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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