April 10, 2017

California Irvine Mission


Here are free resources about the California Irvine Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: California LDS Missions.



California Irvine Mission Address

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

California Irvine Mission
23 Lake Road
Irvine CA, 92604-4579

Phone Number: 1-949-262-1155
Mission President: President Samuel W. Clark Jr.

California Irvine Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the California Irvine Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the Irvine Mission:

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

California Irvine Missionary Blogs

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

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

Sister Jessica Aebischer sisteraebischer.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Grace Crossett californiacrossett.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Chao hb2irvine.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Madeleine Atchley sisteratchley.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Peter Ahlstrom elderpeterahlstrom.wordpress.com 2016
Sister Taylor Lee floodingtheworldwithgoodness.wordpress.com 2016
Sister Miriam Garcia mymission.com/sistermiriamgarcia 2016
Sister Heather Bambas mymission.com/sisterheatherbambas 2016
Elder Peter Ahlstrom elderpeterahlstrom.wordpress.com 2016
Sister Anne Wood anniejwood.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Alyssa Shumway alyssashumwaycairvinemission.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Kamber Smith adventuresofsistersmith.weebly.com 2016
Elder Matthew Mills eldermatthewmills.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Zachary Crump elderzcrump.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Andrew Lovgren andrewlovgrenmission.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Dallin Fuell elderdallinfuell.blogspot.com 2016
Irvine Mission irvinemission.com 2015
Elder Joseph Allen mymission.com/elderjosephallen 2015
Sister Kayla Haws sisterhawsmission.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Mariah Wimmer sistermariahwimmer.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Allison Bailey sisterallisonbailey.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Kye Ferguson elderkyeferguson.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Rachel Duncan hermanaduncan.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Kyler Clements missionsite.net/elderkylerclements 2015
Elder Jordan Friend elderfriend.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Kaeley Hall sisterkaeleyhall.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Taylor Ray eldertaylorraymission.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Jefferson Chandler elderjeffersonchandler.blogspot.com 2014
Elder & Sister Haddock haddockirvine.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Jessica Connor sisterjessicaconnor.tumblr.com 2014
Sister Violette Carlson youwishyouwerethiswildflower.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Taylor Burningham sistertaylorburningham.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Marci Johnson sistermarcijohnson.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Kristin Kimball sisterkristinkimball.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Amric Sobczak storminmormonazsobczak.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Griffin Epperson missionsite.net/eldergriffinepperson 2014
Sister Taetem Simms sistersimms.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Taelor McPherson missionsite.net/sistertaelormcpherson 2013
Elder Daniel Winters elderdanielbwinters.blogspot.com 2013

California Irvine Mission Groups

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

  1. California Irvine Mission Facebook Group (400 members)
  2. California Irvine Mission Moms – LDS Group (70 members)

California Irvine Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the California Irvine Mission!

Shirt designs include California Irvine 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: California Irvine missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Irvine Mission gifts



California Irvine Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2016-2019, Samuel W. Clark Jr.
  2. 2013-2016, Von Dean Orgill

California LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 773,762
  • Missions: 20
  • Temples: 7
  • Congregations: 1,357
  • Family History Centers: 222

Helpful Articles about California

Coming soon..

California Irvine Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from California Irvine 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?

  • 2013-2015 (Jordan)

What areas did you serve in?

  • The whole mission, I moved around a lot! (Jordan)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Hapa J’s Man fries, If you are ever in the San Clemente Zone, you have to get them. (Jordan)

What was a funny experience?

  • One day I decided I needed to be more happy, and I was going to try to make myself as miserable as possible to make sure that I had to try ever harder. Long story short, I was walking down the street wearing a sweater in 90 degree weather playing “I Am a Child of God” on a Ukulele while the one of the AP’s was trailing me (we were on exchanges). Talked to more people that day than I had even seen in a week. (Jordan)

What was a crazy experience?

  • I made a crazy hat from some old boxes and called it my “Anti-Leadership Hat”. The idea was that I never wanted to be a district leader, or anything higher. So I threatened the AP’s that if they ever called my to be in leadership I would wear the hat to district meetings. Next transfer I was made a district leader, and I wore it… Once. Then I gave up and accepted my fate. (Jordan)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • I had been on my mission for a year, and I had not had any baptisms. Only ever had three investigators, and I was in an area that I had been in for five months with the same companion. I had hit a wall and didn’t know what to do. We set up an appointment with a member that fell through. We had no car, nor bikes, and were a 45-minute walk from the apartment when it started raining. And I mean RAINING. My companion had a tiny umbrella that he didn’t want to share and I had naught but my name-tag and tie. At that moment I realized, I don’t have to be mad, or depressed, I can enjoy this wonderful rain as a break form the heat. From that day forward, I would no longer worry about looking like a fool, or a failure. I would work, and pray, and do everything I could, and let go of the things that I could not control. (Jordan)

What are some interesting facts about the Irvine Mission?

  • It is one of the smallest missions in the world. There was a large emphasis on service and creativity when I was there. The idea is “if the Lord gave you talents, you need to use them”. Just because you are called to speak one language doesn’t mean you might not have to pick up another! (Jordan)

What was the weather like?

  • In the mornings it is almost always overcast, but it clears up around 11am. It can get into the 100’s in the summer and also below freezing in the winter (but that is rare), most of the time it is just kinda warm. (Jordan)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • All the people I met were nice to talk to. Most are willing to have a normal conversation if you try to start one. People are also willing to let you lend a hand, and that is the best way to find people. (Jordan)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Light weight clothing is crucial for the summers, but make sure you have a decent coat for the winters, it doesn’t (shouldn’t!) snow, but make sure you can withstand some chilly nights. (Jordan)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • An increased love for my fellow man and much patience. (Jordan)

What are some skills you gained?

