Elder Peper

My Mission Experience

Ridiculously Solid Investigators

Hey everyone!

This week has been absolutly incredible. I cannot even begin to describe how awesome it was. We have 3 ridiculously solid investigators, and they are all member referrals. It’s incredible. One is  is a college student. She was talking to a member here, and he introduced her to the church. She has been steadily progressing and even has a baptismal date! It’s really cool to hear what she has to say, she lets us know exactly what she is thinking and what questions she has. She came to church yesterday, and said that she loved it!

Another investigator that we have is coming to the University Ward with his wife, who is a member, and they are enjoying it. He has great questions as well, and a sincere desire to know.

Finally, yesterday, we got a call from a member, who is not from here, but she is staying at the Ronald McDonald house by the hospital in OKC. She told us about this guy who was also staying at the Ronald McDonald house who she was talking to about the gospel. We got there last night, because he wanted his son to meet us and maybe get a blessing. We talked with the Dad. He told us that his son recently had an accident, and had to have his leg amputated. And that’s why they were at the hospital. So, we talked to him a little bit and this is what he said to us: “I want to be the spiritual leader of my home. I want to be the person who my kids come to and I can ask God what to tell them. I want to have dinner as a family at the table with the TV off. I want to say prayers as a family. I want to have family Bible Study.” He also said (this is the icing on the cake), “I don’t like churches where you just show up on Sunday and leave. I want to be in a church where we can be involved.” I was wondering what dimension I had entered because I’ve never met someone so prepared before. It was incredible. We committed him to be baptized, and he said yes. We didn’t set a specific date because he lives in another ward. His only concern is that our church is all the way in Edmond. He was pretty excited when we told him there is a building in his town. So, he will be here with his family for the next couple months, staying at the hospital, and we are going to teach him what he needs to know. We are going to visit with him and his family on Tuesday evening. This was one of the coolest experiences on my mission!

Love you guys!

Elder Peper

August 29, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper | Leave a comment

Currant Bush

Hey!
Things are going pretty good in the mission life! I like it here a lot, in Edmond. We picked up a couple of REALLY solid investigators last week through referrals, so I am very hopeful that they will work out. Things are going well, although life is constantly stressful. I’m sure it’s good for me, I just can’t see it right now. I think it’s a lot like the talk from General Conference by D. Todd Christofferson:

President Hugh B. Brown, formerly a member of the Twelve and a counselor in the First Presidency, provided a personal experience. He told of purchasing a rundown farm in Canada many years ago. As he went about cleaning up and repairing his property, he came across a currant bush that had grown over six feet (1.8 m) high and was yielding no berries, so he pruned it back drastically, leaving only small stumps. Then he saw a drop like a tear on the top of each of these little stumps, as if the currant bush were crying, and thought he heard it say:

“How could you do this to me? I was making such wonderful growth. … And now you have cut me down. Every plant in the garden will look down on me. … How could you do this to me? I thought you were the gardener here.” President Brown replied, “Look, little currant bush, I am the gardener here, and I know what I want you to be. I didn’t intend you to be a fruit tree or a shade tree. I want you to be a currant bush, and someday, little currant bush, when you are laden with fruit, you are going to say, ‘Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me enough to cut me down.’”

I feel like the bush here where I can’t see the outcome, but I know it will be good. I just have to keep working hard and pushing through to the end. Things are progressing for us, and we are doing well. Thanks for your love and care! Love you!

Love,
Elder Peper

August 22, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Little Overwhelmed

Hey!

Things are going good. It’s been hard lately. I feel overwhelmed a lot between having the responsibilities of a District Leader and training a new missionary. It’s hard, but I’m handling it okay I think. I don’t like being overwhelmed at all, but I know that it’s good for me. I’m not too trunky though, I just feel weighed down, and like I just have to deal with it for a few more months and then I’ll be free from it, but I know that’s not the right outlook. We are still working really hard though. I’ve learned something this past week: the harder that you work, the harder Satan works on you. That sucks really bad, let me just say. I hate it, and it is difficult for me to find happiness at times, but I find it.

I am excited to go mountain biking and as well as, of course, snowboarding. I would like to take the bikes up to Rossland, which is supposed to be amazing. (Moab at some point too would rock!) I am excited for college and stuff as well, but I am still working hard. Don’t you worry!

Well, sounds like things are going pretty good for you guys back home. Those pictures from your trip were just awesome! I would’ve loved to be there. Well, take care and have a good week!

Love,
Elder Peper

August 15, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Record Heat

Well,

This summer in Oklahoma is on track to be the hottest summer ON RECORD! We have already had 43 or so days of 100 degrees or hotter and the record is 50…I think when it’s all said and done we’ll have beaten that for sure. It’s supposed to be 109 today, breaking the previous record of 106. Can you believe that? It ridiculous. I was looking at your awesome pictures of your vacation and noticed the snow-capped mountains. I couldn’t remember what season it was for a minute. Then I remembered, it’s 109 outside. The A/C in our apartment is really good, so we stay really cool at night. It’s not good, though, when the low get’s to about 80 or 85.

We are having really good teaching experiences. We have some really cool investigators who have been progressing really well. I am excited for that! Yeah, I can’t really complain. Things have been going really well. I was stressed out a ton this week, but that’s pretty normal when you are showing a greenie the ropes. It happened last time I trained as well. All is well now, though. Today should be a good P-Day. We’re going to play some soccer at the church. I’m really excited for that. I love it. I’ve gotten a little better on my mission at it, too. We’ve been playing quite a lot. Well, at least here and in Norman. I’m having a blast. My companion is named Elder Callahan and he’s from West Jordan and fresh out of the MTC.  He is really shy, which is a bummer because he is one of the smartest new missionaries I’ve met. He knows scriptures left and right. He knows exactly what he is teaching, it’s just hard to get him to do it. We’re working on it, though. He is going to be a great missionary!

Well love you tons! Glad you had fun on the coast. Just so you know I am really jealous that you guys had all that fun without me. Oh well. I guess I’m having tons of fun here without you.

Love,
Elder Peper

Elder Callahan

August 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment