Wednesday, May 25, 2011

In Little Rock:)

Hey Family,

All is well.  I am serving in......... Little Rock, so mom you did not guessed right:(  My mission area covers almost the whole city of Little Rock.  The transfer from Jackson went well and it looks like I did not forget anything in my last apartment.

Little Rock is definitely different then I thought it would be. The work here will be hard. We have no area book and my companion who has been serving for almost 15 months has only been here in this area for 5 weeks. So we don’t really know the members and we do not have a record of past investigators and potential investigators. This will be hard but I love a challenge and I KNOW we will have success in this area, which we have had a little this past week. I am excited to serve in Little Rock and I will certainly enjoy my time here!

Last Thursday we went to visit a bible referral.  We were expecting to meet an adult who had requested the Bible but when we got there we met an awesome 13 year old boy who had requested it  …and let me tell you, he is a stud. We have taught him the Restoration and he has already come to Church and enjoyed it a lot. The Young Men in the Ward fellowshipped so very well that it made his experience wonderful! I am very excited because I think he will be baptized down the road but we want to make sure that he will have a good support system in his home. He is a great kid, with a great love for the Lord and I am excited to continue to teach him.

Oh, and great news!! I called yesterday Elders in Jackson, Tennessee and they told me that Joshua finally got confirmed a member of the Church and that his mom Charity was baptized as well. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That is so awesome. It made me so happy! Now they will be able to support each other and become a strong active family!  I have a feeling that Joshua will go on a mission:)

My new companion is Elder Crotts. He was born and raised in California but he now lives in Spanish Fork, Utah. He is a very smart missionary, who knows his stuff and I’m excited to work with him.  
Just to let you know, this transfer will shorter by a week and will only last 5 not 6 weeks because of the change of Mission Presidents (this is President and Sister Drewes last transfer) and then the following transfer will be one week longer and will last 7 weeks.
 Our apartment is a lot smaller than the one in Jackson, but it is comfortable and well kept up. I like it.
 
I love you guys all so much and you all have a great week!!!!!!! Be Happy!

Here is quote from President Ezra Taft Benson which rings true "We must share the Gospel with others. That is our responsibility-every member a missionary. That is the call of prophets of God.... "... Member-missionary work is one of the greatest keys to the individual growth of our members. It is my conviction that member-missionary work will raise the spirituality in any ward where applied."
Be of help to the missionaries and help the Natomas 2nd Ward to be a spiritually uplifting Ward.

Once again I love you all!!!!!
Love,
Elder Wawro

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

First transfer to ??????

Dear Family,

So, you want to know if I am getting transferred ha, well let me tell you..... I AM
It has been a great experience here in Jackson, Tennessee and it will always be my ‘Greeny’ area.

So the picture I have attached is the second district I was a part of. We took it this morning because Elder Fjerstad the one next to Elder Gerber is the District Leader and he is going home on Tuesday. It is crazy to think that people actually go home.  President Drewes only has one more transfer left before he and his wife are done with their missions. He will be missed - he is a great man and an awesome Mission President.

Elder Gerber and I had a good week. Sadly though Joshua was not confirmed last Sunday only because we had s Stake Conference (satellite broadcast from Salt Lake City) and converts need to be confirmed during Sacrament. But he is doing well and we have a baptismal date for both his brother Joey and his mom Charity and we still have a baptismal date for Stephanie on the 28th of May. I have no doubt that these wonderful people are humble and willing enough to show their Savior that they are ready to follow Him.  Joshua's family being baptized will really help him because it will make the environment at home to be different, one that will allow him to blossom as a latter day saint.
 
There is a talk that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave on January 11, 2011 at the MTC in Provo that me and Elder Gerber watched today and I am going to get a copy of it and send one to you guys so you can see it. Oh, my goodness it is amazing. I know you will enjoy it!
My mission has flown by so far and it definitely needs to slow down. You guys will not know where I am at until next P-Day (Monday) so you will have to guess until then, hahaha.

I Love you all. I love you Kayla! Keep up the good work at school and make mom and dad proud!
I love you dad! I can’t wait; well I guess I can, ‘till I join you in doing some cycling when I get back.
I love you mom! Have a wonderful birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!! :)

Love,
Elder Wawro

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I always get to brag

Dear Family,

I do not have much time to write to you but that is ok because you know I love all of you to death:)

It was AWESOME to hear all your voices, you guys are the best family in the world! 
I loved the pictures, you guys look so happy!

