Monday, May 30, 2016

Til the Work is Through

Elder Penman takes a selfie in Oban.
It's almost as if the sun is scalding
his eyes.  Sunny days are not
all that common.
Lovely wee daisy though! 
Elders Penman and Perkins with
Oban branch member Sister
Carol Francis.  Thanks to Sister
Francis, E Penman's mom
received pictures this week. 
Alrrrright so the past 2 weeks Elder Perkins and myself have been serving in a small small town called Oban. We would literally stand outside on this corner all day long, right in front of a local Tesco. We did that because, all of the tourists would be out on the main street. As we stayed to the back roads we would tend to see more success. 

Sister Young, Sister Francis,
President Young

We have seen so many amazing miracles as we have served here in this tiny tiny town. We have taught a lot and we have been blessed to meet so many wonderful members here, Elder and Sister Young are the senior couple here in Oban.... Elder Young is also the Branch President. They are amazing. Absolutely faith filled people. I have learned so much from the both of them about relying on the Lord for all things.

As I have seen their example, I also was blessed with knowledge on the same principle from studying in Mosiah. Right in the middle of Mosiah there is a Man named Zeniff. He talks a lot about the wars that they had won because they fought in the strength of the Lord. We may understand this as the enabling power of the Atonement, or even grace. It shows the Difference between the acts of their persecutors and how they relied on their own strength which limited them. They had much trouble because of their un-reliance on The Lord their God. To truly have a greater outcome that will not only last in this temporal state we need to use The Strength Of The Lord In all we do. I know that the enabling power of Jesus Christ is real. I use it every day. When I use it I am happier, when I use it I am able to do all things which lie in His will. As Nephi said, If he command me to walk across the ocean on dry ground it would be done and I testify of that in the name of Jesus our Savior and Lord.
Elder Penman
Elder Perkins.  Going home to
Las Vegas on 5/31/16
Today I hiked up Pratt's Hill with all the missionaries going home tomorrow. It's crazy to see them all go. So many good friends moving on. Also tomorrow, I will be heading over to Belfast to stay there for the next week. 

Elder Penman

Beautiful Oban

Oban Branch building pulpit

Oban Branch congregation seats from the pulpit

View from the front of the Oban Branch building

Elder Perkins, Elder and Sister Young, Elder Penman

Elder Moller and Elder Haller (old comp and new comp)

Elders Moller and Penman
Elder Moller is going home tomorrow

Pratt's Hill (Arthur's Seat) outside Edinburgh

Saying goodbye to Elder Harman (going home tomorrow)

Group heading over to Ireland on the Ferry

Friday, May 27, 2016

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf visits Belfast

Belfast, Northern Ireland
President Uchtdorf said he was touched by a beautiful Primary choir from the Belfast Northern Ireland Stake. The country has a great history but also a challenging history that is marked by feuding religious groups in the nation.
“They are not perfect yet, but reconciliation is something we need to find in all places,” he said. “We need to reach out and talk with each other to find a solution. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer. It is the answer for peacefully, lovingly working together and living together.”
President Uchtdorf said he loves the motto of the city of Belfast: Pro Tanto Quid Retribuamus, or “What shall we give in return for so much?”
“We as Church members have been given so much,” he said. “We have been given more than eyes can see or that hearts can feel and minds can comprehend. We need to return some of this to our fellowman.”
Many members in Europe said President and Sister Uchtdorf spread hope during their visit.
“That’s the message of the gospel,” said President Uchtdorf. “We should never fear. As Paul said, ‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind’ (2 Timothy 1:7). We should always have hope, because God is with us. It is a wonderful thing. We can trust Him.”

Children in Belfast, Northern Ireland, greet President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, and Sister Harriet Uchtdorf on May 22.

Children in Belfast, Northern Ireland, greet President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, and Sister Harriet Uchtdorf on May 22.

