Free resources about the Scotland/Ireland 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
*Click here for resources on the Scotland Edinburgh Mission.
Scotland/Ireland Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Scotland/Ireland 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.
51 Spylaw Road
Scotland, EH10 5BP
Phone Number: 44-131-337-1283
Mission President: President George R. Donaldson
Scotland/Ireland Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Scotland/Ireland Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the mission:
Videos with Scotland/Ireland RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Scotland/Ireland Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Scotland
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Scotland. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Scotland, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Ireland
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Ireland. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Ireland, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Scotland/Ireland Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Scotland/Ireland Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Scotland/Ireland Mission Groups
Here are Scotland/Ireland Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the mission.
- Scotland/Ireland Mission Facebook Group (610 members)
- Scotland/Ireland LDS Mission Facebook Group (358 members)
- Scotland/Ireland Mission Moms (LDS) Group (6 members)
Scotland/Ireland Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Scotland/Ireland Mission!
Shirt designs include Scotland/Ireland 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: Scotland/Ireland missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Scotland/Ireland Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Scotland/Ireland Mission.
- 2015-2018, George R. Donaldson
- 2012-2015, Alan H. Brown
- 2009-2012, Gary K. Griffiths (Listen to an interview with the Griffiths)
U.K. and Ireland LDS Statistics (2016)
- Church Membership: 186,423 (United Kingdom), 3,437 (Ireland)
- Missions: 6 (United Kingdom)
- Temples: 2 (United Kingdom)
- Congregations: 332 (United Kingdom), 13 (Ireland)
- Family History Centers: 122 (United Kingdom), 3 (Ireland)
Helpful Articles about Scotland and Ireland
Scotland/Ireland Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Scotland/Ireland RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- May 2013 – April 2015 (Wyatt)
- May 2014 – November 2015 (Mary)
- 2011-2013 (Matthew)
- April 2012 – March 2014 (Shane)
- May 2012 – November 2013 (Donna)
Which areas did you serve in?
- Pollok, Scotland, Waterford, Ireland. (Donna)
What were some favorite foods?
- Haggis, neeps, and tatties. Fish and chips. (Wyatt)
- Tatties, Bannoffee Pie, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Cream :). (Mary)
- Indian curry, Kababs, Donor calzone, Haggis, Irn bru (even though it’s soda). (Matthew)
- Red Leicester cheese, steak pie, Mr. Kipling cakes, ALL bakery foods (sausage rolls, breakfast rolls, bread, cakes, pastries, etc.) (Shane)
- Dairy products were absolutely the best! (Donna)
What was a funny experience?
- We taught heroin addicts frequently. Those were always fun experiences. (Wyatt)
- One time in Limerick (back when we had a car), we were trying to find someone by a former area book, but the satnav (GPS) took us on a wild goose chase. It was pitch black on narrow Irish country roads, and it was almost Halloween! We thought any minute it was going to turn into a bad horror movie–it was actually hilarious! (Mary)
- A young man asked my companion and I to buy him some fags (cigarettes) from a shop nearby and we thought he said fudge so we bought him fudge and he was mad that we spent his money on candy when he wanted cigarettes. (Shane)
What was a crazy experience?
- I got held at gunpoint at a supermarket once, as part of an armed robbery. (Wyatt)
- Many times the satnav took us on one-lane country roads in Ireland (see above.) Another time, we tried to go up a really steep hill on one of said roads the day after a snow, and our car started sliding backwards down the hill! (Mary)
- I never really had a lot of dangerous experiences. At one point our neighbor was a major drunk and would often come in to our shared stairwell and shout random, crazy, drunken things. She was always entertaining. (Shane)
- Pushed off the motorway by a crazy driver. (Donna)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Too many to explain in detail. (Wyatt)
- President Donaldson asked me to find one of his converts from when he served in the SEM, and one day I had the impression to look through the old elder’s area book. I found a former member who was described as the grandson of the less-active member President Donaldson had worked with and this convert’s mother, and I thought, “heck, this could be a great lead in trying to find ‘Sarah’ or it could be a new investigator. Either way, we need to try.” So we went to the address and when we knocked on the door, no one answered at first, and then we saw a woman coming around from the back of the house to speak to us, and I suddenly thought, “This is her. This is the one we’re looking for.” I asked her name, and sure enough it was Sarah and she remembered young Elder Donaldson, and how she felt when she was just 8 years old about what she learned and about being baptized. It was incredible to recognize that Heavenly Father wanted her to be found and led me straight to her! (Mary)
- We were teaching a woman and inviting her to be baptized and I had a moment where it was as if the Savior let me feel just a portion of the love He had for her at that moment, so I could feel connected to her and properly express to her how much she meant to Him. (Shane)
- Arrived at a home looking for someone else to find a gentleman who asked, how did you get here so fast? He had just risen from a prayer asking for someone to come to give him a blessing. (Donna)
What are some interesting facts about the Scotland/Ireland Mission?
