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The Tucson Arizona mission has a variety of small towns and mid-sized cities. Cactus, heat and adobe-styled homes make you feel like you are part of an old western film.
Many citizens are early to bed and early to rise. Tucson mornings are filled with joggers and bicyclists year-around. Some believe that the bright sunlight makes people in Tucson especially happy and energetic. Air conditioning is a Tucson resident’s best friend, especially when surviving the summertime.
There is a strong LDS presence in this area and members take good care of their missionaries. Many companionships are fed daily by members.
The Tucson LDS membership is excited to get a temple built in its area. The temple was announced in October 2012 and is still in its early planning stages. Temple preparations offer opportunities for both members and missionaries alike to get involved. Many hope that the temple will aid Tucson’s missionary efforts. The temple that currently serves this area is the Mesa Arizona Temple, which is approximately 1-2 hours away.
American food is most common in this area, with Mexican food as a close runner-up. Tucson boasts some of the most authentic Mexican cuisine in the states. A favorite meal among missionaries is the Sonoran Dog from El Guero Canelo http://www.elguerocanelo.com/index2.html.
Missionaries will usually walk, bike or drive a mission car for transportation. Tucson does not have a well-developed public transportation system.
The Tucson Arizona mission is a very safe mission with a relatively low crime rate. It is still suggested to practice “street smarts,” i.e locking up bikes and not leaving belongings unattended.
Water is very essential because of the hot climate. It is also recommended that when purchasing a bike, missionaries select a sturdy mountain bike. There may be a lot of riding on gravel and cacti.
939 W Chapala Dr
Tucson AZ 85704-4516
Straight from the Arizona Tucson Mission:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“I get anything there I could get here.”
*What did you eat the most of?
“We hardly ate the same thing twice. Most member thought we ate Mexican all the time, so they regularly prepared something different. I hardly ate Mexican more there than I did here.”
“Members fed us daily.”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Stroganoff. I hate Stroganoff. Why would someone ever put gravy on pasta?”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“The most shocking thing about my mission was how much my first are was like Utah. I expected culture shock and showed up to an area that had so many members we couldn’t even tract.”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Arizona Tucson Mission?
“Fasting water on Fast Sunday is not suggested. Don’t let anyone ever make you feel guilty about drinking water. ”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“You are more than a foot solider. Your individual experiences and personality will help someone in a way that no other missionary can. Who you were before your mission, good or bad, makes you uniquely qualified to do special pieces of the Lords work.”