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S: Mission of Benjamin James Ballard

BC: Ben served his mission in El Salvador. He served a loyal and faithful mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1995-1997. He met many great people that he will always remember and hold dear. This book is to document that time in his life. Made with love for Ben and his posterity. Melissa Ballard

FC: Benjamin James Ballard El Salvador San Salvador West Mission The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 1995-1997

1: Called To Serve | No Regrets

3: Everyone who set me apart as a Missionary. Grandpa Allen Nielson, Uncle Russell Nielson, Stephen Reidhead, Steven Wood, John Boone, Jim Ballard (Father), Uncle Leon Ballard, John Ballard, Michael Willis, Uncle Niel Nielson, Grandpa John Henry Ballard,Kevin Ballard

4: Leaving to serve the Lord for two years | I have been so blessed with such a wonderful family. | Ben with Grandpa Allen G. Nielson

5: Ben, Mom, Dad | Goodly Parents

6: Life in the MTC | Ben & Mike Willis | Elder Wright, Elder Mat Evans, & Elder Echols | Ben, Elder Guchenor, Elder Smith, & Elder Wright

7: Ben & Michael Willis | Windy Day

8: Joy in the Journey | Brother Wright - MTC teacher | Sister Bunker - MTC teacher

9: Above: Top - E. Rick Wright Middle - E. Stephens, E. Michael Storrs Bottom - E Benjamin Echols, Ben, E. Matthew Evans

10: "It was so good to see all of you at the airport. I don't think I could ever express how much you all mean to me. I love you all so much." -Ben | Family | Aaron, Allen, Ben & Charlie | Michael, Joseph, Mom, Ben, Allen & Peter

11: Peter Nielson, Ben & Jim

12: Me and Elder Lezama with Hermana Sara Valiente | Ahuachapan | THis is where people would do their washing and bathing | Me with Hermana Alicia. She is so funny and always feeds us. She cooks for about 6-12 missionaries. | Ahuachapan, La Gloria Ready for work

13: A grasshopper we found | Elias, Maurisol, Hermana Sara Valiente, Rudy Mendora, Elder Lezama | Baptism of Rudy Mendoza & Heber Garcia | Elder Lezama in front of a Saba tree | "One night I found 2 of these and we went and put them in front of Hermana Sara Valientes' house and knocked on the door and ran. They all screamed until we came and got it out of her house" - Ben

14: "I Loved the people I met on my mission in El Salvador" - Ben | Elder Lezama, Melvin Gracia, Heber Garcia and Roller | Elias, Maurisol, Heroana Sara Valiente, Rudy Mendora, E. Lezama | Son Sonate | Baptism of Vanesa de los Angeles Musun Abiles

15: A marriage we had to arrange so that they could be baptised

17: "I want to help them feel the Spirit stronger" -Ben

18: Baptism of Elena Maria Guevarra Garcia in Merliot | Baptism of Patricia Marlene Vasquez Miranda in Santa Ana El Centro

19: Right: Maurisol, Hermana Sara Valiente, Rudy Mendoza, Elias, Elder Lezama | Little Laura | Family in Santa Ana where we lived

20: Veronica & Rebecca, Emilia, Glenda

21: best two years | Meeting house in Quezaltepeque | Carlos Ernesto Mejia | Jose Feliciano Arteaga Guzman, Elders Martinez, Coley and Ballard

22: "Ya just got to love this place" | Oscar Eliu Saldaño and Hermana Saldaño | Manuel Valle Lopez with Elders Martinez and Ballard

23: "And the people" | Karen Guadalupe Rodriguez

24: Iris Janet Chicas Amaya & Febe Luz Chicas de Larin | Ana Maribal Pleites de Escalante | Jose Orellana "Cholla" | Elena Maria Guevarra Garcia with the Goodnow family My only English baptism

25: Edwin Enriquez Diaz Caranza and Gladis

27: Elders and Adventures | E. Moore, Lezama, Neil, Alay, Salazar & me

28: When we climbed Cerro Verde | E. Jared Coley, Michael Green and Jose Moreno holding me

29: On the way to Los Chorros | Some ruins we went to | Juayua | Adventures

30: Pineda's Beach house

32: Trip to Armenia | "No wonder they quit showing the Dukes, General Lee was stolen & taken to San Salvador" -Ben | Eldes Hatton, Boe, Ballard,, ?, Moreno, & Martinez | Elders Ballard, Frazier, Swims, ? | Elders Andrus & Schumann

33: Scenic route to Armenia | Elder Corrales and Elder Josh Escobedo Ruins de San Andres | President and Sister Goodnow, Elder Swims, Elder Frasier, Elder Ballard | Missionaries with Elder Alvarez of the Seventy

34: Jimenez sleeping in our area El Mora

35: Chapel in Quezaltepeque

36: Juayua | Juayua

37: La Pila: Used for washing clothes, dishes etc.

39: Train we took to Armenia | Gringo's in the mission | This is Great! | Elders Heiner, Ballard, Smith, ?

40: Zone Conference | P-Day for the Office Staff

41: Elders Alaya, ?, Ballard, Barraza, ?, Green In Juayua

42: President and Sister Mortenson and Family | Marla, Mark, Phillip, Seth, Hermana Mortenson, Pres Portenson, Matt, & Paula

43: President and Sister Goodnow

44: El Salvador San Salvador West Mission President & Sister Goodnow

45: I'm Going Home | Here, I'm saying goodbye to President and Sister Goodnow. My Parents came to spend some time and see my mission before we headed home. It was so good to see them.

48: "A lot of parents have come to pick their missionaries up. They always seem to enjoy it and I think you would too..."

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