Here are free resources about the Arizona Phoenix 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
Arizona Phoenix Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Arizona Phoenix 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.
Arizona Phoenix Mission
18001 North 79th Ave Ste C50
Phone Number: 1-623-334-3823
Mission President: President Spencer Griffin
Arizona Phoenix Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Phoenix Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the Phoenix Mission
Videos with Arizona Phoenix RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Arizona Phoenix Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Arizona
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Arizona. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Arizona, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Arizona Phoenix Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Phoenix Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.
Arizona Phoenix Mission Groups
Here are Phoenix Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Phoenix Mission.
- Arizona Phoenix Mission- President Beck Group (375 members)
- Arizona Phoenix Mission- Taylor/2011-2014 Group (366 members)
- Arizona Phoenix Mission- President Booth Group (216 members)
- Arizona Phoenix Mission McDougal Group (133 members)
- Phoenix Mission for the LDS Church 1998-2001 Group (132 members)
- Arizona Phoenix Mission- Washburn Era Group (116 members)
- Arizona Phoenix Mission- President Gill Group (66 members)
- Arizona Phoenix Mission President Smith Group (27 members)
- Arizona Phoenix Mission Group Facebook Group (21 members)
- Phoenix Mission- President F.M. Bay – 84 to 97 Group (12 members)
- Mission Phoenix Arizona Facebook Group (10 members)
- Phoenix Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (9 members)
- Phoenix Mission- Pres. Washburn and McDougal Group (4 members)
Arizona Phoenix Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Arizona Phoenix Mission!
Shirt designs include Arizona Phoenix 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: Arizona Phoenix missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Arizona Phoenix Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Phoenix LDS Mission.
- 2017-2020, Sean F. D. Collins
- 2014-2017, Spencer R. Griffin
- 2011-2014, R. Scott Taylor
- First Mission President, Francis M. Bay
Arizona LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 416,192
- Missions: 6
- Temples: 5
- Congregations: 844
- Family History Centers: 66
Helpful Articles about Arizona
Arizona Phoenix Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Arizona Phoenix RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- July 2013-July 2015 (John)
- 2007-2009 (Drew)
- 2007-2009 (Kathryn)
- 2006-2008 (Gasser)
- 2005-2007 (Erik)
- 1995-1997 (Michael)
- February 1995 – December 1995 (Gaynelle)
- 1994 (Jeffrey)
- 1991-1993 (Bret)
- 1991-1993 (George)
- 1990-1992 (Jerri)
What areas did you serve in?
- Tolleson, South Mountain Surprise, Cottonwood. (Drew)
- North Phoenix, Glendale, Peoria, Flagstaff, New River. (Kathryn)
- Phoenix, Sun City, Sun City West, Young Town, Surprise, Glendale, New River, Anthem, Prescott, Flagstaff, Kayenta, Denahotso, Chilcinbeto. (Gasser)
- Peoria, Glendale, Phoenix, Tolleson, South Phoenix, Flagstaff. Spanish speaking. (Erik)
- Phoenix. Glendale. Prescott. (Michael)
- Flagstaff, Scottdale, Winslow. (Gaynelle)
- Phoenix, Prescott, Glendale, Ajo, Scottsdale. (Bret)
- Scottsdale, Glendale, Avondale, Showlow, Sanders. (Jeffrey)North Phoenix, Phoenix, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Eager, St John’s, and Sedona. (Jerri)
What were some favorite foods?
- Porch Chops, Steak and potatoes, Grilled Chicken Breast, Corn chowder, M&M Pancakes, homemade hamburgers, and sautéd Mushroom sandwiches with J-Dawg sauce from Provo. (John)
- Fried bread, Mexican food. (Drew)
- Navajo fry bread, sloppy-joe biscuits, and sandwiches. (Kathryn)
- Stake, salmon, mutton, frybread, ahcí-eíí, zucchini and hominy stew. (Gasser)
- Carne asada, tacos al carbon, tamales, chiles rellenos, enchiladas, posole. (Erik)
- Fajitas. (Michael)
- Navajo fry bread. Navajo tacos. Strawberry, rhubarb pie. (Gaynelle)
- Flat bread, REAL Mexican food. (Jeffrey)
- I would have to say Cheese Crisps were something I had never seen before and liked them. I remember we frequented a place called “Pete’s fish and chips” I liked the food there and was introduced to Fajitas while I was there. (George)
- Navajo tacos. (Jerri)
What was a funny experience?
