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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

Deaf Day!

Hey Fam!

This past week was pretty cool. Saturday was probably the best.
So, it was Deaf Day (at least for missionaries) and that means that we went around asking people if they knew anyone that was deaf who wanted to learn, and then we would refer them to the ASL missionaries.
Then, we got a call back from a less active that we had left a card with after trying to knock on their door (which rarely happens, people calling back). He asked us if we could meet for dinner, and we set up a time in the evening. We met him at this diner, and we learned his story. He’s super cool, said he wasn’t quite ready to come back to church just yet, but he still wants to keep meeting with us. And he’s taking us out for dinner again on Thursday.
We also helped with a service project. We helped someone move from their apartment and pack everything into a storage unit. After we went to the store to get something before we all headed back to our apartments. One the way back to our car, a man approached us and started to ask us for help, but he had a stutter and had trouble asking, and he seemed to be down on his luck. We gave him some food and money, and it was the best feeling in the world knowing that we had helped someone in such a real and tangible way.
Well, that’s about it for this week!
Love you, miss you,
Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Lots of Lessons and a Fuzzy Memory

This past week was pretty cool.
We went on exchange with our zone leaders, and that day we taught like, four lessons, even though two of our investigators fell through. It was pretty sweet.
Okay, there’s this thing that happens every time I sit down at the computer to email, and like, every thing we did this week falls out of my brain. I’m going to work on being better at writing down stuff that happens, but, ya know, I’m me. 😀
Well. Like I said. Fuzzy brain today. Partly because we were roped into helping with a move this morning. In the rain. For three hours. 😀 So, not everyone is going to get a reply today, but we will be coming back tomorrow for more emailing. Don’t worry.
Love you, miss you, talk to you tomorrow,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

Talofa Fam!

This past week has been full of miracles!

We met with our investigator Renee on Tuesday for the first time, and set a baptismal date for the 25th! It’s exciting and awesome to see someone make progress in following the Savior. This was the first lesson we had with her, she had been taught by the previous Elders though. We decided to pass her off to the Sisters because they will be able to relate to her better. She’s 19 and has a 3 year old son, so we figured it would be better all around if they taught her.

Then, we met with another investigator, Touttou. He is from Laos, and he has lots of questions about a lot of things. We are still trying to get him to come to church, and with the time change that should be easier.

Okay. Miracle story. We got a phone call from this guy named James. He asked us to come pray with him, and we went over, but we didn’t have his apartment number, so we stood outside for an hour to see if he would come out. He didn’t, but the next night, he called us again, and we got the unit number this time. We went over and he had been asking for a blessing, so we gave him one. He told us his story, that he had met with the missionaries four years ago, and was about to be baptized, but he had a Dr. Pepper the day before his baptism, and they had been telling him that caffeine was against the word of wisdom. He told them, and they flipped out and said he couldn’t get baptized, and the bishop said the same thing, that they would have to cancel the baptism and move it back. He just called the whole thing off after that, and hadn’t seen the missionaries for a few years until he called us! We taught him the Restoration, and he remembered a lot of it and asked when he could get baptized! WHAT?!

So. Awesomeness. Things are happening here in Cali.

That’s about it for this week.
Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

  1. Views of the beach in San Clemente
  2. Probably the best sunset picture I have taken
  3. My desk
  4. Our kitchen
  5. Our awesome couch. It’s so comfy it’s dangerous!

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Returning to Newport

It’s Transfers and I’m…………………………………

Going back to Newport Beach! (I’m actually there right now. They changed a few things with transfers)
I’m in the Southcoast ward now, and my companion is Elder Cheever. We both got transferred here today, but he has served here before and knows a lot of people in the area.

It was a little bitter-sweet leaving the area so soon, I was 90% sure I was going to stay. Elder Tracy also left, he is in Mission Lake now. And Elder Janson is staying for another transfer in San Clemente. He will have been there for 9 months at the end of this new transfer!

I’m excited to be back in Newport, even though all the missionaries here are different, and I’m in a different area, but it just feels right being here again. It’s kinda weird sitting in the same library I emailed in every week as a greenie. Some of the same homeless people are here. They said hi and welcome back lol!

Well. Not sure what this week holds, but I’m excited!

Love you, miss you,
– Elder Jon Peter Ahlstrom

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