January 5, 2015

Mexico Monterrey West Mission

Free resources about the Mexico Monterrey West Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Mexico LDS Missions.

Monterrey West Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Monterrey West 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.

Mexico Monterrey West Mission

Calle Chiapas y Concha Espino # 303
Col. Roma Sur
64700 Monterrey, Nuevo Leon
Mexico

Phone Number: 52-81-8389-4057
Mission President: President Edward M. Swapp

Monterrey West Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Mexico Monterrey West Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the mission:

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

Videos with Monterrey West RMs

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

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LDS-Friendly Videos about Mexico

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

weather  places  history  food  nature  language  mission calls  time lapses  Spanish Hymns  LDS Church

Monterrey West Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Monterrey West 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.)

President & Sister McArthur monterreywest.weebly.com 2016
Elder Spencer Allgaier elderspencerallgaier.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Davis Garner elderdavisgarner.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Jason Bandy elderjasonbandy.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Carson Anderson elderandersontimestwo.com 2016
President & Sister Swapp monterreymexicomission.wordpress.com 2015
Sister Shaelynn Bauer sistershaelynnbauer.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Tegan Chapman tceverywhereigo.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Eric Jacobsen elderericmichaeljacobsen.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Trevor Gillhouse facebook.com/TrevorsMissionFarewell 2015
Elder Mason Parkes eldermasonparkes.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Stetson Clayton elderclaytoninmexico.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Zachary Ahlmer zacharyahlmer.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Julie Brooks hermanajuliebrooks.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Dylan Boren elderdboren.blogspot.com 2014
Elder & Sister Hoffman elderyhermanahoffman.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Trennon Udall missionsite.net/eldertrennonudall 2014
Elder Marcus Brown elder..monterreywestmission.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Camden Waite elderwaite.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Bryan Warner elderbryanwarner.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Macaulay Smith eldermacsmith.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Jacob Kartchner elderkartchner.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Christopher Foreman missionsite.net/eldercforeman 2011
Elder Kyle Allphin missionsite.net/kyleallphin 2011
Elder James Kingston elderjamesskingston.blogspot.com 2011
Elder James Hawken elderhawken.blogspot.com 2011

Monterrey West Mission Groups

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

  1. Mision Mexico Monterrey Oeste!!! Facebook Group (484 members)
  2. Monterrey West Mission Moms (LDS) Group (12 members)
  3. Mexico Monterrey West Mission (Pres. Evans) Group (1 member)

Monterrey West Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Mexico Monterrey West Mission!

Shirt designs include Mexico Monterrey West 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: Mexico Monterrey West missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Monterrey West Mission gifts

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Monterrey West Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Monterrey West LDS Mission.

  1. 2015-2018, Daniel D. McArthur
  2. 2012-2015, Edward M. Swapp
  3. 2009-2012, Brent Wayne Romney
  4. 2006-2009, Ernesto Rene Toris

Mexico LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 1,368,475
  • Missions: 34
  • Temples: 12
  • Congregations: 1,998
  • Family History Centers: 268

Helpful Articles about Mexico

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Monterrey West Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Mexico Monterrey West RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2013-2015 (Jon)
  • 2007-2009 (Jordan)
  • 2004-2006 (Jack)
  • October 2009-October 2011 (Trevor)

Which areas did you serve in?

What were some favorite foods?

  • ¡Las campechanas! They’re the best, you have to try them. (Jon)
  • Carne Asada, Chiles Rellenos, chilaquiles. (Jordan)
  • Campechanas, Gringas, tacos de trompo, gorditas de queso. (Jack)
  • Campechanas. Milenesa. Gorditas. Carne Asada. (Trevor)

What was a funny experience?

  • Fast and testimony meeting. Every month. (Jon)
  • One-time, my companion threw up on the bus. Our stop came up shortly and we didn’t know what to do, so we just got off. (Jordan)
  • Crossing the street in Monterrey. We stepped on a hitch between a truck and a trailer. After I got across the street, traffic trails off just as my companion is stepping on this hitch. The truck takes off with my companion hanging on for his life on the trailers tongue. I run down the street trying to keep up but I lost sight of him and began walking and thinking how the conversation was going to go with the Mission President about how I lost my companion. I said a little prayer and look up to see my companion running towards me down the street. He tells me that someone honked at the truck till the driver finally looked up and saw him back there. The driver then slammed on his brakes and my companion quickly jumped off and ran to find me. I don’t think Elder Tlachi and I had any disagreements after that. It united us and is funny to remember. (Jack)
  • When my companion wrecked his bike on a hill. (Trevor)

What was a crazy/dangerous experience?

  • I lived in Latin America for two years. That’s my crazy/dangerous experience. (Jon)
  • Overall it was very safe. One time I walked pass two drunks fighting with a kitchen knife. The people in the neighborhood looked out for us that same day. Something else was about to go down and they were like, “dudes you don’t want to go that way.” (Jordan)
  • Came to a rustic home in Palau and the father was drinking outside. He invited us in to set his daughter on the right path because he believed she needed help. So we began to teach her and shortly after we told her the name of the church and its location, the father came in and grabbed me by the throat and told us to leave while swearing. Fortunately, he was so drunk, he was hardly squeezing. We thanked them for allowing us in and the daughter politely told us we should probably leave. We get outside and grab our bikes. The father then keeps threatening us and pretends like he’s going to grab a knife. We had our bikes between him and us and walked away a bit before getting on and riding off. The father it turns out was trying to sell things on the church sidewalk and the members had to keep telling him not too. So I guess that’s why he got so mad at us. It was an intense situation but it felt peaceful and we knew no harm would come to us I had been so promised in a blessing before the mission. (Jack)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • When we shared the First Vision with the familia de Lisbet y Grecia, everyone felt the Spirit fill the room. I’d never known so strongly that Joseph Smith was a prophet. (Jon)
  • The whole thing was a spiritual experience. I just loved how on my mission I could start testifying and immediately the Spirit was there reinforcing my testimony, strengthening me and lifting me. (Jordan)
  • Seemed like most every day there was a great spiritual experience. So many prepared people in need of the gospel. One really unusual experience in Nueva Rosita. My companion and I were racing along in our bikes just coming over the top of a hill and I get the impression to stop, so I slam on my brakes and my companion’s brakes were less than ideal so he nearly hits me trying to stop. And when he does, we both look down and see a small home hidden below the street and we feel like that’s why we needed to stop. It was a mother and her children well prepared and received the gospel well. The father had abandoned the family and they couldn’t contact him so they were permitted to join the church. There were circumstances in the family that made it so that the time we stopped was when they had to be taught or else they may not have had a chance again for a long time. I’m sure that’s why the impression came so urgently at that time for us to stop. (Jack)

