April 10, 2017

Mexico Guadalajara South Mission

Misión México Guadalajara Sur

Here are free resources about the Mexico Guadalajara South Mission:

Aquí están algunos recursos gratuitos sobre la Misión México Guadalajara Sur:

*Other Mission Pages: Mexico LDS Missions.

Mexico Guadalajara South Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Mexico Guadalajara South Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

This mission does not currently exist.

Phone Number: N/A
Mission President: N/A

Guadalajara South Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Mexico Guadalajara South Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Guadalajara South Mission

*Mission does not currently exist. (Browse LDS.org mission maps)

Videos with Mexico Guadalajara South RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Mexico Guadalajara South Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews. Coming soon..

LDS-Friendly Videos about Mexico

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

weather  places  history  food  nature  language  mission calls  time lapses  Spanish Hymns  LDS Church

Mexico Guadalajara South Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Mexico Guadalajara South Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

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Mexico Guadalajara South Mission Groups

Here are Mexico Guadalajara South Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the mission.

  1. Mexico Guadalajara South Mission Group (97 members)

Mexico Guadalajara South Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Mexico Guadalajara South Mission!

Shirt designs include Guadalajara South 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: Mexico Guadalajara South missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Guadalajara South Mission gifts

Guadalajara South Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Mexico Guadalajara South LDS Mission.

  1. 2006-2009, Ross James Davidson
  2. 2003-2006, Juan Soriano Aparicio

Mexico LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 1,394,708
  • Missions: 34
  • Temples: 13
  • Congregations: 2,015
  • Family History Centers: 274

Helpful Articles about Mexico

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Guadalajara South Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Mexico Guadalajara South RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2006-2008 (Jonathon)
  • 2004-2006 (Shane)
  • 2004-2006 (Shane)
  • 2005-2007 (Skyeler)
  • Nov 2004-Nov 2006 (Kyle)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Once pueblos, Patria, Ajijic, Villa de Álvarez. (Jonathon)
  • Guadalajara, Manzanillo, Uruapan, Morelia, Zitacuaro, Colima. (Shane)
  • Apatzingan, Morelia, Salvatierra, Guadalajara, El Salto, Uruapan, and Colima. (Skyeler)
  • Manzanillo, Zacapu, Ciaduad Guzman, Colima, Morelia. (Kyle)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Tortas ahogadas, tacos, al pastor, carne asada, barbacoa, posible, birria y todo! (Jonathon)
  • Tortas, Tacos de tripa, Chicken with molé. (Shane)
  • Pozole, mole con pollo, tacos. (Shane)
  • Tacos all pastor, Pozole, Carne asada, bistec, milanesa, tortas, Arroz con frijoles, chicharrones duros, flautas, empanadas, etc. (Skyeler)
  • Posole Tacos Carnitas. (Kyle)

What was a funny experience?

  • I tried to tell some members how embarrassed I was that I did not speak Spanish yet, but what I ended up saying was that I was pregnant (embarasado) false cognate, watch out for that one. (Jonathon)
  • My companion tried to jump across a creek, landed on a rock that was actually a piece of dirty Styrofoam and fell in. (Shane)
  • I love hot food but, as an American, when I arrived to my first area no one would let me eat the hot sauce because all the “gringos” prior would get sick from eating it. After about a week of everyone keeping the salsa and hot sauce away, I found my opportunity to get some while no one was looking and started putting it on my tacos. When the family that was feeding my companion and I, and he, saw what I was doing their mouths dropped with audible gasps until they noticed that I was loving it. After that they kept trying to find the hottest things for me to eat! I did find some peppers the were very hot that I love to this day. (Shane)
  • Falling asleep in my apartment with the window open and getting rained on all night and not even waking up. (Kyle)

What was a crazy experience?

  • My companion and I would often accept rides from people because our area was quite large and it was the only way to get places on time and on a budget. One instance as we were waiting for a bus or taxi some gentleman offered us a ride in the back of their truck. I of course accepted but my wise senior companion Hoyt S. Hoyt said we shouldn’t. I protested a little because we were going to be late but I felt he knew what was right in the end. Not 30 seconds later the truck was involved in a head on collision almost killing the men in the truck. My companion saved my life that day using good judgement and the Spirit of the Lord. (Jonathon)
  • While walking to an appointment, a bee got stuck between my shirt collar and neck and I got stung, I am allergic to bees. I had my Epi pen for those instances but as I wasn’t feeling a reaction (amazingly), I had my companion give me a blessing and we went on to finish our day’s appointments. It wasn’t until we were about to retire to bed that I noticed my throat and neck starting to swell and block my airway. After a call to the mission home, I ended up at the local Red Cross until about 1 a.m. I am grateful that everything worked out and that the reaction did not happen until after our days work. The Lord was watching out for me that day. I hated missing any time to serve and I think He knew that. (Shane)
  • Getting stoned by a group of Chamacos that didn’t want us around. We were shielded by the power of God, or those guys couldn’t throw for crap… It was God. (Skyeler)
  • Catching a wild, poisonous snake just so I could take a picture to send back home to my family. I was such a bonehead. (Kyle)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • I met a man who called himself a Satanist. He had long hair, played heavy metal, and was always surrounded by drugs and alcohol. However he was very curious and our first lesson he revealed he already had a book of Mormon. The first time we had to escort him to church there were people passed out in his yard from some kind of party, he told us he couldn’t make it. We eventually decided to return he let us in we talked some more. He had many questions but few were the right ones. One day we challenged him to pray and ask if God existed. He knelt down with us and had the most sincere and powerful prayer I have ever heard. It was only 2 words. “Dios, ¿existes?” The Spirit was overwhelming, the love of the savior filled into all of our hearts at that moment. We knew he felt it. The next day we came to see him and with no prompting he had cut his hair, sold his band equipment and burnt his satanic Bible. He was a different man. Because of his addictions the mission president gave his baptismal interview. He was baptized 2 weeks later and he is still strong in the gospel. Never judge a book by its cover, and don’t underestimate the power of the Holy Ghost! (Jonathon)
  • Watching a young lady day after day curse my companion and I as we taught her family. She was going through some tough trials at the time and was very angry. Things changed the week her mom and brother were baptized. My companion and I walked into their home and she was sitting on the couch crying. She had been praying and was ready to listen. Two weeks later she was baptized with her father. She gained a strong testimony of the gospel in such a short time and continued growing afterward. The experience teaching that family is one I will never forget. So many tender mercies and spiritual confirmations throughout the time I was able to teach that family. (Shane)
  • Giving a blessing that cured someone of cancer. (Skyeler)
  • Working every day and dedicating 100% to the Lord truly 100%. (Kyle)