  • I learned the very hard skill of striking up conversations with people, and remembering their names. This helps when you run into the same people again. (Jordan)

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

  • That I have the 42 lesson points from Preach My Gospel memorized. Also entering with the expectation that if I wanted anything, it was going to take a lot of work. Numbers are not the reason you go on a mission, it is for the people, numbers are a by-product. (Jordan)

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

  • Be ready to be ignored, be ready to wake up and not want to do anything. But go and do, no matter how many people yell at you, how many people ignore you, keep working. All of it will be worth it when you find those that needed it most. Some times that person is you! (Jordan)

What was a funny language mistake?

Alex (California Irvine Mission)

–Paraphrased from Alex’s mission interview–

Irvine Mission Culture and Diversity

The Anaheim and Carlsbad missions gave up pieces to form the California Irvine mission. The principle cities are Irvine, Newport Beach, San Clameni. and Laguna Beach. I served as a Mandarin speaking missionary. The majority of the Asian and Mandarin population lived in Irvine itself. The southern part of the mission was primarily Hispanic and White.

There are about 6 or 7 stakes in the Irvine mission, and each one has about 2,000 or more members. When I left the mission, there were a little over 200 missionaries because of the age change.

I really miss the weather in Irvine. The weather is warm and sunny almost year round, although in the winter it could get a bit chilly. The areas are generally biking areas, with missionaries only having cars in the areas that are more spread out. Each ward would generally have two companionships of missionaries.

Growth of the Church in California

We were very fortunate to have the Newport Beach temple within our mission boundaries. We got to attend the temple every other transfer. The church is growing a lot in the Irvine area. There are a lot of members, and the youth especially are very strong. Try to build a strong relationship with them, and you will see a lot of miracles as they reach out to and share the gospel with friends. The languages in the Irvine mission are English, Spanish, Mandarine, and Marshallese. A new Marshallese branch recently was opened in the Newport Beach Stake.

 

Joel (California Irvine Mission)

–Paraphrased from Joel’s mission interview–

Geography and Culture of the California Irvine Mission

The Irvine mission is composed of six stakes. From South to North you have San Clameni, Mission Viejo, Lagoon Legal,  Rancho San Margarita, Irvine, and then Newport. We cover much of Orange County, and the majority of the residents were middle and upper class. It was a very mainstream place of California, right along the beach.

The Languages spoken in the mission were English, Spanish, Mandarin, and a new branch of Marshallese. The amount of diversity made the region very unique, and it was interesting to see the melting pot.

Church History does exist in the area. The Mormon Battalion actually marched through San Juan Capitano. Every year, the members will participate in a parade that commemorates their march. The wards in California comprise of 150-250 active members, with a similar amount of less actives in each area. The church is definitely a known presence in California, and many will recognize the missionaries before you even talk to them. But, because of the amount of diversity and immigration, there’s a lot of people who’ve never heard of the Church.

One of the biggest emphasis on my mission was finding people. One of the most important skills was striking up a conversation with people. When you’re going from appointment to appointment, don’t just stay on your car or bike, but stop and talk to everyone you see. As a missionary, you should pray for families to teach, or the opportunity to build families at least. Families are the Lord’s plan for us, so that is your purpose as a missionary.

 

Nathan (California Irvine Mission)

–Paraphrased from Nathan’s mission interview–

Irvine Mission Geography

The California Irvine mission is one of the smallest in the world. It doesn’t take long to travel across, but it’s full of people. The boundaries go from Costa Mesa, which is just North of Newport, down to a little bit of Camp Hamilton, which is a military base.

The Newport Beach Temple

The Newport Beach temple has been there for about 10 years. It’s interesting because the members actually paid for it themselves. Local communities didn’t want the temple to be built there, so the members and the church had to work a lot with residents to help it be built. It was nice to have a temple in our mission and be able to go every other transfer. You could tell that the members in the area love the temple and they used it a lot.

Religious Background

In the Orange County area there are a lot of different churches. I remember driving down a single street and seeing five or six different religions or churches. We had diversity all the way from Atheists to Born-again Christians. This range played a huge role in missionary work. Some people felt they were already religious enough and didn’t want to change. People were more receptive when we could connect with them and then show them what was unique about the Gospel of Christ.

Irvine Mission Culture

The Irvine Mission was taken from the Carlsbad and Anaheim missions. Our mission president, Von Orvile had served as president of the Polynesian center, and he brought with him a lot of the Hawaian and Polynesian culture. Polynesians have a lot of love and charity, and he helped the mission to feel like a family. You could see this light about him, and you could tell that he was a disciple of Christ.

Missionary Work in California

Finding was one of the most important, and difficult parts of the mission. Even if you already have investigators close to baptism, you need to find more. What helped the most was working with the members. If you don’t work with the members, nothing is going to get done. You have a lot of members who are pretty well off, and even if they’re not, they’re happy cause they’re close to the beach. It was hard for non-members to trust two random guys in white shirts, but if the members talked to their friends, people were a lot more open. Member missionary work was key, but it was also important to try other finding methods like contacting new people or helping less active members come back.

I was called to serve English speaking, but I learned some Marshallese as well. My mission was from 2013 to 2015.  I served in Irvine, Laguna Beach, Costa Mesa, Forester Ranch, and San Juan Capistrano. Irvine was my only inland area, and the rest of my areas were all on the coast.