Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Me and my new companion.


So some weeks feel slow but quick at the same time but all definitely a great experience :D

So last Monday we had a final district activity because we found out who was getting transferred so it was one last hoorah with everyone.

Tuesday we a couple appointments, but it was mainly a day for Elder Peabody to pack. We had dinner with a member family. She's the one who sent you those pictures a while back. They're really fun! After that we went to go visit another family. Man they are so much fun! The wife is a professional photographer so we were talking about photography for a while because I know I'm only an amateur photographer but want to learn more. So that was cool.

Wednesday the big day came around. We packed it up and headed out to Provo for transfers. We got there a little early because one of the elders in our district was training and they pretty much ride everywhere with us because they live so close. So yeah. I got to see my MTC district which was really nice because I love all of those guys. After hanging out and talking in the gym for a while, we moved in to the chapel and President McCune introduced all of the newbies and assigned them to their trainers. Then everyone else came. Since Spanish Fork area is like one of the last areas to get called, I had to wait in suspense until the very end. My companion is now Elder Doherty. He is 20 years old, he's been on his mission for a year, and he's from Limerick, Ireland! He is so chill. We get along so well..like it's awesome. We're always laughing about something. Never a dull moment between us. That night we had a few appointments but in between I introduced him to both Stake Presidents. That night we had Stake Missionary Correlation for one of our stakes so he was able to meet the Ward Mission Leaders of that stake.

Thursday we had District Training Meeting so we got to meet all of the new missionaries. That was cool so when we got done with that we walked to the front door and it was SNOWING!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO so I was happy about that. We had a few appointments that evening but nothing special after that. We were invited to attend a Bishopric/Stake Presidency meeting that evening where we introduced ourselves and bore our testimonies about our missions. That was cool.

Friday we did some finding activities then went out to the member's house who owns the mink farm and hung little boxes in the mink cages so when he has more mink they'll have a little home. So that was kinda fun. We visited awhile and had a good time with it. That night we had dinner with a family, then went to go meet with another one of our families.

Saturday it snowed like crazy again. We had a few appointments then went back down to Jason R.'s mink farm and did service all day. It was a nice break from the day to day and a good time to get some service in! Walking around proselyting gets really hard sometimes so we need to be anxiously engaged in a good work...physical work. Thank goodness.

Sunday we went to PEC in one of our wards..then stayed all three hours for that. Then had lunch. Then headed over to one of our Stake Centers to hold a baptismal interview. After that, we went to another ward's gospel principles class because they wanted us there from last week because the lesson was missionary oriented. After that we had correlation meeting, then we went to dinner, the we had a few other appointments. 

So that about wraps up this week. Unfortunately, it's really expensive to get your license in Ireland...so I'm the designated driver once again...which I really don't have a problem with. Anyways. Mom, I'm good on face stuff and pants, thanks for asking <3 As for having a less/inactive over at an active members home is strongly recommended for sharing the gospel with them. Give Josh my best and tell that punk to write me back lol I emailed him. What's his myldsmail account name?

That's all folks!

Love you!

-Elder Ahrens   

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Teaching the youth in Primary about prayer.

Elder Peabody & Elder Ahrens

Hello family!

So most of last week we spent walking through neighborhoods to find people to teach.  We spend a lot of time in Ashley P's ward. We had the opportunity to do some service as well as have dinner with on of the members in the Lake Shore 2nd Ward. 

On Friday, we had ZTM (Zone Training Meeting). That's where the whole zone meets together and the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders teach us about gospel doctrine and how to improve our teaching. After that we did some more finding in Ashley P's ward. We're up there a lot.....ANYWAY. Did some weekly planning, then we met with one of our Ward Mission leaders to teach a young girl about baptism as she is preparing for baptism once she turns 8 in a few days.  So that's always a good experience! Following that we visited the another family. They have an interesting story. Pretty much Murphy's Law has been kicking them in the rear. Anything that could go wrong, has happened to this family. It's so unfortunate. The husband was away for 3 weeks and one night while he was away, his wife was doing laundry and her kids were off playing in the other room. She heard a rustling noise in one of the rooms...thinking it was their dog, she calls out to him for him to come. The dog doesn't come. She calls once more with the rustling getting louder. dog still doesn't come...the rustling gets even louder and the dog runs up from behind her and goes and stands in the doorway of where the rustling is coming from. He starts growling and barking...now granted this dog is a Great Dane. She peeks past the doorway only to find a burglar had climbed in through the window. When Brutus, the dog, sees him and starts growling and barking, the burglar books it out the window and over the fence, knocking it over in the process. Way to go Brutus! You see a big dog like that, the last thing you want is his big rear end chasing you! CUZ YOU GONNA LOSE!  So the husband told us a little about his recent past with him and his wife. And despite everything that has gone wrong with them, not once did they ever turn their backs on the Lord...which is a remarkable example of their faith and strength with Heavenly Father. Great, great people and I'm looking forward to meeting with them next week!

