Serving in the Oregon Eugene Mission

Monday, April 25, 2016

Dear Family and friends,
I have been transferred, so here is my new address. I love mail:)
85 Corliss Lane #12
Eugene, Oregon 97404

  So I have been slacking super hard core with my emails lately so I am going to try fill you in on what has been happening. 
So lately I have been having a really hard time with headaches and all that jazz. My neck has also become a problem but I feel like it is more like my neck is so weak that it is just getting sore and tight which causes more headaches and stuff like that.

We went on a pretty cool hike for p-day and it is the main cause behind why I had like no time to email last week. We went down to Ashland and we hiked up this mountain and had like a devotional on top of the mountain and some cool things were said that brought me a lot of comfort. We were talking about submitting our will to Gods will even when you doing something good! That is what stuck me so hard! That it took me so long and so much forced humbling to submit to Gods will that he wanted me to become a English missionary at this time. The idea kept coming up with I was never humble enough to accept it and know that it is from the lord. After being humbled through my head I was more open when president Russell asked if he could pray to know if I should go English speaking. (It just is crazy to see where I was. I was like curled up in a ball and when he asked me I was like "sure" I was just so ready to not hurt any more and if he felt like this was something that would help me then I would do it. Because I trust him and I have faith in him and know that the things he does is all through the spirit!)

So with being up here in now in the north and being English I get the beautiful pleasure of tracting!!!!! Hehe!  It was a weird to me from the very start because we went to every single door! One right after another! I have not done that ever! I have walked around in like trailer parks and tried to see which ones looked for Spanish people but now every one that I talk to in English so I can talk to every one! So that is a plus! Anyways back to tracting! I was a little nervous to start and I just wanted to follow elder Adam around to the door and just smile at the people and pipe in when I could but then after like one or two without even thinking I just walked up to the door and knocked on the door!! So I was like well here we go! When the person came to the door they were like "no I don't want to listen to anything thing you have to say" and closed the door.  Welcome to Oregon! But then a couple doors later I did it again and I just walked up and knocked on the door and this guy answered the door and he actually opened it and and let me talk to him for about the restoration for a bit and then elder Adam talked to him for a bit too and it was so epic! He ended up talking a Book of Mormon and said he would study it! This was so awesome to me and it was my first English experience with giving away a Book of Mormon.

Tyler to answer your question from like 2 weeks ago this week I finally went on splits but it was funny because I went with two guys so I just became the third wheel! Hahaha! It was fun! It was Tuesday night so I of course knew no one so this guy (brother Stewart's) who loves missionary work so much! So he had a list of people that he wanted me to go see with him! He was so awesome! He is so loving and so into missionary work. 

So this week we were surprised with some..... Lightning and thunder!!!!! I didn't think it was real here! It always just rains a ton but never any lightning but then while we're we were out tracting everything started to get dark like we were going to get a storm and then all of the sudden while we are knocking on someone's door we see a flash of lightning and then like 5 seconds later a boom of thunder! I was so happy! And then we got so much rain dumped on us! Like we were in it for a total of 5 minutes just walking back to the car and we were pretty wet! But not as wet as we got a hour or two later! On the weekends we don't have a car because we are in a car share so we got drenched in this huge storm that came through!

Giving a talk in church! Woot woot! One of the councilor  walked up to me and said "elder peters would you be our youth speaker today? So I had like 10 minutes to think up what I wanted to say but luckily for me I got to speak on the restoration and so that helped a ton! And then also the ward mission leader was speaking and he told me he had a lot prepared so I didn't have to worry to much about trying to fill up time. So that was super Fun! Also there pulpit is not center, it is off to the left! I left like one of those Catholic priests giving a sermon!  

So one night for dinner we were sitting with them and talking and there little Dog which was actually pretty cute came up and cuddled right up by my leg and just stayed there for like 15 minutes! Then right before we were going to leave the member said "I say whoever they dog sits with for 15 minutes without moving takes the dog!" And I realized the puppy was still there and I smiled and laughed! That puppy was so cute! And so crazy but when we sat down and talked it just sat with me and was quiet!

Fun fact! Did you know that here in Eugene you have to pay for your grocery bags! They are not free!!!!!! And food is more expensive too! It is a whole different place then Medford!

I love you all you much and thank you all for your prayers and support! I am so happy you are all doing good!
Love elder peters!
There is beauty all around!

Look what I found!

a rare sunset in Oregon

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hello everyone!
Transfers were this week. I really thought i was leaving, but I am staying!  And that is good!
So one time this week, Elder Dopp stopped by and started talking to this guy about his motorcycle and it was so funny to see him get all excited about the motorcycle and get him in the zone when he was talking about it! It was so fun! Hopefully some sort of seed was planted from that! 
I keep seeing trucks and wondering if they look like dads! I see a F150 that looks like dads and then I think to myself and wonder if that is was dads looks like? Haha even though now I know what I looks like I still do it and it is funny!
 We had our big zone meeting this week and I loved it! I definitely was not excited going into it. I didn't feel too hot and  my plan was to just kinda sit there and observe and take it all in. NOPE! I ended up being a part of a lot of things and even on a panel of missionaries to address problems we were having in the zone! Also Pres Russell came and he pulled me aside for a bit and talked to me. He said he talked to dad and that dad said to cut off my wrist and  cauterize it, but please let him stay out! I totally believed him for like 10 seconds and then he said jk, but really he is proud of you! 
I did exchanges with English again. But this time the missionary really wants to go home and kinda has his mind set that he is leaving.... So I tried to figure out why and then I prayed to receive guidance on what I should do. I felt I needed to just be a friend and be a good example too. So that was my path and it ended up being a good exchange! 
I am not the driver.any more,  Elder Dopp is now the driver. I took this as a sign that I was leaving (because normally it is true) but I am staying!! So I just have to half unpack now!
 We had another awesome lesson with the an investigator about families this week! Hopefully we can keep popping in and talk to them.
And that is a super short and quick version of my week!!! 
I love you all and I hope all is well!
Elder Peters! 
The beginning of a sunset for Sarah!

Zone conference!

Monday, April 4, 2016

so I really loved President Eyring's opening talk! I felt so much comfort and peace during it! I also realized that we were doing the same thing at the same time! I was watching the same things you guy were watching! So that was awesome! I have so many favorite talks from this conference! I took the challenge to bring question to conference this year. I started thinking about question about a week or 2 in advance. I wanted my questions to be real questions that I needed answers to. So I pondered my questions for a long time and thought want I wanted to know. I wrote them down on a post it note and I put it in the back on my journal and every time I started to wonder in conference I would look at it and remind myself what I wanted to learn. Even in talks about stuff I didn't think applied to me, I was able to pull things out that I felt I needed to be learning at this point of my mission to help me and also so I could help others. EVERY SINGLE ON OF MY QUESTIONS WAS ANSWERED! I was so shocked! Even some of my dumb question that I wrote early on. Like if my writs were going to get better and then someone spoke about how all things are for our good And I had known this before but that just made it more solid. Maybe dad is right and I will be able to plant a seed with my wrists in some way or maybe something else. This life was NEVER meant to be just a walk in the park. When we are put through trials it is because God knows we can do it and also that we will be able to grow so much from our trials. Also I wanted to know what kind of characteristics  I needed to be working on right now and I feel like humility and being able to look around at others first before I think of myself, are a couple of the things I need to work on. There was points in conference where I was like "boom, that was for me and I need to do that" and this was one of them. I just kept thinking of what it says in my patriarchal blessing and how these things will help me and bless me.  So that is just a little snippet of what I felt during conference. Oh also I was amazed at how fast everything went! Like it felt so short! I never got tired and I was able to pay attention so much easier when I was really searching for questions! This also was another answer to one of my questions. How I should improve my studies? And I got the answer to ask more questions during my studies or study question investigators have. Also I was so amazed at how at the every beginning even before Pres. Eyring said it, how the song in conference are also really important. They are not just randomly picked and even if they were the Lord's hand would have been in it. The songs are meant to also teach us! Everything about conference was just amazing to me! Also just if you were wondering, I watched conference at the church. We tried to watch it with members and investigators. We tried to watch it with Helen and her family and they cancelled on us at like midnight the night before.... 
so after dinner, the member who we were eating with asked us if any of us know how to do math and I was really the only one. So she asked me if I could answer a couple questions she had. So I finished eating really quick and then we started math! Man it was fun! I was also able to remember how to do it all! So that was epic! I was able to sit down with her for like a hour and just explain to her how it worked and how to do it. (Let me remind you this is in Spanish. It was so awesome! also I was able lot help her because all of our appointments fell through so we had no where to really go at the moment. Also she told us this is the first time she has asked the missionaries for help in 6 years so I felt like this was pretty important.) she was really confused before hand and pretty stressed because she has a final this week on all of it so she was super grateful that I was able to help her. 
Specialized training. We talked about "becoming a preach my gospel missionary" and this talk is amazing! Rachel knows what I am talking about. It is so incredible! There were so many things that I learned from reading this talk but then also having a whole meeting on this talk! I really loved it! I would tell you more but I left my bag at the church on accident and the ZL'S are bringing it to me later today and my journal is in it..... 
So we were able to give a Blessing to Hna balero friend who has MS and is not doing to well. It was a really neat experience and one I hope I never forget. She is pretty sick and not able to really talk anymore and after we gave her a blessing of comfort and peace I stepped back and was just looking at her and I felt that I needed to just smile and smile with my teeth, like mom explained. And I just sat there and was smiling and she looked at me and she looked right at me and said "Thank You" the words thank you have never hit me so hard. I knew that she truly meant it and was her way of saying everything she needed to tell me in two words. The power of saying thank you is something I overlook too much. I need to remember how important it is to say thank you and say it from my heart. When I do it this way, people will truly feel of my love for them and that I truly and grateful for what they do.
I love you all so much! Thank you for all you do for me! I can feel your love so strong everyday and I know I have the best fan club ever! You never stop cheering me on and you keep pushing me to be better each day!
Elder Peters!

P.S. this week is transfers so if you send anything you have to do it before the 7th or so. Transfers are in the 11th so just make sure it have enough time to get here before or just send it to the mission office. This may be better because then it will for sure make it to me if I get transferred.

We went bowling for a zone activity today!