Monday, November 17, 2014

He Lives!

Dear Family and Friends,

This was an amazing week. We have found a lot of people to teach the past couple weeks so we were jam packed with teaching appointments. We were also able to see the movie made by the church called Meet the Mormons, which shows the life of six church members around the world and how they were able to find the gospel and how it has helped them understand who they've always been.

More than anything this week though, I have really gained a deeper and abiding witness of Jesus Christ. I know He lives. I know because of Him I am able to do anything. I know His love for me and I know it is only through Him I am able to gain eternal life. I am grateful for this knowledge and for the growing witness that is within me. I know this is the only knowledge which can bring us true happiness and it is for that very reason why I am here serving His mission, because EVERYONE needs to know.

I love you all so much and if you don't know Christ lives I invite you to find out for yourselves if He does. I know and I promise it will bring you eternal happiness.

Sister Williams

                                     It's a fleet of missionary vehicles!

 We had a Mexican Feast! Chili Rellenos, rice, beans, tortillas, and oddly popcorn!
 We made lefse (Lefsa) which is a Norwegian thing. It looks like a tortilla, but it is made of potatoes, flour, butter, salt.
 Me flipping the Lefse I am really good at flipping Lefse!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Open Your Mouth

Dear Family and Friends,

I just wanted to start off by saying thank you to you all for your love, support, and prayers. You all mean so much to me and I am happy to know you. Well, this was a fantastic week! We had a great district meeting about the basic principle of finding and you know what we came to a conclusion of? The basic principle of finding is to...OPEN YOUR MOUTH. It is so simple yet we all seem to have such a difficult time with it,  don't we?
Well, my companion and I decided we needed to open our mouths more and once we did we couldn't stop finding people! We do service at a food pantry in town and we met the sweetest older couple. It was funny because they seemed like teenagers in old people's bodies. We helped them get the food they needed and as we helped them out to their car we told them who we are and what we do and they said,"You know we have been looking for a church." We have a return appointment with them this week.
Then after we found this old couple, we were walking to meet some members to go to a lesson and a lady was walking towards us. We said hello and then she just stopped right when our paths crossed. It was like she was drawn to us by an unseen force and we talked with her and she really opened up to us and gave us her number.
Right after we met this woman we saw an African man walking to his car and we thought it was one of our investigators, but we couldn't be sure. He got into his car and turned it on and we crossed in front of the windshield and waved. He started to get out of his car so we walked around to say hi. Turns out it was NOT our investigator, but he had met missionaries before in Africa and we were able to trade contact info and hope to see him sometime this week.
There are people all around us who Heavenly Father has prepared to receive His gospel. They are there. I know as we have the courage to OPEN OUR MOUTHS we will be able to be the means by which they receive the good news of the gospel, but they won't have the chance to know if we don't do our part. In Doctrine and Covenants 123:11-12 it reads:

11 And also it is an imperative duty that we owe to all the rising generation, and to all the pure in heart—
 12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are blinded by the subtle craftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to deceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it—

It is our duty to bring the truth to those who know not where to find it, and we can do this as we open our mouths.
I love you all so much and I look forward to hearing your experiences!

Sister Williams

 Okay, story time. We went shopping at Wal-Mart last P-day and we share a car with the other set of sisters. So we had finished our shopping very quickly and went to wait for the sisters by the car. Well It was FREEZING! The wind was blowing and we were out there waiting for 30 min. So to avoid the wind and warm up we knelt behind the car and ate hot Doritos. =D I'm happy I could bring a smile to your face with our stupidity ;)
 Again me holding my muddy shoe imprint! It is seriously so beautiful here I love serving in this area!
 We all helped one of the young men in our ward with his Eagle Scout Project by walking alongside a river and picking up trash. I am holding the mud print of my shoe =D

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Weave the Word of God into the Very Fabric of Your Soul!

Dear Family and Friends,

What a powerful week I've had. This week we had a Quad-Zone Conference with over 100 missionaries in attendance. Elder Marcus B. Nash of the First Quorum of the Seventy came and spoke and counseled with us. The spirit was just raining upon us and I felt so uplifted and inspired I was antsy to get back to work!

We spoke of many things, but one thing which really stood out to me was what Elder Nash said regarding the scriptures. He said, "There is great power in the word of God. We need to have the word woven into the very fabric of our soul." As I have been on my mission I have truly gained a knowledge of the power of the scriptures. On Sunday it was daylights saving and we completely forgot. We had an extra hour and I decided to take that time to read from the Book of Mormon. Oh, how I wish I had an infinite amount of hours to read from that book! I know the Book of Mormon is the most correct of any book and as you read it you WILL come closer to Christ. Take the promise given and experience the amazing power of God's word for yourself.

This week we put one of our investigators on date for baptism! Her name is Kate and she was truly prepared to receive the gospel. We haven't been meeting with her for very long, but it is amazing to see her progress just in the matter of a week! I feel so blessed to be able to see this progress in the people I teach and in myself and I know it has been possible because of the great plan of happiness our Heavenly Father has for us.

I know Christ lives. I know the Book of Mormon contains the fulness of His gospel. I know I can be made whole through His infinite Atonement. I know this is a knowledge we all need to have and I invite you to gain that knowledge starting today.

I love you.

Sister Williams

 Look at me! Aren't I so cute in my Autumn coat and hat?
 Part of the MTC District Reunited!  Sister Park and I were MTC companions.  Elder Mayfield was in our district in the MTC also.
 This was our Quad-Zone Conference where Elder Nash came and spoke with us.