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The California Anaheim mission was organized in 1966 as the California South Mission. The name was changed in 1974, to what it is known as now: the California Anaheim mission.
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The church is strong in Anaheim, and constantly growing. Member population is relatively high and there are meeting houses in every city, so missionaries will constantly find themselves running into members. Missionary work in this area relies heavily on member referrals. The colleges in the mission have strong institute programs and some missionaries have the chance to work with college students.
The food in the area includes standard American fare as well as food from a variety of cultures. Members are typically happy to feed the missionaries, and do so often. sometimes missionaries will have a dinner appointment with members almost every night.
You will get around primarily by riding a bike or driving a car. Public transportation is also an option, but is often not as quick.
Anaheim and the surrounding cities in this mission can feel pretty busy at times, but following the mission rules will keep missionaries safe.
Traditional American holidays are celebrated. As with many other missions, missionaries will shake hands with everyone they meet.
Be prepared for some unfamiliar lingo In the beach cities.
A durable bike with a good, strong, bike lock are a necessity. Your mission president will likely have guidelines or suggestions for your bike and lock.
Priority mail through the U.S. Postal Services is the best way to get packages to the mission.
2500 N Bristol St
Santa Ana CA 92706
Straight from the California Anaheim Mission:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Nothing, everything was available”
*What did you eat the most of?
“snack ramen, potato salad (boiled red potatoes, boiled eggs and mayonnaise), hot dogs and bread”
“Everything, it’s California! Large Variety.”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“goats eyes, cabasa de chevo”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“The sheer amount of people. Biggest apartment complexes I’ve ever seen in my life!”
“I felt very much at home. Four different times, I randomly ran into people I knew; a lady from my home ward, a former young men’s leader, a fraternity brother, and a couple of friends from school. The culture was similar to Utah, just more populated.”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the California Anaheim Mission?
“Strengthen your testimony. Also, put your main focus on serving others rather than your own needs.”
“Don’t be discouraged by antis and apathetic people. There are lots there still to be taught! Make sure you’re always happy, don’t let any of that get you down.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“All I need is my scriptures, the lessons, the little white missionary book, and my testimony. Everything else will work it’s self out”
“Just in general, knowing the gospel better would have been helpful. I learned a ton on my mission, I learned a lot about how the gospel works, but it would have helped more to know more before.”