Free resources about the New Zealand Hamilton Mission, including:
- 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
NZ Hamilton Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Hamilton 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.
131 Ward Street
Phone Number: 64-7-834-9020
Mission President: President Charles A. Rudd
New Zealand Hamilton Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the New Zealand Hamilton Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Hamilton Mission:
Videos with Hamilton RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Hamilton Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
Videos about New Zealand
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about New Zealand. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about New Zealand, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
NZ Hamilton Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the New Zealand Hamilton Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
|Sister Elise Machen||sisterelisemachen.blogspot.com||2015|
|Elder Oliver Gilmore||eldergilmore.co.uk||2015|
|Sister Lyndsi Miggin||sisterlyndsimiggin.blogspot.com||2015|
|Elder Charles Mitchell||eldercharleswmitchell.blogspot.com||2015|
|Sister Kristen Crofts||sisterkristycrofts.blogspot.com||2015|
|Sister Rachel Pearce||sisterrachelpearce.blogspot.com||2015|
|Sister Gwen Judd||fromaztonz.blogspot.com||2015|
|Elder McKay Butler||eldermckaybutler.blogspot.com||2015|
|Elder Daxon Holmes||elderdaxonholmes.blogspot.com||2015|
|Elder Chase Gish||elderchasegish.blogspot.com||2015|
|Elder Kurt O’Neal||kurtsmish.blogspot.com||2015|
|Sister Melissa Holmes||sisterholmesnewzealand.blogspot.com||2014|
|Sister Ashlyn Wilks||sisterwilks.blogspot.com||2014|
|Sister Maquel Simkins||maquelmarie.blogspot.com||2014|
|Sister Kailey Bird||newzealandhamiltonmission..blogspot.com||2014|
|Elder Connor Ward||elderconnorward.blogspot.com||2014|
|Elder Porter Hunt||missionsite.net/elderporterhunt||2014|
Hamilton Mission Groups
Here are New Zealand Hamilton Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Hamilton Mission.
- Hamilton Mission Friends & Family Group (679 members)
- New Zealand Hamilton Mission Pres. Rudd Group (54 members)
Hamilton Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the New Zealand Hamilton Mission!
Shirt designs include New Zealand Hamilton 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: Hamilton missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Hamilton Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Hamilton Mission.
- 2013-2016, Charles A. Rudd
New Zealand LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 109,920
- Missions: 3
- Temples: 1
- Congregations: 215
- Family History Centers: 50
Helpful Articles about New Zealand
Hamilton Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from New Zealand Hamilton RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2013-2015 (Rachel)
- 2013-2015 (Maria)
- 2013-2015 (Dan)
What areas did you serve in?
- Pukekohe, Glenview, South Auckland/Manukau, New Plymouth. (Rachel)
- Visitors Center in Hamilton, Mountfort Manurewa, Taupo, and Morrinsville. (Maria)
- Rowendale, Welcome Bay, Hamilton, Rotorua, Pukekohe, Coromandel/Whitianga. (Dan)
What were some favorite foods?
- Cocoa Samoa! Chop Suey! Kumara!!! Milo, Tim Tams! (Rachel)
- Maori bread, Fijoa, Kumara, and the candy Mintes. (Maria)
- Roasted kumera is incredible. Cocoa Samoa is also another favorite. (Dan)
What was a funny experience?
- One time my companion Sister Amituanai and I had planned to visit a less active family in our area, so we rode our bikes over to their house! Well, their house was up an incredibly long driveway and so we didn’t really know what to expect at the top. Sister Amituanai was extremely afraid of dogs, as a side, but very important note. So, were knocking on a door that we assumed was the front door (New Zealand houses have a billion doors to choose from) and I saw this large animal bowl. I didn’t really think anything of it until Sister Amituanai went walking around the house to find another door and I heard this booming bark. I looked at Sister Amituanai and her face had gone pale (for an islander) and she booked it. I, too, not knowing what to expect ran to hide behind the car parked in the driveway. Anyway, the owners came out and comforted me, but we had to search for Sister A., who had run to the neighbor’s house and hid in the bushes. (: (Rachel)
- There was a man named Hone that we would often go do service for. We would usually just weed his garden and it was really easy so we didn’t change from our dresses. One day when we went over he pointed to a small spot of land and asked us to weed it. As we started to pull at the weeds we found our hands couldn’t pull them out. We asked for a small shovel, and when it didn’t work we asked for a large one, but when the large shovel didn’t work Hone brought us an ax! By that time we had realized that buried under that small plot of land was a tree stump! It took us a while to dig it out, but eventually with dirty hand & dirty dresses we walked away victorious. (Maria)
- Too many to mention. One that comes to mind happened at a Zone Conference. We were in charge of getting not only our zone, but a neighboring zone as well to the Stake Center. I misunderstood instructions from the Zone Leaders and then didn’t have anytime in the morning to shower or shave or make myself look as a missionary should. There I am, sitting in the chapel with stubble and bed head, and it just so happens that the Mission President’s wife gave a 20 minute training on proper hygiene and missionary attire. (Dan)
What was a crazy experience?
