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Nov 30, 2015

Christmas (:

Oh my goodness can you feel it?? The seasons are starting to get
real! Well it's the best time of the year not only for the holidays
but for missionary work too. There isn't a better time to work on
ourselves and there isn't a better time than to help others. Mathew
22:36-39. Mathew 10:39.

    I've seen that Christmas is the most celebrated season of all.

People stressing and rushing around and buying presents and also for
many "the busiest time of year". Well, I think that it's not us trying
to ruin the spirit of one of the most important events ever to happen,
namely Christ's birth. There is an opposer though who doesn't want us
to be happy and feel the true spirit, love, peace, and joy that this
time of the year can bring. That's not to say gifts aren't cool (;
because they are wonderful and they do bring joy. But don't lose focus
of why we get these presents and also why we need to serve others and
love others during these times of the year. I've never been more
excited to be able to share 24/7 the biggest present we have ALL been
given. It's a present that LASTS and a present that should be kept
deep down in our hearts. This present makes us happy, makes us better
people, and this present is priceless. What could it be??? Christ!!
great job everyone (: well I invite you all to just try to change one
thing to feel more peace and joy during this month of December. I
promise that there isn't a better time of year to prepare us for the
up coming year of events we have waiting for us in our lives. I hope
you all know I love you and I'm soooo grateful you support me being
here to share this wonderful message for the last Christmas on my
mission. Use the time because we never know how it can affect us for
our future and also the future of others. Love you!

Ps. The work is great. My companion and I are going to be all over the

place this next week. We have tons of things planned and I think the
greatest plan of them all is to give away 200 cards for the film "A
savior is born". We don't have the possibility to share it online but
I know all of you do at home so goooo and share with everyone! (:
don't FORGET.... (A video that is 2 minutes)
Alma 37:6-7

6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say

unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to
pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
7 And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and
eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the
wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.

https://www.mormon.org/christmas


Liebe Grüße, Elder Brendon Williams





Nov 23, 2015

100 Days....

Family and Friends,


The last week was amazing. Every week of the mission just passes on by
like its nothing and it scares me because I'm sitting here thinking I
only have 14 more haha. Today is my 100 day mark left. Weird right?
Time seriously goes by soooo fast being on a mission. I thought of
something pretty fascinating this last week. The ONLY time that time
itself goes by fast, is either when we are doing something we like
doing, or missionary work haha. Any other type of work doesn't work
that way. Now yes it can be stressful, but it still goes faster than
any other work. "Gods speed" we say. And that's really what it's felt
like for me. It's a different kind of speed that I never knew before.
So, see you soon (; haha jk.


Well this week is thanksgiving in America so I just want to send a
gratitude letter. I am grateful for the savior Jesus Christ, who
allowed me to not only be able to be with my family forever, but also
to allow myself to make changes that I never could have with my life
without him. I am grateful for all the many wonderful and amazing
people I have in my life who support me in what I'm doing. I'm
grateful for my parents who have helped me every single day of my life
and continue to do so whenever I need them. They work SOOOOO hard to
keep the family happy and in working function. They set the example
and expect more from us than what we see we are capable of. I am
grateful for siblings who I can pick on but they had a two year break
(; no just kidding.. I am grateful that they do their best and that
they love each other and stay strong even though life isn't always the
easiest for us and youth especially. They still move forward even when
their favorite big brother isn't home to be with them. (; I am
grateful for my companion who teaches me to be a better person through
his example, diligence, and love. I am grateful to have had this
privilege to serve a full time mission. I've come to understand the
importance of gods plan for us through dedicated study and diligence
in doing what he asks of me and everyone to do. I've never ever EVER
learned so much in my life. And I am trying to just give a little
piece of that back what God does for me everyday even. I am grateful
to know that Gods plan is for everyone. And it doesn't matter how old
or young we are, we can still find our way back to him. I am very
grateful for sports. (: and that God has blessed me to be talented
and use my talents to help others. I am grateful most of all to know
that my family an I can be together forever. It's the most peaceful
feeling to have. I know this life should be centered on families and
on single people. And what a better way to practice faith and love to
God than in an environment where love can abide and help each single
person to grow to reach full potential.


