Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Healthy, alive and kicking!

Dear Family,

I'll start today's email with the not so good stuff so that I can end on the good note. First, the package - they did not have it at the office in my apartments, which could mean a couple things. I know that if it is by USPS they don't bring it to the door so i don't think that was the case. My guess is that the mail courier just gave it to the wrong person. I went to the post office to see if they would have it there, but they didn’t and they needed a tracking number to which I did not have.   I did get the money in the letter and it came at the perfect time because I had no money left and this week we only have one dinner appointment. So THANKS!!!!!

We are basically now down to one investigator and last week I had one of my slowest weeks on my Mission.   Although that is how I got my last two baptisms, without member support, Missionary work can be very hard and frustrating because people aren't really too fond of the Missionaries knocking on their door.   So please talk and share the gospel with friends and neighbors, so that this great work can continue to move forward. Of course it won't be easy but the more you do it the more natural and normal it will become to you. I am proud of all that you do for the Missionaries back home ...keep it up, y'all are awesome!!

Both Carolyn and Johnny are still doing great!  Johnny just got the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday and I know there are still lots of great things in store for him.   We will be trying to get Carolyn to the Temple for baptisms before the year ends.  

I am healthy, alive and kicking! So what more can I ask for. We are pressing forward and will continue to do our best.   I think you will like the picture.

Have a great week and be safe!!

Elder Wawro

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Miracles Happen

Dear Family,

It was good to hear from y'all again. 
First off I have some good news  ….our ‘miracle’ investigator Johnny did in fact get baptized on Saturday and it turned out to be a great baptismal service.  We probably had more than 50 people attending and our mission President and his wife got to come as well.

But getting to Saturday's baptism was quite a journey  ….here is the whole story.  Most of the week, we were not sure if he was going to be able to move out and resolve his roommate situation which would not have allowed him to be baptized.  On Wednesday Johnny came to the Institute and we invited to his lesson one of the Young Single Adults (YSA) who were present in the building.  After the lesson Johnny was updating us on his housing situation and told us that he still had not found a place to move.  The YSA who was with us spoke up and said he knew of some great inexpensive apartments.   Johnny got the apartment, but was told that he would not be able to move in until Monday.   Because he did not wanted to postpone the baptism one week he asked if he could stay with a member of the Ward for that weekend.  
Well it worked out that he did and because of Johnny's faith and prayers of many, including yours, the miracle took place and Johnny was baptized.   He can also claim that he was baptized by Joseph Smith because he asked to be baptized by a member of the Ward by that name, haha:)

I love y'all and hope y'all have a great week!!!!!!!!! Miracles Happen!!!

Elder Wawro

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Riding in the rain

Dear Family,

Thanks for all the emails, letters and for the pictures.

Just like y'all we had a really good week here in Conway. We got to see our ‘miracle’ investigator come to Church again and it’s just so awesome to see him participate in classes. His testimony these past few weeks has really been being strengthened. We are excited for this next weekend and hope to report back to you next Monday of his baptism   ….plus will have some pictures for you.   We also had another investigator of ours, come to Church and we were able to set a baptismal date with him for the 10th of November  ….what else we can ask for?  We really have been greatly blessed with success.  Yes, it is hard work but always (no matter the day) completely worth it.  Even when you bike in the rain like we did this past week on a bike week.  (You never think you could be so happy riding in the rain except as a Missionary, it’s awesome!)

Carolyn is doing great ….she continues to read the Book of Mormon, watched parts of Conference, and came to Church yesterday.  She is going to be feeding us tomorrow as well.   Everything is going great for us lately - we are enjoying the work, having fun and of course working hard.

I love y'all and appreciate your prayers, because I know I need them always. Have a great week and make life fun.

Elder Wawro

Friday, October 12, 2012

Finish off strong

Dear Family,

I know what you mean about a spiritual feast ….. General Conference was SWEEEEEEEET! I truly hope that the lowering of age limits will help to have more Missionaries out in the field and I know that it will since this decision was made by revelation.

We sure did have some investigators watch General Conference   ….our miracle investigator from almost 3 weeks ago, watched every single session both Saturday and Sunday at a member’s home, and even came for Priesthood session!  That’s what I'm talking about.   And we also had a new investigator come as well – great man - more on him (hopefully) next week.

I had some bitter (not really bitter more like sad) feelings when closing hymn "God be with you till we meet again" was sang at the close of the last session of the Conference knowing that the next time I will watch the General Conference   ….I would be off my Mission and that’s a horrible thought to think about. But what can you do?  ...nothing - just finish off strong!

Not much else   ….weather here is beautiful, it is starting to cool down, and I love it.

Keep having fun, be safe, and enjoy life!

Elder Wawro

C to the A to the L to the L to the E to the D to the T to the O to the S to the E to the R ....

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Zero complaints:)

Dear Family,
Y'all probably know that today is transfer week, but no worries here because since I am training we are staying to finish up the training. That is exciting because we enjoy serving together and packing bags isn't any fun.

Great news - Carolyn was baptized on Saturday and we are really excited for her.   The Baptismal service turned out really nice and we had a good amount of the Ward members for support and welcoming.   Elder Ackerman enjoyed his very first baptism.

This our progressing well with our young man investigator,  He is still very much interested and last Monday during the lesson we set a baptismal date with him for the 20th of October. He came to Church yesterday and he is doing really great!  Your prayers on behalf of our investigators are always much appreciated.

So all in all everything is fantastic and I have 0 complaints. I love my Mission, I love this work.   Now we just need to continue to find more wonderful people to teach and keep the ball rolling. I can't believe General Conference is this coming Saturday and Sunday.  Time is passing way too fast.

Have a great week, enjoy yourselves, and enjoy Conference. The only thing I can think of needing is a few stamps and I mean just a few.   Love Y'all!!!!

Elder Wawro