January 7, 2015

Washington Everett Mission

Free resources about the Washington Everett Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Washington LDS Missions.

Washington Everett Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Everett 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.

From Post Office:
Washington Everett Mission
P.O. Box 13390
Mill Creek, WA 98082

From Fed EX or UPS:
Washington Everett Mission
16124 35th Avenue South East
Mill Creek, WA 98012

Phone Number: 1-425-338-5564
Mission President: President Michael S. Wilding

Washington Everett Mission Map

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

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

Videos with Everett RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Everett 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

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

Storms and Disasters  places  history  nature  mission calls  time lapses  LDS Church

Washington Everett Missionary Blogs

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

Sister Liann Tomkinson liannsmission2016.wordpress.com 2017
Elder Jordan Hammond anotefromwashington.blogspot.com 2017
Sister Adrielle Jackson sisterellejackson.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Nathaniel Goodman mymission.com/eldernathanielgoodman 2016
Sister Kallie Clark dressnskirttoconvert.weebly.com 2016
Sister Rachel Rodda holdtotherodda.blogspot.com 2016
Elder & Sister Bowman bowmanmissionaries.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Sarah Spackman hermanaspackmanwa.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Shelby Tennant sistertennant.blogspot.com 2016
Mission Alumni mission.net/washington/everett 2015
Sister Sydney Lyman buenohermana.wordpress.com 2015
Sister Makail Bain sisterbain.wordpress.com 2015
Sister Alexa Norton alexacelestenorton.blogspot.com 2015
Sister McKenzie Webb hermanawebbinwashington.blogspot.com 2015
Sister Megan Garn missionsite.net/sistermegangarn 2015
Sister Jaclyn Arave missionsite.net/sisterjaclynarave 2015
Elder Cole Martin eldermartinseverettmission.blogspot.com 2015
Elder Hunter Marshall missionsite.net/elderhuntermarshall 2015
President & Sister Bonham washingtoneverettmission2013to2016.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Alexander Annand missionwithalex.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Ryan Bahr elderbahrwashingtoneverettmission.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Chandler Whipple missionsite.net/elderchandlerwhipple 2014
Elder Justin Phillips missionsite.net/elderjustinphillips 2014
Sister Alexa Norton missionsite.net/sisteralexanorton 2013
Elder Deitrick O’Rullian missionsite.net/elderdeitrickorullian 2013
Elder Tanner Smith eldertannerrigbysmith.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Carson Sparks missionsite.net/eldercarsonsparks 2013
Elder Nicholas Schwinger missionsite.net/eldernicholasschwinger 2013
Elder Dalton Poole missionsite.net/elderdaltonpoole 2013
Elder Trevan Cottle eldertrevancottle.blogspot.com 2013
Sister Chynna Stanley sisterchynnastanley.blogspot.com 2013
Elder TJ Gunderson missionsite.net/eldertjgunderson 2013
Elder Joshua Green missionsite.net/elderjoshuagreen 2013
Elder Jared Carter missionsite.net/elderjaredcarter 2013
Elder Rhett Steadman missionsite.net/elderrhettsteadman 2012
Elder Jordan Yates missionsite.net/elderjordanyates 2012
Elder Tyler Wrigley missionsite.net/eldertylerwrigley 2012
Elder Austin Adams elderaustinadams.blogspot.com 2012
Elder Derek Furphy missionsite.net/elderfurphy 2011
Elder Kevin Passey missionsite.net/elderpassey 2011
Elder Wesley Whipple elderwhipple.blogspot.com 2010
President & Sister Wilson waevwilson.blogspot.com 2010
Elder Nathan Dunn elderdunn.blogspot.com 2009

Washington Everett Mission Groups

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

  1. Washington Everett Mission Facebook Group (615 members)
  2. Everett Mission (President Wilson) Group (401 members)
  3. Washington Everett Missionary Moms Group (97 members)
  4. Everett Mission Moms and Friends (LDS) Group (19 members)

Washington Everett Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Washington Everett Mission!

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

*Click here to browse Everett Mission gifts

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Everett Mission Presidents

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

  1. 2016-2019, Michael S. Wilding
  2. 2013-2016, Mark Everett Bonham
  3. 2010-2013, D. Keith Wilson
  4. 2007-2010, Donald L. Showalter III
  5. 2004-2007, Stephen K. Ashton
  6. 2001-2004, Laval J. Call

Washington LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 282,356
  • Missions: 7
  • Temples: 3
  • Congregations: 549
  • Family History Centers: 79

Helpful Articles about Washington

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Everett Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Everett 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?

