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This Northern California mission contains a rich heritage of California natives and Latin Americans from all parts of Central and South America. The Roseville population is 80 percent Caucasian and about 15 percent Hispanic. The winters are cool and wet, and the summers are hot and dry. The nearest temple is in Sacramento and is easily accessible to most members.
In Roseville, there are primarily English-speaking wards and Spanish-speaking branches. The English-speaking wards are large, and the members lineage stretches several generations in church history. Spanish-speaking branches are a bit smaller and generally consist of newer members, mostly first generation. Ultimately the area is a large melting pot of heritage and culture. There is a temple located in Sacramento, California, which is about 25 minutes from Roseville.
Roseville is known for serving up well-loved burgers, and there are many restaurants like In-N-Out and Smashburger that are local favorites. The diverse Latin American culture also provides for a rich plethora of foods native to Mexico, Guatemala, The Dominican Republic, Venezuela and other countries. These foods include authentic tacos, sopes, tortas and burritos.
There is public transportation in Roseville although it is not the main source of transportation for missionaries. Most missionaries either drive cars or ride bicycles.
Roseville and its surrounding cities are relatively safe. Like any other city, it is important to remain cautious and follow the instruction of your mission president.
When it comes to riding bikes or driving, it is a good idea to be aware of the busy Californian traffic. The fog is also known to get very thick and can easily obstruct one’s ability to drive safely without driving below the speed limit.
Due to the amount of rainfall during winter, missionaries are advised to bring a heavy-duty raincoat.
8583 Watt Ave
Antelope CA 95843-9117
Straight from the California Roseville Mission:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Nothing to which I was accustomed was not available; I had a local Walmart in most areas. :)”
*What did you eat the most of?
“I ate a lot of Lasagna!!! Also ate a lot of nuts, rice, fresh fruit, and artichokes.”
“No food really dominated the rest, except for maybe pizza. :)”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“I ate frog legs and had an ostrich egg.”
“One of the craziest eating experiences was when we had mutton while sitting on the back patio of a family’s house. Then, the meat bees came along and started tearing chunks off the meat! It was pretty intense!”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“I was surprised by how the sisters were treated far better than the elders were, by non-members. Jehovah Witnesses seemed to tract the same streets that we would, on almost a daily occurrence. The vast cultures in the area amazed me. I taught people from all over the world and loved it. I think the most charming thing in my mission was how people would load us up with water bottles and Gatorade in the summer. They could reject our message, but when the blazing heat of summer hit, they would invite us in their homes to rest.”
“I was surprised at how foreign a state-side mission could be. Although I grew up in the intermountain west, I couldn’t believe how differently so many people lived, even though I was only a few states away! I met all sorts of people, from all walks of life, that spoke all sorts of languages. My state-side mission turned out to be a melting pot of new – and foreign – experiences!”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the California Roseville Mission?
“Utilize companionship inventory. I had some companions that didn’t do this and some that did. In the companion-ships that did this on a weekly basis, the Spirit was stronger and we were more united.”
“Do your best to help every person you meet come a little closer to Christ. Most people aren’t ready to meet with the missionaries and begin a thorough investigation of the church. However, if they study their Bible a little more, attend their own church more regularly, talk to their family about their religious beliefs, or begin reading the Book of Mormon, they will be much more prepared the next time the missionaries – or a Mormon friend – talk to them about the church.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“I wish I had known how to deal with anti-Mormon literature and attacks. Also how to deal with difficult or rule-breaking companions.”
“Remember that you are the same person on your mission that you were before you left on your mission. In other words, no magical transformation takes place when you go to the MTC. So, follow Elder Bednar’s advice and “become” a missionary before you “go” on a mission.”
“Serving a mission was the greatest personal commitment I have ever made. I love my converts and investigators and still keep in contact with them. And when you get discouraged and wonder if you are making a difference, Alma 26:27-31 is a really great motivator. I likened the scripture to my mission by inserting my mission in place of Lamanites, and by listing all of the people I had taught in the margins by the phrase, “that perhaps we might be the means of saving some soul”. By doing this I was able to apply verse 31 and see that the fruits of my labor, were not few and this motivated me to keep pressing forward, in spite of rejection.”
“I’m passionately interested in helping senior couples go on missions, especially regarding helping them prepare financially. Not many resources exist to help senior missionaries know how to arrange their finances so that they are ready to go. I’m happy to help if you have any projects related to helping senior missionaries prepare financially for their missions.”