California San Diego Mission

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San Diego California Temple

San Diego California Temple

Although members of The Church are spread out geographically, membership is very strong in this mission. Most of the mission work is characterized by working with the ward members and encouraging them to invite their friends to church. Missionaries also work with less-active members.


Members will feed missionaries for dinner every night. A majority of the food served is authentic Mexican food. That includes rice, beans, chicken, carne asada, and salsa.




Missionary BikeIn this area missionaries get around mostly on cars and sometimes bikes. Missionaries who walk will often use public transportation and take the Metro.



San Diego is the 20th safest city in America (ranked by Business Insider 2013).

Local Lingo

When referring to the freeways in California the people will just say “The 15” or “The 5”, not I-15 or I-5.

Essential Equipment

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

Flag of California San Diego Mission


United States
President Jonathan S. Schmitt

7404 Armstrong Pl
San Diego CA 92111-4912
United States

English, Spanish
Roman Catholic, Judaism
San Diego has warm, dry summers and mild winters. 201 days out of the year are 70 degrees or above and the annual rainfall is between 9 and 13 inches.
San Diego, Chula Vista


Straight from the California San Diego Mission:

What items were hard to get or not available?
“I had everything.”

What did you eat the most of?
“Rice, tortillas, salsa (Spanish speaking mission)”

What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Cow stomach”

What was most surprising about the culture?
“San Diego becomes progressively more like Mexico the further south you go. Signs end up with Spanish in big print and English in small print. I just expected there to be all American stuff on our side, all Mexican on the other, but the lines really blur.”

What advice would you give to someone going to the California San Diego Mission?
“Don’t expect it to be easy. Just because the weather is great, doesn’t mean the work is any easier.”

What do you wish you had known before you served?

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