Monday, September 25, 2017

WEEK 99: RETURN TO HEMET FOR A BAPTISM

Wow I can't believe that I am in my last transfer. Things kind of feel surreal. It hasn't really hit me yet, but in my mind I am just thinking like this is all you have left. One more transfer to shine.....That is exactly what I am going to do!!
 
Bro. Murphy's Baptismal Service

So I had the opportunity to go back to my old area in Hemet for Brother Murphy's baptism! This guy is a stud, I found him while on splits with our Ward Mission Leader. We felt prompted to visit a family in the ward, so we went to our apartment complex and I was like hmm the open parking is kind of far away and there is usually never open spots...lets just go see if there is an open one anyway so we went and parked to go visit the family because miraculously
Bro. Murphy's baptismal service
there was an open spot, and then after some knocks and some rings there was no answer. I was like man what the heck Spirit why did you tell me to come here....As we were walking back to the car a gentleman greeted me before I said hello and that never happens, especially in California. We talked to him and he said that his wife had passed away because of a drunk driver a couple of months before our encounter and we told him that our message helps answer the questions of where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going after this life! It was pretty sweet, we invited him to church and he came and we taught him and then I got transferred :/ They lost contact for a little bit, but then got the ball rolling and he was able to be baptized a month and a half later. It was an awesome experience to be a part of, and to see the change that he was willing to make in order to live in harmony with God's commandments.

Elder Pennington (Grandpa), Elder Avei (Son), Elder Simpson (Grandson)
Pennington trained Avei who in turn trained Simpson
Other than that this week has been good, we got calls and Elder Rose and I are staying together for another round in good ole Perris, CA. I love my Savior Jesus Christ and his gospel. I am so grateful for the opportunity we have to exercise his Doctrine and apply the Atonement of our Savior to our lives. It was really cool, I am trying to read through the Bible again before I go home, and I was reading in Leviticus and it was talking about how the people had to go to the temple before the priests (Aaron and his sons) and make an atonement (or sacrifice) to be able to be forgiven. They went through the repentance process, and it was cool how they were receiving forgiveness by offering their own atonement.

Christ's Atonement in Gethsemane
I am grateful for a Savior that was chosen before this life to come down here for us all and save us from our sins, sadness and infirmities. Because he went through this significant event, He knows how to perfectly succor us in our times of need. I hope these next six weeks go by slow so I can live through every single minute of it, but I hope you all continue to keep me in your prayers as I journey to help the city of Perris become translate because of our righteousness ;)

Love,

Elder Pennington

Monday, September 18, 2017

WEEK 98: A COUCH IN THE DESERT

Reading the scriptures on a couch in the desert
Once again, no letter was received from Elder Pennington.  He was able to send in a few random pictures that tell their own story.  If you know Elder Pennington, he can turn anything into something fun.

ENJOY!



Missionary exchanges with Elder Maughn
Time to relax and chill...

Time for a little talk...

Catching some air!
Dinner with the Wilson's

Monday, September 11, 2017

WEEK 97: TEMPLE TRIP



Elder Pennington attended the Redlands California Temple with other missionaries from his zone this week.





Taking a break from the rigors of missionary work and attending the temple is a great way to re-focus and gain spiritual strength.

Below are some pictures he took.  Enjoy!

The Zone at the Redlands Temple

Posing for a pic at the temple

Playful pic at the temple
Zone Selfie

Monday, September 4, 2017

WEEK 96: RE-VAMPING THE TEACHING POOL

Elders Avei, Pennington, and Simpson
The past couple of Mondays have been pretty hectic with us running around and being busy.  Upon arrival to this area, there were people that had been taught for forever and nothing was really happening.  Elder Rose and I have since re-established the teaching pool of people that have been investigators and now we are working with about 10 people and 6 of them have baptismal dates!!  It is pretty sweet to see the blessings that can come from having faith stop and listen, and as we have been obedient and praying for success we have been able to see the fruit of our labors!

This ward is huge!!!!!  There are so many places to walk and so many people to talk to.  I think I have given the Spanish Sisters and Elders the most referrals because that is literally all that is here.  You speak Spanish like every other house it is crazy!  Elder Rose and I were talking and we felt like it would be cool for our ward to fast for missionary work.  This past Sunday we were able to do that, and then break the fast with a ward dinner.  This ward is super excited for missionary work and are willing to help.  They just haven't been really sure on what to do.  From the East side of my area to the West is about a 45 min drive, so we have to plan accordingly so that way we are more efficient.  I feel like I am on bike again, but it is okay to make mistakes because I have a car!!!!

We were able to have some cool service opportunities this past week.  It is very rare of people to accept help from Mormon missionaries, but when they do it is pretty awesome to be able to serve!  It really makes me grateful for the opportunities people accept my help because it is crazy how people think my sole purpose is to try convert them.  As I continue to try and develop Christ like attributes, and as I am continuing to learn more about my Savior, I can say without a shadow of doubt that I can add my testimony to the testimony of Job when he says that he knows that his Redeemer liveth. (Job 19:25) Stay tuned till next time for more miracles to come :)

Love,

EP

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