Sunday, July 29, 2012

Things are looking up for us

Dear Family,

It has been rather slow week here, but things are looking up for us.
In this area we have bike weeks and every two weeks we only use bikes.  We aren't allowed too many miles, so this week we spent most of the time biking - I guess our bike week this month seems like it has already started and won't end until the end of the month.   But that’s alright - it'll keep me in shape.

We did set two baptismal dates for August 11th with an elderly couple, and we will be going back tonight to teach them again. We are going to be focusing on teaching them about personal revelation and how to receive it.

This past Saturday we also participated in a Ward Council outreach. All four Stakes in our Mission are focusing their efforts on reaching out (rescue) to the less active members, and in helping the Missionaries, so the Stakes and Mission coordinate the ongoing Ward Council outreach where each participating Ward designates a Saturday morning/afternoon to do it.   The Mission provides as many Missionaries as are needed to to do mini splits to visit all the less active members and invite them back.

Also you would be surprised to hear that this morning for exercise me and my companion plus some others Elders played tennis. Boy do I suck nowadays, haha.

Love y'all and enjoy your week!!!!!

Elder Wawro

Elder Wawro and Elder Anderson - 4th of July feast with Elder and Sister Kenworthy

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hard Work ....all day

Dear Family,

Conway, Arkansas is a city of about 52,000 people.  There are eight Missionaries here, one set of Spanish, one set of Sisters, and two sets of English speaking Elders.  Funny enough this area was highly desirable to serve in the beginning of my Mission, but I never thought I would be lucky enough to serve here - and here I am eating my own words 17 months later.  

I am very excited to be here especially because there lots of work ahead of us here to bring this area in numbers of baptisms to what it used to be - last baptism was about 7 months ago.  I will do all that I can to make things better.   Luckily, if I were to give an accounting after leaving all my areas I have left them all better then I found them  ….so there is hope.   I am also excited because I have a great companion to serve with. His name is Elder Smith and he is from Centerville, Utah.   He has been out for 8 months, and has been in Conway for two transfers and now working with me on his third.  The members here are great and there is so much potential here, so we are going to work hard, increase our faith and receive the blessings (Baptism:)  After all that is what we have been sent out to do.    Elder Anderson has stayed in North Little Rock and is now serving with Elder Graham whom I served with back in January and February and part of March.

A member of the Ward here in Conway, Brother McFadden, served his mission is Sacramento, California.   He served in the old Arcade ward which I think now is the Natomas 1st Ward.  He remembers eating at the Tonga Family's home.

I do not have much else to report on because this past week here has been rather slow so next will have more spiritual things included.

Have a great week. Have fun and thanks for your love and support!!!  
Send my love to the McCombs’ family.  

Elder Wawro

Elder Andersen and Elder Wawro at Charles' and Alberta's baptism

Charles and Alberta in their baptismal whites   ...they look so ready:)

Downtown Little Rock - view from North Little Rock

Little Rock State Capitol - view from North Little Rock

Thursday, July 12, 2012

On my way Conway

Dear Family,

Well, things are good for me here.  I guess I have two items of news. First, I ....will be getting transferred.  I have known that for three weeks but didn’t say anything just in case something changed.  Because President Petersen have talked to me about it, I also know where I will be serving next - Conway Arkansas.

The second item of news is about baptisms – two baptisms out of planned three that is great!!!!!  Alberta and Charles were baptized and it was such a sweet experience and there was great Ward support.  I hope that a year from now they will get sealed in the Temple and we can as a family come and see it.   Well, I guess that is a desire of my heart.   Lisa should - I mean - WILL be getting baptized this Saturday, so hopefully I can come back and attend it.

Good thing Elder Deal is ok - we actually had some Elders back in January get pistol whipped and robbed in Memphis. But it turned out well and no one was seriously injured or hurt.  Please tell Sharon congratulations!!

Love Y'all,
Elder Wawro

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Sunshine in my soul

Dear Family,

Thanks for the pictures, it was really cool to see that garden in the backyard, it seems like everyone here in the south has them and so I actually was wondering this past week about how the backyard could make for a good garden.  I did receive the letters from y'all.

This past week here has been good to us.  Our top three investigators are scheduled to be baptized this week, so if everything goes well, we will be having three baptisms this week.  It’s just incredible how much the Lord has blessed me and Elder Anderson these past few weeks.

I do not have much else to report, it’s just crazy to think that I have been out on my mission for 17 months, boy am I getting old:)   And things will just keep on flying by which is even scarier.  Time does fly when you are having fun.

This is the last week of the transfer so next Monday I will be emailing you whether I am being transferred or not.

Have a great week - enjoy the 4th of July but be safe.

Elder Wawro

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Heavenly Father blessed us with a great week

Dear Family,

Well I feel really bad right now because after seeing that Elder Treadway wrote me and y'all, I realized that I am the worst letter writer in the world. It looks like I have couple families to write to.
Thanks for the pictures - it was good to see Elder Treadway having success out in the field.

Well, this past week was certainly better than last week and a lot more successful.  I love seeing lots of member missionary work happening.  We have a family in the ward, The Reynold's, they invited their neighbors to dinner and a lesson last Wednesday.  It worked out really well and we are now teaching them …what a great people. We taught them twice last week and they came to church yesterday and were fellowshipped so well, I was in awe, never seen better fellowshipping my entire mission. We are hoping for them to be baptized before the end of this transfer.  The wife even recognized the spirit during Sacrament Meeting while (Senior Couple) Elder and Sister Kenworthy sang.  She told me right before Sunday School that she felt goose bumps while the Kenworthys sang and I asked what the goose bumps was. She then answered and realized it was the Holy Ghost. And after she realized it was the Holy Ghost it became a spiritual experience for her.   Heavenly Father blessed us with a great week here.

Also last night in my last Ward there was a Devotional directed towards non-members in the Community, to teach them that we are Christians and that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior.  This idea and the need started from a recent incident in Little Rock when a Christian School did not accept an application for an LDS student to attend that school because they were "Mormons" not Christians. The Devotional was powerful and helpful and it was great being able to be there and feel the Spirit of Christ present there.

Kayla, keep pressing forward and don't give up and just enjoy and have a smile on your face. Spiritually minded is life Eternal:). I am very proud of you.

Love Y’ALL and have a great fun week.

Elder Wawro