Free resources about the Mexico Tampico 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
*Other Mission Pages: Mexico LDS Missions.
Mexico Tampico Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Mexico Tampico 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 Tampico Mission
Apartado Postal 241
89460 Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas
Mexico Tampico Mission
Ejercito Mexicano #501 Loe 17
Col. Loma del Gallo
89136 Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas
Phone Number: 52-833-215-3652
Mission President: President Ralph B. Jordan III
Mexico Tampico Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Mexico Tampico Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Tampico Mission:
Videos with Mexico Tampico RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Mexico Tampico Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
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.
Mexico Tampico Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Tampico Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Mexico Tampico Mission Groups
Here are Mexico Tampico Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Tampico Mission.
- Mision Mexico Tampico Facebook Group (1,203 members)
- Mision Mexico Tampico 1994-1997 Group (26 members)
- Tampico Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (20 members)
- Tampico Mexico Mission 1996-1998 Facebook Group (1 member)
- Mexico Tampico Misison 1991-1994 Facebook Group (1 member)
Mexico Tampico Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Mexico Tampico Mission!
Shirt designs include Mexico Tampico 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 Tampico missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Mexico Tampico Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Mexico Tampico LDS Mission.
- 2015-2018, Nelson S. Ramirez Herrera
- 2012-2015, Ralph B. Jordan III
- 2009-2012, Stanton Lynn Call
- 2006-2009, Brian Hart Moss
- 2000-2003, David Ray Brown
- 1997-2000, H. Aldridge Gillespie
- 1994-1997, Lincoln R. Goodman
- 1988-1991, Hector Ceballos Luzanilla
Mexico LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 1,368,475
- Missions: 34
- Temples: 12
- Congregations: 1,998
- Family History Centers: 268
Helpful Articles about Mexico
Mexico Tampico Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Mexico Tampico RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2002-2004 (Jason)
- August 2008-September 2010 (Kevin)
- 2008-2010 (Ryan)
- 2011-2013 (Parker)
- 2001-2003 (Jason)
- 2001-2003 (Sergio)
What areas did you serve in?
- Tampico, Madero, Altamira, Mante, Tuxpan, Poza Rica, Victoria. (Sergio)
What were some favorite foods?
- Frijoles charros, Tacos de cecina, Tacos al pastor, Posole, Tamales, Agua de piña, Tortas. (Jason)
- Tacos, Mole, Coca Cola, Barbacoa, flour tortillas. (Kevin)
- Mole, pasole, tortas tacos del calle just about anything that was put in front of me. (Brad)
- Carne asada, posole, picadillo, tacos, pescado frito. (Ryan)
- Tacos al Pastor, Tortas a la Barda, Milanesa, Chiles Rellenos, the list goes on. (Parker)
- Mole, carne asada, pozole, carne empanada, chorizo. (Jason)
- Trompo tacos. (Sergio)
What was a funny experience?
- Getting made fun of during a lesson by a dwarf. (Jason)
- I was savagely attacked by a dog with no teeth. (Kevin)
- First preparation day at the super market learning the difference between hamon and havon. Couldn’t figure out why my comp wanted to wash his clothes in ham. (Brad)
- Me falling out of a tree during a service project in tantoyuca. (Ryan)
- While living in a house with two other sets of elders, we were getting home for the evening when the other 4 missionaries threw water balloons at us from the roof of our house. We got them back by dunking all of them in the shower though. (Parker)
- Getting chased by geese. (Jason)
- During the summer, after food in a fasting Sunday, Elder Johnson and I were allowed to enter into a house to share our message, but we fell asleep, hahahaha. (Sergio)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- Getting chased down a hill by a pit bull. Talking to a drunkard that was holding a gun during the entire conversation. (Jason)
- I once gave a lesson to a drug gangster, while his body guards listened in, holding AK-47s. (Kevin)
- I had a witch try to cast love potions on me so I’d fall in love with her daughter. (Brad)
- Walking along side a freeway to get home. (Ryan)
- We got stopped by some Narcos one time. They thought we were spying on them for the police. They searched our phone and wanted to see our identifications. I think they would have robbed us clean and maybe more if the stake patriarch hadn’t happened to have seen us and started walking toward us, which spooked them off. (Parker)
- Companion getting backhanded by a guy who was high on drugs. Cars swerving at you. (Jason)
- Ooohhhh that was so crazy, while Elder Gemar and I were passing home by home to find somebody interested in the message, a drunk guy got angry and suddenly he was so close to use raising in his hand a big beer bottle to hit us. (Sergio)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Watching a father transform his life through the Gospel to give up drinking and restore the relationship with his family. Seeing a father’s prayers answered and his heart softened to accept the Gospel and join his family in the church through baptism. (Jason)
- The first night in the mission home is a night I’ll never forget! (Kevin)
- We had an investigator that found out that someone who got baptized in one of the other wards in Valles a few years prior had robbed them and beat up her husband. She asked when he got baptized and if he had gone through the same process of repentance before. We told her that he would have had to do the same before baptism. Her response was if the lord has forgiven him it’s time I do as well. She is an amazing person. (Brad)
