Elder Peper

My Mission Experience

Birthday Money!

Hey people!

Things are going great here! The weather cooled down a ton, and it should be fairly cool for the next while. Hopefully, for the rest of the year. Elder Callahan is an awesome guy, and all ready a great missionary. He is going to have a great mission. I am really excited for him.

Well, some interesting stuff. I got some birthday money from both sets of grandparents, and I spent most of it because I needed a new pair of flip flops, plus I wanted a new pair of running shoes. The running shoes were expensive and I didn’t want to spend that kind of money. We happened to be biking down the street next to this awesome store, called Summit, and they were having ridiculous sales for Labor Day weekend. The store is a climbing/backpacking/outdoor store, and they only sell really high quality stuff. For example, $350 sleeping bags that are lighter than air, but will keep you warm down to 20 degrees. I wanted this pair of shoes called Vibrams. They were 45% off and then I bought a pair of North Face flip flops that were 40% off, and they are the comfiest flip flops I have ever owned. That was pretty exciting.

Our investigators are continuing to progress, and we picked up another ridiculously solid investigator this past week. There is a cool story behind that, but I will share it another time.

Well, love you tons and tons and 100 pounds!

Love,
Elder Peper

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September 6, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper | Leave a comment

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

Melting and Trunky

Well,

Things are going quite awesomly (is that a word?) in Edmond. Everything except for the fact that it is so freaking hot here I want to go hibernate under a rock! Elder Burnett and I are doing very well, except for the fact that he is making me trunky. That kid goes home in a week and a half and he let’s me know it all the time! It’s okay, though because it doesn’t stop us from working hard. We had a pretty good week, well, at least I did. I went to the Leadership Training Meeting in Moore, OK. It was a long 4 day meeting, but it was awesome. The cool part was that I got to stay in Elder Palmer’s area, so I got to be with him for a few days. Oh, he also goes home in a week and a half. The hard part about this upcoming transfer. Most of the missionaries that I’m really good friends with go home in a week and a half, and then it’s just me. Well, there’s quite a few younger missionaries that I’m good friends with, but still. So, while I was at the LTM Elder Burnett worked another missionary back here in Edmond really hard. I guess after a couple of days he started complaining about how he didn’t feel good, so they spent the next couple of days staying out of the heat. Despite that, we managed to have a pretty good week overall.

Anyway, we taught a really cool lesson to a part-member family, and set a baptismal date with their son. It was a really cool lesson. We also are teaching a few other people, who seem to making good steps towards progression. I love being here in Edmond, it is one of my favorite places!

I hope I survive this week with the heat!

Love,

Elder Peper

This Week's Weather in Edmond, OK

July 25, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This Week in Edmond

Hey!

Things are still going good in Edmond. We have been doing a lot of hard work. Elder Burnett goes home in just a couple of weeks, and he reminds me of it every day. Several times. In any case, we have been teaching a lot of really cool people. On Sunday, we were supposed to have five people at church, but none of them came. That was a bummer. I guess we’ll have to try again next week. We are teaching a couple of people who grew up with a non-Christian background, and that has been the coolest thing ever. They’ve been praying every day, reading the scriptures, and praying at the end of our lessons. Those are some of the most spiritual lessons that I’ve had on my mission. It’s so awesome!

It’s been ridiculously hot here in Oklahoma. I’m sure you’ve heard all about the heat wave that’s been going on here and tons of other states. It has been brutal! A couple of missionaries in the district have had heat exhaustion, but they’re doing much better now. Elder Rivas had it pretty bad on Saturday, so I stayed in with him and Elder Burnett and Elder Whipple helped a family move. That was a boring day, but I got a lot of cleaning done. The kitchen looks(ed) dang good!

Not too much to complain about. I really like Edmond a lot, the teaching has been going well and my companion is awesome, and my district is pretty cool as well. We have a four day Leadership Training Meeting in the city this week which I am going to, so that will be fun. Also, in a couple of weeks, one of Elder Burnett’s Recent Converts is going through the temple to get out her endowments, so we will both be able to go to that. That is going to rock!

Well, take care everyone! I love you all!

Love,
Elder Peper

July 18, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Independence Day 2011

Hey!

It was good to hear from home. Sounds like everyone is having a great time, and it sounds like things are going awesome back home, as usual. I’m pretty sick of the weather here. This past June was the hottest June on record for Oklahoma City and you can tell. There hasn’t been much rain and it’s been hot. The wind has been described as a constant blow dryer in your face. I would love some 80 degree weather about now, I hope you don’t take that awesome weather for granted. It looks like it is going to be over 100 for the next two weeks. Hopefully, I will be alive by the time September hits. We shall see.

I do like Edmond a ton, though. The people are pretty awesome, and it’s pretty as well. We are working with some pretty awesome investigators as well. We figured out that the bus system in Edmond is free, so we have been taking advantage of that quite a bit lately. It gets us out of the heat and everything, so that’s awesome. It also takes us down to Oklahoma City for free, which in part is in our ward boundaries. It helps us out a lot.

So, yesterday was the 4th of July. President Taylor said that we could all stay out and watch the fireworks show. The University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond was the location of the fireworks show. I guess CNN and USA Today rated this fireworks show in the top 10 places to be for the Fourth of July in the country. It was honestly the coolest fireworks show I think I have ever seen. It was awesome and the finale was amazing. I cant’ describe why…just tons of explosions I guess. We sat SUPER close to where they launched them, and we have all kinds of ash and debris from the fireworks raining on us. It was pretty awesome. I enjoyed myself.

Well, that’s about all I have to share. Love you tons! Stop being so trunky, Mom!

Love,
Elder Peper

P.S. My address is 909 N. Kennedy #203 Edmond, OK 73134

Elder Peper and Companion Elder Burnett (??)

July 5, 2011 Posted by | Letters from Elder Peper, Photos, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Photos: Last week in Altus

On our last P-Day in Altus, our ward mission leader took us on the C-17. It was SWEET!

 

June 27, 2011 Posted by | Photos | Leave a comment

Edmond

Howdy!

Well, I’m out of Altus and on to the next adventure in Edmond. I’m in another bike area which will be really good for me, but this week sucks! I’ve never been so tired. I remember when I went to Norman, it took a while to get adjusted, but at least that was in September and not almost July. Also, biking here is a bit more challenging than Norman because Norman was flat and Edmond has quite a bit of hills through the city. (Speaking of which, I cannot believe that it is already almost July. That is simply ridiculous!)

I like Edmond a lot already. The ward is really cool. It’s quite huge actually. Well, we cover two wards. We cover the Edmond 1st ward and the UCO University ward, so we have a lot of church each Sunday, but it’s good. P-Days will be good here as well because we have more missionaries to do stuff with. I think that we’re going to play some sand volleyball today. Elder Burnett and I have been waking up at 5:30 or 5:45 every morning to either go play tennis or sand volleyball. It is hard getting up that early, but I think that it’s worth it.

On Saturday, the Oklahoma City Stake had a stake service project where we went up to Piedmont to help with some tornado clean up. The storm was a few weeks ago, and there was some pretty crazy damage over there. We went out with a bunch of trailers to this 60 acre ranch and picked up all kinds of debris: car parts, house parts, fences. All sorts of random stuff that the tornado threw everywhere. It was nuts.

Well, that’s my life for now. I think I’m going to like it here a lot. Take care! Love you guys!

Love, Elder Peper

June 27, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment