Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Transfer 3, Week 7 Aug 12, 2014

Well, this week was really interesting. It was.... Yeah just wierd.
So update in transfer info. I am still with Elder Hundley in West
Linn. President whitewashed the elders out of the Willamette ward, the
one just next to us, and so now there are only sisters in my district.
Crazy huh. So a couple cool things that happened.
Two weeks ago, the Oswego sisters had a really hard week. They
had all of their investigators either drop them, or move. It was
super rough on them. So we arranged for them to tract into the old
visitors center directors. So we were able get them to meet up and it
really turned their week around. But yeah, I am having a really hard
time focusing, so I am going to do my best to remember.
So we found a new investigator this past week. We had contacted him
though tracting and we were finally able to meet with him this past
week. He name is N, and he seems super sincere. We just introduced
him to the type of things that we are going to be teaching him, and he
said that he would be willing to try things out. Then at church two
days ago, one of the members brought his nonmember niece to church,
and we taught her the restoration yesterday and have another
appointment to meet with her on Thursday. Things are really starting
to kick off.
We were also able to contact Y, she was an investigator that Elder Ah Kuoi and I were working with, but he hadn't seen her in about a month, and we are going to start all over with her in the discussions. We weren't able to meet with M this week. He said that he is going to do some serious reading and decide for himself if he really wants to get baptized. But at the same time, he doesn't really want to meet with us during that time. Hopefully everything works out.

Elder Peterson

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Transfer 3, Week 6, Aug 4, 2014

This past week has been really good.  And kind of weird, but all weeks are weird.  So just a couple things that happened this week.  On Tuesday while tracting, I was with Elder Nelson, an elder that came out with me, and we knocked on this door.  This entire time, no one had been home, and there was a hornet that flew in onto a nest that was over the door.  when that happened, elder Nelson and i both got really nervous about it.  The hornet started walking around on the nest and stopped at the top, looking at us.  Elder Nelson said that if it flew at us, he was going to freak out, and so of course, it flew at us, and we both ran/hobbled away for about 10 feet, until we realized that it wasn't going to sting us.  It was kind of funny.  Fortunately no one was home to see us run.  That would have been super embarrassing. 
Things are going good in West Linn right now.  We are still working on finding people, and we are coming closer to achieving our companionship goals.  Elder Hundley is continuing to become an amazing missionary.  It is really awesome being able to be his companion.  One of the things that we have been talking about in our companionship studies is recognizing the spirit, and acting on it.  It is something that he has been struggling with.  he doesn't feel like he has gained a true testimony to the point where he knows beyond a doubt that the book of mormon is true, so we have been going through Alma 32 and expounding on it.  It is really interesting some of the things that happen in comp study.  
M is continuing to progress towards baptism.  He is still working on recognizing answers to his prayers, and praying more often.  He just needs to be more humble.  It is really kind of strange the way that he prays sometimes, but he is still getting used to the concept of praying.  He didn't come to church last week, and when we talked to him, he said that he felt bad for not coming!  it isn't good that he missed church, but it is fantastic that he recognized the difference in the way that he felt when he didn't go.

Elder Peterson

Transfer 3, Week 5, July 28, 2014

This past week was really different. We had an amazing Tuesday. Everyone we stopped by was home! It was a festive miracle! Then throughout the week, no one was home. It is funny how that works. We met with M this week, and we were focusing more on prayer, and the Book of Mormon. He has been reading the Book of Mormon lately and he said that if he found out at he is a child of God, that he would get baptized. He has been talking to his girlfriend about getting baptized, and she said that she would be at his baptism. But he still won't commit to a date.
Elder Hundley and I have been able to work really well together. It has been great to have a companion that I can be open and candid with. 
So this past week, I went on exchanges with Elder Jentzsch in willamette. He was really excited for the exchange. It went pretty good. We were able to find two new investigators.  So hopefully, things are going to be shaping out in willamette.
Elder Peterson

