Monday, October 6, 2014
HELLO PO PAMILIYA!:)
So yes I have transferred. I am sad to transfer but I am also very excited to be in this new area! I am bummed to transfer because my last comp and I found some awesome investigators. Three of the ones we found will be baptized on Oct 11! I am sad to miss the baptisms but I am so happy we were able to find them!!!:) I will send a picture of them next week if I can get a card reader! Anyway, my new area is here in Aguilar, in the Lingyen Zone. It is cool here but there is no McDO's, or McDonalds in English, here. So that’s a bummer haha, but oh well!
My new comps name is Elder Pernia. He is Filipino and he is awesome! I have already learned so much from him and will learn so much more. That’s why I don't believe in the Senior and Junior Companions. Because even though I am technically the Senior I am learning so much from him. Way more than I have taught to him haha:)
We are already having success! We have found 2 families that should hopefully progress and are helping some investigators to continue to progress! One cool thing that happened this week is; we have these investigator who are pretty wealthy. The mother and father have worked very hard to put their only daughter into good schools! It shows because she is 21, completely fluent in English, and is studying to become a lawyer. She is very smart haha. But, part of the reason why this girls’ mother has not been baptized is because this daughter is a very solid Catholic and really does know a lot about the Catholic Church. So, her mother does not want to change religions if the daughter doesn't want to. But, last night we went to their house and the Mother, she is practically already a member. She goes to church every week. She fed us last night, and she has actually given us referrals haha:) So, last night after we ate, her daughter was there also. She had never joined in on a lesson but we invited her to join and she agreed. We had a wonderful lesson where the mother pretty much testified that the church is true and said she loves going to church because she is just so happy when she is there!!:) And, one funny thing she actually said was. "I like this Church because I actually learn stuff. I don't learn anything in my other church, it’s just the same thing over and over again." The Spirit was very strong and I know her daughter felt the spirit!! But because she is so smart and she knows it, haha, she is a little prideful. She asked some great questions and actually softened up a lot by the end of the lesson. She committed to pray to know if what we taught was true! It was an awesome lesson.
I love when Investigators ask questions because it’s a challenge. It teaches you to rely on the spirit and then you feel the truthfulness of what you are saying!
I know the spirit was there, especially when I answer a question and then it makes perfect sense to the investigator, but I am not exactly sure what I said haha:)
It has been a good first week and I will probably be in this area for a while haha:)
It will be exciting!!:)
I love you guys and keep reading the BOM. That is awesome you are doing that!!!!:)
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
WHAT A WEEK!
This week was pretty crazy!
On Wednesday I found out I was transferring then we found out that me and my companion and our house mates, the ZLs, would be working with the new missionaries that had just come from the MTC. So the APs brought 4 of them to our zone. We worked for a few hours with them, then we had to take them back up to Urdaneta at 6 o clock. We ate up there then came back at 9 o’clock. Then we did the same thing on Thursday. I got to work with an American from Nevada. His name was Elder Garate. It was way awesome to see what I was like about a year ago! We had them eat Balut!!!:) (boiled duck embryo) I also ate my first Balut since I was with Elder Moreno back in October. Then we got on a bus and started going back up to Urdaneta, but this time I did something I have never done before and never thought I would ever do. I stood up and pretty much preached to everyone on the bus. At first, it was just a joke. My comp Elder Hanneman was like "I dare you to stand up and teach the restoration" I was like "yeah whatever" but then I felt like I should. I put it off then felt like I should again. I was pretty nervous but I gathered up some pamphlets from the other elders on the bus so that we would have enough and then stood up and started teaching haha. I talked about families, and Christs’ Church and how it was organized before, and how if they would read the pamphlet, they would know how that Church was lost from the Earth and how the true Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth. I gave everyone on the bus a pamphlet, testified of what I had said and then sat down. Then to my surprise, Elder Garate in his new missionary Tagalog testified of what I had said! It was way cool. I don't know if anything will come of it but it was a cool experience and I think somebody will read and ask the missionaries about it!
