Thursday, July 28, 2011

Moments that make up for all the hard days

Dear Family,

This week has certainly been uplifting, more than any other week this transfer and I really appreciate the advice (dad) that you gave me from D&C. And this week I have just been pondering how legit my family is.  You guys are both converts yet so strong in the gospel and have never gone astray. I am so, so proud of you all. You guy are awesome!!!!!

I want to share with you one really special experience with one of our investigators. My companion and I meet her while tracting few weeks ago.  She invited us in and we were able to teach her the first half of the first lesson. The lesson went well but it had to be cut short because she was busy. Until this last Saturday we had not been able to sit down with her. So when we actually got an appointment with her we were so excited. The only time she was available was at 8:0 a.m.  so we took it and were right on time.  I said the opening prayer and we went right into the lesson. The lesson began really well and we started to ask her question to see how much she remembered from last time and asked her questions about the Restoration pamphlet that we left with her. Everything went so well.  The following is what makes it special to me.   Elder Sprague and I did not even thought about setting a baptismal date with her, nor have we planned to set one. But as the lesson was winding down, I got a prompting from the Spirit to ask her to be baptized. I hesitated for a little while waiting for the right opportunity. Then I just told her straight up that that even though we had not talked much about baptism with her I was prompted to ask her ‘will you be baptized?’  Well …and she said yes!!!!!!!!!!!! We have a date with her for the 20th of August. She told us that the after that first morning visit and lesson with her she just felt good for the rest of the day and she then realize why. She also said that she felt like crying when we gave her the Book of Mormon. It was by far the best and most spiritual lesson on my mission.

It is moments like this that make up for all those other hard days:)

I love you guys and I will be sending letters and pictures for Kayla's birthday.
Have a great week and enjoy the last couple of weeks with K.

Elder Wawro

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Another week "has gone by so fast" :)

Dear Family,

You guys are too funny, every week I hear, "This week has gone by so fast." ….sounds familiar huh? I think I might have told you that before I left for my Mission, oh yes I did. I am just giving you guys a hard time:) It makes me smile to see you guys so happy and to see that time has flown by for you.
So this week has been a little frustrating at times as well. Although on the positive side we teach few people who are sincerely seeking. And we actually had a really good lesson with a less active Sister in the Ward here in Memphis. The spirit was so strong and we hope for her to be able to enter the walls of the Temple again.

I heard something really interesting this morning in the car. We were waiting for a man who wanted to meet with us at the Church and give him some gospel reading material. While waiting for him in the car we listened to a talk by John Bytheway titled "5 scriptures that can get you past almost anything."  He referenced a scripture in 1 Nephi 11:17. This is when an angel of the Lord appears to Nephi. Nephi is asked if he knows the condescension of God and he replies by saying he does not, adding that what he does know is that our Heavenly Father loves all his children. So if we know that God loves us, than we do not ask questions like, “why does God makes me go through this?” ...etc. We may not know why we are given certain trials or challenges but when we know that God loves us then the “whys” don’t matter.
No cool stories this week but life is all good and I hope you guys have great upcoming week and remember enjoy the summer. Also tell Ben I am excited to here where he will be going and tell him congratulations!!!!!

I love you guys and yes I’ve received both of your letters (I just forgot to mention it last week:)

Elder Wawro

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Got to go to the Memphis Tennessee Temple

Dear Family,

Thank you for all the updates from home, it comforts me to know that you all are doing so well. It sounds like YW camp is going to be good this year and I am sure Kayla will enjoy it very much especially because she gets to have some responsibility.

So I’ve had two funny experiences this past week. The first happened when my companion and I were walking in Frayser and a construction man sees us walking buy and asks ‘So you guys carry guns?’ When we replied ‘no’, he said ‘well you definitely need to carry some’. It was funny hearing that because since I have been on my mission I don't really pay much attention to dangers around me (no one messes with the Missionaries:) so then an experience like that quickly reminds you of where you are. The second experience happened just a few days ago.  Elder Sprague and I were contacting people at one of the apartments in the area like we often do.  We passed by the big gathering of people and friends, so we talked to some of them and as we are leaving and turning the corner, we say ‘bye’ to a little girl (she couldn’t have been more than three)  … and she says ‘bye, bye policemen!’. AAWWWW that was so funny!

So far this week we have had good weather as it has not rained or stormed but it’s still really hot. They say here that August is the hottest month, so I have lots of hot weather to look forward too.

The reason why my email is a lot later than usual is because I got to go to the Memphis Tennessee Temple today! It was beautiful. The Temple is smaller that Sacramento Temple but it was just so wonderful. It has been a long few months since I had last visisted the Temple and it was awesome to go back.

The end of the past week was pretty disappointing. We had such a good start of the week with many good lessons and were even able to set some baptismal dates with promising investigators ….but none of them came to Church on Sunday. It was in all honesty very frustrating but I guess I shouldn’t really linger on that too long  …just go to move on and work harder.  My mission thus far has been very hard and it doesn't seem to get any easier with new trials every day. It’s hard but it’s what I need to become a lot better missionary and a much better person. I guess it’s hard because I needs lots of growing up:)

We do have a couple investigators who seem really sincere and who I think can be strong members down the road. So it’s those people that give us the hope we need to work hard day in and day out.

Also, this past week I got to meet our new Mission President and his wife; President and Sister Petersen. Wow, they are amazing. They have so much love for everyone and their testimonies are unbreakable. President Petersen is very inspired and like his predecessor he is a ‘spiritual giant’ with a firm testimony of missionary work.

Wish you guys a wonderful week, with much success and many blessings. Be safe and enjoy the summer weather.

Elder Wawro

Friday, July 8, 2011

"Missionaries Live Their Faith In Memphis"

Dear Family,

The reason I am able to email you during a holiday is because we can email from the Church here in Frayser.  So it sounds like you guys are going to have a blast today and I hope you do. Also to help you enjoy your 4 of July festivities you will be able to watch two of my Zone Leaders on TV (or more likely on the Internet).  The Fox News Channel here in Memphis is going to follow them around for about three hours in the Memphis North zone - Frayser.   I don’t know where you will be able to find it but I am sure you should be able to Google it.

This past week was pretty tough. We did not reach our weekly goals but the last two days, Saturday and Sunday turned out to be pretty successful. It has been hard because it was our ‘biking’ week but because my companion’s bike was broken we did A LOT of walking:)  The work here in Frayser has been going a lot better when we open our mouths to everyone we talk to. We find more success that way because when we share our message with everyone we are doing it in the Lord's way and when we do it his way nothing is impossible.

I’m starting to like Frayser more, it was just my attitude coming in that stopped my development, but I am getting over myself and just trying to improve and to be more dynamic missionary.

So my current companion is Elder Sprague. He is from Santaquin, Utah and does not have too much longer until he goes home.

I think I have mentioned this before that there Elder Sprague and I share the house here in Frayser with two other Missionaries ….and guess what?  ….I actually live with Elder Bradley’s friend from back home.  Isn’t this a cool fun fact? :)

Today we as missionaries are planning to do a BBQ in our backyard and just have some good ol fun. So I'll be having fun too!  Please make sure you say ‘Hi’ to the boys for me. Tell them that they are awesome!

Mom I did in fact get your letter and yes it would be safe to receive a package at my home address but honestly as for right now I do not need anything, thank you though!

You guys have a blessed week. I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!
Elder Wawro