The purpose of this blog is to keep family and friends updated with the most recent news on Matthew. It will also document his biggest trial to date and serve as a reminder of how many people love and support him, and how much the Lord loves him when he has beat this terrible disease.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Channel 15

The news program turned out really great. I think Channel 15 did a nice job of giving a brief overview of our temples in a respectful way. The link to the video is:

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_southeast_valley/gilbert/Mormon-temple-in-Gilbert-Inside-look-at-temples-most-sacred-rooms

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

6 Months Later

Hello to whoever is still reading this blog. After about a six month break I've decided to return and continue the story of my family. These past months since Matthew's passing have been really hard, and we're each coping in different ways. I haven't wanted to come back to this blog because I wasn't emotionally ready. I still don't think I am, but I just need to do it. There is still a lot to cover.

This Friday, the 22nd, at 10:00 PM Channel 15 will be airing an interview they did with my parents. They are doing a piece on the Gilbert Temple opening and wanted to ask us questions about our loss and how the temple plays a role in it. They asked us a lot about Matthew and how our faith gets us through it. The crew was at our house this last Monday night for like four hours getting everything they needed. I'm not exactly sure what they are going to include from that, but I'm sure it will be great!

If you're not able to watch the program but still want to know about what we believe in, what kept Matthew so strong through his cancer, and what gives us comfort as we deal with our loss, you can send me an email (tmanblogg@gmail.com) with your name and address and I will send you a Book of Mormon. My email is also found in the top right corner of this page. I know this book will answer any questions you have about yourself, life, grief, anger, death, etc. Anything you want to know can be found in its pages.

Anyways, stay tuned and I will try to update you with everything that has happened since May. That will include the funeral, his grave location, things others have done for us, how his friends are doing, etc.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Push Along

Alright, so I am incredibly proud of my brother. Chad is serving a mission in Spain, and he has grown so much as a person. He has so much love for others. This morning we got this email from him:

"Hello my dear beloved family. How can I tell you and express my true feelings of love for you through an email? I would say it is impossible, so I pray the Holy Spirit will be here as you read so you can know and feel how much I do love you. I can think back listening to you all say that Matthew just wants to be like me, and how I need to be his example, and how he would always listen to my advice. The truth is, if I'm being honest, I have always looked up to him. I have always been jealous of him because he has always been so obedient to you, Mom, and because he has always been gifted with the ability to work and be happy. It has taken me over a year to learn those things he was born with.
 
I remember looking at his blog and looking at all the pictures one day in the mission office, and the AP asked me, "Why do you do that, doesnt it just make you sad and get you out of the working mood?" I told him no because he got his Patriarchal Blessing it said he will serve a full time mission and be healed. So naturally, when President Deere came to my house on Saturday night and told me that my best friend had passed away, I was really confused. I had forgotten that Patriarchal Blessings we receive are valid here on this earth and in the spirit world. When I heard dad's words from President Deere that he was serving with me, I realized and was amazed that his blessing and my prayer was completed so fast. I now have a perfect brother serving a mission with me and with all the prophets. Do you see why I have always looked up to him? Because even when I lead the way, he was always my GPS and he has, and will guide me by his example he left me.

President Deere, Elder Valenzuela, Elder Estrada and Elder Mambo gave me a blessing that night and they told me that in my prayer I will bless my family with comfort and peace. That night I prayed a lot and I hope you felt the peace I was asking for. Also, thank you for being with him 24/7. Dad, I remember I asked you if you were tired and you said no, never. I could see it in your eyes that you were. Its okay to be tired, the truth is that I'm tired. I think the Lord was even tired after his minestry and suffering. Being tired doesnt matter to the Lord, it's what you do when you're tired that matters. Family, thanks for being the best and for fighting and spending time with my hero even though you were all tired.

