Tommy's Release Date

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

Monday, March 28, 2011

3/28/2011

To begin, I am sick. Missionary work is not fun when you're sick. O well, life continues. This week was somewhat uneventful. A lot of people around here are getting sick, and our investigators are using that as an excuse to not come to church, or to cancel appointments (It's probably a valid excuse, but still annoying none the less). We had two new families that we were really excited to teach, but they both had little kids that got sick, and canceled with us until they're feeling better. Besides that, we crashed a birthday party which was pretty exciting, but the highlight of the week was definitely the baptism that we had.  The first time we taught this guy, he appeared to basically have given up on life. We started teaching him, and every time we showed up he got progressively happier and happier. We'd show up, and start talking for a few minutes, and then he'd light up and say "So what are you going to teach me today?!" The change I have seen in this man is incredible! It's night and day! I can tell this hasn't just affected him in the religion sense either. We've talked to people who knew him before, and they always ask us: "What happened?! He seems like a completely different person!" It really is incredible to see the change. So we visited him last night to finish filling out his baptismal record (so that the church has a record that he got baptized, and can keep track of him and everything) and towards the end my companion was explaining to him that it was so that the church wouldn't forget him or something like that. For some reason I was feeling kinda goofy and started saying: "Hello? It's me! Remember me? I'm the one who just got baptized! Don't you remember me?? It was right here in Utah, just a couple days ago!" I kept on going for about 30 seconds, and by the end both my companion and the guy were laughing pretty good. That was pretty exciting. In any case, The mission is awesome! I wouldn't trade this time here for anything! That's all for now.
Elder Williams

Monday, March 21, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

This week was strange. We had 14 or 15 investigators that we were expecting would come to church, and some of them had even promised to our faces saying "I promise you I will come to church on Sunday" and yet only two of them showed up. Besides that, we finished painting the inside of a house, an investigator gave me a guitar for free, I learned how to almost completely solve a 4x4 Rubiks cube, we had a couple get married and baptized (HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK FOR SURE), we met a new family that is incredible, It rained a bit and almost smelled like Oregon for about 20 minutes, taught a LOT of lessons, spoke Spanish (which is still blowing my mind), and I twisted my ankle really bad playing soccer with some investigators so I've been limping through the whole thing. Fun stuff! My ankle feels fine now though so don't worry mom :)
 
You know what's incredible? Being an answer to someone's prayers.  I've had it happen time and time again, where someone has been praying for something, (in some cases, praying for years) and then we show up and somehow things suddenly work themselves out, and we don't even realize we've done anything spectacular until they come tell us with tears in their eyes that they've been waiting for, and praying for that moment for years. 
 
Another thing I learned this week: I need to be more humble again. This week is going to be a "humble week" for me. I'll let you know how that goes next week.
 
Unfortunately, that's all the time I have for today.
 
Until next week! (unless you decide to send me a letter :D)
Elder Williams!

Elder Williams and his comp with a happy family on marriage-baptism day

Monday, March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011

We got transfer calls this week, and guess what?! I get to stay in my area for 6 more weeks!! :D Alright so we had some awesome stuff happen this week, first of all, we were at church this week, and the kid (4 yrs old-ish) of one of our investigators (who is getting baptized this weekend!) kept staring at us. So eventually my companion made a fake gun with his fingers and pretended to shoot the kid, and he ducked out of sight, just to peek back up a few seconds later. My comp "shot" him again, and he ducked again, and then peeked around the corner. This went on for about 2-3 minutes, and thoroughly made my day. In other news, we picked up 4 potential investigators from knocking doors. One of them lives right next to the house of the brother of the stake president (hopefully that makes sense). Anyways, the brother of the stake president (Let's call him Bob) has been trying to fellowship his Spanish neighbors for a long time now. He's been shoveling the snow for them when it snows, he fixed their water heater or something like that, and basically just tried to do what he can to be a good neighbor. He gave them as a referral to the missionaries awhile ago, but no one ever got around to contacting them, however, they did pass the address on to me so that I could contact them. One night, we finally felt it was the right time to knock their door, so we went and knocked, and nobody was home. Just as we were about to leave, they drove up! We went over and started to talk to them but there weren't really all that interested. All of a sudden Bob walked out of his front door and started heading towards his car, then looked over, saw us, and walked over. He came over, put his hand on my shoulder, looked them in the eyes, and said "These are good guys, they're my friends. I want you to know that everything they have to tell you is true, and that you should listen to them. He then talked with them for a few seconds, and went on his way. Needless to say, we have an appointment with them tomorrow, and they are more than excited to hear about what we have to say. Coincidence? I think not.  Alright, that's about all I got for this week.

Until next week my friends!
Elder Williams

Monday, March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011 - My somewhat bipolar week

Alright, this week was somewhat bipolar.  On Tuesday, everything was going really really well, and we ended up teaching something like 6 lessons that day. Wednesday was pretty good, we had about 3, and everything was looking great. We had 6 planned lessons for Thursday, a baptism planned for the weekend, and we were quite chipper. But Thursday the world crashed down on us. Out of our 6 appointments, 5 canceled, and the one that actually went through, was with the guy who was supposed to get baptized. Basically, he started crying and told us he can't get baptized. He REALLY wants to, but can't. We're hopeful that things change, but for now, it basically feels like my heart has been ripped out and thrown through the wall. NO BUENO. Besides that, one of my favorite investigators (who has muscular dystrophy) had to go to the hospital, and found out that his disease is progressing rapidly, and we don't know how much time he has left.  We continued on with the week and nothing really got worse, but nothing got better with them. Besides that, we were expecting to have something like 8 or 9 investigators at church, and it turned out that only 3 showed up.  Alright now for the weird part: For me right now, it's almost impossible to not see the blessing in this work. It may seem like everything is going wrong, as it says hundreds of times in the scriptures "The blessings don't come until after the trial of your faith" as well as "Blessings are given through obedience." I am being obedient, and I have faith. I know that whatever happens, it is because God wants them to happen. I can feel that the area that I'm in is about to explode (in a good way) and as long as my companion and I are obedient, and faithful, we will see incredible miracles in the near future.  Things don't always go as expected, but as long as they keep going, I know that God is directing the path. Somehow, my life is the best it's ever been right now, and I would not trade these moments that I am having for anything.

Hope life is as good for everyone else as it is for me! :D

Cuidense,
Elder Williams