Michael (Brazil Sao Paolo East Mission)
–Paraphrased from Michael’s mission interview–
A Gigantic Mission
The mission is gigantic and is in northern Brazil. You have a bunch of states along the north of Brazil. The entire top half of Brazil was one mission, but they have carved it up since then. A lot of the Amazon forest runs through the mission. The Amazon river runs through the state. There are dozens of islands included, including one of the largest islands in the world which has buffalo on it. I always wanted to go there.
Work to be Done
The church is growing like crazy and catching like wildfire. There is so much work to be done and areas being opened up all over the stake. About six of these stakes are just in the capital city. There are three distant zones. You have to take a plane to travel between them. I spent about half of my mission in these distant zones so you spend a lot of time without getting to see your mission president. You want the church to spread out and take hold everywhere. You get to go on a lot of good adventures. One zone could only be reached by taking a boat along the Amazon river.