I would love to participate in the funeral, and I am going to love talking to you, and more than anything I'm excited to serve with the one and only T-Man. Like you said mom, God did give us the revelation that we need to lead the mission with Matthew in mind. Jenelle, thanks for the blog and tormenting him, and Hannah, thanks for just being my sister! I love you all so much and I'll be sure to fill you all in with our miracles here serving as missionaries for the one and only God!

Peace and love be to your souls,
Elder Chad Cooper Peters

PS: Alma 40 and D&C138 explain perfectly where T is and what he is doing, if you want to know. <3  LIVE FOR MATTHEW"

I was worried that he would be angry because he wasn't here for Matthew's battle with cancer, and I had the thought in the back of my mind that he might want to come home for the funeral. I'm really proud that his testimony is unwavering and he has a true desire to stay and serve. I have no idea how I got so lucky to be put in this family. All of my siblings are so awesome.

Funeral Info

The visitation for Matthew will be from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Gilbert Greenfield Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Gilbert, Az. The address for that building is 2740 S. Lindsay Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85296.

The funeral service will begin at 10:00 A.M., on Friday, May 24, 2013 at the Stake Center where additional visitation will begin 1 hour prior. The concluding service and interment will immediately follow at a cemetery that has not yet been chosen.

It will be a beautiful ceremony.

Facebook Tributes

On Matthew's Facebook page there are a ton of thoughts posted by those who loved him. I didn't feel this blog would be complete without including their thoughts, so I've copied and pasted almost all of them.


"Hey everyone. I just wanted to remind you all that Matthew Peters is most definitely in a better place now. He is no longer in pain, and he is with our Father in Heaven, smiling down on us right now. I may not have been Matthew's best friend, but I genuinely appreciated him and the small friendship we did have. GHS, we are celebrating Matthew's life today. Please wear green to show your love, and don't forget to keep the Peters family in your prayers. We'll miss you, Matthew."

"Matthew, I've known you since elementary school. I've always admired how you always seemed to have a smile on your face and how you could make people laugh. I remember when we first started really talking freshman year when I sat at the same table as you. You were so funny and you always had that goofy amazing smile that brightened up everyone's day when I talked to you. We didn't talk a ton sophomore year and junior year except for a couple of times, and I really regret not making more of an effort to talk to you more. Your an amazing person Matthew and I know your looking down at all the people that love you from heaven and smiling."

"Remembering this fun night celebrating Nick's and Dylan's birthdays with Matt at Buffalo Wild Wings."

"Matthew, You were a great example of courage and strength for all those around you. You will be so missed and always treasured. Thanks for being such an awesome friend to my Cameron. I remember right when we moved here, he was in playing x-box, and I asked who he was playing with, it was you. A good friend right from the start. We know you are in a beautiful place, free from the pain of this world!!! Thanks for being in our lives, if only for a short time!"

"R.I.P Matthew you were strong and it's sad your gone, but you’re in heaven now. The best place you deserve to be."

"Rip Matthew Peters I'm so glad to have known you in English last year. It was a great time! I know I will see you again on the other side. You have inspired all of Gilbert High School to be better people by your great example. I'm so proud of how big of a fight you put up. And thank you for giving something for us Gilbert students to strive for. You will be missed."

"Matthew Peters, you were always a great kid and will always be a great kid. You were a great friend to my brother and a fantastic teammate to me. Even though we were never on the same team, training for what we enjoyed most in life was a team within itself. Always pushing one another to go past our limits. You have fought hard and bravely. Your courage will live through each and every one of us as we struggle to push ourselves past our limits. Thanks for being such a great guy. You will be missed. Rest in peace buddy. See you soon."

"Yesterday I lost a great friend.. His name was Matthew Peters, he was a brave, strong, truthful young man. Cancer eventually won the fight. Matt you are in a better place now.. I love you and we will see each other again one day."

"I am so blessed to have known Matt how I did... You were such a nice guy and you always had something funny to say. It sucks it had to happen like this but you're in a better place now. You're not suffering anymore and all the pain is gone... I wish I had the chance to visit you in the hospital before this happened... See you again Matt. We will miss you... prayers going out to the Peters family."

