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Friday, October 12, 2012

Homecoming!

Date: October 21,2012
Time: starts at 9:00
Church House is @ 550 West 2300 South, West Point, UT
Open House: 2921 West 50 North, West Point, UT (same place as the farewell) 
Hope you can come Trevor well love to see you!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Hello Everyone!!

Hello Everyone!!
 
Today is an amazing day in the Washington Seattle Mission!!! We have been trying for two years to get 100 baptism in one month. President Larkin has promised that when we do he will climb Mt. Si and plant our ensign to the nations!! We are in the best place ever to do so!! God has blessed us and refined us in the furnace of affliction and humbled us enough and chastened us enough that we are humble before god and are willing to change and become a new mission!! I just can't wait for this month!!! We had a zone meeting just the other day and we introduced a plan called the "REN-TEN" The idea is that the renton stake will find at least 10 people a day that would accept a baptismal date and agree to read, pray, and come to church. If we can do that we will go places we have never ever been before!! We will have 70 new on dates a week and even if only 15% of those people get baptized (which is lower than the average) we as a stake with help over 50 people come into this gospel, repent of their sins, and find true and lasting happiness!!!! I am so excited to go out everyday because i trust that this idea is the mind and will of God and that he will place those people who will progress in our path so we can help them return to God one day!!
 
We had a mission fast from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday afternoon. At the end of the fast President Larkin challenged the mission to put 100 people on date for baptism!!! The most we ever had in one day in the history of our mission was 86. We as a mission went out in faith and found 100 people exactly and placed them on date for baptism!!!! GOD IS AMAZING!!!! I cant imagine how happy God was when he was able to place 100 of his children in our path and had them prepared to accept the challenge to change their life and be baptized!!! I love this gospel and this work and i know that this email seemed a lot like a bunch of numbers but just know that every number represents a person and that person by accepting the commitments we leave with them is beginning to repent and the heavens are rejoicing!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Hello EVERYONE!!!

Hello EVERYONE!!!
 
This week has truly been a week of miracles!! Yes, it was coupled with difficult trials, but those fade away in the background of my mind as i view this past week. In June of 2011 Our mission president, President Larkin challenged the mission to baptize 100 souls in one month. Up until this week we had, as a mission baptized 55 people. We needed 45 more to reach our goal. The mission has never, as far as our records go back, baptized 45 people in one weekend before. We were determined to do so!! the mission had 38 solid people to be baptized so we needed 7 more. We had two people on date for this weeked who were looking good to be baptized. This past Sunday a man named Thomas walked into church. He happened to run into the bishop and asked how he could be a part of this church. We taught him and he said that he had been baptized a member in L.A. a couple of years ago and he wanted his non-member wife and son to be baptized. We set up an appointment with him to meet and teach his family and talked to the ward clerk about getting his records here we find out that he has no records and if he was baptized it wasn't recorded so he would need to be re-baptized. We went to our lesson and committed him to baptism for this weekend!!!!(this was on Tuesday) :) We go back on Thursday and we found out he would not be able to be baptized on Saturday because he was going to be in Everett for work all day, after a long pause we asked him if we could baptize him that night, he thought for a few moments and he said YES!!!!! WHOO!!! :) :) :) That night Thomas Johnson was baptized!!! Our on dates for Saturday was Zenaida, she, on Thursday completely backed out and refused to be baptized. We went back on Friday and taught a powerful lesson on baptism and the atonement of Christ and she agreed to be baptized the next day!! That night she passed her interview and everything was amazing!!! We called her Saturday morning to let her know who was picking her up and she dropped us..... she had called her family to invite them to her baptism and they talked her out of it to the point that she refuses to talk to us, and swares she will never let a Mormon into her house again. What i learned from this experience is that Satan is real and he is powerful :( We also had a baptism planned for Sunday evening, His name is Michael, he works on a merchant ship and will be shipped out to sea soon so we need to get him baptized before he leaves. He got off work at 5pm and his baptism was at 7pm. As he was leaving the ship, some kind of machine on the ship broke and he had to stay and fix it so he was not baptized either...... However, The other set of elders in our ward had a HUGE MIRACLE and baptized a lady this last  Sunday at 7pm to take the place of Michael. At this point i am not sure how many people were baptized in the mission, i pray that it was 100, but if not we still have tomorrow!!! God will allow us to achieve this if we have faith, as in all things in life, faith proceeds the miracle and the miracle always comes just in time. I love you all so much and thank for you for your prayers and support!!! Talk to you later!! 
 