  • 2014-2016 (Brandon)
  • 2013-2015 (Audrie)
  • 2008-2010 (Natalie)
  • 2006-2008 (Miles)
  • 2012-2013 (Karen)
  • 2007-2009 (Manuel)
  • 2011-2013 (Bradon)
  • 2012-2013 (Rebecca)
  • 2012-2013 (Jared)
  • 2007-2009 (Ethan)
  • 2013-2015 (Randie)
  • 2013-2014 (McKenzie)

What areas/cities did you serve in?

  • Snohomish (Snohomish Ward), Marysville (Quil Ceda Creek), and Lake Stevens (Lundeen Park Ward) 🙂 (Audrey)
  • Arlington, Redmond, Bellingham, Everett, Brier, Edmonds, Granite Falls, Bothell, Woodinville. (Miles)
  • Mount Vernon, Monroe, Maltby, Kirkland and Marysville. (Karen)
  • All areas but Marysville. (Manuel)
  • Everett, Mill Creek, Camino Island, Lynnwood, Shoreline. (Bradon)
  • Lake Forest Park, Mt Vernon 1st, Kirkland 4th, Kirkland 1st (areas covered parts of Bellevue, Shoreline, Seattle, and Redmond as well). (Rebecca)
  • Redmond, Sammamish, Woodinville, Ferndale, Clearview, Shoreline, Everett, and Lynnwood. (Jared)
  • Sultan, Shoreline, Oak Harbor 3rd, Everson, Mt. Vernon, Bothell Spanish, Everrett 3rd. (Ethan)
  • Oak Harbor, Mayrsville, Mukilteo, Arlington, Lake Strevens, Granite Falls. (Randie)
  • YSA Marysville stake, Burlington, Bellingham. (McKenzie)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Hermana Quintanilla makes the best food in Bellingham! She is in the Spanish branch. (Brandon)
  • Teriyaki! Salmon! Safeway and Tillamook ice cream brands! Juanita’s tortilla chips! (Audrie)
  • Teriyaki, fresh crab, Thai food. (Natalie)
  • Teriyaki, Halibut, and holiday foods. (Miles)
  • Mexican, Breakfast for dinner, Pizza. (Karen)
  • Latino food. (Manuel)
  • White chicken enchiladas, crab/ lobster legs, teriyaki, pho. (Bradon)
  • Everybody there loves salmon. If you don’t like salmon, don’t worry- it tastes MUCH better fresh. Anything that comes from Pike’s Place Market is DELISH. (Rebecca)
  • Coconut Kenney’s Boogie Board Sandwich. (Jared)
  • Teriyaki, sushi, Thai, Costco polish dogs. (Ethan)
  • I loved all of the Samoan dishes I was served. Panipopo, Taro, Chop Sui. (Randie)
  • Enchiladas, blueberries, strawberries, cherries, blackberries. (McKenzie)

What was a funny experience?

