Sunday, June 17, 2018

Elder Sorenson - June 11, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Today I want to talk with you about the importance of planning in life and in all things. In my mission my President always remind us about the importance and the necessity of planning out everything so that we are better organized and better off in life. As a missionary, I plan every single day with each hour of the day being occupied with teaching, finding, or helping. Always, always, always we set goals for the day and also weekly. Now, at first, the planning was a little extreme for me and I always thought to myself, “Is this really necessary? Or can I just go with the flow and let the wind carry me?” I soon realized that no. I need to plan so that I find more success during my day and throughout my life, always striving to achieve the eternal goals.

The other vital thing that I have learned on my mission is that plans and goals don’t always come through and most of the time I fall short but I’d rather find myself running unexpected errands for President, helping a companionship solve problems, or helping a member in need. I want to testify to you today about those unexpected incidents. Yes, they are unexpected and yes, some of the time unwanted, but those moments are what really shows your capability, character, and will power. We, as a busy, working society, have to learn how to recognize the good and how to enjoy the unexpected delays of the day. We have to learn how to do it with a smile and with a happy heart or the “good” we do goes undone. If we keep away our hearts, we are not demonstrating charity, the pure love of Christ. Learning to fulfill goals and adjust or modify the day, in order to help someone in need, will really help us become happier, less stressed, and more like Christ.

I invite all to make effective plans for the day and strive to accomplish your goals, but never forget to look for the opportunity to serve. Always remember these two things -
  1.  NO AMOUNT of unexpected change can change your path to eternal life, only your choices and exercising your agency. 
  2. You CAN NOT control what happens to you, but you CAN control your reaction to it!
Elder Sorenson
Moroni 7:6-13
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
D&C 18:19


Saturday, June 16, 2018

Elder Sorenson - June 4, 2018

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I hope all graduations, mission call openings, and homecomings went great.

I was organizing my suitcase and I came across my mission call. It has been two years, May 31, 2016, since I received my call and now here we are in the final quarter of my mission. I know I am not even close to being home, but my letter is for all the future Missionaries.

I just want to testify to you from the bottom of my heart that this work is true and that it is the best two years you’ll ever experience. I love the mission and I love being in a Third World country. Now, I am not going to lie, it is not easy. It never was easy. That just shows me and you the truthfulness and power of the gospel when someone truly accepts this gospel.

For all of you that are about to go or have received mission calls, PLEASE PREPARE. Please read the Book of Mormon every day and read the Preach My Gospel manual. If you have a strong testimony already, make it stronger by going on visits with the missionaries.

I know that the work is not temporal, it is about helping people receive ordinances that permits them to enter into God’s kingdom.

Be safe this summer and have fun, but always remember what your responsibilities are in whatever place in life you may be right now. Be obedient to the Lord’s commandments. Be grateful for your trials. Be loving to your family before you leave on your mission because they are the ones who will write you these two years.

If you have any questions or concerns about what missionary life is like, I will try my best to answer them and help you!

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson

Matthew 28:19- 20

Monday, May 28, 2018

Elder Sorenson - May 28, 2018

Hi everyone!

Today I would like to talk about diligence in the Lord’s work. Here in Ecuador, specifically in Loja, it is a little hard finding new people to teach and getting them to church. Contacting doors doesn’t work much because nobody wants to answer. The reason I say this is because I want to tell you that the work is not easy, never was and never will be. I get rejected and yelled at but, it doesn’t ever change the testimony I have of this church. I know it’s true and that is why I am trying to give it my all every single day.

Diligence is defined as, “A constant and valiant effort, particularly in the service of the Lord, and in the obedience to his word.” The word that sticks out to me the most is CONSTANT. Diligence is not a one time thing and it is not at the specific hour of the day. It is constant. Constantly finding and constantly inviting His children to make covenants. I have to admit and say I am not always finding because nobody is perfect but even if people reject me, I try my best to not let it affect my diligent consistency.

