Monday, December 15, 2008
Tis the season to all :)
It has been a glorious and freezing time here in albany!
the last couple days there were some ice storms, and trees were breaking left and right landing on homes and power lines etc... about a 5th of albany was out of power, but i think they are getting it under control, we were lucky and still have warmth.
So last week, i was asked to play a musical number at a christmas party, it went well, i played O holy night, and it was fun. it turns out that there is a world renowned violinist Ben Chan that lives in our stake. he was there, and he had his violin, so we put a song together and played! it was awesome, he's amazing. the people loved it, and it was a great experience.
It actually feels like christmas here... i thought it would be weird being away from home for christmas, but then i realized that there are a bunch of other guys my age who are away from home, and they are my family.
The event of the week.... elder grover and i were walking back to our apartment on lark street, and we discovered a man in a speedo and a santa hat running down the street.haha! it was 15 degrees outside, and then we come to find 100 more men running in speedo's. haha. apparently there was a santa speedo fundraiser. it was hilarious.
welp, im about out of time. i love you guys
I have gained some weight...
we made german pancakes.. they were Deelish.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sent December 8, 2008
Merry Christmas everyone :)
It is freezing. I bought some sweet new 1980's ear-muff things, and they work great, i endorse them to all who get cold ears in the winter.
Albany is great. We had our branch christmas party this saturday, and elder grover and i played a "Christmas Medley" with elder grover on the saxophone and me on the piano. It was so much fun, we had a couple investigators there, and they loved it. everyone wanted an encore after we played it. it was a blast, we recorded a video of it, so i will try and get that emailed this month for christmas.
On my mission--- i have noticed a difference of peoples' personalities during the holidays. it seems like now that it's Christmas... everyone is holding doors for everyone, and they are more receptive to us. we still of course get the occasional people who seem to have a break down if we even mention the name Joseph Smith. it's hilarious... sometimes if we even say Joseph Smith- they just turn off and start twitching or even run away. it's hilarious.
anyways... during this month of our savior's birth, it's awesome because we get to carol! I am blessed to have a companion that can sing parts so it has been fun stopping random people in downtown albany and singing silent night. it's awesome.
The Gospel is TRUE.
Everyone read 3 Nephi 17 it's my favorite right now :)
i love you guys :)
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sent December 1st, 2008:
It is now December of 2008
Elder Grover and I had a very eventful week.
We had thanksgiving at the Branch building with a bunch of single adults and older members of the ward, and that was great. Sadly, we didnt get to play in the turkey bowl because we couldnt leave our apartment until 10... but it's ok because after the thanksgiving dinner, we all went into the basement of the branch building, and there was a pingpong table and some other stuff, so we played ping pong. I was undefeated. I went 8-0... yes i was very proud. after i beat just about everyone in the room, i had everyone call me KING PING... haha! good times. Thanksgiving was great, and i was very thinkful for a lot of things. i was mainly thankful for my family... and the opportunity to serve a mission. When i study the plan of salvation, it makes me realize how important family is in this life.
The day after thanksgiving we had a very unusual experience... there are some weird things in Albany, but this one was especially weird. We decided to go to a less-active members house to check up on him-- Brother Ramos. Brother Ramos has a girlfriend named Taresa, but apparently Taresa is a man...with feminine qualities.. We went to knock on the door, and we heard obnoxious laughing and what sounded like "men" trying to sound like women. They answered the door, and we saw two of them... Taresa, and another boy/girl friend. Brother Ramos was no where in sight. I have a hard time calling her Taresa... i would rather say Terrance... or Terry. They were both obviously drunk, and immodestly dressed. We asked where brother ramos was, and he was passed out in the back room. they dragged him out, and he looked up and mumbled for us to say a prayer for him. so we prayed. and then we just wanted to get out of there, my emotions were so mixed up... i really didnt know what was going on. They wanted to shake our hands, and i had gloves on. Taresa asked me to take my glove off so she could feel my skin, and we just turned around and left. We didnt know if we should laugh or be upset... so it was just akward.
anyways.... it was pretty disgusting. but other than that... we found a new family we're teaching this week, and they are awesome!
I love you guys, thanks for everything :)
love, elder warr
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
From: Kyle Warr [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:22 AM
It is FREEZING cold here in albany. and it's not (AL-bany) ... it's (ALL-bany). some people made fun of me for saying ALbany, and i fixed that little error.
The cold here is a different kind of cold, it's not an Idaho cold... this kind of cold is the cold that slowly freezes you down to your bones. about every 15 minutes we have to go into a store or somewhere to thaw out. and take note that we're outside among the children of men for about 11 hours a day. it's freezing. Besides the freezing... it's going well.
