California San Jose Mission

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The Church

The wards are decent size.  There are some branches with a fair number of members in the San Jose area. The closest temple to San Jose is the beautiful Oakland Temple.

Oakland California Temple

Oakland California Temple


Foods from El Salvador, Mexico, and Guatemala are common; however there are also traditional American foods such as lasagna, pizza and hamburgers. There is a very large Indian population in San Jose, so it is a very common type of food that missionaries eat. Plus Polynesians are quite common in this mission, so Polynesian food is also readily available.


Most of the sisters called to speak Spanish are in a car share situation and bike the majority of the time. They often have a car about 3 days a week.

Bikes and cars are the most common transportation for missionaries in general in this mission.

Missionary Bike


It’s very safe in San Jose. It’s much like any other city in America.


There are a wide variety of cultures in San Jose.  Hispanic, Indian, Polynesian, and Asian cultures are very common there. However, each culture has its own traditions.  People of these different cultures might invite you to experience a holiday with them.  Be prepared to try new things and do not be shy.

Essential Equipment

There really is not any unique essential equipment.  Everything a missionary needs is available in the stores.  There are Targets, WalMarts, etc.

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

Additional Info

The San Jose mission has the main offices for Apple, Google, Facebook, and many more high tech companies, so there are some of the most educated people in the world here.

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United States
President Glen D. Mella

3975 McLaughlin Ave Ste A
San Jose CA 95121-2631
United States

Chinese, English, Samoan, Sign Languages, Spanish, Tonga (Tonga Islands), Vietnamese
Approximately 970,000
Catholic, Christian, Baptist
300 + days of sunshine, around or above 60 F
San Jose, Redwood City, Monterey, Santa Cruz



What items were hard to get or not available?

“Nothing, California was easy to get anything I would have normally gotten at home.

What did you eat the most of?

“Mexican food.  Taquitos and El Salvadorian pupusas.”

What is the craziest thing you ate?

“Pig hooves in a soup.”

 What was most surprising about the culture?

“The generosity of the people even though they had nothing.”

What advice would you give to someone going to the San Jose Mission?

“It doesn’t matter where you go. The mission is about the people.  Care about the people and show them that you care.  Service opens up many opportunities.  Have multiple language pass along cards because it is a big melting pot.”

What do you wish you had known before you served?

“I wish I would have known the scriptures better.  I had an amazing experience and wouldn’t change anything so I can’t think of much I wish I would have known besides it doesn’t matter where you serve, because that was a totally different California than I knew from vacation.”

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