Thursday, December 29, 2011

December 19, 2011

Hey guys how are you all doing? i hope you all are getting excited for Christmas... i know i am! i cant wait to talk to you guys it seems like it has been a very long time.  Brash.. Happy Birthday! i hope you get your Letter soon... and you too dad i sent them at the same time... sorry it took so long to get them off.
This past week was super lame, because i was sick most of the week... it started on Tuesday and it just continually got worse. i am alright now i am feeling alot better. i still have a cough and stuff but its nothing too bad at this point.
We had our Mission Christmas Party on Wednesday... that was really fun! the only bad part was i left my camera in my backpack so i didnt have that with me that day.. that was kind of a bummer, but i am working on getting pictures from other peoples cameras. it has been really hard for me to get into picture mode on my mission. so i always forget to take my camera to things and then i end up getting mad at myself when i dont take it. i am working on being better at taking pics. My companion, two other elders and i sang a song with the Ukelele at the Party... that was pretty fun, but it was hard cause i was sick, but it went good though. i am working on getting that performance from another missionaries camera. it was really fun to celebrate that with our mission president. he is awesome i really have loved him being our mission president.
Alright so i am sorry i didnt have time to send this off yesterday... my companion had a doctors appointment we had to get to, and i had to email our president our numbers for the last week, so i didnt have time to send this, but i am just sending you a quick note because i know that you want to be informed on what will be going on on Christmas. we will probably... well we are going to be skyping at about 12:30 our time so i think that would be 1:30 your time... i hope that works for you i know you will have a busy day, but that is the time that works best for us. 
sorry again that this is short... i hope all is going well for everyone of you! take care and i will talk to you on Christmas!!
Merry Christmas!!
Love Elder Emery

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

December 26, 2011

Hey family! it was so good to see you on Sunday! i know i never really say much when we talk but its cause its just fun to see you all and see how you all are doing!
 
this email will probably be short... well i know it will be short because i just talked to you guys.
 
Anyway i hope you guys are doing well. you all looked great!
 
i am going to get my drivers liscense paper work done so that i can send that home by the end of this week
 
and the face wash is called power cleanser.
 
Christmas day ended up being good! we went over to La Crescenta to see Mary and Brendon... that was fun to see them this past week they were excited and we just talked for a while and then we had a nerf war with Brendon so that was fun.  Then later on we went over to our Bishops house and we had dinner with them and that was fun too... sister Ballard cooked a good meal and then we played scattergories with their family so that was pretty fun!
 
Yesterday was our P-day so we went and played soccer with a member family... last week i told one of the daughters that i could beat her in soccer so we went and played at a park. then we played soccer later on with some other missionaries... then we went to Jamba Juice and that was delicious!! thank you very much for that Gift Card! then we went out to work and received a few referrals for a member. when we were driving to go play soccer i was thinking about our area and i started thinking about some people in a part of our area that we go and try and visit...( we have like 5 people in a little area that we work around) and i was thinking about a lady that is a member who is never home when we stop by, but i thought we should stop by her and turns out that she was home and she gave us a friend that we should go by who is interested in the church... so that was good that we went by her last night!
 
other than that we just have a busy week ahead of us and we are going to work hard to try and do the very best we can! transfers are this week and i dont know what will happen, but whatever happens i just know its for a reason and i will find that reason...
 
i love you guys and have a great day!!
 
Love Elder Emery

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Monday, December 12, 2011

December 12, 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!!  I hope you had the best DAy Ever!!
 
Hey family how are you all doing? sounds to me like things are going well! doing good things and living a good life is what it seems to me.
well today and for the next few days it is going to be rainy and cold here... how is the weather there? any snow yet? i would probably imagine it has snowed quite a bit. 
hmm so Christmas is around the corner... it is so weird that it is here again. seems like the time has kind of started to pick up these last couple months (well since October...) it actually seems like it wasnt too long ago that we were talking on mothers day. and that was 7 months ago... crazy huh? alot has happened since then... lots of great experiences and blessings have come in just a short time and i am so greatful that i have had the opportunity to have them.
 
hearing about the Christmas parties makes me miss them... Grandmas temple party is always awesome! lots of memories helping set up, helping with food, and serving the temple workers is always fun! and nanas party is always fun too... did you have the party at hires? i miss that stuff but its all good.
 
oh yeah i received a little thing from Lara and Derek... they look so good and i was so surprised to see how big jack was! i was like what tha whose that? he is super big? it was fun to hear from them.
 
so this week was kind of good, but every one seems to be busy around this time of year. i dont know why? ha just kidding. anyway so you know i was telling you about how we talked with the ward asking them for their help with missionary work? anyway so slowly the ward is coming to us and wanting to work with us and do some activities. two different families asked us to come caroling with them this next week... they will have a big group with them and so we will have two different opportunities to get to know some of the ward members. slowly but surely we are making progress. and we did have the bishop asked us to come over for Christmas! so we are making it happen here in the Glendora 5th ward!!
 
i think things are going to really turn around here... just have to get the ward members to be on the Lords errand you know what i mean.
well i have to be going but i love you guys very much and appreciate you all very much!
 
be safe and take care.
 
Love Elder Emery
 
 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

December 5, 2011

Hey Family! sorry that you are probably wondering why i am emailing so late ... well its because my companion was practicing with a few other elders so that they could practice for the Christmas party on the 14th. they are doing the haka! i am singing with two other elders... they forced me to do it with them. we all are suppose to participate... that will be interesting!

so since i wasnt able to get off a letter... sorry. anyway i will let you know how things have been going lately. oh yeah and i have a letter that i have written today so i could send home my cf card.

so i am with one of the coolest elders in the mission... in one of... if not the most prideful area in our mission. these people have so much money that they flaunt it. i felt so out of place these last couple sundays... well mostly the first sunday but yesterday was bad too. i wish you could see it up here it is ridiculous! i try to be nice towards the members but most of them probably dont even care that we are here in this ward.
i got up yesterday in fast and testimony meeting and i told them that they need to help us with our missionary work... and the best way that missionary work moves along is through the members. i said other stuff too, but i dont know if alot of members liked me doing that. then we had to present our member missionary work program to the high priests... that was pretty good. it just felt like them members were like " yeah yeah we have heard it before." i dont know what is going to happen. i told them that i they need to step it up... i also brought up the fact that i have been in the area for 2 weeks now and i have only been in 2 member homes... one being Thanksgiving. the ward probably hates me, but it will be alright.

last night we received a call from one of the more humble members... he asked us if we would be able to come over to his home on wednesday and help him do missionary work... he is going to have a friend over and he wants us to teach him!! so i guess it must have worked a little bit!

i am on bike again which i actually dont even mind but with this wind ( we got the same winds you had) and it being freezing at night makes it a little hard. it makes missionary work easier because we can talk to everyone on the streets!

this week should be pretty good.. we have already set up a bunch of lessons so we are going to be busy!

i love you guys and i will send off the card tomorrow morning!
i miss you and i hope you all are getting into the holiday season as we celebrate the birth of the Savior!

i love you very much!

