August 1, 2011

Dear Family-

It’s been another good week. We’ve found a few more people to start
teaching. The first lady moved into our apartment complex
from Lake Los Angeles (about 20 or 30 minutes east). We helped her
move in a few weeks ago, but we haven’t been able to get ahold of her
until this week. We were finally able to visit her, and she seems
pretty interested. She has some relatives in Lancaster who are members
of the Church, so she’s been to an LDS church a few times already. So
that will be good to keep teaching her.

The next guy is actually someone we’ve been visiting
for a long time. The missionaries have been visiting him for longer
than I’ve been here, but he never accepted the invitation to take the
actual missionary lessons. So we’ve been sharing short spiritual
thoughts. Last week he mentioned that he wishes he could see God’s
plan, or map, so we brought a member this week and shared the Plan of
Salvation with him. That was great to finally share something more
than a short scripture with him.

We found a completely new person also this week. He’s a
21-year-old that we knocked into on Friday. We came back on Sunday,
and he seems really interested. He was actually waiting outside for us
when we came. He really loves his family and mentioned a couple of
times that he is trying to find peace in life. This kid seems
extremely interested, so we’re really excited to teach him.

The other fun story of the week is the flat tire we got. We got a flat
coming home one night, so I got to change a tire for the first time. I
soon realized that if it were an old-school car with the old, red jack
in the garage, I would have known how to do it. I didn’t know how to
take the hubcap off though (apparently you just pry it off) and we
couldn’t get the jack that comes with the car out of the trunk (it was
clamped in, and we couldn’t pull it out). So we had to condescend to
actually reading the manual. We found out that you just crank the
mini-jack open until it breaks the clamp loose (we still don’t know
how to put it back in the clamp), and we eventually figured out where
to put the mini-jack. It was a little frustrating to work with this
new-fangled technology, but we eventually got the spare tire on. We
got the real tire fixed and put back on this morning.

Well, I hope everything’s going well back home. I love you!

-Elder Emery

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