April 10, 2017

Armenia Yerevan Mission

Free resources about the Armenia Yerevan Mission:

Armenia Yerevan Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Armenia Yerevan Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Armenia Yerevan Mission
Vratsakan #5
0051 Yerevan

Phone Number: 374-10-25-93-37
Mission President: President Allen B. Bostrom

Armenia Yerevan Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Yerevan Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Yerevan Mission,

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Armenia Yerevan Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Yerevan Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Sister Lily Mortensen sistermishlily.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Ethan Bradshaw elderethanbradshaw.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Jacob Christensen skippertakesarmenia.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Brian Lunt elderbrianlunt.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Andrew Porcelli elderandrewporcelli.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Andrew Porcelli missionsite.net/elderandrewporcelli 2016
Mission Alumni mission.net/armenia/yerevan 2015
Sister Madie Kuykendall missionarymadie.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Darby Blanchard sisterdarbyblanchard.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Brandon Moon missionsite.net/elderbrandonmoon 2015
Sister Madison Kieffer sistermadisonkieffer.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Amberlie Fielding amberliesmission.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Lincoln Conway missionsite.net/elderlincolnconway 2014
Elder Jeremy Moore eldermooreinarmenia.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Mary Broadbent d-lbfamily.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Jared Hammer elderhammersmissionpage.blogspot.com 2013
Elder & Sister Reese reesejd.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Franklin Pack elderfranklinpack.blogspot.com 2013
Elder & Sister Eyre joanandlarryeyre.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Joshua Cook armeniamission.wordpress.com 2012
Elder & Sister Griffith griffithsmission.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Scott Johnson eldersdjohnsonsblog.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Bruce Wainwright wainwrightarmenia.blogspot.com 2011
Sister Cathlyn Smith sistersmitharmeniamission.blogspot.com 2011

Armenia Yerevan Mission Groups

Here are Armenia Yerevan Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Yerevan Mission.

  1. Armenia – Yerevan Mission Facebook Group (289 members)
  2. Elder Powell Armenia Yerevan Mission Facebook Group (99 members)
  3. Armenia Yerevan Mission (Arabkir) Facebook Group (52 members)
  4. YSA in Yerevan, Armenia Mission Facebook Group (30 members)
  5. Armenia Yerevan Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (3 members)

Armenia Yerevan Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Armenia Yerevan Mission!

Shirt designs include Armenia Yerevan Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Armenia Yerevan missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Armenia Mission gifts

Armenia Yerevan Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Yerevan LDS Mission.

  1. 2016-2019, Allen B. Bostrom
  2. 2013-2016, Steven J. Carlson
  3. 2010-2013, Reese A. Carter
  4. 2007-2010, Ronald J. Dunn (Listen to an interview with President Dunn)
  5. 2004-2007, Lamar B. Bartholomew
  6. 2001-2004, Mervin Bennett Beckstrand
  7. 1999-2001, Robert H. Sangster
  8. 1997-1999, Robert B. Schwartz

Armenia LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 3,344
  • Missions: 1
  • Temples: 0
  • Congregations: 11
  • Family History Centers: 4

Helpful Articles about Armenia

Coming soon..

Armenia Yerevan Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Armenia Yerevan RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2013-2014 (Natosha)
  • 2010-2012 (Erica)
  • 2004-2006 (Melinda)
  • 2002-2004 (Mike)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Gyumri, Arabkir, Malatia. (Natosha)
  • Ajapnyak, Yerevan, Artashat. (Erica)
  • Davitashen/Achapniak, Gyumri, Vanadzor, Artashat, Nork. (Melinda)
  • Nork, Gyumri, Yerevan, Vanadzor. (Mike)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Gata and dolma. (Natosha)
  • Dolma. Borsch, I actually learned to love Xash, or the soup with the cows foot in it. The trick is lots of lavash and garlic. I also came to really love matsun. The pilaf is amazing, especially on Easter. The fruit there just tastes better. (Erica)
  • Dolma, which they usually only served around holidays or special occasions.  (Melinda)
  • Khorovats, Lavash. (Mike)

What was a funny experience?

