Mawwage. Mawwage is wat brings us togever today.

July 3, 2017

Hey all!

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.
Jacob 6:12
Have a great week! I love you 🙂
Elder Swenson
Irish Word of the Week: Marriage=Pósadh

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Letters:
Elder Paul Swenson
72 Tolka Vale
Finglas Rd
Finglas South
Dublin 11
Republic of Ireland
 
Packages:
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
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Back in the Burgh

June 26, 2017

Hey all!

This week I went on exchanges with the AP’s in Edinburgh, Scotland 🙂 It was super fun! We took a flight on Wednesday morning to Scotland and came back on Thursday Morning. I felt like a business man hahaha. I’ll attach a dope pic of Edinburgh castle. We found some really cool people this week. We taught a man named Edson on Saturday. He is a 62 year old, Brazilian retired PE teacher and volleyball coach! He is a true legend. He is here for 8 months studying English like over 20,000 Brazilians do in Dublin. “My favorite Brazilian city is Dublin” -Elder Worley. He came to church and loved it 🙂 A Hungarian man named Robert to church this week. He met twice with missionaries over 6 months ago and felt pressured to be baptized so he stopped meeting with them. He read the Book of Mormon by himself and finished it on Thursday. Elder Worley sent a church text to all of the potentials in the phone on Saturday and Robert came to church yesterday. He loved it. He doesn’t want to meet with missionaries again just yet, but said he will continue to come to church. He will be also coming to a baptism this Friday. What a miracle!
Happy Fathers Day last week and happy birthday do Dad and Eric!
 
Ether 2:25 And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come. Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea? The Lord will prepare us in every situation. There will be problems and hard times in our lives but the Lord always has a plan.
I love you all! Have a great week.
Elder Swenson
 
Irish Word of the Week: Eitleán=Airplane

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Letters:
Elder Paul Swenson
72 Tolka Vale
Finglas Rd
Finglas South
Dublin 11
Republic of Ireland
 
Packages:
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
Edinburgh castle

Baptismo!

June 12, 2017

This week was a good one! Our friend Edna got baptized! She is from Brazil 🙂 Elder McCappin was able to be there and baptize her! He has been touring the mission with his parents and one of his brothers. It was so good to see him again and meet his family. His mom gave me TimTams! They are these super good chocolate cookies. Edna loved her baptism, but on Sunday morning she told me she would not be able to come to church to be confirmed. She is very sick and didn’t sleep all of Saturday night 😦 Please pray for Edna that she will get better and be able to make it to church next Sunday. Besides that, we are teaching a few new people 🙂 I will keep you all updated if anyone makes any crazy progress. I am loving my time in the city of Dublin! We have an All-Ireland conference tomorrow and I am very excited for that 🙂

A scripture this week that has helped one of our investigators, Juliane, and one of our recent converts, Justin, is Mosiah 2:41 And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it. When we keep the commandments, the Lord blesses us in ALL THINGS. What a beautiful doctrine. I love it. Keep the commandments everyone!
Have a great week 🙂
Elder Swenson
Irish Word of the Week: Baptism = Baisteadh

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Letters:
Elder Paul Swenson
72 Tolka Vale
Finglas Rd
Finglas South
Dublin 11
Republic of Ireland
 
Packages:
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
Edna’s baptism
Edna's baptism
Missionaries at baptism
Dublin missionaries Edna's baptism

2 Nephi 21:30

June 5, 2017

Hello friends and family!

This week was a doozy hahaha. Transfers in my mission are crazy, especially in Dublin. We cover three countries so there are missionaries taking cars, busses, ferries, and planes to their new areas. I had some late nights and early mornings all this week trying to coordinate it all, but I got a new companion! His name is Elder Worley! He is 19, from California, and is alright at piano… okay fine he is flippin’ amazing at piano! I will have to send a video sometime. I’m so excited for this transfer 🙂 Also, 2 different families from America bumped into us this week on the street and took us out to ice cream and burritos! I’m so blessed haha.
Edna is going to get baptized this week! She didn’t make it to church yesterday because she had work, so we are going to work super hard this week to make sure she can be baptized. She keeps asking me, “When am I going to pick out my dress?” haha she’s great 🙂 Our friend Juliane is making great progress as well! We have been seeing her for the past 3 weeks and it has been quite frustrating hahaha. She hasn’t been reading The Book of Mormon until this week! She read ALL OF 2 NEPHI IN TWO DAYS. That’s insane. She said she felt the Spirit so strong while reading 2 Nephi 31 and feels like she needs to be baptized again. I am so excited for her 🙂
I have been thinking a lot about Nephi this week. 1 Nephi 11:16-17 And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God? And I said unto him: I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things. Sometimes we do not know the meaning of all things. But if we follow the example of Nephi, we can find peace. Remember that God loves his children and all of our questions will be answered in time.
Have a great week! God bless!
Elder Swenson
Irish Word of the Week: Tired=Tuirseach

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

Twice in White!

May 29, 2017

Hello everyone! This week was unforgettable.

Sesu got baptized on Friday! It was incredible. It was Elder McCappin’s last day and he was able to baptize her. It was an incredible day! Hari got baptized on Saturday! He was so excited. I was able to baptize him. I felt the Spirit so strong. I was also able to confirm Sesu on Sunday. This has truly been the best week of my mission. I cannot describe the joy I feel for Sesu and Hari as they start their journey in the church. Sesu bore her testimony in gospel principles about repentance. It was so cool to see how far she has come in just one short month. I love the work! Dublin is the best 🙂
Elder McCappin went home! 😦 He taught me so much and he has changed my mission. He will be back in Dublin with his parents in two weeks though so it’s ok 🙂 He will be baptizing our investigator Edna on the 10th of June! She is from Brazil and is so enthusiastic about baptism. More to come about her!
I have been up since 2am today moving missionaries! It has been insane. And I have had no time to email all day. And now I have to go pick up another missionary at the bus station to drop him off at the airport at 5am! Fun stuff 🙂
I love you all and have a great week! The Lord is truly revealing his hand in the work here in Dublin.
Elder Swenson

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Elder Paul Swenson
72 Tolka Vale
Finglas Rd
Finglas South
Dublin 11
Republic of Ireland
Hari’s baptism
Paul and Hari
Hari's baptism
Sesu’s baptismSesu's baptism

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
pswenson@myldsmail.net
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Elder Paul Swenson
72 Tolka Vale
Finglas Rd
Finglas South
Dublin 11
Republic of Ireland

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
Zone picnic
Zone pizza party
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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