Love Elder Emery

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

November 21, 2011

Hello family! Happy Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!! how are you all doing sounds like the usual... keeping busy. that is always nice. well things are pretty interesting around here... my groove has been thrown off fo sho... transfers were this weekend and well i was involved in the 12 week program with my trainee and so i was with him for only 6 weeks... i was transferred to Glendora 5th ward! crazy huh and they just wont give me a break on this District Leader stuff haha... it should be good im actually glad that i will have a companion that is going to be on the same page as me. training was fun but it was alot of hard work... i had to watch my every move because actions speak louder than words so i had to make sure i was the best example the past 18 weeks or 3 transfers... becasuse i had Elder Nielson for 12 and Wagstaff for 6.
My new companions name is Elder Naeta... he is from West Valley... big ol tongan! it will be great i am excited to be here. its actually kind of funny... ever since my first week in Hacienda Heights Sandra Meek (aka Nana) has been trying to get all of her family in the church... well this has been going on for over a year now i guess. but she has a daughter that is very stubborn and will not join but she goes to sacrament every week... so i told Sandra that i wanted to teach her so she should have her over, well we never ended up having the time for that. then on Saturday night we were talking about her daughter and i cant remember what we were saying but i said jokingly " i just need to get transferred so i can go baptize here" about a half an hour later i got a call to be transferred to her ward!! haha that is funny huh? so Sandra told me that i have a job to do and we need to get her. it is going to be good i can already feel it!
i am a little bit sad... Brandy's mom liked us alot becuase we were nice to her daughter and she liked the church and we were willing to always help them... when she found out that we were not with our family for the Holidays... she demanded Brandy to ask us to come over for dinner on Thanksgiving haha it was pretty funny... but i am not going to be there so i am sad about that... but the missionaries will do good so i shouldnt worry. Brandy and Carlos are so awesome they will be some of my favorite people to come visit when i am home... i am so happy i was able to teach them!
Well that is about all for this week family... i love you all and i hope you ahve a happy thanksgiving... Stay safe and be happy!
I love you with all i have
Love Elder Emery

Monday, November 7, 2011

Baptisms




November 7, 2011

Hey everyone! this email is going to be a little bit on the shorter side today because we are a little rushed for time... but this week was so so great! well i hope things are going well there at home i do miss you guys... thank you for the email mom i do appreciate it and i love you alot just always know that.
Well yesterday we had 2 baptisms! it was the baptism of Brandy and Carlos... it was so cool i loved it. teaching them was one of the coolest experiences and we have built such a good relationship with them... i am full of joy right now and it is so great!! they asked me if i would give the talk on the Holy Ghost at there baptism and of course i said yes. so when i get up to talk about the confirmation and different things i think everyone was surprised when i pulled out a golf analogy... ya know like the holy ghost and a caddie. it was awesome they loved it!
on Halloween we played soccer with Brandy and Carlos and two of their friends it was pretty fun we take care of business.
it rained this week which was kind of a bummer because nobody wants to answer the door when its raining... we did get a new investigator and a few potentials from knocking in the rain so it paid off! we have been in the finding process because all of our investigators are getting Baptized!! i love this area everyone is missionary minded in the ward and are always willing to help out! ... WE evenhave a dinner for thanksgiving already lined up haha! lucky you guys... going up to park city... jealous.
i know this is not much but it feels like alot because the baptism was the best part of the week! i will try and send a pic if i get it uploaded.
you asked me about stuff for Christmas and i am not sure yet... it seems like it is too early for that. i think i will have something for that list by next week, because i really dont need anything but i might... i just have to pray about it and then i will let you know next week :)
alright well i do miss you all and i am very thankful for your email it was good to get that today! it has made my day for sure!
I love you and hope all is well thank you again for all that you do for me!
Love Elder Emery

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

October 31, 2011

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! i cant believe it is here again... its crazy! sounds like you guys have had a busy week... i do remember end of term last minute assignments... always fun. sounds like you are all doing good though and i am glad to hear that.
Mom its kind of funny how you mentioned distractions... i have had a few thoughts lately about distractions. alright so the part of your mission prepares you for the future right? well i have thought about the future (which i hate doing because i feel like i am going to have an anxiety attack) and one of the big things that comes up is that i dont want to have distractions.... because i know what i want and i am going for it i have alot of goals that i want to accomplish... some are short term goals alot of them are long term ones. we will probably talk more about it during the Christmas call because i might have you guys do a few things for me so i can just get right into it... i guess the big thing is that i dont want to be idle. right now i am going a hundred miles an hour always having something to do and i love it... do you kind of understand what i am saying? i hope you do.
ok so one of the things that i feel i should share is about something i have learned and i have been learning it and am still learning it... it means alot to me though thats why i am going to share it.
Mom a couple weeks before i left... you said something to me that has stuck with me, but the way i look at what you said has changed.... you were talking to me because i... well i was a piece of work and had probably done something dumb or was just being rude about something and you were upset with me and you said this " i cant wait for you leave here and go on a mission" for a long time i didnt understand why you said that and i was just kind of like whatever because i was not very nice and i didnt care, but it has always stuck with me since then.
throughout my mission i have had alot of humbling experiences that have helped me become stronger. since i have been out i would say that i dont see a huge change in me... but what has changed is my attitude, my mind set, my people skills etc. all those kinds of things have changed, but im still me. The biggest thing that has changed is my conviction that Jesus is the Christ. i know more now than ever before that he lives and loves me and he loves everyone. i have come to understand that this life is meant to be like him... how could i become perfect like my father in heaven or the savior if they did not live? you cant become a perfect nothing. i know that this is not just another religion... i feel that it is a way of life... by us taking on the name of Jesus Christ at baptism and everytime we take the sacrament... we are promising that we will be like him. when we "remember him" we want to be more like him. and that is what we are suppose to be doing... this life is a time to prepare to meet God. i feel that i need to ask myself everyday "what am i going to do to prepare to meet God?" i get emotional talking about this, probably because of the different experiences i have had to understand this... also its probably what you said to me "i cant wait for you to leave here and go on a mission" because you could see my future and all the little small mistakes i was making were putting up walls for my progression or what i was to become. you could see what would be best for me and i was throwing it away, and so you were hoping that me going on a mission would teach me these things and help me for the better... i wish i would have understood that then, but i am so happy that i have learned it and i thankful that you sent me out with faith and those words stuck with me because i feel that if i didnt have any success out here with people... the one thing that God wanted me to learn was that... you have to convert yourself before you can help convert someone else.
i seem to be out of time, but i love you guys and i am thankful for everyone of you and i hope you love every second you have in life because Life is Good!
you are always in my prayers and i hope you have a very successful week in all that you do!
Love you as big as the bags of candy you get tonight!
Love Elder Emery

