Troy’s Letter: November 8, 2010

8 11 2010

Hello all,

Well, today is CHANGE DAY.  I can’t believe that I’m going into my eighth change out of sixteen.  Wow!  It was good to hear from all of you—except for Taryn.  She didn’t write me this week—haha.  But I understand…I’ve been to college.

Well, we had another amazing week this week.  Carolina, Mauro, and Rocío all were confirmed and are all doing really well.  Elder Lloyd and I also found some amazing new investigators this week that will help our work progress quickly. Our investigator pool was running pretty low after we baptized everyone.  Elder Lloyd and I fasted to find good news. It was amazing what happened.  We tried everything we could think of to find new investigators.  We did tours of the church, asked for references, knocked doors, gave out invitations, and many many more things.  It’s amazing how the Lord blesses us when we get creative and keep seeking new revelation and guidance.  We found a family who was friends of a recent convert and neighbors of less active members.  We also began talking with a non-member husband of a less active that is now super receptive and went to church.  Straight up miracles…

The sad thing is that I won’t be here to see the progression of everyone.  After six months of being in Coquimbo, I’m finally leaving.  They called us on Saturday and told us. I will be sad leaving all of the members and converts and investigators here, but I can leave knowing that the ward is stronger now than when I got here.  I even got the chance to give my final goodbye talk and everything in fast and testimony meeting.  It was sad.  Last night we had family home evening, which quickly turned into a goodbye party.  Half the ward showed up—haha. The young women had even baked me brownies—hahaha.

Last night the assistants called me and told me that President Gillespie wants me to be a District Leader!  I’m super excited for the opportunity to learn to love and serve the missionaries more.  I have the privilege of teaching the zone classes, doing interchanges, and taking down numbers.  I’m super excited, even though I have no idea where I’m going or who I’m going to be with—haha.  Today we all find out where everyone is going.  I know that no matter where I’m going I’ll be doing the same thing: finding, teaching, and baptizing.  It’s amazing how the work is the same everywhere.  I’m excited to meet new members, find more people, and see more miracles.  I know that no matter where I go or whom I’m with, I’m going to work as hard as I can to invite others to come unto Christ.  By the way, Alma 31 through Alma 34 is absolutely amazing.  It changed my life.  I don’t know why I just put that there, but I invite you all to read those chapters.

I know without a doubt in my mind that the church is true.  The Book of Mormon has changed my life.  I love it and only wish I had more time during the day to read it.  It’s amazing how inspiration and revelation comes from each sentence if we just read it with true intention and apply everything to our lives.  I also have a strong testimony of pondering.  The last ten to fifteen minutes of my study time now is dedicated to complete pondering.  I don’t read or study anything.  I just think.  Those ten to fifteen minutes of everyday have been the most intense, spiritually packed, and enlightening minutes ever.  Ponder.  It’s awesome.

I love you all,

Elder Teeples

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