My Week Jan. 25th

January 25, 2016

I am having trouble figuring out titles for my emails. Hahaha Hello!! This week was a struggle, but I learned a lot. My zone meeting and instruction went great! I learned a lot about our mission for 2016 as a mission! (see what I did there?) Our scripture for the year is Doctrine and Covenants section 45 verse 62: For verily I say unto you, that great things await you.¬†Pretty cool huh? I am excited to see what is going to happen this year ūüôā On Wednesday, there was a World Wide Missionary Broadcast for every single mission in the world! It was incredible. We were able to hear from all kinds of General Authorities! Apostles, members of the 70, Presiding Bishopric, General Young Women’s President and more! It was a wonderful learning experience.

As far as the area, we got to see Cheryl 2 times! She came over to a member’s house for a lesson and it went really well. She is feeling a bit down and didn’t come to church, so pray for her. We had an appointment with Kieran, but he stood us up ūüė¶ We saw Clara McKnight and taught her about the Word of Wisdom. She was reluctant at first, but she accepted it. Besides that, we didn’t teach much, but that is okay ūüôā
I have been thinking about that scripture from Doctrine and Covenants and I have come to realize something. When we are down, we don’t tend to look ahead for things that await us. I know I don’t. But the Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us that many GREAT things await us. I know that if we all endure our trials well on Earth, we will be able to live with our families forever in God’s presence. That brings so much peace to my soul. I am so happy when I share this with people and this is why I am on my mission! I love you all to bits and have a great week!
Elder Swenson
Irish Word of the Week: Knackered = Tired

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Appt. 92 17 Queens Square
Belfast BT1 3FF
Northern Ireland

Obedience! Jan. 18th

Hello everyone! This week was amazing! we got to see Cheryl! It has been over a month since we have seen her, so it was great getting to teach her again. We were able to teach her about repentance and clear up some concerns she has. She came to church as well! In our Gospel Principles class, I handed her a new Book of Mormon and asked her to turn to page 14 for the lesson. She couldn’t find it. I took the book and there was no page 14! It went from page 6 to page 54! Hahaha! We also got to teach a kid named Kieran yesterday! He met us in city center when we were street boarding again on Wednesday. He is 17 and a strong Christian. We were able to teach a really powerful first lesson. The Spirit was very strong and he committed to be baptized! He also wants to become a missionary! He is so prepared. I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for him!

This week I gave a talk in Sacrament about obedience. Something that my companion, Elder Smith, has taught me is that we are not obedient because of the blessings that are promised with it. We are obedient to glorify God. John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” God has given us commandments to protect us and feel everlasting joy! Not to restrict us and make us feel sad. I know that there is a purpose for every single commandment, even if we might not fully understand them all. We can all see miracles in our lives from keeping God’s commandments! I love you all and have a fantastic week!
Elder Swenson

Irish Word of the Week: Windie = Window

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Appt. 92 17 Queens Square
Belfast BT1 3FF
Northern Ireland

‚ô™‚ôę Count Your Many Blessings ‚ô™‚ôę Jan. 11th

Hello friends! Another week down! I have officially been on my mission for 5 months! Time has flown. I am having a blast and my testimony is growing everyday! Clara and Jane got back¬†from Spain so we got to teach them. My companion also taught Ozzy when we were on exchanges and I heard it went well. Cheryl finally answered her phone and we are seeing her today ūüôā Things are beginning ¬†to pick back up after the Christmasseason.

We sang one of my favorite hymns on Sunday “Count Your Many Blessings”. This is something that my father is GREAT at. For as long as I can remember, he has always told us specifically what he is grateful for. He continues to do so in his weekly letters. I feel like we, as humans, can find ourselves focusing on the negative in our lives more than the positive. Yes, I may be away from my family and friends, can’t watch TV or listen to regular music, etc, etc. BUT I am gaining experiences that I would never be able to experience, helping others, establishing a work ethic, improving my life skills (financial, social, mental, physical, spiritual), growing my testimony, and I could go on forever. I am loving serving the Lord. I invite you all to reflect on the many blessings that you have in your own lives. Have a great week!
We went streetboarding with the zone leaders again!
Elder Swenson

Irish Word of the Week: Muller = Mother

elderpaulswenson.wordpress.com

Appt. 92 17 Queens Square
Belfast BT1 3FF
Northern Ireland
Streetboarding

Streetboarding in Belfast