Tuesday, November 25, 2008

he's freezing in AL-bany

----Original Message-----
From: Kyle Warr [mailto:kylewarr@myldsmail.net]
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:22 AM
Subject: Everyone!

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

Livin the vida loca!

-----Original Message-----
From: Kyle Warr mailto:kylewarr@myldsmail.net
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2008 9:23 AM
Subject: Everybody

My Dearest friends and family.

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

The sneaky missionary

-----Original Message-----
From: Kyle Warr mailto:kylewarr@myldsmail.net
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2008 2:02 PM
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.

Cool Experience-
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
all about.

i love you guys!!

love, Elder Warr

Monday, November 3, 2008


yeah, right.

From: Kyle Warr mailto:kylewarr@myldsmail.net
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 10:01 AM
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
up. anyways.

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

-E. Warr