I loved the week like I said. Of course ups and downs are always
thrown in. All in all we saw some miracles from the Lord. The main
thing would probably be the science of 'A step of faith'. A few cool
thoughts from this simple sentence. I started my paper work for my
mission without knowing half of what I was getting myself into Haha.
I just DID it. Now, if I had thought about it to much and studied the
rules out and really saw what it was like to be a missionary without
actually doing it, I probably wouldn't have gone with the understanding I
had at that time. Sometimes we trust ourselves more than letting the
Holy Spirit work with us and tell us what to do and what not to do.
But he can't tell us, until we take that step of faith and try. And if
we don't take the step, we aren't showing our action out of our faith
in the first place. And just from this one simple step of faith
without fear and just DOING, it changed my life forever. Let God steer
our ship for us. (:We can relax and enjoy all the buffets that life
has to offer if we let him do his job through our faith.

Through this 'step of faith' we met with a member family and said a
prayer before we went finding. Well, the first door we knocked on
after that ended up being an elderly couple who let us in. (Which
getting let in is already a miracle.) and we shared the restoration of
the gospel of Jesus Christ and left a Book of Mormon with them. They
said they would read it and that we could meet again. It showed me
that God does the rest when we just take action in doing what we
believe in. Even if that belief is so small that we trick ourselves in
thinking "we don't believe". God can still work miracles from ground
zero.


Sorry it was so long. Love you all and have a great thanksgiving!!


Love, Elder Williams

Nov 16, 2015

Surprise!

Well I think we are spoiled as missionaries. That's the 6th
apostle I have seen on my mission. Elder Ballard came to the mission
yesterday in Berlin. We all met together and elder Christensen and
President Kearon from the area seventy were also there. It was so
amazing to have been taught by them.  I often think of the parable in
the bible of the 10 virgins and their lamp oil. Because there aren't
ways in the gospel to just give a testimony away to people. It needs
to be built on our own. And even most of the time spiritual
experiences in the gospel. The main teaching that elder Ballard taught
is that we need to become good teachers. Of course it's not easy in
some places of the world to teach to people that have certain beliefs
or ideas in their head and they are to comfortable with their lives.
And the apostles and prophet recognize these things. It was
interesting how he taught though. He was very funny and just a little
guy.. But he was powerful we he needed to be. He is 87 years old and
will be traveling in the next week to 5 different countries.. Tell me
that this is possible to someone of that age, if they weren't given
the strength from God to do so. He made an EXTRA trip just to the
mission. Some of my favorite quotes he said (because of the incident
happening in Paris two nights ago he said) "I don't know how you are
all getting home tonight. And I worry.. We all worry. I just know if
you don't get home safely, I will get in trouble for having this
meeting so late. There aren't many more in front of me to get mad at
me, but there still are a few left.. " haha. "We need to have fun
doing this work. Isn't it fun?? Especially on a really snowy or rainy
day.. Just look out the window and say, YAY! Today we get to go out
and get persecuted! And why do we do this? Because it's true..."  Of
course there was a lot that I could share. But my testimony of
prophets and apostles have grown from the one decision I made, and it
was to serve a mission. I've come to find such a joy in the gospel.
And we all can as we teach it in our families and to friends. But most
importantly above all, is to live it.


   With all the stress in the last few weeks about decisions made in
the church and handbook changes and everything happening I've also
wondered a lot and I've studied a little bit about why that's
happening. I haven't even really tried digging out answers for it. But
I can tell you in the chapters from Helaman 7-13 I've seen how
prophets work. They do as he lord asks and that's it. Why else would a
87 year old man take time to meet half way around the world with a
mission for no specific reason? Why else would he travel 5 countries
in the span of a week? There are answers that I found for myself in
those chapters to these subjects. I know that people are always going
to be confused if they don't trust and hope in the Lord. I noticed and
really saw this week that the only true thing we can hope for for our
entire lives, and never lose a hope for, is God. Everything else will
eventually go away. And if we know what true hope does for us, it
helps us to believe in something and to believe in something, normally
we act through our desires and wants in this belief. If we hope God is
the same yesterday, today, and forever then we know he calls prophets
to lead and guide us to HIM. And it brings hope to know that it will
never end. I know we are lead from men called of God and it's been a
blessing to feel that and learn that in the last week. I HOPE you are
studying and trying to learn more about our Heavenly Father and Jesus
Christ who are "gentlemen" as Ballard said to us. They are loving and
willing, but when they are not INVITED they don't just come. Keep
speaking with them and learning of them. It brings the most peace
anyone could have. D&C 19:23

Love you all!

