Friday, August 31, 2012

First week with my new companion

Dear Family,

My first week with my new companion went by great.  His name is Elder Ackerman and he is from Elko, Nevada. You will be passing through it if I remember correctly on the way to BYU Idaho. I was happy with the way this week went because I really wanted his first week in the Mission to go well.   And it ended well yesterday (Sunday) with two of our investigators finally coming to Church. They loved it, they enjoyed the classes and they seem to be doing really well.  Both still have baptismal dates for September 8th and coming to Church yesterday is really going to help them be prepared for the special covenant of baptism. So having two baptisms lined up is not a shabby way of to start a Mission for Elder Ackerman.

On our second day together we host a table at Hendrix College and that was probably a frightening thing to do as a new Missionary but we enjoyed it, although it was not as successful as we were hoping.  As we were there we realized that our table was the only one with a picture of Jesus Christ and everyone just had display boards with fun activities and gave free things away, and that is just another testament to me that this is the Lord's Church and we were proud of it.  We are going to be doing something similar at another college here.

We try to stay creative here with finding activities because the thing we struggle with the most is consistently finding new investigators.  These past two weeks we have found 0.   We do quite a bit of personal finding but it’s not the most effective way to build our teaching pool.   We focus our efforts on working with the members.  Every baptism I have had this year thus far has come from a member referral and they all got baptized no longer than a month and half after we first met them.  So I would encourage you to be of help to Missionaries in your Ward, be bold with non member family, friends and neighbors, they all had one thing in common and that is that they do not have the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.    And as ‘Preach My Gospel’ teaches, the members are full time finders and the Missionaries are full time teachers.   Trust me I have done a lot of finding in my mission and it nowhere near as effective as member Missionary work.   So I again encourage y'all to share the gospel naturally and normally.  Invitations are easy all you have to do is ask.  

I love this work, I love all the experiences I have had on my Mission and I would not trade them for the world.  

I love y'all so much.
Have a great week, enjoy the last few weeks of the summer and have fun!!!

Elder Wawro

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