Germany

Germany

Aug 31, 2015

6 MONTHS TO GO.....

This last week went by really fast. We had an exchange with the Frankfurt (oder) elders. Its a little city on the border of Poland. I totally got to see Poland as well.. You wouldnt believe what I make missionaries do sometimes haha. We ran to the river that seperates the two countries for our morning sport and we got to watch the sunrise and watch people on the other side fish. It was just the most relaxing time ever. The apartment is only about a mile and a half away so it wasnt to bad of a run there and back. Great exchange though too! We found 4 people in 24 hours. Its a town of about 30,000 people I think, and usually thats not very easy to do haha. Of course its not our will, its the Lords, and he blessed Elder Allen and I in those 24 hours being together.

   We have an investigator here in Marzahn that has been investigating for about 10 years now. I am his 29th missionary. And... we decided to apply what we learned in our conference about a week and a half ago. We explained to him that we are his coaches and can see the playing field he is on. Sometimes as sport players we have habits that we dont recongnize. This example goes for all people in the world. Its not easy to notice our own mistakes. And we let him know that the missionaries have been trying to show him the way these last ten years. He just hasent excepted the direction from them. And we told him thats what kind of relationship we are expecting from him. Of course, the holy ghost is the teacher, but you have to know you are doing something wrong before you expect help from the Lord. Its all about humility and love in the gospel. And without those two attributes, we wouldnt be able to progress and let the Lord show us the way. Its the same with most sport players. If they are coach-able, they are going to be successful (when coached correctly). And to add to that.. The gospel is perfect and if you practice it right, its not hard to see a difference that it makes in our lives. It fact, the change can come really fast. ANYWAY... he ended up saying that he is on board and even wants to go visit the Freiburg temple on thursday. So we will be going with him and a member thats a friend of his. And the other amazing thing is he said that me and Elder Germann might be the last missionaries that are going to need to teach him. It was so amazing to be able to share my talent and hobbies with the experience that I have had, to go with a changing lesson in this mans life. 

  An amazing section of D&C is 121. It pretty much explains to us what it means to go through hard trials and experiences and overcoming them. Its not always easy feeling alone, or even stressed from work or family problems. Its not the easiest to just say "God thanks for these trials. I dont even know if you are there. But this is making me stronger inside." How many of us would do something so humbly? Or do we just ignore the situation and move forward like there isn't even a God there trying to help us? With our life on earth.. I cant even explain how many times I have gotten into trouble or even been reprimanded and thought that my life was going to end because I couldnt hang out or do something that I wanted to. But I had someone who knew better than I did. I had parents who knew that I needed to learn something. Think even now about someone who knows you better than you know yourself. Heavenly Father feels all we are going through and knows what we can handle. Joseph smith even as a Prophet felt alone and was torchured and beat and treated terribly by everyone. God knew though, that he was strong enough and that he would make it and learn something out of it. Of course what Joseph did was prayed. He was in prison wondering where God was to help him in such a situation. As I saw the patern of this big picture I realized that time is something that god can control. He told Joseph that his trials would only be but a small moment. Think about the attribute of patience that he learned from this experience. And think about the hardest time in your life that you may have had. Do you think that you have learned even other things out of those hard times? I would even say that God works with us even when we arent close to him because he wants us to grow. What I am trying to get at here, is that its not an accident that we have all had to go through hard times and trials. God shows us weaknesses and also strengthens us when we go through hard times. And when we go to him and give our lives to him through following the commandments and serving others, he will make these trials and burdens light. One other thing that was interesting was not having our focus on things of the world. I dont care how young or how old you are, thats a problem we all have. Whether thats playing on social media (electronics), or paying most of our attention to the news. If we have things in our lives that are of the world that are put before The Gospel and God, its going to be a lot harder to live a life without the feeling of mistake or dissapointment or even the feelings of forgiveness. "Many are called but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen? Because their hearts are set so much apon the things of this world." D&C 121:34,35 That applies to us all. Think this week about things that you do that are of the world. As you continue to see the small things that keep you away from understanding gods will for you, pray like Joseph did and ask for help. You will begin to see that you wont be left alone, that life becomes easier, and that you will be chosen to be helped through learning and hard experiences that sometimes cant be avoided in this life. He knows the best and I know that we can always recieve direction and help from our Heavenly Father who knows each and everyone of us the best. Its real. And its not just a myth. I love the gospel and the time to be on a mission to learn and to grow as well for myself. Have an amazing week errrybodyyy... 



