Tommy's Release Date

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

Monday, September 24, 2012

September 24, 2012

Wonderful things happened this week! First of all, we'll start with the interesting. We are now a trio! Elder Lambert had a trial missionary as his companion (the church occasionally sends out potential missionaries on "trial missions" of 12 weeks if they are not sure if the candidate will be able to complete the full two year service for medical reasons), well unfortunately, the trial missionary had too many problems and was not able to stay out for more than a week, and that put Elder Lambert with us! It's pretty exciting. For the first time in my mission I'm teaching people in both English and Spanish. It's really interesting to try to adapt all of the teaching skills and examples over to English. Some of it comes really easily, and other parts of it are pretty difficult.  I find that I'm forgetting more and more English every single day. It's an interesting thing.

Also this week, we've been doing what we can to get more visible, so that people see us, and know that there are missionaries here in Heber, and talk to as many people as possible. Well, a couple of weeks ago, I started pursuing an idea that I had to go and talk to each of the seminary classes and get them excited about missionary work.  This week we were finally able to meet with the seminary president, and talk with him (as well as the other faculty) about this idea, and they are really excited about it! So in about a week and a half, right before general conference, us, and another set of missionaries are going to block of basically two whole days from 6:30 till 3 and will be giving about a 20 minute presentation about missionary work in 33 different seminary classes! I'm pretty dang excited, it's going to be AWESOME!  In addition to that, we've gotten in contact with the mission prep classes here in the Heber valley, and have begun attending the mission prep classes. It's really incredible to sit there and reflect on when I was there about 2 years ago. These youth have no idea how many blessings there are waiting for them in the very near future.  I'm excited for them!

In addition to that, we had a baptism on the English side of things this last Saturday (I didn't really have anything to do with it, but it was still cool!)  A lady named Stephanie (late 20's in age). Her husband is currently in Iraq, and they've got a little boy at home.  Anyways, one of her co-workers invited her to come to church, and she accepted without hesitation. Then the missionaries got involved, and very shortly she accepted the invitation to get baptized.  She was ready, and the Lord guided her to where she needed to be. She was incredibly excited (as was her member husband) to get baptized. It was AWESOME!!!

This week should be incredibly crazy! We've got 3 trips to Provo, and 2 out to Roosevelt, so hopefully we can find someone to stay here in our area with one of us three and get some work done!

Ahhh, one more thing.  This Sunday we were able to watch the temple dedication of the Brigham City Utah temple by broadcast to the local stake centers.  It was a wonderful opportunity! It was really awesome because only baptized members of the church who had a current temple recommend, or those who had gone to their bishops to get a temporary recommend could go, and during the dedication (as it was explained to us by our mission president) the stake centers where the broadcast was shown became extensions of the actual temple! There were priesthood holders at every door checking the recommends, and during the dedication all the exterior doors to the chapels were completely locked.  I found myself crying at multiple times during the dedicatory services. It was really a cool experience.  Elder Boyd K. Packer was presiding at the dedication, because the was his home town, and President Monson really wanted to make this a special event for him.  President Packer was the most lively I have seen him in a long time!  He mentioned that a few years ago when he was informed about the temple that would be built in Brigham City, he prayed fervently that he would live to see the dedication, and there he was.  I feel that he will pass on to the other side shortly.  Towards the end of the service, he spoke, and gave a brief overview of his life, and then just kinda joked around, and talked about various things.  I felt a strange connection and understanding of what he was saying.  It seemed to me like he was speaking of his preparation to pass on to the other side of the veil, reflecting on his life, and here I am, almost out of time in the mission field, about to pass in to the next stage of life.  I don't necessarily enjoy knocking doors, but I love being a missionary, and I am not ready to give it up.  Never will be.  It's true, and it's worth it

Love,
Elder Williams

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