Troy’s Letter: October 1, 2011

22 10 2011
Trip to Illapel

Hey family!

It was great to hear from all of you. Crested Butte looks absolutely amazing. BYU sounds like it is awesome. I still can’t believe that Taryn is talking to Matt Potter—haha. I’m glad to hear that I have a place to live next semester! I knew that Weston was getting married. It’s still really weird to think about for me. My license came! It feels good to be driving again. I think Elder Briones got tired of always driving.

This week just flew by. We had Zone Council yesterday. Almost all day Monday and all day Thursday, we spent preparing and planning Zone Council. It turned out really well…one of the best councils that I have seen. Afterwards, we all played basketball together—even President Gillespie played with us. It was a great time. Good stuff. We had some amazing interchanges this past week as well. We went to Illapel on Sunday, a very very small zone known for not having much success. Elder Briones and I showed up with a lot of excitement ready to see miracles. I worked with Elder Villanes from Peru, we went out and found four new investigators and set three baptismal dates!! It was an amazing day—absolutely wonderful. It just goes to show that it doesn’t matter where you are, the Lord is always preparing people to accept and follow his gospel.

I’m so excited for today and tomorrow. General Conference is pretty much like Christmas here in the mission. We spend so much time teaching and increasing the faith of others, so when conference rolls around, it’s a wonderful opportunity to learn and increase our own faith. It’s amazing that when I have had leadership roles in the mission, sometimes I worry so much about how to help the zone or the mission, that I have little time for personal study to take care of myself. Lately Elder Briones and I have made a big effort to look for time for personal study because we are constantly running around from the moment we get up. It’s amazing to think of bishops and stake presidents. They have to worry so much about the families in their ward and stake but they can’t forget about their own family relationship at the same time. We all learn by mistakes and experience, right? It will be really important to apply everything that I’ve learned here to future church callings.

Well I love you all,
Elder Teeples

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