June 27, 2011

Dear Family-

Weeks like this can be frustrating. Almost every appointment that we set cancelled. That’s part of life though, and hopefully this coming week will be better. We did have one really cool experience this week though; we started teaching a new family. The father has been meeting with missionaries on the other side of town for about four months already. He wants his wife and five-year-old daughter to learn about it too, so he asked us to start teaching his family at home. They seem really cool, and the father really wants his daughter to have a good life. So I’m pretty excited to keep teaching them. The mother has a lot of questions, so it was really good to answer some of those questions for her.

Other than meeting the new family, there’s not too much else that happened this week. I love working with this ward though! I’ve never seen a ward so involved in missionary work. They do so much to help us, and it’s greatly appreciated. It really helps me to stay motivated. Sometimes when wards don’t support the missionary work, it can be discouraging to keep working by yourself. So it’s great to see members of the ward visiting the people we’re teaching, and supporting them in ways we can’t. A lot of times what people need, whether they’re investigating the Church, new in the Church, less active, or active, is someone to constantly be there for them and keep inviting them to Church and other activities. In short, they need fellowshipping. Missionaries can do that to some extent, but members can do a much better job than we can. I’m really grateful to be serving in a ward that does so much of that needed fellowshipping.

Anyway, I hope everything is going well back home. I love you!

-Elder Emery

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