Free resources about the Kansas Wichita Mission:
- 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
Kansas Wichita Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Kansas Wichita 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.
Kansas Wichita Mission
7011 East 13th St. North
Wichita, Kansas 67206
Phone Number: 1-316-260-1343
Mission President: President Mitchell Dean McCuistion
Kansas Wichita Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Kansas Wichita Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the Wichita Mission:
Videos with Kansas Wichita RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Kansas Wichita Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Kansas
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Kansas. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Kansas, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Kansas Wichita Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Kansas Wichita Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Kansas Wichita Mission Groups
Here are Kansas Wichita Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Wichita Mission.
- Wichita Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (80 members)
- Kansas Wichita Mission LDS Facebook Group (6 members)
Kansas Wichita Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Kansas Wichita Mission!
Shirt designs include Kansas Wichita 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: Kansas Wichita missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Kansas Wichita Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Kansas Wichita LDS Mission.
- 2016-2019, Mitchell Dean McCuistion
- 2013-2016, Michael L. Bell
Kansas LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 36,377
- Missions: 1
- Temples: 0
- Congregations: 78
- Family History Centers: 25
Helpful Articles about Kansas
Kansas Wichita Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Kansas Wichita RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2014-2016 (Caden)
- August 2013-2015 (Levi)
- 2013-2015 (Jesse)
- June 2012-June 2014 (Derek)
- 2013-2014 (Lisa)
- 2013-2014 (Jordan)
Which areas did you serve in?
- El Dorado, Junction City, Lawrence, Wichita, Goddard, Lamar CO, Goodland, Burlington CO. (Caden)
- Derby, Andover, Godard, Wichita, Concordia, and Lake Shawnee. (Lisa)
- Lawrence, Bel Aire, Maize, Park Hill. (Jordan)
What were some favorite foods?
- Homemade BBQ chicken, home-cooked steaks, roast beef with potatoes and gravy, homemade macaroni and cheese. (Caden)
- Normal mid-western food. Burgers I suppose. (Levi)
- Menudo, Tacos al pastor. (Jesse)
- Pizza, burgers, twice baked potatoes. (Derek)
- Anything the members make is great but the Mexican food they make is the best and the breakfast food is good too. (Lisa)
- FREDDIE’S Doc Greens (LITERALLY the best), Panera METRO GRILLE (Maize). (Jordan)
What was a funny experience?
- We were sharing the gospel with an older gentlemen when his little old dog came into the room and went to the bathroom right in front as we were talking, then went back into the other room. (Caden)
- We ran into a lady who got excited when we started telling her about prophets on the street. Then we found out it’s because she claimed to be a prophet. She then began telling us how she was the Anti-Christ. She was also an evolved form of Eve, AND she was apparently married to Christ and the resurrected Christ was a phony according to her. Definitely an intriguing conversation. (Levi)
- Getting chiggers. (Jesse)
- We checked on a potential investigator once and the 6-year-old daughter opened saying, “My dad said to go away.” (Derek)
- The time I saw a cockroach on our bathroom door and my companion tried to kill it with bug spray. But that didn’t work so I ended up killing it with my shoe when it came out from under the bathtub. It was a disgusting sensation that I felt as the bug was crushed under my shoe. (Lisa)
- We literally had an investigator come to a baptism and start peddling off her hand knit sweaters to people in attendance. She wears a fanny-pack constantly so she started passing out business cards to everyone as we were trying to wrestle her back into her seat during the service. She also started clapping after the musical number and the ordinance, and raised her hand to make comments during the talks to add her own experiences. So many funny moments, the people of Kansas are the strangest, most loving people EVER. (Jordan)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- Knocking on a door a big scary dog that was suppose to be chained up was not and was snarling and biting at us but never did bite us. (Caden)
- Kansas was relatively safe. One guy told us we had five seconds to get off his property. (Levi)
- Digging a dirt home for hippies. (Jesse)
- My companion and I met this one guy who says he is a member but hadn’t been in years. I soon discovered that he had a dirty mouth so requested that he watch his language. He then started to come after me and wanted to fight even though he was literally a foot shorter than me. (Derek)
- I felt safe most of the time but we were prompted to get out of an area one time while in kind of a sketchy part of town. (Lisa)
- I served in a lot of the “ghettos” so we had plenty of run-in’s with gangs but the weirdest part is you literally feel like superman, so none of those experiences were even scary (looking back I’m TERRIFIED but you have the Spirit of the Lord with you, so nothing stops you). The craziest experiences ALWAYS have to do with our time serving the homeless (LOTS of opportunities in Wichita, Topeka, Lawrence, etc.). We worked at a soup kitchen once a week and there was man who was one of our regulars. He wore the most outrageous outfits and always came with his girlfriend….who was a mannequin he dressed up every day. Sometimes he brought her legs, sometimes her torso…sometimes just her head. We had to “feed” her too, and the last day before I got transferred I went to take a picture with him and he grabbed my face and kissed me (luckily I turned so it was only the cheek) but there is picture proof with the mannequin girlfriend in the background…I’m sure she was jealous. (Jordan)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Seeing a man who we met by knocking on his door come to church and change his life to come closer to the Savior, be baptized and currently, a year later be the 2nd Counselor in the Elder’s Corum. (Caden)
- There was a woman we were teaching who was struggling to progress and accept that the Gospel was true. We went over to see her with a member. After asking inspired questions and having the member testified of his own conversion she agreed to be baptized the following weekend! (Levi)
- Teaching a 9 year old about the Plan of Salvation. (Jesse)
- Seeing a complete change of heart once my first convert knew the Book of Mormon was true. He quit smoking and coffee almost immediately and read the Book of Mormon in two weeks. (Derek)
- Every time I saw the light come into people’s eyes when they were reading The Book of Mormon and realized it was true. (Lisa)
- We had INCREDIBLE spiritual experiences in Kansas, it is literally hallowed ground. It’s so hard to pick just one, but one that I can never deny the Lord’s hand in is when we were tracting in Lawrence, we passed a man walking on the street three times, we took that as a sign and creepily followed the man home (only two houses away.) We started talking and he explained that he had been an alcoholic early in his life leading him to gang violence, and terrible situations when he lived in Kansas City. He had moved away and had been sober for three years and was sitting down to have his very first drink because of the hard month he had had losing his job, etc. It was literally a miracle we crossed paths, taught him about the love of God and he invited us back for the next day and another lesson. The next day, his roommate was there and decided to sit in on the lesson with us. He kept making comments that led us to believe he knew a lot more about the Church than he was letting on, and he revealed he had grown up a member and had attended the very congregation we were serving in, but left The Church when he was 17 and hadn’t been back for 20 or so years. We instantly recognized his last name from a list the Relief Society President had given us of Sisters in the Ward to track down, as we had been trying to find his ex-wife for the last four months! He was recently divorced and we instantly switched our attention to him. Through a lot of lessons and miraculous Spirit-guided conversations, he came back to church, later to receive the Priesthood and eventually go through the Temple for the first time. Only the Lord could have known the timing of both of their situations, and put us in the right place at the right time to guide them back to the fold. Truly the Lord leaves the 99 to go after the 1. (Jordan)
What are some interesting facts about the Wichita Mission?
- Largest ball of baling twine, largest hand dug well, there are more cows than people in Kansas. Lots of western historical facts. (Caden)
- Kansas is literally flatter than a pancake. The Wizard of Oz takes place in Kansas. The world’s largest ball of twine is in Cawker City, Kansas. (Levi)
- The Heartland! (Jesse)
- My first area claims to be the origination of the Wizard of Oz. (Derek)
- People say, “I warshed my clothes” instead of “I washed my clothes.” Almost every area has a Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, and Taco Bell. Kansas is not as flat as everyone suggests especially up north. (Lisa)
- Right now (Feb. 2016) it is the highest baptizing mission in the Central United States area. You will pass more churches on one street than there are meeting houses in Provo, Utah. And they all belong to different faiths. Ad astra per aspera is the state motto on the flag, “to the stars through difficulty” and that becomes basically your anthem. Don’t ever try tracting during March madness in Lawrence (KU) or Wichita (WSU) territory. You will be publicly shamed and exiled for interrupting the basketball game. The best people in the entire world live here. (Jordan)
What’s the weather like?
