Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hello family!

So this week has been something else! It's been really eventful...mainly because we visited people, taught people, and had a wonderful time! Then I did an exchange with the Lehi East Elders and met good, good people in their area.

Last P day we had District activity! Our district got together and we made pupusas and played volleyball! Totally chill time!

Other than that this week has been pretty busy and pretty fast! Hoping it stays that way.

A couple of minutes ago I found out I was getting transferred. I love my current area so much I don't want to leave! I love the members, the wards, the people we're teaching, and my landlords! I'm gonna be so bummed to leave them! But I know the Lord has much in store for me!

Anyway, if I think of anything else today I'll tell ya!

Love you all!

-Elder Ahrens

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hello family!

So this week has just blown by! I am amazed at just how quickly each Friday comes (that's our weekly planning day)! We're always around on our bikes visiting people, teaching, going to standing appointments, or just plain out contacting. It definitely keeps us busy! 

So on Friday, the Zone Leaders came to our apartment. We all went on exchanges. I went in to the Zone Leader's area with Elder Stoker while Elder Kepo'o stayed in our area with Elder Law. The ZL's have a car....and I realized just how badly I DON'T want one. But in the end, things are going smoother between Elder Law and I which is really good. 
I love biking so much more for a couple of reasons: 1st - because of biking, I've stayed in the 160 lbs range which is awesome! That's a little under what I was leaving home! It keeps me looking sexy. 2nd - it's much more fun to ride around on bikes than it is to sit in a car! 3rd - when you're on bikes and riding around the neighborhoods and streets, you can actually stop by someone who is either in front of their house, walking, or just chillen and talk to them! You can't do that in a car without looking like a creeper! 4th - People always honk and yell "YEAH HI MISSIONARIES!!!!" haha so that's always nice.
That about sums up that reasoning. We gotta be careful though...the struggle of having a nice bike is I need to hide it when I'm in some of these neighborhoods.
So everyone is talking about how this winter is going to be. I WANT LOTS OF SNOW!  If this winter is going to be as hype as everyone says it is, it's going to get here a little early! It's already starting to cool down out here!

So yesterday was the Ogden City temple dedication. In the morning, we got a ride from an RM, Elder Atwood, who apparently trained Elder Law last year! He's from Alberta, Canada. Anyways, the dedication was incredible! The four of us are sitting there (Me, Elder Law, Elder Atwood, and Jack (same Jack that we took to the temple a few weeks ago)). We're chillen in the chapel waiting for it to start, then around the 5mins left mark, President Monson, President Erying, and Elder Bednar walk into the room that everyone was sitting in. I'm sure the spirit dropped like a nuclear bomb in that room when they all walked in! It was so awesome. Goodness its so strange. President Monson then offered the dedicatory prayer. It's full on legit!

So Jason, how is work? Have you been in the Provo area recently? How are the kids?
Mandee, how is the BEBEH? Ready for Rox to be born? haha

Granny and Jenise, how are things? How is Bridger? How is Katy? Since I've been on my mission, I've met 2 Bridger's. lol Apparently a common name out here!

Other than that, this week has been great! Ready for another one to flash before my eyes. OH YEAH! So when I was talking to Elder Atwood, he said that it did not feel like 2 years in the slightest. He said it was more like 5 minutes in the grand scheme of things. He said when he got home, he asked himself.."did i just serve a mission?" That's how quickly it goes for missionaries.Craziness. seriously.

So I'll be looking forward to hearing from y'all in the coming week! 

Until next week! 
with love,

-Elder Ahrens

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hello family!

Man, oh, man has this week flown by! I can't believe it's been a whole week! I've appreciated all the pictures y'all have sent me! I hope you enjoyed the pics I sent ;)  Anyways, this week has been a little slow, but Stake Conference this weekend is the Ogden Temple re-dedication so I get to attend that! Yesterday in the Stake Conference broadcast, we heard from Elder Scott and Elder Nelson! Up on the stand behind them I saw President and Sister McCune! It's pretty cool that he gets to see all of these General Authorities! So get this! So in one of the stakes that I'm over, (the Lehi North Stake) the Stake Presidency First Counselor is Elder D. Todd Christofferson's cousin! How wild is that?! It's so crazy meeting all of these relatives to General Authorities. First President Monson's grandson, then Elder Oak's daughter, then Elder Christofferson's cousin! Maybe I'll have the opportunity to meet an actual General Authority! Elder Junge said that he's already met 5 apostles since he's been here in the mission!

I love this area and I really would be sad if I left after one transfer. The people here are amazing. They really care about us missionaries.

So get this, I was helping my landlord out with his Chopper because he went to go start it and the battery was dead. So I got his started for him and then we took it out of the garage and let it idle and stuff and that's when he let me sit on it and have a picture or two. He's so funny haha when his wife pulled in to the driveway in her Jeep, he was right behind her in his old '72 K20. He proceeded to do a burnout in to the driveway. (It's a 427 big block btw) It was so great! Then he pulled his new 3500HD out of the garage and cleaned it up where the dealership missed, then he let me sit in it and take pictures. He is soooooo nice!

So yeah! Plenty of good stuff going on! On Tuesday the 23rd, I'm going on an exchange with Elder Straub. It's gonna be so great. I can't wait. Then the 24th, I'm going on an exchange with one of the Zone Leaders. They're both cool.

That about sums up how this week is gonna go and how last week went.

Love you all! Until next week!

Elder Ahrens

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Check out my new mission vehicle! Haha! One the Brothers in the Ward got a brand new
2015 Chevy Silverado 3500 Z71 with a 4in lift and 35in toyo open country tires!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hello family!

So this week has been one of the longest. Mainly because last Monday I was like...dying with the food poisoning. Anyways! Tuesday we had the chance to go to the Mt.Timpanogos temple TWICE! Two endowment sessions that day! One of the trips was as a district, the other was for one of our reactivations who came through for his own endowment..at age 70!  Then, we went to the temple again to take one of our recent converts through for baptisms for the dead for his first time (See picture).  Tomorrow morning, Elder Junge leaves for Brazil (which is his real mission. He's been waiting a year for his VISA). So tonight I'm going on...sort of an exchange. This week is going to have 2. The reason being is that Elder Law is our district leader..so he has a training meeting all day tomorrow and so I'm going to be going with the Lehi East elders. One of them I really like, Elder Straubb, he's a cool guy and we get along really well. So that's where I'll be tomorrow. Then I'll be going on exchanges with the Zone Leaders. We don't know who is going where, but if Elder Law goes to their area, that means I'll have to take the lead for our area...kinda scary to think about! So yeah. That's the excitement of last week and this week! How are things going at home? I saw the pic on FB and I saw the pics Mom sent me of Elder Mott and Elder Thibodoux. Classic!  Jason and Mandee, I see that y'all are having a good time while you still can before Roxee makes an appearance! Jenise, how are things going back east? Capital Weather Gang keeps posting about the insane storm in NOVA. Hope that y'all are okay! Oh and how is Granny and
Katy? I miss my pup! 

Until next time!
With love,

-Elder Ahrens