Nevada Las Vegas Mission


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Las Vegas is the most populous city in the state of Nebraska and is world known for gambling, nightlife and shopping; less well-known are the quiet suburbs and neighborhoods outside of the downtown area. Some people have suggested that Las Vegas can be separated into two parts: the Strip and the rest of the city. The missionary efforts in Las Vegas centers around the areas that aren’t part of the Las Vegas strip.

The desert north of Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Floyd Muab'Dib.

The desert north of Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Floyd Muab’Dib.

We are still collecting information on the Nevada Las Vegas Mission. If you served in this mission and are willing to share your experiences with us, please contact us at editor@missionhome.com

The Church

Temple in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo courtesy of lds.org.

Temple in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo courtesy of lds.org.

The Church is strong in Las Vegas and is constantly growing. Originally, Las Vegas was part of the Mormon colonization, and many LDS members still live there. The Church has a good reputation in city, and many people are aware of it or have friends who are members of the Church. There are about 18 stakes and more than 37,000 members. Las Vegas also has a temple.

Food

Because Las Vegas is a big city, you can get almost any kind of food from all over the world. However, most people eat typical American fare such as hamburgers, hot dogs, fast food, and casseroles.

Transportation

Many missionaries have cars; those who don’t have them ride bicycles or walk.

Safety

Just like any other major city, Las Vegas has areas that can be dangerous if you’re not careful. If you use common sense and follow all the mission safety rules and guidelines, you will be able to avoid trouble. Be sure to lock your bicycles or don’t leave them unattended. Many missionaries choose to take bicycles inside their apartments. Other than a few cases of pickpocketing most missionaries don’t face any safety problems.

Customs

The people in the area are generally very nice and will almost always offer you at least a glass of water when you visit them.

Essential Equipment

A watter bottle and good bike lock are essential for those missionaries who use their bikes.

Additional Info

The famous Las Vegas strip at night. Photo courtesy of Clark.

The famous Las Vegas strip at night. Photo courtesy of Clark.

Priority Mail through the U.S. Postal Service is the best way to send packages to the Las Vegas mission.

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Profile

United States
President Jack D. Snow

9270 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas NV 89123
United States

English, Spanish
Las Vegas: 589,317; Nevada: 2.759 million
Catholicism, LDS
Climate: Las Vegas has more than 300 sunny days in a year. Las Vegas’ climate is subtropical, hot desert climate. Summer months (June through September) are usually hot and dry, with the average temperature of 90 degrees (about 33 °C). Winters are short and mild. The temperature in December, the coldest month in Las Vegas, is about 47.7 °F (8.7 °C).
Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Reno, Sunrise Manor

Experiences

Straight from the Las Vegas Mission:

What items were hard to get or not available?
“phones, we had to use pagers because missionaries got in trouble. We had to use member phones, pay phones, etc”

What did you eat the most of?

“Raman noodles and mac and cheese in a box”

“American Food”

What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Tarantula”

“An authentic Korean meal.”

“Sushi in Reno, everyone said they could make it better than the next, worse month of food ever!”

What was most surprising about the culture?
“Much more open to hearing the gospel than I had thought they would be.”

“There was gambling and slot machines everywhere, grocery stores, gas stations, etc.”
-Tricia

“The heat–it was even worse than I’d expected. I was pleasantly surprised by the number and strength of the members in every area I served. ”

What advice would you give to someone going to the Nevada Las Vegas Mission?
“Stay hydrated! Water, water, water.”

“Take lots of sunscreen and cotton socks (you can find trouser socks and tights in cotton, and they’re much better than nylon).”

“Its hard because you’re not only helping others in their conversion, you’re a work in progress too.”
-Tricia

What do you wish you had known before you served?
“Some people will not take it as seriously as you do and that’s okay. We’re all at different places in our lives.”
-Stacey

“I was very shy before my mission. I knew the gospel, but when confronted I’d often freeze and could only think of what I should have said afterwards. I couldn’t have done it without the help of the Lord. However, it would have been good for me to go on splits with the local sisters and/or even to teach more primary, Sunday School, or Relief Society classes before I left to give me more practice sharing my testimony.”

“How great it felt to return after a job well done. How if felt to go through the temple the first time.”
-Tricia

Other comments?
“Best experience of my life.”

“With God, all things are possible.”

“It is worth it, go, go, go. You will never be sorry you went. You’ll always wonder what could’ve been if you don’t.”
-Tricia

What items were hard to get or not available?

“Since it is a big city with diverse people and thousands of tourists, you can find everything you need there. I never had any troubles with getting something I needed or wanted.”

What did you eat the most of?

“Frozen lasagnas and pastas”

What is the craziest thing you ate?

“We had this family from El Salvador, and they had chickens. They once cut the head off of one right in front of us and cooked it for us.”

What was most surprising about the culture

“Since I’m American, the culture wasn’t surprising to me at all.”

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

“Many people in Las Vegas know about the Mormons from their friends so don’t be afraid to commit people early in your lessons, many of them are ready.

What do you wish you had known before you served?

“I wish I knew that it’s better when you are confident with people. You get better results, get more lessons, more investigators. Don’t be afraid and listen to the Spirit.”

Did you serve in the Nevada Las Vegas Mission? If so we would love to hear your advice and your stories! Please contact us at editor@missionhome.com