Surprise Changes!

Literally everything changed last Tuesday. I gave y’all an update on Monday, but then some big changes happened.
So, that night we got a call from the Zone Leaders and they asked us to meet them at our apartment a little early… Okay…? So we go back to our apartment, and one goes with Elder Hanks and one comes with me, and they asked us for some help with something that happened in Newport Beach (my old area). So, basically, there was a situation that needed to change in Newport, some people in that zone were causing conflicts, so some emergency transfers had to happen, and they were moving one of these missionaries here, to Laguna Hills 2nd Ward. And they would be replacing Elder Hanks, and Elder Hanks would go to San Clemente.
……. what?
So, I have a new companion! When I found out who it was, I was super excited. His name is Elder Mann. He was in my last district in Newport, and we got to be great friends. He’s from Arizona and he’s been out for about 18 months. It was sad to see Elder Hanks go, but in the extra week we had, we were able to get past some of the issues we had and made a lot of progress. It was good to end on a high note like we did, and it will be good for him to have more experiences in San Clemente.
Other than that, there hasn’t been much going on here, Elder Mann is in a boot and that makes it less than easy to get around. (He broke his leg playing football on Pday. It should be healed in another 3-5 weeks or so.) We have lots of great stuff planned for this week, it will be good to have someone with a bit more experience to bounce ideas off.
Well, wish me luck!
Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Captain’s Blog, entry 63.

It’s yet another week here in this strange paradise. The sun goes down earlier and earlier here in the Laguna Hills, cutting into our tracting time. People still seem to use the sun to tell time, even though they have phones and watches. Oh California… 🙂
This week we met with our investigator Katie, and made lots of progress. One of the ward missionaries was there, Brother Goodfellow. He was super helpful, because at certain points of the visit I had no idea where to take the conversation and he just stepped in and really made a big difference.
Elder Hanks and I are still getting along as great as ever, and we have made a special effort to teach with unity this next transfer. Can’t wait!
We have been exercising our green thumbs recently. Elder Starr is a garden-and-plant extraordinaire, and a less active in his last ward gave him a venus fly trap and an aloe vera plant. We have found both of them to be pretty useful. Bye bye flies and sunburns!
Well, that’s all that comes to mind this week.
Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Even More Tracting!

*knock knock knock*
*ding dong*
That’s been my week so far. 🙂 If you can’t tell, we’ve been doing a bit of tracting here. 😀
In other crazy news, one of our roommates, Elder Eppig, went home yesterday to get his Crohn’s disease under control. He had been out for 17 months and had been dealing with it pretty well, but lately, stress had been getting to him more and more. He was an amazing example to me of hard work and diligence, and he always knew how to make people smile. When word got out that he was leaving, their phone was never silent because members and missionaries alike wanted to say goodbye! He left a such a great legacy here in the California Irvine Mission. We miss you already buddy!
Also, it’s transfer time and Elder Hanks and I are still here, in the area that has the world’s largest gated retirement community. Good ol’ Laguna Woods. Emphasis on the old. 🙂
Well, that’s it for this week!
Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom