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

On the Road Again

April 17, 2017

Hello peeps!

This week was a good one! Gary is doing good. He has such a strong testimony and a desire to follow God. On Friday, I got a call from my mission president calling me as a district leader! So that is wild. But he wouldn’t tell me where I was going until Saturday when everyone else got their moves call. I am leaving Fraserburgh and going to Falkirk in the Edinburgh stake! Falkirk is a city just west of Edinburgh. And I will be finishing training Elder Dunn! He has been out one transfer and apparently he is a stud. I am sad that I only had 4 weeks here in Fraserburgh, but I am excited to see what the rest of my mission is going to be like! I have heard a lot of great things about Falkirk from a lot of missionaries so I will let you all know what it is like next week. I will travel tonight and get there tomorrow.
Aberdeen Stake Conference was this weekend on Easter and it was great. Each speaker spoke about each of the virtues mentioned in the Easter initiative by the church. A sister named Sister Ware spoke about compassion. She said “Jesus Christ is not looking for us to be like others, He is looking for us to be like Him.” What can we do in our lives to be more like Him? I love this question. I am so grateful that Christ came to earth, lived, died, and was resurrected. How wonderful it is to know that we will live again.
I love you all and have a great week!
Elder Swenson

Scottish Word of the Week: Queats=Ankles

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Elder Paul Swenson
51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5BP
Scotland

#PrinceofPeace

April 10, 2017

Hello all!

This week is moves call! On Saturday, I will find out if I’m staying in Fraserburgh or leavin! I don’t know what will happen, but you will all find out next week.
Last Monday, we were supposed to go to a castle, but Elder Richards and I ended up getting sick and were stuck in our apartment all day. So that’s fun 🙂 But we felt better on Tuesday just in time for Scotland East. It was amazing. I have missed the Spirit of missionary meetings so much. I got to see a lot of old mission and MTC buddies so I was very happy. My MTC group goes home in 2 transfers so I am freaking out haha. We ended up going to the castle today and it was awesome! It is called Slains Castle and it inspired the novel Dracula! Lots of climbing and it is right next to a cliff, so it is beautiful.
We have been working a lot with a less-active member named Gary this week. He has decided to quit drugs and smoking cold turkey. He has been reading and praying every day and finally came to church and really enjoyed it! He has such a strong testimony and is a great example of faithfully following the Lord’s example. The rest of the week, we found a lot of prepared people that I am excited to see this week.
The Church has come out with a new Easter Initiative called #PrinceofPeace. If you go to Mormon.org, you can find a video of the Savior and what He can do for us this Easter and 8 different principles of peace shown through 8 people experiences in life. It is very easy to share with your friends and they even have a way you can share pictures and the message of Easter on social media at PostPeace.org. I love you all and encourage everyone to reflect on what the Savior has done for them this week.
Till next week!
Elder Swenson

Scottish Word of the Week: Scunner = An Irritating Person

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Elder Paul Swenson
51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5BP
Scotland
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The Broch

April 3, 2017

Hello friends!

Fraserburgh’s nickname is the Broch and I love it. Today for P-Day we saw a whole bunch of castles! It was super fun. This week has been great! We did a lot of finding. I am trying to incorporate Scottish lingo and get rid of my American words like “sweet” and “awesome”. Haha We had a powerhouse lesson with Stewart of Thursday about the Plan of Salvation. A member named Sister Preston came and was a big help! Stewart said that the Plan of Salvation answered a lot of questions he had. I am excited for the future! We are seeing him again tonight. We also started teaching a former investigator named Toni. She first met sister missionaries 20 years ago in England! She is happy for us to come around once a week to start teaching her again.

Yesterday was British Mother’s Day, or as I like to call it, Mum’s Day! So Happy Mum’s Day Mum! I love my mother. She has made me who I am today. Thank you for everything you have taught me. I know I wouldn’t be back here in Scotland if it weren’t for you. I feel a lot like the 2000 Stripling Warriors in Alma 56:47 Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them. Thank you for always supporting me Mom and teaching me that God will deliver me.

Have a great week everyone!
Elder Swenson

Scottish Word of the Week: Oxter = Armpit

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127 B Shore Street
Fraserburgh
AB43 9BR
Scotland
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Ready to make his leap.
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He made it.
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It’s Been A Minute

March 20, 2017

Hello everyone!

It has been a while since I’ve sent one of these. For those who don’t know, I had to go home in June of 2016. It is now March 20, 2017 and I am back in the Scotland/Ireland Mission. Oh man is it great to be home. I’ve missed my friends that I have made and the people of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. It was a long flight here, but I made it safely to the mission home (March 14th). Seeing President Donaldson and his wife again was an incredible experience that I won’t forget. I wasn’t done travelling yet! After a bite to eat, I had a 2 hour train to Aberdeen to meet up with my companion Elder Richards! He was in my MTC group so it was great to catch up. He is from Sandy, Utah and we have the same birthday! After we met up, we had to catch a bus for an hour and a half to our area, Fraserburgh. Fraserburgh is a small fishing town at the very very top of mainland Scotland. It is part of the Buchan ward. It reminds me a lot of my first area, Galashiels, Scotland!
This week has been great. I thought it would take me a minute to get back into missionary mode, but it kicked in right when we hit the streets. We did a lot of finding this week and met a man named Stewart. We taught him the Restoration on Saturday and it went great. He meant to come to church, but slept in haha. Elder Richards has been working me hard and I have a few blisters on my feet so that is always a good sign 🙂
If any of you have different emails or know anyone that wants to receive my emails let me know please (especially those who have returned home from their missions)! If you want to send letters, my address is:
127 B Shore Street
Fraserburgh
AB43 9BR
Scotland
One of my favorite scriptures is Alma 5:26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now? What a great question to ask yourself. If you haven’t experienced a change of heart recently, ask God what you need to change in your life for the better. I am so grateful for the opportunity to return to my mission and represent my Savior Jesus Christ once again. I know that I am where I am supposed to be. I love you all! Keep me updated!
Elder Swenson
Scottish Word of the Week: Fit
Fit means what. Only people up here by Aberdeen say it. It can be a question by itself “Fit?” or it can be a greeting “Fit like?” which means “What’s up?”
View from Elder Swenson’s flat
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Called to Serve

May 30, 2016
Hello friends!

