Lovin’ Life

May 22, 2017

Hello friends!

This past week was great! The sun has been shining and it hasn’t been too cold so I can’t complain. We taught some great people. First off, Hari from Nepal! My first day in Dublin, I was going on an exchange and we had nothing planned so I texted every potential investigator and former investigator in the phone (about 600 people) and asked them if they were free to meet up that day. Hari was a potential and he didn’t respond until the Saturday. We met on Monday, May 1st and started teaching him. He is getting baptized this Saturday in Terenure! I am so excited. Second, Sesu from Nigeria! Sesu is a friend of a recent convert here in the Finglas ward. We have been teaching her for 3 weeks and she is getting baptized this Friday! These are the first 2 people on my mission that I have taught and progressed towards baptism and I will be able to be a part of it 🙂 Please pray for Hari and Sesu this week. I love the work. I love the Lord.
Elder McCappin’s last week starts now! I love him. He has taught me so much. So I will be getting a new companion next week! I love you all. Have a great week.
Elder Swenson
Irish Word of the Week: Restoration=Athchóiriú
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Elder Paul Swenson
72 Tolka Vale
Finglas Rd
Finglas South
Dublin 11
Republic of Ireland
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Happy Mother’s Day!

May 15, 2017

Happy Real Mother’s Day instead of that fake UK one! Hahaha

Skyping home was great! The fam is doing good 🙂
This week was sure an interesting one! Some elders apartment burned down so that was cool. Lost basically everything besides a camera and one set of scriptures. But they did recover their soggy passports from the remnants of the fire! My birthday was on Tuesday and it was great! We went out to a place called Star Pizza with almost the whole zone and we ate it in a park because the sun was out 🙂 I was on exchange all day with my bud Elder Parkinson from my MTC group. It was super good to catch up. We have taught some really cool people this week. Sesu is an African girl that is studying here to be a doctor. She has strong faith in Jesus Christ and has been coming to church with us and is progressing towards baptism this month 🙂
I gave a talk yesterday on receiving answers to prayer.
Alma 5:45-47 And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? 46 Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me. 47 And moreover, I say unto you that it has thus been revealed unto me, that the words which have been spoken by our fathers are true, even so according to the spirit of prophecy which is in me, which is also by the manifestation of the Spirit of God. 
We can know truth by praying! Because God is the author of all truth, and he loves us, he will answer our questions if we ask them in prayer. I have prayed more on my mission than any other time in my life and it makes a huge difference.
I love you all! Have a great week!
Elder Swenson
Irish Word of the Week: Tine=Fire
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Elder Paul Swenson
72 Tolka Vale
Finglas Rd
Finglas South
Dublin 11
Republic of Ireland
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Two Decades

May 8, 2017

Yo!

This week was great! Thanks to everyone for the early birthday wishes! The big 2-0 is on Tuesday 🙂 All-Ireland was this week and it was great to see familiar faces! Also had interviews with President and exchanges with the assistants. Overall great week. We taught a lot of new people and have a lot of people preparing for baptism. Hari is a man from Nepal that we taught on Monday. He is looking for a church to join and has a strong faith in Christ. He came to church and said he felt very peaceful and wants to continue to meet with us and come to church again next Sunday! He is awesome.
A scripture that I have been sharing a lot with people lately is Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. His fruit is the Book of Mormon. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and because of that, Joseph Smith translated it by the power of God. I love this church! I love my mission! I love you all!
Elder Swenson
Irish Word of the Week: Breithlá=Birthday

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Elder Paul Swenson
72 Tolka Vale
Finglas Rd
Finglas South
Dublin 11
Republic of Ireland

DubCity

May 1, 2017

Hey all!

Oh man this week was amazing! I love Dublin. It is so big and busy, so it is amazing for missionary work. It reminds me of the Strip a little. Elder McCappin is an absolute legend and we are already having a blast. He is from Adelaide, Australia! We taught loads of people and baptized on Saturday! His name is Luca Lemontini. He is from Naples, Italy and has a very strong testimony of the gospel. When he moved to Dublin, he found 3 books underneath his bed in his apartment. A Book of Mormon, a hymnbook, and a copy of Teachings of Presidents: Lorenzo Snow. Lorenzo Snow is the only prophet to serve a mission in Italy. How insane is that?! He then walked into the church and was taught by the missionaries. I love him!
We have an All-Ireland Conference tomorrow, so Elder McCappin and I have to go prep for that. Sorry if my emails were short to you all! I am so excited for this transfer. It’s going to be one for the books.
Love ya! Have a great week!
Elder Swenson
Irish Word of the Week: Baile Átha Cliath=Dublin

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Elder Paul Swenson
51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5BP
Scotland
Paul with a friend of Eric’s. He was traveling in Ireland and found Paul.
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Well, That was Quick!

April 24, 2017

Hey all!

This week has been great! Elder Dunn is from Hemet, California and he is an absolute stud. He is very motivated and a hard worker. We have done a lot of work in the city of Falkirk! Mark Glasgow, an 8 year old boy, got baptized on Saturday. It was beautiful. The missionaries have been working with his less-active parents, and Mark showed desire to be baptized. The parents now come to church on a regular basis and Mark is a member of the church. We taught an amazing Hungarian girl named Nina, who accepted baptism on the 13th of May!
This morning though, I got another call from President Donaldson and I am getting E-moved (emergency) to be a Zone Leader in Dublin! I am kinda freaking out, but President said he needs me. So my experience as a district leader was short lived, and I am sad to leave Elder Dunn. My companion will be Elder McCappin. I love him. He is from Australia and we were in the same district at the very beginning of my mission. This is his last transfer and I am glad we have a chance to serve together before he goes home. I am very nervous, but I know that the Lords ways are higher than our ways. I will continue to keep you all updated on my adventures over here across the pond!
3 Nephi 5:13 Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life.
 
I love you all and have a great week!
Elder Swenson
Scottish Word of the Week: Yonks=A Long Time

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Elder Paul Swenson
51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5BP
Scotland