|In a trike with Elder Hannemann|
Then, I got transferred the next day here to the Calasio Zone in a small little town called Malasiqui. It is cool here. My comp is Elder Baldovino. He is Filipino from Laguna where they speak pure Tagalog. But my area right now is a different dialect than where I was before. I was in an Ilocano area and I was actually getting pretty good at Ilocano but now I am in a place where they speak Pangasinan. It is so different and it’s a bummer that I can’t use my Ilocano anymore. It is way funny because it blows peoples’ minds when they hear an American speak Ilocano!!!:)
The Branch here is cool and I am very excited to be here. We are going to have success here!:) It was a pretty good week!:)
Also, Katie and Matthew are so lucky! Those Cultural Celebrations look so fun!!! I wish I could have done one!
And Katie’s joke about the collision warning system/alarms on that car being an electronic mom is hilarious! I shared it with my comp but he doesn't get it. I laughed by myself haha:)
I love you guys and hope you have a good week also!:)
I transferred to the Lingayen zone and my Area is Aguilar. If you look on the map it is kind of in the middle. My new companion is Elder Pernia. He is Filipino and has been only 4 months in the mission. It is the first time that my comp is younger than me in the mission. He is cool and I know we will have a great transfer.
This is also my 5TH area! Crazy, right!!!!!:)
I will hit 14 months in the mission tomorrow!!!!! That is crazy to me!
Time really does fly!!!!!!!
Sorry so short!!!
Pictures of the Philippines.
So this week was prett good! There was a second baguio (typhoon) that hit here in the Philippines but this time it was in Manila! The flooding there was crazy!!!! There is some pretty good flooding in the city we go to every p-day also but not in my area. Mostly just lots and lots of rain. The water comes into the tricycles every time we travel haha!:) It is pretty fun. But we aren't walking through water while we proselyte so that is good!
We had Zone Training this week and it was very good! I like Zone Training. It helps me see where I am at as a missionary and what I need to do to be an even better missionary! I am enjoying it here in Malasiqui. I will most likely not be transferring but you never know with President Monahan haha!
Sorry this is so short. Nothing crazy happened this week other than the two storms haha!
And I bought shoes....That was cool also ahaha!:)
Well hope you have a great weeek! Love you guys!!!!:)
Sept. 8 –
Brown-outs happen all of the time. The electrical infrastructure here is awful. All of the computer shops didn’t have electricity so I couldn’t email. Sorry!!!
So first off I am sorry! I have not been good about emailing lately!
Anyway. First off our work right now is going good! 3 weeks ago on Sunday we received a referral from a member here in our branch. We had an appointment the following day on Monday at 5 o’clock to meet with them. I was a little bugged at the time because we took a while to get back home from getting our groceries and when we got home, it was 4:45. We had to rush so we could make it to our appointment by 5. I was a little bugged because we didn't get any time to chill or relax....Selfish right.....But now I am so grateful! Grateful because the family we were referred to is ELECT!!!! ELECT means they are prepared to receive the gospel! They are the Salinas family. It is a mom, a dad, and 3 girls. They have another who is a boy, but he is working far away so we haven't met him yet. But they are awesome! The mom and 2 of the daughters went to church the following Sunday and they always have such awesome questions! I enjoy questions because it lets you know they really are interested and are really searching for the truth. The father has not been to church yet but yesterday he said he would come this next week. If he does all 5 of them will be baptized on Oct 11! We committed the mother and 1 daughter to baptism and in the next lesson we will commit the rest of them!!:) So I am so grateful we cut our P-day short that one day and went to them because they truly are prepared by God!!!!:)
Other than them, the work is good! But this area has a curse. Everyone we find or people that are receptive are not married yet. There is this thing that I don't think I have ever mentioned before. There are a ton of live-ins here. It is because most people here are very poor. They want to have a good wedding so they start living together with the intentions of getting married. Then many years pass by, they have children, and are pretty much husband and wife; just no papers to say they are. So it becomes a problem for us because they can't be baptized unless they get married or separate. So, we have about 12-15 investigators at church every week. 4-5 families and a few individuals but they aren't married yet. It is super awesome to see them at church but super frustrating because they aren't married. We are working with them. 2 couples have dates but they are in October and November so hopefully I am still here haha.
