Free resources about the Honduras San Pedro Sula Mission:
Aquí están algunos recursos gratuitos sobre la Misión Honduras San Pedro Sula:
- Mission address and phone number
- Mission map
- Video interviews with returned missionaries
- 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: Honduras LDS Missions.
San Pedro Sula Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Honduras San Pedro Sula 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.
Not a current mission
San Pedro Sula Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Honduras San Pedro Sula Mission (LDS). Coming soon..
Videos with San Pedro Sula RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Honduras San Pedro Sula Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews. Coming soon..
LDS-Friendly Videos about Honduras
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Honduras. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Honduras, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
San Pedro Sula Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the San Pedro Sula Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
San Pedro Sula Mission Groups
Here are Honduras San Pedro Sula Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni who served in the Honduras San Pedro Sula Mission.
- Mision San Pedro Sula 2010-2013 Facebook Group (450 members)
- San Pedro Sula 2007-10 (Pres. Samuel Cruz) Group (219 members)
- Mission Honduras San Pedro Sula Facebook Group (177 members)
- Mision San Pedro Sula Honduras 1993-1996 Group (160 members)
- Mision San Pedro Sula 1995-1998 Facebook Group (87 members)
- Mision San Pedro Sula- Belice (Rene Oliva) Group (79 members)
San Pedro Sula Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Honduras San Pedro Sula Mission!
Shirt designs include Honduras San Pedro Sula 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: Honduras San Pedro Sula missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
San Pedro Sula Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the San Pedro Sula LDS Mission.
- 2010-2013, Ronald L. Viers
- 2007-2010, Samuel Cruz Velasquez
- 2004-2007, Adrian Ochoa
- 2001-2004, Anthony Gene Shumway
- 1998-2001, René H. Oliva
- 1995-1998, J. Ricardo Pérez
- 1993-1995, Gilberto Antonio Laparra Martinez
- 1991-1992, Gary R. Flake
- 1988-1991, Lehi Gracia
Honduras LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 165,553
- Missions: 4
- Temples: 1
- Congregations: 229
- Family History Centers: 0
Helpful Articles about Honduras
San Pedro Sula Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Honduras San Pedro Sula RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2011-2013 (Steven)
- 1972-1974 (Samuel)
- 2011-2012 (Emily)
- 2011-2013 (Steven)
- 2011-2013 (Tulafale)
- 2011-2013 (Dane)
- 2013 (Carlos)
- 2007-2009 (Bowdrie)
- 1991-1992 (Laura)
- 1991-1992 (Becky)
What cities/areas did you serve in?
- Lima, Satelite, Villanueve, Cholo. (Steven)
- Honduras Mission near La Cieba. (Samuel)
- El Progeso, La Lima, Roatan, Puerto Cortes, Fesitranh. (Emily)
- Lima, Satelite, Villanueve, Choloma, Fesitrahn, Progresso, San Pedro Sula. (Steven)
- Santa Barbara, Bella Vista (Olanchito), La Victoria (Fesitrahn), Dos Caminos (Merendon), Planes (satelite), Dolores (Copan). (Tulafale)
- La Entrada Copan. El Monterrey, Choloma. San Juan/Lomas de Carmen, Satelitr, SPS. La Pineda, La Lima. Las Vegas, Santa Barbara. Ocotillo, SPS. Montrcristo, La Ceiba (Dane)
- El Progreso, 6 de Mayo, Las Palmas, La Florida-Copan, Primavera, Choloma. (Bowdrie)
- El Progresso, FESITRAHN, Las Brisas. (Laura)
- La Ideal, La Ceiba< El Montefresco< Santa Barbara< and then Barcena Guatemala. (Becky)
What were some favorite foods?