Transfer 3, Week 4, July 21, 2014

M came to church this week again! He has been doing great. On Wednesday, we went over to his house and we taught him more about prayer. We brought Brother Brown, one of the ward missionaries that teaches the Gospel Essentials class. Bringing Brother Brown was such a miracle. He was able to help explain things from a different point of view for M, a way that helped him to understand prayer more. He first asked M if, when his dad was still alive, he had ever gone to his dad for help with something. Tim had said yes. Then Brother Brown asked if his dad had ever not helped, or told him to do something that wasn't right. Tim said no, then Brother Brown compared that to asking for help from our Father in Heaven. It really helped M to understand more about the purpose of prayer. We were also able to help M to understand what the spirit felt like. We started reading Moroni 10:3-7 with him, and that spirit was really strong. We stopped and asked M how he was feeling, he said that he felt love inside, we were able to testify to him that the feeling that he had was the Spirit, and that was how we could all recognize answers from our Heavenly Father. It was a great lesson. M said that he would start reading and praying every day. We also committed him to pray about baptism. At church, we found out that there was going to be a child of record baptism happening that night, so we told M about it and invited him to go to it. He said that he would rather wait to go until there was someone his own age getting baptized. The he told us that he was referring to himself! So M is really considering baptism right now. Hopefully this week, we will be able to set a date for M to start working towards! 
Also this week, we received a referral from the Oregon city 3rd ward missionaries. They had been at lunch with Sister Ballard, and they started talking with an older lady named E. They found where E lived, and they referred us to her. We went over on Saturday to see her, and she started talking with us. She said that she was very impressed with the church and the strong sense of community that it had, and how the church really stuck by the Bible and didn't compromise its standards despite all of the change in modern society. We has an appointment with her for Sunday at 5, but her daughters had taken her to the coast, and left a note saying that E wasn't interested, and not to come back. Fortunately for us, the daughters do not live with E, so we will be going back when E gets back from the coast. 

So last p-day I rolled my ankle really bad.  So bad, we thought that I might have broken it.  So we went to the emergency room and they took a couple x-rays and said that it wasn't broken(thank goodness), just severely sprained.  So here are some pictures of my ankle a couple days afterwards.

Transfer 3, Week 3, July 14, 2014

This past week was really good. Elder Hundley and were able to go
tracting this week, and it was super awesome. We were able to hand out
three Books of Mormon in the three hours that we went tracting this
week. We have tried to follow up in them, but they have not been home.
But we are going to continue to try and contact them. Last week we had
a few investigators come to church. Unfortunately some of the things
that were said went right over their heads, and kind of confused
them. This past week, we made it a goal to try and patch things up. So
we went over to M's house. He told is that he had a wonderful
experience at church last week. We started talking about how things
went, and he mentioned that he felt really good coming to church. Then
we explained to him that the way he was feeling is the way that the
Holy Ghost tells us that things are true, that he needs to look for
that feeling when he reads the Book of Mormon. He is starting to
understand prayer more. We were able to encourage him to say his first
prayer for the closing prayer! He did an amazing job. I feel like we
could extend a baptismal date to him in the next few weeks, and he
would accept it. On Wednesday, we are going to go over with one of the
members that he really enjoyed talking with at church, and talk about
the plan of salvation. We were finally able to track down N.
She was the nonmember who bore her testimony in Sacrament meeting
about a month after I got here. After we taught her the first
discussion, she kinda disappeared. But we saw her with her boyfriend
by our apartment complex, so we stopped and talked with her. She told
us that she was pregnant, and she had been really sick, but because
she found out that she was pregnant they decided to move their wedding
date up to next weekend! So hopefully after the wedding, things will
start to calm down, and we will be able to teach her again!

Elder Hundley and I are doing great together. Elder Hundley is
continuing to grow, and gain confidence. I can also see the ward
progressing in member missionary work. We have talked with some of
the ward member about sharing the gospel with their family members,
and they said that they would start working on it. We are starting to
get a couple referrals from members, and some service projects from
them. Hopefully this will lead to the ward gaining more trust with us.
Elder Hundley is an extremely hard worker, I probably said that last
week, but it is true. I am always so surprised at how hard he works at
things. I feel so blessed to be his companion.

