Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

1st Week in Eugene

Hello, Family..

I hope you guys are doing well, This week was good.. Eugene is pretty nice. I like the area better then Albany so far.. And my companion is really nice. We will get along famously. He is not an islander.. he is Hispanic. You pronounce his name Acunya but it is spelled Acuna with a ~ over the N.

I am looking forward to the upcoming weeks. We have some good things going on and they just baptized a family the night before I got here so the ward is pretty excited. The only bummer with this area is, we don't have the car on p-day.. and like no one around us does. So that sucks, its hard to organize some bball like this--but we still manage to get the job done.

I really like our ward mission leader, he is a younger guy named Brother Baird.. and we like a lot of the same things, so we are pretty much best friends.. he just doesn't know it yet. ;)

Unfortunately I haven't been reading as much of the Book of Mormon as I was... I was really on a tear there for a while. but I am on chapter 59 or so... so almost done with the wars and contentions of the days of Captain Moroni... he is a stud. What a Strategist. Reminds me of myself..... just kidding.

Anyways, Eugene is really green. A lot of hippies. And a lot of LOVE--almost as much love as I have for yall.

Have a good week, I love you guys

Elder Ballif

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Getting Transferred to Eugene

Hey Family, 

I hope everything is going well back in good old Kaysville. Its going pretty well here in Albany but I am more concerned about my new area that I am going to TOMORROW!! I am going to Eugene.

My address is going to be:
1800 River Rd Apt. 2-B
Eugene, OR 97404

I will be serving in the Santa Clara 2nd Ward which is a pretty tiny area from what I hear and my companion is the District Leader and his name is Elder Acuna (a-coon-yuh). President Young told me that it is going to be a very important transfer for me and him because he wants to make me a leader (this is what he told me). Its pretty exciting. Its going to be a pretty crazy transfer! I am up for it though.

Well, the work in Albany is going a little slowly now... Lacy is on a lengthy vacation in Salem. And we haven't seen her in 2 weeks but thats alright I feel that she will be back tonight hopefully. 

I will make sure to get pictures with all my favorite families. I got a picture with a little boy that reminds me a lot of Carsen. So I had to get a picture with him! 

God has definitely blessed me in this work and helped me grow when I needed to and I feel like the more effort I put in the more he blesses me. And that is why I am excited to get a new area and go to work. 

Well family, I don't really have much to tell you, I love you and I bought some huge duffle bags instead of suitcases.. WAY CHEAPER. I love you all and I hope you have a magnifico week! 

Elder Ballif