- Baleadas, Tajadas, Mashados, Talapia/Pescado. (Steven)
- Fried bread fruit was the best. Aroz con pollo was good but not every day. (Samuel)
- Baleadas, pollo con tajadas. (Emily)
- Baleadas, Tajadas, Mashados. Talapia/Pescado. (Steven)
- Baleadas. Pollo con Tajadas. Sopa de Mondongo. Guineo Verde. Sopa tapada de camaron. Topogios. Los jugos naturales (tamarindo). Huevos, frijoles, tortillas, crema. Semitas. Pan de coco. (Tulafale)
- I love pork rinds with yuca, and red bean soup with pork rinds. I love banana soda. I love Honduran pineapples and their Sula brand orange juice. Baleadas and pupusas are timeless as well. I love Honduran beans. Their sour cream and dry cheese can get pretty nasty. (Dane)
- Baleadas!! Pollo con Tajadas (chicken with fried green bananas). (Bowdrie)
- Baleadas, platano, frijoles y crema, pollo campero. (Laura)
- Baleadas con frijoles negros Tajadas Liquadas Fresh Pina, maracuya, liches. (Becky)
What was a funny experience?
- One evening in La Ceiba, Honduras we were on our way home and a group of students met us on the street and began throwing rocks at us yelling insults and anti-American slogans? There were four of us at that time and one elder had been a pitcher in major league baseball and after the third or fourth rock bounced by, he pocked one up and let them have it. When they saw that he could throw farther than they could, they all scattered. All it took was one rock. We had no more problems with rock throwing after that. They must have thought we all had good arms. (Samuel)
- Having a random stranger cut stairs into the mountain with his machete so we could visit an investigator at the top of the mountain after a landslide. (Emily)
- My companion and I had walked 2 miles up to an investigator’s house to teach, but they weren’t home. I got really frustrated and angry because we had walked so far. On our way, it had started to rain but stopped right before we arrived. So before we started to walk to our backup plan, my companion could tell I was upset. So he motioned for me to walk over to the tree he was standing next to, and for us to shake it as hard as we could. So we did, and a bunch of water fell on us. Immediately we started to laugh and continue on with our day. (Steven)
- When I was in the Bella Vista branch in Olanchito, on a Sunday, a member noticed that my shoes were so worn out that she took me out to buy new shoes the next Pday. She called me out for having such unpresentable shoes, but also credited me for working so hard! Still makes me laugh every time I think about it! (Tulafale)
- One time during a baptismal service held at night, a small bat flew into the chapel. It was flying back and forth across the room at 100 miles per hour for about 15 minutes. We steadfastly pushed on with our service, doing the talks and everything. I was struggling to keep a serious face while watching the bat. Finally the bishop stood up, took someone’s coat, and when the bat flew over him he trapped it in the coat and took it outside. At that point, nobody could contain their laughter. (Dane)
- I thought a man was casting a spell on me. Turns out he was just punch-drunk. (Bowdrie)
- My companion was unfortunate enough to have a dog pee on her leg. He probably thought it was a traffic sign. (Laura)
- My companion had been very sick so we were not able leave to go eat dinner at the member’s home and the member was not able to bring it to us so we decided to order a small pizza to be delivered. I had only been out about a month and was still struggling with the language so my companion placed the phone call. She explained that we lived in a white house and that they were building a fence out in our front yard. The word for Fence is Cerco. The pizza didn’t arrive for nearly 1 1/2 hours and when it got there the driver was very angry. When we looked at our receipt the instructions to get to our house were written down but instead of Cerco someone had written “circo” meaning Circus. This poor driver had spent more than an hour driving around looking for the circus instead of a new fence. It might not have been so bad except there really was a small circus in that city at the time. (Becky)
What was a crazy experience?
