Elder Hayden L. Williams

Week #34 - Ramamurthy Nagar - "Suresh's Baptism!"

Week #33 - Ramamurthy Nagar - "A 3 hour tour!"

So we had mission tour this last Thursday which is basically where multiple zones meet together with a area authority so we had Elder Homer of the Asia Area presidency come and instruct us. We had a main focus on teaching repentance and baptizing converts. We need to focus more on repentance being a positive process and then baptizing people who have brought forth the fruit of repentance.

Speaking of, Suresh Anthony is on date to be baptized this Saturday which I am so excited for, he hasn't missed one Sunday meeting since we met him. He is really doing well and is willing to obey all the covenants of baptism.

We didn't get to meet with Luke this week as it was Stake Conference and he couldn't make it out to Whitefield. We met a new family this week, they are a family relative of a family the other Elders are teaching who are progressing really well. We couldn't meet with them yesterday because the Father was gone at work but we are going to their home tonight to see how they will accept the message we have to share. They don't speak any English so we will need a Tamil translator. 

Went on a couple exchanges this week which is always an exciting experience to work with other missionaries and see what we can learn from each other. On Tuesday we went to a restaurant called Shiro which is a place that has an all you can eat Sushi and Dim Sum (steamed dumplings). It was really good and with 6 Elders there you can imagine that we ate quite a bit.

This next week I have been asked to sing in sacrament meeting so I will be singing "A Believers Prayer" a song me and my dad sang once before I came on my mission. Elder Lowe, who lives in the same apartment, plays the piano very well so he will be able to accompany me. 

That's pretty much it for this week,
Elder Williams

Week #32 - Ramamurthy Nagar - "Whats that white building?"

"I hope someone doesn't live there.."
So this week we walked to another far distant corner of our area where in the distance we saw a huge all white hindu temple so we decided to go out and find it. So we did, took us about 30 minutes to find the road that led to it. It was much different from most of the hindu temples I see because this one wasn't full crazy colored out but a plain white with no trace of color. It also took us quite a while to find our way back but ended up finding a bus.

Last night I went on a member split with the entire bishopric of my ward. Elder Halford went with another member to an investigators home while I visited a less active with the bishopric. That was really funny seeing the members face when the bishopric was there with a missionary. He is a really nice brother named Thomas, we are hopefully going to be able to teach his parents and brother about the gospel so that should be really good for him if his parents come to church as well.

So we have one on date for baptism right now, Suresh Anthony we are working through his love of Tea but he should be able to move past it. We are meeting him today to see how we can best help him. Luke came to church this last sunday and then we taught him about the Restoration. We gave him book of mormon in english and a member let him borrow one in Nepali to make sure he can understand so we will see how he understands it in this coming week. 

My companion is almost completely recovered from his surgery. A few more days and he can go back to doing whatever he could before.
We found a few more people to teach so we will see how return appointments go and I will let you all know. 

Funny thing this week was one member asked if I was mexican. I just looked and them, looked at my skin and said, "no all of my ancestry is from the UK" So they said "oh thats why you didn't look american!" I just gave a blank look and said quitely," but thats what americans are..." The members daughter heard me say that and started laughing as her father walked away because she just returned from a mission in Arizona so she knows what mexicans look like. That one was a new one for the books, I think this means I tanned at least a little bit. 
Till next week,
Elder Williams

Week #31 - Ramamurthy Nagar - "I would walk 500 miles... "

Well after Elder Halfords Surgery the doctor told him that walking would do him a lot of good after a few days of rest. So that is what we did, a lot of walking of our area and some contacting. 

Had some pretty exciting food this week, we had some beef intestine curry which was quite the new experience. Pretty much all the food here will make your mouth tickle due to the sheer amount of spice on it. I am so used to it that I mostly don't even notice it at this point but occasionally people will point out that I am sweating more but I think that will always happen. 

Heard a pretty funny talk at church last Sunday. One sister was talking about her marriage which was an arranged marriage and how it helped her grow. But the words she used to describe it cracked me up, she called it a "love at past sight" which is a play off love at first sight and all so that was a fun talk to hear.

Got to practice my cricket skills as we were wandering we found some people playing and they asked if we wanted to join. So I practiced my batting skills while my companion talked to the people on the sideline (since he isn't supposed to do anything strenuous) so by the end I actually got pretty good at swinging the cricket bat around.

The stay at the hospital was interesting, I just sat around most of the day talking with the Senior couple serving in the mission office. We had a few days resting where I went out with some of the other Elders in the apartment so that I didn't lose my mind by staying in. It was good to get out but I learned that we won't be able to teach Calvin anymore due to his relatives convincing his mom that the Book of Mormon is false. We still hope that he might come to church but I don't think we will be able to stop by his home anymore.

We were able to put Suresh Anthony on date for baptism we found him a couple months back and he has come to church the past 6 weeks. He is a single man in his early 30s looking for a job here in Bangalore. He is a really calm and nice guy, he has really taken our lessons well and is really interested in what we have taught.

Elder Williams