Porto Alegre is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Five major rivers converge in the area, making it a very important port and a chief industrial and commercial center. It rains often throughout the year, and the area has hot, humid summers. Temperatures occasionally fall below zero in the winter. Catholicism is the largest religion followed by Protestantism. There is an LDS temple in Porto Alegre. To get around the city, there are metro stations and buses. The area is known for its churrasco (grilled meat), which is found all around the city.
Brazil is one of the highest baptizing countries in the world. Southern Brazil does not baptize quite as much as areas to the north, and the belief is that this is from the large portion of Europeans in the area. There is, however, a higher-than-average retention rate of those who are baptized.
Brazil has eight temples; Fortaleza, Sau Paulo, Campinas, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Manaus, Curitiba and one in Porto Alegre, accessible to those in this mission. There are 249 stakes and 39 districts.