What are some interesting facts about the Guadalajara South Mission?

  • No bikes. No cars. Many miles of waking and taking buses or combis. Free guayabas, mangos, and aguacates from generous trees. (Skyeler)
  • Meeting made up of Mexicans that didn’t even speak Spanish, they spoke a local dialect called Purepchet. (Kyle)

What was the weather like?

  • Pretty moderate, sometimes hot or cold but not extreme. (Jonathon)
  • The mission went from being on the coast which was extremely hot and humid to being up in the mountains where it could still be hot but freezing at night. (Shane)
  • Sunny, humid, hardly every cold. (Shane)
  • Hot. Rainy. Sunny. Dry. Monsoon. Humid. Dry. Sweltering. (Skyeler)
  • It depended on where I was at. In the mountain regions, it was cool and pleasant but in the beach towns and other areas, it was hot and humid. (Kyle)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Everything. (Jonathon)
  • The people have much pride in who they are, but can still be very humble and willing to help. (Shane)
  • I loved everything about the places and people. So humble and kind. Willing to give you anything even though most of the people I associated with hardly had anything. So many beautiful areas I was able to see. (Shane)
  • Humility. Having so little but yet so much. The architecture. The culture. The food. The colors. (Skyeler)
  • They are some of the hardest working and most loyal people I have ever met. (Kyle)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Don’t pack too heavy no need for bulky winter clothes. Bring great walking shoes!!! (Jonathon)
  • If you start on the coast, be prepared to lose weight. Pack many short-sleeved shirts instead of long-sleeved shirts. (Shane)
  • Only take what’s listed in the packet, and obtain the rest as you learn and go. (Skyeler)
  • Short sleeve shirts are the way to go, also try to get wrinkle free. (Kyle)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • A beautiful wife and son and a testimony that through small and simple means great things come to pass. (Jonathon)
  • D&C 18:16, my joy is full. (Shane)
  • Love. Love from, and for a people and a place that I miss so much. A greater understanding of the gospel and an anchor to tie my testimony to. (Skyeler)
  • The best blessing I could have ever received is knowing that I served my mission to the best of my abilities and dedicating 100% to the Lord, and finishing a full-time mission. (Kyle)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Spanish speaking. I teach it now in high school. (Jonathon)
  • Learning Spanish as I still use it in my work as I have several Hispanic clients. (Shane)
  • Approaching strangers and striking up conversations. Order and organization. Structure. Reporting. Studying. Cooking hot dogs in the toaster. (Skyeler)
  • Spanish is the number one skill I learned on the mission, learning to lead small groups of people, as well as truly being independent from my family. (Kyle)

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

  • Not all Street taco vendors are bad. Most are fine. I wish I had eaten tacos longer. (Jonathon)
  • My first companion told me that the junior companion cannot correct or tell the senior companion what to do and I believed him because I was new and didn’t know anything. It does not matter who your companion is, nor how long you’ve been on your mission, if somebody is not following the rules of the mission it is your responsibility to correct them. (Shane)
  • Looking back, I would change the way I studied and prepared myself every morning. Instead of worrying about how many lessons I taught each week, I would have focused more on just serving. (Shane)
  • All of the Spanish. More gems of doctrine. (Skyeler)
  • No matter what, every missionary is different, almost every missionary was good, but there were a few missionaries who lost their way and were not there for the right reasons and did not know how to be diligent and always work. (Kyle)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Guadalajara South?

  • Obey. Obey. Obey. Your mission president, your companion, and most importantly the Spirit. A good missionary does what he’s told; a great one also does what he feels. (Jonathon)
  • Love, serve, and be humble. (Shane)
  • Be patient with yourself and the people you will meet. Don’t be afraid to try some bizarre food. Be ready to walk a lot. Pray always. (Skyeler)
  • Whatever you do, don’t have any regrets, you only get to serve a single mission once. I left my mission with my head held high knowing that I worked every single day of my mission knowing and feeling proud that I could look my Lord in the eye and say I worked as hard as I could for as long as you let me. (Kyle)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • I contacted some guys in Uruapan, Michoacan and they asked me where else I had served in the mission. I told them I had just come from Guadalajara and they said “ooh Guadalajara, buenas viejas verdad?” (Sexy chicks over that way aren’t there?) For some reason I thought they said “buenos viajes verdad?” (Basically it’s a good or nice drive that way.) Of course I responded like “Yes, very much so. I love traveling that way.” suggesting that I was agreeing with their statement about sexy women and further suggesting that we missionaries are cool with bedding loose women or heaven knows what else. (Skyeler)
  • Too many to count, but laugh it off because days will get better and you will eventually dream in your foreign language and it’s a great feeling. (Kyle)