Elder Hayden L. Williams

Week #15 - Vizag - "These would not be legal in the US..."

Man, Diwali was insane. There is a reason we have to come in at 4 o'clock let me say that. Everyone and their dog lights off the most insane fireworks that belong in the Stadium of Fire. They are so loud, way louder than in the states so I don't know what they did but they light up that day like it was the 4th of July for Americans. We got on the roof of our flat and ordered pizza and just watched all of the insane fire works explode all around us. They have these crazy firecrackers that are so loud and fire like 200 times and it honestly sounded like guns going off so I was a little worried at the beginning. The smoke was so thick by the end that I couldn't see half the city (our flat is near the top of a hill). 

Well Thursday was pretty exciting too because I learned that I would be going on a week long exchange with Elder Trainor in the Gajuwaka area (a smaller city right next to Vizag). His companion has been in the area for a very long time, almost 8 months or something so he has gone stir crazy. Elder Trainor only just got out of training when I showed up to India so combined we have 6 months of experience in India so it has been really fun. It also let me know that I am doing well learning Telugu because I speak more than he does so that boosted my confidence a little bit. Elder Trainor is from Rigby, Idaho and is about the same age as me but is about 5'6" so actually taller than Elder Ramishetty which is pretty great. So we don't really know when the exchange will end it is whenever the Mission President says that it will end. And before you ask yes, this is highly irregular but that is just how my Mission President rolls here in India. 

So in answer to your questions all hymns are sung in English along with the sacrament prayers. Strangest things I have eaten is between chicken liver and buttermilk. Buttermilk is this horrendous creation of mixing curd with water and it is supposed to cool down your stomach but its taste is sickening. My native companion doesn't even like it and he likes almost anything. 

Telugu for the week: Bagundi is how you say something is good. So undi means "is here" and baga or bag means "good". So you are literally saying "good is here" this is how a lot of the language works here, either something is here or it is not here. Very curious when you learn these rules. 
Elder Williams