As for this last week
MONDAY: Really strong storms. So strong we weren't able to go out.
TUESDAY: District Meeting then we went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders. Have I told you that there is an Elder Jamison Walker here? He went to Layton HS. He was a year older than me but we played football and soccer together. We were both goal keepers. We went on exchanges and it was cool to talk to someone I knew in high school haha.
WEDNESDAY: We got rejected a lot but had a good lesson with one of our IBDs. DanDan is 9. His mom was a less active so he never got baptized. Now he has to be taught the missionary lessons before he can get baptized.
THURSDAY: Taught an IBD named brother Denver. He hasn't gone to church since we gave him the IBD. We told him if he doesn't go to church this week we will not be able to go back to him. Guess what we did. H didn't go to church. So, it was really sad and now we can't go back to him. That was a not very cool part about the week.
FRIDAY: We had exchanges and I went to that Island again!:)
SATURDAY: We got rejected a lot again. And it rained hard sooo it was a frustrating day to say the least but one of our investigators that we taught gave us dinner!:)
SUNDAY: Were fed dinner again, by a member!:) We taught our Elect family!:) Then the Typhoon started.
When we got home our roof was leaking and there was a flood in our house! It was crazy!
Well that was my week! It was a pretty good week even though it rained a lot and we weren't able to teach as much as I would have like to, but it is okay. We will do better this week!:)
Ok, so last week there was an activity at the church and a young man needed some socks because he forgot his, so they asked for mine. I took off my shoes and socks and all of the youth and leaders surrounded me because of how white my feet were. Some even took pictures haha!!!!! You haven’t seen white legs until you have seen mine! Just think how white my legs were before and then think that they really haven’t seen sun in a year!! I am like a zoo animal here haha!!
Also I got to go on a boat to an island. I went on exchanges and I got to go there for the day and work!! The waves were pretty big and more people die crossing where we cross than people die getting hit by cars here…crazy right! Haha…joking. It is a very small section of very calm water. And, I am immune to the bugs and viruses water now!
We play a lot of basketball on p-days. The green basketball Nikes you sent me in the MTC I gave to a Filipino house mate when I was in Urdaneta. He wore through his shoes all the way, like a ton of holes and he didn’t have any money to buy new shoes and he loves basketball so I gave him those green shoes. I then wore my blue addidas until I wore all the way through the soles on those. I am now wearing my Vans but those are getting close to being “done” also. I may want to get another pair of shoes for basketball. There is a mall not too far away and I can get them here which may be cheaper than buying them there and then trying to send them to me through the mail. Thank you SOOO much for everything you do and have done for me!!!
Katie and Matthew…here is a letter for each of you. K M J
Have a GREAT week!!!:) LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!:)
Magandang Hapon sa inyong lahat! Astig yung week namin ni Elder Baldovino! Medyo normal lang yung week namin pero sobrang astig yung branch namin! Sinasuportahan nila kami at gusto nila tulungan kami!
As I said in Tagalog, our week was pretty good! The Branch is awesome! But I think that I am only here for 1 transfer because of something President Monahan said. Quote "One thing that is great about your transfer there"… He said that in his email to me this week. Therefore I perceive that I will only be here for a transfer, but we will see. Maybe he miss typed but I don't think so. Other than that, we just had a good solid week of finding new investigators. We found 13 new investigators this week and had 13 investigators at church so it was awesome. I think it is the most the branch has ever had. They were way surprised when they saw everyone haha. To tell the truth so was I!
