December 20, 2014

Argentina Resistencia Mission

LDS Argentina Resistencia Mission logo tshirt
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Here are free resources about the Argentina Resistencia Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Argentina LDS Missions.

Resistencia Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Resistencia 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.

Argentina Resistencia Mission
435 Entre Rios
3500 Resistencia
Phone Number: 54 362-448-7750
Mission President: President Rodolfo C. Franco

Argentina Resistencia Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Resistencia Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date map for the Resistencia Mission

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

Videos with Resistencia RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Argentina Resistencia 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 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.

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Resistencia Missionary Blogs

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

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

Argentina Resistencia RMs 2017
Elder Nate Pendleton 2017
Elder Keicher 2016
Elder Rockford Webster 2016
Sister Jenessa Hein 2016
Elder Jonathan Peters 2016
Elder Connor Hoopes 2016
Elder Taylor Burke 2016
Elder Tanner Simmons 2016
Elder Trevor Miles 2016
Mission Alumni 2015
Elder Gabriel Christiansen 2015
Elder Cody Harris 2015
Sister Allison Tolman 2015
Elder Travis Clemons 2015
Elder Joshua Clarine 2015
Elder Tyler Johnson 2015
Sister Eva Jane Melton 2015
Sister Ashley Hilton 2015
Elder Rhys Enright 2015
Sister Rebecca Smith 2015
Elder Zachary Truman 2015
Elder Arch Ratliff 2015
Sister Emily Valenzuela 2014
President & Sister Heyman 2014
Elder Alec Sipple 2014
Elder Mark Smith 2014
Sister Reinna Quick 2014
Elder Josh Burt 2014
Elder & Sister McCoy 2014
Sister Amy Johansen 2014
Sister Iyslen Tolman 2014
Elder Evan Naumann 2014
Elder Tyson Terry 2013
Elder Travis Rushton 2013
Elder Garth Massey 2013
Elder Tyler Guest 2013
Elder Jared Gifford 2013
Sister Amy Davis 2013
Sister Chelsea Baker 2013
Elder Sean Deniston 2013
Elder Jacob Benson 2013
Elder Quynton Allsup 2013
Elder Steven Walker 2012
Elder Morgan Hunt 2012
Elder Derek Droesbeke 2012
Elder Nathan Horrocks 2011
Elder Matthew Schneider 2011
Elder Geoffrey Andrews 2011
Sister Callie Payne 2011
Elder Ethan Chipman 2011
Elder Jordan Nelson 2011
Sister Sarah Tritsch 2010

Argentina Resistencia Mission Groups

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

  1. Argentina Resistencia Mission Facebook Group (1,076 members)
  2. Elder Ulloa…Resistencia.Argentina.Mission Group (625 members)
  3. La Gran Mision Argentina Resistencia Group (345 members)
  4. Mision Resistencia con Presidente Pincock Group (238 members)
  5. La Mision Resistencia con Pte Monroy Group (174 members)
  6. Mision Argentina Resistencia Facebook Group (108 members)
  7. Mision Resistencia Presidente Spitale 2002-05 Group (66 members)
  8. Mision Resistencia Pres. Christensen 1999-02 Group (57 members)
  9. Resistencia Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (9 members)
  10. Resistencia Mission – President Christensen Group (2 members)

Resistencia Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Argentina Resistencia Mission!

Shirt designs include Argentina Resistencia 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 Resistencia missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Resistencia Mission gifts

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Resistencia Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2017-2020, Alejandro S. Patanía
  2. 2014-2017, Rodolfo Ciro Franco
  3. 2011-2014, Raymond Scott Heyman
  4. 2008-2011, Jorge Luis del Castillo
  5. 2005-2008, Donald V. Shakespear
  6. 2002-2005, Ruben Spitale
  7. 1999-2002, Shirley Dean Christensen
  8. 1996-1999, Carlos Monroy
  9. 1993-1996, Blair D. Pincock
  10. 1990-1993, Wilfredo R. Lopez

Argentina LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 432,007
  • Missions: 12
  • Temples: 2
  • Congregations: 765
  • Family History Centers: 107

Helpful Articles about Argentina (Written by RMs)

Resistencia Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Argentina Resistencia 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?