  • A common thing people would say to us wile we were contacting people was “Stay dry!” I’m not sure that worked out too well for us too often… Especially during the year I was on bike! One of the times we visited a recent convert in Marysville, we asked her for referrals as were were leaving. Partly joking, but mostly serious, she replied “They NEED the gospel….” as she shifted her eyes toward the neighbors on her right (she lived in an apartment). We eagerly said “Okay!”, which surprised her I think because she was now unsure, but just told us not to tell them that she was the one that sent us. We knocked on the door and a rather large African American woman answered the door with two crazy toddlers trying to see around her. As we tried to tell her a little bit about our purpose, we could see the two toddler twins trying to squeeze their way past her to escape. Eventually they got out and were dancing and running around the “lawn” but the mother was a bit frantic. Staying in her doorway, she kept calling out to them as they inched their way, then eventually dashed through the parking lot. My companion and I were kind of confused then looked at the lady. She was panicking and said “Go get them!” to us! My companion and I looked at each other, then turned around running after the kids. As we were running, we were laughing so hard that we were crying! We caught up to the little girl, then saw that the boy was booking it down the lot much farther up. My companion stayed with the girl and I chased after the boy and caught up with him. It was weird because I didn’t know what to do (since missionaries aren’t supposed to pick up kids), so I just grabbed his arms and struggled to bring him back. Nothing ever happened with that lady, but not many people can say that they sent two Mormon missionaries to chase after their half naked children, haha. 🙂 That was one of my absolute favorite referrals! (Audrie)
  • While talking to a man at a door approach his angry chihuahua ran outside and relieved himself on my companions leg. True story. (Natalie)
  • Getting a member to act like a non-member while tracting with my new missionary. (Miles)
  • Finding a giant banana at district meeting. It ended up being a gift from a family in my previous area and it was delivered through the Assistants, Zones Leaders and my district leader. (Karen)
  • Almost at the end of mission I felt from bike and broke my collar bone. (Manuel)
  • My companion was a body builder and one day some kids threw snowballs at us. I literally had to hold him back so he didn’t catch them and rip their heads off. (Bradon)
  • Pretty much anytime I tried a new door approach… During my first Christmas, we decided to try caroling to people… it’s only funny now in retrospect, but we had just as many door slams that day as any other day. So much for Christmas cheer. ;). (Rebecca)
  • Another missionary pretended to give a pass along card to a spider, and the spider backed away as fast as it could. (Jared)
  • One time we went hiking and my companion didn’t have any water, so he drank from the river. Later that night at a member dinner he went to the bathroom literally at the table. (Ethan)
  • I had so many funny experiences. Getting hit by a car was funny! The man asked if there was anything he could do to make it up to me, I asked if we could come share a message with him, we ended up teaching him and he got baptized, so that was pretty awesome. (Randie)
  • Everyday. (McKenzie)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Pretty much tracting any apartments off highway 99 in Everett. A police officer once pulled over once and asked us “what are you doing here?!? Do you need help?” (Natalie)
  • Getting into an accident while driving in Edmonds. (Miles)
  • While tracting, my companion and I were threatened with a gun. (Karen)
  • Having our neighbor accuse us of putting the building apartment on fire to the police department. (Manuel)
  • We were teaching a guy on his private beach and in the middle of the lesson he pulled a gun out of his pocket and shot into the ocean. He was a total stoner and didn’t mean any harm, but for a few minutes I thought he was going to kill us and bury us in the sand. (Bradon)
  • I was on exchange but my companion and the sister with her in my area (Kirkland) got locked in a room by a crazy Russian man for about an hour. He had lied to them and told them there was a woman home so they went in. He locked them in an upstairs room and then proceeded to bash them for an hour, telling them they were goats on the left hand of God and they needed to be sheep on the right hand of God. Fortunately he didn’t intend them any harm, he just wanted to bash. (Rebecca)
  • A less active member threatened us with death while holding a gun if we ever came to his property again. (Jared)
  • EVERETT all around is crazy. West Casino road. Get guns pulled on us weekly. Also Granite Falls is pretty sketchy. (Randie)
  • When the cops knocked down our fence trying to find someone who was running from them. (McKenzie)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • At a return appointment we discovered it was a set up and the couple we thought was sincerely interested had invited their pastor over to “set us straight” and “save our souls”. My companion and I were devastated, especially when the pastor brought out a huge book of anti Joseph Smith info and started reading passages to us. The Spirit prompted me to bear testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. I felt the spirit so strongly as I testified, it was like all the darkness that had settled in the room and my heart left. I don’t think we changed the minds of our “investigators” but I know my testimony of Joseph Smith was set in stone. (Natalie)
  • The first day on my mission. My trainer and I went over to a member family’s home where they invited their daughter’s friend. We taught him about the Restoration of the Gospel. We felt the inspiration to talk about baptism with him, and he yelled about, “I WANT TO GET BAPTIZED, WHEN CAN I GET BAPTIZED!” (Miles)
  • A church tour we took our investigator Caitlin on. When we were in the chapel, we decided to hold a small testimony meeting and when Caitlin was bearing hers, the Spirit was most definitely there. (Karen)
  • Having the faith to cure a sick child and see him if he was not sick 10 minutes later playing. (Manuel)
  • Watching a recently reactivated father baptize his wife and children. (Bradon)
  • We were teaching a family with a less active father and a non-member mother and three little girls, all under baptismal age. We taught them the Restoration lesson and invited them to read and pray about the Book of Mormon and come to church. When we saw them on Sunday at church, the mother pulled the missionaries aside and told them how she had knelt down to pray before reading the Book of Mormon and she felt a darkness come over her. She prayed her way through it, and then sat down and read 100 pages in the Book of Mormon! The missionaries were then able to testify of the experience Joseph Smith had in the Sacred Grove prior to the miraculous vision. From then on she and her family were on fire! (Rebecca)
  • We did a church tour with one investigator, and taught her and her less active husband the Restoration, and she immediately gobbled it up. When we went to their house for the next lesson, she found the picture of the Savior in the Americas, and read that entire section of the Book of Mormon without us asking her. She progressed so fast and the Spirit was strong in every lesson. (Jared)
  • Just following the Spirit, regardless of how pointless it seemed. Miracles happen. (Ethan)
  • 9:30 on a verity cold, rainy night. Knocked on a door with their lights on, a girl came to the door, started crying and she said she had just been praying to see if God was real and as soon as she said amen we were there. A few months later, she was baptized. All of our lessons with her were some of the most spiritual experiences I’ve ever had. (Randie)
  • Watching a person completely change inside and out. (McKenzie)

