January 7, 2015

Washington DC North Mission

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DC North Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Washington DC North 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.

Washington DC North Mission
11700 Falls Rd
Potomac, MD 20854-2823
United States

Phone Number: 1-301-610-7391
Mission President: President Stephen C. Johnson

Washington DC North Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Washington DC North Mission (LDS). To access the official LDS.org map for the mission:

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

Videos with DC North RMs

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

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Videos about Washington DC

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

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DC North Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Washington DC North Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

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Elder Michael Vance mymission.com/eldermichaelvance 2017
Sister Megan Freeman sisterfreeman.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Hannah Galli sisterhannahgalli.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Abigail White hermanaabbywhite.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Austin Carroll elderaustincarroll.blogspot.com 2017
President & Sister Cooke calledtoserveindcnorth.blogspot.com 2016
Mission Alumni mission.net/washington/dc/north 2016
Elder Trevor Davidson elderdavidsonblog.wordpress.com 2016
Sister Emily Wilson sisteremilywilson.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Jacob Kohler elderkohler.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Anthony religiousfreedomindc.blogspot.com 2016
Elder Tyler Johnson eldertylerjohnsondcnorth.blogspot.com 2016
President & Sister Cooke youtube.com/user/cookecrew 2015
Elder Camden Collins mymission.com/eldercamdencollins 2015
Sister Aubrey Phillips sisphillipssigningindcnorthmission.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Braden Dahl elderbradendahl.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Jacob Peterson thehermanaandtheelder.blogspot.com 2015
Elder & Sister Rose ronandronda.wordpress.com 2015
Elder Sean Farley elderseanfarley.blogspot.com 2015
Elder John Jensen missionsite.net/elderjohnjensen 2015
Sister Celeste Black celestialmission.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Allie Engman missionsite.net/sisterallieengman 2014
Sister Yentl Croese sistercroese.wordpress.com 2014
Sister Meghan Graff sistergraff.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Braden Dahl missionsite.net/elderbradendahl 2014
Elder William Schoemig elderwmkschoemig.blogspot.com 2014
Sister Kelsey Bullock 18monthsinflats.blogspot.com 2014
Elder & Sister Porter eandsporter.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Seth Stoor elderstoor.blogspot.com 2013
Elder & Sister Nelson nelsoncj71.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Blake Julander elderjulander.blogspot.com 2013
President & Sister Matsumori teachallnations5014.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Kathy Brown kathyhbrown.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Derek Croft missionarycroft.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Robert Schaap elderschaap.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Jacob Nowlin missionsite.net/eldernowlin 2012
Sister McCalle Hazen missionsite.net/sisterhazen 2012
Elder Robson Puck missionsite.net/elderrobsonahpuck 2012
Elder Bryce Robinson missionsite.net/elderbrycerobinson 2011
Mission Alumni dcnorth.blogspot.com 2006

DC North Mission Groups

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

  1. Washington DC North Mission Group (1,541 members)
  2. Utah DC North Mission Hangout Group (159 members)
  3. Washington DC North Missionaries Group (142 members)
  4. Missionary Moms & Dads DC North Mission Group (51 members)
  5. DC North – President Dennis E. Simmons Group (39 members)
  6. DC North Graff/Gottfredson 1992-98 Group (29 members)
  7. Future DC North Missionaries Group (21 members)
  8. DC North and South Mission Moms (LDS) Group (20 members)
  9. My Memories of DC North Mission Group (12 members)
  10. D.C. North Mission President Gary Farnes Group (12 members)
  11. Washington D.C. North Mission Frenchies Group (10 members)
  12. DC North Mission Facebook Group (9 members)
  13. DC North Mission (around 1997) Group (3 members)
  14. D.C. North Mission (1990-92) Group (1 member)

DC North Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Washington DC North Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Washington DC North Mission gifts

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DC North Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Washington DC North Mission.

  1. 2016-2019, Stephen C. Johnson
  2. 2013-2016, Peter S. Cooke
  3. 2010-2013, James R. Matsumori
  4. 2007-2010, L. Alma Mansell
  5. 2004-2007, William D. Price
  6. 2001-2004, Michael B. Madsen
  7. 1998-2001, Gary William Farnes
  8. 1995-1998, Charles Terry Graff
  9. 1992-1995, Michael Gottfredson
  10. 1989-1992, William Robert Wright
  11. 1986-1989, Dennis E. Simmons
  12. 1983-1986, Brian C. Swinton
  13. 1980-1983, Jon Huntsman
  14. 1977-1980, Lyle M. Ward
  15. 1973-1977, Glenn E. Nielson
  16. 1970-1973, Ed Drury

District of Columbia LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 2,562
  • Missions: 2
  • Congregations: 3

Helpful Articles about Washington DC

DC North Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Washington DC North 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?

  • 2011-2013 (Joey)
  • 2009-2011 (François)
  • June 2005 – December 2006 (Danielle)
  • 1991-1993 (Heather)
  • 1999-2001 (Chris)
  • 2008-2010 (Jaryd)
  • 2003-2004 (Sophie-Amandine)
  • 1996-1998 (Jaren)
  • 1994-1996 (Ryan)

What areas/cities did you serve in?

