Troy’s Letter: June 20, 2011

20 06 2011


A cold, rainy, windy, winter day...

Wow, wow, wow….

What an amazing week back home—and here as well. If only you could all see how excited I am right now—haha. It was really great to hear from everyone. I’m really thankful for Grandpa Keyser helping me out with my mission. Make sure to let him know that it really means a lot to me and that I’ll be giving him a big hug after the mission. Also, my package got here with the two snowboarding shirts in it. Thank you a bunch. I’ve been wearing them every night so far.
Happy Father’s Day Dad!!! I hope you had a great one. It was a pretty interesting Father’s Day back here! I was really excited to hear about EFY as well. As I read about what Savannah wrote in her letter, I started to remember my own EFY experiences—great times. I would actually love to be an EFY counselor next summer. I’m also thinking about working in the MTC when I start studying next semester. I don’t want to leave the mission behind and it’s the closest thing I can do to serve another mission. Also, I was really excited to hear about the experience that Megan had at EFY. I have actually been praying for her and her family as well!! I really hope she gets baptized….haha—just kidding. But seriously, I am really excited about her progress and that awesome blessing. It was great to hear that Mike is still alive as well. I do miss Mike, Greg, and Dan a bunch. It will be great to see them.

Well, now with my side of the story…Elder Mace and I have been really blessed this past week…just amazingly blessed in every way. Can you say ten investigators in church?! We saw so many miracles this past week. Aris and Sebastian, two fourteen year olds, are progressing really well. They both have their baptismal interviews on Saturday. They will be getting baptized the 2nd of July and then Alexandra will be getting baptized on the 9th of July. An amazing story is how we found the Mallega family. Elder Mace had told me that a sixteen year old girl of the ward had a friend attending a while ago. We didn’t know who it was or where she lived. Miraculously, when we planned one night, we were impressed to pass by a future investigator on our list. We passed by, and without even knowing it, it turned out to be the mother of the friend of the member!!! We found the girl’s friend in the house and ended up teaching the whole family. Three days later they all accepted a baptismal date for the 16th of July! The whole family went to church yesterday and loved it. What a miracle. There are just so many other miracles that are only found in my journal.

This past weekend was really stormy. It’s been raining for the past three days but the worst part is the wind. On Saturday morning the wind was so bad that it blew down some trees in Viña. President told his assistants to call us all and tell us to stay inside if we thought it was too dangerous. But of course, we headed out to work haha. I wasn’t going to let some wind stop us. We were on interchanges with the other two elders we live with, so I was with Elder Gasik. I went out of the house, opened my umbrella, and it broke within twenty seconds because of the strength of the wind—haha. It was a very interesting day to say the least. On top of all of that, I was sick with a cough and runny nose. It was hard to define between the snot and the rain hitting my face. What an awesome day—haha. We got back to the pension. We changed and I just about died.

Well, I don’t have much time to talk about much else. Today we are going to get our hair cut by Elizabeth, one of my converts from Viña Centro! It will be great to see her.

My British accent is moving along well…Good-day chaps!!
Elder Teeples




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