- In northern Honduras, the college students would throw rocks at us and yell,”Yankee go home?” It was a tense situation. (Samuel)
- We got robbed on the bus at machete point. (Emily)
- Walking past a bar and almost getting caught in a gun fight between 2 drunks. (Steven)
- In Santa Barbara, my first area, my companion and I got caught in a heavy rainstorm coming down from the tiny mountain called “el Escondido”. We were sure that the short cut down would save us time and would be most safe. We were sliding on our butts down the side of the muddy hill we had been trekking down. I was so afraid I hadn’t noticed that I had been grasping my companion’s hand super tight. lol. But we made it home safely…dirty and soaked in rain water, but safe! (Tulafale)
- When I had only 4 months (2 months in Honduras), my second companion decided he wanted to go hiking up a river on the far side of our area. We were followed by two men and after we very athletically bounded up the river for a a half mile to lose them, they stepped out in front of us. We were robbed at machete point, one man stood back a ways and said he had a gun. They took everything except our clothes. I spoke very little Spanish and was scared out of my mind. (Dane)
- Earthquake and Presidential coup (2009) (Bowdrie)
- I was there in 1991 when we had to evacuate all North American missionaries out of Honduras. Stayed inside for three weeks, then finished my mission in the Guatemala City North Mission. (Laura)
- I was there the year we had to be evacuated from Honduras as well. It didn’t feel scary but mostly sad to be leaving the people and country I loved. Before we were evacuated, we were told to just stay inside and not go out to teach. I was in the area of Monte Fresco at the time and the members would bring our meals to us. A neat thing that happened during those couple weeks was that the local leaders and members came and got our list of investigators and went out to continue to teach and visit them. It was really amazing to see them continue on with the work. (Becky)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Baptizing people that I worked hard to teach. (Samuel)
- The times when we would contact someone for the first time and they would tell us they’d been praying and waiting for help. (Emily)
- We had a family that had been receiving the missionaries for 2 years. They wouldn’t accept a baptismal date, but still wanted us to come over to share and read the scriptures. So we went over one night in a nasty storm where the power went out. We had to get candles, and we started to share some scriptures that we had studied that morning. After I had finished sharing, I looked up and the family was whispering one to another and smiling. I asked if everything was okay, and they told me that they had been waiting to hear a verse like what I had shared, but nobody had shared that verse before, and that they felt like they were now ready to be baptized. We baptized the family 3 weeks later. (Steven)
- In La Victoria, a tiny area in La Estaca Fesitrahn, I had so many spiritual experiences. Mostly for the fact that my companion (a new elder) and I were “opening” the area after a few months of not having its own missionaries. Bro. Murillo approached us and asked “Elders…are you assigned to the area Lopez? Coming to do some work in Victoria?” I replied with a confident smile saying, “No brother, we are the elders assigned to Victoria.” He broke out in tears and said, “We’ve been praying for missionaries and we have lots of work to do…lets get to work”. The most spiritually awakening moment for me in my mission. Realizing that not only the Lord is praying and watching over His missionaries, but so are the members and those who aren’t members yet. So much work was done there! And Bro. Murillo played a huge part in that work! He and his wife are huge member missionaries in Victoria! If you ever get assigned there, look for him! You tell him Elder Tulafale loves him and his family! (Tulafale)
- Teaching and baptizing Tadeo and Alba Duron in La Pineda, La Lima. Their conversion took me 3 transfers and 3 companions. Tadeo always talked about how he and I had been brothers in the pre existence and that I had been sent to find him. He had been taught before, but never progressed until I taught him. He is 6’6″ and I am 5’6″ so his baptism was a little challenging physically. The most spiritual part was the night when Tadeo asked us if we worship Joseph Smith over Christ (despite us having already taught that principle). When it sunk in that Joseph was really a prophet, Tadeo admitted he believed and that he wanted to get baptized. This was after several months of lessons. (Dane)
- Seeing a family read the Book of Mormon, pray about it, then testify that it is true. (Bowdrie)
- When a young man we taught was able to miraculously read the Book of Mormon and gain a testimony of it. He was legally blind. (Laura)
- My first area was in the city of La Ideal. One day we were walking along an area called the Bordo. It was a strip of dirt that separated the main part of our area where there was an organized section of homes from a section where there were homes down below that were randomly scattered among banana trees. Looking out over that lower section there were some large hills off in the distance and I felt like I could see into the past. I pictured many of the Nephites and Lamanites on that hill. In that moment I remembered hearing so many times before my mission people saying they wanted to visit the Holy Land and walk where the Savior had walked. Immediately I had the strongest feeling from the Spirit that I was in a Holy Land. That I was literally walking in another land where the Savior Jesus Christ had walked before. I knew in that moment that Christ had visited the Nephites just as the Book of Mormon testifies. (Becky)
What are some interesting facts about the San Pedro Sula Mission?
