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The Arkansas Little Rock Mission is the only mission based in Arkansas, although other nearby missions cover portions of the state. Located in the “Bible-Belt” of the southern United States, Arkansas is home to a variety of landscapes, from the Ozark mountains to the rich farmland of the Arkansas Delta. Fifty-six percent of the state is considered forestland. The people of Arkansas have a reputation of being friendly, hospitable, and dedicated in their faith.
In Arkansas the church is small, but strong and growing steadily. There are 5 stakes established, made up of 35 wards and 27 branches. Missionaries can expect to work closely alongside wards and branches in teaching part-member families and less-active members.
Outdoor grill fare such as hamburgers and hotdogs are common. Potatoes are used in many forms, including mashed, fried, and baked. Deep-fried foods are also popular, along with barbecued pork and many other meats.
Public transportation is not very common in Arkansas. Most people drive where they need to go. Missionaries alternate between cars and bikes, as mission assigned areas are typically quite large.
Missionaries are typically respected as representatives of Jesus Christ. Using common sense and following mission rules prevent confrontation. Knocking on doors after dark should be avoided.
Manners and politeness are appreciated, especially in trying new foods and eating what is served.
“Fixin to” = Going to, About to
Missionaries should bring good rain wear and a warm winter coat. Bug spray, which can be purchased in the mission, is also recommended.
Mail sent from within the US typically arrives in two-three business days. Packages can be sent without any complications.
905 Kierre Dr
North Little Rock AR 72116
What did you eat the most of?
“Lots of fried foods and pulled pork.”
“Barbeque, it’s the best.”
What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Sweet potato with melted marshmallows.”
“I had squirrel, raccoon, beaver, snapper, and possum.”
What advice would you give to someone going to this Mission?
“Get ready to have fun and work hard. The South is bubbling under the surface, ready to explode with baptisms. It’s really true. Be ready to be bold. Dancing around doctrine does not create a whole lot of progress. Be up front and frank with everyone you meet because God is preparing people who are ready to hear it.”
“Be prepared to be challenged on your scripture knowledge. However, rely more on your testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel than you do on scripture knowledge. Your testimony invites the Spirit and sanctifies that space for that moment. Bible bashing does nothing but cause contention. Yes, use scriptures for reference, but do not forget that your testimony is the most powerful tool you have.”
What do you wish you had known before you served?
“You will gain weight, it’s inevitable.”