Elder Hayden L. Williams

Week #19 - Kakinada - "That does not smell like Boost..."

To preface this intro line, Boost is essentially Hot Chocolate in this country but it is not as good. We were at a home of someone we were teaching and had just discovered that they were not interested to learn more so we were about to leave when a lady walked into the room with hot drinks that we assumed was boost since we get offered it a lot here. My companion has developed the ability to not burn his mouth drinking hot drinks so he immediately put it up to his mouth and started sipping it and then froze when he saw me look at him. I had smelled it and I was confused until I realized it was coffee, my companion was about to spit it out but the lady was getting super embarrassed and so to quickly tell her it was alright he ended up swallowing a little bit. He felt super bad about drinking a little bit of it even though I was just dying laughing. 

Yesterday we visited the family of an Elder I served with in Vizag, the Thamma family. They gave us the strangest snack I have ever had, the only way I can describe the taste is, well you know how a campfire smells? Yeah, that is how this snack tastes and yes it is as bizarre as it sounds. It is called a Tagalu and it is very unusual. 

Well, this week we taught Pawan again and he has done a complete 180 after our last meeting, he now wants more than anything to be baptized so we said we have to go through the lessons again with him since it has been a long time since he was taught by the missionaries. We have been going through the lessons and he remembers almost everything he has been taught so most likely he will be baptized before the end of this year which is awesome.

I have been getting used to riding a bike again which has been a pretty fun experience but all around it is a lot better to have one because we get around our area so much faster. My learning of Telugu has slowed down a bit since I got to Kakinada because they speak a lot more English here than in Vizag also my companion doesn't speak much so I haven't been learning too much. 

Other than that we have been doing a lot of finding and a lot of Elder Jordan teaching me the area since he goes home next week. 
Till next week
Elder Williams

How is it going with your companion? Man I love Elder Jordan so much, he is the hardest working missionary I have seen on this mission and I am loving it.