Elder Trevor Williamson 

Monday, July 9, 2012

July 9th Post


Hello everyone!!



This week was great!! We were given the command to baptize 3 people this past weekend, we failed, but experienced one of the biggest miracles of our lives!! I will try to explain the whole story. We felt prompted to go and try to baptize an 8 yr old kid who is at the vivaos (recent convert family) some weekends and comes to church often. We had no clue where he lives or who his parents were, but we know that they were not members. We drove to the Viva's and Sonny was there! We asked him if he wanted to be baptized today and he said yes, we continued to ask him where he lived and if he knew his moms phone number and stuff like that. All the info we got was that she lived on Holly St in south Seattle and she drives a dark red Durango. We drove up and down holly st 2 times and found nothing. At this point it is around 12pm and our baptism is at 2. We decide that we need some more info from sonny so we head back down to the vivao's when Elder Barnett gets in a turn lane when he is not supposed to, he quickly catches it and gets out of that lane and we ended up right behind a dark red durango. We, with all the faith we possessed decided to follow it. We followed it for 6 or 7 miles all the way down to the wal-mart in Downtown Renton. As we get out i grabbed a blank baptismal record just in case and we ran to the car. We get there and she rolls down the window and we introduce ourselves and she says,"your mormons right?" "yes we are," we reply, "how do you know us?" She then tell us how her aunt june vivao and her family just got baptized and we just beamed haha!! We talked about sonny and how much he loves church and challenged her to let him be baptized that day at 2pm, she thought on it for a minute, (longest minute of my life!) and then agreed!!! I pulled out the baptismal record and she signed it right there!!! We ran and drove as fast as the law would allow back to the vivao's and sonny had been picked up by his grandma and was gone. We drove to the grandmas house and they were no where to be found. Frantically we drove back to walmart to see if the mam was still there and she was, she called the grandma and the grandma said they already had plans and that sonny would not be able to be baptized that day. It was very dissapointing but the mother said that she would keep the 14th of July completely open for sonny to be baptized!!! every minute of that entire morning was guided by the spirit, i am not sure why he didn't get baptized, but he will next weekend!!



We did however have some great baptisms this weekend! Her are some pictures hope you enjoy!!! :)  

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hi Everyone!!

Hi Everyone!!
This week has been great! There were so many miracles!!! There is a ward in the zone that was going to have two baptisms this weekend, two young brothers who were blessed to learn and grow together in the gospel. A week ago i was privilages to interview these two young men and they were solid!! They loved the gospel and everything they were learning, as we call it here they were "Golden." Saturday came and the younger one, carlos, decided he didnt want to be baptized because he was scared of the water. Later on that day he came to the missionaries and asked if he could get baptized, so two hours later he was baptized!! My companion and i were privilaged to go and the most amazing and incredible part of this baptism was when carlos came out, his brother hugged him, asked him how he felt, and told him he would always be there for him, both these boys are younger than 12 and it was teh most amazign thing ever!! There was no program, no special musical number, no talks, not even an opening prayer, but, it was one of the most spiritual baptisms i have ever been to. What a blessing!!!

Another miracle that happened was that George Commodore in Skyway was finally baptized!!! WHOO!!! We have been working with him since the first week i arrived in the skyway ward. Through a lot of trial and prayer, we finally got him baptized!! The look on his face as his recent convert friend Ricky pulled him out of the water was priceless!! He knows this is ture and for the first time in his life he has the courage to face life without fear!!

