First Christmas and an Empty Base

Merry Christmas Fam!

It’s just under a week from Christmas, and I’m super duper excited! It’s my first Christmas on the mission, and my second time skyping home, which is weird to think about. I’m almost halfway done. That’s too crazy.

But, this past week was great. We have been doing a lot of stop by’s, where we just well, stop by and see if people are home. Which they generally aren’t, but, well, what else are we doing, ya know? It’s been a little rough not getting in for the most part, but when we do it’s worth it.

In the upcoming week, we have a big Christmas activity for half the mission at the mission office. They are making us breakfast/brunch depending on what time we go. It’s going to be nothing like Herms, but it will have to do. We are also not going to be going on Camp Pendleton for a while because all of the marines in training are going home for the holidays.

Well, that’s about it! I’ll send some pictures in another email, waiting for another missionary to send me some.

Love you, miss you, Santa coming soon,
Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Well, just another week in beautiful San Clemente!

I love it here. It’s one of the last true Surf towns in So Cal. The weather is great, there’s tons of cool surf shops to check out on P-day, and the members are all super cool. Like, all of them.

This week was amazing. We had a baptism Saturday for a Marine named Kevin. He had been learning about the Church since he was 15, but his parents wouldn’t give him permission to join until he was 18. He turned 18 while on Camp Pendleton, and we got permission to baptise him (since usually we don’t get to baptise the marines there because they are only there for a short time.) I promise I will send pictures next week, I just don’t have my camera with me right now. I’ll see if my comp can send you a picture, though.

Some of you have asked what kind of things we do on base. In a typical week, we go on base a couple times. On Tuesday, the Marines graduate, so we go and support them at the ceremony (which I will record for you tomorrow), and then on Sunday we go at around 3 to give the Sacrament to the Marines on the range. We only do this every other week, and this week it was cancelled, so I still haven’t done this part yet. Then, we go back at about 5:30 – 6 to set up for Sacrament in the chapel, where we teach afterwards and then a different ward in the Stake brings dinner for us and the Marines. We end up teaching quite a few people there, and it’s a good way to stay fresh on your teaching skills.

Well, that’s about it fam!
Love you, miss you, Christmas coming soon,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

First Week in San Clemente

Well yall, it’s just another week in Paradise!

My new area is amazing. The ward is super awesome, like, all the members are cool. I didn’t know that was possible! Usually, there are a few duds here and there, sometimes you get mostly duds and a couple shining stars, but this ward is just awesome! Something about San Clemente. Also, last week I told you I was only going to be in SOI (School of Infantry), but we are also covering the San Clemente Ward.

My companions are awesome. Elder Janson is awesome, he’s from Idaho, been out for 14 months, total hick, but you can’t help but love the guy. Elder Tracy is great, from Nevada/Utah, been out 2 months now. He’s a little quiet, but between Elder Janson and I, we can get him out of his shell just fine.

So, in the area, they had a baptism last Saturday, a 14 year old named Oliver. He’s a great kid, just got ordained as a teacher on Sunday. His family is returning to activity since they returned from Japan (military family), and they are super nice. We have a baptism next week too! It’s a Marine who was taught when he was 15, and was taught as well in boot camp, and when he got to Camp Pendleton, he said he wanted to be baptized and we got permission! I will take pics and let you know how it goes. We have other investigators we are trying to work with as well, I haven’t met any of them yet, but I will make sure to tell you all about it.

That’s it for this week!
Love you, miss you, pictures coming soon!