January 7, 2015

Utah Salt Lake City West Mission

Free resources about the Utah Salt Lake City West Mission:

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Salt Lake City West Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Salt Lake City 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.

For Letters and Packages:

Utah Salt Lake City West Mission
P.O. Box 702010
Salt Lake City, UT 84120

Phone Number: 1-801-839-5547
Mission President: President Earl S. Swain

Salt Lake City West Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Salt Lake City West Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the mission:

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

Videos with Salt Lake City West RMs

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

LDS-Friendly Videos about Utah

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

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Salt Lake City West Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Salt Lake City West Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

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Sister Katie Anderson hermanakatieanderson.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Hyrum Dolan elderdolan.wordpress.com 2017
Elder Zachary Bowie zachbowie.com 2017
Elder Jared Blatter elderjaredblatter.wordpress.com 2017
Elder Chase Bowler chasebowler.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Zandi Milligan sisterzandimilligan.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Ashley Tomkinson sistertomkinsonslcw.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Daniel Espinoza elderdespinoza.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Allie Garrow alliegarrow.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Andrew Pleshek elderpleshek.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Jared Weller jaredinjordan.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Baylee Brian bayleebee.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Scott Higgins elderscotthiggins.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Lauren Denton dentonslc.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Annah Despain sisterdespain.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Jim DeMordaunt thefieldiswhiteandready2harvest.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Jim DeMordaunt jimsmissionblog.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Kourtni Ashcroft agirlonamission-slcw.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Colton Edwards eldercoltonedwards.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Matthew Lewis eldermatthewlewis.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Sergio Peraza elderperaza.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Brennen Creer creerbelieves.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Caroline Whitney linaloves2live.wordpress.com 2013

Salt Lake City West Mission Groups

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

  1. SLC West Mission Off to the Rescue Group (128 members)
  2. SLC West Mission RMs President Swain Group (109 members)
  3. SLC West Mission RMs President Swain Group (30 members)
  4. Salt Lake City West Mission Moms (LDS) Group (2 members)

Salt Lake City West Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Utah Salt Lake City West Mission!

Shirt designs include Salt Lake City 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: Salt Lake City West missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse SLC West Mission gifts

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SLC West Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Salt Lake City West Mission.

  1. 2015-2018, L. Scott Palmer
  2. 2012-2015, Earl S. Swain

Utah LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 2,040,178
  • Missions: 10
  • Temples: 16
  • Congregations: 5,033
  • Family History Centers: 171

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Salt Lake City West Missionary Survey

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

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 2013-2015 (Seth)
  • 2012-2013 (Marin)

Which areas did you serve in?

  • West Valley City. (Marin)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Hispanic food. (Seth)
  • Pasole, Fried Taquitos, and Ceviche, all traditional wonderful Spanish dishes. (Marin)

What was a funny experience?

  • Doing mormon.org chats and the people we talked to on there. (Seth)
  • I remember the first day of my mission. I found out that the best translators were small children. I was walking up to this less active member’s home, and they have a fairly large family. One of the small girls came rushing up to me, knowing I was a missionary and knowing better yet why I was there. She started explaining things automatically in Spanish, not knowing how new I was… until I started crying. She then held my hand and said “do you want to see my mom?” in perfect English. She quickly became one of my best friends of the area. (Marin)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Walking into someone’s house that ended up being filled with drugs. (Seth)
  • My companion and I were walking towards an investigators home, when all the sudden, when walking down a stair case, my trainer pushed me down the stairs and whispered “Run” in my ears. I didn’t know it, but there had been a gentlemen following us for a couple blocks, and he was about 2 or 3 feet behind us. My trainer saw him reaching into his jacket, and that’s when she pushed me. In the separation I ran towards the investigator’s home, and waited for about 5 minutes, she turned up quickly, but I don’t think I would have followed her advice had I had more time on the mission. It was something that made sense at the time, but not so much now. (Marin)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • Seeing a sister get baptized after meeting with the missionaries for four years. (Seth)
  • I remember going to the temple with some new members, they had fought through everything to get there, through abuse, fighting, long nights, teary phone calls. It was the ultimate story of forgiveness, repentance, and two people who loved each other very much. At the time, I was writing my now husband. It was a sweet to see- in a culture full of divorce and no commitment, here were two willing servants of the Lord, forever willing to be with one another. (Marin)

What are some interesting facts about the SLC West Mission?

