Elder Peper

My Mission Experience

Mission Life

Hey,

Well this week was pretty interesting. Fist off, we had another Leadership Training Meeting in Moore. I got to go to that, and it was really fun. It’s that 4 day meeting that drains you, but ends up being really awesome. I’m really glad I had the chance to go to that. (Photos from the meeting posted below.)

Elder Sarkady is doing really good. He likes it here in Oklahoma a lot, and he’s a really good teacher all ready. He’s got a lot of potential, too. I’m really glad I got to be his companion.

The temperature here on Friday was 78 and on Saturday it was 75. It was SUPER nice and I enjoyed that a lot. Tomorrow, we are expecting 4-8 inches of snow. The high on Wednesday is going to be 12. Crazy weather here in Oklahoma. Crazy. We’re all ready preparing for tomorrow. I guess it’s just going to be one of those days where you stay inside and just hang out. Should be all right, I guess. We’ll see how much snow we actually end up getting. I’m kind of looking forward to it. Crazy weather keeps me entertained. Tornado season should be here in a couple of months.

 

The other night, Elder Sarkady and I were awakened at 2:30 AM to some loud poundings and stompings upstairs. It sounded like there was a pretty good fight going on. It lasted all of a couple minutes but it was crazy. At one point we heard a guy yell, “Noooooo!” It was insane. We get up the next day and notice that the door upstairs was broken. We talked to the manager of our apartments, who is a member, and he told us that some guy kicked in the door upstairs and came in and beat him up in the middle of the night. Yeah, that was pretty crazy stuff.

This week has been really good. I really enjoy the people in Norman. Everyone is really nice and it’s awesome. People from Oklahoma are really cool. I really like being here on a mission. I love seeing the lives of others change. I hope everyone is doing good back home. I love you guys!

Love,
Elder Peper

At the Leadership Training Meeting Left to right: Elder Frampton, Chun, Palmer, McGill, Jensen, Peper, Jackson, Schleitwiler, Madsen

January 31, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper, Photos, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mysterious Photos

We haven’t heard from Elder Peper yet this week, which is not unusual (he prefers to send letters by US mail rather than email).  I did, however, check his web album today to see if any new photos had been uploaded.  I found a few new photos, but there were no captions or comments posted with them, so the circumstances are a bit mysterious.  One photo looks to be of his companion, Elder Sarkady.  The other photos appear to show some trouble for Elder Rivas.  Elder Rivas, in his usual manner, is still smiling and flashing the “peace” sign.  He always seem to be in good spirits regardless of the situation.

Elder Sarkady

Looks like trouble

Elder Rivas taking it in stride

January 24, 2011 Posted by | Photos | Leave a comment

Howdy – Jan. 18 Letter

Hey,

This week has been really. good. We started out by getting 2 referrals from the zone leaders. It is a man named Arthur. We taught him twice last week and we were able to set a baptismal date with him. That was really exciting. He seems really excited and everything. He seems intent on doing what is necessary to find out if the Book of Mormon is true or not, so that’s really good. It’s something that we’re really excited about.

Elder Sarkady is doing really good. He is a really good teacher, especially for a greenie. I’m pretty excited about that. He seems to like being here in Oklahoma a lot, and he seems to like what it is like to be a missionary. All of those are awesome things and they make life easier for the both of us.

Tomorrow we have a meeting with all of the other trainers and all of the other new missionaries that came out with Elder Sarkady. This meeting is going to be in Moore, which is where the mission HQ is. I haven’t been to that meeting since I was a brand new missionary, but I remember it was pretty fun. So, I’m looking forward to that. Also, there is another LTM meeting coming up. The LTM is the four day meeting that I went to two months ago. That is a long four days, but it’s really cool and it’s an awesome meeting and I’m looking forward to it.

P-Day yesterday was awesome. (We are emailing today because the library was closed for MLK day.) Anyway. P-Day was cool because we got to start playing basketball at noon. The whole zone (pretty much) came to Norman for basket ball and we played for several hours. It was really tiring, but it was really fun. I had a blast. There were so many people there. A lot of missionaries went to a soccer field and played soccer there, but a bunch of us stayed to play basketball. That was cool.

Oh, last night, we went to a Less-Actives house. She is coming back to church, and decided that she would let us teach the missionary lessons to her. She also has a daughter who is not baptized. So that’s cool as well. I don’t know a whole lot about them yet, but I will update you when I get to know them more.

Well, thanks for everything that you do. I love you tons. I will see you soon.

Love,
Elder peper

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Working Hard

Jan. 8, 2011

Hey Everybody!

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve written you a letter.  A lot of stuff has been going on and we’ve been quite busy.  Transfers were just a few days ago on January 5.  I have a new companion now, and he came straight from the MTC.  His name is Elder Sarkady and he is from Provo, UT.  He’s really cool.  I think this transfer is going to be really good.  My last companion, Elder Egbert, got transferred to Ardmore, which is south of Norman.  I hope I get to see him soon.  He was pretty cool.

Things are going pretty good for us so far.  We’re trying to find more people to teach, which is hard.  Elder Sarkady seems to like Oklahoma and being on a mission.  I asked him if he thought that a mission was like he expected.  He said he was surprised that we had lessons with less-active and active members.  He thought we were going to be knocking doors from 9am – 9pm non-stop.  Haha.  That would not be cool.  He says he’s having lots of fun so far.  So, I’m glad about that.

It sounded like everyone at home had a pretty good Christmas.  I’m glad about that.  I really enjoyed talking to Madi on the phone for a while.  It seemed like she enjoyed it quite a bit, too.  She can sure hold a conversation now.  She couldn’t do that six months ago.

I got your letter in the mail today.  I’m glad to hear that everyone is having a good time with the Wii Fit.  I was really sad to hear about Gina’s death.  That’s really sad.

Jan. 10, 2011

I’m going to finish up this letter so I can get it in the mail by the time we leave this morning.  This week has been really good everywhere except on paper.  If you look at our numbers from this week, it looks as though we didn’t do a whole lot, which is a bummer because we did a bunch.  I think what happened is that not too many people kept their appointments.  However, this week will be better in that regard.

It snowed a little yesterday, and it may snow some today.  Parts of the state got some accumulation, but we didn’t .  Hows’ the snow in Colville?  Still got some on the ground?

I think I’ve run out of  things to talk about.  So, I’m going to close this letter.  I love you all tons!  Thanks for everything that you do.  I hope you have a good week this week.

Love,

Elder Peper

PS:  Could I get Kyle & Klaus’s addresses?  Thanks!

January 12, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A New Year

Elder Peper has 11 months left to learn, grow and serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  As of Wednesday this week, his companion, Elder Egbert, will be transferred and Riley will stay in Shawnee and train a brand new missionary straight out of the MTC.

We had a wonderful telephone call with Elder Peper on Christmas Day.  It sounds like he had a great holiday, including making a big breakfast with some of the other missionaries, as well as Christmas dinner at the Hannah’s home.  The ward also put together gift baskets for Elders Peper and Egbert, which included some very nice gifts.

Below are some recent photos we received from Riley.  It looks like those young men really know how to let down and have a good time when the opportunities arise.

Christmas Morning!

 

Christmas morning football (Elder Peper in the gray hat).

Elders Rivas, Egbert and Peper at Freebirds

Elders Egbert, Measom, Rivas and Peper

January 3, 2011 Posted by | Photos, Uncategorized | Leave a comment