Sorry this one’s coming a day late, but we got roped into a massive service project that ate up our whole yesterday. We spent three hours shoveling dirt out of a U-haul. It was good exercise, and it put my protein shake to work for sure!
Well, this past week was great! A few highlights from the week:
District meeting on Thursday, we talked about focus and developing love for everyone.
We met with Nevaeh, she is a foster child living with some members in the ward, the Cooks. She is almost ready to get baptized, but they just need to get permission from her birth mother. It’s exciting!
We got together with the whole zone and painted an elementary school classroom. It was lots of fun! It reminded me of painting stuff in the garage.
We’ve been over to the McCarrolls a bunch, helping them with work in their back yard and talking about well, nearly everything. We’re hoping they come to an activity at the stake center tonight, we think it will help them a ton.
Tonight we’re meeting a returning inactive, Nathan. Last week, he walked into church for the first time in 20+ years and said he was wanting to come back. We gave him a blessing last week, and he agreed to take the lessons to refresh his memory. I’m interested to learn more about what has brought him back, but I can tell that the Lord has been in his life recently, guiding him back home. I’m so grateful for a Loving Father in Heaven who is willing to help us when we remember Him and ask for help.
So, since starting the 40 day Book of Mormon challenge, Elder Crone and I have been reading the Book of Mormon like it’s our full time job or something. 13 pages a day. But, I’ve been learning so much! It’s amazing how much better my studies have been. I don’t remember if I told you all before, but, I decided to read the book from back to front, starting in Moroni and working my way backwards book by book. It’s been interesting to read about these things happening to the Nephites and Lamanites, and then to go back and read all the prophesies and connect the dots. It’s really helped me get things in order as well.
Well, that’s about it for this week!
Love you, miss you,
Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom
So. This week. Went by. So fast. It feels like this transfer just started. And now it’s week five of six.
Monday, we did the usual P-day shenanigans, frisbee and volleyball, shopping and the like.
Tuesday, we had district meeting at the Laguna Beach building because the Stake Center parking lot was being re-done that week. I played a hymn on the guitar for the closing hymn, it was If You Could Hie to Kolob. Then we had a lesson with a less-active, we got together and read Jacob 5 with her. We usually go over every week and read with her in the Book of Mormon, and she started to read on her own, but then got to that chapter and well… even I still have trouble with that one. But the lesson went well and she felt the spirit.
Wednesday we helped with some service, helping someone that recently moved in organize her stuff. There were like, 8 Elders there and we got work done! Cleanin’ Crew, comin’ through!
Thursday, we spent nearly the whole day trying to track down some former investigators that haven’t been responding lately, and no such luck was found 😦 But, we saw another less-active that we work with, and had a great lesson with her. Towards the end, her older son walked in and sat with us through the end of the lesson. He knows a lot about the Bible, and was really nice. His girlfriend is a recent convert up in Irvine, so he’s been to church a bunch up there. Hopefully we can start working with him too.
Friday, weekly planning day, metric tons of fun. I forgot what I was going to write about, crazy library people seem to feel like I’m a listening ear today. But, it was a good day, we met with the Ward Mission Leader and coordinated for the next week or so.
Saturday, the whole Zone went up to Newport Beach to help clean the temple! It was so cool. The temple usually asks the mission to help when they close every six months for the deep cleaning. It’s amazing, because we get to see cool parts of the temple. And I saw some members from my greenie area.
Sunday was super great as always, we had a 5th Sunday meeting all about preparing for natural disasters. There was a couple that was in the Tokyo earthquake with their 5 kids, and they talked all about what they had done to prepare, and the revelation they got in the months before the disaster. It was super cool to hear them talk about their experiences, and another reminder that the Lord is in the details of our lives.
That’s about all for this week folks!
Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom
(I’m actually already in my new area, we move fast over here)
So, I’m back in the Laguna Niguel Stake in the Aliso Niguel Ward, and my companion is someone I’ve served around before, Elder Crone. He and I get along really well, we have pretty similar personalities and interests.
I was pretty sure I was going to get transferred, I served in my last area for 6 months. I was mostly just worried about getting a companion that I didn’t get along with, or going to a completely foreign place in the mission. Just another reminder to me of how much our Father in Heaven knows us, and knows the things we need at the right time.
I’m excited to get to work here! I’ll send pictures next week, and I’ll let you know how the area is going as well.
Love you, miss you, six to go!
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom