Montana Billings Mission


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Description

Montana is full of in natural beauty with mountain ranges, rivers, and sweeping plains. There are plenty of outdoor activities to fit every taste. In the east, the mountains smooth out into endless miles of wheat and grain fields.

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The Church

There are 11 stakes in Montana.

Food

Montanans have a pretty standard American diet. You may want to try out some local burger and steak places if you get the chance. Also, you may get the chance to eat some very fresh beef, venison, or buffalo. Flathead cherries are delicious treats that you get every summer in July and August. Huckleberries are also a local favorite in the summertime. Wilcoxson’s Ice Cream and Wheat Montana Bread are some other local foods.

Transportation

Pickup trucks are the preferred mode of transportation for many Montanans, but any vehicle will get the job done. There is not a lot of available public transportation besides some buses in bigger cities.

Safety

When driving in the snow, rain, or other hazardous weather make sure to drive slowly and take extra precaution. If you do not have experience driving in these conditions, you must take extra care.

Customs

The rivalry between Montana State University and the University of Montana is one of the oldest and best rivalries in the nation. Every person in Montana is either a Bobcat (MSU) or a Grizzly (UofM). The annual Cat-Griz football game played at the end of November is one of the biggest, most important days of the year for any Montanan as everyone tunes in to watch the game. Be smart, and be a bobcat!

Montanans love to hunt, fish, and do all things outdoors. In the fall, many Montanans will set out to hunt for deer, elk, antelope, and bear. For many montanans, hunting is a way of life.

In the spring, the itch to get out on the rivers hits many Montanans. Montana’s rivers provide many fishermen the chance to try their luck casting their fly rod or spinner reel in hopes of a large trout.

Montanans love their high school sports. Perhaps because of a lack of a nearby professional team, or just the local custom, Montanans will come out and support their local high school athletic teams on the field or in the gymnasium.

Local Lingo

Kittywompus = out of sorts

Ol’ codger = old man

Howdy = common greeting

 

Essential Equipment

I would recommend bringing some good winter clothes, including a warm coat, hat, and gloves.

Additional Info

Montanans are honest, hard working and independent people who love the land and state in which they live. They are friendly towards those they trust, and will always be willing to help out a stranger in need. They may not always be the most welcoming or open of people, until you serve them, work hard and let them know they can trust you.

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United States
President Kris J Mecham

1848 Rimrock Rd
Billings MT 59102
United States

English
The population of Montana is right around 1 million.
Christianity
The summers are warm, it can get to be 100 but usually will stay in the 80s or 90s. Summer thundershowers are very common. Fall is the best season in Montana because it cools off. In the winter it gets very cold in December and January. You can expect it to get well below zero for weeks at a time in some places in Montana. The spring is usually late and pretty brief, but will bring some rainstorms and late snows through april and may.
Billings, Great Falls, Helena, Bozeman, Kalispell, Missoula

Experiences

Straight from the Montana Billings Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Stores within an easy drive. There were tiny mom&pop stores in the little towns, but you had to wait for District or Zone Conf for regular shopping.”

“Brazilian food”

*What did you eat the most of?
“Game, Wild Meat”

“Beef! Lots of steak, as many people were ranchers.”

“Ramen noodles, popsicles, cold cereal, Hawaiian Haystacks”

“Meat / potato, pasta”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Bear”

“Was invited to a Relief Society function where everything was made from rhubarb.”

“Bear meat stew.”

“Puppy dog stew on the Flathead Indian Reservation. These cute puppies had been there for several visits, then one day they were gone. We thought they’d been given away. I was on my third bowl of delicious stew when I found out what happened to the pups. (But I still finished it.)”

“Rocky mountain oysters”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“Nothing. you could tell the “native” Montanans vs. those who were not born there or had moved in. Those born in Montana were very down to earth and practical, those who moved in were very financially stable and had many “worldly” things that the native Montanans did not”

“How similar the culture was to where I had been raised in Southeastern New Mexico.”

“How pretty it was. It was very beautiful. Also everyone was so laid back.”

“Lots of wide, open spaces!!!!”
-Brian

“Very nice people. Even when slamming the door at your face, they were very friendly.”
-Anderson

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Montana Billings mission?
“Make sure you have really good boots and gloves”

“Study the mission rules in addition to your discussions and obey both strictly.”

“Layers! Pack layers for your clothes. And definitely get seasonal clothes.”

“When you go back home, you may feel claustrophobic in cities.”
-Brian

“Love the people, respect their opinions, join them in service projects (specially in the farms)”
-Anderson

*What do you wish you had known before you served?

“That serving a mission is much more than being on a mission.”

“How to drive in icy snowy roads without chains or four wheel drive.”

“I wish I had known more about farming”
-Anderson

*Other comments?
“When arriving at the mission field, you have specific training at the MTC. When returning home, there is no WTC (world training center) to prepare you. One thing that you can keep from the mission experience is to serve people, no matter in what capacity, where you are. I have felt the same spirit I felt as a missionary, every time I’m serving someone, be it at home, at church, at work.”
-Anderson

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