Elder Ballard: Transfer 6, Week 2‏


Hola hola. Soy Elder Davies. This week I got to shake Elder Ballard’s hand. It was kind of a big deal.

We are very blessed and privileged here in the OPM to have an apostles son as our mission president, so we kinda get the hook up. But I’m very grateful for the opportunity we had to be taught at the feet of a living apostle. I KNOW he is called of God. I know he is a seer and a revelator, and I sustain him and the rest of the prophets and apostles.

But hearing from Elder Ballard was amazing! He was in town to visit
his grandkids and their family, but he told President that since he
was here to put him to work, so that’s what they did. They had three
meetings where he spoke, and I only went to two of them. In the
morning on Saturday President Ballard and Elder Ballard spoke to all
of the missionary leaders of the stakes and wards in the mission and
they were talking about the program that President Ballard is trying
to implement where the members and the missionaries work together so
that the work can progress faster. Then, after all the
leaders left and it was just missionaries, we all shook Elder
Ballard’s hand and got a picture shaking his hand, and then we had
another meeting. President Ballard asked us how we thought the
missionary work in the mission could improve and we had a big open
discussion type thing. Then Elder Ballard spoke about how great of a
blessing it is to be on a mission and how when we are on a mission, we
can learn and grow ourselves, but we can also come to a sure knowledge
that Jesus is the Christ and he talked about his experiences on his
mission. It was a really awesome conference/seminar and I learned a
lot.
(It was super funny because this whole week was hot and sunny and all the elders broke out the short sleeves and we were all in the Elder Ballard meeting with burned/tanned faces and forearms from the week.)

He also held a fireside that night for investigators, new members,
less actives and others that wanted to attend. We didn’t go, because
we had to have an investigator there to go, but somebody told us that
he basically taught the first lesson about the Restoration of the
Gospel really powerfully for all the investigators and less actives
and other people. I heard it was really good, but we didn’t go because
we were out working.
One of the things he said that really stuck with me is this: “Satan is beating the family to death through social media” and he is SO right. Satan is trying his hardest to attack the family and beat it to death. One of the things that I will be the first to admit is that I was a slave to social media before my mission, and Satan uses it as one of his tools to tear families apart. Don’t let Satan beat the family to death. Show Satan who’s boss. One of my favorite scriptures is in Alma 48:17, “Yea, verily, verily I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.” Be like Moroni. Shake the powers of Hell. We have more power than he can ever dream of, don’t become subject to him.

But in terms of people we are teaching: Estuardo had to travel to New Jersey to get some papers signed and
do some legal stuff for his green card and was only supposed to be
gone for a week, and apparently he’s not going to be able to come back
till September, so that sucks. He was the most solid dude we had, now
he’s back in Guatemala working on his green card. It sucks.

The Benitez family is doing great though. A couple weeks ago we were given a
list of branch records and we were just told to find as many people as
we could. So we knocked on one of these peoples door and this white
lady with tattoos opens the door, so we just kinda assumed that it
wasn’t the people we were looking for and so we started going through
our regular door approach. So we ask her if she had ever talked to
missionaries before, and she told us she was a member and we asked her
what her name was and she told us she was the lady we were looking for
from our records. So the situation is that she went less active in her
teens, married a nonmember Hispanic dude, and they haven’t been to
church like at all. She still lives in the same home Ward she grew up
in, and that same Ward as her parents. So we have been teaching them
over the past couple of weeks and she is super into it. Like she
really loves us coming by and talking to them and she seems like she
wants to change and get back on the right path. He’s a little bit
tougher, but we’re working slowly but surely with him. So she kept
telling us that if we ever needed a dinner or anything that she would
be willing to help, so we didn’t have a dinner this week and thought
“what the heck, it’s worth a shot” so we ate with them and it was
awesome. We got her reading her scriptures and general conference
again, and she went to the Elder Ballard fireside. We also set up an
appointment to go to the temple visitors center with them tomorrow, so
we are really excited. It’ll be awesome.
We also went to go visit an investigator we had on our book named Raul Gutierrez and when we went to go see him the first time he kinda shooed us off and told us to come back the next day and so we did and he was semi-borracho (drunk) and he told us all of his problems. Apparently he is on the verge of divorce with his wife and he really wants to keep his kids and he knows she’ll probably take them, so he’s super depressed about that. And his family back home in Mexico want him to come back and stay with them for a time. So he’s super confused and needs the gospel. When we were talking to him I just felt this super deep, sincere desire to help him. And I know the gospel can help him. I wanted to tell him to just be patient and give us two weeks and we can turn his life around, but we haven’t been able to meet him since that day. We are going to search for him a lot this week. I want to help him really badly.
But that was what happened this last week. It was super dope. I love my mission. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. This is the best thing I’ve ever done!

I love y’all! Have a great week!

Elder Davies

Ponderizing Scripture:
“Y ahora bien, como decía concerniente a la fe: La fe no es tener un conocimiento perfecto de las cosas; de modo que si tenéis fe, tenéis esperanza en cosas que no se ven, y que son verdaderas.” Alma 32:21
“And now as I said concerning faith–faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.”

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