Serving in the Oregon Eugene Mission

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

December 28, 2015
12/21 P-days are interesting days. I have always thought that they are the day you play so hard and you go see all the cool stuff but it turns out you don't really... I guess it would be better if I could sport so hard core but mostly I can just sit there during p-days so that makes them feel really boring and not really useful. But it is still super nice to be able to just sit and talk with the fam! Mom and Sarah suggested that I should take this time and practice playing the piano and get better at it. And also at the same time it would be like wrist therapy for me. So that would be cool! I think I will try and do that. Ya I probably won't sound really good at first but I think as the weeks go on and I try to learn like one hymn a week, that I will become pretty good! But just like everything in life it will take work and dedication. I can't just give up! For dinner tonight we went to the Balero's and they are super nice people. They are a little older but still awesome! Hahaha they like to feed us a lot! They were the ones that gave us that HUGE bowl of chili last week. This week it was pizza! Hehe and you know I love pizza! Hermana Balero just kept giving me more and more pizza! It's a good thing I like it and am good at consuming large amounts of it!! Haha! ;) it made it a little harder to walk around after and it gave me the
feeling that I am going to have to really work out a lot this week to stay close to my weight because we have a lot of dinners this week. Yay! So after dinner we went to go see this family we found last week and we had a member and everything and we were so ready for this lesson. But then they were busy and they thought that we were coming by tomorrow........ So that fell though and then the member lady called her husband to come get us and then we ended up back at the apt....... So it wasn't a super productive night... But we did get to practice
for the sweet lesson we are going to have tomorrow with the Suarez family. It is called a font to table lesson. It takes about the importance of baptism and how we make those covenants every week by taking the sacrament! (Sacrament table) and so elder Blake is super excited about this lesson and says that it is one of his favorite
lessons to teach! Some thoughts I have had from today is 1) attitude is everything 2) the refiners fire is very real and it is hard but it makes us so much better 3)nosotros necesitamos más Cristo en Navidad. Por qué en inglés
Christmas es christ más which means we need "more Christ" during this season.
These are these wood things that help demonstrate the plan of salvation!! I think they are super cool and it is cool to look at where they are bright is where God and joy is. I finally realized how amazing the celestial  kingdom is!! Look at all that light compared to the other kingdoms!!!
So every Tuesday and Wednesday day we go to this place called Saint vinys and we help serve the food there and wash dishes and stuff. It is pretty fun. They have this really neat dish washer that only takes a minute to wash the dishes! How would you like that mom!! Haha the only down side it that it is pretty big.... So I don't think it could fit where ours is... :)
Tonight we had the most amazing lesson! It was with the Suarez family. (The one I sent you a picture of) and Andrea is getting baptized on Jan 9 and we wanted to help them be more excited about her baptism so we had a lesson that elder Blake calls a font to table lesson. And these are probably now my favorite lessons. So what happens is we take them to the church to have this lesson and we start off by the baptism font and we talk about the plan of salvation and how it is so important that we are baptized to be able to make to the celestial
kingdom with our families. And that was super awesome. We used those pieces of the plan of salvation and it was da bomb! Andrea is so ready to be baptized. She knows everything and is so ready. Any ways back to
what happened. So we talk about all that and we show them the font and tell them that on this earth we need to follow the examples of Jesus Christ and become like him and we do this by being baptized. And then
after we go through all that we take them to the sacrament room and we show them the sacrament table (we put some trays out with the cloth over them so it looks like what they see on Sunday) and then we explain how we are able to renew our baptism every week by partaking la Santa cena. Man it was so awesome! And then hno. Torres had a object lesson to show how baptism is important and how it cleans us of sin. It is the one when you have a bowl of water and you put pepper in the bowl and then when you put a drop of soap in the bowl, all of the pepper is pushed away and the bowl is left clean again. It is a pretty cool thing!! He explained to her how this is like baptism and how when we are baptized we put that drop of soap into the bowl and we are clean. But then he went the extra mile and he put more pepper in to show that we sin after we are baptized and how the sacrament is able to clean us just the same as baptism!
I really like my comp., patient, loving, understanding, willing and wanting to work. I have come to see this a lot more just these last couple days! He is amazing! He will never get mad at me and he always is trying to help me be better. He is caring and also know just the way I am feeling because he felt the same things just a year ago!
