Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission

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Fort Lauderdale is a city in the U.S. state of Florida, on the Atlantic coast 23 miles north of Miami.  The city is a popular tourist destination, with an average of 10 million visitors annually. Fort Lauderdale is sometimes known as the “Venice of America” because of its expansive and intricate canal system. The city is a major yachting center, with 42,000 resident yachts and 100 marinas and boatyards in 2006. Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area host over 4,000 restaurants and 120 nightclubs.

Fort Lauderdale is named after a series of forts built by the United States during the Second Seminole War. The forts took their name from Major William Lauderdale, who was the commander of the detachment of soldiers who built the first fort. However, development of the city did not begin until 50 years after the forts were abandoned at the end of the conflict. Three forts named “Fort Lauderdale” were constructed; the first was at the fork of the New River, the second at Tarpon Bend on the New River between the Colee Hammock and Rio Vista neighborhoods, and the third near the site of the Bahia Mar Marina.

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The Church

The Fort Lauderdale Temple is currently under construction. It is expected to be dedicated in Spring of 2014.


Transportation options in Fort Lauderdale are similar to other missions in the United States. Many missionaries walk or ride bicycles throughout their areas. There is also a public transportation system in certain areas, especially larger cities.

There are some areas in the Fort Lauderdale mission that are too large for walking or for bicycles. In these areas, missionaries are given cars to help them get from place to place. Missionaries that have cars are to always keep the car clean and well-kept. Cars also have a mileage restriction that resets every month.


Just like any other city in the US, Fort Lauderdale has certain areas that are less safe than others. Try to avoid these areas at night. If visiting these areas at night is necessary, make sure to use routes that are well lit. Always carry a little bit of cash on you so that if the occasion arises, you will have something to give to petty thieves.

Dangerous weather is also a concern in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding areas. The area is known for heavy storms, high winds, and even hurricanes. Make sure to always keep an eye on the weather report. Always heed warnings from meteorologists and mission leadership in order to avoid dangerous weather.

Additional Info

There are many options for sending packages and letters to Fort Lauderdale. The United States Postal Service is most common. Any other carrier, such as UPS and FedEx, will be able to deliver packages in the area. Because missionaries are transferred to different areas often, sending letters to the mission office is the best way to ensure delivery.

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United States
President Douglas M. Richardson

7951 SW 6th St Ste 110
Ft Lauderdale FL 33324-3211
United States

Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity
Average monthly temperatures are always above 66 °F and average monthly precipitation is above 2.39 inches. This qualifies the city's climate as a tropical climate, and the city does not have a true dry season. Annual average precipitation is 64.2 inches, with most of it occurring during the wet season from May through October. However, rainfall occurs in all months, often as short-lived heavy afternoon thunderstorms. Fort Lauderdale has an average of 143 rain days and 250 sunshine days annually. The hurricane season is between June 1 and November 30 with major hurricanes most likely to affect the city or state in September and October. Summers ("wet season") from May through October are hot, humid, and wet with average high temperatures of 86–90 °F and lows of 71–76 °F. During this period, more than half of summer days may bring afternoon or evening thunderstorms. Winters ("dry season") from November through April are warm and mostly dry with average high temperatures of 75–82 °F and lows of 59–67 °F. However, the city experiences occasional cold fronts during this period, bringing high temperatures in the 60s °F and lows in the 40s °F, lasting only for a day or so. Rare freezes do occur every few years, which are devastating to the tropical plants. During the dry season (winter), brush fires can be a concern in many years.
Fort Lauderdale


Straight from the Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?

*What did you eat the most of?
“I served Spanish-speaking so lots of yummy Latino food~beef, chicken, rice & beans, etc.”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Beef tripe~I’d had it before & not a fan but ate it twice on the mish. The second time I wasn’t aware it was tripe until I started chewing because the sauce was flavored with peanuts (it was made by an Ecuadorian lady). That was interesting because usually you can smell when people cook/serve a dish with tripe in it.”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“My first area was South Beach and the branch met on the 2nd floor of an office building while their chapel was being built. This temporary meeting place was 2 blocks from a strip club and although the moral standard of the city was lying down for the most part, these Saints were tremendously stalwart & faithful.”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission?
“There’s so much I’d love to share but above all, learn to love everyone. Serving others is a great way to do this.”

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“I wish I would have learned how to better interact with people when tracting. Sometimes people would want a swift answer right there @ the door instead of giving us time to share a message that would have answered their questions. I’m not a quick responder so having previous role-play experience would have helped. However, I know it’s not possible to anticipate all questions/comments. Experience is still the best way to learn.”

*Other comments?
“Always strive to have the Spirit with you and act on its promptings. Learning to discern what the Holy Ghost is trying to tell you will take time and the more acquainted you are with those feelings before your mission, the better. Sometimes you may hear the still, small voice, others feel impressions and often random ideas of whom to visit or call would just come to me. Also, always have a back up plan in case your weekly planning falls through.”

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