- Being part of my first baptism performed. (Ryan)
- One of the best spiritual experiences I had was a lesson we had with a sister we had been working so hard with. We were actually at the point of dropping her because she just wasn’t progressing anymore, but when we arrived that evening she told us about the incredibly powerful witness she had gotten that morning while praying about the Book of Mormon. Never had I seen someone so convinced, and her baptism was one of the highlights of my mission. My last transfer I was able to go to the temple to see her get sealed to her husband. (Parker)
- Kneeling down with a family of seven while the father said an incredible prayer. Mission president, my companion, and I were there. Very sincere and all felt the spirit. Father of family chose not to act on it, so no baptisms, but very strong spirit in home. (Jason)
- When most of missionaries had a conference with President Russell M. Nelson- that was a moment of light for us. (Sergio)
What are some interesting facts about the Tampico Mission?
- Touches both northern and southern regions of Mexico with accompanying cultural differences. Several native Indian dialects spoken. Several stakes and a temple reside within its borders. (Jason)
- Tampico has crocodiles in the Laguna del Carpintero. (Kevin)
- I was illiterate when I entered the Mission Training Center. After 3 weeks in the Mission Training Center, I had read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. I served 25 months. (Brad)
- It’s very hot, the members are really great. The mission has some great touristic sights. (Ryan)
- During the right time of year, you can pretty much have all the mangoes you want…they just fall off the trees and stay on the ground, free for the taking. Also, if you want to get anywhere with anyone, you had better cheer for the Cruz Azul soccer team. (Parker)
- You find people to love in every area. (Jason)
- Super friendly people. Crazy traffic. Trompo tacos are the best. (Sergio)
What was the weather like?
- Very hot and humid, sweater weather during the winter. (Jason)
- HOT! Upwards of 100-120 degrees most of the year. (Kevin)
- Hot and humid. (Brad)
- Hot, humid, rains a lot. (Ryan)
- Very humid, usually pretty hot. In some of the cities outside of Tampico, it gets above 55 degrees Celsius. In the winter it actually gets pretty chilly and there are these wet and windy storms that blow in regularly that they call “Nortes”. (Parker)
- It is hotter than anything. The humidity is stifling. You never really get used to it, but the work continues. (Jason)
- It was horrible, 90% of time, it’s a really hot place. (Sergio)
What do you like about the place/people you served?
- Genuine, humble people, great food, love for missionaries among members, endless teaching pool, faithful saints, generosity abounds. (Jason)
- They were incredibly patient with me learning Spanish. (Kevin)
- Everything. (Brad)
- It was a great place to learn live, love and serve. (Ryan)
- The people are great, very friendly. People walk around a lot more and since they have less in terms of electronics and other toys in their houses, they spend more time outside visiting neighbors. It was always great to see all the people in the streets and contact them. Tampico isn’t very tourist-y and not exceptionally pretty, but it does have a great beach that I was allowed to visit exactly once my whole mission. (Parker)
- They were very humble. Easy to appreciate and love. They are READY for the gospel. (Jason)
- People are super nice, you can make friends so easy, people most of the time are willing to hear the gospel. We were invited many times to have a dinner with them, even if they were not interested in the Gospel. (Sergio)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Short sleeve white shirts, lighter material slacks, sunblock, comfortable dress shoes for lots of walking, mosquito repellent, multi-vitamins. (Jason)
- Bring lots of extra handkerchiefs! And washcloths! (Kevin)
- Very light wool pants much better than cotton. (Brad)
- Short sleeve and long sleeve shirts. Lots of ties, 7-10 pairs of pants. (Ryan)
- Short sleeve shirts all day. Tampico is one of the new “no-suit” missions, but you’ll probably want at least one decent looking jacket for winter. (Parker)
- Short sleeve shirts, slacks that aren’t made of wool or heavy. (Jason)
- You won’t ever need coats or stuff for cold days. (Sergio)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- True conversion to the Gospel, work ethic, sensitivity to the Spirit, selflessness, love for others, confidence, ability to do hard things, lasting friendships and relationships, sense of fulfillment and purpose, knowledge and wisdom, mastery of a foreign language, time management skills, people skills. (Jason)
- I am now bilingual and I gained a self confidence in myself that I never had before. (Kevin)
- I learned to read, didn’t have any migraines, and afterward was blessed with the perfect wife. (Brad)
- Still fluent in Spanish, stronger testimony, better social and teaching skills. (Ryan)
- I think one of the biggest blessings I have are the memories that are now mine. I have this whole trove of precious memories and friends that can’t be taken from me. And the lessons learned through experience, from my Mission Presidents, and from my companions have really help shaped how I view my world now as a Return Missionary. (Parker)
- Learned Spanish and became a Spanish teacher. Will easily be the best blessing you will receive. (Jason)
- I feel closer to my Savior, it was a privilege to see the miracle of conversion among my brothers in that part of the vineyard, also I developed a deeper love for scriptures. (Sergio)
What are some skills you gained on your mission?
