Elder Peper

My Mission Experience

Transfers this Week


Things have been a lot better in Altus. I had tons of fun this week, and we had a bunch of good stuff happen. One crazy story that we had was on the way home from temple conference. We were driving on I-44 between Chickasha and Lawton. The sisters were following us, and we had a 3 way call between us, the sisters, and the Duncan Elders. The Duncan Elders were on highway 81, so they weren’t near us. We started seeing some pretty sweet lighting jet accross the sky in front of us. So, I had Elder King take a video, and he got a pretty decent shot of some lightning. Anyway, the weather got progressively worse as we got close to the source of the lightning. At one point we saw a HUGE gray thing sweeping across the freeway. I said, “What the heck is that?” Well, we soon found out as we drove right into it. It was immense amounts of rain, hail, and straight line winds. It was hard to keep the car going straight, and it was even harder to see 10 feet in front of yourself. It was crazy stuff. A bunch of cars on the freeway had pulled over. So we did, and the sisters did as well. We were all kind of sitting there using this hill as a semi-wind blocker. After a couple of minutes Elder King said a prayer on the phone with the sisters, and we waited a few more seconds. The weather cleared up, but just a tad. It was still crazy stuff, but you could see a little bit further. I started to drive and the Sisters followed me. Elder King was a little worried about driving into the storm, but my logic was that it would be safer to drive trough the storm (we were heading southwest) then to wait it out and risk a tornado dropping on top of out tin can of a car. So, we drove through the storm. We had to drive quite slowly actually, but in just a few minutes we were out of the worst of it. And then it was just drizzling through Lawton. That was quite the adventure. Good times!

Well, transfer calls came in last night. I am going to be going to Edmond 1st/ the UCO University ward.My companion is going to be Elder Burnett, who is awesome. I hear it’s a really good area. The coolest thing is that I will be in a district with Elder Rivas again! That is going to be a blast, for sure! Edmond is a suburb of Oklahoma City. It’s on the North side of the city and, from what I hear, a more upscale part of town, so we shall see what missionary work is like there. I’m sure it will be great, I have only heard good things about Edmond.

Well, that is all of my adventures to tell you about this week. I sure am going to miss tons of people here in Altus, but I’ll be back one day, I’m sure. I love you guys, I hope you have a good vacation! Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Elder Peper


June 21, 2011 - Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper, Photos, Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. WOW! A man eating turtle! We had seen some pretty big ones traveling through Louisiana once. I knew they had a little stub of a tail but nothing like that one. How did I teach biology for 35 years and not know that turtles (tortoises) had LONG tails. I think one of the parents of that one must have been an alligator. 🙂
    We love you.

    Comment by M. E. Barrus | June 21, 2011 | Reply

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