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The Idaho Pocatello 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.
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The Church is very strong in the Idaho Pocatello area. There are currently two temples located within mission boundaries—the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple and the Rexburg Idaho Temple. The announced Star Valley Wyoming Temple is also planned to be built within mission boundaries.
The Church-run campus of BYU-Idaho is also located in Rexburg, giving the area a strong YSA presence in addition to traditional family congregations. The large LDS population also contributes to there being CES Institutes in Pocatello and Idaho Falls, and several Church seminaries and other resources are spread throughout the region.
With such a large member population, there is also a lot of missionary work to be done with less-active members and part-member families to help strengthen the Church. One recently returned missionary from this mission said, “The thing you need to prepare for is to work with the members most of the time when it comes to teaching the gospel.” The same RM said many missionaries live with members in their homes, so most missionaries try to have a good relationship with the members living there.
Idaho is famous for its potatoes, but there is plenty of other food to eat in the Gem State! The prevalence of wild game and ranch land in Idaho means that meat dishes such as roast beef and even elk or deer are commonly eaten as well. Another Idaho specialty is huckleberry pie, made with Idaho’s state fruit, the huckleberry, which is usually in season around August and September.
As in other stateside missions, missionaries will generally use either a car or bicycle for transportation. Designations are made based on the size of the companionship’s area or leadership positions.
One of the biggest risks for missionaries serving in the Idaho Pocatello mission comes from prolonged exposure to the cold during winter months. Stay bundled up and do what you can to stay warm while out tracting! Use hand warmers and wear gloves and several layers of clothing to keep warm. A recent RM said that the weather can go anywhere from 99 degrees in the summer to -45 degrees in the winter, so a variety of different clothing is a must. The southeastern Idaho plains are also very windy.
The strong LDS presence in Idaho is most evident in Rexburg, which is home to BYU-Idaho. The large presence of YSA members in Rexburg, Pocatello, and other areas of the mission allow for a greater variety of opportunities to work with members. Missionaries serving in YSA congregations should try to get these members involved as much as they can, since many are returned missionaries who can be helpful in teaching situations in addition to providing teaching references.
Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the United States, as well as Grand Teton National Park, are located within the Idaho Pocatello mission. Yellowstone National Park is home to geysers, hot springs, and other natural phenomena, as well as a wide variety of wildlife, including grizzly bears, wolves, and bison. Grand Teton National Park contains much of the Teton Range as well as part of Jackson Hole valley. The area has much natural beauty to be enjoyed, though much of the area is closed during the winter due to heavy snow.
135 South 7th Ave
Pocatello ID 83201-5853
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Straight from the Idaho Pocatello Mission:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
*What did you eat the most of?
“Pasta, lots and lots of Pasta”
“roast beef/deer meat/potatoes/jello salad w/veggies in it!”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Potatoes served with fruit as toppings.”
“pureed carrots mixed w/cottage cheese, chopped apples..something a missionary member (she was in late 80s I think) gave us!”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“I had no real shockers, just the people are very humble and make you feel like a million bucks everyday!”
“A little sad that since it was an LDS prominent area, some people who were not LDS or less active LDS didn’t act favorably. For example we volunteered in a hospital, I recall some folks not seeming to be happy to see us but others were happy. Hindsight though tells me that perhaps the people were just tired, I regret having thought they didn’t like us due to our missionary badges.”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Idaho Pocatello Mission?
“Purchase your winter clothing after you arrive. I am from Texas and the winter gear sold here just did not protect you from that cold mountain air.”
“It isn’t a glamor mission but you will get to meet some wonderful people who are in the church and are of other faiths. Many LDS are here, so likely many that you work with will be those who are less active or perhaps children who are over 8 and not yet baptized. Definitely, know that while it isn’t probably the cool glamor mission others get (ie foreign land, language,etc), you are being given a chance to show that Lord you really love Him by going to a mission such as this.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“I wish I had paid attention to the importance of morning studies, once I took that to heart my mission really started to flourish.”
“I wish I’d had a better attitude about being called to Idaho when I first opened my mission call. I was disappointed. Luckily by the time I left Idaho, I had tears due to having learned to care about and love the people and the experiences. Also I wish I’d had more gospel knowledge and better communication abilities, innate shyness and fear made it hard at times.”
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