Welcome to the blog of Elder Redge Ballard!
Redge has gone from planning to fly to the Brazil MTC, to driving to the Provo MTC, to the Houston Texas Mission, and now finally he has arrived in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. We hope you'll enjoy following his adventures in sharing the restored Gospel to those he meets!
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Hello everyone!! What a great week and adventure I've had :)
|Elder Fife and a massive pot of rice!|
Being translated, "Please don't smoke marajuana here." Bahaha :D
Hurrah for Israel!!
Joice and Neide! Que benção! (What a blessing!)
When garbage men go on strike
Posted by Wendi at 11:19 AM
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
This week has been great!! I once again was taught an amazing lesson this week. One day I was just thinking a lot about gratitude and humility. I realized a really cool and interesting thing about human nature... For some reason, it's human nature to be angry/sad when things negative happen, but when positive things happen, we almost always just accept it as being "neutral". For example, we wake up and say, 'Dangit! I have a cough today how lame is that!' But the day before we didn't wake up and say, 'Hooray!! My throat is perfectly healthy today! What a blessing!' We always accept good things as just being neutral or what it 'should' be. As I realized this it opened up a whole new world of gratitude for me. We have countless things to be greatful for that we don't even realize until they're gone. For instance, all of us have control of both sides of our body. The recent convert here, Clovis, can only move his right side. I've never heard anyone ever say that they are grateful to be able to move both arms or both legs or whatever. But as I've thought about it more it's really helped better my attitude in all things out here. As I've looked at the "neutral" things I have and realized how positive they really are, it's totally began to crowd out the unpleasant or ungrateful thoughts. I think this is truly a way we can become more grateful and more positive in life, because with me, rather than saying "Man, I'm tired of not being able to understand everything people are saying..." I can say, "Man, it's so great that I had 2 months of spirit-led training in the MTC, a companion here that helps me all the time, scriptures to read in portuguese..." That list could go on and on and on. Such a great lesson I've learned with that!
Hurrah for Israel!!
Oh btw, my title that said 100 pages was referring to that i hit page number 100 in my journal today! Haha, not important but kinda crazy.
My wonderful toe blister. The hills really take their toll somedays :)
Posted by Wendi at 11:26 AM
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Hello my dear family and friends!! Holy cow this last week has been so hard not having an email sent... I don't know why it drove me so crazy but I just have SO much to talk about in this new country. I'll respond to last week's emails as well today.
Bits of Brazil -
The napkins here are such a joke. They're made out of the same stuff as the popcorn bags at movie theatres :D
Rock n roll here is pronounced: Hock e hole. I cracked up the first time I heard that.
Wax paper here is called Papel Manteiga, which translates out to be butter paper.
A member had a Liahona from the early 90s. Great picture eh? :P
We found this little guy when we were cleaning the font.
Douglas and Iony! And they are a lot happier than they look.
Posted by Wendi at 9:39 PM