Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Traveling to Brazil

Hi ya'll,

Kalee flew into Atlanta just great!  She was seated by a Brazilian woman who lives in Utah but flies to Brazil every month to visit her family.  She works for the airlines.

She has a brother who works at the Sao Paulo Temple, a relative who plays for the Brazil soccer team, and was so wonderful to Kalee.  She said she hasn't been active in the LDS church but believes.  She said it is difficult to not follow a family generation of Catholics.  She told Kalee, the flight by her was just what she needed.  Kalee felt the same about her.

So, Kalee was on a real happy note and feeling great.

She boarded the plane for Sao Paulo and then sat on that plane totally full, no air conditioning, and hardly anyone speaking English for a few hours.  When she was de-boarded to wait for a new plane (the current plane's door wasn't working), she called us and then there were tears.  I think tears of nerves and exhaustion.  A stake President from Logan, flying through, saw the problem and stayed with missionaries telling them he would not leave them until he knew they were on flights. 

They then waited and were promised a new flight by midnight, didn't happen,

They were given food vouchers but all places closed in airport.  They were given $125 in Delta flights and offered a hotel.  BUT this was now 2 am and the next flight was promised for 6 am so they didn't take advantage of that.

She called again early this morning and sounded much better.  The missionaries had grouped together and were chatting and problem solving.  

Good news is that they are now in route to Sao Paulo.  YAY!

Silver Lining:  The missionaries are hopeful that when the get to the MTC it will be late enough now that they can just shower and sleep and start the day tomorrow.  

All is well......


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Getting Ready!

Sister Tyson leaves on Monday, November 28, 2016 for the MTC in Sao Paulo Brazil. Here is a letter on the Church website to welcome new missionaries to the Brazil MTC. We are so excited for Kalee!

Welcome Message from the MTC President

Dear Prospective Missionaries and Parents,

The main objective of the Brazil Missionary Training Center is to prepare and qualify missionaries to successfully achieve the Lord’s purpose for missionary work and service by preparing the missionaries to “invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end” (Preach My Gospel: A Guide to Missionary Service [2004], 1). It is a truly marvelous place to learn and grow.
The Brazil MTC is situated in the city of São Paulo, an area with approximately 20 million people. As missionaries enter the MTC, there is an instant feeling of peace and purpose. A lot of time is dedicated to better understanding the doctrine of Jesus Christ and the scriptures. We use Preach My Gospel, an inspired volume of instruction, as the teaching guide, and excellent instructors give the daily training. Missionaries also enjoy time participating in sports and physical exercise, service projects, and personal and companion study. We have an excellent cafeteria as well as a gymnasium, walking track, weight room, and garden areas around the grounds of the MTC for outdoor study.
The MTC presidency is supported by excellent branch presidencies, who are called to support the missionaries and preside over the Sunday meetings and activities. The missionaries also enjoy weekly devotionals and firesides given by General Authorities, the MTC leadership, and other Church leaders. Missionaries are additionally blessed to be able to attend the São Paulo Brazil Temple each week.
The missionaries who train at the Brazil MTC are young men and women from Brazil and other South American countries, the United States, Mozambique, and Cape Verde. Even though we have many countries and cultures represented, the missionaries are united in their purpose of furthering the work of the Lord in establishing His Church.
Being a missionary is not easy, and you will be blessed with tasks at the MTC that will stretch and strengthen you in preparation for the marvelous work ahead. As you work and study diligently, you will be trained to share with the world the message of the restored gospel and to invite others to embrace the truth.
We look forward to having you with us at the Brazil MTC, and we know that you will be blessed and sustained by the Lord as you begin your missionary service.
President and Sister Grahl

About the Brazil MTC

LDS Missionary Training Center Brazil
Brazil MTC in Sao Paulo


The Brazil MTC was the second MTC established by the Church (after Provo). It was first housed in the old Mission House located at Rua Itapeva in São Paulo, but with the construction of the Church administrative complex located at Avenida Professor Francisco Morato, the MTC was soon moved and occupied a portion of the temple patron housing facilities of the São Paulo Temple.
As missionary numbers grew, plans for expansion were made, and the São Paulo 7th Ward meetinghouse was demolished to make way for the construction of the current facility. With a capacity of 646 missionaries, the Brazil MTC is the largest Church-owned building outside the United States. Since its dedication by Elder Russell M. Nelson in May 1997, thousands of missionaries have been trained here. They come from Brazil and other parts of South America, the United States, Cape Verde, Mozambique, and Portugal. Most serve in Brazil, but some Brazilians learn Spanish here to serve in the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America.


Although located along the Tropic of Capricorn, the city of São Paulo has a temperate climate due to its elevation. If you will be at the MTC during the summer months (October through March), expect warm temperatures and ample rain (approximately 56 inches fall annually). The winter months are relatively mild, with average temperatures in the high 50s (about 14°C) and occasional frosts.