.
The center of our mission Ribeirao Preto used to have six stakes but it was down to 2 or 3 when I was there. They say it’s like very rural. The worlds largest rodeo grounds are located there. There is quite a variety of people there and you can see people from Japan and also several other Latino countries.