Here are free resources about the Chile Concepcion South 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
*Other Mission Pages: Chile LDS Missions.
Concepcion South Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Chile Concepcion South 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.
Castellon 1063, Oficina Sur
Chile Concepcion South Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Chile Concepcion South Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Concepcion South Mission:
Concepcion South Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Concepcion South Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Concepcion South Mission Groups
Here are Chile Concepcion South Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Concepcion South Mission.
- Chile Concepcion South Mission Facebook Group (602 members)
- Mision Concepcion Sur – Generacion Zeballos Group (250 members)
- Concepcion South Mission Moms and Friends Group (15 members)
Concepcion South Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Chile Concepcion South Mission!
Shirt designs include Chile Concepcion South 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: Chile Concepcion South missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Fun fact: Brad Wilcox served a mission in Chile!
Concepcion South Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Concepcion South LDS Mission.
- 2016-2019, Richard D. May
- 2013-2016, L. Lothaire Bluth
- 2008-2010, Joe Neil Swenson
- 2006-2008, Jorge F. Zeballos
- 2003-2006, Michael L. Hawkins
Chile LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 579,235
- Missions: 10
- Temples: 1
- Congregations: 604
- Family History Centers: 99
Helpful Articles about Chile
Concepcion South Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Chile Concepcion South RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2013-2015 (Aaron)
- October 2010-October 2012 (Dale)
- July 2010-2012 (Steven)
- 2006-2008 (Samuel)
- 2006-2008 (Scott)
- 2006-2008 (Samuel)
- 2012-2014 (Colter)
- 2012-2014 (Will)
Which areas did you serve in?
- Temuco, los Ángeles, Nueva Imperial, Boca Sur, and Angol. (Aaron)
- Talcahuano, Temuco, Lota, Los Angeles, Cabrero. (Scott)
- Los Angeles, Carahue, Talcahuano, Curacautin, San Pedro. (Colter)
- Talcuhuano, Angol, Temuco, Curanilahue, and Lota. (Will)
What were some favorite foods?
- Pan con chicharrón, Pastel de choclo, Completos, Eco, and Toddy. (Aaron)
- I really enjoyed casuela, porotos, completos and empenadas. (Dale)
- Completos, churrascos, casuela. (Steven)
- Arroz con pollo. porotos con rienda. zopaipillas. completos. pan casero. (Samuel)
- Completos, alfajores, pastel de choclo, humitas. The food is fantastic on Chile. The best of all is Mate. I still drink it today. Not the canned garbage the real herbs with a bombilla and everything. (Scott)
- Arroz con pollo. porotos con rienda zopaipillas completos pan casero. (Samuel)
- Pichangas. Empanadas. Chorillanas . (Colter)
- Soppapias and Completos! Churascos!! (Will)
What was a funny experience?
- Once time my companion and I were contacting on a day of the World Cup and we asked this man if we could come in and share something and he responded with this, “we already have our religion, it’s fútbol!” (Aaron)
- Talking to drunk guys was almost always funny. Though, it was not very productive. (Dale)
- Companion conversations. (Steven)
- Una oportunidad hicimos servicio con mi compañero en la casa de una investigadora y despues de esa actividad teniamos un asado con otros miembros para almorzar, el tema es que la hna a la que le habiamos hecho servicio nos preparo un almuerzo sin avisarnos entonces nos vimos obligados a comer ahi y despues en lo de los miembro que ya habiamos acordado. terminamos super hinchados. (Samuel)
- When my pants ripped and I wore them all day anyways. (Colter)
- Getting kissed on the cheek by a drunk man and later by a drunk woman. (Will)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- One time my companion and I were contacting and this guy came out with a katana sword and a gun and told us to leave. (Aaron)
- Probably the most dangerous experience I had was almost being mauled by a dog. We were about to walk into a yard when a dog started charging at me with his teeth bared (there are dogs everywhere in Chile). I jumped back, but thanks to my companion’s quick-thinking I was saved from being attacked. He picked up a rock when he saw the dog coming and threw it towards the dog. The rock didn’t hit the dog, but it came close enough to its head that the dog backed off a few paces and we started running in the other direction. (Dale)
- Hiking down the side of the mountain. (Steven)
- In Temuco, we served in a rough part of town. We had rocks thrown at us daily. They usually missed, but when they hit us they didn’t usually hurt very bad. I did get a few pretty bad cuts. (This is a mild story….I didn’t want to scare anyone from serving in the area. I won’t go into the worst things that happened to me.) (Scott)
- En un sector habia una mujer que perseguia a los misioneros que no la saludaban, tenia problemas psiquiatricos, y una vez no la saludamos y salió corriendo hacia nosotros sin darse cuenta que venia una camioneta y la embistió, voló cerca de 5 metros y despues se levanto y volvio a correr hacia nosostros para saludarnos, se desplomo cuando la saludamos y con el hombre que la choco la llevamos al hospital. afortunadamente solo tuvo lesiones leves. (Samuel)
- Nothing really dangerous about the mission. People pretended to shoot guns at me. (Colter)
- Hearing gunfire one street over as we were heading to lunch. (Will)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Is there enough space for all of them? Well the most memorable experience was when I was still new in the mission and I did not speak any Spanish. We went on splits with other missionaries because my companion at the time was the district leader and when we got to the lesson this guy just did not want to talk at all, he had changed his mind about baptism and everything. We finally agreed to meeting outside and rolling his wheelchair outside so he could sit in the sun. The thing is he said all we could do was sing to him. We started singing and the Spirit was just so strong, so then two sisters kept testifying to him and the my companion as well. Then they all looked at me and I honestly could not form a simple sentence, but in that instance the Spirit filled my mouth with words and I never felt like I spoke as fluid of Spanish like that time again in my mission. It was amazing what the Spirit can do when you allow it to lead you.
