Troy’s Letter: February 8, 2010

8 02 2010

¿Como le ha ido familia?

I’ll start out by answering your questions first.  About the shirts- don’t worry about it.  While we were doing contacts, we found a guy who can cut and sew my long sleeve shirts into short sleeves.  I gave him three of my long sleeve shirts.

Each month we get about 130,000 pesos.  It sounds like a lot—haha, but it’s about 260 bucks a month.  We use that money to buy food, get haircuts, bathroom supplies, and bus/taxi fares.  And the last question—yes, I am getting enough to eat.  Sometimes I am extremely hungry, but it’s okay.  I know that just means blessings in the future—haha.  The members feed us so much for lunch everyday.  Yesterday, after Fast Sunday, we had this heaping plate of this weird spaghetti and chicken, and then a bunch of tomatoes and salad, and a little bit of ice-cream.  None of us could move after the meal—haha.  Usually we eat a ton for lunch; it’s really our only meal of the day.  I’m getting used to eating all of my food for the day in one setting.  In the morning, we have some cereal, too.  I can’t get over how good the milk is here.  Every week, I buy like four cartons of milk.  The vanilla and banana milk is just sooo good.  There is fruit everywhere.  Every kind of fruit you could possibly imagine.  Every drink here is some kind of fruit juice.  It’s either fruit juice or carbonated fruit juice—haha.  Every dessert has some kind of fruit in it or else it’s just purely fruit-haha.  And Coca-Cola is huge!  It’s everywhere, but we´re not allowed to drink it as missionaries.

I’m still getting used to the hills.  Apparently, my sector is famous for the hills.  Everyone loses weight when they come to this sector, because all we do all day is climb hills.  It’s tough.  The mission is a lot harder than I expected.  Day in and day out, there’s never a rest, but it’s because there are always people waiting for us.  I’ve never been so tired physically and mentally at the end of each day.  I climb in my bed and I pass out.  It’s all worth it because we keep having success.

This week started out a little depressing.  Both of the baptismal dates we set flopped on us.  One moved to Switzerland ?  The other person has cancer and has been in bed sick for the whole week.  We haven´t even talked to her.  But, we have two investigators that are absolutely awesome—Marta Espinoza and Juan Carlos.  They have been super receptive to everything, but the only problem is they are living together and aren´t married.  Apparently everyone in Chile does.  Over half of all the families don´t have a married husband and wife.  Apparently, it’s really complicated to get married/divorced.  Amway, we were super nervous to teach them the law of chastity, because they said they had rejected the Jehovah Witness missionaries.  The Jehovah Witnesses had told them they had to get married.  We taught it to them, though, and they accepted it right away.  It was absolutely amazing.  We were teaching them and Marta was like—well, I guess we’ll have to separate ourselves.  We couldn´t believe it.  It’s a much longer story but I don’t have time to tell it all.  The two of them have come to church twice and even attended a baptismal service this Saturday.  We’re hoping that the two of them can be baptized by the end of February.

Besides that, we are finding new people like crazy.  We found fifteen new investigators this week!  We taught the most in our sector again, teaching thirty-one lessons this week.  We’re hoping that some of our new investigators will turn into legit progressing investigators, so we can put make baptismal dates with some of them.  

Everyone here is super short.  I think I have met two Chileans who are the same height as me—haha.  The Spanish keeps progressing.   I’m actually starting to get in on some of the lessons and teaching a decent amount of them.  Sometimes the Spanish is good and sometimes it’s bad. Sometimes people can tell I’m new, and other times people are really surprised when I tell them that I have been out for three weeks in the mission.  Our ward mission leader was telling us about an Elder who had a lot of problems learning Spanish.  He said that I could speak better now, than he could after his entire mission.  But some people, especially the people who live in the poorer areas, I can’t understand a word they say.  My companion does most of the contacting in the poorer areas, just because their speech is so much sloppier.

Oh, P-day lunches are the best!  Elder Blood and I and the other two Elders in our apartment (our zone leaders) always go somewhere really awesome for P-day lunches.  Last week we went to this restaurant where they had this meat platter—like a million kinds of meat.  We ordered it and had steak, chicken, pork, sausage, blood sausage, and intestine—haha.  It was delicious.  Today, we’re going out for pizza.  Oh, and something else cool that happened this week was a forest fire on a hill next to us.  The ash was everywhere.  It was snowing ash on us while we were tracting. I really wanted to take a picture of it, but I couldn’t.  I love you all.  It’s so good to hear from all of you.

Till next week,

Elder Teeples

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