Free resources about the Uruguay Montevideo 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: Uruguay Montevideo West Mission.
Uruguay Montevideo Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Montevideo 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.
Uruguay Montevideo Mission
Dalmiro Costa 4635 Bis
Phone Number: 598-2-619-4534
Mission President: President Mark D. Eddy
Uruguay Montevideo Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Uruguay Montevideo Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Montevideo Mission:
Videos with Montevideo RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Montevideo Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Uruguay
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Uruguay. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Uruguay, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Montevideo Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Montevideo Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Uruguay Montevideo Mission Groups
Here are Montevideo Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Montevideo Mission.
- Montevideo Mission President R. Quinn Gardner Group (364 members)
- Montevideo Mission Presidente Betancourth Group (148 members)
- Montevideo and West Mission Moms (LDS) Group (58 members)
- Uruguay Montevideo Mission President Call Group (17 members)
- Uruguay Montevideo Mission Facebook Group (8 members)
- Montevideo Mission Pres. Eduardo Ayala 1985-88 Group (1 member)
- Montevideo Mission 1992-94 Pres. Joseph K. Brooks Group (1 member)
Montevideo Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Uruguay Montevideo Mission!
Shirt designs include Montevideo 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: Montevideo missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Uruguay Montevideo Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Montevideo Mission.
- 2016-2019, Mark D. Eddy
- 2014-2016, Stanley Edwin Cook
- 2011-2014, Gary D. Newsome
- 2003-2006, Jorge Fermin Betancourth
- 2000-2003, R. Quinn Gardner
Uruguay LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 102,999
- Missions: 2
- Temples: 1
- Congregations: 143
- Family History Centers: 22
Helpful Articles about Uruguay
Uruguay Montevideo Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Uruguay Montevideo RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2013-2014 (Kaitlyn)
- 2012-2014 (Max)
- 2012-2014 (Samuel)
- 2002-2004 (Albert)
- 1991-1993 (Lizet)
- 1991-1993 (Oscar)
- 2008-2010 (Sandra)
Which areas did you serve in?
- La Paz and Cantalones. (Kaitlyn)
- Santa Lucia, La Paz, Los Ceibos, José Pedro Varela, Trinidad, and 18 de Mayo. (Samuel)
- Las Piedras, Canelones, Rocha, Castillos, Paso Carrasco, Melo. Montevideo east.(Albert)
What were some favorite foods?
- Torta Fritas, Gizo, Alfahores, and Asado! (Kaitlyn)
- Milanesa, Torta frita, Torta de fiambre, Cordero, Fideos con tuco, Polenta, Cazuela. (Max)
- Tortillas de papas, Milanesas de poyo, El Asado, Canelones, and Ñoques. (Samuel)
- Biscochos. Chivitos. Tortas fritas. Fideos con Tuco. (Albert)
- Gnocchi and pastries. (Lizet)
- Italian pasta and cakes. (Oscar)
- Arroz con leche, tortas fritas, canoles, noquis. (Sandra)
What was a funny experience?
- The Uruguayos are pretty funny! They take care of you, are super chill, and have great personalities. (Kaitlyn)
- Cuando nos reuníamos cómo zona siempre era una locura. Todos reíamos y sentíamos el amor del Salvador. (Max)
- We had a guy, who we had had previous contact with, caught us jay walking and he jokingly told us off and said that if we didn’t use the crosswalk then Uruguay would never grow from being a third world country. (Samuel)
- Getting caught riding our bikes “contra fletcha” in Rocha’s town square. (Albert)
- A girl wanted to marry me. (Oscar)
- One fast Sunday at the end of the month our lunch appointment fell through. We didn’t have much food in the apartment (end of the month), but we had some things to make a simple microwave cake. We didn’t have an oven at this time or even a cook top, just a microwave. I started making the cake and felt pretty cool as I whipped the ingredients together. I used our last egg (that I believe we borrowed) and put the masterpiece into the microwave. When it was done I called my companion over to sample the cake. We both tasted it and it was kind of gross… But I had seen some white powder that I just knew was powdered sugar, so I told my companion not to worry because I was going to make some frosting. Once the frosting had oozed all over the spongy cake, I had my companion take the first bite. She took her first (and only) bite and promptly spit it out. What I had thought was frosting was really baking soda. Whoops. We left without eating lunch that day and were really, really hungry. We both had no energy because we had not eaten since lunch the day before. All we needed to do was make it until the next day and then we would have money for food again and would be okay. Fortunately we did not have to wait that long. We decided to surprise one of our recent converts with a visit and as she was letting us in, she mentioned that she had made some pizza and arroz con leche just in case we came to visit. It was the most delicious food I had tasted in a long, long time. (Sandra)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- When they try to steal your items. Motorcycle gang. (Kaitlyn)
