"When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses." ~Joyce Brothers.
This blog started out to be a way of reporting on Tom's mission adventure. I soon realized that there's just a lot going on in life that I don't want to forget about. Our lives are busy, happy and full and I hope to capture some of the excitement in this blog.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Week Ten - Drenched By a Truck and Pulled Over By the Police!
David's improvised rain poncho!
David in front of Cosmic Comics!
Alright here we go!
I almost didn't get to email today! We got to the library and the
computers were down! We stuck around for about an hour before they got
fixed, but thank goodness they were fixed. I don't know what I would do
if I had to miss out on emailing today!
Glad you got the picture card. I am glad you keep in touch with
Elder Powell's mom, that is awesome. I love to hear about what is
going on at home! I miss everyone bastante and even hearing about the
little things brings me joy. Josh is home already??!!??
That is insane! I'm happy for him and I'm sure dad is happy to have
him back too.... You are getting a piano?! That will be cool. While
at the mtc I heard a kid playing the piano and it was the most amazing
thing I have ever heard. He said he had only
been playing for two years, couldn't read music, and taught himself.
The kid clearly had a gift, but after hearing him I decided that if I
could be the best in the world at ANYTHING, it would be the piano. So I
am really looking forward to that, because
I WILL be able to play before this life is over! You should all learn
too! I still wish I could have witnessed Ken and Mary when they are
together. I still laugh when I think about their stories. But it
sounds like they are doing really well. Keep having
fun and making memories to tell me about later!
I got your package. My companion kept telling me that if a
package arrives for you, they will let you know. But two weeks had
passed by, so we went into the office on Friday. They said it had been
there for a while. But I got it! Scripture case
is awesome, towels are perfect, and even though the cookie bars were
two weeks old, they were surprisingly and magically delicious! Elder
Sheffer agrees. I'm not asking for sweets, but feel free to send more
of those whenever you want. So the shoes will
get here soon i'm sure, don't need to worry. And again, with the ipod,
no rush. I'm glad you found talks, hope it wasn't too much of a hassle
for you! But yes, please send some music on it too! Elder Sheffer has
a shuffle with the most amazing church music
on it! So send some byu choir, music you've sent tom, my mission
playlist on the computer, and some peter brianholt. I think that is his
name, and apparently he is one of the best lds musicians out there.
But mom, just know that none of this is a necessity.
I can do without if any of it is too much of a hassle! But when you
send the ipod, send me some bottom garments. I should have some mesh
and maybe cottonpoly's in my room in a drawer. All I really have here
are the extra support bottoms, but in this heat
they give me a little too much support. I don't need tops, just a few
bottoms if you can find them in my room. Your idea for snacks is fine
This week has been busy! Tuesday we had follow up training for
all the newbies. It was fun to see everyone, especially president
Durrant! I love him more and more all the time, and I wish I got to
interact with him more. He is probably one of the
most admirable men I have ever met. I hope I can really form a good
relationship with him in the next year.
MOnday night we went to the famous whattaburger for a dinner.
While we were there it started to POUR, literally raining sideways like
nothing i have ever seen before! It was awesome! So we waited to see
if it would lighten up a little bit, and
the wind did, but not the rain. So we rode home in the rain and it was
awesome! A truck drove through a puddle at the perfect time to create a
tidal wave that just absolutely drenched me. It was hilarious. I
looked like I had just jumped in a pool, but
the poncho worked really well. So we had a few days of rain, but now
we are back to the heat. I'm used to it now, so todo bien!
Wednesday we had interviews with President as a zone. My
interview was short, just because I am new and don't really have any
problems. All he said about the letter is that there are some
loco people out there and to send any other letters I get
home. No biggie! Thanks for taking care of that for me, y'all are the
This week I made a contact entirely by myself in Spanish. We
were riding our bikes, Elder Sheffer was a ways ahead of me, and a man
said something to me in Spanish, not sure what exactly, but it was more
than Hola and it sounded friendly too, so
of course I stopped! I couldn't understand much, but it still felt
pretty natural and I got his info and everything. It felt good to do
that without Elder Sheffer! I still don't understand much, but I am
starting to be more involved in lessons, and Spanish
is slowly but surely coming along. The other day we set up an
appointment with a man that wasted drunk, and yesterday we had an
awesome lesson with him! haha this work is crazy! We stayed quite busy
this week. Oh, and we got "pulled over" on our bikes.
It was late and he thought we were selling something, which isn't
allowed that time of night I guess. He asked what we were selling and I
told him "THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!" and then he said "oh, okay" and
drove off. Other than that the week was just
typical missionary work.
Havent' gotten anymore mail.
Beau was right. Exercising is hard, I usually do a set or two of
sit-ups and then just write in my journal, because I don't have time at
night. But we made a workout routine the other day and we are going to
try to stick to it.
The Liahona is holding up pretty well. No problems since day
one. He gets the job done. When i'm not on it, it is always locked up
or in the apartment.
Medication is fine. haha.
Hey Mom, Dad, Em; thanks for all you do. All of you have
contributed in preparing me for this. I couldn't do it without a
supporting, loving family that I love 10x more back! When times get
hard, I think about you guys and that always motivates me to
keep going. I think about you every day, and pray for you every day, I
hope all is well and I'm sure it is. Words cannot describe how
grateful I am for the most magnifico familia en todo el mundo!
I mean that with all my heart and don't you ever forget it!
I hope that's everything. Hasta la proxima semana!
love, your baby boy, Elder Williams.
We had some ridiculous amounts of rain a couple days this week. This is
my homemade poncho. I was hoping to get a picture in the rain during
the rain, but this is more after the storm. I took a picture of just
the rain from inside when it was really coming
down, but I don't think I will have time to send that one today. I
figured you would rather see a picture of your baby boy rather than a
picture of a wet parking lot.
This is a pic of an awesome wall mural at Cosmic Comics! I see it when
we drive back from district meetings, and it was quite the bike ride to
get to this morning, but I thought it was a neat Kodak moment. Elder
Sheffer refused to be seen in a comic store,
so we didn't get to go inside. I should have done a more heroic pose,
but i'm just a simple guy I guess.