May 16, 2011

Dear Family-

It’s been a great week! Ten people that we have been working with came
to church. There’s a family of 11 that we’ve been working with and nine of them came. We also had a less active come. None of the ten had ever been to church since I’ve been here, so it was really great to see.

We also had a lot of fun in some very spread out parts of our area.
There’s a “town” in our area called Llano, but it’s mostly just a
couple houses here and there with dirt roads in between. One of our
recent converts lives in Llano, so we go there every week to visit
her. This week, we decided to visit some of the other members in
Llano, so we hit the dirt roads in our Chevy Malibu. It’s a crazy
place, and I’m surprised that our car made it on some of the roads,
but it paid off. We found one less active guy that was really cool. The roads are so bad that it took us about 20 or 30
minutes just to find his address, and when we got there, he didn’t
live there any more. We talked to an 18-year-old kid who lived there
and he said that the guy we’re looking for lived “over there” and vaguely pointed. So we did our best and we got lucky on our first house. It turns out that the member we were visiting was really friendly. He talked about growing up in Newhall and doing a lot of things with the Boy Scouts. He grew up in the Church, but hasn’t been active for years. He said we could come back though, so we’ll see him this Wednesday. That’s one of the things I love about this area, it’s so huge and spread out, that you can find people who probably haven’t talked to missionaries in years. It’s a little crazy sometimes, but I love it!

Another cool thing that happened this week is that one of the members we’re teaching had her baby. She went into the hospital yesterday, so I haven’t heard anything yet, but it’s pretty exciting. It was also really cool to see how willing and ready the Relief Society was to help her out. Most of them probably don’t even know her, but they’re already planning on bringing meals over when she gets out of the hospital.

Well, I love you guys! Thanks for everything.

-Elder Emery

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