From Mom Williams: Anyone wanting to send a "Happy Birthday" message to Tommy can mail it to:
Elder Thomas Karl Williams
Utah Provo Mission
2520 North University Avenue, Suite 100
Provo, UT 84604-3819
Week 1 in Payson: A lot different than anything I have ever known. The people here are pretty friendly, and there are a lot of Latinos! There are lot of people here who don't want anything to do with us at all, but they've all so far been pretty nice about saying it. It's been hard trying to catch up to all of the investigators the sister missionaries were teaching. They didn't leave us any appointments at all, they just told them that "The new elders are going to be stopping by in the next week or so." I'm not going to lie, it's been a battle. We don't know when people are going to be home, we don't know the area, we get lost pretty much every day, but it's coming slowly, and we can see the potential that this area has. It's got A LOT! We've also been seeing a lot of miracles lately. The members here seem exceptionally excited and ready to help the missionary work here. This last Sunday was Fast and Testimony Sunday, and we had 4 people show up that had never been there before! and at least 1 of them has never talked to missionaries before. Everybody was introducing themselves to the new people, and I think they had a great time. After the meetings we went up and talked to one of the guys who had come and asked him if we could stop by his house to teach him a little bit more about what we believe. He said he needed a little bit of time to think about it. We couldn't really push him so we just gave him some material, our phone number, and left. Remember this part, I'm going to come back to this guy shortly in my email. Anyways, Elder Nunez and I were the first up there to share our testimonies, and it went really well. Words just kinda streamed out of my mouth. It was pretty incredible, because for the rest of the meeting, almost all of the members in the congregation who shared their testimonies mentioned something about what we had shared "And like the Elders said...." or "you know, I really like the way the missionaries said this and I'd like to continue with that a little...." things like that. I really feel the support of the ward here. The young men are pretty excited too, because they haven't been able to go out with the missionaries in a while (There have been sister missionaries here for at least a year of two). Ok, now back to the other story. This P-day, we got invited to ride in a mini train in the Labor Day Parade here in Payson. We got permission, and our entire district basically, rode in this little train through the parade. About half the way through the parade, we look over to the left, and we see this guy who had come to church and told us he wasn't sure if we could go over to his house, sitting out in front of his house. He saw us in the train and just started laughing. FOUND! Anyways, time is short, and we gotta get back to work. Have a great week!