Monday, August 31, 2015

Last day of August... ew.

Well well well... Another month gone and I get to go to the temple tomorrow and I'm sooo excited! (: We had district meeting this morning and got a lot of good inspiration from that. Our mission reached our goal of 50 baptisms plus 1! #Godisgood There was a lot of prayer and an increase of faith from everyone. I definitely gained a testimony of having a sense of urgency and inviting those we meet to be baptized whether or not they know much or anything. When we bare testimony and follow the spirit, they will want to know more. Yesterday sister birks and I commited to the Lord that we would repent and go out and invite! We had a cool opportunity yesterday when we were trying to find a potential but she wasn't home and as we were walking down the hall a man walked out of his room. (we were in a hotel) and I felt like I had seen him before so I was like "hey whats up!?" intstantly had a pretty good conversation, plus he had some neat shoes on. lol But he asked US for our card, which went into testifying of the Restoration and there we invited him to be baptized and that testifying some more that this was for him. He said yes! #miracle. It was a good day yesterday when there were so many things that could of made it a bad day. however, its always good weather- no matter what. We had just got back from church and were trying to contact an unbaptized child that was on our records. We get there, and the dad was awful to us, "were not interested!" and me and my mouth got going.. "okay! Well we need to clear this up so we know!" turns out a few years ago, words were said by a member and now this family wants nothing to do with us. Its sad. He then asked us to "get off the porch, please." So that was rough. So to cheer us up we walked to the nursing home and taught the plan of salvation to our cute little member Edna. Whenever we ask her how she is doing,she replies "I'm ornery as ever!" haha. #everytime. We sang to her and she then sang "Im a child of God" with us as she cried. She told us that she loved us-  and it was such a boost! We love her😘
Our zone did really well this week, so that was good to hear because I thought this week was horrid. Everything kept falling through and I was seriously so confused as to why!! LOL But I just kept praying for strength to not wanna quit and God kept telling me to "keep trying". Sister Birks is doing really well, she has come out of her shell alot. She gave a great training on URGENCY! We are getting a long beautifully. We spent lots of time walking and talking... there was a day when my back was soaked in sweat. #nasty Like I don't get how to look presentable here in Kansas because the darn humidity ruins your hair-do and then its hot and you sweat profusely! the sister missionary pics are misleading.. Anyway! haha. Missions are great! Emily and Chase are still on date to be baptized, however their mom won't let them get baptized because were not Catholic. Yet, she doesn't go to church.. and won't meet us. Its a weird situation. But we are gonna keep having faith that God will soften her heart. We had dinner with the Weavers last night. Sadly they are moving to Florida soon. hmm what else.. Other than sister birks is awesome and that I love her. There isn't much else to tell yall...  OH! they did find bile in my gallbladder so they want to do a high def scan and make sure there aren't any stones in it. So I'll be fine. (: Abilene is full of awesome people and I love it. Its so weird that 2 months has FLOWN by. Bishop Brunner was asking me about some people and I told him that I haven't seen them for almost 2 months... he was like "have you been here that long?" ...yes... (he's not the most observant) lol but he's so funny. One Sunday he was announcing an advancement in the priesthood to this kid and apparently the boy was taking too long to come to the pulpit and bishop was like, "hurry up!" 😲 #rantothepulpit 
good times in Salina! (: 
Well I hope you all have a good week and that you read the Book of Mormon+say your prayers. Moroni 8:16, "...perfect love casteth out ALL fear"
LOVE YA!! <3Sister Williams

