Saturday, August 31, 2013

31-Aug-2013 - Flight plan received

Write to Elder Jeffrey Ball at                                       
After September 4th please send written letters to
Elder Jeffrey Thomas Ball
Philippines Urdaneta Mission
LDS Chapel Provincial Road
San Vicenta East, Urdaneta City


(Starting with a reply to a comment in a letter from Greg about it being funny that Jeffrey looks like the most muscular and biggest of his district)

- Yeah "massive' and "muscular" me - J  Another Elder not my companion the one in the picture who is farthest to the right of the Elders started this work out plan called "plan - get sexy". We got the name from our teacher who did it in the Philippians. Hahah!

The Picture goes from left to right, Sister Crystal, Sister Kirchofer, Me, Elder Giblette ( my companion) Elder Christiansen, Elder Arrington, - My plan get sexy partner -, Sister Warr, Sister Barney, Sister Nicoll, and Sister Hurst!!
Me, my companion, and Elder Arrington are going to Urdaneta and 2 others from my old district. The sisters are going to other places in the Philippines and will be speaking Tagalog.

I have seen a ton, too many to count, people I know. It’s almost, kind-a like school but not haha!!

I just wanted to let you guys know that the basketball shoes are awesome and I haven't gotten any more blisters during gym! Dang some of your homemade salsa really sounds good right now haha:)  How are Katie and Matthew doing? Are they excited to start Jr. high and High School!?!?! I wish I could be there for their first day but I know that they understand why I can’t! Haha, yes it is fine to have Mtn. Dew. They allow caffeine on the Campus but they just don't sell it because it’s a BYU thing. I saw an Elder holding a Red Bull drinking it while talking to his Branch Pres. That is pushing it a lot but yeah I can have Mtn. Dew and I was so happy when I saw it haha! 

31-August-2013    "Flight plan - Leaving MTC 2 days early"

I finally got my FLIGHT PLAN!!!! I leave on Sep 9 for the Airport. Our plane will leave Salt lake and we will land in Portland. I will have an 1.5 hour layover. From there we fly to Tokyo Japan on Sep 10, Then have another 1.5 hour layover at Tokyo then will arrive in Manila. From there I don’t know what is going to happen, if I will stay in Manila over night or if I will get right on a bus and be taken to the Mission Home in Urdaneta.

Well, I have really enjoyed the MTC but at the same time I am so ready to leave and get to the Philippines! I love hearing stories and seeing pictures from my teachers but at the same time I hate it because it seems like it’s still so far away haha!

I know it will come soon but I just can't hold my excitement in. Don't take this in a bad way but whatever homesickness I had, I am over it and just can't wait to get over there! And the fact that we got our flight plan this week is not making this week go any faster. The days just seem so long haha!

I miss and Love everyone and hope everything is going okay!

This week we had Neil L. Anderson of the Quorum of the 12 apostles come speak! It was amazing! 2 Weeks before that it was Richard G. Scott! It had been 6 months since a General Authority had spoken at the MTC and now in the last 3 Devotionals we have had 2.  It’s awesome!

I feel so lucky and Blessed to have had my call pushed back so that I was able to hear both! There is a reason for everything that happens to us and I am so grateful to be on a mission where so much happens and I am able to see that Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ are with me and Each and EVERY one of us the entire way! It seems like every day something else happens and I just sit back and feel so blessed to be able to take part in this wonderful work that is happening around the world and to bring others the Happiness that I have. Even if you are happy with the gospel I can't imagine how much more happy everyone could be and how comforting it is to know that there is someone who has control over everything watching out for us and Helping us!

I haven't even been to the field yet and I can already tell you that I love it and am going to work my hardest everyday for the next two years to help them see how happy they can be! 

