Here are free resources about the Adriatic North 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
Adriatic North Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Adriatic North 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.
Svacicev Trg 3/1
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone Number: 385-14-577-783
Mission President: President David J. Grant
Adriatic North Mission Map
Here’s a link to the official mission boundaries map of the Adriatic North Mission (LDS). To access an official LDS.org map for the Adriatic North Mission:
Videos with Adriatic North RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Adriatic North Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Croatia
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Croatia. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Croatia, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Slovenia
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Slovenia. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Slovenia, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Adriatic North Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Adriatic North Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Adriatic North Mission Groups
Here are Adriatic North Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Adriatic North Mission.
- Adriatic North Mission (220 members)
- Adriatic North Mission: President Rowe Era (114 members)
- Adriatic North Mission- Youth/YSA (83 members)
- Adriatic North Missionaries: President Grant Era (31 members)
- Adriatic North Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) (4 members)
Adriatic North Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Adriatic North Mission!
Shirt designs include Adriatic North 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: Adriatic North missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Adriatic North Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Adriatic North Mission.
- 2017-2020, David M. Melonakos
- 2014-2017, David James Grant
- 2011-2014, Edward B. Rowe
Adriatic North LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 588 (Croatia), 433 (Slovenia), 347 (Serbia)
- Missions: 1 (Croatia)
- Temples: 0
- Congregations: 6 (Croatia), 5 (Slovenia), 3 (Serbia)
- Family History Centers: 3 (Croatia), 1 (Slovenia), 2 (Serbia)
Helpful Articles about Croatia
Adriatic North Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Adriatic North RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2014-2015 (Samantha)
- 2013-2015 (Bryce)
- June 2013 – June 2015 (Benjamin)
- 2013-2014 (Sara)
- June 2013 – June 2014 (Jeni)
- 2012-2014 (Cameron)
- 2012-2014 (Schyler)
- 2011-2012 (Kristine)
- 2009-2011 (Ben)
What areas did you serve in?
- Zagreb, Croatia; Sarajevo, Bosnia; Tuzla, Bosnia; Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia; Osijek, Croatia. (Samantha)
- Karlovac, Novi Sad, Sremska Motrovica, Zagreb. (Sara)
- Kranj, Celje, Ljubljana. (Cameron)
- Rijeka, Zadar, and Osijek, Croatia. (Kristine)
What were some favorite foods?
- Burek, Sarma, Kifla, Punina Paprika. (Samantha)
- Ćevapi, bakery foods, musaka, Sarma, stuffed peppers. (Bryce)
- Burek and anything you could buy at a bakery. The yogurt was good. (Benjamin)
- Cevapi, goulas, sopska salata, punjena paprika, sarma. (Sara)
- Burek, pun paradis, guros, cabbage soup, anything made by Duska Vucenovic. (Jeni)
- Čevapčiče and ajvar, pizza, kebab, štruklje. (Cameron)
- Cevapi, burek (mostly Bosnian & Serbian burek, Croatian burek isn’t as good, also if you can find potato burek, you should get it every day). (Schyler)
- Anything from the bakeries! Especially from Mlinar! (Kristine)
- Sarma, Burek, Juha, Krompirjeva Solata, Sadje, Kremšnite, Vroča Čokolada, Krofi. (Ben)
What was a funny experience?