Monday, October 10, 2011

October 3, 2011

Hello Hello!
Well things sound like they are super busy for you all... that is good, but at the same time it is always good to take a little break from all the crazy stuff right? i would have to say yes.
our week was alright.
Monday.. we had our P-day and that was good we played some soccer on a turf field and it was pretty fun... we ahd a bunch of missionaries come and we all just had a good time. and i got a haircut from Elder Laidlaw. he is from St. George and has been out for just a few months... i definitely have had better haircuts, but he is a cool Elder though. then we had Family Home Evening with the Sanchez family and that ended up being really good! we go over there every week because we are trying to get there whole family active... slowly but surely. we ended up talking with the most inactive son of them all and he jsut opened up to us and was telling us that he wants and knows that he should be going to church and following all the commandments, but he just ahs some hold ups. to give some background info on the situation... we baptized his son in june and we have been working with Linda... she is a girlfriend one of the sons (they are the ones who wont get married) and so we ahve been working with this family for a while now. and we have never really talked with Gordo (he is the one who opened up to us) but we have just visited and helped support the family and he was telling us that because we have been doing this it has been making him think about the things he needs to get right in his life... he was very thankful to us and we told him we are always here to help. that was a good way to end our monday.
Tuesday this day was a little bit Lame... nobody was home and it seemed like it was a really long day! we had a few lessons but things are slow.
Wednesday We visited members to try and get them going on this new program that we are doing... the older people just say " we are old and all of our friends are dead." ha what are you suppose to say to that? it is pretty funny sometimes.
we also ate dinner with the Salas family... they are less active and have us over all the time to eat. it is kind of a cool story on how we ran into them. i will have to tell you it next time if you remind me. they have two nieces living with them that are kind of interested so it is good to go over there.
Thursday was good we had our district meeting and that is always an experience. i think i have probably the weirdest district in the mission, but they are all good workers so it is alright.
we also ate at the Salas family's home... that was a good meal with them again.
Friday this day was a bit crazy! first we went to the doctor... dont worry everything is fine. then we had our weekly planning and well it was actually pretty good we should be having a pretty good week!
Then we had a Lesson with Brandy and Carlos... they are really some of the best people i have taught... they are doing great.
We also after our lesson with them ate with the Salas family... it was good again! yep that was 3 days in a row. i think i have eaten with them like 15 times over the past month! but they love having us over and they are starting to come back to church...slowly but slowly :)
Saturday Well General Conference was so awesome... i felt that most things that were talked about were something i needed to know. some answers were so direct its like they knew i had that question. it was amazing!
we had a few lessons fall through we have probably 8 lessons with our investigators fall through a week...it is a little bit lame. people just dont see this as a priority... i dont know why...
Priesthood Session was sad without you dad, but i still enjoyed every talk that was given.
Sunday General conference again was so good! i loved the Talk callister gave... that was enlightening i enjoyed Conference so much again the spirit is so strong when the Genreal authorities speak to us... i love it!
we also had a sit down with another less active family who love us and have two non member children... it is hard to get them to commit to anything.
That was about it sorry it is a bit short but i still love you guys!
i hope you all are loving everything you do... smile smile smile, the Lord Loves you and knows you. that was definitely a topic from Conference that we all should remember!
Love you all and i hope this week is smooth for you
Love Elder Emery

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

September 26, 2011

Hey family... i loved the emails! i was laughing at them they were kind of funny... thank you very much! sounds like you all are doing good. i always love hearing what things you are doing and the fun you guys have. i can totally imagine some of those things happen or things that are said... its pretty funny!
about the country music... alot of the church music i have is country and i love it!.... but i dont think i will be listening to those other country people that you are listening too... thats probably a little to much for me.
it is kind of weird to think that all of these holidays are coming up this fast... i still remember just barely having them i swear... i remember Halloween like it was just a couple of weeks ago! its very crazy the time is kind of starting to pick up. in my mission we have 17 transfers and im on my 12th one right now so i have 5 transfers left... its kind of a bummer if you think about it. i have just loved every bit of the things that i have been doing... and for how much i have learned thus far... i cant wait to learn even more!
We had a special training as a mission on Friday... it was about working with members. it was so cool. i never want to knock on another door as long as im on my mission... we are going to just be working with all of the members and it will be really good for us for the members and for their friends whom they have been holding back on sharing this message with! i am so excited to start implementing the things that were taught to us. well i guess we have already started to do it... and we did it with the rozsa family last night and that went so good!
we have still been teaching Brandy and Carlos... they are super awesome! i have really enjoyed teaching them these past couple of weeks! they have such a strong desire to do good and to want to follow the Savior. Carlos is ready right now but Brandy wants to make sure that she is done with the bigger sins... she wants to totally give them up before she is baptized, so then she wouldnt be a hypocrite and obviously we understand. but they are both 19 and so cool! and it is because members set a good example for them and they see the good that the church can bring to their lives.
we have so much potential in this area, but people just wont commit. and that is really frustrating because they truly just do not understand what they are missing out on. i try my hardest to show them and teach them, but they just want to do their own things. they just dont get that the scriptures show how we should live our lives and what we need to be doing to prepare for the next life. when i read the scriptures sometimes i have a fear because i know that i need to change or do better and i repent and do better but alot of people just think that the scriptures are more like guidelines and it is a little bit lame.
My companion and i are doing pretty good... we dont always agree on things, but we get over it. one of the biggest things that bugs me is that when i get bold with people... and tell them how it is... he sugar coats it and tells them it is ok... then later on we will be talking and he will say "i think we are just to relaxed and soft with people" as im pulling my hair out of my head. ha but that is the only thing... everything else is well.
things are going good here though... i still love it! i think it will be a good last couple of weeks here... we will have a baptism on the 9th and we are excited for that! conference weekend is coming up and there is nothing better than that right? it is going to be a good one! it seems like April's conference was one of the best that i have listened to, but this next one is going to be even better. Priesthood session will definitely not be the same without you dad... i will think of you for sure.
well i have got to be going... i love you very much!
hope you have an amazing week and that you will involve the Lord in your life everyday.
Love you...
Love Elder Emery

Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 6, 2011


Hey guys
well we had an interesting week... it was kind of a downer but kind of not. i wish i could just talk to you guys it would be so much better... emails just dont seem to cut it sometimes when you just want to have a normal conversation you know what i mean?
anyway we had a few problems arise this week... first Daniella. the girl who was baptized a couple of weeks ago... she was antied this past week and she told us Sunday that she will not be attending anymore services and that she will just be going back to the Catholic church. this was very hard to hear... i was very sad and i didnt know what to do... i still dont know what to do because we went over to her house last night and talked with her and we really could not get anything out of her... we finally just told her to pray and ask because God will not lie and if he says that you will gain and answer by the Holy Ghost then you need to plead with him to find out if what we say is the truth and we talked about other stuff. it was so i dont know if heartbreaking is the right word but it hurt we just cant seem to figure out how to best help her. it seemed like things were going so well but then someone had to open there mouth and spread false doctrines about us and she doesnt want anything to do with us now.
Then something else happened... Sunday we get a call from a Lady asking us for help and so we went over to see what she needed. she is on on parole and she needs help with money and a place to live because she doesnt have any money and she needs to find cheaper rent because she will be getting kicked out of her apartment on the 26th and some how she got our number to come over and help her with this problem. Basically what we told her was that we could get in contact with the Bishop and we can see if he can help because we personally cannot really get involved in these type of situations.. we didnt say it like that but that is pretty close. she started to cry and told us that she does not want to be living on the streets and that she is going to commit suicide if it comes to that. she said she almost took her life once with a gun. i didnt really know what to say other than we will do our best but you know taking your life is not the answer and i said other stuff.
Why would people bring these problems to us expecting us to fix them... im only 20 years old how am i suppose to deal with some of these different things? it has been very stressfull and frustrating these last couple of days and that is not all of the things that have happened... just some of the bigger ones. it has just been a rough week. the Wedding didnt go through either.
Yesterday we did have a Barbeque with Sandra... that was great and it was nice to just relax and take a break. some of our potential investigators should be progressing investigators by the end of this week... which will be good! we have been waiting for these two for about a month now and they are just about ready to start the lessons we are just waiting for a couple small things!
The Lord does bless us for our efforts and even though it is hard right now i know it has purpose we just have to seek counsel from the Lord and not seek to counsel him and so we will learn from these experiences once we get through them.
this morning i was reading the last 3 chapters in 2 nephi and they are so great i know that the Lord does love us and he wants all to partake of this Gospel and so that is why i go out every day with a passion to find the people our Heavenly Father has prepared for us... through the Lord i will do my best to Convey his message to everyone we come in contact with and we have the Holy Ghost with us to teach these people of the Restored Gospel here on earth.
I love you guys i hope all is well with everyone of you!!
Thank you for your love and support you are the very best!
Love you
Love Elder Emery

September 19, 2011

Hey everyone! happy Monday... it seems like the week went by super fast!! which is always good!

This week was ok... we had Leadership training on Wednesday and that was awesome. i Love president Pike, but when we had Leadership training with him it always seemed like it took forEVER and it was because brother Pike would do everything so... i dont even know how to explain it, but it was like there was only one way to do things with him, but with President Becerra you have things that are uniform and also things that are flexible and it makes everything alot better, because then you know that you can kind of do it the way that you think it is effective which is nice.

He taught us alot and he even opened it up to question and answer and that was cool to here some answers to questions that i have had... it has just been good Learning the way that President Becerra teaches us... he wants us to be interactive so he asks us alot of questions to kind of have a teach everyone, and it makes sense because we are the ones teaching the District Meetings and things like that ya know what i mean? it has been good!

you asked why we have not been eating... well our Ward Mission Leader is suppose to set up all of our dinners for us and he has not been doing it, but i talked with him yesterday about it and he said that he will do better and i guess that is all that we can ask for right? i dont even mind not eating... the ward here is really missionary minded and they have friends they are working with and we need to get into their homes so we can take the next step with their friends. i have only lost a few lbs not too much. My foot is good it continues to get better i went to the Doctors 2 weeks ago and he said it have improved so much and by the end of this month it should be fully healed! so i am pretty excited about that!

We Finally started teaching Brandy and Carlos... we have been waiting to start teaching them for like 4 weeks now... them have been coming to church for almost months now and they were just seeing if this was really something that they wanted to do and it is! we had a great first lesson with them and invited them to be Baptized and they said yes! so we are excited about that! they are both 19 and they just want something more in their life so this is the pathway they have chosen! i think about my patriarchial blessing and what it says about youth... and then i look back on the different baptisms that i have helped with... most of them are youth and i love it!

we have an investigator who believes everything that we teach and believes the Book Of Mormon but he isnt interested in changing... how does this happen? i still do not understand... oh well.

anyway that is about it for this week i hope everything goes well for you guys this week
i love you very much and i do pray for you all the time!

thank you for the package... it is good! i will send my memory card home here... um probably this week i will get it sent off.

Love you all have a wonderful week!!

Love Elder Emery


Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August 29, 2011

Hey everyone! thank you for the emails... i really appreciate them! it sounds like the first week of school went well for you all... im glad to hear that you are all alive and are happy to start a new week! every week is a new week and the past week i have learned that you cant take it back there is nothing you can change so we move on and start over all over just like its brand new. that is why i love taking the sacrament because it is like starting over every week! and so if you are like getting baptized every sunday making your self clean for the time being... it just makes sense that everything else just starts over too right? i think so then it helps me focus more on the things to come and the things that will be important this next week.
Cheer, tennis, Football, baseball, horses..... Any Golf?
This past week here was eh.... we had kind of a bummer part of our week... let me tell you. We have learned from sad experience... (many times this transfer) that parents here in California just kind of let their kids do what ever they want, but when it comes to Religion... they wont let them do anything... weird huh. it just kind of shatters my whole universe ha.
we started teaching this Girl she is 13 most of her family are members and she has been going to church since she was a little child... her mother gave her the ok to get baptized, so we had a first lesson with her set a baptismal date and like 10 minutes after we left the mother told her she could not be baptized...the mother isnt really a very big part of the kids lives... they are at the Grandparents most the time and that is where we had the lesson... but the mom went back on her word... the Girl was upset. i think that it will all work out though.
The Good New of the Week is that i got to go back to a baptism in Rolling Ridge... it was so good! it was the man that i was telling you guys about that came to church the very last Sunday i was there... do you remember? anyway it was so so so cool to go back and see that happen! i was so happy!! it was great... he was very happy also it is so neat to see the change in people after they come up out of the water! what a great experience!
The Other news is that Transfers were in deed this past week and i......................................... am staying with my companion another transfer. the only change is that i am the District Leader again... i guess that is ok, but i enjoyed just being a normal missionary. its not too big of a difference being DL pretty much teach District Meeting and gather numbers on Sunday. it should be good i am happy to stay here another transfer even though i wouldnt have minded moving this time for some reason.
Everything else is going well! we have people that are progressing and wanting to come to the waters of Baptism and so we are working towards that!
Daniella did not get confirmed yesterday because she was sick... but she will next week.
I love you all very much and i am so grateful for you all!
I love you more than you know!
Love Elder Emery

