Elder Hayden L. Williams

Week #11 - Vizag - "Thank you Amah!"

Fear limits you. That was an amazing conference. We watched it on Saturday and Sunday and it was just incredible to hear those messages that were prepared for all of us. 2 hour church is gonna feel real strange but maybe then our members will actually stay! Hopefully.. 

So we actually have a large teaching pool but a lot of the time they only have a short time to meet so we never teach full lessons in one sitting. We teach very slowly so they will understand. We visit a lot of members to strengthen since I have a native companion that can talk with them, the other Elders don't spend that much time with member. However, because we spend time with these members they give us a good number of referrals so that is really nice. Manohar was just the most progressed because he has already been taught all the lessons but we still haven't been able to meet with him again so hopefully this week for sure. 
 
I don't really know if I will get to sing in church because no one plays the piano well enough to accompany so maybe later in my mission I will find someone but likely not in this area. 

Haha Brother Rios the only people that wear turbans are the Sikhs and they are mostly in Northern India but I have seen a few of them here and there and I want to get one before I come home. 

So Amah means Mother and you use it to address any woman who is old enough to be your mother. It is very respectful and they love it when you do it. I was at an investigators home, his name is Raja, and we were talking to his mother, Sarojini, that we gave a blessing to earlier this week and we asked her how she was and said she was doing fine thanks to us. She then complimented us and I said, "Thank you Amah" to which she replied, "No problem, Baboo" in just the sweetest voice and it made tears spring to my eyes. Baboo means son in Telugu and no one had ever used it to address me before and I just realized how much I loved these people. Abba is Father, just by the way. 

So last Wednesday I went on exchange with Elder Harper who I discovered has a ton of the same interests as me so I came to love him a ton before he got transferred to Rajahmundry. So Elder Stutz who was in my apartment was also transferred there. The rest of my batchmates arrived here in India on Wednesday and Elder Hugie was sent here to Vizag to replace Elder Stutz so Elder Rather has been assigned to finish training him. Watching Elder Hugie adjust has given me slight insight into what I may have looked like.

That was this week here in Vizag. See you next time!
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Elder Williams