Monday, September 4, 2017

8-7-17, Ye ka nyame ase debiaa (We preach the word of God everyday)"

Holy crazy week here. 

We started our week by going to Kumasi town, like 45 minutes drive, to go and look at the culture center (where most people get their souvenirs). I grabbed a few things to bring home, but really, it is a sweet place!  :) 

Then, Tuesday, we had our zone conference combined with Konongo. My MTC group mate, Elder Yates is a zone leader over there, so it was  cool to see him! :) It was a pretty rough start, there was some confusion about the start time, some thought it was 9 and some 10, so that was interesting, but it all went over smoothly. Great spirit there, I learned so much about how to become a better teacher and things that I can do better to become better. Good to see where I lack so I can grow.

We had MLC (Missionary Leadership Council) on Thursday. I love that meeting, such an uplifting experience there for sure. We heard some news of the new zones to be created. Scary thought for me, because they could split me and my companion to split our zone in two. We had some great ideas on how to improve the accountability of our zones and how to help them work harder and be a little more obedient so they can have the Spirit to guide them. We learned a whole lot there, and I hope that we can make the best use of what we learned as a companionship! :) On the way home, we had tons of traffic, so what better time to share the gospel than with our taxi driver. I happened to be in the front seat, so I got the conversation rolling about what we do and why. It led to a great discussion on the Restoration and gave my companion and I a chance to share our testimonies with him, help him understand the need for a prophet, and a little about the Book of Mormon. We were able to give him a copy which was so awesome, and we hope that he can get in contact with the missionaries in his area. As we got inside, I just felt like I got a huge hug from my family. I can't really describe it, but it is one of the best feelings in the world!  :) 

We said goodbye to Elder Hepworth this morning too which was sad to see him go, but I know someday we will meet again. We spent most of last night playing games together. Tons of fun and a good way to send off Elder Hepworth! :)

To close out this week, I would just like to share on how much the Book of Mormon and the Bible go together.  In the words of the Book of Mormon (2nd Nephi 29:8-9)

8 ...Know ye not that the testimony of two nations is a witness unto you that I am God, that I remember one nation like unto another? Wherefore, I speak the same words unto one nation like unto another. And when the two nations shall run together the testimony of the two nations shall run together also.

9 And I do this that I may prove unto many that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and that I speak forth my words according to mine own pleasure. And because that I have spoken one word ye need not suppose that I cannot speak another; for my work is not yet finished; neither shall it be until the end of man, neither from that time henceforth and forever.

God works the same way yesterday, today and forever. He has spoken to us, He is speaking, and He will continue to speak as long as we will listen and obey. The Lord's work is not finished, it did not finish with the Bible, or the Book of Mormon, yet they go hand in hand to testify of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God for us today, and we will be changed if we will only listen to the Lord's voice and follow the promptings we receive, in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love you all,


Elder Wawro 

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7-31-17, "Me de, Me da, asaa (I eat, I sleep, finish)"

Well, what an interesting week I have had. It was really uneventful because Elder Burdge was sick, but it wasn't all that bad, we made the best of it! :)

To start, on Monday, we had a sweet district activity. It was pretty low key, but we had TONS of fun! We made a fruit drink from mango, pineapple, and watermelon which was great, ate some fried rice, and then just played some small games and got to know each other. Holy fun!!! Our district was pretty quiet most of the time, but now we are all pretty good friends, it was a great activity.  :)

Second, we had a lot of time in the house. Sister Dearing, the mission nurse, said it would be about a week before Elder Burdge had his strength back and could not be in so much pain. So we made the best of it! Since we didn't leave the house for 4 days, we had a competition on who could have the best beards. Elder Burdge had a day on me, but when day 4 came, we took some pictures and also just shaved funny beard styles in for kicks!!  I will attach some if I can! :)

Saturday, Elder Burdge was feeling great, so we went out and did a ton of visiting members and investigators and inviting them to church!  I was beyond joyful to be out and about again, words can't describe. 

We tried something totally new with our zone members. Usually, we think of ideas together that would improve the zone, and my companion and I thought we ought to just call and check in on them every now and then to see how they are. I have never had that and neither has my companion, so we thought it would be a good idea to test out, and it was a hit!! All the members were so excited to hear from us, and a little surprised too! One of them said that this was a first for him, so he wrote in his journal, and others were just amazed that we just called to see how they are and not for just business. I really learned my lesson on Charity this week. It really goes a long way to just call and se how people are. Not to ask for something or to remind them of something, but just to see how they are doing, and tell them that we love them, it was so awesome, and a little humbling to see how much more we can do to show love to our zone members. 

We also had a crazy game of ping pong with Elder White and Elder Burdge. I am absolutely awful at ping pong, but when we were playing, it was so much fun, I would love to get a little better and play some more!  :)

Mom, you asked about seminary and what I'd do differently if I could go back...well, honestly, I wish I would have paid more attention, I wish I would have read more of the scriptures and done some marking. I really love the verse by verse reading of the scriptures and talking about what it means and how it applies, I always loved those lessons! I also wish I did my personal scripture study to prepare for class. It is 100,000x more rewarding if you prepare for it rather than just show up and expect to learn something you never prepared for. 

