Serving in the Oregon Eugene Mission

Monday, June 20, 2016

June 20, 2016
Happy Birthday to Me!   And Happy Father's Day!
Birthday Breakfast made by me!!!!!!

Birthday hat!

So this week was full of answers to prayers. I don't really know how
to describe it besides that things that I have been praying for and
seeking answers for have been answered. It all started with my doctors
visit this last Tuesday. And then as the week went on I felt so lost
but as I sought for the guidance of my Father in Heaven I was able to
see how the lord has been working with me and helping me grow and
change to be able to understand the answer He would give me. And it
was not an answer that just came  at once. It was answers that came
little by little. As I would ponder and look at what I had been given
and prayed and put my situation in front of the lord then I would
receive a little more revaluation. I learned that you don't just ask
Heavenly Father to give you the answer. You have to take to him what
you feel is right after you ponder and pray about it. I have heard
this my whole life but I guess I never truly put it into play in my
own life. But it is an incredible experience when you do!
So On Tuesday I went to see a neurologist about my head and see what's
been going on and she had me tell her my back story and about what is
going on with me head and then she had me do some tests like walking
on my tiptoes and on my heals and then toe to heal in a line and she
tested my reflexes by hitting my knee, elbow and arm. She also had me
touch my figure to my nose but the one I hated the most was when she
grabbed my face with both hands and she said "now look right into my
eyes and don't look away no matter what" and then she would jerk my
head one way and then another way. I was doing good and then I looked
away and she was like "don't look away" and then I was like "wow this
is legit, she really just wants me to stare into her soul!" Hehe! It
was weird because I guess I am not used to just starting people in
their eyes from an arms length away and it was weird because she was
holding my face..... I guess I must be a missionary!!! :) Haha!
then after that we just kept running!!!! That appointment was at 10
and we didn't stop moving until like 6. Wow! We went staight from that
appointment to go do some service for this widow in the ward who is
less active. I had stopped by my second or third week here and she is
such a sweet old lady! She has been trying to have us come over and
help her with really simple things that she can't do any more. And it
is so much fun to help her because she's so thankful for all that we
do. Hopefully we can help her get back to church.
Then we had Mike.... Oh boy I don't know if i have really talked about
him to much but he is this guy how we found while we were walking home
and he yelled "how do I get my own world!?" So you can kinda tell what
kinda investigator he is..... I really feel like we will have to drop
him soon.. Every lesson we have with him, he either take over and
try's to teach us or then things we teach him will go in one ear and
only a little will stay and he tries to argue with us but we have to
calm him down and remind him we aren't here to argue with people. But
this last week he was even worse. I have been asking the ward mission
leader what we should be doing to help Mike progress and really apply
what we are telling him. And he said to invite him to church. He is
not worth our time if he doesn't really want to learn. So ya. We are
trying to figure him out..
A super epic thing happened this week!!!! So I was having a little bit
of a rough day and I had gone to the apartment to lay down for a bit
but then it came time to walk to dinner and we figure out that it was
a hour walk. So we started walking. And I was just trudging alone and
really was just focused on getting to dinner. But while we were
walking we saw thing guy out in his yard weeding and so I said hello
and he actually said hello back! And I was like wow and kinda just
kept walking.... I know bad missionary... But then God gave us a
second chance when we were walking back to the church. He was out
there again and so this time we really stopped and talked with him and
found out that he had served a mission and he was served in a ward as
a secretary to the bishop but he had just stopped going for some
reason. We figured out that he didn't have his records in our ward and
so we got him full name and his birthday and now he is not a lost
member!! It is fun to contact less active members but it is more fun
to find then when they are lost!! Less actives still now where the
church is and who to talk to when they need help but lost less actives
have no idea where or who to talk to when they need help! So that was
really epic!! He was super nice! And then before we were leaving he
said "I want to take you out to dinner this week!" And lucky we had
someone cancel on us for that week and so we were able to have dinner
with him and I know that God arranged all of this to happen! So we
went to dinner with him and not only did he really take us, he also
invited his son in law that is not a member!!! So we talked with him a
lot durning dinner and invited him to play basketball with us that
night!! And he was like, well we will have to check the plans for
tonight. But he showed up and seemed to have a great time!!! So that
was super awesome!