I am doing great. We were able to go on exchanges with the Willamette
elders this past week. 

Elder Peterson

Transfer 3, Week 2, July 7, 2014

So this week has been a lot better than previous weeks. We still
haven't found any new investigators, but three of our current
investigators went to church this past week. It was super cool. We
were also able to contact B for the first time in four or
five weeks. Ever since the first baptismal date past he had, he had
disappeared. But we stopped by his place this Saturday, and he was
home. We had a wonderful conversation to see where he was and he
agreed to come to church. And he stayed for all three hours! It
was his first time staying the entire time. Also, we were able to set
a date with Y! It was super cool. We stopped by her place
on Wednesday, and she invited us in, we had brought our ward mission
leader with us, another miracle. She told us that she had been
reading the Book of Mormon Tuesday night, and she felt like it was
true. We asked her what she thought the next step would be for her,
and she said that she wanted to be baptized! Her baptismal date is
set for the 14th of September. It is a little far away, but it gives
her time to kick some bad habits, and it was her mom's birthday, so
that date means a lot to her.

So last week, we had arranged to walk M to church, and he
bailed on us. This past week when we went to meet with him, we spent
the entire time trying to commit him to come to church. And after
about an hour, he finally committed to come. It was a really amazing
experience. Some of the things that were said could only have come
from the Spirit. And then he still came to church! The only problem
was that they both went to High Priest's, and the lesson was from the
Lectures on Faith. So that night we went back over to B's place to
do damage control. Apparently he had walked out of High Priests halfway through the lesson. He was a little upset by some of the things
that were said in Gospel Essentials, so we were super worried about
him. So we went to talk with him and had another really good
conversation with him. And even better, B still wants to get
baptized! He just needs to kick a few habits before that can happen.
But he wants it!

I love you,
Elder Peterson

Transfer 3 Week 1, June 30, 2014

This past week has been kind of crazy. So let's start with Monday at
transfers. So I was made district leader. That's crazy in and of
itself. So as a result of that, Elder Hundley and I had to plan
the training and practice for district meeting that next day. Just a
thing to remember, it was Elder Hundley's first day, and he had no
idea what was doing on. So the training and practice is supposed to
go for about 45 minutes. So that was crazy. But there have been a
lot of different miracles. I was really nervous about training. But I have been blessed to have a companion that is super awesome. I know you we probably getting tired of "super awesome", but that's the truth. Elder Hundley is just on fire.

We went over to teach M last Wednesday, and he asked us what
the main difference was between our church and other churches, so we
started talking about the apostasy and the restoration and we tried
really hard to emphasize that the priesthood was important. We tried
3 or 4 different ways to teach it, but finally Elder Hundley decided
to be super bold and blunt and he told it like it is and then finally
M understood what was going on. I mean, don't get me wrong, we had
been saying the same thing over and over again, but something about
the way Elder Hundley explained it finally made it click in M's

So one of my responsibilities as a district leader is to set goals for
the district for the coming month. Recently our district has really
been struggling with everything. There was one ward that had two
sets of missionaries, but nothing was happening in that ward, so at
transfers, President Morby transferred the elders out and left the
sisters, and that left the district with only 6 missionaries. And the
other ward's missionaries don't do too much. So I prayed about the
goals, and they ended up being a lot higher than I thought that they
would have been. So hopefully I can help to get the district fired up
to do more missionary work so we can help these areas to progress and
get more people to the waters of baptism. I am a little worried about
how things are going in the district, but it's okay. There is never
growth in comfortable places.