  • Difficult to even put one into words….(Erica)
  • My companion and I got caught in a freak hail storm with hail almost the size of golf balls. Left huge bruises, luckily we found refuge quickly. (Melinda)
  • Playing ping pong with the youth in the Center Branch. (Mike)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Besides much stalking by strange men, my companion and I were in a terrible car accident (Marshutni). Also we witnessed a man get hit by a car going about 45 mph. I had a man assault me on the streets and another expose himself and then follow my companion and I until we outran him and hid. After all experiences, I still testify that the Lord is with his missionaries. (Erica)
  • My companion and I got harassed by four young drunk men, and then one started to assault me. Luckily, nothing too serious happened before he got scared off. (Melinda)
  • Having drunks grab me and tell me they were going to bomb my apartment. (Mike)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • I experienced both personal and shared spiritual experiences on the mission. One of the most memorable was the first time I bore my testimony in a meeting my first day in country. I only said a few words but cried many tears, as did everyone in the room because the Spirit was so strong bearing testimony in a language everyone spoke. Don’t doubt your weaknesses, the Lord gives them to us that we may be humble, which is ideal for learning! (Erica)
  • I got to see the conversion of an elderly gentleman before he died. He never told me he had cancer. Died at the end of my mission. He made my whole mission. I felt like I helped him prepare to meet his maker. (Melinda)
  • Seeing families find happiness in the Gospel. (Mike)

What are some interesting facts about the Yerevan Mission?

  • Armenia was the first Christian nation. The people are still very sensitive and affected by the past Genocide. There are more Armenians outside of Armenia than inside. (Mostly in Russia, Iran, Glendale CA and Boston MA.) Georgia is part of the mission but I almost never saw those missionaries. They are some of the most generous and hospitable people you will ever meet. Armenia is Soviet Union meets the Middle East. First impression- concrete jungle. (Erica)
  • Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as it’s national religion. Just before WWI in 1914, they had a genocide inflicted on them. Still relatively unknown to many today. Millions were killed. (Melinda)
  • My companion and I opened the Vanadzor Branch. (Mike)

What was the weather like?

  • Very similar to Utah, but a little more humid. (Natosha)
  • A lot like Utah, cold winters and hot summers. (Erica)
  • Like Utah. Green in the north, desert in the south. Cold in the north during winter, hot and dry in the south in the summer. (Melinda)
  • A lot like Utah. (Mike)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • My favorite area was Artashat and I loved the people of course! I loved the Branch President back then (Petik). Utilize him! Also I loved the outdoor market, they will give you lots of free food when you walk through! I loved the taxi drivers there that will take you around everywhere for cheap. I loved that branch (now a ward) and how hospitable they are and how fun their activities are. (Erica)
  • They love America and Americans. Good hospitality is very important to them. Especially if you are a foreigner. (Melinda)
  • Their generosity. (Mike)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Don’t bring bedding stuff, maybe just a pillow case. Make sure you have a good coat and good pair of boots, but leave them in Armenia when your done. (Erica)
  • Bring a good warm coat. They can be hard to find. Bring very sturdy shoes, the roads over there are not well paved. (Melinda)
  • You should be fine if you know how to dress for Utah’s climate. (Mike)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I became the person worthy enough for my current spouse, amazing friendships from companions, other missionaries and people in Armenia and I received an unshakable testimony. (Erica)
  • I was told by a married return sister missionary that the harder you work on your mission, the more your blessed with a good husband. I feel for me this is true, based on the kind of man that married me. (Melinda)
  • A stronger foundation of faith. Experience in the Priesthood and in the Lord’s vineyard. (Mike)

What are some skills you gained?

  • I learned that you can have a relationship with people even before you speak their language. I learned how to bring the gospel up in any conversation and not have it be weird. I learned that you can get along with anyone if you willing and open minded. (Erica)
  • Language skills, gratitude, be more sensitive, and how to improvise in awkward and difficult circumstances. (Melinda)
  • I learned how to let little things go. I gained perspective. (Mike)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • I wish I knew how much I would miss everyone and everything. I really embraced my mission but maybe I would have got in that extra meeting every day had I really known how much I would miss those experiences. (Erica)
  • I wish I knew that it was taboo, or extremely frowned upon for an unmarried woman to buy certain personal products. Perhaps some people didn’t want to see us because of it. They see that as the woman being “loose”. (Melinda)
  • I wish I knew how little some things in my life mattered that I gave a lot of importance to. (Mike)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Yerevan?

  • Just have the time of your life. Life at home will be the same when you get back, but you will be completely different. Let your mission change you. Let you heart open to the people. Embrace how different things are and recognize really how similar everyone is. Being homesick isn’t bad, but don’t let it consume you. Allow yourself 5-10 minutes each night to think about home. If you find your mind wandering during the day on a long marshutni ride or when your walking around all day, remember you have that time later to daydream and refocus. (Erica)
  • I wish I’d done this. There needs to be an emphasis on girls and parents to encourage their daughters to only court/marry men that will respect their religion after marriage. Many men refuse to allow their wives to attend church. (Melinda)
  • Gain a testimony. Gain a relationship with the Savior. Don’t rest when you get home. Keep feeding the fire of your faith. (Mike)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • I agreed to many marriage proposals in the beginning. (Erica)
  • On my mission, there was an elder that was 1/4 Armenian, and his last name was Bezdjian. In Armenia, the word for eggplant is baderjan. We were getting groceries and my companion asked for a pound of Bezdjian. She meant eggplant. (Melinda)
  • There really is a big difference between the hard and soft k’s, t’s, and p’s. Using the wrong one may seem like a small thing to English speakers. But remember that they are distinct, different letters in their alphabet that they learned since they were born. Some offensive things can be said if not used properly. (Mike)

