California Carlsbad Mission

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The California Carlsbad Mission is a relatively small mission with great weather and great people. The mission is filled with affluent people who are willing to speak with missionaries about the gospel. Southern Californians are generally professional people with a large majority of people who are successful in their jobs. However, there are many people in this mission who are middle- to lower-class. The ward boundaries are larger in this area moving east.

The Church


In the California Carlsbad Mission, there is not a temple within the mission boundaries. Newport Beach California Temple and the San Diego Temple are just a few miles outside the area. Missionaries can receive permission from the first presidency to go outside those boundaries every 6-12 weeks to visit the temple.

Newport Beach California Temple

Newport Beach California Temple

San Diego California Temple

San Diego California Temple



Southern California is abundant with food options and known for its popular restaurants. From American cuisine to Indian cuisine, there are endless options. Many missionaries enjoy classic California favorites like In-n-Out Burger or Baja Fish Tacos. Members are also very willing to welcome missionaries over for dinner.



In most of the areas in the mission, missionaries are provided part-time cars that they share with another companionship 3-4 days out of the week. Missionaries typically drive or ride bikes to an appointment. Many areas in this mission are located in hilly areas where walking is required.

Missionary Bike


Carlsbad is a generally safe mission. Like any other area, there are certain places where it is advisable to stay out of, and missionaries are instructed to do so. Follow the instruction of your mission president, who is inspired to know when you need to be inside. Therefore, it is important to follow the curfews and guidelines and be in the appropriate places at the appropriate times.

Local Lingo

“Animal Style” (In-n-Out Burger secret menu)

“Tressels” (found it helpful to know surf spots and where people surf as a point of conversation)

Essential Equipment

One strap backpacks are popular on the mission; however, some missionaries complain about back pain. Instead, one suggestion is to use your pockets as a way to keep your belongings rather than struggling with a backpack.

A military copy of the Book of Mormon fits great in a back pocket and is a great resource that you can always have readily available.

Suit jackets are typically only worn during the cooler temperatures or on Sundays. During the day in the summers and warmer weather, it is too hot for multiple layers.

Short-sleeve white shirts are best for this mission because they are cool enough for the warmer temperatures.

Quality shoes are needed for the hilly terrain in this mission. It is also important to invest in good walking shoes that are breathable for the amount of walking done.

There are many stores and people willing to help you get anything you may need during the mission.

Additional Info

The California Carlsbad Mission has been re-established as of July 2013 after the boundaries were re-established with the California Irvine Mission.

Flag of California Carlsbad Mission


United States
President Hal C. Kendrick

451 W Bobier Dr
Vista CA 92604-4579
United States

English, Spanish, Tagalog
Non-denominational Christian
Southern California is known for its ideal year-round climate and perfect temperatures. It has a warm Mediterranean climate with an average of 280 sunny days per year. The area receives about 13 inches of rainfall a year and no snowfall.
Oceanside, La Jolla, Encinitas, Del Mar


What items were hard to get or not available?

You can get whatever you wanted. Everything is right there.

What did you eat the most of?

La Gordita- burritos carne asada; beans and rice

What is the craziest thing you ate?

What was most surprising about the culture

“Southern Californians are more busy than the average person and are always trying to do so many things. In Carlsbad, there is a lot of feeling and everyone is more laid back even if they’re busy.”

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

“The bible is not common ground, it’s battleground.” There are a lot of Christians in California that read and study the bible who might want to debate on the meaning of what something means in the Bible. As a missionary, focus more on the Restoration and the Book of Mormon and the spirit will be stronger and will give them a chance to learn.

What do you wish you had known before you served?

“How to study better.

1. Get a good study journal that is able to be expanded upon. I organized my study journal alphabetically and would use sheets of paper to continually add to it. That way I would have everything written about a subject in one place. Organize it well, whichever way works best for you.

2. When you are studying, ask questions. If I had a question about faith I would write down in the faith subject so that I could find answers later when studying. I would also write investigators questions there so that I could go back and find answers to those questions and always have those answers available.

These made me more efficient as a missionary, and helped me to make better use of my personal study time and companion study time. This also allowed me to have a better day and feel more prepared during appointments because I was studying with a purpose.

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