Troy’s Letter: January 31, 2011

31 01 2011

Enjoying barbeque with Elder Arredondo

Hey family!

Well it has been an absolutely incredible week here in Ovalle.  I’m not really sure where to start.  So let’s see—today is my last day with Elder Arredondo.  I’m headed off to Viña del Mar!!!!  So, President Gillespie called me on Friday night and asked me if I would be a zone leader for him in Viña del Mar.  I accepted—haha.  So, it looks like I will be headed off to Viña del Mar as a zone leader.  My new companion is Elder Urbina.  He is from Nicaragua, and he is just about finished with his mission.  He has two changes left which means I will be his last comp and I will be in Viña for at least three changes.  I’m really, really excited and a little bit nervous as well, because I am pretty young to be a zone leader.  But I’m stoked to learn a bunch from Elder Urbina and head back down to the south; I haven’t been in the south since Valparaíso.

Another AMAZING experience that happened this week….okay, so I don’t know if you all remember or not, but a couple weeks ago I had an interview with an investigator of Monte Patria.  Her name was Alejandra.  It was an amazing interview and the spirit was very strong.  So Elder Fredes and Elder Sorensen called me on Wednesday and told me that she wanted me to baptize her!!!  It was amazing because she had been learning from different missionaries for six months and the first time I got to know her was during her interview!  But I was so touched all the same.  It was an honor and a privilege to baptize her.  The coolest part of the whole thing is that the missionary that found her six months ago was Elder Batty!  He found her right before he went over to Coquimbo to be my comp—haha.   How cool is that?  It’s so amazing how small the mission is.

Maricel, Nicole, and Luis

But otherwise, everything else has been amazing here in Ovalle Norte.  Vladimir and Margarita are both really progressing towards their baptisms.  Margarita will be baptized on the 12th and Vladimir on the 19th.  It will be a bummer to not see their baptisms, but that’s how the mission goes sometimes.  So, I said goodbye to everyone from the ward.  I will miss all of the converts, members, and investigators here but I know that everyone is in good hands with Elder Arredondo.  I’m going to buy my new suit today because my last one, my black one, is now dying on me too—haha.

This week Elder Scoma also left for the house.  It was depressing to see a missionary leave for the house—the first time I’ve seen it on my mission.  It just gets me even more stoked to do the best I can with the time that I have here.  It’s amazing how time flies, but I love every second of it.  Well, I love you all and next time I write you all it will be from Viña!

Love,

Elder Teeples

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