Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 56 - Bowling Green

Hola mi familia!

So first off, I had the biggest scare last night. We have elder gong coming to the mission this Friday, he's in the presidency of the 70. And so there needed to be a pianist for the meeting. And last night the ap's called because they said I needed to play because no one in the 3 zones could play. So I was freaking out, then this morning they texted and said "jk we found a sister who plays." Haha, I'm gonna survive. 

This week has been a lot of fun. It's been really interesting to find different ways we can use Facebook in our area. One of the ways is that we've made a Facebook page for our English classes that we started today. We already have 50 followers and so we hope that in the coming weeks we can use this as a way to serve and also find new investigators. I'm really excited for it. It's going to be a really great finding opportunity. 

Elder Hamilton and I have been putting a focus on visiting the less actives here, because there are a lot and a lot of them are part member families as well. We know that theres going to be a lot of success from it. We've already been able to clean up our wards records a little by doing so. Part of this is we have started our "member wall" Which is every single goes person in the family has a square with their name on it. This way we can see who needs to get the priesthood, where all the part member families are, and just to learn all the Spanish members. It's been fun. Once it's finished I'll send a picture. 

I also saved a cow from getting lost this week and was able to get it back in the ranch. It also came from a Spanish ranch, but we weren't able to talk to anyone there. We will go back. But my companion was so scared, because it was really dark and it was a big cow. Haha

The rest of the time has been spent getting members will really excited about Facebook and also with Christian. He's awesome. Can't wait for his baptism in between sessions of general conference! It's going to be so sweet!

Love yall, have a great week!

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈElder WilliamsπŸ‡²πŸ‡½

Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 55 - Bowling Green

Hola mi familia!

This week has been great. I absolutely love it here. I'm so excited for this transfer and the upcoming months here in Kentucky. This week has had its ups and downs, but overall just great.

So for the down side, we have an investigator, Luis, who was supposed to get baptized this past Friday. But the day of his baptismal interview, some leaders from his church passed by to see him at work. They basically taught a lot of false things to him. One was that he had already received all the ordinances that all churches require and that because he was no longer going to their church, that was the reason for his girlfriend leaving and taking their kids. It really scared him and he doesn't want to be baptized anymore. Or At least he wants more time. We tried to teach him the authority and we brought up acts 19: 1-6 with him. We felt the spirit testify to him that it was true and it clicked in his eyes, that it really does matter how you get baptized, but he then denied it. So we are going to give him a little more time, but we are both feeling that if he continues how he is, we are going to have to put a pause on him for awhile. We feel it to be the best for him. But that's it with the sad. 

The good news this week is we have found a lot of cool people! We have been trying to sift through the list of investigators that we have and we've been able to cut it down. 

We also had a couple great lessons with the ramirez family. It is a single mom who was baptized 20 years ago and doesn't really know why. She has two kids, 13 and 9, who are both investigators now. They are the coolest. They had been taught the first lesson and we taught them the plan of salvation on Friday. At the end of the lesson, I felt that we should set a baptismal date with them. I also felt that there was no need to wait. So we set a date with the two kids for the 15th of September! So not this Friday, but the next. They are pretty excited about it, and we are going to be working with them daily to make sure they reach their goal. But it's going to be great!

Elder Hamilton is really awesome! He's super humble and really wants to improve! I already love him so much. I'm excited for the time here with him. He's originally from Colorado, lived in California for awhile and then two months before he came out his family moved to American fork. They live right across the street from the temple. So really close to us. He's been out for one less transfer than me, but we should be going home about the same times because of the start time of byu. He did gymnastics and dance in high school so he's a very high energy kid. We get along really well so far. And I'm excited to see what I can learn from him. 

Love yall!

Have a great week!

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈElder WilliamsπŸ‡²πŸ‡½

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 54 - Watch out Kentucky, Elder Williams is coming!!!

Hola mi familia!

Well this week flew by! I don't even know why. A few of the days had a couple unexpected things happened that made our days feel like nothing really happened. 

So first off. We got transfer calls, and I'm heading to Bowling Green, Kentucky! I'm super excited! My companion is elder Hamilton, and as of right now he's the only Spanish elder that I don't know. So I'm excited to tell you all about him next week! 

Then Saturday morning Maria and Daniel got baptized! It was a super awesome service. And Maria went all the way under the first time! Which is great, because we were worried she would flail around because of her fear of water. But it all went well. They were confirmed yesterday at church. Just super cool stuff. 

Alondra and Jose are progressing really well! We had 2 lessons with them this week, and one of them we taught half of the plan of salvation with the bishop but got into a really deep doctrine discussion. Then on Saturday we finished the rest of the lesson and had a really good 2 hour lesson. We tried to leave, but they had more questions and wanted us to stay longer. So we did. Then they came to church yesterday and stayed for the full 3 hours. And today we are having family home evening with them at a members house. So I have a feeling I'll be making a quick trip back here pretty soon to see them get baptized. I'm super excited for them. 

Now for the unexpected things. It was mostly Thursday. So we had a planned service project of handing out 300 flyers per companionship in our zone at every door in East Nashville. It is for a family history fair that one of the wards is putting on. So we had three hours to do it. It was basically just running up and down streets. Then after we ran to the hospital, because we got a call from one of the part member/ less active families that we have been working with. The dad was in the hospital because he has kidney failure. So we spent a long time looking for him. Especially because we went to the wrong Saint Thomas at first. Then for dinner we were heading down to pick up the other elders and we were stopped in traffic. And then a big white Tacoma rear ended us. So we pulled off and dealt with all that. We had to wait 2 hours for the cops to get there, which wasnt good because it let the Hispanics that hit us really worry about getting deported. So we tried to calm their nerves. They got out just fine. But that put us until 7:30. And so we ran home and ate really quick and ran to the lesson with alondra, Jose and bishop. Then the next couple days we had to go around doing stuff for the repairs of the car. Fun stuff. I've been getting a lot of calls from these different therapy places that want me to come in and get a free check up. But I keep telling them I'm going to bowling Green and they just get confused and hang up. Haha

I'm now currently sitting in bed with some stomach bug that hit like half the ward yesterday. So sorry if this email is bad or anything, I'm a little out of it. 

Love yall

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈElder WilliamsπŸ‡²πŸ‡½