One of the strongest spiritual manifestations of the holy ghost happened this week as well. We had a leadership training meeting this last friday at the renton stake center. At the same time the renton stake was putting on a Missionary training two day event. Because we were there we were able to participate in som eof that and teach with these wonderful youth ages 16-22. We all gathered in the chapel to hear a talk by out mission president on the love of God and the Doctrine of Christ, the missionaries sat on the sides of the chapel and the youth in the middle. President Larkin was speaking and he had the youth open to page 1 of Preach My Gospel, he than said "Missionaries of the Washington Seattle mission please stand." we all stood, he then said, "Washingotn Seattle Mission, what is your purpose?" In one voice the leaders of our mission stated  our purpose and the spirit flooded the room, tears were rolling, hearts were burning, and hopes and spirits were high. Gods work is the work we are all engaged in and he is at the head of it!! I will never forget that experice and it will sustain me for life! I love you all!!

Elder Trevor Williamson  

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hey!!

This week has been a great week! We have been struggling to find people who are willing to change. God has led us to a lot of people who have a desire to change but don't have the strength or drive to do so. It had been very frustrating but we still go on! This transfer the lord decided to bless us with two more elders in our ward. Skyway B has arrived!! The elder's names are Elder Jensen and Elder HIll. The live with us and it has been a big change living with two more Elders, lets just say there is ALWAYS dirty dishes hahaha. At least we have two bathrooms haha. God has blessed this mission so much! We have come so far! In the last 12 months we as a mission have baptized 800 people, that is more than the mission has ever donr before! Ourt mission is becoming a holy mission, we are focusing on cleasing and purifying our lives to be worthy of the spirit 100% of the time. We have been teaching a Samoan guy named George Commador. He is fully prepared, living all the commandments, and coming to church, but just wouldnt ever get baptized, we were stumped. we sent the Skyway B elder over there and they put him on date for tis saturday!!!!!!!!! WHOO!!!! There is also a man names shawn, he is the bishops nephew, he has come to church the past 5 weeks in a row, we have taught him once. When we taught him last week we gave him a chapter in Alma to read. He came to us at church and he asked us "When can I be Baptized?" God is preparing all of his children to return and live with him!! God loves us all and wants us to be with him! I know that this is Gods work and that he did restore his church to the earth, Joseph Smith is a prophet and teh Book fo Mormon is a pure source of revelation on the earth!! I am so excited and I Love you all so much!! Bye!!
 
Elder Trevor Williamson

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Hello!

Hello Everyone!!!!

I had a truly amazing experience this week!!! Elder Christoffel Golden of the quorum of the 70 did a mission tour of the Washington Seattle Mission!!! He had a zone conference held and we had the privilege of spending 7 hours with a chosen vessel of the lord!! he spoke of a lot of things including how to purify your life more fully and why teaching the Doctrine of Christ as a stepping stone rather than a focus is so important. After the zone conference and the leadership training I was selected to have a 1-on-1 interview with him. It was incredible!!! He shared with me things that are very sacred and there was a moment when we were leaving that he shook my hand pulled me in and hugged me. Then he looked into my eyes and searched my soul and received direct revelation and prophesied of aspects of my life!! It was a HUGE testimony builder of the truthfulness of this Church and that revelation does exist today because he said things that i have been promised before and this was the first time he met me!! AMAZING!!! :)
 
Tiffany Campbell was also baptized and confirmed this weekend!! The ward, in particular, two sisters wrapped her in the arms of love and made it possible for her to overcome many addictions and bad habits she has done her whole life and remarkably she was baptized in just over 3 weeks, fully committed and converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ!! Truly a miracle only God could preform!!
 