- Spanish speaking, learned I could draw, grew very fond of singing. (Kevin)
- Spanish, leadership, teaching, organization, planning. (Brad)
- Spanish, teaching, ability to meet and interact in a new area. (Ryan)
- I learned to talk to people even when I felt incredibly awkward, and to do things that I didn’t want to do at the time, but that I forced myself to do. As Mark Twain said, “Do something every day that you don’t want to do; this is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.” I learned to get along with someone that I was stuck with 24-7. And most of all, I learned how to feel the spirit and study the scriptures. (Parker)
- Spanish, communication, speaking to strangers, speaking in front of crowds. (Jason)
- Speaking another language. (Sergio)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I wish I’d known how to manage my time and energy like I did by the end of my mission. I wish I’d known how to discern people’s true intentions and desires earlier in my mission. (Jason)
- I wish I was more patient with my first two companions. (Kevin)
- Spanish. (Brad)
- How to work better and put off the natural man. Less play more service. (Ryan)
- I don’t think there’s much you can really do besides just be well versed in the scriptures and Preach My Gospel. I guess I wish that I understood the mission rules better and understood the purpose for them and how to properly apply them, especially as a leader. It’s really easy to get super caught up in the rules and lose the spirit of them. It’s a delicate line and it took a little while to learn how to tread it without being all uppity about ticky-tack things. (Parker)
- More Spanish! Time away from parents to get used to and learn to depend on myself and others. (Jason)
- Nothing in particular, you can get used to anything. (Sergio)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Tampico?
- Hold nothing back and the Lord will make more of you than you ever could on your own. (Jason)
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Always be the first to apologize, and love your companion and the people of Mexico! (Kevin)
- Always work as if it were your last day. The time goes fast and you’ll never want to look back and wish you’d have worked harder. (Brad)
- Get used to hot humid environments. Get used to dealing with people who are drunk. (Ryan)
- Love and obey…those are the two great rules to follow as a missionary, in that order. Love the people, serve them, give your heart and soul to them, and be as obedient as you can realistically be without becoming a Pharisee. That’s how you’ll unlock the greatest blessings our Father in Heaven has for you as a missionary. (Parker)
- The Mexican people are ready to hear the gospel and are searching for it. (Jason)
- Guys do not hesitate going on a mission, it’s awesome to see people changing their life for good. We truly became disciples of the Savior. (Sergio)
What was a funny language mistake your or another missionary made?
- There’s a big difference between vieja and viejita in Spanish. Viejita – old lady Vieja – prostitute I keep referring to one of our elderly investigators as the prostitute that lived down the street. (Jason)
- I would always mix up “caballo” (means horse) with “cabello” (which means hair). I several occasions when I needed a hair cut, I would erroneously say “I need to cut my horse.” (Kevin)
- Listening how JD mistook the word seal for light in his talk. 25 minute talk about the importance of moving toward and having the seal Christ in our lives. (Brad)
- Mochilla is not correct, Mochila is. Also don’t say pescado in place of pecado. (Ryan)
- While reciting the First Vision, a friend of mine once instead of saying “Este es mi hijo amado” (this is my beloved son) accidentally said “Este es mi hijo ahumado” (this is my smoked son). (Parker)
- Plancholos instead of los plancho. Kind of had to be there. (Jason)
- Hahahahaha, Elder Moses used to read everything he saw, I guess that’s part of learning Spanish, but in every city there are walls and advertisements with bad words (curse words), he was warned by his companion about that after he read out loud in front of many people. (Sergio)