- I tracted into a lady with a beard. My trainer couldn’t hold in her laughter and I had to struggle through the language until she said that she couldn’t hear us and closed the door. (Samantha)
- My companion slipped on some ice and ripped his pants from belt to zipper and we had to ride the tram back home before he could change his pants. (Bryce)
- The entire two years. People act so funny over there. (Benjamin)
- Language stories. (Sara)
- Once when we were walking home, a man asked me ‘maramica?’ I thought this was a street name for some reason, so I started gesturing to some corner of the neighborhood. He was really confused, and started grabbing his nose and making funny sounds, which made me really confused. Then I grabbed by dictionary and discovered that the man was, in fact, asking if I had a tissue he could use. (Jeni)
- Having lunch with a Slovene family. The grandma made this interesting and good cultural dish, cmoki, like potato dumplings with a dried plum in the center. Yet she had a secret sauce on her stove corner that ruined the dish when she drenched the cmoki with it. Eventually I asked her what the secret sauce was. She answered, “Just pure butter!…” (Cameron)
- Getting the police called on you, and ending up becoming total buddies with the police and them giving you advice on how they think you could tract more effectively. (Schyler)
- I was studying to be an elementary teacher before the mission. In the MTC with our “investigator”, he asked us what we did before the mission. Now the word for ‘teacher’ is ‘ućitelj’ and the word for ‘killer’ is ‘ubitelj’. I mixed up the words and said I studied to be a killer. He gave me this really weird/worried look. I saw his concern and clarified, “You know, for children.” Yeah, that didn’t go well. We eventually got around to understanding my mistake. Language stories are always the best! Don’t look at the negative whenever they come around. Always look at the laughs! Believe me, I have plenty of them. (Kristine)
- Trying to convert Catholic priests. (Ben)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- There were lots of riots that happened almost on a regular basis. (Bryce)
- Many knives and guns. I wasn’t ever scared. (Benjamin)
- Getting followed in the pitch black, chased out of apartment buildings, spit on, skirt pulled up. (Sara)
- I got slapped in the face by a Muslim man while tracting once. (Jeni)
- Hitchhiking to an appointment from the middle of the mountains. (Cameron)
- People trying to kick or push you out of apartment buildings. People telling you to leave their doorstep at gunpoint. Trying to prevent a murder. (Schyler)
- Some of my fellow missionaries got punched. (Ben)
What was a spiritual experience?
- My companion and I were contacting after a lesson fell through, and she stopped an older couple. She asked them a question, and their answer turned into a 30 minute lesson that lead to a follow-up appointment at their house. They are still investigating the church. (Samantha)
- Watching a young man read The Book of Mormon and testify to his mom and dad that he knew it was true. (Bryce)
- Testifying of Christ’s love for people when you feel it in such a powerful way. (Sara)
- In my first area, there had not been a baptism in seven years. I didn’t know the language, and my trainer had only been out two months longer than me and didn’t know the language either. We were the first sisters in that area in 14 years, and the Elders before us didn’t leave any records of people they were teaching. We were starting from scratch without knowing much Serbian, and the first months were killer. But, after a lot of faith, prayers, and doors in our faces, we found a family with a 17 year old son who was on fire for the Gospel. He baptized his parents, and then his friend, and then more of his friends, and their families were taught by the missionaries, and after about six months, that area was the highest baptizing in the mission and still is today. (Jeni)
- Reaching out to a less active member on her birthday, her telling us she had prayed that morning to see someone from the church to receive a blessing. She hadn’t previously had contact with any members for months. (Cameron)
- Seeing people overcome their fears and cultural predispositions to accept the Gospel. (Schyler)
- I’ve erased this answer about three times because I keep thinking of an experience I want to share. There are so many! My last two weeks, we were going through the area book looking at past members’ and investigators’ records. We shut the books, then my companion looks at me and says, “Sestra, there’s someone else we need to find.” We find a member’s old teaching record, and there was a fellowshipping member’s name that we didn’t recognize. He wasn’t in our records, but there was a number. We decided to just give it a try. A voice answered. “Hi! My name is Sister Jolley, and I’m a missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This might sound weird, but we have your number and are not exactly sure know how we have it. Can you help us out?” He laughs and answers, “Yes. I’m a member of your church.” We talk and throughout the conversation he explains his conversion story, how he served a mission and came back to be a branch president. After about a year, he got a job that required him to work 6 months in Italy and then 6 months in Croatia. He lost contact with the church and remained MIA for 5 years. We set a time to meet up later that week. When we met up, it was such a great meeting! We didn’t even ask him what his next step would be, but he just kept saying, “I know. I know. I need to do this or that.” He set his own challenges. It was awesome! The next week he came and took the sacrament. The first time in about 5 years! As we were texting one time, he said “It was really pleasure meeting you and really a blessing to re-connect with the Church. I am grateful to have this opportunity that Heavenly Father showed me through you that He thinks of me even when I ignore Him for so long time!” It just built my testimony so much that God is mindful of each and every one of us even when we aren’t mindful of Him. (Kristine)
- We got a call to go to the hospital to see a 5 or 6 year old girl who had been thrown off a building by her father. I prayed with all my faith that she would survive but the next day she passed away. It helped me learn that my will is not always in line with the will of the Lord and that I need to trust Him over myself. (Ben)
What are some interesting facts about the Adriatic North Mission?
- There are five countries, and four main languages. Each country has a different predominant religion. (Samantha)
- There are five countries in the mission and it’s possible to visit all of them. There are a lot of beautiful places to go see. (Bryce)
- It encompasses five countries and two language groups. Also this mission contains the area Dalmatia, which is where Dalmatian dogs are from. (Benjamin)
- Wars, history of the nation, teaching English classes. (Sara)
- It covers five countries, has five dialects, uses five different types of currency, and contains a wide spectrum of people from different religious backgrounds. (Jeni)
- There were only 14 missionaries serving in my country and language when I started. You will meet and know all the active members in the country, including the first pioneers. It has 9 week transfers instead of 6 week. I served in one area for a full year. (Cameron)
- Any person the Elders ever talk to (regardless of the persons age or gender) will always at some point ask them what they think of the girls in that country, and more often than not they will make some comment about you marrying a local girl. I’m not even kidding. (Schyler)
- Croatia created the first tie or “croata”. Nikola Tesla was born in Croatia. Also Alfred Hitchcock said the most beautiful sunsets can be found in Zadar, Croatia. I totally agree!!! (Kristine)
- There is only one High Priest in Slovenia and he is less active. The country is around 89% Roman Catholic. (Ben)
What was the weather like?
- It was very humid. A temperate climate. It rained quite a bit, and the temperature ranged from quite high in the summer (high 30s Celsius) to rather low in the winter (below negative Celsius). Overall it was nice. (Samantha)
- About the same as Utah, just more humid. (Bryce)
- Pretty typical. Warm in the summer, cold in the winter. The coast was super warm all year. (Benjamin)
- All 4 seasons, hot and humid in summer, cold and snowy in winter, moderate fall and spring. (Sara)
- I loved the weather in Serbia. Hot and sunny in the summer, cold and snowy in the winter. It never got too cold, though. The only downside was that it got dark really early in the winter. (Jeni)
- Highs in the 90s in the summer, lows in the 10s in the winter. Snow and ice in the winter. Great springs and falls. (Cameron)
- For the most part it’s pretty warm in most areas, but can get cold and snowy in the winter. (Schyler)
- Humid, especially compared to Utah. On the coast, the winters were more rainy than snowy. Inland areas were snowy in the winter. (Kristine)
- It’s humid. Cold winters. Really hot summers. (Ben)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- The people are amazing. They are very culturally diverse and everyone has something to say. Most of them are friendly and after they get to know you a bit, they open right up. (Samantha)
- They will stop and help you every time it’s needed. (Bryce)
- They know how to eat, how to be the perfect host, how to open their hearts. (Benjamin)
- People have a lot of scars from the wars, you have to get to know them before teaching the gospel, they’re all Catholic. (Sara)
- They are very genuine. You always know where you stand with them. There is no warmer place than their friendship. (Jeni)
- Everyone is sincere and honest. Not many people beat around the bush, but are more direct. Yet can become your best friend once they are comfortable with you. Otherwise Slovenia is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Green everywhere. Mountains everywhere. Lakes and rivers. (Cameron)
- The places are really beautiful. The mean people are the meanest people you will ever meet, but the nice people are the nicest people you will ever meet. (Schyler)
- Very hospitable. Whenever we did get let in a door, people always offered food and something to drink. I also loved to learn about the history of the place and why people were the way they were. War changes people and families. (Kristine)
- Everything. It is the best mission in the world. Slovenians are like nuts, they are hard on the outside but soft on the inside. (Ben)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Pack for every kind of weather. The key to staying warm is layering. It doesn’t get too cold most of the time, but when it does you need some good tights. (Samantha)
- Don’t bring a coat with you if you go into the mission field heading into summer. Just buy one there. (Bryce)
- Buy your clothes when you get in the mission. Clothes are cheaper and of a better quality over there. (Benjamin)
- Don’t bring tons of jewelry- it’s a sign of wealthy people will ask you for money, lightweight clothes but bring tights and leggings. You’ll get yelled at or looked strangely at by the locals if you don’t wear tights in the fall and early spring . You can buy what you don’t have there. (Sara)
- Clothes are decently cheap in Serbia, and they have good fashion choices. Bring some staples (modest skirts and good shoes), but don’t over pack too much. You can buy new stuff out there, and you’ll want to anyway because you’ll get bored of the stuff from home. Big coats, boots, etc can all be purchased upon arrival to the country. (Jeni)
- Buy more clothes when you get there. They will fit better, look more appropriate to the people (Euro style vs. American style is significantly different), and will likely be cheaper. Get a good winter coat and boots. Again better to buy there if possible. (Cameron)
- Wait to buy extra suits, coats, shoes and other clothes until you get to the mission field, if you can. It’s way cheaper there and you don’t have to try to pack it with you on the plane over. (Schyler)
- Thermals for winter. Bring the best shoes (you can walk 5-10 miles a day). (Ben)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- I can’t even begin to count the blessings I’ve received. I think the greatest thing the Lord blessed me with is a greater knowledge of His Plan and a knowledge that I have faith. I know myself better and what drives me. (Samantha)
- I was able to grow a lot and know how to study the scriptures and to become closer to my Heavenly Father. And I know a cool language that not a lot of people know. (Bryce)
- What blessings didn’t I receive? I am matured, seasoned, and can face a lot more hardship than I thought was possible. I can love a lot more- even love a people who didn’t really care and even hated me. I gained an intimate testimony of the Atonement. (Benjamin)
- My family was blessed a lot while I was serving. (Sara)
- I came to know my Savior deeper than I ever had before, and I gained a better perspective of how God feels about his children. He loves us all so very much. (Jeni)
- Unbelievable personal growth and maturity. Countless strong friends in Europe. Fluency in a few foreign languages. Formation of my personal lifestyle. (Cameron)
- How can you even ask this question and expect a brief response? (Schyler)
- Where to start? I understand how to be a better person, daughter, wife and mother. I got to learn a language that hardly anyone knows, so it’s like I’m speaking in code to companions whenever I’m on the phone. 🙂 I don’t know just how to live the gospel, but why. For the whys will help me keep me on the path for the eternities. (Kristine)
- A wife. Learned a new language. Learned self-discipline. (Ben)
What are some skills you gained?
- I learned a lot on my mission. I learned a few random skills, like knitting and how to draw better, and I also learned practical things, like cooking on a budget. I learned how to stay within a budget and watch my finances. I learned how to talk with people and be more social. (Samantha)
- I learned how to cook better, how to budget more efficiently, and how to be a leader. (Bryce)
- Languages, cooking, planning, street skills, how to deal with shady people and police, how to deal with corrupt bureaucracies, how to stop talking with people, how to start conversations, how to work 10-hour days, 7 days a week. (Benjamin)
- Confidence, social skills, endurance, learning how to learn, perseverance, not giving up, focusing on the small things each day. (Sara)
- Language skills, teaching skills, improve skills, thinking on my feet, being bold, planning, cooking, etc. (Jeni)
- Development of personal characteristics (patience, work ethic, etc). Ability to teach in a smooth and natural way. Ability to relate to others. Fluency in foreign languages. (Cameron)
- How to deal with people. (Schyler)
- I became more outgoing. Humility. Patience. Healthy eating. (Ben)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I wish I had listened more to my trainer. I think I could have gained a lot more if I had listened and taken criticism and compliments better. (Samantha)
- I wish I knew how to speak Serbian. (Bryce)
- The ability to work in spite of fear, and how to banish my fear. (Benjamin)
- Bring spending money, have fun and be creative, it’s okay if you don’t know the language 100%, you won’t ever, it’s not like Spanish, so you have to be confident at each stage of the learning process. (Sara)
- Don’t listen to too much advice from people on the culture and how it will affect the work. 95% of people have no idea what they’re talking about, and you can’t predict your experiences from other people who lived there. Almost every missionary I talk to from my mission had very different experiences from another, depending on how they treated their calling. This is not a ‘planting seeds’ mission. Don’t go into it with that mentality. This is a harvesting mission, a baptizing mission, and a successful mission. It’s different from anywhere else in the world, so learn to appreciate it for what it is. (Jeni)
- Be confident and just talk with people, even if they might not understand you. (Cameron)
- I wish I had learned more why the basic principles taught in the missionary lessons are so important, and what other people actually think about those things. Often missionaries just teach the lessons, but people don’t get what the real point is of what you’re telling them, because the missionaries don’t get what the basic principle is, that the investigator needs to apply. (Schyler)
- I wish I knew the language and that you can’t force the people to join The Church. I also wish I knew that service is one of the greatest ways to share the Gospel there. (Ben)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Adriatic North?
