Tommy's Release Date

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

Monday, January 9, 2012

January 9, 2012

This week has been a week full of miracles, and not having nearly enough time to do anything at all. I honestly haven’t even had enough time to unpack yet.  Let me start off with an interesting story. I'm now in a walking/biking area, and I actually had a pretty awesome bike. So we went to this one appointment, came out, and my bike had disappeared! Somebody robbed it. It was kinda strange because Elder Harker's bike was still there. Anyways, we walked to our next appointment, and that guy was AWESOME. (note: This was my first week in this area, and I pretty much just got to know the investigators this week) Well anyways, we talked with this guy, and he decided that he wants to start going to church and get baptized the 11th of February! Oh, the first person we visited that night also decided that she wants to get baptized the 28th of this month...Well anyways, while we were on our way walking home that night, we see a Latino guy smoking on the side of the road, so we decided to go up and talk to him.  He said that he has been wanting to give up smoking, and that he just didn't know how. He also said that he almost always walks the other direction down the road, but that today for some reason he came walking down in this direction.  Well, after an absolutely crazy chain of events with that guy, he gave me another bike, and we're hopeful to be seeing him soon to teach him more about the gospel.  Well, another night we had to split up, I ended up going to a correlation, and Elder Harker went to visit a family. I've been telling him over and over and over again that we're going to see miracles in this area, and we've been praying to see them, and guess what?! They've been happening. It might also have something to do with the fact that every single ward in the 5 stakes that we are covering are participating in a 40 day fast (1 person or family from each ward is fasting every single day for 40 days for the missionary efforts here in this area). Well, that night when we got back together, he (and the very excited ward mission leader) told me that this family of 5 who have been investigating the church since 2006 decided that they want to get baptized! Besides that, in the other Spanish ward that we cover, a guy showed up to church and apparently he wants to be baptized, so we have an appointment with him this week and we'll see where that goes.  Can you say crazy week?! Oh, and something else, we stopped by a less active family's house, and found out that they have a 10 year old girl (She's incredibly mature and intelligent) who really really really wants to come to church and get baptized. We're now working with the ward and the family to make that happen so that the family can all start coming to church again, and see the miracles that will happen in their lives.  Honestly, this area is just miracle after miracle after miracle. It's pretty incredible.

Now about my new companion. His name is Elder Harker, he's from Long Beach California, and a convert to the church of about 3 years.  He's been out for about 5-ish months, and is doing really incredible with his Spanish. (He did grow up in California so I think he had a head start, but in any case, he's doing REALLY well).   He already graduated and got his degree in Music Education, plays the saxophone, the piano, sings, and pretty much loves music just as much as I do, except for the fact that he hasn't really discovered the incredible world or barbershop. We'll work on that.  He doesn't let anyone pass him by in the streets, and even if somebody says "no", he tries to get down to the bottom of why they are saying that, and tries to help them to come closer unto Christ.  He's a great example to me, and I'm very excited to see what happens this transfer.

Pray for miracles. They happen. We've been praying for miracles every single day, and they've been happening, and changing people's lives.  Missionary Work is incredible. My testimony is strengthening every single day, and I love it!  This gospel is true. It makes so much sense that I can hardly contain myself. I just wish people would take the time to understand it all.

Until next week:
Elder Williams

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