- My companion had to use the restroom, but no one was home and we were far from our house so we ended up walking into a hospital to use the bathroom. (John)
- Our ward mission leader fell asleep in a lesson. (Drew)
- Tracting/street contacting on route 66 and Olive Ave. (Kathryn)
- My companions every day. (Gasser)
- While tracting, an elder I was living with kicked over a jug full of motor oil which splashed all over his clothes right before church. (Erik)
- My favorite times were when people freaked out and slammed the door in our faces. (Michael)
- My companion and I accidentally flooded our kitchen one night with soap from the dishwasher because I put the wrong kind of soap in it. We had a very clean kitchen floor. (Gaynelle)
- Sometimes Sister McDougal, in her motherly desire to prepare us for the adventures ahead, would tell stories about when she and President McDougal met and their first few years of marriage. It was the only time I saw President McDougal get a little red. (Jeffrey)
- Yes. (Bret)
- I got into an argument with my trainer Elder Oleson, he had this little dartboard in our room, so I took a picture of myself put it on the board and made it look like he had thrown arrows at the picture, He really freaked out, I thought it was funny. (George)
- Driving backwards to lower our miles on our car. (Jerri)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- There were a lot of javelina in my mission so we had to be careful not to cross paths with a wondering piglet and his mother. (John)
- We found ourselves in a drug cartel house transferring large amounts of cash. (Drew)
- Tracting/street contacting on Route 66 and Olive Ave… Running into a guy at a bus stop near Olive Ave who told us he killed people. witnessing the start of an arrest that had potential to turn into a shoot out. (Kathryn)
- Getting picked up, while hitchhiking, by a guy drunk, drunk off of ocean water, that was driving 95 mph. And wouldn’t let us out the car. And he talked his way out of a sticky situation with the cop. And the cop let us drive away. (Gasser)
- Witnessing several drive by shootings including one a block away from our house in South Phoenix. (Erik)
- There’s been more than one, but the most memorable was when my companion and I were leaving from a dinner appointment on a ranch in the rain. It was dark and muddy and when we were almost to the main road the car slid in the mud and over a deep ditch. We couldn’t see but got out anyway, then realized that the front bumper was on the opposite side of the ditch. The tires were over the ditch but everything worked out just fine. We weren’t hurt and the car wasn’t damaged. We were very blessed. (Gaynelle)
- So Elder Thomas is showing me around the neighborhood my first day or so in the area. We see a little boy about 10 or so riding his bike in circles and we go talk to him. “Hey man, what’s up?” “Oh, there’s gonna be a drug bust,” says the kid. We kind of look at each other and ask “wow, how do you know.” He starts pointing at a delivery van and several other nondescript vehicles. “That’s a cop, that’s a cop, and that’s SWAT.” Then he says “over there, that’s my house. My uncle lives there and he’s a drug dealer.” I should add here that our neighbor in the apartment complex we were living in was also a dealer. (Jeffrey)
- Getting hit by a car is always exciting. Wasn’t hurt, though. (Bret)
What was a spiritual experience?
- I got to go to the Gilbert Temple Open House with a couple less active members and after that experience Brother Spencer decided that day that he was going to work to be worthy so that he could one day be a temple worker, and he did! (John)
- Having a witness that this man would go on and do great things. (Drew)
- Trying my best despite things not going according to my best laid plans and seeing the Lord work through those things that were going “wrong” with the plans. Also, the first prayer of a sincere investigator. (Kathryn)
- Every single day I woke up and saw the sun rise and got to teach the gospel. (Gasser)
- Watching the spirit transform people’s lives. Taking investigators to the Mesa Temple for the Easter Pageant. (Erik)
- Taking a new member to the temple was an incredible spiritual high. (Michael)
- We were in an area that had 2 wards and a branch. The branch was on an Indian Reservation so we went to it once a month. One Sunday my two companions and I were the speakers in Sacrament. They were both new out in the field, their talks were a little short. I didn’t know how how I was going to take up the time but when I got up to speak the words just came so easily that I didn’t even remember some of the things I said. It was an uplifting experience. (Gaynelle)
- The first time I told the Joseph Smith story to an investigator. At that moment it all became real for me. Not just a story in a book or a lesson in seminary, REAL. (Jeffrey)
- Yes. (Bret)
- How close I became to Heavenly Father when my companion hated women (thus me) and how I learned to love her. I ended up being with her longer because we did so well together. (Jerri)
What are some interesting facts about the Phoenix mission?
