Transfer Day

It’s transfers and I’m…
*DRUM ROLL*

Leaving Newport Beach 1st and headed to the Laguna Hills 2nd ward.
But wait! There’s more! This transfer, 26 new missionaries are coming in, which is huge compared to the average 6-8 per transfer. And as such, I’M TRAINING!

I haven’t met him yet, but I’m so excited! It’s going to be a great adventure, but this is a bittersweet moment for me. I’ve had such great experiences here, and it’s crazy how in only 6 months, it feels like I’m leaving home all over again. But, I know that in a short time, I’m going to love the next area I go to just as much as this one.

In other news, Elder Wu is going back to the Chinese ward in Irvine. He is excited to be going back to see all those familiar faces. It’s been a blast to serve with him and get to know him, and now, I have an excuse to go visit China!

Well, that pretty much wraps it up for this week! I’ll let you all know next week who I’m training. Can’t wait!

Love you, miss you, greenie coming soon,

– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Hello Everyone!

What a week it has been! Elder Wu and I went on two exchanges and one split this week! It was great to be able to work with and learn from so many people this week!

Elder Wu and I taught our investigator Brother P, and shared a Mormon Message about how both science and religion testify and point to a higher power. Science has an answer for the what, when, how, and where of creation, but cannot explain the who and the why, which is where religion has answers. He compares the two subjects to your eyes. One eye sees a different picture than the other, but when you put the two images together, that is how you have three-dimensional vision and depth. Kind of a cool comparison, huh?

Well, not much else to talk about this week.
Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Tracting is Going out of Style

Well hello there!

This week was yet another week in paradise. Elder Wu and I went out tracting like it was going out of style. (missionary joke there, tracting is kind of going out of style). Anyways, we saw a little success from that, and it was good to get out there and let people see us doing what we do best. There were a bunch of our investigators at church this week, which was a miracle for sure! Not much else to talk about for this week yall.

Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

HAPPY ‘MERICA DAY YALL!!!!

Hope you all had a great 4th of July. Mine was fantastic! We got together with the other missionaries in our zone and celebrated with hotdogs and basketball. And yes, it WAS as fancy as is sounds. Later on, we had dinner at an amazing member’s house with all their friends and family, and I brought my guitar and played a couple songs for them. It was nice to finally be able to play for people, and it brought the Spirit to the home very quickly.

We were tracting the other day, and we met a nice older lady who started talking to us and asked us what was different between us and Jehova’s Witnesses. We got talking about what we believe, and she told us that her daughter and two granddaughters are all JW’s, and said that the granddaughters are going to start their JW missions soon. She said she didn’t like how strict the JW’s are and said, quote “It’s a shame my granddaughters are off doing church things and not out meeting nice young men like you!” She told us that they would all be in town soon, and asked us to come over and meet them, and I was all, “Sorry, not what I’m out here for right now”, but proceeded to give her a copy of the BoM and invited her to church the next day. She didn’t come, just a hilarious story I wanted to tell you all. Crazy shenanigans happenin.

Well, in other big news, we met our new Mission President, President Clark, and his wife, on Friday last week. They are both so nice, and I’m so excited to be able to get to know them and work with them!

Well fam, that’s pretty much all I’ve got for this week.
Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom