Free resources about the Kenya Nairobi 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
Kenya Nairobi Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Kenya Nairobi 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.
Kenya Nairobi Mission
General Post Office
PO Box 46162
Phone Number: 254-776-231-042
Mission President: President S. Ephraim Msane
Kenya Nairobi Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Kenya Nairobi Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Nairobi Mission:
Videos with Kenya Nairobi RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Kenya Nairobi Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Kenya
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Kenya. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Kenya, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Kenya Nairobi Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Kenya Nairobi Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Kenya Nairobi Mission Groups
Here are Kenya Nairobi Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Nairobi Mission.
- Kenya Nairobi Mission Facebook Group (66 members)
- Kenya and Zimbabwe Mission Moms (LDS) Group (45 members)
- Nigeria/Benin/Congo/Kenya Mission Moms (LDS) Group (25 members)
- Kenya Nairobi Mission (KNM) Facebook Group (4 members)
Kenya Nairobi Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Kenya Nairobi Mission!
Shirt designs include Kenya Nairobi 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: Kenya Nairobi missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Kenya Nairobi Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Kenya Nairobi LDS Mission.
- 2016-2019, S. Ephraim Msane
- 2013-2016, Gary Cook Hicken
- 2010-2013, Steven H. Broadbent
- 2007-2010, William H. Taylor
- 2004-2007, John MIchael Barger
- 2001-2004, Raymond Botterell
- 1998-2001, Col. Kirk Waldron
- 1996-1998, H. David Boucher
- 1994-1996, Paul Kenneth Clark
- 1991-1994, Larry Brown
Kenya and Tanzania LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 12,471 (Kenya), 1,336 (Tanzania)
- Missions: 1 (Kenya)
- Temples: 0
- Congregations: 46 (Kenya), 6 (Tanzania)
- Family History Centers: 5 (Kenya), 1 (Tanzania)
Helpful Articles about Kenya
Kenya Nairobi Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Kenya Nairobi RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2015-2017 (Ben)
- September 2013-March 2015 (Carla)
- 2012-2014 (Husband)
- 2006-2008 (Stephan)
- 2004-2006 (Karen)
What areas did you serve in?
- Trisha, Dar Es Salaam, Kilungu Hills, Nairobi, Busia. (Ben)
- Kenya: Nairobi Kitengela, Webuye and Mombasa. Tanzania: Mwanza. (Husband)
- Eldoret, Mombasa, Chyulu, Langata. (Stephan)
- All over Kenya and Tanzania. (Karen)
What were some favorite foods?
- Ugali and samaki, that is maize flour mixed with water until it looks like a cake and fish, usually tilapia. (Ben)
- Anything passion fruit, and chapatis. (Carla)
- Chapati and meat pulao. (Husband)
- Githeri, sukuma wiki with ugali and eggs, beans and chapati. (Stephan)
- Pineapple, fish. (Karen)
What was a funny experience?
- One time I had to drink rotten milk mixed with maize and I almost threw up, but my companion told the lady that was serving me that I really liked it and that I should have more so she kept filling the bowl I was drinking from. It’s funny in hindsight, but not in the moment. (Ben)
- Kissing a giraffe. (Carla)
- When the kids saw us and called us white people, even if we were just two black elders. (Husband)
- Too embarrassing…outhouse experiences. (Karen)
What was a crazy experience?
- I got stuck in the middle of a rout in Kisumu once during the 2017 election while I was trying to do flat checks. (Ben)
- Driving! Anywhere in Kenya, but especially in Nairobi. (Carla)
- We were going to visit a member on a Saturday and it had rained the night before, so the bridge that we used to cross to get there was taken by water… (Husband)
- Threat to Jim…driving. (Karen)
What was a spiritual experience?
- I never had big experiences, but tons of little ones. I had many times where things would just happen to work out perfectly after my initial plans had failed. (Ben)
- Finding a refugee family from Burundi, and helping the missionaries teach and baptism them. Also, working with The Nairobi Mormon Voices. (Carla)
- An investigator got The Book of Mormon in a taxi a year after we taught her and it took her six months to finish it. She believed it was true and was baptized. (Husband)
- We think of you as angels…direct quote from humanitarian director to us and repeated by slum school master to us. (Karen)
What are some interesting facts about the Nairobi Mission?
