Tuesday, April 22, 2014

"I met Lil Wayne the other day, and he wasn't too hyped on us"

Meeting the mission President and his wife
Hey whats up its Elder Swensen!!!! Im in Florida and I like it, my area is so hood! I mean HOOD its so dope though! We came here to throw down! Elder Mendenhall is my companion and he is from LA and he surfs! the first time I met him he gave me a planner with a picture of Oliver Cowdery and Joseph Smith and on the back it has Ford  ripping! Its so tight! I love my companion already he is so boss at teaching! The past week we have been teaching a lot of families that are Black! And thats what I wanted!! Ive been speaking a lot of spanish though its a good mix, but mostly black! We have been teaching the Thompson family and they are so chill! Michael, and his family want to baptized on the 11th of may and they have a family of 7! Its time to throwdown! Im so excited to baptize, I cant wait for that wonderful feeling! JT and Rena are recent converts and they just got back from prison, its so tight to be teaching them, their place is so hood but they have the sweetest little girl she is so sweet! They grew up in the struggle with her mom being a complete crack head and smoking weed everyday! I love teaching those guys already! And I love that they love hiphop music and rap! I met Lilwayne the other day and he wasnt to hyped on us, he had some sicky grills though! The dogs here are so gnarly we peg them with rocks if they get to close! We had Elder Cook come to our mission and speak  with us, he is truly called of God. And after he talked I was watching him sing "I beleive in Christ" and I knew for a fact that this church is true!!!!!!! The spirit testified to me that this is Christ's church! And its time to be bold and throw down! So things are going good here and My companion and I teach with such unity and boldness and the spirit its awesome! I havent seen the ocean yet but I know that its there! Just know that I mean business in the hood and Im keeping it real with my companion and have been working really hard proselyting and studying and have learned so much!

Love Elder Swensen

New Florida Temple Just Built 44,000 people attended the Open House

Apostle Elder Quentin L Cook taught and trained them last week 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

My spanish has become super good

This week has been really fun and busy! We have been working really hard here and our teaching in spanish has become super good! I have been thinking about Michelle a lot and the past few days have been really hard, I shared my testimony to everyone in testimony meeting on Sunday about Michelle and that everyone can live with their families eternally after this life! I basically explained how much my family matters to me and how much I love them! I talked about how wonderful Aunt Michelle was to all of us and how much joy she had in her life! I then I said that it always make me mad when someone says "What if this church is not true" and I said with power from god, This church is true!!!! And I love this gospel so much and I would die for it, but more I want to live for it!!! Michelle was such a wonderful example in our lives, she had so much faith and I hope that Doug and the Girls are comforted by the spirit!! They are going to do wonderful things in the near future! Elder Bednar gave an awesome devotional the other day and he put this scripture in his talk and its in D&C 68.4 and it says "And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the lord, shall be the voice of the lord, and the power of God unto Salvation" I hope everything is going well! I love you guys so much! Update me on how things are going
Elder Swensen