I had a chance to ponder a little bit about Joseph Smith this week. It has been a reoccurring thought to me this week, that simply, the world is blessed with so much knowledge because of the Restored gospel - because of a humble prayer from a young boy. He had a simple question and a burning desire in his heart to know what God wanted him to do. And as he asked with an open mind and heart to listen for his answer, Heavenly Father did answer him. There are so many people in this world who really don't like what the LDS church teaches, but really, if more people would just kneel down and ask God which church to join with an open mind, so many more would know of the truth of the Restored gospel found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am blessed to be sharing this message every day, and to those who aren't members of the church, please, kneel down and pray to know the truth, and I promise as does James, that God will answer. 

James 1:5

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering...
Elder Wawro

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So this is a rubber tree! They smell awful though, but it is cool, they collect the sap into the cup and use it for plastics


Pool in Obuasi. Yeah... that is most of the pools here.  This one used to be nice, but the place closed down so nobody takes care of it anymore.  :(






  





Monday, July 24, 2017

"Service, exchanges, a baptism, and a whole lot of sickness"

This week has been so weird. We didn't get to do a lot because Elder Burdge was feeling sick, but I will run over the few things we were able to make it to.

First, as an apartment, we went to help one of our members in their nursery. We cut like 400,000,000 million bags to put small plants in for a few hours. She had some really cool plants called Azuras? Anyways, she gave me 2 of them which I will plant soon! :)

Thursday I went on an exchange with Elder Hepworth which was pretty sweet! He is hilarious, and he goes home in 2 weeks, so I am enjoying our last few weeks together! :) We found a ton of less actives in a matter of minutes which was really crazy, and then some lady offered to feed us fufu.  It. Was. A. Great. Day.

Saturday we had a baptism for the sisters in our district. I got to perform the baptism which is always awesome. It was a little last minute to tell me to baptize, but it all worked out in the end and it was GREAT!

On Sunday, we missed church because Elder Burdge was really sick. We got some tests run, and I will let you know what his sickness is next week after his mom finds out!  :) hahahahahhaaa! :)

This week I was studying about Abinadi and how he teaches. One thing I really love about his way of teaching is his boldness. He has no fear as long as he is in the service of the Lord, he doesn't fear those around him who do have the power to take away his life. I also love that he was prepared before he went to the king. He had been studying his scriptures and listening for the voice of the Lord to guide him and to help him deliver his message.  And lastly, I LOVE that he always testifies of Christ. Throughout the entirety of his message, he always refers to the Messiah and His power in our lives. It is wonderful, and there is truly a lot that I can learn as a missionary on how to be a better teacher!  :)

Love you all,

Elder Wawro

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Pizza, Fm's, and a Weenie Roast"

Well, I apologize on behalf of Ghana, their internet was out for most of Kumasi yesterday for an unknown reason, so I am emailing on Tuesday instead.  The internet is better here and we email on the college campus!

Anyways, life is sweet here, our apartment is awesome! We all are good good friends, and we have a ton of fun together. Like last week, we all pitched in and got pizza and had a hang out night which was awesome!  :) We play a bunch of spontaneous games together which is awesome too.  I love my life here.  :)

We had a weenie roast also this week. They have chicken sausages here (no idea if they have those back home), but they are the closest thing we have to hot dogs here. We grabbed 2 packs and some bread, and roasted weenies when we all came home. It was so much fun, definitely something we will do more often, tons of fun and just getting to know the other guys.  We have a little garden in the front that nobody uses, so we had some broken wood and made a fire! :)

We also have a member named Sister Comfort, and she expects us every night to feed us. Holy awesome. She will call us to make sure we are still coming if we are a little late. Her family is so sweet, and the food is way good. She also happens to know Griffin Brown which is awesome. Oh man, seriously life is good in Kwamo!  :)

I got to attend my first MLC (Mission Leadership Council) which is where the zone leaders and STL's (Sister Training Leader) of the mission gather together and talk about what we can do to help the mission, and things that we need to discuss, important information is passed along, things like that. Anyways, it was a lot to take in all at once, but it was a great meting! I learned a lot for sure. Kinda got to feel the weight of my responsibility too which keeps me humble for sure!  :)

This week has been draining on the travel side. There was not even one day where we didn't travel to a meeting, to an area, or to meet missionaries, or to drop off supplies. Seriously, it is craziness! I miss actually getting to spend time in my own area, just proselyting. I have heard other zone leaders have the feeling, and I never really understood what it as all about, but I get it now.  This coming week should be a lot better though, we have got most of the work done thus far, hallelujah! :)

Yes mom, I AM the tallest guy in the whole mission.  :)  Hahahaha ! Well I would try and find a tape measure to see if I've gotten taller since I've been here, but I don't really trust the measuring tapes here.  I will try to look for a good one though.   :)

I made a video, so I will have to send that first next week so you can see!  :)

One thing that we focused on this MLC was the Atonement and how it applies to us and those around us. One scripture that really struck me was in the Book of Mormon, Alma 7:11-12 which reads:

11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.


What really stuck out to me was the wording "his people" which I have underlined.  To think that we can be free from sickness, death, pains, sorrows, etc... through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, really motivates me to share it with all of those around me. In light of that, may we all follow Jesus Christ by following his doctrine, the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ which has come to us by a prophet in our own day and in our own time.  God bless you all!

Love,

Elder Wawro

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Weenie roast in the front yard

"The Yahoo's I live with"
(Gabe's companion is the one on the right)