Jacob Emerick

Jacob Emerick
Jacob in Temecula

Monday, August 31, 2015

Prayer works

 Just a note our family started praying for the Nieto family. We have been praying that they would come to church last week. This week we are praying that Sis. Nieto will try to give up coffee and commit to living the word of wisdom. It is so fun to feel part of our sons mission in this way. I love prayer. Many blessings come from prayer and our Heavenly Father does hear and answer them. 
Karen Emerick Jacob's MOM
Hola Familia,
How are you guys? This week was pretty sweet! One of our investigators made it to Stake Conference! It was so cool to hear about her going! Also transfer calls are this week. We think Elder Schooff might be leaving but we'll see! The member's are continuing to feed us all the time. I love it! Spanish work is the best! I always say to myself that if I was called to English work I don't know what I'd do! haha It's just so fun to learn a new language and eat all the time! I love Escondido, there are so many people to talk to and meet! We are always meeting with new people and have stuff to do. Almost half of the people here are Hispanic! The people are very poor but also very open and loving. I hope that we can help Radolfo and Gloria Nieto make it to church again this week! I'm sure that if they continue to read the Book of Mormon and come to church that they'll be baptized soon! How's the weather back home? It's still SUPER HOT like atleast 100 degrees everyday! I think they said that the heat should go down a little this week! I hope that you all continue to look for ways to share the gospel! There are so many blessings in that. Have a great week! Love You all!

Elder Emerick

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bike Problems and Resolved

August 24,2015
Jacob with Elder Schooff

Alley in Downtown Escondido CA

Elder Emerick and Elder Banana

Elder Emerick with Elder Banana

Hola a Los de mas,

So this week was pretty cool! We didn't have any bike problems! Yay! First time this whole transfer! We think that Elder Schooff just needed a new tire and we haven't had any problems since. Some new stuff is that we're continuing to teach people. We have a few newer people and we're trying to bring more members out with us. Church is great, all the classes are well put together and everyone is so loving. We're thinking that Elder Schooff may be transferred this transfer because he only has two more till he goes home. That means my next companion may be younger than me! It's so wierd I feel like it just started but already I'm coming up on 1/3 of the way done! By Christmas I'll be 1/2 way done! The time really flew and I'm thankful for this opportunity I've had in my areas. One family that we're working a lot with right now is called the Nieto Family. They're son is a member and is attending the YSA Ward. It'll be cool if we can get both of his parents to come to church as well to the Spanish Ward. They're just a little afraid of meeting new people but I think that they'd love it. Everyone is really nice here and humble as well. We're getting fed well too. We're even starting to get invitations when we already have appointments! Double Dinners! It's crazy, I hope I don't get fat. Anyways I'll let you know if any more cool stuff happens! I'll also send more pictures as well next week! I've seen the restored gospel bless so many people, the Holy Ghost really does comfort us and guide us. He's helped me a lot on my mission. Well have a great week! Les quiero!

Elder Emerick
 August 18,2015
Que Honda familia?
That's pronounced Onda, the H is silent. It's means What Up!? So this week we just had a bunch of bike problems with Elder Schooffs bike. Popped tires stink. It just takes up so much time and energy to fix. We didn't have too much new stuff going on this week. We recieved a new part of Escondido that we can prosylyte in now that we got back from the Sisters. They couldn't make it to that part of the city as much as we could. (We live in it but there area doesn't have too much going on so we gave them that part but it's to far for them) The areas in which missionaries proselyte change all the time. I also went on exchanges with Elder Banana! He's from the Philippines and came in when I did. He's from New York as well and went to the Provo MTC. He's awesome! We got so much work done and I hope that we can be companions sometime in the future or alteast serve around each other a lot! Maybe he could teach me Tagalog! Anyways nothing much else is new here. I went to the Erickberto's restaurant with Elder Spencer (English Elder we drive around on P-Day) that Sheena told me to go by. It was pretty good! There's so many places to eat in Escondido and San Marcos. But other than the exchange it was a pretty normal week. Find, Teach, Baptize everyday, all day! My Spanish is better everyday still. I am suprised at how well I understand and express my thoughts as well. I remember when I first started I couldn't really say too much. Hope you guys continue to stay busy as Summer Ends. It's still Hot as Heck down here! Over 100 in Esco pretty much everyday of the Week! Why can't I be in Oceanside? Hopefully that's where I'll go next. Well have a great week everyone!

Elder Emerick

Monday, August 10, 2015

Good byes and Hellos

Gorge  with Elder Emerick

 August, 10, 2015
Hola Familia,

So you're probably wondering what the subject means. It says 'It's Adults, not Adulterers.' Pretty funny right? Well while I was at Ward council in my new ward for the first time I was explaining how we found our new family investigators. They were a refferall from the Young Single Adult ward Elders. Their member is our new investigators' son. So I explained that their son attends the Young Single Adulterers ward but then after I saw them all laugh I figured out what I had said. I felt silly because I knew what I should've said but nonetheless I still make mistakes all the time haha. Just one experience that I'll remember about learning spanish on my mission. The family that we picked up has a son that goes to the YSA Ward and the family speaks spanish. So enter us and now they are our new invetigators! There names are the Nieto Family. They are super awesome and want to be baptized as well, they just need some help and teaching. They're a little afraid to go to church after the rough experiences they've had with  another religion.  But Elder Schooff and I are excited to have picked up such solid investigators. We helped a member named Martin dig a hole. He needed to find his gas pipe so they can do some excavating on his plumbing. He's another Legendary dude among Spanish missionarys. Remember Julian from Temecula? Well he's the Julian of San Marcos/Escondido. He has a pet turtle named Frijolito that is always the subject of jokes about making him into tacos. They say that turtle meat is nice and tender. I have a feeling I'll have some newer types of tacos here. Tacos de Lengua (Tongue) Tacos de cabeza (Meat from the head of the cow) it'll be interesting. But I'm loving it in Escondido! Can't wait to meet some new people! Have a great week!

Elder Emerick

Elder Emerick with Elder Sedgwick They look so young

Turtle in new area

Monday, August 3, 2015

El Norte, Escondido

 August 3rd, 2015
Hola Familia,

There's an old Spanish song sung by members from the 70's it's from an album called Musica de los Setenta's and it's basically church music and other Spanish music by church members. One song is known as the Escondido song because it sounds like they are singing Escondio in it. But they aren't haha But si pues I'm in Escondido! The El Norte Ward is Massive! It contains all the members in the Escondido stake which includes Escondido and San Marcos. Over 600 members! We bike a lot here. I bought a speedometer for my bike to measure the distance and speed we bike. It's way more flat though so it's alright. haha It's so cool to contact 95% Spanish. No white people! There are 5 companionships in the Ward. The sister split San Marcos and us 6 Elders split up the majority of Esco. Needless to say there's tons of work to do! Be it Less actives, Part member families or just the classic street contacting we meet a ton of new people every day! It's not uncommon to have a ton of success here in Esco. Remember Elder Wockenfuss? Well he's in Temecula now and I'm in his area when we began our missions! We just switched places! I hope I'll get to serve with him sometime. In our district also is Elder Garcia (From Utah but also from Guadalajara) and Elder Banana! (Came in with me, is from New York but also from the Philippines!) Elder Banana speaks English, Tagalog, and now Spanish! No one can hide from him! Our bishops name is Obispo, Adrian Parra (Obispo is bishop in Spanish) We get fed a lot too! Thank you for the letter's everyone! It's great to here from you all! I hope you all have a great week and I'll tell you more about our area next week when I learn it better! Que tengan una Buena semana!

Elder Emerick