Everyone should and does have a responsibility in the church, the fact of the matter is if we are being diligent in our own calling. An apostle was once asked what the most important calling in the church was. He responded with, “your calling.” So I know that whatever calling you have, you were called from the Lord and He loves you so much for all of the effort and time you put into your church duties. Please remember that even when times are tough and it might not seem like there’s enough time to visit anyone due to your busy schedule, remember that the Lord called you and He supports you and comforts you when you need extra energy. I promise that the blessings of serving other people and magnifying your callings are much greater than extra sleep, an extra movie, or an extra post on Facebook. 

I love you!

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson

Jacob 1:19
D&C 107:99-100

Monday, May 21, 2018

Elder Sorenson - May 21, 2018

Hi Everyone!

I had a crazy week with a lot of good byes and hellos. I have a new companion; his name is Elder Dorivs. He is from St. George, Utah. He is my first companion from Utah, can you believe that? Haha! But we had a great week with a lot of finding new people and being able to teach! I am excited to see how much success we will have here these next few weeks. I am still in Loja, so by the time this transfer ends, I will have been here for 6 months. I have learned so much in this city. The biggest thing I have learned is this Branch is the power and importance of PATIENCE with everything. Every single person has imperfections, but the trick is that you have to learn to love the imperfections of other people. Without that, there would never be any happiness and be a ton of contention between people.

I know that the head of the church is God the Father and Christ His Son. I also know that They run this Church by inspiring their leaders. I know that the leaders are not perfect but they have been called of God to serve.  I know that His Church is perfect and that I need to always magnify my callings in the Church to be able to help other people at all times. (Jacob 1:19) I will forever be loyal to my callings and try my best to serve and support my leaders for the rest of my life. There is honestly nothing better for me than serving the Lord every day and being 100% diligent in His work.

I know, without a doubt, that this church is true. I invite all of you to be more diligent in your callings and always remember who really called you to serve. I also invite you to see the good in each leader and I promise you will always be happier and be even more in tune with the Spirit. I love all you and hope that you have a great and amazing summer. Enjoy it because time goes by way too fast!  Be safe and eat an extra Otter Pop for me!

Elder Sorenson

That He May Become Strong Also
Henry B. Erying – Priesthood Session, October 2016



Monday, May 14, 2018

Elder Sorenson - May 14, 2018

Elder Sorenson did not have time to write a letter today, but did ask that these pictures be posted on his blog! He continues to positively impact peoples' lives in Ecuador. :-)

Happy 20th Birthday to Elder Sorenson!

Happy Mother's Day - phone call home!

Happy Mother's Day - phone call home!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Elder Sorenson - May 7, 2018

Hi everyone!

This week went by so fast and I can’t believe I’m turning 20 in two days. I had a lot of fun with my companion this week and was able to really think about how great my mission has been. My companion is ending his mission in a week and, as his companion, it is inevitable not to think about all I have learned in these last 19 months. I have grown so much and I have dedicated myself to God. With that being said, I want to bear my testimony about this work in the church.

I love this gospel and I know, without a doubt, that is true. At times, I get sad that people don’t except the message we bring or don’t ever attend church, but every time that happens I remember and ponder in the Atonement of Christ. There is not a single human that understands the atonement 100%, but I know it is true and that it allows me to repent. He is my Savior and redeemer. I love Him and I will forever be in debt with Him. I know that Russell M Nelson is the prophet of God and he helps us build our testimony and he helps us recognize the presence of the Lord in our lives.

I know, with all the certainty of my heart, the Joseph Smith restored the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know he was called of God and I know he was a prophet in these latter days. I know through the power of God, he translated the Book of Mormon. I have a profound love for this book and the knowledge it has given me. I have no doubt that it comes from God and I know that from reading it. I didn’t ask a friend or look it up on the internet, but I actually read it. I receive such an amazing feeling of peace and happiness every time I read it. It radiates in my soul during the day and I honestly can’t express to you how much I love this book. I know that missionary work is true! Christ will come again, but we need to be prepared. I promise that if you pray read and go to church, you will have the spiritual strength to do anything.

I love you. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love Always,

Elder Sorenson

1 Corinthians 10:13 Matthew 7: 24-27