July 24, 2017
We had a super good week 🙂 We were able to get to know a lot of the members cause they fed us a lot! 🙂 The coolest experience was on Sunday. A man named Tommy who we met on the street texted us and said he wanted to find more happiness in his life. He said that he saw that happiness in us. We were able to go to his house and start to teach him about the Plan of Salvation. We didn’t even get halfway through the lesson when we felt the Spirit and invited him to be baptized! He was so excited that he could have the chance to have all of his sins washed away. He said a prayer and recognized the Spirit so strongly. He has been through a lot and the Lord has truly prepared him. I am so excited for him 🙂
On Saturday, there was a pipe band competition in the town center of Paisley and it was so cool to be able to watch some of it. There was a huge parade of all the bands at the end where they marched through the town playing Scotland the Brave. Scotland the Brave is the tune that inspired Praise to the Man. It reminded me of my testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that he translated the Book of Mormon and is a prophet of God.
I love you all! Have a great week 🙂
Scottish Word of the Week: Caledonia= Scotland before it was called Scotland 🙂
Here are some pictures of the pipe band and a beautiful double rainbow.
July 19, 2017
Hey friends and family!
Sorry for no email last week, I was busy all day. 2 Saturdays ago I got my moves call and my days in Dublin are done! I was very sad to leave. But I am now in Paisley, Scotland! My companion is Elder Wayment from Henefer, Utah. Ever heard of it? Neither has anyone else hahaha. Elder Wayment is very humble and diligent and I have a lot to learn from him. Paisley is the biggest town in Scotland and is right next to Glasgow. Our zone covers most of the west coast of Scotland 🙂
We had to do a lot of transfer stuff during the week and drive a lot of missionaries around. We had a really good conference in Edinburgh on Thursday with all of the zone leaders in the mission. The ward here in Paisley is great! We set up more dinner appointments for this week than I have set up in any other week during my mission 🙂
We are teaching some really cool people like Sarah. Sarah has met with missionaries for a while and has a strong desire to be baptized. She just has to overcome some things in her life and she will be able to get dunked 🙂
Mosiah 28:3 Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble. President Donaldson shared this scripture with us on Thursday and said that this is how we should feel as missionaries. I think this is how we should feel as members! Share the gospel with a friend this week 🙂
I love you all!
Scottish Prase of the Week: It wis hoachin’ = It was busy
July 12, 2017
No letter today. Paul was transferred to Paisley, Scotland today and spent the day travelling. He left Dublin at 7:30 am and arrived at his flat at 10 pm. He is still serving as a Zone leader and his new companion is Elder Wayment from Utah.
Here are a few pictures from his travels.
July 3, 2017
I have no time today! We are going to the zoo!
This week was great. Our friends are progressing great. We started teaching this really cool girl named Gaby. She is from Mexico and she is accepting the gospel so quickly! She loved church. We have been seeing miracles everyday. I love the work. Moves call is this Saturday!!! Bah! I want to stay so bad hahaha.
Congratulations to Eric and Morgan who are getting HITCHED. I love you both and am so happy for you.
Have a great week! I love you 🙂
Irish Word of the Week: Marriage=Pósadh
Elder Paul Swenson
72 Tolka Vale
Republic of Ireland
Elder Paul Swenson
The Irish Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
c/o Alma Hygiene Ltd.
280 Bannow Road
Cabra, Dublin 7
The Republic of Ireland