Monday, July 3, 2017

WEEK 87: I LOVE AMERICA

On the way back from Idyllwild

This week was good.  It was cool to be able to practice teaching with Elder Olsen, and being able to learn different things from him.  He was in the Riverside Deaf branch before so it has been cool learning how to sign a little bit :)


President and Sister Mullen left Friday around 3:00 pm, so that has been kind of weird.  It is kosher though, I am excited to see the Hammon's tomorrow at our meeting.

Not really a whole lot to report on, just the same ole same ole, teaching repentance!

I AM SUPER EXCITED FOR TOMORROW BECAUSE I LOVE AMERICA.

ASL Missionaries

Saying good-bye to the senior couple, the Just's.

Elder Pennington finally got his hands on a CALI license plate.

First MLC meeting

Monday, June 26, 2017

WEEK 86: FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD


Skye and Stefanie come for a visit and
take Elder Pennington out for lunch.
Elder Luthy has been transferred haha.  He only stayed one  month with me, and now he is going back to Riverside.  My new companion is Elder Olsen, and he has been out the same amount of time as me.  He has been in the ASL Branch a good chunk of his mission.  I am excited to be able to work with him.  I am super grateful for the opportunity I had to be able to learn from him!

I really have learned to love the scriptures more, and he was able to help push me a long.  As I have been reading through the Bible again, I am in Galatians and it is super cool how you learn about bearing one another’s burdens and how you reap what you sow.  Being a follower takes a lot of action.  James tells us to be doers not hearers and how Faith without works is dead being alone.  It is a process and you have to act on your faith.

I talked to a guy that said if my message is so good why do I have to be peddling my faith around.  Jesus Christ sent his apostles out at the end of the gospel of Matthew specifically, to teach all nations.  Jesus Christ walked and shared his faith.  He did not just sit his entire ministry.  He was out working and being an example.  I have a strong faith in Jesus Christ, and that we need to practice what we teach and lead by example and those works will help you increase your faith.


EP

Skye comes for a visit

Skye, one of Elder Pennington's converts

Just call me Elder "Joe Cool" Pennington

Raise your hand if you're sure!

Monday, June 19, 2017

WEEK 85: LAST MULTIZONE WITH THE MULLEN'S

Elder Pennington with Pres. & Sis. Mullen

Elder Pennington had his last Multi-zone Conference with Pres. & Sis. Mullen.

His mission president finishes his mission which was for 3 years and is heading home at the end of June.

No group letter from Elder Pennington this week, but we do have pictures to share. 

Enjoy!


Hugging his mission president

A good handshake

A member of the mission presidency
Zone Conference Picture

Relaxing on P-Day

Nothing like a relaxing hammock
The zone on P-Day

Scenic View

Enjoying the great outdoors

Hangin' loose in CALI

I'm on top of the world!

Welcome to Paradise

Things are heating up here in CALI


Monday, June 12, 2017

WEEK 84: FAITH TO ENDURE



Ricky Lee's baptism
This past week we were able to see Ricky Lee enter worthily into the Waters of Baptism.  It was a super spiritual program and I feel so blessed that I was a part of it.  I have been in this area for 9 weeks today and all of the lessons that we have had and everything he has learned has gone by super fast. Ricky has gone through so much but because of his strong Faith in the Lord, he was able to endure to Baptism even through all of the hard trials he faced trying to get here.  Ricky reminds me of Moroni, and if everyone were like Ricky then...Alma 48:17.  He has strong faith and has done a complete 180 in the lifestyle he was living and the one he is living now.

Ricky Lee was baptized by Sosaia - his Polynesian fellowshipper

I have a strong testimony that God puts us in the path of those that he wants to help us.  I truly believe I was meant to be an instrument to teach Ricky, because I was able to increase my faith as I saw the changes he has gone through.  After the Baptism I gave him a big hug, and he looked at me and said, "You carried me to this point. You played a huge role in getting me here."

I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the love that the Father has for us.

Love,
EP




Monday, June 5, 2017

WEEK 83: MORE BAPTISMS AND BIRTHDAYS




Anabelle's baptism
This past week I had the wonderful opportunity to enter into the waters of Baptism with Anabelle Matus.  It was awesome to be able to see her testimony grow over the past 6 weeks since I have been here. It is awesome to be able to see someone grow closer to Christ.
 
Anabelle's baptism
Next week is Ricky Burton’s Baptism and I am super excited for that! We have interviews this next week and it is super sad that President Mullen only has a few weeks left as a mission President :(

Love,

EP

Elder Pennington's planner cover

Back side of the planner cover
Elder Avei's Birthday



Our WML in the YSA Ward
Christian and Mikell's baptism

MLC

Who here has the greatest faith?  Is that Elder Pennington's hand?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

WEEK 82: I LOVE MY COMPANIONS


Kera's baptism

This past week we had a baptism for Kera!  She is awesome, and really loves the gospel.  It was an amazing opportunity to see her enter into the waters of Baptism.





Elder Luthy fixing an investigator's back
This was my first week with my new companion Elder Luthy, and he is a stud!  Looking back, I have been extremely lucky with my companions that I have had throughout my mission.



I have a Baptism for two twins in my last area, and a Baptism this Sunday for a girl we have been teaching in our YSA ward!  Super excited for these people! I am short on time so bye!

Love,

EP
Goodbye Elder Moyers

A district in the zone I visited
Elder Glathar came to visit and brought me a tie

My lunch dedicated to Memphis!

Monday, May 22, 2017

WEEK 81: SERVICE, BAPTISM AND A BIRTHDAY

We did not receive an email from Elder Pennington this week, but he did manage to send a few pictures.

Enjoy!

Ryan's baptism in Menifee

A Day of Service

Elder Frisby's birthday

One of our investigators

This street was named after me!