Drum Roll Please!

*Drum roll*

It’s transfers and I’m…………………………………………………..

Leaving Laguna Hills 2nd Ward and headed to…………………………….

CAMP PENDLETON!!!!! The area is called S.O.I. (School of Infantry) It’s in San Clemente, so there will be a big change of scenery, and the missionaries in that Zone are awesome to boot. I haven’t heard if we will be double-covering another family ward, but that is what has typically been done in the past. Y’all will know by next week I guess! I’m going to be in a trio again, helping to finish a new missionaries training.
One peculiarity about the area is that when we are on the base (which will be most of the time, seeing as we will be doing lots of service there) they don’t let us wear name tags or proselyting clothes, so I’m gonna need to get more t-shirts… 😀

So, this past week, lots of stuff happened.
First and foremost, we had Thanksgiving with a member who is an AMAZING cook. I’m still drooling over the food. She had her daughters-in-laws​ there, and they are all non-members. A few of them got a bit tipsy, but they were all very nice and considerate. We played bingo and hot potato with an orange with a bunch of grandmas. Great night! I did miss seeing all my family, running around with my little cousins, and the home-made root beer, but it was still a good night.

Then, we had a Zone Training Meeting, where they showed us a new video that the church came out with for the Christmas season. I’ll put the link down at the bottom, but you should all go watch the video. It’s all about service, and there is a video advent calendar that goes along with it.
In Ward Council on Sunday, the video was introduced and we discussed ways to get the ward involved, and the video was shown in every classroom THAT DAY. It was really great to see the ward so readily adopt a new initiative and get things rolling.

And then, we got a call about transfers and I’ve been losing my mind, packing and un-packing and re-packing all my stuff. Packing and I have yet to come to a mutual understanding. Wish me luck!

Well, that just about does it for me this week! I’ll talk to you next week when I’ve settled in to my next area!

Love you, miss you,
Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

P.S. Here’s the link to that video: Light the World.

Mission Rumors and Elderly Visits

So, today has been like, the weirdest combination of Fall and Spring that I’ve ever seen. Rain in full sunshine, with fall leaves on the trees and ground. So weird.

Well, this past week there have been weird rumors floating around our mission as the year is coming towards a close and the transfer is only a week from being over. It’s been difficult to separate fact from fiction and figure out what my life is going to be like for the next year, but, ya know, life rolls on.

We’ve been working on stopping by a lot of the elderly people in our ward lately, spending some time to get to know them, and seeing if there’s anything we can do for them. It’s been good to get out and meet so many people and learn from their life experiences.

Well, that just about covers it for this week yall!

Love you, miss you,
Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Now Taking Open Requests!

Welp. We had another week, I’m still alive, and I’m still a missionary.

We also had zone conference, which was from 8 to 4. (7 hours *gasp*) I was able to stay awake thanks to some advice from Pres. Uctdorf.
But, the conference was really great, we had a lot of training on new techniques and the like, and otherwise had a very spiritual experience.

In this upcoming week, we are hoping to find new ways to find and teach, and as always, I love my life as a missionary, but I am going to start taking suggestions on things to write about. If any of you have questions about what I do, or things I study, send me an email. And, I am always looking for new songs to learn on the guitar, so if you have any requests, do likewise.

That’s all for now folks!

Love you, miss you,
Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Last Week on My Life as a Missionary

Elder Ahlstrom and his companion Elder Mann got yelled at by an aged man who proceeded to throw country pork rinds at the pair of them for knocking on his door.
Then, they were invited to the yearly Elders and High Priests soft ball game, and nobody kept score so we will never know who won (It was the Elders).

Okay, I can’t keep listing off highlights. There weren’t too many noteworthy things that happened this week, we’ve just been pluggin along and doin’ lots of service. It’s been great.

This week we are having a zone conference in Irvine, and our area authority is coming to do a mission tour. I’m looking forward to learning a lot, and we’ve all been fasting for our questions to be answered by this zone conference, so we all hope to see miracles.

Well, that’s all for this week!