- Here are free resources about the Argentina Buenos Aires South 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
Buenos Aires South Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Buenos Aires South Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the mission address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Phone Number: +54 11-4293-5392
Mission President: President Alejandro Calquin Sepulveda
Buenos Aires South Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Buenos Aires South Mission (LDS). To access an official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Buenos Aires South Mission
Videos with Buenos Aires South RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Argentina
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Argentina. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Argentina, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Buenos Aires South Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Buenos Aires South Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Buenos Aires South Mission Groups
Here are Buenos Aires South Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the mission.
- Mision Argentina Buenos Aires Sur Facebook Group (514 members)
- La Gran Mision Argentina Buenos Aires Sur Group (441 members)
- Pres. Record – Buenos Aires South Mission Group (391 members)
- Mision Argentina Buenos Aires Sur Facebook Group (119 members)
- Mision Buenos Aires Sur 1987-1990 Facebook Group (114 members)
- Buenos Aires South Mission-Dahl Facebook Group (106 members)
- Reencuentro de Mision Buenos Aires Sur Group (63 members)
- Buenos Aires South Mission 1996 – 1999 Group (6 members)
- Buenos Aires South Mission Moms (LDS) Group (5 members)
Buenos Aires South Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission!
Shirt designs include Argentina Buenos Aires 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: Argentina Buenos Aires South missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
B.A.s South Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Buenos Aires South LDS Mission.
- 2016-2019, Alejandro Calquin Sepulveda
- 2013-2016, Larry L. Thurgood
- 2010-2013, Michael J. Stapley
- 2007-2010, Ronald Asay
- 2004-2007, Stephen C. Record
- 2001-2004, Gerardo Vazquez
- 1999-2001, Wayne C. Perkins
- 1996-1999, Stephen Berg Oveson
- 1993-1996, Keith Crockett
- 1990-1993, Rollin S. Davis
- 1987-1990, Carlos Aguero
- 1984-1987, Jorge Abad
- 1983-1984, Wendell Hall
- 1980-1983, Lawrence R. Dahl
- 1978-1980, Ireneo Frol
- 1975-1977, Juan Carlos Avila
Argentina LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 432,007
- Missions: 12
- Temples: 2
- Congregations: 765
- Family History Centers: 107
Helpful Articles about Argentina
- What I wish I knew before my mission in Argentina
- Strong Winds in the Patagonia
- Chacras in the Patagonia
- Tomas is Argentina
- Crime and Safety in Argentina
- Argentine Pasta Sauce “Tuco”
- Argentine Cookies “Galletitas”
- Argentine Barbecue “Asado”
- Pizza in Argentina vs. Pizza in the USA
- Shopping for Food in Argentina
- Building Architecture and City Layout in Argentina
B.A.s South Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Argentina Buenos Aires 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?
- 2014-2016 (Anonymous)
- 2011-2013 (Luci)
- 2011-2013 (Tyler)
- 2007-2009 (Bryan)
- 1981-1983 (Kirk)
- 1981-1982 (Kevin)
- 1980-1982 (Ches)
- 1979-1981 (Curtis)
What areas did you serve in?
- La Plata – Cañuelas – Olmos – Monte Grande. (Luci)
- El parque, Berisso, Villa Progresso, nueve de abril, el Jagüel, Longchamps, Lanús Este. (Tyler)
- Tandil, Dolores , Florencio Varela, Monte Grande. (Kirk)
- Quilts Oeste, Madariaga, Dolores, Florencia Varela. (Kevin)
- Tandil, Azul, Longchamps, Lanus, Platanos. (Ches)
- Maipú, Guernica, Banfield, Ezpeleta, La Plata. (Curtis)
What were some favorite foods?
