Tuesday, August 30, 2016


Dear Parents,

Sister Grahl 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 MTC 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.

Pres. Paulo R. Grahl and Sister Zuleika M. Grahl


This email is just for you guys and the family. They just wanted us to check in with the little time that we have. The next email I send will be a week from Friday on my first P-Day and you can send that one out to the list. We just made it down here and I am in the MTC now! It is a little crazy. My shoes are finally feeling broken in and a lot better. I am loving the district I am in. We all became good friends at the airport and the way over. The exit row was fantastic. I could stretch my legs out completely so I slept pretty well. The food was pretty good on the plane. We drove through the city and it is pretty run down, but I am pretty excited. The MTC(Which I think is called CTM down here) is nice. All the water is filtered and I am excited to try the food. People just speak to you in Portuguese so it is baptism by fire. Today is mainly just settling in, but we are gonna be in full swing tomorrow it looks like. I will be sure to take lots of pictures and write a lot of stories. I love you! Tell the rest of the family that I love them and miss them, but I am excited to be here serving The Lord.