I love you all and appreciate all of your support and I can’t wait to begin the Lords work!\

Mahal Kita, Ingat po

-       Elder Ball


Sunday, August 18, 2013

July 31, 2013 - Finally at the MTC

Called to serve in the Urdaneta, Philippines Mission

Email Elder Jeffrey Ball at
JULY 31, 2013

First day in the MTC

 My first day was good. Have you gotten my letter yet? Saturday will be my P day while I am here in the MTC. I talked about my companion in my letter tell me if you haven't gotten it yet! But something new was last night( Friday) me and my Kasama (companion) were transferred into a different district! I am not completely okay with it because I had just started getting really close to my other district but I do like this other District also! My branch president here recommend showering twice a day while I am over there! The language is coming a lot faster than i thought! I cant hold a conversation but i can understand pretty much anything my teacher is trying to get across!!! The food is great and you can eat and drink as much as you want for every meal! The days go by slow but the week has gone by kinda fast and all the other elders that are here said that after Sunday the weeks and days just fly by! I cant wait to get into the mission field and I have seen chase a few times and he loves it also! Dear Elder does get the letters here faster than the actual letters but i don't care it is completely up to you!!! We taught our first investigator last night right before we got transferred. It was hard but I thought we did a good job for our first time! We just moved rooms today and the other elders are awesome also! Yes tell Katie and Matthew thank you for the letters they were very nice!! I love you guys and can't wait to hear from you guys again! Ill be on again next Saturday! LOVE YOU GUYS!!


New address:  - Moved/Transferred/Changed from Unit 21 to Unit 19
Elder Jeffrey Ball
Sep 11. PHI-URD
2007 N. 900 E. Unit 19
Provo, UT. 84602

Dear Pamilya

I am loving the MTC and I am sorry if you didn’t get my first letter. I sent it the second day I was in the MTC. The days have been starting to go by faster and it was only a week ago you dropped me off. But, it seems like it was months ago. It seemed like that the first night!

Me, my companion and the rest of my district were transferred into a new district. I think that I was transferred due to an answer to my prayers. From the first day I have been praying and asking for the (Kaloob ng wika) gift of tongues and we were really picking up the language. I don’t want to get cocky. I want to be humble and thankful, but when we were transferred I was a little bit upset about the transfer. The teacher I had was awesome. But after we were transferred to the new district and we were given a new teacher, after the first lesson I KNEW this was a blessing and answer to my prayers. Me and another elder, Elder Arrington (who is not my companion) already understand how to conjugate and put together our own sentences. We are already about where people who have been here for 3-4 weeks with the language. My entire district, Elders (there are only 4 of us) and sisters are already like best friends.

The food is pineka mablti. (The very most good). Haha. Sounds weird, right. But that’s how they talk. It’s backwards from the way that we do. Like if I said I want to go to church it would be Gosho ko mag sirobu. But exactly translated it is want I go church. I am getting the hang of it, sometimes just thinking and talking like Yoda helps!! J Oh…and if you love me, you will send me Mountain Dew and Food. JJ Just kidding.

Well, I love you guys and please tell brother Parkinson I am praying for him. And Lillian. Thanks for all of the letters. I love them. I’ll send real letters as much as I can. Love you guys a bunch!!! Peace!!

- Elder Ball
p.s. My running shoes have been giving me gnarly blisters. Would it be possible to send me a pair of 9 ½ Nike basketball shoes? High top Nike basketball shoes because that is what we do every day for gym and that is all they play over in the Phillipines. (Preferably the Nike Flywire model, but just some Nike basketball shoes so I don’t get more blisters. I’ll send you pictures of them when I can.

I love you guys so much!!!!!!! See you in 2 J Ingat – Po (Goodbye)
p.p.s My testimony in Tagalog with no notes! J

Alam ko pona tafoo po ang simbahose ni Jesu Cristo, Alam ko po na Tafoo yasang po si Joseph Smith at Thomas S. Monson. Alam kop o na Tagapagligtas po si Jesu Cristo. Sa pangalan ni Jesu Cristo. Amen. Okay, not really. Bye - Elder Ball

p.p.p.s: Remember that was no notes at all from what I learned in 1 week and I cut it very short.
Lots of love. Bye!!!  
- Elder Ball