December 25, 2014

California San Fernando Mission

Here are free resources about the California San Fernando Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: California LDS Missions.

San Fernando Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the California San Fernando 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 Fernando Mission
23504 Lyons Ave, Ste 107
Santa Clarita, CA 91321-2530

Phone Number: 1-661-288-1614
Mission President: President Kenneth T. Hall

San Fernando Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the California San Fernando Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the San Fernando Mission:

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

Videos with San Fernando RMs

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

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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.

LDS Church  places  history  food  nature  Storms and Natural Disasters  Cities  time lapses  Social Issues

San Fernando Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the San Fernando Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Sister Carmen Sleight hermanacarmensleight.blogspot.com 2017
Elder & Sister Steve Zobell zobellmissionbarbsteve.blogspot.com 2017
Sister McKay Hadley hermanamckayhadley.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Andrew Martin elderandrewjensen.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Colby Martin somemartinmissionarymoments.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Chelsea Dohner chelseadohner.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Rebekah Day hermanaday.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Allen Blodgett allenjblodgett.com 2016
Sister Sophie Swenson sophieswenson.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Chantel Olsen chantakescali.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Mason Allen eldermasonallen.wordpress.com 2015
Sister Meghan Redner apeculiargirl.wordpress.com 2015
Sister Jessica McNeill jmaslmission.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Joshua Nelson elderjoshua.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Kirstin Reese sisterreeseunderthesun.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Tessa Bishop sistertessabishop.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Janessa Watts janessawatts.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Kaeley Haws sisterkaeleyhaws.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Whitney Whetten hermanawhetten.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Dallin DeFord theworkandtheglory.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Randall Cottrell thenewfantasticme.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Emily Christensen hermanaemilia.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Spencer Kottcamp missionsite.net/elderspencerkottcamp 2014
Elder Cameron Huffaker huffakermission.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Carsten Ellsworth elderellsworth.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Andrew Okazaki missionsite.net/elderandrewokazaki 2013
Elder Chase Hudson missionsite.net/elderdchasehudson 2013
Elder Joseph Hawker missionsite.net/elderjosephhawker 2013
Elder Colton Christensen missionsite.net/coltonchristensen 2013
Elder Cameron Babcock missionsite.net/eldercameronbabcock 2013
Elder Kyle Hokanson missionsite.net/elderkylehokanson 2012
Sister Lyndsi Brown lyndsishae.wordpress.com 2012
Sister Dana Blackburn hermanablackburn.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Ryan Riggs missionsite.net/elderriggs 2012
Sister Tara Prince missionsite.net/sistertaraprince 2012
Elder Connor Henderson missionsite.net/connorhenderson 2012
Elder Miles Flake missionsite.net/eldermilesflake 2012
Elder Sean Ellsworth missionsite.net/elderseanellsworth 2012
Elder Rob Emery elderemery.wordpress.com 2012
Elder Jacob Johnson missionsite.net/elderjacobjohnson1 2011
Elder Aric Hansen missionsite.net/elderarichansen 2011
Mission Alumni mission.net/california/san-fernando 2010

San Fernando Mission Groups

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

  1. California San Fernando Mission Facebook Group (1,043 members)
  2. San Fernando Mission 2000-03 Pres. Bennett Group (165 members)
  3. California San Fernando Mission 1994-97 Group (137 members)
  4. San Fernando Mission Moms (LDS) Group (8 members)

San Fernando Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the California San Fernando Mission!

Shirt designs include California San Fernando 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 Fernando missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse San Fernando Mission gifts

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San Fernando Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2012-2015, Kenneth T. Hall
  2. 2009-2012, Jerald Lynn Martin
  3. 2006-2009, Robert L. Goodrich
  4. 2003-2006, Robert E. Lee
  5. 2000-2003, Farrell J. Bennett
  6. 1997-2000, Maughn M. Pearson
  7. 1994-1997, Steven E. Snow

California LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 773,762
  • Missions: 20
  • Temples: 7
  • Congregations: 1,357
  • Family History Centers: 222

Helpful Articles about California

Coming soon..

San Fernando Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from California San Fernando RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

When did you serve?

  • April 2008-October 2009 (Cleusa)
  • 2002-2004 (Alberto)
  • 2002-2003 (Kathryn)
  • 1999-2001 (Alejandro)

What areas did you serve in?

