New York Utica Mission

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The Church

The church in the Utica, New York mission consists of about half branches and half wards. The Church’s first branch, in Colesville, is in the mission boundaries. Non-members have a stereotyped view of what a Mormon is and most people do not want to join because they do not want to become that.  Ward and branch attendance is usually only a small percentage of those on the roll; there are many opportunities for reactivation and strengthening the wards.


The people eat lots of pizza and buffalo wings, pasta, and classic American meat and potato dishes.

Steak Dinner

Popular dish of steak and potatoes



Missionaries should expect to bike and walk a lot.  In the bigger cities, most companionships have cars.  Often missionaries will catch rides with members of the church.


The people of New York enjoy doing simple things to pass time, such as sitting on the porch and talking for hours or fishing.

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Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York

Local Lingo

“Make out” isn’t what you think.  It’s more along the lines of “How’d ya do?”  As in, “how did you boys make out?”

Tractor trailer = semi.

Hamburg=Hamburger.  As in “would you like fries with your hamburg?”

“Stoopin” = sitting on the porch and talking for hours

Essential Equipment

Missionaries should be sure to have a pair of durable good-quality boots because winters are very cold and snowy.

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United States
Kevin Bulloch

PO Box 149
Whitesboro NY 13492-0149
United States

Utica has about 62,000 residents; Albany, 98,000; Syracuse, 662,000
Methodist, Catholic
Utica, New York has a humid continental climate. There are four distinct seasons, with very cold and snowy winters and mild summers. The area is very wet and green.
Albany, Ithaca, Syracuse, Binghamton


What did you eat the most of?

“Pizza and wings!  Pasta.  Meat and potatoes.”” -Andrew

What is the craziest thing you ate?

“Dog” -Andrew

What was most surprising about the culture?

“It was abrasive.  Well, it’s New York; I guess that’s not too surprising.” -Andrew

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

“Eat the pumpkin pie with cheese.  It’s good.  Also, like any good wilderness survival camp will teach you, keep a positive mental attitude.” -Andrew

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