Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Last email home

Dear Family,

What’s up! There isn't too much to report to y'all about this past week except for the fact that we have two investigators who might be getting baptized this Saturday.  They have baptismal dates for this weekend but we might postpone it if we feel they need a little bit more time to prepare for it.  We will do what we feel is best for them and the family.  We also started teaching a young lady last night and she said yes to baptism but because she doesn't live in Conway we didn't set a specific date. We will be seeing her again Tuesday.  

I really doubt that I will be able to email next Monday, because we will be in the Temple most of the day and I will probably have tons of other stuff on the last day.  All the departing Missionaries will have an extra P-Day on Saturday to do all our packing.  

I hope y'all have a good week and be safe. LOVE Y'ALL.

Elder Wawro

Eating ....wait for .....a racoon!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Thank you for the Birthday wishes

Dear Family,

Hey, Hey, Hey, this week was great! We were able to see John be baptized and I actually got to baptize him!   I do have a few pictures and will try to send them in a separate email.  Two of those were taken when I was eating a RACOON!!!!!!!! Yea, I finally got the entire Arkansas experience, it only took 23.5 months.

There are 9 Missionaries that will be going home with me at the end of this transfer and 17 new Missionaries will be coming into the Mission.   So the big Missionary rush is kind of starting for our Mission.   

Thanks for your card and Birthday wishes!  

My last P-Day Monday will be a Temple trip and interviews with President Petersen so I will likely not be emailing that day.

I love y'all and hope y'all have a great week. And be safe.   Thank you again for y'alls Birthday wishes.

Elder Wawro

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ton of lessons and success

Dear Family,

Hey, this week was great with a ton of lessons and success, so we are happy!  The Lord is blessing us tremendously and we are so grateful for his hand in this work.

Our new golden investigator is going to be getting baptized this week, so we are excited!  It is cool to see what type of impact living and applying the gospel is making in his life and with the great relationship he and his father are developing.

We also have a few baptisms scheduled for my last Saturday out in the mission field, February 2nd.  

I can't think of a better way to end my mission then with helping Heavenly Father to baptize and confirm his children here on earth.

I appreciate y'alls letters.  Also, mom, haha I didn’t really see any questions in the letter you sent me, but let me see if I can get you in the info you are looking for. I will be keeping some clothes, ties, missionary planners, and other missionary stuff.   But there will also be some clothes and other stuff I going to throw away.  I will make sure I bring back some things to show y'all, like how a white shirt looks after wearing it for almost 2 years.

I love y'all, and have great week and be safe!

Elder Wawro

Friday, January 11, 2013

Awesome and loving Heavenly Father

Dear Family,

Its always good to hear how well y'all are doing, I knew things would be better when I wasn't at home  ...haha .....just kidding.   Good work on all the genealogy!  Thanks for sending a copy of my FanChart with all the crazy names I can't pronounce.

Bad news about our investigator who looked so promising ...he dropped us.  It is so hard to see him go because he is such a great guy and was so receptive to the Holy Ghost, but it's in the Lord's hands and I will trust that everything will turn out all right with him.

Remember, that miracle I briefly and chaotically shared with y'all on the phone during Christmas about visiting that less active?   Well if you don't that’s ok, we are now teaching his son and we set a baptismal date with him for January 19.    He has been to Church the last 2 weeks and has been progressing really well.   We are also teaching daughter in law of our recent convert.  She is progressing really well too and we did have a baptismal date with her but need to reschedule it.  

So as you can see our awesome and loving Heavenly Father is blessing us so much and we only hope to have more success.

Well, I love y'all and hope y'all have a good week!

Elder Wawro

Monday, December 31, 2012

Eight foot snowman

Dear Family,

We had a crazy week here in Arkansas, especially with all the snow, which I have heard was the first time in 80 years on Christmas. For a brief period of time we were told by our Mission President to stay in. So what did we do?  We build about an eight foot snow man. YEEAHH!! So of course we had little fun and took some good pictures.

But the day we were able to go back out, it was all back to business. We were blessed with a sweet miracle finding a golden investigator. We were trying to see a potential investigator but they didn't answer.  As we had walked up to a nearby house I had noticed a man and felt that we should see him …. so we went and knocked on his door. He immediately let us in and told us he was looking for a church. We set a baptismal date and as you can guess we are really excited.  I have truly come to love and appreciate the Spirit and its promptings.

Things are going well, I love my mission and I really loved the pictures. Y'all are all looking so happy and hip and young, haha. Y'all are the best!!!

Elder Wawro

Snow on Christmas - View from the balcony

White 'Mimi Me'

Saturday, December 29, 2012

White Christmas

Dear Family,

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Although it hasn't snowed lately (I hear it might on Christmas day here in Conway:) we were able to have a white Christmas with the baptisms of Ricky and Corvina "Lucy".   After a little over a year I got in the water and did a baptism myself and it felt good. One of the best Christmas presents I have ever gotten were given me on Saturday by a loving Father in Heaven.

Overall the work is progressing really well in our Zone. The Sister Missionaries in our Ward were able to have two (2) baptisms as well on Saturday.  Not too many updates on people I told y'all about last week because we were not able to see them - hopefully more on them and other things next P-Day.

Thanks for all the wonderful pictures you sent me this week, y'all are all looking so good and happy!

Regarding, the phone call tomorrow, I will make in the evening because that will be the least productive proselyting time on Christmas Day. So, expect a call anywhere from 5 to 6 pm EST.
I love y'all so much!! Say ‘HI’ to everyone and tell Jonah congratulation on his mission call.

Elder Wawro

Best Christmas gift - Baptism of Ricky and Lucy

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Last transfer of my Mission

Dear Family,

You may not know this, but today starts the last transfer of my Mission :(  I can't believe it.   The transfer that just ended was only 5 week long, and this new transfer will last 7 weeks.  Today, my companion and I had a chance to use the gift cards you have sent - they were much appreciated.  Thank you from both of us!   I made some Christmas cards and will be sending them out today, so y'all and few others should receive them soon.

Great news on progress of our investigators  …it just makes me smile to think how much Heavenly Father has been blessing us here in Conway.   They will be getting baptized as planned this Saturday.    We just recently started teaching their younger sister and we should be setting a baptismal date with her tonight. That family is just doing so great!    Their grandmother is loving the Gospel.

Also, some great news about Johnny - he was recently called as the Elders' Quorum Secretary.  That’s so awesome to hear about him receiving his first calling in the church.

We also have this great young couple we started teaching this week.   We have baptismal dates with them for January and we are so excited for them.  They were not able to make it to church yesterday but we will get the there soon!

We have a lot of good things going on.  This week we will be having our Christmas Zone Conference, so that will be fun.

Thanks dad for the story – it was great and I enjoyed it!
I am still not sure what time I will be calling home, so I will let you know in my email next week.

Enjoy y'alls week! Be safe and have fun, and HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Elder Wawro

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