December 22, 2014

Australia Adelaide Mission

Here are free resources about the Australia Adelaide Mission:

Australia Adelaide Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Adelaide 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.

Australia Adelaide Mission
PO Box 97
Marden, SA 5070
Australia

Phone Number: 61-8-8431-9623
Mission President: President Bradley D. Carter

Australia Adelaide Mission Map

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

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

Videos with Adelaide RMs

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

LDS-Friendly Videos about Australia

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

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Australia Adelaide Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Adelaide 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.)

President & Sister Parker parkersaustraliamission.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Camille Marshall mymission.com/sistercamillemarshall 2016
Elder & Sister Buckner bucknermission.wordpress.com 2016
Sister Bethany Coultrup bethanycoultrup.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Bradley Koch elderbradleykoch.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Matthew Nelson elldernelsonmission.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Joseph Acker joeackermission.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Travis Hartley elderhartley.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Isadora Lee-Lo instagram.com/idaleeelo 2016
Elder & Sister Larkin larkinaustraliamission.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Ellen Magallanes sisterellenmagallanes.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Taylor Makai taylormmakai.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Jeffrey Schomburg wannabewallabe.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Nathan Barnett elderbarnettsaustralianadventure.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Kalin Taylor missionsite.net/elderkalintaylor 2015
Mission Alumni mission.net/australia/adelaide 2014
Elder Colin Hatch eekcolindownunder.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Alden Hyde elderhydeaustraliaadelaide.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Shailyn Hamel sisterhamel.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Maria Watson missionsite.net/sistermariawatson 2013
Elder Brendan Duffus elderduffusmeetsadelaide.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Braden Montgomery elderbradenmontgomery.blogspot.com 2011

Australia Adelaide Mission Groups

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

  1. Australia Adelaide Mission Facebook Group (851 members)
  2. Adelaide Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (42 members)
  3. Australia Adelaide Mission Facebook Group (9 members)
  4. Australia Adelaide Mission (2001-2003) Group (3 members)

Australia Adelaide Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Australia Adelaide Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Adelaide Mission gifts

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Australia Adelaide Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2015-2018, R. Jeffrey Parker
  2. 2012-2015, Bradley D. Carter
  3. 2009-2012, Craig Kidd Poulton
  4. 2006-2009, Robert E. Quinn
  5. 2003-2006, R. Scott Strong
  6. 2000-2003, Herbert James Pressler
  7. 1998-2000, John Allen Hubbard
  8. 1995-1998, M. David Knight
  9. 1992-1995, Stephen L. Weston
  10. 1989-1992, Peter M. Masson
  11. 1986-1989, Wallace F. Gray
  12. 1983-1986, Richard Wells
  13. 1982-1983, Ned Winder
  14. 1980-1982, Miles Romney
  15. 1977-1980, Marvin Wallin
  16. 1974-1977, Allen M. Swan
  17. 1971-1974, Richard J. Marshall
  18. 1968-1971, Milton Hess

Australia LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 143,891
  • Missions: 6
  • Temples: 5
  • Congregations: 303
  • Family History Centers: 145

Helpful Articles about Australia

Coming soon..

Australia Adelaide Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Adelaide 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?

  • 2013-2015 (Kalin)
  • 2013-2015 (Kyle)
  • October 2006-October 2008 (Daniel)
  • 2006-2008 (Gagae)
  • 2006-2008 (Loren)
  • November 1997-May 1999 (Steph)
  • 1991-1993 (Joe)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Adelaide (downtown), Elizabeth Vale, Firle, Victor Harbor, Alice Springs, and Craigmore. (Kalin)
  • Para Westlakes Marion Robinvale Modbury Mildura Whyalla Firle. (Joe)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Meat Pies, Mi Goreng, Spag on Toast, Tim Tams (especially Tim Tam Slams!), sandwiches, shepherds pie, pumpkin, potatoes, and Vegemite!! (Kalin)
  • BBQed sausages and onions on bread. Tim Tams and Milo. (Kyle)
  • Meat pies, mangos, Australia licorice, Australian chocolate (way better then American chocolate) the variety of Asian foods. (Daniel)
  • Anything from the Darwin wharf, Mindle Beach Market or whatever the Darwin members fed us. (Gagae)
  • Food that was lovingly made by those being taught. (Loren)
  • Pumpkin soup, Persimmons, seafood. (Steph)
  • I love Meat Pies, two minute noodles, Fish and chips, Kangaroo and Crocodile Burgers. Maori boil ups. (Joe)

What was a funny experience?

