12 February, 2014 16:42

The library is closing! I wasn’t expecting that! I just finished emailing President Pitt, so I haven’t been able to read or reply to any of your emails. I’m so sorry! Miranda I saw yours and saw enough to know that you fulfilled your assignment =) Well done. Love you Sister.

Just a quick note, I am being transferred this Friday to Roanoke, Virginia. I don’t know who my companion will be yet or what area I will be serving in. But I will let you all know the details on Monday. I love you all! Have a great day!!!

Love,

Elder Williams

3 February, 2014 16:28

WHAT a great day! I’ve been downloading talks by Elder Holland the Bold today and am stoked to listen to them! I also got to have a great conversation (via instant e-mail) with my dad today about language and leadership and family. It is a good day.

Tyler Spurlock, are you there buddy? I thought about you recently, and some of the great lessons I learned through you. For one thing, I learned the power of an unexpected note of praise and gratitude and the effect that it can have to lift a soul. I hope this does for you now what yours did for me so long ago. I remember a talk you gave in Sacrament meeting in which you shared the difficult experiences of your mission, your journey in becoming a confident, positive, dedicated servant of the Lord, and I listened intently. My heart went out to you then. I don’t think I knew you then, but I do recall that after that talk, I spent time around and observing you. I want you to know what an example you have been to me and to others. You are always there, at every gathering, reaching out to someone, sometimes to everyone! Without regard to personal obstacles or discouragement or whatever trials you may be facing, you feed the Savior’s sheep. You have become what Jesus Christ called Peter to be in that pivotal conversation on the seashore. You have the love of the Savior in your countenance, and I thank you for sharing that with me, and with so many whom I love. You are a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

I have had so many experiences this week that I want to share… but every time I begin to, I realize the very personal nature of them, and I feel that I should not.

Hmm perhaps it will be enough today to say thank you.

Today, my thank you is to my Dear sister, Miranda, for your love during a difficult transition in my life, for your late night “12 Dates of Christmas” sessions with ice cream and cola-flavored gummies and listening and laughing. Thank you for helping me to remember how important my family is to me. Thank you for looking up to me through the years and giving me a reason to work hard and change. I love you little sister.

Time is far spent, and it’s time to go. I pray that all is well with each of you.

Love,
Elder Williams

Mosiah 2-3.

Dearly beloved…

Big news indeed…

Last night, before bed, Elder Payne and I came up with the sickest Monopoly version ever! We call it "Super Monopoly". It requires the new Monopoly "Speed Die" to play, and basically goes as follows: (although it is still under development)

  • The only bills used are $500, $100, and $50.
  • Each player begins with an equal portion of a $10,000 pot, including ten $50 bills each.
  • Every dollar amount in the game is rounded to the nearest 50. (If a dollar amount is less than 50, the number is rounded up to 50.)
  • The Speed Die is removed from play once all properties are owned. (See Monopoly rules for use of the Speed Die.)
  • If you own less than a full set of properties, you may build houses on them, but may not build hotels until the full set is owned. (Properties may be traded and sold by the owners.)
  • Each time a player passes "Go", they collect $500 dollars (as opposed to the normal $200).
  • (Due to the ridiculous amount of money that is brought into play with this process, we are developing a law for a tax to be paid by players when passing "Go" after they reach a certain point individually. As in all tax laws, there will be loopholes to be found. That’s life.)
  • The pot in the center of the board is maintained at $500. Each time a player lands on "Free Parking", they receive the entire pot, and it is replaced with $500. (All taxes and fees are still payed into the pot.)

Really, that’s all we’ve got. Add these rules in and it’s a blast. Today is P-day so we’re about to go play "Super Monopoly" with one of the families in the ward here. We’ve been developing it throughout the day today. (Yes, we have been doing missionary work, I promise).

Actually we’ve had a really phenomenal week. We have undergone a lot of growth as a companionship through trials and difficulties. Elder Payne and I are not the most compatible of people, we are both stubborn and hardheaded, but we are also both committed to the Lord, our callings, and this marvelous work. Two nights ago, Elder Payne and I got into a pretty big argument. It exploded pretty much out of nowhere, and we had to separate to cool off. Because of the foundation of forgiveness and communication we have developed, we were able to humble ourselves and resolve the matter. — I’d like to interject a tribute to my father here. After a bit I went downstairs to find Elder Payne and stood against the wall and apologized. As I did so, I remembered my Dad. I smiled as I thought of the many times he walked back into the room after an argument and stood and apologized to me. My heart was filled with gratitude for the example he has set for me. Thank you Dad. I love you. — As a result of the experience, Elder Payne and I bonded over Yahtzee. (That’s what began our dice/board game kick.) Yesterday we got into it again, but this time it was less intense and we resolved it quickly. This morning, again, our discussion began to grow heated, but we were able to quickly recognize and diffuse it. Afterward, we discussed that we were improving, and talked about finding a way to avoid the dissension altogether. That is one of our goals for this week and (likely) beyond.

Because of the efforts we are putting into developing ourselves and our companionship, we are seeing miracles and changes in many of our investigators. Families are beginning to investigate together. Investigators formerly not progressing are beginning to progress. People we have been in contact with for quite some time are expressing desire to learn. Our planning, studies, and lessons are increasing in power and effectiveness, and we are both seeing and feeling the results. We are being sanctified by the Spirit. It is magnificent.

I would like to share a quote from my letter to President Pitt this morning, and share it from the very depths of my heart.
"There is nowhere I would rather be than here."

Brothers and Sisters, this work is true. If you learn it, love it, live it, you’ll be happy, I promise you. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Williams

D&C 121:34-46

Hello Everyone!

I’m sorry, this will be short. The Library closed 2 hours earlier than I expected, and I am very short on time now! This week has been amazing. I have learned and grown SO much! I can’t believe how much can happen in a week…

Many of you who know me know that I can be a little difficult to live with sometimes… I have a tendency to need to control everything. I generally think I have the best way to do everything and the only right answer.

Well, this week, I had an experience that softened my heart immensely, and I was able to consciously make the decision to relinquish control to my companion. I wish I could explain just how big a step that was for me… but even more powerful was that in that moment, I felt my love for Elder Payne increase greatly. I gave up my selfish desires, and my capacity for love increased. How marvelous… =)

Thank you all for the love and support you send. This mission is the greatest thing I have done to this day. There is nowhere else I would rather be at this time. I love it here. I love the people. I love the Lord.

Please continue to pray for our ability to bless and serve and help the people here in Winfield. They need your prayers.

I love and pray for you. =) May God bless you all.

Love,
Elder Williams