Arizona Scottsdale Mission

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The work is going so well in Arizona that the Church created the Scottsdale, Arizona Mission during the April of 2013! More information for follow.

The Church

The first members of the Church arrived in Arizona during the 19th century for the Mexican-American war. It wasn’t until the 1870’s that settlements of LDS members finally settled in Arizona and began growing. Arizona now has about 400,000 members of the Church. There are three temples, one in Mesa, Snowflake and Central Arizona. The Gilbert and Phoenix temple are under construction and the Tucson, Arizona temple was announced fall 2012. The church continues to grow, with multiple thriving missions. There are six missions; two of which were organized this last July.


Scottsdale is a city rich with culture and cultural foods. Its Native American heritage, shared Mexican border and Western culture encourages fresh flavors for any appetite.

Customary Native American specialties of corn dishes and fry breads topped with beef, and homemade salsas will fill any hungry belly. Navajo tacos, chili stews, rice and corn soups are among other Native cuisines found in Scottsdale.


The fry bread with toppings.

With a city so close to the Mexican border, Scottsdale flourishes with Mexican food. Traditional meals include menudo, fajitas, a variety of tacos, enchiladas, carnitas, rice, and beans.

Mexican Food of Arizona

Mexican Food of Arizona

Along with the Southwestern style of Native American and Mexican, Scottsdale hosts a variety of other foods. Delicious burgers, fresh salads, perfectly cooked steaks and more. The city is very active in supporting and encouraging good eateries, with local and foreign tastes.


In Scottsdale highway 101, also known as loop 101 travels around the city, offering exits to neighboring suburbs and the Phoenix area. The majority of Scottsdale uses cars to get to their upcoming destinations, although there is a bus and trolley system too. The bus systems run from about 5am-10pm on a day-to-day basis all throughout the city. There are schedules that provide departure and arrival times. There is a free trolley system with two routes. The Downtown Trolley frequents stops in the city of Scottsdale, while the Neighborhood Trolley passes through major neighborhoods South of Scottsdale. The Neighborhood Trolley also connects to Tempe’s free trolley system. The Scottsdale trolleys run from 7am-9pm with the exception of various holidays.

Scottsdale has been recognized for the past three years as a gold level biking community. This award applies to all communities that support, encourage and provide safe elements for bikers to commute and move throughout the city.


Scottsdale ranks below the national average for crime rate and is among one of the safest places to be in Arizona. The major safety issues that lurk in Scottsdale relates to the property crime rate, which remains below the national rate, but stays within a closer margin. Scottsdale is known for its great bike routes and roadways for commuters and riders. Like all cities, unfortunate events do occur, and it’s important for both visitor and community member to be aware of his/her surroundings and to leave areas that look unsafe or questionable.

Flag of Arizona Scottsdale Mission


United States
President Karl R. Sweeney

6265 N 82nd St
Scottsdale AZ 85250
United States

Catholic, Christian, Latter-day Saints
Scottsdale shares Arizona's dry, arid climate. The summers are incredibly hot with average temperatures of 100°F (or higher!) and pleasant winter temperature averaging 60-70 °F.
Scottsdale, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert


The work is going so well in Arizona that the Church recently created the Scottsdale, Arizona Mission! Check back in a year to hear what the first missionaries in this mission have to say!

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