Elder Hayden L. Williams

Week #13 - Vizag - "Look at that pape' with my face gleamin'"

So remember last week when I mentioned that I went to a Hindu temple? Well someone took our picture and turns out he worked for a local newspaper. We ended up in two newspaper articles, one was fine and was talking about how tourism was going up near that temple, the other one was straight libel.... It quoted us saying that we were in awe at the splendor of the temple and stated that we had been Puja'ing, or respecting/bowing, to their idols. We were not wearing tags and so they just thought we were Americans and it blew over the day after but it still makes me mad just thinking about it. We were notified by a couple members who had read the article and recognized us but they all know us and they know that the papers here lie all the time. 

Well, in other news we had Zone Conference this week and that was really good! President had some really good points for us and discussed with us some important points from conference. 

I also met with the most insane person from our branch this week. There is no other way to put it, just hear me out. He isn't active because he has a big problem with word of wisdom. When I was sitting in his home I noticed a bunch of items that had to do with the navy so I asked him if he was part of it and he said yes, so I talked about how my Grandpa was in the navy and we talked about that for a little and then somehow he got into physics and started talking about takeoff velocity and such. He asked if I was a student of science and I said yes so he just started going off about a ton of things. Finally at one point I was able to turn the conversation into a spiritual message and then he asked me why I like Jesus. I got excited at this point and I shared with him a simple sincere testimony and then he looked me dead in the eyes and said, "Wrong." I was taken aback by this because he asked ME why I liked Jesus and then he proceeded to talk about how Jesus's Resurrection is why we all love him. Well, at this point I had almost given up but I decided to ask if he had anyone he could refer to us, I should have known better at this point. I really should have. He proceeded to tell us why he was a recluse and then to prove his point that he trusts no one he pulled out the nun-chucks that he had hidden behind the door and then was just holding them while sitting in front of me. At this point we quickly excused ourselves and  couldn't get out fast enough. 

Well, that was my week, most exciting one so far. No real update with anyone we are teaching. We are still struggling to meet with a lot of them because they are all seriously so busy. 

Namaskaram,
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Elder Williams

PS (in answer to questions) Yes we have a washing machine and then we set our clothes out in one of the rooms to dry by ceiling fan. Yes, for the drinking water there is a big filtration unit. And yes we have one small crappy samsung for the companionship that we use to call people and set up appointments.