BYUtv to Air Family History Reality Show in Spanish, Portuguese

Contributed By Marian Spencer, Church News staff writer

  • 28 September 2016

From left to right, Como Cheguei Aqui? contestants Guilherme, Raphaela, Giovanna, Pedrinho, Pedro, and Isabella.  Photo courtesy of BYUtv International.

Article Highlights

  • BYUtv launches family history reality TV show October 2.
  • Contestants will face physical obstacles and challenging puzzles.
  • Episodes will air on BYUtv International from October through November.

BYUtv International and FamilySearch have recently announced their newest project: an exciting, colorful reality show called Como Cheguei Aqui? or How Did I Get Here?

Filmed in Rio de Janeiro, this genealogy hunt (styled similarly to The Amazing Race television show) focuses on “six Brazilian 20-somethings.” Their goal: to discover who they are by discovering where they came from. In order to obtain clues, they will encounter physical challenges (such as crossing suspension bridges) as well as various challenging puzzles.

Although the contestants’ primary resource will be, the Church’s internet family history service, contestants are allowed to rope their siblings into the hunt. Family activities will include modern-day versions of childhood photographs and recipe re-creations with parents and grandparents. They will uncover incredible stories about their families along the way.

Only one of these contestants, BYU graduate Guilherme, is a member of the Church—although popular LDS singer David Archuleta sings the theme song. The show’s producers have stated that they hope to inspire Latin audiences of all backgrounds to connect with their families, both living and dead.

While the show will be available on,, and other select distributors, it will not be broadcast in the United States. Available languages include Portuguese and Spanish.

Episodes will air on BYUtv International in Latin America from October through November. The first episode will air on October 2 between general conference sessions. Visit the official Como Cheguei Aqui? website for more information.

Como Cheguei Aqui? contestants find out who they are by discovering where they came from.

From left to right, contestants Pedrinho, Pedro, Isabella, Raphaela, Giovanna, and Guilherme in front of the Como Cheguei Aqui? bus.