Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Blessed to have a foundation in Jesus Christ!

Hello! This past week was good (: Thank you so much for the package!!! The sweets are always well appreciated (: SO! I was reading in the new Ensign this past week.... and I'm just reading in the "Latter Day Saint Voices" part and I read an article and think hey, that's pretty good! I look at the name, "Jaimee Lynn Chidester" What?!?!?! Super cool (: Kidna funny. I freaked out just a little bit.

This week went well. We were able to see and investigator named Rose Sanchez, who has apparently been an investigator for a long time... 10 plus years or so. We were having a lesson with her and she mentioned how she didn't understand the importance of Joseph Smith, and she didn't know what he did...? What??? of course she had heard about Joseph Smith.. I don't know why she said that, but on her teaching record it says that she has been taught about Joseph Smith multiple times... but we talked about him and she committed to reading 1 page of the Book of Mormon daily. Woo!

We met with Luigi again this past week. We read Mosiah 7:20 up to chapter 9 and it went really well. He is so funny! Did I already tell you about him last week? Him, His wife's family and his kids are all active in the church, he just isn't baptized. His family is all catholic though.. He says he wants to know everything about the Book of Mormon and the church before he gets baptized. HA! Like that'll happen in this life... haha (: but in stake conference yesterday, President Castro gave a wonderful talk and he said this in his talk: "It's kind of risky saying this, but I am a professor of religion at BYU-I and I still don't know everything." Go President! We are hoping Luigi was listening when he said that... But he is slowly progressing towards baptism. He's been meeting with the missionaries for a while now too. A long time ago, the missionaries used to actually live at their house... crazy. So that's Luigi! We're going to find out what he thought of stake conference this week. The other talks were amazing! The 1st counselor of the LA Temple presidency came to give a talk. It was really good! He mainly talked to the non-members who were in attendance, and he kept saying, "We have blessings in this church that are far greater than you can imagine!" It was really good (: and he described a sealing in his talk. It was awesome! He is a great speaker!
We were trying to contact some less actives yesterday, and we went by this one lady and she told us that we (Elder Castro and I) should become models... it gave us a laugh (: haha. Some people are really strange here... but it's great. There are a lot of people here that have been through a lot of trials in their lives. I just have to look at their lives and family situations, and it makes me sooooo grateful for the life I have! We have been lucky not to have any major trials in our lives. And I know it was because you and dad built our family on the foundation of Jesus Christ and his teachings! thank you so much! I really can't thank you enough for that!!!
We haven't been able to go back to see the Beems yet... but Sister Beem is so awesome. She is temporarily taking care of our dinner calender (which is a hectic job, since there are 2 sets of missionaries in this ward now) and most of the days we don't have dinner, she buys us gift cards. She is so nice! A special prayer for her would be appreciated. It's not even her calling! it's great (: We were able to go by the bishops house this past week and coordinate our efforts with his. He is a musician and has a 12-string guitar..... yup. I'm in love. I am getting one after my mission! It sounded so good (:
But as far as I know I don't think there are any rules against a digital picture frame... So just send that, that'll be fine (: thank you so much! and thank you so much for checking my account and for the emergency fund.  It's so crazy how Bradon is going home (dying, according to the mission lingo) next monday! His mission flew by. as is mine... time is going by so fast. It's crazy! Kolby sounds like he is having a tough mission experience... He is in guatemala, and his companion doesn't speak english... sucka ;) hahaha just kidding. a prayer for him as well would be appreciated! I will be praying for you and your school situation! The power of prayer is so amazing! I totally under estimated it before my mission.
Oh! I actually got to give a lady a blessing the week before this past week! it was so amazing! I wish I had time to write more about it, but it's so amazing feeling the spirit work through you. so cool (: the priesthood is amazing. Thank you for all your love, prayers, and support! It means everything to me! Have a wonderful week (: Love and miss you tons! You're always in my prayers!
Elder Teeples

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