- The weather is humid and wet and hot the farther you go east. West of Garden City is pretty nice…can get hot at times. Western Kansas has many tornadoes…you don’t see many though. When it rains, it pours. Winter is cold but not too bad. Little snow. (Caden)
- It could rain in the beginning of the day and change to sunny by the end of the day. Also Kansas is renowned for tornadoes, though I never saw any. The saying is “if you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes”. (Levi)
- Crazy humid, windy, cold and hot. (Jesse)
- Very hot in the summer, cold, windy and snowy in the winter. (Derek)
- Windy all year round. (Lisa)
- CRAZY. It’s a joke that if you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes. We were constantly taking picture of our outfits because we thought it was so funny that we would get dressed in the morning to blue skies and sun, and end the day freezing our faces off as it had just began to snow. You have four very distinct seasons, so be prepared for extremes in every single one. (Jordan)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- Most people were very friendly and open to talk. Kansas is full of farms and I love the humble country people and farmers. Kansas sunsets are great. (Caden)
- People are so kind and genuine in Kansas! (Levi)
- Humble, hard working. (Jesse)
- Everything. I loved how we met lots of religious people and those who were very humble. I would not change anything in the world. (Derek)
- I loved how kind most of the people were and I liked Kansas because the members were great about helping the missionaries out with rides and food. (Lisa)
- Almost everybody has a connection to Jesus already. It is a very heavily religious community, so you learn to know the Bible better than you ever have before as people are constantly quoting it at you. In some places, you can walk through the streets and people will literally part to let the “church ladies” through, giving you no trouble even in the roughest neighborhoods. They have a real respect for religion, no matter the denomination. They all are a little crazy, but that’s what makes it so fun to serve there, the stories you come home with are like no other. (Jordan)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Space bags are great! (Caden)
- Winter has wind! So wear layers. And then short-sleeves in the summer, of course. (Levi)
- The missionary packet said to pack 8 short-sleeve shirts and 4 long-sleeve shirts while you only need like 4-5 short sleeves and 2-3 long sleeves. (Derek)
- If you know you are going to ride a bike it is a good idea to bring yoga pants to wear under your skirts if you are a sister missionary and/or sew Velcro in between your legs on your skirt so you can easily ride your bike without a wardrobe malfunction. Oh and always remember to keep hair elastics on hand because it gets extremely windy. (Lisa)
- Bring everything. The more you can layer the better, if you can take it on and off easily with something underneath or over the top, it will be your best friend. (Jordan)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Desire to serve others. I learned the power of the Atonement. Joy in seeing others learn more about the gospel. How to more recognize the spirit. (Caden)
- I have been changed forever. I will never be the same because of the 24 months spent serving Christ and others in Kansas. I am converted and I will always stay loyal to the Lord, His Church, and His Prophets. (Levi)
- I was happy. At no point was I ever happier in my entire life with so very little distractions such as computers and TV around me. Consecration brings happiness. (Derek)
- I made the Dean’s list at my University two semesters in a row after I got home. And I learned valuable life lessons on the mission that I couldn’t have learned at home. (Lisa)
- An appreciation of the Bible. I came home loving it more than I had when I left. A greater understanding of the importance of The Book of Mormon, everyone knows the Bible out there so you see exactly what The Book of Mormon adds to the gospel of Jesus Christ. A religious-like respect for the Wizard of Oz, don’t sing Somewhere Over the Rainbow and not expect tears to come to my eyes. (Jordan)
What are some skills you gained?