Elder Peterson

Transfer 2, Week 5, June 23, 2014

This past week has a couple miracles. We went over to teach one of
our investigators, Y. Y broke her hip about two months ago.
She was really struggling with things, but when we went over, she was
telling us much of blessing it was that she broke her hip. How it
helped her to slow down her life, how God has been able to touch her
in different ways. She was really grateful for the friends that had
move in with her to help her out. She had broken her hip in three
places, and her femur in two different places. We decided that it
would be a good idea to show her a Mormon message called mountains to
climb. It talks about how God will strengthen us in times of trial.
She was really touched by the spirit, she started crying and talking
about how hard things have been since she broke her hip, how depressed
she was, and she said that the video had spoken right to her. She now
wants a copy of the video to show to her family, who doesn't believe
in God.
Transfers were this past week. Guess what? I'm training again.
Guess what else? I'm also the new district leader. Elder Byam went
home on Monday, and president Morby assigned me to be the new district
leader in the lake Oswego district. My new companion is Elder
Hundley. He is from Eden, Arizona. He is 23, and super excited to
get to work. I think some amazing things are going to happen this

Elder Peterson

Transfer 2, Week 4, June 16, 2014

This past week, we weren't able to teach very many people.  It has started to get a little depressing.  We do a lot of service though.  None of our investigators came to church, and we had a bunch of lessons cancel on us.  I guess we did have a pretty fun end of the week though.  Friday and Saturday all of the missionaries we asked to help out in a dance festival out in Hillsboro, just north of my second area.  I was able to see a lot of the missionaries that I served around.  But not a lot of things happened this week.

Here are some pictures from my mission. 

Transfer 2, Week 3, June 9, 2014

Things have been pretty good in West Linn this week. We were finally
able to teach N. She is really interested in learning about
the church. We started talking about families, and God's plan for the
family. She said that knowing about eternal families was the one
thing that she wanted so bad for her family. We talked a lot about
Joseph Smith, and the angel Moroni. After we had finished talking
about that, she said that the she thought the angel Moroni was another
one of the things that caught her interest.

My thoughts are super scattered right now, sorry. I am having a hard
time organizing my thoughts. I recently had a couple dreams that
unsettled me, but I am working on getting over it.

When Elder Ah Kuoi when to the hospital, they weren't able to find
anything, but they ordered some more tests.

The one thing that I would want Jonathan to know before he goes on his
mission is that he should be himself. There are a lot of missionaries
who go out thinking of the cookie cutter missionary. Don't be like
that. God called you, not a robot. Work on obedience, but be

Elder Peterson

Transfer 2, Week 2, June 2, 2014

So, there were a couple things that happened this week, but I want to
focus on the miracles. Most of the miracles happen on Sunday, at
least the ones that I remember the best. Funny how that works.
Let's start with B. So we hadn't been able to meet with B all
week, and he has a baptismal date set for the 18th of June. It has
been kind of stressful. we went over to his house everyday multiple
times during the day, and he was never home. We called him, and he
never answered, so we started to get a little worried. Actually a lot
worried. He had brought his girlfriend to church last Sunday and they
both enjoyed it, so we were hoping that they would still come to
church. Before we got in the car Sunday morning, I said a little
prayer that the people that we planned to go see would be home, and
their hearts would be softened. We stopped by B's house to remind
him about church, unfortunately he was not home. We went to church
after trying to visit some other people that also were not home. I
was feeling kind of discouraged at this point. We hadn't been able to
teach him all week, and when we got to the church building, B
still wasn't there. But about half way through sacrament meeting, he
walked in with E, his girl friend! Elder Ah Kuoi and I were
super excited! Quick flashback. During the week, we had gotten
together with our ward mission leader and talked about different ways
that we could help our investigators and less actives feel more loved
and encourage them to read the Book of Mormon, and Brother Heggie
suggested that we could take some of the hard bound Book of Mormons,
and get their names inscribed on the front of the book. Now back to
Sunday. Brother Heggie came to us and handed us two hard bound Book
of Mormons with B and E's names on them. B and E both started reading them later that day and called us to see if we could come over to answer some of her questions. It was awesome.
More miracles. E, the nonmember that bore her testimony in
church two months ago, approached us before sacrament meeting set
arĂȘte, and told us that she wanted to start taking the discussions
because her boyfriend was out of town for the next two weeks. We have
been waiting for this to happen for a while now. We had been told by
the ward council to wait to start teaching E until the members
had invited her to take the discussions. It has been a little
frustrating, especially when we hear her talk about waiting to get
baptized, and the members that she is talking with won't invite her to
take the discussions. So finally we get to start teaching her. We
are meeting with her this coming Thursday. I am super excited. She
is the definition of a golden investigator.

