Germany

Germany

Aug 25, 2014

Some Info.

 Well this week really does not have a lot to it. We had a lesson with a new investigator and his name is Herr Mehlhose. He is great and excepts almost all of what we say. He is a new Apostolic. He doesnt really say much but I really think he felt the spirit last lesson. The new Apostolic church believes in a lot of the same doctrine as the LDS church and so he is really interested. We are going to invite him to be baptized if we meet with him this week and if the lesson goes well. We are working really hard and have been doing a lot of finding. It's sad though because almost everyone we have been talking to and found people who have interest they are all on vacation. haha. So as far as the work thats what we have been doing. The football team is on break right now as well because of vacation. We are going to meet with the football team this week and hang out and get a Döner. Its the mexican food of america. So yeah its all the Turkish people here in Germany! 
    This week I also went on exchange to Oldenburg with the zone leaders. It was a blast and their program there is rockin! They have soooo many people to teach and I got to have 5 lessons in one day. Thats not normal by the way haha. So it was really fun and I learned a lot and got more insights and learning experiences with teaching. My German is coming along. I can understand I would say about 60 to 70 percent just depending on how fast the people are talking haha. It sounds like Chinese one second and then German the next second so its a little confusing right now. But its almost like being a teenager all over again. When you listen you actually get something out of it. But when you don't, you just feel like someone is talking a language you have no idea how to speak.

  Well thats all I have to say for this week.. Im sorry it wasnt the most. Have a super week I love you all so much! :)

Love Elder Williams

Aug 18, 2014

I thought it was still summer...?

 Well Germany is officially the new place of unexpected weather and storms. I can wake up in the morning and it will be a perfect sunny and zero clouds and by the time we walk out the door to go work after lunch, its raining. I'm officially saying the weather here is more bipolar than cedar city and that's a hard statement to make. Its also not good because work is really hard in Germany when its bad weather. The Germans already have "Keine Zeit" and when its raining and cold they have "absolut keine zeit". We still love them though. I cant blame them. I can see myself as someone who would not want to talk to two young boys in white shirts either. And I know I am blessed that I dont have to be being bugged instead of doing the bugging. ;) But yeah its getting a little chilly here and not the best weather we could say. 
   Lately me and Elder Young have been really striving to trust in god because we as a mission have made a goal to have one baptism per companionship before Elder Bednar comes in September. We havent seen the most success with finding and teaching. But last week we did find two great new people and we will be meeting with them this week. They are really interested in learning about the church and about the BOM. So me and Elder Young are really excited about that because we havent seen to much happening lately. We have been putting alot of effort and different ways into finding new people. Going by contacts, talking to everyone on the street, holding the doors open in really really busy places so like the train stations. And just little things like writting statements on post its and posting them in bus stops with our number on them. But yeah I have really found that trust and prayer are one of the biggest and most important ways of being happy and finding answers and help and relief of stress in life. I read something really cool in personal study this week. It was in 3rd Nephi 14:7-11 and it talkes about prayer and how much heavenly father really loves each and everyone of us. I know its a big goal to get a baptism in one months time with not a ton of people to be teaching but I know this scriptures are here to help us know what we need to do in times of need. And that when we ask heavenly father for help that he will help us and we will recieve what we need help with from him when we have humility, patience, and trust. Have a good week everyone love you all!

Love Elder Williams

Aug 11, 2014

Great Week in the Great Wilhelmshaven

 Well my fellow followers of wherever you are and whoever you are.. I am proud to say that I am able to let you all know now that I am finally starting to understand almost everything people are saying to me. So now I just need your prays so that I can answer and the understanding actually means something haha. But its coming I am so happy I have been understanding and having small talk conversations with people on the street and the members. 

I actually gave a talk yesterday in church for my first time in German. It went really well. I was supposed to take 5-7 minutes and I think I took 10. Not because I planned good, but probably because I couldnt read half the words. No, it wasn't to bad it went great and I was actually proud of myself on that one haha. :)

The work this week was good. We have a new kid on the football team that we are coaching and his name is Jan. He went to Texas on exchange for school and so he has really good English. When I cant say anything in German I just say it in English and then he helps me say it in German haha. And then he is my translator at football practice sometimes. So whenever the head coach or the kids dont understand me I call for my "Übersetzer" translator haha. But we have only met with him once and we are hoping something great comes from it. He has alot of intrest. He hasn't had a lot of direction with church in his life so He really wants to learn more and I am excited for him and excited to teach him because he loves me and Elder Young! haha.

A funny experience was that me and Elder Young met with our mission president sister for luncheon Sunday because she is in our ward and invited us. And it turns out that she knew the poems that I learned in German class my sophomore year haha. She recited them with me and we had a good time talking about that. She got really excited and was telling us how we are the only missionarys who ever talked to her about poetry and that she loves it and she went and put in her cd disks and started playing the songs to the poems. haha it was great and a fun experience. Well hope you all have a super week:) Keep it real.

Elder Williams

Aug 4, 2014

First Week in Wilhelmshaven...

Well it wasnt the best week overall that I have ever had. I know that it is possible for there to be better weeks in the mission. Elder Young and I didn't find any new investigators this week and it was really hard because we worked really hard. I know that The Lord works in mysterious ways though and he will continue to lead and guide us when we are not seeing success when we continue to keep his commandments and be obedient. I have always been the one to want something "NOW" and lately it hasn't been like that. I am learning to trust in the Lord and in God. And that is something that is really hard to do.  I know in the end the lesson I learn and the attitude I have about pressing forward and working harder with faith even though nothing worked the first time, will pay off in the end.
   This week with football practice was a blast! These kids are the best football players I have ever seen in my life! haha. Okay I wish I could say that without being rude or lying. But these kids are great. They do this because they want to be active and have fun. Its great to be able to coach them and teach them how to play the REAL football! haha But anyway they are great kids and almost everyone of them has taken a Book of Mormon! Even the coach and assistant coach! They are great people and I love being around them so much:) We practice every Wednesday and Friday so this week we are going to try to set up some appointments with them. 
   Besides that I don't really have anything amazing to write or to say besides I know that this church is true. Its blessed me to feel comfort and strength that I have never thought I could feel. I am so grateful to be here in Germany and to serve wonderful people here. I am grateful for all the people that support me and write me every week. So thank you all and I hope I have some super fun exciting news about the team next week:) pray for us haha :p

Love,
-Elder Williams