This transfer was awesome because we are in a Tri-panionship!! (there is 3 of us) Elder Johnson is going home in June, this is his last transfer and he had been struggling a bit. Something happened to him and he is the most motivated, inspired, and inspiring missionary i have served around in my whole mission!!! For Example: We don't run from door to door anymore, we sprint. We were tracting an apartment building and there was an apartment building next to the one we were in and we were separated by a parking lot. There was a lady who came out on her balcony of the apartment building next to ours. Elder Johnson looked and her for a while and then walked over to the balcony of the apartment building we were in and yelled "we are missionaries and we teach about Jesus Christ, can we come over and teach you!?" She stared for a few min and then motioned him over. We finished the door we were knocking and ran down to the parking lot of the apartments there were two people in the parking lot so Elder Barnett and I each talked to one of them and Elder Johnson ran to a 6 foot wooden fence and with the help of a rock wall jumped over it and ran to teach this lady he had yelled at. By the time Elder Barnett and I hopped the fence and ran up to him it was dead silent and she was crying, she needed God at that moment and Elder Johnson heeded the call, she is a new investigator and we will be teaching her on Friday!!  
 
I love you all!!!
Elder Trevor Williamson

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hey!!

Hey!!!
 
So this week is going to be crazy!!! Today was transfers and I got a new companion!! Except the really cool part is that i am still with Elder Barnett as well!!! His name is Elder Johnson, this is his last transfer on his mission. He has served in the Skyway ward before so it is a HUGE answer to prayer :) We met with our ward mission leader and he is very excited for the directionwe want to take the missionary work in skyway because it is exactly the same way he wants to take it!! Skyway a couple of months ago, probably around 6 or so exploded and it has 29 new converts within 6 months!!! All of them are very new and has a lot of needs that need to be filled. Skyway is an amazing ward but struggles in some areas. One of them is having enough active members to give rides to all these converts. Its not the wards faukt at all, they are great its just a very difficult situation. So, we have decided, instead of going to the transit center and tracting all day long, we are going to focus on rebuilding the ward and re-activation as well. Our mission goal of 100 baptisms in april was not reached.... we as a mission got 80, which is the 2nd best month in our missions history!!! We as a mission are determined to get 100 in may!!! With the determination we have and the spirit Elder Golden will bring on friday we will reach it, i just know it!!! 
 
So, something interesting about this area, there is a huge transit center for all the metro busses right in the middle of our area and there are TONS of people there all day long!! The reason skyway exploded 6 months ago was because the missionaries decided to stay and talk to people pretty much all day long as long as they didnt have a lesson. I am very scared and nervous to talk to people,so when i went there my first time i was litterally shaking in my boots, or suit hahahaha :) I have been there 3 times and seen no success because i am so scared!! We went the other day and i decided to just go and do and nephi put it. i found a man named butch and taught him (oh and by the way we are alone while there, we split up) it was lesson unlike anyother i have taught. I literally, by the spirit cried repentance!! I told him what he needed to change in his life to be happier and to be closer to God then challenged him to do it and get baptized!! He said he would on June 2nd and we are meeting with him tomorrow!!!
 
We have 5 baptisms lined up that are pretty solid in May and it will be a great month with very solid converts who want to contribute and be a part of the gospel and not just take from the gospel. Our ward mission leader said something pretty profound the other day, he said when the savior comes again he wont go to Mercer Island, He will come to Skyway. Despite my love for mercer island it hit me very hard and i love the people here!! It may be ruff and scary and people can be very very very dark and mean, but this is where the gospel of Jesus Christ takes action, this is where it changes lives and i have already seen it!!!
 
I love you all so much!!! There is so much to tell you all but not enough time to tell it!! thank you for all you do!!!
Elder Trevor Williamson 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Sun is Shining

The sun is shining so thats good :) I LOVED CONFERENCE!!! it seemed like all of it was about families haha We had a tough week in kent... but all is well!! haha We went to a leadership training meeting and we all knelt in prayer after a mission fast and recieved an amazing powerful witness that the washington seattle mission can baptize 100 souls in the month of april!! We broke off into zones and set a goal for each zone and the total was 121. We had earlier made a zone flag to put on a walking stick to be placed as an ensign to the world on top of Mount Si when we hit 100 in a month. President raised it high and yelled "TO ZION TO ZION!!! HURRAH HURRAH FOR ISREAL" and everyone stood and cheered and burst into singing our mission hymn :oh say what is truth" I have NEVER felt the spirit so strong in my life and there in no doubt in my mind that if we are obedient and dilligent we will baptize 100 in april and 1038 in 2012!! 

