Tuesday, September 21, 2010

September 20, 2010

Alright i guess you guys are not there...thats ok though you are probably busy.
Ok so this week was pretty good we talked with alot of people and invited them to take tours... we didnt have any tours this week, so that was kind of lame but its alright because i have good news...
well i have bad news and good news... which shall i tell first?? yeah i thought you might want to hear the bad news first, because then i can end on a good note.
Ok so this week we had an hour Zone Meeting on a few simple minor changes to the mission...
Well we can no longer eat with active members of the church :( it is kind of lame and i dont really know why it has to be put in affect... President Pike told us that its because when members feed us its them thinking that they have done their missionary work for the month... ok so i agree with this to an extent. some people have that mind set, but the greatest way to gain the members respect is to be with them... and it is hard to explain everything about this ya know... most members feed us and have a love for us so they dont want us to starve so i dont know really how i feel about this change but god does and thats what matters.
The good news is that our Baptism went through yesterday... it was sooo cool his name is Mike Cruz and he was way excited to get baptized... just to see the happiness that came after he was buried in the water and brought into his new life! he is the first to be Baptized in his family adn he cant wait to get the rest of his family involved... he has a family of 5 and he is excited for them to have the same happiness he has!
so that was a great way to end off the week... so everything is going good here! we have transfers next week... i so hope i dont move cause i love it here but its not my will ya know?? sounds like things are still moving along back in Ktown... Love ya guys and think about you alot!
Oh and i was the one who Mike chose to Baptize him!
Love Elder Emery
P.S i am attaching pictures of the Baptism to this so you can see it.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

September 13, 2010

Hey Guys... well today started off pretty good...
Worked out
took personal study
took companion study
Then the Stake Patriarch took Elder Dunn and I Golfing... it was soo sweet! I didnt play as well as usuall... i had to play with Graphite shafts so that was a little hard. I shot a 48 haha not too bad for not touching a club since May 4th (basically). Anyway so that was really fun today, and thats why i am E-mailing just a little bit later today... i did win though :)
Dad you mentioned something really interesting... about Doctrine and Covenants 18:10 " the worth of souls is great in the sight of god." i actually studied that this morning... wierd huh? anyway you could put that scripture into a different kind of context... Think of it like this. " The worth of souls is the Atonement in the sight of God." cause if you go on to verse 11 it talks about how Jesus took upon the sins and pains of the world or for all man... or something like that. then in verse 13 it says something like oh how great the joy or how he rejoices when men come unto repentance. god is like saying Finally they are repenting for their sins... i guess the atonement wasnt in vain... not that God would every say that, but do you know what i am saying... its because the worth of souls is Great!
Alright so our week was ok... we had another elder with us from Wednesday to Friday, adn that was a little bit hard... especially teaching, but we got by ya know. We had a good amount of lessons this week so i am not to dissappointed, but there is always room for
I am pretty sure our Baptisms are still on... with Mike Cruz we are still on for sure... he was at church and he brought his daughter with him, and he seems really excited to learn more about the gospel. We have our last lesson with him tomorrow and then his interview is on Friday.
Josh Perez was not at church on sunday because he had wrestling... so we might have to move his back a week because you have to go to church atleast 3 times before you can get baptized... he has been twice but one of the times was a few months back so we are not sure on him yet... i sure hope he follows through because he really enjoys coming to lessons and he has been a little happier since the first time we met him... i wonder why?? probably the gospel.
Mom you are very lucky to be in Virginia...is it hot there? cause it is here and it kind of stinks riding bike in it. Yesterday the air was really dirty for some reason and it was really hard to breathe... i dont know what was going on.
That is really cool that you got to meet with missionaries... i bet they were really good at what they do... i am still trying to be better everyday because their is so much to learn in so little time. Yes definitely have the missionaries over sometime because building relationships with members is a big part of missionary work and their isnt any better way of doing that than to eat dinner with them!
You guys are the best and i love you alot... for some reason i have been having the thought alot of ... i just want to go home... and i really dont know why it was kind of hard to stay focused this week... and i dont even know why. Satan is probably just trying to do whatever he can to not have us get these next couple of people unto Christ... so i just have to stay strong because i am On the winning side in the long run!
Love you all as much love Jesus had to Create this earth, make a plan that revolved around him so that we can make it back to live with him and our Heavenly Parents
Elder Emery

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sept 7, 2010

Hey Guys... well things seem to be going really good around here. As you know we had our Baptism on Sunday and that was way cool! the lady we baptized was so happy and excited to get Baptized it was cool to see her progression from the first time we met her. at the end of the Baptism she got up and bore her testiomony... she has a very strong testimony of the gospel... she was just saying how much she has already grown in just one month. Elder Dunn was the one she asked to Baptize her... he did good haha he actually had to re-baptize her because her leg popped up.... maybe next time i will get a chance to do the baptism.
speaking of next Baptism... we have Josh Perez scheduled to get Baptized September 19th. he said yes he wants to be baptized, and he aslo was excited that he even told his friend about it, and she called us and told us how excited she was for him and that she wants to help out with the baptism... pretty cool huh? he enjoyed church on Sunday and he is really starting to grow too.
Mike Cruz we have not yet set a Baptism date with him yet... we are planning on doing that tonight actually... he has expressed his want for Baptism and for his family to really want to get involved in the church so that they can go to the temple together... i dont know why we have not committed him for Baptism yet. We will probably set him for September 19th also. Mike is currently working on this project out in Mexico... it is like a medical facility and a bunch of different things also surrounding this medical place... he asked me what Dad does for work and i told him you work for Stryker... instantly he started telling me how good Styker is and how they are the best in everything... he was just going off it was cool. Then he said that he actually might know you because your name sounded really familiar to him... he told me to ask you if you know the orthopedic surgeon Brent Prattley he was the surgeon at BYU... i dont know if he is anymore... He is one of Mike Cruz's Friends and that would be cool if you did know who he is... he said it might have been you that he talked to on the phone a few years back about something... i cant remember what.
any way besides those things nothing too exciting has been going on here... just doing work. I will send my Cf card home this week so you guys can see how it has been here in California ok.
Sounds like you had a pretty fun Labor Day weekend eh? Jensen sounds like she played pretty well... losing always stinks... sorry... you will get them next time!
It is very wierd it is already September... 4 months have come and gone kind of fast yet also kind of slow... but its alright because i am doing good and everything seems to be going well ya know. I love you guys and i hope you are all doing well.
Love Elder Emery