  • July 2014-Novenber 2015 (Cassie)
  • May 2013-November 2014 (Rachel)
  • 2008-2010 (Caleb)
  • 2001-2003 (Dustyn)
  • 2000-2002 (Mark)
  • 1998-2000 (Kolby)
  • 1996-1998 (Adam)
  • 1990-1992 (Paul)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Formosa, Clorinda, Campo Largo, Campo Medina, Posadas, Apóstoles. (Adam)

What were some favorite foods?

  • I loved empanadas, the pizza, and also the fruit salads. Oh, and the ice cream is to die for. (Cassie)
  • Empanadas. Milanesa. Arroz con queso. Ñoquis. Asado. (Rachel)
  • Empanadas, Milanessa, Salad. (Caleb)
  • Milanesa, choripan, empanadas, guiso, hamburguesa con huevo. (Dustyn)
  • Milanesa, Choripan(street food, sausage and bread), Carpincho, Ensalada rusa. (Mark)
  • Milanesa, Gnochis, Empanadas, Cannelonis, Puchero, Asado, Lomitos. (Kolby)
  • Asado, empanada, guiso, ńoqui, polenta, chipá, milanesa. (Adam)
  • Chipas, Asado, pasta hecho de mano, dulce de leche, pomelos, sandia, facturas recien hechas. (Paul)

What was a funny experience?

  • One time, when my companion and I left the apartment, it was super hot and there was not one single cloud in the sky. So, we left with as little as possible. As we were teaching in one of the furthest away areas from our home, a huge storm rolled in. Thunder, lightning, and “cats and dog” type rain began to fall from the sky. It was incredible! We got soaked, and kept slipping in mud. It took us twice as long to get back to the apartment that day. (Cassie)
  • I fell in the zanja and had to wash myself at a member’s house while she was cleaning cow guts. (Rachel)
  • We once had to help a member gather wood and he was hurt and unable to drive his motorcycle back. I had to drive it. Lol (Caleb)
  • Watching the buses slide back and forth on the muddy streets. (Dustyn)
  • We came to a part member house for an appointment and they couldn’t meet because they were literally taking apart their house and moving it. So my companion and I helped them take apart their house and carry it 3-4 blocks away. During one of the trips with huge support beams a man shouts out a window, “that’s not in the bible”. (Mark)
  • First Christmas Zone conference, we made Jack O Lanterns out of watermelons. (Kolby)
  • Being stopped by the police on a highway check point and being ordered to give them a ride to the next city in the mission van. We had 5 police officers in the van with 4 assistants to the president and we taught them all the discussions because they could not leave. We even drove really slow to be sure we had time to get all the lessons in. That was the last time they tried to take advantage of the Mormon missionaries. (Paul)

What was a crazy experience?

