Free resources about the Spain Seville 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: Spain LDS Missions.
Spain Seville Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Seville Mission. We try to keep this info up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
This mission no longer exists.
Spain Seville Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Spain Seville Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Seville Mission:
this mission no longer exists.
Videos with Spain Seville RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Spain Seville Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Spain
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Spain. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Spain, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Spain Seville Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Seville Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Spain Seville Mission Groups
Here are Seville Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Seville Mission.
- España Sevilla/Malaga Mission Group (421 members)
- Spain Seville Mission – President Carl B. Pratt Group (144 members)
- Spain Sevilla Mission – President Hugo Angél Catrón Group (114 members)
- Spain Seville Mission President Richardson Group (99 members)
- Mision Espana Sevilla con Pte. Archibald y Christensen Group (14 members)
- Espana Sevilla Mission Group (5 members)
Spain Seville Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for Spain Missions! Hopefully Seville LDS Mission Shirts will eventually be added.
Shirt designs include Spain 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: Spain missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Spain Seville Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Seville Mission.
- 1992, mission renamed the Spain Málaga Mission.
- 1991-1992, David C. Heslington
- 1988-1991, Carl B. Pratt
- 1985-1988, D. Chad Richardson
- 1982-1985, Gordon Christensen
- 1979-1982, Dallas N. Archibald
- 1976-1979, Hugo Angél Catrón
Spain LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 52,747
- Missions: 3
- Temples: 1
- Congregations: 141
- Family History Centers: 55
Helpful Articles about Spain
Spain Seville Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Spain Seville RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 1992-1994 (Travis)
- 1992-1993 (Stephen)
- 1991-1992 (Patricia)
- 1983-1985 (Shaun)
- 1983-1984 (Philip)
- 1983-1984 (Antonio)
- 1979-1981 (Blake)
- 1979-1980 (Paul)
- 1978-1979 (Susan)
- 1976-1978 (Lamont)
Which areas did you serve in?
- Malaga, Melilla, Cadiz, Arcos de la Frontera, Alcala de Guadaira. (Travis)
- Alcala de Guadaira, Nerja, Fuengirola, Puerto Real, Valverde del Camino, Huelva, Ceuta, Castilleja de la Cuesta. (Stephen)
- Jaén, Sevilla, Cadíz, Huelva, Almería… (Patricia)
- Cadiz, Las Palmas, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Sevilla, Puerto Real, Jaen. (Shaun)
- Almeria, Algeciras, Jerez de la Frontera, Jaen. (Philip)
- Jerez, Granada, Motril, Sevilla, Algeciras. (Antonio)
- Almeria, Cadiz, Algeciras, Albacete, Granada, Cordoba, Elche. (Blake)
- Albacete, Malaga, Alcoy. (Susan)
- Malaga, Granada, Murcia, Alicante, San Fernando. (Lamont)
What were some favorite foods?
- Tortilla de patata, arroz con leche, paella, fried potatoes/egg/with beef. (Travis)
- Paella, jamon serrano, garbanzo stew, tortilla Espanola. (Stephen)
- Paella, pan. (Patricia)
- Paella, alioli, lentejas, turron, ensaladilla Rusa, patatas fritas. (Shaun)
- Tortilla, pollo asado, huevos. carne asada, roscos. (Philip)
- Paella, Tortilla de Patatas, gazpacho, pipirrana. (Antonio)
- Fried Calamari with Cayenne Pepper, Rabbit, Paella, Lentils, Chorizo, Jamon Serrano, Tortilla de Patatas. (Blake)
- Paella, migas, arroz a la cubana, pancakes. (Paul)
- Bread, pastries, nutella, churros. (Susan)
- Paella con mariscos. Flan. (Lamont)
What was a funny experience?