Monday, August 22, 2011

August 22, 2011

Hey guys! it is always super good to get your emails every moday it is definitely what i look forward to most!
alright so update on my foot... it is feeling alot better but its still not back to where it should be ya know what i mean. slowly but surely, but i want it to be better NOW! anyway it is doing good i did play ball on it last week and i was unstoppable, people just dont wanna be messin wit Elda Emmers YOU KNOW!
This week was just wonderful... Yesterday we had a fantastic baptism which was a success! Elder Nielson had the opportunity to baptize this girl. i thought it was a pretty good experience and start for his mission to be able to perform the ordinance! it was exciting. we have been working hard to get these people to keep progressing and it is still a daily struggle to help them have a good experience investigating the church, but do love every second of it and i wouldnt trade these experiences for anything. this mission has truly been a blessing and i thank Heavenly Father every day for letting me serve here in this mission, and for the wonderful family i have who support me out here who are the most loving people ever. i am so appreciative of it and i thank you.
we still have alot of potential investigators... we are just waiting we actually set a lesson up with a girl for thursday... she told us yesterday that she wants to be baptized and her grandpa is the one who is going to be doing it... she just needs the lessons. i was like great lets do this! so that should be good. i really enjoy serving here... the baptismal goal for the ward is 15 for the year, and we have 11 so far, but we will probably be hitting the goal by October! pretty cool huh? we are doing good it is awesome here.
i am glad that you got the email from the Rozsa family. i Love President Rozsa every time he opens his mouth and talks i swear i learn something! he is a great man. Nick we started teaching in July and it has been so cool teaching him! he loves every part of it but he just has to get his parents on the same page, which has been a bit of a struggle for him, but he is going to be getting baptized in October. i hope that i am still here. he keeps asking me if i will still be here too, but he says if im not that they would bring me back to see it for sure... haha he is a great kid. oh yeah transfers are this next week... i hope i stay!
i dont think i told you about Linda and Cesar yet... we set a Wedding date for them for 9/10/11 and this date we will not be missing, because they told me to pick the date since i beat Cesar in a game of Basketball ahaha it was pretty funny i enjoyed it though so that is the date they will be getting married, and then she will be baptized the week after! it will be good!
so things are going well for me. i am just moving along... the only bummer thing that will be happening this next week is that Elder Rust will be going home. he has been such a great friend to me on the mission and i have really enjoyed serving around him. i also appreciate his example and willingness to help me out whenever. it will be sad to see him peace out, but when i get home it will be good! he said that he would stop by and see you guys sometime when he gets home. you should go to his homecoming september 11th at 1:00pm it will be a good one! he will give you guys a call sometime when he gets home. he will be a life long friend... he lives right by swan lakes.
well i love you guys i hope things continue to go well for everyone of you! your letters are in the mail so i hope you get them soon!
thank you all for everything and for the love and the support for me. i love you very much and think about you all and pray for you everyday!
Love Elder Emery

Friday, August 19, 2011

August 16, 2011

Dear Emery and Nielson families,
My name is Melissa Rozsa. We live in Hacienda Heights. I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate your sons serving in our ward. They are excellent and hard-working missionaries. They were in our home this morning teaching Nick Bojorquez, a young man who has committed to be baptized very soon. He just has to pass the hurdle of telling his parents of his decision. Our ward boundaries were reconfigured about 6 months ago. We are now about half our size in members but we also have 4 missionaries. It is wonderful. You would be proud of them. We had a baptism 2 weeks ago. There is another one scheduled for a week or two. And then there is Nick. They went straight from this lesson to teach another new investigator that they just met. Thank you for raising such good sons!
Melissa Rozsa


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

August 15, 2011

Heya everyone how are ya??
well i guess i already kind of know the answer... sounds like things are going great! i am bummed that i am missing so much of the different activities that will be going on over the next sever months... sounds like you guys have your hands full of fun things to do.
Summer is coming to an end and i can just imagine you all scrambling to try and get some last summer activites in haha but im sure everything is going well for you all. i have started writing you all and i promise it will be in the mail this week. sorry it has taken me so long but it will be good so that you can get them right before school starts.
So things here are just moving along wonderfully... this week we found out that we have 5 solid potential investigators... all because a member loves sharing the gospel with everyone... it is so funny how she sneaks it in! its our mission nana she brings up religion with everyone because she sees the importance of helping understand that this is the only true church on the earth.
my companion and i were really bold in telling people that this is the only true church on the earth.... in Zone Conference President had us go over this and how we could help everyone else understand this... and this is why our message is so important... think of what you gain when you come to an understanding of the truthfulness of our message... Eternal life. the greatest of all gods gifts. so we had a good week of doing this... we found 2 new investigators that i hope will be willing to make and keep commitments with God... we will help them on their way!
This past week was good but it was tough for some reason... it just feels like there is more that i can be doing so i pray everyday that i can do what the Lord wants me to do and that i can be a good servant of him... but it still seems like there is more i can do. yes we have success and we are having baptisms but it seems like im missing something and i just cant quite figure it out. i read in PMG on how to be a successful missionary and i do those things but i still feel that there is more. i think one of the problems is that i just so badly want everyone to know what we know and i want everyone to see the happiness the gospel can bring them... ive seen some pretty bad things that come up in peoples lives especially around here ( we have part of el monte ghetto in our area) and i just want everyone to have this you know what i mean?
one of my favorite scriptures that i have come to love is Alma 26:12... go read this it is awesome!!
our baptism will be this sunday and we are super excited for her!! she has seemed alot happier since the first time we met her... and she is getting her momm involved!! its just moving along!

Well i have to be going and i love you all... i promise your letters are coming!
oh will you send my memory card to me so that i can send you my pictures from this card i have??
Thank you that would be awesome!1
Love you so so big..... HUGE!!!
Love Elder Emery

Thursday, August 4, 2011

August 1, 2011

Hey Guys!!

sorry i am on a short time today... i will make this quick but still try and say everything that i need to say.

Alright so yes my cast is off and my foot is sore from being in it... i cant even do a calf raise on my right foot yet, but i am pretty sure that will come again with just making it stronger each day. the doctor was really impressed with th healing and was relieved to say that we would not have to have surgery. it is not fully healed... he still wants me to stay off it as much as possible but he said it is doing alot better. i dont know though... i went and hit the golf ball today and my foot is a little sore now, but i think it will be ok.

alright so my companion and i are doing well we ended up finding 2 new investigators this week who were really interested... we found them from knocking... we had a lesson right there and the accepted everything and we have a return appointment! we were pretty excited about that. my companion is doing good. he seems like he has been out for just as long as me... and he doesnt even seem homesick. i think it helps that we have alot of work to do. our investigator Daniella whom we found last week will hopefully be getting baptized on the 14th she seems happy about that.
Linda our investigator who has to get married will hopefully be getting baptized this month also. her boyfriend came up to me and was like alright now that you are out of your cast we have to play basketball... he said if you when Linda gets to pick the day we are baptized... but if he wins he gets to pick the day. haha i agreed because if i win and Linda picks the day she will probably do it sometime this month so we will see how that goes!

i have been loving serving here. i have learned alot lately it seems... i dont know why but it just seems that way to me. oh yeah i forgot... i had another older lady tell me that she wants to adopt me as her grandchild...hahaha i thought it was pretty funny!

our week was just that not too much. i am sorry this email is not very long i didnt see that i was rushed for time... i get carried away sometimes emailing President. so i will try to watch that from now on!

i love you guys and appreciate you so much and thank you for everything i love you very much and pray for you everyday.
Q Jens, and Brash i will be writing you all a letter this week so keep your eyes open for those alright?
oh and do you think you could send me my other memory card??
thank you
I LOVE YOU