- My mission (North Argentine) no longer exists. It was comprised of Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Now there three missions in Honduras, one in Nicaragua, one in Costa Rica, and one in Panama. There were no Stakes in the mission in those years. (Samuel)
- You walk everywhere. City transportation is on “rapiditos” which are little vans that speed around the city on a specific route. House roofs are made out of tin. You will play a lot of soccer. The average height of the natives are around 5’4. They don’t throw trash in a dumpster, they just through it on the ground. (Steven)
- Member friends for converts are crucial! Don’t let your converts go on in the church without a friend! Most dangerous city in the world? Lol (Tulafale)
- It is the most dangerous mission in the world. It is the hottest part of Honduras except for a small chunk in the south. The north coast is famous for eating fried green bananas like french fries. And boiled green bananas like potatoes. (Southern Honduras doesn’t eat those as much.) We baptized about 2700 people every year. We were number 1 in baptisms in the world for two consecutive years. (Dane)
- Very poor country, but very kind and welcoming. (Bowdrie)
- I had to get used to always being hot and sweaty. (Laura)
What was the weather like?
- Hot, raining, hot rain. (Steven)
- It was tropical with a rainy season and a dry season. Most of the time it was hot and humid. (Samuel)
- It was sometimes so hot that I couldn’t sleep. (Emily)
- Hot. Raining. Hot rain. (Steven)
- Rainy, hot, humid, sunny. Great for sweating and shedding some pounds 🙂 (Tulafale)
- Most of the time, it was extremely hot. Few places on earth can compare with the heat in Suburban San Pedro Sula during the summer. Even at night it rarely got below 80 degrees. We experienced highs of 100 to 110 degrees on a regular basis. Add in dress pants and shoes, and it was hardly bearable. During the rainy season, it is less hot, but rains most days around 5 pm. The days after a rainstorm are always hottest because the sun reflects on the water. There are certain areas that are genuinely cold. But they can be counted on one hand. (Dane)
- Hot, wet, dry. Only two seasons (wet, dry). Hottest time of the year is Easter. (Bowdrie)
- Very hot and humid most of the time. Tropical weather. (Laura)
- Very sunny and hot most of the time and rainy and wet the rest of the time. We had been told to bring rain boots and an umbrella. I brought rain boots that were a couple inches above my ankle. However, in my first rain storm, my umbrella was ripped inside out and I was walking in water that was just a few inches below my knees. I was laughing as I tossed the umbrella and the rain boots in the trash when I got back to our house. (Becky)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- Although it was hard to find people to teach, I found them kind and friendly in all four countries. (Samuel)
- Gorgeous jungle. People are just so kind and conversant. They show love through sharing food even when they don’t have much which was very humbling. (Emily)
- The hospitality and love they shared for us. A family in one of my areas painted me a picture that hangs in my mom’s house. It’s of Jesus and 2 children in the jungle. This family had so little, but still shared so much love during my time there. (Steven)
- The people of Honduras (catrachos) are a humble, God fearing people. They give even when they don’t have anything for themselves. They do find white/American missionaries interesting and will ask a million questions…so be ready to answer the basics: where you’re from, your age, your family tree, etc. Some areas have sisters/families that prepare meals for you, with a cost or without depending on how good of an impression you leave on them! So work hard and the members will be on board too! (Tulafale)
- They are the most loving, genuine people in the world. They are very passionate about soccer and religion. Despite their mostly humble circumstances, they are happy and generous. (Dane)