"I'm so grateful to have such amazing friends to help get me through today. I'm especially grateful to know that Matthew is up there watching over me and is right here with me. I still can't believe he's gone. I'm just so happy I know about God’s Plan of Happiness. I can't wait to see you again soon Matthew."

"Wow can't believe your gone Matthew Peters, It feels just like yesterday we were back in freshman year hanging out having fun in Mr. Dunn's class. I still remember our conversations about sports and video-games and just having a good laugh. You will never be forgotten because you were always that cool, fun guy to be around always making people’s day when they weren't feeling that great. Rest in Peace buddy."

"It was a blessing to get to know you and call you my friend. You'll really be missed."

"Although I didn't know you as well as I wish, I know you were a great person. My favorite memory is my birthday party freshman year. I still have the bracelet you made me, and I will never forget that day. You were so sweet, and that's something I will never forget. Its great the atmosphere you create, and that is noticed by everyone. Rest in peace Matthew Peters, you will forever be remembered."

"Never have I been so encouraged by a family’s strength, love, and togetherness through a trial. What an incredible blessing to meet all of you. Matthew Peters was a great kid, great friend to all and a joy to have visit.... He will be missed and we pray God will grant peace to the family."

"Matthew Peters was an amazing person and an awesome friend. He was such a huge inspiration to our entire team and to so many others. He will be missed incredibly by many. We are praying for the Peters family."

"There is no such thing as death but the beginning of new life. When spirits leave their bodies here on the earth, they are on their way to a better life with their Father in Heaven. Free from the physical strife that their tangible bodies have suffered. You were a strong warrior, my friend, and now your battle is over. Enjoy your much deserved rest for there is work to do in God's kingdom. My prayers are with your family and may you rest in peace, brother. I look forward to seeing you again."

"I didn't know you very well, but I have been reading your blog and praying for you for a long time. Nobody deserves to go through what you did, but you fought it with a smile. Heaven gained a wonderful angel today! Rest in Peace Matthew Peters."

"I going to miss you Matt, I know we didn't hang out a lot but whenever I talked to you or was around you, I knew that you were one of my greatest friends. I can't believe you are gone now, I always miss seeing you in the halls and having a laugh. I will always remember at my cousin's reception and having a blast hanging out with you there. Goodbye Matt, I'm going to miss you, rest in peace buddy."

"Matthew Peters was an amazing person and an awesome friend. He was such a huge inspiration to our entire team and to so many others. He will be missed incredibly by many. We are praying for the Peters family."

"This is BY FAR the most important shout out and post I've ever done. Shout out to Matthew Peters. You were literally the heart and soul of Gilbert High School, and you will forever live in our hearts. You fought until your last breath and you were truly an amazing person, inside and out. We love you Matthew."

"Our Heavenly Father just received one of the most strongest spirits I know. Matthew Peters fought and fought, and he still had the beautiful glow to him through all that he went through. He shines so bright and I know that he truly is happy in Paradise. And that's what Heaven needed. I will miss Matt dearly. Prayers to him and his family because he truly was an amazing guy. He left his mark on this world, on GHS, and on me...and he'll always be remembered as the one who never let down. RIP Matthew"

"Matt you are one of the best seminary partners I have had! You had a great testimony and a great spirit about you. You will truly be missed, my prayers go out to you and your family. Rest in paradise my friend."

"Matthew Peters will truly be missed. I didn't know you that well, but every time I saw you there was always a smile on your face! Even when you were going through your battle with cancer you always had a smile! You inspired me so much! Now our Heavenly Father gets to see your smiling face! You were so strong. Rest in Peace, Matthew."

"You were the sweetest, happiest person I have ever met. I will alway cherish the memories we had together. You have made an impact on so many people. You are deeply loved and missed and I know I'll see you again someday. Love you Matt."

"I'm so lucky to have known Matthew Peters. He was the toughest and bravest person I have ever met. At last his suffering has stopped, and he is now in a better place. You will be missed, Matt. Love you man."

