March 18, 2016

Central British Mission

Here are free resources about the Central British Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: England LDS Missions.

Central British Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Central British Mission. We try 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.

This mission does not currently exist.

Phone Number: N/A
Mission President: N/A

Central British Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Central British Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Central British Mission

*Mission does not currently exist. (Browse LDS.org mission maps)

Videos with Central British RMs

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

LDS-Friendly Videos about England

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about England. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about England, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

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Central British Missionary Blogs

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

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

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Central British Mission Groups

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

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Central British Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Central British Mission!

Shirt designs include Central British 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: Central British missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse England Missions gifts

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Central British Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Central British LDS Mission.

  1. 1970, Mission renamed England Central Mission.
  2. 1966-1969, George I. Cannon
  3. 1961, Mission created.

United Kingdom LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 186,423
  • Missions: 6
  • Temples: 2
  • Congregations: 332
  • Family History Centers: 122

Helpful Articles about the United Kingdom

Coming soon..

Central British Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Central British 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?

  • 1969-1971 (Scott)
  • 1966-1968 (Neal)

What areas did you serve in?

  • Holyhead, Nottingham, Birmingham, Winsford (Neal)

What were some favorite foods?

 

  • Cornish pasties (Scott)
  • Fish and chips, Bird’s custard, Yorkshire pudding (Neal)

What was a funny experience?

 

  • Senior Companion said I had to have “L” plates on my bike for the first 3 months. (Scott)
  • Most missionaries came from Utah and other places in the west. They could not believe how green the UK was and could be convinced that “green milk,” which had been prepared with food coloring, was normal because the cows could not process all the chlorophyll. (Neal)

What was a crazy experience?

 

  • Shot at with a shotgun as we were leaving down a farmers lane with rock salt. (Scott)
  • My companion was ahead of me as we biked down a long, rolling hill on the island of Angelsey. We were on a narrow country lane lined with rock walls that had been covered with turf over the years. We found ourselves head-on with an oncoming bus. I had time to stop and drag my bike up the grassy wall out of harm’s way. My companion, on the other hand, had no time to stop and ended up riding his bike at an angle up and over the wall, launching himself through the air into the pasture beyond. The bike did not survive. Neither did his suit. My companion limped away. (Neal)

What was a spiritual experience?

 

  • Finding a lady that had been praying for the Missionaries to come back for the last eight years. (Scott)
  • We received a two-year study guide, which like a few other missionaries, I completed in one year. The reading list included major theological works by LDS leaders, the New Testament, D & C, Book of Mormon, and Pearl of Great Price. The Old Testament was not included for reading, just for memorizing select verses. So, I spent over 400 hours in the second year of my mission reading through the entire Old Testament a couple of times, plus returning to some sections for further study and reflection. While I was unaware of the impact at the time, that study guided me through life-changing decisions a few years after my mission. (Neal)

What are some interesting facts about the Central British Mission?

 

  • Included the midlands of England and North Wales. (Scott)
  • If this question is about the work, the English and Welsh were resistant. The average for two year’s labor was 3 convert baptisms. It was not unusual to have an Assistant to the President who had zero convert baptisms. We were instructed in writing to measure the success of our missions only by convert baptisms (I still have the workbook). By that measure I was very successful. On more than one occasion I heard Elders from Utah remark that they expected Great Britain to be like Canada, which it very definitely is not. The English also have marked regional accents which sometimes require a couple of days’ listening to understand them when you relocated. (Neal)

What was the weather like?

 

  • Went 48 days and never saw the sun- wet and dreary in the winter humid in the summer. (Scott)
  • Rain. More rain. (Neal)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • People were friendly for the most part. (Scott)
  • I served 1/4 of my time in North Wales, which is a spectacularly beautiful country. On our half-days off we we just ride or hike through the countryside just to see the sights. I was introduced to technical rock climbing on Holy Head island. One Saturday we were invited to join a Scout Group for a hike in Snowdonia National Park. The hikers included Henry Franks, an elderly but spry Scouter who established the Scouting program in Wales (Colwyn Bay First Scout Group) and was trained by Lord Baden-Powell himself. Much of the time I served in urban centers. Most of the immigrant populations were from India and Pakistan, who introduced me to spicy, melt-your-fork curry. (Neal)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Comfort and serviceable above fashion for sure. (Scott)
  • Buy your suits in England. (Neal)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Gained a rock solid testimony and leadership skills that have served me for lifetime. (Scott)
  • Being a returned missionary means being in a “club” with shared experiences that can accelerate establishing relationships with strangers. (Neal)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Communication skills- mental toughness- leadership skills. (Scott)
  • Unfortunately I lost my fondness for cycling, and never recovered. While I was productive well beyond the average and served in District and Zone leadership, most of the important things I learned was by observing the consequences of mistakes made by both missionaries and leaders, including the Mission President. (Neal)

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

  • Wished I’d read the Book of Mormon. (Scott)
  • I sought out a lot of counsel from returned missionaries before I went on my mission, plus I hung out with the full-time elders who were working in my Southern California Ward. The only surprise when I entered the mission field was the large number of missionaries who were not prepared and were disinclined to do the work necessary to be informed and productive. (Neal)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to the Central British Mission?

  • Learn to work- don’t be lazy- learn to finish-know you will never quit or go home just because!! Know you’ll finish because just keep working hard and it will be amazing- learn to deal with people that are completely different than you because you will have them- be a team player. (Scott)
  • If you don’t want to go, don’t. (Neal)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Men wear trousers women wear pants – know the difference. (Scott)
  • We speak ‘American.” In Great Britain they speak “English.” There were ample opportunities for error. For example, we say “pants” where the British say “trousers.” When a new elder would refer to the pants he was wearing he would get odd looks because in Great Britain pants are women’s underwear. And then there was the new elder from Panguitch (or the like) who was trying to get directions to Loughborough, pronounced “luff-burr-row,” but confused the British by asking where “loo-ber-roo” was. (Neal)