St. Patrick’s Day

March 21, 2016

Hi! This week was pretty cool! St Patrick’s Day in Ireland is no joke. There were 50,000 people in the city on Thursday. A big parade, lots of food stands, and a big stage with a band attracted all those people. Me, Elders van Staden, van Buyton, and Christiansen got a whiteboard and went around asking everyone what made them happy. A lot of drunk people. Gotta love Ireland right? Haha it was a really cool experience.

Fred got back from vacation yesterday and made it to Sacrament meeting. He was super jetlagged, but he made it through. We talked to him about his baptism on Tuesday and he is still unsure! He wants to be baptized so bad, but he is nervous. We moved his baptismal date to Thursday and the service will be at 7pm. But he still has to decide. We are going to his house to help him pack for a few hours today so we will talk more. Please pray for him! He said if anyone is baptizing him, it would be us. He is so prepared, but he doesn’t think so. Stay tuned for next week and see what happens!

Pretty uneventful week besides that. I was listening to a talk by David A. Bednar entitled “Converted Unto the Lord” and he talked about a really cool scripture! Alma 23:7 For they became a righteous people; they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God any more, neither against any of their brethren. We all have things in our lives that we use to rebel against God. Pride, being unrepentant, anger, lust, jealousy, stubbornness. The list goes on and on. We need to recognize the weapons of rebellion we have and lay them down and become a righteous people.

I love you all and have a fantastic week!

Elder Swenson

Irish Phrase of the Week: Drunk people = Daoine ólta
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Cork 2016
St. Patrick's Day - Cork 2016

Cork
Ireland
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Paul Street

March 14, 2016

Hey everyone! Sorry for no email last week. As far as the heading goes, I moved apartments! I am now on 25 PAUL Street in the middle of the City! Pretty crazy huh? Imagine living on the Strip. It is like that, but in Ireland. So no more 4 man flat! Our apartment is nice so that is good.

Updates! Frederic is moving to France on the 24th :((((((((((( We saw him last Tuesday before he left on vacation to America for 10 days. He has a baptismal date for the 22nd of March! Pray for him! He left for Las Vegas on Wednesday the 9th and we arranged for him to meet my family on Thursday the 10th! My dad picked him up from the Plaza hotel and he went to dinner at my house with the family! Eric and Morgan were able to FaceTime and meet him as well. Marissa and Morgan were able to share their conversion stories with him. Then my mom and Marissa took him to the Las Vegas temple to walk around and go into the lobby. What an incredible experience! I still can’t believe it happened. (We had a great time with Frederic! – Mom) Pray for Fred! He wants to be baptized, but he feels like something is blocking him. I know that he can act in faith and enter into a covenant with his Heavenly Father next Tuesday. We taught 2 new people as well! Hermina is from Armenia and Savannah is from California. Martyna is doing well, but doesn’t want to be baptized because her family is Catholic. She wants to follow the example of Jesus Christ so pray for her and her family please 🙂

Alma 7:11-12 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled whichsaith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death whichbind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may knowaccording to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. This is my ponderizing scripture! Jesus Christ went through literally anything that we could ever go through. He knows what it feels like to lose your job, to crash your car, and to have a family member pass away. Turn to Him and He can give you comfort.

 

I love you all and have a great week!

 

Elder Swenson

Irish Words of the Week: Missionary = Misinéirí

Hello = Dia dhuit

Cork
Ireland
Frederic with the family in Las Vegas.

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No More 6 Man Flat

February 29, 2016
Hello! Elder Walters went home this week and Elder Brockmann finished his mini mission this week, so our appartment is down to 4 missionaries! This transfer was really short (4 weeks) and Elder van Staden and I are staying in Cork! Elder Christensen will be with Elder Van Buyton! He is in my MTC group if you remember from when I was in Scotland. I am excited for this new transfer and the work that will be done!

This week was a good one! We met a 19 year old Polish girl on the street named Martyna and we met with her on Tuesday! She is a Christian and loves to learn. We taught her twice and she has accepted baptism. She works on Sundays so pray for her! Frederic is also doing well. We had an amazing lesson with him and he is praying about baptism. He feels unprepared, but he knows everything!

Here is one of my favorite scriptures on repentance. Doctrine and Covenants 19:16-17For behold, I, have suffered these things for all, that theymight not suffereven as I” Repentance is forming a fresh view on God, yourself, and the world. We can have feelings of guilt and shame that come with sin removed through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus did and does live and that we can each develop a personal relationship with Him as long as we take a step of faith.

As we say in the Scotland/Ireland Mission, “Till the Work is Done”

Elder Swenson

Irish Words of the Week: The Jacks = The Bathroom

Donkey’s Years = A Long Time

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Ireland