Here are free resources about the Australia Brisbane 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
*Other Mission Pages: Australia LDS Missions.
Brisbane Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Australia Brisbane 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 Brisbane Mission
PO Box 348
Hamilton QLD 4007
Australia Brisbane Mission
7/146 Racecourse Road
Ascot QLD 4007
Phone Number: 61-7-3268-7077
Mission President: President Mark E. McSwain
Australia Brisbane Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Brisbane Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Brisbane Mission
Videos with Australia Brisbane RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Australia Brisbane Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
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.
Australia Brisbane Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Brisbane Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.
Australia Brisbane Mission Groups
Here are Australia Brisbane Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Brisbane Mission.
- Australia Brisbane Mission The Ockey’s Group (197 members)
- Australia Brisbane Mission (Belliston) Group (147 members)
- Brisbane Mission – Hori Harvey Years Group (132 members)
- Australia Brisbane Mission 2013-2016 Group (126 members)
- Australia Brisbane Mission (Liddicoat) Group (115 members)
- Australia Brisbane Mission – Pres. Ballard Group (65 members)
- Australia Brisbane Mission Facebook Group (37 members)
- Brisbane Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (13 members)
- Brisbane Australia Mission Family and Friends 2014 (5 members)
Australia Brisbane Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Australia Brisbane Mission!
Shirt designs include Australia Brisbane 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 Brisbane missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Australia Brisbane Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Brisbane LDS Mission.
- 2016-2019, Mark E. McSwain
- 2013-2016, Lon E. Henderson
- 2010-2013, Fritjof F. Langeland
- 2007-2010, Grant S. Richards
- 2004-2007, James E. Phillips
- 2001-2004, William R. Fox Jr.
- 1998-2001, Gail Winn Ockey
- 1995-1998, Angus H. Belliston
- 1992-1995, Geoffrey J. Liddicoat
- 1989-1992, Hori Harvey
- 1986-1989, Robert G. West
- 1983-1986, Leon T. Ballard
- 1980-1983, Dennis Don Flake
- 1977-1980, Keith Hubbard
- 1974-1977, Robert F. Wall
- 1972-1974, J. Martell Bird
- 1968-1970, R. Don Smith
- 1965-1968, Horace D. Ensign
Australia LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 143,891
- Missions: 6
- Temples: 5
- Congregations: 303
- Family History Centers: 145
Helpful Articles about Australia
Australia Brisbane Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Australia Brisbane RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2013-2015 (Trevor)
- October 2011-2013 (Taylor)
- June 2000-December 2001 (Henao)
- 1996-1998 (Folola)
- 1992-1994 (Joshua)
- 1985-1986 (Mark)
- 1984 1986 (Kenneth)
- 1983-1984 (Scott)
What areas did you serve in?
- Brisbane City, Toowoomba, Ipswitch. (Henao)
- Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, etc (Folola)
- Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Rockhamption, Mackay, Kingaroy and Murillumbah. (Mark)
- Mackay, Ipswich, Redcliffe, Bowen,Proserpine Goodna. (Kenneth)
What were some favorite foods?
- Polynesian food. Taro, corned beef, rice. Mangos passionfruit too. (Trevor)
- Lamb. Roasted Veggies. Sandwich Melts. Nando’s Chicken. (Taylor)
- In the Samoan program in Ipswitch where I was training, we were treated with Panipopo……….It was the most delicious scones I ever tasted. (Henao)
- 1) Island foods 2) Sister Dorothy Watts apple pie & cheese cake 3) cook my own. (Folola)
- Breaded flake (type of fish) with chips. Mince meat pies. (Joshua)
- I love mangos passion fruit and every day I mixed up some orange mango concentrate for lunch. Meat pies, and works burgers, fish and chips were top notch. Aussie sausages are the best. (Scott)
- Pumpkin, BBQ. (Kenneth)
- Curries, spaghetti bolynaise, and French toast. (Mark)
What was a funny experience?