Anyway, it rained a lot this week and we walked an hour and a half in the rain and lightning and thunder......IT was AWESOME! The lightning here is way cool! I hope you guys get to come here and see it! It is quite awesome! Well nothing much more to report on this week. It was hot when it wasn't raining haha and I have started washing my clothes by hands! It is not too hard. It just takes a long time! I will send some pictures of it next week!:)
I love you guys and hope you are having an awesome time being awesome!!:)
Well after we had those baptisms about a month ago our investigators started dropping like flies. None of them would come to church. They would read sometimes but they wouldn't come to church and they can't progress to baptism if they don't go to church. So right now we are actually having a pretty hard time haha. We have investigators, just nobody really progressing right now. So we are in a finding mode. We average about 22 lessons a week. From the little I know about your mission, dad, that is very different. The hard thing here is to get into rich peoples’ houses. It is no problem at all to teach a poor person because they just want to talk to a white person. But it’s the rich people’s homes that are hard to get into!
We actually had a great success this week. We were walking down this road in this Barangy which is like a neighborhood that we rarely work in because there are no members there. But we were walking and decided to preach by the way at this huge, very nice, house we saw.
We yelled from the street outside the gate "tao po" or "People" haha a girl and a guy came to the gate. (The trick to get into rich houses is to speak English to them so they want to show off their English to you) :) They opened the gate and I simply said "Hello, Me and my friend here are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We would like to introduce ourselves to you and to your family" The girl instantly said (in very hard to understand English) "yes of course" Elder Hannemann and I were so surprised because it is NEVER that easy haha.
So, we went in and when you get inside the gate of a big house they usually just have you talk to them outside and you usually won’t sit down. But here, they invited us inside. It was the nicest house I have been inside here in the Philippines. It really was a beautiful house! The first girl left and went and got an older women or a "Nanay" who was the best one in the house so she could talk with us. As we were talking she had on of their house helpers get us a "merienda" or a snack which is rare at investigators houses let alone a rich house.
We talked for a few minutes and she was very nice and then we began teaching. She was SO AWESOME! She said she was catholic but then said. "But I am kind of confused because in this church we are baptized by sprinkling but Jesus in the Bible was baptized by immersion, so I am a little confused" Elder Hannemann and I were stunned, then said “Exactly sister!” We talked to her more about the church and our message. We committed her to be baptized and she accepted it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was AWESOME!
I have had many people accept Baptismal invitations on the first visit but she is so elect and she will definitely be baptized. She didn’t go to church this week because she had to go to Manila but she promised to go this next week! We are going back to her tomorrow!:)
So, even though our work is struggling, that one experience was very cool and I got to go into a big house!:)
I love you Mom and Dad and Katie and Matthew!!!:) And Moonshine if she is still around!:)
It is crazy to think that this time last year I had been in the MTC just a few days and now I have been a missionary for a little over a year! I have learned so much and am excited to learn so much more! I have changed in more ways than I can count and have seen many of the reasons why I needed to come on a mission! I really cannot imagine my life leading to anything good if I hadn't come on a mission! I have life goals now and things that I want to do that will help me on an eternal perspective! Not just what I want right in the moment! I am still far from perfect but I am trying to do everything I can do so I can return back to my Heavenly Father with all of you!:)
I know that what I am doing is the work of the Lord. Yes, It is hard sometimes but it will all be worth it!:)
I am so excited for this next year. I have reached the top of the roller coaster! Now is where the real fun begins!!!!!:) I hope I am ready to continue on the greatest roller coaster of my life!:)
I LOVE YOU MOM DAD KATIE AND MATTHEW YOU ARE AWESOME!!!!!:)
Your son and Brother, Elder Ball
For this week, after Elder Arrington and I had a killer transfer with lots of baptisms. We are now left in a rut. We are working to find more investigators but the ones we have are not progressing and the ones we are finding are definitely not elect. But, we are continuing to work and to do our best.
