Here are free resources about the Australia Perth 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.
Australia Perth Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Australia Perth Mission. We try our best 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 Perth Mission
PO Box 185
Phone Number: 61-89375-0000
Mission President: President R. Bruce Lindsay
Australia Perth Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Australia Perth Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Perth Mission
Videos with Australia Perth RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Perth 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 Perth Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Perth Mission. This blog list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their mission blog was updated.
Australia Perth Mission Groups
Here are Australia Perth Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Perth Mission.
- Australia Perth Mission Facebook Group (716 members)
- Perth Mission 2010-2011 President Cahoon Group (118 members)
- Perth Mission Friends Facebook Group (94 members)
- Australia Perth Mission 81-83 Facebook Group (75 members)
- The APM Australia Perth Mission Facebook Group (14 members)
- Perth Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (7 members)
Australia Perth Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Australia Perth Mission!
Shirt designs include Australia Perth 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 Perth missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Australia Perth Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Perth LDS Mission.
- 2015-2018, Walter S. Fife
- 2012-2015, R. Bruce Lindsay
- 2011-2012, Dirk Smibert
- 2010-2011, Paul L. Cahoon
- 2007-2010, Carl R. Maurer
- 2004-2007, Leslie M. Albertson
- 2001-2004, Lon Nally
- 1998-2001, Joseph Robinson
- 1995-1998, Daniel George Hamilton
- 1992-1995, Daniel M. Jones
- 1989-1992, Ronald W. G. Innis
- 1986-1989, Campbell
- 1983-1986, Jerold N. Johnson
- 1981-1984, Daniel H. Ludlow
- 1978-1981, C. Shirley Reynolds
- 1975-1978, Bruce J. Opie
- 1974-1977, Allen M Swan
- 1971-1974, Richard J. Marshall
- 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
Australia Perth Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Perth RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2013-2015 (Joshua)
- 2013-2014 (Angelina)
- 2011-2013 (Ben)
- 2008-2010 (Rich)
- 2007 (Kristy)
- 2000-2002 (Zach)
- 1993-1995 (Kris)
What areas did you serve in?
- Lesmurdie. (Angelina)
- Bentley, Albany, Balga, Australind, Joondalup, Butler, and Swanview. (Joshua)
- Maylands, Armadale, Ellenbrook, Ferndale, Willeton, Geraldton, Koolbellup, Belmont, and Karratha. (Rich)
What were some favorite foods?
- I came to love many of the foods there but my favorites: 1. Shepherd’s Pie- I think this is an English Transplant. 2. Weebix crushed with corn flakes mixed for breakfast. 3. Fresh fish and chips with vinegar and chicken salt. 4. Biscuits (cookies to Americans). Just one note- there isn’t as much sugar in anything, so be prepared for things to be bland for the first little while. When you return to the states you might feel sick for a week because everything is so sweet. (Kris)
- Fish n chips, Fried Mars bars, Beefeaters, Pavlova. (Zach)
- Foods were pretty much like in America. I loved prawns and steak. (Ben)
- Milo, sausage rolls, meat pies, and kebabs. (Rich)
- Apple pies, spaghetti bolognese, roast meals. (Angelina)
- Curry. Pavola. Fish in chips. (Kristy)
- Pasta, potato bake, lasagna, any type of meat. (Joshua)
What was a funny experience?
- Their accent and your accent. Oh, and words like restroom means different things to them, then to you. Driving on the right side of the road. (Kris)
- Tracing into an English Lord who was a non-member and the only person in our area to feed us. (Zach)
- Most of the funny things either happened with other missionaries or crazy people you meet. (Ben)
- Making President Maurer walk up giant hills while teaching with my companion and me. (Rich)
- On my second transfer I was in a trio and we planned to go on a diet. When one of my companions (Sister Chou Lee) was hungry, she’d always say WHY and when we bought her food and she start eating and got so full, she also screamed and said WHY in a funny way. (Angelina)
- I was so tired. while riding my bike, I started falling asleep. My head would drop and it would wake me up. (Kristy)
What was a crazy experience?
- I don’t think there was anything straight up dangerous, per se. Riding a push bike or bicycle was probably the most hazardous thing missionaries do. (Kris)
- Nearly getting stabbed, lol. Teaching self defense classes for the sister missionaries. A bike accident that should have killed me, but I walked away with only a broken tooth. (Zach)
- Girrawheen was pretty… Exciting. (Ben)
- When a group of about 40 Sudanese guys called us over to them after their soccer game late at night and asked us aggressively why our book called them “cursed” ?! (Joshua)
What was a spiritual experience?
