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For the most part everyone speaks English, although the bigger cities in the mission have some Spanish speakers. The biggest cities in the mission are Grand Rapids, Lansing, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo – yes that is a real city. These bigger cities and their metropolitan areas tend to be the most ethnically-diverse, Caucasians, African-Americans and Hispanics all reside there. Smaller towns are primarily Caucasian residents. The further north you go in the state, the smaller and farther apart they are. Most of the towns outside of Traverse City and a handful of others are typically under 5,000 residents.
The greatest concentration of members are found in Lansing and in Grand Rapids. The Lansing metro-area has four wards and the Grand Rapids metro-area has three. Most of the active members are second or third generation members with very few having pioneer roots or members that go back four or five generations. Most wards have a large number of less active members missionaries can work with.
There are currently four stakes Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Midland, and the Traverse City District. All the stakes have a mix of wards and branches. The wards in the mission have an active membership between 150-250 depending on the area. Most of the branches in the mission, particularly those in the northern region of the mission have anywhere from 20-70 active members. Traverse City has the biggest branch, as it has two large branches because it was split from being a ward when the stake became a district.
The food one would find in the mission is just like any other food someone would find in the United States. But depending on what part of the mission a person goes to will affect what food they are likely to see more. The northern parts of the mission will typically have more meat, chili and heartier dishes. Venison is a very popular meat of choice in northern Michigan.
Most of the areas have cars. Some of the areas have full time cars, others are are a car rotation, either two-on one-off or three-on one-off. This is typically the case in the bigger cities such as Lansing, Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo.
Most of the areas are fairly safe. There are some parts of Saginaw and downtown areas should be avoid, mostly especially at night.
Customs are mostly typical of any United States mission. Dinner is the biggest meal of the day. When the sun goes down, the day is over for them. Any time after dark is considered late in Michigan.
“Couple three” just means two or three.
“Enough to shake a stick at” means a lot of something. Not typically said except in northern Michigan.
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1400 Abbot Rd Ste 310
East Lansing MI 48823-1900
Straight from the Michigan Lansing Mission:
*What did you eat the most of?
“Ramen, Mac & Cheese, cold cereal, quesadillas, PB&Js, breakfast burritos, eggs”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“No good Mexican food”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Michigan Lansing Mission?
“thrust in your sickle with your might”
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