Here are free resources about the Chile Santiago West Mission:
Aquí están algunos recursos gratuitos sobre la Misión Chile Santiago Oeste:
- 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.
Santiago West Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Chile Santiago West 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.
Casilla de Correo 149
Region Metropolitana (Santiago)
Phone Number: 56-2-531-2258
Mission President: President Christopher G. Woodward
Chile Santiago West Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Chile Santiago West Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Santiago West Mission:
Santiago West Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Santiago West Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Chile Santiago West Mission Groups
Here are Santiago West Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Santiago West Mission.
- Mision Santiago Oeste Facebook Group (528 members)
- Mision Chile Santiago Oeste (Best) Group (384 members)
- Chile Santiago West Mission 1995-1998 Group (345 members)
- Mision Chile Santiago Oeste Facebook Group (326 members)
- El Granero Best… Santiago West Mission Group (199 members)
- Chile Santiago West Mission 1998-2001 Group (33 members)
- Santiago West Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (18 members)
- Chile Santiago West Mission! Facebook Group (14 members)
- Chile Santiago West Mission – Hadfield Group (4 members)
Santiago West Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Chile Santiago West Mission!
Shirt designs include Chile Santiago West 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 Santiago West missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Fun fact: Brad Wilcox served a mission in Chile!
Santiago West Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Santiago West LDS Mission.
- 2016-2019, Christopher G. Woodward
- 2013-2016,José A. Barreiros
- 2010-2013, Richard King
- 2007-2010, Paul A. Jones
- 2004-2007, Lon G. Packard
- 2001-2004, Ole M. Smith
- 1998-2001, John C. Hadfield
- 1995-1998, Ronald N. Walker
Chile LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 579,235
- Missions: 10
- Temples: 1
- Congregations: 604
- Family History Centers: 99
Helpful Articles about Chile
Santiago West Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Chile Santiago West RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2015-2016 (Grace)
- 2014-2016 (Colton)
- 2000-2002 (Andrew)
- 18 months (Janina)
What areas did you serve in?
- Llo-lleo, Rinconada, Los Libertadores, Primo de Rivera, El Abrazo, Pajaritos. (Grace)
- Santiago, Maipú, El Monte, San Antonio, Los Cerrillos. (Colton)
- Maipu, San Miguel, Lo Espejo. (Andrew)
- Republica, Maipu, Subercaseux , Talagante, Parque Ohiggins. (Janina)
What were some favorite foods?
- Sopaipillas, alfajores, and pastel de choclo. (Grace)
- Pan Amasado, Pebre Completos, Merkén Choripanes, Sopa Doblaritas. (Colton)
- Empanadas, sopapilla pasado, anything homemade. (Andrew)
- Empanadas. Sopiapillas. (Janina)
What was a funny experience?
- When a dog peed on my companion while tracting :). (Grace)
- I had a companion who would squint his eyes hard, and everyone would ask him if he was okay. Then we were teaching a lesson and he closed his eyes and the woman looked at me and my other comp and said “you didn’t tell me he was blind!” We were crying from laughter after we left. (Colton)
- We needed panty hose and we asked for panty hose which we thought was the correct way to say in Spanish but they call panty hose “panties”. You can imagine our confusion. (Janina)
What was a crazy experience?
- I was almost kidnapped once with my companion, caught in a protest and chased by a group of men with a different companion in another area, and while walking down a street in a third area a man sexually assaulted my companion. (Grace)
- I was walking in my area with my two companions and we were surrounded by 9 dogs trying to bite us. Later in the day we were chased by another big pack of scary dogs and we ran off of the trail to get away from them. (Colton)
- Some of the microbus rides. (Andrew)
- There weren’t street lights and we took cabs everywhere. It was a bit creepy walking home at 10 at night with no street lights on the road. (Janina)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Coming to know that the Lord Jesus Christ will succor us in our afflictions and that God is always mindful of our needs. I came to know that the promise of the Gospel of Jesus Christ isn’t that nothing bad will happen, but that when the bad things do happen, the Savior will be there for you. (Grace)
- We were teaching a family that at first were all very against getting baptized and reading the Book of Mormon, but after each visit their hearts slowly softened until 3/4 of them were baptized. That is the family I am closest to from Chile to this day. (Colton)
- So, so many. The people of Chile are amazing and huge believers of Christ. (Andrew)
- Sooo so many… Personally when I absolutely believed that God knew me personally. And to be able to convince people that he truly loved them and cared so much about their purpose in mortality. So many miracles. (Janina)
What are some interesting facts about the Santiago West Mission?
- There are so many dogs in the streets! It is diverse. There are city areas, farming areas and coastal areas. (Grace)
- It’s one of the smaller missions in the world, only an hour or so from one end to the other. It’s unique because it contains downtown Santiago, the suburbs, the countryside, and the coast with beach towns. (Colton)
- Santiago is a huge, modern city. It has all the conveniences of home. Great people. (Andrew)
- The weather, the food is pretty bland and they have a holiday every week it seems for some Saint of some sort . The Catholic Church dominates the political view. (Janina)
What was the weather like?
- During the summer, SO hot and dry. During the winter, wet and rainy. (Grace)
- Very similar to Southern California. Except in the winter it’s 30 degrees in the morning and at night. The summers in the city are very hot. (Colton)
- Hot and muggy in the summer. Cold and wet in the winter. (Andrew)
- Summer months were winter and winter months were summer. (Janina)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- Chileans love their families so much. Everything they do is for their families. They don’t just look after their immediate family, but also their extended relatives. (Grace)
- The best people in the world. Chileans are easy to relate to and laugh with. They are very loving and have good hearts. (Colton)
- Everything. Such an amazing people and place. (Andrew)
- I loved the country. I enjoyed working with the less actives of the Church and the members. (Janina)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Bring a warm winter coat, and invest in high quality rain boats and coat and everyday tracting shoes. You will walk a lot. (Grace)
- One or two long sleeve white shirts and 7-10 short sleeve. 3-4 good pairs of shoes. And very durable but light pants. And a beanie. (Colton)
- The sisters in our mission left their dresses all the back from the early 90s , I left mine too. Bright colors make us look less FBI looking. (Janina)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- The ability to endure in the face of great hardship and to refuse to quit. (Grace)
- Everything in my life is affected by my mission; my major in college, my friend groups, my testimony of the gospel. (Colton)
- Too many to count. It shaped who I am today and set the course for my adult life. Every blessing I have now I can trace back to my mission. (Andrew)
- Health, greater appreciation for others who have lost their way, a tight knit relationship with Heavenly Father who made me want to get to know Christ even more through the scriptures. (Janina)
What are some skills you gained?
- The ability to see another person and value their differences from me. The ability to be brave and do hard things. (Grace)
- I learned to drive a stick shift. I learned to fix any situation presented to me and figure out a way to succeed. (Colton)
- So many. You go from boy to man. (Andrew)
- Dealing with different personalities, background , and upbringing. Being a leader and what it’s means to be in a partnership. Understanding others perspective on how things are done. Talking to strangers, standing for Christ at all times. (Janina)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- Just because you’re a missionary doesn’t mean bad or scary or hard things won’t happen to you or those you love. You may be completely obedient and still face great trials. This is not because you’re not good enough or that you were not worthy of greater blessings. Christ was perfect yet He faced the most bitter cup of all. (Grace)
- That APs, ZLs, DLs, STLs and senior and junior companions are all on the same level with the same need for the Atonement. From the start just get out there and not be worried about positions. (Colton)
- Have read Jesus the Christ prior. The mission is a leap of faith and it’s different for each person. So it might feel you’re being led blindly but if you can learn to depend on the Spirit, be attentive to the Spirit. He speaks very clear and just follow the first time you receive a prompting. (Janina)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Santiago West?
- “Be not afraid, only believe.” (Grace)
- Enjoy every moment in the mission and be genuine with everybody you meet and every missionary in your mission. Be confident in who you are and humble at the same time. Everyone has the same goal to get back to God. (Colton)
- Forget yourself and get to work. (Andrew)
- Do hard things, take initiative in life. Don’t judge people because they don’t agree with your opinion because you aren’t always right. Be kind, be true to who you are, be obedient and Have Fun!! Obedience is key! (Janina)
What was a funny language mistake?
- Instead of saying trapero (broom) I said trasero (butt). I asked a guy to give me his butt. (Colton)
- Reja means gate. Raja means a swear word. I told a woman she needed to close her raja. She and my companion laughed and laughed and laughed at me. Oh gringo. (Andrew)
- In Chile, they don’t understand or use plurals. They say , “ good morning brother and sister” to an audience. (Janina)