Liebe Grüße
Elder Williams

Aug 24, 2015

8.24.15

yo,

   This last week was a little interesting. Just so you all know, I am on the other side of Berlin now. I am in Marzahn. I am serving with Elder German. (great name for where we are, i know). And we are doing great. A lot is going on in the program and he is a great missionary.

  Well, I am sorry I didn't get the chance to write last week. But I will share a little thought that I learned in a conference this last week with Elder Johnson. he is a seventy. And he used a really cool example (of course I love it) that shows us what we are capable of. He explained someone who wants to play basketball or football or any sport. They have the desire, and they want to become really good at it. But the entire time they just ask the trainer how they can become better. The trainer tries to explain that he needs to practice and work on a few techniques that the player is lacking. But the player doesn't want to actually practice, he just wants to see how its done. Noww.. this example was intended for investigators. A lot of people just want to KNOW about the church and not do anything themselves. Well, as we know in basketball or football it isnt that way. We need to take action to become better just as Michael Jordan did when he got cut from his high school team. He didnt just go watch nba after he got cut and hoped to become better. He PRACTICED. And practice does not make perfect, Perfect practice makes perfect. And that is something that is so important with the gospel. We need to make sure that our practice with the gospel isnt just half asked. If I go practice basketball and shoot it wrong every single time, I might develop a habit to really shoot that way. A huge part of this learning process is to be humble and teachable. Like it says in 2 Nephi 32 the spirit is the teacher and he will tell us ALL things that we should do. And its obvious, that we also need to be aware and in tune with the spirit, which means being worthy as well. Our worthiness comes from our desire to repent and  become better than we have previously been. Like the Lamanites in the book of mormon having the desire to bury their weapons. They trusted in the Lord more than in themselves. And its so important that we learn these steps of the gospel to make the progress that our heavenly father sees in us. I know that not everyone can become an nba star. But I do know with perfect practice and a heart filled desire to become better makes all the difference. Our goal is to progress in this life whether thats spiritually, intellectually, physically or any other "ALLY". And there is a difference between a sports player and a latter day saint. It doesnt matter how old you get as a person, you can still be a saint. You cant always be an nba all star. Im grateful for the gospel and that I can be here on a mission. Keep being the great people you are. I love you all!

Liebe Grüße,
Elder Brendon Williams

Aug 12, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOTHER!!!...

Familie,


HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOTHER!!! YOU ARE THE BEST AND I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE THE BEST DAY EVER BECAUSE LIKE THEY ALL SAY... YOU DESERVE IT!!!! :) THANKS FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME AND CONTINUE TO DO. I COULDN'T BE MORE GRATEFUL FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE. I LOVE YOU!

     Okay so a few things I would love to share are exactly what a few of you got to experience this last week.... Our mission vision and slogan is "faithfully we baptize focussed on the blessings of the temple." and with the Cedar Temple I am sooo excited! But our mission really is focussing on the temple and the blessing that it brings. So a big part of our work is family history. I can honestly say that it has become such an amazing experience being able to feel the spirit of Elijah that is promised to us as we search for those who havent been able to make a covenant with the Lord that are simply waiting. I also have seen such amazing blessings and people open up as we talk about family history and about the Temple. I really know that there is a special power and great blessings that come from the Temples. So I invite all of you to try and find your ancestors and bring the names to the temple with you. Its really fun and brings so much joy from that service and from our desires to help our earlier ancestors receive these blessings.

