Arizona Mesa Mission


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Description

The Mesa Arizona Mission covers much of the area referred to as “West Mesa,” as well as other more rural areas farther west.

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The Church

The Church is very strong in the Mesa area, with 18 stakes lying within mission boundaries!  Many wards are comparable in size (both in terms of membership and size of area) to wards in Utah.  Of the stakes located within the mission, 14 are located in the Mesa metropolitan area, and two of the stakes are YSA stakes.  There are also several Spanish-language congregations located in the area.  The strong presence of young single adult church members contributes to the presence of several CES Institutes located in the region, with the Red Mountain Institute being located within mission boundaries, as well as a few Church Seminaries.

The Mesa Arizona temple also lies within mission boundaries!  It was the first temple to be built in Arizona, dedicated in 1927 by Heber J. Grant.  The Temple holds its annual Easter pageant “Jesus the Christ” in late March and early April.

The Mesa Arizona Temple. Photo cca2.0g midiman at Wikimedia Commons.

Food

Missionaries serving in the Arizona Mesa Mission can expect to find plenty of typical American foods, but Arizona also has its own culinary favorites.  Tex-mex and other types of Hispanic foods are widely available, such as tacos, enchiladas, and various soups.  Navajo food can also be found, with Navajo tacos (fry bread served with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, and tomatoes) being especially popular.  Because the church is so strong in Mesa, many areas have members feed the missionaries most nights of the week, so you should have no trouble getting enough food to eat!

A Navajo Taco. Photo cca-sa3.0u by John Pozniak at Wikimedia Commons.

Transportation

Like other stateside missions, missionaries will generally use either bicycles or cars to get around.  Designations are based on leadership positions and area size.  Mesa also has a public bus system that services most of the city.

Safety

Missionaries should be prepared for extreme heat while serving in Mesa!  The summer months of June, July, and August are especially hot, with average high temperatures reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit!  Drink plenty of water, use sunscreen, and stay out of the heat as much as possible to avoid sunburns or other heat-related illnesses such as heat exhaustion or heatstroke.

Other possible risks are dust storms and monsoons.  These storms can greatly reduce visibility, but they also pass fairly quickly.  If you are driving and a dust storm occurs, pull over and wait for it to stop.

Customs

The Mesa Arizona Temple’s Easter Pageant “Jesus the Christ” is a major cultural event in Mesa and provides a great missionary opportunity every year!  The 65-minute production runs each year during the two weeks before Easter, and over 150,000 people attend during the production.  The first Friday and Saturday shows are performed in Spanish, and seating is free, providing a great opportunity for members and missionaries to share their testimony of Jesus Christ with non-members.

A crowd waiting for the start of the Easter Pageant. Photo cca2.0g by midiman at Wikimedia Commons.

Local Lingo

Even if you are called to serve as an English-speaking missionary, it is still a good idea to learn at least a little Spanish!  Arizona has a large Spanish-speaking population, so knowing a few words and phrases can prove to be very useful.

Essential Equipment

Always have water handy!  Arizona is a desert, and you will get dehydrated quickly.  Despite how hot it is most of the time, you may want to bring a light jacket for the cooler winter months.

Additional Info

Lost Dutchman State Park

There is plenty to see and do in the Mesa Area!  The desert is full of natural beauty, such as the Superstition Mountains and Lost Dutchman State Park area.  Another interesting local site is Mesa Grande Cultural Park, which is home to several Hohokam Indian ruins.

Hohokam Ruins at Mesa Grande Cultural Park.

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Profile

United States
President Kirk L. Jenkins

2525 N 32nd St
Mesa AZ 85213
United States

English, Spanish
About 500,000
Catholic, LDS, other Protestant and Evangelical churches
Mesa has a desert climate. Summers are hot, with high temperatures regularly reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while winters are milder with temperatures in the upper 60s/low 70s Fahrenheit. Mesa is very dry, averaging only about 9 inches of rain per year.
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Experiences

Straight from the Arizona Mesa Mission field:

What items were hard to get or not available?
Good Jalapenos

What did you eat the most of?
Noodles and beans

What is the craziest thing you ate?
cow brain, hoof, tongue, chicken feet

What was most surprising about the culture?
“The people there are very kind.”

What advice would you give to someone going to the Arizona Mesa Mission mission?
“Trust in our Heavenly Father in 100%”

What do you wish you had known before you served?
“The importance of the Christlike attributes.”

Other comments?
“The mission will prepare you for life and will help you to be a better person, parent and friend.”
-Monica

**Did you serve in the Arizona Mesa Mission? If so we want to hear from you! Share your experiences here or by emailing us at editor@missionhome.com**