Tommy's Release Date

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

Monday, April 30, 2012

Hello - April 30th

This week has been CRAZY! My companion and I went basically 2-3 days without hardly even seeing each other! We had to do splits with some of the other companionships in our zone and weren't together hardly at all for all of Wednesday and Thursday. It was an interesting being with other missionaries for just 1 day. You start to get in to a bit of a rhythm, and then suddenly the day is over, and you split back up again.   It's been nice though. I'm really starting to learn how to love the other missionaries, and respect each of their situations and life stories. It's incredible to see where they all have come from to get to this point of being missionaries of the Lord here in Utah.  Moral has been a little bit low lately in our zone, and so we decided to do something special this last week. We went around and contacted at least one (if not 2 or 3) of each companionships recent converts, asking them questions like "What impact has the Gospel of Jesus Christ had on your life" and "What impact have the missionaries had on your lives." The answers that they gave were pretty remarkable. We were even able to get our mission president and his wife to record a short segment talking about the incredible impact of the missionaries. Then we compiled it all, made a 10ish minute video. We have a meeting every week together, so we decided that would be the best environment to show everybody. First of all we shared the following true story, and then we shared the video.

The following event took place in a ward in Salt Lake City in 1974. It occurred during Sacrament Meeting and was told to me by a Regional Representative of the twelve, who was in the meeting. A young man, just before leaving on his mission, stood in Sacrament Meeting and bore, in essence, the following testimony. "My Brothers and Sisters, as you know, during the past few weeks I have been awaiting my mission call. During the time I was waiting I had a dream I was in the pre-existence and was awaiting my call to come to earth. I was filled the same excitement and anticipation that I had before I received my mission call. In my dream, I was talking to a friend. He was a very dear friend, and I felt a special closeness to him, even though I've never met him in this life. As we talked, a messenger came and gave me a letter. I knew it was my call to go to earth. In great excitement my friend and I opened the letter I gave it to him and asked him to read it aloud. The letter said: You have been called to earth in a special time and to a special land. You will be born into the true church, and you will have the priesthood of God in you home. You will be raised with many advantages and many blessings. You will be born in a land of plenty-a land of freedom. You will go to earth in the United States of America. "My friend and I rejoiced as we read my call. And while we rejoiced, the messenger returned. This time he had a letter for my friend. We knew it was his call to earth. My friend gave me the letter to read aloud. The letter said: You have been called to go to earth in circumstances of poverty and strife. You will not be raised in the true church. Many hardships will attend your life. Your land will be frought with political and social difficulties which will hinder the word of the Lord. You will be born in Costa Rica. We wept, my friend and I as we read his call. And my friend looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "when we are down on earth, you in your choice land and me in Costa Rica, my friend, come and find me." Then this young missionary, with tears in his own eyes, said, "Brothers and Sisters, I have received my mission call. I am going to Costa Rica. There is a special sequel to this story. About a year after this Sacrament Meeting, the Bishop to this Ward received a letter form the Missionary in Costa Rica. The letter had one sheet of paper in it, and on the sheet was written in inch-high letter four word: I FOUND MY FRIEND. (From the Journal of Floyd A. Hill.)

Needless to say, pretty much everyone was in tears. This IS the work of God, and we ARE his missionaries.

That was only one of the major things that happened this week.  We also had a leadership training meeting which was pretty cool, we had to make (and will finish as soon as I'm done with this email) our next ZPA (Zone Plan of Action) for the month of May, and had to go and teach a couple non-members with an incredible knowledge of the church, who kinda wanted to prove us wrong. You know the crazy part? As 2 20 year old boys, talking with a 70 year old couple who have studied the scriptures for their entire lives, and know the history like the back of their own hands, we were speaking as equals.  They have been alive and studying for 50 years more than us, and yet we were able to hold our own against all of the obscure historical facts that they threw out at us. It was incredible for me to see how close they are to the truth, and how almost everything that they were telling us are things that we know to be eternal truths, they just have it a little bit mixed up a bit. More evidence that what my dad once told me is true: "No matter what they say, no matter how they try to convince you, you are right. You have the true gospel. That's a slight advantage."

Well, unfortunately that's all the time I have for today.  Love you all!
Elder Williams

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