Monday, September 22, 2014

The Doings in the Magical Land of Copenhagen

Elder Wawro,& Metcalf with Sister Wilhite who is from their same MTC group but is serving in Sweden and happened to walk into their
Family History Open House 
Why hello everyone! Here we are, the 22nd of September. It's amazing how time flies. It's actually especially weird this week, because of the projected return date, we have only 6 months this week until we're finished....that's just a weird thought. Gotta make these last 6 months really count!!!

CONGRATULATIONS TO NATHAN!!!  Ha, Ældste Metcalf and I were laughing so hard when we saw Nathan's Homecoming King pictures! I can't even believe it! Congrats!! And congrats to Phoebe Shepherd [Nathan’s date was named Homecoming Queen] as well!

BTW, I did get the package and we're excited to make some tacos! Did I mention that I made salsa for the entire zone last zone training? Ha, well I did!! Who know being Mexican would be so handy in the mission field?

This week was another great learning experience for Ældste Metcalf and I!

To start off with some great news...[a wife in a part-member family] is going to be baptized on the 11th of October!! We've finally been able to get in contact with them and [they] are both doing fantastic. She's already read through the entire Book of Mormon and has such a strong testimony. So that definitely was the highlight of the week!

We had splits with both the Assistants and with the Hillerød Elders. Both of them were great and I learned a lot from them. It's always fun to be on splits, although Ældste Metcalf and I have really missed working in our area together. And can be hard to focus on the area's needs when we're not together all the time, but we're also still learning a lot from our splits.

We've seen quite a bit of progress in our area, but are still really lacking somebody that is really positive in joining the church (besides, of course, the fore mentioned baptismal commitment). We have been finding plenty of new investigators, but a lot of them have either been burning us or dropping us. So we're going to have to start changing our tactics a little bit to find those that are really prepared to accept the gospel. So Ældste Metcalf and I have really started thinking about what we can be doing to receive more spiritual power in our missionary work. We're still trying to brainstorm, but we have a few ideas that we're going to try implementing in the next week.

We did find one new investigator that I'd like to talk a little bit about. He is from Greenland. He's had a pretty rough in his life up to this point in time. Basically, the only things that make him happy are the few people in his family that are still alive. His wife died a while ago and that's been especially hard for him. We really want to help him, but it's so hard to figure out how to best proceed given his situation. He has already begun to read in the Book of Mormon, so he's willing to hold commitments. Hopefully we can figure out how to best help this man, because he really needs the Gospel in his life.

Sundays are a little bit rough. We love going to church, of course, but the trains that bring us to the church up in Allerød are down on the weekends. It's already pretty far to get there, but because the trains our down we need to take a bus and so that makes our trip to church about 2 hours, and because we don't begin church until 2:00 and finish at 5:00, most of our day is taken by travel and church. We're going to have to find a way how we can be effective on Sundays even with all this travel, but it's going to be a little difficult!

Other than that, things have been pretty calm here in Ordrup. The works going well, we're working hard, and we're constantly evaluating ourselves to figure out how we can be better.

Miss you all! Love you!


-Ældste Wawro

Crazy Experience! I was holding an open house for family history and two people walked in. One was Sister Wilhite. Sister Wilhite is a Sister Missionary in Sweden that was in the MTC Group with us. She laughed so hard when she saw that Ældste Metcalf and I were companions!

The second one was just visiting. Somebody heard she was from Orem so they said, "Hey, Elder Wawro is from Orem!" Turns out, she's Jennifer Layton's older sister! Jennifer and I were friends in High School, so that was pretty fun!
Jennifer Layton's older sister