Tommy's Release Date

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

Monday, June 25, 2012

June 25, 3012

Reminder that the Mission Home office address has changed to:  Elder Thomas Williams (line 2) Utah Provo Mission (line3) 85 North 600 East (line 4) Provo, UT 85606.  Elder Williams would love to get some mail if you feel like writing a note.

Holy cow, it's incredible how much your life can change in a matter of days. I've been basically in the Provo/Orem part of the Valley for the last 20 months, and now here I am in Heber.  This last week has been pretty crazy! So we had transfers on wednesday, and as I've mentioned, I got transferred to Heber. Elder Jensen and I are back together, and we are the zone leaders over the Eastern Utah Zone. aka, we are over the missionaries about 2 1/2-3 hours to the east, all the way out in Vernal. Well, I'm one of the few missionaries authorized to drive the massive 12 passenger van, so I was asked to drive all of the elder from Roosevelt (about 2 hours to the east) and vernal with all of their stuff out to Roosevelt, where they would go to their respective areas. Well, about 2-3 hours later, we arrived in Roosevelt, everyone took their stuff out of the van and trailer, and then Elder Jensen and I got to drive all the way back to provo to drop off the van, and then climb in our truck (yes we have a pickup truck!! :D) and drive the 30 minutes back to Heber.  So that was about 6-7 hours of driving my first day.  The next day, we had to go back out to Roosevelt for a meeting with the missionaries there, and then another 40 minutes out to vernal for another meeting with them, and then drive back to Heber. Aka, in my first two days in this area, we spent about 12-13 hours driving.  Fortunately, for the rest of the transfer, we only have to go out there about 2-3 more times (Unless something crazy happens which we're praying doesn't).

As far as my current area, It's been a little bit rough. I really haven't been able to meet very many of our investigators yet. Only one of them came to church, and haven't been answering the door. There's a LOT of work to be done here. For some reason, the people here are a lot different than the people in the valley. It will be interesting to get to know them better, and to get to know the difference in culture.  It seems like all of the latinos here are from Guerrero, or Michuakan (sp?)  However, there is one thing here that I absolutely love: DAIRY KEEN! There is a restaurant here that has agreed to let missionaries (all 8 of us here in Heber) to come and eat there for lunch FOR FREE twice a week. AND THEY HAVE GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS! It's pretty sweet! I've already gone there twice and gotten gluten free hamburgers. It's pretty awesome. Besides that, there's also a Dominos Pizza here who has said that I can come in and get a gluten free pizza once a week as well :D

Another interesting couple things. We share the spanish branch here with 2 other spanish missionaries! It's the only ward/branch in all of our mission that has 2 sets of missionaries. It's pretty fun to always be near, and around another set of spanish missionaries. It's the first time that that's really happened with me.

Finally, I got to give a talk this sunday at church. It's incredible to think back to my first time giving a talk in spanish, and to think that now, it's really not all that much of a big deal :D

Anyways, love ya all!
Elder Williams

Monday, June 18, 2012

CHANGGGGEE

I'M GETTING TRANSFERRED! And now for some even crazier news. I'm going to serve with Elder Jensen....AGAIN! I was with him last transfer, and then he went off to Heber, and I got elder Bishop, and now I'm going to Heber to be with Elder Jensen! Needless to say, my mind was absolutely blown..... So yeah, on Wednesday I'll be leaving the valley, and going out east. It's a part of the eastern Utah zone, so I probably will just be between Heber and vernal, and wont see Provo or Orem again until the end of my mission.  Kinda sad about that, but also kinda excited about that.

In other news, the mission office is moving this week.  TAKE NOTE!: IF YOU SEND ME LETTERS, PLEASE SEND THEM TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS: (Line 1) Elder Thomas Williams (line 2) Utah Provo Mission (line3) 85 North 600 East (line 4) Provo, UT 85606.