Elder Peterson

Transfer 2, Week 1, May 26, 2014

Hey, this week has been really great. We were doing service on
Saturday with B and he started talking about his girlfriend
E. He has really wanted her to start taking the discussions.
He has felt the blessings of living the gospel, and he wants her to go
with him as he continues to progress towards baptism. She was
supposed to come while we were doing service, but she wasn't able to
make it. So we had gone back to the apartment to change super quick,
and B called us. He told us that E was at his house, and
we should come back to meet with them. So we went back and they said
they wanted to go to round table, and we should meet them there. So
we went and started talking about what we teach and our relationship
with God. She seemed really interested, but she had to go really
quick after meeting with us. So we stayed and talked with B for a
while. He has been doing so much better with reading the scriptures.
And he has seen the changes that he has been making while meeting with
us. He is super excited about getting baptized on the 18th. So the
next day was Sunday, and we called B to see if he needed a ride to
church, and he said that E was coming as well! So they both
came to church, and the talks were amazing! They were two High
Councilmen who both talked about increasing faith in Jesus Christ!
It was so perfect for B and E. They both really enjoyed
church, and E was talking about bringing some of her family to
church with her next week! I am so excited to see the work

So a couple more miracles. We were going to visit a part member
family from Ghana, and when we got there, H, the mom, asked us
if we could help them move some stuff into a U-haul for a garage sale
at an old fire station, and her daughter E was there as well.
E played professional basketball in Finland, and had torn some
ligaments in her ankle really bad, so she came back to the states for
some surgery. She was helping as well, and she started asking what
missionaries did, what we taught, so Elder Ah Kuoi and I explained
that we teach people about Jesus Christ. We gave her a really brief
overview of what we teach. When we were talking about the Plan of
Salvation, she was really interested about what happens after death.
So we explained a little about that, and she said that it was "way
intense" and super cool. When we talked about the Celestial Kingdom
she said that she would really want to go there.

Also, there is a member in the ward at works for Nike as a designer,
and he said table had a bunch of samples to hand out, so he gave us a
bunch on shirts and a couple jackets.

This week has been a really great week.

Elder Peterson

New Transfer, May 20, 2014

Sorry about how late this is. We had transfers this past Monday. So
yesterday. There have been some really cool things that have happened
this week. So, on Sunday, we had a musical fireside. The choir
director in the ward was able to coordinate with the ward next door to
us, and a Christian choir in the area. We invited a bunch of our
investigators, and they said that they would show up. Unfortunately,
B has been really sick lately, and he wasn't able to come to
church. But the fireside was really good. There was a really good
variety of music, and the spirit was super strong. All the songs were
about Jesus Christ.

So about B. B went to the hospital this past week. He has a
seizure, and past out last Sunday. He called us on Monday and wanted
us to come over and talk with him. He had gone in and the nurses had
started running tests, but they couldn't find anything. They
discharged him on Tuesday, but we haven't been able to see him since.
He has been really sick lately, so he wasn't able to come to church,
and he missed the fireside.

So a couple miracles, actually just one right now, Monday morning we
got a call from Sister Glausi, the Bishop's wife. She told us that she
had made an invitation to a neighbor to take the missionary
discussions, and her neighbor had said yes. So we met with sister
Glausi, and her friend E Wednesday morning. E is Bahai.
I don't know how to spell it, but they believe in Christianity,
Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism. It is really strange. But E said
that she would read, and pray. She also went to the music fireside on

Elder Ah Kuoi went to the hospital this past week. His heart has been
bothering him for a long time, and it seems like he gets these mini
heart attacks, so Friday night, we went tot the emergency room. They
weren't able to find out anything, but he has an appointment with a
cardiologist for the 3rd of June.

