Note From Mama: I have chastised the young man for not sending more pictures. Haha 😉 Let’s hope he is obedient and sends more next week!
Elder Ballif’s letter is sent on Monday, August 10, 2015
It is already the end of my first transfer and for those who came out with me. I have grown so much this transfer and have learned humility and patience more than anything, I would say.
I know I am nothing without Christ.
This week had its ups and downs, but mostly ups. This week we taught more than 30 lessons which is the most that we have ever taught in a week and we picked up 8 new investigators which is awesome. Yesterday we went tracting on splits with a couple of young men in the ward Joseph and Steve Batis. And all together we taught 21 lessons, just yesterday, and picked up 5 new “gators.” It was an awesome experience. Tomorrow the other two elders in Kokomo are being transferred and will be replaced by a training companionship. I’ve found out that President Cleveland sometimes likes to change his mind and will surprise you.
Having been out for a transfer, I can honestly say that I feel like everything is just normal now. Talking to strangers, getting the door slammed in your face, getting yelled at, sworn at, spit on and threatened: This is normal because we are disciples of He who descended below it all. It makes sense that we would deal with things similar to what he went through, though we cannot comprehend it all.
The work is moving along swiftly here, the temple is built and is about to be dedicated. Over 90,000 have gone and seen the House of the Lord. It has brought countless blessings to many and will continue to do that.
Every transfer we are given a scripture for the whole mission as a theme for the transfer. Ours this past transfer was D&C 109:13 “And that all people who shall enter upon the threshold of the Lord’s house may feel thy power, and feel constrained to acknowledge that thou hast sanctified it, and that it is thy house, a place of thy holiness.”