Here are free resources about the California Fresno 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: California LDS Missions.
California Fresno Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the California Fresno Mission. We try to keep this info up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
California Fresno Mission
1814 North Echo
Fresno CA 93704
Phone Number: 1-559-445-1008
Mission President: President Jeffrey D. Clark
California Fresno Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the California Fresno Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the Fresno Mission:
Videos with California Fresno RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the California Fresno Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about California
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about California. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about California, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
California Fresno Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the California Fresno Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
California Fresno Mission Groups
Here are California Fresno Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Fresno Mission.
- California Fresno Mission Facebook Group (995 members)
- California Fresno Mission, President Gonzalez! Group (461 members)
- California Fresno Mission Facebook Group (237 members)
- California Fresno Mission Facebook Group (86 members)
- California Fresno Mission 2011-2014 (Gelwix) Group (81 members)
- California Fresno Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (31 members)
- California Fresno Mission – Randy L. Bott Presiding Group (7 members)
California Fresno Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the California Fresno Mission!
Shirt designs include California Fresno 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: California Fresno missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
California Fresno Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Fresno LDS Mission.
- 2017-2020, Bart P. Mackay
- 2014-2017, Jeffrey Don Clark
- 2011-2014, Larry Gelwix
- 2002-2005, H. Arthur Barney
- 1999-2002, William D. Friden
- 1996-1999, Trevor A. Beatson
- 1993-1996, Jerry H. Houck
- 1990-1993, Randy Bott
- 1987-1990, Harry Blundell
- 1984-1987, Robert D. Linnell
- 1981-1984, Harold P. Christensen
- 1978-1981, G. Ellsworth Brunson
- 1975-1978, Robert B. Harbertson
California LDS Statistics (2016)
- Church Membership: 773,762
- Missions: 20
- Temples: 7
- Congregations: 1,357
- Family History Centers: 222
Helpful Articles about California
California Fresno Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from California Fresno RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- February 2013 – February 2015 (Matthew)
- 2000-2002 (Aaron)
- 2000-2001 (Arthee)
- 1977-1979 (Charles)
What cities/areas did you serve in?
- Fresno, Medesto, Visilla. (Arthee)
- Fresno, Modesto, Bakersfield, Madera, Seaside. (Charles)
What were some favorite foods?
- Burritos and enchiladas. (Matthew)
- I wish I could remember the name of some. (Aaron)
- I love wendys but mexican food was too great. (Arthee)
- Mexican. (Charles)
What was a funny experience?
- When I was serving in Merced, there were tons of homeless people and we would have the most hilarious conversations. They came to talk to us while they were high and they would confess all of their sins and offer us all kinds of things. (Matthew)
- In my first area the Ward Mission Leader was a former KKK member and knocking on his door with his custom uniform… (Aaron)
- Falling off my bike many times. (Arthee)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- While I was serving in Selma, if we were out later than 9, you could feel a presence and knew that you needed to be inside as soon as possible. There was a lot of gang activity and some “evil spiritual activity.” (Matthew)
- Some random people tried to kill me. A gun shot missed me, got hit by a mini van on bike, almost got ran over from a bus, and more. (Aaron)
- We were locked outside apartment on Christmas Eve because we forgot our key in the apartment. (Arthee)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Every Zone Conference the Spirit was so powerful. I would walk away with a greater sense of confidence and a hope of good things to come. I came to recognize the Spirit there. I also came to know more about myself and what the Lord expects from me. (Matthew)
- I made my goal to convert 24 people and they got baptized. Yay. (Aaron)
- Teaching investigaters and they pray and feel the Spirit. (Arthee)
- Challenging Sister Hunter for baptism on the very same day that we tracted into her home. (Charles)
What are some interesting facts about the Fresno Mission?
- We were one of highest baptizing missions in the United States. We had a grape vineyard that we were able to work in and help prepare raisins for The Church to send to those in need. (Matthew)
- It’s the best mission ever. (Aaron)
- We love our mission. (Arthee)
- We became the top baptizing mission in California only three years after the formation of the mission. (Charles)
What was the weather like?
- It would get very hot. During the summer we would have weeks of 100+. During the fall/winter it would get much cooler in the 40s, but not much lower. (Matthew)
- Hot, dry heat, and rain season. (Aaron)
- It was dry and hot. (Arthee)
- Hot in the summer. Cold and foggy in the winter. Beautiful on the coast. (Charles)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- I loved how respectful they were in some cases to the missionaries, especially members. I found it so interesting to hear people’s stories about how they came to be where they are at now. (Matthew)
- Everything. (Aaron)
- Place and people were great. (Arthee)
- Loving people. (Charles)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Remember to get pants that can handle biking every day. Also, have sufficient clothing that you are comfortable wearing every day. (Matthew)
- Short sleeve shirts and a rain coat. (Aaron)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- I was able to witness the Gospel change people’s lives. I was able to learn more about myself and become a more confident person. I learned how I can work with people and how to love them for who they are. (Matthew)
- I’m still alive today. (Aaron)
- Strengthened my testimony. President Harbertson expected nothing but our very best efforts. Learned to not settle for mediocrity. (Charles)
What are some skills you gained?
- I learned how to encourage people to progress and make commitments. I learned how to plan ahead and how to cope when plans don’t go how they are expected to. I learned how to adjust quickly and push through discouragement. (Matthew)
- Communication skills. (Aaron)
- Confidence in talking to people. (Arthee)
- Goal setting. Testify with power. (Charles)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I wish I took planning more seriously and had a different attitude about working. Going in with faith that miracles will take place and not letting the faith die. (Matthew)
- I wish I had a better and stronger testimony. (Aaron)
- The scriptures better. (Charles)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Fresno?
- Have faith that miracles will happen, because they will. Have a testimony and if you don’t, get one. Rely on what you do know rather than what you don’t. Prepare to do things you are not comfortable doing. I know The Book of Mormon is the word of God and that testimony pushed me through and made me confident in the Gospel, in the face of disbelief. (Matthew)
- Forget yourself and get to work. Love the people. (Aaron)
- Get a testimony. Make every day count. (Charles)
What was a funny language mistake?
- Trying to speak spanish when I was english speaking missionary. (Arthee)