Obligatory Opening Line Here

I’m having a hard time coming up with opening lines to these things now. It’s kind of like that struggle with what the heck to put in the subject line.
It’s been a super awesome week! I’m starting to really like this area, despite the fact that it’s literally two square miles. So small! Our area covers the mission office, so we sometimes help the senior couples with stuff.
My companions and I are pouonding the tar out of our area bok, going by all the formers and potentials, hitting up less-actives and part-member families.
There’s some big news coming up, but we won’t know for sure what’s going to happen until Tuesday, so I guess you folks will have to wait until next week to hear what the heck I’m talking about!
Well, not much else to talk about!
– Love you, miss you
Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

What up, Transfers?

So, it’s transfers and I’m….*DRUM ROLL*…………………………..
Getting transferred!
This one kinda threw me a curveball. I figured I’d be in the area for the rest of my mission, but after only two transfers, they transferred both me, and Elder Crone! We left both areas this morning, and I’m gonna miss that guy. We were basically the same person, he was one of my favorite comps. He is in the Rancho Santa Margerita stake, in the Forester Ranch ward.
And as far as where I am now, I’m in the Irvine Stake, in the Woodbridge 1st and 2nd wards. My companions are Elder Waddoups (like what-ups) and Elder Vaipulu, who is from Tonga. He came out with me, so we have been out for around the same amount of time, and we’ve always wanted to serve together, so now we have a chance to! He’s a Zone Leader, so he’ll be working with the Zone Leaders in the zone at meetings and things, as well as working on getting his GED.
The wards that I’m in have the mission office in their boundaries, so I’ll be helping to set up things for zone conferences and such. It’s gonna be fun! I’m really excited, even though I left my area after only 3 months, and I’ve only got 3 months left. Lots of mixed emotions right now, but I’m looking on the bright side.
Well fam! Hope you are all doing well! Since it’s transfer day, we’ve got lots of stuff to juggle around for the next day or so, Elder Waddoups’ previous companion, Elder Gunn, is going home tomorrow, so there will be four of us in the apartment tonight! Fun stuff! So, emailing this week is getting cut short. I’m only going to be able to send this email, and maybe a few others, but I promise more details next week!
Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Most Average Weekly Update of Your Life

So, if that doesn’t say anything, not sure I can say much else. But, that’s not a bad thing! Most of the time on a mission, you have your ups and downs, and then there’s a rare stretch in between the two. That’s pretty much been my life for the past week or two. And I really can’t complain!
So, in the Laguna Niguel ward, they’ve been planning TONS of activities to invite their friends to, and Saturday was a really great opportunity. Our ward came together with a local Lutheran church in the area, along with the city and a couple businesses, and hosted an emergency preparedness open house thingy. Tons of people showed up, it was a hit! It was also really good to break down a few of the barriers between our church and theirs. We even met a few members that had decided to join the Lutheran church!
In Aliso Niguel, we’ve been pushing family history super hard (although I know very little on the subject). We have the stake family history guru in our ward, Sister Davis. She’s like a family history Jedi or something. I swear, she pulls names out of nowhere. It’s amazing. But! we’ve taken some of the members with us on splits to go trackting, and when people open the door we just talk to them about family history, let them know about the family history center, etc. We’ve seen some cool things come from that, a couple people said they would even be interested in learning more about the church and why we place an emphasis on genealogy. Who knew?
Well. It’s the week before transfers, and I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I’m pretty sure Elder Crone and I are going to be split up, we’ve been together two transfers, and he’s been in the area for 6 months. But, they could also split the wards again, and the two of us each get a companion in either ward. I think that makes the most sense, but we’ll see. You really never can know for sure what’s going to happen around here.
That’s all, folks!
Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom