Free resources about the Barbados Bridgetown Mission:
- Mission address and phone number
- Mission map
- Missionary blogs
- Facebook groups
- LDS Mission t-shirts and gifts
- List of past mission presidents
- Cultural articles written by returned missionaries
- Survey with RMs
Barbados Bridgetown Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Barbados Bridgetown Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Barbados Bridgetown Mission
Trident Financial Center, Highway 7
Phone Number: 1-246-629-4151
Mission President: President Alan C. Herrington
Barbados Bridgetown Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Barbados Bridgetown Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Barbados Bridgetown Mission:
Barbados Bridgetown Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Barbados Bridgetown Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Barbados Bridgetown Mission Groups
Here are Barbados Bridgetown Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the mission.
- West Indies / Barbados Bridgetown / Trinidad Port of Spain (LDS) Group (862 members)
- Barbados Bridgetown Mission Group (104 members)
Barbados Bridgetown Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Barbados Bridgetown Mission!
Shirt designs include Barbados Bridgetown 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: Barbados Bridgetown missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Barbados Bridgetown Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Barbados Bridgetown Mission.
- 2015-2018, Alan C. Herrington
- 2015, West Indies Mission renamed Barbados Bridgetown Mission
Barbados Bridgetown LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 303 (Saint Lucia), 260 (Sint Maarten), 376 (Grenada), 908 (Barbados), 215 (Martinique), 492 (Guadeloupe), 600 (Saint Vincent)
- Missions: 1
- Temples: 0
- Congregations: 2 (Saint Lucia), 1 (Sint Maarten), 1 (Grenada), 3 (Barbados), 1 (Martinique), 3 (Guadeloupe), 2 (Saint Vincent)
- Family History Centers: 1 (Barbados), 1 (Martinique), 1 (Guadeloupe)
Helpful Articles about the Barbados Bridgetown Mission
Barbados Bridgetown Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Barbados Bridgetown RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2017-2019 (Carson)
- 2016-2017 (Claire)
- 2016-2017 (Janelle)
- 2015-2017 (Adam)
- 2015-2017 (Bryce)
- 2015-2017 (Jared)
- 2015-2017 (Bracken)
- 2015-2017 (Meliula)
- 2013-2015 (Garrett)
- May 2013-May 2015 (Taylor)
What areas did you serve in?
- St. Maarten (Colebay, Ebeneezer), St. Lucia (Ciceron, Pierrot), Grenada (St. George’s), St. Vincent (Campden Park). (Carson)
- Oistins, Barbados, Frequente, Grenada, and Cantonment, St Lucia. (Claire)
- Barbados, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Trinidad, Guyana. (Janelle)
- St.Lucia, Barbados, St. Vincent. (Adam)
- Lamentine, Guadeloupe; Point à Pitre, Guadeloupe; Lamentine, Martinique; Volga Plage, Martinique; Marigot, St Martin; Barbadose; Sans Succi, St Lucia. (Bryce)
- St marteen, st Lucia Castries, st Lucia Vieuxfort, Granada, Blackrock Barbados. (Jared)
- Barbados St Lucia & St Vincent. (Bracken)
- St George – Grenada. (Meliula)
- San Fernando, Trinidad; Kingstown, St. Vincent; Tobago; Oistins, Barbados; Diego Martin, Trinidad; Marigot, St. Maarten. (Garrett)
What were some favorite foods?
- Pelau, Roast Breadfruit, Umbrellas Restaurant (Grenada), Mac Pie, Ground Provision, Cantonese (St. Vincent). (Carson)
- In the Caribbean they eat a lot of rice which before my mission I didn’t really like but now I love it, chicken and fish, also something I didn’t really like. My favorite fish was dolphin aka Mahi-mahi. I also loved the Grenadian national dish, oil down and bakes from St Lucia. (Claire)
- Trini doubles. Chicken and Potato Roti….or any kind of Roti. (Janelle)
- Breadfruit. pork, fish. (Adam)
- Bokkits. Banane Péssé. Agalou. Kebabs. Frien chicken. (Bryce)
- Oil down, stewed chicken,fig salad, rodies. (Jared)
- Mac pie… salt fish and bakes. (Bracken)
- Oil down, Brown Down, dumplings, Local fruits, salt fish, rice n beans. (Meliula)
- Doubles, Roti, Bake and Shark. (Garrett)
- Banan Peze and Pikliz (Haitian food), Bokits (Guadeloupean), Floup (especially “au coco”). (Taylor)
What was a funny experience?
- There was an earthquake one day during our visit to a Catholic church in St. Martin, and everybody flipped out and trampled all the weak and helpless on their way out of the building. The poor old people and young children were left to die by the adults. (Carson)
- One of the funniest experiences on my Mission was when we were teaching an investigator about the Plan of Salvation and our Mission President’s wife came with us. This guy was very religious and this wasn’t our first Plan of Salvation we had taught him. We had planned to talk about Alma 32 and faith but as soon as we had said what we wanted to say about the chapter he turns to the Mission President’s wife and says that these girls have been banging my head against the wall about Adam and Eve. Well we hadn’t and at first we felt embarrassed but we knew she didn’t think that’s what we had been doing. As the lesson goes on its basically him and the Mission President’s wife. As he explains his opinion that Adam and Eve did have feelings he stands up and gestures to my companion and says “no, you see he sees a beautiful girl and exclaims, ‘bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh’. How much more romantic could you get?” Me and my companion tried not to laugh. We had to drop him soon after that. (Claire)
- Watching the monkeys traipse along the wall behind my apartment. (Janelle)
- Branch Christmas activity. (Adam)
- Made all many fun friends out there, the people are hilarious! Especially the old ones! One lady loved to play Uno with us and she was actually good at it and when she would win, at the end of the lesson her prayers would include something along the lines of “Thankful Lord for making me a winner tonight”. (Bryce)
- Cutting grass with machete and asked the brother if we were doing good he said it doesn’t matter I just wanted it cut. (Jared)
- A drunk guy passed out on a bus and got kicked off. (Bracken)
- When I was in Gouyave, Grenada, my companion Elder and I ( I don’t know if I’m allowed to say other missionaries names) but we walked to our appointment. I walked by the road and he walk on the stairs and he tripped and fell on the stairs and rolled over like 3 times. And that got me laughing. (Meliula)
- All experiences with Trinidadians. (Garrett)
- An insane old Haitian woman (influenced by voodoo) decided to strip down and take a shower right in the middle of the little village where we were teaching a lesson. (Taylor)
What was a crazy experience?
- Be prepared to meet your maker every time you get on a bus in St. Vincent. (Carson)
- Learning to drive on the “wrong” side of the road. (Janelle)
- Getting robbed. (Adam)
- Got held up on gunpoint 3 times, chased by a guy with a machete, drunkenly attacked, got arrested, had to go to court and represent myself in a foreign language, got deported, hitch hiked my way home when separated from my companion, got held hostage, plane almost crashed and got rerouted to the wrong island and had to get my way back into the mission. (Bryce)
- The army arresting the neighbors. (Jared)
- Some guy bit my companion. (Bracken)
- When one of potential investigator turns out to be one of the prisoners the police was looking for for the past 3 months. (Meliula)
- Every time I got on the road. (Garrett)
- A drunk guy on the bus got mad at me after I refused to give him 20 euros, then he waved a knife in my face and said “never come around here again or I’ll slit your throat.” (Taylor)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Seeing the changes that take place in those who are preparing for baptism were amazingly spiritual experiences. (Carson)
- So we had an appointment in Banse which is a far perish in our area. We made our way up there early in the morning and unfortunately the appointment fell through. But we were not discouraged. Sister Hansen and I knew this is where we needed to be and so we contacted, we followed the counsel in the white handbook and went to people’s homes rather than just focusing on streets as we know on holidays that is where people are. While walking the streets I felt that we should contact the house next door to the Pentecostal church. The person was not home and so I felt we should take the gap by the house. We contacted a guy called Thomas and he listened to us. The contact lead us to leave him with a Plan of Salvation tract and to see him the following Monday. That Monday, I felt that we would not get a bus to Laborie to meet with Georgina, let alone to Banse. But something kept the faith to go. We were finally able to get a bus and while walking up to Banse, we were given a ride the rest of the way. Thomas was happy to see us and the lesson began. At first we got to know him. Then he told us about his sister and how she had been persuading him to leave the Catholic Church “because it was not a good church”. He then went on to tell us that he had been praying to find a new church. A couple of moments later he heard “good morning”. He looked out of the door and thought he saw “two angels” standing outside. They shared a message about Jesus Christ. The following day he told his sister and she encouraged him to go to that church. He then told us that he “has to go to that church”. Sister Hansen and I where so astonished and touched by this story. It helped us to know that the Lord is preparing his people. (Claire)
- Watching the faces of the deaf children who were receiving humanitarian aid in the form of FM transmitter/receivers so they could hear their teachers. (Janelle)
- Baptisms. (Adam)
- Introducing the Book of Mormon to certain people- one woman started crying because of how she felt the Spirit from the book. Another woman broke into singing, praising Jesus. One woman was just diagnosed with cancer and we got the chance to give her a blessing and she felt like she was actually communicating with God and broke down into tears and we were able to help comfort her. (Bryce)
- Baptizing in the ocean. (Jared)
- Feeling closer to Heavenly Father on top a mountain. (Bracken)
- My first baptism. Never felt so uplifted and so emotional. (Meliula)
- One time as I walked up a huge hill and the investigator not being home, I remember looking over the city and ocean and just really feeling like I was supposed to be there and that I would not want to be anywhere else. (Garrett)
- While fasting one time, we found a miracle family. The dad had tried to kill himself a few days before, because he was addicted to drugs and alcohol. So they left everything behind and went into the city to get away from their past life. While going to check up on a recent convert, we found the family, who were relatives. (Taylor)
What are some interesting facts about the Bridgetown Mission?
- It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s beautiful, it smells, it’s poverty stricken. (Carson)
- 8 islands. 6 countries (need visas for all of them). 4 currencies. 2 languages. Transfers and exchanges mean an airplane ride. (Janelle)
- It has 8 countries. (Adam)
- Most expensive, best mission in the world, best food, just the best!! (Bryce)
- Variety of languages spoken. (Jared)
- It’s made up of 8 countries. (Bracken)
- Tropical, warm, people are nice and friendly. Love the food, love the buses (they bust out their loud music & they go crazy). The views and sites are so pretty and just love being in the islands. (Garrett)
- If you’re getting transferred, get ready to fly to your next area. (Taylor)
What was the weather like?
- Musty and hot. Feels like you have a sweaty blanket wrapped around you every time you go outside. (Carson)
- When it comes to weather, the Caribbean has an average temperatures between 24-29°C year round. It’s never cold (unless it’s raining outside and you go into your air conditioned car or building) and when you do experience tropical rain storms which just pour and pour and pour. (Claire)
- Warm…always. 82 and humid, day and night. Rainy season means a sprinkle or a downpour almost every day. (Janelle)
- HOT AND HUMID with some rain. (Adam)
- Hot and sticky and sweaty and humid. (Bryce)
- Hot and wet. (Jared)
- Hot and humid. (Bracken)
- Hot, warm and wet. (Meliula)
- HOT AND HUMID. Rains every day. (Garrett)
- Always warm- even at night- and very humid. Rainy for about half the year. (Taylor)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- Literally everything, these people are so special and loving. Every island is beautiful in it’s own unique way. (Carson)
- The people are, believe it or not, even though they live in the Caribbean, so different on each island. Don’t get me wrong, the culture is pretty similar but the people’s behaviors are different. On Barbados the people are really friendly and civil. They are very respectable people that like to keep to themselves and show off, in a good way. The people of Grenada are very chill, laid back and friendly. They love a good laugh and have a wicked sense of sarcastic humor. On St Lucia the people are much poorer and humbler. They don’t get a lot of love shown to them from there families usually and so the best way to get to them is to show them love but also be up front with them. Be on their good side and they’ll love you. Betray them and you’ll be sorry. (Claire)
- Hospitable and welcoming. Non-judgmental. (Janelle)
- They are friendly if you are friendly. (Adam)
- The people are generally less intelligent than the average people you talk to, but they are the nicest and super humble! Just be friends with them and get then to cook for you and compliment them – they love it and all have unique stories, so talk to them and actually listen! (Bryce)
- Friendly… some of them, good sense of humor. (Jared)
- Kindness. (Bracken)
- They are really friendly and kind and the place was so beautiful. (Meliula)
- They are all laid back and loving. (Garrett)
- It was the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to. (Taylor)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Nike Golf pants, Clarks shoes, some nice shades, Nike socks (that’s a must). (Carson)
- Sandals. Loose clothing, not tailored. Only 1 big suitcase (50 lbs) and 1 carryon (15 lbs). That’s it. You don’t need as much as you think you do. (Janelle)
- Short sleeve shirts and sweat rags. (Adam)
- Haha, goodluck!! Only 1 suitcase! Just pack light and find old clothes missionaries left behind when yours get crappy (only works on French side) at the end, leave all your bad clothes and take all the souvenirs! Be careful with the airport tricks because if you get caught you will be in trouble. (Bryce)
- More shirts than you think and less pants. (Jared)
- Short sleeve shirts. (Bracken)
- Just get heaps of mosquitoes repellent and get short sleeves shirts. (Never want to wear long sleeves in a hot sun.) (Meliula)
- Do not over pack or you will be wasting a lot of money during transfers. Light weight clothing and mesh garment tops are best. Two pairs Clark’s shoes will last you most of the mission. Closed toed sandals are useless. Bring a small sachel. one that can fit a Book of Mormon and some pamphlets. Do not look expensive. You will never wear a suit unless you’re going home. (Garrett)
- You don’t need any warm clothing. Don’t pack any shampoo, body wash, or other hygiene stuff. You can find all that there. You’ll only have one suitcase, so only bring things you absolutely have to bring. (Taylor)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Learning how to love everyone regardless of how they feel about you. My patience has also reached an all time high. Realizing that who I’ve hoped to be was always me, and that I don’t need to change myself to please others. God calls those for who they are. (Carson)
- More than I deserved. (Janelle)
- I know Christ better and I can hear his voice direct me. (Adam)
- French language – lifelong friends – valuable knowledge of the Gospel. (Bryce)
- Can’t be numbered. (Bracken)
- I’ve gained more confidence and most of all, I gained more of my testimony. Just seeing people’s life change makes my testimony firm. (Meliula)
- The knowledge and testimony and habits gained there cannot compare. (Garrett)
- I learned French and made amazing friends. (Taylor)
What are some skills you gained?