This week has also been a week for me to learn how to receive
Revelation. I was asked to do something and I was unsure about what I
should do but more importantly what the will of the Lord was for me at
this time. I prayed harder than I think I ever have before and studied
more intensely then I have before and truly desired to receive
inspiration for myself. It was such an incredible experience and one I
will never forget!!! It was so awesome and cool to see how I receive
revelation and how it come "line upon line" to us and it is something
we have to study out in our mind and take our decision to the lord.

I love you all so very much  and I hope you all had a epic Father's
Day and remembered to show our love to our fathers on earth but also
to our loving Heavenly Father who is always watching over us and cared
so deeply about us!!!
Love you all!
Elder Peters!!!!

Oh ya!! For my birthday I was able to share it will all the fathers of
the world!!!! :) thank you so much fam for that incredible package and
I will never be able to tell you how much it meant to me!! And grandma
and grandpa peters, thank you for thinking of me and sending me a
package full of treats and love!! Thank you grandma white for your
letter and sharing with me that incredible letter full of thoughts
about our father in heaven and also grandpa!! :) oh and you WEBBS!!
Man your letters were so needed!! I love you guys a ton and kameron
and kasen thank you for your love!!! I miss you guys but one day you
both will be where I am at and feel the undescribable joy that comes
from serving the lord!!!

Love ya!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016
Dear family and friends,
This week I was able to build my bike!  It was a lot of fun!  Yeah! I get to finally ride my bike that I have packed around for 7 months now!  It is so helpful to get around faster on the bikes.  We get to see a lot more people. We can just zip around! Like today we were able to visit 10 + people, tract a street, help a member which was super fun, and we did it all before dinner!! Woot!  Woot!!!  I am seeing a change in me for the better. I have had to take the lead in the companionship and it has made me more confident in talking with people and being me! 
We went to the temple today and boy was it pretty!  The drive up and back were long to Portland but worth it.  At first I struggled to feel calm and I think a big part was that it’s hard to go to the temple with a bunch of missionaries.  It just is hard for me but I really wanted the temple trip to be something special for me.  I prayed and prayed for that.  I was grateful for the peace that came to me while there and the tender feelings from the Lord there.
We had interviews with President Russell today and it was actually very good.  I was very uplifted by what was said and it moved me to do better!  He extended the challenge of 5 new investigators and I have faith we can do it!  So after interviews we decided to bike to the far west side of blue and contacted some people and we were able to have a little success there so hopefully things work.  It is amazing how the Lord works and how He directs us to people!
Today was a awesome day for finding people!  We were able to find 3 people, but one of them is super solid and we talked with her for a good while on her porch and she is down to learn and has even had some questions but the only thing holding her back is that her daughter is graduating and moving out so she said we could start teaching her in like October.  But we got her the pamphlet app and gospel library so hopefully she uses them!   Today I also tried the challenge of waking up at 6:30 and exercising.  I was impressed with how I felt all day!  I was happy like all day and it was just a good day!  So I need to keep doing that!
Today was our technical p-day and it was epic.  We went to Emerald park and had a bar-b q and played Frisbee and v-ball!  It was so much fun!  It was nice to just play around and have fun and really just be me!  It was so nice!  We played Frisbee and would do all sorts of cool stuff!  It was a day much needed! We were also able to be a part of Naliye’s Ordinations to the Aaronic priesthood!  I’m so happy with their progress!  Then we were able to find 2 new investigators!  We have a challenge to find 5 this week and so far we are at 3!  So this is epic!
Today we were at the church and a lady was there and she started talking to us.  It was nice to just talk to her in the hall and have some time to just talk.  She said something that really stuck with me.  I am my #1 convert!  Sometimes I get so caught up in that I’m here to teach and help other people and when I can’t do that I get down on myself, but the real reason is to forget yourself and help others come closer to Christ!  And by doing that I draw closer to Christ! Just like ‘lift”.  After that sweet experience we went to dinner at the Bishops home.  It was nice to be there and talk to the bishop and his wife.  All the kids ran off so we ended up just talking to them and I talked to them about Mexico and how I was a Spanish missionary.  We talked for like 45 minutes about it!  It was wonderful!  I love the members here! We also were able to find 3 new investigators so we were at 6! 
It is really getting hot here.  It has been like 90 degrees and super humid! It is really hard to work so hard while you sweat so much and just feel drained!  It is such a relief to be able to go into a building with air conditioning.
One day this week Elder Adams and Thibault came over and grabbed a few things and as they were leaving Elder Adams dropped a hint that they had put a squirrel in our apartment.  Then they left!  So we spent a crazy time trying to find it and even longer to catch it!  It was so insane!! And so sketchy! I am kind of grossed out that a squirrel was in my room. Oh! The joys of missionary work! Haha
Love you all!  Happy Father’s Day Dad!

