Monday, April 23, 2012

Apr 23, 2012 Mission POSSIBLE

Random Culture Note: In Spanish (or Castellano as we say in Argentina) the words casar (which means to marry) and cazar (which means to hunt) are strikingly similar.


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go to a foreign country, teach all of your beliefs into 4 condensed lessons, use your limited piano playing experience to play in front of a congregation every week for the next two years, oh and learn Spanish in the few weeks you have at the MTC before we ship you out.

Sometimes I feel intimidated by the sheer magnitude of the task in front of me. I am in a foreign land, inviting people to change their lives while speaking in a foreign tongue. I am eating different food and am in far different surroundings than I am used to. With a companion that speaks very little English, parts of the transition were rough.

Last Sunday was particularly rough because I had to stop playing the piano in Sacrament meeting because I made so many mistakes. I was frustrated with a lot of things. I became so absorbed in the rules that I forgot the reason that I am out here. I am on my mission to make people happy.

How can I teach people how to be happy if I am miserable? Now, I didn’t have to break the rules to be happy, I just needed to find the joy in where I was at. This Sunday our Bishop shared something that really helped me from a talk by Elder Utchdorf titled “Forget Me Not.”  He says that, “The happiest people I know are not those who find their golden ticket; they are those who, while in pursuit of worthy goals, discover and treasure the beauty and sweetness of the everyday moments. They are the ones who, thread by daily thread, weave a tapestry of gratitude and wonder throughout their lives. These are they who are truly happy.”1

I also received a letter this week from a friend telling me to take the time to smell the flowers. I took that advice and have realized to a greater extent this week how beautiful Argentina really is. The green mountains, the clouds, and the people are amazing here.  As I focused on the positive and the things that I enjoyed, I found that I was starting to be truly happy again. Then the real miracle happened, this week in sacrament, my piano playing was an asset to the meeting. The difference was that I was following the tempo that was given me, rather than trying to create my own. Some things will only come with time, but as I learn to take and enjoy things as they come, I will enjoy my mission more and more.

I hope you all have a great week! Until next Monday!
*Elder Taylor Ball*

“Do not pray for tasks equal to your abilities, but pray for abilities equal to your tasks.  Then the performance will be no miracle, but you will be the miracle.” - President Thomas S. Monson (Thanks Mallory for sharing that quote!)

Picture - Here everyone has pictures of Looney Tune characters in front of their stores. haha. This one is a bird meat shop.

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