Sunday, November 24, 2013

Last week in el CCM


so this morning after we all got home from laundry i was putting everything away and then grabbed my bag to get out the letters i had written during laundry and guess what?!! my water bottle opened and spilled ALL over my bag. my bag was full of my letters, stationary, journal, ipod, speakers, camera.... the works. i was just about lay on the floor and yell "why me" when i grabbed my jounal and realized that all of the pages are wet but they didn't bleed through or stick together or anything! i knelt down and said a prayer of gratitude. luckily everything is okay too. my companions helped me dry off and blow dry everything. all is well! except the letters are all a little crinkly. lo siento!

this week has been absolutely amazing. i don't want to say i'm ready for the field because i have so much room to grow, but i am ready to be out in the field. yesterday we were practicing the invitation to be baptized with a member who is having doubts. Hermano Cuadra paired everyone up but me because our district has an odd number. well i guess who my partner was? Hermano Cuadra. i was so worried! i started out by saying "seguira el ejemplo de Jesucristo ser bautizado en el primero de Decembrie?" which means "will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized on the first of December?" well he said no and i asked him why he felt that way and he said because he had only been to church a few times. i then asked what he felt like when he went to church. he said he felt peaceful and happy. i said that if he made the decision to be baptized he could have that feeling with him at all times. the spirit was so strong and he told me that's what he wanted but that he was scared. i opened up to proverbs 3:5-7 and i told him that he had to TRUST the lord. i then asked him if he had the faith to pray right then to know if baptism was the right choice for him. it was so amazing! the spirit was so strong in that 5 minute lesson. i could feel my tongue being loosed by the spirit as i was teaching. i can't even imagine how wonderful that experience will be with an actual investigator! i am so ready to get to the field. in 5 days too! holy cow.

now for a funny story....... oh SUNDAY. so here is the back story..... every single day i tell my companions i want to chop my hair off. hahahaha. so on sunday after sacrament we had a free hour and went back to our apartment to write in our journals. well..... hermana schweitzer came in with her actual hair cutting scissors (her only experience with them is cutting her bangs) and goes "okay i'm ready to cut your hair!!!" i laughed and then went..... "wait. okay. as long as you promise not to ruin my hair" well we set up newspapers in the kitchen and i sat in the chair and she cut off three inches -___- i yelled the whole time hahahaha. but guess what??! it's my most favorite haircut i've ever had. mom don't worry, i'll send pictures later! oh man i have the best companions ever.

sunday night was also really great! the oldest district left on early monday morning to Uruguay. so we all gathered in the vending machine room sunday night for a song, prayer and testimony meeting. it was so sweet! we sang god be with you til we meet again so of course everyone was crying. those elders are the best! we were all best friends. it's so hard getting so close to other districts and getting ripped apart each week. we all wrote in each others journals and exchanged emails so i hope we stay in touch.

oh also.... thanks for the pressure to go to BYU mom. between you, HS and HD, and the elders, it is really working. what is happening!? dad write me an email and talk some sense into me!

oh my sweet family. i love you all so much! i keep having dreams about seeing you at the airport so come to the airport! i'll send you my travel plans but if you can't make it i understand! at least i'll be able to call you. i love each of you so much. i miss you but i love the MTC and i know i will love Mexico even more. serving a mission has been the best decision i've ever made!

oh i forgot! i'll be quick. in TRC last Friday, HS and i taught a couple who served in the Merida temple and got home two months ago. it was so neat to talk to them. they were so sweet! i've always wanted to serve a couples mission but after talking with them i KNOW i want to serve a couples mission. oh and one of the first thing they said was "mucho calour" which is VERY HOT. however right now it sounds a lot better than freezing. i'm so excited! i wish you could see how big i'm smiling right now thinking about mexico. go listen to that James Taylor song for me because i keep singing it and no one knows what i'm talking about and i don't have it on my ipod. hard life right?! it is KILLING me! i love you! so so much. have a great week.

Hermana Williams

PS pray for the people of Mexico with me


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Week 4


how are you all?!! this week has FLOWN by. we do service every thursday morning and on saturday night i said "holy cow you guys i can't believe we did service this morning, what a day" and HS and i fell on the floor laughing when she told me service was THREE DAYS AGO. my time in the MTC has gone so quickly!!

we get our travels plans on friday!!!! and BTW..... you all better be at the airport! i would love to see you. please please come! it will just be happy and fun and you can listen to me speak Spanish lol. i can't believe i'm really going to Mexico in 12 days!!! i don't want the MTC to end. i love it here! the district that came the week before i did is leaving THIS MONDAY. i am so sad. everyone in our district is so close! it's not fair that we might not EVER see them again! not fair at all. the only hope i have is to go to BYU when i get home. everyone is our zone is really the best of friends! our lunch table is so crowded with only our zone. it's always a race to get to the table. 

well this week has been so great. my companion and I teach a lesson almost every day and our lessons are getting much MUCH better! i am really learning how to rely on the spirit to guide me in my lessons. at first HS and i would write out a "script" of things we wanted to say but now we go into our lessons with a few small notes on a index card and teach with the spirit. the difference is amazing! i LOVE our "investigators" and i can hardly imagine what it will be like to teach the people in Merida. CHILLS. 

oh and exciting news! on friday we stopped by the creamery after gym (how horrible are we?) and i found out that the girl working went on a study abroad to MERIDA. she said it's amazing and the prettiest place and so so HOT.... which right now sounds much better than the freezing cold morning and nights. 

MOM! thank you SO much for the boots. you're the best! okay what else what else? i forgot my journal! 

OH FUNNY STORY. both of my teachers are out to embarrass our district. saturday morning Hermano Harris made us go out into the middle of the courtyard to start class and sing "angels we have heard on high" as loud as we can. all of the other missionaries walking by either stared or joined in hahahaha -__- and Hermano Cuadra to ANYONE that walks by or into our classroom says "mi misioneros solo habla en espanol" or something of the sort which means "my missionaries only speak in spanish" and he says it really sassy and it's so embarrassing. hahahahahaha i love them both so much. 

i am learning so much from my two sweet teachers! every lesson is the best lesson. my spanish has also really improved this week! my companion and i carry around a ring of vocab and quiz eachother wherever we go. i still can understand spanish much better than i can speak it though! i am so excited to be in mexico and to be fully immersed in the language. actually i'm really nervous too. i'm so bipolar about my feelings towards going to mexico! i am SO excited but i LOVE the MTC! however i know it's just a matter of leaving and once i'm in mexico it will be the new best place ever. i'll leave you with a scripture quote from revelations 3:16 "be hot or be cold, but don't be warm because God will throw up" it's real lol. look it up! 

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH. i am losing sleep because of the long prayers i say for each of you every night and that's not even including the 30 other prayers i say throughout the day. i love you i love you i love you! 

see you soon (actually really because i'll see you in 12 days)

Hermana Williams

Wednesday, November 6, 2013



okay okay i realized how much my emails suck, so i decided to bring in my journal so i can remember all the things that i have done this week. here we goooooo. 

so Wednesday was the best p day ever! some guy paid for our food at burger surpreme (I must be living right) and then we went to the temple and did sealings for daughters!!!! spiritual high. i can't even imagine how happy those children are that they get to be with their families forever!! it made me miss you all so much. i love you guys! 

HALLOWWEEEEN. k mom you're the best ever! the mustaches were a hit and there was enough for each person in my district to have one and, surprisingly, we didn't get in trouble. LOL. my companion and i also dressed up as hippies and jake i wore socks and jesus sandals and no one yelled at me hahahahah, but i had to teach a lesson and felt so AWKWARD but like who cares right? no judgement at el CCM. 

on Friday we did TRC's which is talking to volunteer members in Spanish and holy cow it was amazing. we talked with three different ladies and the first one was the cutest mom of 9 and half of her kids have already served missions and when i was struggling to find a word she would say it for me or say a few sentences in English. she was so sweet! the two other ladies we talked to were from chile and it was reallllly hard to understand them at times but i would just say "repitia por favor" with a big smile and they would slow down so i could understand them. 

i honestly can't remember Saturday right now but Sunday was fast sunday and it was so amazing. i fasted for each of you! it is amazing that the day after i fasted for you all i got your dear elders about your job interview dad! i am so happy for you. would you all move to Idaho?  i want to hear more details so i hope your letter comes soon mom. i had a really strong feeling that it could be a blessing to our family. good luck dad! 

OH and..... BIG NEWS....... on sunday i was called to be a sister training leader with my companion for our entire ZONE! i am so excited. the STL's helped me so so much when i first got to the MTC and they would visit us and say goodnight every night so that is now me and HS job! I LOVE IT. seriously. we go to bed so much later because we talk and talk and talk with the other hermanas but i love it so much! oh and we also get 4 new hermanas and 10 new elders tonight! so we'll be in meetings and playing get to know you games and showing them around all night so..... NO CLASS. lol jk i love class. it's the best! 

we teach a lesson almost every day and it's always really nerve wracking but i feel so great afterwards. 

oh also other big news..... BIG BIG NEWS........ i got my visa on monday!!!!! i get to go straight to Mexico! ayayayayaya! i am so excited. HS and i took the front runner into salt lake city to visit the mexico consulate to get our visas. i waved to your work mom! i was hoping that you would be looking out the window and thinking of me even thought you had nooooo idea i was out there. oh also to consulate was right by the bee's stadium! so chill, so many memories. i took a picture in front of it! 

i have so many pictures to send. tuesday night was amazing as usual. the devotionals at the MTC are amazing! seriously. i wrote down two pages of notes because i was so inspired. oh and that reminds me... mom could you send my anthropologie journal so i can use it as my spiritual journal? i want to put all of my devotinal notes into a journal so i can keep them safe intstead of the random notebook i've been using. 

you guys! i miss you all and i love you so much but i love the MTC so much too. i love everything about it. classes, my companion, devotionals, movies, mormon messages (WATCH MORMON MESSAGES. we get to watch a few everyday after we do our grammar on the computers and OH MY GOSH they are GOLD), scripture study, speaking "spanglish" 24/7, and everything else. the MTC is truly the greatest place on earth! i am happier than i've ever been. i could tell you how much i love it 1,000 more times and that wouldn't be enough. 

 thank you all for the dear elders and letters and notecards! they keep me going. also let the rest of the family know how much i love them!


Hermana Williams (HW in my district)

PS no one ever gave me Jake's email so someone HMU with it or forward this to him please

PSS THREE WEEKS. like what? where has the time gone? i'm not ready to leave the MTC. CAN YOU BELIEVE I'M HALFWAY THERE???!!!