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


Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Dear Mom,

I have a baptism that I am going to tomorrow. Linda Reynolds (the Italian aunt I always wanted) is getting baptized. SO EXCITED!!! I have been seeing quite a few miracles happening here. I am excited for transfers and also, I am just tearing it up in my area. I taught 20 lessons last week, have 4 people with a date for baptism and we are just following the Spirit and doing the work. Honestly, I have never felt better. Gonna just keep doing what I do. It even says in the white handbook that all I need is the Lord and my companion. No one else. We got this!!! I love you mom. I don't even worry about anything back home. The Lord has reassured me time and time again that everything will be just fine. As long as I put my heart in the work, I know you will all be alright. That's all I have for now. Anyway Mom, I love you and my time is coming to an end. I've gotta go to an appointment now.
I love you from the West Coast to the East Coast and back to Utah.
Hasta Luego,

Elder Sierra
P.S. I have been taking your advice for Spanish study and it's been working. I think I just need to start increasing my vocabulary now, that's all (plus some grammar).
We have a dog in our apartment! Just in the mornings, haha. He is the mission pet! lol
An electric-powered car. I drove a WUSSY vehicle! hahaha

All the Spanish missionaries in our mission at our Spanish Conference. I'm somewhere near the top.
 Letter from April 7, 2014
 Hey Mom,

Work is picking up and we are gathering a bigger teaching pool. We have been averaging about 18 lessons a week and we are totally blowing up in the area right now. My goal is to leave behind a lot of good things to work with before I leave because I have been here for almost 6 months and it's kind of a given that I will be getting transferred after this. So, before I leave, I want to leave behind a teaching pool so that my companion and whoever comes here will have a lot to work with. I don't want them to have to suffer and push to find people to teach like I did. 
Ezekial is progressing pretty slowly. It's been hard to get a sit-down appointment with him. In my opinion, you're either interested or you're not. Ughhhh.....after missing 4 appointments, not including [General] Conference... I've dropped investigators for less. This is an urgent gospel. My zl's think I should've dropped him a LONG time ago. I'M STILL TRYING TO FIND ONE LIKE YOU, MOM!! [Elder Sierra's mom was baptized 10 days after meeting the missionaries.]
I am happy to hear Benjamin is doing quite a lot and being proactive... I can't wait to see him perform when I get home. It'll be interesting; for once, I get to sit in the audience and just observe.  Love you!

Elder Sierra

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Eating Peruvian Tacu Tacu at a member's home

Last month with Hermana Enciso and Elder Ruiz. She is my 'abuela' here in the mission.

Elder Russell back in my first area.

Me and my bro, Elder Echanique at our zone conference. He's Ecuadorian but from Dubai!

These are all my companions still in the mission! We were at a recent zone conference together.

A former companion, Elder Stradling. He's already home.

P-day in Old Sacramento

Sunset on the Sacramento River

An older pic of me and Ricky in Old Sacramento

Me and Ricky in Old Sac

Elder Stradling and me last Fall in Folsom.

At our recent zone conference with Elder Russell, an old companion! Love this guy. Growing my hair out...I know you like my luscious curls, mom! haha