Troy’s Letter–February 14, 2011

28 02 2011

Hey all! 

Great to hear from everyone again—sounds like life is going on as usual back home.  I’m glad to hear that both Grandpa Keyser and Grandpa Nolder are doing okay.  Please don’t ask me about family cruises or anything like that—haha.  Sounds great, but I don’t really want to think about trunky stuff like that—haha.  I still have nine months to be completely focused.

So life here in Viña is great.  Our zone is doing well.  We are super content with our progress as a zone.  It looks like we’re not going to get our goal for baptisms for February, however.  We’re going to fall three short, but we are looking really well for March as a zone.  We have been doing a bunch of interchanges and trying to help every companionship get their goal.  I’ve learned that that is basically my purpose now as a zone leader.  I’m here to help everyone in our zone to reach their goal.  That’s really what every leader of the church does.  He helps those under his jurisdiction to reach personal goals.  As we help others reach their goals, we reach our personal goals.

I’m pretty excited for Saturday.  Elizabeth is being baptized!  She passed her baptismal interview on Saturday night and her baptism is planned for this Saturday at 7:00 p.m..  The ward is pretty excited and we are hoping to use the baptism as an opportunity to find more new investigators.  We are focusing all of our efforts now in finding new investigators.  Elizabeth is the only one that we have that is progressing, so this week has to be the week that we find more people and set more baptism dates.  I have no doubt that this week we will see miracles.  We even have interchanges with the assistants tomorrow, so we will have two companionships working in our sector.  It’s going to be great.

I really like Viña and my comp is hilarious.  We’ve had a great time together and I’m starting to get to know the members and the area better.  One thing that I have noticed is that there are a lot of really rich members over here—haha.  We ate lunch yesterday in this absolutely gorgeous house right on the side of the ocean, and we watched the water splash against the rocks as we ate.  I can tell that I’m going to get really comfortable here in Viña.

I’m constantly learning new things in each sector that I have been in.  It’s amazing how we work in each area differently, but the Spirit leads and directs us in the same way.  Everyone, no matter where they live or what they do, is a child of God and deserves the gospel equally.  I love seeing how the same Spirit makes the same changes in the hearts of people that are so different.  Something else that I’ve loved to see is how the church is the same in all parts of the world.  The ward here in Viña is a lot like Fort Collins.  The youth even went on a camping trip this past week and a bunch of them shared their testimonies in church and everything.  It’s amazing how organized the Lord’s church is—just one more thing that strengthens my testimony of the truthfulness of this work.  I love being a missionary.

I love you all,

Elder Teeples

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