Monday, February 23, 2015

"Ask and ye shall receive, Knock and it shall be opened unto you"

Dear Family and Friends,
This has been an exciting week full of changes! I got transferred to Minot, North Dakota the most northern part of the mission and I can sure feel it, burr. I love it here! My new companion's name is Sister Woolsey and I love her. I actually met her when I first came out to the mission field on the transfer train, so she is a familiar face. She is from Beaver, Utah and loves the outdoors.
We have already seen a bunch of success in this short time that we have been together. We were looking for people to teach in our Former Investigators section of our area book when we stumbled upon Gilbert. We gave him a call and he was very willing to meet with us. We had our first lesson with him on Saturday. He has a tragic and dark past but desires so much to bring the light of Christ back into his life. He has a very sweet soul and I'm so happy we found him. I know we were directed by the Lord to seek out his son who is so prepared to make covenants with Him. We invited Gilbert to be baptized and even before I could finish the invitation he accepted. I felt prompted to extend a baptism date to him as well which he accepted so he will be working towards March 28, 2015 to be baptized.
It was such a miracle that we were led to Gilbert. I know this is the Lord's work and He is directing it. I'm so grateful be a part of this work.  To be able to have this short time where my sole purpose is to help the Lord further His work is precious to me. I know this gospel is true. I know Christ lives and I have such a strong testimony of the power of the Atonement. I love you all so much and I hope you have a great week!
Sister Williams

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Why not Minot?

Dear Family and Friends,

This has been a crazy week full of excitement! I am getting transferred to Minot, North Dakota! It is about to get a lot colder, but I'm excited for this new adventure. I've met so many great people here in Fargo/Moorhead and I will miss them greatly especially my companion Sister Aiono. We have become truly great friends and it still hasn't quite hit me that we won't be serving together anymore.

This has been a truly fantastic week. I was able to see Mark pass the sacrament in church on Sunday. I'm so proud of all the progress he has made. It has been an amazing blessing to see him grow in the gospel. We met with Jen a bunch too and she is doing great! I'm excited to hear how she does from Sister Aiono. I've made a lot of memories this past week and I have a ton of photos so I will keep this short, but know that I love you all. I'm grateful for this time I have to serve the Lord full-time and I know with all the fiber of my being this gospel is true. We can accomplish anything as we rely on the enabling power of the Atonement and find true happiness. I love you all!

Sister Williams

 Super pink and wind burned from walking to service at the food pantry!
 Name tags and friendship rings =D I'm going to miss her!  BOO WHOO!!
 Have you ever seen a cuter snow shoveler??
 Being silly as we always are! 
 Even sillier yet!  Can we possibly ever be serious?
 This is Jen and her kids.
 This is Jen and her kids.
 Me with the big softy of a dog Lenny-- he is the sweetest!
 Me with the big softy of a dog Lenny-- he is the sweetest!
 Sister Aiono and me in a last photo together as companions!

                     Holding a bird!
 These are the Hegeness's they feed us missionaries every week and we love them!!
 Sister Brooks (I love her) and me Attempting to hold a tarantula in Sister Brooks' lab!
 Left to Right: Michelle, Me, Heather these are two of our investigators they are super sweet and I love them! I'll miss them!
 Name tags and friendship rings =D I'm going to miss her! We are eternally connected as sisters!!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Many Miracles!

Dear Family and Friends,
This was a good week. My companion got the stomach flu and we were stuck inside for two days. As a missionary your sole purpose is to help others come unto Christ which requires being around others. However, I know that this is the Lords work and He will not let us fail. One evening when my companion was sleeping I said a silent prayer and I was pleading with Heavenly Father to know how I can still be productive and further the work along while confined within the walls of our apartment. Then the phone rang. I looked at the caller ID and it was one of our potential investigators we haven't talked to in awhile. As we talked she told me of the many changes she has been making and that she had been praying a lot and knew God was answering her prayers. I set up a time to meet with her, hung up the phone and fell to my knees with tears streaming down my face as I offered a prayer of gratitude.
Then we had a meeting with the Zone leaders for Sister Training leader responsibilities and they gave us three referrals and we have a return appointment with one of them. She seems very interested and I look forward to meeting with her this week.
I'm so grateful to be serving at this time and in this area. I know Christ is directing His work through His servants and I know I am one of them. I love this work. I love my savior and I know He lives. I love you all. Look for opportunities to serve one another this week.
Sister Williams

These are the Metallos. They are the senior missionary couple in the area. I love them! they are full of funny personality. We had our cleaning inspection and passed with flying colors! =D
 I'm the worst artist but this is supposed  to be sister Aiono.
 I had some time while Sister Aiono was sick so I learned Arabic!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

The Spirit of Elijah

Dear Family and Friends,
This has been a great week full of personal revelation. I'm grateful for the knowledge that God answers our prayers and I've gained a stronger testimony of the power of fasting. What a great opportunity we have to fast and allow ourselves to be more sensitive to the spirit. I had a neat experience during my personal studies on Sunday when I was fasting. I was thinking about how much to donate with my fast offering. As I studied I was led to D&C 58:35--
   "It is wisdom in me that my servant Martin Harris should be an example unto the church, in laying his moneys before the bishop of the church."

 Well, I am related to Martin Harris. He is my third great uncle and I was doing family history on his line earlier in the week when I found many names to take to the temple. The fact that I received an answer to my question through the example of my ancestor, recorded in the scriptures, was truly faith affirming that we cannot be saved without our dead, in many ways.
In the zone conference we had this week one of the trainings we received was on family history work. We had the opportunity to do some family history this week and there is a new feature on called decendancy where you are able to find your cousins. In just one hour I found 24 of my cousins who need 38 ordinances to be completed in the temple. It was amazing to experience the spirit of Elijah and to help my ancestors have the opportunity to be eternal families. In Malachi 4:5-6 it says,

 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord:
 And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

I know Elijah appeared to Joseph Smith and gave him the priesthood keys necessary to do temple work not just for the living, but for the dead as well. I've experienced the turning of my heart to my fathers and the heart of my fathers to me. I know our families can be eternal and I'm grateful for this precious knowledge and the time I have to share it with others full time. I love you all!

Sister Williams

       All my ancestors on their way to the Oakland temple! 
  Sister Anderson (Presidents Wife) and me at Zone Conference.
 Reunited AGAIN with Sister Park! We are still so in sync! Our outfits matched.
           Thank you Mom and Dad! I love my super duper warm coat!!
        French Manicures and Cupcakes on Preparation Day!
                           I love the sunsets!
         Sister Power at Zone Conference.