My companion elder grover has been out for 8 months, and we get along very well. we have so much fun. one thing about albany is theres so much poverty here, it's actually a dirty city. of course it's nice down by the capitol... but living conditions are crazy here. no one has teeth... that's how we tell if someone is accountable or not.. if they have teeth.
Our mission president gave elder grover and i permission to play a musical number at our branch christmas party. Just so you know.. Elder Grover plays the Saxaphone, and he is amazing! he's majoring in music performance at BYU-I and he got a saxaphone the other day and played for me. We are so excited to do a number, and we're going to record a video of it to send out to our fams. I have been able to use music here and there on the mission, and the mission president told me next month we will be starting a tour around the mission for my restoration fireside!
i got to go.. but i love everyone. :)
love, elder warr
Monday, November 17, 2008
From: Kyle Warr mailto:email@example.com
This week was one of the coolest/craziest/amazingest weeks of my life.
I'm in Albany New York... We live off of Washington and Lark... we are
directly in the heart of Downtown Albany. Our apartment is this little
tiny townhouse above a bar, and throughout the night we hear sirens, and
drunk people cussing eachother out... sometimes i just break out
laughing because we can hear every little detail of the arguments, and i
cant help but laugh. we dont take our trash out.. we just throw it out
the window in bags...We talk to literally everyone that we see. this
week we talked to 600 people, and that's amazing compared to the 100 a
week in North Syracuse
My first day in Albany, we were talking to people on the way to an
appointment, and we came up to this black guy who looked really mad.
take note that he was carrying a hammer. we asked him how he was doing,
and he said "not too @&#^$*& good." and he continued to walk on. the
funny part of the story is that we will never know the tail end of that
story or what happened.
My companion is Elder Grover, he's awesome! It turns out that his mom
was Emily's teacher at BYU-Idaho so it was cool to find that link. He is
seriously amazing.... i think Elder Grover will be a General Authority
someday. he's a really powerful teacher, and he works really hard.
There's so much history here, the buildings are all from the early
1800's and it's beautiful!
i am about out of time so i have to go, but i love you all, and ill
write more next week.
love, elder Warr
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
From: Kyle Warr mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Elder Warr
BIG NEWS--I have been in North Syracuse for 3 months now, but that's
about to change --They are sending me to downtown Albany! i will be in
the heart of the capitol of NY, i am really excited. I will be with
Elder Grover from Idaho Falls. Everyone says albany is awesome, so that
will be cool.
I will miss North Syracuse but i am excited for my mission to change a
little bit. From what i hear, whenever you go to a new area, it's like
you go to a whole new mission. I hear in albany we'll talk to 600 people
a week, and teach a bunch of people all of the time.
There's a family here in North Syr.. the Van Wies... They are an
awesome family. Jake Van Wie is 19 and he's getting ready to go on a
mission, he has turned his life around in the last year, and was
involved in drugs and anything you can imagine. i have become good
friends with Jake. His mom is really nice and a great lady. Jakes dad
used to be the ward mission leader and a great man until about 5 years
ago when he fell off of their roof. he hurt his back and is now addicted
to pain killers. he lost most of his teeth but recently got a new set of
teeth. for 5 years he has avoided everyone in the ward and runs upstairs
whenever anyone comes over. For 12 weeks i have felt strongly like i can
help him... it was frustrating because i would try and try to hurry
inside before he ran upstairs... but it just didnt work out. Last night
we spontaneously went over there and he was outside doing yard work. I
told my companion to follow me, we called jake and snuck in the back
door so we would be in the house when his dad came in. his dad came in
and was very surprised. I stood up and shook his hand. and next thing
you know we're in the living room laughing and talking. He has a
powerful testimony, and i was in tears when he started talking about his
conversion story. I was so happy i cant even explain it.... Jake and his
mom were crying and they thanked us so much for coming around that day.
Now im leaving North Syracuse so i wont see what happens. I felt like
that was one of the main reasons i was brought to this area. i love the
Van Wies, and i am so grateful because that is what missionary work is
i love you guys!!
love, Elder Warr
Monday, November 3, 2008
Subject: Everyone, E.Warr update and pictures
Did everyone have a happy halloween? great.
