Free resources about the Mexico Veracruz Mission:
Aquí están algunos recursos gratuitos sobre la Misión México Veracruz:
- 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: Mexico LDS Missions.
Mexico Veracruz Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Mexico Veracruz 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.
Phone Number: 52-229-931-3566
Mission President: President Greg Palmer
Mexico Veracruz Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Mexico Veracruz Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Veracruz Mission:
Videos with Mexico Veracruz RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Mexico Veracruz Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
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.
Mexico Veracruz Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Veracruz Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Mexico Veracruz Mission Groups
Here are Mexico Veracruz Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Veracruz Mission.
- Mision Mexico Veracruz Facebook Group (616 members)
- Mision Mexico Veracruz Facebook Group (219 members)
- Mision Veracruz Pres. Jose Luis Torres Group (192 members)
- Veracruz Mission 1975-81 Pres. Paredes, Marshall Group (163 members)
- Mexico Veracruz Mission Facebook Group (100 members)
- Veracruz Mission 1984-86 Pres. Lozano, Beecroft Group (67 members)
- Mision Mexico Veracruz Presidente Lee Thomas Group (37 members)
- Hermanas de la Mision Mexico Veracruz Facebook Group (14 members)
- Mexico Veracruz Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (10 members)
- Veracruz Mission; Pres. Hunter & Pres. Mijangos Group (5 members)
- Mission Veracruz with President Johnson 2005-08 Group (1 member)
Mexico Veracruz Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Mexico Veracruz Mission!
Shirt designs include Mexico Veracruz 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 Veracruz missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Mexico Veracruz Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Veracruz LDS Mission.
- 2017-2020, Greg Palmer
- 2014-2017, Daniel Cordova Esparza
- 2011-2014, Carlos W. Trevino Almaguer
- 2008-2011, J. Peter Hansen
- 2005-2008, Lester Floyd Johnson
- 2002-2005, Ivan Lee Thomas
- 1999-2002, Jose L. Torres G.
- 1993-1996, Donnell W. Hunter
- 1990-1993, Tomas Santana S.
Mexico LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 1,368,475
- Missions: 34
- Temples: 12
- Congregations: 1,998
- Family History Centers: 268
Helpful Articles about Mexico
Mexico Veracruz Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Mexico Veracruz RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2013-2015 (Demis)
- 2012-2014 (Blake)
- 2011-2013 (Tyler)
- May 2005-May 2007 (Jacob)
- 2000-2002 (Ryan)
- May 1995-April 1997 (Arden)
- 1982-1983 (Martin)
- 1974-1976 (Steve)
What areas did you serve in?
- Tlacotalpan, Loma Bonita, Zempoala, Jalapilla, Nuevas Eaperanzas, Buena Vista. (Demis)
- 1. Lomas del Mar in Veracruz. 2. Loma Bonita, Oaxaca. 3. Ojo de Agua, Orizaba. 4. Jaltipan. 5. Los Volcanes, Veracruz. 6. Alboreda, Xalapa. 7. Nanchital. (Jacob)
- Veracruz, Villa Isla, Tierra Blanca, Oaxaca City. (Martin)
- Puebla, Poza Rica, Ticul, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Merida, Campeche, Minatitlán, and then traveled the whole mission when I was in the office. It was the Veracruz/Villahermosa Mission back then. (Steve)
What was a favorite Mexican food?
- Memelas, picadas, platanos fritos. (Demis)
- Tacos al Pastor. (Blake)
- Horchata, agua de melon, etc. (Tyler)
- Tacos al pastor, clyudas, empanadas, rotisserie chicken. (Jacob)
- Arroz, Pescado, Tortillas, Frijoles negros, Tacos al pastor, Habanero. (Ryan)
- Tacos al pastor. (Arden)
- Huachinango a la veracruzana, Mancha manteles, Mole. (Martin)
- Mole, huevos rancheros, tacos al corno, bonnie burgers in Merida. (Steve)
What was a funny experience?
- Cuando una investigadora nos intento poner las manos en la cabeza y darnos una bendicion. (Demis)
- Went to the bathroom in my pants (not funny at the time). (Blake)
- My companion and I were walking down the street and I had waved to some passersby when wham! I had walked into the side of a payphone booth. (Jacob)
- Things said while learning the language. Instead of saying I was embarrassed, I accidentally asked a sister to make out. (Arden)
- I was told that I was going to have a new partner, Elder Garcia. I imagined he was brown skin Mexican, but no he didn’t even speak Spanish and was very white, he was very special. (Martin)
- Elder Earle Lloyd wanted to mount a tarantula in plastic and put it in the freezer to “slow down its metabolism”. President Lozano came in the next morning to put his food in the freezer and found the tarantula. “Elder Juber. Elder Lloyd ” he called. There are 4 Elders in this office. Why would you automatically call us? We knew why. He still teases about that. (Steve)
What was a crazy experience?
- Tocamos una puerta y nos salueron con una navaja. (Demis)
- Riding the city buses! Sometimes riding in the back of a member’s truck. (Jacob)
- As a secretary to President Lozano, my partner and I picked up new missionaries and I would drive very fast in Veracruz City but never had an accident. Well one month, we had 3 car accidents from zone leaders. Since then, the President asked me to slow down. (Martin)
- Getting held up at gun point with Elder Terry Robinson in Minatitlan. They wanted our watches. Mine had already been stolen. Robinson refused to give his up and started arguing. I said “Elder, we can buy you a new watch.” He said, “Not the point. We are here to help. I won’t.” Then he screamed at the top of his lungs for help. It scared the robber so badly that he threw the gun in the air. The robber got to it first. What I can’t figure is that Robby was on my right with the briefcase between his legs. Somehow I ended up behind the robber with the briefcase under my arm. The poor robber was so rattled that he just told us to shut up and run. We walked on up the hill and went to Hma. Alor’s house for some comfort and dinner. This could cross reference to the funny list also. (Steve)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Cuando el señor evito que me regresara. (Demis)
- When I had my first real experience where I knew without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is true. I also came to learn and understand a bit better the atonement. It strengthened my understanding, gratitude, and love for Christ and his atoning sacrifice. (Blake)
- Being able to help a family get baptized and then hear that a year after they were able to get sealed. (Jacob)
- The entire time- once we were led to go the opposite direction from our apartment even though it was getting late and it was dark and we were far away. We were led to a family that eventually overcame tons of obstacles (marriage, Word of Wisdom, etc.) and was baptized. (Arden)
- Gave a health blessing to an investigator and he recover completely. (Martin)
- Many that are powerful and tender and personal. I had the opportunity to serve with great leaders and great missionaries. The outpouring and power of the Spirit was ever-present. Several had to do with being around Presidents Parra and Lozano. I’ll leave it at that. (Steve)
What are some interesting facts about the Veracruz Mission?
- El calor y la playa, tambuen la humedad. (Demis)
- Lots of mangoes. Hot. Humid. Lots of mangoes. (Blake)
- At the time it covered from the top city Martinez de la Torre down to La Venta, Tabasco. The Veracruz Mission also included two cities from Puebla and two from Oaxaca. When I arrived there were 48,514 members, 13 stakes, 90 wards, 26 branches, and 170 Missionaries. I began my mission with President Johnson and was able to meet he and Hermana Johnson while in the MTC. We utilized calling cards at the beginning, but were issued a cell phone per companionship near the last months of my mission. We had been paying a sister to make lunch for us when I got there, but almost a year into my mission, they had the ward members receive the blessing of feeding the missionaries instead of just one. It was a much better way to meet more members and their acquaintances. (Jacob)
- President Hinckley visited the mission. (Arden)
- That it covered 4 states of Mexico. (Martin)
- Under President Parra, we saw so many baptized. Then we watched President Lozano organize them and prepare them for establishment of stakes. We opened Can Cun which is now a mission. (Steve)
What was the weather like in Mexico?
- La comida. (Demis)
- Hot and humid. The coldest it got was 60 F. (Blake)
- Mostly hot and humid in most areas. Carry a travel poncho in the rainy season. Although, rain is a good way of getting into a lesson at someone’s house. Cool and depending on the area, foggy sweater weather. (Jacob)
- Hot and wet. (Ryan)
- Hot. (Arden)
- It was varied from beaches, mountains, tropical with rivers and deserts, and lakes. (Martin)
- There were four distinct seasons: hot, hot and humid, hotter and hotter and humidor. ( I made up that word but it is very descriptive and accurate). (Steve)
Anything you love the area/people?
- Son muy amigables y bromistas. (Demis)
- Mexicans have a great sense of humor and are very social and friendly. Their food is delicious. (Blake)
- The people are very kind and let us in and we were able to share part of our message. The areas were all beautiful. Most members would ask what foods we liked to eat and what we didn’t like. I did not eat a lot of spicy foods- there was some sort of chilis to add, if desired. (Jacob)
- Loved every second! (Ryan)
- They are very giving, even when they have next to nothing. (Arden)
- Everything. (Martin)
- This, along with the other questions need to be answered in book form rather than a sentence or two. The people were incredible. I have never known more humility nor faith that what I witnessed there. People would give what they did not have to give. When the Spirit touches such hearts, great things happen. (Steve)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Si replente de mosquitos y bloqueador. (Demis)
- I didn’t need my sweater except a few times in Xalapa. It can get a bit chilly there. You can’t find Licorice easily. (Blake)
- Take one sweater and more short sleeved shirts than long sleeved shirts. Invest in some good moisture wicking socks. There is a Walmart, Costco and Sam’s Club and some other clothing stores down there. If you forget something, you will be able to get it. (Jacob)
- You won’t need a sweater, nor sweater-vest. (Ryan)
- Bring good shoes. (Arden)
- Four season clothing. (Martin)
- Too much has changed for things that we did to matter. (Steve)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Si crecio mi vision. (Demis)
- It’s where I really began to understand the reality of God and his plan. Learning the importance of keeping his commandments and staying close to the Spirit is such a blessing. That knowledge is a blessing that many people aren’t fortunate enough to have. (Blake)
- I made many friends, learned Spanish, planted seeds to grow in the hearts of those we were able to talk to. I brought others closer to their Savior. (Jacob)
- Learning that obedience and diligence equals blessings for the people and for missionaries. (Ryan)
- The language, and everything I gained spiritually. (Arden)
- Many, a stronger testimony of the gospel, patience…(Martin)
- Learning from outstanding Presidents and more Senior Elders. I saw wonderful people come into the church and saw their lives change. I made incredible lifelong friends. Many more personal ones but I attribute many current blessings to efforts on my mission. (Steve)
What are some skills you gained?
- Paciencia. (Demis)
- Chopiando, using a machete to cut weeds and grass. I probably did that the most as service. (Jacob)
- The language. (Arden)
- Public speaking, training missionaries as an Assistant to the President, and at the office filing, typewriting, and designing the weekly news letter called El Exito. (Martin)
- Of course, the Spanish language, teaching skills, organization and hard work ethic. (Steve)
Is there anything you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- Solo hacer lo que el señor deseaba de mi. (Demis)
- The importance of staying close to the Spirit. (Blake)
- I wish I knew the language. (Arden)
- More gospel doctrine. (Martin)
- Nothing. The discovery of knowledge and experiences were some of the best part of the journey. (Steve)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Veracruz?
- Se que no importa donde sirvas si amas a los que sirves sucederan milagros. (Demis)
- I wish I would have been a lot more spiritually prepared and understood the importance of the Book of Mormon and its role in conversion. Study and understand the basic principles of the Gospel. Not only is that what is going to help people understand/convert, but they are the first principles of the Gospel for a reason. Love the people and stay close to the spirit. Work!!! (Blake)
- You don’t have to know everything about the Gospel, but get familiar with Preach My Gospel, and the scriptures, have a testimony of the Atonement, the restoration of the Gospel and Joseph Smith. (Jacob)
- Pack some mosquito repellent. My ankles were swollen for a week due to bug bites. (Arden)
- Prepare:, pray, study, fast, and be in tuned with the Spirit. (Martin)
- Don’t hold back from day one. Lose yourself. Study and ponder the language and the scriptures then implore the Lord for His strength. Then work each day like there were no tomorrow. Love the people genuinely, teach them and testify to them. Love your companion. (Steve)
What was a funny language mistake?
- A su. (Demis)
- Not knowing the difference between the English word “embarrassed” and the Spanish word “embarazada,” which means pregnant. It was a common mistake. (Blake)
- In my first area I told someone I was married (casado) when I meant to say tired (cansado)- the difference one letter can make! Another time I said we have a special “massage” (mesaje) for you when I meant “message” (mensaje). (Jacob)
- See above funny experience. (Arden)
- I learned early that the verb embarazar does not mean embarrassed when I asked a girl in a discussion if she were embarrassed over what I had said. “No” I was told quickly and indignantly that she was not expecting a baby. Oh. I never made that mistake again. (Steve)