I got my Christmas Eve package!!! And I love it so much!! The sweats are wonderful! I really enjoy them! And then it got topped off with a custom made shirt just for me and socks too!!! Man I am loved!!!!! 😃😊 I really am so thankful for them! I won't be so cold anymore!!!  ¡Tú sabes! Hehe Used my bike for the first time and I loved it!! Haha the only down side is that I misplaced my rain jacket for the moment and so I asked my comp if I could borrow one of his and the one he let me use was pretty small on me... Hehe the arms were like 4 inches to short! :) so that was exciting. Appointments fall through once again and I don't think it is the last time that it will happen. So we had to try and find people we can go see but a lot of people are gone right now and/or they don't want to talk with us. There is one every so often pero tú sabes! It is weird that it is Christmas time. It doesn't even feel like it. Probably just because there is no snow and I am not listening to Christmas music and
stuff. But I love sharing the message of Christmas and showing the video for this year with people. I don't know if they feel it but when ever the video starts the spirit floods into me! Haha I don't know if you have watched it in Spanish but that is the one I watch at least once a day and I love it. I am finding more and more that I love the
Spanish language. Yes it is hard for me to speak but it is a cool language.
Merry Christmas Eve!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man I love it here!!! I really do!! Today I thought we weren't going to find anyone to talk with (because who really wants to talk with us or really anyone besides family on Christmas) but we found 2 new investigators!! It was epic! Haha this one guy we walked up to and he was smoking and then we showed him the Christmas video and asked him what he thought of it and stuff then at the end he told us we could come back on Saturdays because that is when he and his family would be home!!!! That's awesome!!! Also I
think it is so funny when we are talking with people and then I say a little something in Spanish or something and then they look at me all confused and they say " usted habla espanol???" Hehe and I say "yo hablo poco en espanol." And then they are like wow! Haha with out doubt this happens like every time (rachel and cam you can't judge my Spanish, I am better at speaking it (kinda not really) then writing it) I think it is pretty funny. And then we had a zone Christmas party and that was really fun. We started off with a testimony meeting and
that was straight fire! I testified of how really the refiners fire and prayer is. I have really seen these two things a ton already on my mission and I know I am going to see a lot more. I love my Savior and I love this time to really focus on Him and how important He is to me. I have come to know Him a lot better over these last 2 months!! I love Him so much and I am so thankful for all that He has done for me!!!! Merry Christmas Eve everyone!!!!
For those of you who don't speak Spanish más means more so Christmas really means more Christ. I have loved Christmas so far. It has been so different and yet enjoyable. The parts I have liked the most is not
opening presents. It has been the testimonies of my family and reading the birth of Jesus and watching Mormon messages sobre el Navidad. Me gusta mucho él palabras en la vídeo y ellos siempre dar me gozo y
traer el espíritu a me. Yo alegrete mucho en la espíritu de Navidad. Enough Spanish for one day. I really have enjoyed the more spiritual parts of Christmas this year. When I started opening presents I started to miss you guys more and stuff but then I remembered how I felt when I was reading your letter and stuff and how happy I was and so I did it again and I felt happy again. And then I wanted more to feel more happy so I watched the ha nacido un Salvador video and it always feels me with so much Gozo(joy) when I see or listen to it. I asked elder Blake what I can be doing to be a better missionary and he gave me some great words of counsel and it was profound but simple. Take one day at a time and try to do all you can to give it your all today. (After I typed this I started crying, and I don't know why. Maybe it is just from things today. Seeing you guys and finally
feeling unconditional love again and stuff, or maybe because before the movie some people where going around and saying like do the elder Redding or elder this and then someone asked me what's the elder peters...? I know I can't expect people to know me and stuff already but this for some reason stuck with me and then I started thinking like no one knows me or anything... Like I told mom in the airport I feel a lot of times Michael has to be locked away and I have to be elder peters. (Sorry I am ranting but this is helping me) but I am coming to see that I need to not have Michael locked away. God called Elder Michael Van Peters to be a missionary. He didn't call just elder peters. He called Michael van peters. Don't think I don't want to be here. This is the only place I want to be! I need to be here. I am learning so much about me and the my Savior! I know this because of a experience I just had. So before I started crying I was feeling bad and sad and so I was looking at the  quotes that mom sent me and I saw
this one.

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