Monday, August 28, 2017

WEEK 95: LOTSA PICTURES WEEK

So this week, Elder Pennington's Preparation Day was moved from Monday to Friday because it was the week they were assigned to attend the temple in Redlands, California.

But, Jon realized that he missed uploading some pictures from the last few weeks so these are going to be loaded into this week's blog post.  ENJOY!!!

The 3 from Tennessee
The 3 from TN being the stars on the TN flag


Bro. Brinton was my taxi driver to Perris

So proud of my Greenie Elder Avei who is training a new missionary now

Me and Elder Olsen #2

My last Sonic run with Elder Brinkerhoff before he heads home

Elder Pennington with the "Little Lake" sister missionaries

Elder Pennington is so proud of his 3 former Greenie's
who are all Zone Leaders in the mission now.

Elder Pennington with the "Ramona Hermanas"

Elder Phister and Elder Pennington

Elder Rose and Elder Pennington at the
Redlands California Temple

Elder Whiting and Elder Pennington at the Redlands California Temple

All the Elders in the new Zone

Exchanges with one of the AP's - Elder Anderson

Exchanges with the other AP - Elder Parson

Group picture on Interview day with the mission president - Pres. Hammon

Eating a weird fruit

Monday, August 21, 2017

WEEK 94: THERE'S A SPIDER IN MY BED!

Elder Rose, in the library on P-Day

So this was Elder Pennington's first week in his new area in Perris, California with his new companion Elder Rose who is from Syracuse, Utah.  He is really enjoying working with him in his new ward.

Lisa received a video from him with the missionaries in his previous zone singing the "Happy Birthday" song which she absolutely loved and the best birthday gift she could have asked for from her missionary son.


This "itsy bitsy" spider climbed into Elder Pennington's bed!
Elder Pennington sent some odd pictures this week.  One night he came home tired, pulled back the sheets, and found this hairy little spider hanging out.  This, on the other hand, did not make his momma happy!




Putting "N's" in the M&M's
And last, but not least, he sent this picture.  He has discovered that the M&M company is now actually putting "N's" on some of their chocolate candies now.  He thinks he may have uncovered some type of conspiracy!!  Lol



The best news of all that we received this week though is his flight itinerary.  His flight has been booked, and he will be back in Memphis once again on Tuesday, November 7, 2017!

Monday, August 14, 2017

WEEK 93: TRANSFERRED TO PERRIS, CALIFORNIA

Just received the transfer phone call...
So, I have been transferred!!  My new area is the Perris Ward here in Perris, California – not Paris, France :/   I came back to the Menifee stake so my old area is just 10 minutes away!  My companion is Elder Rose and we are excited to work!  We are called Perizzites (Exodus 3:8).  I no longer have any other extra responsibilities except missionary work so that is going to be a pretty nice change!!


Our sweet ole investigator - Sister Logan
So two weeks ago a missionary named Elder Jones and I were teaching our investigator Sister Logan that is 91 and lives in a senior living center.  She tells us her caretaker that works there, Annette, is having surgery in a week because she has an ulcer (or tumor I don’t remember which) on her uterus (bleh) but she said you boys are of God and need to give her a blessing.  We did not complain one bit, but even if we did who is going to say no to a sweet ole 91-year-old woman that is right? NO ONE!  So we shared with her that we believe we have the same priesthood authority that Christ gave to his apostles when he walked the earth and organized them together (Luke 9:1-2).  We then shared with her James 5:13-15 and then explained to her how blessings were performed. We gave her a blessing and the spirit was very strong.  Then we come back this past week to visit Sister Logan and she tells us that Annette went in for her check-up before her surgery and the doctor says he has no idea how it happened but that the ulcer (or tumor) was gone and he has no idea how.  We told her that we know how.  It is because God is good and he has her priesthood here on the earth so that just as Christ we may be able to bless and serve those around us.

Love you all have an amazing week :)

Love,

EP
Leti's baptism day

Elder Pennington and Leti giving the two thumbs up

And another pic of Let's baptism day
Jasmine and Leti - Jasmine is getting baptized in 2 weeks

The Samoans that challenge Elder Pennington at basketball.
If Elder Pennington wins, they have to listen to him share the
Savior's teachings. If they win, Elder Pennington has to drink
a beer - Elder Pennington has never lost!
Saying good-bye

Saying good-bye

Saying good-bye

Saying good-bye

Saying good-bye
Last photo together with the Hemet Zone

"Get Crazy Everyone" pic

Monday, August 7, 2017

WEEK 92: THE END (OF THE MISSION) IS NEAR

Mission Leadership Council - Aug 2017

The past few weeks have been super hectic.  We have had bust prep days as well, which has left no time for emailing.  I personally don't mind, but I know Lisa Pennington does.  So this is me repenting and trying to do a really good one haha :)


Elder Olsen and I have been seeing a ton of success with our lessons and contacts on the street. We have a ton of people with dates for baptism, a good amount that come to church, and some baptisms that should for sure being coming here soon.  The only problem is we are only finding 3 or 4 people a week, so that has been kind of frustrating for us but oh well life goes on!

