Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Investigator Pool

Hey Family!
My week was pretty good I suppose. We had 14 lessons which is a pretty good number for here. I envy all those foreign missionaries and Utah missionaries. Always have something to do and someone to see and someone to baptize. But whatever I have to deal with what I have been dealt. 

Weight loss has continued to be good. It's up to 20 pounds now so yeah I'm pretty happy. 

I do have unfortunate news about CC and Daniel. They moved to Lewellen just yesterday kind of out of nowhere. It's probably good though. Daniel was not really progressing and didn't understand a lot of things. I think Crozier just wanted another baptism. I mean do too, but not if they're not prepared. And the Gibsons. Man don't even get me started. They are starting to lie to avoid appointments and it's quite frustrating. They lied to us at the door step a few days ago, saying we couldn't come in because Jeremiah wasn't there and their little kids were saying he was and that he was and they we lying. This was all right there at the doorstep. I don't know if they think we're stupid or something but yeah. 

Our only solid investigator's name is Taylor Harrahill. She is for sure getting baptized it's just a matter of when. Her mom is the Relief Society Pres. and stuff. Her dad is a little anti and wouldn't let her get baptized until she was 18 and now she is. She wants to get baptized on trek which is in July but our mission presdient says no "We have baptismal fonts dedicated for baptism" and I don't think she understands that he has stewardship over her. I think a lot of members don't understand stewardship. 

Well anyways. We're still working hard. We just need to clean up the investigator pool now. I hope you guys have a great week! About emailing yesterday. Yeah all of the places were closed so we're doing them today. 

Oh and I do have a question for Mom. Those Docker shoes give me blisters. So yeah Walmart has some nice Dr Scholls shoes for 30 bucks that are really comfy. If I could get them next week that would be awesome! 

Thank you! Love you guys! Take care and have a great week. I hope you guys had a great Memorial Day. And we did go to a BBQ. Held by 2nd ward haha. Yeah 1st ward isn't very good. Anyways. Love you!

Elder Ballif

Monday, May 20, 2013

Weather and Teaching Heating Up

Hey Family!
Well sorry for not writing back too much last week but there wasn't much to respond too ;) This week went pretty well. We had 16 lessons the most me and Elder Chappell have ever had. We were going for 20 but I got sick on Saturday and was throwing up so yeah we didn't go out but I'm feeling better now. 

Oh and mom that would be nice if you sent the Book of Mormon CD's. But if you want to use them then that's fine. Also didn't you guys send Austin some DVD's of documentaries about the geographical stuff about the BoM? I would love some stuff like that as well. And Mom the only thing on the list you should and are some short sleeve white shirts. I only have 1 that I got in the MTC. And I can't find them at Goodwill. It was 103 degrees last week and humid as tish. It sucks. But I'll survive and having some more short sleeves would help. 

As far as the investigators go I feel that Juan has progressed. As far as I know he is starting to read and pray more which is great. CC and Daniel and still smoking and chewing. Quote of the week "I can quit chewing easily. I've done it like 5 times." Yeah anyways the Gibsons are starting to make excuses how they're "too busy" but they don't work (not one of them) so I have a hard time believing that. But I think we have a set thing on the 24th with them so I hope that works out. 

But yeah, we're going to the driving range with Juan today so that should be fun. Golfing sounds really fun to me right now for some reason. And tomorrow we're going to Lincoln for a Zone Conference so that'll be fun. I've never been so it'll be interesting. 

And as far as reading goes I'm somewhere in the 40's in Alma. I'm still loosing weight so I'm happy about that. And we're having dinner with some of my favorite members in the ward, the Mendez'. Noe and Toni (Antonia). They are super cool. They have been members for about 4 years and just went through the temple a month or 2 ago. I'm excited for that. I'm doing well and I can't believe I've been out almost 4 months already. 

Oh and yeah there haven't been any tornadoes but there have been some pretty crazy rain and thunderstorms the last 2 nights. There was lightning literally ever 2-5 seconds. It was sweet. 

I love you guys so much! And miss you! I hope you guys are having a great week!
Elder Ballif

Monday, May 6, 2013

New Companion Elder Chappel from West Jordan, Utah

Hey everyone!
I'm doing pretty good. Elder Chappell (my new companion) is a beast of a missionary. Yeah I've lost 9 pounds since he's gotten here so I'm pretty happy about that. Yeah I loved Elder Crozier but we didn't work as hard as we should have. Anyways I thought it would suck but I'm actually pretty happy. He's a cool guy and a super good missionary. And Elder Chappell is from West Jordan, Utah so that's neat. 

And this transfers a lot of stuff happened to our district. We now have Sisters in Hastings (where Kool-Aid was invented and they are now in our district and used to not be) and Aurora got whitewashed (2 new missionaries) But Grand Island other than Elder Crozier stayed the same. Elder Chappell has been out for about 10 and a half months and has already trained twice and is and has been District Leader so yeah. Pretty crazy. He trained right after he was trained. 

And as far as I know Daniel is off tobacco and could have been baptized this week but it's not going to work out because he's struggling finding a job and they say they don't know if the church is going to pay for another month but I don't know we'll see. 

I've been a little slower with reading. I'm in Alma 26 but yeah I hope I can pick the pace up. 

This past week was pretty good. We ended up having 11 lessons and that's pretty good for P-Week (transfer week). 

I could stay in Grand Island anywhere from 1 more transfer or 3 more transfers so I don't know we'll see. Transfers are 6 weeks. 

That's sweet about the taxes. I'll try not to spend anything as far as my checking account goes. Maybe for some food at the end of the month if I don't have any or some ties at Goodwill ;) So yeah if everything works out, Daniel could be baptized by 5/18 I believe. I'm hoping it does work out. 

I love you guys and I hope you are doing good!
Elder Ballif