- When I was training and we had to run away from dogs near a waist high fence. I jumped the fence and my companion rolled over it right as the dogs were on his heels. Landed right on his behind and was terrified. (Taylor)
- My first area, Enogera where I fell off my bike going downhill. I hit the front brake and the back tire came flying to the front right at the traffic lights. Good thing, it was in the night. My companion, Sister Pitts from Utah could not stop laughing. We laughed all the way home. (Henao)
- Learning how to ride my bike for the first time for a 23 year old 😂😂. (Folola)
- Riding up a steep hill and my bike chain broke and my handle bars came off. They had been sabotaged. It was a long walk home. (Joshua)
- My front tire of my bicycle going down a drain in Mackay and getting tossed off my bike; getting chased while riding our bikes by Great Danes that jumped over a fence as we rode past. (Mark)
- Riding our bikes in a typhoon. Being able to jump off our roof into water. Trying to get a drink at every door. (Kenneth)
What was a crazy experience?
- We met a distressed woman on the street and walked with her back to her apartment. When we got there, we met a man. As soon as we met him, I had a terrible feeling that he was not a good man at all. The spirit was gone as soon as I saw him. We had already set a return appointment with the woman, but I knew if we went back there, we would be putting ourselves in danger. I voiced this to my companion and we discussed the options. We prayed about the decision we made, and ended up not going back to that apartment. She did have a pamphlet we left with her, so hopefully that will be there for her one day. (Taylor)
- The most dangerous experience on mission was biking home after 9 pm but we made sure that we sang all the way home. (Henao)
- When my companion told everyone we met that she’s engaged and she went on and on about it 😥😥. (Folola)
- Narrow roads, almost was hit by a truck, fishing near crocodile infested waters. (Joshua)
- Avoiding cars who tried to drive us off the rode while riding our bicycles. (Mark)
- When a companion tried to catch a Gila monster. Having beer bottles thrown at us. (Kenneth)
- Crazy, we were buying groceries at the market in Beenleigh, an older man came up to me and asked if I was a Mormon missionary, I said yes, he then asked me if we would teach him about the Book of Mormon. I did know if he was pulling my leg or really wanted to learn. We took his address road a good 7 miles into the bush and taught him the first discussion. He finished them and was baptized a short time later. Brother Lafaver. (Scott)
What was a spiritual experience?
- We were sharing a message with a part member family about God’s presence in our lives. We used an object lesson with the father and their foster child who had been with them for over a year. As we told our story and reached the part of how Heavenly Father is standing with us at all times, the Spirit entered the room. This father and his foster son connected at that moment after months of not getting along. God testified to all of us at that moment through a father and his son that He does love us and stand by us. (Taylor)
- Too many to count. One of the most spiritual was recounting the first vision by memory instead of reading it to an investigator. The result was like Ammon with Lamoni. (Joshua)
- Singing along as we had doors slamed throughout our door knocking – praying with the investigator when we taught the prophets principle of (Joseph Smith)💙💙💙 (Folola)
- All teaching opportunities and baptismal services. (Mark)
- Baptizing in a rain forest. Teaching the first vision. (Kenneth)
- Being a witness at one of my first missionary baptisms. I was asked to stay with an investigator while the zone leaders performed a baptized. When the person came out of the water I looked at the face of the investigator, his face was glistening his eyes were full, he told me he had to be baptized as soon as he could be. The spirit was so strong in that moment that I couldn’t help but cry with joy. He was also baptized a short while later with his wife. (Scott)
What are some interesting facts about the Brisbane Mission?