Oh, nothing happened at transfers with me and Elder ah Kuoi.

Elder Peterson

Transfer 1, Week 4, May 5, 2014

Wow, this past week was a great week. On Wednesday, I was able to go
on exchanges with my district leader Elder Byam. Apparently his
sister and Mary were companions in Vancouver. It was a great day.

B is an investigator that we have been working with for the
past couple months. I think I told you about him a little bit in some
of m previous emails. He will call us randomly, and want to go on
walks with us. He recently had hip surgery, and it helps with his
rehab. Plus, we get to talk to him about the gospel. So it works out
for both of us. But anyways. This week he called us to go on a walk,
and while we were talking, he started to talk about how he felt
hopeless. He feels like he has no chance for repentance. He said
that he has done too many bad things for repentance, and that the
things that we were telling made sense intellectually, but he was
having a hard time with them spiritually. He felt like God was done
giving him second chances, and there was no more hope for him. We
listened and then testified of the atonement and how we have felt the
love of the Savior in our lives. The spirit was really strong, but I
am not sure B felt it. It is really hard to feel the spirit while
you are drunk, or on lots of medication, and he was on both. He
doesn't feel like he can live the Word of Wisdom yet because of his
social anxiety. He drinks to calm himself down. He was able to come
to church this week, but we think he may have messed up his hip really
bad. He was telling us that he tried to do a cartwheel, and landed on
it wrong. He said that there is bruising all up and down his leg, and
it is super swollen. Don't worry, I am being careful not to do
anything to my leg.

Every week, we go over to a less active's house to do service. I
think I told you a little about him. His name is X. He is
Ukrainian, a convert, and the first Ukrainian to go on a mission. So
we do service every week with him. This week we were helping him put
flooring down. He said it was only a two person job, so he told me to
go outside and teach his son how to play baseball. While I was doing
that, the two girls were upstairs teasing R while he was trying
to hit a ball, so I told them to come down, and we could all play
baseball together. I taught them how to play pickle, and we had a
fun time playing that. It slowly changed to soccer, but don't worry,
I was not running or kicking a ball. I sat down and played goalie.
It was really good to be able to play with them. We had only
interacted with X, the dad, and I don't think his kids were ever
baptized. So when we go over this next week, we are going to ask X
if we can teach his kids.

Church this week was amazing. B came to church this week, along
with a couple other investigators. But the highlight of the week was
at the every end of sacrament meeting. Background story. So one of
the members of the ward had been excommunicated a while ago, and he
was dating a nonmember. He has been dating her for 6 years, and the
entire time he has been telling her about what a blessing the church
is. The only problem is that she is atheist. But he kept telling her
about the church and his experiences with it and how wonderful it is.
She had been living in Orange County California, but she moved up here
recently. She has been coming to church for about a month now, and
she decided to go up to the podium during sacrament meeting. When she
got up there, she proceeded to give a wonderful testimony about the
church community, about how giving they all are, about how she has
seen a change in her life while she has been going to church, about
how all of the things that her boyfriend said about the church was
true, and she could see them. She talked about how she wants get
married to her boyfriend and have her kids raised in the church. She
wants to have the blessings that come from living the gospel. It was
an amazing testimony. We could all tell that it came right from the
heart. Every was talking about her testimony after church and about
how it was the strongest testimony born that day. It was truly

We had heard about this person before, but we were told to wait to
contact her until the members made the invite to her to take the
missionary discussions. So unfortunately we haven't been able to
teach her yet. But right after church, we called the boyfriend's mom,
who is an active member. We talked with her and she said that she
would see N (the woman who bore her testimony) Monday morning and
ask her to take the missionary lessons. The mom said that the
excommunicated boyfriend is going to sit in on the discussions, and
one of her less active sons from Oregon city is also going to sit in
on the discussions as well. So we are going to be making a lot of
phone calls to different people, like bishops and missionaries to let
them know what is going on am make sure that it is okay to be teaching
certain people.


