Elder Hayden L. Williams

December 2019

Week #72 - Indiranagar - "Compulsary"

Compulsory-A word used here in India, other than here never used in the history of ever.
Used I believe out of grammar. (Also that sentence I just wrote might be offending grammar as well so..) Asking "Compulsory I need you to bring that to the church." Pretty much meaning 100% you have to do this. Pronounced- com-pull-sery
Just a little fun with the words I use on the daily.

Honestly not much to report on this week other than we had an amazing Lasagna on christmas eve which a member made for us. She might be the only person I know that has an oven. She made us some cookies as well and that was super awesome.

Other than that we met with Joshua again and we had about 20 of his friends gathered around us as we taught in the middle of their street (don't worry all were christian or open to it, we asked) Joshua taught them all about Joseph Smiths story using the Book Of Mormon Storybook. Never been more proud, he will be quite the missionary I think.

Looking forward to the New Year!
Got my carbonated apple juice all ready to go.

Happy New Year,
Elder Williams

Note: Elder Williams doesn’t mention it because it is normal to him but we think it’s worth noting that the Church is not recognized as a church in India…it is the Indian Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Though we’ve seen this on his travel documentation, we did not understand what it means - that they are not recognized as a church and because they are not recognized as a church, they cannot openly proselyte. This is different than what we had been told before he left - that the Church could openly proselyte to everyone. They cannot - only to Christians, so the missionaries have to be careful with whom they speak with. Our bishops cannot marry members either so a pastor from another church has to sign their marriage certificates for them to be legally recognized as married. Just some fun facts we are learning.

Week #71 - Indiranagar - "I'm Mr. Green Christmas..."

"...I'm Mr. Sun!" 
Definitely gonna be another green Christmas for me this year. Although sounds like it's not altogether white back home either! But I don't think I would sweat if I stepped outside there so therein lies the difference.

Well we had some fun here yesterday going caroling! The ward arranged a big van to travel around to homes and carol, it was really fun but I can't think of a time where I have been stuffed with more cake and cookies. I was starting to understand how Santa must feel.. 

Haha well we had few good lessons with Joshua this week. Seriously this kid is incredibly insightful and really grasps the lessons we teach. We just have to make sure his Mom and little sister keep up with him haha. He loves reading the Book of Mormon storybook and then when we are gone he tries to read the chapters in the Book of Mormon. He reads the English one and I think it probably has a lot of words he can't understand but he is really trying hard and that is awesome.

On Saturday we had a Stake Christmas party which was fun. I got to see a bunch of members from the Ramamurthy Nagar ward where I served at the beginning of this year. Turns out a few of the people I had been teaching there ended up being baptized! The Babu family that I was teaching but I was never sure would join did! The father, mother and youngest son all got baptized and next month the older son and daughter are going to be taking baptism! Its nice to see seeds that you helped plant take root. 

Merry Christmas to you all and a happy new year!
Elder Williams

Week #70 - Indiranagar "I feel like I am on repeat..."

Well friends, another transfer another area. That makes 7 areas in 16 months.. I am back here in Bangalore just in time for winter! Nothing like back home but at night it makes it into the 60° Fahrenheit range and it feels amazing! After summer in Chennai I feel great, don't even need to use my sweat rags.

I am serving in the Indiranagar ward with Elder Edwards. We whitewashed this area (whitewashing is where two Elders go into a new area that neither has any knowledge about). It'll take us a while to get used to the area and learn the names so bear with me there isn't much to report this week. 

I'll let you know next week,
Elder Williams

Week #69 - Vizag "Together again, again..."

"Its so good to be together again, again." Oh muppets, what a slice of my childhood you hold.

Anyway the subject line is meant to refer to the fact that once again I find myself in the city of Vizag. Apparently the police showed up to the Elders apartment here looking for me since I am registered as living here. So on Thursday at noon I checked my email and discovered a flight ticket to Vizag from Vijayawada for 6 pm that night. I freaked out a little and then called my mission president where I discovered the rest of this story. He told me to pack all of my things since transfers are this next week so sadly I don't think I am going back to Vijayawada which means that once again I am going to a new place after only 2 transfers in an area... So many places.

At church yesterday I got to say hello to a lot of members that I knew a year ago. Many did not remember my name but they knew my face and I'll take that. They are really awesome here, I really love the city of Vizag. I kind of consider it my home here in India though maybe that is because it was my first city... who really knows. No clue but I love it anyway.

I dont know why group emails are so hard. Anyway I have pictures from this week and last, so if that saying is true about pictures being 1000 words than my email is pretty long this week ;)

Elder Williams