Love, Elder Williams

Nov 9, 2015

Miracle

 So the lady and man I talked about last week... We met with them
again. And we didn't know how to dive into the "gospel conversation".
We didn't know if they wanted that or if they just wanted to stay
comfortable feeling how they did when we were around. The cool
thing.. is that we were in Dresden for a conference and we visited a
few of the popular churches there. The pictures that we took of the churches, we
shared with them. Well, the man started talking bout Christ and from
there we were just in he conversation with them. We did our best to
follow the spirit and it was amazing to feel the words just put into
our mouths as we were talking with them. They were really astounded by
the message we had for them. They want to read and study and find out
for themselves if it is true. It was the coolest lesson I've had
on my mission. It was a testimony that God leads prepared servants to
prepared people. It didn't even start with us. It started with a
member and the glow that they had in them.

   I have been learning so much on the mission lately. I've always
heard that the last 6 months are the best and also he fastest and it's
true. I don't think I ever doubted it. I think getting trunky is
also a must and also belongs to the entire experience haha. I have
just been trying to work hard, and do what the Lord wants me to do.
And as I have, I've noticed that repentance is something that is
real. Even when we didn't "break a commandment". The question in our
mind shouldn't be "did I break a commandment?", It should be, did I
do what the Lord expected me to do today? As we have this mindset
of "returning with honor" every single day to our bedside, we become
who our Heavenly Father sees us becoming. I say return with honor
because my dad always said that to me anytime I went ANYWHERE. Haha.
And it's something that has stuck with me to this day, and also
something we should all think about everyday. But repentance to me is
really trying to dig inside ourselves and ask ourselves the question
that the apostles did as Christ told them, "one of you will deny me".
Is it me? Not.. Why is he or she doing that? Look to yourself and go
to the scriptures every single day. Don't give up looking for things
that come directly from the mouth of Heavenly Father. Because in the
end, change in ourselves makes us the happiest. Peace, love, and joy
are all feelings everyone wants to experience. Even the people I just
talked about in the story above. "Knock and you shall find, ask and it
shall be given unto you." (: I hope that we can all see the change and
wonderful joy that comes through it as we don't let the things of the
world get us down. Have a great week everybody.



Liebe Grüße,
Elder Williams



Nov 2, 2015

Hallo

Hello everyone I am not going to write a lot this week I am sorry.
It's hard to write every single week about everything that happens. I
just want to let you know we are seeing miracles in this area. And I
know the Lord is helping us. Even today we had a little miracle for
example.. We asked an older lady where a soccer field is so that we
can play football haha.. And she talked to us for like 20 minutes and
by the end of the conversation she gave us her number and wants to
hear about the church. I promise that never happens haha and it's the
fact that we asked this random lady in the middle of a park. Heavenly
Father lead us right to her. Two other great things happened. We met
with a family for the second time. The first time, we just went by
with members from America that only knew them for 6 weeks or so. And
these people just loved them! In their own words "it felt like we've
known them own entire life. I feel we are missing something since they
left" and it's the gospel and the spirit of course that they felt. We
are going back this week and they want us to keep coming over so we
will. (: it was so cool to see how the example and the light that
shines is so easy to see for those who aren't in the gospel. It's hard
for us to see sometimes, but it's there! Then the last thing we Skyped
with a man in the USA  who translated for the Indian family we are
teaching. It was so amazing! They understand so much better and it's
exactly what they need. They are a lot more excited about meeting now
and going to church activities and that's just from one time skyping
him!


   I learned a lot this week though and I think an important lesson is
to just remember we are all missionaries in this church. We need to
believe in miracles and trust God is the same yesterday, today, and
forever. He will send us those who are ready, when we are ready to
open our mouth. The most comforting thing about the gospel is that we
can only convert to our own conversions. That means, only say things
you know to be true. Bare simple testimony and trust the Lord. Read
Mormon 9 when you have the chance. There are miracles throughout all
the scriptures but I think it's a good chapter to see that God is
always working miracles with his children. Remember Satan only has so
much power. Joseph smith history 1:15. He doesn't have power over
death or things that Christ and God do. He was able to hold Joseph's
tongue as he prayed and he can hold ours and scare us of opening our
mouths as well. A dead prophet is just as bad as a prophet who doesn't
or can't speak. It applies to us as well and I think a Latter Day
Saint or even missionaries are just as useless if we don't do our part
in the mission field.  I am going to try to apply this the best I can
the rest of my life. I know God will always put people on our path,
and the light we have in us can only be recognized through our acts of
kindness. Love you all and have a great week. Go get um! (;


Elder Williams