- My mission was one of seven test pilot missions that began using iPads and Facebook to proselyte and it was very effective! In my mission we had the Phoenix Temple Open House that we were able to take all our investigators to. (John)
- I had three mission presidents. I never made it above Cottonwood. (Drew)
- We were not allowed to fast from water during the summer if we were going to be tracting, street contacting, etc. The drunks and drug addicts on the street listen really well but are often not the investigators that progress. (Kathryn)
- It’s awesome. And there is every climate you can think of. From the cactus filled low deserts to giant pine tree filled mountains to the red rock cliffs to the tumbleweed blowing high deserts. (Gasser)
- Monsoon season is awesome. It’s illegal to cut down Saguaro cactus in AZ. You can go from 90 degree heat in the valley to snow in Flagstaff in the same day. (Erik)
- At the time it was the only mission that covered just Arizona. Sister missionaries never rode bikes because Sister Smith said it wasn’t appropriate. Even though the temple was not in our mission, President Smith took us twice a year then bought every missionary lunch. (Gaynelle)
- While serving in the Sanders area we went through the records of the church there and discovered hundreds of Lamanites had been baptized over the years. Strange to us the branch there had only a dozen active members. We asked the branch president about it and he said for a long time they would have socials and invite everybody to come get a hamburger. This was before the structured discussions and interview process we had when I served, so many people were baptized right there at the socials. We spent most of our time searching for these people who had been baptized in this manner. (Jeffrey)
- Kachina dolls by the native Americans were awesome and the locals gave me a real turquoise bracelet. (Jerri)
What was the weather like?
- Very warm and dry, but in some of the areas I served in there were a lot of pine trees and it would snow in the winter months. (John)
- Hot and hot. (Drew)
- HOT! Dry and hot! With seasonal downpours known as Monsoons (very dangerous for traveling). (Kathryn)
- Cold, Hot, blistering Hot, Hotter, Hotter than …(Gasser)
- Scorching. Humid during monsoon season. (Erik)
- Hot. (Michael)
- In northern Arizona during the winter it was cold and wet. In the summer it never got over 70 degrees. In southern Arizona in the summer it was very hot and in the winter it was very pleasant. (Gaynelle)
- Hot in the valley, cold in the mountains. (Jeffrey)
- Hot in Phoenix! (Bret)
- HOT! (George)
- Summers were Hot in Phoenix and winners were cold in Eager. (Jerri)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- I was meant to meet them, because many of them became life-long friends and I still communicate with them to this day! (John)
- They are always willing to help. (Drew)
- Most wards were super on board and involved in missionary work. They are so humble and willing to be a help to the missionaries. (Kathryn)
- They are family. (Gasser)
- How incredibly warm the Latino community is. (Erik)
- Most of the people were wonderful and very accepting. I loved the Native Americans. I loved the mountains and the dry air (no humidity). I’m from Georgia where the humidity is awful. I don’t know if we were supposed to, but we climbed up one of peeks in Phoenix and just loved it. (Gaynelle)
- Everything. (Bret)
- People seemed very genuine. (George)
- Everything! I’d love to relive my experience. (Jerri)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Yes, roll your clothes and pack them in tight in your suite case to maximize space. (John)
- Minimal packing if you are a Spanish-speaking missionary due to being in Phoenix. (Drew)
- Bring more shirts than the number recommended in your call packet. I would sweat through a top before lunch and then have to change to a fresh one for the afternoon/evening work. Bring some warm clothes for the monsoon and rare cool seasons. (Kathryn)
- Thermals, take only what you need. The Lord will provide the rest. (Gasser)
- Don’t bring heavy coats. Short sleeve shirts. Lots of sunscreen. (Erik)
- Short sleeve shirts. (Michael)
- For the southern part of the state, light clothing. No jackets or blazers. Dress appropriate for the area. Keep down to two suit cases, if possible. (Gaynelle)
- Pack some winter gear in case you get assigned to the mountain areas. People usually only think “hot” when the hear Arizona. (Jeffrey)
- Up north in AZ, bring winter clothes. (Bret)
- Avoid long sleeved shirts. (George)
- Prepare for monsoons! And awesome lightning shows! (Jerri)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- My testimony of the Savior, Temple, and The Book of Mormon grew tremendously! Some other blessings I received was that I got to learn how to use modern technology in safe and effective ways that will help me in my career and social life. (John)
- I don’t even know where to begin to answer this… Relationships with companions, members, less-actives, investigators, etc. I gained memories for a lifetime of tender mercies from the Lord. I grew in confidence through practice teaching and preparing to teach on short notice. I had experiences that taught me about diversity and other cultures (living with a brand new missionary from a foreign country). I grew my testimony of God’s love for me and others. The list could go on for days. (Kathryn)
- Everything. A true understanding of the gospel, direction in life, and a foundation that cannot be shaken. (Gasser)
- An unbreakable testimony. (Erik)
- The ability and confidence to talk to anyone. (Michael)
- I have a better understanding of the Gospel and how to apply it’s teachings in my life. And it has helped me to share the gospel here at home. (Gaynelle)
- Setting the tone for the rest of my life, I think I became less self centered. (George)
- I found my best self and the confidence to approach my Heavenly Father in a real way, not ceremonial. (Jerri)
What are some skills you gained?