    Something awwesome that I learned this week comes from a talk that I read, and also alma chapter 17. The talk was about making goals and having a vision in mind. "Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18)" And I really have a testimony of that. This talk I found in the gospel library app and is from April 2012 conference. "having a vision to do". It goes really well with Ammon in the story of Alma. Ammon was tempted two specific times to be lead away from his calling to call the people to repentance, but he had a vision in mind. He KNEW why he was there. He KNEW what his purpose was as he went into that city to teach the people... And I think as people, we dont really have visions so much in our lives. Maybe we set a few goals here and there... But a vision is something that is strived for through goals and also a period of time. A vision is also something that we dont really see as realistic, but a desire to have. And I know that as we set visions that we cant lose track of the important things of this life. We need to keep "moving forward with steadfastness in Christ" and having faith in him. And the only way we can do that in such a busy world and life we have here on the earth, is to set a vision/goal. I really am grateful for the gospel and that I can always become better and set goals to help me progress and be a better person. I know that as we continue to strive to reach and stretch for things that bring us to Christ that we will be able to stand strong in hardships and trials in our lives. Thats what will help us when we feel like there isnt anyone there to help us or be with us. So set a vision and go after it. I know that the Lord will help you as you keep "an eye single to his glory" in your life. 

 
Alles Liebe,
   As far as teaching goes... We are doing fine right now. 2 of Srdjan family members should be getting baptized in the next 3 weeks. They are such amazing people. It's such a testimony builder to see someone find the gospel in their lives. It's not easy, but it's worth it. Also we've been teaching a lot of people on and off. We have the exchange student to the sisters to work with. And other than that, we've been spending a lot of time with helping members and also doing home teaching with them. Anyway, have a good week everyone! Love you!



Elder Williams 

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Aug 3, 2015

30 weeks to go.......

Familie,

   So this last week was quite fun. We were in a trio the entire week and sometimes it was good because of the flexibility with the work. And sometimes I felt like I was with a bunch of girls because of the opinions the entire time haha. I had to just sit there and be patient which is good. It was a good learning experience. :) But we found out that I will be staying here in Berlin and the other Elder left. I really am excited for this next transfer. We have soooo much to do this next transfer and I feel like the last transfer just set us up good from finding and contacting and now we have a lot of people to visit and appointments. Our district is now 4 sisters and us two elders. That doesnt happen very often hahaha. It will go well I feel. 

    A few things that I learned this week come from a talk and a verse in the BoM. The verse is in 2 Nephi 28:30 and it says there from the Lord "I will give unto the children of men line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little; and blessed are those who hearken unto my precepts, and lend an ear unto my counsel, for they shall learn wisdom; for unto him that receiveth I will give more; and from them that shall say, We have enough, from them shall be taken away even that which they have." After I read that I read a talk from general conference from Uchtdorf thats called "Lord, is it I?" And I think this is a learning principle for us all. We hear often in the scriptures that the prophets hear the voice of the Lord. Maybe they truly did hear the Lords voice. But what I find from this general conference talk is that we receive this wisdom from the Lord a lot through those we are around and through church meetings. I know that especially we can receive these teachings and help from the Lord when we are open and ready for the spirit to talk to us. Its almost a talent to be actively listening for the promptings of the spirit. But I know that the Lord is daily in our lives when we live worthy of it and when we are willing to listen to the confirmations of the spirit. Its really important that we don't just think to ourselves that comments and remarks are meant for others. Because most of the things that we learn in church can be applied to our own lives. Its never to late nor to early to give up on the blessings of the gospel. It is a life long process. So I learned from all of this that I will give an ear to those that are talking to me or helping me or supporting me. Because I know that the Lord talks to us through others. And it has built by testimony to know that that is the only way to help others come closer to Christ as a missionary by opening my mouth and sharing my testimony. :) Even if its small. 

   Other than that... I am doing great. The work is going well and we have a lot of people that can be visited in the next little while. Oh and the wife from Srdjan who was baptized two months ago, and his brother in law and sister in law will hopefully be getting baptized this month. We just need to take it slow because he has to translate everything from german to Serbian for them. I love you all though and I hope you have a fantastic week. Thanks for all you do and keep working hard in improving little things and also gratefully receiving little for little from the Lord. He loves you and wants you to grow. :)


Alles Liebe,
Elder Brendon Williams