Hola everyone, how are we?
Welp, I dropped off Elder Fredericksen and picked up Elder Killpack on Thursday, and then we had ZLC on Friday in Utica. ZLC was good, it was really great to see some of the new zone leaders that had been called, a couple of them i havent seen for a long time. Naturally, i make close friends. A lot of the guys that i have served with have gone home. It's a weird experience because when i came on my mission i just assumed that i would be here forever, i didnt really know how to guage how long two years would be. Seeing my mission friends go home has opened my eyes a little bit... and i'm working harder. Elder Fredericksen and i had a pretty incredible miracle happen to us recently, it's too long to write, so i'll probably have to tell you about it on mother's day.
We had great news when we first got to Utica. The mission bought two brand new 2010 Chevy Colorados, and we get one of them! It has 4wd and a couple other fixins. We love it. We kind of feel spoiled when we ride up to humble peoples' homes in a brand new sweet truck, so we try to stay modest by parking down the street.
Elder Killpack is a great guy, i am really satisfied that we will be serving together for the next few months. He's from Delta Ut, He goes home in June, so i hope i'll get to see him die here (when you go home from your mission, you die). I really could see myself dying here in Potsdam... and i hope for that too, i really like these people, they help us out a lot. Elder Killpack likes racquetball too, so we'll get along fine. He is a really funny guy... he doesn't really like any food except for pizza and potatoes. The texture of a lot of foods really grosses him out. The funny this is that his first day he got here, for lunch a member made us fish with the scales still on it. hahah. We're having fun, i tease him about his eating... but he dishes it back.
We continue to see blessings from the Lord, I can seriously say that the Lord has literally dropped us in peoples' paths because they were prepared to recieve us, it's an amazing thing to witness.
I miss you all, and you're in my prayers.
p.s. i'll send pictures of everything next week.
Monday, February 22, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
----- Original Message -----
From: Kyle Warr
Sent: Tue Feb 16 9:32
Hey guys! a lot to update you with.
First off-- Elder Fredericksen is getting transferred, and ill be getting a new companion. We're a little bummed because we have really enjoyed our time serving together, but it's ok because we got to spend 3 months here in Potsdam together... plus the MTC. My new companion is Elder Killpack. So It will be elders Warr and Killpack together. that's a mean duo. I know Elder Killpack, he's a really good guy, i have seen him a lot around the mission, so it will be fun.
Second off-- We had a baptism this week! Alex Trudel was baptized. We have been working with him for about 3 months, it was really fun to see him grow and accept the restored gospel. He's a young father and he has a really sweet wife and a cute little daughter.
Third off-- We will be in Utica for a few days come tomorrow, so that will be fun to go to ZLC and talk about a few things going on in the mission.
Fourth off-- It seems like we have been teaching some really old folks lately. Last week we taught an 89 yr old man and gave him a Book of Mormon. He's a WWII veteran and he told us he has literally killed thousands of people. He was a bomber and dropped hunderds of bombs on Germany. It was so interesting to listen to his stories. He didnt believe in God, and he has a pretty scarred consciensce because of all the death he was exposed to early on in his life. The other one was last night. We taught a 93 year old man... this guy was an antique!! He was born in 1916 (around WWI)... and he told us the story of his childhood literally 10 times. Eventually we just had to say "Bob, you told us that you were born in Massachusetts 5 times already." He wasn't retaining much of what we were saying, so we left, but it was a good experience for me. It reminded me of the 81 year old man Art Monty who we baptized when i was in Liverpool.
Fifth off-- that's all i have for you guys.
i love you! here's some pics!
mom sent me a couple baby pics, i thought they would be funny for everyone. the other is Alex's baptism. and the other is us with the crump's downing some root beer floats.
Posted by Emily at 5:12 PM
Monday, February 8, 2010
Dear my people... all over the country- Hello from New York!
The church updated their emailing system and they signed a contract with google so it's more convenient for us to email. I just wanted to let everyone know that this is my new email. the only different is a dot between kyle and warr.. so it's now firstname.lastname@example.org it's pretty simple.
Since i am emailing all of you i might as well update you with what's happening in my life.
First i want to thank all those who sent me birthday stuff, i really can't believe i'm 21.... tomorrow. i still feel like a 16 year old... but when i look back on the past 19 months of my life, i notice a few differences in myself. i like to think that i have grown up a little bit.
I'm still in Potsdam New York.. i have been here for about three months. There are so many good people up here. I've experience a lot and learned a ton from these people.. a lot of them are humble farmers and barely scraping by, but they are willing to give so much. I see these great hearted people, and i have a better vision of the type of man that i should be one day. I've learned how to weld... i've helped build a donkey barn, I have split hundreds of peices of wood, I saw Canada for the first time in my life, I play racquetball every week, and i am fully satisfied that i could probably beat any one on my emailing list at a one-on-one game.... haha. But most importantly, through teaching the gospel, i have seen many people make huge sacrifices and realize that they are sons and daughters of God. Many people don't know their purpose in life, and are genuinely searching... but as they have humbly turn to Heavenly Father, they learn that God really does answer prayers and that it was their own pride that clouded their relationship to him... then they understand a little bit better what they need to do, and then comes the realization that God's plan is real. I have seen it time and time again, and with that many instances of people changing, it strengthens my own faith. One of my favorite scriptures says:
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned."
-1 corinthians 2:14
It takes humility to feel the spirit. Faith and doubt are opposites.
Anyways... i'll get off my soapbox.
I love you guys, and i hope you know that i am loving my mission. I can't believe that it's coming down to 5 months. I'm so lucky to have the family and friends that i do... you have all had a huge impact on my life. Thanks for the support!
love forever and ever,
Elder Kyle Warrg
Posted by Emily at 11:51 AM