California San Diego Mission
Here are free resources about the California San Diego 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
California San Diego Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the California San Diego 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 San Diego Mission
7404 Armstrong Pl
San Diego, CA, USA
Phone Number: 1-858-277-0910
Mission President: President Paul N. Clayton
California San Diego Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the California San Diego Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the San Diego Mission:
Videos with San Diego RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the California San Diego 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.
San Diego Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the San Diego Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
California San Diego Mission Groups
Here are California San Diego Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the San Diego Mission.
- The One and Only San Diego Mission Reunion Group (312 members)
- California San Diego Mission 2005-2008 Group (272 members)
- San Diego Mission (Washburn Years) Group (150 members)
- California San Diego Mission Alum Facebook Group (44 members)
- California San Diego Mission, 2014-2017 Group (30 members)
- San Diego Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (24 members)
- California San Diego Mission peeps Facebook Group (10 members)
California San Diego Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the California San Diego Mission!
Shirt designs include California San Diego 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 San Diego missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
San Diego Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the San Diego LDS Mission.
- 2014-2017, Paul N. Clayton
- 2005-2008, Robert N. Packer
- 2002-2005, Eldon Dale Olsen
- 1999-2002, Richard L. Pitcher
- 1996-1999, John S. Boyden
- 1993-1996, Jerry C. Washburn
- 1990-1993, Jay LeRoy Christensen
- 1987-1990, Thomas E. Brown
- 1984-1987, Claire E. Rosenberg
- 1982-1984, Richard Winder
- 1979-1982, Roy Middleton
- 1977-1979, Hartman Rector Jr.
- 1974-1977, Frank M. Bradshaw
California LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 778,629
- Missions: 19
- Temples: 7
- Congregations: 1,367
- Family History Centers: 183
Helpful Articles about California
San Diego Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from California San Diego RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- March 2008 – March 2010 (Bradley)
- 2011-2012 (Whitney)
- 2010-2011 (Clare)
What were some favorite foods?
- Samoan banana boiled in coconut milk. (Bradley)
- California Burritos, Carnitas. (Whitney)
- Pan dulce, rositas little candies, any of the fruit aguas (especially agua de sangria) (Clare)
What was a funny experience?
- There was this Jewish man who claimed to be a direct descendant of Moses and one time he called us up to drive 45min for something important. And when we got there, he told us that he had some library books that needed to be taken back. So we helped him. And we soon realized that he followed us to the library to make sure we returned them. Oh man, we stopped teaching him after that. (Bradley)
- Serving at the Mormon Battalion Historic Site, we had a woman that got so freaked out by the talking pictures that she tried to backwards crawl up the bench back while screaming. (Whitney)
- One time my entire district got food poisoning from a member in the Ward. It was awful! But pretty hilarious. #donteatthemole (Clare)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- We were in a part of our area after dark that we didn’t know was dangerous and following us on the other side of the street was a gang. (Whitney)
- We had a less active member that relied on us a lot and she confessed that she was thinking about cheating on her husband. She found out later that the man she was going to cheat on him with had molested her child. We came over in time to see the police taser the guy and take our statements. She started coming to church again shortly after that. (Clare)
What was a spiritual experience?
- When I heard about a favorite family who got baptized after I got home. (Bradley)
- There was a family that I taught that got baptized when I’d been out for 3 weeks. My trainer and I were both still missionaries when they got sealed and we were able to go. (Whitney)
- Every time I invited someone to be baptized, the Spirit would fill me up and it was just overwhelming. I could feel the love God had for that one person and how much He wanted them to come home to him. I wanted that for them too. (Clare)
What are some interesting facts about the San Diego Mission?
- It’s the most Southwesterly mission in the continental USA. (Bradley)
- Your mission ends where the beach begins. (Whitney)
- The San Diego Temple is absolutely gorgeous. (Whitney)
- There are now Arabic and Mandarin speaking missionaries in the mission. (Whitney)
- The Mormon Battalion Visitor’s Center is there and it is a fantastic tool! Also, The District missionary training videos were filmed there. #claimtofame (Clare)
What was the weather like?
- Perfect 70’s. (Bradley)
- “The thermostat in the Garden of Eden couldn’t have been better.” – quote from a senior missionary at the Mormon Battalion It stays between 70-80 when you’re in San Diego itself. If you go further east, it will get hotter. If you serve in Imperial Valley near the summer, expect it to go above 100. May and June are colder and overcast constantly (May Gray and June Gloom). (Whitney)
- It was perfect in the summer, but wet and rainy in the winter. Mostly, I remember that because I was on bike the whole winter. (Clare)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- I loved that people were very honest with you (depending on where you were). The people will straight up say what’s on their minds and it’s always a toss up. (Bradley)
- I met a lot of kind people. There are a lot of Christians so it gives something in common to talk about people with. Whether you’re serving in the nice areas or the ghetto, you’ll find people to teach if you do everything you can and trust in the Lord. (Whitney)
- It is beautiful there! And everyone is so diverse. I loved learning about their personal stories and experiences. (Clare)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Pack light. You can alway get more when you arrive. (Bradley)
- Be sure to take a good jacket. Even though the temperature is nice most of the time, when the sun goes down it gets chilly. (Whitney)
- Don’t just pack for summer, you should back for three seasons: spring, summer, and fall. (Clare)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- I got into college and married because of it. (Bradley)
- I have made lifetime friendships with other missionaries and there are people that I taught that have forever changed my life. (Whitney)
- The blessings I received were all very internal. Things like, increased faith, increased confidence, increased dependence on the Lord. My family received a lot of blessings too. One of my sister’s who had been trying to get pregnant for 7 years was finally able to conceive about half way through my mission and from the beginning of my service I knew that was a blessing she would receive. Now she and her husband have three beautiful children! (Clare)
What are some skills you gained?
- How to fake confidence. (Bradley)
- Focusing my study on a specific topic, how to follow the Spirit better. (Whitney)
- Public speaking, courage, I learned how to speak Spanish, how to study the scriptures effectively, and how to communicate my feelings openly. (Clare)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- That people can sometimes be unkind, including companions. (Bradley)
- I wish I hadn’t been too timid to talk when my trainer dominated the conversation. (Whitney)
- I wish I had known that everything was going to be ok. I wish I had focused less on my personal struggles and more on the people in front of me. I wish I had worked harder to have more meaningful relationships with Ward members and investigators. (Clare)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to San Diego?
- Stay focused. The girls can be very attractive at certain points of the year. Keep your head down and keep moving forward. (Bradley)
- San Diego is a wonderful place with great people. Working with members will serve you better than anything. They are your greatest resources for finding and teaching investigators. (Whitney)
- It is going to be the best experience you have had thus far in your life! It will be hard and it will test you, but it will be so worth it! It will be such a beautiful, life-changing experience. But don’t ever let it be the most spiritual time of your life or the cap of your personal growth. (Clare)
What was a funny language mistake?
- When I mixed up “gay” and “girl” in the Samoan language. The two words are very similar. (Bradley)
- I once invited someone to hit their tithing instead of pay their tithing. Everyone had a completely straight face when I said it and acted like nothing was unusual about it until after we left and my companion told me my mistake. (Clare)