Elder Hayden L. Williams

Week #53 - Chennai - "I Feel Like a Ping Pong ball..."

Well, once again I have been transferred to a new area after barely getting used to the last one! Hence the title of this email... So now I am here in Chennai! One of the largest cities in India. Unfortunately the state language here is Tamil so once again all my knowledge of Telugu is utterly useless to me. Rough. Haha anyway my new companion is Elder Rogers from Orem Utah. He has been out about 4 months longer than me and his last companion was actually also Elder Thivyanathan! (My companions brother) (Note from parents: We got to briefly chat with Hayden this morning. It took up his whole P-day to transfer. He traveled to Chennai with his companion and one other missionary. His now former comp. is now in Chennai as well but a different area. He has very mixed feelings about leaving his last area because after months of getting to know all of the members and re-finding a couple of families to teach, he was able to get a baptism on date for next month. It was the mother of a girl who has been going to church for quite a while. They were not allowed to baptize her until the mother was on board with it. They were finally able to meet with the mother. When she asked why she should be baptized again since she was already Christian Hayden gave her the analogy of him walking into a school to be a teacher. Though he can teach, he doesn’t have the diploma from a credible university giving him the authority to teach. She understood and then set her own date for baptism! He didn’t even get to say goodbye to her, which is sad).

Other big news is that apparently this week at Zone conference they will be rolling out mobile devices for us so that should be fun? I guess? I don't know, there is positive and negative to devices to me but we will see.

Really sorry but that is pretty much all the time I had for this week since I just finished traveling and got this little time to communicate.

More next week!
Elder Williams