- It’s geographically huge. It’s demographically one of the most diverse in the world. (Trevor)
- Most non member people we found proselyting did not have a belief in God because they didn’t feel the need. They were content. There were a lot of Polynesian and Aboriginal people. The membership in Australia is very strong and growing rapidly. The culture of Australia is very easy going and simple. People are generally happy. (Taylor)
- The interesting facts about my mission were actually witnessing the complete conversation of a life and actually enjoying the blessings of it. (Henao)
- To love the people I came across both members and non members. (Folola)
- We were told, as a joke, that for every door we knocked on, someone in South America was baptized. (Joshua)
- Original call was for 18 months, and I chose to extend to serve 22 months, meaning I only stayed one Christmas and back in NZ before the summer heat. (Mark)
- I served mostly in the outback. Mission was from Papua New guinea to the gold coast. (Kenneth)
- Kangaroos are not found in the big cities, but can be found in smaller towns from time to time. I only saw wild Roos twice on my mission. Semitropical so it never got much colder than 50 f. While I was there we could wear jumpers instead of suit coats in the winter. With all the ocean there I only saw the ocean twice or maybe three times Brisbane was inland a fair bit, and I never served in an area that had beach front homes to tract. (Scott)
What was the weather like?
- Warm and humid, hot and humid, crazy hot and humid. (Trevor)
- Very tropical. The dry season (summer) is December-March, the wet season (Winter) is June-October. The rest of the months are typical transition months. Humidity is very high and the daytime temperatures range from 20- 30 degrees Celsius. (Taylor)
- The weather was not that bad. I actually enjoyed the weather. Hot was hot just like back home. Winter, I made the most of it because we did not have winter back home (Papua New Guinea). (Henao)
- Was not bad but when it’s summer was so hot. (Folola)
- Tropical. Hot. Lots of rain, humidity, and wind. No snow. (Joshua)
- Arrived in January, to very warm temperatures and tropical downpours. Enjoyed being up north during my first winter, warm days and cool nights, last winter was in Murillumbah and had to pray to be warm. (Mark)
- Hot. Wet. (Kenneth)
- It is lovely always warm. Most days were sunny as I recall. We did have some great thunder boomers in the summers the would roll in dump rain for a few minutes and move on. We had one tropical storm lots of wind and rain but thankfully no damage or injuries. (Scott)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- Good mix of rude people and nice people. (Trevor)
- They are very content people. They enjoy their life as it is and focus on the people that matter most. The landscape is beautiful! Very colorful and bright. ((Taylor)
- There were many incredible people. Very kind hearted. (Joshua)
- I had a chance to meet and teach some old brother and sister who are not English speaking (Chinese). I met the missionary who baptized my Dad and my Mum back in the island of Samoa 68-70th. (Folola)
- Very similar to my native NZ. Eat the same foods, and drive on the left hand side of the road. Met some truly wonderful people. Enjoyed the variety of areas, companions and challenges of small branches to large wards. (Mark)
- They are great people. (Kenneth)
- The Aussies were the friendliest people I had ever met even when they didn’t want to talk to us they were kind for the most part. Love the slang it was always fun to learn new words. (Scott)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Lightweight rain jacket. Extra slacks. Good pair of running shoes. Hankerchiefs for your sweaty face. Bring sheets. Have extra money available to buy replacements. (Trevor)
- Don’t acquire stuff area to area. It seems like you will need it as you move from place to place. You don’t. The only thing you’ll actually want when you go home are the ties you receive from other missionaries or other personal keepsakes. (Taylor)
- Not too much clothes. Just pack what you really need to save time and easy to carry. (Folola)
- Follow the list. (Joshua)
- Stay cool. (Kenneth)
- Get summer suits, umbrellas are handy in the wet season, make sure you have good shoes for walking. (Scott)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- The skills I learned from my mission are directly impacting my success in my schooling and leadership responsibilities at my university. Goal setting, scheduling, managing groups of people, planning for individuals, looking outside myself, etc… Spiritually, the testimony I gained could not have been matched anywhere else. Seeing the miracles occur by people embracing the Gospel of Jesus Christ is physical evidence that He lives and that this is His gospel. It is then up to us to accept that evidence. (Taylor)
- I made lots of friends and learned to be patient. I learned to approach people who were rich spiritually and physically. Most importantly, a couple of my younger sisters served a mission after me. (Henao)
- I feel closer to my Heavenly Father if I served with love and share my testimony with others. (Folola)
- Too many to count, from pricing to health, to a firm testimony and love of the Lord. (Joshua)
- Added to my fledgling testimony, a desire to learn and apply gospel principles, how to work effectively with a range of people, developed strong work ethics, and understanding priesthood governance. (Mark)
- A life of testimony and personal growth. (Kenneth)
- I don’t think of it that way, I think I was blessed with a wonderful wife because I had a bit of an Aussie accent when I came back and that got her to look at me. We have three wonderful children. I lost her this past year to cancer but I have a testimony of eternal families and the retraction that was strengthened many times over from teaching the gospel. (Scott)
What are some skills you gained?
