Elder Hayden L. Williams

Week #21 - Kakinada - "There arose such a ladder company!"

That's one thing I miss this year. It doesn't feel as much like Christmas without the movies but the real spirit of Christmas is in the service and I have never served so much in my life so you could say I am swimming in the spirit!

Pawan passed his baptismal interview this last Saturday so his baptism is scheduled for this Saturday. I am so excited for him because he has been so prepared by the Lord! He was struggling to get permission from his parents when the missionaries first met with him but since Elder Jordan and I met with him he has been able to get permission. I don't remember if I told you but in this country we have to get baptismal candidates to sign two separate papers. One is the standard baptismal form for the records of the Church and the other is a affidavit that we give to the government to prove to them that we didn't pay them or bribe them in any other way to join our church. You could say that Christianity here is unlike any other Christianity I have ever seen. 

Elder Thomas was transferred from Rajahmundry to be with Elder Wheeler and Elder Yogesh just became my companion. I don't remember if I mentioned him when I got to India but Elder Thomas was Assistant to the President when I first got here so it was good to get to see him again and learn a little more about him and his family. It is nice to be with Elder Yogesh because from him I have learned a lot more about India and Hinduism since his family is from a strong Hindu backround. Turns out there are more denominations of Hindu than there are of Christianity which blew my mind a little bit. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas remembering what a miracle it was for the Savior to do what he did for us and remember that it is by small and simple things and humble and small beginnings that great and marvelous things are brought to pass. Even the Savior of the world had to start as nothing more than an infant.
And to all a good night,
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Elder Williams