Choices

April 25, 2016
Hello! I hope all is well with you all 🙂

This week was weird haha. We got to bring Sean to a member’s house for dinner so that is good! He also went street contacting 2 times with us and he bears testimony about the gospel to random strangers, so that is incredible. I have never had an investigator do that! He is still struggling with his business, moving, and quitting smoking so keep up the prayers 🙂 We also got to teach his girlfriend Emma 🙂

Martyna hasn’t been responding to us and we had 5 lessons set up that fell through 😦

Besides that it was a good week 🙂 I am learning a lot from Elder Hoppe and we are finding a ton of people on the street that are interested.

2 Nephi 2:27  Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself. I love this scripture. We have a choice in all things. All choices are either good or bad. “As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day—whether to make this choice or that choice—if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice.” President Monson

I love you all and have a great week!

Elder Swenson

25 Paul Street
Cork
Cork
Ireland

P-day fun, street contacting

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Deutsche Begleiter! (German Companion)

April 18, 2016
Hello everyone!

This week, I got a new companion! His name is Elder Hoppe. He is from Germany, is 23, was in the Army before his mission, and is an amazing cook! He is a very hard working missionary and we had tons of success this week!

We taught Sean a lot this week and he is awesome! He is moving out of his girlfriend’s house so that he can be baptized 🙂 He can come to church in May so he will be baptized sometime during the week of the 23rd! Pray for him! He owns his own business and is experiencing some difficulty with it 😦 Martyna also has a baptismal date for the 22nd of May! She is doing great too! We found a lot of good people this week and taught a few of them 🙂

I have no time, but I would like to recommend a book called “The Power of Everyday Missionaries: The What and How of Sharing the Gospel” by Clayton M. Christensen. It is amazing! It is in our missionary library in my mission and it has really helped me in my work. It can really help members know how to do missionary work and be comfortable with it.

I love you all!

Elder Swenson

Cork
Cork
Ireland

Good bye Elder Vstud

April 11, 2016
Hey Everyone! Moves call was yesterday! Usually they don’t call until 6pm, but we got our call at 4pm. They told Elder van Staden that he was going to Aberdeen, Scotland, the other side of the mission! And then they said he needed to pack right then and go to Limerick THAT NIGHT. Usually we don’t move until Tuesday, so we rushed him up, said goodbye, and left back to Cork! He is an amazing missionary and I am going to miss him a lot! I also had to say goodbye to Elder Christensen and Sister Skagen, 2 great missionaries that are going home!

My new companion will be Elder Hoppe! I think he is from Germany. I hear he is a great, hard working missionary so I am excited. 🙂

Sean accepted baptism this week, but still can’t come to church. We are trying to talk him into moving to Cork. That would be a miracle, so keep praying! We saw him a few times this week and got to watch Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration with him. Such a good movie. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that he wouldn’t endure so many trials and give up his life for a made up belief or religion. I know that he restored Christ’s church on the earth and that the Book of Mormon is true. And if you don’t, you can find out for yourself!
Moroni 10:4-5
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.

I love you all and have a great week!

Elder Swenson
Irish Word of the Week:Goodbye = Slán
Cork
Cork
Ireland
Paul on Paul street.
Paul on Paul street
Welcome to Las Vegas look alike sign in Cork.
LV lookalike sign

Words of a Prophet

April 4, 2016

Hiya from the Emerald Isle!

This week was great! On March 25th, I met a man named Sean. Every Friday, the 6 missionaries in Cork volunteer at a soup kitchen called Penny Dinner’s. Sean was working that day as well and he was really interested about what we do as missionaries. I told him a lot of analytical things about the work we do, but not really about the actual message we share. He asked us what we were doing after we were done volunteering and I told him we were going to make a chalk drawing of God’s plan for us (The Plan of Salvation) on the sidewalk in the middle of city center. He came and loved the idea! We saw him 3 times this week. He said every single answer we give him makes sense. He was reading the Book of Mormon at home and he got an overwhelming tingling feeling all over his body that he had never felt before. He knew it was the Spirit teaching him that what he was reading was true. He is so solid! But he lives in a place called Skibereen on the weekends and it is 2 hours away. He can’t come to church! Please pray for him.

On the sad side, Anne isn’t replying to our emails 😦

Back on the happy side, General Conference. What an amazing weekend. I have learned so much!

There were 3 people that spoke that I have personally met on my mission. Elder Patrick Kearon of the 70, Elder Donald Hallstrom of the Presidency of the 70, and Elder M. Russel Ballard of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles! They have all visited my mission and I shook each of their hands. My favorite talk was Elder Hallstrom’s, a powerful message about how we are the children of God. It was incredible to hear the Prophet speak as well. We are so blessed to live in a time where we have a living prophet guiding Christ’s church on the earth. Don’t take this for granted! Listen to his council and you will be blessed. “As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day—whether to make this choice or that—if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice.” -President Thomas S. Monson

I love you all and have a great week!

Elder Swenson

Irish Word of the Week: Jesus Christ = Íosa Críost

Cork
Cork
Ireland

Follow Him

March 28, 2016

Happy Late Easter! I hope everyone had a great Easter Sunday and enjoyed a lot of chocolate. I know I did 🙂

First things first, Fred didn’t get baptized 😦 He felt like he wasn’t ready and we didn’t want to push him. He was sad to leave and promised to keep learning about the gospel.

Miracle story! I am not sure if you remember Anne. We taught her about the Restoration over a month ago and she was GOLDEN. She felt the Spirit during the lesson and committed to be baptized. After that, her phone went to voicemail whenever we tried to call her. We thought she blocked us. We fasted that Sunday to get back in contact with her. We prayed during the past month to get back in contact with her. We thought she was gone, but on Tuesday everything changed! We were Street Boarding and who walked up to us? Anne! She lost her phone the day after we first taught her. She has been reading the Book of Mormon and is developing a testimony of it. She prays about it all the time and constantly feels the Spirit when she reads. She still doesn’t have a phone, but she gave us her email and we met with her on Friday. She has a baptismal date for the 30th of April. She is so excited. I know that the Lord is with us in this work and that it was no coincidence that she bumped into us.

I had the great privilege to give a 20 minute talk on the Resurrection yesterday. I found an amazing quote by Joseph Smith! “The fundamental principles of our religion are the testimony of the Apostles and Prophets, concerning Jesus Christ, that He died, was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended into heaven and all other things which pertain to our religion are only appendages to it.” We all need to increase our testimonies about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I know that He lives and the resurrection is a fact. I love you all!

Elder Swenson

25 Paul Street

Cork
Ireland

Irish Word of the Week: Resurrection = Aiséirí