Indiana Indianapolis Mission
Free resources about the Indiana Indianapolis 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
Indiana Indianapolis Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Indiana Indianapolis Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.
Indiana Indianapolis Mission
1980 E 116th St STE 200
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone Number: 1-317-580-0479
Mission President: President Steven C. Cleveland
Indiana Indianapolis Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Indiana Indianapolis Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the Indianapolis Mission:
Videos with Indiana RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Indiana Indianapolis Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Indiana
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Indiana. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Indiana, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Indiana Indianapolis Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Indiana Indianapolis Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Indiana Indianapolis Mission Groups
Here are Indiana Indianapolis Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Indianapolis Mission.
- Indiana Indianapolis Mission Facebook Group (974 members)
- Indianapolis Mission (President Collins, 2010-13) Group (270 members)
- Indianapolis Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (22 members)
- Indiana Indianapolis Mission Moms Facebook Group (4 members)
- Indianapolis Mission Pres. Mardon C. Lamb 86-89 Group (3 members)
- Indianapolis Mission Alumni (Pres. Charles Quist) Group (1 member)
Indiana Indianapolis Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Indiana Indianapolis Mission!
Shirt designs include Indiana Indianapolis 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: Indiana Indianapolis missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Indianapolis Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Indianapolis LDS Mission.
1. 2013-2016, Steven C. Cleveland
2. 2010-2013, Kent H. Collins
3. 2007-2010, David L. Corey
4. 2004-2007, Darrell Glen Simmons
5. 2001-2004, Charles Michael Quist
6. 1998-2001, M. Richard Walker
7. 1995-1998, Gary Barton Payne
8. 1992-1995, Robert E. Floto
9. 1989-1992, Richard I. Corey
10. 1986-1989, Mardon C. Lamb
11. 1983-1986, Gail C. Sanders
12. 1980-1983, Arden J. Palmer
13. 1977-1980, Max Mortensen
14. 1974-1977, Keith W. Wilcox
15. 1971-1974, Mark Benson
16. 1968-1971, Arnold N.P. Roberts
17. 1965-1968, Frank C. Berg
18. 1950-1955, Carl C. Burton
Indiana LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 43,614
- Missions: 1
- Temples: 1
- Congregations: 100
- Family History Centers: 29
Helpful Articles about Indiana
Indianapolis Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Indiana Indianapolis RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2011-2013 (Danny)
- 1975-1977 (Julene)
- May 2013-December 2014 (Carra)
- 2013-2014 (Taylor)
- 2013-2014 (Jenessa)
What was a favorite food?
- Good bread with good butter and good chicken with good rice. (Danny)
- Meals with members, back then we didn’t get that many. (Julene)
- Chicken and dumplings. Spaghetti and chili. (Carra)
- Chicago style pizza. Thai food. (Taylor)
- Chili 3 way, Stake N Shake, Squealers. (Jenessa)
What was a funny experience?
- People had pet raccoons. (Danny)
- We were teaching the Word of Wisdom and the investigator asked about hot drinks and my companion said. “Hot drinks are not always hot drinks”. (Julene)
- I think just being able to laugh at myself with companions. (Carra)
- Slipping in the parking while having a snowball fight with the elders. (Taylor)
- This lady we were teaching was super sad we weren’t actually polygamists because she wanted to be one. (Jenessa)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- I rode my bike…in heavy traffic. I knocked doors in the ghetto and in rich/wealthy areas. I can’t decide which was more scary. (Danny)
- The first day that I was with this same companion, I had been out a month and she had been out 1.5 months. We had gone to the mission home to drop off our companions who were going home, we asked how to get back to Bloomington from Indianapolis, the AP’s told us to get on the interstate until we saw the sign for Bloomington. We were going on for a few hours and I had to drive, she didn’t have her permit yet. We then saw a sign that said Roselawn, 60 miles to Chigago, we were not only at the wrong end of the state, but out of our mission. Needless to say, we were the joke of the mission. We did get to stay with our companions who were leaving the next day and also got to go to the airport to see them off. (Julene)
- It was around Christmas and we went into the ghetto. It was dark and the Elders didn’t know we were there and we weren’t sure we had the right house. My companion was braver then me. I was fearing out. We got chewed out by the Elders later. (Carra)
- In Columbus my companion and I were driving in the snow and we pulled over and our car slid into a ditch. We had to call the elders to come push us out. (Taylor)
- There was a call in the area that 3 teens were smoking weed in park. We got pulled over and accused of being those kids. Cop wasn’t very nice. He searched the car and reluctantly let us go. (Jenessa)
What was a spiritual experience?