  • All French areas. (François)
  • College Park, Silver Springs, Kensington. (Heather)
  • Hyattsville, Silver Springs, White Oak, Waldorf, Gaithersburg. (Chris)
  • Anacostia, Bowie, Potomac, Bethesda, Beltsville, Capitol Hill. (Jaryd)
  • Silverspring, Derwood, Kensington. (Sophie-Amandine)
  • In Washington DC I covered all of NW and NE in Maryland, I covered most of Montgomery County and Prince George County and Calvert County. (Ryan)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Fufu, peanut butter soup and fried plantain. (Joey)
  • Jumbo Slice, Fudruckers, Five Guys. (François)
  • All but one of my companions were from outside of the US and they made some awesome food on P-Day! (Danielle)
  • Crab cakes. (Heather)
  • Fufu with traditional African red ox tail soup. (Chris)
  • Pecan pie with corn syrup. Oatmeal treats. (Sophie-Amandine)
  • Fufu (African). (Jaren)
  • I do not have a favorite food that I like. I liked it all. (Ryan)

What was a funny experience?

  • A fellow missionary teaching a guy who after being committed to baptism said, ” I’m still trying to decide if I wanna be baptized or if I wanna be a guy.” (Heather)
  • Accidentally breaking another missionary thumb when we were wrestling. (Chris)
  • Hanging out with other missionaries in the city was always a blast. (Jaryd)
  • Carving my first pumpkin for Halloween. Roller skating with my companion trying to teach me in the skate dancing of some members. (Sophie-Amandine)
  • Have a lot of them. (Ryan)

What was a crazy experience?

  • I don’t ever remember actually being in danger. But we did find a dead mouse in an apartment in an area that we were whitewashing after Elders had been there. (Danielle)
  • We were in an apartment building tracting where we were told we couldn’t be after dark. It was middle of day- but I had a strong feeling we needed to get out of there. We did. (Heather)
  • Getting a knife pulled on my companion after he found the guy that had stolen his bike. The knife was pulled when my companion was taking his bike back. (Chris)
  • Getting hit by a car and going to the hospital for two weeks. (Jaryd)
  • When our apartment was out of power for three days after the Hurricane Isabel. Tracting in the mission field, we entered in a man’s house, who said his mother was upstairs and coming down (but in reality she never came and probably wasn’t even there). The main door was kept wide open at our request. This man started to speak about third eye and the fact that bad powerful invisible things were attacking him…I wasn’t sure I understood correctly as I wasn’t yet very comfortable with the language and… I was looking at my companion for understanding. We finally got out quickly away from this very scary and strange man. (Sophie-Amandine)
  • Getting shot at. (Ryan)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • The best thing about my mission was that I literally witnessed a miracle every day. Sometimes small and sometimes big. But I knew the Lord was with us every day. (Danielle)
  • A guy came to visitors center and told of an experience that he had a dream about the DC temple and he didn’t know what it was but he was ‘led’ there. (Heather)
  • Reading in the Book of Mormon and realizing who wrote it and who did not write it. (Chris)
  • Baptized a lady that I tracked into after weeks of teaching her was a highlight. (Jaryd)
  • The first man I taught who got baptized had issues with justice several months later, in another state to resolve (the judgment arrived way after the facts, and he was clear about it with the proper church authorities at the time of his baptism). I was worried about him as he didn’t get very integrated in the ward and was taken very suddenly to be put in jail and sent to the state- he had to be incarcerated to purge his pain. I prayed to find a way to help him somehow. A few days later as I was giving a tour at the visitor’s center to some members coming from another state, I discovered at the end they were serving as missionaries in jail in the very state the new convert was sent. I explained to them the situation and they were able to follow up with him. (Sophie-Amandine)
  • My last investigator who was baptized. (Ryan)

What are some interesting facts about the DC North Mission?

  • I’m a French guy who only taught in French to Africans while living in the states. (François)
  • We were able to attend the temple during our mission. They changed that rule. (Heather)
  • The diversity. Large communities of folks from Ethiopia, Ghana, China and the list goes on. 15 AVE and the many, many different churches just on one street. (Chris)
  • I liked so much the balance for the sister missionaries to serve part time at the Visitor’s Center (where we were pretty autonomous, working alone or with other sisters, with people coming in by themselves) and part time in a field (being 24/7 with a companion, going to people to find the prepared one, following up with them seeing their progression). (Sophie-Amandine)

What was the weather like?

