Free resources about the Nicaragua Managua South 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
*Other Mission Pages: Nicaragua LDS Missions.
Managua South Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Managua South 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.
Nicaragua Managua South Mission
De los Semáforos de la Racachaca
2 cuadras arriba, 2 cuadras al Sur, Entr
Phone Number: 505-2254-4474
Mission President: President Mark S. Brown
Managua South Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Managua South Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Managua South Mission:
Videos with Managua South RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Nicaragua Managua South Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Nicaragua
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Nicaragua. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Nicaragua, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Managua South Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Managua South Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Managua South Mission Groups
Here are Managua South Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Managua South Mission.
- Managua South Mission- Russell Group (2 members)
Managua South Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Nicaragua Managua South Mission!
Shirt designs include Nicaragua Managua 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: Nicaragua Managua South missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Managua South Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Managua North Mission.
- 2016-2019, Mark S. Brown
- 2013-2016, Bryan G. Russell
- 2010-2013, Javier F. Monestel
- 2010, Mission was created
Nicaragua LDS Statistics (2016)
- Church Membership: 92,152
- Missions: 2
- Congregations: 103
- Family History Centers: 12
Helpful Articles about Nicaragua
Managua South Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Nicaragua Managua South RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2015-2016 (Janelle)
- 2014-2016 (Braden)
- 2012-2014 (Jonathan)
- 2010-2012 (Rickard)
- 2010-2012 (Rickard)
- 2010-2012 (Kristian)
- 2010-2012 (Alissa)
- 2010 (Eliu)
Which areas did you serve in?
- Loma Linda and San Juan (Managua), Pancasan (Granada), El Rosario (Jinotepe). (Janelle)
- San Marcos, Ciudad Sandino, Rivas, Nandaime, Masaya. (Braden)
- Bello Amanecer, Nandaime, Santo Tomas, and San Marcos (Jonathan)
- Diriomo, Diria, Diriamba, Lezcano, Sandino, and Esquipulas. (Rickard)
- Diriomo Diria Granada Sanding Diriamba Lezcano. (Rickard)
- Jinotepe, Juigalpa, Granada, and Rivas. (Alissa)
- Bluefields, Ciudad Sandino, Masaya, Santo Tomas Chontales, Jinotepe, y no recuerdo que otras. (Eliu)
What were some favorite foods?
- Platinos, pollo jalapeño. (Janelle)
- Pollo jalapeño, nacatamales, arroz con leche, fresco de guayaba, arroz a la valenciana, la fritanga =D. (Braden)
- Nacatamales, Fresco de cacao, all of the fruit drinks they have, Baho Papitas, and Quesillo (Jonathan)
- Gallopinto, Tajadas, Tostones, Nacatamal, Queso Frito, Quesillos, Cacao, Pinolio, and a variety of fruits. (Rickard)
- Gallopinto (Rickard)
- Gallo Pinto ((rice and beans) is served almost breakfast lunch and dinner and everyone makes it different and it tastes very good! Nacatamele is special to Nicaragua and not something you get very often but it’s quite the treat when you do. (Kristian)
- Tostones, Gallo Pinto, pinolillo. (Alissa)
- Gallo pinto, enchiladas, cacao. (Eliu)
What was a funny experience?
