Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Aug 26, 2013 Transfers! Exciting super busy week!

Transfers!  And I am going . . . . . .  to stay!  Yeah!  I am really excited because two of the sisters of Ruth came to church on Sunday.  It was SO wonderful to see a family come together to church.  One of them has decided to be baptized!  

Sunday night we visited a family for the first time.  They had people visiting them so we ended up teaching eleven people.  It was really fun to teach a big group.  We weren’t able to teach very much, but I am excited for our next lesson this week.

Elder Arendarczuk is staying too.  He is a little shy, but he is very sincere and very observant. 

  Elder Casperson.  A Stud.

My District this last Transfer. Left to right.  Elder Trinidad was trained by Elder Gillis.  
Elder Harmon was in my first district.  Me. Elder Arendarczuk, Elder Carcamo, Elder Garbanzo


*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, August 19, 2013

Aug 2013 Christ Statute, Baptism, Teaching

Well last Monday I went to see the famous Christ statue they have here in Tucuman, apparently it is one of the biggest Christ statues in the world.

It was cool.  Really different from what I am used to doing every day.  It was a fun activity.  There was a mini museum inside that I used to learn all the small little trivia about the mountain that I used to annoy all that went with me. 

We had a baptism this week.  She is a really sweet little girl.  Her mom is coming back to the church.  We had to have had bravery when we invited her to be baptized last Thursday.  It was our 2nd lesson with her and she accepted to be baptized in 10 days.  She had already been to church when she was littler so she learned everything quickly.  We are going to take our time while we teach her the recent convert lessons.

The girl who was baptized a few weeks back keeps cruising through the Book of Mormon. She just finished Jacob.

We had interviews with President.  I asked him what I was lacking to become the missionary the Lord wants me to be.  We talked a little about the Young Rich Merchant, and about how we can´t conform to where we are, we always have to aspire for more.

Had an interesting lesson with a man that we have been teaching for a while.  He has a patch over one eye because of an accident at work.  He asked if God was punishing him.  I shared with him a story from the Bible when Christ explained that a man was blind not because of his sins.  Then we talked about the purpose of trials in this life.  It was neat because I felt a lot more confidence answering that question than I would have before my mission.

Wow, time passes by so quickly.  I have like no time to write.  But I love you all!  Keep working hard and striving to always be something more than what you are today!

Elder Ball

Monday, August 12, 2013

July 12, 2013 A great family

Another exciting week!  Samira was baptized at last!  Missionaries have been visiting the family since April.  The best part is that her dad baptized her.  

Her family is one of my favorite families here in Universitario (I have a bunch of favorites)  They are members that went inactive about 6 years back, and the ward has helped a lot in visiting them to help the mom come back.  Funny note - We had the couple go with us to visit investigators to teach while the mom was still inactive.  I take less active members and put them to work!  I have another less active member making a DVD for me of the Leadership Training from February.  (Remember how the First Presidency asked that all the families and ward councils watch the training and discuss its principles?) Anyhoo . . . Doing what I can to help the work explode here.
We thought we had invitations, but we didn´t.  So we had to go running around last minute to make some last minute invitations for her baptism.  We had 5 investigators at the baptism.

One of the scariest things was inviting the daughter of a reactivating member to be baptized last week.  I still sometimes hesitate in extending baptismal invitations.  I need to have more faith and do it more confidently, but there is always something to improve here in the field.

I made Chocolate Chip Cookies today and now we are going to the hills for a hike this afternoon.  PARTY!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, August 5, 2013

Aug 5, 2013 Barney, Baptism, and French Fries (see photo)


On the way to the cyber I saw Barney.  He waved and my companion waved, but I didn´t.  Purple Dinosaurs just don´t make as much sense as they did 15 years ago.  (I do remember my favorite episode was when Barney got the car though . . .)

She got Baptized!!! YEaH!  We have been working with her family since we got here.  I was about to drop them when we changed our focus with them to the Book of Mormon,  They started fighting over the book because everyone wanted to read at the same time, so we keep on giving them more copies.  If they are going to read them, then the Book of Mormons are theirs.  Haha, one of her´s sisters didn´t want to listen to us much, but saw her mom and her reading so much that she wanted to find out what was so interesting.  Mua ha ha!

She read up to Jacob before her baptism.  I think she is the most prepared person I have baptized yet.  Her baptism was a wonderful spiritual feast.

As a district we have a CRAZY goal for baptisms for the month.  30 baptisms for six elders.  We are going to do it!  Haha well, the Lord is going to do it and we are going to try and not get in the way by being disobedient, distracted, or fearful.

I love you all!


*Elder Taylor Ball*