April 10, 2017

Illinois Chicago West Mission

Free resources about the Illinois Chicago West Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Illinois LDS Missions.

Chicago West Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Illinois Chicago West 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.

Illinois Chicago West Mission
1319 Butterfield Rd Suite 522
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Phone Number: 1-630-969-2145
Mission President: President Gilbert Griffin

Illinois Chicago West Mission Map

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

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

Videos with Chicago West RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Illinois Chicago West Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.

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LDS-Friendly Videos about Illinois

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Illinois. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Illinois, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

LDS Church  places  history  nature  time lapses  Storms and Natural Disasters

Chicago West Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Chicago West Mission. This blog 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.)

President & Sister Griffin ldschicagowestmission.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Hannah Corbett sisterhannahcorbett.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Hannah Madsen sisterhannahmadsen.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Fletcher Stewart-Chester elderfletchersc.weebly.com 2016
Elder Jordi Kloosterboer elderjordikloosterboer.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Karigan Allowitz karigansmission.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Connor Hughes elderconnorhughes.weebly.com 2016
Elder Cody Eddenfield eldercodyeddenfield.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Amy Gallup mymission.com/sisteramyannegallup 2016
Elder Dallas Anderson dearelderdallas.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Jill DeBuck jilldebuck.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Garrett Scherer eldergarrettscherer.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Rebekka Kunz calledtochicago.weebly.com 2015
Elder Jordan Morgan elderjordanmorgan.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Travis Herdt eldertravisherdt.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Brooke Johnson sisterbrookejohnson.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Kendree Bitter chicagohermana.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Vincent Campbell eldervincentcampbell.blogspot.com 2014
Elder James Pope jkpope.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Peggy Maynes peggymaynes.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Madison Jones hermanamadisonjones.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Carli Barlow hermanabarlow.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Eishelle Whitney eishelleanddanielle.wordpress.com 2014
Sister Emily Israelsen hermanaisraelsenchicagowest.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Melanie Frisbie sistermelaniefrisbie.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Amanda Sanabria hermanasanabria.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Aisha Henderson sisteraishahenderson.wordpress.com 2013

Chicago West Mission Groups

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

  1. Chicago West Mission (Fenn) – Current Group (183 members)
  2. Chicago/Chicago West Mission (Fenn) Alumni Group (133 members)

Chicago West Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Illinois Chicago West Mission!

Shirt designs include Illinois Chicago 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: Illinois Chicago West missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Chicago West Mission gifts

Chicago West Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Illinois Chicago West LDS Mission.

  1. 2015-2018, Gilbert Griffin
  2. 2013-2015, Jerry D. Fenn

Illinois LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 56,920
  • Missions: 3
  • Temples: 2
  • Congregations: 128
  • Family History Centers: 39

Helpful Articles about Illinois

Coming soon..

Chicago West Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Illinois Chicago West RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2003-2004 (Neil)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Oswego, Cottage Grove, Joliet. (Neil)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Chicago-style pizza (Giordano’s), homemade Hispanic food (enchiladas, burritos, etc). (Neil)

What was a funny experience?

  • Tracting in the sticks in 98º weather with 95% humidity, for 3 hours, and not getting let into any doors. Finally, we tracted into a Jamaican family that answered the door: Jamaicans: Brotha’s, how can I help ye? Us: We’re just out sharing a message of love, from our Savior, Jesus Christ J: Oh, I LOVE Jeezus! U: That’s great to hear! We also love Jesus. That’s why we— J: Oh yah got ta bee lovin’ Jeezus to bee out witnussin’ in dis weh-tha! They said we looked thirsty and invited us in for a drink of water. We got to share with them the lesson of the restoration. We never met with them again, but they were truly a fun and loving family! We went back out into the melting weather with big grins on our faces and something to joke about for the rest of the day. (Neil)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Riding through Englewood after dark. It was rumored to have had the highest homicide rate in the United States just 2 years prior. (Neil)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Giving a blessing to a new member who had an acute asthma attack and was in the hospital. I wanted so much to bless her to be healed but was constrained by the Spirit to bless her that she would be a source of inspiration to her family as her Father in Heaven called her home, and that it would bring her family closer together and to the gospel. (Neil)

What are some interesting facts about the Chicago West Mission?

  • Many of the black and colored folk called us the Jesus Police. Unlocked/ parts of bikes get stolen, including front tires, back tires, and seats! (Neil)

What was the weather like?

  • In the summer, it was either hot and soggy, or it was torrential downpours. In the winter, it was bitter cold and windy, and the humidity made it feel like ice shards were coming through your jacket! (Neil)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • SOUL FOOD! Sweet potato pie, baked mac’n’cheese, etc…. Just dang good food! (Neil)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Bring clothes that protect you from the wind, protect you from the rain, and protect you from the cold. Don’t expect to drive, because many areas are biking areas. (Neil)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

What are some skills you gained?

  • Having patience living with others. (Neil)

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

  • I wish I knew how to recognize a missionary that is out for the wrong reasons. One such missionary ruined my mission. (Neil)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Chicago West?

  • Learn missionary-friendly parking and use it (it will save a lot of drama and grief). Learn to love the people (which shouldn’t be too hard, they’re awesome). And people there are very passionate, very spiritual, and many are very hostile against the church. Study your scriptures like crazy and build a strong testimony of the gospel, for yourself before thinking you can even start to convince someone else of the truth of it! (Neil)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Not so much a mistake…. I went on exchanges with the Zone Leader (a Spanish-speaking missionary) and did some tracting. I asked him how to do the door approach. He taught me, and I fumbled it 2 or 3 times. Then, after a third explanation, it finally clicked, I said it perfectly, and the person at the door blasted off in a whole bunch of Spanish that I’ll never know what was said 😛 (Neil)