Elder Hayden L. Williams

July 2019

Week #52 - Gajuwaka - "Another one bites the dust..."

Well Elder Skidmore finishes up this week. It is also transfer week so we will see what our new mission president does. We usually got called on Saturday and moved on Monday so we will see how or if that changes. This is also the start of Elder Thivyanathan's last transfer so we will be trying our best.

Well we don't have a ton of time this week as we are celebrating with Skidmore but we found 2 potential families to teach so we will see how that goes in this next week. They are both families that have been taught before and a member showed their homes to us. We are meeting with them tomorrow and the next day so I will hopefully have more to say on them next week.

I've gotten really bad at taking pictures and I apologize to you all for that but I just honestly have no idea what to take pictures of. My mom would probably say take pictures of it all but then I would have no time for work so I guess I'll do my best this week to look for something that is different to take some pictures of.

Elder Williams

Week #51 - Gajuwaka - "Turns out Cows don't "Moo""

They actually say "Ama!"
Don't worry it was news to me too. That is why "Ama" is "Mom" in most of the native languages here. That was my funny it of culture I learned this week. Another little tidbit I learned was that "India" actually means "Hinduism" in Sanskrit. So turns out I am over here living in Hinduism. Who'da thunk huh?

 Yesterday I reached a record for how many biscuits I could fit in my stomach. We explored another area and visited 6 different members where they each decided to fill us with 7-up and biscuits. So much so that I did not need dinner last night. That is the common treats they give us to welcome us into their home. By the way, "biscuits" is just British for "crackers" or "cookies". 

Well for a little spiritual highlight of the week. In our missionary meeting of the week we decided to study the Christlike attribute of Patience, so I read through the Preach My Gospel section on it and really learned some things that will help me. In that section it mentions that Patience with yourself is just as critical as with others. I felt that I had improved being patient with others but this really made me stop and realize I had lost patience with myself and I needed to allow myself more time and space to get everything done. 

Thats about it for this week,
Elder Williams

Week #50 - Gajuwaka - "Hello there!"

So this week while I was walking back to the apartment I almost stepped onto my new little friend here. I'll include him in this email.IMG_4435

I know there is no way to tell his size but that was because I was afraid to get closer to him but lets say he was about the sized of my hand which to me was really unnerving.

Well today was Elder Ramadi's birthday, another Elder in my zone so we went to Absolute BBQ. A really good all you can eat place that has a grill in front of you on the table. It was really good but for us missionaries it is pretty expensive so it is a once in a while kind of thing.

We had a YSA named Prasanna show us a bunch of member homes that I have not met before so that was super useful this week. But I also ended up getting sick and coughing my lungs out so that is super fun. Also had a truck nail my shoulder and rip one of my white shirts. Made it almost a year without a white shirt casualty but there goes my record, what to do. I am pretty terrible with the sewing kit but I will give it my best shot. 

It can be pretty interesting when you use sarcasm here. Some people don't take to it so well here but they are also really bad at reading it which can be pretty funny. Just need to remember not to take it too far. 

 With that,
Elder Williams

Week #49 - Gajuwaka - "Welcome to the Himalayas!"

What? They're Lemon!

Don't know why that movie came into my head, but it's a good one so I won't complain. 

Well this week I got to meet Elder Wilson's family and have dinner with them. That was a great experience to share a little about their sons mission with them. They are now going to Bangalore to meet up with Elder Wilson since he finishes his mission in 2 days. They just came to India a week early to see more of India. 

Well on Tuesday this last week we went to a members home who I haven't met before but my companion met them the last time he was in Vizag so we went and had a good appointment. At the end they asked us to give a blessing to the mother of the family and then proceeded to have us give a blessing to every member of the family down to the 10 year old kid who was there. It turned into quite the number of blessings. Surely the most I have done in one day.

We have been meeting with a lot of members this last week and we have some more to meet with this week. Some of those that we have met with haven't had missionaries come to their home in a long time so many of them are really happy when we come. The easiest way to learn names is to be in their home and talk with them for some time. 

We had our first zone conference with our new mission president and we had our first interviews with him. President Thomas gave a great conference and I think he will be really good for India. He gave a really good conference that answered many questions that I had. Zone conference can be really good on the mission if you go into as you would before general conference. With questions and a desire for the answers.

Well that was this week,
Elder Williams

Week #48 - Gajuwaka - "Tastes like chicken..."

You know why? Because everything IS chicken. The members here have this idea that when the Elders come over they want the fanciest food that the member can make which always involves buying and using chicken. Overall people usually only have meat one or two times a week due to how expensive it is. They make their best chicken Biriyani or Chicken curry. Sometimes you miss simplicity. What to do, it still is really good food. 

Anyway this last week we have spent meeting with members and learning more of the area. We got a lot of member appointments in church yesterday since I got a new companion and especially since he can speak a bit of Telugu. 

Anyway more about my companion. Elder Thivynathan is from Erode which is a small city/village outside of Coimbatore in the same way Gajuwaka is outside of Vizag. He and his brother have two months left on his mission and I have served around both of them before. Elder Thivynathan was Zone leader in Rajahmundry when I was in Kakinada and I met his brother when I was serving in Bangalore. Sorry no pictures of him this week I may have misplaced my camera for the time being... I'll find it again and get pictures as soon as I can. 

Elder Williams