- My companion and I got stuck in a downpour right at nine o-clock. Welcome to the rainy season! (Janelle)
- During a baptism, a random guy walked in and asked if he could use the bathroom. When the baptism was over, we were handing out torta, and we heard a splash. We walked into the other room to find the guy naked in the baptismal font. I never saw a guy put on his clothes, and run so fast. (Braden)
- We found an investigator who’s dad turned out to be a member, but he went to another ward. His day was crazy. When it came time to baptize his son, he did fine until after the baptism. The dad went for a dip in the font and came out of the water shaking off the the water from his hair and saying, “the water is great!” (Jonathan)
- I had this one page on my agenda full of appointments that Friday. It had accidentally ripped in district meeting. I had the paper in my agenda and was careful that it would not come out. Later on that day my companion and I were in an area that was known to be a little sketchy. As we were walking, I opened my agenda to see what we had to do when a gust of wind blew right at us and blew out that ripped page out of my agenda and behind us into the street. I must of looked like a fool as I ran for it, knowing that I had many appointments on that particular page. Running for about a block about three times I felt that I had the paper in my hands when suddenly another gust of wind would blew that particular page farther away on that very same street. Everyone around was laughing, including my companion. When I finally got that ripped paper, I was right in front of a small shack where an old man without a shirt on saw me, made a comment, and surprisingly invited us in. As we entered, we sat down and realized that this man was a member who had been lost due to the civil war that had caused the church to leave Nicaragua during the 70s-90s. We taught and reminded him of the church as well as his family seeing if they would come back. The old man, to which I unfortunately do not remember his name, came back to visit the church in tears, very grateful for being able to come back after so many years. This story to me is a little comical as it is spiritual reminding me that the Father watches over all of His members of The Church. (Rickard)
- The kids. (Rickard)
- Being on a cramped bus and realizing that I was inadvertently touching a dead chicken the whole ride. (Alissa)
- En el area del reloj de Jinotepe, iba caminando con mi compañero y yo comencé a molestarlo no recuerdo con que cosa y el estaba comiendo un mango, de los que abundan en Nicaragua, de repente el me dijo que no lo molestara sino me iba a tirar el mango, jajajaja pueden imaginarse como termino la historia…Desde esa vez aprendí que el dicho “En guerra avisada no hay muertos” jajaja. (Eliu)
What was a crazy experience?
- One night, my companion and I got stuck in a lesson that went longer than anticipated. It was pretty far from our apartment, and we had to walk about three km on a road that didn’t have much lighting. There was a section of the road that was covered in trees, and we saw a motorcycle light approaching. It wavered a little, and then passed us. Seemingly from nowhere, a man passed by on the side of the road (he had gotten off the motorcycle). I joked with my companion saying, “What kind of crazy person would walk here at night time!?”. About a minute later, my companion started running like crazy. I looked back to see the guy chasing us with a machete. We outran him to where the next streetlight was, but then we realized that we had dropped the key to the apartment. (Braden)
- My first day in the field with my trainer, I went to get to know the members in my ward. We arrived at one sister’s house and she was already outside. She yelled, “Nooooo!”. Then I felt a big rock hit my back and a guy, high on something, comes at me with a machete. We ran into our house while he waited outside of the door for over 10 minutes until he decided to leave. Finally he did and we quickly went to another street. Everyone kept asking me if I was okay the whole week. It turns out that guy was a less active member of the church… but other than my first day nothing else really happened, Nicaragua is very safe. (Jonathan)
- I have never once been mugged or robbed in my mission, but there was a time where we went to visit a convert family at a dead end. Though it was early in time, it had already gotten dark when we decided to leave and head home. In order to leave, we had to go out of the intersection that was blocked off by some “vagos” bums, who were planning to rob my companion and I. They were ready with their machetes out threatening us. Luckily, we had the husband of the convert family come who knew the area and demanded that we be set free so as to go home. They let us go and we were able to go home without a single scratch. (Rickard)
- Dangerous area out of the whole city. (Rickard)
- One night, my companion and I were walking to a member’s house to pick up our laundry and 2 rival gangs decided to have a shootout with us in the middle of everything. We made it to the member’s house that was dead center in the middle of the street and ran in and sat there for about 30 minutes before it ended and everyone cleared out. We then ran quite rapidly back to our house. (Kristian)
- Almost being chased by a drunk guy with a machete who was trying to cut people. (Alissa)
- En el área donde está monte tabor, en la casa que vivíamos habían un perro que no lo reconocía a uno de noche, una vez que llegamos cansados de hacer proselitismo, dicho perro ataco a mi compañero y yo por defender a mi compañero, lo patee y luego el perro me mordió la mano, solo sentí cuando su colmillo y demás dientes rasgaban mi mano, afortunadamente no morí. (Eliu)
What was a spiritual experience?
