Jacob Emerick

Jacob Emerick
Jacob in Temecula

Monday, January 11, 2016

Steelers in CA and rain

Hola Familia,
This week was the last week that Elder Rodriguez and I will be together. Now they just tell us where we are going and who our new companion is. We don't have transfer meetings anymore. It stinks because those meetings were awesome, but I guess it's kinda cool that we already know what's going to happen that Sat morning. Anyways Rod is going to Valley Center and I'm staying here for at least another 6 weeks. My new companion is Elder Dowda, it'll be cool working with someone new. This'll also be the first time my comp has been younger in the mission than me, he came in the transfer after me. Also they're taking out a Sister missionary area in the Ward, so that means we'll be covering more area. And this area in particular is the sketchiest area in the whole mission, with exception to maybe Escondido. Even so Oceanside is considered a pretty ghetto city. Which is all Spanish missionaries want! So the Steelers won, that's awesome, at least they won a game in the playoffs. So the family that we stopped by last night is the Villa family. They aren't in our ward but they all speak spanish or at least understand it. They really love missionaries and are an awesome family, Elder Rodriguez wanted to say good bye to them so we went by. We started talking about other missionaries that have left already and they asked to look up my family so I just gave her John's Instagram account. Then it was super funny to have John confused and not knowing what the heck was going on. I'm not even going to answer that one question, as soon as she said what John sent in that message I knew Dad told John to send it. But it was funny. jaja As I said this won't be my last month here I'll still have to mid February. PK is leaving in June I think. He'll be replaced by President Thomas. I'll just get the razors with the Card you sent me for Wal-Mart. I should have enough money for now. Escondido was my favorite area so far but Oceanside has been pretty cool, this past District has been one of my favorite Districts though. Among the Spanish missionaries we are all pretty cool so for the most part everyone I'll be in a District with will be pretty awesome. Could you make sure that my Driver's License get's renewed somehow? I want to be able to drive if I need to for the latter parts of my mission. I've been meaning to ask that for a while but have kept forgetting. I'm sure as you saw in the picture you received that I am using my Jacket and it's working well, especially with the cold rain we've had this past week. Ay El Nino ya viene! jaja Anyways I'll send some pictures, hope you guys have a great week! Les quiero!
Elder Emerick

Leon Family

El Nino

Monday, January 4, 2016

Hungering for the Spirit

Que tal Familia,

First the n in ano needs to have an ~ but I can't do it on this computer, Chale. Anyways my dead year is over! The year in which you haven't seen me at all is done. You never were around me when I was 19 but when I'm 20 in a few weeks, we'll see eachother, hence the dead year is done! It's weird to be over halfway done.I remember when I was thinking wow I'm 1/24ths of the way done! But now I really am half way done. As far as stuff going on here, we are going to have transfer calls this weekend. But now we aren't going t have transfer meetings. This isn't anything new because lots of missions don't have them. But we'll see how it goes. I'm excited to see what happens! I could go back to Escondido, go to Vista, or stay here! But you never know, it'll be interesting. We had a really cool lesson this week! The spirit was super strong from the beginning to the end. We taught a less active Part member family that hasn't been to church in over 12 years. They told us how they hungered for the spirit back in their lives, to be more united as a family. They really want there daughter to learn more about the gospel, and the husband who's not a member wants to learn more as well. So we'll see how things go with the Reyes family! For the New Year we just hung out with the YSA Elders that live next to us and just waited till the clock hit 12:00. It was pretty cool. We had to be indoors by 6:00 so we didn't do too much that day. I didn't eat pork and sauerkraut because latin people don't even know what that is jaja, we ate Tamales! I've worn my jacket and it's just what I needed. It'll be great when it rains and stuff, fits fine too. Since I've been wearing it, it's been pretty chilly at the night time. I'll close off by telling about our lesson in Gospel Principles class. Hno Flor gave a great class about the Priesthood. He told us that authority comes from God and through Jesus Christ, which we all knew. But that the Power is through us. It took everyone to get what he was saying but it finally made sense to me. WE have the power. If we are WORTHY we can do anything through them who give us authority. That's why Jesus was able to perform all that he did. The power was in him, so much greater so because he was perfect. Just imagine if we were all perfect, and the things we will do when we are. Everyone has the power of the Priesthood, we just need to be able to exercise it. I thought that was a pretty cool way of looking at it. Anyways I'll see if I have any pictures to send. Les Quiero!

Elder Emerick
me eating a sandwhich

Cat wanting my sandwhich