Troy’s Letter: March 8, 2010

8 03 2010

Alright, I’m going to copy my letter to the President because you have asked twice. Good luck understanding it—haha!

Esta carta al Presidente debe incluir los temas siguientes: 

1.      ¿Como está usted y su compañero(a)?

Estamos bien todavía. Estoy un poco desanimado porque todavía nos faltan investigadores que están asistiendo. Elder Blood me enseñó que nunca debo desanimarme y eso me ayudó mucho. Me siento como hicimos todo posible para ayudar a nuestros investigadores a asistir, pero no sé lo que paso. Esta semaña voy a enfocarme completamente en ayudar a todos nuestros investigadores a asistir, durante cada lección. Estoy animado porque yo sé que voy a necisitar ser líder esta semaña sin Elder Blood, porque mi compañero nuevo no va a conocer a mis investigadores. Entonces esta semaña será una semana muy importante para mi, voy a trabajar tan duro esta mañana.

2.      Relate una experiencia espiritual personal de la semana pasada por hablar con todos. 

Estoy aprendiendo la importancía de hablar con todos en las casas. Muchas veces entramos en una casa y hablamos con solomente una persona. Ayer Elder Blood y yo entramos en una casa y invitamos a todas las personas en la casa escuchar. Cuando hicimos esto, nos dimos cuenta que uno de la casa es familiar de otro investigador que tenemos. Por eso, la familia fue mucho más receptiva a nuestra lección. Ahora, cada vez que entro en una casa voy a preguntar que todos en la casa acompañarnos.

3.      ¿Qué ha aprendido de su lectura del Libro de Mormón?

He aprendido mucho del Libro de Mormón esta semana. A mí  me encanta leer partes que tienen las respuestas a mis problemas y desafíos aquí con mis investigadores. Esta manana yo leí la parte cuando Alma estaba desanimado por la gente inicua que no lo esuchó. Cuando él estaba caminado desanimado, un ángel le apareció y le dijo, anímate, porque vas a tener el reino de Dios (basicamente). Me di cuenta que durante la misión, nuestro propostio es hacer todo lo posible ayudar a las personas a venir a Cristo, pero las personas todavía tienen su propia albedrío. Podemos ser maestros perfectos pero todavía, todas las personas no nos van a escuchar. Voy a mejorar mis habilidades siempre y hacer todo lo posible a ayudar a todos, pero nunca más me desanimaré.  

Well…that is my letter to the president this week—haha.  I love hearing from all of you at home. It is so weird to think that Taryn will be in college soon—and in Hawaii, too.  That is sick!  Joel is coming out as well?  I’m sure that will be a good time.  Sounds like I am missing out on a lot, but you are missing out on even more here—so it’s all good.  This week was pretty interesting.

We found out that we are actually going to have changes this week. Our changes our super interesting.  I love them!  I don’t think I could be happier.  It turns out that Elder Blood, my companion, is moving up to Zone Leader of Valparaíso Oeste, because we have had such amazing numbers this change.  This is pretty funny because he is a quiet kid.  Everyone was surprised, but he’s an awesome missionary.  He will do well.  I will stay here in the same sector.  This isn’t very common because it means that I will have to train my new companion in this area.  This means the mission president is putting a lot of trust in me. Usually the new kids are just shipped around and the elders with more experience stay in their sector.  My new companion is a Latin, which means my Spanish is going to shoot up this change as well.  I will be forced to speak Spanish all the time.  I should grow so much this change, in my ability to speak the language and also in my ability to take a dominant role in the lessons.  I’m excited to see what happens.  The best part is that Elder Blood and I will still be living with each other—haha.  He is replacing Elder Mower who is moving to Viña.  We will still be in the same pension, which is awesome.  Tomorrow is my first day with my new companion, so I will let you know how that goes next week.

I can’t get over how much I have learned about being a missionary and the gospel in general.  I realized that I had no idea how to be a missionary when I came here.  I have learned SOO much, especially about the church.  My favorite part of the day is personal study in the morning.  Every day, I am realizing more and more how everything fits into place.  I’m gaining a greater perspective on life as well, and our purpose here.  Not much has changed because of the earthquake; actually it’s kind of funny.  Everyone here is busting out Chilean flags and all the cars say Chile Pride, Strength, and stuff like that—haha.  It’s funny…it’s exactly like what happened in America after 9-11.  The earthquake has also humbled the people as well.  People that we talked to and had denied us before, willingly let us in now.  A lot of people are curious why a loving God would let these things happen.  I LOVE when people ask this.  We jump on it right away.  We bust out lesson two—the plan of salvation.  We share how without trials and tribulations, we couldn’t progress.  We wouldn’t learn anything if we never had to overcome anything.  We wouldn’t learn charity if others didn’t need help.  We wouldn’t learn patience, if we thought everyone was perfect.  The whole purpose of this life is to do all that we can to become more like God.  Without trials, problems, or disasters, we wouldn’t learn anything. We wouldn’t know happiness, if we never knew the misery.  I love 2 Nephi 2; it’s perfect.

We have an investigator, Transito, with a date to get baptized.  Two days ago she told us she didn’t want to do be baptized; she was going to quit.  Upon asking more, we found out that she just doubted herself.  She didn’t feel prepared and was super scared.  Immediately we busted out the story of the apostle Peter, walking on the water.  We shared how when he was distracted, he started falling back into the ocean.  This was when he lost the faith.  We explained that we, as missionaries, are here to pull her back up and get her back on the water again.  She started crying and we had the most incredible lesson.  We have four investigators with a baptismal date now.  We just need to get them to come to church three times before they will be baptized.  Prayers would help.

Spanish is coming really well.  I can now understand almost everything while talking with people in the street, and about 98 percent of our lessons.  I can communicate pretty well with just about anyone, but I’m still far from fluent.  I’m still waking up every morning at six to practice my pronunciation and to learn more of the grammar.  This next change with a Latin should be just what I need—haha.  It was awesome to hear from you guys.  I can’t wait to hear from you all next week.

Love,

Elder Teeples

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