Elder Hayden L. Williams

Week #82- Indiranagar - "I don't want to look like a Japanese Tourist..."

Well at our missionary meeting this last week our zone leaders gave all of us masks and hand sanitizer. They told us to wear the masks if we go on the metro or in large gathering places. Well there are quite a lot of people in my are so honestly you could count the street as a large gathering place because there are so many people... Getting pretty interesting over here and if I am hearing right even back home is having some excitement. Costco selling out of toilet paper... I haven't had toilet paper in two years and I am doing just fine. Just get a water sprayer its pretty nice. 

Anyway Joshua is doing awesome, we just got him a Book of Mormon storybook and he has been sharing it with his friends as we teach him so it is going super well. His mom really isn't interested so we have stopped trying to teach her for now but I am hoping that through Joshua's example she will become interested later. 

Also apparently tomorrow is Holi... Can't believe it has already been a year. This is the holiday that everyone just pelts each with colored powder for funsies. Here's hoping that I don't lose a white shirt tomorrow to a bunch of kids with too much time on their hands.

Elder Williams
P.S. If you saw that Styx reference then you will know what song has been running through my head this last week. 

Week #81- Indiranagar - "There is more than just Indian food?"

I know it's a hard concept for everyone but it turns out that Indian isn't the only type of food that exists in this world. I discovered that this week when I visited the local Thai restaurant that sold me the best beef I have had in who knows how long. When I ordered it they took the time to inform me that I may not want it since it wasn't spicy. So apparently I even look Indian now haha. 

We worked a lot with the members this week trying to convince them to find just one person to invite to General Conference. You know since apparently thats coming up again. I swear we just had it.. Anyway that ate up a good chunk of the week as well as exploring the few streets that I have yet to wander. There are still a few out there that I'll get this week.

Honestly not too much to say about this week. 

Elder Williams

Week #80- Indiranagar - "A Burrito is Like a Shawarma."

So today I got to explain to Elder Rajendran what a Burrito is since there is a pretty good restaurant nearby our church that sells Cafe Rio syle burritos. So I compared it to a shawarma roll but more mexican. And for all of you who don't know what a shawarma roll is, it's like a burrito but more... you know I actually have no idea what culture that comes from but it's all over India so it could be from here for all I know. 

Got to see the power of inflation this week as the price of soda rose from 40 rupees to 45. To you americanos that is a difference of about a dime, I think.. But for me that is outrageous. Now I know how my grandparents felt when they tried to buy a popsicle for a nickel and the guy asked for a dime. haha just kidding but that is still slightly alarming to me because honestly that could mean other prices rise which would not be great for my wallet... 

Well this week we got to visit with Amir again and teach him the plan of salvation which he told me made sense to him since apparently the Muslim belief of this is pretty close except the whole last kingdoms of glory part to which he asked, "So why would anyone go to the second kingdom. If they are good people wouldn't they want to go to the Celestial with God?" Seemed like a pretty good question to me but we don't know everything. 

Weather is starting to heat up in the middle of the day which is no fun but soon the rains will come and then I will need a new umbrella. But it should cool down again just might take a little while until then. 

Elder Williams

Week #79 - Indiranagar - "I Am Still A Boy."

A novel idea ain't it? Hear me out. I was in a shop this week meandering around until I came to a box full of knives. My mom used to joke that wherever I was with my mom I would have some kind of fake weapon around with me and let me just say, she was 100% correct. So when I saw all of these curved knives I was instantly enthralled. (Look I remember big words maybe I still have a chance speaking English). Anyway after, for lack of a better word, playing with them for a minute a worker walked over and informed me they were Nepalese Khukuri's. Essentially they curve like a boomerang (tragically they do not fly like them) and they are weighted pretty heavy. Well, I have a serious weakness and I ended up buying it so whatever. This is what helped me realize that there will forever be a little boy in me that looks for things like this.

Anyway I was sick again this week with a case of the can't get too far from the washroom. I hate that one most because you feel fine most the day(ish) except for the moments that are just pure can't take it. And you have to sit around waiting for these moments because you don't want to have an accident somewhere because frankly you're too old for that now. 

For some reason our most progressing investigators decided to go out of town at the same time this week so that was fun to have less people to teach. (I know sarcasm is hard to detect in written word but I think that everyone can get that one).

Anyway my mother has informed me that I have not actually told y'all about my companion, could have sworn I did but here we go. His name is Elder Chavala and he is from Hyderabad, the big city between Bangalore and Delhi. He speaks Telugu and Hindi and he was the first member in his family and the only member until last year when he got to go home and baptize his father and sister (he was already a missionary but they let them do these kinds of things). We have two other Elders in our apartment. Elder Rajendran and Elder Serapalli. Elder Rajendran is from Coimbatore and Elder Serapalli is from Kakinada and I knew him before the mission same as Elder Puppala(Previous Companion).

This letter might include more witty commentary than any I have written ever... This is what happens when I still have to write letters contrary to the fact that I have been able to video call my family for the past year. 

Hope your weeks go well,
Elder Williams

Week #78 - Indiranagar - "Avocados, good for more than Guacamole."

Who knew? I thought they only had like one use, but as it turns out they make a really good milkshake. I was super surprised but it was recommended to me by someone we just started teaching. His name is Amir and he is from Iran. He had a brother that is a member in Canada and he recommended to his brother to come to our church. He runs a Cafè that specializes in hooka machines. You know... that thing that the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland smokes. Anyway teaching Word of Wisdom was fun, his brother had already told him about it but he had some good questions about that and the Temple.

So a few weeks ago we had a member from the US visiting and he got a driver from his hotel to take him to church. When they stopped outside the driver commented,," oh I joined this church back in 1998." So the brother invited him in and we got introduced. We haven't been able to visit his home yet but we are going to try for this week. 

We are also teaching Joshua's mom right now and she is doing good but she won't come to church yet so we will have to help her with that 

Elder Williams