Washington Yakima Mission

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*Other Mission Pages: Washington LDS Missions.

Interesting facts about Yakima

  1. The city is named after of the Yakima Indians.
  2. Yakima is known for its apples.
  3. Lewis and Clark’s expedition came across Yakima in 1805.
  4. The original Central Washington State Fair started in Yakima in 1894.
  5. The wine industry has steadily grown in the area since the 1970s.
  6. The population is close to 100,000 people.

Washington Yakima Mission Address

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

Washington Yakima Mission
1006 S 16th Ave
Yakima, WA 98902
Phone Number: 1-509-571-1290
Mission President: President John C. Lewis

Washington Yakima Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Washington Yakima Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the Yakima Mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Yakima RMs

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

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Washington Yakima Missionary Blogs

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

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

Yakima Returned Missionaries lifey.org/washington-yakima-mission 2017
President & Sister Lewis yakimamission.wordpress.com 2017
Sister Paige Skousen sisterpaigeskousen.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Benjamin Adams elderbenadams.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Conner Miles elderconnermiles.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Nathan Moser eldernathanmoser.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Jaycie Baird jayyak.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Boren elderdboren.blogspot.com 2017
Elder William King elderwilliamking.blogspot.com 2017
Yakima Mission myyakimamissionary.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Alison Knight hermanaalisonknight.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Samantha Dee sisterdeewkm.weebly.com 2016
Sister Lisl Karony sisterlislkarony.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Sarah Marble hermanasarahhmarble.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Ashley Cain hermanacaininkennewick.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Chandler Woodward elderchandlerwoodward.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Brinkerhoff brinkblinks.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Clay Oliver elderclayoliver.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Anna Kennedy hermanakennedy.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Matthew Archibald eldermattarchibald.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Matthew Kupferer kupfererinkennewick.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Christopher Smith elderchristophersmith.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Glen Wright elderglenwright.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Alima Cannon mymission.com/sisteralimacannon 2014

Washington Yakima Mission Groups

Here are Washington Yakima Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni who served in the Washington Yakima Mission. Coming soon..

Washington Yakima Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Washington Yakima Mission!

Shirt designs include Washington Yakima 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: Washington Yakima missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Yakima Mission gifts

Yakima Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Washington Yakima LDS Mission.

  1. John C. Lewis and Sister Ann Lewis, 2015-2018
  2. Tom K. Jackman and Sister Margi C. Jackman, 2018-2021
  3. Phillip Welch and Sister Anita Welch, 2021-Present

Washington LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 282,356
  • Missions: 7
  • Temples: 3
  • Congregations: 549
  • Family History Centers: 79

Helpful Articles about Washington

Coming soon..

Yakima Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Washington Yakima 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?

  • 2015-2017 (Ammon-Spanish)
  • 2015-2017 (Coby)
  • 2015-2017 (Madison)
  • 2015-2017 (Meg)
  • 2015-2017 (Paige)
  • 2014-2016 (Annie-Spanish)
  • 2015-2017 (Brett)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Mattawa, Selah/Naches, Quincy, Brewster, Hood River, Ephrata. (Ammon)
  • Ellensburg 2nd Ward, Goldendale, Columbia Hills Ward (East Wenatchee), Naches, Moses Lake 3rdWard, The Dalles 1st Ward, Cottonwood Canyon & YSA (Yakima). (Coby)
  • Selah (2nd Ward), East Wenatchee (Eastmont), Moses Lake (6th and 8th wards), and Sunnyside (1st ward) (Meg)
  • Wenatchee, Sunnyside, Yakima, Moses Lake. (Paige)
  • Moxee/Union gap/ Terries Heights, Chelan, Moses Lake, Oraville, Yakima. (Annie)
  • Yakima, cle elum , the Dalles, Wenatchee, Ephrata. (Brett)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Pasole, carne asada, tamales, mole. (Ammon)
  • Pulled pork sandwiches and sushi. (Coby)
  • The apples from Yakima are amazing. (Madison)
  • Apple pie, Hispanic food, not pasta! (Meg)
  • FRUIT! The Yakima Mission is very agricultural, so when harvest season comes along, people would give us the most delicious fruit I’ve ever had in my life. (Paige)
  • Carne asada, tacos, mod pizza and Red Robin. (Annie)
  • Apples, Mexican, all the fruit. (Brett)

What was a funny experience?

