North Carolina Charlotte Mission


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Description

The Church

There are 7 stakes located in the North Carolina Charlotte Mission.  A few Spanish-language congregations are also present.  Several Church resources are located within the mission boundaries, including an LDS Family Services office is located in Charlotte, a Bishop’s Storehouse and Home Storage Center in Greensboro, and multiple FamilySearch Centers.  Stakes within the mission are assigned to either the Raleigh North Carolina Temple or the Columbia South Carolina Temple (both of which are outside mission boundaries).

The Raleigh North Carolina Temple. Photograph from lds.org

Food

While typical American fare is present in North Carolina, there is more of an emphasis on Southern-style dishes such as fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, grits, and okra.  Also popular in the Charlotte region is Lexington-style barbecue.  This type of barbecue is made using pork shoulder to make pulled pork sandwiches that are topped with a vinegar- and tomato-based sauce.  The sandwiches are often served with cole slaw as well.  “Church barbecue” (or barbecued chicken) is also somewhat popular in western North Carolina.

Biscuits and gravy, a popular dish.

Transportation

Like most stateside missions, missionaries will mostly use either cars or bikes in their areas.  Designations are generally based on the size of the area and leadership positions.  Charlotte also has an extensive public transportation system that includes a light rail and bus lines.

Safety

Like any major metropolitan area, the Charlotte region has some areas that are not as safe for missionaries to visit.  While most places are generally safe, missionaries should be aware of their surroundings and situation, especially while in the larger cities.

Customs

The Charlotte area is home to some unique events such as the Carolina Renaissance Festival, which runs on weekends in October and November; as well as Food Truck Friday and Sizzlin’ Saturday – an evening event featuring live music and some of Charlotte’s best food truck vendors.

With barbecue being so popular in the region, one of the area’s biggest events is the Lexington Barbecue Festival that is held each October in Lexington, NC.  Hundreds of food vendors come to serve their barbecue dishes.  Several other activities go on during the day as well, such as live music performances, and the “lumberjack games” that include contests such as axe throwing and chainsaw cutting contests.

Lexington, NC during the Lexington Barbecue Festival. Photo cc by Dennis Brown, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lexington_Barbecue_Festival_-_Crowd_2.jpg

Local Lingo

Besides “y’all” there are plenty of other unique phrases used in North Carolina and the Charlotte area.  Here are a few examples:

“transplant” – someone not originally from Charlotte who moved to the area

“bless your heart” – usually used to ‘disguise’ an insult

“right quick” – quickly, hastily

“favor” – to resemble

Additional Info

Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers of the NFL and the Charlotte Bobcats (soon to be Charlotte Hornets) of the NBA.  Charlotte has plenty of other interesting sites as well, such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Discovery Place Museum.

Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers.

Flag of North Carolina Charlotte Mission

Profile

United States
President Ronald L. Craven

3020 Hilliard Dr
Charlotte NC 28205
United States

English, Spanish
About 4 million (Charlotte, NC metropolitan area and Piedmont Triad regions)
Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic, other Christian
All four summers are present in North Carolina. Summers are very hot and humid in North Carolina, with precipitation occurring fairly regularly. Despite its southern location, winters can still get very cold (in part due to the high humidity). However, sleet and ice are more common than snow.
Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem (NC), Rock Hill (SC)

http://www.mission.net/north-carolina/charlotte/

Experiences

Straight from the North Carolina Charlotte Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?
“All items were available!”

“Everything was available”

*What did you eat the most of?
“Southern fried chicken, grits, cornbread, fruits and vegetables”

“Grits, biscuits and gravy, collard greens”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Okra!”

“Eggplant casserole”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“Nothing was too shocking… The southerners were the most hospitable people I have ever met. If we were tracting and they happened to be eating a meal they welcomed us into their home and fed us dinner.”
-Tina

“The most shocking thing was probably all the different races. The black people are THE best! Their deep southern accent can be hard to understand at times, but they are so friendly and loving…and LOVE to feed you!”
-Taunya

*What advice would you give to someone going to the North Carolina Charlotte Mission?
“Prepare for high humidity in the summer and the winter. that is the makings of the hot being hotter and the cold being colder!”

“Know your scriptures! You’re going to the Bible Belt! It seems that almost everyone in this mission has some form of religion. They will test you. Pray for the spirit to guide you daily…and don’t bash with them!”
-Taunya

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“I wish I had done much more studying of the scriptures and known more about that missions were all about! I left 18 months after I was baptized at BYU!”
-Tina

“I wish I had known my scriptures more fully. I had a small knowledge I’d gained from church and seminary, but didn’t really know them like I should have.”
-Taunya

*Other comments?
“I had a wonderful conversion and have received so many wonderful blessings for making that great and most important decision.”
-Tina

“Serving a mission was one of the best choices I’ve ever made. It changed who I am, for the better! I became a better person! I’m more confident in myself, I’m bolder, I made eternal friends. I have a testimony stronger than I ever thought I would have. All because of a call to serve.”
-Taunya

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