Monday, November 26, 2012

Nov 26, 2012 Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! Sorry I am late, but I wanted to wait until I celebrated it too haha! Today we went as a district to a park in Carmen. It is REALLY pretty up there. We ate some chocolate chip cookies (thanks mom!) and had a BBQ. It was really nice to relax and play American Football with a Rugby ball. (I have to say American Football now haha Soccer is football to me now!)

I have a really cool district. It was fun to just hang out. We had a few pigs pass by and eat our trash. I wondered why the park was so clean. . . haha.

The work in Perico goes forward! Sometimes slower than we would like. Elder Ipsen´s foot is getting better. We are working, but not full time yet. I am starting to get better on my studies again. Being with a comp that has to be in bed with his foot up has not helped me in my studies haha. We usually just listen to General Conference Talks he has on his USB. (Hint to people going to South American Missions, USB and small player is the way to go!) I got back to focusing after an interview with President Levrino. (Hehe it was very short, but I could definitely do better)

I am excited for this Friday! Elder ViƱas, an Area Authority, is coming to our mission. He was the first mission president in La MAS (La Mision Argentina Salta)

I am thankful for the opportunity to grow, how much I have yet to grow, and a merciful Savior that gives me time to grow.


sorry my computer was slow, so pictures will have to come next week!

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*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, November 19, 2012

Nov 19, 2012 Working Anyways!


Working Anyways!
Well, Elder Ipsen is ok, it sounds like he broke a ligament, he just needs to rest and it will get better. I have been using this week to catch up on letters, rest, and my chess playing skills. It is strange to have so much free time. I called so many members to arrange visits every day. We are really blest to have so many members who are willing to go out with us. Mainly I just went with some of the Youth right after seminary. Elder Ipsen said he is going to try and go out today. We will take it slow, but it should be good.
Friday I was lucky enough to be able to find someone to do divisions with me. But, because we haven´t been able to work that much for the past few weeks our planner was empty except for one visit (and that one visit later called to cancel!) Our mission president has asked us to avoid planning on tracting because it is not effective. I really didn´t have much of anyone in mind to visit. Worried, I went into my room to pray, a few names came into my mind, but I was basically left with the overall impression to just follow the spirit throughout the day in where I needed to go.

We went to the few people I had in mind, and it was amazing how we would just contact someone and teach them as we walked with them, then go to their friends that they tell us about and teach them. We went and talked to people who cat called us sitting outside of their homes and taught them. It was amazing how the Lord just guided us to where we needed to be. At the end of a normal day we have about 4 lessons. A really good day is about 6. Last Friday the Lord guided us to have 14 lessons with groups of investigators. We would just start teaching someone and all of their friends would come running up to listen too. We met 18 people that day who are interested in learning more. The Lord knows how to do missionary work really well.

Also, Saturday night I had an experience that reminded me of the Other Side of Heaven. Remember the part where Elder Groberg is stranded in the boat because there is no wind and the member decides to row him to shore? Well I was waiting for a bus with a member. We were frustrated because the bus just wouldn´t come for about an hour. After about forty minutes, he called his wife and had his wife bring his old car to where we were. Then his wife and daughter waited while we went to go do visits. I kept on apologizing for the time delay and all he would say is that he had learned that it is never a sacrifice to give time to the Lord. I am SO inspired by converts here. This guy understands the gospel and lives it!

Pictures

1 - My Package came!! Root beer flavoring, Maple Syrup, cookies and much more YUM!!!!!!!!


2- My Grandparents sent me a Christmas Present! We have already put it under the tree!




 *Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, November 12, 2012

Nov. 12, 2012 Christmas Prep, Elder Ipsen's foot, and a BAPTISM!


Christmas Prep, Elder Ipsen´s foot, and a BAPTISM!

Well we have gotten our Christmas tree all ready. One of the cool things about being in an apartment where missionaries have been for the last 20 years (no exaggeration) is that we find random things like Christmas Trees! We are enjoying the season in all the little ways we can. It will be a very warm Christmas. Right now my goal is to make it a very white (baptism filled) Christmas. We will work hard and see what we can do.

Unfortunately, we have not been able to work as much this week because Elder Ispen had something happen to his foot. I think it´s like a sprain, but we are going to the doctor so I am sure he will be able to tell us better what it is. Luckily we were able to find some members to go with me and another Elder in our apartment, so we could go out to work while my comp was able to rest in the apartment with the other Elder.

Saturday we had a baptism! He is super cool! My favorite part of the baptism was after he came up out of the water he just had this HUGE smile on his face. It really is the gospel that makes people happy!

Sorry this was short! 


*Elder Taylor Ball*




Monday, November 5, 2012

Nov 5, 2012 Life as I Don't Know It


Life as I don´t know it
Another exciting week on the mission! After directing the funeral last week, we got to explore an Argentine graveyard. . . Interestingly enough they have little houses to store the caskets of rich people. Then this last week we saw a funeral procession passing by. I attached a picture of PART of the procession. There were like a hundred in this group. Sometimes we have virgin parades pass by too. So exciting!


My new comp, Elder Ipsen, is really enthusiastic and has a lot of faith.

Have a wonderful week.

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*Elder Taylor Ball*