Love Elder Emery

Monday, August 1, 2011

July 25, 2011

Hey guys!
well this week seemed really slow... but i feel like we got so much accomplished... we worked really hard though so i know i did my part.
training is tough i forget that he doesnt just know what to do. like when we go to meetings what we normally take or what our schedule is... ha i thought it was funny though just remembering rules that we do everyday without even realizing it ya know what i mean?
The Elder i am with is from Sandy Utah and his name is Elder Nielson... he is great we have alot in common and we get along really well i have already enjoyed serving with him and it has only been a week! on his first full day in the field he committed someone to be baptized... she accepted before he could even finish his sentece! i have a feeling that this transfer is going to be a good transfer! as a companionship we set a goal for 8 baptisms for the month of August... that is double what we had for the month of July. i am pretty sure we can get this goal... it is going to stretch us but i know it is going to happen! we have 3 that we know for sure are going to get baptized next month and we have 3 maybe 4 that are just starting to look into the church and have really enjoyed it so far and they are awesome and so i know that the hard work we put in will pay off... obedience brings blessings... exact obedience brings miracles... all of a sudden we have these people that want to join the church and its because we are doing our part and the Lord is taking care of the rest!
this week was great and next week is going to be even better i have enjoyed training and im just happy that i have a companion that is ready to work and is ready to work hard and also one that i get along with!
The new Missionary orientationt that we had on Wednesday with President was soooo good President Becerra is awesome my liking for him just keeps going up everytime i talk with him!
i received the package and it was so cool i loved it!! it was great! thank you so much thank you thank you!
i am doing great! i love you very much sorry this was short i will try and type a longer one next week but just know how very much i love and i hope everything goes well with everyone of you!
Love Elder Emery

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

July 18, 2011

Hey guys! you all are so awesome... i love hearing about how ayou guys are doing and the different things that are coming up for you all. Thank you very much for the E-mails i loved them!
Well we had our 2 baptisms yesterday and they were awesome... Eduardo and Myles were really excited to be baptized! i was nervous to baptize Myles because i dont know if i told you last week or not that he has a fear of being under water... he was trying not to go under but i just had to force him down and his foot almost popped up. He would nto have let me baptize him again if his foot would have came up. it ended up being alright though so i was relieved. The Baptisms were really good though i will send some pictures soon.. speaking of pics... would i be able to get my cf card back?
Oh and i almost forgot to tell you... transfers were this week. we found out on Saturday what was going to be happening with us. My companion moved up to San Dimas with my MTC companion (the one i liked) so that means that he was with Elder Hampton (the MTC comp. that i was not very fond of) then with me and now he his going to be with Elder James (the mtc comp that i liked) i thought that was kind of funny that he had been with all of us now! Anyway i was called to stay in my area and i will be Training a new munchkin ;) i was way excited when i had the call come in but the last 2 days i have become nervous and i just hope that i can be a good example for this missionary that i will be training. i am nervous though. I think everything will be ok though... im still excited ya know but i dont know still nervous at the same time. it will go well though... We are going to tear it up here in this area, and i am hoping that we will help more people to the waters of baptism!
i had an experience that really stuck out to me this past week. so we had been teaching this family and their children for a while and the parents kind of dropped us but still let us teach the kids... their are 4 kids. The family is kind of struggling and i just so badly want to share with them the Plan of Salvation. well a couple of weeks the parents said that the kids could no longer have lessons or attend church. we were sad but we figured that they are just going through some hard times. Then the last 2 weeks the kids have come to church, so we were like awesome! we can start teaching them again. we went and stopped by last week and they let us in and were ok with us coming over and we were so excited! Weekly planning on Friday we felt as though this was the time for the kids to really progress. i fasted for them and i was feeling so good about talking with the parents and i thought for sure that the parents were going to let them start having lessons again. i started fasting and about an hour or two later we stopped by this family. as soon as we got to their gate the father just started yelling at us and told us to not stop by anymore and it was just really rude. it hurt me pretty bad... my thoughts were well i guess i can stop fasting... why would i fast for someone that is going to be so rude? and just those kinds of things came to mind. i decided to stick it out and fast the 24hrs. i do not regret fasting for that family i know that because i sacrificed just a little that the Lord will soften their hearts... maybe not for my companion and i to teach them but for the missionaries to come. i had alot of strength and i was able to feel the spirit work through me while i would testify to people. if anything comes from that experience it was that i grew in a different way... a way that would not have come if i would not have fasted. i just hope these people understand what they need in their life. i have learned from this experience... i really have.
Its kind of funny... mom you were telling me about what happened with Shag, and your feelings and then how you dealt with it. it is like the same situation. you could have just not talked to him the whole time he was over. i could have just stopped fasting right there. But we didnt. something that came to mind is the story of how Christ sits with the Sinners. Christ is asked why he is sitting with the sinners and in reply he says (sorry i dont have my scriptures they are in the car so i will paraphrase) do you go see a physician if you are whole? and the answer is no obviously because if you are not sick then you dont go to a doctor... so he sits by the sinners because they know him not and he wants to try and help them.
Personally i dont really like less actives because they know the truth but strayed away and they still need help coming back and having what they once had. so just by doing what you did... it helped him and i know that it all starts by building relationships and then ease in the gospel help them remember those spiritual experiences that they once had. something that i have started doing is i tell investigators and less actives that they are awesome.. everytime we end a lesson and they always smile and it makes a difference... it really does. i know that simple acts of kindness help people we just have to try it out or we will never know.
Thats all for this week wish me luck!
i have not received the package yet but i was just told that it is in the office for me so i will be getting it soon!
Thank you for everything i love you very much!!
if you need anything just let me know... as of right now i just pray for you and hope that works! i hope it all makes sense i didnt proof read very much at all.
I LOVE YOU!!
Elder Emery

July 11, 2011

Hey guys how are you all doing? it sounded like you had a pretty busy but fun filled week! that is awesome!
Alright so i have 15 minutes untill this computer kicks me off and so i will try and type as fast as i can about all the things that happened this week Ok? so first off my foot is doing alright i am not liking it but atleast it will have a chance to heal... tracting is hard because of the crutches but sometimes you just got to do what you got to do ya know what im saying? i only have to have it on for a couple more weeks so im just waiting it out. i had hope that i would be able to get it cut off at the end of this week because a kid that we are teaching is getting ready to be baptized this sunday and he asked me to baptize him... and so i was like yes!! i get to take off my cast but the mission president said to just wrap it up :( the kid that is getting baptized his family are members... they would have had him baptized before but he is a little nervous about being under water he has some sort of autism... and turrets but he is a great little kid... i dont think that i have ever used karate in so many lessons... ha he is also telling me that he is going to splash me with the water when he gets baptized... i told him that wouldnt be very nice... he was like yeah but i will do it before the baptism and then that sin can be washed away hahaha i thought it was really funny!
The mission president is awesome... we met with him and i am going to like him alot. haha in our meeting that our zone had with him sister Becerra was asking what happened to my foot and i told her basketball and she was saying that President is a very good bball player and then president told me he could take me... and that he was going to dunk it over me. so i took the challenge but i wont be able to play until my cast is off!
He talked to us about faith and i tell you it was an aswer to my prayers i have been really trying to up my faith and i even studied about it the morning of our meeting with him and i feel so much better! what he told us was amazing im so grateful to be serving under him! it is going to be a really good year here in california! he wants us to double our baptisms and i know it is possible!
well i have to be going because i am out of time... it sounds like you guys are doing well and that everything is going pretty good for you i love you all very much...
oh yes we have 2 baptisms this week i will tell you all about it next week!!
Hey sorry guys i could not send my email yesterday because the computer kicked me off... so i was able to send this today...
i love you all and miss you very much! i hope you all have a great week!!
Love Elder Emery