Elder Peterson

Transfer 1, Week 2, April 21, 2014

This past week has been really wet. It has rained almost all week,
and it looks to do the same this next one. I am not surprised, but
that is just the way things are. I am super glad to hear that you had
a great Easter. My Easter was awesome as well. We had an
investigator come to church this week. His name is B. We met
with B this past Thursday and Friday. Unfortunately he has been
going through some hard times lately. His grandmother and one of his
friends has recently past away, so this past week was really rough for
him. When we talked with him, he told us that he wanted to get
baptized really badly, so we set a date with him for the 3 of May.
Hopefully that will be able to happen. He is struggling with the Word
of Wisdom, and he gets drunk a lot. But he was able to make it to
church this past week. He really enjoyed it and told us that he would
never missed another Sunday of church again! But by the time that
sacrament meeting was over, his social anxiety was really bad, so he
went home.

This past week, we have been able to do a lot of service for people,
and it is really helping with finding as well. We were doing service
for a single mom on Saturday, and about half way through, she had to
leave. We continued to spread bark dust, and weed and all that fun
stuff. When she came back, she said that she had a nonmember friend
who was wanting us to do service for her. The sister told us that she
would send us the info in a couple days for us to go and contact her.

So the work is going really great out here. We aren't teaching as
much, but we are working with some really awesome people out here.
The ward is amazing, my comp is awesome, and I am super excited for
this next week.

Elder Peterson

Transfer 1, Week 1, April 14, 2014

It has been very good to be back out on a mission. This past week, we
have done a lot a service. Almost every day, Elder Ah Kuoi and I have
gone out and done service with people in their yards and stuff. It
was kinda funny, on Wednesday, I was sanding down some cabinets
outside, and the sun was shining a lot. We ended up working outside
a lot that day, and when we were done, I had this sunburn that ended
about half way up my bicep, and about halfway around on the outside,
and there was a hard burn line where I had been sunburnt and where I
wasn't. I laughed so hard when I saw that!

Elder Ah Kuoi and I have been working hard to gain the trust of people
through service, and so far it has been working. This past Sunday,
the second councilor in the ward came up to us and told us that he had
invited one of his friends to take that discussions. The friend
doesn't live within the ward boundaries, but we will be teaching him
at the second councilors home for the first bit. I am sure that at
some point in time we will need to pass him one to the other elders,
but for now we are going to be teaching him! Elder Ah Kuoi is a great
person. He is super kind and he is very thoughtful, but at the same
time he is super funny and outgoing. Being able to serve with him is
going to be so awesome.

This past week, I was able to meet a guy named B. He is an
investigator that the elders before me has been teaching for just a
few weeks. He has high functioning autism, and probably a social
anxiety disorder. He has been an amazing investigator. Elder Ah Kuoi
and Elder Moore had asked him to come to church for the past few
weeks, but he would always cancel at the last moment. But last week
he came to General Conference, and he also came to the scripture study
that we held on Friday. He has really good questions, and he told us
that while he was watching General Conference, he felt to the Spirit, and decided that the church was true! Now he wants to get tickets for
next General Conference, and he also wants to get baptized! Now we
need to help him get into the habit of coming to church on Sunday, and
help him with the Word of Wisdom. He is currently a recovering
alcoholic, and he has been struggling with at for years. But I have
faith that he will be able to overcome this trial. We hope to set a
date with him this next week.

Elder Peterson

Missionary Work, Apr 8, 2014

This is the day after he returned to Oregon

Hey, it's me. Yesterday was a good day. My new comp is elder ah
kuoi. He is from Seattle Washington. He was born in Samoa, then moved
to Washington a few years ago. He is a great comp. my new area is
called West Linn. It is right across the river from Riverside. It's
kinda crazy. Sorry this email is so short. Not much has happened
yet, and it is really slow typing on a an iPad. Oh, and I forgot the
charger for my kneehab machine. Is there any way that you could send
that to me? It is plugged into the wall behind the night stand in the
room I was sleeping in.

I love you
Elder peterson

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