Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Week 84 - Columbia Tennessee

Hola mi familia!

I’m super excited to be here in Spring Hill with Elder Bringhurst. This area just is really moving right now. We were able to set 3 really solid baptismal dates this week for the upcoming 3-4 weeks, and on top of that there are a few other investigators that could be on date soon. And Elder Bringhurst and i get along really well, he’s such a great guy. I’m just all around really excited to see how we can be tools in the hands of the lord this transfer. It seems like even though this is the area that has had the least amount of hispanics in it, it’s the one that has the most that are prepared. It’s really awesome to witness.

I’m starting to feel the urgency of the work even more than ever. With just three transfers left, i know its some of the the most important transfers. Because it’s the only time I’ll have my best Spanish to be able to relay the lessons that I’ve spent 2 years practicing. So i cant fail now. I owe it to the lord to put my best foot forward and let him do the rest. Because i know that without his help, there is no way that i could possibly do this by myself. The visit from elder holland was definitely a major inflexion point for me. It gave a major boost in desire to work as hard as I can till the end.

Love yall!

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈElder WilliamsπŸ‡²πŸ‡½

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Week 83 - Headed to Columbia Tennessee

Hola mi familia!

This week has been awesome!

I found out yesterday that i will be heading down to Columbia, TN with Elder Bringhurst. He has been out 1 transfer longer than me, so he’s got 2 transfers left. Columbia is about 40 miles south of Nashville, in the Franklin stake. I’m super excited to be going there, we will be covering an English ward and a spanish group. So ill be doing english work for a change, as well as Spanish work.

This past weekend i had the blessing of being able to hear from Elder Holland 3 days in a row. It was one of the coolest experiences ever. On Friday we were able to go to a young adult meeting with one of our investigators, Liz. It was set up as a Q&A type of meeting, and it was the fastest 2 hours ever. Then the next morning we had a missionary meeting with him, where the whole mission got together to meet with him. That’s the first time the whole mission has gotten together since I’ve been out. That was an intense meeting. Then on Sunday we had a 7 multi-stake conference. I got a ton of notes from it, so I’ll share a few of my thoughts that I got out of it. Hopefully it helps you like it helped me.

The first thought was started when Elder Holland asked “What made the prophets of old be able to go on, knowing that their efforts would be almost wasted because of certain apostasy?” Because if you think about it, back then they didn’t have very much missionary work, they had 1 temple for centuries, and the temple at the time of Jesus lasted from about 30 ad to 77 ad. So why did they not just give up out of depression? It is because they saw our day, they saw when it finally did succeed, they saw a day when missionary work was worldwide. They saw when there was 160 temples and growing, where the people they couldn’t reach can be reached. That is what kept them going through the dark times. That being said, we owe it to them to live up to what they saw. Because we are blessed to live in the days that the gospel is working. We have the responsibility to save the human family.

During the YA meeting, someone asked “what is the way to best establish Zion in nashville, tn?” And he responded that it is the same way you can establish Zion anywhere. It is through a personal, consecrated life. Maybe that is started by the little things. But there is never going to be a day that we can establish a worldwide Zion if we cant do it in our own lives.

My last thought is one of my favorites from this weekend. It’s from Mark 4. After Jesus finishes teaching some parables, he is extremely exhausted so he turns to his apostles and tells them they will cross to the other side of the sea. During this trip, is the story that everyone knows. 9/12 apostles grew up fisherman, they were very comfortable with the water. But even with that, there was a storm that came upon them that caused even those fisherman to fear. Now if you can imagine how exhausted Jesus was, to be able to sleep through this storm. Now the apostles must have been contemplating for a really long time, whether or not they should wake Jesus. But they eventually did, and they asked whether he cared if they all perished. Then Jesus came back with kind of a harsh rebuke. He said “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” Now do you think he was justified in this rebuke? I mean these fishermen were scared out their minds of perishing at sea, they were even bailing out the boat. But if you look back at the beginning of the journey you find his justification. He told his apostles that they were going to cross to the other side! If Jesus Christ himself says it will happen, then you can bet your future that its going to happen. And do you think that Heavenly Father would let his beloved son, who still had a mission to fulfill, go down in a sinking ship? No! Now tie this to our day. Don’t jump ship as the future days get rough and scary. We will receive persecution, we will feel as if we will fail. But if Jesus is on the ship, and i promise that he is, then this ship is not going down! But we must also do our part to stay in the ship and not get tossed out.

Ill end with a Japanese quote that has become one of my favorites. ““If not I, then who? If not now, then when?” Hopefully while reading this, something has come to your mind that you should do. Now all you need to do is do it! We can be our personal beacons in Zion, but it all starts with change.

Sorry this was one was longer than usual, but i hope it wasn’t a waste of my time to write this.

I’m loving life and i cant wait to help in the Lord’s work in columbia, tn.

Love Y’all!

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈElder WilliamsπŸ‡²πŸ‡½

The whole Mission with Elder Holland

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Week 82 - Madison Tennessee

Hola mi familia!

This week has been really great! We have been so busy with lessons, that its been hard to find times to go tracting. But that didn’t stop the lord from blessing us with new investigators. We knocked a total of three doors on Saturday and two of them answered, and we found three new investigators. And then the day before, we were heading to go tracting and saw a guy working on his truck, so we stopped and talked to him, he became a new investigator, and that was all the time we had to go finding. It was actually really cool for me to see, because normally we can go tracting for hours at a time and not have much success, but we had a ton of success in under an hour.

We also worked with a new part-member family. We started working with liz, who is the daughter-in-law of a returning less active. The lesson we had with her on saturday was one of the most spiritual lessons I’ve been a part of, and she offered the most sincere prayer I’ve ever heard. She’s already come to church twice, and she’s planning on going to the young adult meeting on Friday. The only hard part is that she can only meet on saturdays, but we are going to try to set up more lesson through facebook this week. I can really see her getting baptized in the coming weeks.

Still working with Javier, he doesn’t want to get baptized this week because he hasn’t gone to church the past three weeks, and so he wants to go for a couple weeks and then he will feel better about it.

I found out this week that I might go take over some area that is currently an hermana area and finish there. But President said that would be decided in the next couple days.

Love you all!

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈElder WilliamsπŸ‡²πŸ‡½

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Week 81 - Madison Tennessee

Hola mi familia, que honda?:)

Well this week has been interesting. It’s had it’s up’s and down’s. I’ll start with last week because I forgot to send my letter last week.

We met with Javier several times over the last couple weeks, before and after his relapse on Sunday (25). This relapse has been partly a bad thing, but also kind of a positive thing, because it made him realize that he really doesn't want to be stuck in that life anymore. We met with him the next day and talked about picking himself back up, and he is even closer to baptism now than he was before. But that Sunday we were all definitely pretty down. We’ve changed our talk of “if he gets baptized” to “when you get baptized, who do you want to do it...etc”

I really think he will be ready next week, if we can help him get over his fear of failing afterwards.

We also found out this week that elder holland will be visiting the mission on the 17th and so we all get to meet him! I’m super excited, he’s going to have two 70s with him also.

Anyways, I can’t believe another month has come and gone on the mission. The time keeps getting shorter and shorter, so I’m trying to make the most of it.

Love y’all!

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈElder WilliamsπŸ‡²πŸ‡½