Texas Fort Worth Mission


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Description

Snapshot of the Texas Fort Worth Mission area – Texas is the second most populous and the largest of the “mainland” 48 states in the United States. Once an independent republic, Texas became the 28th state in 1845. Fort Worth is the sixteenth-largest U.S. city and is part of the Dallas—Fort Worth—Arlington Metroplex, one of the largest metropolitan areas in America, with a whopping one-quarter of the total Texas population residing within its boundaries.

Fort Worth Texas Skyline (2010). By Adam Stanford (own work), GFDL via Wikimedia Commons.

Fort Worth Texas Skyline (2010). By Adam Stanford (own work), GFDL via Wikimedia Commons.

Fort Worth falls within the region known as East Texas, which does not match the stereotypical view of what Texas is (hot, dry, and desert) and is often described by former missionaries and local members as “beautiful.” It is green, with many trees, and is very humid and hot in the summertime. EastTexas, or “the country,” holds many ranches and a lot of farmland. In these areas, the residents are known to be extremely polite. One missionary said he had never met a nicer people. Locals are considered “true Texans” and are courteous and very willing to talk to anybody they meet, even if they are not interested in gospel discussions.

Beautiful Japanese garden in Fort Worth, Texas.

Beautiful Japanese garden in Fort Worth, Texas.

A couple of cities in East Texas have a heavy Hispanic influence, but that is mostly concentrated in the inner city portions. In north Texas, there is a large Native American influence.

The Southern border of the mission extends to Ft.Hood at Killeen Texas. The Northern border is the Oklahoma border. The mission extends as far East as Lewisville and as far West as Wetherford.

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

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Photo courtesy of Jeff Wawro

The Church

The Fort Worth mission consists of 11 stakes. There are approximately 270 missionaries and (in the past), an average of 60 baptisms a month. Fort Worth members are in the Dallas Temple district, which is located near the city but outside of mission boundaries.

dallas-mormon-templeThere are approximately 268 missionaries and the mission averages 60 baptisms a month.

 

Transportation

Most missionaries are given cars for transportation. In smaller areas, companions will have bikes. Sometimes cars are shared between four missionaries, and missionaries will alternate days biking or driving.

Safety

Missionaries should be aware of petty theft and lock up their belongings.

Customs

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Photo courtesy of Jeff Wawro

Bluebonnets are a beautiful blue flower indigenous to Texas and the state flower. (And Blue Bell ice cream, a reference to the flower, is a delicious Texas specialty!).

Fort-Worth has many rural areas or rolling land owned by ranches as well as robust city and suburbia life like any other American metroplex. People are generally very kind and visitors enjoy a southern hospitality.

 

Local Lingo

“Ya’ll” is used to address people in a familiar term. “All yall” is used to address a group of people, generally established friends.

Essential Equipment

Breathable fabrics, a well insulated water bottle,  and a perhaps a personal fan. Texas can get very hot. Also, water proof shoes and a study rain jacket to shield against tornado season rains. A thick peacoat is recommended for humid winters with mild snow.

Additional Info

Shipping is generally safe and hassle-free with standard American shipping.

For Spanish-speaking elders, it may be good to have a suit in a color other than black, because much of the Hispanic population will think you are immigration if you wear black!

Fort Worth can stay over 100 degrees fahrenheit constantly during the summer and stay at freezing levels daily during the winter. In 2012, Fort Worth had 60 consecutive days over 100 degrees and snowed six inches Christmas Day. Fort Worth receives approximately three snowstorms each winter, and multiple ice storms. Black ice can be prevalent during winter, but roadways are quickly salted and most roads are cleared by noon. Spring can be a heavy rain reason. Rain resistant coats and shoes are heavily encouraged.

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Profile

United States
President Rodney A. Ames

1331 Airport Fwy Ste 305
Euless TX 76040-4150
United States

English, Spanish
741,206 (2010 census)
Evangelical Protestant (Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian), Catholic, Unaffiliated
Semi-arid climate, with low precipitation, hot summers, and mild winters. Summer highs average in the mid 90s F; winters in the mid 50s F (colder at night). The region is susceptible to high thunderstorms, hail, and tornadoes.
Fort Worth, Waco

Experiences

Straight from the Texas Fort Worth Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?

*What did you eat the most of?
“Taco Bell and carne asada.”

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Cow head.”

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“How much people talked about God from any religion.”
—Devin

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Texas Fort Worth Mission?
“Be yourself, the Lord called you there for a reason. He didn’t call you there to be Elder Smith or Elder Johnson; He called you there to be you because somebody there needs you and your personality and spirit.”
—Devin

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“Everything I loved would be here when I got back.”
—Devin

*Other comments?
“Enjoy the good and bad moments and laugh at them.”
—Devin

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