- There are too many and they are very personal to the people that you help find the truth, to share randomly. If you live by all of the rules and follow the guidance of the prophet and your mission president, you will have many experiences with the spirit that hopefully you won’t want to share either, because of their sacredness to you. (Kris)
- Giving a blessing to a non-member woman, who was dying of cancer, to bring her comfort. Another experience was teaching a Maori brother while attending his workshop on traditional bone carving (a skill I picked up there). (Zach)
- Teaching. Helping other missionaries. (Ben)
- Walking around Champion Lake in Armadale at 9 pm with my companion, conversing about life after death and areas of deep doctrine. (Rich)
- There were many spiritual experiences on my mission, but one thing that stands out to me is how before my mission I always believed The Book of Mormon was another testimony of Jesus Christ, and on my mission I actually came to KNOW for myself that The Book of Mormon was and still is a testimony that Jesus is the Christ. Also, learning to know that there are more souls out there that need to read and ponder this book so they know for themselves that The Book of Mormon is another testimony of Jesus Christ. (Angelina)
- When you are your best self and you and your companion are working towards the same goals, the spirit is stronger. (Kristy)
- An investigator we had been teaching for a long time finally admitted and pointed out that the messages we had been sharing made such a difference in his life, and even though he was finding it hard to change, he knew it was all true and he wanted us to keep coming! (Joshua)
What are some interesting facts about the Perth Mission?
- The APM is geographically the farthest mission from Salt Lake City. It one of the driest places on earth. It also has one of the largest land masses of any mission in the church. (Kris)
- The temple was built and dedicated during my time there. I got to assist with cleaning, furnishing, landscaping and security just before the open house. The Perth Mission is the size of the entire western United States. (Zach)
- Albany is the farthest you can get from SLC. (Ben)
- Learning about the Gospel every day and having a companion with you 24/7- I think it was just interesting knowing that there’s someone always there to talk to. Helping people change; not only that, knowing that you’re the one helping them to change through the Spirit is more powerful than anything. Teaching them about the Gospel and helping them to come near unto Christ was so interesting and just having the Spirit with you every day and going out and teaching the word of God. (Angelina)
- Wolf Creek…don’t watch the movie based on true story. I saw it before my mission and it scared me. (Kristy)
- It has one of the biggest geographical boundaries of any mission, on the southern end it is the close piece of land to Antartica, and wildfires are a common occurrence! (Joshua)
What was the weather like?
- Very hot and sunny. Winters can get cold. But I don’t remember wearing a long-sleeve shirt and my suitcoat spent a lot of time in my bag and not on my back. (Kris)
- Hot. So hot you could smell your hair burning. Rain so heavy it bounced, just like where I grew up. (Zach)
- A mix between Southern California and Arizona. (Ben)
- Low 50’s (farenheit) and wet in the winter, high 110’s in the summer. (Rich)
- During summer it was sooooooo hot. Compared to the islands, it’s hot, but still humid but in Perth. It was super hot and worse it was dry. Winter was really cold though. (Angelina)
- In the winter, it’s chilly and cold and summer super hot. (Kristy)
- Weather is hot and dry during summer months (December-February) and rainy and a bit cooler in winter to spring (June-October). (Joshua)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- The people are direct and honest. They have a great sense of humor. (Kris)
- I made friends there, who I still speak with to this day. I met my wife of 13 years there. It’s a truly harsh, but beautiful country. (Zach)
- They don’t waste your time, so don’t waste theirs. (Ben)
- I love the place I served in because most people would harden their hearts, but some managed to open up and they helped up keep going about doing the Lord’s work. (Angelina)
- The accents. How people are honest there. Everything about Australia is breathtaking. (Kristy)
- So multicultural it’s unbelievable, so many languages. Very isolated place so people are very independent of other places and a lot of history among the people, native and non-natives. (Joshua)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Follow what the mission president tells you when you get your call. (Kris)
- Get the oilskin duster- get a coat heavier than you think you’ll need, that’s completely waterproof. Buy one nice-ish suit, and set 2-4 more from a thrift store. Invest in Doc Martens and gel insoles. Get a Camelback (but don’t put fruit juice in it, lol). Get half cotton-poly shirts and the other half 100% cotton. Get mesh garments. Wash all your sock colors together- they turn one homogenous color that matches everything. Get a good, wide-brimmed white surf hat there. (Zach)
- Pack light. Dickies with short sleeved shirts. One nice suit and one junk suit. (Ben)
- Don’t pack everything the instructions in your call says to. They may have updated it, but I never used a lot of the stuff I had with me. (Rich)
- Have less clothes so it can be easy for transfers. (Angelina)
- Rain jacket. It rains in the winter a lot. Take things for the heat to. (Kristy)
- The lighter and cooler the clothes, the better. Warm clothes for winter isn’t incredibly necessary, but you’ll want a rain jacket. Their thrift stores are awesome so it isn’t hard to find things you need for cheap down there. (Joshua)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- I got to be part of other people’s conversions and share in watching there testimonies develop. (Kris)
- A perfect wife! An understanding of how the Lord does things that makes even the most unusual requests/orders make sense. Permanent injury damage that reminds me every day that I literally broke my back in the service of the Lord. (Zach)
- I don’t know what would’ve happened if I didn’t serve. I feel like I grew spiritually, but I could have grown spiritually any way. (Ben)
- My dad was able to have the chance to enter the temple and my family became unified as I was serving and I guess one of the blessings I received is planning with one of the RMs to get married in the temple. (Angelina)
- All sorts. (Kristy)
- I definitely understand people, and the world at large, a lot better. It has made me realize the blessings I have had and continue to have. The perspective that the people have to offer is incredible, whether they are of different belief or nationality. (Joshua)
What are some skills you gained?
