I have been called to serve in the Brazil Curitiba South Mission. It was originally just called the Curitiba Mission but with the influx of new missionaries this year, it was split into two to accommodate for all the work to be done.
My mission president sent me a letter recently, informing me that “Curitiba is a modern city with approximately two million inhabitants. It is a European city that has immigrants from Japan, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, and Germany.” It is the capital of the Brazilian state of Parana. You can check wikipedia for the rest 🙂 Curitiba has its own LDS temple which is really amazing. What’s interesting is that I will be so far south in Brazil that it’s actually colder most of the year. So no, I won’t be constantly dripping with sweat, swatting away flies the size of a Hummer in the Amazon. I will not only be serving in Curitiba but in a variety of other cities such as Sao Sebastiano, Jeremias, Irati, Tamandua, Posto Carvalho, and Matinhos.
As far as I know, I will be walking everywhere. Thank goodness for Clarks shoes. And yes I will be speaking portuguese. For the first 6-8 weeks of my mission, I will be in a mission training center in Sao Paulo learning the language. I’ve tried to prepare a little and have so far mastered critical phrases for conversation such as “good morning”, “excuse me”, and “do you speak english”. Wish me luck. By the way, when girls are on their missions, they are called “Sister whatever their last name is”. The boys are called “Elder whatever their last name is“. I will be partnered up with another Sister and for the entirety of my mission will always have a companion that I will travel with, teach with, serve with, eat with…do everything with. We also get transferred every couple of months to a new area. I think I have covered the basics about where I’m going and what I’ll be doing.
Wish me luck!