- My red headed Spaniard companion fooling ward members that he was Americano. (Travis)
- We made an appointment to meet an investigator at the “banco de Santander” near the Sevilla’s Plaza de España which is a city landmark that has beautiful ceramic tile representations of Spain’s major cities and each of these sections include a bench. In Spanish the word “banco” means both “bank” or “bench”. As Americans we thought the investigator meant the bank of money which is where we went and waited for an hour. We left disappointed and decided to walk around the Plaza de España when we realized they meant the “bench” of Salamanca (a major city in Spain). It was in alphabetical order – we sprinted to the “bench of Salamanca” and there they were, waiting on us, but getting up to leave. We explained the humorous miscommunication and we all laughed. They were later baptized. (Shaun)
- Getting home late in Jaen, as we had to wait for a very large flock of sheep to cross the main highway. (Philip)
- My companion used to scratch with his shoe in the floor, when there was a dog behind the door. So the dog was barking louder. He also used to borrow his skateboard to some children and showed everybody his skill to move with it. It was amazing. (Antonio)
- Knocked on the door of a monastery, high in the hills of Cordoba, the priest told us to go back the way we came. We were both very surprised, we were lost and trying to get directions and hiked up the mountain and not through the front gate which would have explained where we were. (Blake)
- Saying goodbye to people in an area I was going around giving besos (kisses on the cheek). One silly guy stuck his face out and I started giving him a beso, realized it was a guy, and screamed. He loved it. (Susan)
- Elder Mike Miles washed his whites in the same load as his new red flannel pajamas he received from home. We had to dry our clothes on a clothes line that spanned the center court of our 4th floor apartment. We about died laughing when he put his pink garments and shirts out to dry. He had to buy new shirts but wore the Gs as I remember. (Lamont)
What was a crazy experience?
- Riding the ferry across the Mediterranean from Malaga to Melilla. (Travis)
- One night we were arriving later than normal to our apartment which passed in front of a neighborhood bar where many of the patrons had been steadily getting liquored up throughout the evening and were now “ripe” and angry drunks. As we passed some of them started yelling “Mormones!” and other words that we didn’t understand (cuss words). They started to throw bottles at us at which time we said a quick prayer and immediately after that, it was as if they could no longer see us as they were still throwing bottles, but no where near where we were quickly walking. It was as if we “passed through the midst of them” without being injured. We felt divinely protected that night and arrived at our apartment completely uninjured and safe. (Shaun)
- We had the other Elders overnight in the piso, and because it was cold, one of them blocked the window that was providing ventilation for the butane heater. We woke up with SEVERE headaches, and most likely survived a close death of carbon monoxide poisoning. (Philip)
- One day, the sisters phoned us to tell us that they had forgotten their keys in the door of their flat, and they could not enter in. So I decided to climb the front of the building in order to enter the flat by the window. All went well and the sisters finally could get into the flat. (Antonio)
- Taught a lady of the evening with her boss in attendance. Sad thing. (Blake)
- Guardian Sevilla stuck a couple of machine guns in my face and Elder Gill’s face and said we were not welcome. (Paul)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Helping the members increase their faith. (Travis)
- One of the most spiritual experiences I had was about 2 to 3 weeks after being called to serve as a part of the mission office staff. As part of the staff I felt it was important to maintain a good example for the other missionaries, additionally I found that I was completely frustrated with all of the miscellaneous, yet necessary work that had to be completed as part of the office duties. I was frustrated that I was not able to get out and do the missionary work that I had been sent to do. I was frustrated that we were not meeting our monthly goals. I was frustrated because it was oppressively hot. I was frustrated because we were going non-stop and I was so tired. I was frustrated to the point the I finally felt that I must completely humble myself and go to God to confess my utter dependence upon Him and His help because I finally realized that there was no way we could do this work on our own. I went to my bedroom in utter