Brazil: Church Chronology

    Brazil: Church Chronology

    1913 • BrazilGerman immigrants Max and Amalie Zapf became the first Church members in Brazil.

    December 25, 1925 • Buenos Aires, ArgentinaElder Melvin J. Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated South America for the preaching of the gospel.

    1920s • BrazilMany Germans, including several Church members, immigrated to Brazil in search of greater opportunity.

    1927 • Brazil Auguste Lippelt and others wrote letters to Church leaders elsewhere that Church materials and missionaries be sent to Brazil.

    December 1927 • Joinville, BrazilReinhold Stoof, president of the South American Mission, visited Brazil to explore the possibility of sending missionaries there.

    September 17, 1928 • Joinville, BrazilWilliam Fred Heinz and Emil A. J. Schindler arrived in Joinville and began teaching the German-speaking people of Brazil.

    April 14, 1929 • JoinvilleBertha Sell and her children, Theodor, Alice, Siegfried, and Adele, were baptized. They were the first converts baptized in Brazil.

    July 6, 1930 • JoinvilleThe first branch in Brazil was organized in Joinville, with missionary David J. Ballstaedt as president.

    Meetinghouse in Joinville

    October 25, 1931 • Joinville

    The first Church-owned meetinghouse in Brazil was dedicated in Joinville.

    October 11, 1933 • JoinvilleThe first Relief Society in Brazil was established in Joinville, with Toni Barsch as president.

    May 25, 1935 • São Paulo, BrazilThe Brazilian Mission was organized in São Paulo, with Rulon S. Howells as mission president. The primary language of the mission was German.

    July 14, 1935 • São PauloThe first district in Brazil was organized in São Paulo, with Emil A. J. Schindler as president.

    1938 • BrazilThe Joseph Smith Story was translated into Portuguese. This was the first official Church publication in Portuguese.

    1939 • BrazilPortuguese became the official language of the Brazilian Mission.

    1939 • BrazilAt the start of World War II, the Church closed all European missions, and more missionaries were called to Brazil.

    March 1940 • São PauloThe Book of Mormon was published in Portuguese.

    May 1940 • São PauloThe first Portuguese-speaking district was established in Brazil, with Melvin Morris as president.

    1943 • São Paulo and Campinas, BrazilLocal members were called to lead branches in São Paulo and Campinas.

    November 1943 • BrazilAs Brazil and the United States entered World War II, all North American missionaries were evacuated from Brazil.

    1946 • CampinasAlfredo Lima Vaz was called as a missionary. He was the first native Brazilian to serve as a full-time missionary.

    January 1948 • BrazilThe first issue of A gaivota (the Seagull), the first Portuguese-language periodical of the Church in Brazil, was published.

    1954 • BrazilDuring the first visit of President David O. McKay, he authorized an expanded program for building meetinghouses throughout the country.

    First stake in South America

    May 1966 • São Paulo

    The first stake in South America was organized in São Paulo, Brazil, with Walter Spät as president.

    1971 • BrazilThe seminary and institute program was organized in Brazil.

    March 1, 1975 • Buenos AiresDuring an area conference in Buenos Aires, President Spencer W. Kimball announced that the first temple in South America would be built in São Paulo.

    1978 • São PauloThe Brazil Missionary Training Center, the first outside the United States, was established in São Paulo.

    June 8, 1978 • Salt Lake City, UtahPresident Spencer W. Kimball announced a revelation extending the priesthood to all worthy male members of the Church.

    October 30, 1978 • São PauloSpencer W. Kimball dedicated the São Paulo Brazil Temple, the first temple in South America.

    1979 • São PauloJosé B. and Diva Euzébia Puerta, the first temple president and matron from Brazil, were called to preside at the São Paulo Brazil Temple.

    February 22–26, 1983 • São PauloLatter-day Saint artists from Brazil participated in an exhibition at the Galeria Prestes Maia in São Paulo.

    April 6, 1985 • Salt Lake CityHélio da Rocha Camargo was called as a General Authority Seventy. He was the first General Authority called from Brazil.

    April 1990 • Rio de Janeiro, BrazilHelvécio Martins, a native of Rio de Janeiro, was called as the first General Authority of African descent.

    December 15, 2000 • Recife, Brazil President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Recife Brazil Temple.

    December 17, 2000 • Porto Alegre, Brazil Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Porto Alegre Brazil Temple.

    May 17, 2002 • Campinas, BrazilGordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Campinas Brazil Temple.

    November 22, 2007 • BrazilA special plenary session of the Federal Senate was held to recognize the Church’s humanitarian efforts in Brazil.

    June 1, 2008 • Curitiba, BrazilPresident Thomas S. Monson dedicated the Curitiba Brazil Temple.

    October 3, 2009 • Salt Lake CityThomas S. Monson announced the construction of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple.

    June 10, 2012 • Manaus, Brazil President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, then of the First Presidency, dedicated the Manaus Brazil Temple.

    April 6, 2013 • Salt Lake CityThomas S. Monson announced the construction of the Rio de Janeiro Brazil Temple.

    April 29, 2015 • São PauloElder D. Todd Christofferson spoke at the interfaith Celebration of Religious Freedom event.

    April 3, 2016 • Salt Lake CityThomas S. Monson announced the construction of the Belém Brazil Temple.

    April 2, 2017 • Salt Lake CityThomas S. Monson announced the construction of the Brasília Brazil Temple.

    March 31, 2018 • Salt Lake City, UtahUlisses Soares was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the first Apostle from Brazil and South America.