New Mexico Albuquerque Mission

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Mormons first came to New Mexico in 1846 and found converts in the Zuni Indians. Since the, there has generally been a large presence of members in New Mexico. The first mission to open up in New Mexico was the Navajo-Zuni mission on March 7, 1943. It specialized in teaching Native Americans in their language. After going through several other mission changes, New Mexico finally became its own mission when the New Mexico Albuquerque mission was organized on December 15, 1896. The wards are strong in the Albuquerque mission, and members are generally excited to take part in the strengthening the church in the area. Albuquerque received its own temple on March 5, 2000 when President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple.

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The Church

The Church is thriving in Albuquerque. As of 2008 there were 64,872 members in the New Mexico, Albuquerque mission. The wards are strong, and are often quite willing to help the missionaries.


New Mexico is known for its chiles—both red and green. You will likely have the chance to taste taste new foods such as fry bread and mutton stew, as well as blood sausage and pinion seeds. If you serve on Navajo reservations, you will likely eat authentic Navajo tacos.


Sisters will mainly have cars. However, they have recently opened a sister area that is half car, half bike transportation. Elders will have cars or bikes depending on the area which they are serving. And of course, walking is always a great way to get around the area.


Missionaries say they always felt very safe in their mission. Part of the mission boundaries are close to the Mexican border, but you should be able to avoid trouble by following mission rules and safety guidelines.

Additional Info

Letters are sent to the mission office which are then forwarded to the missionaries weekly. Packages go through the same system, unless they are very big. In that case, they will be held at the mission office and brought to the next conference.

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President Steven J. Miller

4400 Presidential Dr NE Ste E
Albuquerque NM 87109
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Albuquerque has a sunny and dry climate with relatively low humidity. Winters on average are in the mid-to-high 40s (Fahrenheit), and summers are warm, usually in the high 80s (Fahrenheit).


Straight from the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?

*What did you eat the most of?
“Fri Bread, Navajo Tacos, Mutton stew”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Blood sausage. Pinion seeds”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“People living without running water, no electricity.”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission?
“Be Yourself!”

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“Learn to serve”

*Other comments?

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