What are some interesting facts about the Everett Mission?

  • The Everett Mission exists because of the Boeing airplane plant in Everett! If Boeing wouldn’t have gotten so big or if they would have chosen a different location, the area north of Seattle would have a very low population. It would probably end up being a part of the Seattle mission. So many people lived there because he/she or a parent or an ancestor had worked there. Then people just stayed in the area and other businesses came to accommodate the population. Seriously, like 1/3 of the households in the Everett area had at least one parent working there. (Audrie)
  • It is a BEAUTIFUL place. (Natalie)
  • How drastically I felt a change between both mission presidents I had and the different spirit they both brought to help uplift the entire mission. (Miles)
  • Huge Spanish speaking population. It rains a lot. Instead of dogs, everyone owns either chickens or pigs. (Karen)
  • How the Latino culture are always warm and care about you. People is fascinated to feed the missionaries. (Manuel)
  • -It rains ALL THE TIME -The largest airplane assembly line/ factory is located there – the Puget Sound is along the west side of the mission and it is BEAUTIFUL – there are islands. (Bradon)
  • Hmm. Boeing is there. Microsoft is there. It rains a lot. (Rebecca)
  • Has many many lighthouses throughout the mission, which is why the mission hymn is “Brightly Beams Our Father’s Mercy”. One part of Washington that “should be” in our mission is in the Vancouver Mission, because one has to drive through Canada to get there. It’s a tiny peninsula at the other side of the Sound. The reason it’s part of Washington is both Americans and Canadians settled in the area, and a Canadian Pig destroyed an American Garden. There was a huge debate on whether to try it in an American or Canadian court (obviously, deciding who the winner was by fining the foreigner). The Archduke of Austria came to decide that it was part of America. (Jared)
  • Half were sisters by the end. (McKenzie)

What was the weather like?