  • NoHo5 (North Hollywood) Desert (Lancaster, Rosemond, Lake LA,) Reseda, Panorama City, Northhills, Northridge, Burbank. (Alberto)
  • Canoga Park, Palmdale, Sylmar, San Fernando, Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Agua Dulce (Kathryn)
  • North Hollywood, Palmdale, Lancaster, Van Nuys, Canoga Park, Santa Clarita). (Alejandro)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Tamales from El Salvador, burritos, guacamole and American breakfast. (Cleusa)
  • Pupusas, argentinian spades. (Alberto)
  • Carne asada, pozole, tamales, pastel de tres leches. (Kathryn)
  • Mexican..! (Alejandro)

What was a funny experience?

  • Talking to a guy who told us he was dating a Mormon guy. (Cleusa)
  • I was companion with Elder Olson and we were riding through a very calm neighborhood looking for an address but somehow both of us thought that we should’ve turned to the opposite direction (me: going right, he: going left) and since we were riding right next to each other our bikes crashed and we couldn’t help but fall and while on the ground, none of us could stop laughing, people looking at us probably thought we were crazy but I still don’t know what it was that make us laugh so hard. Anyhow that might not be very funny but as I remember it was. (Alberto)
  • Tracting into a self-proclaimed prophetess in Canoga Park. (Kathryn)
  • When I farted in a discussion and my companion (Elder Jarman) tried to cover me..! (Alejandro)

What was a crazy/dangerous experience?

  • Not paying attention to the traffic and running into a red sign. (Cleusa)
  • One time, we were looking for an investigator in an apartment building, but in order to get into the complex, we had to enter a password. I was new in the area and my companion was the only one that knew the passwords, and for our bad luck he forgot the code. As we were waiting for someone to enter and then go through the gate, we were sort of contacting people on the street, but there was this time that my companion was trying to call someone inside to help enter. This guy with a hoody got close to me and asked for some directions, but something told me that wasn’t really his purpose, and I got very nervous and somehow he probably knew that I was nervous. He told me he had a gun and then he asked me for some money. My only reaction was to run as fast as I could, and during that exact moment, my companion Elder Chaparro barely opened the gate, so without letting him know that was I going through, I yelled at him and asked him to run. Being very confused and not responding very quickly to my call (and since we were supposed to go up 3 floors), I pushed him up the stairs as that was the fastest way. I never went upstairs so fast and as soon as we got up our investigator, he helped us calling the police but by that time that guy went away. (Alberto)
  • Having a member’s mother attempt to curse us. President Bennett called the president of the Los Angeles Temple to consult and came back with the answer that as endowed missionaries, we were untouchable. (Kathryn)
  • When a lady took a U turn from the right track and never even noticed we were there, so my companion reacted immediately and avoided her crushing into our front right side. (Alejandro)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Going to have dinner with a part-member family and the husband (who was not a member and didn’t want to have anything with any religion) started to ask questions. We taught him a lesson that same night. (Cleusa)
  • Columbus St in Panorama City the Assistants to the President know as little Tijuana, and there was an idea that we shouldn’t go there later than 7 pm. But that day, we were there around 5 pm so we didn’t think it was that dangerous but as we walked through, some gang people that were on the sidewalk (we even say good afternoon to them) some of them say that we weren’t Catholics and they should’ve gave us some sort of treatment for being Mormons. We were very scared of what could happen to us, but as we prayed in our hearts (we talked about that experience later that day and we both agreed we were praying) one of the gang members told the rest of them to stop. That we were Christians too and that we deserved respect for what we were doing, that was a probe that God actually on our side and will never leave of alone. (Alberto)
  • An investigator had a dream while she was hospitalized in which a little boy gave her a tour of a building she needed to visit. She recognized it the first time she came to church and was baptized. (Kathryn)
  • One of my first spiritual experiences was when I was only a week in the mission field. I had to bare my testimony to a family that wasn’t sure about baptism. There were tears and everything, even my trainer (Elder Navarrete) cried like a baby. They finally got baptized two weeks after that and that was an amazing experience. (Alejandro)

What are some interesting facts about the San Fernando Mission?