Halloween night, we had to go into our apartment at 6 because i guess
in the years past, people dont believe the missionaries because they
think it's just another halloween costume, and some missionaries were
getting egged etc... anyways, we decided to stop by this haunted house
at a neighbor's on the way into our apartment. These people went ALL OUT
on the haunted house. It was amazing. In the middle of us walking
through the haunted house, i was innocently walking, and the next thing
i know.. i'm on the ground! Someone had completely pushed me on the
ground. I couldnt find my companion, and i thought i saw him running
away. The next thing i know, some people are trying to take my backpack.
i was trying my hardest to get out. Finally i get out, and i see some
people messing with my companion... they were taking his backpack and
told him to give them money... i finally convinced him to just give it
to them. and we left. My shirt got ripped... my tie ruined, my pocked
ripped... it was horrible. We took off to the apartment. isn't that
crazy? i bet it would have been crazy, because i just made that story
On Saturday, Hannah Bockus was baptized! She's the one in the picture. I
performed the baptism, her last name used to be Skinner, and now it's
bockus, so in the middle of the prayer i said BOCKER. i had no clue i
said it like that, so when they told me i said bocker i just couldnt
stop laughing. but anyways, it was a beautiful baptism, and i have
become really good friends with hannah. Her family was there, and some
of her siblings went, and they said they felt the spirit.
Everything is going awesome here in NY, and i miss everyone.
I love you guys, hope you like the pics
Monday, October 27, 2008
Subject: Hello world
hey everyone- it's elder warr- Tis the season!
It's getting cold here in NY. but it's ok, im staying warm.
As missionaries, we're grateful for everything, and with thanksgiving
coming up... we are especially grateful for everything.. but we're not
grateful for people who go around slashing bike tires. yes, someone
slashed our bike tires. it was horrible. My comp was pretty angry, but i
took Elder Wirthlin's advice, and just started laughing. before we knew
it, we were both laughing. now it's just a memory.
So recently, i decided that missionary life is exactly like the movie
ground hog day. every single day we wake up at 630, run around the
apartment for 30 minutes, and then get ready and study for 2 hours.
everytime we leave the apartment, we see the same exact people, and
pretty much say the same exact things to them every morning. but we do
our best to mix life up a little bit. so lately, whenever we get a
phonecall at the apartment, if my companion answers, whatever room he is
in, i start vaccuuming right by him. he gets frustrated, and then i get
frustrated because he shouldnt be on the phone in the room that i just
so happen to be vaccuuuming in.
We have a baptism coming up on saturday! her name is Hannah Skinner, and
she's seroiusly awesome. She's 21, and has the cutest little 9 month old
girl named Hope. she asked if i would do a musical number at the baptism
on the piano. i called another missionary in Auburn who has an amazing
voice, and we're going to do "Come Thou Fount" at her baptism. im
excited. I've gotten close to Hannah, and she's the best.. and Hope
loves me... but it's sad because we're not allowed to hold babies.
We're working hard, and bringing more souls to the gospel.
i love you all!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Subject: Fwd: People around the world
My dear family and friends-
So things in North Syracuse have been really wet, and at the same time, Red, and yellow, and orange.
The Fall hit really fast! but i love it. and in about 2 more weeks, you will be seeing some amazing pictures of upstate new
So, 2 days ago, my companion elder bench and i were knocking on a door in a apartment complex... so there were doors
behind and to the sides of us. we knocked on the door, and all of a sudden, the door behind us opened, and a woman said,
hello come in. We had a member Brother May with us, so we could go in. We went in, and it smelt like incense, and moldy
cardboard. anyways... she said her name was rose, and she told us she was 'Wicken'.... apparently these people are witches,
and they do chants and things. she said they believe in a mother goddess rather than heavenly father. so we told her a little
bit about the nature of God... and a couple minutes later she says "well im glad you guys finally showed up." and we were a
little confused, and she said "i knew y'all was comin... i had a vision. i had a vision of 3 men in white shirts comin' to my
door, and i let them in." we set up a return appointment, and when we were saying goodbye she told me that her and my
spirits had met before.
i smiled and we left.
We called back for her appointment, and she was sleeping... so we still have yet to go back. anyways... we found 6 new
investigators this week. and we were given an awesome couch. i re-arranged the apartment. it looks awesome!
I have finished my first transfer, and i am excited for the 2nd. im getting a new companion!
i love everyone.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Subject: Fwd: Everyone
Hola my peeps.
The trees are changing, and it's amazing.
As a missionary, we live some of the highest standards of obedience, morality, and discipline in this day and age. This
includes appearance, language, and manners.
I have now found that when im talking about my parents, i now say 'Father' rather than Dad, and 'Mother' rather than Mom. I
am changing everyday, and my vocabulary is enhancing itself as i deepen my education in the gospel, and quicken my
understanding of my knowledge of the Diety in heaven. I suppose my recent alteration of language will better my mental
ability to live these standards.