  • While serving in the Outback, I was given a nickname by the Aboriginals that lived out there. They all came to a baptism we had of a young aboriginal boy. When I got ready to baptize him, I took off my shoes and socks to get into the horse trough filled with water we would be baptizing him in. When the aboriginals saw my feet, they pointed and started laughing out loud, almost uncontrollably. I asked what was so funny, and they mentioned how they had never seen feet quite as white as mine, hahaha. As a missionary, your feet rarely see the sun! SO they gave me a nickname, that in their native language, means “white foot” and called me that from then on! (Kalin)
  • When my companion and I had finished picking up the bread from a bakery at the end of their working day…several of the bread loafs were baguettes so we sword fought with them. (Kyle)
  • Getting off the plane for the first time in Adelaide and wondering why there were no Kangeroos hopping around. ( You have to go to the zoo to see those). (Daniel)
  • Falling off my bike…because I fell asleep. (Gagae)
  • After experiencing a wonderful uplifting musical fireside, an investigator tried to propose to me while my companion and I were trying to explain the feelings of the Spirit. My companion thought it was funnier than I did at the time. (Loren)
  • Getting lost in a new area when it was dark and we got in way past bed time… (Steph)
  • I was slapped on the face by a angry Greek lady she was very Catholic and didn’t want to give that up for no one. And a lady who we were teaching kept on pinching me on the backside. She was a bit crazy looking back. We knocked on a door and it was a bikie HQ but the funny thing was that they were so nice, at first they thought we were the police but they loved us at the end. (Joe)

What was a crazy experience?

  • While serving in Alice Springs (Outback Australia) we would go “out bush” meaning out into the REAL outback where you are several miles from any sort of civilization. One time while out bush to serve the sacrament to some Aboriginals, we stopped for a small break. We got out and walked around. While doing so, I wandered a ways from the ute (Aussie for “truck”). When it was time to go, I started jogging back to the ute, but when I was halfway to the car, a brown snake slithered up out of the ground and darted for me! Brown Snakes are only found in Australia, and are the most deadly snake in the world. I jumped about 7 feet in the air and ran for dear life to that truck haha. Good times! (Kalin)
  • When my companion hit a kangaroo while traveling home on Kangaroo Island. (Kyle)
  • Getting attacked by plovers in Darwin. And spiders ( there are lots of big nasty spiders)…all those were scary experiences. (Daniel)
  • My first transfer, walking through the Elizabeth Station, and getting rocks thrown at Elder Bess and I. (Gagae)
  • While my companion and I were visiting with a family who were soon to be baptized, the youngest boy who was about 6 years old fell over on his bike and cut his hand deeply on a thick piece of glass. While my companion was trying to stop the bleeding as we waited for the ambulance, we asked what song we could sing with him to help calm the situation. He requested I am a child of God and Nephi’s Courage. His surgery was successful and all the nerves in his hand were preserved. (Loren)
  • One time at night I drove on the wrong side of the road and could not get over because of the blasted road medians, I had to drive a bit before I could get to the right…I mean left side of the road. (Steph)
  • An Italian guy who looked liked he was from the Godfather said to my companion and I “if you don’t get off my property I will get my gun and it will go bang ;bang.” I didn’t want to stick around to find out. (Joe)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Too many to count, but one of them would be when my companion and I were able to go to the hospital and give a blessing to a baby who had been alive for only 3 hours or so, but had been diagnosed with a terminal illness. This was a really hard experience, it was so so sad. But also one of the most spiritual experiences of my life. 🙂 (Kalin)
  • Getting to see four less actives come to church on a fast Sunday at the end of the transfer and feeling the Spirit fill the chapel as the testimonies were borne including one of the less actives. After that, three of them never missed church. (Kyle)
  • My companion and I followed a prompting to go visit a less active member in Adelaide. It turns out he and his wife had just been in a car accident. And moments before we received the prompting, his family in Sydney had prayed for Heavenly Father to send his “ministering angels” to comfort them. We were able to provide he and his wife with a blessing and it turned out to be a turning point in their lives and their family in Sydney. (Daniel)
  • Long story short, losing 10 baptisms, getting out and working again and baptizing 6. (Gagae)
  • Experiencing the Spirit almost tangibly, at a baptism for one of our investigators. (Loren)
  • Zone conferences! (Steph)
  • Baptize and seeing their lives change and watch tough guys cry with joy and watch them see their lives changed and knowing that I helped with that process. (Joe)

What are some interesting facts about the Adelaide Mission?