"Haven't seen you since Finley (which is a shame), but I know for certain that Heaven has gained an angel today. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Peters family. Rest in peace, Matthew."

"We all lost a great friend today. He has impacted so many people’s lives. His suffering has finally stopped and he is at peace. We will miss you so much, but we know you are in a better place. We love you Matthew Peters."

"Heaven has missed you too Matthew... I know you are in good hands and there isn't any doubt in that. From your smile to just being so incredibly inspirational and strong, you have showed me that there are no true worries in life but to just live it to the fullest. I know you and my little brother are hushing us telling us not to cry. Not to hurt. Because you are happy. In the eternal gates of Heaven watching over us. But you will always be missed and on my Mind. Love you Matthew."

"Matthew Peters you were so strong. My prayers go out to your family. You'll be missed by everyone. We all love the way you made everyone laugh and smile. Now it's your turn to make God smile and laugh. I love you Matthew. Forever a Tiger."

"I am just stunned right now. I can't believe that someone I feel like I was just playing with is gone. Matthew Peters was one amazing kid! He was gifted, loving, and hilarious! I'm so blessed to have known him! RIP Matthew, we all love you."

"I feel so blessed to have known Matthew as well as I did. He is such an amazing person and has taught me so much. I know he's in a better place now, and he fought a good fight. I know God has a plan for all of us and it was time for Matthew to go. I can't wait to see him again on the other side. I love you Matthew Peters and I will miss you so much. Rest in peace bud."

"Matthew Peters is one of the funniest kids ever, and I'll always remember his constant smile. Praying for the Peters family today, so grateful for the knowledge that families can be together forever."

"Matthew, you were always a wonderful smiling person and you were such a great friend to Angela. You will be missed. RIP Matthew Peters, you were so strong!"

"Rest in peace Matt. You were such a tough, funny, and amazing guy and I'm so glad that I got to know you."

"Today the world lost an amazing person. No matter what, he was always the light in the room and I will forever cherish the many memories we've had. You will be missed Matthew Peters."

"I just want my sister and her family to know how much I love them, and how sad I am for all of them (us). My nephew, Matthew Peters, lost his life this morning to cancer and I can't even pretend to know how they feel. There is nothing I can say or do to make it better, but know I love you all!! Matthew is home and happy now. There is a celebration in Heaven! You will forever be missed Matthew!!!"

"I don't like to get religious on Facebook, but I believe God has a plan for all of us. Matthew Peters touched our hearts in so many ways this past year. I'm so fortunate to know such a brave kid like Matt, and I hope that someday I can I can have half the courage he had. You have changed my life in so many ways. I love you Matt."

"R.I.P Matthew Peters! You are truly the strongest tiger out there and no one knows what battles you went through! I'm truly blessed to have gotten closer with you this past year, and it’s hard to overcome that you are gone, but I know you are in a better place now! Once a tiger, always a tiger!! Love you Matthew."

"I didn't know him very well...but he was an inspiration and inspired a lot of people to come together. He fought long and hard, never gave up. He had such a positive attitude. He will be missed. I hope we can all be as strong as you are when we each fight our own trials. Rest in Peace Matthew Peters."

"I didn't know you personally, but I know you were a lot stronger than any of us ever will be. My prayers go out to all of your family and friends. Have fun chillin' with Jesus until the rest of us get there. Rest in Paradise."

"You were a blessing. Matthew, my words cannot express all the emotions I have right now. All I know is that I am thankful God gave you the opportunity to change so many lives, and no doubt about it you did. You are immensely loved. We will never forget you. My prayers go out to you and your family."

"I'm going to miss you so much Matthew. I can honestly say you were the kindest, most selfless person I have ever met, and I am so lucky to have been your friend, even if it was for just a short while. You will be so unbelievably missed."

"Matthew, even though it's been years since we've talked, we've known each other since elementary and you were such a sweet kid and everyone was blessed to know you. Obviously God wanted you up there right now for a reason, and I have no doubt you're in the presence of Him now."

