Tuesday, August 26, 2014

6.0 EARTHQUAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mora Family,

So to start off, I have some bad news. As most of you know this past Sunday the 25 August, there was a 6.0 magnitude earthquake from the epicenter in Napa Valley, CA. It received some significant damage and several people were injured. We are located about 2 hours or so from the epicenter and received some significant aftershocks at approximately 3:20am. This was the strongest earthquake the Bay Area has experienced in the past 25 years. The tremors lasted anywhere from 30-40 seconds. The worst part of this whole experience is that my companion and I SLEPT THROUGH THE WHOLE THING!!! I was so bummed that I didn't wake up or even notice an earthquake happening! I've been wanting to feel an earthquake for so long, like since I was in Mexico City!haha We are not injured or hurt or mangled or burned or anything bad.ha I mean we didn't even wake up. We arrived at church that morning at 7am waiting for some meeting to start and the branch president and his counselors asked us if we felt the earthquake that morning. We were like," There was an earthquake??" I guess most the branch (mostly the sisters) were woken up in the middle of the night and couldn't go back to sleep. All the hermanos in the ward had to get woken up by their wives to even notice anything was happening.haha That was funny to hear. I can see dad sleeping through an earthquake too.ha
Elder Lotulelei and I have been working hard these past couple weeks. We are in a little bit of a dry spell with investigators, but we are still working with a few people. Recently we started teaching a young woman named Eli. She is the girlfriend of a less active brother in the branch. She has been reading tons from the Book of Mormon and we have been teaching her the importance of praying to receive and answer. We can tell that she genuinely wants to find out if this the true Church, and we are helping her to do those things that will help her to receive her answer. Besides her, we are working with a lot of less actives and one other family that is investigating the Church. We have lots to do, and lots of road to bike everyday. I had my first real bike crash two weeks ago.ha I was riding a little too close to some hedges and my left handlebar got yanked as I went by, and I  went right over my handlebars and flat on the sidewalk. I didn't get any scratches or anything so it was a graceful crash.haha Elder Lotulelei is an awesome companion and barely laughed at me. He is doing a great job so far in the mission, and he is one of three polynesians in the Spanish program, so its good to have him. We have been receiving blessings everyday from all the prayers back home and the love you all send to us. We are safe and thank you for your concern about us. This morning in our studies we read a scripture in 1 Nephi 17:3. I know the Lord will guide us and protect us as long as we keep his commandments. I will strive everyday to live up to his blessings. Last week we got the opportunity to go through the temple, and I am so grateful for the time we had to be reminded of the sacred promises we have made with the Lord. If anything I have learned on my mission, it has been the importance and magnitude of obedience. And we should be obedient because we love Him. I love the Lord and this gospel. I encourage the family to make more time to visit the temple and receive the blessings of temple work. I love the whole family sooooo much! Thanks to everyone for your love and support. Abuela, muchísimas gracias por su carta, voy a intentar de escribir una por usted hoy día. La colgué sobre mi espejo en nuestra habitación para verla cada mañana. Gracias de verdad:) Lo quiero mucho! That's all I got. Hope everyone is enjoying the rain! Say hi to Chico for me:)

Elder Mora



Hello everyone, there have been tons of changes in the mission this transfer. We just received calls this past weekend, and I'm so excited for what the Lord has revealed to us through our mission president. I will be staying in my area as the senior companion/district leader, and I will be training a new missionary. My compie, Elder Curay, will be going to my last area in San Francisco! The sisters in my district, including Hermana De Aquino, will be staying. She finishes her mission this coming November. Our Zone Leaders are also in our district, and one of them was chosen to be the new assistant to the President. He was actually my "grandpa" in the mission, so I was so excited for him. We will be receiving a newly called zone leader to replace him this transfer. And guess who it is?! Its going to be Elder Yellowhorse! He trained me while I was in San Francisco. Crazy right?! Well I'm super excited for this transfer and all the added responsibilities I will receive from training. Just want to share one quick experience from this week. I love, mom, how you shared how well your simple lessons are going at church. I was in a trio this week with all the changes in our district, and we had to coordinate working between two areas. So because of this we had to also teach very simply and powerfully. I learned that the Spirit doesn't need fancy words or even long sentences to be able to touch the hearts of others. We had one lesson in which we shared a scripture and we each took turns testifying of what we knew was true. We felt the Spirit and so did the Hermano we were visiting. I love how simple the Gospel can be. I hope we can all come to understand this more fully. I am so sad that in two more transfers, I will hit my year mark. I can't believe how fast it is going. That's the update this week. Everyone stay safe! Love you!

Elder Mora

JULY NEWS...new tranfer


Things are going swell here in San Leandro. It is so nice here. The people are nice, the weather is nice, the food is nice, everything is nice.ha I can't stop thinking of how similar it is to home. I'm not home sick, but its just nice to be in a place with good things. I'm also not saying that San Francisco wasn't nice, it's just different.ha I have been warmly welcomed into the branch, and the work here is going along fine. This last week we took a new family we are teaching to the Visitor's Center at the Oakland temple and I think they really enjoyed their time there. I have been on bike the past two or so weeks, and my little legs are hurting. I'm just glad this area is relatively flat and not super hilly like San Fran. There is also a Ghirardelli Factory a mile from where we live, so every morning it smells like freshly made chocolate. It's awesome!! Everyone stay safe! I love you all and have a fantastic week!
Elder Mora

Monday, July 7, 2014


Transfer News, 
I received a call from President Meredith of our mission, and I will be getting transferred to San Leandro in the Spanish Branch to be the new district leader. I will be with a new companion se llama Elder Curay de Peru, pero vive en Phoenix! I am sad to be leaving San Francisco and my district, but I am excited with the new area and assignment. I don't have much time to write, but thanks for all your prayers and love. Love you all! 