  • It is HUGE! It covers from the North coast of Australia down to the South Coast. It has a temple in it (Adelaide Australia Temple). While I was there, we called it the ZAAM (Zion Australia Adelaide Mission) I’m not sure if that’s still a thing there. If you go to Alice Springs, the Aboriginal members will paint your scriptures for you in their unique “dot paint” style! It is beautiful! (I had my scriptures painted and also was given 5 paintings to bring home) (Kalin)
  • Largest land mass transfer in the world 1900 km. Due to the large distance you can travel, there is a great diversity of how the locals are towards missionaries varying from normally friendly to normally slamming the door. (Kyle)
  • It’s the largest land mass mission in the world. The transfer from Adelaide to Darwin is the longest distance a missionary can be transferred from the mission home. (Daniel)
  • Uncle to 38 nieces and nephews, 1/4 Chinese… No one believes me. (Gagae)
  • The mission covered a huge land mass; from the southern bit of Australia to the northern tip. (Loren)
  • It is the largest area in the world I think… (Steph)
  • The Australia Adelaide Mission is the largest Mission in the world area wise which takes in some of Victoria New South Wales and the N.T. and South Australia. (Joe)

What was the weather like?

  • HOT! Most of the time at least. The weather actually varies quite a bit surprisingly. It all really depends where you are. If you are down south in Mount Gambier, or in Victor Harbor, and it is the winter months (May-October [and yes, seasons are backwards down under!) it can get really chilly!! However, during the summer (October-April) you can expect some real heat! (Kalin)
  • Hot dry summers and cold winters in South Australia. Nice dry summers and hot humid “winters” in the north (Darwin). (Kyle)
  • Adelaide – dry hot in the summer, cold in the winter (no snow, just cold) Darwin- Humid, very humid. Very hot and wet in the wet season and perfect weather in the dry season. (Daniel)
  • I never knew what winter was until my last 6 months. (Gagae)
  • It was a dry climate so cold was cold and warm was stupid hot! (Loren)
  • Very hot! And very cold. It didn’t snow, but the cold went through to the bone! (Steph)
  • It was very hot humid and extremely hot most of the time in the outback in Darwin N.T. (Joe)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • A whole lot! The Aboriginals are some of the most caring and interesting people I’ve ever met. Australians are just some of the funniest people you’ll ever meet. I love them! (Kalin)
  • There were always friendly people around who were willing to invite us in, not always interested though. (Kyle)
  • The Australian members are some of the strongest and most faithful members I have been around. The Australian people are very friendly and have a great sense of humor. They will make jokes and you will have no idea what they are talking about. There is also a ton of diversity in Australia, which is awesome as a missionary, you get to teach people from all walks of life. (Daniel)
  • They were the best! Missionary minded and focused. (Gagae)
  • The members love and faithfulness. (Loren)
  • They were so nice and giving! (Steph)
  • Down to earth and loving and kind to us mostly in the country area and outback towns of The A.A.M. (Joe)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Don’t be like me and expect it not to be cold. I didn’t bring a coat. Trust me, eventually you’ll need one! Also, I packed an umbrella. Literally never used it. (Kalin)
  • A good rain coat with no insulation. Warm sweaters or things to lay under rain coat during winter. Heavier weight fabric for pants. Extra pair of shoes to rotate back and forth every other week or two to insure proper airing/drying out (For Humid/wet days). (Kyle)
  • If you end up in Adelaide, you’ll need a little bit of everything. If you get transferred to Darwin, you will never need your suit coat and only short sleeve shirts. You’ll have to be prepared for everything. (Daniel)
  • Something the Americans taught me. Don’t fold your garments, roll em. (Gagae)
  • Your body changes through the mission, take some money or have clothes sent to refresh the wardrobe throughout the mission. (Loren)
  • There is a message in the medium. Dress the part so people will listen to what you are saying and not wearing! (Steph)
  • Short sleeve shirts, no outrageous ties (well that was in my area) and good walking shoes when you get the Outback. (Joe)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • To many to count! Lasting friendships, a deeper testimony, witnessed miracles, etc! (Kalin)
  • Greater confidence, how to better show love, and to open up to the person I live with. (Kyle)
  • I’ve been home 7 years and the blessing still continue to poor in. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of my mission. The most important 2 years of my life. (Daniel)
  •  A strengthened testimony and a better understanding and appreciation for the trials I face.(Gagae)
  • Everything good I have experienced since the mission I can credit back to the mission such as education, marriage, emotional intelligence etc. (Loren)
  • I feel my future family has been blessed because my testimony is solid in the Gospel! (Steph)
  • The love of the Book of Mormon.  Seeking the Spirit and loving your companions and other Missionaries and Mission Presidents and love for the people who you come across…like door knocking the GQ (the Golden Question. (Joe)

What are skills you gained?

