Troy’s Letter: October 8, 2011

25 10 2011

Elder Briones and me...what a view!


It’s great to hear from all of you again!!  Sounds like schools going well and that winter is right around the corner.  Here, we are finally getting out of winter.  The trees are almost all green and the sun is getting hotter.  I’m loving every minute of it—haha.  To answer your question, Dad…yes, I’ve written in my journal every single day of my mission—almost a page-long entry every day.  I have no idea how I’ve pulled it off so far—haha, but I know that I will be thankful later on.  I don’t think that I’ll have a personal journal after the mission—just a scripture study journal.

This week has been much more relaxed.  It’s the last week of the change!!!  We organized the changes with President Gillespie this past Thursday.  I absolutely loved it.  It’s such an awesome experience be a part of the process of revelation.  It’s funny because everyone always tries to get their change out of Elder Briones and me after Thursday.  We always receive calls from elders and sisters trying to crack us—haha.  We never crack!  Yes, I am honest in my dealings with my fellow men—haha.  This whole week we have been sending out emails, buying bus tickets, and getting everything ready for the transfers.  President Gillespie always tells Elder Briones and me, “I make the decisions and you both carry it out.”  It’s just like the temple—one directs and the others obey and bring to pass the vision.

This coming Monday will be extremely sad.  It’s the going away dinner for a lot of my best friends in the mission…Elder Case, Mace, Hughes, Fuhriman, Brady, and others.  I can’t believe that their group is going home.  I feel like half of my group is leaving.  I will be entering in my very last change, 16 of 16 changes.  That sounds weird.  I have absolutely loved every second of my mission.  After serving for almost two years now, I’m beginning to understand the covenants that I have made in the temple.  I’m so excited to dedicate all of my talents and efforts to the building of the kingdom.  Even though we use D&C 4 a lot as a missionary section, I see no reference to missionary work in the section.  The “work” is the bringing about the purpose of the church: perfecting the saints, living the gospel, preaching the gospel, and redeeming our dead. I’m so excited to continue dedicating myself to this work after the mission.  We all learn little by little, line upon line (2 Nephi 28:30) and grow grace upon grace just as Christ did (D&C 93:10-13).  I’m so excited to continue learning!

I love you all,
Elder Teeples




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