December 25, 2014

California Santa Rosa Mission

Here are free resources about the California Santa Rosa Mission:

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*Other Mission Pages: California LDS Missions.

Santa Rosa Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the California Santa Rosa 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 Santa Rosa Mission
5301 Badger Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Phone Number: 1-707-579-9411
Mission President: President Rene R. Alba

California Santa Rosa Mission Map

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

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

Videos with Santa Rosa RMs

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

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.

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Santa Rosa Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Santa Rosa Mission. This blog 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.)

Mission Alumni mission.net/california/santa/rosa 2016
Sister Alexa Carey mymission.com/sisteralexacarey 2016
Elder Jason Warnick mymission.com/elderjasonwarnick 2016
Sister Kristina Thompson missionlettersfromkristina.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Alexander Joyner elderalexjoyner.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Austen Schaefer elderaustenschaefer.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Suzanna Lewis sister-suzie.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Joseph Janson elderjosephhjanson.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Malea Carter theycallmesistercarter.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Nathan Butterfield eldernathanbutterfield.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Steven Call missionsite.net/elderstevencall 2015
Sister Madeleine Campbell sistercampbell.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Parker Albertson elderparkeralbertson.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Justin Whitaker elderjustinwhitaker.weebly.com 2015
Elder Hayden Ellis elderhaydenellis.blogspot.com 2015
President & Sister Alba santarosamissionaries.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Shaylylnn Brimhall mymission.com/sistershaylylnnbrimhall 2014
Sister Lauren Hardy frostandsnowtocaliglow.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Andrew Nelson eldernelson.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Megan Andreasen missionsite.net/sistermeganandreasen 2014
Sister Brooke Palmer missionsite.net/sisterbrookepalmer 2014
Elder Nathan Tubbs eldertubbs.wordpress.com 2014
Sister Taysom Wallace sisterwallace.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Joy Agura focusoneternalthings.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Stephen Wykle missionsite.net/elderstephenwykle 2013
Sister Ashlie Parker missionsite.net/sisterashlieparker 2013
Elder Kolton Mahoney missionsite.net/elderkoltonmahoney 2013
Elder Hunter Lots missionsite.net/elderhunterlots 2013
President & Sister Bunker santarosacru.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Whitney Stephenson whitneysmission.blogspot.com 2012
Elder & Sister Adamson santarosacamission.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Tyler Volksen missionsite.net/eldertylervolksen 2012
Sister Cody Skroski missionsite.net/codinni 2012
Elder Marshall Pope missionsite.net/elderpope 2012
Elder Travis Olsen missionsite.net/eldertravisolsen 2012
Elder Stephen Tomoser eldertomoser.wordpress.com 2012
Elder Nathan Hancock armiesofheaven.blogspot.com 2012
Sister Brittany Nestman sisterbrittanynestman.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Chris Spendlove spendthelove.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Cameron Wright eldercameronwright.blogspot.com 2011
Sister Jessica Maughan reachesmyreaching.wordpress.com 2011
Sister Bianca Gorder missionsite.net/sisterbiancagorder 2011
Elder Casey Olsen missionsite.net/eldercaseyolsen 2011
Sister Bianca Gorder sisterbiancadgorder.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Brandt Elison ldselison.blogspot.com 2011
Elder William Eccles williameccles.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Greyson Bankhead enlightenthedark.blogspot.com 2011
Sister Loisa Martinez hnaeloisamartinez.blogspot.com 2011
Elder David Manciati alwaysgratefulneversatisfied.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Michael Millett eldermillettsblog.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Rob Vomocil eldervomocil.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Darion Beven elderbevan.blogspot.com 2011
Elder James Abbott elderjamesabbott.blogspot.com 2011
Elder Richard Mackelprang richardsmission.blogspot.com 2011

California Santa Rosa Mission Groups

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

  1. The Santa Rosa Mission Group Facebook Group (583 members)
  2. California Santa Rosa Mission Facebook Group (242 members)
  3. Santa Rosa Mission Pres. Joseph Nelson 1991-94 Group (87 members)
  4. Santa Rosa Mission Pres. Floyd Gowans 1994-97 Group (64 members)
  5. Santa Rosa Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (9 members)
  6. Santa Rosa California Mission Alumni Group (4 members)

California Santa Rosa Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the California Santa Rosa Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Santa Rosa Mission gifts

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Santa Rosa Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Santa Rosa LDS Mission.

  1. 2015-2018, Jim L. Wright
  2. 2012-2015, René R. Alba
  3. 2006-2009, Charles C. Stoddard
  4. 2003-2006, Cammon I Arrington
  5. 2000-2003, Steven Kent Knudson
  6. 1997-2000, Gary C. Swenson
  7. 1994-1997, Floyd Hill Gowans
  8. 1991-1994, Joseph A. Nelson
  9. 1988-1991, Ray A. Ogden
  10. 1985-1988, Robert C. Witt

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..

Santa Rosa Missionary Survey

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

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2013-2014 (Elise)
  • May 2013 – November 2014 (Brooke)
  • 2002-2004 (Justin)
  • 1998-2000 (Travis)
  • January 1995-July 1996 (Shari)
  • 1988-1989 (Allison)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Dixon, Napa, Rio Vista, Winters, Novato, and Eureka. (Elise)
  • Fairfield, Santa Rosa, Kelseyville, Woodland, Eureka (Justin)
  • Fairfield, Vacaville, Benicia, St. Helena. (Shari)
  • Eureka, Fairfield, San Rafael, Cloverdale, Sonoma and back to Eureka. (Allison)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Posole, homemade tortillas, cucharita candies. (Elise)
  • Sopes, Posole, Flautas de papa. (Brooke)
  • Tri tip, In N Out, Panda Express, Baja Fresh. (Justin)
  • Fruits and Vegetables, Chicken, Apple Pie. (Travis)

What was a funny experience?