frustration and knelt down next to my bed. With my emotions running on the edge, the only part of the prayer that I remember uttering was the word; “Father…” At that point all I remember was an incredibly calm, cool, peaceful feeling envelop me and I either fell asleep or passed out right there on the bed. It was nearly instantaneous. I was given a dream or a vision and comfort as only the Spirit can provide. I truly don’t know if I was out for 20 minutes or 2 hours, but when I woke up, I was filled with a new resolve, a new dedication, and a desire to immediately leave the apartment to go to work. Without saying hardly any words; I approached my companion and said something like we need to go. We got in the mission van (one of only three vehicles assigned to our mission at that time) and we headed up to our area which was in the suburbs of the north side of Sevilla. As we were traveling to our destination, I looked up on the horizon and immediately recognized a set of buildings that I has seen in my earlier dream and I knew that was where we needed to go. We made our way to those buildings, again with little or no communication between us, I looked at the buildings and asked my companion; “which one?” He pointed towards one of the buildings. These buildings are usually guarded by locked doors as well as a “Portero” or security guard that you would have to get past first. We went up to the building and not only was the Portero away from his post, but the door was open. We took the elevator up to the top floor and there were four apartments on each level. We knocked on each of the doors on the top floor – no answer at any of them. We went down a level, proceeded to knock on each of those doors. On the second one, the door opened and people whom we had never seen before said; “Oh! Elders! We’ve been waiting for you!” Obviously caught off-guard by their statement, we went in the home and were surprised to find out that they were an inactive part-member family and they had decided to change their lives and re-dedicate themselves to Christ and His church and they had been praying for missionaries to come by their home for the past two weeks. The father was the inactive member and we were able to baptize both his wife and daughter. (Shaun)
- Baptism in the Mediterranean, giving a blessing to a Sister leaving on a mission. (Philip)
- One day it was really rainy. We decided to knock doors after a really hard evening. My companion asked me to look up for the Spirit and decide where to knock doors. So I prayed in my heart and chose a building. After failing for many, many doors, a young man opened to us the door of his flat and received us with a smile telling us please, enter. We began to teach him, his wife and their four children. His wife was pregnant and after the baby was born they got baptized one month later. When we were teaching them, every time we felt the Spirit. They were our golden family in Granada. (Antonio)
- Powerful discussions and incredible spiritual experiences. Zone conference during Catron’s farewell. Discussions with investigators when the power of the heavens came down in abundance. (Blake)
- Sister Manuela Manzano was a spiritual, tiny lady who couldn’t read, but desired to be baptized. We taped some of the Book of Mormon for her. She had an accident with boiling water and burned her leg badly. She wanted to be baptized on her birthday but the doctor said, no water on her leg. We fasted and prayed with her and she was able to be baptized on her birthday. (Susan)
- Elder Devon Day and I knocked a 2nd story door belonging to a 77 year old widow named Mercedes Chorat Pareja, who had suffered 3 previous heart attacks. We identified ourselves as representatives of Jesus Christ and had come to leave a priesthood blessing and before we could explain more, she ushered us in and said she had been waiting for us. She said she had been praying for messengers to help her before she died so we promised to only take 10 minutes of her time for the blessing which we preformed, then we asked if we could return the following day to discuss a message from our Savior to her. She said yes so we returned the following day and every day after until she had received the discussions. In the interim she began reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and accepted our invitation to be Baptized already. I performed the baptism after only 2 weeks, and Elder Day confirmed her at water’s edge. She attended faithfully from then on until her death some 8 months later (heart attack while clutching her Book of Mormon) according to the elders as both Day and I had transferred by then. That’s what you call knocking the right door and just in time! (Lamont)
What are some interesting facts about the Seville Mission?
