January 7, 2015

Venezuela Barcelona Mission

Free resources about the Venezuela Barcelona Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Venezuela LDS Missions.

Venezuela Barcelona Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Barcelona 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.

Venezuela Barcelona Mission
Av. Intercomunal Jorge Rodriguez
Torre BVC, Piso 5, Oficina 5A
Lechería , Anzoategui
Venezuela

Phone Number: 58-281-286-5225
Mission President: President Juan C. Chacín

Venezuela Barcelona Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Venezuela Barcelona 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 Barcelona RMs

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

LDS-Friendly Videos about Venezuela

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

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Barcelona Missionary Blogs

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

Mission Alumni mission.net/venezuela/barcelona 2013
Elder Miguel Contreras missionsite.net/eldermiguelcontreras 2013

Venezuela Barcelona Mission Groups

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

  1. La Mision Venezuela Barcelona Group (864 members)
  2. Venezuela Barcelona Mission Group (234 members)
  3. Mision Venezuela Barcelona 2003-06 Group (125 members)
  4. Ex-Misioneros de Barcelona Maturin Group (112 members)

Venezuela Barcelona Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Venezuela Barcelona Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Barcelona Mission gifts

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Barcelona Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Barcelona Mission.

  1. 2015-2018, Alberto A. Alvarez Mosquera
  2. 2012-2015, Juan C. Chacin Nava
  3. 2009-2012, Edgar Lopez
  4. 2006-2009, Alexander Mestre
  5. 2003-2006, Gamaliel De Jesus Osorno Flores
  6. 2000-2003, Jay Sitterud
  7. 1997-2000, Javier Ibanez
  8. 1994-1997, Ned B. Roueche

Venezuela LDS Statistics (2016)

  • Church Membership: 165,527
  • Missions: 4
  • Temples: 1
  • Congregations: 256
  • Family History Centers: 49

Helpful Articles about Venezuela

Coming soon..

Barcelona Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Barcelona 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?

  • 2004-2005 (Corinna)
  • 2003-2005 (Jake)
  • 2002-2004 (Erik)
  • 2002-2004 (Taft)
  • 1997-1999 (Brent)

Which areas did you serve in?

  • Puerto Ordaz, Carúpano, Juan Griego (Isla Margarita), Maturín, and Barcelona. (Corinna)
  • Cumaná, Barcelona, Anaco, Bolívar. (Jake)
  • Puerto la Cruz, el Tigrito, Cumaná, Lechería, and Puerto Ordaz. (Erik)
  • Cumanacoa, San Felix, Ciudad Bolivar, Barcelona. (Taft)
  • Maturin, Barcelona, Puerto La Cruz, Cantaura, Upata, El Tigre. (Brent)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Arepas, caraotas, and shawarma (because only the Árabes know how to do spicy down there). 😉 (Corinna)
  • Pabellón spaghetti with ketchup and mayo (really). Ensalada de remolacha. (Jake)
  • Arepas, empanadas, pepito, hamburguesas, and perros calientes. (Erik)
  • Arepas, malta, pasticho, torta de tres leches, and many more. (Taft)
  • Arepas, frijoles, empanadas, fried platanos. (Brent)

What was a funny experience?

  • When some random guy, walking down the road toward my companion and I, tried to kiss my companion as he walked past. He missed, and kept on walking, never missing a beat in his song. (Corinna)
  • We tricked an Elder in our apartment that the Lord of the Rings soundtrack was the soundtrack to a new Joseph Smith movie. He was so excited to see it! (Taft)
  • Feeding a chained monkey at a house every day in the city of Cantaura. Always bought food at a bodega nearby and tested it out on the monkey. (Brent)

What was a crazy experience?

