Troy’s LAST Letter: November 19, 2011

20 11 2011

Hello all,

Well, this week passed by way too quickly.  I can’t believe that I’m already writing you again.  I’m excited to see all of you and I’m glad to hear that everyone is doing well.  I’m passing through lots of emotions right now.  I can’t really describe how I feel… waves of excitement and depression.

This week was pretty awesome.  I did my last couple of interchanges and we had changes on Thursday with President Gillespie.  Doing changes was an awesome experience like always.  My very last interchange with the Zone Leaders was with Elder Arredondo, the missionary I trained in Ovalle Norte.  Did I ever tell you that both of the missionaries that I trained are Zone Leaders now?  The very last lesson we taught was with a woman who was having trouble smoking.  I read the scripture in 1 Timothy 10:13 that says God never tries us harder that we are capable of handling.  Next, Elder Arredondo asked her an amazing question.  The spirit was really strong and then we challenged her with the words found in 1 Nephi 17:3—God strengthens those who strive to keep the commandments.  We remained silent for two minutes.  She started crying.  She gave us her cigarettes and committed to quit smoking.  I invited her to be baptized on the 4th of December and she accepted.  Amazing lesson!  We both left so edified by the Spirit.  I’m going to miss teaching with such power and authority.  It’s my favorite part of the mission—watching the spirit work.

The bishop of Mirador and his wife

Today was an incredible day.  In the morning we went with the office elders to eat breakfast at the beach and then I had my final interview with President Gillespie.  He gave me a lot of advice for after the mission—how I’m going to stay active, advice about marriage, and other random things.  He gave me something amazing that he only gives to his assistants.  I’ll have to show you on Wednesday.

Well, tomorrow we will be picking up the new assistant.  Monday we will have time to visit converts, have the final dinner with everyone who leaves at the house of President Gillespie, and then Monday morning we head to the temple.

I’ll be seeing you all on Wednesday!!  Love you all,

Elder Teeples

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