Elder Hayden L. Williams

Week #41 - Ramamurthy Nagar - "Here I go again”... to Vizag!

A little bit of music trivia again for ya. Hint it is from the 80's classic rock.

Well I got the transfer call this week and looks like I will be heading back to the city of Visakhapatnam. Not to the same area or branch but not too far away. I served in 1st branch the 1st time and this time I will be in the Gajuwaka Branch serving with Elder Wilson. I served in the Gajuwaka branch for a week if anyone follows these emails close enough to remember when I was there with Elder Trainor.

It was sad to say goodbye to some people so soon, because I thought I had some more time here in this area. Saying goodbye to Suresh Antony was especially hard since we had become such great friends.

Sorry not much time this week as I am leaving for the airport so until next week I'll tell you all about it next week.

Elder Williams

Week #40 - Ramamurthy Nagar - "Hi I'm Danush, come my home"

Well this week while we were walking around an area near a members home when a kid I had seen before a couple times came up to us and invited us to his home. We went to his home and met his older sister and mother. The sister speaks really good english and asked us where Danush found us and laughed when we told it was just by the side of the road and he invited us here. It turns out his sister, Sithara, wants to take some music classes so I'll be helping her and Elder Schurr will help her little brother learn the piano. They are Hindu so I am not certain if they will be interested in our lessons but we will do our best to help them in any way that we can.

As per the rest of the week we visited Babu and his family where we are now helping the youngest son practice his english by using the Book of Mormon Storybook which has the pictures to go along with the stories. 

Other than that the other three elders in the apartment took turns getting sick except for me so that was really fun. I am still fine so here's hoping that I remain healthy this week.

Well Elder Lowe got transferred last week but Elder Tolbert came back to be with Elder Nathaniel so they are currently covering two areas while Elder Schurr and I are back to just covering our area.

Elder Williams

Week #39 - Ramamurthy Nagar - "Didn't know you could cancel fun..."

Well, this week we were going to have a zone activity but it didn't end up working out. Turns out all of the places we wanted to go to are too far away. Then no one wanted to go to a closer place so we might be the only zone who decided not to have an activity. Oh well, what to do. I find myself saying that a lot. A lot of times you can't control what happens so why worry too much.

Anyway this week was, well it was a week. Prettisha, who was progressing well, decided she didn't want to meet with us anymore. She said something was wrong from the time we started to teach her. I attribute it to the fact that she is used to churches that use loud upbeat music to substitute the actual spirit. She enjoys going to church every day of the week to sing and dance, so it was likely much different for her to go to a church meeting that is reverent. 

Anyway, Yesu and his family came back in town this week and we stopped by but it seems that they are shifting homes and I don't know whereto because we didn't have a translator. But if I understood hand motions correctly it shouldn't be too far so we should still be able to visit them. 

Well honestly can't think of too much else to talk about this week,

So until next week,
Elder Williams

Week #38 - Ramamurthy Nagar - "Happy Good Friday!"

I mean Easter. Almost forgot that was the real holiday since it seems like they celebrate Good Friday more than Easter since Friday is a government holiday and Easter is not.

We had an activity on Saturday, the Easter Open House. We spent Friday setting it up and a little bit on Saturday. The Easter Open House is 5 rooms representing Jesus' last actions, such as the Last supper, The Garden of Gethsemane, The cross, The Empty Tomb and then the Book of Mormon. We had over 100 people show up which is really good for a rented building, over 30 of them were non-members. We taught a lot in each of these rooms so that people could understand a little better Jesus Christs last experiences.

The best part was that we had one of our investigators Prettisha helped us set up on for about five hours and we got to teach all the while though she doesn't need too much teaching. She already has an amazing relationship with God and she looks to him in every single thing she does. 

Yesu and his family came back from their native home yesterday so we will be going to meet them today. I am excited to see them again and see if they remember anything that we taught them before. 

Thursday was voting day here so we had to stay inside until 6 o'clock then we went to a members home where we got rained in and had to stay for a little while. 

On Sunday I got to watch Suresh Antony bless the sacrament so that was a special experience and I finally got to sing in the meeting after about a month of trying to and not being able to. It was a very great Easter. 

Elder Williams

Week #37 - Ramamurthy Nagar - "How about that conference?"

We filled in a couple of **blanks** from what we know in talking with him this week;)

So we got to watch General Conference this week and that was naturally really nice though I was feeling really sick during the Saturday session so that was a little rough but I felt better by Sunday so that was fine.**most likely got sick from overeating a delicious chicken curry fed to him the night before by a member family;) the other missionaries from his flat ate there as well but did not over eat and did not get sick;)**

We met with Babu and his family this week after not meeting them in a couple weeks and our meeting went really well. Brother Babu just the day before had been thinking that he hadn't seen us in a while. They also recently had a relative pass away so we shared the message of the Plan of Salvation and answered their questions regarding it. We aren't certain at this point whether that will cause them a change in heart enough to listen to our invitations now but we will pray and visit them as much as we can. They are shifting their home this week so we are planning to go and the Elders quorum was planning to help.**he was grateful they followed the prompting to go visit them and hoped that Babu could see the connection as well…shifting means moving, we are assuming that’s another British term adopted there in India along with them saying flats for apartments and autos for cars?**

Today Yesu and his family should have arrived from their native village so we will visit them tomorrow and see how they are doing. We visited Anitas family yesterday and are planning to go today and share a talk from conference with them in Telugu so that should help them. They weren't able to come on Sunday due to the children getting their results from school that day which I think required them to travel to school... Not entirely certain on that part but they are such a great family, the kids are all trying to learn English so they will ask us to read the Book of Mormon and other things with them so the can learn to read.**we asked about how they contact or proselyte and he said that they offer service, free piano lessons or free English lessons from their Church and if they inquire about the Church then they can ask to come pray with them or share a short message and then go from there**

We met with Suresh Antony a couple times this week teaching him piano and also about blessing and passing the sacrament since our Bishop asked him to bless the sacrament next week, so we went over it with him. He was there for each session of General Conference and only struggled to understand a few of the speakers accents.

We will continue to do our best here in India so thank you all for your prayers and support.**tough week this week with so much rejection…he was super touched in General Conference this time as he noticed the prayers for the missionaries, it hit him straight in the heart to hear that, and we reminded him that there are prayers worldwide in church meeting houses and temples for all of the missionaries and in his home ward specifically for him. It means so much to him and to us for that and for all of his friends and family who read his letters who pray for him. It’s a hard thing to ask of any kid to leave his friends and family, go to a 3rd world country to swelter, be rejected, and not understand the language of more than half of the people he runs into. He’s grateful to have good companions, chill missionaries to live with, and a guitar to play though so all will be okay!**
Elder Williams