Texas Lubbock Mission


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Description

The Texas Lubbock Mission covers an area that is very flat with hundreds of miles of farmland and very small towns. It is a very rural area—predominantly farm and ranch country—and the average town size is 5,000 people. The climate is very dry. Missionaries often spend the majority of their time proselyting, working with member referrals, and working with less active members.

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

The Church

There are very strong members in the mission, and there are many branches and some smaller wards. The typical branch size is around 40 people or fewer. There is a temple in Lubbock and most of the eligible adults are endowed. The youth are very active, but smaller numbers than most places in the United States.

Lubbock Texas temple. cc by Joe Taylor at the English Language Wikipedia

 

Food

Most people eat a lot of beef and barbecue in Lubbock, and there is also a lot of Mexican food. Missionaries have easy access to grocery stores and restaurants and can usually get most foods they want.

Transportation

Aside from limited transportation in Amarillo and Lubbock, there is very little public transportation. Missionaries have cars and bikes, and often drive cars to leave the town they are in or to visit members who may live outside of town.

 

Safety

While crime is not a big issue in most of the Texas Lubbock area, missionaries should still be aware of their surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Occasional biking accidents are usually preventable by using good judgment and following mission rules.

The northern panhandle area of Texas is part of “Tornado Alley”, and missionaries should be ready to take the necessary precautions during a severe storm when there is a tornado threat.

Customs

Cowboy and Texas culture is still quite prominent in much of western Texas.  Amarillo hosts the annual Tri-State Fair and Rodeo each September.

Football is also extremely popular in Texas.  High school and college football games are quite popular.  Texas Tech University is located in Lubbock, and many in the surrounding area are big fans.

A majority of the people carry a firearm, open or concealed.

 

Local Lingo

Texas drawls are common, but there are no words an English speaker would not be able to understand.

“I’m fixin’ to…” means “I’m going to…”

“Coke” refers to any kind of soft drink.

Essential Equipment

Sunscreen is essential. It is common for missionaries to go help people on their farms or ranches, so jeans and a sturdy pair of shoes can be helpful.

 

Additional Info

There are many interesting sites located within the boundaries of the Texas Lubbock Mission, including Carlsbad Caverns National Park (located near Carlsbad, NM), Roswell, NM (site of the infamous UFO 1947 incident), and Mackenzie Park and the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock.  Another unique site is Cadillac Ranch, located in Amarillo.  Several Cadillacs are placed nose-first in the ground, and people are able to come and spray paint the cars any way they want.

“On P-day, missionaries play basketball or other sports, write letters, grocery shop, and/or check out some interesting local sites.” —Scott

Painted Cadillac at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

Painted Cadillac at Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo, TX

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United States
President David Heap

6310 114th St
Lubbock TX 79424-6024
United States

English, Spanish
About 1.5 million
Roman Catholic, Southern Baptist, Methodist, other Christian
The Texas Lubbock area is hot and dry, and it is not uncommon for temperatures to exceed 100 degrees F during the summer. Winters are generally milder, but temperatures can still get cold and it does occasionally snow as well. Snowstorms and occasionally even blizzards also occur in the northern regions of the mission.
Lubbock, Amarillo, Odessa, Abilene, San Angelo (TX), Carlsbad, Roswell (NM)

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Experiences

Straight from the Texas Lubbock Mission:

*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Almost every area has at least a Walmart, so I had no trouble getting items I needed.” — Scott

*What did you eat the most of?
“A lot of Tex-Mex (rice and beans, tacos, etc.) as well as beef products (steak, burgers, brisket, etc.)” —Scott

*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Menudo (soup made with cow stomach) and goat tacos. Most food was pretty normal though.” —Scott

*What was most surprising about the culture?
“I would characterize the culture as a blend between Southern/Christian and Mexican. Many people have always lived in Texas, or migrated from Mexico.” —Scott

*What advice would you give to someone going to the Texas Lubbock Mission?
“Validate and build on peoples’ existing Christian beliefs. Don’t waste time arguing with people who have a grudge against Mormons, and don’t take it personally. Most people are very nice though, whether interested in the church or not.” —Scott

*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“Some missionaries [who serve] here get discouraged and think everyone is already in a church, but this isn’t true… if you keep a positive attitude and work consistently you can have significant success and baptize a lot of people.” —Scott

*Other comments?

“We got to do a fair bit of service involving physical labor, so bring good work clothes.” — Scott

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