Troy’s Letter: August 27, 2011

28 08 2011

Hey family!!

Thank you so much for all of the presents!!  I wasn’t expecting so much!  Tell Grandma and Grandpa Nolder thanks for the fifty dollars as well.  I’m going to buy some handmade Chilean leather scripture covers with the money.  They burn in church pictures and they just look amazing.  I loved the sweat pants—they are going to last me years as well.  Great buy…very well done.  I’m wearing the new tie now as well.  Good choice.  The peanut butter cookies and Reeses cups were a hit!  I made of batch of peanut butter cookies last night and put a Reeses cup on top of each one.  Everyone in the pension thanks you—haha.  I loved the note from the Choraks and the CDs are great as well!  Thanks for everything.  We just got back from eating lunch with a member family in Valparaíso.  They surprised me with a cake and a new tie.  Sister Gillespie just gave me a batch of homemade cookies, too.  I love birthday time—haha.

Beaches of Coquimbo

Well this week was CHANGE WEEK!!  Change week is always exciting, but this time it was a completely new experience for me.  Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we had interchanges like usual, but Thursday was one of the most interesting days of my mission.  Changes with President.  We got to his house at about 9:30 am and worked on transfers until about 4:30 pm.  It was intense. We were constantly putting missionaries in one place and then moving them around and opening and closing areas.  I loved it though, because we could make suggestions, give some insight about how certain missionaries or areas were that President didn’t know very well, and see the process of revelation.  It makes me think about how the members of the Quorum of the Twelve send missionaries to all parts of the world—changes on a much larger scale.  Great experience. Sister Gillespie also made us some Chicken Cordon Bleu.  Elder Jaquier and I were able to eat with the mission president and his wife.  Thursday night and Friday morning we spent a lot of time putting all of the information into the computer system…that was very boring—haha.

So Elder Jaquier leaves on Monday, and Elder Briones comes in!  Elder Briones will be my last companion.  I’ll be finishing the mission with him for my last two changes.  He’s Chilean!  It’s been a very, very long time, if ever, that the mission has had a Chilean assistant.  Everyone’s going to be really happy about it. I’m excited to train him as assistant.  We have a lot planned this next change but I’m not nervous at all. I’ll have a great companion and I feel pretty comfortable now about my calling.  Our week will start off pretty quickly.  We’ve got trainer trainings, coordinating changes, and zone council all coming up next week.  It’ll be a busy week but a great one.

Well, it was great to hear from you all, until next week.

Elder Teeples

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