  • We had to leave for the city to visit an hermana in the hospital, and as we were coming back, the whole city lost power. So as we were on the bus, you started to hear people screaming, and saw some shadows running outside the bus. It was as if the zombie apocalypse was happening. When we got back to our area and stepped out of the bus, it was pitch black, and you could see every star known to man. We couldn’t even see our hand in front of our faces. We had to move slowly and use our tiny 2005 cell phone to make it back home. (Cassie)
  • The police tried to take me and my companion away. (Rachel)
  • Getting robbed at knife point. (Caleb)
  • Getting robbed at gunpoint in a bad neighborhood at night. (Dustyn)
  • We visited one house for an appointment and a guy was obviously drunk and carrying around a large kitchen knife. He ripped my companions watch from his belt. Luckily his buddy helped calm the situation and got my companions watch back. (Mark)
  • An elder in my previous zone was killed in a car accident in Chaco in 2000. (Kolby)
  • The highway between Resistencia and Formosa is famous for sunbathing snakes. At the time, our mission president, Willy Lopez hated snakes. So one trip from Formosa to Resistencia, we noticed that there were many dead snakes that had been sun bathing and were run over by cars. They were still in tact, and fresh road kill so we stopped and loaded up the mission van with all of them. By the time we arrived to the mission president’s house, we had over 50 snakes ranging in size from 2 feet to 8 feet. We lined them up from his door step to the street and rang the bell and ran away. The best ding dong ditch ever! (Paul)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • It gets super hot in this mission. Some days it gets so hot that your water almost boils in your water bottle. As we were walking down this long dirt road, I was thinking about how I would give anything to have some green mint ice cream. As this thought entered my mind I looked up and right in front of me I saw this mint green house. Little did I know it was a huge prompting for me. So, we knocked on the door of this house and the man inside was super receptive and came to church. Later he got baptized, then he baptized one of the next converts unto the Lord, and later he received the Melchizedek Priesthood. It was a neat way to learn how the Lord speaks to us. He meets us on our own level. (Cassie)
  • Too many. (Rachel)
  • Finding a Family of 6 non-members the last month of my mission and being able to teach and baptize them all before I returned home. (Caleb)
  • Being guided street by street to a man named Cachilo who accepted baptism half way through the first discussion. (Dustyn)
  • My first day in the field we came across a woman who had been baptized a year before but was never confirmed. It just so happened that she saw us my first day and decided to come talk to us. During the two years I was out the rest of her family was baptized. (Mark)
  • Seeing a couple we helped marry and baptize, getting to see their sealing in Buenos Aires when I finished my mission. (Kolby)
  • We were able to baptize many Toba Aboriginies during my mission. They were true Lamanites and live in very humble mud huts in the jungle. At the end of my mission, a fund raising effort by members in the United States raised enough money to pay for 2 buses to transport the first Arboriginal members to the Buenos Aires Temple to receive their endowments. (Paul)

What are some interesting facts about the Resistencia Mission?

  • Our mission is the poorest part of Argentina. It is one of the hottest. The people are the nicest. Also, the people here all drink a strange tea drink called mate, and they all pass it around. There are a lot of indigenous communities, and there are many cultural dances. Another interesting thing is that they love celebrating birthdays. They love to celebrate their children’s birthdays. (Cassie)
  • They don’t give change…they always round up or down and if they don’t round, they give you candies to make up the difference. (Rachel)
  • It was the size of California literally. It was massive but has since then been split into 2 separate missions. Elder Scott (former Apostle) used to be the Mission President there. (Caleb)
  • There are crocodiles, piranas, tucans, pumas, and jaguars. It has one of the 7 natural wonders of the world (Now in the Posadas mission). (Dustyn)
  • I served in Chaco, Corrientes and Misiones. Very humble and poor living conditions in many areas. Loved the people and continue to keep in contact after 15 years. (Kolby)
  • It bordered 4 countries (Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia), and the languages spoken fluently in certain towns or areas included Spanish, Portuguese, Toba, Pilaga, German and Guaranie. (Paul)

What was the weather like?