Brett (Armenia Yerevan Mission)

–Paraphrased from Brett’s mission interview–

Armenia was a communist nation and part of the Soviet Union. It has strong roots in Christianity. Being part of the Soviet Union was a huge road block to religion in the country. Churches were destroyed and they had to practice their faith privately. It was really prepared for the gospel. They had a culture of faith that they couldn’t express for decades. When the Soviet Union fell, there was a huge earthquake in Armenia and thousands of people were killed. There were a lot of people that donated. One of them was John Huntsman. He donated a lot and built a concrete factory in the country. That was kind of the foothold for how the Church got started. People still remember John Huntsman’s name there and that gave the Armenians a feel for what the members were like. When the missionaries started there there were so many people that wanted to hear the word of the Lord. I think there were 9 branches started over that time. It had it’s ups and downs, but over these last five years the Church has made eastern Europe to really take its place in the gathering of Israel. There is so much faith. There is now a stake there. There had been two districts and right when I got there they merged those two districts for the purpose of becoming a stake. They merged some branches as well. I had the privilege of seeing those branches grow. There were so many functions performed by the missionaries when I first started. They have a stake president and a patriarch now that are all Armenians. They were pioneers. They picked it up and devoted so much of their lives to it. The Church would not be what it is without the sacrifice of those members. It took about 20 years to get that first stake, but they have the goal of getting their second stake in just 4 more.

Robert (Armenia Yerevan Mission)

–Paraphrased from Robert’s mission interview–

The church started in Georgia later than it did in Armenia. There was a member from the U.S. that traveled through Russia to Georgia. She did some humanitarian work and was able to get used fire trucks to Georgia. The president and his wife became favorable to the Church and that led to us being recognized there as a church.

Micah (Armenia Yerevan Mission)

–Paraphrased from Micah’s mission interview–

History of the Mission

Religion is super interesting in Armenia. It was the first Christian nation. They were the first to declare Christianity as their national religion. They’re very loyal to the Armenian Apostolic Church. It’s become more of a cultural thing. Their church is so ingrained in their culture and it has kept them alive all of these years. They’ve had a lot of persecution and they are surrounded by a lot of Muslim countries. There was the Armenian genocide that happened for religious reasons and they have held so strong to their religion through all of that. They believe so strongly in Christ, but it’s also difficult coming to them with our message because they see themselves as the most Christian nation.

I know that John Huntsman’s father funded a lot of humanitarian work in Armenia and helped the country a lot. Because of that, the country let our missionaries come. The mission was created in 1998, so it’s a pretty young mission and the church is pretty young there. It started whit 15-20 really devoted members that were found. Some of them are still alive today and are the leaders of the church today. There is a man who is the first counselor in the stake presidency that helped with the translation of the book of Mormon. That’s how a lot of the cities in Armenia were started in the church. They found a few key families that were converted and became the strength of the church in that area.

Difficult Commitments

It’s interesting because there area a lot of Armenians that are so devoted to there church so they don’t love us initially. Typically they think we are Jehovah’s Witnesses, but they do love us because we’re american or just because that’s what they do as Armenians. They will invite you over and give you all of their food and tell you that they don’t like your church. I think that the commitments that are hard for them to keep are similar in other parts of the world. It stems from a lack of faith in Christ or a lack of conversion and can be solved by helping them receive spiritual experiences through prayer or studying the book of Mormon or coming to church. There are certain commitments such as the word of Wisdom that are hard to keep. Having a marriage license is a hard thing for them becuase it’s expensive.

Mary (Armenia Yerevan Mission)

–Paraphrased from Mary’s mission interview–

Origins of the Church in Armenia

The church has been in Armenia for about 23 years, since the Soviet Union Collapsed. It started in 1989 when John Huntsman, a church member, donated and went to the nation to help rebuild. This allowed the church to eventually be brought in. The work started when the land was dedicated, and at first only missionary couples who could only speak English did the work.

The Church Today

In June of 2013, the first stake in Armenia was created. Often times we don’t understand how blessed we are to have the church organized, while in Armenia the church and the members are still learning. They just now are having bishops, a stake president, a patriarch, and more. Now members have access to the blessings of the Priesthood and of a patriarchal blessing. The closest temple is in Ukraine, but it is very far. It takes them about 3 days by bus to get there. It is a huge sacrifice for them to be able to go to the temple and access those blessings.