Tommy's Release Date

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

Monday, August 29, 2011

August 29, 2011

Last monday after I sent off my email, we went out for a P-day activity, and the car broke. (I had nothing to do with it don't worry :D)  In any case, the car started overheating, and they had to take it to the shop. We thought it would be there a few days, but apparently, it's going to be there for about a month. I have no idea why it's going to take so long, but there's nothing we can do about it.  What that means for us: "I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride my bike! I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride it where I like!!" If you don't get that reference, don't worry about it. Needless to say, We're riding bikes.  It's not too bad, except that our bicycles are pretty dang terrible. My companion has gone through 3 bikes this week, and I've had to fix mine numerous times this week. Actually, yesterday, my bike completely broke. First of all, my seat broke, and was moving around like crazy, so I took it out to switch it with another seat. While I was trying to put the new seat in, the part on the bike where you put the seat in completely broke off. I'm sorry I didn't take any pictures. I wasn't really mad, just kinda annoyed, but I figured it would be a great opportunity to pick up my bike and throw it, so I did. It was pretty exciting. ANYWAYS, It just so happens that it's been about 100 degrees every day this last week here in Utah....not so fun. I actually managed to get burned pretty well. I've got a pretty sweet watch tan line. Just to add to the irony, I decided to bring my BYU t-shirt with me to use as a sweat rag (I've decided to be a U of U fan until my first day at BYU). It's been working pretty well.  I believe last week I talked about how we had so much food that we hardly knew what to do with ourselves (I gained like 8 pounds in 2 weeks), well as in the story of Joseph of Egypt, after every good time of plenty comes the famine. We've had our last three dinners cancell on us, which is kinda annoying because we live at the top of a hill, and we don't have enough time, energy, or want to go home to get food, so we've just been going to the stake center, and sleeping which is kinda nice.
Ok time for the big news. I'M GOING TO PAYSON! I'm getting transferred this wednesday. When President called my to tell me my transfer call, he said some of the sweetest words I've heard in awhile, "Come to the bellview chapel at 10:30 wednesday morning, and pick up your car keys from the AP's"  BOO-YAH! I feel kinda bad that Elder Chavez who is staying here is going to have to keep biking for another 3-4 weeks, but I'm definitely excited to be a little bit lazy again by having a car.  The other part of my transfer call, is that my new companion (Elder Nunez from Panama) and I are going to be white-washing an old sister missionary's area.  We're both going to be completely new to the area. Fortunately, I know where there's a really good pupousa place there in Payson, so if we start to get sad we can just go there and load up on El Salvadorean goodness.  I've been going around saying good-bye to people and everybody keeps telling me I don't look sad to be leaving. I'm actually really not all that sad. I'm definitely going to miss some of the people here, but Payson is pretty close, and I'll be able to come back for baptisms. I'm not really sure if I'm just excited to not have to ride up the hill to our house every night, or if I'm excited to see a different part of the mission, but I'm definitely excited for whatever comes my way.  My new companion sounds like a pretty awesome missionary. Apparently he was just barely a Zone Leader, super obedient, and this is going to be his last transfer in the mission.
More to come next week
Elder Williams

Monday, August 22, 2011

August 22, 2011

This week is the last week of transfers, and I get the feeling that I'm about to get transferred. Elder Chavez and I are working hard to make sure that the area is ready for the next missionaries that come in, but it seems like everybody who's progressing is moving! We've got someone else who should be getting baptized soon who is moving out this Thursday, and a few weeks from now there's another investigator moving away. Through all of that though, we've still got a few faithful investigators who are progressing towards baptism, and I know there are others out there waiting for us. Even with the 10 or so investigators who have moved out lately, we've still got something like 47 investigators we're trying to teach. (some of them are quite evasive) Hopefully we can weed out some of the people who really don't want to learn, and find some more who are really excited about the gospel so that we don't just get in to a pattern of going to find the same people all the time, and they're never home.
I found out this last week that one of the members from my branch presidency from the MTC lives about a block away from me. I can hardly believe that I've been here for 4 months already, and that I just barely found out that he lives there. CRAZY! Anyways, we went out to eat, and I got a MASSIVE plate of Mexican nachos! It was incredible! and I basically had to roll out of the place.
I wish you all could see how much food people have been giving us lately. It's pretty incredible! I'm pretty sure that if I weren't allergic to wheat, and I wanted to gain 100 pounds, it would be pretty dang easy here in this area. Everywhere we go, people give us food! It's incredible!  For about three days straight this last week I was sooooo full that I could hardly move. Somehow incredibly I'm not gaining that much weight though. I'm sure it will catch up to me eventually, but I've been expecting to come home fat and bald anyways, so it wouldn't be too bad. (Let's hope neither of those happen) .  In any case, don't worry mom about me having enough food. I'm getting WAY WAY WAY too much :D
We had a baptism this week! Her name is Karina, and she is AWESOME! Her husband got baptized awhile ago, and while he was being taught, she was pregnant and couldn't really be in the lessons, but then they moved here, and told us she wanted to be baptized! We've been working with her since I got here, and were finally able to help her pin down a date. She speaks pretty good English, and the other day we were there talking with her husband, when she walked in with her baby and said, "Les presento un cute baby" (I present to you a cute baby). It was pretty awesome.
Alright, well I gotta go. I'll have more information about transfers next week.
Elder Williams