- At the time there was only one stand-alone meetinghouse that I knew of, in Cadiz. A no bike, no car, only walk and public transportation mission. The mission home moved from Sevilla to Fuenirolla (Malaga) shortly after I arrived in country, so the mission name changed. (Travis)
- Obviously we had the world’s greatest Mission President in W. Gordon Christensen! Our mission covered all of the southern portion of Spain as well as the Canary Islands, which later became their own mission, but have once again been included within the Spain Madrid Mission. It was great to be in Spain at that time and to see how the church has developed there since, now enjoying their own temple when previously they had to ride 36 hours on a bus to get to the Swiss temple. (Shaun)
- There were no stakes at the time. I only passed through Sevilla three times. When I arrived, on my way to my last city (I had to escort a new Sister reporting directly from Sweden) and when I went home. (Philip)
- I developed a sincere love for every person I met. (Antonio)
- Many years ago, set the stage for the rest of my life. All of our kids have served missions since that zeal carried over to helping them have a similar experience. (Blake)
- When I got there, the mission was one of the lowest producing in convert baptisms in Western Europe…almost dead last. A new Mission President changed everything, and with the Lord’s help we became the top producing mission in Western Europe area the last 6 months before my Language Training Mission district left for home. The formula of success was Vidas puras, oracion, Fe y obras = Bautismos. (Lamont)
What was the weather like?
- Hot in the summer, rainy in the winter. (Travis)
- Hot & dry in the summer, cold in the winter. (Stephen)
- Most of the time it was wonderful, but during July and August it was akin to being in what must surely be hell. (Shaun)
- HOT. From May to September. Last two months in Jaen in November and December, few homes with heat, the cold does penetrate. Not real cold, but with no heat, it was notable. (Philip)
- Spring, summer and fall were almost always sunny. Sometimes, but not always, it was rainy and windy during the winter. (Antonio)
- Hot in Cordoba during August, got cold in December. Most of the rest of the time, much more temperate in Elche, Cadiz Algeciras, Granada during the months I was there. (Blake)
- Like a little America. Snow and bitter cold in mountains. Warmth and fun on the beaches. (Susan)
- I was from California and it was a lot like the weather in southern California. (Lamont)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- They loved “Americanos” and generally treated us pretty well. The kids especially loved us. Great history and culture! (Travis)
- I met a lot of interesting people, and got to experience a culture different than what I was raised in. (Stephen)
- They were so easy to love and most of the time were cordial and friendly even when they didn’t agree with our teachings. The members were faithful and dedicated. (Shaun)
- I loved the people. They were very friendly. Even in one city, where they were not particularly fond of the missionaries, we built bridges, and got them to work with us. (Philip)
- People normally were kind and receptive to the message of the Gospel of Christ. Normal people, simple and humble. Workers, good people. (Antonio)
- It was hard work and enjoyable at the same time. I learned a lot. (Blake)
- Everything. They work so hard. They love life. (Susan)
- Humble people, who liked Americans speaking collectively. Lots of choice people there. You won’t need a sickle, but rather a motorized harvester to bring in the field white, and ready to harvest. (Lamont)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Trench coat for the rain and good shoes. With all the walking, shoe soles wear out quickly. (Travis)
- Buy quality clothes that will last, but also remember that you’re going to a country that places a high emphasis on fashion and style – there are many places where you could buy mission appropriate clothing. (Shaun)
- The summer is really hot, so missionaries need light and cool clothing. (Antonio)
- Suitcase with wheels came in handy back then. (Blake)
- Take (or buy there) a warm coat if your area may be in the mountains. Cool clothes for the coastal areas. (Susan)
- Yes, white pants with a plastic zipper. Metal zippers may rust before your 2 years are over. ( if you work hard like everything depended on you; and prayed as though everything depended on the Lord). (Lamont)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- A great testimony of eternal families. (Travis)
- It has blessed every single day of my life since I served there in one way or another, sometimes in big ways. The friendships that I developed with my fellow missionaries have blessed me all throughout my life. (Shaun)
- Probably most important was my conversion, and knowing the truth. I haven’t always stayed locked on to the iron rod, but have never wavered in knowing. (Philip)
- Love for our Lord Jesus Christ and for our Heavenly Father. Love for the people and for the country I served. An honest and sincere desire to be a better person. (Antonio)
- Foundation for everything I have done afterwards. (Blake)
- I learned Spanish. It became my minor in college. I have been able to help many Spanish speakers in different situations. (Susan)
What are some skills you gained?
- Independence-related life skills like cooking and doing laundry. Time management was key too. (Travis)
- Obviously the language skills and blessing of knowing Spanish; a language that can be quite advantageous throughout the world. While there I also discovered that I had a talent for taking photographs and turned that skill into a twenty year career as a photojournalist. (Shaun)
- Study, cooking. (Philip)
- How to receive and work with the Spirit. How to work in a group. Self-control and endurance when I was tired. Working with and achieving goals. To set priorities putting God and His work in the first place. (Antonio)
- Self confidence, testimony. (Blake)
- Talking to people. Reading the scriptures. Wanting to do service before it was appointed. (Susan)
- Public speaking confidence, courage, Faith that God not only answers my prayers, but that he knows me personally and loves me in spite of my many flaws. I learned how to treat others who had differing views. I learned to love the people of Southern Spain. I learned to speak fluent Spanish (Castellano) I learned how to study, and my grades went from barely passing in college to As and Bs at the University of Utah. (Lamont)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- Better gospel doctrine knowledge and that the mission isn’t all peaches and cream. Times will be tough so a strong testimony and faith in Christ is key. (Travis)
- A better understanding of the Atonement and the power thereof. (Shaun)
- That the mission is the time I had to forget about myself and take care of my companions and my neighbors. Any effort to help others is necessary and is our duty as missionaries. (Antonio)
- Just about everything I knew at the end, wished I had it much earlier. (Blake)
- If you feel you should do something different from the rules, talk to your mission president. He may have you do it! (Susan)
- I wish I had studied the scriptures more before I entered the Language Training Mission. I wish I had developed my faith better so that I knew the Lord was with me at the beginning, rather than discovering it half way into the 2 years. (Lamont)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Bilbao?
- Go to the mission prep class the stake offers. Go on exchanges often with full-time Elders. Read The Book of Mormon and have a testimony that it’s true. (Travis)
- Trust in and completely rely on the Lord. Be kind, especially when it is difficult. Know that you are sharing the truth that will have an eternal impact on those you’ll teach. Be ready for a challenging first two or three months dealing with potential homesickness, culture shock, and language barriers, but know that it will pass and a whole new world will be opened up to you. (Shaun)
- Don’t be discouraged. I don’t think that there is the issue now that there was when I went, members in my MTC District that went to S. America had tremendous success bringing people to the church. Sometimes our purpose is to sow, and it is not frequent that you sow and reap. (Philip)
- Love people with all your heart, forget about yourself being always kind with everybody. Have fun and always look for the good side of situations and things. (Antonio)
- Follow your leaders. Work hard, fast and pray. Be grateful for everything. Be happy and enjoy each minute. (Blake)
- Bear your heartfelt testimony. I KNEW President Kimball was a prophet and that testimony helped a girl decide to be baptized. (Susan)
- Go like a ball of moldable clay with the faith & understanding that heavenly father will mold you into an effecting messenger and disciple. This transformation will not be painless or without much trial and rejection, on the contrary it will be a refining fire. But be of good cheer, I have never met an “unsuccessful obedient missionary”. Don’t just thrust in your sickle, jump in that harvester, fire it up, and floor that sucker. Be not weary of well doing, obey the council of your Mission President, exercise faith that the Holy Ghost will speak to the heart of the elect thru you. You must convert no one, but you must put your faith that the Holy Ghost will. I have seen his work and it is indeed a marvelous work and a wonder. (Lamont)
What was a funny language mistake?
- My last talk before I came home, I conjugated incorrectly the verb requerer. No member said anything to me about it, but one of the Sister Missionaries did. (Philip)
- Some of my companion said “Feliz año huevo” instead of “Feliz Año nuevo”. (Antonio)
- In a sacrament meeting talk, I kept talking about the guierra. There is no such word. It is guerra (war). Other elders would say, “Estoy embarasado” thinking it meant “embarrassed.” It means “pregnant.” (Susan)