- Empanads and the Pizza. (Anonymous)
- Asado (Argentinean barbecue) Lomo saltado; Arroz chaufa (Peruvian meals–there are lots of people from Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay–you get to eat their food too). (Luci)
- Asado, Milanesa, Empanadas, Lentejas, Locro. (Tyler)
- Milanesa, ravioles, ñoquis, etc. (Bryan)
- Empanadas, asasdo chorizo, gnocchi , pollo frito, helado. Comida de mamitas (not mamita from banfield )and postre. (Kirk)
- Milenesa, alfajor, carne a la parilla, helado, dulce de leche, membrillo, batata, mate amargo, asados. (Kevin)
- Asado de parilla. Montecol. Empanadas. Sandwich de melanesa. (Ches)
- Matambre, fideos con salsa italiana, alfajores. (Curtis)
What was a funny experience?
- The drunks. (Anonymous)
- I had so many but I can’t think of one specifically that was more funny than another. Expect to have fun as every mission is amazing. But Buenos Aires Sur is so much fun. Enjoy your experiences. (Tyler)
- En la zona de Avellaneda con Elder Madrid y la gran zona en las reunion de zona pusimos un sapo en la mochila de elder raymond y le pidieron un pensamiento espiritual. Al abrir su mochila encontro el sapo y gritaba. (Bryan)
- Tracting and Elder Powell pushes the buzzer at the front door and it “stuck’. It sounded awful and he beat and pounded on that buzzer desperately but it kept buzzing and when they opened the door Elder Powell just stood there with his arms down at his sides and looked at them like nothing was out of the ordinary. Of course I couldn’t keep in “character” and doubled over with laughter. (Ches)
- Trying to get cleaned up in the winter with no hot water and no heat in a non-windproof apartment. (Curtis)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- Getting chased with a machete, robbed, held at gun point, etc. (Anonymous)
- We were walking and crossing the street on a green light in La Plata (my 1st area) when suddenly a car turned fast in our direction to the point my companion could feel the car touching her skirt. I had noticed the speed so I had grabbed my companion’s hand to pull her to the sidewalk. She said if it had not been for that quick move, the car would have run over her. Drivers are pretty bad in Buenos Aires. Seriously. Be careful. (Luci)
- Expect to get robbed. I never did because I was cool with the hood rats but I know many people that were robbed many times. (Tyler)
- Un asalto en Fabian Onzari estabamos caminando con Elder Madrid y vimos a dos tipos poniendo armas en la cabeza de un hombre y le robaron su camioneta, menls mal no le hicieron nada pero cuando ellos salieron con la camioneta nos apuntaron con las armas. (Bryan)
- Riding trains during rush hour. Having military search your bus out in no where late in evening. (Kirk)
- I was hit by a car. (Kevin)
- Almost died of carbon-monoxide poisoning due to defective in-line water heater. (Curtis)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Gosh. There are many in many degrees. But spiritual experiences that have grabbed me since then and are sacred to me and are the conversion process of Ivana, Daniel and Sebastian (different families, different areas) Tough stories; broken hearted; hopeless lives. I will only say that the spiritual experiences among these cherished friends started when they opened their hearts to the gospel truths we had taught them, mainly to pray, to read the Book of Mormon, to attend church meetings. They didn’t accept it very easily, but once they tested just one thing and had witnessed its truthfulness, they kept looking for more until they committed themselves to follow the example of the Savior, even until now. The key? Pray, read the Book of Mormon, sacrament meeting. Do it with them at their pace. Trust the Moroni promise. It works all the time, but be patient and then you’ll rejoice with them. (Luci)
- Being able to help someone get to the waters of baptism after 10 years of listening to the missionaries. (Tyler)
- Con Elder Valdivia, la familia Sosa no queria aceptar la fecha bautismal, cuando por fin dijieron si les preparamos para su fecha y una semana antes de su fecha, ella llego a la capilla y dijo me quiero bautizar hoy, tenemos todo para hacerlo hoy necesitamos esto. Justo ese dia nuestro presidente de mision Ronald Asay estaba visitando nuestro barrio de Budge e hizo las entrevistas. Su bautismo fue en la capilla de El Faro. (Bryan)
- When you try everything possible to accomplish things and fail and full faith and trust in the lord accomplish tasks. (Kirk)
- Baptisms. (Kevin)
- There were so many. Dave Harmer was my junior and was a great companion. A man came up to us in the street and he was crying. He was on his way to the railroad tracks to kill himself. He couldn’t stop crying. He had been crying for weeks. He had tried everything and nothing worked, his wife couldn’t take much more. So went to his house and talked with him and we gave him a Book of Mormon and then gave him a blessing. The spirit was very strong and palpable. He was promised that if he read the Book of Mormon every day he wouldn’t cry anymore. And he did read and he didn’t cry anymore and he came to church for two weeks. (Ches)
- Baptismal interview of a man who had a very bad past. Seeing the effects of his repentance was wonderful. (Curtis)
What are some interesting facts about the Buenos Aires South Mission?