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July 5, 2011

Hey guys! happy 4th of July!! yesterday...
it is so good to hear from you guys! sounds like your week was a busy one but it was also probably a fun one too huh? yeah i bet it was! yeah about how next year i will be home for the 4th and i didnt like thinking about it... i try not to think about it... times moving to quickly. 10 months is not a long time and i feel like i still have so much to do in so short of time ya know what i mean? dont get me wrong i miss you guys alot and there are some days when im like darn i just want to be done... but i think long term and try to see what lies ahead of me these next one to two months ya know?
this week i actually had a couple bummer days... first off i guess i will tell you the bad news... i went to the doctor for my foot on Friday and he put me in a hard cast... have you ever knocked for two hours straight wih crutches? its quite hard. and i have to have it on until August 1st talk about a pain. but that day i had to go and tell the president what was going on with my foot and what the doctor told me to do... President Bacerra is a nice guy i only talked with him for about 3 minutes... we get to meet him on Friday and his family. but this cast... it is bugging me so bad i just want to cut it off and call it good. the other bad news is that i almost get in a car accident every time i get in the car. my companion does not know how to drive at all... the day i was coming back from the doctors with him i was literally scared. we almost got slammed by a diesel getting on the freeway... i tried to tell him the lane merged but he just didnt listen. my side of the car almost got t-boned by a lexus... he pulled out right in front of it and the Lexus slammed on its brakes coming to a skidding stop. i will stop there because im sure you understand.
Some good news is that we have a baptism this week and next week... we found a new investigator who wants to get baptized he just has to get his parents on the same page as him before he will set a date. Yesterday was a pretty fun day... we went to the ward pancake breakfast... then to the parade... went and knocked and visited less actives... had a Barbeque with nana... (she is the mission nana) and later watched some of the fireworks... well in this part of the mission im not so sure all of the sounds were fireworks... some were gunshots.
oh some other good news is that my foot can finally heal now... and we have our dinners back. President Pike changed it back right before he left! so hopefully we will gain a little weight! some other good news is that we have some good potential investigators that we are in contact with right now who want to know more about this gospel and so everything is going well i dont have too many complaints... atleast im trying not to complain ya know what i mean? ya so things are good i am enjoying my time here!
so you asked me again if i needed anything and i thought about it and the other day i had something, but i forgot... sorry. Oh i was curious about something... CTR rings... i have seen these CTR rings that are rubber and they are different colors... i have been wanting one like them and i have been told by many people that they are super cheap like as cheap as the ones you buy for the primary kids... i think you can buy them on ldsbookstore.com... i dont know usually CTR rings never interested me but for some reason these ones do. if you have time and can check those out for me that would be cool but if not no big deal.
I finally got to watch your dvd you made... it was so cool! when i saw Q dancing i was like now what song could they have possibly have used for a dance as cool as this? so i had to see what song it was and it was one of my favorite songs 17 years by ratatat it was a way cool dance i think that has to be one of the Best!
Jensen sounds like Longboarding is going to be epic when i return!
thats all from me this week guys i love you very much and hope you all stay safe this summer thank you for everything! stay faithful and keeping the Lord in your life is as just as important for you guys as it is for me.
Love you!!
Love Elder Emery

June 27, 2011

Hello everyone!
What a great day it is today! we had an alright week our numbers dont really say much but i dont think about the numbers... and i have been around alot of numbers missionaries lately and it really is kind of lame! but its whatev i guess the thing that bugs me the most is that we have a member of our ward who is the kindest man everand he loves doing things for the missionaries and he doesnt say no to us... well missionaries from a totally different ward use him because he wont be rude and tell them no. anyway i think it is ridiculous because you use members for fellowship in the ward... not so you can count it as a member present lesson i don know maybe i am wrong... and we have 2 sets of missionaries in our ward our ward is kind of slpit we cover the east side where all the active members are and the other Elders cover the West where only like 3 families are active one of them is the guy that goes out with the missionaries so we dont even use him because we want the other Elders to use him for their lessons but they cant always get a hold of him because of the Elders not in our ward use him... i just think it is messed up so i told the other missionaries that they should talk to president about that because to me its not appropriate, but i dont know.
Anyway this week was pretty good i enjoyed it my companion and i are getting along a little better... its not so much that we dont like eachother its more that we have almost absolutely zero in common. and so we have been working on that and not to mention his trainer didnt really train him... he kind of treated him like crap so i have just been trying to do what i can to help him have a good start to his mission ya know what i mean? its been good i think being with all these companions that i dont have anything in common with is just helping me be able to deal with alot of different kinds of people and be able to get along with them... so im just trying to look for the good in everyday and things have been going pretty smooth.
We had a Baptism Yesterday... it was super awesome the kids name is George he is a good kid and i have had fun teaching him. their whole family is less active and we have been working with them and trying to get them more active and it has been working! i love it! its the same family that are going to be having the Wedding and then the Baptism in August... they are coming along slowly but surely.
We had some good contacts this week... one night it was 8:50ish and we arent suppose to be in until 9 right? well anyway we didnt know what to do and we were heading home and i was feeling bad because i dont want to go in early i think that is a waste of time... so we are heading home and i just ask Heavenly Father what we should do and the thought came to me... you live in your area... walk down the street. That was all that came to me and that came to because i guess i forgot i lived in the area... i have been so used to living of my area that i didnt think about it... i have lived out of my area for about 9 months. and so thats what we did and we walked down the street and we came to two ladies that were standing talking to eachother waiting for their ride and come to find out they had talked to missionaris before and they moved and lost contact with them... she said she loved learning from them and that everytime they would leave she would desire more... we gave her our phone number and she said she would get in contact with us... i thought that was way cool... the promptings from the spirit are the best way missionary work can get done i could have easily just went in for the night but i listened to the spirit and i think it could end up giving us someone to teach!
we had a couple experiences like that and it really is a blessing to see the lords help everyday and i dont know what i would do without relying on him. thats about it for this week we are
hoping to have an even better week this upcoming one... we have another baptism this week it should be very good!
dont worry about not writing very much i dont really care the length of your emails... i just like hearing from you guys it makes my whole week and i love it... a great way to start of the week is just hearing from my family.
um you asked if there was anything i need and the only thing i can think of is my contacts... have you found anything out about that? i am wearing my last pair right now.
other than that...LiFe Is GoOd!
thank you all very much for everything and i hope you have an enjooyable week!
Oh! we do get our new President on Thursday and i am not sure what to think about it... i love President and Sister Pike alot they are awesome people... i am not sure if anyone would be able to replace Sister Pike she is a wonderful person and i will miss them alot. we have a goodbye meeting with them on Wednesday and i am super sad. But just like everything... you have to move on and enjoy what you have because if you dont then you are just wasting maybe some of the best things that could happen because you are to worried about the things in the past.
i love everyone of you with all my heart!!
Love Elder Emery

