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Oakland is a very culturally diverse. You will come in contact with people from a range of ethnicities, taste foods from all kinds of palettes, and converse with those of many different religions.
The Church is quite strong in the Oakland area. With the Oakland Temple being on the hill and well known among the locals, people know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many gather for the Oakland Pageant and to see the Christmas lights. Missionaries focus a lot of energy on referrals and part-member families as well as tracting. Missionaries are also usually able to attend the temple quite frequently, at least once a quarter.
Along with typical American fare, you will eat a wide range of South American food prepared by your investigators and members you work with.
Sister missionaries often drive. Elders either drive or ride a bike. Missionaries rarely use public transportation.
Use common sense and take certain precautions. Missionaries are housed in safer areas and are generally north of highway 560. Missionaries stay in their apartments New Year’s Eve, New Years Day and Halloween.
When you’re conversing with Laotian and Cambodian people, don’t show the bottom of your feet, as this is a sign of disrespect.
Make sure to have good rain gear. You’ll generally wear your suit all through your mission however, your Mission President may allow you to not wear suit coats during the summer. Bring lightweight sheets for sleeping. You’ll be doing laudnry at laundromats since most apartments don’t have a washer and dryer.
Generally mail is consistent and safe, but since you never know when you’ll be transferred, it is best to send all mail to the mission office. From there they will forward it to you.
4945 Lincoln Way
Oakland CA 94602