Monday, January 5, 2009

Argentina Mendoza Mission

Argentina Mendoza Mission

Missionary Site(s)

LDS Mission Network 


Dear Elder--Elder Randolph LeBron 2009-2011

Dear Elder--Elder Aaron Gibbs 2009-2011

Dear Elder--Elder Jesse Slater

MissionSite Net--Elder Kennedy Berezay 2008-2010

MissionSite.Net--Elder Jameson Brown 2009-2011 

MissionSite.Net--Carson Campbell 2009-2011

MissionSite Net--Elder Zachary Chase 2008-2010

MissionSite.Net--Samuel Farnsworth 2009-2011

MissionSite Net--Sister Brittney Griffin 2007-2009

MissionSite.Net--Elder Jamieson Hall 2009-2011 

MissionSite.Net--Elder Travis Harvey 2009-2011

MissionSite.Net--Elder David Hollinger 2008-2010

MissionSite.Net--Elder Kyle Jones 2009-2011

MissionSite.Net--Elder John Matson 2008-2010

MissionSite.Net--Elder Jarom McNees 2008-2010

MissionSite.Net--Elder Lucas Reynolds 2008-2010

MissionSite Net--Sister Elisabet Rodriquez

MissionSite Net--Elder Bryan James Squires

MissionSite Net--Elder Benjamin Steig 2008-2009 Matt Adams 1994-1996 Jennifer Anderson (Allred) 1994-1996 Eduardo Arias 1994-1996 Rebecca Batt 2000-2002 Rob Belnap 1991-1993 Gabriel Serpico–Beltran 2008-2009 Jason Bohrer 1992-1994 Javier Adrian Casalaspro 1993-1996 Andrew Curtis Burke Day 1995-1997 Sebastian DeMarco 1996-1998 James Dorman 1996-1998 Brent Ewell 1994-1996 Daniel Funes 1994-1996 Rachel Galloway 1995-1997 Marcia Geromin 1995-1998
Andrew Gifford 1990-1992
Wendy Godman 1996-1998 Kyle Halbasch 2000-2002
Jeffery Harris 1990-1992 Steven Hoggan 1990-1992 Jessica Jones 2002-2003 Audrey Kandler 2000-2002 James Layton 2002-2004 Leonel Leverrie 1999-2001 David Little 1996-1998 Fabian Lobo 2000-2002 Michael Mineer 1996-1998 Lisa Moffitt 1997-1998 Jesus Montellano 1999-2001 Kyle Norman 1998 Spencer Pope 1997-1999 SHERI PORTER 2000-2001
John Randall 1998-2000 Travis Rasmussen 1999-2001 Gary Reid II 2001-2003 David Roach 1994-1996 Ethan Robison 1992-1994 Michael Sare 2005-2007 Jacob Shaw 2005-2007 Rich Sheffield 1996-1998 Adriana Soria 1992-1994 Nathan Stafford 2002-2004 Kevin Stewart-Wall 1989-1991 Mark Thorpe 1991-1993 Nicolas Valiente 1997-1999 Santiago Vazquez 1999-2001 Bruce Weiser 1990-1992
Rion Westfall 2001-2003 Ryan White 1998-2000 Nathan York 2002-2004

Elder Dennis Kimball Blackburn 2002-2004


LDS Mission Network


MissionSite Net--Elder Kennedy Berezay

MissionSite.Net--Elder Carson Campbell

MissionSite Net--Elder Zachary Chase

MissionSite Net--Sister Brittney Griffin

MissionSite.Net--Elder David Hollinger

MissionSite.Net--Elder John Matson

MissionSite.Net--Elder Jarom McNees

MissionSite Net--Elder Bryan James Squires

MissionSite Net--Elder Benjamin Steig

Sun Advocate--Elder Andrew Peter Yakovitch 2008-2010

Sun Advocate--Elder Blake Heiner 2006-2008

Guillermo Franco (Wikipedia) 2005-2007

Kip Robert Jensen

Derek Samuel Jones

Elida Gianfelice de Robles Obituary Deseret News 6 April 2005.

LDS Mission Network

"Mission Center Training Presidents," (former mission president Wayne Douglas Steimle called as president Guatemala Missionary Training Center) Church News [Saturday, 14 November 2009].

“New Mission Presidents Now in Place,” (James Blaine Lindahl) Liahona, Aug. 2008, N4–N5

“New Mission Presidents Now in Place,” (James Blaine Lindahl) Ensign, July 2008, 77–78

"New Mission Presidents," (James Blaine Lindahl) Church News [Saturday, 19 April 2008].

"New and Returning Mission Presidents," (new mission president James B. Lindahl, former mission president Juan C. Avila) Church News [Saturday, 1 March 2008].

