Bishop Caussé and Elder Maynes Enjoy “Spiritual Feast” in Brazil

Contributed By Alex Dantas, Church News contributor

  • 31 January 2019

Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy and Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé meet with youth from the São Paulo East Regional Council gathered for a special youth devotional at the São Paolo Stake Center on January 19, 2019.

Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy and Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé left a snow-covered Salt Lake City for an “exciting” and “busy” brief visit to sunny São Paulo, Brazil, January 19–21.

“Brazil is always a spiritual feast,” Bishop Causeé said.

The two leaders visited the Brazil Missionary Training Center Saturday, January 19, where a crowd of almost 400 missionaries from all over Brazil, Latin America, Africa, and the U.S. waited to hear them speak.

“I feel way more confident about sharing the gospel with everyone after listening to Bishop Caussé and Elder Maynes,” said Elder Samuel Mogire, the first missionary from Nairobi, Kenya, to attend the MTC in Brazil. “It was a powerful experience for me.”

Two missionaries from the Brazil MTC gather to hear messages from Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy and Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé.

Speaking to 900 youth and their leaders and bishops from the São Paulo West Regional Council gathered for a special youth devotional on Saturday, January 19, at the São Paolo Stake Center, Bishop Caussé talked about the importance of communicating to everyone we know that we are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He concluded by leading the large audience in the Primary song “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”

Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé speaks to missionaries at the Brazil MTC January 19.

Elder Maynes asked the youth to imagine for a moment that they were 80 years old and had experienced a wonderful and fulfilling life. “If a reporter from the Liahona were to ask, ‘What are three decisions you made that led to having a wonderful life?’ what do you think those decisions were?”

Youth who responded mentioned decisions including being baptized, serving a full-time mission, and marrying in the temple. Each of these important decisions can be made during your youth, Elder Maynes told them.

Giovanna Lopes da Costa, a 15-year-old from the Novo Osasco Ward and one of the hundreds of youth in the congregation, filled her notebook with quotes from Bishop Caussé and Elder Maynes.

“I loved everything they said,” she said, “and I tried to take notes so that I can read them again when I am facing my own challenges.”

Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy greets youth from the São Paulo West Regional Council gathered for a special youth devotional at the São Paulo Stake Center on January 19, 2019.

On Sunday, January 20, the leaders joined the Brazil Area Presidency in a highly anticipated event for the Brazilian Saints—the dedication of the new São Paulo Temple Visitors’ Center. Elder and Sister Casado, directors of the new visitors’ center, 40 stake presidents and their wives, five mission presidents, and 40 sister missionaries called to serve attended the event, where Brazil Area President Marcos A. Aidukaitis offered the dedicatory prayer.

Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé and Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella and Elder W. Mark Bassett of the Brazil Area Presidency visit the Christus at the new São Paulo Temple Visitors’ Center, which was dedicated January 20, 2019.

Before returning to Salt Lake City January 22, Elder Maynes and Bishop Caussé also traveled 10 miles from São Paulo to the Embu district to attend the dedication of the new Beehive Clothing and Distribution Center in the Embu district on Monday, January 21. The new 65,000-square-foot facility will manufacture temple clothing and store and distribute essential gospel products.

From left: Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé, Elder W. Mark Bassett of the Brazil Area Presidency, Brazil Area President Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis, Elder Adilson de Paula Parrella of the Brazil Area Presidency, and Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy visit the new Beehive Clothing and Distribution Center in the Embu district of Brazil on Monday, January 21, 2019. The new 65,000-square-foot facility will manufacture temple clothing and store and distribute essential gospel products.

Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé speaks to youth and their leaders from the São Paulo West Regional Council gathered for a special youth devotional at the São Paulo Stake Center on January 19, 2019.

Youth and their leaders and bishops from the São Paulo West Regional Council gather for a special youth devotional January 19, 2019, at the São Paulo Stake Center to hear messages from Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy and Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé.

Youth and their leaders and bishops from the São Paulo West Regional Council gather for a special youth devotional on January 19, 2019, at the São Paulo Stake Center to hear messages from Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy and Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé.

Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé speaks during the dedication of the new São Paulo Temple Visitors’ Center on January 20, 2019.

Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy speaks during the dedication of the new São Paulo Temple Visitors’ Center on January 20, 2019.

People attend the dedication of the new São Paulo Temple Visitors’ Center on January 20, 2019.

Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé speaks during the dedication of the new Beehive Clothing and Distribution Center in the Embu district of Brazil on January 21, 2019.

Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé greets people gathered for the dedication of the new Beehive Clothing and Distribution Center in the Embu district of Brazil on January 21, 2019.

Presiding Bishop Gérald Caussé and Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Seventy visit with Brazil Area President Elder Marcos A. Aidukaitis (right) and Elder W. Mark Bassett (left) after the dedication of the new Beehive Clothing and Distribution Center in the Embu district of Brazil on January 21, 2019.