Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Oct 30, 2012 New Comp

Well sorry I couldn´t write yesterday. I was sick. Fun day haha. I wasn´t up to leaving. Elder Ellsworth is now in Toucuman, and I am with his MTC comp, Elder Ipson. Week highlight was probably speaking at and conducting a funeral. Church member from Salta. I am feeling much better now! So I guess it is time to go out and work! I will tell more and send pictures next week!

Love you!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, October 22, 2012

Oct 22, 2012 Life Experience Points +3

Life Experience Points +3

The great thing about the mission is that I am getting lots of life experience points. Life experience points are handy things that you save until you are old so you can tell the next generation tales of ´´when I was your age I . . . (add something ridiculously awesome)´´ So maybe when I get there, I will be telling them something like this:

Every mission has its given ravenous beasts. Missionaries in Africa have to fight back leopards, missionaries in the Philippians have to fight wild boars, and my missionary friend Elder Jellen has to fight away girls in New Jersey. I finally won my life experience point of having one of those adventures. Tuesday Elder Ellsworth and I were walking to a visit when a BIG dog started barking at me from behind a fence. Being a very mature person, my natural instinct is to make fun of the dog behind the fence because it can´t do anything. And then I get attacked from behind. A ravenous, 10 inch tall, black as night puppy starts going at my pant leg. I try and gently shake the thing off, and at first it works. But then it does it again. My comp does what any good companion would do and starts to laugh. I pull the puppy into the air and try and shake it off. When that doesn’t work I ask Elder Ellsworth to pry it off. He does and then the puppy starts to chase me. I started to run because I don't want to rip him off of my pants. Then I start feeling embarrassed from running from a puppy, so I stop and the puppy gets me again. Repeat the removing process and some kids grab the puppy and run away with it. Sorry mom if this experience gives you nightmares of your son in South America.

Wednesday while we were eating lunch the sister brought out some spicy peppers for us to eat with the food. I grabbed one and broke it up over my food. Later without thinking I touched my eye with the same hand that had been touching the pepper. It started to sting very badly. Later while trying to make it better I touch more of my eye and I couldn´t even open my eyes they hurt so bad. I washed it out and put a cold rag over it and soon was much better. Sadly that was the first time I realized that Pepper spray doesn't come from table pepper.

On Friday EVERYONE fudged us. We had nothing planned for the next 2 hours and it was in the middle of the very hot Argentine day. Even worse this was during the siesta, or Argentine nap time. I was very tempted to go to the church and wait in the shade until our next lesson. However, I made Elder Ellsworth think of someone to visit. We sat there for like 8 minutes while we tried to think of someone to visit, then he came up with a name of an old investigator that we were planning on visiting. We went and they accepted us very excitedly. They have a large family and the mother was so excited that she insisted we set up a Saturday visit so she could invite more of her family. Afterwards I told Elder Ellsworth that I was very inspired to let him decide where to go. He just laughed and shook his head. It´s sad how he doubts me.

 1 on the way to stake conference

2 Me with a force lightning ball . . . or having too much fun with the camera in the mirror.

3 WATERMELON!! A recent convert gave us some. SOOOOO good.

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, October 15, 2012

2012-10-15 Enlisted


This morning Elder Salisbury, a missionary living in the same apartment as me, decided to cut his hair with his own cutters. I watched him do it and then decided to give it a go too. I gave myself a nice army cut. ha ha. The weather is really hot right now, so I am sure the new cut will feel really good.

The computer I am using is SUPER slow and has a few viruses. So . . . I am going to keep this short. We had Stake Conference this week. A couple came with us, they are an amazing couple that I met my first day here.He is a less active member and she loves reading the Book of Mormon.

Sorry I can't attach any pictures or anything. Too many viruses and the computer is too slow. Next week should be more interesting.


*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, October 8, 2012

2012-10-08 Random Thoughts Thrown Against the Wall

I love the idea that some people consider throwing blobs of paint against a wall as art. Using that mode of thinking, I hope that you consider this post as art, because I have some many thoughts swirling around my head that I just have to throw them out and watch them explode.

General Conference was amazing. When we got there, the signal wasn´t working for the English room, so we went into the general room just as they announced the change in ages of missionaries. I AM SO EXCITED!!!!! I feel as tickled as Jeffery R. Holland did in the press conference that explained the changes. The new ages are common sense and will make it so that more and more people will be able to make the decision to serve a mission. (More on that in a bit.) I also saw Elder Habel from my ward! Weird! We live a block apart and now meet here halfway around the world. He is doing well, a bit quiet, but I can tell that he is doing well as a missionary and as a leader in the mission.

My favorite talk in conference was by David Bednar talking about Testimony and Conversion. I have so much that I can work on! Wow I am just excited to be a missionary!

Girls serve missions! I remember when I was about 7, I said something really stupid. I was at a friend’s house and I said that the only reason girls serve missions is because they can´t get married. Right then my friend’s mom walked in, informed me that she served a mission and walked out of the room. Later my amazing sister told me that she wanted to serve a mission. I was initially opposed to the idea. But as I have watched her serve and sisters here in the mission, I know that they are an INCREDIBLE addition to every mission they serve in. They touch the hearts of people in ways that Elders cannot. They work harder and are more organized than many of us. I hope that every girl will seriously consider serving a mission. I have noticed an incredible spirit in my cousin´s wife who is an RM. I know that much of her spirituality came from her year and a half dedicated to spending God´s word. How amazing it would be to marry an RM!

Anyways . . . my week was good. I had some kids come up to me shouting ´´Cowboy´´ wanting to shake my hand. That made my week. We also found an amazing woman who was very interested in finding out more about what happens after death. Elder Ellsworth, my comp, is an AMAZING comp and we get along incredibly well. He is thoughtful and a hard worker. I am impressed by his ability to take on the language even though it is extremely difficult to learn a new language. Last week he directed a lesson for a recent convert and he always gives incredible contributions by teaching simple truths in lessons that I overlook. I am so blessed to work with amazing people.

Have a wonderful week! Remember to serve those around you!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Elder Habel and I

My candy for conference and I

 Elder Ellsworth and I

Monday, October 1, 2012

2012-10-01 South American Cowboy

Fast Culture Fact - You almost can´t buy a drink here without getting a straw

South American Cowboy

I want to talk about how cool it is to wear a big sombrero here. First off it is SUPER hot right now, and they say it will get hotter, and the shade makes it bearable. Secondly, I get people shouting out that I am a cowboy, which I think is pretty cool. I guess you could say I am here to lasso their souls to heaven. I am just that cool.

I still play the piano on Sundays. There is a lady who can play too, but she has kids that keep her hands full . . . so maybe I will just do it for the sacrament in the future.

We are focusing on finding new people and inviting them to General Conference. We had one new investigator come to church yesterday.  She lives with one of the members of our ward. She loves the idea of a gospel centered home. We are trying to get the whole family to come to church, but thus far only she and her boyfriend came.

We have a lot of Bolivian Virgin Parades that pass by our house in the morning. It is kind of different to hear the drums going down the street while I am studying in the morning.

Well . . . I am still alive and enjoying Argentina! 

*Elder Taylor Ball*