South Dakota Rapid City Mission

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Snapshot of the South Dakota Rapid City Mission The South Dakota Rapid City Mission is the largest mission, land-wise, in the continental United States. It includes all of North and South Dakota, the eastern edge of Wyoming, northern Nebraska, and a large chunk of western Minnesota. Most of the areas are rural; North and South Dakota are the third and fifth least-populated states, respectively (Wyoming is the least populated overall). However, like much of the Midwest, religion plays a large role in the Dakotas and Minnesota, with the highest concentration of practicing mainline Protestantism in North America and an below-average number of the religiously unaffiliated and irreligious.

The Church

Overall, the Church has a below-average presence in the South Dakota Rapid City Mission area (ranging from 1% to about .5% of the total population) for the United States. The mission area includes seven stakes as of early 2013. There is a temple in Bismarck, North Dakota which was dedicated in 1999 and serves the large area. While members tend to be spread out, they are also dedicated to the gospel and willing to travel long distances to attend the temple and church meetings.

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United States
President Curtis E. Anderson

2525 W Main Ste 311
Rapid City SD 57702
United States

Over 1.5 million (North and South Dakota combined)
Mainline Protestant (35%), Evangelical Protestant (24%), Catholic (25%)
The Dakotas: Temperate continental climate consisting of four distinct seasons. Cold winters. Precipitation is mostly located in the fertile eastern part
South Dakota: Rapid City, Sioux Falls; North Dakota: Bismarck, Fargo


Straight from the South Dakota Rapid City Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?

*What did you eat the most of?
“Tuna fish and ramen noodles.”

“Buffalo, deer, beef.”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Antelope, squirrel, road kill.”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“The cold weather!”

*What advice would you give to someone going to the South Dakota Rapid City Mission?
“Stay positive.”
—Betty Jo

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“The weather conditions of South Dakota [and the rest of the mission].”
—Betty Jo

*Other comments?

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