June 27, 2011

Hello everyone!
What a great day it is today! we had an alright week our numbers dont really say much but i dont think about the numbers... and i have been around alot of numbers missionaries lately and it really is kind of lame! but its whatev i guess the thing that bugs me the most is that we have a member of our ward who is the kindest man everand he loves doing things for the missionaries and he doesnt say no to us... well missionaries from a totally different ward use him because he wont be rude and tell them no. anyway i think it is ridiculous because you use members for fellowship in the ward... not so you can count it as a member present lesson i don know maybe i am wrong... and we have 2 sets of missionaries in our ward our ward is kind of slpit we cover the east side where all the active members are and the other Elders cover the West where only like 3 families are active one of them is the guy that goes out with the missionaries so we dont even use him because we want the other Elders to use him for their lessons but they cant always get a hold of him because of the Elders not in our ward use him... i just think it is messed up so i told the other missionaries that they should talk to president about that because to me its not appropriate, but i dont know.
Anyway this week was pretty good i enjoyed it my companion and i are getting along a little better... its not so much that we dont like eachother its more that we have almost absolutely zero in common. and so we have been working on that and not to mention his trainer didnt really train him... he kind of treated him like crap so i have just been trying to do what i can to help him have a good start to his mission ya know what i mean? its been good i think being with all these companions that i dont have anything in common with is just helping me be able to deal with alot of different kinds of people and be able to get along with them... so im just trying to look for the good in everyday and things have been going pretty smooth.
We had a Baptism Yesterday... it was super awesome the kids name is George he is a good kid and i have had fun teaching him. their whole family is less active and we have been working with them and trying to get them more active and it has been working! i love it! its the same family that are going to be having the Wedding and then the Baptism in August... they are coming along slowly but surely.
We had some good contacts this week... one night it was 8:50ish and we arent suppose to be in until 9 right? well anyway we didnt know what to do and we were heading home and i was feeling bad because i dont want to go in early i think that is a waste of time... so we are heading home and i just ask Heavenly Father what we should do and the thought came to me... you live in your area... walk down the street. That was all that came to me and that came to because i guess i forgot i lived in the area... i have been so used to living of my area that i didnt think about it... i have lived out of my area for about 9 months. and so thats what we did and we walked down the street and we came to two ladies that were standing talking to eachother waiting for their ride and come to find out they had talked to missionaris before and they moved and lost contact with them... she said she loved learning from them and that everytime they would leave she would desire more... we gave her our phone number and she said she would get in contact with us... i thought that was way cool... the promptings from the spirit are the best way missionary work can get done i could have easily just went in for the night but i listened to the spirit and i think it could end up giving us someone to teach!
we had a couple experiences like that and it really is a blessing to see the lords help everyday and i dont know what i would do without relying on him. thats about it for this week we are
hoping to have an even better week this upcoming one... we have another baptism this week it should be very good!
dont worry about not writing very much i dont really care the length of your emails... i just like hearing from you guys it makes my whole week and i love it... a great way to start of the week is just hearing from my family.
um you asked if there was anything i need and the only thing i can think of is my contacts... have you found anything out about that? i am wearing my last pair right now.
other than that...LiFe Is GoOd!
thank you all very much for everything and i hope you have an enjooyable week!
Oh! we do get our new President on Thursday and i am not sure what to think about it... i love President and Sister Pike alot they are awesome people... i am not sure if anyone would be able to replace Sister Pike she is a wonderful person and i will miss them alot. we have a goodbye meeting with them on Wednesday and i am super sad. But just like everything... you have to move on and enjoy what you have because if you dont then you are just wasting maybe some of the best things that could happen because you are to worried about the things in the past.
i love everyone of you with all my heart!!
Love Elder Emery

Monday, June 20, 2011

June 20, 2011

Hello Everyone!
Happy Fathers day dad... your card should be arriving sometime within the next couple of days.
This week was so awesome... we could have done more but it was a great week! We have a new investigator who has a baptismal date for July 17th! we took them on the tour and they really liked it alot and are going to progress well... probably because its a members son who they want to get baptized, but its still good that we get to help them fulfill this goal! We set another person with a Baptismal date... when i came into the area this couple had been taking the lessons... The boyfriend is a less active member and his girlfriend is not a member and they have 2 kids. we have taught them twice and on this last lesson i just decided to be bold. she had never been invited to be baptized because they were not married so the past missionaries were waiting for them to get married and then go through with the baptism. i prayed about it and got the answer that she wont progress if they dont have something to progress towards. i decided that we would set her with a baptismal date and she would see that date and know what she would have to do to make that date... mainly marriage. The day comes when we go over and teach them and i just tell them how it is... we went over the law of chastity and we invited her to be baptized she said she would love to and so we picked a day... its going to be August 20th. Then we talked about the requirements for baptism. i told her that she would have to either separate from her boyfriend and not be living together... i told them that we didnt want to see that happen because they have kids and we dont want to ruin any family things... or they would have to get married and they just kind of sat there and talked about it... the outcome was that they are going to be getting Married July 23rd!! i was so suprised that has never happened before usually when someone knows they have to get married they just say that they are not ready for that... i was happy it was so cool to be able to teach that lesson to them! i am super excited for them!! we are going over there tonight to teach them a lesson and eat dinner with them... we can do that because they are less active and non members!! YES!
Some other good news is that we found alot of solid potentials... and it was by knocking. i dont know if i have told you this goal that i have for my mission which has yet to come. i want to find investigators by knocking and teach them everything and then help them into the waters of Baptism... that is one of my goals and that is what keeps me knocking everyday!
We have 2 baptisms this Sunday which should be really good! i found out that a man that i was teaching in Rolling Ridge is going to be getting Baptized! this is a man who didnt like missionaries... he would only let them in if his wife was there and he didnt even like doing that. (his wife is a member) he just didnt like missionaries at all, but he loved Elder Meeks and I... he let us in all the time and opened up to us! i will be happy to go back and see him get baptized!!
WE have gotten antied alot this past week... people just keep telling me to forget about the Book Of Mormon and forget about this mission that im on and find my own way... i could never do that and i jsut testify to them about the things i know and they cant really say anything... i had a man pray at his door step that i would drop the Lds church... haha i was trying not to laugh, but it is hard people are not very christ like when we talk about Christ.
that is about it for this week i have to be going i hope everything is well for you guys. i hope you got my letter that i sent to you also... maybe in your next letter to me you could address that? if not then thats ok.
Love you all and have a great day!!
Love Elder Emery