Tuesday, February 25, 2014

happy missionary

mi famila!

it has been a great week.

hermana argueta and i have had such a great week together. i love being a trainer! i am learning SO MUCH. spanish included. hermana argueta is a little shy so i have had to do most of the talking and the teaching during the lessons this week which at first was really hard because i didn´t have hermana infante to rely on, but now i feel much more comfortable with talking and teaching. also, i know i joked about how i was going to be a mom in my email last week but i really do feel like a mom. this whole week i have been saying "be careful, be careful" "watch out for cars" "are you hot?" "do you have enough water?" "do you need anything?" hahahaha i am turing into you mom. oh and by the way... the heat is starting. every day i feel like i am going to die around 2 in the afternoon, but all of the people here keep telling me that the heat is only beginning. i have no idea how i am going to survive in may. help me.

the work here has been so great too. this week we had friend home evening with fine and miguel burgos, jorge (who was baptized three weeks ago and his girlfriend daneth. it was a really great friend home evening, and yes i am keeping the tradition of friend home evening alive here in mexico hahaha. after the lesson we all started talking about our families, and when jorge shared a little bit about his family and told us that after his baptism his mom started to become really interested in our church. jorge, daneth, hermana argueta and i visited his mom emilia the next day. emilia is so sweet and has such a strong spirit. at the end of our lesson we invited her to be baptized on march 15th and she accepted. she came to church with us yesterday and during sunday school the teacher asked her if she could give the closing prayer. it was one of the most sweetest prayers i have ever heard. she said that she had been so happy all morning to go to church and that now she knows why she was so happy because she has felt so much kindness and love from her new friends at church. it was such an amazing experience to hear her prayer. i am so lucky i get to be here in mexico and to meet people like emilia. pray for her.

i love you all so much! have such a great week!

hermana williams

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

two emails this week!

mi familia!

it´s official, i am a mom. i am so so so so happy. i love my new companion! i honestly don´t knwo how i have gotten so lucky with such great companions. her name is hermana argueta, she´s 19, and she´s from guatemala. i met her yesterday afternoon when some of the hermanas had arrived from the airport and immeadiately fell in love with her. we talked for about a half hour and when hermana infante and i left i knew we were going to be companions. so far everything has been so great! after our meeting with president today we found out who would be our companions, and had lunch. afterwards we were supposed to go back to our areas to unpack and prepare for the rest of the afternoon but our stake president called me and had set up an appointment with one of his coworkers and his two sons for a lesson in the chapel so we went straight from lunch to a lesson. my companion was really nervous to talk and teach but she has a really strong spirit and towards the end of the lesson she started to open up a bit more. our lesson was so great and hermano leon and his two sons juan and david are now preparing to be baptized on the 8th of march. bien potente. i am so excited to be a trainer. i can´t wait to work work and work this week.

i wish i had my camera! i´ll send pictures on monday!

i love you all!

hermana williams

ps hermana infante wanted me to tell you how much she loves you and how special you all are to her. we had a really really really hard goodbye today but luckily i will still be seeing her on occasions for the next year. 

another great week in Mexico

hola mi familia!

i have big news.......... I AM GOING TO HAVE A DAUGHTER. well... i am going to be a TRAINER. i am so so so nervous but also SO excited. on thursday hermana infante and i received a call from president and he said that he hadn´t made up his mind yet but that he had a strong feeling that i needed to be a trainer and then asked me how i felt and asked hermana infante if i was ready. well... last night we found out from our district leader that i am going to stay in centro to train and hermana infante is going to another area to train. i am so sad that hermana infante is leaving but i am so so grateful for the time that we have had togther. i am praying my new companion is exactly like hermana infante. there are so so many sisters coming! 9 from guatemala, 5 from mexico, 1 from spain, and 2 from the united states. i am hoping that my companion isnt from the united states. they all arrive sometime tonight or tomorrow morning, and tomorrow afternoon we find out who our companions will be. pray for me!

the rest of my week has been so great! hermana infante and i had a really neat experience tuesday night. the navarro´s family is our ward is going through a difficult time right now and they had to switch houses this week. on sunday we told them we would be happy to help clean and move and asked them to call us when they need help. well tuesday night we were searching for a reference and we walked down a street that we hadn´t taken before and found the navarro´s in the process of moving.... without the help of anyone. hermana navarro invited us inside to look around and their house was so dirty and they needed help so badly. we said goodnight and walked out and hermana infante and i felt like we needed to do something. we went to our house to change and then to the burgos family and the euan family for help. in a half hour we had 10 people to help the navarro´s move and clean. it really is so amazing that everyone that is in our path throughout the day is placed in our pathway by our loving Heavenly Father. 

i love you all so much!

have a great week. 

hermana williams

Monday, February 10, 2014

one happy missionary

my sweet family!

it was a good week to be a missionary. 

this week i had not only my first baptism, but my first, second and third. jhony, jorge and enrique were baptized this saturday! i still cant believe it. it was honestly the MOST wonderful experience. i am so grateful i could be apart of it. before hermana infante and i opened centro the area had been closed for quite some time which means no missionaries and no baptisms. when the ward found out that there would be three baptisms this week everyone got so excited. on saturday the sisters in the ward made cakes, a bunch of members came early to clean the chapel and to set up the baptismal font, and when the program started there was hardly enough room for everyone to sit. the program was so beautiful too. i loved seeing the look on each of their after they were bauptized. it really was a look of pure joy. well... enrique is a bit of a different story. the water was freezing cold and when he first felt it he announced that he wasnt going to be baptized... hahaha. after a couple minutes his dad finally pulled him of of the bar that he was clinging to and after three tries he was baptized. phew. i really am so grateful to be apart of this experience and to have been an instrument in the hands of the lord in the lives of these three people. i have seen such amazing changes in all of them, including the family of enrique. 

the rest of this week has been so great. we received two references this week, emma and gaspar, and they are both MUY POTENTE. they both have such a desire to learn about the gospel. emma attended church this week and has a baptisal date of the first week of march! it is so amazing to see her progress so rapidly. 

next week we have transers! every day hermana infante tells me that she is going to leave centro and i am going to stay here and be a trainer. i am so nervous BUT if i do need to train i hope that i stay in centro. i never want to leave centro. i love it so much here. PRAY FOR ME.

i love you all so very much. i miss you but you are all in my heart.

hermana williams

Monday, February 3, 2014

another great week in Mexico!


this week has been full of miracles. well first of all the baptism of enrique hasnt happened yet because his dad wanted to be the one to baptize him so his baptism is this saturday..... along with 3 of our other investigators!!!! maria, jhony, and jorge! it is so amazing. i am so unbelievably happy for all three of them. the biggest miracle of all is jhony. he accepted our invitation to be baptized a couple weeks ago but has work on sundays and hasnt been able to attend church. we taught him a lesson about the sabbath day this week and he told us that he wouldnt be able to live the sabbath day because he cant afford to take away any hours from his job. that night hermana infante and i fasted for him that night and during our lesson the next day he told us that that night he felt so sad and guilty and that knew he needed to find a way to be able to come to church on sundays. he said that he was going to talk to his boss the next morning and switch his hours. on the same day hermana infante taught him about the law of tithing. at first i could see that look of worry in his eyes, not only was he going to lose a few hours at work but also 10% of his income. but the spirit was so strong and by the end of the lesson jhony was so happy and accepted to live the law of tithing. he said that he knows if he makes these sacrifices so that he can be baptized and attend church that god will bless him. i know that is true. he switched his hours at work and paid his tithing last night. i was such an amazing experience to see him so humbled and so willing to sacrifice hours in his job and part of his paycheck to become a member of the church. he has such a great faith. he is such an example to me to put all of my faith in god at all times. i really am so blessed to have the opportunity to know and to help such wonderful. 

one night this week hermana infante was so starving and we had just walked in the door and there was no food in the house. we both thought we were going to die so we called our district leader to see if we could leave our house for 5 minutes to buy food, knowing that he would say no, but surprisingly he said yes. we sprinted out of our house and ran to the end of the street in two minutes to buy hot dogs and drinks from the hot dog stand!

oh also, i am teachign classes for english each week in the chapel now. saturday night was the first class and it went so well! i love teaching english and helping others. we had a bunch of members, less-actives, and investigators at the class. 

i love you all! have such a great week. please pray for maria, jhony and jorge and their baptismal date this week!

hermana williams