Monthly Archives: July 2015

A Letter from the MTC President

Dear Parents,

Sister Swensen and I are very happy to let you know that your missionary has arrived safely at the Brazil Missionary Training Center. What a great joy and privilege it is to greet each missionary as they begin their missionary experiences with us. We will surely take good care of your missionary.

The missionaries 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. Their branch presidents and wives, will meet them this Sunday. These wonderful couples are richly blessed as they work with, motivate, and interview the missionaries assigned to their branch.

The MTC has a full-time live-in physician to care for their health needs. He is assisted by his able wife who is a nurse. We are also happy to report that the cafeteria food is plentiful, healthy 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 missionary is about to make an eternal difference in the lives of many others. President Lorenzo Snow said: “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”. We love these missionaries as if they were our own. We will watch over them carefully to ensure they are ready for a wonderful missionary experience after the rewarding time they will have in the MTC.

We thank you for preparing such a wonderful representative of the Lord.

President Robert Swensen and Sister Julie Swensen


PLEASE DO NOT SEND PACKAGES to the Brazil Missionary Training Center. All packages must be sent directly to the mission where your missionary will be serving not the MTC. If you have already mailed a package to the Brazil MTC, please understand that the package cannot be forwarded to his or her mission and will be returned to you.

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE SENDING HAND WRITTEN LETTERS. Please write your missionary´s first and last name. Your missionary will provide you with his district and box number. Also, please DO NOT SEND ANYTHING BY FEDEX, DHL, UPS, or other private carriers. The cost to process this type of correspondence is exorbitant.

I’ll post his district and box number as soon as he sends it. Then, let’s FLOOD him with snail mail!!!!

This is a picture of the MTC where Chapman will be staying for the next 6 weeks.

This is a picture of the MTC where Chapman will be staying for the next 6 weeks.

Elder Tew has arrived in Brazil!

I made it! I’m here! I met up with Elder Silfies in Atlanta, and we had our last cheeseburgers at TGI Friday’s. Once we got on the plane, we had to wait a while to take off because they had some issues with getting the baggage on. Despite the intense lack of sleep, I made it through the 10 hour flight! When we got here, we had to wait about 2.5 hours for a set of sisters to arrive. I didn’t realize that we would be waiting for so long. I got my bags from baggage claim, and one of them had been bent along the bottom, and was having difficulty shutting. Once we got to the MTC I was able to fix it…. mostly. I don’t remember much of the drive here. I passed out in my chair. I did get a glimpse of the city, still lit up because it was dark, as we landed. It makes New York look like a puddle. It goes on and on forever. We got to the MTC and they fed us (PRAISE), and we got to take our stuff to our rooms, change, and shower. This afternoon we start meetings. I don’t know when my p-day will be, but they tell me that we get to go out into the area around the MTC to shop if we want to.  For whatever reason, the computers here won’t send pictures, but I’ll be able to once I leave. I think something is locked with the USB ports.

Elder Tew

We received an email today from the mission president and his wife.  They sent this picture of Elder Tew sporting his new badge! Yesterday, he was here. Today, he's in Brazil!

We received an email today from the Brazil MTC mission president and his wife. They sent this picture of Elder Tew sporting his new badge! Yesterday, he was here. Today, he’s in Brazil! Doesn’t he look great?

Day 1

Tomorrow afternoon I’ll board a plane to São Paulo, Brazil, and I won’t be back for two years… I’ll admit, I’m more than just a little nervous. But, I’m excited to get to go and experience something that will put me completely out of my element, and teach me skills that will help me throughout my life to come.
I believe that there is a heaven, and a divine power that resides there. I believe in God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I believe that God loves us, and wants us to succeed. I believe that He sent His son to sacrifice his life to atone for our sins, so that we might become clean. I believe that He has a plan for us to return to live with Him again. I believe that God has a Prophet on the Earth today, just like He did anciently, to lead and guide us. I believe in my church, and the religious principles it teaches. I believe that it is something I should stand up for, even when people around me don’t agree with everything I believe in.
I know what I’m doing is the right thing, and I’ll see y’all in Tew.

-Elder Chapman Tew