Troy’s Letter: August 6, 2011

14 08 2011

Hey family!!

It was great to hear from all of you!!  I’m glad to see that you all remembered to write. It’s good to hear that Taryn is a hippie.  I wish I could count how many career ideas I’ve heard from her—haha. It seems like every week I hear of another job that’s even “better than the last!”  Haha, I love you Taryn.  Savannah is still watching Harry Potter movies, I imagine.  It’s actually pretty big out here as well.  And mom, it’s interesting to hear about your new career path.  It’s kind of funny how we both have been moving into an administrative role at the same pace.  Dad, well, I’m glad to hear that Sparky is doing well—hahaha.  I don’t remember who Chely Enriquez is—probably because I was really young.  I’m excited to speak Spanish with her.  I really want to be able to talk to some people after the mission so I don’t lose it.  Maybe I’ll minor in Spanish or something.

But anyways, this week has been very, very eventful.  More interchanges with zone leaders and district leaders.  It’s really cool because we get to know every missionary in the mission really well.  It’s a huge blessing to be able to learn from and teach every missionary.  We ended up planning a lot this week.  I had my first zone council as an assistant!  Yesterday the twenty-eight zone leaders from all over the mission came down.  We had our zone council on topics that both President Gillespie and we chose.  Lots of planning and work.  I directed the meeting.  It was a great learning experience.  I’m really learning a lot about how to plan, conduct, teach, and direct meetings.  My favorite part about being AP is our weekly meetings with President Gillespie.  We learn so much about church protocol, the spirit, the scriptures, and other things.  I really feel like everything I’m learning about is going to help me be successful in my career as a father, as a husband, in church callings, and in every part of my life.

After Zone Council yesterday, we went back up to Mirador, my old sector.  We went to see a piano concert that Elder Mace, my old comp, performed.  It was an amazing spiritual experience and it was wonderful to see all of our investigators, converts, and members from Mirador.

By the way, after the mission I’m going to learn how to play the piano and speak French—haha.  Having a French companion really gets me excited to learn a third language.  We have a piano in our house so I’m teaching myself to play the church hymns on the piano.  There’s just so much that I want to do after my mission.   I don’t know how I’m going to have time for all of it.  It’s amazing how many things we can do in life to waste our talents—such as playing video games or watching TV.  Lots of times, Satan tempts us, not by sinning, but just by doing things that wastes our time and stops our eternal progression.  In the mission, we have to evaluate everything we do to see if it helps us raise our key indicators (baptisms, confirmations, lessons, etc.).  If it doesn’t, it’s not worth our time.  I figure it’s the same after the mission.  Everything I do should help me to progress to become more like Christ and develop my talents to bless others.  If it doesn’t, it’s not worth my time. I want to work, read, play music, learn languages, play sports, travel, and lots of other things after the mission.  I just feel like I see things from such a different perspective now.

Mom, could you look up when I have to sign up for classes at BYU?  And check out living situations with John?  Thanks.  I don’t want to wish my mission away, but it’s about time to be prepared for the winter semester coming up.

I love you all,

Elder Teeples




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