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Sacramento has lots of farmland. Most cities are spread out from each other, and there is usually 15-30 miles of farmland between any given town. There is a main area of each town, then neighborhoods, followed by farm homes and large ranch homes the further out you go. The weather is very pleasurable; it never snows, though it does rain a lot.
There is a good mixture of established Mormon families and also Mormon people who come from other areas in the western United States. The majority of the wards are people who grew up in the church; there are not very many converts.
In the summertime, locals eat a lot of tacos or fresh tri-tip (a cut of beef). A large Mexican influence is present in the cuisine, as well as Italian influence (such as pizza and spaghetti). American fast food chains are readily-available.
Roughly half of the mission uses bikes, and the other half uses cars. When you are in a town, a bike will be fine, but in rural areas (or for the purposes of traveling to another town), a car is necessary. The public transportation system is only used in downtown Sacramento; elsewhere it is almost nonexistent.
Certain areas of Sacramento are considered more “high risk.” There are, however, safety rules put into place, especially during holidays like Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Adhere to them, and you will be fine.
When you are working with people from Lao or Hmong, you take off your shoes when you go inside their home. When you walk in the door, let the homeowner close the door behind you (as a guest it is disrespectful to close their door). When interacting with Americans, shake their hands when you first meet them.
Waterproof rain coat, waterproof shoes, a waterproof bag for your pamphlets and printed paraphernalia, as well as a handkerchief (in the summer, you tend to sweat a lot). A GPS system is also very helpful.
8267 Deseret Ave
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*What did you eat the most of?
“Typical foods, spaghetti, casserole etc.”
“Pizza and tacos.”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Chicken legs, claws and all.”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“I was surprised by all the different cultures there, there were so many people from all over the world.”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the California Sacramento Mission?
“Study and learn to live close to the Lord.
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“Exactly what I would be doing in the MTC, how much I would use the scriptures and lessons so I would have studied more before I left. Better prepared myself.”
“The Lord know what he is doing and where a person should go. I was called to my old home town for my mission. My first area was back in my home ward where I lived when I was ten. Saw all my old houses I lived in, 5th grade school teacher and lots of old friends from my old ward. It was great serving the people I grew up with.”