  • For someone like me who’s from an island, seeing all four seasons, was pretty cool. (Joey)
  • Awesome in spring, hot in summer, beautiful in fall and cold in winter. (François)
  • Beautiful, all four seasons to the extreme! (Danielle)
  • Similar to UT when I was there but they reacted so crazy when it snowed. (Heather)
  • 4 seasons. In the spring and even part of summer it you dump buckets of rain. (Chris)
  • Hot and humid during the summer. Cold and humid during the winter. (Jaryd)
  • Very cold winter (a lot of snow when I was there), pouring rain during spring and summer, but not cold (the rain is transformed into vapor as it hits the tarmac). (Sophie-Amandine)
  • Very humid all year. Cold weather would feel like it could flow through your coat, so layer. Very warm during the summer. (Jaren)
  • Okay. (Ryan)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • Africans are just awesome and DC is such a melting pot, you never get bored of meeting new people with different cultures. (François)
  • I love that I got to serve both in the Temple Visitor’s Center and in an area in Maryland! I love that I met people from so many different places! (Danielle)
  • DC temple visitors center had amazing missionaries. Wonderful wonderful missionaries that you learned so much from. Amazing friends. Cream of the crop. (Heather)
  • The people and their cultures. (Chris)
  • I loved meeting new people and especially from other countries. (Jaryd)
  • Gorgeous landscapes with luxurious vegetation (I was so surprised with the east cost, which is more crowded than the west). People truly are different in each area: a lot of immigrants, rich and poor, a lot of Jewish and Baptist people…. To serve at the visitors’ center allowed me to discover more about church artistic culture and church association in community life. It was awesome!!! Coming from a place where I didn’t have a temple in my country (closest was 8hrs away by car), a convert for only 3-4 years, working there in front of a majestic temple every day, meeting so many members, discovering church programs so well established and functional…what a dream!!! (Sophie-Amandine)
  • I loved all but one area, but it was the ward and branches I served in. (Ryan)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • The usual. (François)
  • It gets really hot and really cold 🙂 (Danielle)
  • Good warm boots and long warm coat. (Heather)
  • Follow the list. Don’t forget a hankie. (Chris)
  • Warm clothes in the winter the wind goes right through you. (Jaryd)
  • Stay and live out of your suitcase. (Ryan)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • I got a life I’d never expected. I was blessed that things were very easy for me. (François)
  • I know that it was the best thing I could have done to prepare me for being a wife and a mother. What I learned on my mission helps me in my life every single day. (Danielle)
  • I gained a strong testimony. Learned about sacrifice and service. (Heather)
  • Family at home was blessed and now my own that has blessed me. (Chris)
  • I’m still alive after the accident on my mission. But a better knowledge of the gospel and a more sure testimony. (Jaryd)
  • I learned to trust the Lord and fully rely on my Heavenly Father. Without serving a mission I don’t think I would have succeeded in overcoming the challenges I had to face at my return (kicked out of my parents’ home). (Sophie-Amandine)
  • My career, my wife and my beautiful children. (Ryan)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Management, self confidence, a better listening and understanding capacity, better verbal expression of my feelings and thoughts, better organization skills. (François)
  • Learned how to talk to anyone- literally anyone. (Heather)
  • Hard work, leadership. (Chris)
  • Leadership skills. Just being outgoing and not afraid to talk to people. (Jaryd)
  • I became more confident in myself, developed many organization and communication skills, discovered my laugh again and all the positive emotions I can feel. (Sophie-Amandine)
  • Learning another language. (Ryan)

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

  • That numbers truly don’t matter, only the people do. It’s not worth spending days trying to “convince” someone if they’re just not ready. There will come a time for everyone, just make sure you do what is right to be that someone’s lucky day. (François)
  • I wish I would have been more kind to my companions. I expected too much of them and got frustrated. I needed to just have more patience and love for them. (Danielle)
  • Wished I knew more about the gospel. (Heather)
  • Could have been more confident and went out with the missionaries more before leaving. More practice teaching and testifying. (Chris)
  • Be bold. (Jaryd)
  • Sometimes to know too many people give us doubt. To be fresh and innocent with only good intention is sometimes the only thing you need to go forward. 🙂 (Sophie-Amandine)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries called to DC North?

  • Work hard, play hard. Be diligent, but also learn to have fun and enjoy every second (in a diligent and obedient way of course). (François)
  • DC North is the best mission in the church! You make your mission what you want it to be. It really is up to you. Be faithful and obedient 100%! (Danielle)
  • Really read and study scriptures. (Heather)
  • Work hard and never be caught up in feelings of home or how you may feel depressed or home sick. Serving as diligently as possible will alleviate all concern. Work hard, have fun! (Chris)
  • Have fun but know what you are out there for and work hard constantly. (Jaryd)
  • We never know what it’s like to serve a mission until we experience it. Trust the Lord and your leaders to help you to prepare and serve. Do your best and be honest with you, God, your companion, your mission president and any one you get in touch with. It will be hard sometimes, but it will be such a life experience. You go to serve your brothers and sisters, your Father in Heaven…and finally you are the one who will receive the most from this huge experience. 🙂 (Sophie-Amandine)
  • The people of Washington DC North are amazing, you will fall in love with them and they will be family to you. (Ryan)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Many…I could not recall them all! Mainly because I’m a foreigner and it’s obvious I made a lot of them. Sometimes I found native Americans speaking not very tolerant towards those foreigners trying to speak their language, except if they weren’t themselves in the American-speaking program of the mission! (Sophie-Amandine)
  • I went English-speaking, but I had to learn three other languages while there. (Ryan)