Monday, August 10, 2015

"Sickness" of Scotland

I'm almost positive everyone is sick in Scotland. We had 10 dropped appointments due to illness [this week].

We are starting to teach a young family of four!! We are so excited about that but we could only see them once this week due to illness. We taught the Holy Ghost principle though and it made the mother feel the spirit in "a very unique way" she explained it. The have a 7 or 8 year old daughter and a 2 YEAR OLD SON. They are awesome! 

N____ and A______ are doing good, but they were sick this weekend so they couldn't meet or go to church. But we did have a man we have been trying to see come out for sacrament. It was awesome! 

As a companionship we have been focusing on making Personal and Companionship study more spiritual to help us have a better start to our day. Wow, does making sure to have better studies changes the whole day. Even with all the appointments dropping it has helped me stay positive. Just like the Primary song "Scripture Power." It's all true! 

I had a neat experience... So to keep myself accountable to talking to everyone I put a mark in the back of my planner for each person I could have talked to and didn't. So for the last 2-3 transfers I had none, but a week ago I totally missed an opportunity to talk to a man on the bus... So I had to put a mark in the back of my planner and pray and tell God why I didn't speak to him. I felt so awful so I prayed every night that I would have a chance to talk to that man again. 2 days ago I got on the bus and I sat ... You'll never guess... right next to that man. I talked to him. He wasn't interested at all but I still got to talk to him. I also realized that God really does care about our small, not too important things that we won't. I also got to scribble out the mark! (:   

I got to go on exchanges with my African friend Elder Reeder. We had a good time. For District meeting, I printed out a sheet to help the district become fearless finders. It had a bunch of crazy/awkward finding situations for people to go through. We also got trained on patience and we studied how we could become endowed with this attribute. We must go through a trial to be endowed with patience and wow, was this week helping me learn patience! With everything I don't think I'm smart enough to figure it out the easy way. So I always get stretched and grow the hard way.... I love it though! 

I love you all and If you want me to write more just pray that the Lord will send miracles, awesome, and crazy experiences my way.  I promise my emails will get better!

Elder Penman

Scripture power keeps me safe from sin. Scripture power is the power to win. Scripture power! Ev’ry day I need The power that I get each time I read.

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