- Una vez estábamos en el tejado y los vecinos creyeron que eramos ladrones y llamaron a la policía, claro antes nos dispararon. Pero todo termino bien. (Max)
- My companion and I were helping cut down a tree. It took out a power line and a telephone line, as well as a rotted telephone pole before landing directly at our feet. I had had the thought to move, which I followed. The rotted pole would have hit me had I stayed where I was. Afterward, all the neighbors, who had watched us work without any offer of help, started yelling at us and getting threatening, so we headed home, changed, and went to work on the other side of town while things cooled down. (Samuel)
- One of our areas had a corner lovingly referred to as “esquina de ladrones” where upon passing, the gentlemen there would comment on how nice our watches looked. (Albert)
- After a baptism, the convert fainted as we were leaving the church building, and then went on to experience several days of challenges with the adversary, which eventually necessitated our moving to another area and commuting by bus to our area daily from then on. (Lizet)
- We lived with a mental housemate, he drove nuts one day. (Oscar)
- Not sure that I ever had any crazy or dangerous experiences… Except for one ferocious, man-eating, dog that almost attacked me and my companion. A neighbor saw the dog threatening us and had a broom that he chased the dog with long enough for us to get away. The dog had had the police called on it quite a few times and the owners were told it would be put down if it did not stay locked up. (Sandra)
What was a spiritual experience?
- Feeling and knowing that the people feel the love and light of the gospel in their lives! That moment when the spirit testifies to them and their eyes fill with light. (Kaitlyn)
- Con mi compañero Elder Contreras oramos con un investigador para que el supiera si dios existía y el sintió su respuesta y nosotros también y muy fuerte. (Max)
- I was blessed to be at the sealing of one of my investigators who I had had helped overcome his smoking addiction in my first area. I was a really beautiful experience. (Samuel)
- So many… But one that stands out is when we fasted every Sunday for a month for a family to teach to help strengthen the ward. The next month a referral came into our area for a family that we taught and were readily baptized. (Albert)
- Sharing some time with prisoners in one of the towns I served in. We had decided as a zone that we’d show them the “First Vision” and the spirit was so strong. One of the inmates stated that he’d like to learn more about the church once he left. I was transferred shortly after, so I don’t know the outcome, but I’ll always remember and be grateful for that experience. (Lizet)
- We baptized a catholic priest. (Oscar)
- The very first baptism I ever had was an old man that we had contacted in a tiny little village in our area. The day we first met him me and my companion decided to do singing contacts where we would ask people if we could just sing them a song and then ask if we could come back another day to teach them a lesson. (Almost everyone would say yes to this). We knocked on this old man’s door and sang “I am a Child of God”. When we made it back the next week he told us that he had been waiting for us because when we had come that first time he had felt something wash over him that he had never felt before. He was a golden. (Sandra)
What are some interesting facts about the Montevideo Mission?
- We are very unified. In the 18 months I was there, we had three mission presidents. We were strong, hard working, and continually obedient. The facts change constantly from mission president to mission president. (Kaitlyn)
- During the time I was there was when President Monson made the announcement that the age for missionaries was going to change. During the next few months we had a large influx of young missionaries. There were times when very young missionaries trained even younger missionaries, but it all turned out wonderfully. During my two years as a missionary I had five different mission presidents. (Samuel)
- People love their “yerba mate”. You will find almost all of them sipping on it together on their front porch at about 5:30 pm every day. – The Uruguayan people are very tranquilo – Aside from soccer, Uruguayans like to play basketball, but don’t really understand the foul or double-dribble concepts. – Uruguayans cannot tolerate even the littlest bit of spice (peppers, etc.) (Albert)
- In one of my areas you could walk across the street and be in another country (Brazil), and not need any sort of I.D.. My parents received mail sent from Brazil faster than Uruguay (and pouch mailing system) back then. (Lizet)
- We found a lot of “golden” investigators while fasting. (Oscar)
- People bring their mate drink with them everywhere. (Sandra)
What was the weather like?