What are some interesting facts about the Monterrey West Mission?

  • It’s the best one in the world. (Jon)
  • Monterrey is the industrial capital of Mexico and it’s The largest city. It is also the world’s largest consumer of Coca Cola. (Jordan)
  • Other than being the best mission ever. The mission has a geographic anomaly in Cuatrocienegas that NASA has studied. Something about the only place where a certain turtle lives. The Tech of Monterrey is like MIT of Latin America and brings in people from around the world. There are some well off people and some of the most impoverished people I’ve ever seen living blocks from each other. Much of Coahuila has coal mines and many men work hard for their families in them all day. Sometimes they don’t make it back home like when we were there and a mine collapsed. (Jack)
  • Monterrey has the most taxis per capita in the world. (Trevor)

What was the weather like?

  • Fair enough. Blazing hot in the summer and ice cold in the winter, and the houses aren’t insulated at all! (Jon)
  • Crazy Hot (90 to 120+ F) degrees April to September. Awesome September to November. Cold November to January (40 Deg F and colder in the houses as they have no heaters). Awesome February to April. (Jordan)
  • I did need a winter jacket for like a week. But it gets super hot and humid. Saltillo or Arteaga are probably the coolest climates. There is almost a rainy season where the streets will be flooded and you just have to keep on walking through it. (Jack)
  • Hot and humid. (Trevor)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • You’re never bored, the food rocks, and there are plenty of people ready for the Good News. (Jon)
  • Super nice. (Jordan)
  • They love so much. They look up to and admire the missionaries. So many are so humble. They speak of spiritual things daily at work and it isn’t seen as strange. I miss them and wish I could do more for them. (Jack)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • PACK A GOOD COAT and don’t take short-sleeved shirts. (Jon)
  • Plan on buying more shoes about halfway through. You’ll want a jacket. If you take a trench coat, make sure it’s waterproof. Thermal underwear is a tremendous help. Truthfully, missionary attire isn’t very apt for what you’ll do most of the time (sweat) and there just isn’t a way around that. Polyester ties! They can be machine washed and they’ll last forever. (Jordan)
  • I didn’t bring a coat so ended up having a member get one from the many flea markets for me. But it wasn’t cold for long. You need to be in good physical shape for the mission. Practice by walking as much as possible, especially when it’s hot or rainy. (Jack)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Um, pretty much all of who I am came from my mission. I don’t have any blessings that I can’t trace back to Monterrey in one way or another. (Jon)
  • My heart was changed. Jesus Christ more powerfully shows in my countenance. (Jordan)
  • Some of the ones I’m aware of are that I can speak Spanish. I have felt undeserved love and cared from people as though they were my own. I understand better how the Spirit works with me and I am a much better student and teacher of the gospel. I know my Savior and my Father better. (Jack)

What are some skills you gained?

  • I learned Spanish! And I got out of my comfort zone. I was pretty shy before the mission, and now I’m not at all. (Jon)
  • Spanish. A myriad of soft skills. Being culturally more aware. (Jordan)
  • Spanish language. People management. Conflict resolution. Good study habits. Leadership. The ability to teach simply and with parables. Better ability to see God’s hand in life. Better ability to know His will. (Jack)
  • Spanish and not being afraid to talk to people ( aka sales ). (Trevor)

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

  • I wish I’would have been more willing sooner to give it all to God. We all have that new-missionary pride when we arrive, and I think that hurt me a little as I was starting out. (Jon)
  • Read the books, Leadership and “Self Deception” and “Networking for People who Hate Networking.” Also you’re a young man with lots of people filling your mind with expectations for what a mission at best can be and at worst “should” be. Just relax. Go without expectations. Enjoy the adventure of it. Above all else don’t take it too seriously. People will dramatize what you do and what you’re supposed to do. I hate to say it, but when in my own mind the mission became a full-time job that consumed my life as opposed to a spiritual journey where every decision was a matter of salvation for either myself or some random person, I started to have spiritual experiences. (Jordan)
  • Wish I’d had and studied Preach My Gospel before I went out. (Jack)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Monterrey West?

  • Just have fun. It’s meant to be fun, especially if you’re going to Monterrey! Work hard, and God will take care of you. (Jon)
  • Make the mission about relationship building not about following rules. Build a relationship with Christ. Also build relationships with ward members, companions, investigators, and others. Simultaneously strive to help the people you meet build a relationship with Christ. (Jordan)
  • Stay close to the Lord as you work hard in His work. Don’t be afraid…you are called of Him to have success. He will make you great if you allow Him to. (Jack)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Too many to choose just one. 😉 (Jon)
  • Once told some to repent of their fish (pescados) instead of sins (pecados). (Jack)
  • When he said chi chi trying to make a Japanese analogy in front of a female investigator. (Trevor)