- There are many languages spoken in the two countries the mission covers. Your mission language is English but you will need to learn Swahili and if you are sharp you may even learn languages like Kikumba or Jalou. Also there are many rugby player and runners from Kenya. (Ben)
- My companion and I were called as PEF/SRC missionaries, but ended up serving 10 of our 18 months in the mission office. We loved both callings, but really enjoyed the mission office. (Carla)
- Mission make a boy to a man. (Husband)
- When with Marci we made a Jeff Foxworthy list…you might be in Kenya if… (Karen)
What was the weather like?
- It varied from area to area. Places like Dar as Salaam were extremely humid and hot whereas areas like Kilungu Hills were cold enough to wear a sweater. (Ben)
- Like Hawaii, without the humidity. We called it Camelot. (Carla)
- Hot, dusty and some rain. (Husband)
- Hot and humid. Can get a little cool in the northern areas like Kitali and Eldoret. (Stephan)
- Like San Diego…not too hot or cold…unless we went elsewhere like Dar in Tanzania. (Karen)
Any things you really like about the place/people?
- I loved the scenery in the more rural areas and I also appreciated how the locals could find joy in simple things even when they did not have much. (Ben)
- The people are so humble and happy. They know and love the Savior. (Carla)
- The people were humble. (Husband)
- Fell in love with the African people. (Karen)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- My mission president did not allow for me to wear sandals. Also if you have big feet and can be difficult to find the right size shoe. You don’t need a large bag and a waist strap is very convenient. Also, it is nice to have an sd card with church music, as you will have speakers in every missionary apartment. (Ben)
- Many senior couples enjoy cooking, including myself. On my next mission (which begins in two days) I am taking a few spices and ranch dressing mix. Also dryer sheets. (Carla)
- Just don’t bring too much clothing, because you won’t need them- I mean casual cloths. (Husband)
- Comfortable shoes and cool clothes. (Karen)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- My testimony is much stronger and I have made many friends from around the world. Also I know that I blessed others lives. (Ben)
- A strengthened testimony, a love of Africa and its people, a deeper relationship with my husband, our daughter went through temple while we served, and we see how our mission blessed and strengthened our grandchildren. (Carla)
- I now see how blessed I am, and also being born in S.A. and having the Gospel at an early age…the little things that I thought didn’t matter- they make a big difference. (Husband)
- Family taken care of. (Karen)
What are some skills you gained?
- I learned a second language, how to communicate with others better, how to cook and clean, how to prioritize, and how to come closer to my heavenly Father. (Ben)
- Learning how to drive on the left side of the road and greater computer skills. (Carla)
- Learning a language, communicating skills, problem-solving and eating everything, I like to believe is a skill. (Husband)
- Patience…understanding cultural differences. Learned how to navigate government to get work done. People don’t know how to do proper concrete. (Karen)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I wish I had realized that my mission would not be similar to missions my friends were in and that I would have know to overlook others shortcomings as most people are relatively new to the church. (Ben)
- How I would one day miss the place and the people- ohh not forgetting the food. (Husband)
- Takes time to get the hang of things. How to find your way with no street signs. (Karen)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Kenya?
- Things are going to be hard and situations won’t always be ideal but if you have hope and continue to be obedient you will end up loving your mission and your testimony will grow. (Ben)
- So many people are afraid to come to Africa. I was not, and never in my 18 months did I feel unsafe or afraid. Be obedient to all the rules and guidelines set by the mission president, and leave the rest to the Lord. It was the most amazing experience of my life thus far. (Carla)
- Trust in the Lord as it has been said everything is possible with Him. Love the people you serve, and read your scriptures because there is where you will get all your answers. (Husband)
- Let the Lord decide where you go and what type of mission you’ll serve. (Karen)
What was a funny language mistake?
- The word for 10 in Swahili is very close to an inappropriate word, and I accidentally said it once while teaching an English class in Tanzania. (Ben)
- We spoke English, but enjoyed learning a few Swahili phrases. (Carla)
- None that I remember, but I know I made a lot of mistakes as I was learning the language. (Husband)