February 14, 2011

Dear Family-

It’s been a great week, but for some reason, it’s also been one of the
slowest weeks of my mission. It’s funny, because a few other
missionaries have felt the same way. Oh well, it’s finally over. There
was a lot that happened this week. On Tuesday, we did exchanges. I
stayed in Newhall and worked with Elder Elliott. Elder Elliott’s been
on his mission for about four months, and his trainer was Elder Berry.
So that was kind of cool when I met him, since we’ve both had Elder
Berry as a companion.

On Thursday, we did a lot of service. The first few hours was a lot of
random yard work. I mostly worked on taking out an old sprinkler pipe
and taking it apart. Then we went to someone else’s house to take out
a tree. The tree was only about 8 or 10 feet tall, but it was
stubborn. It took eight Elders and one other guy a couple of hours to
get it out. It was a lot of fun though to do work like that. I wish we
could do service like that more often. Later that day we had
interviews with President Martin.

On Saturday, we had a funeral in the morning and a baptism in the
afternoon. The baptism was for two eight-year-olds in our ward. That
was really cool to see because one of the eight-year-old’s father had
been given the Melchizedek Priesthood just a week before. So he was
able to baptize and confirm his son.

So a lot has happened this week, which usually makes the week go by
faster, but not this time. I hope you’re all doing well. I love you!

-Elder Emery

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