Last week, we talked to a Born Again Christian, and he started telling us that all we have to do is accept Christ and there's
nothing more that we have to do. i asked about the purpose of the commandmants, and he said they were "guidelines" and a
teacher. So i asked why heavenly father didnt just call them Guidelineamants. My companion started laughing, and we had to
As missionaries, our sense of humor changes, and we get excited about the smallest things like the orange scented
dishwashing soap we got... that was an event in our apartment.
i love you all, and the work is great. i learn more every day.
love, elder warr
Monday, September 15, 2008
Sent: Mon Sep 15 15:39
Subject: Fwd: My Peeps
People around the world,
It is as humid as ever here in New York. My skin is getting nice treatment because i am in a constant sauna...
But the work is going forth!
On Saturday, Art Monty was baptized, and i had the priveledge of doing it. it was such an awesome experience to be able to
use the priesthood in that way. When we walked down into the water, he told me "Don't drown me." It was incredible to see
this 81 year old man's desire to follow Christ. I played a version of "When i am baptized" at the baptism, and it was really
spiritual because i had flashbacks of my baptism when Emily and Mason sang that same song. It has a tender spot in my
As missionaries, when we are called to serve, we are called to love God. it's amazing how much he will help us when we just
reach out to him.
Last night was a trip...
It was really windy, and i was exhausted beacuse the humidity just takes all your energy. So we went to sleep, and i woke up
a couple times because a tree was hitting our window... and then around 1:30 i woke up to my companion's voice saying
"Elder........Elder..... i cant sleep." so then all of a sudden the light flicks on, and he says, "lets study" He threw Preach My
Gospel at me, and he started reading.
i thought he was joking, and said "um.... seriously?" i couldnt believe what was going on so he told me to read, and we were
reading about how we can gain strength through faith. whenever it was my turn to read, i would throw in sentences like
"Faith in Christ can strengthen us when were trying to fall asleep" and " we will be blessed in allowing our companions to get
a full night's rest" he told me that we are supposed to wake eachother up if we are awake in the middle of the night, and i
just said... why don't you just go back to sleep? so after about an hour, he said that he was tired again.. so we went to bed....
i am still figuring it out but, i love him!
i love you guys, stay faithful :)
love, elder warr
Monday, September 8, 2008
Subject: Fwd: EVERYONE
TIS THE SEASON!
So over here in New York, the trees are beginning to turn yellowy... and the weather is amazing. yesterday there was a type
of fog, but it was more of a mist, and it was the weirdest thing i have ever seen in my life, i didnt know if it was sprinkling..
anyways, the work is going great!
This coming saturday, ill be performing my first baptism!
Art monty, the 81 year old man is being b-tized. he asked me to play a musical number on the piano at the baptism... so
that will be a great experience, considering that ill be playing the piano, and baptizing him. the Lord has blessed me with
these opportunities, and im grateful. A member asked him if he had a big day coming up, and he looked and me and said
"yeah, he's gonna drown me!" it was hilarious, we all joined in with some glorious laughter.
Lately i have been enthralled by pictures of the savior, and i like to ponder and imagine if i were to see him. As i have worked
on developing christlike attributes, i have come to know him in a more literal way. I know what he wants me to do, and im
exactly where he wants me to be.
Also, just so everyone knows.... hand written letters are openly accepted here in New York. the laws are the same. As
missionaries, hand written letters and pictures keep us going. i love the emails... but Hand letters are even better. :)
I love you all, and you're in my prayers
p.s. pray for Art Monty... he's an amazing man. we were in his house the other day, and we went into the basement to find
some family info, he told us he hadnt been down there in years. we saw a bunch of model ships, and he gave us one, so it's
now displayed on my desk where i study.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Subject: Fwd: EVERYONE
Dear all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people
I am still laboring away in North Syracuse New York! the work is awesome and we have been seeing a lot of miracles. We
have a man named Art Monty who is going to be baptized on the 13th of sept. pray for him. he's 81 and he's such a nice
man. we love him. he's hilarious, we asked him if he would be baptized, and he said "i guess, i dont care" it was funny.
We are also teaching a woman named Jamie Squadrito, she's been to jail 3 times, and she's really progressing. but, we just
found out that she's a stripper... so we have to take care of that first.
Just so you know, i fixed one of the brakes on my bike because i am such a handy man, i was really proud of myself. so dont
be concerned with my safety anymore.
The lord has really blessed my companion and i, and we work hard. My legs are loving riding 20-30 miles everyday on the
The next email i will attach some awesome pictures of new york, i just forgot the cord to my camera. but i love you all, and
you're in my prayers.
love, elder warr