- We had no progressing investigators and we had spent a good portion of the afternoon searching for new ones. We said a prayer, just asking for guidance and we felt prompted to go and visit a former investigator and invite her to be baptized. She accepted and within the month she was baptized. She and her reactivated mother are still active! (Janelle)
- Near the end of my mission, we met a man named Enoch. He was very enthusiastic about learning more about the gospel, and we soon found that he was a renowned drunk. He had been drinking since he was 13, and now he was married with his first baby on the way. One night he told us about all that he was going through to change; how his body would shake at night, his friends openly rejected him, and how he would wake up just to cry, and plead for the Lord’s grace. He told us that we had arrived on his porch at the exact moment that everything was falling apart, and that it saved his marriage. The Saturday after I left for home, he was baptized. I truly felt the love of the Savior as I watched this man begin to change. (Braden)
- In my last area, we contacted a young man who turned out to be a friend of a recent convert. As we began to teach him he had visions of his baptism and of the Restoration. He knew 100 percent that it was true. His grandmother was against his decision (and still is), but he decided to be baptized anyway. (Jonathan)
- On my mission I had many spiritual experiences that taught me how the Spirit truly feels. One in particular experience that I had was being led to certain families by letting the Spirit direct us to their homes. In my last area, for contacting, I loved to explore more of my area and be recognized by the locals. One day, after lunch, there was a particular dirt road that lead to the garbage dump. I felt the Spirit whisper to me saying to go down that dirt road. My companion was not the least bit interested, but I, with interest and curiosity, made my companion go down that road to see if anyone lived near it. We found a family, taught them and within 4 weeks they were baptized. (Rickard)
- I got tons. (Rickard)
- One night, my companion woke me up because he couldn’t sleep and wasn’t feeling well and he wanted me to give him a blessing. I got out of bed and got my bearings straight to what was going on and I gave him what to me was a simple blessing but to him was much more. He told me in the morning that after the blessing he hadn’t slept better before and that he felt a lot better. Very awesome bonding experience for me and him and a testimony builder that we are simply tools in the Lord’s hands and his will will be done through us. (Kristian)
- Being able to serve in one of my areas for 6 months which allowed me to see a family we helped prepare for baptism learn and grow after their baptisms. I was there to see them receive their first callings and was able to see them give their first talks in Church. (Alissa)
- Uno de mis compañeros se quedó en el área y yo tuve cambios de emergencia, uno de nuestros investigadores no quería bautizarse luego que me fui a las 2 semanas se bautizo, dijo que tuvo un sueño en el cual el profeta Jose Smith entró a su casa y los saludo a todos, menos a el y él se sintió mal y le dijo que porque no lo saludó al entrar, el le dijo que porque el no creía luego de eso se tomo la decisión de bautizarse, su esposa e hijo ya habían sido bautizados por mi. (Eliu)
What are some interesting facts about the Managua South Mission?
- Nicaragua is actually the safest country in Central America. It’s also the most casual; the doctors in the fancy hospital will even talk to you in “vos”. It’s also incredibly easy to find someone to teach as almost everyone already believes in Jesus Christ. (Braden)
- It is one of two places on earth with freshwater sharks. It is the second poorest country in the Americas. They call white people, “chele”. (Jonathan)
- Nicaragua is the only country in Central America that does not have a temple. I only had Latin-American mission presidents. I only had two companions who were American, for about 3 weeks, so I was surrounded by Spanish about 98% of the week and the mission itself. My first area was a city known for its witchcraft. The Lake Nicaragua has an island where people reside. The lake itself has freshwater sharks in it. And I was near a lot of volcanoes. (Rickard)
- The food tourist places etc…(Rickard)
- Showers have one temperature, cold! Which isn’t bad unless you are up in the mountains where it’s cooler. In a couple areas, the water on our block was only on certain hours of the day so we would fill up buckets and then use a bowl or a cup to wash ourselves with. (Kristian)
- Not many people know about it. Contrary to popular belief, it’s a lot safer than most other Central American missions. (Alissa)
- Un compañero agarro un alacrán con las manos y se puso a Jugar con el y no le pico. -Viví muchos milagros. -Desperté como de un sueño en cuanto a las cosas espirituales. -Aprendí a apreciar todo lo que tenia y lo que tengo. -Conocí de nuevo a mi Padre y mi hermano mayor. (Eliu)
What was the weather like?
