Elder Hayden L. Williams

September 2019

Week #59 - Vijaywada - "I'm running out of one liners..."

I do my best to think up some fun catchy starting liners and I did not realize how difficult it can be sometimes. I try to make it fun. 

Anyway this week was good we were able to put Veni on date for baptism. Missionaries have been visiting her for a while and she almost always comes to church she is just worried for her future and is a little scared to make the commitment. She is busy with college, work and also teaching tuitions for some kids. (Tuitions is kind of like forced homework time that you pay for. Don't know how these kids do it here, it would drive me crazy) But it no problem really, so the date we set is changeable if she isn't feeling up to it. But I feel confident that she will commit when she gets everything figured out. 

We have been trying to help a different brother get over his habit of drinking and we go over about 4 times a week. But just when he seemed to be getting better he told us he got a job at a wine selling place. "Great" I though, "just what a recovering alcoholic needs. Access to free alcohol." So we will continue to give it our best with him. 

We have been showing the new Book of Mormon videos to just about everyone we see. It really helps members and Investigators really get into the Book of Mormon. Even if they dont understand the English in the video they can see what the scriptures are telling and as they say, "pictures say a thousand words." Or something like that... Well I figure a 17 minute long video says quite a lot of words in that case so it makes for a great lesson. 

Basically thats it from me this week,
Elder Williams

Week #58 - Chennai - "Here I go again on my own..."

Ummm so sorry I literally have no time to write this but big news. I got transferred again. At this point I am not even surprised. Anyway I am now in Vijaywada with Elder Pupala who was a YSA who went around with me when I was in Kakinada. More on him next week.

I sent a bunch of pictures this week and you know they say pictures are worth a thousand words so this should be my longest email yet ;)

Love, 
Elder Williams

Week #57 - Chennai - "Just sit in the corner and read"

Haha so in church this week when Elder Rogers and I walked into a classroom for second hour the teacher looked up at us and said, "ah Elders you have a phone yes? Ok ok we are discussing this talk from the last general conference. You can read it and I will teach the rest of the class in Tamil." I found this hilarious because it is what I do every week but this time the teacher acknowledged that it was happening. 

Well this week we had less rain and more cycling. I went on an exchange with Elder Ostler so he could show me a referral from a member in his branch. We ended up cycling 22 miles, which is not a lot to any of you who ride a bicycle for fun or exercise, but this is the farthest I have had to cycle on my mission and it was actually a lot of fun. 

Anyway a lot of the people we are teaching are only available on sundays but everytime sunday rolls around suddenly they arent available. So we spent the weekdays this week finding more homes of members in our area and avoiding the giant statues of Ganesh that are all over the place. 

Anyway until next week, 
Elder Williams