Monday, April 29, 2013

Apr 29, 2013 Chased by an Elephant

As a smaller child I learned the Articles of Faith in Primary. I especially remembered the Thirteenth article of faith.  I loved reciting with the other kids, ´´We believe in being honest, true, chased by an Elephant, virtuous . . .´´  I have to admit it confused me a bit as to why we believed in being chased by an elephant.  I remember visualizing that in my head in Primary while the other kids were probably thinking about spiritual things.  Things made much more sense after I learned that it really went, ´´ We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, . . .´´

I think before I got to the mission I had a lot of misconceptions (Misconception: (n) 1. a big long word that means wrong idea, imagined in a way that is not true 2. a plant in Africa)  about the mission.  I wanted to talk about three of them today: Missionaries are perfect, very rarely do people know someone ready to learn about the gospel, and Greenies don´t know anything.

Missionaries are perfect,

I don´t know why I EVER thought that I would suddenly be perfect when I got to the mission.  haha.  but I do try hard.  I make a lot of food for Elder Lippold to make up for some short comings.  Elder Lippold has a favorite gray zip tie that was going to be the only tie he was going to wear during his mission.  Last week I was pouring soup in front of him and it splashed all over his tie.  I laughed so hard.  He wears other ties now.

In Spanish, adjectives are very interesting.  When you put an adjective like “grande” in front of a name, it means that person was great, but when you but when you put it after the name it means tall or fat.  Last district meeting we were in a practice - talking to a missionary and acting like an investigator.  When the investigator asked what we believe about Mary, my companion said that ´´Maria es una mujer grande´´ or that “Mary is a big fattish woman”.  I had a hard time keeping a straight face after that one.

Very rarely do people know someone ready to learn about the gospel

False.  I am getting better at asking everyone about who they know.  The Lord is preparing people in every part of the world.  ´´The field is white, ready to harvest . . .´´

Beginning missionaries don´t know anything

Elder Lippold, bless his soul, is doing a great job of training me. Sunday we had very few investigators show up at first.  Elder Lippold suggested going out and looking for someone.  I felt that it was right too, so we went.  I was getting ready to drop the cane like no cane had been dropped before.  I got to the family, and then I felt like I chickened out.  Later that night Elder Lippold said, ´´Wow, you really dropped the cane on them.´´ 

´´I thought I was kind of weak on them´´ I said.

´´Well you got Cipriana to cry, and in your prayer all you talked about was the Atonement of Christ, and that they would be able to go to Church to take advantage of it.´´

´´I thought she felt the spirit.´´

´´You even dropped cane on her in the blessing you gave her.´´  

Whoops,  I guess that’s why we go in companionships. To Learn.  I don´t really think it was bad what I did though in that case.  We both agreed that they are going to go to Church more frequently now.

I think the thing that I have learned most of all up to now is that my biggest tools are the Spirit, the Book of Mormon, and my testimony.  I am so thankful that the Lord let me be a missionary!

Elder Ball

Monday, April 22, 2013

Apr 21, 2013 Out of Time

Sorry I am out of time to write my general letter this week.  I am making a general conference CD for some recent converts. We have a few people progressing towards baptism.  We are focusing a lot on retention and reactivation.  We are teaching a few families too.

I am alive and well.
*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, April 15, 2013

Apr 15, 2013 April, week 3

This week went by super fast.  I couldn´t believe that another Monday is here.  

I went to Salta this week to renew my Visa.  It was fun to be in the offices.  I got to see a lot of the missionaries from my first district when I got here.  A lot of them are finishing their missions soon.  Crazy.

Elder Lippold´s a funny man.  We have lots of fun together.  

All the ward members came up to me on Sunday, worried because they thought I was leaving this week. I am not expecting to move this next transfer (next week) but I guess anything could happen.

And I really don´t have anything else to say just now.  I hope y├íll have a wonderful week!  I am trying to use every moment to it´s max!  

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, April 8, 2013

Apr 8, 2013 A Little More than 3,000 Words

Sorry I don't have much to write today.  I love the mission.  I am still learning lots.  Always running around and working hard.  Clean apartment.  Fun lunch today.  Conference was great!

Here are some pictures of my attempt at cooking cookies on a frying pan, 

my terrific chorizo (Argentinian Italian sausage) cut up with bread and french fries, 

and the pig head the neighbors gave the missionaries that were here for Christmas.  

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, April 1, 2013

Apr 1, 2013 I Hope You Are Having the Experience I Am Having!

I Hope You Are Having the Experience I Am Having!

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY. I know shouting isn´t polite, but I love the way I feel, the opportunities I have, and the things I am learning.

First off, I love feeling the Holy Ghost guide me. Going to visit someone based off of a prompting can change lives. This week we felt prompted to go and visit a member who has been struggling to get to church. We just talked outside for a little bit, I invited her to read "Mountains to Climb" by Elder Eyring from 2 conferences ago, and invited her to find a way to serve others in her trials. She came to church this week, I thought she seemed to be much happier.

I love studying the scriptures and Preach My Gospel. Us missionaries today are so lucky to have such a powerful guide. Tuesday I was studying for our companionship study, since I am training, and as I reviewed the importance of promising blessings to investigators, I felt like that was something we could work on. As we have focused on helping our investigators see the ´Why´of the gospel, a lot of their excuses disappear. Later I was studying about Ammon´s joy after his mission in Alma 27. I felt such a connection to them. I want to be like them.

Something funny that happened this week. We were walking home and my companion decided to buy some juice. Two blocks from home I noticed that there was only a little left, so I grabbed it from his backpack, ´´You weren´t thirsty anymore? . . . Right?´´ I said jokingly as I lifted the box of juice to my lips. Right as it started to pour, a huge dog barked at me from behind the fence and the juice spilled all over me. Karma.

The Gospel is True and I love you!

*Elder Taylor Ball*