- I was able to share the Gospel with Agnes and her family. I saw her low countenance turn into a countenance of Christ overnight. I saw light enter her life. (Danny)
- I had to go to another area, due to a sick elderly sister, so I left a threesome and they continued to teach the couple who had asked about soft drinks. I was in town for an investigator fireside and really felt a strong impression to have this couple go into a classroom and all of us kneel down and pray. They soon after committed to be baptized. Also, I had a lady who when I met her was in casts up to her neck, she loved the Tabernacle Choir and a member had given her some tapes. We stopped to meet her and got someone to come give her a blessing, we then taught her, her baptism required that she be sitting on a long sheet and that nine men put her into the font on her back and that they baptized her lying flat, she was strong and faithful the rest of her life, even when her children disowned her. I named my daughter after her. (Julene)
- In my last area we had a training on testifying of The Book of Mormon. We had a lesson later that night. I used the training and the spirit was so strong. (Carra)
- Teaching one of our investigators Dale and seeing her growth throughout the weeks we taught her, and the sweet spirit that she had. She was one who cared about others and shared her testimony. (Taylor)
- When I found my first investigator. I was so happy and the spirit was so strong in that lesson. (Jenessa)
What are some cool facts about the Indianapolis Mission?
- The first area I served in was a KKK stronghold until recently. The town had a sign that said, “Huntington Indiana, where the sun don’t set on Negroes.” That was a few years ago. Huntington was also home to Dan Quayle. (Danny)
- Not really about our mission, but our mission president was Keith W Wilcox, he had printed a book about the Washington DC temple. He was on a team with other architects and they were asked to submit designs. President Wilcox had a dream as to what the temple should look like and submitted that, and that is the DC temple we now see. This was right before his call to be a mission president. (Julene)
- My Mission President was Steve Cleveland. (Carra)
- It is the best mission in the world and the people of Indiana have a sweetheart! (Taylor)
- President Cleveland is the best mission president ever! Lots of diverse culture. Anywhere from Asians, blacks, Amish, southern. It’s a lot of fun to get to know them. (Jenessa)
What was the weather like in Indianapolis Mission?
- 110 degrees in the summer and minus 25 in the winter. At its worst though. (Danny)
- I never had the adventures of tornado threats like I do now living in Missouri, but the ice storms. One time we were walking up a slight incline and could not get up, it was pure ice. We would come out to our car and it would have a sheet of ice all around it. Also the one year we were told to stay in our apartments and clean because the wind chill made it about 30 degrees below. (Julene)
- It was freezing in the winter, like negative 60. But in the summers, really hot and humid. (Carra)
- Freezing in the winter and super humid in the summer! (Taylor)
- Humid, rainy during the spring. Sunny. Cold winters. (Jenessa)
Any thing you really like about the people/place?
- HOOSIERS. Friendly people and beautiful trees! Indianapolis was very diverse and integrated. Especially on the west side. People were full of love and were very Christian. (Danny)
- I loved the rolling hills and the country. I served in small towns as a rule. The people were great and my first and last area was Bloomington, In, where it once was a ward it is now a stake. And of course a new temple in the area. I believe that people are nicer to the missionaries that are not members, sometimes they could be pretty rude, but when a temple is close to an area, such as Missouri and now Indiana, people become nicer. (Julene)
- I loved everyone. The Spirit definitely helps you have that love. (Carra)
- All my companions were sweet, funny and an example! I learned and was taught something from each and everyone of them. (Taylor)
- Everyone loves Jesus in Indiana. I loved how willing most people were to talk about it. People were pretty nice for the most part. (Jenessa)
Any packing advice?
