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