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
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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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Elder Paul Swenson
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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51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5BP
Scotland

Praise to the Man!

July 24, 2017

Hey everybody!

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 🙂
Elder Swenson
Scottish Word of the Week: Caledonia= Scotland before it was called Scotland 🙂

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Elder Paul Swenson​​
51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5BP
Scotland
Here are some pictures of the pipe band and a beautiful double rainbow.
Pipe Band - Scotland the BraveDouble rainbow

Paisley :)

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!
Elder Swenson


Scottish Prase of the Week: It wis hoachin’ = It was busy

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Scotland/Ireland Mission
Elder Paul Swenson
51 Spylaw Road
Edinburgh
EH10 5BP
Scotland

Transfer Pictures

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.

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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

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