- I wish I brought a Rolex watch. I had to buy like seven watches on my mission. I also wish I brought some all-leather, brown and black pairs of Sperry top-sider shoes. You would have to walk 10,000 miles before those shoes would tear. I didn’t need to bring an iron and swag. (Danny)
- Well, thankfully there was a guy and a girl that sewed, so that when I gained 30 pounds, they made me clothing. We always wore colorful clothing and mix and match, glad to see them getting a little more away from black. I like black, but color is needed also. (Julene)
- Buy the heavy winter coat out there. (Carra)
- Pack lightly and only take what you really need! Packing for transfers and home takes a long time!! (Taylor)
- Garments that whisk away the sweat. Light weight clothes. Good pair of boots for the winter. (Jenessa)
Anything you can’t buy/find easily there?
- You can buy anything. (Danny)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Spiritual, emotional, and educational blessings. (Danny)
- I taught seven persons with different disabilities and that helped prepare me for my first husband who was in a wheelchair, who died at the age of 37 and also for my current husband who has a disability but doesn’t limit him as much. (Julene)
- My family has seen a lot of blessings. One I think of, is that my uncle became active in the church again. (Carra)
- Met my eternal companion and learned what it means to be a witness and servant of my Savior! (Taylor)
- A stronger testimony for sure. There are way to many to count. I see them every day! (Jenessa)
Any skills you gained on your mission?
- I learned to not compare myself to others, only to myself, the wise words from a 20 year old zone leader. I also learned to stay with things, not be a quitter. I do have social anxiety, and I believe that played a factor in my mission which attributed to severe stomach problems. (Julene)
- I am less shy because of my mission. (Carra)
- Gained an enjoyment of serving other people who are in need. Learned to be more talkative and work with different people. (Taylor)
- I’m not as shy anymore. I’m more willing to go talk to people I don’t know. I can also play a mean game of corn hole now. (Jenessa)
Is there anything you wish you knew at the beginning of your mission?
- Humility, CHARITY (most important), and hope. If you figure charity out and are blessed with the gift of charity, then you will succeed. (Danny)
- As mentioned before, not compare myself to others, I didn’t learn my discussions word perfect as quickly as my first two companions and zone leaders, so I felt I was a failure in this way. (Julene)
- I think actually knowing how stressful it is. (Carra)
- Prepared more for teaching people, answering questions and being more familiar with preach my gospel. (Taylor)
- It’s a lot harder then it seams. Take it one day at a time. You’re not perfect so stop beating yourself up. It’s okay to fail just as long as you keep trying. (Jenessa)
Any advice for pre-missionaries going to Indianapolis?
- I wish I had come to live in Utah for a year before my mission. There were a lot of cultural things I didn’t understand about my early companion because I didn’t know anything about Utah. Read the Book of Mormon. Study and know what being Christ-like is. (Danny)
- For any mission, it isn’t going to be easy, sometimes people will find out a person is investigating and turn them away from the church. I would do it again, and I would probably make mistakes, but I would learn and grow from them and be a better person today for having served a mission (Julene)
- Definitely have a testimony, because it will be tested. (Carra)
- This is such a great opportunity of a lifetime! As we prepare for our mission it is exciting, scary to leave your family and live in a new place. But most importantly you grow spiritually and as an individual. As we enter this chapter in our life begin by preparing spiritually by reading your scriptures, start and end every morning with a prayer and become familiar with preach my gospel. Most importantly always read your patriarchal blessing which is the key to know and learn about yourself and what Heavenly Father has in store for you. Know that he loves you and will be there to guide you as his servant to bring others unto Christ. I am so grateful to have served as a missionary, to have been given the chance to teach others. Learning to be humble, and helping my testimony grow. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that through the restoration we have a living prophet on the earth today. I am thankful for temples and the blessings in which they bring. I know this is true and as you listen to the Spirit you all will be able to strive and “Touch all the Lines!” I love each and everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. (Taylor)
- This is the best thing you’ll ever do! I know you’ll be great and love it. You’ll be amazing at how fast your testimony grows and how many doors the lord will open. If you’re having a rough day never forget plan I, plan ice cream! (Jenessa)
Any funny language mistakes?
- I left out the word feel in a sentence when we were bearing testimony of the plan of salvation. Instead of saying knowing God made this for me makes me feel fantastic. I said knowing God did this for me makes me fantastic. The guy looked really confused! (Jenessa)