- One of the most spiritual experiences we had was the opportunity to dedicate the grave of a member’s husband in a small town. She asked us to help her carry the tombstone up to her husband’s grave site and bury it there. After taking care of the headstone, she asked me to dedicate the grave. (Dale)
- Baptizing in the river. (Steven)
- Daily calling on God is a pattern that all of us need to master. It is incredible to feel his presence so close every day. You will be faced with so many challenges, but relying on our Heavenly Father will get you through them. (Scott)
- En una conferencia general pudimos llevar a una investigadores que estaban evadiendo el bautismo pero cuando escucharon las palabras de los siervos escogidos de Dios pudimos sentir muy fuerte la influencia del espiritu santo y ellos decidieron bautizarse. (Samuel)
- The baptism of a family after I had to retrain my greenie. We didn’t do the 12 week program the first 2 transfers so I had one transfer to do things right and a family got baptized a week later. (Colter)
- Being inspired to offer a blessing of health that eventually lead to a baptism of the whole family. (Will)
What are some interesting facts about the Concepcion South mission?
- It’s the BEST mission in the word!! (Aaron)
- The Concepcion South mission contains the geographical center of Chile. (Dale)
- It’s in the middle of Chile. Es la unica mision celestial. (Steven)
- I served in three different areas in Talcahuano. I love that city. I was also blessed to have all Latino companions for the first half of my mission. I was forced to learn Spanish. (Scott)
- Estuve en muchos pueblos, cosa que no conocia, y me parecio muy interesante la poca corrupcion que hay en las fuerzas policiales. (Samuel)
- The people will make fun of you. They love jokes. They use a lot of slang. White people are hotties. (Colter)
What was the weather like?
- Cold and rainy most of the time or hot and really hot if if wasn’t cold and rainy. (Aaron)
- The weather was was very similar to Utah away from the coast; it was very cold in the Winter time (Which is March to September and opposite the Northern Hemisphere) and it got very hot during the day in the Summer, but the cold still came around at night. It rained quite a bit, especially during the Winter and along the coast. In one of my areas (Coronel) it rained non-stop for over a week. (Dale)
- Varied on the seasons. (Steven)
- If you’ve ever been to the Pacific Northwest you will be familiar with the climate near Concepción. Near the ocean it is cold and rainy during winter and summers do not get too hot. The closer you get to the Andes Mountains, it gets more like a desert. As I said, the climate is very similar to the Pacific Northwest. Expect lots of rain. (Scott)
- Mucha lluvia y frio. los inviernos eran largos pero agradables. (Samuel)
- Four seasons. Lots of rain. (Colter)
- Rainy in the winter and hot in the summer. It was nice to be warm with a fireplace. (Will)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- They gave us the best of whatever they had even when we told them we didn’t need anything. (Aaron)
- Chilean people are very welcoming and hospitable. As a missionary that was great, because they were very accommodating to us and helped us with what we needed. The people you do develop relationships with are lasting relationships. (Dale)
- They’re calm and humble. (Steven)
- The people are so kind and giving of themselves to missionaries. To me it felt like the missionaries are much more loved and cherished in Chile than in the USA. Nearly every member family is one or two generations a member and they all know the names of the missionaries that baptized them. Your names will be remembered and cherished by these loving people. While you are there, you will meet the people that we and your predecessors baptized and love. Take care of them for us and find the people we prepared for you. (Scott)
- En su mayoria eran muy amables y siempre nos daban pan casero que era exquisito. (Samuel)
- They were kind, funny, loving and beautiful. (Colter)
- The hospitality of the people. They often asked to share a meal with us. (Will)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Take a lot of rain clothing! (Aaron)
- I would pack lots of waterproof clothing and clothing that doesn’t become heavy when wet. One of the best articles of clothing I had was a good poncho that I could wear over my backpack to keep basically everything dry. Another practical thing we discovered was putting our scriptures in plastic tupperware that we could seal. That protected them very well. If you can’t find any tupperware that’s the right size, plastic grocery bags work really well to keep your things dry. (Dale)
- Bring a sturdy rain jacket and rain pants. I’d suggest something to cover your shoes with too for particularly rainy days. I bought these waterproof boots that I’d step into with my shoes and my feet would still get wet. (Scott)
- Tratar de aprender sus jergas rapidamente, les ayudara a conectarse mejor con ellos. (Samuel)
- Rain gear. (Colter)
- Formal rain coat. (Will)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Everything that has happened since. I married my best friend who waited for me. I got into my dream university and so much more! (Aaron)
- I can’t directly relate this to my missionary service, but my Dad contracted cancer, went through chemotherapy and recovered during the time I was in Chile. I believe that having a son as a missionary was a contributing factor to how smoothly his recovery went. (Dale)
- Learning to speak Spanish. (Steven)
- There are so many things I could put here, but I will simply say I learned to trust and have faith in the Lord. (Scott)
- Muchas. sobre todo mi esposa, la mision me ayudo a saber sobrellevar bien los desacuerdos en la pareja. (Samuel)
- A testimony of God and of Joseph Smith. (Colter)
- Too many to explain well. (Will)
What are some skills you gained?
- Obedience, time management, leadership, and so much more really. (Aaron)
- I learned how to speak Spanish, but more importantly I learned how to relate to people that I wouldn’t normally relate to. We constantly talked to people that we had a hard time communicating with before discovering that we could communicate, just not in our normal fashion. (Dale)
- Learning to speak Spanish. (Steven)
- Speaking Spanish has been a huge blessing for my career. I use it daily to make business contacts in my marketing job. (Scott)
- La forma de enseñar, lo cual hizo que mis metas cambiaran y ahora busco desempeñarme en empleos que me permitan enseñar. (Samuel)
- Talk to people. (Colter)
- Reading the social cues of total strangers. (Will)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- How to listen to the Spirit better. (Aaron)
- Becoming a leader in the mission (District, Zone, etc) will not make a huge difference in the type of person you are. It will not mean a whole lot if you had those titles. What matters more is that you are doing your best as a missionary and that you are obedient and hard-working. (Dale)
- Don’t take yourself too seriously. You can learn from anyone. (Steven)
- Dump the girl. Don’t waste your time thinking of her and buying little trinkets for her. Spend your time thinking of the people your serving and your family. (Scott)
- Chileans speak very fast! (Colter)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Concepcion South?
- Study, study, study, learn to listen and follow the promptings of the Spirit and always be as obedient as you can be. The blessings from learning to do those three things are beyond belief and you will see so much growth in your mission, personal life, and the lives of those around you. There is no greater blessing we have than to be a full time missionary and have the ability to learn and serve so much. I love my mission and know that anyone who serves their missions with the right heart and mind will love it as well! (Aaron)
- Use The Book of Mormon. It is the most effective tool for people to become converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the most correct of any book on the Earth. (Dale)
- Sirvan con amor sincero, es la clave para servir a la manera de la señor. (Samuel)
- Dress warm. (Steven)
- Read the scriptures! (Colter)
What was a funny language mistake?
- Well there is a whole list of those experiences. I just remember our land lady came by and asked us to paint the roof and we responded with yes we will paint your chest because roof is “techo” and chest is “pecho” and she just laughed at us and went on with the conversation. (Aaron)
- There are many language mistakes to make in Spanish, but the one that always comes to mind first is from a visit we made to a member’s house. While we were there, one of the sisters from the ward made us some cake, which is sometimes translated as queque in Spanish. However, queque normally is a slang term for a person’s rear-end, so my companion told me to say, “Hermana, su queque es rico.” In essence, my companion told me to say that the sister was attractive. It was really embarrassing. (Dale)
- To ordain is ordenar to milk as in a cow is ordeñar. Don’t share you testimony like this. Yo sé que el señor ordeño a los doce apóstoles. You will be teased. (Scott)
- I told someone their food tasted like garbage. (Colter)