Free resources about the Zimbabwe Harare 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
Zimbabwe Harare Mission Address
Here’s a recent address for the Zimbabwe Harare 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.
Zimbabwe Harare Mission
65 Enterprise Road
Phone Number: 263-4-776-359
Mission President: President Bryson C. Cook
Zimbabwe Harare Mission Map
Here’s a link to the mission map for the Zimbabwe Harare Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the Harare Mission:
Videos with Zimbabwe Harare RMs
Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Harare Mission. We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews.
LDS-Friendly Videos about Zimbabwe
Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Zimbabwe. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Zimbabwe, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.
Zimbabwe Harare Missionary Blogs
Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Harare Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.
Zimbabwe Harare Mission Groups
Here are Zimbabwe Harare Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the Harare Mission.
- Zimbabwe Harare Mission Facebook Group (584 members)
- Harare Mission Returned Missionaries Group (93 members)
- Zimbabwe Harare Mission Reunion Group Group (87 members)
- Zimbabwe Harare Missionary Families Group (79 members)
- The Real Zimbabwe Harare Missionaries Group (53 members)
- Zimbabwe Harare Mission Memories Group (27 members)
- Harare Zimbabwe Returned Missionaries Group (24 members)
- Harare Reunions in SA President Bester Group (2 members)
Zimbabwe Harare Mission T-Shirts
Here are T-shirts for the Zimbabwe Harare Mission!
Shirt designs include Harare 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: Harare missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.
Zimbabwe Harare Mission Presidents
Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Harare Mission.
- 2015-2018, T. Jackson Mkhabela
- 2012-2015, Bryson C. Cook
- 2009-2012, Edward Dube
- 2006-2009, Andre Cornelius Bester
- 2003-2006, Joseph A. Jenkins
- 2000-2003, Keith Reid Edwards
- 1997-2000, Frank D. Bagley
- 1994-1997, William Lindsey Hunter
- 1991-1994, Vern L. Marble
- 1990-1991, Escar Jesse Decker, Jr.
- 1990-1990, George T. Brooks
- 1987-1990, Joseph Hamstead
Zimbabwe LDS Statistics (2015)
- Church Membership: 26,156
- Missions: 1
- Temples: 0
- Congregations: 64
- Family History Centers: 4
Helpful Articles about Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Harare Missionary Survey
Here are survey responses from Harare RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.
When did you serve?
- 2010-2012 (Carson)
- 2009-2011 (Bathobile)
- 2009-2011 (Sam)
- 2001-2003 (Athanasi)
- 2002-2004 (Cleopas)
- 2010-2011 (Gladys)
- May 2013 – April 2015 (Welile)
- 2001-2003 (Athanasi)
- 2000-2002 (Batishita)
What areas did you serve in?
- Bulawayo, Harare, Gweru, Mutare. (Cleopas)
- Blanty Malawi, Lusaka Zambia, Bolawayo and Harare Zimbabwe. (Gladys)
- Harare, Gweru, Bulawayo and Marondera. (Welile)
- Lusaka, Gweru, Mutare, Kwekwe, Bulawayo, Kadoma and Lusaka again. (Athanasi)
- Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare, Lusaka, Gweru, Kadoma. (Batishita)
What were some favorite foods?
- Obviously I have to give a huge shout out to sadza nay kovo! That stuff got me through two years. I loved the rice and chicken with soup that members would make. I think they would use a packet (I think called Royo) to make a gravy-like sauce (they call it soup) to put on top of the rice. They would mix that in with green peppers, onions, and tomatoes. (Carson)
- Kapenta, tomato and onion relish and rape. The rice in Zambia is to die for. (Bathobile)
- Aadza, beef, mangoes. (Sam)
- Sadza, vegetables, meat all kinds, etc. (Athanasi)
- Sadza and Kapenta. (Cleopas)
- Chomolia. (Gladys)
- Sadza, khovo and beef stew. (Welile)
- Sadza, green vegetabls and meat. (Athanasi)
- Pizza, sadza, vegetables. Cakes. (Batishita)
What was a funny experience?
- This may be a little irreverent, but I think any young person can appreciate a good fart story. I had many hilarious stories by the way, but I just remembered this one. We were teaching a young man, probably around 20 years old. His name was Daveson. He had come to church a few times and was preparing to be baptized. As my companion was getting serious and spiritual in the lesson he leaned forward and accidentally let out a small fart. We all bursted out laughing. We tried multiple times to get back into “the zone”, but we could not stop laughing. (Carson)
- In my first couple of weeks being out, I hadn’t quite adjusted to the culture yet. We were teaching a part member family where the Mom and Dad were members, but their sons were not. Well the Mom just had a baby and right in the middle of the lesson without any cover or warning she started breast feeding him. My eyes immediately shot up to the ceiling. My companion started to laugh at me but turned it into a cough. (Sam)
- Falling in a Poo River while going to teach the gospel.
- Our zone leaders finding me and my companion on top of their Avocado tree at their house. They were very shocked to see sister missionaries on top of a big tree. 😊 (Gladys)
- I broke my tooth while eating maputi (a very hard type of popcorn) (Welile)
- Proselyting in the rain. (Athanasi)
What was a crazy/dangerous experience?
- Let’s just say I had a few, but you will be well protected! (Carson)
- Learning how to drive stick shift. I was a danger to everyone on the roads. But I did run over a 7-foot long snake when I was learning! And I hate snakes. (Sam)
- When we went to walk with lions. (Cleopas)
- People following us because they think we were Satanists. (Gladys)
- Was almost bitten by a snake twice at night while returning to our apartment. (Welile)
- Mountain climbing. (Athanasi)
What was a spiritual experience?
- We found and baptized an incredible family, the Maulanas, in Masvingo, Zimbabwe. Finding them was a spiritual, rewarding experience on its own, but I will tell another story with them. About two months after the Maulana family was baptized (Brother Maulana was baptized and then was able to baptize his wife and daughter about a month later) we had an interesting day. We were having fall throughs like crazy! Everyone we wanted to see was not home. It got to the point where we had to step back and say, “This is crazy. Maybe we need to be somewhere. Where should we go?” My companion and I both felt that we needed to see the Maulana family. When we got to the house Sister Maulana and their daughter were crouched over the bed crying over Brother Maulana. He had gotten weak the previous few days and was unable to walk. In Zimbabwe many families live day to day. Meaning whatever money they make that day is how they buy dinner that night. They were flat out of money and did not have food in the house. They depended on Brother Maulana to walk the two miles to town for work to provide for the family. It was a humbling scene, but my companion and I felt filled with power. We were reminded of the verses in Acts 3:1-9 where Peter and John tell a lame man to “rise up and walk”. We gave Brother Maulana a blessing and he arose and walked out of the house with us. He walked to town and made enough money for his family to buy dinner. He also walked the two miles to church the next day. (Carson)
- Towards the end of my mission I was given a difficult task of opening up two new areas at the same time, while training. It was during a time when I extended my mission by six weeks. It was awesome! It was the hardest I ever worked and the most fun I had while on my mission. It was late one night and we were trying to hitch a ride back home which was almost two hours away. I was worried we wouldn’t make it, so I said a prayer and asked for protection while we worked everything out. A minivan full of 14 people stopped and offered us a ride. They were a different church on their way to an all-night prayer meeting. While riding with them they sang some of their hymns and I just felt this comforting feeling over me. Prayers can be answered by anyone! (Sam)
- When we approached a father during tracting and later on he told us that he knew that one day people would come to share a very important message which will change our lives. (Cleopas)
- The best spiritual experience was seeing the Lord use us to touch His children’s lives. (Gladys)
- Meeting an investigator on my second week on mission who had read the triple combination from cover to cover and was willing to leave everything and join the church. That strengthened my testimony of the truth and that investigator was baptized a few weeks later. (Welile)
- Seeing a member being healed after giving her a blessing and the doctors had confirmed that she was not going to live. (Athanasi)
What are some interesting facts about the Harare Mission?
- Zimbabweans are amazing, beautiful people. (Carson)
- For a while the Harare Mission was the highest baptizing nation in the world. Zimbabwe has had the highest inflation ever recorded at around a trillion percent. (Sam)
- Seeing how our Heavenly Father changes people and how the Lord preserves his servants. (Cleopas)
- It covers 3 countries. (Gladys)
- It was a wonderful mission with some dedicated missionaries serving very humble people of Zimbabwe who are dominated by the Christian religion. (Welile)
What was the weather like?
- The weather was very mild (usually). They had a rainy season for a few months of the year. They also have a winter, which basically means you will be kind of cold at night and in the morning, but in the day time you will still be hot. (Carson)
- Subtropical. It got cold during the winter months, but really hot and rainy during the summer. (Sam)
- Hot. (Cleopas)
- Every country was different depending on the area. (Gladys)
- Hot and sunny almost year round with rainy season coming towards the end of the year, from maybe October, November to somewhere in January. I stand to be corrected though. (Welile)
- Favorable, because I was a native. (Athanasi)
Any things you really like about the area/people?
- They are incredibly humble and loving. They care about you. They will give anything to you. I miss them very much. They give life meaning. (Carson)
- The people! Everyone, even strangers on the street were willing to be your friend and talk to you. (Sam)
- The love of the people. (Cleopas)
- Each country had its own culture and beliefs. Typically in each country, there would be more than 10 tribes and all had their own languages and traditions. So we actually meet different people every day. (Gladys)
- They were always willing to listen to messages about Jesus Christ even though they would disagree with certain doctrines that we teach. (Welile)
- They love the Gospel but need some little patience when teaching them. (Athanasi)
Any packing advice?
- Bring mostly short-sleeve shirts. Also, have a good sweater for the colder months. (Carson)
- Never bring long-sleeved shirts! And carry everything with you. If someone robs you, they are most likely going to rob your house and not your person. Learn how to wash clothes by hand…that skill will pay off hugely! (Sam)
- It’s a walking mission so you need strong shoes. (Cleopas)
- If you going to Zimbabwe, pack warm for winter. Malawi is very tropical so pack for rainfall, their weather changes 5 times in a day and their winter is very cold. Zambia is hot but very windy. (Gladys)
- I’m not very good with advice for packing but would say, do not carry a lot of warm clothing cause you might not need it. (Welile)
- Weather is good for any clothing. (Athanasi)
What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?
- Countless. I received a great education because of it. I learned to talk to anyone. That has helped me meet girls and also stand out at the work place. Most people can’t strike up conversation with anyone at the drop of a hat. (Carson)
- Work ethic, discipline, obedience, a love for strangers, a different perspective of the world. Strengthened testimony. (Sam)
- Finding a faithful partner, living life to the fullest and serving in the church. (Cleopas)
- I was the Lord’s most important convert. My mission was not to change or convert others, but to convert me fully to his work. I came back a very changed being and I’m grateful for that. (Gladys)
- Lots and lots of blessings but one I can mention is a strong testimony of the gospel, and in the restoration of the true church. I struggled a lot with doubts before mission. (Welile)
- I have became a good communicator and have grown to work hard. (Athanasi)
What are some skills you gained?
- I learned how to plan, work hard, and lead people. (Carson)
- Study skills, work ethic, how to fix a bike, how to drive a stick shift vehicle, how to kill a snake. (Sam)
- Communication skills, public speaking, diligence, self confidence and endurance. (Cleopas)
- People skills. Communication skills. Confidence. Analytic skills. Endurance. (Gladys)
- It would be teaching skill that stands out with me, also a little bit of problem solving and being able to discern people’s needs. (Welile)
Is there anything you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?
- I wish I would have known the scriptures better. (Carson)
- I wish I had not been so homesick. I know being homesick is natural, but I wish I would’ve worked harder during that time. (Sam)
- Tracting. (Cleopas)
- I wish I knew that I didn’t have to do everything perfect or be a perfect missionary. I wish I had let loose and enjoyed my mission. Only half way, did I learn that lesson, that the mission rules are guide lines. And that I can actually enjoy and have fun serving the Lord. From that day, my whole mission changed. (Gladys)
- I wish I was bold in teaching and bearing testimony, I feared boldness because of the questions that would always come and I didn’t have answers for. (Welile)
Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries called to Harare?
- Zimbabwe is a choice land that only has choice missionaries. The Lord has prepared those people for the gospel. You can be as successful as you choose to be. The Lord will help consecrate your efforts. Appreciate and love your experience- I have no regrets from my mission. I worked my hardest and loved the people. It was a tender experience that I still cherish everyday. (Carson)
- I feel strongly about this, and it doesn’t apply to everyone, but I feel it applies to most people. If you go on a mission, stay on the mission! You promised two years of your life. Don’t punish yourself by coming home early. But then also, if you come home early, don’t punish yourself. Heavenly Father still loves you and still wants you to serve a mission but maybe in a different capacity. (Sam)
- Be prayerful the Lord will use you. (Cleopas)
- Work hard, play hard, eat hard and have fun. If you not having fun, you don’t have the Spirit. (Gladys)
- Be bold in bearing testimony but not overbearing and have a firm testimony in the restoration and missionary work. This will be good benefit to your investigators and the work, and also a benefit to you too. (Welile)
What was a funny language mistake?
- One companion said “wasuresei” to an older grandma. He was trying to say masweresei, which means “hello how are you”. Wasuresei means “to fart”. (Carson)
- I meant to say the word “love,” but I accidentally said “homosexual”. (Sam)