  • One time while tracting in on a native American reservation, a man named “Iron Club” while conversing with us, he looked me in the eyes and said, “I created you and I brought you here to teach you a lesson!” We gave him a pass along card, bore our testimonies and got out of there. Funny guy. Funny experience. (Ammon).
  • I almost introduced myself as my companion when knocking doors. (Coby)
  • We spilled fire hydrant paint all over the back of our new car. We were terrified, and spent 6.5 hours scrubbing it off with wet wipes. (Madison)
  • One time while teaching a lesson, instead of saying “In the book of Amos”, she said, “In the book of anus.” (Meg)
  • We were notorious for leaving sticky notes on every mission car that said “Sisters always win.” It’s funny how much retaliation we got from the elders. (Annie)
  • One time we knocked a door and talked to a lady who said she was a witch who danced naked under the full moon. That was funny. (Brett)

What was a crazy experience?

  • While driving 75 mph down the highway someone pulled out in front of us. We hit them hard. Our car was completely totaled. No one was injured. It was my companion’s last transfer in the field. We shared gospel pass along cards with all 5 of the policemen who came on site. (Ammon).
  • My companion and I once were threatened while tracting in a “no soliciting” neighborhood. (Coby)
  • There really weren’t any….I’m boring. (Madison)
  • A grumpy old man pointed a loaded gun at my face just for knocking on his door. (Meg)
  • Having a guy answer the door and point a gun at you. (Annie)
  • I got moved out of my area for a week because someone got angry and violent. (Brett)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • On a cold winter day my companion and I were in the search of a less active member. We prayed that God would guide us to someone who needed our help. While trying to find the address to the house we were looking for we got completely lost. We found ourselves in the middle of an orchard. We figured that God had guided us there for a reason, so we said a prayer and when we opened our eyes we saw a house in the middle of the orchard about 100 yards away down a gravel road. We made our way down the gravel road and decided to knock on the door. There we found a 19 year old girl who was a single mom with no family support who is looking for greater peace and purpose in her life. Her name was Yesenia. We had exactly what she was looking for. She was baptized three weeks later. She is extremely active in the branch she was baptized into. Thanks to her, many people’s lives have been blessed. Including my own. It shows that when we think we are lost, God knows the path that we should be on and he guides us where He needs us to be guided to. (Ammon)
  • A lot of my spiritual experiences came from lessons where we were able to ask good questions, and find out what the people needed. (Coby)
  • All of it. In short, it’s cool to see people’s whole world fight against them, and they still choose the church and Jesus Christ. (Madison)
  • Truly being able to see the fruits of repentance in the people I taught. (Meg)
  • Helping a drug addict recognize the spiritual promptings that were still happening in his life. I’ve never seen a man cry so sincerely or hard before while feeling the love of God. It was an amazing experience. (Annie)
  • The little things. Impressions to go visit someone and having amazing lessons. It’s all the little things. (Brett)

What are some interesting facts about the Yakima Mission?

  • We produce about 152 million tons of apples each year. (Ammon)
  • There are some of the largest apple orchards there. There is an air force base in Moses Lake. (Coby)
  • The mission was a month old when I got there, and they have the best mission president and mission mom. (Madison)
  • Apple capitol of the world. SO BEAUTIFUL! Sunnyside, WA is not always sunny. More cows than people. (Meg)
  • Because of the agriculture, there’s a huge Hispanic population. Get ready for delicious Mexican food! (Paige)
  • Jack Black is from our mission more specifically his parents still live in Tanasket, WA, his home town. (Annie)
  • It just started in 2015. I was one of the first missionaries called. We have the best mission president in the world. (Brett)

What was the weather like?