- Hot and humid during their summer months. Lots of rain. From November to May, it´s still warm, but not as bad. It does not rain much during that time. (Janelle)
- It was very hot and humid (Except in Ciudad Sandino, then it’s just plain dusty). During the rainy season, it rains super hard for a couple of hours and the streets turn into rivers. I loved it. (Braden)
- Hot, humid, rainy (Jonathan)
- Humid everywhere, but also cold in my first two areas. There was a six month dry season where there was no rain and a six month rainy season. The rain would come sounding like a train and you could visibly see it coming at you. (Rickard)
- Humid and just perfect. (Rickard)
- Very hot and humid. You sweat all day and all night even in the shower. (Kristian)
- Hot and humid. (Alissa)
- Muchas de las áreas a las que me asignaron eran parecidas al clima de mi país Guatemala en la ciudad, un clima hermoso, por algo le dicen el país de la eterna primavera. (Eliu)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- They are willing to listen as long as you gain their trust and spark their interest. Listen and learn, then teach. (Janelle)
- Nicaragua is heaven. The people (most of them) are incredibly friendly, and will help you out even if they don’t want to listen to your message. They also really like to talk to gringos.The cities are humble, yet have this rustic charm to them, and the countryside is beautiful. I especially liked seeing all the volcanoes and lagunas. (Braden)
- They are so inviting, even to strangers. They offer what little food they have to a guest, even if the guest doesn’t have to worry about food. The country is very beautiful and there are many beautiful places to see on preparation days. (Jonathan)
- I loved serving with the people. They were very nice and always offered food and treats to us missionaries. It was nice to see how they would always invite us in their homes when it would rain hard and ask where we were from and what we were doing. (Rickard)
- So very family like the people. (Rickard)
- The people are amazing. They are very humble and don’t have much but they are willing to give you everything they have in the service of the Lord. It’s very inspiring. (Kristian)
- They’re willing to give you anything and everything despite not having much. They also have a great sense of humor that takes a bit to catch on to if Spanish isn’t your native language. (Alissa)
- El vocabulario que tienen y sus palabras, jajaja “Vos sos loco” o ” No sea caballo” o “hay dejala”. (Eliu)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Boots for Elders. Sisters, do not bring fabrics that require a delicate treatment. The ladies wash the clothes by hand and it’s all done on a stone washing board. Take clothes made of cotton and polyester blends. They will last longer and will be a lot cooler. Wait until you get to Nicaragua to get a backpack. They will last you a long time and you can get a small one that will fit your needs. (Janelle)
- Choose mesh over cotton or drilux. I will say nothing more. (Braden)
- Get a great flashlight. A great bag that will last. Shoes with amazing soles. (Jonathan)
- Pack a lot of Ziploc bags of all different sizes so you can waterproof everything that you have. (Rickard)
- The bigger the suitcase the better. It makes moving areas much easier and organized. I packed tight when I left and acquired more items as my mission progressed and had to buy a duffle which sounds easy but not so much.
- Buy clothing that dries quickly. I purchased some camping skirts and tops from REI. (Alissa)
- Llevar dinero, hambre y ropa cómoda. Visitar bluefields, granada, ometepe, corn island, cuidado con los bolos y los perros. (Eliu)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Serving in Nicaragua made me into a much more proactive, positive and hardworking person. I set goals, and achieve them. I learned to be obedient to rules, and to be humble about my circumstances. I have been very blessed from having learned Spanish. However, you have to be willing to learn those things, because the mission won’t make you a better person without some effort on your part. (Braden)
- So many I wouldn’t have time to list them all. The top would be (1) Serving a mission saved me spiritual, and changed me forever (2) I learned who Christ is by serving and striving to be like Him (3) I learned the to secret to happiness, which is forgetting about yourself and your needs and serving and loving others. Do this and you will be happy your whole life. (Jonathan)
- The main blessing I received was the desire to always do my best and never give up. When I got back I used this motto for school, girls, work, etc. Anything that was required of me, I would do my best. (Rickard)
- I work construction now and being able to speak Spanish with the other workers has been a huge blessing and has opened a door to the people I can get to know and become friends with. (Kristian)
- Recognizing the spirit. A greater desire to serve and grow to love my fellowmen. (Alissa)
- El velo se corrió y tengo una visión de la eternidad. (Eliu)
What are some skills you gained?
