Elder Peper

My Mission Experience

Tracting Altus



Altus is doing pretty good. It’s starting to grow on me. The people here are really nice. We have been tracting quite a bit, and everyone has been, at least, polite to us. So, I’m very thankful for that. We have a TON of small towns outside of Altus that we cover as well, and some of those are pretty cool. One is Hobart, OK. It is a nice small town. It reminds me of an Oklahoman version of Colville. It’s nice there.

This week we were tracting and finding a few potential investigators. One instance we weren’t finding anyone when Elder Chronister turned to me and said, “Why is it that it’s always the ‘last house’ where missionaries find someone to teach?” I had never thought about it before, but then I realized that I had heard a ton of “last house” stories before. But, I sort of laughed and shrugged it off. Well, as my obvious foreshadowing would lead you to infer, the last house that we tracted into, a lady answered the door. She had met with missionaries before and had a Book of Mormon and was really interested in us coming back to visit with her, so we’re going to do that this week. It was pretty cool.

Well, not too much else to say…Oh, other than we have a baptism coming up on Sunday. A family of 4 (a mom and her 3 children) are all getting baptized on Sunday. It’s pretty cool and really exciting. We also have quite a few good prospects, so things are going really well here. I’m glad to be here in Altus.

Well, hope you guys are well. Let me know if I can do anything for you. Love you tons! (Call you in a couple of months).

Elder Peper

This week’s photos:

Flat Oklahoma

Elder Chronister

Elder Peper

Elder Peper (2)

Elder Peper 3

Altus Dust Storm

Altus Dust Storm 2


February 28, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper, Photos | Leave a comment


Well, I’m in Altus, OK now. It’s a crazy run-down town out in the middle of nowhere, but the people here are awesome. Church was pretty good yesterday. It is absolutely nothing like the ward in Norman, though. It’s tiny and the people aren’t youngcollege people. It’s more like the ward in Texas (because it’s a military ward) only smaller. I like it here so far. My companion, Elder Chronister, is a really cool guy and we’re getting along just fine. He is a hard working missionary, so I’m really glad about that. He’s been out for about 8 months so he knows what’s going on and what not which is cool. It should be a good transfer here in Altus. I’m looking forward to it. The only drawback is P-Day. The closest missionaries live 55 miles away, so we can’t see them too often. We do get to see other missionaries for district meetings on Fridays though, which  is a plus.

I’m just getting settled into the area here. The first few days, up until you go to church, are always kind of hard in a new area, but once you get to know the members and everyone else, it’s really not that big of an adjustment. I’m used to it by now, I guess.

Well, sorry to make this so short, but I’ve gotta go. There’s not too much else to say either. I will write a longer one next week. Hope everything back home is  going well and that you have a good day skiing today. Tell Madi she’s too cute and tell her to stop growing until I get home! Love you!

Elder Peper

New photos this week:

Elder Peper

Elder Chronister

February 21, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper, Photos | 2 Comments

Getting Transferred

I heard from Riley this morning in a bit of back-and-forth emailing.  I don’t actually have a letter to post, but he promised he would write one tonight and put it in the mail tomorrow (he prefers to spend his internet time emailing his friends who are also serving missions around the world).

In any event, he let me know that he is being transferred this Wednesday.  He loves Norman so much and says he will really miss it, but he is excited for the change. He will be transferred to Altus, OK, which is “in the middle of nowhere and has an Air Force Base.”  He says the town has a population of 18,000.  The best part for him, I think, is that he will get a car again.  He seemed very excited about that.  I’m sure his letter will contain more information about that and other things (feeling hopeful, anyway).

He mentioned that President Taylor allowed him to attend the temple this past Saturday with a woman he baptized in Burkburnett last year and who was going through for her endowment. He said it was a really wonderful experience.  I will post his letter as soon as I receive it.  In the meantime, please enjoy this weeks’ photos posted below:

Elder Peper lying down on the job.

L-R: Elders Sarkady, Peper, Rivas and Nordstrom

L-R: Elders Sarkady, Peper, Rivas and Nordstrom

At the temple with Sister Frazier

At the temple with Sister Frazier

February 14, 2011 Posted by | Photos, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Confined to the Apartment (due to weather and flu)

Riley advised us today that they received 10″ of snow last Tuesday and were told they couldn’t drive or ride bikes during the storm. They were told to stay home for 3 days. During that time, he came down with the flu which then turned into bronchitis (as it always does with him). He has been very sick since Wednesday and finally went to the doctor. He got something for the flu but was not given anything for the bronchitis.  He says he’s still coughing excessively and will have to try and get a prescription this week if he doesn’t get any better.  He said he hasn’t been that sick in a very long time.  Please keep him in your prayers in hopes he will feel better soon!

Meanwhile, Elders Rivas and Nordstrom stayed with Elders Peper and Sarkady for the week.  They ventured out a little during the storm and Riley provided a few photos (posted below).  The forecast for OKC is another 6-10″ of snow this Wednesday.

It snowed 10" on Tuesday, February 1.

Elder Rivas exploring the tundra.

We were starving and couldn't find anywhere that was open. Then we saw this gleaming light in the distance: Chinese Heaven. Left to Right: Elder Sarkady, Nordstrom

During the snow we got bored and played a card game where you had to eat nasty stuff if you lost. Elder Rivas won.

February 7, 2011 Posted by | Photos | 1 Comment