Elder Peper

My Mission Experience

A Rough Week

This week has been pretty rough. We have a recent convert who won’t talk to us. In fact, he made it a point to tell a family in the ward that they should make sure that the missionaries don’t come around any more. It’s really rough, and I can’t think of any reason why he would say that. We saw him on Sunday and we told him we would come by Thursday, and he said that would be just fine. So, we went by on Thursday, and he wouldn’t talk to us. He had a No Trespassing sign on his door, and his scriptures were out in the yard. Elder King says that he had a dream that he was talking with this recent convert and that the reason, in his dream, that he wouldn’t talk to us is because he was facing quite a bit of persecution. I’m not sure what we could do to help. It’s killing me, and I feel awful. This is one of the hardest things that I’ve had to deal with on my mission, and I think the biggest reason why it’s so hard is because I’m not sure why he won’t talk to us. It’s bugging me a lot, and I don’t know what to do about it.

We did have an adventure, other than that, last week. We were at the Leadership Training Meeting up in Moore. That’s when all of that killer weather hit, and we were all in the Stake Center. Apparently, funnel clouds were going right over our heads. It was crazy. We were all in the bathrooms and baptismal font waiting it out. At one point someone saw a truck out in the parking lot on two wheels. It wasn’t a tornado, but it was close to being one. It was pretty intense.

Well, that’s about it. Hope everything back home is going well. Love you guys!

Love,

Elder Peper

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May 31, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper | 1 Comment

Gustnado!

Hey people!

I am going to start out with a story. It’s not very spiritual this week, but it is pretty cool: There was a pretty significant storm that was coming right for Altus, but ended up kind of bending around the town, so most of the good stuff missed us. However, we were kind of waiting it out. We were at a member’s home, and decided that it was a safe time to leave. So, we got into the car and started to drive away. I looked up in the rear view mirror and just saw a huge wall of gray and wind. I was like, “What the freaking heck was that?” Then it started swirling and coming right at us. It completely engulfed the member’s house and headed down the street right for us. It was nuts! And then it was all over, as quickly as it started. We’re pretty sure it wasn’t a tornado, though. It wasn’t connected with the clouds, and it did no damage. Basically, from the information I’ve gathered, it was an over sized dust devil that occurs sometimes during thunderstorms called gustnados, but I could be wrong. I’m not a meteorologist. Some missionaries in our district got some good pictures of funnel clouds trying to make contact with the ground. They said that they saw one that looked like it hit the ground. The weather here is nuts, and tornado season isn’t quite over yet.

Things are going well in Altus. Elder King is awesome and we are doing great. I remember Dad asking on Mother’s Day about Church HQ referrals (mormon.org, pass along cards, etc.) and I told him that I haven’t had one that worked out. Well, that all changed this past couple of weeks, so now I’m eating my words. There is a family that we are teaching now. Their story is that the husband Googled “free bible” and he ended up on mormon.org. We tried to see them and to call them a few times, with no luck. Sometimes we had a response, but they weren’t really interested in us coming over or anything. About a week later, we got another referral from the same family. We tried a couple more times, and again, no luck. Finally we said that we would go knock on their door one more time and if they didn’t answer, we would have to drop them. So, we did, and they let us right in and we taught them a first lesson. They have a baptismal date for the middle of June right now, and they are awesome. Pretty cool stuff.

We tracted a street yesterday (Sunday) and talked to one person, who wasn’t interested, then the next house we taught a doorstep first lesson and got a new investigator. The whole rest of the street, not one person answered their door. So, I guess we knew why we went to that street yesterday. Oh, I had the privilege of interviewing a baptismal candidate for baptism on Saturday for the first time. That was definitely a very interesting experience. It was really neat, though. I’ve never been on the other side of an interview before.

Well, everything else is going good. Thanks for being the greatest family that has ever lived! I love you guys tons and bunches and 100 pounds! Let me know if you need or want anything from Oklahoma!

Love,

Elder Peper

May 23, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper, Photos | Leave a comment

Mission Life This Week

Altus is awesome! I like it here a lot and my companion, Elder King rocks. I don’t know of a whole lot to say. Things are pretty straight forward. There isn’t too much new going on. We did go to three secrament meetings yesterday, though. We went to Altus, and then we went to the branch that is in Vernon, TX. So, I got to go to Texas yesterday, that was cool. We also went to a sacrament meeting they hold once a month in Hobart, OK. So, there was a lot of traveling yesterday, but it was a good day. It was fun. That’s about my life right now. We are going hiking today for P-Day, so I’ll take tons of pics. I’ll be sure to let you see them all. Love you guys tons!

Love,

Elder Peper

May 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Mother’s Day Letter

Today I received a very nice Mother’s Day card from Elder Peper with the enclosed letter dated May 4, 2011:

Hey Mom 🙂

How are things going back in C-Town?  Things in Altus are quite good.  We had two baptisms this past Sunday.  It was pretty cool.  One was Bradley, who actually was in a cab at the time we first met him.  He had the driver pull over and he basically said he wanted some company.  My first reaction was, “This will probably be a waste of time.  This guy is just lonely and needs some company.”  I was obviously pretty wrong.  What started out as a lonely depressed guy with an alcohol problem, turned out to be a very faithful man who is sober and has let the atonement of Jesus Christ completely transform his life.  It is people like Bradley that make all the adversity and rough days on a mission worth it.

The other person who was baptized was Todd.  He was dating a member here in Altus, but I guess things didn’t work out.  In any case, he is moving last minute tomorrow.  So, we called President Taylor and tried to figure out what we needed to do (as we were planning to confirm him a member in Church this Sunday).  The plan now is to confirm him before he leaves tomorrow night.  He’s a cool guy whom I care about a lot.

We have quite a few people to teach, but they all seem to have a ways to go in order to progress to baptism, but that’s okay.  We will just have to keep teaching them and find those who will receive us.  Being a missionary is so rewarding.  It’s crazy how much being on a mission is changing me.  I remember when I was a greenie and I was so terrified to get up in front of a group of 7 other missionaries.  Now, I can give a Sacrament Meeting talk and it doesn’t really phase me.  I used to type up every single word that I was planning to say in a talk, but now I can get up there with a simple outline and go with it.  It’s fun to be able to do that.

Elder King is an awesome companion.  I can easily see him being at the top of my “favorite companions” list.  Really, I’ve been lucky.  I haven’t had a companion that I’ve wanted to punch in the face (knock on wood).

I don’t know what else to say other than Happy Mother’s Day!  I love you so much! I can’t wait to talk to you on the phone on Mother’s Day for the LAST TIME on my mission.  That blows my mind.  I love you, Mom.  I will give you a great big hug in just a few short months.  It will be here before you know it.  I know you are receiving blessings beyond measure for me being out here.

Love,

Elder Peper

P.S.  Thanks for the new suit.  It rocks! 🙂

May 7, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Rattlesnake Roundup

This past Saturday was the Rattlesnake Roundup in Mangum, OK.  Elders Peper and King spent a little bit of time at Mangum’s Big Event.

May 3, 2011 Posted by | Photos | 2 Comments