Monday, August 27, 2012

2012-08-27 My Busy Week

Random Culture Note - Weather is CRAZY here too, this week started out really hot (as in short sleeves) and ended super cold (as in thermals and heavy coat.)

My Busy Week

I guess a missionary saying he had a busy week is a little like Barney saying ´´I love you´´ for the bijillionth time, but it´s true! This was a super busy week. Last week we ended on somewhat of a sour note with about eleven lessons taught and none of our investigators came to church. So this week we decided to kick it into gear. We felt like we were working before, but we just put in a little more effort and saw a GIANT difference. We started talking with everyone; we gave a discussion to a busy college student while he walked his dog. We shared a Book of Mormon with a preacher, and we planned for every moment. We ended this week with thirty four lessons and one person in church. We still need to work on church attendance, but we just went through lessons like crazy.

One of the coolest things about the one investigator that made it to church is that he speaks in English. We teach him in English because he wants to improve his language. He is the son of a less active member. He is extremely intelligent. We were teaching about the fall of Adam and Eve and mentioned how God had planned for it because God knows everything. Then he said that the fall must be something like a consequence. We told him it was exactly that.


1 - I got the world’s biggest letter from the Young Women in the Stake! Excellente!

2 - I said goodbye today to Elder Harmon in my district. He is a great elder!


*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, August 20, 2012

2012-08-20 B+

(Be Positive)

Abraham should be your hero. Something truly amazing about him is his attitude. I enjoy reading the first part of the Pearl of Great Price where Abraham says, ´´I, Abraham, saw that it was needful for me to obtain another place of residence;´´ if you look to the side of this scripture you will see a picture of his father about to sacrifice him to some idols. I love this scripture because it is an example of a classic scriptural understatement and an example of being positive in hard situations.

This last week was hard for my companion and I. No we were not almost sacrificed by a heathen relative, but we did experience a lot of rejection. It is hard sometimes to give a positive report to the ward at the end of a hot day where no one wanted to talk with us. Sometimes my companion and I get frustrated with the pace of the work and we even start to blame each other. But then we realize who it is that wants us to be discouraged. We remember why we are here, and we get back to work.

A few weeks ago we went to go talk to a friend of a member. Though she received us, we soon perceived that she was more interested in sharing her protestant views with us than she was in listening to us. We did our best to share our message and then returned to the member to give a report of what happened with her friend. Our president had recently told us that we needed to be more positive in our reports so we went and with a big smile told her that her friend received us and that we had another visit planned with her. The member was sure excited.

On another occasion I was on divisions with my district leader in his area. We were having a rough night and all of our visits were cancelled. He went to talk to a member about something and I asked if she had any friends that were near that we could visit. She gave us a few names and we passed by all of them, but we really didn´t get anything out of it. It was getting late, but I felt like we should go back and give a report to the member. We weren´t sure how to give a positive report when no one received us. But we told her about someone we contacted on the way, and how they had agreed to talk with us later. The member got excited and told us to go and visit two more of her neighbors. We asked her to come with us and she ended up having an amazing experience sharing the plan God has for us to a woman who had recently lost two of her sons.

I know that the Lord puts us in situations for a reason. So the next time we are in a hard situation, when our life is on the line and we are about to be sacrificed to idols, I hope that we can be positive about it.

*Elder Taylor Ball*

 The view of the silver lining from the second floor of our apartment

Me burning a tie sometime around my 6 month mark

A ward activity (sent by a ward member)

Helping a member build a chicken meat store in front of their house (sent by a ward member)

Monday, August 13, 2012

2012-08-13 Lazy Day

Random culture note there are TONS of Catholics here in Salta!

Lazy Day
Today I am having a hard time getting excited to write. This week was good, we saw a lot of miracles as we planned and worked hard. But we could definitely see a difference in the days that we put everything into the work and days that we were a little lax. I had tacos today that were super awesome and ate a whole raw Aji pepper last night that left my mouth burning for half an hour. Life is good. I am healthy and will write a better letter next week.

The gospel is true and I love you!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, August 6, 2012

2012-08-06 Funnies

Random culture note - They use public transportation a lot more here.  Buses can get pretty crowded, but luckily we have ones that stop right in front of the places we have to go for meetings.

The News

I always just read the newspaper for the comics so I will try and keep the news simple so you can get onto the funnies.  Last night we were supposed to hear transfers around seven.  There was a strong possibility of me leaving so I was a little antsy, when the phone didn´t ring by 9 we were a little worried.  Finally at 10 30 last night we hear that we are both staying.  I am excited because my companion, Elder Gillis, and I get along really well.  We have made a lot of goals and are improving TONS as missionaries.   He is going to be District leader so I will be going on a lot of divisions now but that could be exciting.  My mom just sent me some cool mini toothbrushes in my PACKAGE that I will have to try.  (Waking up this morning and getting the package felt just like Christmas!)  Anyways, life is good and sometimes funny . . .

FRANK AND ERNEST - 2 words  embarcaciones (voyages) and vacaciones (vacation).  Elder Gillis couldn´t get the two straight and asked everyone how their voyages were going. 

PARDON MY PLANET - Every day during companion study we read a few pages of our missionary rule book.  Usually it’s a pretty dry part of our study, but one day I started a beat and Elder Gillis started rapping the rules.  I may not have learned a lot from that read through, but it was a lot more fun!

DENNIS THE MENACE - Sometimes I just like doing random things.  The other day I gave my companion a SLUG BUG out of the blue.  Since then we have started playing the game every once in a while.  The other day while walking on the rail road tracks I gave Elder Gillis a slug bug and he looked around SUPER confused and was like  WHERE?

Well I got to go!  I love you!  Have a great week!  Sorry it was short!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

1 - I Got My PACKAGE  
(And I am wearing my new tie!)

(We wanted to be more American so we prepared food for the week and froze it)

3 - BUG 
(It reminded me of my brother´s bug so I had to take a picture and make a matching face!)