Thursday, June 30, 2011

Back in Tennessee

Dear Family,

I will not keep you guessing where I’d been transferred  …I am in Memphis, Tennessee, in the north most neighborhood called Frayser. My companion and I will be sharing the house we live in with another set of Missionaries who serve in this area.

Good to hear that ‘Jimmer’ came to play for Sacramento. That will definitely bring some good LDS publicity to Sacramento and will give me a reason to go see some Kings games when I get back. He is a good player, so it is a really great addition to the team.

I am also glad to hear that Ryan will be serving his Mission in Las Vegas. I’ve heard from many people including my companion and few return Missionaries I met in BYU-I that it is an awesome place to serve a mission. Tell him ‘congratulations’ for me. He will do great!

Thank you so much for all the updates and emails, I enjoyed them very much.
I got some good news for you guys; a Sister that Elder Crotts and I worked with back in Little Rock was baptized this past Saturday.  I was just so happy:-)))  Would have loved to have been there, but I understand that it was not meant to be.  I will try to love Frayser because it truly is a great place to serve with so many awesome people.

It is crazy to think that I will be going on 5 months, it’s not supposed to go by so fast, that’s not fair, SLOW DOWN!!!!!!

I love being a missionary and this area will help me to improve as a missionary in all aspects and I am excited to progress because I can be a better tool in helping the Lord do his work. Being a Missionary is awesome!!

Here is my address: 4054 Lehi Drive, Memphis, TN, 38128

Well I love you guys and I hope you have a great week and enjoy every second of life.

Elder Wawro

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Transfer - On my way to ....(stay tuned)

Dear Family,

I will not keep you guessing, I am getting transferred. I loved this area but then again I will love any area I serve, and it just means I am needed more in another area. I will work hard wherever I serve.
I enjoyed serving with Elder Crotts and I learned a lot from him. This transfer flew by and in all honesty I thought we would stay a little longer together.  Mom you are right the South is very challenging but it helps us to become better missionaries. There is lots of opposition and people at times are not willing to listen, but you are also right that I do LOVE it here and I would not want to serve anywhere else.
Well Dad I hope you had an awesome Father’s Day, because you are awesome, plus I am a little jealous of your chocolate covered strawberries which made me drool.

Big news! President Gibbons is no longer going to be our new Mission President and President Peterson will be taking his place. President Peterson was originally going to serve in Russia but because of his line of work, he apparently cannot go there.  So their assignments were switched.

The work is moving along here in Little Rock. I am sad to leave when we finally are having some success here. They should be having a baptism this coming Saturday and then there should be another one on July 2. These people here are awesome and I have genuinely loved serving here. We were also recently teaching an investigator named CJ who is working on quitting smoking. He’s a stud and has been smoke free for a couple days now. I am excited for him because I feel like once we start teaching him more about the gospel he will progress quickly because he is a sincere person so he will keep commitments.

Thank you for your emails, I really enjoy them:)
I guess there will be more to write next week, and you will find out where in the world I will be going, haha.

I love you all so much, and hope you have a wonderful week.

Elder Wawro

P-Day Birthday Vlog:)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

....Same old?

Dear Family,

Thank you so much for your emails! I really enjoyed them. That package you guys sent me was amazing, I sure did and still am enjoying it.  The tie is really nice. I wore it too Zone Conference.

This past week was Stake Conference, and our Stake here in Little Rock got a new Stake President. Elder Donald Hallstrom from the Presidency of the Seventy presided over the Conference and he gave a wonderful talk about the difference between the gospel of Jesus Christ and the Church of Jesus Christ.

President Drewes will officially finish his service as our Mission President on June 31st. He is such a wonderful person and ‘the best’ Mission President ever:)  I know though that his successor President Gibbons will be an amazing Mission President and we will all love him just as much as we do President Drewes.

Not much to report this week, just kind of the same old, same old. Just trying to become better and find ways to improve and mature in all aspects of my life. I just need to take it one day at a time and just love it. Also, thanks for those quotes dad, they were good.

Also mom, I am excited to read your conversion story, and dad your conversion story was amazing and you are living testimony of what the gospel of Jesus Christ can do for a person.

