Monday, January 20, 2014

So grateful for the Atonement!

Hello! (: this week was great! We had our stake conference yesterday and Saturday. It was so good. Pres. Eyring, Elder Arnold and Elder Anderson spoke to us via broadcast to many of the stakes here in SoCal. it was so good! Pres Eyring shared a story about his cousin and how he had "strayed from the past" and the last words he heard (or remembered)  his grandfather saying to him was "get Eddie" his cousin. I could kind of relate with him about ----. I heard Grandpa T's voice in my head saying "get ----" at that moment, so I may write him a letter today. 

We pumped out that nasty pool this week! it was a lot of fun (: I'll have to send some pictures of it sometime! 

So this week we met with Jack. He went on a week long retreat with his privately owned catholic high school. He told us a little bit about it and he said that he learned a lot from it. I guess the objective of the "week long field trip" was to help everybody come closer to God. He said it helped him a little bit in that aspect, but he mainly just grew closer to his acquaintances. We had a really good lesson with him yesterday about pondering scriptures. We read Enos 1:1-4 with him and had him ponder about what Enos was going through and the role pondering played in his life. He brought up a lot of concerns on why he doesn't want to be baptized and it will probably take close to a miracle for him to get baptized this transfer. We are praying with faith, along with most of the ward, that he will have a "mighty change of heart." 

We met with Alana this week as well. We are planning on setting her with the date of February 15th. (: We really have a good feeling about that date, even if she doesn't end up being baptized on that day, it will get her closer to baptism than she is right now. She is a really special soul and she is already living all the commandments! She would make a great worthy member, we just need to help her realize the importance of baptism I guess. (: 

We have been reading Ian the Book of Mormon, and it has been going really well. He seems to understand a lot of what is happening in the story. We are in the middle of 1 Nephi 4 with him right now and his is enjoying it. 

We went over to a lady named Diane's house yesterday with a 16 year old member and found that Bishop was there, because she is his sister. Diane has been reading the bible a lot, and along with the Bishop we talked about Ezekiel 37: 16-19 and she said she got "goose bumps" and let her know that that was the Holy Ghost talking to her telling her that it is true. So we read Moroni 10:3-5 with her and she said that she would start reading the Book of Mormon when she got done with Isaiah, which she only has about 10 chapters left of. We are going to invite her to be baptized next time we see her (: 

Elder Gray is doing good.  He has been here for a long time, but he is still doing good. Our zone goals this transfer are really motivating us. We are going to do some good work this transfer, and we are excited to be here together!

My studies went well this week. I studied the Atonement quite a bit, and it really is amazing to me just how much it relates to everything in the Gospel. Everything in our church is just an "appendage" of the Atonement. It is really cool to ponder and think about. I love the Atonement so much! I love the peace and forgiveness I constantly receive from it. I love this Gospel and I love the testimony I have of it!

Thank you so much for all your love and support (: you are in my prayers always! Love and miss you!!!!! Have a wonderful week (: 

Elder Teeples 
Me and my comp(:

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