  • Rainy during the winter and hot during the summer. (Brandon)
  • Wet. It rarely rains very hard, but 75-90% of the days are rainy and/or overcast. I didn’t even know what the word “overcast” meant until my mission. I didn’t know it was possible to rain in December (apart from really warm places of course)! It only snows 1-3 times each winter. But all of that gloom is made up during the summers, which are absolutely perfect! The perfect temperature coupled with only 1 or 2 rainy days during the whole summer! It was a miracle! (Audrie)
  • Cloudy and mild most of the time. The rain is typically more like a light drizzle, but there are some crazy rainstorms too. My first winter we got over 2 feet of snow in one storm. Summers are magical. A sunny, summer, blue sky day in Washington is a gift – there is nothing better. (Natalie)
  • Rained almost everyday for the first 21 months and then a drought for the last 3. (Miles)
  • Rainy from Mid-October to the 5th of July. Beautiful the rest of the year. (Karen)
  • Very rainy and cold. (Manuel)
  • Cloudy and rainy from October to July but absolutely perfect weather from July to September. (Bradon)
  • It rains. A lot. But usually it’s not down-pouring, it’s just a very light drizzle that feels more like heavy mist. The spring is beautiful, tons of flowers everywhere, and the summers get a fair amount of sun. But they are glorious! And they don’t get too hot either. There was a tiny bit of snow in the winter, but it didn’t last long. Fall was pretty foggy where I was at. (Rebecca)
  • Rainy from September to May; nice and sunny May to September. (Jared)
  • Winter is damp, but not damp enough that you can’t walk everywhere. Summer was gorgeous. (Ethan)
  • RAIN RAIN RAIN. Cold and foggy too! (Randie)
  • Rainy, foggy, snowed once, beautiful sunny summers. (McKenzie)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • They come in all forms, just like most places! Washington is a green state–green nature, green flag and green people. I have never met so many people that buy mostly organic foods or try to grow their own stuff or who are so big on keeping the planet in order. I’m surprised they don’t have Earth Day off of work and school! (Audrie)
  • People were for the most part very kind and open minded. The members are fantastic – very generous, helpful and eager to work. Lots of interesting characters – especially in small towns. (Natalie)
  • I felt in most places people were open to talking to us because many people respected who we were despite most people not being interested in the gospel at this time. (Miles)
  • It’s definitely one of the most beautiful areas! Soooo green 🙂 (Karen)
  • Lovable, caring, willing to work with you. (Manuel)
  • They were generally nice and respectful people. (Bradon)
  • Western WA is gorgeous! In general I felt like the members were SO great at taking care of the missionaries and trying their best to find them people to teach. (Rebecca)
  • The Trees and the Sound were gorgeous. (Jared)
  • Every ward has amazing people, who will help. You just have to ask them. (Ethan)
  • Everyone was so nice!!! Most everyone if they didn’t want to hear your message, they declined in a nice way! The place is so green. It’s BEAUTIFUL there! (Randie)
  • Everything. (McKenzie)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • It’s better there to have a light, warm, waterproof jacket, than a huge coat. It’s a lot harder to lug a coat around. (Brandon)
  • WaterPROOF rain jacket. Not water resistant. (Audrie)
  • The best jacket I had was a black, waterproof, fleece lined, North Face style jacket. It was warm, but not bulky. For sisters I suggest outfits with layers as the weather can change throughout the day. Jacket, cardigan sweater, and shirt over a black skirt was my go to. I usually brought a scarf along too. (Natalie)
  • Do not be a pack rat and prepare for rainy weather. (Miles)
  • Rain coat. Don’t bother with an umbrella. Wait until you get to the mission for boots. Sweaters are a must during the winter. (Karen)
  • It depends but brings clothes for the rain since it rains most of the year. (Manuel)
  • Rain coat, lots of ties, and a GPS. (Bradon)
  • I wouldn’t pack an umbrella… you will rarely use it, and it pegs you for a tourist… Do pack warm clothes for winter. The humidity makes it feel colder. BOOTS. You need good, waterproof boots. Wore them almost daily for over more than half the year. (Rebecca)
  • NO UMBRELLAS! But bring a good rain jacket (I had Gore-Tex). (Jared)
  • No rain boots or rain jacket. Polyester ties last better in the rain. Gloves are great in the winter. (Ethan)
  • Don’t spend a million dollars on clothes. Clothes and shoes will get worn out so don’t waste a lot of money on them. Just get waterproof coats with hoods. DON’T bring an umbrella. No one uses them except tourists. (Randie)
  • Rainbows, raincoat, one thick and one thin. No umbrellas. Thermal leggings/tights. (McKenzie)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • The skills I learned were the biggest blessings! I also came to understand the world so much better. I grew up surrounded by several latter-day saints, so my mission was a great opportunity to get to see more non-LDS people. It has prepared me for life better than I ever would have imagined–in all aspects of life. You face trials. You face loneliness, You experience joy in a whole new way. You feel the Spirit like you never did before. (Audrie)
  • My relationship with my Savior is deeper, more meaningful and more authentic. (Natalie)
  • I felt I learned more in my two years on my mission than I learned in my entire life up to that point. (Miles)
  • So many! Great friends 🙂 (Karen)
  • I was able to find my wonderful wife and be sealed to her for time and eternity. Gain a testimony of the savior and his work in us and much more. (Manuel)
  • People skills, increased spirituality, friendships that will last forever, a much much stronger testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Bradon)
  • I’ve had a very challenging marriage because of some things beyond our control- but we’ve been okay because of the spiritual and mental strength we both developed from our missions. (Rebecca)
  • It changed my career path from a psychologist to an audiologist. (Jared)
  • So many to talk about. (Randie)
  • Too many to name. (McKenzie)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Time-management, study help, social skills, conversation skills, teaching abilities, being pleasant to unpleasant people. (Audrie)
  • Planning and goal setting, teaching, leadership skills, listening skills. I also learned how to crochet and play ultimate frisbee 🙂 (Natalie)
  • Being bold and being able to listen to people more often than I used to. (Miles)
  • How to deal with the rain. (Karen)
  • Be persistent, kind, humble. (Manuel)
  • People skills, hard work, goal setting, efficiency, managing people, and teaching. (Bradon)
  • People skills. Overcoming fears of talking to people :). Being much less afraid to talk about difficult/touchy subjects. Not taking offense or taking it personally when people are rude. (Rebecca)
  • I improved my interpersonal skills. It gave me strong, powerful teaching skills for the doctrines. (Jared)
  • Improvising. (Ethan)
  • Definitely studying and keeping a schedule is what I’ve loved most now that I’m home going to school. A mission teaches you SO Much though, to get along with others (roommates) to study, to be diligent, obedient, to know what true hard work is, to budget, to live on your own, to be tidy. Etc. (Randie)
  • Lifelong skills to prepare me now and later in life to be a better person, wife, mother, etc. (McKenzie)

