California Arcadia Mission

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The Church

The Church is very strong in California!  This state actually has the 2nd-largest LDS population in the United States.  There are 8 stakes located within the California Arcadia Mission, including 2 Spanish-language stakes.  The area is very culturally diverse, and several other languages are also spoken by members, including Samoan and Chinese.  The area also has a sizable population of LDS young adults, as evidenced by the proliferation of CES Institutes throughout the mission area.  The region is serviced by the nearby Los Angeles temple (however, the temple is located outside of the mission boundaries).


The Los Angeles Temple. Photo cca-sa3.0u by Bytebear at the English language Wikipedia.



The diversity of the greater Los Angeles area means that you will have the opportunity to try a wide variety of foods while serving in the California Arcadia Mission!  Mexican, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Pacific Islander cuisines are just a few of the many types of food that you may get the opportunity to eat while serving in this culturally diverse area.  Be adventurous and try lots of things!  If you want typical American food, there is still plenty of that to be had as well – In-N-Out Burger is an extremely popular fast food restaurant that originated in southern California and is gradually expanding to other parts of the western United States.

An In-N-Out restaurant in California. Photo cca-sa3.0u by Minesweeper at Wikimedia Commons.


As in other stateside missions, missionaries will generally get around their areas using either bicycles or cars.  Designations are made based on area size and leadership requirements.  Be prepared, though!  The Los Angeles area is home to some of the worst traffic in the world!  Avoid driving during rush hour as much as possible to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

LA area traffic jam. Photo cca-sa3.0u by Coolcaesar at Wikimedia Commons.


Certain low-income neighborhoods in the area are dangerous and prone to gang activity.  Missionaries should be aware of their surroundings and leave if an area appears dangerous.  When you arrive in a new area, ask members or other missionaries if there are certain neighborhoods you should avoid.


One of the most popular tradition in the area is the annual hosting of the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl college football game in Pasadena.  The January event draws hundreds of thousands of spectators and is broadcast around the country.  All floats in the parade are covered in flowers or other plant material.  The Rose Bowl stadium itself is actually considered a National Historic Landmark.

A Tournament of Roses Parade float. Photo cca2.0g by Noe Gold at Wikimedia Commons.

Local Lingo

The California Arcadia Mission area has a large Spanish-speaking population.  Regardless of whether or not you are assigned as a Spanish-speaking missionary, it is a good idea to learn at least a few words and phrases so you can better connect with the people you will meet while serving in the area.

Flag of California Arcadia Mission


United States
President Moisés Villanueva

614 W Foothill Blvd.

Arcadia, CA 91006

Chinese, English, Spanish
About 4 million within mission boundaries.
Roman Catholic, Protestant, LDS, Irreligious
Temperatures in the region are generally mild, averaging in the 60s and 70s Fahrenheit for most of the year. A few areas get significantly hotter during summer months. Precipitation is generally uncommon, with the winter months being slightly rainier than the summer.
Los Angeles, Pasadena, Glendale, El Monte, West Covina


Straight from the California Arcadia Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?
“This wasn’t an issue”

*What did you eat the most of?
“A real mix of various dishes, that part I loved!”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Vietnames Chicken Feet in spicy sauce-not bad actually. At first I thought it would be small little chicken wing types of thingss, but no, we got some serious legs”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“Americans speak different then us Canadians! I thought “powdered sugar” was another word for an illegal substance!”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the California Arcadia Mission?
“Talk to everyone!”

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“That being an AP, or Zone leder means nothing when you come home so don’t worry about leadership callings”

*Other comments?
“I loved my mission but at times I thought it was nothing more then a big numbers game with the biggest rising to the top. One thing to is being assertive is not the same thing as being disobedient. In saying no, I will not do that is not the same as staying home all day and watching movies”

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