"R.I.P. Matthew Peters. I can't believe you're gone. Its a shame that this kind of thing had to happen to one of the nicest people I have ever met. You were always very kind to everyone, and I have never seen or heard anything to disprove that. You were a great person and you deserved a full life. It’s devastating to think it has been cut short. I've never even seen you upset with someone, its always been smiling and laughter. I'll always remember the fun times we had in junior high, and high school. I'll always remember that smiling face. R.I.P. Matthew you will be missed. You were too good for this world."

"Matthew Peters was a very strong person. It just won't be the same without you bro. You're with your Father in Heaven now though, and He has a plan for you as well as all of us. I'll see you when the time comes. RIP buddy."

"I can't even explain what I’m feeling right now. Matt, I miss you so much. I am so sorry that I never changed schools like you wanted me to, but I want you to know how much you mean to me. You are without a doubt one of my greatest friends. You helped me through my hardest times. I only wish I could've been there more for you. I love you. Can't wait to see you again someday. R.I.P Matthew"

"You were such a good friend to me, always smiling, positive, and had such a kind heart. I remember being so excited to have you in my seminary class with me this year. Heavenly Father has a plan for you and I'm eternally grateful for the Plan of Salvation, that families can be together for forever. You're such an inspiration, and Gilbert High will never be the same without you. I will miss you so much, Matthew Peters."

"Back in the day when all we cared about was when are we going to hangout again?!"

"Today is the day that my heart broke... A very close friend of mine, Matthew Peters, lost his battle with cancer today... I am still trying to take in the fact that I will never be to see you again... My emotions are running wild, and I am going through all the amazing times that we've had together. Matthew I will never forget you, and hopefully one day we can see each other again! Love You."

"Today we lost such an unbelievable fighter. Matthew Peters, you truly are an inspiration to us all. I know you will be kept in so many of our hearts due to the amazing young man you were. We all love you Matt, and may you rest peacefully in Heaven looking down on those who have admired you through your unbelievable fight."

"We all loved you so much for who you were for what you stood for. For me, you stood as a figure of perspective. Here I was complaining about homework, when you were going through pain I can't even imagine. I love you so much for what you have taught me. RIP Matthew Peters."

"Rest in Peace Matthew Peters... We all love you so much and you will always be in my heart. You changed Gilbert High students, alumni and faculty. You brought us all closer and made us one! You made us forget about how different we all are, and made us feel like a family! You are someone who will never be forgotten! I love you so much!"

"Rest in peace Matthew Peters, you always put a smile on my face, you were always so positive and kind, and a friend to me. I'm so thankful I came to meet you and get to know you almost three years ago in volleyball. You were an inspiration and the definition of strong hearted. I'll see you Matt."

"I took a long walk down memory lane this morning. I am sharing some of the pictures from that walk. Rhett's friend, Matthew Peters, has been fighting for his life since Sept 1, 2012. What a charming, handsome, strong, happy, (I could go on and on..) We love you Matthew!"












Thank you all for your thoughts, memories and pictures.


I just want to make one thing very clear. Matthew did not lose to cancer. Cancer lost to him. He lives on in an amazing place, and his cancer is dead.

Green

On Friday night, the night before Matthew passed, our stake president, his wife, and two general authorities came to see us in the hospital. We spoke about Matthew's life and his character, and then Elder Haleck offered a prayer. It was a really powerful prayer. He said a lot of comforting things, but one this that really stood out to me was he blessed Matthew that someone he knows and loves would come down to receive him when it is his time to go home. That comforted me a lot because I knew he would never be alone, and the transition would be easy. I like to think that he had a handful of angels waiting with us in his room on Saturday morning. All of our grandparents were probably there.

