Gadys Knight’s Visit

Ni Hao and Aloha!
This week flew by faster than a Mercedes Benz (which, interestingly enough, is native to this area of Southern California)
But really, I blinked and it’s Monday again. But for some reason, I’m exhausted. (Time is weird)
This week, Gladys Knight came to our mission and we had a devotional. If you don’t know who Gladys Knight is, ask your mom, she’ll know. But, it was super cool! She brought her Grammy Award Winning choir with her, and it was super cool. It was also a great missionary opportunity, and we brought our investigator Brother T with us. He loved it, and hasn’t stopped talking about it since. So, for the next few days or so, we will be delivering packages with a copy of the Book of Mormon, a dvd about the Restoration, and a CD with some of the music sung by the choir. (super pumped over here)
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take pictures of the choir, so y’all can’t see it, but take my word for it, it was cool.
That’s about all I’ve got this week!
Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Ni Hao and Aloha!

This week was pretty cool. Short on emailing time this week, we helped out with some service this morning. But, I have plenty of pictures to send you! We had dinner at a member’s house, and she lives right on the beach, so I got some sweet pics of the sunset.
Here ya go!

Love you, miss you,
-Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

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Conference Week

Hey-o! It has been a good week! Particularly a good weekend (because we got to watch conference!) I’ll get the general Conference questions out of the way: 1. Yes, I absolutely loved Elder Holland’s talk, that’s a given. Besides that, I enjoyed Elder Oak’s talk on opposition and the necessity of adversity. Nobody is exempt from sorrow, and our righteousness doesn’t help us avoid affliction, but helps us work through affliction. 2. Yes, I stayed awake this time, for the whole thing, actually, (which for me is a miracle). I think it’s because I took notes. Not very good ones, but notes none the less!

*British* Moving on!
Besides Conference, the week was a good one! A few weeks ago, we met a young couple that was moving into an apartment complex, and we helped them carry some furniture up to their apartment. They had just arrived there THAT DAY and they told us we were the first people they had met! He was telling us that he doesn’t think it was a coincidence that we met, and that they would be open to have us come over and talk about the gospel. (!!!!!)

I think I told you all about them? Anyways, we stopped by because we hadn’t heard from them, and they told us they had been super busy and that they still wanted to meet, just next week. So, that’s something to look forward to! I don’t know if any of you can tell, but I’m super excited to go and talk to them!

So, more about Elder Wu and his story. In China, they can’t have proselyting missionaries, so they mostly have senior couples that share messages with people that the members invite, and regular missionaries that just do service, mostly Chinese natives. So, Elder Wu’s mother worked for a company that employed a lot of members, and one of them introduced her to the church. She was baptized in Hong Kong (because that is the only place the church is allowed to have dedicated buildings), and one year later he was baptized. His father isn’t a member (yet), and in his city there are only five members, and they currently don’t have enough Priesthood holders to even have a branch! So, he is super amazing, and has been out for 13 months, 2 in the MTC, 11 months in the Chinese ward in Irvine, and now he’s here learning English! He’s pretty much a rock star, and while he is still learning English, it has come a long way already!

Well, that’s about all I’ve got for you this week, not much else that’s new to report! I’m still loving my mission, and I love not being in crazy Utah weather! (neener neener 🙂

Love you all, miss you too,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

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