Monday, May 25, 2015

Where in the world is Dumfries?

Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland. It is near the mouth of the River Nith into the Solway Firth. Dumfries is nicknamed Queen of the South. People from Dumfries are known colloquially as Doonhamers.

It was most likely settled by One of the battles of King Arthur is said to have happened near Dumfries.  It was settled by Druids and Romans came along in the 3rd century.  Notable leaders who created history there--King Arthur, Gregory King of Scots, William the Conqueror, William Wallace, and Robert the Bruce.

Poet Robert Burns moved to Dumfriesshire in 1788 and Dumfries itself in 1791, living there until his death on 21 July 1796.

(Info from Wikipedia)

Moves Call!!!!!

So I'll be in my 8th Move, 4th Area, and 8th companion. I'm going down to Dumfries to serve with Elder Zander ( I don't know how to spell his name yet) He is from Germany. I hear he is super fun to be around so I'm excited. I'm pretty bummed to be moving. It will be good though. I AM needed there though.

The Waddell Family: (LtoR) Bowen, Rob, Ben Thomson,
E. Penman, Robert, Rose and Carrie.
The work has been pretty slow.. a lot of canceled appointments and stuff fell through. I got to make a lot of really good friendships here so its been hard saying good bye. We went to the Waddell's and played a game called Hey Bob and if you lose 5 times you get a bunch of  lip stick on your face in a design. It was really fun. 
The results of "Hey Bob!" 



Sister Sawyer and I got to sing "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" in sacrament meeting. It was pretty good. I got a call this week from Elder de Vries asking me If I would sing with him and 2 others for the Conference when Elder Jeffrey R Holland comes to Scotland! So that will be exciting.  

I love you tons!!     Elder Penman
Last District picture: Sisters Montgomery & Sawyer,
Elders Penman, Parry, Forbush, and Utley

Elder Forbush is a fine young chappie
Hargreaves Family:  John, Megan, Liz,
E. Penman 
With Elders Bayles, Penman,
Crittenden, Forbush

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dundee Stake Conference/Getting the Flat Ready to Be Sold

Elder Penman and Elder Utley in Edinburgh
Hi-ya I'm loving the short time I have left in Cowdenbeath. This is the longest I've been anywhere! I love the people here so much. I hoping when we get our moves that I just move over into the Dunfermline Elders Flat With Elder Utley. But God knows best where I need to be so what ever happens I will be happy.(:

Dean Village area Edinburgh
   Well this week we taught our new Friend N______. She is a single Mom of a 2 and 4 year old boy. She is AWESOME she is searching for God and wants her boys to grow up with good high standards. Sounds like she is looking in the right place!
    We have been getting the flat cleaned everywhere and have been organizing everything so we can move.. I don't like having to do this. I feel like I could be doing more missionary work.. but it needs to be done.
    Stake conference was so good!! The talks were all on doing the small simple things to help each other. Also the power of positivity... It really changes everyone's attitude if one person is positive! If you have a smile on always the situation turns out better.

I love you all so much.. I know Jesus our Savior Lives for you!! 
Elder Penman

**Elder Penman visited Edinburgh with Elder Utley for a non-emergency medical appointment.

Old Parliament Building, Edinburgh
Old Parliament Building, Edinburgh

Princes Street

Edinburgh Castle

Monument to Sir Walter Scott Edinburgh

Cockburn Street Edinburgh

Elder Boehme and Elder Penman (zone meeting?)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Exchanges and St. Andrews Golf Course

We went to district meeting and learned a lot about listening and how you can really get to know people. I went on exchanges with Elder Parry and it rained hard, all day. We tracted a lot and talked to so many people on the bus. One experience, we walked by a car with the window rolled down. After we walked by, I knew we needed to go back. I instantly turned around and walked right up to the window and knocked on it. It was man who had lost contact with the missionaries a few years ago and was actually thinking about coming to the church. It's so amazing what the Spirit can do if you follow the subtle promptings right away and not thinking about why you don't want to do it and give up your personal affairs. Amazing things happen.. Just like in (Alma 31:37,38) 
37 And after that they did separate themselves one from another, taking no thought for themselves what they should eat, or what they should drink, or what they should put on.

 38 And the Lord provided for them that they should hunger not, neither should they thirst; yea, and he also gave them strength, that they should suffer no manner of afflictions, save it were swallowed up in the joy of Christ. 
The sons of Mosiah, Alma and Amulek and a few others.  They take no thought of themselves and the Spirit gives them strength beyond their own. The things that usually would get in the way or cause them to have fear were taken away by the Spirit. You all should read about them... ITS SO GOOD!

St. Andrews Golf Course  (from Internet)
I went on exchanges With Elder Lattin up in Dundee. We got to street contact in St. Andrews. It so amazing there. We talked with so many American people. We have such weird accents. It blows my mind that we have an accent. We say our R's so weird. We got to see the St. Andrews Golf Course. It was so cool. 

Skype selfie with Mom, Elder Penman,
Ray, and Dad
St. Andrews Golf Course (from Internet)
We are moving K___ and J___'s baptismal dates to next month... 

The Mother's Day Skype home was great... even though I felt like I had just talked to all of you a few days before (at Christmas)!! Time is flying, but it's the best time of my life! 

God is real... He loves all of you so much. Don't any of you ever feel you are not worthy to feel loved by our Heavenly Father because He truly loves you more than you can comprehend!
Elder Penman's view
Elder Penman

More pics from P-day golf outing May 4
Elder Penman, Elder Forbush
P-day golf outing May 4

Below is a still of a video of Elder Penman hitting a ball on a May 4 P-day outing at Pitreavie Golf Course in Fife.  Scotland is the birthplace of golf, although Elder Penman says his game is "rubbish."