- Due to random water shortages, I strongly recommend taking socks for 10 days, shirts for 8-10 days, garments for two weeks. Also, investing in knee-high rubber irrigation boots upon arrival will save your pants and dress shoes from the mud. I toted them around my whole mission and never regretted it. Tuck your pants in, you will save time looking for ways around the mud holes by going through the mud holes. The boots won’t make you look too weird, as many natives wear them. (Carlos)
- Very open to learning more about the gospel, but more willing to accept the gospel with the help of a good friend. (Bowdrie)
- They were the most genuine, humble and big hearted people. (Laura)
- The people are wonderful and the love the Lord. I was impressed by their faith and trust in Him. (Becky)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Get boots for walking. It was dirt streets and mountain climbing for the most part of my mission. Take short sleeve shirts, and pants that aren’t dryclean only. They wash clothes on rocks/pilas. (Steven)
- Light tropical weight clothes and good tough shoes will do. (Samuel)
- Bring keens. (Emily)
- Get boots for walking. It was dirt streets and mountain climbing for the most part of my mission. Take short sleeve shirts, and pants that aren’t dryclean only. They wash clothes on rocks/pilas. (Steven)
- Pack more short sleeve, white shirts, maybe 2 long sleeves. Pack one sweater…you might end up going to Santa Rosa where it’s a little cooler. Lots of rain coats…rain boots are a must! Lots of ties…cause you will be trading them with other missionaries, members and your converts will need them too 🙂 Make room for some extra sets of white shirts, church pants and ties that you can give to your converts when they are baptized. They’ll appreciate the Sunday best, since the whole Sunday best dress is often pretty new and foreign to converts and investigators. Usually around Medium-XL sizes. (Tulafale)
- Raincoat, good walking shoes (No bikes allowed. You will walk everywhere). Pack at least one sweater in case your in a mountain area. (Bowdrie)
- Loose clothing is the best, not tight-fitted, because you want to maximize the airflow. (Laura)
- Light weight materials and loose fitting. (Becky)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- The rest of my life has been benefited by my mission experience. I use Spanish often and have taken my wife to visit Costa Rica. (Samuel)
- The people that I met (converts, members, companions, investigators) changed and shaped who I am. (Emily)
- I’ve met some of my best friends on my mission, and got to serve with 3 of them. Learning how to lead by example was a big thing. And really sitting down and studying for my investigators, and my zone. (Steven)
- I was blessed with the gift of tongues. Understanding and love for those who don’t live the Commandments. My family back home never lacked the necessities and always received numerous blessings! (Tulafale)
- I met my eternal companion. She is 100% Honduran and awesome. I gained a huge testimony of all the books of scripture. And of the organization of the church (A o F 6) I met several families who basically adopted me as a son/brother. We still communicate to this day. I was able to witness the Lords literal protection of his missionaries. I learned Spanish, which has sparked a career. I gained a personal witness that Jesus is the Christ and also that Jesus is a Mormon. (Dane)
- A love for everyone and realizing that anger is a choice. (Bowdrie)
- Too many to count. Stronger testimony, love for the people I served, learned to see everyone as my brother/sister, greater love for the Lord, greater faith in God, more accepting, loving, confident. I owe so much to the Lord for letting me serve and in turn He molded me into something greater. (Laura)
- There are too many too count. I have used the things I learned on my mission in my life, my marriage, and my family every day since then. (Becky)
What are some skills you gained?