We only find through members now! Proselyting has pretty much been done away with but every once in a while we will preach by the way, but not very often.
Me and Elder Hannemann are happy and endure this time of trials.
I am sure we will start to have more success soon!!!:)
I know that you are all having a great time! Have a great week!
Katie and Matthew I love you and Miss you! And it would be okay if you wrote me also.
Just a thought...:)
Haha I am a missionary so I am going to give you the same commitment I give every person we teach....Will you read the Book of Mormon every day? It doesn't have to be a long time but at least read every day!:)
When I was with Elder Bigelow in San Leon, back in April and May, we found this investigator. Her name was Sister Leah Tadjar. We taught her until we both were transferred and left. After we left, the Sisters that replaced us continued teaching her and last Saturday I got to go back up to San Leon and baptize part of the family! It was awesome seeing investigators that you had to leave still progress to baptism. And I was also able to baptize some of the family! So that was way cool!
Love you guys!!!! :)
This week was pretty good as all of the weeks are!!!:) It was full of a lot of stuff like on Wednesday one companionship of Sister Missionaries in our district moved to a new apartment, so we had to go to their house on Wednesday morning and help them move which was fun. They were actually in the same apartment I was in in San Leon. The house was awful and they finally found a new apartment which we moved them in to. Then, on Saturday E. Hannemann had some interviews in the same place, San Leon. It is about 30 min away from our area and so we got there around 2 pm. He had interviews and each one was about an hour long and then there was paperwork that had to be done after, so while he was interviewing for 3 to 4 hours I sat outside and talked and sat and talked and sat until 6 when he finished with all of them. It was a super boring day haha but 4 people were interviewed for baptism so it was also good haha. That is the only thing I don't like about being the comp of a district leader is when they interview there is nothing for me to do but sit. Haha Only my trainer, E. Moreno, is my only comp who wasn't a district leader when I was with them. So, I have sat through many interviews haha:)
So, later that day on Saturday we got back home and had an appointment set with a member to go meet their friends and find more people to teach. But, when we got there they said they were too busy and told us to come back on a different day. This appointment was supposed to take us to the end of the night but now we had nothing to do. Then a thought popped into my head from something one of the APs had said. It was that we are punted for a reason; to find others and teach them. So I told E. Hannemann that we were punted for a reason and we just need to go find that reason/person.
We had maybe been walking 5 minutes and this old Nanay saw us and said "Hello Elders" so we approached her and started talking to her. She was actually a less active member who had been waiting for Elders to come to her house, but she couldn't find them. She said we were an answer to her prayers. We went into her house, had a wonderful lesson and she asked me to give her a blessing to help her feel well enough to go to church because she had suffered a stroke and was now pretty weak. So we gave her the blessing and the next day, yesterday, we saw her walking just fine and with a super big smile! She came to church for the first time for a long time. I was so happy to have had that appointment canceled so we could find that Nanay and help her return and show her that Heavenly Father is listening and is still here for her. It was a great week!:)
Then yesterday, Elder Hannemann and I got stranded in our 2nd farthest area from our apartment and had to walk 2 hours to get home. We got home at 1030 pm. It was super far and we were rather tired after haha but it is now a great story haha:)
I had a great week and hope you did too!!!:)
LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!:)
This is a bitter sweet transfer week haha because Elder Arrington transferred. I will miss him but my new companion is pretty awesome as well! His name is Elder Hannemann and he is from Hawaii! He is a crazy surfer haha. We have had fun the last couple of days and so I think we will have fun this transfer. But I think I will probably transfer after this transfer ahaha.