- Talking to people I didn’t know. How to work hard and put others first. How to work together with a companion. (Caden)
- Social skills, how to be mature and professional, hard work, a little bit on how to cook, etc. (Levi)
- The ability to go up to strangers and talk to them. (Derek)
- I learned how to manage my time better and how to converse with people in a good way. (Lisa)
- A truer understanding of God’s love for all of His children, even the crazy ones. You begin to see people through the eyes of Christ and see the good in almost everyone. You get such a mix of people in Kansas, it’s impossible not to develop this blessing. (Jordan)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- How to start conversation with people I didn’t know. Some good simple recipes. (Caden)
- Have faith in the Lord. Also leadership positions are not worth covering over. If you are not called to be a leader it does not mean you’re a bad missionary, simply lift where you stand. Leadership is simply an opportunity to serve even more people. (Levi)
- Be obedient to the schedule. Have only one hour for lunch and dinner in order to find others to teach. (Derek)
- I wish I had known to write down everyone’s addresses and phone numbers so that I could contact them when I got home. Especially those whom I helped get baptized. (Lisa)
- That you can get away with being bolder than you think. They are mostly familiar with missionaries, so if you are not yourself, first of all showing true personality and if you just go with the flow, you will get stuck making house calls to people who have zero interest in the gospel but enjoy entertaining and having company. Be bold and sort through the wheat and the tares. There are hundreds of “the elect” in Kansas, and it took me longer than I like to admit to realize that and get moving. (Jordan)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Wichita?
- Be familiar with Bible and Book of Mormon stories. Share personal experiences. Give it your all. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care, always look for ways to serve someone. I know there are people prepared to hear the restored gospel from you. (Caden)
- It will literally be the absolute best two years of your life, IF you allow it to be. It’s all up to you. Do you love the Savior? Then Feed His Sheep, and do it forever. Be obedient, not because you have to, but because you love the Lord and you want to. “When obedience ceases to be an irritant and becomes our quest, in that moment will God endow us with power.” -Ezra Taft Benson. (Levi)
- Forget yourself and get to work. Also, talk to as many people as possible. If you do that (even if you are shy), others will be presented with the gospel. (Derek)
- Apply the atonement everyday even for the small things and work at the same level throughout your whole mission. Don’t get lazy and waste time. (Lisa)
- Most certainly you are bummed with your call. It’s inspired from the Lord, but a part of you aches for a crazy experience somewhere on a tiny island spearing fish for your food and learning a crazy language, or seeing the sights of Europe and learning all about a new culture but TRUST me: you will get home and not be able to say the word Kansas without your face lighting up–if you have the right attitude. I have been home a year and a half, and STILL my family makes fun of me for freaking out anytime I hear the word, see a license plate–I circle it every time I see it in a book or a magazine or anything I am reading just because it is that special and it deserves to be recognized on the page. Let yourself fall in love with the people and the area, and forget about all of the preconceived notions you had about serving a mission. It will far exceed ANYTHING you could have imagined, but only if you let it. The culture of our mission is literally parallel to none, everyone says that, but we have PROOF. From General Authority visits, to visa waiters who served in two missions, to missionaries with health issues who have been reassigned from abroad to serve in Kansas, from the mouth of hundreds of witnesses: there is something VERY special about the Kansas Wichita Mission and you are blessed beyond your wildest imagination to be able to be a part of the KWM. (Jordan)
What was a funny language mistake?
- When someone had a strong accent my companion would start talking with the same accent, not on purpose. (Caden)
- Kansans have their own language. Don’t be mistaken. NEVER call it TOE-peka or they will laugh you to scorn. It is ALWAYA TUH-peka. Do not be misled and believe that a state nearby is pronounced Ar-can-saw. It is actually pronounced R-Kansas, and they will not let you forget it. There is a city called ARK-city, short for R-Kansas City, the R-Kansas river, etc. Kansas came first. Apparently. (Jordan)