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The Atlanta, Georgia mission consists of, the city of Atlanta, and surrounding towns, mostly south of Atlanta. Missionaries who serve there can experience a mix of the big city, or tiny, quiet towns. The area is beautiful, green, and covered in trees. Dirt roads are plentiful.
This Church is still small in this region. Many wards have about 100 active members, many of which attend in branches of about 20-30.
Food normally consists of a main dish with chicken, pork, or beef, with vegetables on the side. A traditional Southern meal will typically have fried chicken, paired with collard greens and macaroni and cheese. Some people in this area really enjoy chitlins, or the intestine of a pig.
Missionaries in Atlanta use MARTA, the public transit system. Outside of the city they either drive cars or ride bicycles.
Missionaries are very safe since people know they are “Jesus people.” However, like always, missionaries shouldn’t go looking for trouble. Being at their apartment on the assigned times will help to keep missionaries safe, especially on holidays when people are consuming higher levels of alcohol.
People in the Atlanta mission are friendly and generally willing to talk with strangers. This makes for easier contact and conversation as a missionary.
The phrase “y’all” (meaning “you all”) is common. In more populated areas, less people have Southern-United-States style accents than expected.
Clothes that you can sweat in and good shoes, for long walks on dirt roads, should be the top priority. An umbrella is also very useful for sudden rainstorms that can drench their victims.
Many people are already very religious, giving missionaries the opportunity to help them add to what they already know.
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*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Most items were readily available.” -Scott T.
*What did you eat the most of?
“Fried chicken!” -Scott T.
“I ate a lot of ramen noodles and mainly pasta”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Collard greens, but that’s not really crazy. Some people ate chitlins, which are pig intestines.” -Scott T.
“I think the craziest thing I have eaten is Squirrel”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“How easily you can talk to people there. It was very helpful for an introverted person like me.” -Scott T.
“The people are all generally nice and respectful”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Georgia Atlanta Mission?
“Don’t be afraid to talk to people about the Book of Mormon. More people will listen than you think.” -Scott T.
“Stay positive and keep focused on your purpose”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“How to start conversations with people. It helps to be able to talk conversationally.” -Scott T.
“The scriptures and Preach My Gospel”
**Did you serve in the Georgia Atlanta Mission? If so we would love to hear your advice and your stories! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org**