Tommy's Release Date

Since you asked, Tommy will be returning to Beaverton on October 25, 2012.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Last Day of February 2011

Alright, so let me begin talking about some of our crazy exploits here in Provo Utah. So this last couple weeks, my companion and I decided to ride bikes around instead of driving everywhere. I am very pleased to say that I can now almost breathe at this insane altitude. My bike is probably way too small even with the seat jacked up as far as it will go, I've been wearing a dark gray BMX helmet, and for some reason, my seat wont tighten down, so I can basically spin around in circles on my seat while I'm riding around, but it's been pretty awesome. I honestly wouldn't mind riding everywhere, except for the fact that it is COLD. Oh, I also forgot to say that we needed a light, so I took my little tiny LED flashlight, and duct taped it on to the front of my bike. Works great!

Alright, now for another story. My current companion is named Elder Campos, his parents are from Puebla Mexico, he's from New York, but him and his entire family joined the church 3 1/2 years ago when they moved to North Carolina. 2 weeks after they moved in, the missionaries came knocking on their door :) Alright, so he's a pretty good teacher, and he always has something to say which I really appreciate. Anyways, last Thursday someone asked me if my companion and I were teaching 50/50 (he teaches half of each lesson, and I teach the other half) and I realized that we weren't. This memory randomly came back to me a few nights later when we were about 10 minutes in to a lesson, and so I waited for my companion to finish his thought, and then I taught the rest of the lesson (In Spanish). It was a pretty cool moment for me. It's nice to know that I can actually do something like that.

Let's see, what else. Oh ok here's a pretty decent story: This last Sunday (yesterday) My comp and I showed up to church at 8:50 (about 10 minutes early) expecting it to be a pretty normal Sunday. So just a little background, we had a baptism on Saturday, and this awesome kid got baptized. Anyways, so we were there, and he walks up to me and says "Hey, can you give me the Holy Ghost thing today during sacrament meeting?" (The gift of the Holy Ghost - Confirmation). I gotta admit, for me, speaking Spanish in front of hundreds of people is kinda stressful... but of course I said yes (it went pretty decently btw). So right after that, someone else walked up to me and asked "Hey, so the piano player isn't coming to sacrament meeting today, will you play?" Now for those of you who don't know, before my mission, I never really enjoyed playing more than 6-7 hymns on the piano, so every time I end up playing, I'm basically sight-reading, and the Spanish hymns are subtly different too. Anyways, it ended up that I had never played any of the three hymns before, and it was pretty much disaster, but it all worked out in the end, and we got through all the hymns without too many people falling over dead.  Fun stuff!

Lastly, being a missionary here is incredible. Especially a Spanish missionary. The blessings are so obvious, and more and more of them come every single day! I can already begin to see, in just the 4 months that I've been gone, that this is going to form the rest of my life.

Love to all, and good luck with life. :D

Elder Williams

Monday, February 21, 2011

February 21, 2011 - Incredible how time is flying by!

Oh my goodness how time flies, I keep trying to write "December 2010" on everything, then I realize that I'm 2 months off, and not even in the right year. Alright, so lets see, this week some pretty awesome stuff happened. This morning we went over to an investigator's house who is about to be baptized, and taught him about the word of wisdom (No coffee alcohol, tea, tobacco (smoking), or other illegal drugs). We thought he'd been taught this before since he's been investigating for awhile, but apparently not. Anyways, he told us that this morning, he took out the coffee and he was about to make some, but then his coffee can fell and spilled all over the floor. He decided that it was a sign (since we were coming like 20 minutes later) from God that he shouldn't drink Coffee. Turns out he was right! And he was slightly surprised when we ended up teaching him about the word of wisdom. Anyways, that's only one of the many crazy awesome things that have been going on around here in Utah. Aside from that, Spanish has been coming pretty well. I'm finally starting to feel confident. Now, I'm definitely not a pro, and I still have absolutely no idea what's going on some of the time, but I think I'll quickly get to the point where I'm not embarrassing myself daily. It's pretty incredible being able to communicate in Spanish. Every once in awhile I surprise myself by saying some long string of Spanish, and then I look at the person I'm talking to because in my head it really doesn't make sense that other people understand what I'm saying, but then they respond immediately without even giving me a weird look or anything. It's pretty dang weird. But there are other moments where I'm having a full out conversation in Spanish, and then in the middle of it I realize that I'm not speaking English, but that I can still understand it, and everything that's going on. The weird part about that is when I'm having one of those moment, and then my mouth suddenly opens and starts talking. It's a pretty crazy out of body experience. Anyways, That's all the time I've got for today, but I hope everything is going good out in the world!

Amor por todos, y hasta luego
Elder Williams

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

It's time to check in

I really only have two things to say this week. #1, the church is true, and #2, I love the scriptures. This week me and my new companion went over to an investigators house and after about 5 minutes he told us he wanted to be baptized. INCREDIBLE! This guy has been taught for a LONG TIME! Everyone in his family got baptized about a year ago I believe, and he finally decided it was his turn. We've talked with him about baptism sooooo many times since I got here, but I guess he just needed to make the decision for himself.

So lately, a lot of people have been moving their appointments with us. They call us about an hour or two before the appointment and tell us that they can't make it, and that we have to reschedule. It's starting to be really annoying. We end up having to go out knocking doors and we rarely have any luck by knocking doors. However, we persevere! I figure that the more things I do that I really don't want to in order to preach the gospel, the more blessings I'll get. So far it seems to be working, so many things happen every day that I honestly can not explain. I love it!

Alright, well I hope you are all enjoying life as much as I am, and if you aren't, then I would suggest doing something about it. The scriptures say "Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have joy" We're here to be happy, so lets be happy. Smile always, it works.

That's all for now.

Chao
Elder Williams

Monday, February 7, 2011

2-7-2011 A new companion and wonderful miracles happening

I got a new companion this week! His name is Elder Campos. He's from the Bronx, New York, but his parents are from Puebla, Mexico. He's pretty freakin legit. He joined the church about 3 1/2 years ago, when he was like 18, and now here he is out on a mission. He's way excited about the work, and I have a feeling things are about to start going really well here. As for crazy stories, we got to paint a house this week. Somehow, someone got hold of the idea that the missionaries should paint this house, and i gotta admit, it's pretty freaking fun. I'm not really all that great at painting, but I can reach everything without a ladder so whatever.  We're working really hard right now at trying to find people. It probably sounds crazy, but yes we do go knocking door to door here in Provo, Utah, and with some pretty decent success! A lot of people here are willing to listen to us simply because of the sheer mass of Mormons here. They just want to know what the heck everybody here believes. Good stuff! Alright, so we've had some pretty awesome stuff happen here. I don't know how God does is, but he always seems to put us in exactly the right places at exactly the right times for everything to happen exactly perfect. Now I'm not saying that this always happens. We get plenty of doors slammed in our faces, and plenty of people who want absolutely nothing to do with the church, but for every person we find who is even midly interested, and lets us in to their homes to teach them, it makes it oh so totally worth it. You know what I think is crazy? I think it's crazy that people let us in to their homes to teach them. If I were these people here, I'm not sure if I'd even really let anybody come in to my house to "teach" me about some other religion that I don't really even want to hear anything about, but here, it seems like every once in awhile we run in to people who just open the door, see that we're the missionaries, say "pasen, pasen" (come in, com in), sit us down, get us water, then sit down and wait for us to teach them. Now the crazy thing is that some of these people have never listened to the missionaries before. Some of them don't even know what a missionary is.  It's crazy, and it doesn't make sense to me, but I'm alright with that. I don't know if it's just the latino community, or what's up, but I love it.

Alright, that's all I got this week. I'll see what kind of crazy stuff I can get myself in to this week to share with you next time.

Chao!
Elder Williams