WELCOME to Elder John-Gregory Sierra's mission blog! For the next two years Elder Sierra will be serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the California Sacramento Mission. We hope you will enjoy his experiences, shared through weekly letters. We will post his letters each week and any pictures he may send.

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Elder John-Gregory Sierra
California Sacramento Mission
8267 Deseret Ave
Fair Oaks, CA 95628


Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Hey Mom,

That's pretty neat how you have been finding relatives and other friends as you have been having fun up in Utah. And to think your voice teacher was Ralynne's Great Aunt! Maybe you being a 2nd mother to her is a crazy way of saying thanks. I like how you said how your teacher taught us to sing with emotion and not worry [only] about the technicalities. Although they are necessary, I realize how much of a better singer you are when you put your heart into it. It's kinda like missionary work. Don't just do missionary things, be the missionary that you want and the Lord wants you to be. What's funny is that the Lord wants us to be ministers but to also be friends to those we teach. It's quite hard to find the balance but in the end, Love trumps all. 

Missionary work has been going great. Violet is now picking a day for baptism and Ivan is coming to church (we will be challenging him to a date very soon...will be needing your prayers). Also, tell Ralynne that I did get a miracle last p-day. I got a call from Ricky and he told me that he will be getting baptized by the end of this month. I AM PUMPED!!!! He asked me to do it. Of course I am honored. Also, one of my investigators from Folsom gave me a call, as well, telling me that he is getting baptized on the 22 of February!!!! Quite a few miracles. To top it all off, we have just begun re-activating 3 additional families. One of the kids is named Angel and has had a rough upbringing (I swear every time I talk to him I think of Dad having 'heart to hearts' with me when I was growing up), but has been making strides to come back to church and turn life around. I was able to connect with him very well, and he sits by me almost every Sunday. Much has been happening. Y si madre. Mi espanol esta progresando mucho. Al veces necesito usar un diccionario para buscar por algunas palabras por frases, pero como yo dije cuando hable con tu al navidad, puedo ensenar sin problema. Ahora necesito aprender como conversar en actual conversaciones sobre desportes y otras cosas. But yeah, Spanish is coming along just fine. I love the work mom and the branch is seeing better days now. 

Love you Mom, 

Elder Sierra

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