I send all my love to you guys and have a great week. And dad HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!!!!! :)

Elder Wawro

Thursday, June 9, 2011

'Dotty' chart ....C to the A to the L

Dear Family,

This week has certainly been challenging! At times it felt as though I was useless. When you have set appointments that fall through almost every day and all you can do is contact you feel like something isn’t working. The only referrals we receive are from other missionaries and most of them we will never even get to see because they never answer their phones and they are never home. We scramble around town just to find one person to teach. It can be frustrating.

It is at these times that I feel I need to be more spiritual and more willing to endure with diligence. And how do I do it?  I will not stop working hard, each minute is the Lords and my intentions are to use them wisely. I know what I can do, which I have not been doing at all times  ….praying with all my might. This is something that I will work on really hard!

There are many good people here but so many limits the power and influence of God to the Bible. It feels as though they worship the bible more than they do our Savior, Jesus Christ. As it says in the Bible and Book of Mormon there are many false prophets who deceive these people and it all starts with the great deceiver, Satan. He is working hard every day and there is not one second where he tries not to stir people to confusion. That is why missionaries have to be bold, to clear up confusion.

I love it here and I am so grateful to have this opportunity to grow, but I can only grow if I allow myself too, so I hope I am not too stubborn or prideful because those things will hinder my progression. I would not want to serve my mission anywhere else than the South, it’s awesome:)

I loved Kayla's letter and her pictures were awesome. I really enjoyed it all. She’s the best!

Sorry to here that you guys are having rainy weather. We have the opposite. It is BLAZING heat, once you leave the apartment for a few minutes you are drenched. When you tract and bike you are just swimming in sweat. By the end of the night we are so sticky and wet, but all you can do is to enjoy it ,haha!!!

I am learning a lot from my companion Elder Crotts, he definitely knows his stuff and knows his scriptures.  He has a scripture for any concern or misunderstanding. So I am working to be very familiar with all my scriptures.

That ‘dotty’ mission progress chart is filling up quickly  …it is crazy to think that I have been out for 4 months, and to see that both Paane and James are back home from their missions. I thought this was the part of your mission that is supposed to be slow, but this is going by so fast and being a ‘greeny’ is awesome. I just do not want know how fast my last year as a missionary will be, its literally going to fly by. It’s kind of scary to think.

Thank you for your gift to Joshua, it will be much appreciated. and for the package you have sent me (I told you not too:-).

I love you all so much, you guys are the best! I hope you all enjoy this following week and be safe. Also say hi to everyone back home for me.
Here are some pictures you have been waiting for.

Elder Wawro

With Joshua

With Joshua and Charity

Visit with Staphanie

Thumbs Up for Thelma

At the Guymons

Hanging out with Yarbroughs 

P-DAy in the 'Caddy''

With Elder Gerber

High waters in Mississippi - Memphis

Thursday, June 2, 2011

What Matter of Men and Women Ought Ye to Be?

Dear Family,

I’m glad you understood reasons why I was not able to send email on Memorial Day! …good thinking.  Don’t worry about the length of your email …the longer the better:)
Congratulations to Kayla on her graduation!!!!, It’s crazy to think that both me and her have both graduated high school.

I do not have too much to write about so this will be a short email.

Nothing really exciting happened this past week! I am just enjoying my mission and have been reflecting these past few days how I have changed since I first entered the field. I am certainly not shy anymore. I love being able to talk to everyone, to share the gospel with people and to have no fear. It’s like second nature to me, being a missionary is so awesome.

I honestly see big progress. I am definitely a different missionary now than I was almost four months ago. I’m grateful for the examples of other missionaries that I have around me. I try to learn from them as much as I can.

I would like you guys to read a talk titled, "What Matter of Men and Women Ought Ye to Be?" given by Elder Lynn G. Robbins, member of the Quorum of the Seventy in this latest general conference.
There is nothing that I need so no need to send anything:)  .…Oh and I will be sending you mission pictures next email.  Sorry for the wait!
Have great week and enjoy the summer season.

Elder Wawro