Monday, February 2, 2015

From Northern Ireland to the West of Scotland

Ulster Fry--a traditional
full breakfast
Well Monday, I packed, emailed, and visited members. Tom took us out for an Ulster Fry. It was pretty good. 

Then we went to Maggie Cathcart's and Norma and her girls were there, so I was able say goodbye to them as well. 
Tuesday morning, we went to Pete's to say goodbye and he made us breakfast so we ate there before Noah went to school. I was able to say bye to Rachel there as well. We then ate at Brendan and Iwona's then traveled up to the airport to send Elder Christensen to the mission home to pick up his trainee. 

I stayed in Cave Hill and me and Elder Macafee GQ'd some drunk people in the Falls which is a super crazy area. We didn't find anyone but we got some good stories.
 Wednesday, we met up at the bus station and traveled to the ferry and Elder Longman [note--Elder Longman is from Ogden and they went to the same high school] was on the ferry too so we traveled there (to Scotland) and then on the bus to Edinburgh where I traveled up to Dundee for the night. 

Elder Longman & Elder Penman
--Bonneville Boys

Thursday, I finished my travels off in Dunfermline at noon. We got straight to work. 

Friday, we found a guy named Andy who is blind, an African on a bus named Peter, and we found a cool man named Richard (or Titch).

Saturday, we went by Titch and we taught him and his partner and found out he has a 13 year old, a 11 year old, a 7 year old a, 3 year old, and a 1 year old.... A family!!! I have been praying to find a family for months. Titch and his "wife" said they want to get baptized but we need to get them married first. But they are amazing, I absolutely love them.

Sunday, I show up from a 10-30 member branch to a 150 member ward. It is huge. Its gonna take forever to remember their names. 

Today we hiked to John Knox Pulpit (**See history below) out in the middle of no where. It was a good hike and so pretty. The Lynch's took us out there. It was so pretty.

I love this new area and Elder Lauricella is an amazing missionary!

I love you all!

Elder Penman
**History of John Knox Pulpit--John Knox (c. 1514 – 24 November 1572) was a Scottish clergyman and writer who was a leader of the Protestant Reformation and is considered the founder of the Presbyterian denomination in ScotlandThe Lomond Hills (meaning beacon hills), also known as the Paps of Fife lie in the centre of FifeScotland. At 522m West Lomond is the highest point in the county of Fife. One of the prominent features of the Hills is John Knox Pulpit. While the rock itself was probably never visited by John Knox, its significance dates back to the time of the reformation when local covenanters met there to worship. The site formed a natural amphitheatre from which a few carefully positioned guards would have been able to warn of any approaching lawmen, and even in recent times local congregations have held open air services at the rock. (Wikipedia "John Knox" and "Lomond Hills")

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