Tennessee Nashville Mission


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

Nashville, Tennesse skyline.

Nashville, Tennesse skyline.

The Church

There are 7 stakes located in the Tennessee Nashville Mission.  There are also Spainsh-language and YSA congregations located in the region. Mission boundaries include part of Kentucky and Illinois as well as middle/northern parts of Tennessee. The region is home to several other Church resources, with a Bishop’s Storehouse and Church Home Storage Center located in Hendersonville and an Employment Resource Center in Madison.  The Nashville Tennessee Temple was dedicated in 2000 and serves the region’s members.

Nashville Tennessee Temple. Photo cca-sa3.0u by Antipus at Wikimedia Commons.

Food

Nashville has several unique regional dishes. Nashville hot chicken and hot fish, Memphis-style barbecue, and “meat and three” restaurants are all popular in the area. Hot chicken is prepared with buttermilk and a hot pepper paste before being fried and served on white bread. “Meat and three” restaurants offer a choice of one type of meat (from choices including country-fried steak, pork chops, etc.) with three side dishes (with choices including green beans, macaroni and cheese, potatoes, etc.).

Hot chicken. Photo cca-sa2.0g by Sean Russell at Wikimedia Commons.

Transportation

Like most stateside missions, missionaries serving in the Tennessee Nashville Mission will generally be assigned to areas where they will use cars or bicycles for transportation. Designations depend on the size of the area and leadership designations.  The Nashville area also has a public bus system and a commuter rail system that runs from Lebanon to Nashville.

Customs

Nashville is known as “Music City USA”.  The city has a vibrant music scene, mostly focused on country music.  The downtown area is home to several clubs, restaurants, and bars that feature nightly live music.  The Grand Ole Opry, a famous country music landmark that hosts several live performances each week, is also located nearby.  The popularity of country music and the strength of the local music scene play a large role in Nashville’s culture.

Local Lingo

“Nashvegas” = another nickname for Nashville

“Ain’t” = isn’t, aren’t

“Y’all” = you all

“Dat dere” = that there

“Going to town” = for people living outside of the city, this means going to Nashville

“Fixin’ to” = about to do something, preparing to do something

Additional Info

Besides the many music-related sites located in Nashville, other interesting sites include local universities such as Vanderbilt and Tennessee State.  Other popular tourist destinations include the Parthenon, a recreation of the Athens Parthenon, as well as Fort Negley, a Civil War fort.

Nashville’s Parthenon located in Centennial Park. Photo cca-sa3.0u by Mayur Phadtare at Wikimedia Commons.

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Profile

United States
President Kyle R. Andersen

105 Westpark Dr Ste 190
Brentwood TN 37027
United States

English, Spanish
About 2.8 million (Nashville-Davidson-Columbia area holds 1,670,890, 2010 census)
Baptist, Methodist, Church of Christ, other Evangelical Churches
Summers in Nashville are hot and humid, with temperatures often in the 90s Fahrenheit. Strong thunderstorms are not uncommon during spring and fall. Winters are usually milder, though snow occasionally occurs in January and February.
Nashville, Lebanon, Murfreesboro (TN), Bowling Green, Paducah (KY)

http://www.mission.net/tennessee/nashville/

Blog of recently released Mission President (Pres. McKee): http://presidentandsistermckee.blogspot.com

 

Experiences

Straight from the Tennessee Nashville Mission field:

What items were hard to get or not available?

What did you eat the most of?
“Barbie Princess cereal, peanut butter, string cheese, chicken taquitos.”

What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Cow brains and pig feet.”

What was most surprising about the culture?
“Probably the most shocking thing, as uninteresting as it sounds, is that probably 99% of the people I came in contact with were already affiliated with a church.”

What advice would you give to someone going to the Tennessee Nashville Mission?
“I have three pieces, I’m sorry: 1) Please don’t bash with people, it’s a waste of time. Go find someone that wants to be taught; 2) Love people. Love love love love them; 3) If you serve in Lawrenceburg, go check out Horn Hill Road. At night. Preferably when there’s rain and lightning. Do it.”
—Holden

What do you wish you had known before you served?
“What it’s like to walk around in 100 degree humid weather that melts your face off, or 30 degree humid cold that freezes your face off!”
—Holden

Other comments?

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