- Self reliance and confidence come to mind. (Samuel)
- A strong work ethic. Spanish. The ability to start conversation with anybody. Empathy. Compassion. (Steven)
- I am not afraid to speak up and testify of Christ. Public speaking skills. Preparedness when it comes to church assignments. ie. Teaching lessons, musical numbers, giving talks on short notice…meaning the day of :). (Tulafale)
- I learned Spanish. I learned to be assertive in a conversation. I learned to have confidence when talking to people in every situation. I learned to study with my heart. I learned to make specific plans. (Dane)
- Spanish, leadership. (Bowdrie)
- Working with others, planning with a purpose, gaining teaching skills, public speaking, learning another language. (Laura)
- Perseverance, learning another language and culture, I learned to make queque chocolate. baleadas, tortillas, tamales, and chocolate pancakes, I learned to put the needs of others before my own, and I overcame my fear of opening my mouth to talk to people about the gospel. (Becky)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- A greater eternal perspective would have helped. The time seems to have gone so fast; I wish I could have used it more wisely. (Samuel)
- It is so hard and you will often feel like a failure even when you’re trying your hardest. But the most important thing is to be obedient and faithful. Then, even if “results” don’t come, you’ll have peace. (Emily)
- I wish I had more scripture knowledge before going. But, it was also an opportunity for me to watch my companions and note which scriptures they used, which in turn made me a more capable missionary. (Steven)
- How hard it was gonna be. It wasn’t an easy mission but it was a mission that refined me! (Tulafale)
- I wish I had known how important good planning really is. I wish I had forced my trunky older companions to do companionship study with me. (Dane)
- Brought a sweater. (Bowdrie)
- I learned as I went along- it was a journey. (Laura)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to San Pedro Sula?
- Study the Book of Mormon till you know it and can find anything you need. Study your Patriarchal Blessing also. (Samuel)
- Write in your journal every day. I did and it’s incredible to go back and read. So much happens that there’s no way you could remember everything. (Emily)
- San Pedro Sula is a city that needs missionaries that are ready to work. It won’t be a 2 year cake walk. You will walk and sweat a whole lot. Rashes, chafe, and ingrown toe-nails will all happen. And there will be plenty of days that you won’t want to leave the house because you have to walk 3 miles to get to an appointment. That happened quite a few times for me, and when we did arrive, the people weren’t home. But, it was also on these days that we had miracles happen with finding new people, or lessons with old investigators. (Steven)
- Work hard! Have fun! Be obedient! But also love your companion enough to compromise your wants and needs! You’re only as strong as your companion…so build him/her up before you build yourself up! Love! Love! Love! (Tulafale)
- Work hard. Love the people no matter what the circumstances. Trust your mission president. Trust and believe in Heavenly Father. Have faith, and have works. (Dane)
- Don’t sweat the small stuff; you will do enough of that walking every day. (Bowdrie)
- Work hard, be obedient, but make sure that you enjoy it. You should love being a missionary. You should be happy to be the Savior’s representative. (Carlos)
- Gain a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, make sure sharing it is your main motivation for going. (Laura)
- Pray to see the people you meet and teach as the Lord sees them. Remember obedience brings power and brings the Spirit. Let everyone correct your Spanish and your pronunciation – don’t get offended by it. (Becky)
What was a funny language mistake?
- I was in the mission office and a sister missionary from Guatemala asked to borrow my comb. This caught me off guard as I didn’t carry a comb, however the worst part is the word for comb in Spanish is “peine” pronounced pay-nay. It is very close to the woed “pene” which is the word for a male body part. I did not understand and asked another Elder what she had asked and then turned very red. She asked why I was so red and nobody wanted to explain it to her. (Samuel)
- My first area, Santa Barbara, I said “que bien” when a sister was explaining to my comp and I about her family member dying and her domestic problems at home! Oops! (Tulafale)
- My MTC companion for a long time went around saying the word “excitado” for excited. Nobody in my MTC district wanted to tell him what it really meant because it was too funny. (Dane)
- Mixing up the words pescado and pecado. You don’t want to ask forgiveness for your fishes. (Laura)
- Instead of saying Pescado horneado (baked fish) I said Pescado urinado (urinated fish). (Becky)