Troy’s Letter: November 29, 2010

29 11 2010

Hey all!

It was good to hear from all of you again.  I love reading everything.  Oh wait, you didn’t—haha.  Taryn your vacation sounds awesome.  It looks like we are both having a very hot winter.  I can’t really tell that it’s getting close to Christmas here.  Everyday just gets hotter and hotter.  I completely forgot that Thursday was Thanksgiving, too.  It was more of the same for us here.  Wednesday, we had a pretty sweet zone activity.  We all got together in the morning and everyone brought food from his or her country.  Then we all shared what we are thankful for.  It was way cool.  We had food from Mexico, Peru, Canada, Chile, and the States.  It was delicious.  And then after I gave my miracles speech for the zone—haha.

So, I’ll start out by explaining a little bit of Ovalle.  Ovalle is a small pueblo.  Everyone here works in fruit orchards—like grapes or oranges.  Everyone here has family who lives in the rural areas around here, so no one is here during the weekend.  They are all visiting their family in the campo.  It’s way small, hot, and dusty—haha.  It’s a pretty poor area and a lot of the houses around here don’t have numbers or anything like that.  Pretty much everyone here is super Catholic and there’s a lot of old people.  I have never learned so much patience in my life.  I honestly feel like a more patient person now.  It’s heartbreaking that the people here don’t even know what they are rejecting.

But on a brighter note, Nilda got baptized!!!  We had the branch president baptize her and it was an awesome service.  The spirit was definitely strong and our branch president got way stoked for missionary work.  Nilda is really excited.  I’m so happy for her.  It was hard to teach her all the time too.  She lives out in this pueblo in the middle of nowhere.  It’s a half an hour walk through the desert to get to her house. But she is awesome and way stoked.  We also found another awesome family that is becoming reactivated.  We set a baptismal date with the 9-year-old, Mauri.  His mom and sister are less active and are excited to come back to church.  Mauri is the sweetest little kid ever.  He stays up late reading the Book of Mormon and always reminds his family to have prayers everyday.  I’m getting pretty attached to the family.  He’s getting baptized the 18th of December.

Elder Vargas is awesome.  We always have such a good time together—even when we get rejected over and over—haha.  I love having him as a companion.  I know that there are miracles waiting for us as we keep working harder and harder each day.  We are stretching ourselves to the limit to find and teach investigators here.  Everyday we are learning more.  I feel like I’m improving so much as a missionary.  I feel so content each night when we get home.

By the way, I got the Christmas package.  Thank you!!!  I was soo excited when I saw the Poptarts—haha.  I’ve already got my tree set up and all the pictures out, too.  Thanks for everything.  Dad if you could reactivate my card and transfer the money back into the account, that would be awesome.  I have a box of stuff to send home, but I haven’t been able to because I haven’t had personal money.  And Mom, don’t worry about food.  We always have enough—haha.

I love you all,

Elder Teeples

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