Mississippi Jackson Mission

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The Church

Members who are active are very involved. They are accepting of converts. Retention rate of converts is average. If a convert has a calling, they are more likely to stay active and involved.

Created July 1, 1979 the Mississippi Jackson Mission was formed from part of the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission. The current mission president is Mark J. McDonough, who began serving as President with his wife in June 2012. The mission includes both English and Spanish Elders and Sisters. Missionaries will travel on foot, bike, or in a car. Missionaries will become accustomed to southern food and hospitality. The Church is thriving and growing in this mission.


You’ll have a lot of southern cooking. Most food is fried. Other commons foods include beans, potatoes, pork, vegetables, and biscuits. Spicy food is common as well. Collard green and okra are common vegetables. Fried foods include chicken, squirrels, or rabbit.


Missionaries will travel on either foot, bikes, or cars. Some areas are very spread out, so bikes and cars will be mandatory. Missionaries will most likely never use buses or trains.


Sisters don’t serve in the less safe areas. Like most cities Jackson City has some gang involvement and some inner city/run down areas. With some common sense missionaries will feel and be safe.


Mardi Gras is a big celebration. People will host parties with King Cakes. For New Year’s Eve, people eat black eyed peas and cabbage as a sort of fortune. Missionaries are advised to steer clear of Mardi Gras celebrations.

Local Lingo

Everyone uses the term “ya’ll”. Missionaries will pick up on dialects in different areas.

Essential Equipment

Bug spray


Additional Info

Mailing and shipping to the mission is simple with standard U.S. mail.

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United States
President Mark J. McDonough

175 Burnham Rd
Brandon MS 39042
United States

175,437 (2012)
Southern Baptist, Methodist, Evangelists, and Atheist
The mission is very humid throughout the year. Summers are hot and winters are very cold. Both feel extreme because of the humidity. Because of hurricane season, the climate is also very wet. There is a rainy season with hurricanes and tornados from March to June. Storm disasters have hit in the mission, and missionaries have helped with storm clean up.
Jackson, Bossier City


What did you eat the most of?

fried food

What is the craziest thing you ate?

“Alligator tail, chitlins (pig intestine), pickled quail eggs”

What was most surprising about the culture

“Everyone is so kind (southern hospitality) and everyone is very religious (southern belt).

What advice would you give to someone going to this Mission?

“Just enjoy the people. They have so much to offer and everyone is so kind.”

What do you wish you had known before you served?

“I wish I knew my scriptures better because people down there were pretty prepared with questions and I really had to think about those questions and search them out.”