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The English and Tongan wards seem to thrive in Reno and surrounding areas, but youth programs are generally small with many less active members.
The Latino wards are mostly made up of recent converts to the Church with fledgling testimonies. Culturally such members can easily take offense and may distance themselves from the Church for a time. Much of your work in these wards will be focused on strengthening the testimonies of the members within the ward as if they were again investigators of the
Spanish elders and sisters normally have cars because their areas are larger than English-speaking missionaries. However, be prepared to share the car with other missionaries. Most missionaries travel by bicycle.
Although Reno is a small city, there is a considerable amount of crime. Be vigilant in locking your doors to your car or apartment, and be careful when you are out after dark. In Reno, particularly Grove Street, use caution when proselyting from twilight till your curfew. That said, people usually know who the missionaries are and will treat you respectfully.
Many members and investigators will want to feed you dinner at their house and will ask you what you prefer to eat. Do not ask for expensive or difficult meals to prepare and always accept these gestures graciously. Be sure to thank anyone and everyone who offers to feed you.
Lightweight backpack or shoulder bag.
Durable shoes that will last through the winter.
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What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Comida ‘Nasty’” – an investigator to my companion and I out to eat Vietnamese menudo (tripe soup). It was a wonderful gesture and tasted awful, but I will never forget feeling so loved and appreciated by our investigator.
“Chile Tapin” – This is a super small chile pepper that looks like a tiny orange ball-bearing. It is spicier than a habanero pepper.
What was most surprising about the culture?
The emphasis on family in the Latin culture.
What advice would you give to someone going to this Mission?
Strict obedience to the mission rules. There will be many people, including members of the church, who will try to persuade you to break the rules, even if just by a little bit. Strive to maintain good focus and strict obedience to the guidelines the Lord has set for your mission.