December 20, 2014

Adriatic South Mission

Here are free resources about the Adriatic South Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Adriatic North Mission On Prepare To Serve. Adriatic North Mission On Lifey.

Adriatic South Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Adriatic 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.

Adriatic South Mission
P.O. Box 2984
Bulevardi “Gjergi Fishta”
Qendra “ALPAS”, Shkalla NR. 5,
Apartamenti NR. 14
Tirana, 00355, Albania
Phone Number: 355-69-700-3495
Mission President: President Louis Weidmann

Adriatic South Mission Map

Here’s a link to the official mission boundaries map of the Adriatic South Mission (LDS). To access the official map for the Adriatic South Mission:

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

Videos with Adriatic South RMs

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

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LDS-Friendly Videos about Albania

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Albania. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Albania, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

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Adriatic South Missionary Blogs

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

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

Adriatic South Returned Missionaries 2017
Elder Benjamin Schneider 2017
Sister Virginia Winegar 2017
Sister Natalie Olsen 2017
Sister Meghan Fulop 2017
Elder Austin Gardiner 2017
Elder & Sister Pulley 2017
Elder Michael Weston 2017
Elder Draper 2017
Sister Tasia Cheshire 2016
Sister Mandilyn Johansen 2016
Sister Emilie Jackson 2016
Sister Shayla Henderson 2016
Elder Richard Rigby 2016
Sister Madison Riley 2016
Elder Jacob Watson 2016
Elder Jedediah Clawson 2016
Elder Parker Stewart 2015
Sister Camille Zollinger 2015
Sister Sarah Vermunt 2015
Sister Sarah Coleman 2015
Elder Thomas Acheson 2015
Elder Kimball Ostergaard 2015
Elder Jashon Waters 2015
Elder Benjamin Matson 2015
Elder Tyler Allgaier 2014
Sister Hawkins 2014
Elder Scott Palmer 2014
Sister Solana Curtis 2014
Sister Shauntel Forte 2014
Elder Benson Gunther 2014
Elder Jonathan Hald 2013
Sister Kristi Hoover 2013
President & Sister Ford 2012
Elder & Sister Volz 2012

Adriatic South Mission Groups

Here are Adriatic South Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Adriatic South Mission.

  1. Adriatic South Mission! (221 members)
  2. Elder Jameson Eliason – Adriatic South Mission (205 members)
  3. Adriatic South Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) (75 members)

Adriatic South Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Adriatic South Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Adriatic South Mission gifts

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Adriatic South Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Adriatic South LDS Mission.

  1. 2017-2020, Hal Anderson
  2. 2014-2017, Louis Weidmann
  3. 2011-2014, Andrew M. Ford

Albania LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 2,660
  • Missions: 1
  • Temples: 0
  • Congregations: 11
  • Family History Centers: 3

Helpful Articles about Albania

Coming soon..

Adriatic South Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Adriatic South 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?

  • October 2013-September 2015 (Christopher)
  • January 2012-2014 (Kellen)
  • January 2012 – December 2013 (Tyler)
  • 2010-2012 (Mitchell)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Vlore, Fier, Tirana 2nd and 3rd wards and Elbasan. (Christopher)
  • Albania, Tirana  (Mitchell)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Suflaqe. salads. Byrek tomato and onion is one of the best. (Christopher)
  • Suflaqe, Byrek, Pilaf, Facule, Bugaqe, Petulla. (Kellen)
  • Pizza, Bread, Qofte, Stuffed Peppers. (Tyler)
  • Sufllaqe [soo-FLAW-chay] (greek gyro, but Albanian style). Byrek [buu-REK] (thin layers of pastry bread filled with spinach and feta). Kos [coase] (like greek yogurt; goes great with almost everything). Pilaf and Fasule [faw-SOO-lay] (rice pilaf with bean soup). (Mitchell)

What was a funny experience?

  • Thinking we are lost on the way to Blue Eye. (Christopher)
  • Fast and testimony meeting. (Kellen)
  • Missionaries not understanding what investigators are saying. Missionaries using wrong words. Running away from kids throwing rocks, haha. (Tyler)
  • A drunk man talked to us while street contacting. He was very drunk but very friendly and we couldn’t understand much of what he said so we just smiled and nodded and he eventually left. (Mitchell)

What was a crazy/dangerous experience?