- I didn’t have too many dangerous experiences, but in my last area, we were left alone in the zone, due to transfer meeting, and so we were kind of nervous. It was also New Years Eve, so we knew that people would be partying. President Rudd gave us permission to stay up until midnight and at 12:01 we heard someone banging on our door. Luckily they went away, but we were terrified!! (Rachel)
- One night we got out of an appointment late & we knew we would have to run in order to make it home on time. As we started running two dogs came out of no where and started to chase us! We stopped dead in our tracks and at that point in time learned exactly how fast you can pray. We were petrified & terrified. As we prayed the dogs circled around us, they were baring their teeth and slowly getting closer. After what felt like forever the dogs randomly started smelling something on the street. We slowly backed away & made it home safely. I believe it was not only our prayers that saved us that night but also the prayers of loved ones at home who were praying for us. (Maria)
- I got bit by a dog one time. Not very hard, and it startled me more than anything. But stuff like that hardly ever happens, so there’s not a lot to worry about. New Zealand for the most part is a very safe place to serve. (Dan)
What was a spiritual experience?
- One of my converts Gwen had an amazing conversion. She came from the lowest of lows and changed her life so that she could live the gospel. Every time we taught Gwen I learned of my Heavenly Father’s love. (Rachel)
- My companion and I were contacting a referred less-active member. When we knocked on her door she let us in, but as we tried to get to know her she refused to connect with us. She was distant and eventually we felt it was time to share a thought and leave. I opened my scriptures to Romans 8:38-39. As I read it, the Spirit filled the room and the woman began to cry. I felt the Spirit guiding me as I told her how her Heavenly Father missed hearing from her and how He desperately wanted her to talk to Him that night. She was still crying as we left her with a challenge to pray. As we let ourselves out we saw her drop to her knees. It was beautiful to see a daughter feel the deep love that her Savior & her Father in Heaven has for her. (Maria)
- Also too many to mention. In one of my later areas, we were teaching a part member family. The Dad wasn’t a member, but the family loved to have missionaries over. Their big struggle was coming to church. No matter what we did or what we said, they just couldn’t seem to make the commitment to come to church on Sundays. Each time we planned a lesson, we would plan a bit of a rant to explain to them that they weren’t doing their part and that we would have to stop coming by if they didn’t start keeping commitments. We thought they were just being lazy. Funny enough, each time we would sit down with them in their home and try to smash the commitments into them, it just never seemed like the right thing to do. Finally, it got to a point where this man opened up to us and explained his real concerns and told us what was keeping him from coming to church. It turns out that it was nothing close to what we had suspected. As he explained his situation, I felt first of all guilty for judging him so harshly. But most of all I felt love and compassion and empathy for him, and it seemed like right there and then I wanted to do everything humanly possible to help him. It was one probably the first time in my entire mission where I truly felt Christ like love for someone. (Dan)
What are some interesting facts about the Hamilton Mission?
- I got to experience lots of different cultures – Samoan, Tongan, Fijian, Maori, and Pakeha. (Maria)
- Easy. IT’S THE BEST MISSION IN THE WORLD. (Dan)
What was the weather like?
- In the summer, it was brutally hot and in the winter it rained pretty much every day. It was hard at first, but you learn to love biking, walking, and sometimes running in extreme weather conditions! (Rachel)
- Just beautiful is the summer & lots (and lots) of rain in the winter. If you’re a Sister be sure to get yourself a nice & high pair of rain boots you can tract in. (Maria)
- It’s either warm and humid, or cold and rainy. If you don’t like the rain now, you’ll learn to love it by the end of your mission. (Dan)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- Islanders are INCREDIBLY spiritual. I loved every second of being around them. (Rachel)
- I love them deeply. I fell in love with all the people of New Zealand and with the Land. I loved how every experience testified how good God is. I loved seeing how He watches over all of his children. (Maria)
- In terms of scenery, it’s absolutely one of a kind. You’ll never visit another place like New Zealand, because there just isn’t any other place like it in the world. The people are so nice and willing to give. Food, clothing, money. You name it, chances are someone will try to give it to you at least once on your mission. (Dan)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- GET. A. RAIN. COAT. Spend hundreds of dollars if you need to. Just get a high quality raincoat. Also, get cute, colored tights. You’ll love them in the winter!! (Rachel)
- Bring a nice winter coat and a rain coat that you can wear over your winter coat. I’d also recommend bringing a small hymn book – I found many people who loved to sing and/or be sung to. (Maria)
- BRING A STURDY RAIN COAT. (Dan)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- I gained my most prized possession – a testimony of our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ, His church and the Book of Mormon. (Maria)
- Too many to count, really. I learned what it was like to think about someone other than yourself. I learned how important it is not to waste time. I learned how to love reading the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon. I learned that real happiness can only come from serving and loving others. (Dan)
What are some skills you gained?
- You learn people skills. 100%. You learn how to study, how to plan, how to set goals. It’s absolutely incredible!! (Rachel)
- I learned how to get ready with in five minutes, how to make noodles 100 different ways, how to smile in the rain & how to truly pray with the will of Jesus Christ. (Maria)
- Study skills come in large abundance. I also learned how to talk to people like I’d known them for a long time. While I was at first very timid and scared to talk to strangers I’d never met before, by the end of my mission it didn’t phase me one bit. (Dan)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I wish I would have known how to love people. How to serve people. Especially my companions. Learn to be humble! (Rachel)
- I believe my entire mission experience was guided by the Lord so I wouldn’t change anything in how it started, BUT if I could give anyone advice it would be to focus on embracing the people you are with and loving them as Christ loves them. (Maria)
- How fast your time as a missionary really does go. It’s over before you even realize it, so you can’t afford to waste even a single day. (Dan)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Hamilton?
- Let the Lord change you every day. (Maria)
- Understand and remember that you’re doing the right thing. It’s hard and scary and overwhelming and sometimes you’ll feel like you’re in over your head, asking what you got yourself into. Just relax and take it one day at a time. Understanding and perspective will only come through time and experience. (Dan)
What was a funny language mistake?