Elder Jones, Elder Haleck, President and Joanna Layton:





















Friday was also a special day for me because that is when I spent a lot of time talking to Matthew alone. I got to tell him a lot of very personal things, and I told him how The Office ended. I know it's stupid, but I couldn't let him leave this earth without knowing how it ended. He only missed the last three or so episodes. Being able to have that time with him and tell him how the show he's been obsessed with for the past nine years ends gave me a lot of closure. I'm at peace knowing that I was able to do that for him. It was the hardest thing I've done, and I cried through the whole thing, but I got to do that for him.

Today at Gilbert High there was a prayer said for Matthew. All of the students gathered in Tiger Hall to listen. My mom went and sister, and she said that she couldn't hear what was said, but she was deeply touched because of how many kids were there. It's special that they did that for Matthew. I bet he was there listening too. Gilbert High, Greenfield Junior High, and Finley Farms Elementary also encouraged their students to wear green in honor of Matthew. That has been his favorite color since he knew colors.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Live for Matthew

Matthew left us today at 11:30. We took all of the tubes out of his throat so he was comfortable, and the doctors gave him a lot of Morphine and Atavan so he didn't feel any pain. After he was unplugged from everything, it only took him about ten minutes to let go. It was so peaceful, and he wasn't alone. He had my parents right there by his head whispering loving words, and he had me and Sakeri to hold his hand. I know that he went with the knowledge that his family loves him, and I know that there were angels in that room with us to take him to his eternal home. I also know that he'll always be with us in spirit, and that he'll be with Chad in Spain helping him with his mission. Watching him pass was the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life, and I know it was probably a million times harder for my parents than it was for me. After he was gone though, I had such a feeling of peace. I know where he went, and knowing that is what gave me that warm feeling after he left. I can't even explain how that felt, but I can picture him with his Father in Heaven and all of the angels up there doing amazing things. I know he is happier than any of us can even imagine. After he left, Sakeri told me that now he can be with me constantly to torment me. Knowing Matthew, that is probably exactly what he'll be doing, and I welcome that. I also know that he'll be there when it is my parent's time, my time, Chad's and Hannah's time to bring us home.

Throughout this whole cancer experience, especially in this last week, we have been praying and praying for a miracle. I've been thinking a lot about how this miracle never came, but now I realize that Matthew was the miracle. His life was the biggest miracle I have ever witnessed. He constantly lived a righteous life, and he was so strong in his last months. It was amazing to watch him fit so much fun into the months since he was diagnosed. Even when he was really sick, he still made it to parties, volleyball games and the movie theatre. Every Sunday he was healthy enough to come to church, he would bless the Sacrament and carry out his other priesthood duties. He is our miracle.

I've also been thinking a lot about my mom today. I know this is the hardest thing she has ever had to go through, and I know it will take a long time to heal, but she got to spend really good quality time with him. She got to spend hours and hours with him ever day in the clinic during chemo therapy, she got to spend time with him when he was neutropenic, and in his last days she got to spend hours whispering her love into his ear. I know this is hard as a mother, but at least she got that. It amazes me about what an eternal perspective her and my dad are having on this as well. My dad tells me all the time that Matthew leaving us is going to make him work 100 times harder to live worthy so he can be with his son again. He knows that we will be with Matthew again, and that we will be so happy. So this is now our perspective. When Matthew first started fighting I made wristbands that said, "Fight for Matthew." That's what we always said, and wearing those bands gave us strength. Now that the fighting is over though, we need to live for Matthew. We need to live for him to honor his amazing memory and to be able to remember that families are eternal and we are sealed to him.

There will be a funeral this coming Friday for Matthew. We don't have details like place or time yet, but I will post that when it's finalized. If you decide to come to the funeral, I just ask you to wear bright colors. It's a sad time because he has left us, but we're celebrating his life, not mourning his death. As his sister, I know he would want this too.

Our family thanks everyone who has, and continues to love, support and pray for us.

Chad, be strong while you serve the Lord. We love you so much, and Matthew does too. He carried your tag with him everywhere he went, and I know he's going to tag along with you in Spain like he tagged along with you while you were home. I know you understand as well as all of us where he is now. Hold on to that. We love you.