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

  • That is was going to go very slowly at the beginning! I had always heard that missions just fly by, so I was concerned when time was creeping along at the beginning. I was left to feel like I was the only one. And it was tough too. I found myself thinking, “I don’t know if I can do this for 18 months, especially at the rate this is going…” But all of that passes eventually. 🙂 The first two days feel like two days. The first two weeks feel like 6 weeks. The first 6 months feels like 5 months. Then your whole mission feels like 9 months. It’s crazy! (Audrie)
  • I wish I would have understood that a mission isn’t an 18 month break from “real life” and the “real you”. You don’t magically become a missionary when you put on the tag and you don’t go back to the old you when you take it off. Mission life is unlike any other part of your life, but it is still your life. (Natalie)
  • I wish I was more prepared instead of being afraid in my first few months out on my mission. (Miles)
  • A better knowledge of the Book of Mormon. (Karen)
  • How to overcome trials with companions, to be patient. (Manuel)
  • Study Preach My Gospel like crazy. (Bradon)
  • Don’t bring very many hangers. Most missionary apartments are well stocked with hangers. (Rebecca)
  • Opened my mouth a little more readily. (Jared)
  • I wish I knew better Spanish because they switched me to speaking Spanish at my year mark. (Ethan)
  • That it’s okay to have fun. The more fun you have, the better it will be. And to LOVE your companion and serve them the most. (Randie)
  • Study the Bible more. (McKenzie)

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

  • Expect the rain and the gloomy weather, but don’t let it affect you! It’s easy to feel miserable riding your bike in the rain or knocking doors wet and cold, but see it as an opportunity! I just found myself laughing at all the crazy things that happened to me, saying things like “Only in Washington!” or “Every missionary has to go through that at least once or twice [or several times]!” and even “This will get to be one of those crazy missionary experiences that I will get to share with my kids one day!” It made them so fun. 🙂 (Audrie)
  • I know that serving a mission can help develop and shape your perspective of your career, family, and gospel goals. (Miles)
  • Prepare in every way to serve the lord! Read the Book of Mormon. Learn to love everyone and to see them as our Father in Heaven sees them. (Karen)
  • Follow the rules and be obedient. (Manuel)
  • Before you go out, commit to being 100% obedient and working your hardest. (Bradon)
  • Just know that it is okay to have questions, and it’s okay to have doubts. Do all you can to build your testimony before you go, but know that doubts will arise. And it’s ok. 🙂 It’s what you do with your doubts that matters. (Rebecca)
  • The people are not necessarily the type you’d ever expect loving, but you will grow to love them, and be frustrated by them. (Jared)
  • Follow the Spirit. Work hard and play hard. (Ethan)
  • You will love it. Just be yourself. People are waiting for YOU. With the Lord on your side, you’ll never lose. (Randie)
  • It is the best and hardest experience of your life. (McKenzie)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Que Pasa, Calabasa 😉 (Karen)
  • Once we (English sisters) team taught a lesson with the Spanish elders to a Hispanic family… I don’t recommend that… I was the only one who didn’t understand Spanish, even my companion knew what was going on. It wasn’t all that funny, mostly just frustrating. (Rebecca)
  • One time a sister missionary accidentally said she was pregnant in Spanish. She meant to say embarrassed. (Ethan)