Monday, November 25, 2013

Nov 25, 2013 Baptism and Surprise Hike

Well I have like no time . . . Surprise!

Today my companion suggested we go to a see a famous monument (Monument to General Martin Miguel de Guemes) here in Salta.  So we did, and while we were there I saw a trail.  And we followed the trail.  And we followed the trail.  And we followed the trail.  About half an hour later we got to the top of the hill.  Super cool view.  Don´t know if it was the best idea to hike in the middle of the day without water or planning.  But it all turned out great, we rode the ski lift down.

This week we had a baptism!  E was baptized.  The cool thing is that the ward is already fighting over what calling she is going to have.  Hopefully she can be interviewed and get a calling soon.  

She didn´t want to listen to us when we first started going and were teaching the rest of the family.  But when she came, she prayed, received her answer and followed it.  She is constantly reading and invited a bunch of friends to the baptism.

Have a great week!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, November 18, 2013

Nov 18, 2013 Last Transfer

Today we begin my last transfer.  I have so much that I need to learn and do this transfer.  Its exciting.

This last week was a good one.  Elder Oyarzun did something that I have never done.  After a lunch appointment, he opened his Book of Mormon and shared a scripture about Tithing, asked them what they understood about the doctrine, and asked them what they were going to do to live it.  The incredible thing is that the father of the family is less active.  And he came to church this Sunday and paid his tithing.

I guess we can all learn to be more bold and straightforward when sharing the gospel.  Sometimes I complicate things by saying too much.  I have had more success in baptizing when I went to Tucuman.  The big difference there was that I spoke slower and more simply.  I was obligated to speak slower because nobody understood me.  The local dialect was a little different to the Spanish I was used to.  And usually people listen better when we speak slowly and softly.

I remember Mr. Clark (Now Elder Clark)  had a sign on his wall.  

K.I.S.S.  - Keep It Simple Stupid.  
He was right.

 Today I said goodbye to a few Elders.  Elder Zulauf (Hi family in Cali!)  and Elder Barton from the MTC.

I also saw Elder Garbanzo in the Terminal.
*Elder Taylor Ball*

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Nov 12, 2013 Members Are the Key to the Work!

Attached are two pictures, one of Elder Oyarzun and I outside of our apartment.  And the other of the view outside of the window where we study.

So much that I could write about this week.  This week we had Leadership Council for the mission.  The leaders in all of the providences of the mission come together and we council with President Levrino about what the mission needs.  I learned lots.

Saturday was fantastic.  During companionship study we thought about church attendance and realized that some investigators didn{t have friends in the church. So we called up a family and ended up going with 3 youth to a visit.  On the way we reviewed the lesson material with them and we quizzed them in a fun way.  We had a fun lesson with that family, and as we were leaving it occurred to me that we could go to another home.  We went to visit another youth investigator and had a fantastic lesson.  We focused on committing him to invite his family to come to church.  A friend of his that we didn{t know was also there and even though he didn{t want to at first, with the Book of Mormon and Youth Testimonies he was super excited.  So excited that his friend who hadn{t heard about us before committed to invite his family to church.

Miracles happen.

Love you all!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, November 4, 2013

Nov 4, 2013 Working with Members

I love how President Monson is so focused on working with members.  We have a lot to do to improve in this aspect, but Sunday night was extraordinary in this way.  We passed by a returned missionary and we asked her for a referral, and then we asked her to go with us to present us. 

Afterwards we went with a couple to visit a family that hasn't been progressing.  We sat back and let the members do the teaching.  haha, we just shared a scripture.  It was great because they had a bad experience the last time they went to church because their children were misbehaving.  The members we went with have 11 kids, so they were able to share a few of their own horror stories.  They committed them to go to church, and they promised to go by and look for them Sunday morning.

We were then hurrying to our last visit.  We had a detour and went by a member’s house.  The dad is less active and is our young men president.  He said no, but we insisted.  Finally he said that he would drive us there.  My companion said, I accept.  (It sounds a lot more funny in Spanish)  then because the visit fell through, we talked with him in the car for a while, and helped come up with some goals to improve some things in his life. Tonight we are going to bring some investigators and have a family home evening in his house.

Elder Oyarzun is an amazing missionary.  I am learning a lot!

Have a great week!

*Elder Taylor Ball*