Monday, December 26, 2016


Reppin' the 901 - nice Christmas gift
This Christmas was white… there was snow! On the mountains of Big Bear, Anza, and Idyllwild!!!

In Menifee though it was white with two Baptisms!!!  Trent is a 16 year old that was able to be baptized, and Travis is a 15 year old that got baptized on Christmas Eve!!! 
Trent's baptism

Trent's family at his baptism

Elder Pennington did the baptizing

Travis' baptism

Travis' family at his baptism
They were both amazing services, and it was awesome!

Oh yeah I got to skype the fam so that was kosher.
Skype with the family
Then we got to go caroling to members in the area with half the zone, and we were able to go to a woman in the hospital and carol to her!  It was awesome to spend our Christmas day going and visiting others!
Christmas gifts from the ward - they love their Elders.
This week was awesome, and it is super weird to think that next email will be in 2017!!!!! So I have decided I'm not gonna email anyone until next year ;)
This ward member made Elder Pennington his very own
leather scripture case with his initials branded on it.
A great mission keepsake
Love you all hope you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, ya filthy animals!
Last Christmas on the Mission


Christmas box from Mom - she's very creative!
Mom sent him these ornaments to give out to
his investigators, members or other missionaries.

Monday, December 19, 2016


Our Ward Mission Leader (WML)

So I know the mainstream thing to do for weekly emails is to tell you about what happened last week, but I am very excited for this week so I'll let everyone know about that first.  We are having half of the mission get together this Wednesday for a Christmas devotional and slideshow of the past year.  That is going to be a ton of fun.

WML - "thug life"
Also we have four baptisms on Friday.  Two at 10am and two at 4pm.  Hopefully everything goes well with those so keep those people in your prayers. Then we get to have a zone activity on Christmas Eve, and then Christmas!  So it will be an awesome week, but also this past week was pretty good.

Elder Kligge - go greenie!

We went on exchanges with Elders Langley and Kligge.  Kligge has been out a whopping week and a half so I made him breakfast on exchanges haha.

Everything is going well, the area is doing good, and I am super excited for the rest of this week.  Hope everything is awesome back home and hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! 



Krispy Kreme 

Krispy Kreme - sugar rush
The Chinese-speaking Elders

Elder Pennington has always loved the Asian culture

Hanging with the Chinese Elders
Elder Pennington can get anyone to do anything!!

Monday, December 12, 2016


The Elders with Santa at the Ward Christmas Party
We didn't receive a letter from Elder Pennington, but we did receive quite a few pictures that do tell a story for the week.  The ward had their Christmas Party which was a lot of fun. 
One of their investogators

Their investigator and his father

Clowning at the Christmas Party

Hope we aren't having too much fun

All aboard!  Choo! Choo!

I hope she gave Elder Pennington a run for his money.

Apparently, he and his companion went to someone's house who was a cowboy and they let them hang out with the horses and ride the tractors.  These pictures will be used later for their Christmas card they sent to us.

Enjoy the pictures!

Look Ma!  I'm a cowboy

Driving tractors

A side view of Mater... like ta-mater, without the "ta"

And a few pictures of our Chevy Malibu:

Monday, December 5, 2016


Elder Pennington is loving his mission in Riverside, California.
Pennington and Dunn - two ZL's just chillin'
Transfer calls were this past Saturday, and Elder Dunn and I escaped from being transferred so we will both be here for at least six more weeks!  We are happy we get to stay another, but sad that they are breaking the four man up :(  They are moving Elder Langley and his new companion to a different apartment complex :( :(  Sad day, but it is okay now I get my own bathroom...darn.

One of their investigators gave them a Christmas tree
Anyways, the work is going great.  We are working with four families right now, and it is awesome being able to meet with them.  I am super excited for this Christmas season, and the next six weeks to continue to work with Elder Dunn and our investigators.  If you haven't already, go to YouTube #lighttheworld or go to:

                                       Light the World

and watch some super awesome videos about serving like Christ served.  Love ya’ll.

Have a great week!


Elder Pennington made a filipino lunch

One of Elder Pennington's favorite things to do on his
mission is to provide service to the community

MLC day of service

Great job cleaning up Elders & Sisters

And yet another selfie

Monday, November 28, 2016


Last Thanksgiving in the Mission Field.
This week was really good.  It was crazy to think that this was my last Thanksgiving in California :/  We had the turkey bowl that morning so we played football with a couple of wards, and it was a ton of fun! We had dinner at the Martindale’s house, and it was sooo good!  Afterwards we played pool, corn hole, and just hung out. That night we played glow in the dark trashball which was a ton of fun!!!!

Young men who go live with the missionaries for a couple
of weeks to get a taste of mission life are called mini
missionaries.  Here is Geronimo, but he is anything but MINI.
It has been a really good week.  We also had a member from Lake Elsinore spend the week with us because he wanted to see what the mission life was like, so that was pretty fun!  We had Crossfit today and got to play basketball so that was a ton of fun.  Other than that things are going well. The people we are teaching are doing great.  We had 5 at church so that was awesome.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Love you all!!!


The Soto Family is awesome!

The whole Nielson Family - also awesome!

Rainy days means trachting

Good-bye Elder Sy

Monday, November 21, 2016


Elder Pennington's first MLC as a Zone Leader
This week was a super slow week for Elder Dunn and I.  Weeks like this make me grateful for really good weeks haha!!  So I appreciated being humbled, but I’m not looking forward to having another week like that for a while.

Elder Langley was in the Missionary Training Center with
Elder Pennington.  Now they are sharing an apartment
and here they went on exchanges and worked together.
Some highlights of this week – I was able to go on exchanges with Elder Langley, who came out with me. We are living together in a four man right now which is super awesome!  We did a ton of biking and I would be lying if I said I didn’t miss it just a lil bit.  But something super sad happened – my Ray bans cracked :( Super sad day for me but that's okay life goes on...

Crazy Elders at the MLC.
I'm super excited for this week.  We have a ton of stuff planned, and we are going to be doing a ton of service so I am super excited about that!  I hope everyone has an awesome thanksgiving! 



Loving the "coats inside out" look

Muddin' in the Malibu

Made a grocery trip to Aldi's and they
don't have grocery bags - no problem for
Elder Pennington
Elder Pennington with Elder ??