California Riverside Mission

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The Church

The church is vibrant and thriving in Southern California, providing an exciting opportunity for missionaries to further expand the church in this area. As a result of the inviting atmosphere in the stakes and wards, it is easy for missionaries to feel at home.


Typical American and Mexican dishes are common dishes for this mission. The area is very diverse, though, so there is a variety of multicultural foods available.


Depending on the specific area, missionaries will either ride a bike or drive a car.


There are different safety concerns, as is typical in urban areas, but common rules and precautions have been put in place and, if followed, you will be safe.


National American holidays are celebrated along with other local celebrations.

Essential Equipment

A few essential items include clothing that breathes well, a towel for wiping away sweat when tracting, and a winter coat for December, January, and February when the temperatures drop into the 40s (F).

Additional Info

Staying hydrated is crucial in the summer months when temperatures can reach into the 100s (F).

There are an array of options for sending mail, the most popular being USPS; Fedex, UPS, and just about any other national service will deliver to the mission as well.

Flag of California Riverside Mission


United States
President John H. Mullen

5900 Grand Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504-1328
United States

Catholicism, Protestantism, Evangelical Christianity
Hot and dry in the summer months, and moderately cold in the winter, with temperatures averaging around 46 degrees F in the winter to 96 degrees F in the summer.
Riverside, Perris, Hemet, Moreno Valley, Sun City


Straight from the California Riverside Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?

*What did you eat the most of?
“Spanish food- rice, beans”

“Mexican food, pasta, pizza”


*What is the craziest thing you ate?

“Raw Fish”

“Raw banana bread with a strip of strawberry jam through the middle, along with the rice from the previous dish cooked in the pan.”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“Very welcoming and social”

“It was hard to find deaf people to teach, (I served an ASL mission) it took twice as much to find deaf people.”

“I grew up in a small Midwestern town In the US. I was very naive about the world. I was shocked by the amount of people in the world who lived lives so very different from the way I lived, i.e.. the immorality and lives of unnecessary excess.”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the California Riverside Mission?
“To not pass judgment on some who you may think would not accept or be interested in the Gospel.”

“Be willing to work hard everyday, giving back to the Lord.”

“Be obedient! The Lord will bless you for obedience, but you will be unstoppable for exact obedience.”

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“More about Preach My gospel”

“I wish I could have understand the Bible more because in some of my areas I had to find ideas from the Bible but it was hard for me, because I didn’t understand it.”

“How to really share the emotions and personal feelings of my testimony. How to be a better teacher.”

*Other comments?
“Have a positive attitude to do the work, because that is what you want to look back and tell stories to the people you love. great memories will help future missionaries have that desire to serve.”

“Best decision I ever made thus far in my life, for my life. It solidified my testimony of the gospel better than anything else I could have done in my world.”

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