L -> R: Elders Arrington, Bigelow, Ball, and Wait
So this week was the 4th of July. I totally forgot about the 4th of July until it was at night on the 4th when one of our house mates remembered. Then, the other 2 Americans in the house and I sang the star spangled banner haha. It was funny but I guess I can say I am lost in the work......Or there is just nothing here to remind me of the 4th of July haha but it is alright! Nothing too big happened this week because of the transfer day but it was a good week. All my house mates are different. They all transferred and I got left, but my new ones are pretty cool also! The work is progressing and I am having a good time. I hope you all are also!:)
LOVE YOU GUYS!!!!:)
Monday, June 30, 2014
Jun 29, 2014
It was a good week but then at the same time an awful week haha. So I was sick from Wed until Sunday with a 102 degree fever. It would go up and down but never went away until yesterday. When I woke up I felt pretty good and didn’t have a fever, so we went to church. But while we were there I started going downhill. When we got home after church I had a way bad cough, way bad body aches and a fever again of 102. But then the zones leaders who live with us sent a text to the whole zone to pray for me. When I woke up this morning I was fine:) So the bad part is I was sick all week but then we also had 6 baptisms!!!!!:) And, I got better because of the prayers of the Zone!:)
Love you guys sooo much!!! J
WOW! That is all I can say about this week and the wow comes from this Saturday and Sunday!
So this Saturday we had 6 people being interviewed 5 people from 1 family and 1 girl who is the wife of the son of a member. :) Anyway they all got interviewed this Saturday and all passed but right here is where the craziness starts. We had just contacted these 2 families from a referral from this way awesome member family. It’s the same family whose son is the one that has the wife being baptized this next Saturday. So we have only taught the family 3 times and the father has never been there. They want to go to church way bad but have no way to go because the father didn't want to drive there trike and they have no money to pay for the travel. So, me and Elder Arrinton and 2 members that live out by them began looking at different ways we could get them to church. But nobody had enough room on their motorcycles and all other 15 ideas of ours just didn’t work.
So, Elder Arrington and I went into a room, knelt down and prayed. After we prayed we felt that those two members needed to go to this family that wanted to go to church. The two members needed to talk with the father. As they were about to go one of the members said he didn't feel right. So they went back to the house and prayed. After that they looked at each other and said now we feel good. They went to this families house and talked to the father. They bore their testimonies and told him why the church was important to them. So the next day Elder Arrington and I were waiting in the chapel and sacrament meeting was about to start. I was just about to start feeling a little bummed and then all of the sudden we see the mother of that family and her HUSBAND and children are right behind her!!!!!!!!!!:) We leaped out of our seats, pretty much ran over to them, greeted them and got them seats by their member friends they knew!
When I saw them I got filled with this happiness that I have never felt before. I literally felt it fill my whole body. It was amazing. They are so prepared by God!
Members are where the power is at!!!:) And to top it all off we had a total of 14 investigators at church and 11 of them have a date for baptism!!!!:)
This week was awesome!!!!:)
It also rained....:) And we also are making companionship pants:)
- Jeffrey explained what companionship pants means – they are buying some material and having someone make pants for them, so they will have matching pants. J
Wow this week was crazy! We had our Mission tour this week which means a member of the Seventy came to our mission and toured it. On Wednesday I went back to my first area in Urdaneta to listen to him talk and other leaders. It was awesome! The Elders name is Elder Echohawk. He is in the Philippines area Presidency.