  • A couple of smoking teenagers were walking in front of us. We tried to pass them so as not to breathe in more smoke. At the same moment my companion screamed, I felt a tug on my belt pack. They likely thought a couple gringas were easy pickin’s. Little did they know that fiery redheaded me was not only fluent in Spanish, but a rather protective little spitfire. After briefly assessing the situation to make sure they weren’t packing heat, I lit into them, chewing them out, letting them know exactly who it was they were attempting to rob, demanding to know why they wanted money (for rum), asking if their mother’s knew what they were up to, and ending by inviting them to church and giving them some pamphlets of the discussions. Crazy, dangerous, and rather awesome. Did I mention my companion was a greenie and we’d been together for less than a month? Hee hee hee. (Corinna)
  • Nothing is scary with God on your side. (Jake)
  • Being held up in a robbery. Arriving just after a homicide. Barely avoiding a gunfight. Teargas. (Erik)
  • I was robbed at gunpoint by a homeless man on drugs. On another occasion, my companion and I got in a fight with a group of teenagers who stole my bag. (Taft)
  • We were walking down the street and a man was chasing another with a piece of rebar. The one being chased grabbed me and used me as a shield as the attacker used stabbing motions around me. My companion pushed the guy off my back and we ran away unscathed. (Brent)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • My companion and I got a referral from a member family. We went to meet the potential investigators. They lived on a hill in a shack made of scraps. We started talking to the little family, and sang “Oh My Father”. The Spirit was tangible. We started to talk about Joseph Smith and the Restoration. One little girl suddenly ran inside and came back out with a Book of Mormon – and by the inscription, we discovered it had been given to them by my companion’s trainer, almost 2 years earlier. It took a while, but the seed had been planted, and had been sprouting. Eventually, with the help of the members, the family began to come to church and were eventually baptized. I had left the area by then, but it was a wonderful moment. (Corinna)
  • Everything. (Jake)
  • Bearing testimony of Joseph Smith to a woman suffering from epilepsy and depression after only the second visit and hearing her confess that she knew it was true by the power of the Holy Ghost. (Erik)
  • I was struggling with the language and knelt down to pray to ask Heavenly Father to somehow let me go home or to an English-speaking mission. By the end of my prayer I knew I was where I was meant to be, and the language quickly began to flow. (Brent)

What are some interesting facts about the Barcelona Mission?

  • It’s hot. You can get boils. La Isla Margarita is beautiful. Miracles happen. Hiking is great. It sometimes rains so hard that an umbrella won’t do you any good because it’s raining from below too. It usually doesn’t rain when you bother to carry an umbrella. Then it pours when you don’t bring one. Carúpano’s taxi drivers deserve some sort of a medal. McDonald’s hamburgers taste so much better than they do in the USA. (Corinna)
  • Venezuela is very divided politically, but the people are all wonderful. (Erik)

What was the weather like?

  • Fairly temperate, except right before a storm. Then it would get unbearably hot and humid. Note: This usually would happen on the days you were fasting and most of your appointments would fall through, so you would be wandering the streets of Maturín in the heat almost all day. (Corinna)
  • Hot. Rain. Hot. (Jake)
  • Hot all year. Dry season and rainy season. (Erik)
  • Hot and humid. (Taft)
  • Hot, humid. (Brent)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Their humility. And their faith. (Corinna)
  • Everyone who finds out I lived in Venezuela is impressed. (Jake)
  • Venezuelans are very outgoing and love to laugh. They are often humble. (Erik)
  • The people were very friendly and the country was beautiful. (Taft)
  • People were honest and genuine…..except when most said they would love a second visit and they would not be home for some reason. (Brent)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Good, well-ventilated shoes for the sisters. Tevas are not a bad idea. And dresses/skirts with fabric that dries quickly and lets the air through. Jody dresses are awesome. So are broomstick skirts. (Corinna)
  • Cheap suit. You hardly use it. (Jake)
  • Bring multiple pairs of comfortable shoes. (Taft)
  • Good soled shoes, lots of short sleeved shirts, and flavor packets, like Taco Bell sauce or BBQ sauce. Goes well with the daily rice or spaghetti given. (Brent)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Besides getting to see myself under a magnifying glass and learn what I’m made of, I learned the Gospel, and I got to make a difference in the lives of others. (Corinna)
  • Stronger testimony. Greater ability to challenge others without being overbearing. Deeper conversion. (Erik)

What are some skills you gained?

  • How to pop a boil. How to kill chiripas. How to deal with public transportation in Latin American countries. How to carry groceries using a broom handle. How to use a chaka-chaka. How to iron. How to walk really long distances. How to use sábila. How to make bread using Malta bottles as rolling pins. (Corinna)
  • How to talk to strangers. How to talk about spiritual, often very personal, things. (Erik)

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

  • Packed better clothes and shoes. Brought less “stuff”. (Corinna)
  • That I had gone out with the missionaries more often. (Erik)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries called to Barcelona?

  • The Gospel is beauty and truth. Live it! Be obedient, and do your best. Pray for charity, and you will get it. (Corinna)
  • Be yourself. (Jake)
  • Develop as strong a testimony and conversion as you can. Start studying Preach My Gospel and going out with the missionaries so that you can learn how to be a challenging and testifying missionary. (Erik)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Asking someone if their potato was home instead of their dad. (Erik)