- Patience, charity, and the ability to speak to complete strangers without it being awkward. (Carson)
- I am a very good communicator, I can now work with a diverse variety of people from all ages and backgrounds including children and young people.I understand the importance of paying attention to detail whilst also understanding the need to meet targets and deadlines. I also have learned how to study more effectively and plan for preparing and delivering lessons. Experience in time management skills, prioritizing tasks, making and keeping appointments and personal diary management. I am confident in speaking to people both face to face and on the telephone. I can now work both unsupervised and as part of a small team and I can also motivate myself without relying on others. I am better at adapting to changing circumstances. I have also learned how to counsel others and help people facing challenges. (Claire)
- How to talk to everyone. How to speak extemporaneously in church. How to drive on the left side of the road. How to pack efficiently. How to study the scriptures. How to teach other missionaries to care for their cars and apartments. How to read legal documents in French. (Janelle)
- I am more bold and compassionate. (Adam)
- How to actually to talk to people in a meaningful manner – how to learn to adapt to the personalities of living with one person over an extended period of time – how to ration expenses and food – how to follow to Spirit – from daily scripture routine. (Bryce)
- Ignoring people or things trying to bother or hurt my feelings. (Jared)
- How to properly cut down a tree. (Bracken)
- Street contact and speaking Creole English. (Meliula)
- Study, prayer, and a constant missionary mind. (Garrett)
- Cooking and communication. (Taylor)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- That I needed to be myself and not a robot.. (Carson)
- How to understand Bajan. (Janelle)
- The key is to love the people. (Adam)
- Apostate missionaries exist and how to deal with an apostate companion. (Bryce)
- How different the country was going to be. (Jared)
- Be prepared for anything. (Bracken)
- I wish I knew more scripture that cross referenced from the Bible to Book of Mormon. (Meliula)
- I wish I would’ve broken up with my girlfriend and had been more focused on the work. (Garrett)
- Don’t say the word “hard.” Saying something is hard is just an excuse to not go for gold. (Taylor)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Bridgetown?
- They listen to dancehall and soca music, and if you know even one song word-for-word you will instantly make friends. Nobody here will respond to a stick or a robotic missionary, so remember to chill. If someone greets you, remember to greet them back or prepare for a public temper tantrum. You will grow to love these people with all your heart to the point where these islands will feel more like “home” than your own home. Follow the example of the Savior whenever a decision is placed before you..Follow the spirit and follow your heart. (Carson)
- Give your all, everything you have to the Lord. Don’t hold onto anything. Lock away your desires, your passions, your wants and your needs. Give it all to him. You will be grateful that you did. The only gift that you can give Heavenly Father that he doesn’t already have is you Heart, your will. Don’t ever forget that you are a daughter or son of God with a divine potential and destiny. Be patient with yourself, your abilities and weaknesses. Set goals that will help you grow and try to improve every day. Never give up and never stop trusting Him. Do not procrastinate your time as a missionary. Live the Gospel before you preach the Gospel. You will be a more effective and powerful teacher. Don’t live a day without laughing or learning something new. Be Happy, Be You. (Claire)
- Be humble and pray, pray, pray for charity and WORK. (Adam)
- Be ready to be in not a normal mission – just go with the flow, nothing will be like what you learned a mission to be like – you need to be able to adapt to the islands/cultures HAVE FUN!!! Try all the weird foods, especially the hole in the walls or the food trucks! Go make friends! (Bryce)
- Worry more about the people and less about the other missionaries opinions. (Jared)
- Remain teachable . (Bracken)
- Just love the people and love the Lord’s work. (Meliula)
- Don’t go unless you’re going to give it your all or else your wasting your time and the Lord’s. (Garrett)
- Don’t sit in the apartment when you’re not supposed to. Get out and work! (Taylor)
What was a funny language mistake?
- You won’t understand a word that anybody is saying for the first 6 weeks. Especially on a phone call. Also if you learn some Pattois in St. Lucia, remember there is a difference between asking for a “Coke” and “Cokay”, which means sex. (Carson)
- We were in France (Guadeloupe) and my companion was trying to speak Spanish to the store clerk. (Janelle)
- Trying to learn Patois. (Adam)
- If you say “hot” in French with a certain verbs tense it means ‘in heat, or like sexually ready’ and I had a companion ask a girl of she was hot since she was in a jacket and it got really awkward. (Bryce)
- Tahitians didn’t realize what words were swear words. (Jared)