More news, starting on the 28th, we'll have a new mission president! HOLY COW! Things are about to change a lot! But it will be a good thing. I'm excited to see all the change that happens in my last couple of months here.

Funny story: So we ride around a lot with our ward mission leader Brother Cuevas, and  Elder Bishop always sits in the back (there are tinted windows back there) so as we drive around, we always wave at people.  I guess Elder Bishop didn't realize that people couldn't see him in the back, because one day I didn't really feel like waving at people for some reason, and Elder Bishop kept waving, and expecting people to wave back, and nobody was. So he got really confused, and kinda annoyed and sad and asked "Why isn't anyone waving back." Needless to say, when he found out people couldn't see him, he felt pretty dumb. It was a good moment.

So we've been teaching this girl named Anna. She told us the very first time that we met with her that she didn't want to get baptized, and had no intentions of doing anything of that sort, and that she just basically wanted to learn...Well, we invited her to come to church with her inactive dad, and guess what: THEY CAME! Unfortunately they left very quickly after the first part, and we weren't able to ask them how they liked it. So we went over there a couple of days later to talk with her, and asked her: "so what did you think of church?!" She basically replied: "I liked it a lot! I feel like that's the place that I belong"  we replied "so will you be baptized on June 30th?"  "Yes, I will"  BAM! I love it when things go that incredibly! :D

Last cool experience. So we were out street contacting, and I saw this white guy with a bag with the word: "Ecuador" written on the back.  So I yelled at him "Habla espanol?!" He turned around super surprised, and said "si" (he served a Spanish mission, and is now teaching in the MTC) anyways, the conversation continued for a few minutes, then all of a sudden this Hispanic family appeared out of nowhere! so we went with him and talked with them. It was pretty awesome. They don't live in our area at all, but we were able to testify to them, and leave them with strong testimony, made even stronger by the return missionary.

Bueno, Love ya all!
Elder Williams

Monday, June 11, 2012

June 11, 2012

This week was a week of "coincidences" Let me start off with a funny one:

First of all, some background info: Elder Bishop and I get along REALLY well! It's pretty incredible how well we get along actually. So every once in awhile we do stuff to "annoy" the other person, but it's never really annoying, it's just kinda funny because we're always overly obvious that we're messing with each other. Well, we'd been looking for this one investigator for about 2 weeks or so, and we had just stopped by their house to see if they were at home. Well, she wasn't so we started driving away. While we were driving to our next destination, my companion was being funny and telling me everywhere to turn, just for fun. So after a couple of turns I decided to be funny, and just randomly turn on a random street just to throw him off. Well, I got a good reaction out of him, but it wasn't anything I expected. I made the random turn, and suddenly Elder Bishop said: "Hey, isn't that the Ortega's car?" and it WAS! It was the people that we'd been looking for! So we stopped the car, got out, and went and knocked the door. It turns out that the lady we'd been looking for is the sister of the lady that lived at that house, and the sister is a member (as well as all of her family!) So we taught them an incredible lesson, and left with our minds completely blown.

Apart from that, we've basically just had a really good week full of "coincidences" where we show up and just randomly catch somebody at home that is basically NEVER at home, or that we can never catch. For example, we finally found this guy from Mexico that we've been looking for for the last 3 months. I taught him 5-6 times my first transfer here, but since then, he basically just disappeared. Apparently he works about 12 hours a day 7 days a week....it's pretty crazy. I honestly don't get why people have their stores open here on Sunday. It's gotta be the worst day of the week for them, because none of the Mormons buy stuff on Sunday....It would be really convenient if they would just close down so that people could come to church...  Anyways, we've met some new people who are basically ready to be baptized, and got some people we've been teaching for awhile who are getting closer, things are looking good!

Love to all!
Elder Williams

P.S. we have an ALL MISSION CONFERENCE TOMORROW!!! YESSSS!
P.P.S. Transfer calls this Saturday...I'm hoping I don't get transferred...