Love, Elder Peters

Thursday, June 2, 2016

June 2, 2016
Dear Family and friends,
Last Sunday we were teaching about the priesthood and the keys of the
priesthood and I made the connection in my head finally how it all
worked! So We were sitting by the baptism font which you had to have a
key to unlock and so I asked the people there if since I had keys in
my pocket (also priesthood keys) could I use those keys to open the
door? I had keys so I should be able to. But my keys don't work to
that font or building. But then elder thibault had keys to that font
and building so he was able to open up the door! So that really helped
me really connect what was going on.

Prelude music is amazing! We were sitting there in the chapel before
our baptism this week and I had been running around trying to make
things work and then I had enough time to sit down and just listen to
the prelude music and let my spirit rest and get ready for the
incredible spirit that would be at at baptism! The baptism was
EPIC!!!!!! Autumn and Nakye were so excited to be baptized and were so
ready! Elder Adams gave a nice talk on baptism and then we had the
baptism and I got to be a witness and then while they were changing I
passed out some note cards and had everyone there write a note to them
so they could remember how special of a day it was and it turned out
really good! I couldn't stop smiling and I was so happy! I can't even
begin to describe the spirit that was there!

During one of our lessons this week with a recent convert we were
talking about the plan of salvation and then the topic of temple work
and family history came up and we talked about that for a while but
then she opened up a little more to us and said how she has had some
deaths in her family and I felt strongly that I needed to Testify of
grandpa and how he is here with me, by my side, through everything I
do. It wasn't till them that I realized how he really is with me
through all I do and it is not just him. I have so many past relative
that want me to succeed that are sitting with me or holding me up when
I feel weak! It is amazing the work that the people who have passed on
do for us and help prepare the hearts of us and investigators for our
to accept our message!

This last week in sacrament meeting I was filled with so much love for
the people in our ward and how much they do for the missionaries!
These people are awesome and a lot of them really want to help us in
what we are doing! I had a change of heart about the work. It is
becoming less and less that it is something that I'm supposed to do or
that I have wanted to do since I was little, to now I want to share
this gospel because I have seen it bless my life so much and so many
other people!

So while we were at the Eugene mission this week I learned a lot more
about what it is all about and we were able to talk to howie! He is
someone that we have started to really talk to while we are there and
he asks us really good questions. This last week we started talking
with him and how we follow Christ And then we ended up talking about
the Book of Mormon! It was so epic! We have him one last week and he
has already read to 1 Nephi 8 and he loved how it cross referenced the
bible! He knows that it is something that is good! He said he is
learning a lot from it! And then we left him with some scriptures to
read! It was so epic!
This last week I have grown so much! I have really had to step up and
take over the area and really talk. It has helped me SO much! I feel
more connected to the people and more obligated to finding answers for
them! I could go on and on about how amazing this week was but I this
I am almost out of time!
I love you all so much and I thank you all for your prayers!!!!!
Elder Peters! Because he loves you!!

Look Mom! I found you this week!

 Autumn and Nakye baptism!

Look at the friend I found!

Elder Peters went to the Portland temple today!   He said "The temple was amazing! It was so beautiful in there and so epic! The celestial room has an upper level! (I don't know if I can say that...) "

Look who I found in one of the pamphlets we use!