Elder Mora
p.s. congrats familia McClellan! Jared congratulations on your call!


Yes you all would be jealous of the weather over here. It's perfect.haha Is dad still going to measure a job out here? Everyday I still feel cold because the wind never stops! Its super nice though because other parts of the mission are pretty hot. I'm lucky to still be in San Fran.

Ayy Sebastian! That is funny he is getting so much work done on his teeth and that he keeps hurting himself.haha I hope you took a video of him after the surgery. And I guess I hope he feels better too. I also got your package this week. I think it is my favorite one yet. I loved all the pictures of the house, my flowers, la casita, the mining camp, and the family. Already some of the cousins look so different. Jysele looks way different and Ammon too. I think my favorite pictures were of Chico. I miss him a lot.haha I was really excited to use those popper things, but it turns out they are registered fireworks so I can't use them:( I will give them to one of the little kids in the ward I think. 

Well this is the last week and a half of the transfer! I have been having a great time with Elder Rodriguez. He has been a huge example and help to me these past few weeks. He has been teaching me tons of Spanish, and how to talk Argentino (castillano).ha I have developed a taste for "mate" also. I don't know if any of you have heard of it, but I guess everyone in Argentina drinks it and in Chile also. Its pretty bitter at first, but now I like it.ha I'll send some pictures of us drinking some mate. Hopefully they leave us together here in San Francisco the next transfer!

The World Cup has been a huge annoyance here for us.ha It is crazy how many latinos there are here from all over central and south america. Our lessons have been taking a hit because people are too busy watching los partidos instead of meeting with us.ha But things are still good. WOoooo! Viva Mexico! I heard they won today.ha We have an Elder in my district from El Distrito Federal and he was screaming when he heard they won.haha I'll send some pictures of my comp next week.

Gracias todos y que tengan una buena semana!

Elder Mora, 
p.s those cds saved my life...thank you

Monday, June 16, 2014




     Ok so this is the experience from this past week that I want to share: This past Tuesday we had a very cool experience with making and keeping plans. In the morning after our usual studies I make the comment to Elder Rodriquez," We aren't going to use the buses today. We're going to walk all day!" He agreed and thought it would be a good idea. The past few weeks the muni bus drivers have been on strike, so it has been really effecting our proselyting. So we made some plans to visit some less active members and some former investigators. So we started off visiting houses and walking "with purpose" and only had one person answer the door (and it was the wrong person). It was after walking up and down a couple hills, and I said to Elder Rodriguez, " Maybe we can take the bus to the next house." I was already tired, but he told me, " No Elder Mora, you said we were going to walk all day." I reluctantly agreed with him and we walked the 6 blocks to the next house. After about another hour of contacting, we were walking back towards our house, when a woman walking towards us stopped and asked us where our church was located. She was super happy that she finally found us on her way to going to the store. She is from Ecuador and has a brother who is a member in Ecuador. He has been telling her that she needs to take her son and go to a LDS church in San Francisco. She told him that she has never seen "aquellos jovenes con camisas blancas y corbatas". She told us that she had a feeling to walk that way to buy some fish, and she said that it meant a lot to her to find us that day. She told us she would go to church this Sunday and then start bringing her son. After talking to her for several minutes, Elder Rodriquez and I talked about the blessing it was to decide to not take the bus, and now we will have this awesome lady at church with us this Sunday. I know that when we make plans and present them to the Lord in prayer and follow them, He will put people in our path to share the gospel with. I love being a missionary! Love you all!

Elder Mora

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Dear Mom, 
It was really nice to see you too! All of the sister missionaries that see pictures of you ask, " Is that your mom?! She's so young and beautiful!" I tell them yes she is my mom.haha It is good to hear how Dallin is doing. I'm definitely sure that his mission is continuing to bless him. Send me pictures of the wedding! 

Gaby! Congratulations on your graduation! It is a pretty big step in life and for me it was a really good experience. Take lots of pictures, and keep in touch with your friends. Have a great graduation party! I don't even think I had one.ha 

Sebas be careful on your scuba trip to the lake. I hear there are giant catfish that like dragging people down to the bottom of the lake....send me a picture of you in your scuba gear!! When I get back I'm going to get scuba certified too!

I love writing you guys, and I'll give you an update on transfer calls. I will be staying in San Francisco 6 Area. I will be in the same district but in a different area. I will be in SF6C with Elder Rodriguez and he is from Argentina and has been in my district for 3 months already. So I already know him pretty well. ha He just finished training as well, and I'm really excited. 

Its cool to hear that work is going great! That is so cool that you got that job with the head coach of ASU track. What did dad say to him about me?ha That's awesome he thought I did well considering my leg. 
Keep working hard! Who is doing my job now? Chacha? haha 

mom estoy guapo porque usted es mi mama!

Con Amor, 
Elder Mora