Monday, August 15, 2011

Baptisms (8-2011)


This week was a hard week. We lost 5 investigators, one of which was on date to be baptized for the 27th of August, but ended up having to move back to Mexico, 3 other investigators who left back for mexico, and then one more who decided he just didn't want to hear from us anymore. That's gotta be the hardest thing. When someone tells you straight up to your face that they aren't interested in hearing the word of God anymore.  Besides that, we just found out that another investigator who was on date to be baptized, is moving back to New Jersey in about a week and a half. Hopefully they can all continue learning and going to church wherever they all end up.
Besides that, this week wasn't too bad. It was a little bit slow, and it seemed like nobody was home much, but we were able to talk to some new people, and get some potential investigators.  In any case, life is going awesome, and I'm loving the mission. There are always going to be easy moments, and hard moments, and I'm just glad we can get the hard moments over so we can get back to some good ones.
Good news, BAPTISM THIS SATURDAY!! Gotta love it.
Interesting story: We accidentally knocked on someone's back door yesterday. The lady got kinda mad and told us she doesn't want anything to do with us. Her dog seemed to like us though. It ran out the door and sat right next to me.
Something confusing: Little kids have been going crazy for Elder Williams lately (me). I wish I understood. I would think they should be scared of me, I'm kinda massive. But apparently not. They keep flocking. It's pretty amusing.
That's all
Elder Williams

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

August 9, 2011

BAPTISM THIS WEEK! Maria Luisa Gordillo. She heard the missionaries for the first time 8 years ago, started listening to them seriously about 2 years ago, and for some reason finally decided that baptism was something that she wanted.  BOO-YAH! And now we're teaching her sister sho just moved here from New Jersey just in time to go to the baptism. Things are looking pretty dang awesome.
Not much else of note this week. We had a really awesome zone meeting things yesterday. We got to hear from a member of the General Authority 70's. Elder Malm. (sp?) That was really refreshing, and got everybody pretty excited for the work again.
Just one story to share this week. In one of the Spanish wards this week, a group of about 10 little kids wearing little black tags that said "Futuro Misionero" (future missionary) got up and sang "Somos del ejercito de Helaman" (We are as the army of Helaman).  It was INCREDIBLE! They sang with GUMPTION as Kimberly would say. It made me realize how much people really look up to the missionaries. I just kinda feel like a normal guy preaching the Gospel sometimes, but it's nice to be reminded that the kids really are watching, and that they are really excited for their day to come.  Kinda puts things in perspective a little bit.
Alright, that's all I got for this week
Love to all!
Elder Williams

Monday, August 1, 2011

You want to drop us?! Heck no!

Dearest readers. I believe it's story time. First of all, the bishop here in one of the Spanish wards told an awesome story about el obispo de los povos (Bishop of the turkeys).  He said how there was a bishop, and all of the members of his congregation were turkeys. The bishop talked to them with inspiring words, and told them that they could fly. Slowly they all started flapping and flapping, and soon they were flying! But when the meeting ended, they all walked out.  I thought it was hilarious.

Second story. We have an investigator who basically knows that the church is true. He's read the entire Book of Mormon, believes in Joseph Smith, and everything else, but he won't get baptized! This Thursday, he called us and said "Hi, Elder Williams? I'm calling to cancel my appointment with you for Sunday." "Ok, and when do you think that we can pass by again and talk with you again?" " Well that's the thing. I want you to know that I have no intention whatsoever of changing my religion" (Even though he never goes to church at all, and doesn't do anything in terms of religion. It seems to me that if you're going to be a "Catholic" or a "Mormon" or a "JW" or anything, and you're going to profess it as your religion, you should at least do SOMETHING to show it). He continued "For that, I'm cancelling our appointment, and Its not worth your time to pass by anymore. Thank you, but no more" (that's not an exact quote, but it's basically what he said. So I told him "Yeah of course we want you to get baptized, but that doesn't mean we're being fake when we come over and visit with you. I actually kinda want to be your friend. So when can we come back?" He replied "I guess we're still on for Sunday then" "7 o clock?" "Yep, that sounds good" "see ya then."  We stopped by yesterday and had an incredible lesson. I'm pretty sure he'll get baptized soon :D

Another story, we have an investigator getting baptized this Saturday, and we needed to meet with her, but then her grandma died and she called us telling us she was in no mental state to meet with anyone, and that she'd call us in a few days. We didn't get a call, so on Saturday night we went over to Walmart and bought her some flowers for like $5, and took them over to her house.  She wasn't home so we left them at her house and went to another place. She called us about an hour later really excited about the flowers. We gotta do that more often! Anyways, all is well, and she's getting baptized this Saturday after 8 YEARS OF MISSIONARIES! It's crazy.

Besides that we had 2 people basically just showed up to church last week that aren't members. The same thing happened this week too! Crazy things are happening here in Mapleton/Springville. Gotta love it!

If only I enjoyed knocking doors...

Until next week!
Elder Williams!

And remember, when in doubt, say SI