  • It is super warm all year long. There was only about 6 weeks of cooler weather. Enough to get cold and wear a jacket, but not cold enough to get to freezing. Also, it rains about every other week. It rains for one day, as in it downpours, but then it drys up super fast the next day. Rain boots are a must here. (Cassie)
  • September-April= HOT AND HUMID. May=pleasant (can have cold storms). June-July=chilly (with 3 weeks of cold cold). August=pleasant. (Rachel)
  • Hot and Humid. Nothing more to say very… Hot and Humid. (Caleb)
  • Hot! And Humid! (Dustyn)
  • Hot and Humid. Everything but 2-3 months in the winter I always planned on being wet(either from sweat or rain). (Mark)
  • HUMID!!! Hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Lots and lots of dirt roads and in Misiones the Tierra colaroda (red dirt) stains everything. (Kolby)
  • Hot, humid and sub tropical. Other parts were arid, and had 20 foot high cactcus. But also very hot. (Paul)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • I loved everything about where I served. I loved walking everywhere, and being out in the middle of nowhere. I loved how humble and loving the people were. Random strangers treated us like we were family. A lot of the people were innocent and loved where they were at. The people take pride in working hard and they love their family. It is something of value there. It is amazing. Best mission, place, and people in the world. (Cassie)
  • They are so generous and open. (Rachel)
  • Very genuine kind people. They have very little but offer to give more than they have. (Caleb)
  • Their kindness and love. I love everything about the area. (Dustyn)
  • They will give you the shirt off their back. (Mark)
  • Very opening and loving people. They care about the missionaries if you care for them. (Kolby)
  • They are the most humble, loving people in the world. They are closer to nature and the Spirit than anyone I have ever met. The technology of the world has not destroyed them, and sitting and talking is still more important than anything else that can be done, except watching the Argentine soccer team play. (Paul)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Only pack basic t-shirts. Gap basic tees are the best! They cover your garments without an undershirt. Also, bring lots of flowing skirts. Anything light is recommended for sisters. Also, buy Keens for shoes! They last forever. Buy three pairs of those. Two won’t last you if you are walking and working all the time. Also, an insulated water bottle. (Cassie)
  • For sisters: bring flowy skirts you don’t care about. 1 pencil skirt for meetings. 1 pair nice flats. 1-2 pairs STURDY walking shoes. Don’t bother trying to be trendy…it’ll only get you robbed. Bring lots and lots and lots of ballet flat socks–they don’t sell them there. (Rachel)
  • Bring light clothing…it will be hot. The winters can get a bit cold. But winter only lasts 1-2 months of each year. Then it is Hot again. (Caleb)
  • Short sleeve shirts. Good shoes for walking. Cotton not synthetic socks. (Dustyn)
  • Good shoes, thermal underwear for winter, lots of short sleeve shirts, scarf for winter and gloves. (Kolby)
  • Bring waterproof, durable work boots because it rains a lot, the roads are rough and the dogs bite ankles. Also wear thick socks to prevent blisters from all the hiking (you can also double-sock. (Adam)
  • Bring money to buy what you need beyond what you take with you. There are many dirt roads so I found a pair of soccer cleats were helpful to wear when the roads were wet and slick as ice. I was the only missionary that did not slip and fall in the mud. Also, even though it is hot, don’t wear short sleeve shirts. The mosquitoes will eat you alive. (Paul)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I still haven’t seen the end of the blessings from serving a mission. I recently have returned. I have been home for a month, and I have this incredible peace that comes over me every day. Even after being away from what is happening in the world, and seeing how bad it has gotten, God provides His faithful with peace and love. I have also seen many blessings of opportunities opening up. It is wonderful. I know there will be more because my companions that are home tell me as we continue faithful, and do the things we have done in the mission, the blessings multiply. Incredible! I don’t deserve it, but I sure do love God more for it all. (Cassie)
  • Still figuring it out. My family was safe. I was safe. (Rachel)
  • Greater testimony. Stronger ambition to follow Christ. Love for others and family. (Caleb)
  • I have never done anything more important or that has had a greater impact on my life. It has affected my decision making, my career, my family and has all been for good. I love my mission and love Argentina. (Dustyn)
  • Stronger testimony and love of the gospel and memories for eternity. Fluency in Spanish to use in my career today but also allowed me to meet my wife in Utah after the mission. She is from Argentina also. (Kolby)
  • Not a day goes by that I draw on my mission experience in some way. (Mark)
  • A stronger testimony of the Gospel and a surprisingly greater capacity to love others. (Adam)
  • I have been back twice since I came home in 1992. My family knows my mission experiences, and have seen the places I served in person. The Argentine companions are my friends for life. My oldest son is serving his mission in Peru and one of the missionaries he served with is the son of one of my companions from Argentina. My mission president is still a central figure in my life and my best friends are those I made in the mission. (Paul)

What are some skills you gained?

  • The main skill I have gained is how to communicate well with others. Even those who I do not see eye to eye with. God has also blessed me with a rapidness to forgive myself as well as others. Diligence and perseverance are also other things I have gained due to the strenuous schedule and sacrifice. Finally, I learned the skill of balance and how putting the Lord first is the main factor of that balance. (Cassie)
  • Self reliance. Independence. Spanish. People/social skills. (Rachel)
  • Communications, Spanish & people skills. (Caleb)
  • The Spanish language. Conversation, perseverance, love.  All important skills. (Dustyn)
  • Money Management, surprisingly. (Mark)
  • Responsibility. Maturity. Communication skills were a key because now I have no fear of talking in public places or events. (Kolby)
  • Spanish language fluency. (Adam)
  • Spanish, cultural understanding, and a love for different people. I have become an instructor at the Simon Weisenthal Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles where I teach classes on diversity and ethics to law enforcement. The doors to this career were opened as a result of my mission experiences. (Paul)

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

  • I wish I let myself see the fun of it all. I thought if we were having fun it meant we were not working. That was totally false, I wish someone told me to laugh too much, and to treat the mission as your life. I eventually learned these lessons, and the mission is still closer to “real life” than my life I had before my mission. I didn’t have any other wishes. It was all part of the great process of the refiners fire. (Cassie)
  • Argentina IS NOT America and America IS NOT Argentina. (Rachel)
  • Knew Spanish. Haha. I struggled for a few months. (Caleb)
  • Nothing really. (Dustyn)
  • You will walk and walk and walk, I lost over 60 lbs on my mission and I didn’t even try to lose weight. (Kolby)
  • Read the Book of Mormon cover to cover before I went to Argentina. (Paul)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Resistencia?

  • I would say make it your own. Do not give up after the first 3 days, first 3 weeks, and first 3 months. It isn’t easy, but just take one day at a time. Also, the way to make time go by quicker is to be 100% obedient and to work so hard that you fall asleep during your prayers. It makes all the difference. Finally, have faith in the people. There are a lot of different religions in Northern Argentina, just like the rest of the world, but just be loving to everyone. Everyone knows who we are. Love the members, involve them in all your lessons, don’t get caught up in teaching too many less actives. Treat all inactive like investigators. If they don’t come to church, you need to let them go too. Don’t let the heat get to you. Have faith in God. Pray like you have never done before, and love all those around you. (Cassie)
  • Be real: to yourself and to others. If you’re struggling, that’s okay. It doesn’t mean you’re a terrible missionary. You’re going to have struggles and trials even when you’re doing your best. Welcome to the mission. (Rachel)
  • Remember that all missionaries go through hard times, but rely on the Lord and he will lead you through the trail. (Caleb)
  • Go! SERVE! Love every minute and leave every ounce of energy and heart you have in the mission field. Never do anything you would regret.  Enjoy each precious moment. (Dustyn)
  • Love the language and speak as much as you can even with the other American elders. (Kolby)
  • Be humble and obedient, and miracles will happen in your life and in the the lives of those you serve. (Adam)
  • Being from the United States of America does not mean you know more than the people you will be serving. Humble yourself and realize that they will teach you more than you will ever be able to teach them. (Paul)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • There are cognates and be careful with the words that are and that are not. Also, when you are asking for something you don’t say it in the English way such as, “Can I have…” That doesn’t work in Spanish. In the Spanish language, you learn how to command people to do something in a nice way. So, when people just tell you, “Do this!” without the please in the beginning it isn’t rude. (Cassie)
  • Carne y Huevos instead of carne y huesos (meat and eggs instead of flesh and bone). (Rachel)
  • I always confused Cup (Vaso) with Cow (Vaca). (Caleb)
  • My mission president told me of a time when he taught about prayer using the old flip charts. He accidentally had the picture of Joseph Smith in the grove instead of the steps for prayer. When they opened their eyes during the prayer, the investigator was in the same position as Joseph Smith. (Dustyn)
  • Nothing I can repeat without offending someone. (Paul)