- I can talk to anyone, and work in tropical heat. (Trevor)
- Time management. Planning. Scheduling. Lesson plans. Individual needs of people. Goal setting. Conflict resolution. Patience. Love. Charity. Accountability. Organizational structure and procedure. (Taylor)
- Meeting and greeting of different kinds of people from all over the world. Confidence increased. My customer service skills. (Henao)
- Still love to share and easy to connect with people who are around me. Still love to make friends and talk about the gospel. (Folola)
- I can teach the gospel. (Joshua)
- I am a fit, more willing to get up and speak with people when I have to. (Scott)
- Teaching principles, relying on prayer and the spirit, goal setting and knowing hard work can achieve success. (Mark)
- Dealing with adversity. (Kenneth)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- It’s not going to always, or hardly ever, be fun or easy, but take time for self improvement, talk with people about local things, go out and see places, stunt be one dimensional. (Trevor)
- Exact obedience, combined with the Spirit and love, will make me the best missionary. Begin getting to know Jesus Christ and apply His Atonement long before you leave. He is the key to success. Without Him, you will be good. With Him, you’ll be a key to miracles. (Taylor)
- Not really. I was at the right time and I was able to learn my English at the same time. (Folola)
- I would change nothing. Just work hard so you have no regrets later. (Joshua)
- More confidence with golden/inspired questions, and better cooking/meal solutions. (Mark)
- A stronger testimony. (Kenneth)
- The time will fly use all of it to the best of your ability. (Scott)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Brisbane?
- More than half your companions will be speaking English as a second language, so be ready. (Trevor)
- Everything will keep you from going on your mission. Satan knows the influence you will have. Stay strong and surround yourself with encouraging people as you prepare to leave. When you get to the mission, stay strong and be faithful in the work. Satan, again, will try to make you feel like you are not making a difference. Whether you see a miracle every day or not, you are making a difference. You are showing Heavenly Father your loyalty and faith in Him, and you are showing Him that you trust Him. That will bring miracles in your life and in others. (Taylor)
- Read the Book of Mormon over and over again. And don’t be overly worried about having a girlfriend before you leave. (Joshua)
- I would like to bear my testimony that if you prepare yourself enough and are willing to serve others, you will be blessed and I testify that God will be with you always. God will help you to continue to love the people you are called to serve the with all you have. I know that God lives and our Savior is Jesus Christ. They love us dearly. in His name, Amen (Folola)
- Be prepared to work hard and love the natives. Australia is now a very diverse country with a big mix of cultures. (Mark)
- Prepare! (Kenneth)
- You must have a testimony of the great restoration of the gospel and you must be ready to share it with anyone any time. (Scott)
What was a funny language mistake?
- I asked for a bacon burger and the lady restated it and said are you sure that’s what you want. I said yes. I got a bun with bacon on it. (Joshua)
- I made a lot because English was my second language. (Folola)
- Got to learn a little bit of Spanish with two Spanish speaking companions. Confident in doing a door approach, but after that I was lost. (Mark)