  • Hot, dry, and freezing cold during the winter. (Ammon)
  • Hot and dry in the summer, and cold and snowy in the winter. (Coby)
  • Cold winters, hot summers. It’s not really rainy like everyone thinks it is. (Madison)
  • A very nice blend of all the season. Summers were hot and winters were freezing. And nothing beat the beauty of spring and fall. (Meg)
  • Four seasons. We had hot, dry summers and cold, snowy winters. (Paige)
  • It is ether extremely hot or extremely cold. Only for short amounts of time is it pleasant. (Annie)
  • It was snowy in the winter and hot, hot, hot in the summer. (Brett)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Mexicans are humble and loving. They know how to have a good time. They show greater respect than Americans. The WYM is filled with fruit ready to harvest and people whose hearts are ready to be harvested as well. There are so many miracles that happen on The WYM. The members are incredible. The people need the gospel and are prepared in the thousands to receive it. (Ammon)
  • The members are super nice, and very willing to help. Most people there are already religious, and are willing to talk to you. (Coby)
  • They’re so humble! (Madison)
  • Humility!! So many people were open to talking with us. Most of them have lived hard lives and just want to learn how they can be truly happy. (Meg)
  • The wards LOVE their missionaries. The members are amazing and there are a lot of humble, wonderful people. (Paige)
  • People would usually let you in their doors and treat you like family. They would kill their last chicken to feed you, and give you everything that they have to make you feel at home. (Annie)
  • Everyone was nice. People in this part of Washington value family and are hard workers, they had good values. Washington is gorgeous!!! (Brett)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Bring vacuum bags. (Ammon)
  • For winter, a coat and boots are preferable. For summer, short sleeves and light clothes are preferable. (Coby)
  • Pack for every season and extremes. (Madison)
  • Good luck. (Meg)
  • Bring good walking shoes. Only 70% of the mission has cars. You WILL be in a walking area. (Paige)
  • Bring more garments than you think you need. (Annie)
  • Bring a good winter coal and short sleeve shirts 🙂 (Brett)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • A God’s eye view of the world. An understanding of who I am and what’s really important. (Ammon)
  • My family was able to get through financial trials without too much of a struggle. (Coby)
  • All of the blessings!!! Greater understanding of gospel principles, firmer testimony, relationships that I still keep in touch with and so so many beautiful memories that I will cherish forever. (Meg)
  • I gained a greater understanding and appreciation for cultural differences and I learned how to truly love. (Annie)
  • To many to list. Patience. Coming to know my Savior. Ability to make decisions. (Brett)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Diligence, determination, discipline, how to listen, love, serve. People skills. How to motivate rather than micromanage. (Ammon)
  • I learned how to listen and ask questions when having a conversation. I also learned how to study and dig more to learn. (Coby)
  • How to live with others, how to be personable, how to relate to anyone you talk to, kindness and service, cooking Mexican food (wasn’t even a Spanish speaker lol) (Meg)
  • Working with a schedule and budget. Getting along and learning to understand and cherish everyone you come in contact with, especially when it was difficult. (Annie)
  • To manage time. (Brett)

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

  • I wish I would have mastered the how to begin teaching points in PMG and applied them quicker. (Ammon)
  • I wish I would’ve had the courage to talk to everyone. (Coby)
  • Just jump in with both feet! Take everything in and apply it to every lesson you teach, every door you knock, every member you share your testimony with. Every minute you apply what you are learning, the better missionary you become. (Meg)
  • Devote all of myself to the work. I was homesick for far too long. And the greatest advice I received was it’s not about you. You may think your are in the right, be it with members, the work or your companion, but just remember God put them in your life for a reason, maybe it was to help YOU change. So find the lesson in everything and everyone. (Annie)
  • That if I did my best that was enough for the Savior. (Brett)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries called to Yakima?

  • Learn how to Compliment, Be Happy, Ask Questions, Ask people their name/remember it, Testify, Remember the importance of urgency. Always! Remember that there is no growth in a comfort zone and no comfort in a growth zone. Read the talk “Create Success” by M. Russell Ballard.  (Ammon)
  • Really get to know the scriptures and PMG before you leave. That will help a lot in studying and preparing to teach. (Coby)
  • Have a blast! Stay focused! Please follow the mission rules! A mission is only as good as its missionaries. Obedience and dedication are so so important. And the most important is LOVE! Love your companion, love the people, love yourself and love the Savior! ❤ (Meg)
  • The Washington Yakima Mission is so special. It really is the best mission in the world. You won’t find better members, missionaries, or Mission President anywhere. The Lord is hastening His work in that part of His vineyard. GET EXCITED! (Paige)
  • This isn’t going to be easy. And I promise you, if you came out for the wrong reasons this will seem impossible. But the moment you hand it all over to the Savior and listen to your leaders whether they’re right or not, you will receive so much more than you will possibly be able to give. (Annie)
  • Work hard. Relish every moment. It goes by quickly and the decisions you make there will effect your life more than you know. (Brett)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • One time, while trying to say, Jesus has a body of flesh and bones (Jesucristo tiene un cuerpo de carne y hueso) I accidently said, “Jesucristo tiene un cuerpo de carne y huevos” (Jesus Christ has a body of flesh and eggs) (Ammon)
  • One time I asked a Spanish missionary how to say beard because I wanted to compliment a member of the branch. I ended up telling him that I like his beer. (Meg)
  • When I was explaining the sacrament I kept telling them to touch the sacrament not take the sacrament. ‘Twas pretty funny 😄  (Annie.)