California Bakersfield Mission


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Description

The California Bakersfield Mission was established in the summer of 2013 and split from the California Ventura Mission. Although the mission only has full-time Spanish and English speaking missionaries, this area is a cultural melting pot and you will find people from all over the world. The Spanish-speaking population comes from many different Latin and South American countries so you will enjoy food from many different cultures. Plan for hot, long summers and cool, short winters.

 

The Church

The Church has grown in Bakersfield creating the need to split this area from the California Ventura Mission. There are English and Spanish wards/branches and some of Bakersfield’s outlying towns even have English wards where missionaries will translate the meetings for the Spanish members. This is a great area to see the growth and development of the church in the United States.


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Food

Depending on the size and location of your area, cars and bicycles will be your mode of transportation. If you are assigned to a bike area, you will want to purchase a bicycle that you can transport with you during your entire mission. Because you are in the United States, it is easier to wait until you are assigned to a bike area and purchase an adequate bike in the mission field.

Transportation

Depending on the size and location of your area, cars and bicycles will be your mode of transportation. If you are assigned to a bike area, you will want to purchase a bicycle that you can transport with you during your entire mission. Because you are in the United States, it is easier to wait until you are assigned to a bike area and purchase an adequate bike in the mission field.Missionary Bike

Safety

Overall, Bakersfield is a very safe place for missionaries. Missionaries should use proper bike etiquette when on the roads and ensure that their bikes are locked up securely with a U-lock to avoid bike theft.

Essential Equipment

Missionaries will want a bike that will last throughout their mission and a heavy U-lock to avoid bike theft. Former missionaries also recommend carrying a Camelbak or similar pack that carries water while working in the heat. Short-sleeved white shirts are valuable in the summer and jackets are necessary for the winter.

U-Bar bike locks should be used to secure bikes when that is your mode of transportation
U-Bar bike locks should be used to secure bikes when that is your mode of transportation
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United States
President James M. Wilson

3512 Coffee Rd Ste B
Bakersfield CA 93308
United States

English
Bakersfield: 347,483
Catholicism, non-denominational Christianity
Summers are hot and dry with temperatures into the 90s and 100s. Winters are cool and wet.
Bakersfield

Facebook group: California Bakersfield Missionary Moms

Experiences

What items were hard to get or not available?

“Because California is part of the United States, missionaries are able to get almost everything they will need within the mission boundaries.”

“I could get any items I needed. There were major stores all around and members were always willing to help out.”

-Seth

What did you eat the most of?

“We ate a lot of tri-tip and pizza!”

-Seth

What is the craziest thing you ate?

“Menudo… that’s cow stomach!”

-Seth

What was most surprising about the culture?

There is such a mix of cultures in California. Many people believe that a Spanish-speaking missionary will only be teaching people from Mexico, but this is not true. I was able to meet and teach people from all sorts of Hispanic and Latin backgrounds.

What advice would you give to someone going to this Mission?

“Some of my favorite people from my mission were from Bakersfield. Love them and gain the respect of the members. You’ll love it there!”

-Seth

What do you wish you had known before you served?

“I wish I knew how much I would miss these people. Even though I felt like I gave my mission 100 percent, I could have always given a little more. That’s my advice to new missionaries; work hard and love your mission!”

-Seth

**Did you serve in the California Bakersfield Mission? If so we want to hear from you! Share your experiences here or by emailing us at editor@missionhome.com**