So I got to brag about my pretty sister today, when I brought both pictures of her and the family pics to sister Guymons house. I always get to brag about my awesome family=).

Sorry, I have to go  ....we are going golfing (duty calls  ...hahaha).  I promise to write more next week.
I LOVE YOU SO MUCH and have a great week!

Love,
Elder Wawro

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Love being a Missionary!!!

Dear Family,

The weather has been pretty bad these past few days, but don't worry about me, I am safe. Jackson was not damaged heavily although there were a lot of trees knocked down and some of them fell taking out a big chuck of ground and the entire root ball …see attached picture of a tree that fell and hit a sign. It’s crazy though because when the thunder was hitting here it shook our apartment ….not a big shake but just enough to where you can feel it. But the mighty storm has not hindered the work:)

So are you ready for this.......................... Joshua was baptized this last Sunday and I got to baptize him. He is 20 year old and we really hope for him to go on a mission. I’m sending few pictures including the ones taken before the baptism   …man I know, my cheeks look chubby! We run two miles about every other day. I guess I am going to have to work out more seriously! Anyways Joshua is awesome and he is definitely a stud and has great faith. We only met him like three weeks ago. We will make sure to help him slowly build into a missionary. I am so excited for him. AWESOME!!

Oh, and funny story. So we started filling up the baptismal font just before the Sacrament meeting and we had to check on it half way through the meeting to make sure everything was going well. I guess there some little thingies were in the font some and my companion was trying to get them out when ….wait for it................... his foot slips and he almost falls into the font. Hahaha it was hilarious. Good thing he has great reflexes so he only got his right leg wet.

We also hope to have another baptism next Sunday. Her name is Stephanie and she is an incredible lady. She needs to be able to quit smoking for seven days before she can be baptized so we have been helping her with that. There is a program that we use and for the most part it has been working pretty well for her.
President Drewes often says, "When you do the Lord's work, in the Lord's way, there are no limits."

It is crazy to sit here and think three months ago I’ve entered the MTC. Reflecting back on that, I loved my MTC experience, but there is only so much you can learn just by being at the MTC. Being on a mission has been a blast! It’s wonderful to be able to work hard and just be exhausted by the end of the day. Being able to serve a mission here in the South is perfect and I would not want to be anywhere else. It does have its unique challenges but they help us to develop, to become better missionaries, better priesthood holders, and better men.

I have recently been pondering and studying Chapter 5 in ‘Preach My Gospel’ on the Book of Mormon. This all kind of started with an experience I’ve had while teaching one of our investigators. When Elder Steed and Elder Baron, the Assistants to the Mission President, came last Thursday, I went on exchanges with Elder Steed and during the discussion with Mac, our investigator; I realized the importance of the Book of Mormon. There is nothing more we can teach people about the Bible here in the South. We are not trying to develop their testimonies in the Bible. We talk so much about the Book of Mormon because they have no clue about it and our whole religion stands on the truthfulness of this book. That’s why we ask people to read and pray about it! So that they can find out for themselves that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that it witnesses that the Bible is true, that it testifies of our Lord, Jesus Christ and that it allows further enlightenment that is not found the Bible. It’s just pure awesomeness.
I LOVE being a missionary!!!

The other day while visiting our investigator Stephanie, we wanted to help her and mow the lawn and we had to borrow the lawn mower from the members of the Ward and push it through the street to Stephanie’s house.  It was just so funny, two guys, in a white shirt and tie, pushing a lawn mower:) Where else can you find this? AHAHAHA, I love it, it was so awesome. Being able to do service as a missionary is just great no matter where it is at and who is it for.
 
Thanks again for the package you’ve sent me. It has definitely done well for my tummy!

Enjoy the pictures, have a great week, and I will talk to you on Sunday to wish mom Happy Mother’s Day:)   … so you have only six days left to wait!
Also, dad, I sent you a birthday present, nothing special but I hope you’ll like it. And I will write and send out a hand written letter for you next week.

Love ya'll,

Elder Wawro

PS: It only took ten years to get Osama haha.... finally!

Tumbled tree with root ball out 

With Elder Baron (left) and Elder Steed

With Elder Gerber (left) and Elder Steed

Pushing the lawn mower throug the streets

Joshua's Baptism:-)