This period saw extraordinary expansion—the first temple was built in São Paulo, the number of native Brazilian missionaries grew dramatically, and the total number of missions increased to 26. Mission headquarters were established in cities from Rio Grande do Sul in the south to Pará in the north. Thousands of new missionaries arrived annually and were called to serve in the far reaches of the country. Their experiences were unique to the regions in which they served, yet they all shared at least one experience: growing to love the peoples, cultures, and traditions of the country.