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hello Everyone!!

Hello Everyone!!
 
Today I am going to share a miracle or two from everyday this week!!
 
February 21st:  Today we met April Clinton (cool huh!?). On Sunday she came to the church and met Bro. Christianson, later we got a call and set up a time to go and meet with her. We taught her about the Book Of Mormon and about prayer and she is now on date for baptism on the 24th of March!! They have no food, they showed us their fridge and cupboards, it was such a sad sight! We gave them some of our food but we didn't have much, so we called the bishop and he met with her that very night and helped her to use the Bishops storehouse! As we taught she told us that a hope filled her heart that she has always longed for.
 
February 22nd: Today was interviews with President Larkin and i asked for a blessing and the blessing literally changed my whole life, i am a completely different person now!
 
Also, We finally got a hold of Lori Sanchez!! She is amazing! God has prepared her for this message for a long time!! and she recognizes it which is the best part!! With tears in her eyes she described how she felt as we spoke, she confessed that she knows we were sen by God, she spoke if Christs love that she always felt was missing in her life and how she wants to follow him. She accepted baptism and is preparing to be Baptized on the 17th of March!! 
 
February 23rd:  Today the Kent Zone beat its record of on dates!! We have 19 people who accepted and who are progressing toward baptism!! and 16 of them are for the Month of March!! WHOO!!!!
 
February 24th:  Today we went and knocked on the door of a man named Gary. As we were knocking the next door neighbor opened his door and told us that they moved. We ended up talking to him and he confessed that he is looking for a church and would love to hear our message! GOD IS AMAZING!! 
 
Also, We went on exchanges today and went to Scenic Hill. We went into a lesson of a Part-member family, the 9 year old unbaptized Child came up to us and the first question he asked was "When can i be Baptized?" We put them on date for March 4th!! Now every Area in the Kent zone has an on date at the same time!! (never happened before) 
 
February 25th:  We taught 8 lessons in one day!! (Never happened before!) One of which was to a lady named Chance. She is a young single adult and is amazing!! we were teaching her about the Book of Mormon and what the book of Mormon can do for our lives and she said "i know that you were placed in my life by God, i am not sure why, but i promise i will figure it out!" We invited her to be baptized, she didn't accept yet, but she really wants to be a member of the church!!
 
Also. The Lake Meridian Elders got a referral from Church headquarters of a 18 yr old girl who wants to know about the Church! They taught her and she is GOLDEN!! she accepted a baptismal date for march 24th then they passed her off to us to teach her in the singles ward!
 
February 26th:  I am not boasting i promise but this week was the most successful week of my mission!! We taught 27 lessons!! and have 4 progressing investigators!! We taught 9 of those lessons with a memebr fellowship involved in the lesson!! We put 3 new people on date for baptism and i have never been so excited and hopefull in my entire life!!
 
I love you all so much!! Please write back!!
 
Elder Trevor Williamson

GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES!!!

Miracles are happening!! GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES!!!
Hello Everyone!!!
Kent is the best place in the world!!! (Besides all the other places I have served..... and Utah haha) Here is just two of the amazing miracles that have been happening!!!
 
Our Investigator in James Hill, Kiana is her name, has had an amazing change of heart!! They have been teaching her for a little while and she would never accept a baptismal date or really progress. We had a short lesson on the doorstep with her and talked about the adversary and his goal of distraction. We used the analogy of Satan playing Defense. We invited her to be baptized on March 10th and she accepted!! WHOO!! She came to church the following Sunday and the first thing she said to me was, i am about to score, he ain't got nothin' on me! hahaha She stood and announced in Gospel Principles and in Relief Society that she will be baptized on March 10th! It is truly incredible!!
 
Another Miracle is that Renton gave us (James Hill) a referral for a man from Nepal. That one lesson turned into 3 more on dates and four other new investigators for the Clark lake ward!! That whole house is learning and also there are three more families in that complex that will probably learn too!! WHOO!! GO KENT!! 
 
Since i have been here in Kent I have truly been able to see Gods hand in the Work, We have been lead to 17 new investigators and 8 new people that have accepted a Baptismal Date, and it has only been two weeks!!! GOD IS AMAZING!! I know for a fact now that obedience brings blessings and Exact obedience brings miracles!!! My prayer is that we all see that hand of God in our lives this week, let us pray for the strength to do what God asks and then give thanks for the opprotunity to serve and then ask what we can do next!! I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!! TALK TO YOU SOON
 
Elder Trevor Williamson  

Friday, February 17, 2012

Feb. 13, 2012

Hello Everyone,
 
I was finally Transferred from Mercer Island..... I had a good run haha. I have now moved to the city of Kent, Washington. It is a ghetto but it has a lot of humble people looking for the gospel and I hope to see a lot of success here. I cover two wards, The Park Orchard family ward, and teh James Hill young single adult ward. I was called to be a zone leader with Elder Smith. Elder Smith has been one of the missionaries that i have looked up to my whole mission and i am excited to learn everything i can from him. I am very humbled because of my calling as a zone leader, i do not been prepared, or like i can do all that is required of me, but i trust that God will qualify my for my task at hand. Something that i have learned over and over is that Obedience brings blessings and exact obedience brings miracles. The level of you personal commitment to god determines the effect your service to him will bring. God is our father and he will give us what we truly desire, whether good or bad. I am excited to hear from you all and i'll talk to you later!! LOVE YOU!!
 
Elder Trevor Williamson

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Jan. 22, 2012

It was a pretty crazy, cold, couple of days hahaha but we got power back before the mission president hahahaha we got about 6-7 in but it was really wet and thick and heavy. A LOT OF ICE!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Mon, 9 Jan 2012

HELLO!!!!
I don't know how to express the joy that i have in my heart right now!! I feel like ammon as he was rejoicing to the point that his brethren thought he was boasting, i honestly believe that my biggest trial right now is to saty humble. That has been a struggle for me my whole mission but i feel the lords help now more than ever before!! I have had the best week of my mission so far!! On Tuesday we received a Mormon.org referral for Apple, she learned in Thailand for 1 year, and she was never baptized, she came here to live with her sister for 6 months and wants to be baptized!! Her baptism is this Saturday at 7pm!! WHOO!!! Also Kris Krekow was baptized this past Saturday. We found out that against all odds, even opposing family he made the decision to be baptized because he knew it was true!! GOD IS A GOD OF MIRACLES!!! my new favorite scripture and my new mission scripture is 2nd Nephi 27:23 which says "For behold, I am God; and I am a God of miracles; and I will show unto the world that I am the same yesterday, today, and forever; and I work not among the children of men save it be according to their faith."
We had a multiple districts blitz this week in Cougar Mountain. Elder Aiken and I went out and tracted an apartment complex after tracting one building and grabbing a sweater from the car we said a prayer pleading for the lords help in allowing us to find someone who needed our help and who we could put on date for baptism. I felt strongly prompted to go to building D, while running there Whitney was placed in our path. We taught her and boldly told her we were sent by god to change her life. With tears in her eyes she told us she cant remember the last time she felt happy. We put her on date for January 21st and as she said the closing prayer she thanked God for being able to feel an ounce of peace and told Him she was willing to do anything to feel that more on her life!! SHE IS AMAZING!!!! I love this work with all of my heart, might, mind, and strength and now i know that God cares for people everywhere and he is preparing the people!!
Elder Trevor Williamson