29 July, 2014 17:55

My Dear friends,

The Spirit of the Lord hath called me another way. I will be serving in the Lynchburg 4 area, down in Lynchburg, VA. I’m happy. =) Sometimes, it’s clearly time to move on. Sometimes you aren’t quite ready yet. This transfer, I feel both, but a little more of the first. This has been a transfer of love and miracles. I have loved watching this area grow and evolve into what it has become. The families of the Parkersburg Ward are incredible, and I love them dearly. I will miss you and think of you often. Thank you for everything you have done for Elder Wheeler and myself, and for all of the joy and growth and love you have brought into the lives of our investigators here. I know you will continue. I trust all of them in your hands. You are marvelous.

Forever yours,
Elder Williams

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21 July, 2014 13:48

Dear everyone,

The past two weeks have been in-credible! I don’t even know where to begin! Last Monday we got caught playing board games with the greatest family this side of the Kanawha and never made it out to email! I have repented.

My heart has been filled to its capacity since I’ve last written. I just want to say before I go on, I know that the Lord knows His sheep. I have never been more sure in my life that He lives and knows and loves each one of us than I am today.

I am still here in Parkersburg with Elder Wheeler, transfers are coming up in about a week and a half, and I have no predictions whatsoever. I could stay, I could go, I will love it no matter what. I have told people throughout my mission that from the day we are set apart to the day we return home, missionaries leave. We are transient. We give our hearts and our lives and our time and talents and all we have and are to the Lord for two years, and he moves us to where we are most needed to bless the lives of all who will receive us. And then, having fulfilled His will in that place, we leave. We gain new mothers, fathers, siblings and best friends; we pray and worry and work and serve and love people one by one with all of our hearts; we have spiritual experiences with people one by one that change all of our lives forever; and then, we leave. We follow the Lord’s will to move to the next place the Lord wants to use our specific testimonies and talents and personalities.

Portsmouth Ward, Portsmouth, OH
Teays Valley Ward, Winfield, WV
Salem Ward, Salem, VA
Parkersburg Ward, Parkersburg, WV

Each of these wards, each family I grew to love within them, each person I taught and served, will always hold a place within my heart. I am amazed to feel what I once heard an apostle describe as an “ever-increasing capacity love”. It hasn’t stopped, and I believe it never will. Thank you, all of you, for being a part of my life, and allowing me to be a part of yours.

It is time to depart. =) I’m off to learn to play the Violin!

This is the Lord’s work. If we leave it in His hands, and never take it into our own, it will all be as it should.

Moses 1:39 For behold, this is my work and my glory —to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man.

Love,
Elder Williams

7 July, 2014 13:44

I may only have time to share pictures today! But I haven’t for a while, so I feel that would be alright.

Meet the Haroldsens!

They are wonderful, and we love them!

This has been a week I will cherish forever. I received counsel and guidance in a priesthood blessing that has changed everything, and my desire to perform the Lord’s work in the Lord’s way and the Lord’s time has redoubled.

I know that Jesus Christ knows me. Somehow, amidst the billions of us scattered throughout the world he has time for me, to touch and change my life. I felt it this week. I love Him, and I know He loves me.

Elder Wililams

30 June, 2014 13:10

Hello! 17 Minutes! I can do it!

Parkersburg is AMAZING! I love it here SO MUCH!

In each area where I serve there are amazing families that I just connect so much with. Well, the first one here is the Haroldsen family! THEY ARE FANTASTIC! They have 4 Children, and their oldest is one of the most intelligent and persistent and capable young men I have ever seen. He excels at everything he does, INCLUDING when his class stands up at their talent show and does a dance to “Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle, yeah!” This kid is an amazing wiggler. I also got to hear “What does the fox say?!” for the first time when their daughter and son did a hilarious dance to that one together. Following that we went outside to the playground and did some crazy acrobatics on the bar, which I may still be bruised from.

That night, as we walked back to our car, we prayed that we would be led to one more family to teach. We approached the corner where we needed to turn and I felt like we should cross the street. Strange as it seemed, we did. Immediately Elder Wheeler knew the house we needed to knock. We did, and the father came out. He shook hands with us and told us he admired our dedication and we started talking about his family and his faith. His sons came out and he introduced us to them and told them about our faith. Then he said a keyword, “roller-coasters”. Did I mention that my companion is a roller-coaster enthusiast? Maybe obsession is a better word for it. So for the next 15 minutes or so, Elder Wheeler and this family talked everything coaster. One son kept running out and saying “Dad, mom says it’s time to come in.” He would make some comment and then get back to coasters. Finally I urged them to go inside and committed the 4 boys to run and give their mom a hug and tell her how much they loved her right when they went inside. They did. =) It was an amazing exchange, and we discovered that they’re already pretty connected with a family in the ward! (The Haroldsens, in fact!)

A similar thing happened another night, when we were out doing service and didn’t have time to change before our teaching appointment. We went to the appointment and it fell through, so we decided to walk the area and talk to people (in service clothes after mowing two lawns and resealing a driveway on the hottest day of the year… yeah). Well it just so happened that I was wearing my Ohio State shirt (a gift from Elder Ryan Carter’s mother, THANK YOU!!!) and we passed a house with 3 separate Ohio State logos. I said, “We have to knock!” We did. A woman answered and I pointed out the logos and my shirt and she said, “Do you want to see the Ohio State Man-cave? Come on in!” We walked in and straight ahead down the stairs to the room dedicated to Ohio State, complete with la-z-boys and Hi-definition. We talked and laughed and found out her husband was from Arizona, so I ran and told him I was from Arizona too. We asked if we could sit with them and share a little about us, and they agreed. When we walked into their living room we saw walls with pictures of family and those family plaques that every LDS family has. It was amazing. We sat and talked with them and they were exactly who we had prayed to meet. We have an appointment with them this week, so pray for us please! It’s on Tuesday night! Pray that the appointment goes through!

We are seeing miracles, everywhere. This week will be even better, because this week I am better, already, than I was yesterday. We love the Lord.

I am so grateful to be engaged in this work. I love it love it love it!

This Gospel is true! I know it! Don’t ever doubt it! If you do, read the scriptures and get on your knees and ask! It’s true. I know it.

I love you all.
Love,
Elder Williams