Utah Salt Lake City East Mission


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Description

The Salt Lake mission zones have recently been reorganized to accommodate the needs of the church and the rapid change in the size of the mission force. Church growth and retention is strong in the mission. Missionaries should expect cold, wet winters and warm, dry summers while teaching plenty of lessons.

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

Deer Valley Ski Resort, Park City, Utah. By Skyguy414 (own work)  [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL] via Wikimedia Commons.

Deer Valley Ski Resort, Park City, Utah. By Skyguy414 (own work)
[CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL] via Wikimedia Commons.

 

The Church

The church is very strong in the Utah Salt Lake City East Mission (what with the Church headquarters being located in the city). State averages show that over half the population are members of the Church and both convert baptisms and member retention is high.

Meetinghouse near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Meetinghouse near Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tracking is rare because so many contacts come from member referrals. Investigators are often taught in a member’s home (an ideal situation). Missionaries are often the last teaching effort before an investigator gets baptized. Many times the investigator has had a lot of exposure and involvement in the church previous to starting missionary discussions. Retention rates are high

Food

Missionaries serving in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission can expect to find food similar to what is had in other parts of the United States.  However, since there are many members of the Church from different parts of the world living in Salt Lake City, there is much more variety to be found than one would expect!  Chances are you’ll get to try cuisine from a variety of cultures, including Mexican, Brazilian, Tongan, and more.  And of course, there are also distinctly Utahn dishes such as funeral potatoes, fry sauce, and Jello salads.

Transportation

I-215S in Salt Lake County, Utah. By Doug Kerr [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

I-215S in Salt Lake County, Utah. By Doug Kerr [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Missionaries often walk or bike to many appointments. Some missionaries are given cars for larger areas, but cars are often shared between multiple companionships. Missionaries should expect to regularly walk or bike. Missionaries can buy a bike, but often bikes are left in apartments from former missionaries.

Safety

The greater Salt Lake area is extremely safe, with lower crime rate than most of the United States. Missionaries do not typically worry about even petty theft. Theft incidences are rare. Neighborhoods that missionaries live and typically teach in are very safe. Missionaries should keep their eyes open in downtown areas as they are generally where more incidences may occur.

Customs

The culture of  Salt Lake largely mirrors the LDS culture throughout Utah. Utah has a strong family-centered mindset and is politically conservative. Utah tends to be more religious than most American states, and many citizens hold strong LDS core beliefs.

Utah has some unique celebrations. Pioneer Day is a Utah state holiday in July that celebrates the day the original Mormon saints crossed into the Salt Lake Valley. In past years, missionaries have participated in parades and Pioneer Day festivities by standing on floats and throwing out ties or candy, or helping usher spectators. Missionaries also may attend General Conference or other special events in the Salt Lake conference center.

Essential Equipment

A warm coat and dry warm shoes are essential for Salt Lake winters. Gloves and hats are also highly recommended. Nearly everything a missionary could need is easily purchased in the Salt Lake area. Light clothing for summer is also recommended. All essential equipment should be covered by the mission checklist in the mission packet.

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United States
President John C. Eberhardt

3487 S 1300 E West Entrance
Salt Lake City UT 84106
United States

English, Spanish
189,314 (2012)
Latter-day Saint, general Christian
Summers are hot and dry, with temperatures generally in the 90s. Winters are cold and snowy. Inversion during the winter time causes thick smog to settle in the area , making the air highly polluted.
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