Gift of the Gab

February 22, 2016
I kissed the Blarney Stone today! If you kiss the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, you get the Gift of the Gab (eloquent speech). So if you could hear me talk, I would be extremely convincing. It was great to cross that off of my bucket list.

I had a great week this week! A lot better than last week ūüôā We taught a 21 year old girl named Ann this week and she is so solid! We had an amazing first lesson with her and she recognized the Spirit and committed to baptism. Everything in her life has been pointing to the church. BUT her phone has been going to voicemail the past couple days and she didn’t come to church like she said she would ūüė¶ Keep her in your prayers! We were able to teach Frederic and Botond as well. I don’t know if I have told you about Fred, but he is in his 20’s and he is from France! He has been taught everything, but he is worrying about committing to baptism. He just needs to take a step of faith. Pray for him as well please! Oh and he is coming to Vegas in 3 weeks ūüôā

Cool story: Last week Sunday, a man named Mark approached another set of Elders that I am staying in the same apartment with and asked them if he could be baptized! He is from Cork, but he has been living in China for the past 6 years. 2 years ago, he researched the Mormon church, read the Book of Mormon, and gained a testimony of the church. He went to an international branch in China, but he wasn’t able to be baptized because of the government there. He has been waiting for 2 years to be baptized. I was able to see Mark (with special permission) be baptized, confirmed, and receive the Aaronic Priesthood in 8 days. He left back for China today. I know that he didn’t bump into the missionaries by chance. I know that miracles happen. I saw the change in his face after joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I love being a missionary.

Have a great week and keep the faith!

Elder Swenson

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8 Fernwood Close
Wilton
Cork
Ireland
Kissing the Blarney stone
Kissing the Blarney Stone
Blarney Castle
Blarney Castle

Long Week:)

February 15, 2016
Hey everyone! I only have 5 min to write this, so it will be short. This week we had a lot of appointments with potential investigators, and they all fell through. So we GQ’d (street contacted)! There are PLENTY of people to talk to in Cork. A big city center and 3 universities! Something that I have noticed here is that people don’t understand the need for Jesus Christ. Don’t make this mistake! Jesus Christ can mean anything and everything to you if you spend the time to get to know what He did for you and who he is now. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and none of us would be here without Him. He is my best friend and big brother. Get to know Him! I love you all and I will talk to you next week!

Elder Swenson

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8 Fernwood Close
Wilton
Cork
Ireland

Smallest County in Ireland

February 8, 2016

Cork is the smallest county in Ireland. Ya know why?… Because it can fit in a bottle! Hahaha a member in Belfast told me that. Cork is AMAZING! It is the second biggest city in Ireland! There are tons of people to talk to and the missionary work is going great here. I am currently staying in what we call a 6 man flat. 6 missionaries in 1 appartment. Crazy huh? We are trying to find another apartment for 2 of us, but nothing yet! My companion is Elder Van Staden! He is 20 years old, from Pretoria, South Africa, is 10 months out, and is probably the funniest guy I have ever met. We are so ready to work hard this transfer. He has been here for 5 transfers and this transfer is only 4 weeks so he is most likely moving at the end of the month. Sister Berkabile¬†spent 4 months of her mission in Cork so shout out to her!

 

I was able to attend an All-Ireland Conference where President of the Seventy Elder Donald L. Hallstrom and Area Seventy¬†Elder Adonay S. Obando were able to address us. Elder Obando talked about knowing who we are. We are ALL children of our Heavenly Father. If you don’t have this understanding, get it! It is so important. It will give you a sense of belonging and purpose. Plead with your Heavenly Father to gain this knowledge and you will receive it. Elder Hallstrom talked about a lot of different things, but the main thing I remember is his testimony. Probably the most powerful testimony I have ever heard in my life before.

I love you all! Sorry this is so short, but nothing really happens on moves week. Tune in next week for more interesting stuff!

Elder Swenson

P.S. The Blarney Stone is in my area!!!!!!!!!! I am kissing it next week.

P.P.S. Now that I am in the Republic, my Irish word of the week is actually Irish (Gaelic)!

Irish Word of the Week: √°lainn = Beautiful

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Wilton
Cork
Ireland
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Goodbye Cavehill!

February 1, 2016

Hello everyone! I got my moves call yesterday and I will be leaving Cavehill! I am sad to leave all the people I have gotten so close to over the past 3 months. Cheryl has a baptismal date for February 27th! There will be sisters coming into Cavehill so they will take over just fine. Clara is also progressing steadily and has a testimony of Joseph Smith! Kieran isn’t answering his phone ūüė¶ Besides that, this week has been saying goodbye to people for Elder Smith! Elder Smith left for the mission home this morning and will be flying home Wednesday! I am grateful for everything he has taught me.

But my new area is called Cork! It is a city in Limerick in the Republic of Ireland! Everyone says that Cork is the best area in the mission so I am stoked. There is a lot going on there and it is a big area. My new companion will be Elder Vans Staden and he is from South Africa. I know the Lord needs me down south and I am excited to see what will happen!
 
Alma 5:27-28 Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins? Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life.¬†I love asking myself questions like this. I know that if we live our lives in such a way where we can answer YES to all of these questions, we will see the joy and happiness that our Heavenly Father has in store for us. I don’t know why, but I feel that these next couple transfers will be a humbling experience.
I love you all and pray for you as well! This Saturday, I hit my 6 month mark. The time has flown and I know I have a lot left on my mission, but I know if I work hard, the time will fly. Have a great week!
Elder Swenson
Irish Word of the Week: Dander = Walk
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