Quinton's sister, Melinda, is on a mission too!!!

Texas McAllen Spanish speaking - See her blog at www.melindasmission.blogspot.com

Monday, May 24, 2010


Email sent Monday 23 May 2010

Ha, i miss farewells, i wish that i could have been there.. mostly because of all the sweet food that is there :) i, much like brandy really really like food, so i miss normal food alot, but oh well ill get over it. even without all of that good food i am still somehow finding a way to become fat... well not really fat but im bigger. maybe im growing and i just think im getting fat! ya well go with that, i think im growing (probably not)

Im glad that cookie enjoyed the farwell! im still hoping that by some chance she will be alive when i get home because i don't want her to die... i didn't tell you guys this when i left but she was the only person that i almost cried when i was saying goodbye. i don't know i guess i have a thing for dogs. Especially golden retrievers! or whatever cookie is.

I need like 9 two cent stamps, so if you could send those that would be just peachy!

So this week actually quite alot happened. because as you know last week was transfers, and guess what i got transfered to the Ivory Coast! ha just kidding im still in my same area and i still have the same companion which is totally sweet and im fine with that. Elder Lehr and Harris both got transfered to Assin Fosu, and some new people came into our district. I was actually called to be District Leader which is kinda weird i still feel like a small guy that doesnt know anything lol. but ya, im actually really nervous to do a baptismal interview, but im sure once i do it it will be fine..hopefully!

Ha we are continuing to teach Rebecca in the crazy market, and she is way sweet! ha she now has come to church two times in a row and her husband said that she even wants to be baptized! were totally stoked about that because it would fulfill our family goal that we have been given! We're also working with some less actives that are part members families too but they so far havent seen much progressing. There is only six weeks left to complete the goal and right now our district is struggling so we really need to buckle down and do this thing!

I have plenty of time to write you guys so don't even worry about it! Mario teaches typing has done wonders for me. Sorry if my emails have been short lately but its just cuz not much new is happening, but ill try to keep the emails interesting and maybe spice them up a bit with false stories like how me and my companion got chased by a lion through the african jungle! ha

love ya


Email from Elder Togagae (current companion)

Re: Quinton's sister

thank again for your e mail i know she enjoy her mission one of my cozen she finish her mission from that place she enjoy she went 2004 thank you very much dont worried about elder petersen he doing well. He is my district leader in my District it is a big man . have a nice week.

Email from Elder Joseph (former companion)

Re: Melinda's (Quinton's sister) farewell

That is wonderful and i am so happy to be with your son on same mission and even as a companion i hope to be with him once more before i go home the mission is sweet for i have seen the blessing in life and i know elder petersen has same testimony about the work as i do

so now are you alone or you still have other children preparing to go on a mission or if there is any one left at home if there is greet them for me

have a wonderful week

Monday, May 17, 2010

This email is in tribute to my pen that has lasted me 9 months of mission!!!

Email sent Monday 17 May 2010

Hey family, so ya the same pen i have been using every day, except for writing in my journal has now lasted me 9 whole months! the little guy is a trooper and i am proud of him. he is still going strong so im hoping he'll last at least a year. so we will see. i like how i am referring to a pan as he... whatever.

First thing, i thought we still had a goldfish, when did he die? i must not have loved him that much or i probably would have known he was dead. oh well guess i can't eat him. too bad

Second thing. Happy Birthday Brandy! wooo! you probably thought that i forgot but i didn't i really did remember. and your way lucky you got to celebrate your birthday at state track and field, i wish i could have been there. lol those are quite possibly my two most favorite days of the year! so ya im glad that you had a good birthday!

So this week went by really really fast, and even today is transfer day! crazy it has already been one transfer that i have been with this crazy Samoan guy! ha but i really do love him, he always keeps me laughing. we'll probably stay together for a little while so i don't think that i will be getting transfered but hey anything can happen! We had to take him to the hospital this week because he says that he broke a tooth or something like that, so we had to go to the hospital and wait there pretty much all day for them to tell us that we had to come back this friday. im not exactly sure what they need to do, but hopefully it doesnt take to long and doesnt interfere with too much proselyting time.

The Assistants went on splits with our apartment this week, and we went with a guy named Elder Dunford. he is sweet and was my zone leader back in Takoradi. We had a good day going with them. its good going on splits because it kinda motivates you and you also learn new ways to teach things and stuff, so that was fun.

I want to know what is my blood type. i always forget so if you could tell me that would be sweet.

We are teaching a lady right now named Rebecca. we have only taught her a few times. her husband is a member and so she would fulfill the family goal that we have. the only problem is that she only speaks twi. ha so we always have to bring members with us when we teach her... the other problem is that she always works inside of a market in our area. ha so the market is one of the busiest and loudest places ever, and its not exactly a prime lesson spot, but thats where we have to teach her lol. ha but she is way cool, and guess what she came to church yesterday! so we are hoping that as we continue teaching her she'll keep coming to church. So the goal is coming along, slowly but surely, were praying that these few possibilities we have will work out.

On Saturdays we usually travel out to a little town called Fumusua and we have some people we are teaching there, this saturday we went out there and when we were coming back it started to pour rain. and the place where we get off of the trotro is about a mile from our apartment, so we got out of the trotro and started booking it back to the apt. but it was pouring so hard we got totally drenched lol but it was seriously fun just running in the rain and getting totally soaked!

ha so ya i am sending two pictures again! they are both of me and Elder Togagae. in one of them we are being thugs lol, Elder Togagae looks like a mexican with that hat on lol. and the other one is just us at our chapel.

it doesnt take long to download pictures so you can always send them that would be sweet :)

i love you guys- and girls :)

Elder Togagae and Elder Petersen at Chapel in Kumasi

Email from current companion Elder Togagae

Re:  Fun to talk to you

well thank you for your e-mail to me i hope to continue to do the good work with my brother this time for me i am very happy, to serve with elder Petersen, thank for your advise thank for allow me to talk to you family. May God to continue to bless your family.