- Combined the Ireland Dublin mission with the Scotland Edinburgh mission in 2010. ‘What ere thou art, act well thy part’ stone is at the mission home in Edinburgh. There are more sheep in Scotland than people. (Wyatt)
- We have a “reputation” for being a “hard” mission, but there are so many miracles happening all the time. Somebody in the mission, and often many somebody’s, are baptized every week throughout the mission. Upon Elder Holland’s visit this past July, he promised the priesthood leaders of the mission that miracles greater than the isles have ever seen before, would take place over the next 3 years. (Mary)
- While I was there the mission president was from Scotland as well. One of the areas I served in had the same sized land area as the entire country of Northern Ireland. (Shane)
- I realized that the result of so many saints leaving to come to Zion, had left such a hole and drain on the remaining members. (Donna)
What was the weather like?
- Horrid. It rains 300 days out of the year. (Wyatt)
- Some days it was brilliant, and the people always take notice! Other days, and sometimes stretches of days, it was “dreicht” wet, grey, windy, rainy, miserable. The people really like to complain about the weather! (Mary)
- Rainy. Every day. Not all day, but at least some rain every day. (Shane)
- Rain, then rain, then followed by rain. (Donna)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- The people can be described in one word: cheeky. Cheeky is a mix between sarcastic, clever, and rebellious. Scots and Irish are very funny people who are full of sly comments and witty remarks. I love them. (Wyatt)
- I love how the Scottish have no filter. They say how it is. They are so cheeky and hilarious, they are some of the best cooks, and you just become a part of their family! The Irish are cheeky as well, but much more laid-back. Ireland has a lot of immigrants who tend to be so prepared for the gospel! And the countries are just so dang beautiful! (Mary)
- It was gorgeous. The landscape and the people were all amazing. (Shane)
- Absolutely the best people on earth! (Donna)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Don’t bring a huge, knee length trench coat like they ask you to. Just pack a waist-length, LIGHT rain jacket and a waist length HEAVY (winter) rain coat. (Wyatt)
- Invest your money in the quality water-proof stuff you need, the coat, jacket, boots, before you go, and save your money on the daily stuff. Buy cheaper blouses and skirts because you’re going to get tired of them before you know it, and you’ll want to abandon some, pick up old sister’s clothes, and buy new items along the way to mix up your wardrobe. (Mary)
- Wait to get any waterproof/rain gear over there. It’s much cheaper and better. (Shane)
- Buy your winter clothing there. (Donna)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- I understand people so much more now. (Wyatt)
- I learned so much about myself and the desires I have for my future. I changed a lot from my experiences and I have found a place in my heart filled with love for all the people I met. My family have been incredibly blessed, I prayed the Lord would guide them and bring someone to be there for at least one, that they could come back to activity in the church. My 15-year-old niece is getting baptized this Sunday right before her elder heads home. And my brother said he’s been thinking about going back to church, and because I have a closer relationship than I have ever had before, I am hoping he’ll start coming with me. My dad’s non-member families now recognize that all we have ever wanted is to invite others to come into Christ, something they as Christians relate to–we’re not all that different. I couldn’t imagine some of these blessings 18 months ago, and now I couldn’t imagine my life without them. (Mary)
- The greatest blessing I received was my own conversion to the Gospel. I will always remember the times I experienced. (Shane)
- They are immeasurable! (Donna)
What are some skills you gained?
- Driving on the left side of the road, communication, public speaking, quick thinking, endurance, charity, self discipline. (Wyatt)
- I am much better at public speaking! I understand the gospel much more deeply, and love to talk about it and teach it. I am much better with working with other people patiently than I ever did before. (Mary)
- Independence was the best thing I learned while on my mission. (Shane)
- I learned to open my mouth and let the Spirit do the teaching. (Donna)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I wish I knew that a willing heart is all God requires of missionaries. (Wyatt)
- I wish I knew the missionary purpose more deeply. I wish I had the same faith I did at the end at the beginning of my mission, and understood what it means to repent and rely on the Atonement. We don’t have to be robots or superheroes, but we are messengers sent from God. He enables us to be great and to bring in those He has prepared. Also, Satan’s best tool will be to cause you to bind your own tongue-to make you fearful of opening your mouth…don’t fall for that temptation! Have courage and open your mouth! (Mary)
- I wish I knew how to shop for food properly so I could eat better. (Shane)
- The previous statement… I was so very afraid I would not be able to teach effectively. (Donna)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Scotland/Ireland?
- Never let a second pass. (Wyatt)
- I know that the Lord is preparing people for you specifically. So you have to be yourself, and trust the Spirit to guide you. I know the Spirit WILL fill your mouth when you are clean and worthy. I know that the people you meet, the special ones you’ll remember, will come in many forms, investigators, convert’s, less-actives, members, even companions and other missionaries. Never limit yourself…you have great potential to be just like Alma or Aaron or Ammon. Have faith in God, because I know He has faith in you. (Mary)
- You are going to love it. Don’t be afraid to work and talk to the people you are serving. Make friends and teach always. (Shane)
- Don’t go expecting to teach or convert, they won’t respond to that…..JUST LOVE THEM! That works!!! (Donna)
What was a funny language mistake?
- The slang is going to throw you for a loop in Scotland, but it’s okay, you’ll learn it in time and you’ll love it :). (Mary)
- See the above embarrassing story. Hahaha. (Shane)
- We weren’t sent to language training, we should have been. I caney deh it. Took me awhile to catch the dialect. (Donna)