Monday, March 7, 2016

With A prophet at Church?‏ and Running Around Dublin...

  Well this week was crazy with moving people around and sending the missionaries going home over Scotland. We were picking up missionaries coming in to Dublin from the rest of Ireland late at night, to wake up at 4:30, to work all day then repeat the next day. Wow it was pretty draining but quite exciting sometimes. I probably got lost in Dublin City Centre 6 times in the matter of 3 days. You would think I would have  figured it out the third time, if not the first or second time.  
    Elder Møller and I were headed back to the flat with a little bit of time left in our night. We decided we would talk to one more person before we went in. So across the street we went to talk to the only man in sight. We introduced ourselves and  the man wanted nothing to do with us. So we left, and while walking away, we ran into another man who was kind enough to speak to us. We walked with him for a little but he was not interested really. Right as we ended our conversation we saw a couple trying to get into their flat. We called over to them a few times but they did not reply. They opened the door and right before it shut, we jogged over there and said hello. They were a lovely couple with 3 children. They have had contact with the church in the past when they were living in Brazil. They were very open, so one of the young men in the ward and myself met with the family the next evening. Wow... It was an amazing lesson, even though there was a language barrier, so we taught a very simple lesson, they were taking everything in we said. The Spirit was so powerful. 
  I love my mission so much. It is absolutely amazing how much. Through the grace of Jesus Christ, our seemingly small efforts, in the sight of everything, are consecrated for a large gain. It is always so humbling, because I could never ever say, that was all me. It would be nothing if it was not done in God's way. The will of the Lord Is mighty!

   At church on Sunday we had 3 random people come off the streets into the church. Two of which were are going to start teaching but the last one, was a little "different." He had a sweet beard and some long hair.  It's how I imagine Moses, the Prophet, to look.
Moses the Prophet, as played by Charlton Heston
(Or Maybe it is Stephen the Prophet....?????)

I brought him in to sit next to me and we were enjoying the meeting and out of nowhere he says, "These people have no idea what they are talking about." So I asked him, "Why do you say that?" Which caused him to pull out his Book of Mormon with tons and tons of markings in it.

He told me he understood everything in the Book of Mormon and told me it prophesied of himself and about how he would come in the last days. He told me he was Stephen the Prophet. He went on to tell me for the remaining 40 minutes of Sacrament meeting, to teach me all the revelations he was receiving and his life story. It was pretty great. Stephen is a great man but his one downfall is that he does not believe that Jesus the Christ is the Savior of the Universe. 

Elder Penman, Maggie & Baby, Elder Møller
  It also was an exciting day at church because one of the people we are teaching, Maggie, had her child  receive a baby blessing. It was such a spiritual moment and a step in the right direction for her. 
   I have a certain knowledge that God the Father lives, that Jesus Christ lives as a separate individual perfectly aligned in purpose, and that the Holy Spirit lives to teach us and guide us along our paths. They all testify of each other. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a man who has been set apart by God to hold all the permission and keys to lead the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and to speak as His mouthpiece to the guide the world! 

Elder Møller, Elder Penman (Thanks to Vanessa Jacobsen Sharpe from Clonsilla Ward)
Elder Penman
Now I say unto you that ye must repent, and be born again; for the Spirit saith if ye are not born again ye cannot inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye may be washed from your sins, that ye may have faith on the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world, who is mighty to save and to cleanse from all unrighteousness.

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