Craig Has Arrived in Brazil!

Craig may be our third son attending the São Paulo Brazil Missionary Training Center, but the thrill of receiving this letter just does not get old. And the photo: priceless! Craig may not have his suitcases (I received an email from Delta this morning, written in Portuguese and English, giving me the reference number for a missing suitcase claim!), but he still has his smile!


Dear Parents,

We are happy to send the good news that your missionary has arrived safely at the Brazil MTC.  What a great joy and privilege it is to greet each missionary as they come through the front door of the MTC for the first time. We promise to take good care of your missionary.

They now have companions and are settled into their rooms.  They are assigned to a district with capable and caring instructors for language and lesson study.  The branch presidents and their wives will soon give them a second greeting.  These couples are rewarded in their callings through the love they always develop as they embrace and watch over the missionaries.

The MTC has a full time live-in physician to care for their health needs.  He is assisted by his able wife. We are also happy to report that the cafeteria food is abundant and very good.

Your missionary will be able to e-mail home on Preparation Day after a morning at the Temple.  This will be either Wednesday or Friday, depending on individual assignments.

Your very important young person is about to make an eternal difference in the lives of others.  We hope you will be encouraged and comforted by this quote by President Lorenzo Snow: “There is no mortal man that is as interested in the success of an elder when he is preaching the Gospel as is the Lord who sent him to preach to the people who are the Lord’s children”.

Please accept our love,

President Robert Swensen and Sister Julie Swensen


One thought on “Craig Has Arrived in Brazil!

  1. Andrea Graves says:

    WOW! That’s so exciting! I can’t believe the airline lost his luggage, that would throw me, a bit. What a wonderful photo, (someone actually knew how to take a good picture and pose people nicely, what a treat!) it really is priceless! I’ve never heard of a live in doctor for the Mission home, but dang, that is really cool. I hope my boys have that when they go on their missions! Love this blog, it looks awesome! So happy for you guys! ❤


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