Monday, January 27, 2014

FINALLY GOT WORD FROM ELDER "LJ" MORA!!

Dear Mom/ Family,

Well where do I start. I finally made it to the mission field and I think I got assigned to an awesome area. My area is the San Francisco 6A North area. I cover the whole northern part of San Francisco and it is such a big city. It kind of reminds me of Mexico City a lot with all the graffiti, trash, and interesting smells, but all in all it is a very interesting city with some very beautiful places in town and some not so nice places.ha I cover Down Town San Francisco also and there are all sorts people walking the streets at any time of day. Mostly I deal with Spanish speaking people obviously, and we talk to people from almost every South American country. I have talked with El Salvadorians, Guatemalans, MEXICANS!, Brazilians, and a few other countries. The people in my ward are fantastic. They feed us traditional meals from their respective countries and it is tan rico! Oh by the way the name of my trainer is Elder Yellowhorse and yes he is Native American. He's from Provo, UT and his dad is from the Navajo reservations in Northern Arizona. He is a really young missionary (I'm actually older than him) and I am his first trainee. He is doing a great job and I really enjoy his help with Spanish. We both are new to our area and I guess in the mission field that's called shotgunning an area. I am really inexperienced and he has been out 3 months. It is a struggle to find people to teach in our area and I have been discouraged for last few days. This area is full of really nice people and also a lot of less nice people.  Some times its just hard to find those people that are ready to receive our message. I had plenty of really uplifting experiences despite the lack of success. I had the opportunity to give two blessings and I can't explain how it feels to finally exercise my priesthood to help others feel comfort and feel the blessings of the priesthood. Everything that is happening is for a reason and I know that the Lord will give me opportunities to serve Him. Well besides the area and the struggles, I love being a missionary and get stared at everyday while on the BART ( Bay Area Rapid Transit Train) and I love my ward and district. I'm happy to hear of the happenings at home and love you all. 

Love,
Elder Mora 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

6 MORE DAYS!!

My mission address is: 
Elder Lamoni Mora
California Oakland/ San Francisco Mission
4945 Lincoln Way
Oakland, CA
94602 USA

Dear Family, 

I have six more days in the CCM. I think my spanish is still improving but I still have tons to learn. The conjugations of verb tenses is so hard, but I'll just keep guessing.ha I'm glad to hear Sebastian got braces to fix his teeth, and I'm pretty surprised how much work you guys have done on the casita. Tell Gaby to keep up the good work! I'm glad to hear she's surrounding herself with good friends. Its cool to hear Olivia got that job working wth that little girl, that will be a really good experience for when she has her own kids.haha Let Tyler know that I've gotten several offers for his pink paisley tie, but I've refused to trade it. I guess I have some pretty nice ties because I get complememted on them all the time. I want to say thanks to everyone that gave me a tie! I have one experience that really stuck out to me this week. It was a few days ago during an afternoon class and we were practicing how to use one scripture and apply it to an investigators needs. First we watched a mormon message about an old married couple. The husband had Parkinsons's disease and his wife was restricted to a wheelchair and she couldn't talk or feed herself. The video showed the husband cooking and feeding his wife despite his own disability. It was so amazing to me to see the love that that man had for his wife and all that he did for her. After the video we were supposed to teach another missionary in the class and pretend that they were that man in the video, and teach them something about the gosple. As I started teaching, I talked about the love our Heavely Father has for us and the joy he feels when we do what is right. I can't remember everything I said to the Elder I taught, but as I was teaching I knew he could feel the Spirit and so could I. After I was finished, we were supposed to evaluate based on three things: what doctrine was taught, was the spirit felt, and were the investigators needs met. I asked his the first question and he said he couldn't remember. That surprised me a ton because I had literally just finished teaching.ha Then at that moment I just knew that I had taught by the Spirit. I understood that it didn't really matter what I had taught him because the Spirit is the real teacher. I asked him the second question and he said he definitely felt the Spirit. I am so grateful for that teaching exercise that we did this week. I think that lesson was different for me because I really cared for the man in the video and I really truely wanted to help him. I know that when we truely love those we teach, the Spirit can be with us to testify of the truth. I love all of you and I'll keep you in my prayers along with the Speas family. I'm so sorry for their loss. Samuel was a huge example to me and I know we will all see him again. 

With Love, 

Elder Mora

Thursday, January 2, 2014

NEW YEAR'S DAY!

Dear Family, 

All is well at the CCM. Our New Year´s was like a regular day. We had hamburgers and curly fries for dinner so that´s about the most that we celebrated. I only have two more weeks down here till I´m out and I can´t wait to get into the field. Two other elders in my district are serving in Oakland also so they´ll be on the plane with me. My spanish skills are improving and I´m learning a lot about the Gospel and how to teach. I still haven´t gotten that package you sent Mom but I´m hoping it gets here soon. Love you all! and Happy New Years!

Love, 
Elder Mora