Monday, August 24, 2015


So last week was pretty good! I can't remember much but it has been a good so far!
I am loving Abilene more and more and I am here! its already been 2 months! today is that 2month mark which I think is crazy. Our two little investigators came to church yesterday and loved it again. Its also nice when they have friends there that they can go to class with. they are planning on being baptized on September 5th! So we are workin with them. they gave us a scare on Friday though. We had an appointment with them and as we were on our way we saw them walking to sonic. So we stopped and asked them what was going on and apparently their mom wasn't have the best day so they were kinda on edge with us. They said that they could only meet with us once a week and even that didn't sound convincing! I was tripping out! Satan is such a butthead. after that we were a little disheartened and frustrated. Plus our district leader was there with us to meet them. So we went to find our new investigator that lives clear out in the middle of nowhere! #nomoremiles ); So we saw them all outside (his family) and I think they knew who we were, because when we got out of the car they had all gone inside. We knocked like policemen on their door and they ignored rude. haha. So I felt like we needed to go figure out what was going on with Chase and Emily so we went to their house and they were kind of surprised to see us. But we talked it out and they weren't too sure if they could come to church. But because God is so good, he definitely softened their mamas heart and the next day when we went back to see them. (we had been walking all day and we were both sweaty messes) They were happy to see us and we had a great lesson about the Law of Chastity and Word of Wisdom. (: They came to church obviously. But it was too funny, We showed them the baptismal font, and they were kinda nervous as we were opening the font doors- Emily was like "are we gonna die?" NO!  But there were huge spiders in the font so I don't how good that looked to them.. lol I think the funniest thing I was asked was "how do you know that they aren't going to drown you?" It was cute.
School starts for them tomorrow too! So they are pretty excited!

Anyway! Its been a really hot summer out here, lots of BUGS. ew. We were sitting in a LA's house and we were both getting bites from who knows what! living in their couch.. I was terrified that they were bed bugs.. #notagain! its okay. it wasn't. We are going to the Temple in KC next week and I am sooo excited!! this is my 2nd time on my mission!! heck ya! (:
I love LOVE going there.. even though its 3 hours away from Salina, Its totally worth it. Apparently before the KC temple was built, Salina was in the Manti Temple boundary! Before that it was Chicago! YEAH. all you people with temples RIGHT THERE. We are working with progressing those who are new to the church to go to the temple! Appparently! Aide down in Wichita went for her first time and did baptisms for the dead and loved it soo much!! She has changed aton and its been such a testimony builder for me to see the gospel truly bless her life and to see the difference. I LOVE being a missionary and the opportunity I have to help others see the blessings and teach them. There is no greater service, "cant stop, wont stop" (;
I love you all and pray that you all are always safe! Keep on keeping on!
<3Sister Williams

Monday, August 17, 2015

Abilene: Week 8

<3Sister Williams

Hello family and friends!!
I'm short on time so I'll have to keep this short! Training is goon
well, sister birks led the area on her first exchange! She was really
nervous but she did super awesome. I went to Salina and hung out with
sister Mitchell- taught a lady named Jennifer whose boyfriend is a
member. It was really good, read the Book of Mormon with her and
invited to church. Said she would talk to her bf... Sadly she didn't
come. But they will keep working with her.
We had 2 of our new investigators come to church! Hallelujah! Bout
time. Lol it's been really hard to get people to come to church
because of the drive.. But it's not impossible! Chase and Emily came
to church and even though it is kinda boring to 12 and 17 year olds
#guilty, they liked it! Emily was singing the hymns and went to class
with some of her friends she knows. Abilene is a small town. Ha chase
is a die hard Jayhawks fan and came to church all geared up and ready
to go! She's adorable, she also had friends there so she was happy. It
was a pretty good day at church because the Thomas' came to church
too!! They haven't been since February or something. But they were
there and participated- we were stoked to hear that. We are actually
having FHE with them tonight as well.
Ummm, we were able to have a lot of members come out with us this
week! Which was something we had a hard time last week, but God is
good and loves us.
Tomorrow we have interviews with Prez Bell and so it should be a
pretty good day.
We saw our good friend Brenda who is also investigating, she works
with members over in Junction City and so we have been teaching her
about the Book of Mormon and Joseph smith. Over the past week she's
definitely changed. She gave us an assignment and we gave her one, lol
a mutual binding commitment! She has some interesting questions that
always start out with, "you Mormons..." Like last night it was "why do
we celebrate Halloween?" Since it is a high satanic holiday... I
didn't know what to say so I just said .. "I don't know." Lol she
thought it was funny! And now she wants to feed us peach cobbler.
So we're seeing her Friday and she will be coming to church! I'm
taking away her agency because this is eternal life! But for reals.
Oh an update on Dakota, he is moving to a group home in KC. He texted
us on Friday and totally freaked us out. But he's being taken care of.
Any who! Life in Kansas always keeps getting better! I love it more
and more. Sister birks is great! She'll do great things😎
Well I hope you all have a great week! Stay safe and CTR!
Love ya like Jesus!!😇

Monday, August 3, 2015

PICS from my iPad

I found these.. and so here ya go.


This week was really crazy/emotional/AWESOME.

Since I'm lost for words like usual.. Sister Palmer is the new STL in Salina and I'm training a new missionary! Her name is Sister Birks and I know nothing about her.. hopefully shes pretty sweet. (: That's not asking for much right? lol But we got a phone call from the AP's and Prez lastnight within 30 mins of each other. So It was pretty cray. Sis. Palmer was freaking out hardcore lastnight because she didn't want to train and so when she found out she was a leader in the mission! #emotionalwreck haha but she's good now!
Anyway, Abilene has been lots of fun, and there are a lot of really awesome people out here! We met a super cool lady named Sandra from Minnesota that had been meeting with the missionaries and loved it all! But her husband is devout catholic she has to support him and I guess that's alright too. She's awesome.
We have been walking a lot since we blew our mile allotment out of the water last month... but we didn't get parked because we have such AWESOME zone leaders- they gave us extra miles..They are the best seriously. I'm sad that one of them is leaving, but i'll get over it. lol There has been this Rodeo/ Fair thing going on since Friday and Abilene has been the happening place. Sis. Palmer and I were out walking and sweating our faces off (we looked great) and all of a sudden these people sitting watching the parade were like "Oh! Sisters!!" We never get that kind of reaction- Anywhere. So we're thinking to ourselves... "who are you??" Turns out they are members from SLC and were there for a family reunion. They got up and gave us hugs as were both dripping in sweat.. 95* plus humidity. Heat index is like 102. Its miserable. But we are still ALIVE. It was a little tender mercy from Heavenly Father... "AAHH my people!" kinda thang ya know? SO that's been fun, oh and as we were walking home we stopped and talked to a guy who had a little knowledge of the church and he asked us. "so, have you found anyone to take you through the veil yet?" I thought he was hitting on us.. ha but no. Thank goodness. We actually got hit on by 50 year old men while walking out of the Sunflower Hotel. (members live there) lets just say it was really weird.
Cassie came out with us and as we were teaching the principle of baptism she literally flipped open to a scripture that went perfect with the lesson and so we used it! She was beaming because she was sooo excited! It was adorable. She is awesome, and her testimony of the gospel is amazing. She's been a member since April. #SOLID
We had lunch with a super inactive member that wants to meet with us and eventually come back to church. She is wonderful, we talked about the Book of Mormon and she said that she didn't have one or couldn't find hers. So we gave her a new one- she was SO excited that she hugged it. "I haven't seen one of these in forever!" she said. Her whole countenance just lit up!

Definitely been a crazy and awesome week, there is probably more things that happened but I don't remember. OH! last thing. So since the ukulele's are only for Mondays now, I had the opportunity to sing to a LA and his wife that isn't a member. I sang "the angel song" and basically made Brother Weaver cry. I've never felt the spirit so strong In their house before and I think he definitely felt it. He was lost for words of how good he felt in that moment. It was a really cool experience for me. Plus I missed singing.. so it was a win/win. (:

I ABSOLUTLEY LOVE BEING A REPRESENTATIVE OF JESUS CHRIST. The gospel of Jesus Christ is TRUE and it has helped me come to love our Savior so much more because I UNDERSTAND the reality and divinity of his everlasting love. I'm so grateful for every trial and challenge on my mission because without them I wouldn't be the Sister Williams he needs me to be. SO I'm definitely grateful for all of it.
Well,  I love you all and I hope you have a enjoyable and safe week!!
Stay cooool.
<3Sister Williams
P.S sorry I didn't take very many pics because the ZL's stole my memory card and didn't give it back.. till yesterday. SO a whole weeks worth of photo ops lost! lol its okay.
P.S.S Sister Gundy goes home and I'm freaking out... NOO!