- I learned to read and understand the written word better. I learned to get along better with others. (Kris)
- Bone carving skills. A native Aussie accent. Knowing how to care about someone without getting emotionally dependent on their choices. A completely unapologetic testimony of the Gospel and the Book of Mormon. (Zach)
- How to ask questions. Confidence. (Ben)
- I learned how to be courageous and learned some discipline. (Rich)
- Spiritual knowledge and especially learning how to be independent. (Angelina)
- Getting out of my comfort zone. Trying to love everyone even if you get companions you don’t hit it off with. Make the best of what you have. (Kristy)
- Obviously, talking to people and being able to make a conversation out of nothing. Being able to be patient is also key, with a lot of understanding. Study skills and habits, as well as being bold and not afraid to say what I am thinking. (Joshua)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- The one thing I wish every missionary understood is the importance of being very strict in following all the rules. All the rules. If you think something may be sketchy, don’t do it, or seek guidance from the President, not other missionaries. (Kris)
- Lesson 1: the Lord doesn’t need you. The work will get done with or without you. You just get to choose whether you’re going to help, or stand on the sidelines. Lesson 2: Understanding comes through obedience, not explanation. Lesson 3: the most important one- revelation trumps everything else. What the Lord says to do at that moment is more important than any other written or third-party instruction. (Zach)
- I wish I didn’t try so hard to capture moments and just allowed them to happen. I wish I would have kept the scripture “for this is the day the Lord hath prepared, we will rejoice and be glad in it “. Just enjoy the moment and don’t force things. (Ben)
- I wish I attended the mission prep class and gained the knowledge I needed for the mission. I wish I knew those things before hand. (Angelina)
- Hmm, it’s hard but if you take a day at a time and if you can serve your full mission, you can do anything. (Kristy)
- I wish I knew that not everyone will serve the same mission, even if they are called to serve in the same place. One person will be good at reactivating people, or baptizing, or finding, or all. But all you need to do is focus on your relationship with the Lord and not worry about results. (Joshua)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Perth?
- Just be excited. (Kris)
- Be prepared that it will be the hardest mission anyone has gone to. It will test you and try you in ways you never thought of. Perth truly is the Lord’s furnace. You can either burn up and quit, or be prepared for the fire, and the pounding of the Master’s hammer to forge you into a tool that will never break, and be of excellent service the rest of your life. Never compromise on your faith. Strive for a sure knowledge instead. Understand you will come back a different person than when you left, and that’s a good thing. Know that if you don’t sit down on the side of the road and just cry from pain and exhaustion, you’re not working hard enough. Know that if you do, you will come out the other side stronger than you ever could have gotten on your own. Be creative in your teaching efforts. Never forget that you are ALWAYS where you are supposed to be, speaking to the person you are supposed to, because only you could say something in the exact way they need to hear in order to listen. (Zach)
- Australia is awesome. Don’t think that your culture is better. (Ben)
- Don’t complain when you get a companion you don’t like. Keep stuff clean. Rice is your best friend, and so is the early morning market in Canningvale. Don’t lose your temper when kids come skateboarding in front of the Perth temple. Don’t walk around Koolbellup after 10 pm. (Rich)
- Attend mission prep and go on exchanges with the full-time missionaries. (Angelina)
- Do the best you can to love your companion. Pray often. (Kristy)
- There are good days and there are bad days. The people are so different and there are so many that are ready to hear you. If you love them it makes it all so much easier. The members are enthusiastic and willing to help if you seek them out. It is the Lord’s work and He is able to do ALL things. Seek His hand and He will guide you to be the most efficient person you can be. (Joshua)
What was a funny language mistake?
- If you need to use the restroom, ask for the toilet. Trust me. Oh, and don’t ask for a napkin. That’s a feminine hygiene product there- ask for a Serviette. One last thing, if you are from the United States, don’t talk about America. If asked, just say I’m proud to be having such a great experience with the wonderful people of Australia. I miss my family and friends in America and I look forward to seeing them and telling them how much I love Australia. (Kris)
- My companion: “You’re an artist- settle this argument between me and my last companion. Is this watch blue or purple? He says blue, I say purple.” Me: “it’s periwinkle.” My companion : “What’s that?” Me: “About halfway between blue and purple.” (Zach)
- How’s it goin mate. Don’t say fanny. (Ben)
- I had a comp call someone an abo. Do not do that. (Rich)
- Lots lol…the lingo is different. (Kristy)