Arizona Tempe Mission

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The Church

The church is very strong and well known in the Arizona Tempe Mission. One area (before the split, now in the Gilbert mission) had 4 wards in 1 square mile.
Most people already know who you are and already have strong opinions about the church. You can’t just ask them if they want to know more, you have to gain their interest somehow.
The members are very nice to missionaries, and member missionary work is growing. You’ll be doing a lot of member visits and to try to help the fire within the members, once you do that, your success will have no limits!


Bicycle is the standard form of transportation for the most missionaries. About a third to a fourth of the mission have cars.  Either way though, you will be biking a lot.

Get used to it, preferably in a sauna if you have one.


Dehydration is a big safety concern. Arizona is hot, especially during the summer months. ALWAYS have a large quantity of water on you. Bikes get stolen occasionally, but it’s rare. Standard car and bike safety apply.

Regardless of where you work, always be aware of who you are talking to and who is around you. Follow mission rules and stay close to the spirit and you will be safe.



One of the biggest events during the year is Angels spring training.

Local customs depend on which area you serve in. Chandler is different from Tempe, which is different from Casa Grande which is also different from Yuma.

And for all those Utah missionaries, they do celebrate Pioneer Day here too!

Local Lingo

y’all – you all

Mostly basic English although you will pick up some Spanish accents as you start to say correct Spanish words like the locals – Torilla and Jalapeno for example

Essential Equipment

Camel-packs, water bottles, bike, Pros shoes (NOT DRESS SHOES (they will wear out very very quickly), more like rockport style. Sturdy, yet comfortable.)

Also, ties are like money. Have some good ones.

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United States
President James L. Toone

1871 E Del Rio Dr
Tempe AZ 85282-2822
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Straight from the Arizona Tempe Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Good Seafood”

*What did you eat the most of?
“Casserole’s that no man has had before.”

“Pizza and TexMex”

“I had a lot of Tex-Mex that the members fed us. We also got gift cards to restaurant’s from members, so we ate out a lot as well.”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Apache BBQ Cow”

“Nothing too crazy, but I did have an investigator make us some Greek Food. She wrapped a rice and lamb mixture in a grape leaf. Pretty nasty.”

“Authentic Indian Food (Curry, etc)”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“A lot of people either liked us or didn’t”

“I grew up in a small community, and went to college in a small community, so when I got there, my first area was in the city. I was pretty shocked about the people who hang out on the streets in a city.”

“There were a lot of people that pretended to not know English when we were around…even in the valley. There are a lot of Hispanic people there and the culture is definitely affected by it.”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Arizona Tempe Mission?
“Take it one day at a time and love every moment.”

“Don’t get discouraged because of the heat. You can find people to talk to if you ask the Lord to help you, even if it is 110 degrees outside in the middle of the day and no one wants to be out or open the door. Also, make sure you have cold water. Freeze your water bottles during the night. During the day (if you have a car) leave the water bottles in a cooler in the car. When you get done with appointments or tracting, you have perfectly melted water that is cold.”

“Learn Spanish, Learn Preach my Gospel, train on a bike, learn tips to stay cool outside in 118 degrees, get used to the sound of a cicada, and carry a big water bottle.”

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“To love each moment even the bad ones”

“If one or many people do not accept the Gospel while you are teaching them, their salvation is not on your head. Work hard, do your best, but remember that everyone has agency. One day, they might end up joining. I had an investigator that we had to drop on my mission, and found out that she got baptized 6 years later. Everyone has their own time frame.”

“SPANISH. I served English speaking, but a knowledge of the Spanish language would still have been amazingly helpful. I also wish I knew the Preach My Gospel lessons better than I did.”

*Other comments?
“It is okay if you do not get along perfectly with every companion. People are different. Embrace those differences, and use those differences to work together to bring people to Christ. You might disagree, you might have different ideas, opinions, ways of living, etc. But remember what it says in D&C 46:11-12, “For all have not every gift given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God. To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby.” You were sent to that mission for a reason, and your companion was as well. Figure out why you were sent to that mission and work together. You will be most successful that way.”

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