“New Mission Presidents Begin Service,” (Juan C. Avila) Liahona, July 2005, N3–N4

“New Mission Presidents Begin Service,” (Juan C. Ávila) Ensign, July 2005, 75–76

"New Mission Presidents," (Juan Carlos Avila) Church News [Saturday, 26 February 2005].

"Mission Presidents for 122 Missions," (new mission president Juan C. Avila, former mission president Mario C. Romero) Church News [Saturday, 26 February 2005].

"New and Returning Mission President," (new mission president Mario Cecilio Romero, former mission president W. Douglas Steimle II) Church News [Saturday, 9 March 2002].

"New Mission Presidents," (Mario C. Romero C.) Church News [Saturday, 23 February 2002].

"New and Returning Mission Presidents," (new mission president Wayne D. Steimle, former mission president Gordon Kent Thomas) Church News [Saturday, 6 March 1999].

"New Mission Presidents," (Wayne D. Steimle II) Church News [Saturday, 6 March 1999].

"Fourth Quorum of Seventy," (Hector M. Verdugo) Church News [Saturday, 12 April 1997].

"First Presidency Calls New Area Authorities," (former mission president Hector M. Verdugo) Church News [Saturday, 24 August 1996].

"New and Returning Mission Presidents," (new mission president Kent Thomas, former mission president Hector M. Verdugo ) Church News [Saturday, 16 March 1996].

José Ojeda, “Forty-four Friends in the Temple,” Ensign, Feb. 1996, 58–59

"New Mission Presidents," (Hector Manuel Verdugo R.) Church News [Saturday, 16 January 1993].

"Worldwide Missions; 122 Leaders Assigned," (new mission and mission president Charles W. Eastwood) Church News [Saturday, 31 March 1990].


Benjamin Hoglund 2009-2011

President and Sister Blaine Lindahl
Elder Sterling West--Mendoza Milagro 2007-2009

Elder Jackson Scott Ostler2010-2012

Elder Brian Passantino 2010-2012

Elder Blake Smith 2008-2010

Justin Hoskin

Imagine Argentina (members Wade and Tania L. Alexander who discuss mission president and missionaries occasionally)

LDS Church Growth--The Church in Argentina

Mormon Truth--Matthew S. Turley, Mormon Missionary, Tragically Killed Yesterday In Argentina (Monday, April 24, 2006)

A Search for Roots--Blog Introduction (Elder Gordon Mc?)

My Best Two Years (Elder Jacob Tingen, 2003-2005)

Nick and Heather
(Elder Nick Ferguson missionary, 2006-2008)

Sister Amanda Spravzoff--Los Milagros De Mi Vida

Elder Justin Hoskin

Elder Chris Snyder

Sister Catherine Casady (2005-2006)

Sister Rebecca Malouf Walters

Elder Michael Worley and Sister Aracely Worley

Green Mountain Mission Moments--Elder Colin Lamprecht (Argentina Mendoza Mission, August 2008)

Green Mountain Mission Moments--Elder Colin Lamprecht (Argentina Mendoza Mission, June 2008)

Green Mountain Mission Moments--Elder Colin Lamprecht (Argentina Mendoza Mission, February 2008)


Chris Morales and Marianne Holman, "Scoring Goals On and Off Field," (former missionary Guillermo Franco) Church News [Saturday, 9 August 2008].

“New Mission Presidents Now in Place,” Ensign, July 2008, 77–78 (President James Blaine Lindahl)

Raquel Pedraza de Brosio, “Heart Condition,” Ensign, Sept. 2006, 68–69 (Sister Raquel Pedraza)

Missionary Killed by Drunk Driver (Elder Matthew Turley, 23 April 2006)

"Missionary in Argentina Killed by Drunk Driver," (Matthew Turley) Church News [Saturday, 29 April 2006].

Carlos E. Agüero, “The Price for Good Things,” New Era, Jan 2006, 30–32

“New Mission Presidents Begin Service,” Ensign, July 2005, 75–76 (President Juan C. Avila)

Nestor Curbelo, "Latin Folk singer raises profile of Church in Argentina, Bolivia," (Desiderio Arce) Church News [Saturday, 26 February 2000].

Judy C. Olsen, “Argentina’s Bright and Joyous Day,” Liahona, Nov 1999, 32

Nestor Curbelo, "Argentine Folk Singer Has Come A Long Way," (Desiderio Arce) Church News [Saturday, 17 July 1999].

“Member Missionary,” Ensign, Oct. 1998, 68–69 (member missionary experience of Reuben Deflor Luna and mission president Gordon K. Thomas)

Carlos H. Amado, Richard D. Allred, and Hugo A. Catrón, “Conversation: The Church in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay,” Ensign, Oct. 1998, 79–80

“Member Missionary,” (Ruben Delfor Luna) Ensign, Oct. 1998, 68–69

Craig and Elain Mayfield, "Missionary Moments: 40 Years Later," (Gordon Thomas) Church News [Saturday, 4 April 1998].

"South America South Area Meetinghouses mark progress," Church News [Saturday, 4 April 1992].

"Year in review: 1990 highlighted by nations' doors opening to gospel," (opening of mission 10 February 1990) Church News [Saturday, 29 December 1992].

“Nine Missions Announced, Four Lands Dedicated in the Americas,” (creation of mission from Argentina Cordoba Mission) Ensign, June 1990, 77–78

“Church Honors Missionaries Who Died in South America,” Ensign, Aug. 1989, 74 (Death of Sister Yunette Harris and Sister Gabriela Maria Cristina Nieva of accidental asphyxiation)

Waldo P. Call, “Called to Serve Him,” New Era, Mar 1988, 64 (member who served in France Paris Mission)

N. Eldon Tanner, “Sacrifice,” Ensign, Jun 1981, 2 (member Oscar Navaco)

“The Church in Argentina,” Ensign, Feb 1975, 21


Dr. B said...

Francis M. Gibbons in Spencer W. Kimball: Resolute Disciple Prophet of God. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1995 wrote:

Crossing the Andes to Argentina, the Kimballs found the weather more pleasant. At Mendoza, they were met by President Richard G. Scott, a future member of the Twelve, who was the president of the mission headquartered in Córdoba, Argentina. President Scott had been directing the work of several missionaries stationed in southern Bolivia. Since Elder Kimball was anxious to visit the area, he and Sister Kimball, the Scotts, and others drove north from Córdoba toward the border, stopping at Salta. There they purchased cloth, seeds, thread, wool, soap, first-aid supplies, medicines, and other items to take to the Bolivian members. Before crossing the border at Villazon, they parked the mission cars and rented a Jeep for the trip to Quiriza, their destination to the north. With eight passengers, their gear, and the items purchased at Salta, the Jeep was crowded. The winding, primitive road, portions of which lay in the riverbed, took them past several small Bolivian villages and occasional herds of llamas. Elder Kimball noted that President Scott frequently downshifted the Jeep, and he learned later that this was the vehicle's main braking mechanism, the conventional brakes being practically gone. Arriving in Quiriza, Elder Kimball was astonished to see painted on the face of a sheer cliff in bold letters "Bienvenidos Elder Kimball." He learned that a resourceful missionary had attached a paintbrush to a long pole in order to reach the cliff face.

Following a meeting in Quiriza, Elder Kimball saw two men standing near the doorway, quietly waiting for him to exit. When he reached the door, they approached him hesitantly, extending toward him a box they held. It contained a dozen small eggs, a gift of great economic value to them. To Elder Kimball it was, by his own admission, a gift that meant as much to him as almost any other gift he had received. He was deeply touched, not only by the significance of the gift but also by the humble, loving attitude of the men who gave it to him.

Before Elder Kimball left the area, a ground-breaking ceremony was held for a small chapel to be constructed. Elder Kimball lifted the first shovelful of dirt, followed by President Scott and several of the local priesthood leaders. Then one of the men waved to the women, who had been standing aside with their children, to come participate. They all came running, some carrying their babies, and each one in turn, women and children alike, lifted some dirt in celebration of the great event.

Elder Kimball returned to South America in November. It was his last tour as the area supervisor.

Dr. B said...

Craig and Elaine Mayfield, "Missionary Moments 40 Years Later," Church News [Saturday, 4 April 1998]: shared this experience as a missionary:

As Church service missionaries, my wife and I are serving as advisers to family history in the South America South Area. Recently, we traveled to the Argentine province of Mendoza, where we stayed with our good friend, Pres. Gordon Thomas of the Argentina Mendoza Mission. He related an experience he had 41 years earlier as a young missionary in the same Mendoza Province.

He had just arrived in the mission, barely able to say a few words in Spanish. The missionaries were leaders in the tiny branch of 25 members. One day a young less-active couple brought their 1-year-old son to the missionaries requesting a blessing. The baby was so sick that the doctors said he would not live another day. The senior companion anointed the baby and invited Elder Thomas to seal the anointing and give the baby a blessing. In his limited Spanish, Elder Thomas blessed the baby that he would live and also that he would become a great leader of the Church in Argentina. Pres. Thomas recalled that as he was blessing the baby he could feel him getting better.

Forty years later, on one Saturday morning in early spring at his home in Provo, Utah, Elder Thomas, soon to be president of the Argentina Mendoza Mission, opened the Church News and noticed a stake reorganization in Mendoza. Listed as the new stake president was 41-year-old Agustin Domingo Cano.

"I knew that baby was now stake president," said Pres. Thomas.

The baby had indeed grown into manhood and had been called to serve as the president of the Mendoza stake. And what about the less-active father? Upon further investigation, Pres. Thomas learned that Brother Augustin Cano had become active and called to be the stake patriarch.

"Patriarch Cano did indeed remember me," said Pres. Thomas. "He remembered the moment of the blessing. It was something they must have talked about over the years. The promise made in the blessing was a promise only the Lord would make. The one who really learned a lesson was I. I learned that you must never see people as being hopeless. I see them frequently, and the stake patriarch always gives me a special embrace."-Elder Craig and Sister Elaine Mayfield, Argentina Area Office

Dr. B said...

In Francis M. Gibbons, Harold B. Lee: Man of Vision Prophet of God, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1993 we read:

Elder and Sister Lee flew to Buenos Aires, Argentina, on October 13, [1959] where they were met by Mission President Lorin Pace and over two hundred members of the Church. The twelve-day tour of the mission began the same day with a zone conference at Rio Cuarto. There followed missionary and member meetings at Mendoza, at the foot of the Andes, La Plata, Rosario (where son-in-law Ernest Wilkins had served as a young missionary and where he was remembered by some of the members), Bahia Blanca, Tres Arroyos, and Mar del Plata. At this last city, Elder Lee gave the missionaries a three-step formula for approaching the Lord for his blessings: First, keep the commandments. Second, do everything possible to solve one's own personal problems. Third, "pray to the Lord with real intent and desire."

Elder Lee received more media attention in Argentina than in any other South American country. At a press conference held in Buenos Aires, representatives of the four leading newspapers were present to question the apostle from the north. It was only thirty-four years before that when another apostle from the north, Elder Melvin J. Ballard, had come to Buenos Aires to dedicate South America for the preaching of the gospel. Unknown and unnoticed, he and his companions, Rulon S. Wells and Rey L. Pratt, went to the Tres de Febrero Park near the banks of the La Plata River on Christmas Day, 1925, when Elder Ballard dedicated the continent of South America for the preaching of the gospel. After serving for nine months, during which there were only six conversions, Elder Ballard predicted, "The work will go forth slowly for a time just as the oak grows slowly from an acorn," but, ultimately, "thousands will join here." (From Acorn to Oak Tree, p. 30.) From what he had seen in Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Argentina, and from what he would see later in the tour, Elder Lee could attest to the accuracy of Elder Ballard's prediction as there were then almost twenty thousand members in South America.

Dr. B said...

On Saturday 24 August 2006 the Church News reported that Hector M. Vedugo former mission president was called as an Area Authority:

- Hector M. Verdugo, 45, Rancagua, Chile; Chile Telephone Company administrator; former Argentina Mendoza Mission president, regional representative, stake president, and district president; married Marcela Marta Ibanez.

Dr. B said...

"From Around the World," Church News [Saturday, 16 January 1988]:

South America South Area: Members bolster conversions

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA-As a result of members working with full-time missionaries, the Buenos Aires Moreno Stake had 30 baptisms during December, according to Pres. Guillermo Daniel Rodriguez. Also, the San Rafael Mendoza District had 20 baptisms during the month, according to Pres. Luis Alberta Lorca. In December, the Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission had 163 baptisms, the highest monthly total since 1982. "Members are getting excited," said Elder Kevin White of the mission.

Dr. B said...

"From Around the World," Church News [Saturday, 4 April 1992]:

South America South Area Meeting houses mark progress MENDOZA, ARGENTINA-Construction of six meetinghouses in the Argentina Mendoza Mission-some just beginning and others nearly completed-are monuments of progress, according to mission Pres. Charles W. Eastwood.

Pres. Eastwood said the meetinghouses were approved because several branches increased attendance up to 70 percent in five months. Some of the meetinghouses are in outlying areas and will reduce the distance of travel for the members.

"The missionaries are working hard," he said. "They have done an outstanding job in reactivating families and getting converts."

Much of the reactivation work in the San Juan District, where meetinghouses will soon be constructed for the Pocito and Albardon branches, was done by Elder C. Darrell and Sister Lois Margaret Anderson, who recently returned home after serving in the district for seven months. Because of their service, the district is better prepared to soon become a stake, said Pres. Eastwood.

'We don't presently have any couples in the mission," he said. "Maybe this will motivate more couples to serve."