Troy’s Letter: November 5, 2011

19 11 2011

Zone Council at Cumorah

Hello all!!

I’m glad to hear that everything is going great. I still can’t believe that Mr. Barry is our next door neighbor. I would love to share in his class! I’m actually really excited to see him and Mr. Wind, Mr. DeVries, and Mr. Williams. I think I’ll have to visit Fossil Ridge before we head out to Pennsylvania. Mom, thank you so much for all of the information for the MTC application. I would love to do the application when I drop off my stuff in Provo. Is there a deadline for the interview for this coming semester? I really would like to teach in the MTC. I was thinking about being an EFY counselor this coming summer as well. I want every opportunity to inspire the young men to serve a mission. The schedule for this upcoming semester looks amazing.

Service Project at Cumorah during Zone Council

President Gillespie called me yesterday evening after having talked to you. He told me about the complications about staying for one more week. I have to apologize because I completely had forgotten about Thanksgiving. I forgot that Thanksgiving even existed and I had no idea that it was the next day. The only thing that I thought would have to be changed was the date of my homecoming talk and I thought that wouldn’t be too difficult. Please understand that I love you all with all of my heart and I’m excited to see everyone. Sometimes I just forget that real life keeps going on outside of the mission—haha. Guillermo and Vanessa (the family that’s being sealed) let me know that they won’t be able to go to the temple on November 19th because of financial situations. The only way that they can go as a family is by going on the 26th with the district—the district will then pay their way. They asked me if I would be able to stay one more week to see their sealing. I love this family with all of my heart. I would like nothing more than to see their sealing, but I understand now what I would be missing if I stayed. After praying about it I realize that it’s more important to be home. I will be leaving here the 22nd with everyone else.

Well, with that said, I’ll share a little about my last week. Saturday after writing, Elder Briones and I headed up to the north with President Gillespie! We were there during interviews and did interchanges with the zone leaders from Coquimbo and Ovalle. I also had an afternoon to say goodbye to converts and members from Ovalle. It was such a wonderful weekend. We got back on Tuesday and Wednesday. We had interchanges in the interior with the zone leaders from Villa Alemana. Friday was Zone Council with all of the zone leaders. It was my 10th Zone Council—my last one and my favorite as well. Since we got 92 baptisms as a mission in October, President decided to take us up to Cumorah, a camping site about an hour away. Elder Briones and all of the zone leaders and I did a service project, clearing the area of weeds. Then we had a huge soccer game and a barbeque—best time ever. Right afterwards, we had our regular council session. Elder Briones, President and I reviewed the topics and the numbers of the mission. We left at about 4:30 pm and everyone was exhausted—a day to remember.

We heard recently that a general authority is coming to the mission! Next Friday we are having a meeting with all 200 missionaries of the entire mission. This is something that has never happened since I’ve been here. Either Elder Cook, Elder Snow, or Bishop McMullin will be addressing us as a mission. This next week is going to be full of preparation for the most important conference that we’ve had as a mission. I’m really excited. It’s going to be incredible!!
Well, I have a couple of weeks to give it all that I have. I love my mission with all of my heart. I dread the day I will be released—what a great and terrible day that shalt be!!

Elder Teeples

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