- Really hot to really cold. YOU NEED A HAT! And make sure you buy the best RAIN COAT possible for the winter months. Something that will keep the gale storms out and the warmth in. (Kaitlyn)
- Humedo. (Max)
- The weather was very humid. We had a lot rain, and also a lot of sunshine. The sky is very beautiful in Uruguay. (Samuel)
- Mostly sunny, but some extended rainy segments. The winters were cold enough to freeze the dew on the grass in the mornings, but never saw snow (due to altitude/temperature). (Albert)
- You could leave the apartment in boots and a sweater in the morning…strip down to a blouse in afternoon and back to a sweater at night. Even though I don’t think it was extremely humid, it made a difference. (Lizet)
- It had 4 seasons just like we have in the U.S. (didn’t know that before I served). (Sandra)
What do you like about the place/people you served?
- The country side is beautiful, the people are easy going, they have a lot to give and they give so much. If they don’t like you, they will tell you! (Kaitlyn)
- Todo es excelente. (Max)
- The landscape is gorgeous. There are many kinds of trees, including palm trees. There are no mountains, so the fields seem to go on forever. The country is very green. The people are friendly and laid back for the most part. Nearly everyone has a religion that they belong to, though sadly, the majority of the ones I spoke with used their religion more of an excuse not to talk to us than anything else. They are a people of faith. They believe that miracles can happen and they believe in God. (Samuel)
- For the most part, they were welcoming. (Lizet)
- They were kind and helpful. (Oscar)
- The people of Uruguay are generally very friendly people and are mostly easy to talk with. They also have pretty good food. (Sandra)
Any packing/clothing advice?
- Bring a mosquito net! A heavy duty umbrella, and rubber boots. It rains a ton. Also, look for a wide-brimmed hat and wear sunscreen. The ozone feels thinner there. Sometimes it felt like the sun was eating my skin, and I never wear sunscreen at home. I live in Utah, where we get a lot of sun. (Samuel)
- A long trench coat with a good water-sealer. Sturdy, yet comfortable shoes. Gel pad for bike seats. Black pepper. Hot sauce. (Albert)
- HAT that gives you shade. Raincoat, warm and not too heavy by keeps you warm. Good rain boots (Hunter Brand works well), and make sure they have arch supports. SUNSCREEN!!! (it is so expensive down there) make sure you pack a good first aid kit, you never know. Follow the sunscreen instructions. MOLE SKIN would be great, it is like gold when you have companions with heel pain. A Plan of Salvation visual lesson, it made a huge difference for people to learn visually. (Kaitlyn)
- Bring sturdy shoes and a wind breaker/jacket that could be used interchangeably. (Lizet)
- A lot of socks and garments, 10 white shirts, and 3 pairs of shoes. (Oscar)
- Bring a good coat. I didn’t and I regretted it. (Sandra)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- There are absolutely so many I cannot name them all. Health, Strength, and the providing of all things material. Most of all an undeviating faith for the Savior. KNOWING that the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives. Knowing the true value of salvation. (Kaitlyn)
- I learned the value of studying things out for myself. Every question and doubt that was put to me never phased me, because I would study them the next day in my personal study and I can testify that what we believe is backed up by the scriptures. I also learned the power of setting goals and what they can help you to accomplish. (Samuel)
- A plethora of great memories, spiritual experiences, new friends and life-changing experiences. (Albert)
- Meeting some great people and being blessed by their love and service. Better knowledge of the Lord. An appreciation for the power of the Priesthood. Meeting my future husband. (Lizet)
- So many, when I returned my family had a new house. (Oscar)
- A love for people of Latin America. (Sandra)
What are some skills you gained on your mission?
- Diplomacy, communication, patience, hard work, “squaring-shoulders”, charity, honor, loyalty, integrity, kindness, forgiveness, respect, showing proper affection, surviving, learning to live below your means, and adaptation to culture and new way of living. (Kaitlyn)
- I learned how to care about people. Thanks to my mission, I can walk up to someone I don’t know and strike up a conversation. Thanks to my mission, I can hold my end of the conversation. I learned how to be understanding. (Samuel)
- Fluent Spanish – Ability to read the scriptures at length – Juggling – Long-distance bike-riding – Children’s hymns on the guitar – Organizing community events. (Albert)
- Working with people. Compromise. (Lizet)
- Self confidence, a stronger testimony, and friends for ever. (Oscar)
- I am more confident talking with people. (Sandra)
What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- How to make the transition less bumpy, scary, and hard. Language break down for dummies. I honestly did not get any of the Spanish lessons in the MTC. Understanding that your spiritual progress is just as important as those you will be teaching. TO not run faster than you have strength- having a senior companion who pushes but does not kill the joy of the new missionaries. Knowing it is okay to stand up for yourself. Knowing you don’t know everything, and that its okay to learn and not understand. (Kaitlyn)
- I wish I had known that it was alright to have fun and enjoy myself. A lot of the stress I felt was because I forgot that, even though I was there to serve, I was also there to learn, grow, and enjoy my time. They always told us that we should be happy, but I wasn’t a lot of the time because I stressed over all of the little things. (Samuel)
- I wish that I knew to keep a address book of sorts, with pictures of the people I met and their names and addresses and other contact info. After a long time off the mission, my feeble mind has forgotten some of the names and faces of people, and I have lost contact with many of them. (Albert)
- Better knowledge of the Bible. (Lizet)
- To just enjoy the experience more and stress less about the numbers. (Sandra)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Montevideo?
