House of the Lord!

August 21, 2018

Hello everybody!

Moves call was on Saturday and Elder Wayment and I are staying together in Paisley! I am super excited 🙂 We have had such a great week! Here is a miracle.
Yesterday, our investigator Owen came to church! But he brought his girlfriend named Summer too. She has been a couple times in the past, but not since I have been here. They loved church. They heard about the ward temple trip on November 17th and they asked us at the end of church how they could go with the ward to the temple. We sent them over to the High Priest Group Leader who is in charge and they arranged to get a ride to Preston and visit the temple! All by themselves! I was in awe. The Lord is truly preparing them and they now have the temple in their sights. We are seeing them tonight and teaching them the Plan of Salvation so that we can set them with a baptismal date, with a goal to do baptisms for the dead when they visit the temple. It was a truly amazing experience. Pray for them! 🙂
I know that the ordinances of the gospel are ways that we can find Heaven on Earth. If you haven’t been to the temple recently to assist in the work of salvation, go this week! The work is there for us, we just have to do it. I have seen so many blessings in my life and many other people’s lives that have come from serving in the temple. Plus, I don’t have a temple in my mission, so you have to help me out haha.
I love you all! Have a great week 🙂
Elder Swenson

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Elder Paul Swenson
51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5BP
Scotland
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Slow week!

August 14, 2018

Yo everyone!

This week was alright! Haha I was sick in the apartment for a couple days so that was rough. We weren’t able to see Christine and the girls because Christine was sick as well. Owen was taught on exchange, but he didn’t come to church :/ But there is a cool story for this week! Our investigator Anna from Greece, told us that she didn’t want to meet anymore. Elder Wayment asked if she new anyone that would be interested in our message and she said her brother would and that he was standing right there. So Elder Wayment talked to Harry on the phone and was able to teach him on exchange! It was crazy to see how many people are willing to hear our message, but just have to be asked in a specific way.
I was reading in 2 Nephi 31 this week. 2 Nephi 31:19-20 And now, my beloved brethren, after ye have gotten into this strait and narrow path, I would ask if all is done? Behold, I say unto you, Nay; for ye have not come thus far save it were by the word of Christ with unshaken faith in him, relying wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save. Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life. We have a lot to do! Baptism is not the end, it is the beginning 🙂 I know that feasting upon the words of Christ has changed my life. Anyone can have the Spirit the way missionaries do, only if they study the scriptures as much as missionaries do!
I love you all 🙂 Happy Birthday Momma!
Elder Swenson

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Elder Paul Swenson
51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5BP
Scotland

Fasting Works!

August 7, 2017

Hey y’all!

I was in Edinburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday and it was awesome! It is such a beautiful city. The Fringe festival was happening while I was there and it is the largest arts festival in the world! It was very very busy. We taught some new people this week from Scotland and a girl from Greece!
Sunday was a true miracle day! We weren’t expecting anyone to come to church, but when we walk in, there is our friend Owen! We lost track of him a while ago because we didn’t have his number or his address, but he had been to church once before and he came again! He absolutely loved it. We got his number and address and we are seeing him on Tuesday. Then we had an appointment after church with a lady named Christine in her home. We took a member with us and Christine said that her daughters and their friends were over, but that we could still come in. We sat down and began to talk when the 2 daughters and their 2 friends walk in, grab some chairs, and sit down on the other side of the room. I said, “Oh, are you joining us?” and they said yes. We were able to teach them all about the Restoration and give them each a Book of Mormon. They also accepted baptism on the 26th of August! It was so unexpected and I know that prayer and fasting works. I am loving being out here and seeing the hand of the Lord in everything we do.
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Elder Swenson
Scottish Word of the Week: Barry=Splendid

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51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5BP
Scotland

Greetings from Paisley!

July 31, 2017

Hey all!

We were able to teach a couple new people this week and it was really interesting! Haha We taught a Church of Scotland minister in his home on Friday. We met him a couple weeks ago and he was super nice to us. He told us about the problems on the ministry in the Church of Scotland and how they are running out of ministers. He was interested about the story of Joseph Smith so we taught him about the Restoration. He felt that Joseph Smith was sincere and said he would read the Book of Mormon. He wouldn’t commit to pray about it though and when we invited him to be baptized, he said “We will cross that bridge when we get there.” Hahaha we will see! He invited us back 🙂 We also taught a man from Uganda named Billy 🙂 He is a 7th Day Adventist and works for a cruise line and he has literally been everywhere in the world. He loved the Restoration and we are going to have to explain to him how the Sabbath is on a Sunday now lol. We are seeing a lot of miracles in our area 🙂 This week we are going to Edinburgh on Tuesday and Wednesday for a missionary conference and exchanges with the AP’s 🙂 I am pumped.
“Because of His Atonement, the Savior has the power to succor—to help—every mortal pain and affliction.” —Dallin H. Oaks. I am so grateful for the opportunity to teach people about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We are teaching a lot of people that have had pretty rough lives. Jesus Christ can help each of us, no matter what has or will happen to us.
Have a wonderful week!
Elder Swenson
Scottish Phrase of the Week: It’s a dreich day! = It’s super wet and rainy today!

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Elder Paul Swenson
51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5BP
Scotland