From: Kyle Warr [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 9:17 AM
Subject: Merry Christmas!!
We had an awesome Christmas program at church yesterday. Since we are in
the choir we had a mighty performance. We sang about 5 songs, and the
director is awesome because he taught music a Crane for about 40 years
and a couple years at BYU as well. My favorite was "What Child is This?"
I think this has been the most meaningful Christmas of my life. i have
learned so much more about the Savior and his mission, but i also
realized that my Christmas experiences growing up were not special
because of presents, but because our family was together. The hymns have
been more meaningful this year.
Elder Fredericksen and i both have stockings hanging by the tree, and
we're both constantly reminding eachother that we hope santa comes to
fill our stocking... it's a little weird because we're both wondering if
we're going to buy stuff for eachother, but we dont talk about it. and
the fact that we're toghether 24/7 makes it even more interesting. On
Christmas morning it will be interesting to see if santa came.
On Christmas day we have some good plans. Of course i will be talking to
you guys... but for breakfast we will be going to the La Barge's home to
eat. Brother La Barge was a gang banger for the majority of his life and
has tattoos all over his body. He nor his wife have any teeth, and their
kids are really homely. They are sooo excited that we're coming over to
eat with them, and their normal behavior is entertaining to us. My first
time going over there, they offered me a can of beer... so i went along
with it thinking they were joking... he got 2 cold beers out of the
fridge and started driking one... he insisted that i open it, so i
opened it to find that it was full of candle wax and a wick. They all
roared with laughter, and it made their day. For dinner we had
spaghetti... the sauce was really sweet... then he mentioned that he put
maple syrup in the sauce. haha... that's why we like going over there,
because something interesting always happens. After the La Barges, we
want to go to an old folk's home and spend time with the elderly. We're
hoping they will have a piano so i can play some christmas songs for
them. The rest of the day we'll probably just study and ponder a lil
well, i love you guys, and i hope you have a great Christmas! ill talk
to you on friday!!
Monday, December 14, 2009
Some great things have been happening the past couple days! It has been way cold, but out of the kindness of the Lord's heart, he has allowed me to be in a car during this winter season... maybe it's because of the collateral i put up to him by walking for the majority of my mission.
We spent a couple days out of our area. We drove to Lake Placid (home of the 1980 winter olympics) to train a companionship that has been struggling with the work. We just hit the streets with them in hopes to build up their teaching pool a little bit. We call it a Blitz when we hit another companionship's area with them.
Racquetball is one of my new passions, we have been going over to SUNY to play a couple times a week, and it's a blast. so, if any of you want to challenge me to a racquetball game when the time comes... be prepared to be humbled....
Last night we had one of the most spiritual lessons i have had on my mission. We have been working with a less active couple for a few weeks, and on P-days we have been playing racquetball with the husband (brother Crump). They both fell out of the loop and basically forgot what the fruit of the gospel tasted like. Brother Crump said that he wasn't blessed with the "gift of faith" and after reading alma 32 with him we pressed upon him that in order to believe it has to begin with desire. We committed him to read the Book of Mormon. After a week of reading...he is already in Enos, and he has had legitimate questions. He also explained that he is beginning to feel bad about some of his sins. We explained to him Lehi's vision of the Tree of Life, in that the fruit represents the love of God or the Atonement. We read many passages about Christ's atonement and bore testimony from deep within our hearts. Tears came to this man's eyes as he began to merely taste of the love of our Heavenly Father through the sacrifice of His son. Brother Crump began to repent without even realizing it... we pointed out to him that he already realizes his sins, and he is feeling godly sorrow. He now has a desire to come to church, because he understands the meaning and importance of the sacrament. This has been a defining moment in my road of testimony.
Christmas will be great. I am looking forward to talking to you guys! just so you know, i will be calling in the afternoon on Christmas day, so that means i will probably call you guys around 12 or 1 your time.. keep your phones by you because i dont know who im calling first.
i love you guys!
Posted by Emily at 3:24 PM
From: Kyle Warr [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 10:16 AM
Happy December guys--
I'm still getting in the flow of things here in Potsdam. I think
sometimes my mind is overloaded with things being a zone leader now.
Sometimes it's hard to balance my thoughts because i have to think about
our investigators, our zone, and then myself. I'm being stretched a lot.
