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The Idaho Boise Mission is one of four missions in Idaho. The Church is well established in the area, but there is still plenty of missionary work to do. There is a growing amount of Spanish-speaking population in the mission.
The Church is well established in the Idaho Boise Mission. About 30 percent of the population in Idaho is Mormon. The members are missionary-minded and willing to help missionaries in any way that they can.
Members are very willing to help the missionaries with the work in this mission. In the larger cities where there may be a larger concentration of anti-Mormon sentiment, members take special care to help missionaries with rides and lessons. The long distances between members makes work in the rural areas more difficult. Members really put their heart and soul into the missionary work in this area!
The food is delicious! Many meals missionaries eat are not only homemade but home-grown! Missionaries eat a lot of vegetables, fruit, and protein. Meat is often served at dinners. Members also like to feed missionaries hamburgers, Hawaiian haystacks, pizza, steaks and a lot of casseroles!
Most missionaries ride bikes or drive a car. Many sister missionaries have cars. Missionaries often travel long distances to get to appointments, particularly in farming communities.
Crime rates are low in the mission area. Theft is the biggest concern, but locking doors and securing your bike prevents most theft. Also be advised that the weather can be very cold, so bundle up warm in the winter!
Suits are worn six months out of the year. Bring a warm coat to wear over your suit during the winter months. A good pair of solid winter boots and lots of warm socks are recommended. A small backpack is necessary to carry your personal scriptures as well as copies of the Book of Mormon. Don’t forget a good, sturdy water bottle. Carry around a small package of tissues.
1111 S Cole Rd
Boise ID 83709-1869
Straight from the Idaho Boise Mission:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
*What did you eat the most of?
“We had a lot of pot roast, potatoes (we were in Idaho!). When I served in the Kimberly area, it was hard for us to travel out to all the farms for dinner appointments, so a lot of people ordered pizza for us. We once had pizzas every day for an entire month.”
“Steak and potatoes or pizza!”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Raw steak that could possibly have not been from a cow. We still don’t know. And split pea soup made out of water and three or four peas.”
“cow tongue, and dishes from Ukraine.”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“I was touched by the amazing feeling of brotherhood and helpful attitudes of the farmers and ranchers of all faiths in my mission area. When one was struck by disaster or hardship, everyone else, regardless of faith, pitched in to do whatever was needed to help.”
“Potatoes come in a lot of different colors!!!!! Farms begin to smell GOOD after a while, and there are people from all over the world living in the boundaries of that mission! It was phenomenal!”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Idaho Boise Mission?
“Don’t let the little things bother you. If your companion doesn’t do the dishes, just do them. You only have a limited time to be a missionary, so don’t waste even a second of it worrying about things that don’t matter.”
“Study Preach My Gospel every day, study your questions out from the scriptures, and work on teaching simply. Any kind of LDS jargon with two syllables or more needs an explanation- a simple one. Stick to the basic foundations of the Gospel and learn to love everyone.”
“The gospel is meant to be fun, and that means your mission (rules included) can, and should be fun! Make the most of EVERY moment and EMBRACE the awkward! :)”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“I wish I had known better how to look at the big picture, rather than just the day-to-day things.”
“I wish I had know that just because someone has been out longer than me, doesn’t mean that what I have to say, or how I feel, doesn’t matter. You were called to do the work as well!”
“Forget yourself and Go to work!!!”
**Did you serve in the Idaho Boise Mission? If so we would love to hear your advice and your stories! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org**