  • Trying to leave gifts and hearts on peoples’ doors on Valentine’s Day and having to sneak around to not get caught. (Elise)
  • We were going through the baptismal interview questions with one of our investigators, and when we asked if she committed any serious crimes. She said, “Si. Maté un gato” (Yes, I killed a cat). She was so serious that we just died laughing. (Brooke)
  • Teaching first discussions on the bus trip from Santa Rosa to Eureka. (Justin)
  • Teaching people who qualified as mentally insane. (Travis)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Being in a house full of drunk men as we tried to talk to our investigator. (Elise)
  • One time it was raining super hard and we were trying to turn left in our car, across two lanes of traffic. The lane closest to us stopped so we could go, but as we were turning, a car in the farthest lane was coming straight at us. I don’t know how we didn’t get hit, but angels were definitely watching over us. (Brooke)
  • My companion and I almost got hit by a car crossing the street in Fairfield. We were walking next to each other crossing the street and a car blew a stop sign and turned where we were crossing. Somehow we ended up on opposite sides and the car passed between us. (Justin)
  • Same. (Travis)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Praying in the locker room with three sisters who were just baptized. (Elise)
  • SO many spiritual experiences all the time. In one of my areas, a member of the ward passed away, so a few sister missionaries and I performed “Abide With Me,” at the funeral. The Spirit was so strong and so many non-members came after and talked to us about what we believed. It was awesome! (Brooke)
  • Giving a blessing to a less active member in Santa Rosa and having him tell me it was just what he needed to hear. (Justin)
  • Baptizing. (Travis)

What are some interesting facts about the Santa Rosa Mission?

  • We were the first full mission to use iPads. We have the Redwood forests and vineyards in our mission. (Brooke)
  • It stretches from the bay area to the Oregon border along the coast. (Justin)

What was the weather like?

  • Really hot in the summer, rainy and then really cold in winter, but with no snow. (Elise)
  • On the coast it was a mixture of sunny and foggy. It rained a lot during the winter. When you get more inland, it can break 100 degrees in the summer. (Brooke)
  • Hot in the summer. Cooler in the Eureka zone. Woodland and Fairfield were very hot. (Justin)
  • Hot and humid or rainy and cold. (Travis)
  • Hot in summer, rainy in spring. (Shari)
  • Often foggy/hazy in the morning, then it would burn off as the day progressed. (Allison)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • I love how beautiful it was- we had the Redwoods, the ocean and the vineyards. The people were so kind and loving. (Elise)
  • It’s such a beautiful mission! You get a great variety of people and cultures. People are pretty family-centered and are just good people. A lot of the members just love the missionaries and are willing to help out. (Brooke)
  • I met many great people. I was able to teach and baptize many elect, prepared people. (Justin)
  • Their open-mindedness. (Travis)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Pack clothes that can mix and match well, a rain coat, one pair of boots and a good coat. (Elise)
  • For sisters, have a couple pairs of sturdy shoes and then some cheaper pairs you can replace a couple times. Boots are super helpful, along with a raincoat. Also, fleece-lined tights are the best. (Brooke)
  • Pack mostly short sleeve shirts. Make sure to bring a thick jacket or a coat for winter. (Justin)
  • Grey or blue loose-fitting khakis. No more than six ties. Shoes that appear dressy, yet reflect tennis shoes. (Travis)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • So many that they cannot all be named–my family has been blessed, my life has changed forever. (Elise)
  • I’m still receiving blessings from serving. My family relationships are so much better, I’m a better student, I’m more hopeful about the future, and so much more aware of God’s love and blessings in my life. It sounds cliche, but it’s really like you live life in brighter colors during and after your mission. (Brooke)
  • Saw people come to Christ. Prepared myself for my eternal companion. It helped me decide what I wanted to do for my career. (Justin)
  • Everything I have. (Travis)

What are some skills you gained?

  • I can speak Spanish, I can teach lessons and classes at church and give talks comfortably, and talk to people easier. (Elise)
  • I learned how to talk to people, I used to be really shy before. I learned how to work hard, how to keep things organized and clean, how to be happy and positive during hard times. (Brooke)
  • Organization, study skills, interpersonal skills, a strong understanding of the gospel and the scriptures. (Justin)
  • The ability to convincingly teach the Gospel by the Spirit. (Travis)

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

  • I wish I had been more bold and set real goals to be accomplished long-term. (Elise)
  • I wish I knew I wasn’t going to be perfect when I got home. It sounds funny, but I think subconsciously we all think that. I would also tell myself that all I need to worry about is my efforts and God would take care of the results. (Brooke)
  • I wish I knew more Spanish, I wish I had a better understanding of the New Testament. (Justin)
  • I wish I knew that some missionaries aren’t always devoted to the work. (Travis)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Santa Rosa?

  • Heavenly Father is sending you to this mission because it is perfect for you. He has a very specific mission experience planned for you, so trust Him and whatever happens. He absolutely knows best. (Brooke)
  • Work and study as hard as you can now and each day on your mission and you will find success and happiness. (Justin)
  • Ask more questions of those you teach and give less advice. (Travis)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Instead of saying “felicidad” for the word “happiness”, my companion said “Feliz Navidad”, which means Merry Christmas. So what she ended up saying was “You can have Merry Christmas as you live the Gospel”. (Brooke)
  • I was English speaking but I made plenty of mistakes trying to use Spanish. (Justin)