- Very hot and humid during the summer. Lots of train and bus rides. Plan in advance to always be on time to take those. Most likely, you’ll have to ride a bicycle. It’s pretty fun, but use helmet and follow the transit rules without exception. Don’t lose sight of your companion–never. There are some rural areas, lot of countryside. Many immigrants from Paraguay, Peru and Bolivia, they are awesome and listened to our message. You’ll find out also that they work many hours even on Sundays. Don’t give up because of that. I’ve seen many miracles because of the truth of the Sabbath. Simply teach them and love them. And you’ll see. 😉 (Luci)
- That it is an amazing mix of country and city. It’s full of culture and cool history. (Tyler)
- The people are wonderful. The culture. (Kirk)
- Argentina was at war with England, peso inflation was crazy. (Kevin)
- There were interesting Argentine novelties but I’m not sure what our mission’s qualities were that would qualify as interesting. (Ches)
- Before it was divided, your transfer could be a 3+ hour jet flight away. Although we had the Andes mountains in our mission (3 great towns with missionaries), the central part of Buenos Aires province is so flat that when we had a huge flood, (although no point was deeper than 10 feet) it covered 6 million acres. (Curtis)
What was the weather like?
- Lots of rain and humid. (Anonymous)
- Humid in summer and winter time which makes it super cold and super hot in both seasons. (Luci)
- Lots of rain and humid. (Tyler)
- Either hot or spring like weather. (Kirk)
- Perfect. (Kevin)
- Hot and muggy in the summer and cold and wet in the winter. We had strong, lingering winds in Tandil and hail that was as big as golf balls. In Azul, after a thundershower in the summertime, thousands of tiny, little frogs would appear and cover the roads as they crossed en masse. They would be all gone in 15 minutes. (Ches)
- Hot, dry summers, cold, wet winters, and very nice in spring and fall. (Curtis)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- Everything but mostly the culture of the people. (Anonymous)
- Everything about them. They are very loving people and would do anything for you if you just give them the time. (Tyler)
- Su alegria y su disposision a trabajar en la obra. (Bryan)
- They accept you and share what they have with you even if it’s very little. (Kirk)
- Friendly. (Kevin)
- I loved them. I still miss them. I have carried a melancholy streak since coming home. They are a physically beautiful people. They were hospitable and would give you their last bit of food without you knowing it. I found them to be less materialistic than we are in the States. (Ches)
- Many people were well-educated, well-read, many very engaging. There was a diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds that kept life interesting. Most members were fiercely loyal to The Church and incredibly kind to the missionaries – they treated us like angels. (Curtis)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Good rain coat with good rain boots, but make sure it does not look expensive or it will get stolen. (Anonymous)
- Bring a waterproof jacket, both light and heavy…it rains a lot. It rains year round. (Tyler)
- Standard dark blue or black suit. Plenty of shirts and underwear and socks. Make sure you have good shoes. (Kirk)
- Get comfy and good shoes. That makes all the difference. Merrell were the best kind for me. They lasted until the very end and my feet remain healthy. 😀 (Luci)
- Take a sleeping bag. (Kevin)
- Don’t take too much. If you need something after you are there, you can get what you need down there. (Ches)
- Be ready for the gamut of weather conditions. When it’s hot, you really need short sleeves and breathable pants. When it’s cold, it’s usually also wet, and with central heating not common, you have to be prepared to stay warm and dry. (Curtis)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Determination to follow the Lord all my life because of the fact that I don’t have anymore doubt (if there was any) that this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ, that this is the correct God’s plan for His children. Many special and cherished brothers and sisters and friends. Many skills. Positive changes in me. I discover many more weaknesses. For me it’s a blessing. Otherwise, I wouldn’t know what I needed to change in order to be better. A closer relationship with the Godhead. A deeper appreciation for living prophets and apostles. Enormous gratitude for my parents–they are the ones who accepted the restored gospel in my family. (Luci)
- So many friendships that will last for eternity. A true relationship with my Father in Heaven. A fantastic job when I returned and many more. (Tyler)
- Ver familias cambiar sus vidas. He tenido lo que necesito siempre no he pasado por necesidades. (Bryan)
- Humility, compassion. (Kirk)
- Good health, stronger testimony. (Kevin)
- An understanding of personal integrity, a better clarity of myself and my life. I made friendships that have blessed me throughout my life. (Ches)
- It taught me how to work through disappointments, how to exercise faith, the value of prayer and scripture study, and especially that God keeps His promises. I’m still being blessed for my missionary service. (Curtis)
What are some skills you gained?
- To plan (I wasn’t always successful), to listen more, to observe more, to not jump to conclusions–to not judge. (Luci)
- Learned to blend with people that are very different from your own and respect what others think. Speak Spanish very, very well and learn different dialects from different countries like Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, and Bolivia. (Tyler)
- Tiny bit better in speaking the language. Learning to present yourself and companion and church. (Kirk)
- Communication, study skills. (Kevin)
- Speaking Castellano which I kept dusted off throughout my life. I learned how to talk with strangers in a comfortable way. (Ches)
- My Spanish went from very good to native, I learned diligence and patience, I learned how to follow the Spirit, and I learned to understand how different types of people think and act. (Curtis)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- To serve my companion and the people more. (Luci)
- Memorizing and understanding right off the bat. (Tyler)
- The language. Cooking. Hind sight. (Kirk)
- Worked harder. (Kevin)
- I wished I had had a better understanding of myself. (Ches)
- I wish that I would have known more Spanish to start speak
- I wish we had Preach My Gospel. It’s the most perfect book next to the Book of Mormon. (Curtis)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Buenos Aires South?
- Enjoy every moment even the bad ones. (Anonymous)
- Follow every single rule from the missionary handbook–EVERY SINGLE ONE as simple as it may be, and the ones your President may tell according to the circumstances. Love everybody! And if it turns out a little bit hard for you, ponder and apply Moroni 7:48. I’ll tell ya, it worked out for me miraculously. I know this is God’s work and it is very important to help move it forward. It really is. You’ll learn for yourself, if you are obedient and work hard, the real joy spoken by Alma and the sons of Mosiah, at first hand. It is impossible to explain or describe such feelings. However, I’m confident that you will experience those sacred moments in your own mission field. (Luci)
- Lose yourself…don’t worry about baptisms. Those will come. But focus on the people, learn from them and know that if you’re going to Argentina. they take time to really open up to you. Just give them your time. (Tyler)
- Sean ustedes mismos, amen a las personas a las que sirven y demuestren su amor con echos. Sean obedientes a sus lideres y veran que las bendiciones llegaran. (Bryan)
- That you present the gospel to the people. Not force feed it like spinach to baby. They could be just the seed of the light to be planted not always to be the one to baptize. All steps are necessary find them, introduce them to our church and gospel…give them time to pray and get a testimony of it themselves even if it means waiting on baptism. (Kirk)
- Keep an open mind. (Kevin)
- Always be honest. Be fair. ALWAYS stand up to a bully. I testify to the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I testify that I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. (Ches)
- Learn the Book of Mormon and the New Testament, study Preach My Gospel diligently, and above all, keep an open mind about whom the Lord has prepared. Argentina is awesome, despite its many problems. (Curtis)
What was a funny language mistake?
- Molestar in Spanish means to upset. (Anonymous)
- Estoy embarazada. Thinking this meant I’m embarrassed. But it means I’m pregnant. It’s tengo vergüenza. (Tyler)
- Ingles. (Bryan)