“Your family can become your closest friends,” says Elder Carlos Augusto Godoy, recently called to the First Quorum of the Seventy. “You might move away from other friends, but family is consistent.”
Elder Godoy speaks from experience. Because of educational opportunities, professional positions, and Church assignments, Elder Godoy; his wife, Mônica Soares Brandão; and their four children have lived in many places, including Porto Alegre, Brazil; São Paulo, Brazil; Provo, Utah, USA; and Belem, Brazil.
Even before his assignments took him across his country and abroad, Elder Godoy appreciated close family relationships. It was in accompanying his younger sister to a Church activity that he was first introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ. That experience led to his meeting with the missionaries and being baptized a month later.
Elder Godoy was born on February 4, 1961, in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to Moacir Godoy and Ivone Poersch Godoy. He joined the Church in 1977 and later served a full-time mission in São Paulo. He and Mônica, whom he met at a summer youth conference shortly after he joined the Church, were married in 1984 in the São Paulo Brazil Temple.
Elder Godoy received a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Pontificia Universidade Católica and a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Brigham Young University. He spent his career in various business positions before starting his own company.
Elder Godoy has served as bishop, high councilor, mission president, and Area Seventy. He says that through these opportunities to serve, he has learned more about the process of “becoming” and looks forward to learning in his new calling.
“I feel a sense of inadequacy,” he says, “but I know that the Savior is guiding this work and that He can help all of us become more like Him.”