Mission Leadership Council
Ricky Burton and Anabelle Matus got baptized back in June, and they are doing awesome! It is so cool to see and watch them crave the gospel! They are both awesome people and are great influences to me. They help me stay motivated so I can continue to find strong pioneers like them.  We spoke in church a couple of Sundays ago, and it was crazy...  I had to end my talk early because I was talking too much! Usually I have a tough time having enough material, but it has been cool to see how much more comfortable I have gotten behind the pulpit.


We only have this week left in the transfer, so this Saturday night we are getting our transfer calls to see where we are going to be going, but in this instance the next area I go will be my last, and I will only be there for 12 more weeks....it is crazy to think that I only have 3 more months left...it is slowly creeping up and it is scary.  This is the best thing ever and I really don't want to go, but I am also super excited to see what life has for me next. As I have been thinking a lot about what I need to do back home, I have seen my thought process change thanks to my mission.  The goals that I had for myself after I graduated college have either been thrown away or upgraded to better ones.  I have seen myself gain more discipline and a greater desire to emulate my Savior Jesus Christ with everything that I do.

Lunch at MLC
(Pizza, salad, and home made brownies)
I have been cleaning out and getting rid of a ton of things that I feel like I was given just yesterday by missionaries who have been home for over a year...it is weird to think that the next holidays will be ones spent with family and friends.  But as for now, my thoughts are still on the work and still on treating every single day like it is my last....well I figure I only have 12 more of these big emails so I will try to make them better and more spiritual.  Love you all, and thank you for your thoughts and prayers, it definitely makes a difference!

Love,

EP

Monday, July 31, 2017

WEEK 91: AN EMAIL FROM THE MISSION OFFICE

Once again, Elder Pennington was unable to send us a family email for his blog.

However, we did receive a nice surprise.  We received an email from the mission office requesting information they need to make his travel arrangements to fly home.

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4 August 2017

Jonathan and Lisa Pennington
1485 Siskin Drive
Cordova, TN 38016
USA

Dear Brother and Sister Pennington,

Elder Nathan Charles Pennington will be released on
07 Nov 2017 from his labors in the California Riverside Mission. You may find it difficult to believe that his release date is nearly here; yet I am sure you look forward to his return home.

Travel arrangements must be made well in advance.  In order to ensure that we have complete and accurate information for his return, please respond to this email with the requested information below as soon as possible.

1) Your residence address-including city, state and zip code (as of your missionary's release date)

2) Nearest airport (you would like your missionary to fly home to)

3) Your phone number(s)

4) E-mail address you would like flight information sent to.

5) Bishop's name, address and name of your Ward/Branch.

6) Stake President's name, address and name of the Stake.

Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,

Sister Thorne

California Riverside Mission

Monday, July 24, 2017

WEEK 90: A GRATIFYING YET EXHAUSTING WORK

Unfortunately, Elder Pennington did not have time to send a family letter for his blog again this week.  He briefly mentioned how hard he is working and how exhausted he is each night.

Since we were in Utah on vacation this week, we visited some colleges and discussed briefly with him some initial ideas about where he would consider attending college after his mission.

He said they have found a weight bench to use to be able to do some physical exercise when time allows which he says he really enjoys doing.

Finally, he continues to express how grateful he is for this opportunity he has to focus on serving the Lord and his fellow man.

Hopefully more news and pictures next week.

Monday, July 17, 2017

WEEK 89: ZONE MEETINGS & LUNCH

Elder Pennington's assignment as as Zone Leader has been a great lesson in leadership and building unity.  It has also kept him very busy because of the added responsibilities to care not only for himself and his area but also 10 other missionaries and their 5 areas.

We didn't receive a letter this week but below are a few pictures to enjoy.

Hemet Zone - zone unity in teal green ties and dresses
Candid shots of the zone
Seeing double
Eating Pupusas with the Ward Mission Leader
of our Young Single Adult Ward
On teaching exchanges with the Spanish missionaries in our zone