Alex (Brazil Santa Maria Mission)
–Paraphrased from Alex’s mission interview–
Mission Info and the Temple
The church in southern Brazil is actually really old. The first missionaries that went to Brazil went to the south to teach German immigrants. Missionaries were called German speaking to southern Brazil. The switch wasn’t made until the 60’s I think, and that’s when missionary work really exploded. Right now there are six stakes in the mission. The nearest temple is about five hours away in Porto Alegre. Our members would travel there frequently. Five hours away is a little far, but new converts would still have opportunities to go to the temple.
I’m not sure why, but southern Brazilian missions tend to baptize a lot less than the missions in the northeast. They tend to have a lot better retention though. That’s just one of the things that make it different.