Monday, July 26, 2010

Utica






dateMon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:14 AM
subjectHi




Yet another great week in Utica.
 
We have been getting ready for transfer planning and meeting a lot with President Bulloch because there's a new teaching curriculum that's being implemented into all the missions in the US. It's pretty much an extension to Preach My Gospel. We have to start changing the mission schedule a little bit to adapt to the new training change.
 
Yesterday we had another fireside in Elmira.. there were about 70 people there. President Bulloch is such a good speaker, i have really loved the opportunity to go around with him. He sets the stage so well for each song... all of his experience in church education and leadership has made him such a natural teacher. It's going to be hard to say goodbye to the Bulloch's.
 
Mom gave me the address of the church that i'll be speaking at on the 8th (9am). For all of you who asked for the address.
2290 Warm Springs Ave
If you have questions you can call her because you wont be able to get ahold of me.
(208) 761-0160 or 0161. i can't remember.
 
Another miracle happened this weekend. Long story short.... A random man named Paul came to church. He had been reading everything on Mormon.org and LDS.org... he is reading the Book of Mormon and he's through 3 nephi. He said that he's been in a spiritual battle with the Catholic church and he's made the decision. He told us "I'm here to stay... what do i need to do next?" We are pretty overwhelmed with all of these blessings. We'll be setting a baptismal date with him this Thursday.
 
We have one more fireside in Albany this Sunday (Aug 1st). It will be fun to see all of my peeps in Albany.
 
Tomorrow I'm going to Palmyra to see the Sacred Grove, the Hill Cumorah and then the Temple! I have wanted to see those things my whole life... and there have been times throughout my mission where we were literally 15 miles away. Finally!
 
I love you all. You'll hear from me next monday.
 
Elder Warr

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Kyle Update

Kyle is still a great as ever! He has sent some family letters about some more special experiences that he has been having. He also has informed us that his return home will be August 5th. 

We just completed printing this blog into book form for Kyle to have when he gets home.  It has been a fantastic way to share with friends and family.  I encourage other families to blog and then print a book for their missionaries!  The website we used for the book publishing is blurb.com. If you have questions about that, you can email me at myyellowbike@gmail.com.

I will post more word from Kyle as I get it!

Thank you for reading with us!

p.s feel free to comment here if you want to get in touch with Kyle and I'll make sure he checks it -- I'm not sure what his new email address will be. I'll post that ASAP too.  

Monday, July 5, 2010

Using a little Spanish

Hey guys,
 
Happy 5th of July! Yesterday was awesome for us....we have been working really hard day after day and it has been difficult finding new people to teach we have been pleading with the Lord and have been working hard to get out of his rut.... until yesterday. It was a normal day of church, there were some great testimonies borne in sacrament meeting and the classes were good. During third hour one of the members of the bishopric came up to us with a name written on a paper. He said a few minutes before he heard the church phone ringing and he answered it... there was a hispanic woman who was on the phone and had been trying to get ahold of the church for about two weeks. He asked her a few questions and after talking she really wanted the missionaries over to her house. She was ecstatic about their conversation and was really looking forward to meeting us. Immediately after church we went over to her house. This woman's name is Francis, she has lived in Utica for over 30 years but recently married Juan from the Dominican Republic. Her home is nice and well kept (which is always a great sign). Juan just moved with his children to live with Francis in Utica. One of Juan's children is Anny, she's 20 years old and joined the church 2 years ago. They got here 2 weeks ago and the transition has been difficult because they don't speak english. Francis is the only one that speaks english so she has to translate for everyone. Anny is really struggling with the move because she really loved the church there and hadn't found the church here yet. Anny's face lit up when she saw us, it was such a cool experience to see the comfort that she found when she saw missionaries from the church. For the past two weeks Anny has been telling Francis all about the church and begging her to call the church...which is ironic because Francis has been searching and searching for the right church for years. We sat down and started asking a few questions. With all three years of my highschool level spanish, i tried to communicate with Anny... i asked her if she likes pencils and how many backpacks she has.. (my spanish is limited to mostly school supplies and little conversational language). We started talking to Francis and she told us her background. She has had a tough past few years. She has prayed and prayed that God would guide her to what's right... and then Juan's family moved in. She said when she called the church, Brother Bloss answered and as she spoke to him this rush of warmth went through her body and she cried. We bore testimony to her that it was the Holy Ghost. As we said that she said she felt it again. Long story short.... we're going back to teach her the gospel and she loves us a lot. Anny is really excited to be able to come to church and Francis is coming with her. 
 
This whole experience has really built me up. I have a lot of gratitude for the church... I can't really explain it, but wherever I go... when i see our church buildings it puts everything in perspective. This isn't our work... it's God's work. I put myself in Anny's shoes... and I think my first reaction to moving to another country would be to find the church. 
 
We're getting ready to head off for zone conferences again. This week we have Albany and Utica. Elder Cook and i have been working late trying to get our trainings together.
 
I don't remember if i mentioned it, but i'll be doing two more firesides. One on the 18th in Utica and one on Aug 1st in Albany.
 
i love you all. pray for missionary opportunities!
 
love,
Elder Warr

Monday, June 14, 2010

Up and down the state of New York

I have seriously been up and down the state of New York multiple times this past week. There was an emergency transfer that we had to take care of and that was really stressful because it all started with President Bulloch getting a phone call from a branch president down state who said that he had been hearing from members that the missionaries were out doing some bad things. President sent us down there to "figure out what's going on". We left early that morning and showed up to their apartment to hear rock music blasting inside.... long story short, we emergency transferred them out and put two solid missionaries in there . they almost got sent home.

There have been some great things happening in Utica. We have one man named Gary with a baptismal date of July 3rd. He has been coming to church and loves it. He has come a long way in his life, and his repentance is real. We're also working with the Glazier family. We met them last week because they wanted us to teach their 7 year old son to prepare him for baptism... and the dad (Cory) isn't a member and we have started to get really close to them. Cory says he's ready to really get into this.They told us yesterday that they think we were brought to Utica for them. I love these people. We have been talking with President Bulloch, and we have set up another piano fireside that i'll be doing here in Utica.. that will be July 18th.

We have been doing transfer planning this week. This has been such a cool experience for me because we sit in front of a huge board with all of the missionaries' picture and names, and then we start moving things around depending on each missionary's personality and skills. I love watching President Bulloch discern between different things and i have learned so much from him! After transfer planning the spirit was so strong we began talking about a lot of personal things. President Bulloch talked about his childhood growing up on a farm in Utah and the struggles he had there. We spoke about some of the experiences in our lives that have brought us to this point. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. The Lord has done so much for me and i have been given so many things that i can't really put to words my gratitude. My mission has changed me. I have been so blessed, and i love my life.

I love you all! I have got to go, we're heading out to work in Syracuse tomorrow!

love,

Elder Warr

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Busy busy busy

Hey guys, this week while we were up in Potsdam for zone conference i had the opportunity to see John Chapman get baptized! I got really close John and his family so it was a great experience his baptism. Missionaries have been working on him for quite some time, and we were so excited to be a part of his conversion.
We're keeping busy. Lots and lots of driving! We will be going to Owego then Syracuse this week and a big new missionary meeting here in Utica on Friday.
sorry, no big email this week, but here are some pictures!
 
love,
Elder Warr

Monday, May 24, 2010

Sicky Ky Ky

Well, this week has been a roller coaster.
 
I have been sicker than a dog. Wednesday we went to Albany to work with the Elders there. It was so cool to see some of the poeple that i taught over a year ago. But Thursday night i got another fever, so i couldn't really do much, i just went straight to sleep, i woke up in the morning and felt a lot better. Saturday i ate way too much because we had two meal appointments back to back. Then at about 3 in the morning Sunday i couldn't sleep because my stomach was going crazy, and then i emptied everything out of my system. We had a baptism Sunday morning so i was literally fighting to stay awake and coherent. I had to play the piano... haha i seriously probably looked like i was on drugs... i don't even know how i managed to play anything. After church we went home and i slept for 7 hours. Then i threw up a few more times. In the mean time, i have been working on a training that i'll be presenting at the zone conferences.... and on top of that i'm learning the area and getting to know our investigators.
 
A few days ago, i got a call from John Chapman in Potsdam. He has decided to get baptized and asked if i would play a musical number at his baptism. I was a little overwhelmed because i worked really hard with John, and i am so happy that he has decided to follow the Savior. The miracle of the whole thing is that we will be in Potsdam for a zone conference the day of his baptism!
 
Through all of this, i have grown a lot. I guess i'm being refined. I really feel like i'm being stretched, and i'm only getting started.
 
sorry i don't have much time, but i love you all.
 
heart,
Elder Warr

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Office

Hello Hello!
 
So, here i sit, in the mission office. My morning has been packed with filling out reports from the last week's statistics, counseling with President Bulloch about some zone conference ideas, figuring out if we're driving down to Binghamton tomorrow, and whatever else. It has surprised me a couple times when we get a call from President Bulloch with a problem or issue and then he tells us to come up with a solution and then report back to him with the answer. I'm starting to realize how much of an influence i have on this mission. These missionaries watch everything we do. I have spent a lot of time in prayer to the Lord to ask for inspiration and support.
 
Elder Fullmer is my companion. He's from Sandy UT. He's such a great humble guy. He's probably the most tempered person i have ever met. He also has a really funny sense of humor so we get along really well.... and there's an integrity in him that i am trying to absorb. I am really looking forward to serving with him and i am so grateful to be working and counseling by his side. I guess one thing that i don't have to worry about in being in Utica is if I'm going to have strong companions. haha.
 
I met the ward yesterday, it's a lot bigger than Potsdam was. We had meetings in the morning and then we peeked into the chapel for a second and the ward choir was practicing for a musical number that day. there were only about 8 people.... they begged us to help them out. Take note that i had just come from Potsdam which has an AMAZING choir. We helped them out. The song was "I Believe in Christ". We were basically just singing all four verses with the piano. I made a few suggestions of ways to alter the song and add some dynamics.... they were all really skeptical at first because they didn't think they could do it. We tried it out, practiced it, and they sounded great! Everyone was excited to sing it. I think that really opened my eyes for a second about music in my life. I noticed that i might have a future in something similar to that. But we'll see how it goes. The Utica ward is really diverse, and i don't know everyone yet, but i have noticed that they arent very personable with the missionaries... they see us as "the elders". Elder Fullmer and I are going to work on that and start to build some friendships with these members.
 
i love and pray for all of you.
 
Elder Warr