Elder Hayden L. Williams

Week #55 - Chennai - "Here's mud in your eye!"

And virtually every place else available. Well, to be honest I spent this whole week covered in mud because it has been raining a whole lot and our cycles do not have mud flap cover things (not certain what they are called on bicycles). 

Our week was spent putting our area books, the records that missionaries keep about the people we are teaching, into our phones and getting soaked by the rain going to our evening appointments. We kept ourselves in the area nearer to our apartment this week since I was still getting over a sickness and there was full rain daily. Elder Rogers found some new people to teach when he was on exchange but I haven't been able to meet them yet so I'll let you know how anyone progresses. 

Praying for lighter rains this week,
Elder Williams

Week #54 - Chennai - "These New-Fangled Devices are Pretty Nifty!"

So to start I am currently experiencing my transfer sickness as I seem to do every time I change areas. We also have smartphones now, we activated them at zone conference this last week. I felt reservations at first about using these because I was looking forward to being away from them for a while but I am already seeing the benefits in these devices. 

On Sunday there was a 10 year old boy who walked in and sat next to me and my companion didn't recognize him as an investigator from our area so I asked the boy where he lived. He told me the place but since I've only been in this area for a week the location meant nothing to me. But then I remembered I had google maps on my phone and he put in his home address and we found out he was from the 2nd branch Elders area. So that was a way that I really get to see how these devices will help missionaries. 

So my area is Mogappair A and we have 6 Elders living in our apartment. 4 of us are in 4th branch(Mogappair) Elder Peters and Elder Raja, with me and my companionand the other 2 are in 2nd branch(Annanagar) Elder Ostler and Elder Nagaraj.

I went to the home of Abishek this week. He is a 13 year old boy who is super great! He comes to church each week and reads the Book of Mormon sometimes, as much as any 13 year old reads it. We are working on getting his mom to attend as well but it looks like she works on sunday sometimes so that will take some work.

Anyway I'm glad to be in another place where the lord needs me to serve!
Elder Williams 

Week #53 - Chennai - "I Feel Like a Ping Pong ball..."

Well, once again I have been transferred to a new area after barely getting used to the last one! Hence the title of this email... So now I am here in Chennai! One of the largest cities in India. Unfortunately the state language here is Tamil so once again all my knowledge of Telugu is utterly useless to me. Rough. Haha anyway my new companion is Elder Rogers from Orem Utah. He has been out about 4 months longer than me and his last companion was actually also Elder Thivyanathan! (My companions brother) (Note from parents: We got to briefly chat with Hayden this morning. It took up his whole P-day to transfer. He traveled to Chennai with his companion and one other missionary. His now former comp. is now in Chennai as well but a different area. He has very mixed feelings about leaving his last area because after months of getting to know all of the members and re-finding a couple of families to teach, he was able to get a baptism on date for next month. It was the mother of a girl who has been going to church for quite a while. They were not allowed to baptize her until the mother was on board with it. They were finally able to meet with the mother. When she asked why she should be baptized again since she was already Christian Hayden gave her the analogy of him walking into a school to be a teacher. Though he can teach, he doesn’t have the diploma from a credible university giving him the authority to teach. She understood and then set her own date for baptism! He didn’t even get to say goodbye to her, which is sad).

Other big news is that apparently this week at Zone conference they will be rolling out mobile devices for us so that should be fun? I guess? I don't know, there is positive and negative to devices to me but we will see.

Really sorry but that is pretty much all the time I had for this week since I just finished traveling and got this little time to communicate.

More next week!
Elder Williams

Week #52 - Gajuwaka - "Another one bites the dust..."

Well Elder Skidmore finishes up this week. It is also transfer week so we will see what our new mission president does. We usually got called on Saturday and moved on Monday so we will see how or if that changes. This is also the start of Elder Thivyanathan's last transfer so we will be trying our best.

Well we don't have a ton of time this week as we are celebrating with Skidmore but we found 2 potential families to teach so we will see how that goes in this next week. They are both families that have been taught before and a member showed their homes to us. We are meeting with them tomorrow and the next day so I will hopefully have more to say on them next week.

I've gotten really bad at taking pictures and I apologize to you all for that but I just honestly have no idea what to take pictures of. My mom would probably say take pictures of it all but then I would have no time for work so I guess I'll do my best this week to look for something that is different to take some pictures of.

Elder Williams

Week #51 - Gajuwaka - "Turns out Cows don't "Moo""

They actually say "Ama!"
Don't worry it was news to me too. That is why "Ama" is "Mom" in most of the native languages here. That was my funny it of culture I learned this week. Another little tidbit I learned was that "India" actually means "Hinduism" in Sanskrit. So turns out I am over here living in Hinduism. Who'da thunk huh?

 Yesterday I reached a record for how many biscuits I could fit in my stomach. We explored another area and visited 6 different members where they each decided to fill us with 7-up and biscuits. So much so that I did not need dinner last night. That is the common treats they give us to welcome us into their home. By the way, "biscuits" is just British for "crackers" or "cookies". 

Well for a little spiritual highlight of the week. In our missionary meeting of the week we decided to study the Christlike attribute of Patience, so I read through the Preach My Gospel section on it and really learned some things that will help me. In that section it mentions that Patience with yourself is just as critical as with others. I felt that I had improved being patient with others but this really made me stop and realize I had lost patience with myself and I needed to allow myself more time and space to get everything done. 

Thats about it for this week,
Elder Williams