  • Well, the mission boundaries have changed, but when I served there you could get a lot of snow up North and almost nothing of it in the South. There are deserts, lots of Latinos and people from all around the world. (Cleusa)
  • I had the chance to meet people from all over the world, Latinos, Europeans, Asians, even Polynesians, most of those people being very nice to us. (Alberto)
  • Goes from Burbank to Bishop. Includes one of the few all-Spanish stakes in the country. (Kathryn)
  • When you love your companionship, you pleasantly enjoy your mission. Missionaries are no more than regular human beings with crazy stuff inside their heads. Spirituality comes when you are obedient to all (all) the rules. People can live without washing their bed sheets for two years. Wendy’s and In-n-Out are the best, also Home Town Buffet..! (Alejandro)

What was the weather like?

  • Hot and dry summer, rainy and cold winter. If you served up North you could see a lot of snow. (Cleusa)
  • California weather. (Alberto)
  • 75-112 degrees. In winter, my companion didn’t let us listen to Christmas music until the temperature was under 80 degrees. That happened mid-December. Makeup sweated off in minutes. (Kathryn)
  • It was pretty much everything, rainy, sunny, windy and cold..! (Alejandro)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Latinos were more receptive and usually nice to us. Americans were a little harder to reach, but once they accepted the Gospel, they were just amazing. We were really well fed by the members. (Cleusa)
  • Most of the people were very nice to us. (Alberto)
  • The members were the best. We sometimes ate three lunches because it’s impolite to turn it down. The most destitute still were generous to the missionaries. (Kathryn)
  • They were very outgoing, I miss them a lot, very friendly… I love them. (Alejandro)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Well, I am not sure now since the mission boundaries have changed. But summer is very hot and dry. Winter is cold, but not that much. (Cleusa)
  • Rolling up clothes will help save space in your luggage (Alberto)
  • Dress as lightly as possible! (Kathryn)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • A deeper understanding of the Gospel. Strength to face life challenges. (Cleusa)
  • Being from Mexico, English isn’t our native language, so I believe learning English was one of the many blessing I received for serving in the states. (Alberto)
  • Stronger testimony, fluency in Spanish, better people skills, great friends. (Kathryn)
  • Learned a new language, thanks to this I’ve had many good jobs. Now, I work as an Art/English teacher, it’s so fun. (Alejandro)

What are some skills you gained?

  • It’s easier to talk to people now. I became more proactive and less afraid to defend my point of view. (Cleusa)
  • Proactive type, leadership, language, good with people, organized. (Alberto)
  • Public speaking, Spanish. (Kathryn)
  • First, leadership, then new language, be a hard worker, very responsible. Caring for other’s needs. (Alejandro)

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

  • I wish I just went and talked to people. I wish I were more confident. (Cleusa)
  • Not to Bible bash with people of other beliefs. It took me more than a year to understand that just bearing my testimony was more than enough. (Alberto)
  • Had more patience with the Spirit and been less of a perfectionist. (Kathryn)
  • English..! (Alejandro)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to San Fernando?

  • It’s the best decision ever. You’ll always have sweet memories (probably some bitter ones as well). Show real interest for the welfare of people and it will be easier for you to reach their hearts. (Cleusa)
  • Know your scriptures, have a firm testimony of the gospel, be very faithful, love everyone, and work hard. (Alberto)
  • Always follow the rules and obey all the commandments the Lord has for us. Love your companion and care for him/her. Enjoy as much as you can. Serve and help everyone. Baptism is not the mission but, help people to find their own conversion. Always testify even if preachers curse you. Wasted time comes when I only think of me and not the other’s needs. (Alejandro)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • One of my companions once said “tengo hombre” instead of “tengo hambre” (which means “I’m hungry” ). (Cleusa)
  • I had a hard time with the “sh” with long “e”sounds, for example instead of saying sheets of paper or bed sheets, I said sh*t or the word “focus” instead of saying the “o” sound I said “a” sound… That was very bad… But I have no problem with that anymore 🙂 (Alberto)
  • I once said repentance is not like taking a bath with sopa–soup. The word I was looking for was jabon–soap. (Kathryn)
  • Confusion between the “Focus” with the “F” word. Shed for “S–t”. Beach for b–ch and, so on. But, what was the worst was that, my roommates always make fun of me and made me repeat over and over the same mistakes until I found out what was wrong. (Alejandro)