Summer is starting down here in Cork! The weather is beautiful and I am loving it. Moves Call was last night and Elder Hoppe is leaving me! It is sad to see him come and go in just 6 weeks, but I enjoyed my time with him! And for my new assignment… I am training a new missionary! AHHHHH! 🙂 I am so excited. I have wanted to train my whole mission and now I have the opportunity to. I know that it will be a great learning process for me, but I know that the Lord’s ways are higher than our ways, so I can’t wait to see what will happen.

This week was great! We saw Gabriela a lot this week and she has a baptismal date for this Saturday! We were able to go support her in a piano recital she had on Friday. She did great! She came to church again and even played the organ for us! So cool. Things are looking great.

My favorite book in The Book of Mormon is Enos. Enos 1:3-6 Behold, I went to hunt beasts in the forests; and the words which I had often heard my father speak concerning eternal life, and the joy of the saints, sunk deep into my heart. And my soul hungered; and I kneeled down before my Maker, and I cried unto him in mighty prayer and supplication for mine own soul; and all the day long did I cry unto him; yea, and when the night came I did still raise my voice high that it reached the heavens. And there came a voice unto me, saying: Enos, thy sins are forgiven thee, and thou shalt be blessed. And I, Enos, knew that God could not lie; wherefore, my guilt was swept away. I love this illustration of pondering, praying, faith, and repentance. Enos had such great faith in the coming of Jesus Christ, that he was forgiven of his sins. He prayed all day and all night to recieve an answer to prayer. How many times do we pray for something once, then give up because we don’t recieve and answer right then? If we follow Enos’s example, we too can be blessed with remission of sins, great faith, and a greater knowledge of who God is.

I love you all and hope you have a great week!!

Elder Swenson


Irish Word of the Week: Trainer=Traenálaí

Cork
Cork
Ireland

Baptism in Cork

May 23, 2016
Hello everybody!

 

This week was great! I had the opportunity to help the other elders here in Cork with their investigator Conor! He was able to enter the waters of baptism on Saturday. He asked me to speak about baptism in the service and it went great! The Spirit was so strong. Our investigator Gabriela came to the baptism and to church and she really enjoyed it! She is showing a lot of interest and commitment so I am looking forward to see what will happen 🙂 Besides that, not much happened this week!

I began reading The Infinite Atonement by Tad R. Callister this week and I have began to recognize just how important the atonement is. The more we understand it, the more we understand the meaning of life, love, sacrifice, obedience, faith, repentance, resurrection, submissiveness, charity, and countless other principles and attributes. Study the atonement and it will change your life!

I love you all and have a great week!

Elder Swenson

Cork
Cork
Ireland

Cork Blitz!

May 16, 2016

Hiya everyone!

So on Tuesday we went to Dublin for an All-Ireland Zone Conference and it was awesome. I learned so much 🙂 Then on Wednesday (back in Cork) the assistants, the zone leaders, and sister training leaders were all in our city! We had 12 missionaries for a day instead of 6 🙂 I was with Elder Haller who is an assistant. We had a great day of finding and teaching. We set up 20 appointments in just a few short hours. Lots of great work happened this week. We taught a lot of new people as well. Sean hasn’t answered his phone for almost 2 weeks 😦 but besides that, we had loads of success. Taught almost the same number of lessons in the past 3 weeks, in just this week. I am loving it here 🙂
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. I know that if we love God, everything will be alright in the end! Good things will happen if we love God and SHOW Him that we love Him. I love God and all of you! Have a great week!
Elder Swenson
Irish Word of the Week: Sun = Ghrian

Cork
Cork
Ireland
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Happy Mother’s Day

May 9, 2016

And happy birthday to me hahaha! Finally 19 🙂 Hello! How are you all?

This week was really fun! We taught Hannes again! At the church this time, so no drunk people could rudely interrupt us. He is doing good. Sean didn’t come to church for some reason :(((( We haven’t been able to get in contact with him yet to ask him why. We played soccer in the rain on Saturday which was a blast, and I got to Skype the family yesterday! Well, technically it was a Google Hangout because everyone is all over america, but it was amazing. It’s really good to know that everyone is safe and sound back home.
I just wanted to thank my mother for everything she has done for me. It really takes a mission to truly appreciate everything that mothers do. I miss home cooked meals, support from gym bleachers and theater seats, and family home evenings. My mom is one of the greatest examples in my life of diligence, hard work, love, and sacrifice. I love you Mom!
Have a great week everyone 🙂
Elder Swenson
Irish Phrase of the Week: Happy Mother’s Day = Lá na Máithreacha sona duit

Elder Paul Swenson
25 Paul Street
Cork
Cork
Ireland
pswenson@myldsmail.com