Monday, December 16, 2013

Dec 16, 2013 2 Years on the Mission

This Saturday marks 24 months on the mission.  Wow.  I really feel like I have so much to improve and learn.  I feel more humble than when I started my mission.  I want to give everything I have these last two weeks.  

I just wanted to remind everyone about Elder Ballard's apostolic invitation to invite someone to Christ before Christmas.  If you have already done it, then you can do it again.  There are some amazing things we are promised if we participate in this.

I love you all and wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Next week because of Christmas, I won't be writing on Monday.  I may write a little on Christmas day.

I will be praying for you that you may become even more dedicated to Christ this Christmas.  I hope that your prayers will be with me and my family too this Christmas season.

I know that the Book of Mormon is True.  It changes lives and destinies.  Christ lives.  Joseph Smith is His prophet.  The Lord loves each and everyone one of us.  This is His Church.  In the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dec 9, 2013 My Birthday Was Great

My Birthday was great!  What did I do?  Weekly planning and missionary work!  YEAH!  really no difference from any day.  

It was a fantastic week.  The girl who was baptized three weeks ago is in 2nd Nephi chapter 6.  We are super excited with how consistent and dedicated she is.  She is going to endure to the end!

Monday night my comp was sick.  He had a fever and felt terrible.  We bought some medicine, and because I couldn't find anyone to stay with him and work with me, I stayed and cleaned the apartment.  It shined afterwards!  Elder Oyarzun asked for a blessing that night.  And the next day he was much better.  So we were able to work.

Later in the week we felt like we should pass by a less active family.  So we went and they were super excited to receive us!  I was very impressed because before they didn't want to hear anything.  Then we found out that the Grandmother (who isn't a member and is in her mid 70's)  was praying that we would come that day.  She wanted to listen to us.  We gave them a Book of Mormon, and the next day they went to church with us!  BINGO!   (But not really, because missionaries don't play Bingo)

Sunday night we had a big surprise in that we received permission to go to the Christmas devotional.  It started at 10 pm local time and ended at 11:30 . . . but President gave us permission to go.  We went with a less active brother.  It was wonderful.  Very different from past devotionals.

Have a great week!  I have to go to work!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Monday, December 2, 2013

Dec 2, 2013 Don't Be Trunky

Week one of this transfer was a long week.  Mainly because I remembered that it was my last transfer.  This week was better but there still were constant reminders.  Last night as I put Dec 1 in my Journal, I realized how easy it was to know how many days I have left knowing that I leave the last day of the month.  UGH!

Don't  Be Trunky

Haha.  Today though I was impressed by one of the missionary `giants`that we have in this mission.  He extended his mission and is super determined to give 100% to the end.  I want to be like that!

That being said . . . 

This week was fun.  After a long door contact where the man repeatedly denied letting us enter into his home, I told him ``Usted esta equivocando feo no aceptando nos``  (You are making a big mistake in not letting us in).  He didn`t like that answer too much.  But we got to be sincere right?
haha yeah . . . kind of lost my patience.  But it felt really good to say it.

Anyways, This is going to be an exciting week!  We have Christmas Zone Conference!

Have a great week!

*Elder Taylor Ball*

Letters get to me in about 3 weeks.  I am in Salta so I get things when they come.  But that being said, this week should probably be the last week you send me anything by mail.