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Bean-Boozled!

Hi everyone!

This week was great, we didn’t have the chance to teach too many lessons, but the few that we did teach, we made good progress with them.
Monday was p-day, we got together at a park and played volleyball and frisbee. Boat loads of fun.
Tuesday we had district meeting and played a game to help us remember certain points in each lesson, and each time a team lost, they each had to eat a bean from that bean-boozled game. Which, by the way, is a horrible game if you team loses every round, and that’s exactly what happened to my team.
Wednesday night, we had dinner with our investigator Veronica and her two kids at a member’s house, and afterwards we showed a video of Elder Holland talking about the Atonement of Christ, and the Spirit was really strong. She had some questions, so we started talking about the restoration, the Book of Mormon, and the Priesthood. We were able to answer her questions and she is still very interested in learning more. She has brought her kids with her to church four weeks in a row now, so they are pretty solid.
Thursday, we had interviews with President Clark and Sister Clark, which is always amazing. I have grown to really love and respect them so much. President mostly asked me about school plans, they’re starting to plan my travel info… That’s weird.
Friday we had weekly planning and coordination with Brother Wilson, our Ward Mission Leader. He’s awesome, really on top of things and loves doing missionary work.
Saturday we helped our investigator Sheri with a bunch of service around her house, fixing bookshelves and such. Her friend John came over with some power tools, and we found out he was a missionary (for a different church) in American Samoa back in the day. He was super nice.
Sunday was great, a missionary gave her homecoming talk. She was serving in North East Brazil, and she spoke a lot about the sacrifices people there have to make to go to church. It reminded me how lucky I am to be here. This mission is seriously amazing, I couldn’t think of a place I would rather be called to serve.
Well y’all,
Love you, miss you,

– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Family History Blitz!

Hey fam!

This week was awesome!
So, to start out, we went on exchanges, I went with Elder Fife, our district leader, and it was 7/11 day, so we got free slushies at 7/11. We had a great district meeting, talked about being positive and working with members, and after district meeting we had family history training. I still don’t know what I’m doing though… It’s a work in progress 🙂
Then we went with the bishop to a few lessons the next day, so that was pretty cool. Our bishop is awesome.
Friday we had a few lessons with less actives which went really well, they are starting to make some real progress. Then we taught a pass-off lesson with the Hermanas, one of them was Sister Brown, who was in my MTC group. The rest of them go home soon, which is weird to think about. This whole mission thing is getting pretty real guys.
Saturday, our ward organized a family history blitz in our area, where we went on splits with different ward members and talked to their neighbors about family history, or we went tracting and did the same thing. Everyone involved had a great time, and it was cool to see some results from it. We met some pretty interesting people, we might go back and talk to them again, I’ll tell you more about them if we do.
I read a talk the other day by Brad Wilcox called “After All We Can Do.” It’s a BYU Education Week talk, and I think everyone ever should read this talk. It answered questions I’ve had pretty much my whole life. Here’s a link:
Anyways, I hope you all had a great week, and I hope you have another. Serves you right!
Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Le Bacon-Fest

Hey Fam!

This week was really good.
We had lessons with a few investigators, one was Mike. He’s been investigating for six years now, and we made some good progress this time. Before, he wouldn’t accept any invitation to do with baptism, but this time he agreed to pray and ask God if he should get baptized! He’s really knowledgeable with the Bible, he’s studied the Book of Mormon, but he hasn’t seen a need to be baptized yet, so hopefully this does it.
We helped out with Trek for the Stake, helping them load the buses and get the things organized. We didn’t know how long it was going to be, or that is was outside, so we were out in the sun for 5 hours or so. Needless to say, I got sunburned. Pretty bad. But, it’s all but gone now, and I’ve got a nice tan. If only I didn’t have those weird missionary tan lines…
We helped our investigator Sheri with service, helping her fix some things in her house. She was really grateful, and came to church on Sunday!!! We invited her to our ward’s Independence Day breakfast on Tuesday, otherwise lovingly dubbed “The Bacon-Fest”, so hopefully we will see her there.
That’s about it for this week! I’ll try and send some pictures, hopefully I can figure out these dang library cam-pew-tors
Love you, miss you,
Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

It’s transfers and I’m……………..

Hey, Everyone!

Hey fam!

Another Baptism

Sorry, it’s been a while since there’s been a blog post. I usually just can’t remember what we did all week, or I just forget to write this email. Either way, forgetting happens, and this doesn’t.
But!

I have pictures of Jazz’s baptism (finally). My previous companion Elder Cheever came back for the service. Turns out, he met Jazz a couple times in a street contact when he was in South Coast the first time. Small world, huh?
Well. Transfers happened a week ago, and nothing is changing with our companionship. I’m super excited about that, it’s been a while since I’ve had a companion for longer than a transfer. So that also means I’m going to be in the South Coast ward for six months total!
That’s about it for this week.

Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

 

Hey Y’all!

Transfers happened, I got a new comp, Elder Burke. Elder Brown went home today, good for him.
This transfer is going to be awesome. I’m excited to have Elder Burke, I’ll send some pictures next week. He’s awesome.
The ward is doing great, we have a few investigators that are really making some progress, again, I’ll tell you more about them next week. We’re having to cut a bunch of stuff short this week, taking p-day a day late because of transfers. Kinda.
Well, that’s about it for this week,
Love you, miss you,
Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Working with the Youth

Hey fam!

This week was great, we were able to meet with our investigator Juan again on Saturday. It turns out he didn’t like the YSA ward and wants to come back to our ward. He missed yesterday because of daylight savings, but he’s still doing well.
Not much else of note has happened. We’re trying to work with some of the less active youth in the ward, the youth program in this ward is small.
That’s about it! Love you all!

Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Zone Conference and a Baptismal Date

Hey fam!

This past week felt like an eternity. We had lots of cool experiences, though.
First of all, we had a new investigator move into the ward from one of my old areas, and he’s ready to get baptized! He just has to meet with the mission president first, but then we’re good! He has a pretty interesting story, but he is really looking forward to being baptized.
We had a zone conference this week, and we were taught a lot of new methods to help investigators learn to read the scriptures, how to pray, and to teach the importance of coming to church. One thing that is pretty cool is that if we can teach people to do this, any concern in they have with joining the church will be resolved.
Well, that’s about it!

Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom
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