  • Swinging on a rope swing over Blue Eye. (Christopher)
  • A guy cussing and punching at us at the ATM. (Kellen)
  • Being threatened to be chopped up and thrown in a river never to be found again. Having our apartment broken into while we were out. Having a gun pulled on us. Being spit on. Rocks being thrown. (Tyler)
  • A man walking by me on the street said he was going to kill us. But we never saw him again and never had any dangerous situations, so I don’t know what happened. (Mitchell)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Finally baptizing the grandparents of a missionary, to have them sealed in the temple. (Kellen)
  • We were standing in a road in Ali Demi and my companion and I were directed to same building to tract in. On the top floor we knocked on a door and were let in. The investigator was baptized three months later. We read in the white handbook about varying routes while walking. We varied our route one Sunday morning and ran into an investigator in Shkoder, in the street. We taught him for three months. Eventually he was baptized and received the Melchizedek Priesthood and became the first non-missionary Branch President there. While street contacting in Shkoder we ran into a young man. We taught him for two months. After he was baptized, he said he would go on a mission. He received his mission call in December of 2014. He’s now serving in the Birmingham, England Mission. (Tyler)
  • When our investigator prayed for the first time and asked God for help to quit smoking. Probably my favorite moment because the Spirit testified of his sincerity. (Mitchell)

What are some interesting facts about the Adriatic South Mission?

  • We are the first mission to have a stake in the Balkan peninsula. (Christopher)
  • The mission only had 38 missionaries when I showed up. (Kellen)
  • The people are predominantly Muslim. You get to learn some Arabic. The country was taken over by Turks, had lots of civil wars and was a Communist country, formerly. (Tyler)
  • Albania was the first country to declare itself completely atheist. You can get a van to almost any big town for only a few dollars, and they’re so safe that you just jump in without worrying very much at all for your safety. You meet many new people on those van rides. (Mitchell)

What was the weather like?

  • Rain in the winter, muggy and hot in the summer. (Christopher)
  • Humid, cold winters and hot summers. (Kellen)
  • Hot and humid, or rainy and cold. (Tyler)
  • Exact same latitude as northern Utah, so it received the same amount of sunlight but it is close to the ocean so there’s lots and lots of rain. (Mitchell)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • The people were always friendly. (Christopher)
  • The people were humble. (Kellen)
  • They are always willing to help, and there’s lots of rich culture to learn about. (Tyler)
  • The stalwart members were very, very strong. Also, most everyone was very friendly even if they didn’t want to hear the message. (Mitchell)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Listen to your call packet but don’t worry about winter gear till you are there if you never go to Kosovo, you will not need the heavy coat. (Christopher)
  • Follow the packet and don’t worry, you can buy stuff there. (Kellen)
  • If you go to Kosovo during the winter, make sure you have thermal garments and a nice warm jacket and good gloves. (Tyler)
  • Be sure not to cheap out on your boots. You’ll want something sturdy for the wintertime when it rains for days on end and roads get muddy, but not so sturdy that they’re hard to take off when you go into someone’s home. (Mitchell)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I know what I will and will not do. (Christopher)
  • Family being active, growing as an individual and helping people overcome problems. (Kellen)
  • More focus in life, I clearly saw the direction in which I should go in my life. Being hit by a car and not dying, and many more. (Tyler)
  • Humility, charity, the gift of tongues, hard work, an appreciation for new foods. (Mitchell)

What are some skills you gained?

  • I’m more open to listening to others. (Christopher)
  • Planning, communication, leadership. (Kellen)
  • Work ethic, people skills, planning skills, managing stress, street smarts, being able to read people, and learning a crazy language. (Tyler)
  • It’s easier to learn a language now. Teaching English was a big part of our service, so I know now how to better teach people on their level and also how to use simpler words and phrases when speaking to people that do not speak English natively. (Mitchell)

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

  • Packed more short sleeves and doubled checked on my luggage because I didn’t and I forgot my vaccination sheet. (Christopher)
  • My purpose. (Kellen)
  • I wish I knew how tough the language was going to be. Make sure you are ready to work hard and when the going gets tough, to work even harder than you did before. (Tyler)
  • I wish I would have not worried so much about the language; it gets easier to learn once you’re immersed in country. (Mitchell)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Adriatic South?

  • Be willing to give up everything for two years. Study your purpose as a missionary and internalize it. (Kellen)
  • Just be worthy of the Spirit and you’ll be fine. (Tyler)
  • Just love everyone and you’ll have an easy time connecting with them. (Mitchell)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Asking a person to die, rather than be baptized. (Kellen)
  • A keni Perendia ne shpi…… instead of A keni prinderit ne shpi. (Tyler)