- If you are diligent, you can and will walk away with an almost perfect Spanish. (Janelle)
- I gained the ability to plan, and think ahead, work hard and be self-motivated, and lead others toward a common goal. I’m incredibly grateful to have learned Spanish (even if it is Nica Spanish). Patience was another skill that I learned from the Nicaraguans (¿Quiere café?). (Braden)
- Public speaking, leadership, pro-activity, money management, teaching, listening, and learning to love strangers. (Jonathan)
- I gained the skill of speaking fluently, reading, and writing very well in Spanish and used it after my mission for the work of The Church, as well as other fields. (Rickard)
- Better interpersonal skills. Learning to constantly be out of my comfort zone and enjoying it. Being able to adapt to any and all situations. (Alissa)
- Diligencia, amor, poder caminar mucho. (Eliu)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- It’s not as easy as it looks. But it’s definitely more worth it more than you ever could imagine. (Janelle)
- I wish I knew that all I needed to do was be humble and obedient to be happy. Before my mission, I thought that happiness was becoming a great missionary leader, or having baptized a montón of Nicas, or even thinking about home. But I quickly learned that that was not the case. (Braden)
- How to study effectively. That the Spirit will be with me as long as I’m worthy and not to worry about it, many people in my MTC zone had this worry. That listening is more important than teaching. That love is comes before obedience. Obey out of love not duty. Contact because you love, not because your president expects you to. (Jonathan)
- I can’t really think of anything. I did what I could to prepare. I was ready to learn as those things that I learned in the mission could not be learned before the mission. (Rickard)
- I wish I would’ve taught the people better. If I could do it over, I would’ve focused more on how to effectively teach, as well as teaching more realistically about how the gospel can change a person’s life. When you’re young, you don’t know much about life and it’s challenges—most missionaries really don’t understand how hard life can be for some people. (Alissa)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Managua South?
- Don’t drink leche agria. I almost died. (Braden)
- Learn to love the people quickly! They can tell if you are genuine, they can feel that you care for them. Do all in your power to share Christ-like love with everyone! Also love the Book of Mormon, so many times it has the perfect words that someone needed to help them come to Christ. (Jonathan)
- Go with an open mind, but also with strong faith in being obedient to all the rules, following every single impression, no matter what fear comes, as it is the Lord using you as a tool in His hands, and completing all your callings and duties in the field. (Rickard)
- Don’t be a baby and miss home or else you’ll miss out on many fun adventures getting to know a wonderful people and culture. 18 months/2 years is such a short time, before you know it you’re back home and the mission becomes a distant memory. Don’t allow yourself to complain about trivial things like being hot or not liking the food because it’ll cause you to be negative; I saw this a lot within missionaries. Also, don’t offend people who offer you food and drinks, they’re giving you all they have. (Alissa)
- Take care with dogs and drunks, work hard and don´t flirt with the beautiful girls from Nicaragua. (Eliu)
What was a funny language mistake?
- I would learn all sorts of words from the Nicas, and then when I got back to the U.S., all the Spanish speakers said that I had a dirty mouth for some reason. I wonder why. (Braden)
- Chimar means “to chafe” in Nicaragua, but it’s a terrible word for Guatemalans so they would bust up laughing if I said it. (Jonathan)
- Spanish is a very broad language that has a variety of words that can mean different things in several Spanish-speaking countries. It was funny to see how one word in Nicaragua can mean something, and something entirely different in Guatemala, Panama, Mexico, and such. (Rickard)
- Thinking picas meant mosquito bite when in actuality the word is piquete. (Alissa)
- Jajaja no recuerdo, lo que si se es que el español de uno cambia por el español de los nortes. (Eliu)