Speaking of being stretched.. i am not flexible at all.. i cant even
touch my toes. i dont know if it's genetic... can any of my siblings
touch their toes? can anyone in our family touch their toes? anyways...
There are some awesome music schools here in Potsdam-- Crane School of
Music is one of them... so there are a ton of lds students at this
branch who are really musical. it has been awesome! We are in the Branch
Choir.. which is lead by a non-member who taught for 40 years at Crane,
and he also taught at BYU. We are trying to teach him.. Brother Stephan
is his name. I met him and talked to him earlier in my mission when i
came to potsdam for a fireside... his wife is a member of the church. I
have been loving the music up here.
We had a baptism on saturday, two little boys who's parents went less
active a few years ago. They were so excited to get baptized, and the
elders had been working with them a couple months before i got here. We
have been finding like crazy up here. Last night we found a family of
four. The Yaketta family. they were a really humble family, and i loved
teaching them the gospel so much. I kept hearing in my mind.."they have
been prepared.... they have been prepared." One of my favorite things as
a missionary is seeing peoples' reaction to our message, whether it be
positive or negative..epecially people who have never heard it before...
some people grasp onto it right away, and others just have no clue or
desire to understand what we're saying. I have learned lately that some
people have the "gift of faith" to believe when they hear truth, and
others have a really hard time having faith because they don't possess
that gift.... but they can. Many people struggle with faith their whole
lives until they learn the recipe of developing faith. There has to be
desire backing their faith. One thing i tell people often is that no
matter what we do in our lives.. we cannot avoid the truth of why we're
all here. there may be thousands of different beliefs about God... but
truth is absolute... and there really is only ONE answer...how do we
find it? by asking God. I think i am one of those people who was blessed
with the gift of faith. i have never doubted this gospel once in my
life... but if we dont have that gift then is has to be given to us just
like any gift that you recieve from someone. anyways... i just felt like
i should tell you these things.
I love you all, and you should be expecting a christmas card from Elder
Fredericksen and me in the coming days!!
Posted by Emily at 3:18 PM
Thursday, December 3, 2009
From: Kyle Warr [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 10:02 AM
Happy winter everyone
I had an awesome thanksgiving... i actually spent it in Utica at Presand Sister Bulloch's house. I drove up to Utica on Wednesday, and met upwith Elder Fredericksen, and then we stayed with the assistants for 3days. We couldnt go back to Potsdam because we had Zone Leader Councilin Utica on friday so there would have been no point to drive 3 hoursback for thanksgiving, and then 3 hours back for ZLC.
Thanksgiving was awesome, we ate at about noon, and it was fun becausethere were a few other missionaries there with us. President Bullochgave us a discourse after we ate, and then we all went around the tablesaying what we're thankful for. There wasn't one missionary in that roomthat didnt say they were grateful for their family. It caused me toreflect deeply on my blessings. I just wanted to tell you guys howthankful i am for this family. I cant believe how much my love for ourfamily has grown. I am who i am today because of Mom and Dad... theyworked hard to provide and teach me righteous things. Emily and Masonhave had an amazing impact on my life because of their examples.. and iam so grateful for their friendships. Blake, im really glad we becameclose before i left. I feel like Blake and my relationship over theyears was training for my companions on my mission. I have askedHeavenly Father repeatedly over the years why i am so lucky to have suchgreat blessings in my life. i feel like my mission is collateral toheavenly father for what he has given me. I am so lucky guys, and i wasthinking about you a lot during my thanksgiving time. thank you for thelove.
I also feel really blessed because i am serving with Elder Fredericksen!i feel like i am serving with my best friend... he's a stud, it has beenan awesome reunion since the MTC. We are having a blast, and ourteaching is really unified... and because we're both seasonedmissionaries, i feel like i dont have all the weight on me,he doesnthave to look at me for all the answers. it's a relief. I attached apicture of us in this email. We just took that picture as we areemailing.
Potsdam is great. The people are much more friendly than the people inSyracuse. The people are a little bit more homely up here in the northcountry, it's funny. Most people dont have teeth. But the students atSUNY Potsdam bring youth to the Branch so it's fun. This Branch also hasan awesome choir and they are really musical!
I gotta go but i love you all.
Posted by Emily at 8:00 AM