  • It’s expanded four times back in July 2015. Used to be the second smallest mission. Ipads started there and you have access to General Conference and Temple Square. Also many less actives and people who know about the church. Working with members as well. (Seth)
  • It was ONE of the first missions to receive Ipads, and we didn’t go “door to door” so to speak. Geographically we were tiny, with a 30-minute driving distance to all sides of our mission. That being said we still had enough missionaries, about 200 to do the work. (Marin)

What was the weather like?

  • Dry, and changes almost all of the time. (Seth)
  • Salt Lake was the worst in terms of weather. I’m from the wonderful humidity, and having dry air felt like I was a sponge dying on the sidewalk. That being said, it can be wet, but only in winter, and rather than pleasing rain, it was snow. A lot of it. Thinking about it, I think we were told to stay inside only once, other than that, it was a lot of boots or bike shorts. (Marin)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • I served Spanish speaking and the people were humble and wonderful! (Seth)
  • I loved the culture of the Spanish people, it seemed to be a underground stream that I never knew was there before. I loved that they knew pieces, they had always heard about Mormonism, but their facts were mixed up due to language barriers, thinking we worshiped Joseph Smith, or they had seen the “Mormon castle”, but didn’t know quite what it was. (Marin)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Winter clothes, short sleeved white shirts. (Seth)
  • If applicable. Pack light, and bring whatever season your going into (you don’t want to haul around a winter coat, if you start in April). Don’t fool yourself into thinking one pair of shoes is going to make it through the entire mission. If biking, wear bike shorts, and don’t wear too flowy of skirts. Be bold, and be yourself, but also remember you represent The Church. (Marin)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Learning Spanish, building great relationships, communication skills, greater testimony and relationship with Jesus Christ. (Seth)
  • I spoke Spanish, and I learned what it felt like to love someone else, more than you love yourself. I learned how to plan, organize, schedule, study and love studying. I learned about compassion, about being angry for someone, rather than at someone. You learn how to speak up! In meetings, in lessons, you learn to teach! There are so many blessing you can’t count. (Marin)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Talking to people, confidence, Spanish. (Seth)
  • I can teach now. I can speak Spanish. I know how to live with someone. I know how to budget. I know how to calm down. (Marin)

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

  • Trusted in the Spirit and didn’t expect perfect companions. Also know about the Atonement. (Seth)
  • That trying your best, doesn’t mean being perfect. I wish I knew how to forgive myself and let loose sometimes. I wish I knew that mental health was a common issue, and I could’ve resolved it before, or during my mission, but I chose not to. (Marin)

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

  • Learn how to work with members and how to help less actives…there are a lot! Also a testimony about the Atonement. (Seth)
  • Know how to calm yourself down! Know how to take yourself from a level 10, to a level 1, without technology, significant others, parents, friends, food or social life. Whether it’s yoga, having two seconds alone, a bathroom break or talking it out, something works better for you and I hope you know what. (Marin)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • When an Elder said “beer” in Spanish instead of “napkin”. (Seth)
  • I remember trying to impress a native companion. we were walking up to a less actives apartment and I saw the daughter of the family, I wanted to prove I could speak Spanish, so I said to the daughter “tienes hombre?” it was near dinner, and I was trying to say “Aren’t you hungry?” but instead, I actually said “Do you have a man?” She looked at us like we were crazy and said “no…” my companion was dying of laughter behind me. Luckily we’re good friends now. (Marin)