On Saturday, we went back out to Lake Shore to contact some of the referrals we got from the leaders out there. Then we came back to SF to meet up with one of our recent converts. We went up to the Provo Temple to do baptisms for the dead! Note to self: NEVER go to that temple on a weekend evening. So busy! However, the assistant baptistry coordinator squeezed us in and I got to baptize him for 5 people! What a sweet experience! That night we had dinner with one of the previous Relief Society President's and the 1st Counselor of the Bishopric up in Ashley P's ward. That was fun. They both are good families. 

On Sunday we went to 3 wards. The picture's you received were from the Primary President. She invited us to teach sharing time about prayer and so we did! Later that evening we had coordination meeting with all of the ward mission leaders from the West Stake. Following that we had dinner with the 2nd Counselor of the West Stake Presidency. So that was cool. He is a really great guy. Actually I like all of the West Stake Presidency! haha. Then, we had the mission wide Coordination meeting and President McCune and Elder Leavitt of the Seventy, spoke to all of us missionaries in our zone, the missionaries in the next zone over, all of the Stake Presidencies, Bishops, and Ward Mission Leaders of all those stakes and wards. It was so cool.

Transfers are on Wednesday...I'll be staying in the area...but Elder Peabody is getting transferred. So next week I'll have a new companion...hopefully we will connect as well as Peabody and I have over these last 6 weeks. After we do emails here in a little while we're gonna try to get the District together...because half of our district is either getting transferred or going home. So one last HOORAH.

Anyways...I think that about sums it up for this week!

Until next week! I'll tell you how my new comp is!

With love.

-Elder Ahrens

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Elder Kirk Ahrens 

 I've been looking for a pink ribbon wrist band to wear all the time to always remember that MY mom kicked cancers ugly behind!  You are a brave, courageous, strong woman and am proud to call you my MOM! I love you more that there are stars in the sky!

Hola mi familia!

Wow this has been a good week.  Slow at times, but a good week.

Well as you know last week we trekked up West Mountain one of the member's jacked up Ford Excursion. West
Mountain is now covered in snow so it would be pretty sweet to go up it now!

So we actually had 2 exchanges this week! We had an exchange with the River Stake Spanish Elders. This time I was paired up with Elder Ramos. He is a big, burley Alaskan. He's super cool and we work well together. We had a few appointments, made some return appointments, and taught some lessons. We get along great so there was never a dull moment between us. That night we had Stake Missionary Correlation meeting. I took the lead and we had a great meeting. Finally, we had ALL of the ward mission leaders in attendance. It was great!

We finished the following day with the exchange, had District Training Meeting then proceeded to do an
exchange with the Zone Leaders. I went with Elder Jiles who is awesome. We had a good time, rode our bikes
around town, made some appointments, visited some leaders, and taught some great lessons. A highlight of our evening was when we visited a brother who has a very interesting past.  He grew up in Vegas, decided to turned his life around, left a foster home, and returned to live with his parents. He's had a rough life.

Once we finished with that, I went back to my area to find out that my companion had been stricken with a deadly disease....not really but he has a hacking cough and very congested...so I've been doing my very best
to stay out of his way so I don't get sick.

That night we had our own little Halloween party! We gathered together as a district at a chapel, with plenty of blankets and pillows, pulled the lounge couches and arm chairs into the gym, and enjoyed each other's company. It was very cool. A sister in the area, who is totally awesome, hooked us up with Sloppy Joes, Utah Jello, chips, brownies, pumpkin choco chip cookies, pink lemonade, and fruit punch. So we were seriously livin large that night!

We had an early morning Sunday with a long day ahead of us. Got ready, and headed over to the Spanish Fork West Stake Center. We were invited to attend the Stake Presidency meeting and discuss our missionary efforts to the stake. We also issued them a challenge to get a name for us to visit. Following that we attended a ward council meeting. Shared a quick message about making and keeping commitments. After that we finished up there we went to one of the wards we preside over.

Following that at 11 o clock, we were invited to attend High Priest Group Meeting in the 3rd Ward. We shared with them a very powerful message about prophets and also about the Book Of Mormon. The spirit was so strong and it was awesome! We issued a challenge at the end to everyone asking them to hand out 1 Book of Mormon to a friend or acquaintance. It was such a neat experience being in the same room as so many strong, valiant, powerful Melchizedek Priesthood holders.

Following that we went and taught Relief Society. LOL

After that we had a lesson and then we went on to another Stake Missionary Correlation meeting. That night we had several cancellations and ended up missing out on BYU Vocal Point at one of our local Stake Centers. I was bummed. Oh well. What a memorable long week!

Anyways, that's all folks! I look forward to hearing from y'all!

Love you all tons!