Email from former companion Elder Joseph

Re:  busy week

we were doing fine and the mission goal is sweet it help us to have direction in our work though sometime it is reaaly hard to fine this people to teach but all is well

it really hard to fine family but we were able to teach a part-member family and baptize her and now we have accomplish our part of the goal but we still have to work hard for other missionaries in case they need help so that we can accomplish the goal as a mission

sometime the work look hard and truely the area elder petersen is serving is a unversity area so it very hard to teach family but i know that somehow they will fulfill their part

Have a wonderful week also

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Email sent Monday 10 May 2010

so i don't have a whole lot to say since we just talked yesterday. ha but i am finally sending some more pictures! sweet huh. one picture is of me from last pday were i was all in the mud and stuff. That picture was even after i had cleaned off a little bit so you can imagine how dirty i was! the other picture is kinda crappy quality but its of me pounding fufu the other day. right before i ate fufu and huge freaking snails! those snails were so weird but i ate like three the size of my hand so ya! the taste didn't really bug me it was just the texture that was kinda weird. needless to say i wont be cathcing the snails in our garden when i come home! ha but if our fish is still alive i might just eat him! haha jk but seriously i might! ive never tasted goldfish before

As far as all of the districts in the mission i really don't know all of them. i can probably name all of the zones. lets see there is Takoradi, Sekondi, Abura, Cape Coast, Swedru, Dichemso, and Bantama. im pretty sure that that is all of the zones in the mission.

I can't remember what i spent the money on. but it was a neccesity thats all i really remember! haha jk i think some of it was from the 3 times we ate pizza and then some other small things. i still have most of the stuff i just took out and ill be buying the scripture bags with that stuff.

I am really tired and have a big headache so i think that that will have to suffice for the email today! ha it will be better next week when i haven't talked to you in like a week!

love ya


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

I'm sunburnt

Email sent Monday 3 May 2010

What else is new.. its a Pday. today was freaking tiring. we went to Bantama today because we were playing a legit full pitchfootball game with the missionaries against bantama ward. of course all the Ghanaians showed up late which was really frustrating. but we finally started to play and got the thing going. we were playing on a dirt field and it has been raining alot lately so it was kinda muddy in parts... the first play of the game i was running and had beat my defender and was going for the goal until i ran into the mud... i hit the dirt hard and got all muddy and had to play like that for the rest of the game. man i was freaking angry. playing on dirt is way harder than playing on grass. so i was angry the rest of the game. but i have some sweet battle wounds now! ha but once again i forgot to bring my card reader so i cant send pictures today but i will soon i promise! ha i got ElderClements to takepictures of the game so he got some good ones!

its crazy to think back home what is happening. you guyshave to be super busy! its already the end of school and this week i realized that state (track & field) was coming up in like two weeks. i have already been gone for a full year of school whichi think is pretty cool. so the time is moving no matter how slow or fast it feels sometimes. The back of my eears are sun burnt.

The Harmatan is over now, and it came way later than usual. i was expecting to miss it cuz i was in takoradi, but when i got to kumasi is right when it started. it was kinda like fog.. but with dust. it really stunk, it made my contacts all dry and covered everything in our rooms with like small films of dust. but now the rainy season is coming on, so it rains about every other night! one thing that i seriously love is falling asleep to the sound of rain. maybe ill move to oregon when i get home so that can happen even when im home.

Yes i hold the phone in our apartment.. im the oldest guy in the apartment which is weird because i feel like a small boy still! Me and Elder Lehr are actually the oldest in the district too... our mission is young.

Elder Togagae Emails but he doesnt do it for too long. idon't think he is very good at typingso he doesnt type alot. Mario teaches typing is a serious blessing in my life :) his email is ...... so you could email him if you want! he is good at english, but hes not the best. he can get his point across but sometimes its hard and he doesnt make sense but he is fine! he is a sweet guy. hes not the best at teaching but we are progressing. once again this goal is not easy. we don't have a solid family that we are teaching which stinks.. we have been working with a ward member whos wife is not a member and he said he would bring her to church next week! so that should be cool. we are seeing them on wednesday. Elder Isagara is progressing, we are kinda breaking him in!  A mission does really make people change so you just have to experience it.

as for the phone call i really don't know what time im gonna call you yet. we will do a test call with my new chip maybe friday or saturday and we can figure that out ok! thanks so expect a phone call sometime then!B

Brandy your ceramics are legit!

i love you, pictures next week i promise!


Email from Elder Joseph (a former companion)

Re: Mother's Day is coming

That is wonderful to have a duagther serving a mission and that will really help her to prepare forthe rest of her life and tell her that she should go with faith and the lord will be with her and that she will have many stories to tell when she return

it wonderful for us we just have our vidoe conference yesterday and it was wonderful to hear from the general authorities most espacially elder jeffrey R Holland on the saturday session it is really inspiraing and it gave me the zeal to do the work more

it exiciting to have mother`s day coming soon the only day to hear from my family again and i am looking to that day though in ghana it is not a big celebration but for we it is a big one for us to have the chance to speak to our families

i am so gateful to have your son as a companion even thoug i am not with them i can still remeber those days

Have a wonderful weeks and prepare your sister missionary that the day will come and one wonderful thing is that i left home the same day she will leave home to the mtc and it will be five days after my birthday which is 21 may so tell her to keep the good work going