- You will love it! Just love the people. The language will come eventually, don’t worry about it. The people will help. Get to know them- member and non-member. Hear their stories. Take an interest in their lives. And never give up on them. The Lord has a plan for this mission, and you are a part of it. Never forget that. He is watching over you and He will help you. (Samantha)
- Have fun because it goes faster than you think. (Bryce)
- Get ready to work really hard, and fall in love with an interesting and sinful people. Get ready to have your heart broken, and tremble under your mantle and the responsibility of your calling. Get ready for the best two years. (Benjamin)
- Don’t give up. Find peace within yourself and find peace with the people. Love them. Pray to love them and God will teach you how. Be happy and they’ll see your light. Don’t take rejection personal or else it will tear you up. You will have success when you look for it. (Sara)
- God knows these people and loves them deeply. They don’t just need missionaries who are obedient and dedicated, they deserve them. They are entitled to the peace the Gospel brings, after all that they have been through. Don’t you dare deny them the opportunity of coming to know their Savior because you’re lazy. God will hold you accountable for that. These are a mighty people, a courageous people, and a people who need forgiveness and love in their lives. And they need you to be bold, to have a testimony, and to open your mouth. You don’t have to be a scholar or a linguist to have a profound effect, because this is not your work. It’s God’s, and He’s going to work through you. All you need to do is try your hardest and open your mouth. (Jeni)
- Let go of personal ambition and just serve. Language learning will be hard, but the more confident you are the faster you will learn and connect with the hearts of the people. They will respect you if you master the language. You will change other people’s lives, but you will change your own the most. (Cameron)
- The best way to get people to actually want to talk to you is just by being genuine and happy. Don’t worry so much about saying the exact right words or using catchy door/contacting approaches. People in the ANM will be immediately turned off if you seem at all like a salesman, just be relaxed and friendly, but get to the point quick. (Schyler)
- Learn to love unconditionally. For that is what Christ did for us. He gave each person a chance. He didn’t force them to believe. He showed them. When you feel like giving up on the street or stop knocking on doors, think of how Christ would stop for the individual. He had faith in the individual. Even when people persecuted or ignored him, he would keep loving them and keep trying to teach them. Don’t give up on people. So many have given up on them before. Show how God will never give up on them. (Kristine)
- People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. Take the time to actually get to know the people! It’s well worth your time. (Ben)
What was a funny language mistake?
- When we were teaching the Law of Chastity, I tried to reference the “Thou shalt not commit adultery” commandment we had covered in the previous lesson, and instead of saying “Do you remember when we talked about adultery” I said… “I feel adultery.” My companion didn’t let me forget about that for months. (Samantha)
- I said the word for donkey instead of the word for mosquito, in a sentence. I said that I was getting bitten by donkeys instead of mosquitos. (Bryce)Well, I told a woman that I loved her, when I meant to say that God loves her. (Benjamin)
- The word ‘drug’ means friend. The word ‘droga’ means drug. When I was teaching the Word of Wisdom, I told the guy that he should abstain from any illegal or harmful friends. I also accidentally told him that God is the same yesterday, today, and Saturday. (Jeni)
- In the MTC, a friend was teaching about the Holy Ghost. Meaning to say, “Če moliš, Sveti Duh bo odgovoril.” – If you pray, the Holy Ghost will answer. Instead saying, “Če moliš, Smeti Duh bo odgovoril. ” – If you pray, the trash ghost will answer. (Cameron)
- I told a member that I love eating marbled blacksmith rather then marbled bundt cake. (Ben)