Children in Belfast, Northern Ireland, present President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, and Sister Harriet Uchtdorf, with a book of letters and pictures on May 22.
Church News: Uchtdorf visits Europe

Monday, May 23, 2016

Beautiful Oban and the Bonnie Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond

Elders Perkins and Penman on the hill above Oban
Two SIM Squad members, Elders Penman and Perkins
spent last week and this next week in Oban Scotland
on the Western coast of Scotland. On their way, they
stopped by famous Loch Lomond and The Trossacks Nat'l Park
Well Oban is pretty. I don't have too much time to write. All I can say is that the Branch here (on Sunday) had 5 members, 3 visitors, my comp and I, and the senior couple, who are legends. It was one of the most spiritual sacrament meetings ever. 

Saying goodbye to Elders Gates and Harman from the SIM Squad
(in the center of Elders Perkins and Penman on the edges)
  Elder Perkins and I have been working hard to get a teaching pool going, so that way, in 1 week when we leave, either new missionaries or the senior couple will have people to teach. I will fill in more info next week. But quickly I have an update. I have gotten my new assignment for the last 5 weeks of my mission. I will be going with another missionary named Elder Haller and we will be traveling around the mission going to each area. Very similar to what I was last doing but we will get to choose... essentially where we go and what missionaries we work with. 
I love you all! 
Elder Penman 

Loch Lomond

Standing "on the bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond"

Loch Lomond?

more pictures from the drive to Oban

picture from the drive to Oban

Mom received a lovely email from Elder and Sister Young, who are the senior couple missionaries assigned to Oban Branch.

"Dear Sister Penman,
We are the Senior Missionary Couple assigned to Oban in the Scotland/Ireland Mission. This past Tuesday your son, Elder Penman, was assigned to spend the next two weeks with us here in Oban. I know you've had some concerns about his health. In a conversation with him a few minutes ago he confirmed that he was mending well and was feeling very, very good. 
With the arrival of this fine, young missionary and his companion (Elder Perkins), the influence of the missionary spirit returned to Oban. Though they won't be with us long, we know important things will happen while they are here. We are so grateful for their untiring efforts. What remarkable Missionaries they both are.  
With warm regards,

Elder and Sister Young" 
Loch Lomond song
Picturesque Oban (from Internet).  It looks kind of like a picture
that would be used in a jigsaw puzzle.  :D 

A picture from the internet of beautiful Oban

About Oban Scotland

"On the West Coast of Scotland, there's a small town called Oban. Be may fall in love." 

About Oban

Your first view of Oban is one you are unlikely to forget. From the north, you glimpse this bustling port from the top of the 'Bealach-an-Righ'. As you sweep down the hill towards the expanse of the bay, the view opens up before you and one begins to appreciate why Oban has developed into Scotland's most popular west-coast holiday town.
Read about the history of the town below and explore the rest of the site to find out more about this beautiful area of Scotland.
Beyond Oban ("little bay" in Gaelic - Scotland's ancient Celtic language) lie the islands of the Inner Hebrides: Kerrera, which protects the town from Atlantic storms; the low, green island of Lismore; majestic Mull, and the granite mountains of the Morvern peninsula. Beyond them, the sacred island of Iona, Coll, Colonsay and Tiree.
Oban today has a resident population of 8,500 and is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands - the "Gateway to the Isles" - however it has recently become better known as "The Seafood Capital of Scotland". The panoramic views of the mountains, lochs and islands which have captivated artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries are as striking now as they were when Dunollie Castle, a ruined keep which has stood sentinel over the narrow entrance to the sheltered bay for around six hundred years, was the northern outpost of the Dalriadic Scots.
It is no surprise to find Oban in the 21st Century remains a magnet for travellers from all over the world. The town's present day popularity owes much to the Victorians, and as early as 1812, when the Comet steamship linked Oban with Glasgow, the town played host to intrepid travellers touring Staffa - the inspiration for Mendelssohn's Hebridean Overture - and Iona - home of Scottish Christianity since St Columba stepped ashore in AD563.
Indeed once Oban had the royal seal of approval from Queen Victoria, who called it "one of the finest spots we have seen", the town's destiny as an endearingly enchanting holiday destination was as firmly set as the lava columns of Fingal's Cave in Staffa.