  • Effective studying, teaching skills, learning to work out problems, learning to have difficult conversations, learning to serve and to love. (Kalin)
  • How to study and find answers. (Steph)
  • Everything from sales skills to study skills. I learned how to lead, how to listen, how to overcome deep personal fears and challenges. The first 3 months of my mission were the most difficult months of my life. I wanted to give up and go home. But I chose to dig in my heels put my head down and just go to work. When you forget about yourself, your fears go away. When you go home, challenges don’t go away, your mission teaches you how to overcome those. I also learned how to pray and how God answers prayers when I am seeking an answer now in my life. I also reflect on my mission experiences and what I learned. (Daniel)
  • I learned how to teach, speak and love as the Savior did. (Gagae)
  • How to study, explaining things simply, and manage a budget/home. (Kyle)
  • Learning my potential. (Loren)
  • To be a leader and open my mouth, overcoming the fear of dogs, overcoming my shyness that will go away straight away. (Joe)

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

  • More about Preach my Gospel. Even if i had just read through Chapter three a couple times (The lessons), I would have been able to do so much more! (Kalin)
  • I wish I had opened up more and let others see who I was and talk out problems with my companions. Follow the spiritual promptings every time. (Kyle)
  • All I ever heard was a mission is the best two years (which it is). I never heard it is was also the hardest and what real challenges I would experience, especially in the beginning. I also thought that I was the only missionary having a hard time my first few months. I later learned I wasn’t. Every missionary is going through very similar challenges. Prepare for it to be tough both mentally and physically. Make a choice right now that you are going to be ready to grind and to rely on the Lord and finish your work. If you do, there’s nothing you will experience out there you can’t learn to overcome. (Daniel)
  • A better understanding of the restoration and more so of the Atonement of the Savior. (Gagae)
  • I wish someone had told me that some days were going to be hard work. I wish I had studied Preach My Gospel and known it more thoroughly so that I could benefit from the further revelation that comes with a mission. (Loren)
  • Always keep a journal. Remember to let the investigator do the work, but help through know how and where to look. (Steph)
  • Nothing because I use go out with the missionaries all the time and knew the missionary lingo and already knew it. (Joe)

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

  • Be humble and teachable! It took me a while to realize that I did not know everything and that the mission was there to teach me! But once I learned that, I started to grow soooo much!! (Kalin)
  • Follow the promptings from the Spirit the first time you receive them. Don’t be afraid to talk to your companion about a problem. (Kyle)
  • All I can say is The Adelaide Australia mission is without a doubt the greatest mission in the world. There are some amazing things happening there. I poured my heart and soul into every moment out there. I invite you to do the same. Love the members, and serve them often. Be a leader from day one. You don’t need to wait for the title of Trainer, Senior companion, District Leader, Zone Leader, or Assistant to the President. Be a leader the moment you step foot in the Mission Training Center. That’s the type of missionaries the Lord needs these days. (Daniel)
  •  Learned and became familiar with the blessings that come from obedience. (Gagae)
  • You’ll never regret becoming a missionary. Jesus Christ, our Redeemer lives and has overcome all so that we can progress, move on and have the opportunity to experience. Heavenly Father lives and loves us unconditionally. I’m grateful for Joseph Smith who restored these truths so my family and I could be blessed by them, YAY! (Loren)
  • You don’t have to know everything, just the basics. If you can’t answer questions, testify of what you do know! Love the people, serve them, know them! (Steph)
  • Listen to the Mission President and your companions and listen to the Holy Ghost and Return with Honor. (Joe)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Hmmmm…well Aussie is a language in itself if you ask me. I guess one funny story is when I tried saying “G’day Mate” for the first time…I was nervous, cause I didn’t want to sound like I was mocking. But they definitely do say it there all the time! Well, I tried saying it to some guy and I sounded soooo American it was disgusting and the guy laughed and laughed. The conversation went something like “Good day mate!” “*laughter laughter laughter* well Good day to you as well Yank!” (Yank, or yankee is a nickname for Americans they like to use) (Kalin)
  • (Spoke my native language). (Kyle)
  • I can guarantee you the number one phrase you will say your 1st week is “huh?” ” what” and “can you repeat that”.  It’s almost like learning a foreign language but you are going to have some funny experiences trying to figure it out. (Daniel)
  • Don’t say bloody, e.g. I got a bloody nose. You say I got a nose bleed. Sounds weird at first,a but it sounds fine after a while. (Steph)
  • I was in the Tongan area and I was learning Tongan and my Tongan companion was teaching me all the naughty words and I had to bare my testimony in Tongan and everyone was laughing out loud. I wanted to give him a hiding. (Joe)