- Whom the Lord calls he qualifies. And the Lord cares about the one. You are the one He has called, He will search you out and find you, the Lord cares about your eternal progress just as much as the souls you are seeking to help bring to Him. The burdens, trials, and challenges will bring experiences and opportunities to be stronger in your life than you will be otherwise. There is no greater joy than this, to server the Lord and to do everything because you sincerely and entirely love Him. He Lives! Salvation comes through baptism by someone holding the priesthood authority of God. You have been endowed with a power from on high and are given a mantel of responsibility to protect, provide, and uphold the teachings and doctrines of the church as you serve in the missionary capacity. How great shall be your joy as you obediently strive to follow God’s will and doctrine. Obedience changes lives, obedience in the small things, changes character. The Lord loves and sustains you! Never forget that you are cherished, watched over, and prayed for by thousands of people every day around the holy alters of the temples. GO FORTH! Holding fast to the word of Christ and you shall be lead to do all things whatsoever the Lord has commanded. (Kaitlyn)
- If you want to get the language down, do all of your studying in your mission language. Pray, read, and write in Spanish. Keep your English books next to you and use them as a reference but do everything in Spanish. As well, speak up! You know a lot more than you think and a lot of the confusion is caused, not because you are speaking bad, but because they can’t hear you clearly. As well, there are beautiful experiences that will be missed if you don’t talk to everyone. Every time you find that you are starting a conversation with someone in your head as you see them approaching you. Contact them. (Samuel)
- Throw your whole self at the work with all your might, lean on the Spirit for comfort in the hard times. If you do this, you will have the most amazing mission ever, and will look back on it as the best two years of your life. (Albert)
- Learn all you can, and be willing to keep learning. (Lizet)
- The mission prepares you for your life after. go and serve! (Oscar)
- Have good walking shoes because that is what you will be doing all day everyday. (Sandra)
What was a funny language mistake?
- I can’t remember because there are countless!!! The key to languages is, just let your pride go. Please! Everything will be a lot easier! You will be able to laugh easier when you make a mistake, you will be able to learn easier because you are more willing, and never think you know more than another person because God can loosen your tongue and help you speak, he can also stop all possible translations of whats going on when you get prideful and think you can do it all by yourself. (Kaitlyn)
- When I was an “Oro” (the term we used for new missionaries), I had a hard time understanding what was going on. One time my trainer and I were on our way to a lesson and right in front of the investigators house an old lady and fallen into a shallow gutter and she couldn’t get up. The large green dumpster had fallen partially over the gutter, trapping her under it. A man got there before us and helped her out, but our investigator saw the whole thing from her yard. She asked me, as we walked up, if I liked to push old ladies into ditches. I didn’t know what she had said so I said, “Sí.” Then she got mad and asked if I thought that was an appropriate thing to do in this country. I could tell she was upset, but I had no idea what was going on. My trainer wasn’t being any help either, as he was doubled over with laughter. I told her I did things like that all the time, because I thought she was talking about helping people. she just got madder. In the end we got it sorted out but it took us a while. 🙂 (Samuel)
- Without giving too much detail…early on in my mission, I accidentally said something that was very vulgar, thinking that I was saying something completely harmless. The kind members corrected me as directly and bluntly as they tend to do. 🙂 (Albert)
- I was already bilingual, so no mix-ups. (Lizet)
- We taught new missionaries to say funny things about asking food from members, after six months on the field I was sent to Brazil and it was so funny I didn’t understand a word! (Oscar)
- I once was trying to tell a story of a scary spider that I saw, but accidentally used the word for orange. I got a lot of strange looks for that one and had some explaining to do after. (Sandra)