One of the things he said is that through obedience we can obtain a greater love for the people we teach. Sometimes it is hard for me to love people who don't want to listen but through my obedience I can obtain and retain a love for them. So that was cool as well. Yesterday we had a stake conference but it wasn't just our stake it was the whole northern luzon. Northen luzon is just like the Northern part of the Philippines. So it was broadcast and guess who was presiding.....Elder Quinton L. Cook. We all thought it was about the Temple because the first talk was from the General Young Womens President about Temples and blessings and then the next 3 were also about Temples and blessing coming from it. And then Elder Cook got up and talked about being worthy for blessings. It doesn't matter what our circumstances are. We have to be obedient in this life. So the whole point of the Conference was to get everyone excited thinking that the Temple ground breaking would be released but Elder Cook pretty much said the Temple will not come until people are obedient, going to church and paying their tithing. Nothing was specifically said about the Urdaneta Temple but we all got the point they were trying to get across. It was pretty cool but then also a let down haha. But I know that our Heavenly Father doesn't give us anything that we can't overcome, so we need to be obedient to the Commandment no matter what is happening in our lives. I loved this week:)
AND I WANT TO WISH A HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO MY DAD!!!!!:) I LOVE YOU DAD!!!:)
HELLO!:) How is you all be doin?:) Hopefully good!:)
So this week has been really good. We had tomorrow baptisms this week!:) I was going to send pictures but I was way smart and left my camera at home on accident so next week na lang! But it is also Elder Arrington’s birthday right now so we are about to go party! I will tell you about it next week! As for this week I got to play with another monkey and have videos except this one was a mean monkey haha. He didn't like us! I will send pictures next week!
So because mom requested a story I will give one that happened last week! We were teaching our IBD family about the Word of Wisdom. They all had a problem with coffee and the grandma with cigarettes! We taught the doctrine about it and they were totally accepting of it. At the end of the lesson we asked if they would give us there coffee and cigarettes so we could destroy them! Haha The grandma was a little hesitant but they ended up giving it all up! The coffee and the cigarettes! They are so set on getting baptized and following the commandments! They are better than most members in the church and they are not even baptized yet! From that night none of them have smoked or drank coffee and they are all way good about going to church! They are so elect and I can’t wait for their baptism!
This week was way awesome and I can't wait to send you pictures of their baptism!:) Sorry this is short! I LOVE YOU GUYS AND HAVE A GREAT WEEK!:)
Monday, June 2, 2014
HEY!:) So This week was pretty crazy. It was a mix a long days in the heat going to every members house and trying to ask for their friends for us to teach and at every house, literally every one there was not one person home! Not like they didn't have anyone for us to teach but everybody was not at home haha!
Me and Elder Arrington (no pics of him/us yet) were so confused but it is okay because we had 2 Baptisms on Saturday. They are awesome!:) Their names are Maurielle and Mark. They are brother and sister one is 19 and the other is 17. Their parents were less active and had Word of Wisdom problems and Mark had a girlfriend and they have a kid. But now Mark and his girlfriend are separated until they get married and the parents have returned and there WOW problems are gone, all because of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!:)
Watching them get baptized and then confirmed was awesome! Now, the next step is getting them to the Temple!:)
This week was good. I am getting buff;) Not really haha and Me and Elder Arrington are killing it here in Rosales 2b:)
Love you guys TONS! :-)
WHAT IS UP BALL FAMILY?:)
At first it was pretty sad because me and Elder Bigelow had like 6 baptisms coming up this week and then we found out we were both getting transferred because our area is now a sister missionary area. So, we got pulled out so that was super not cool. But, then on Friday that all changed because that is transfer day. The day when we find out where we are going and who our comps will be. So I get there and my ZL's are just looking at me really weird like they are super excited or something and then one of them comes up to me and says " I am super excited for you to see who your comp is" At first I thought he said that because he knew I would not like my comp and wanted to be funny until I read who my comp was and I about freaked out! Because it was none other than................................ ELDER ARRINGTON!
We were together in the MTC and are way good friends. We always talked about what it would be like to be comps and how awesome it would be, and look at us now....COMPANIONS IN THE PHILIPPINES URDANETA MISSION! How does that even happen haha:)
It was a way good week! We had a baptism this week. The second day after I was in the area so that was way cool also. I just Cherry picked a baptism haha:) And, My new area still has the huge American like mall in it and so everything is pretty much just wonderful right now haha.
It was a great week and it is going to be an awesome transfer full of fun and full of golfing frogs with umbrellas.
Love you guys!! Have a great week!:) Elder Ball