Monday, April 21, 2014

Chickens, fries and more chopping wood

Hola familia. 

Ok this week was crazy. Seriously crazy. 

The most crazy and beautiful thing happened. God is real and he is directing this work. So we have been working with one girl and her boyfriend about the law of chastity and she is a newly baptized member and he is an investigator- but they are living together at her parents house- which is actually a little trailer home behind her aunt's house- that belongs to her aunt. Anyways, we have been working a lot with them- soo much. This week we printed off Elder Oaks talk in Priesthood session about women’s role with the priesthood--so powerful. To know the power of the priesthood and how it affects us and how we called and set apart representative de jesucristo. We truly have a power and a spirit. We read this and were both really, really touched, it was one of those true deep experiences.
So we shared this with them and they both just ignored us.  We left and decided there wasn’t much more we could do. Well, she lives with her family and aunt right? 2 days ago the house caught on fire and it was not terrible, but it was bad. And they couldn’t find an explanation of why it happened. The aunt and grandma were in the hospital. So sad, this family already has gone through so much, and has so little. But while it was on fire she called us and we ran over to try and help. We ended up having a lesson with just her- and here’s the thing. Its crazy! The family thinks that he started the fire, which we know he didn’t, but they are kicking him out and its this huge thing, the family also is moving and he is going to be moving to el campo to live with his grandparents. It’s crazy. 

I don’t know, I’m trying to explain it right now and it just isn’t coming out right. It truly was a miracle no one was hurt. In our lesson she explained she knows God is there. It was a powerful experience. And because of this week I know all will be good and I don’t know how to say it, but it was a humbling and crazy and wonderful and scary experience. I don’t know in a year and a bit I'll explain it in person. 


Also this week we had intercambios (changes with other missionaries)- this was crazy! I was so scared because it was a Latina coming to stay with me, who knew 0 English and I was in charge of all the planning and lesson and leading her around and I was so scared. Like tears scared. But it was the best. It was crazy to see how much Spanish I truly know- I feel like I have been doing myself a disfavor and been really hard on myself. But it was such a little blessing to be able to talk to her and to teach the lessons and really be the ¨senior companion" and lead out on everything. It was so good. 

This week has been so powerful- I have just truly seen Heavenly Father in my life. And to be studying on the atonement and resurrection because of Easter- I am just full of a lot of love and light and joy. I am so happy to be serving here. I love my mission so much. I love the people. I love knowing that I am representing Jesus and that he loves me and is proud of me. I love learning and testifying of him daily. I love him and I love teaching people how to have pure joy. 

Life is good. 

This week was so spiritual but also so fun. I love having a good balance. 

On Saturday we made kuhan the most delicious thing here with Hermana Zapata- ma momma here. Oh it was the best. Sooo much treats and laughs and flour fights and laughs and the best. 

We also chopped a lot of wood this week. Ma poor shoulders are killing and my hands are dead. But I love the work. We did a lot with Hermana Ceron. Who is the cutest little thing. Man she is a firecracker. I want to be like her when I grow up. 

Then we did a lot with a couple, Alejandro and Elliana. They are the best! I can just imagine them being neighbors with grandma and grandpa ball and I loooove it. 

We helped chop lots of wood, then for our other ¨service" with them we helped them name their chickens. Ha-ha soo fun. Cutest little investigators- the people, not the chickens. 

I think in the near future this little couple (81 years old and 78) are going to get baptized and I can’t wait. The only thing is they are quite the stubborn pair so we will see.  

Oh this was killer. We on intercambios and we stopped to contact this lady who sales French fries and they are the best in our entire little sector. So stop to get some and it's all good. We have a little chat with her, all spiritual and such, then as we are walking away I am not paying attention because I’ve got the most delicious fry in my hand (and its freezing here, so warm food is gold) when I pull a classic "Ali" and trip. But not just trip- but go down hard. So I’m just chilling flat on the ground, blood dripping and covered in French fries just laughing because what else can you do? And my new comp is laughing and then all of a sudden the street dogs start attacking the French fries. I almost peed my pants it was so funny and oh so nasty! Little 3 legged dogs and dogs missing eyes and just the ugliest things going crazy over these fries. Beeeeeest. We went back and bought more and the ladies just dying laughing- so good.


One thing about me serving here, a lot of people have mentioned that I show people that Mormons really are just ¨normal¨ people. Ha-ha I guess maybe I should joke or trip or be me more often. 

Oh last thing- it is so stressful writing because there is this clock that just ticks away the seconds while your trying to write. But, I'm a star.  Really!  We went to Lider, which is the grocery store here, and we were just doing our thing when this lady comes over and just starts chatting to me in Spanish.   I have no idea what’s going on, but I’m like "a huh."  Then she starts leading me over to this stack of chocolate.  Then they start taking pictures of me with all this chocolate and all this stuff. Haha, turns out I am the new model of Lider chocolate. I still don’t even know what happened.  The whole time Hna J is just dying laughing- she ended up having to walk away. But that’s pretty cool.

Well family I got to run. Happy Easter to y'all. 

This week if nothing, I found to just look for Heavenly Father in my life and now I find him everywhere. 

It’s the best. I love it! I love you so much. Stay good and eat lots of chocolate for me. 

So much love.

Xoxoxo Hna Ball

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