- Learning how to use an iPad and social media to coordinate and plan big events. Also, we had a former Marine teach us some exercise that help me a lot with my physical wellness. (John)
- Learning how to speak Spanish. (Drew)
- Teaching, studying with a variety of methods, and confidence to approach people and difficult situations. (Kathryn)
- How to be a world class fry bread maker. (Gasser)
- Teaching and conversational skills. Street smarts. (Erik)
- Studying better. Preparing talks. (Gaynelle)
- The ability to talk to people. The mission experience changed my personality- I became a little more modern because the missionaries were about six years younger than I was. I enjoyed the fun I had with the other missionaries I served with. (George)
- Talking to strangers, building stronger relationships, teaching effectively, navigation and scheduling skills, and listening/solving problems. (Jerri)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I wish I would have read through Preach My Gospel a lot more because there are many keys to missionary success in there. (John)
- I wish I would’ve talked more to everyone and knowing the lessons more completely so as to be able to teach by the direction of the spirit. (Kathryn)
- Learned Navajo. (Gasser)
- Attempt to speak more Spanish. (Erik)
- Studied Bible more. Learned to keep a journal better. (Gaynelle)
- As a new member of the church, I wish I had been coached on some of the mores and norms of the LDS culture. I had no idea it was improper to pass the sacrament with your left hand, I had a lot of catching up to do. (George)
- The discussions and BRT method. (Jerri)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Phoenix?
- YOU are called to YOUR mission because the Lord needs YOU there and because only YOU will be able to connect with some of the Lord’s choice children in your areas that you’ll be serving in. (John)
- Go out and don’t be afraid of the language barrier. (Drew)
- If you let the Lord have all of your time, obedience, and heart, no matter what difficulties you face in the work you will not regret your investment of time or resources. The work could be done without you, so this is really an opportunity for the Lord to tutor and mold you to become more polished than you perhaps ever have been. Few people get to immerse themselves in such selfless service at that age in life without a mission. Enjoy every minute of the mission as it flies by so quickly. Work diligently to keep those skills and habits post-mission. Serving a mission gives you tools, rather than invincibility, against the devil. (Kathryn)
- Get over yourself and be ready to put your own wants aside and do what the Lord wants you to do and go where he wants you to. (Gasser)
- Embrace change. Be open minded to others’ way of life. No matter what successes/disappointments you have, The Church is still true. (Erik)
- Know the Book of Mormon. Know it’s true. (Michael)
- Study the scriptures all you can. Save money. Learn to pack lightly. Be self disciplined. Pray, pray, pray!! (Gaynelle)
- Be honest with yourself, we are not perfect and perspective members need to see the REAL you. I also think that if you have any doubts or situation that might cause you to lose focus, don’t go. (George)
- Do it! Be humble, so God can make you an effective instrument in his hands. (Jerri)
What was a funny language mistake?
- My companion spoke Albanian so we learned how to sing happy birthday in Albanian with our district and our Mission President found it hilarious that we sang it to our district. Not really a mistake, but it was funny. (John)
- I said I was pregnant in Spanish to the Bishop. (Drew)
- Companion meant to say he was embarrassed in Spanish but used the wrong word and said he was pregnant instead. (Erik)
- An Elder told my investigator you had to be born in The Church to be the prophet! (Jerri)