Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Elder Sorenson - July 16, 2018

Elder Sorenson did not have time to write a letter today; however, he e-mailed us several pictures!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Elder Sorenson - July 9, 2018

Hi Everyone!

I have been in this new sector for two weeks now and let me just tell you that the people who live by the coast here are so much more open to learning about the gospel than where I was before. I love it here, but I did forget how hot it gets here. I am always sweating and my face is ALWAYS RED!

An experience that happened this past week to my companion and I was that during my first few days here, we contacted a lady and asked if we could teach her. She accepted and we talked to her about the Restoration of the Gospel. We left her with a Book of Mormon and the invitation to pray about what we taught. She then had to leave town for her work for 2 weeks, which now brings us to the present time. Yesterday, we left our phone in the house on accident and when we came back to pick it up, we had 7 missed calls from a random number. We called the number back to discover that it was the lady whom we had taught weeks earlier! We asked her if we could come to her house and see how she was doing. She agreed. When we entered her house, we asked her questions about how’s she been, what’s she been up to, etc. We also asked her how she felt about the earlier lesson and she said that she prayed and had received an answer. My companion and I were in complete shock. She then looked at us and said, “I know this church is true, with all my heart.” My companion and I wanted to leap for joy! We were so happy for her and that she received an answer from our Heavenly Father.

The reason I shared this story today is because I want to share with you the power of prayer. Prayer is something that has helped me throughout my life, but especially during the mission. We are able to pray for anything and God has promised us that He will answer us in HIS TIME and in HIS WAY. I know it to be true that we can pray and we will receive answers. Even when we are sad and depressed, God will comfort us and help us get through our trials.
I invite everyone to pray and ask God, the Eternal Father, for help with anything and, if it is just, He will answer you!

I love you and want to bear my testimony that this church is true and that Jesus Christ lives! He loves us and our Heavenly Father is waiting for us to get down on our knees and pray to Him.

I miss you and I’ll see you soon!

Love Always,

Elder Sorenson

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Elder Sorenson - July 2, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Well, I am now in a new sector and a new city where EVERYTHING is the complete opposite as to what it was before. I am in a city named Arenillas. It is actually really close to Machala (where I was a year ago). It is nice and hot outside, mosquitoes EVERYWHERE, and chickens crow every single hour of the night. So if anyone could give me advice of how to sleep through cock-a-doodle-dos, it would be very much appreciated. I forgot how open the people who live on the coast are here! They are a lot more willing to listen and hear what we have to say.

My new companion is from Bolivia and is named Elder Olgvin. He is super cool, super nice, and is a very hard worker. I’m very excited to work in this new sector because there’s so much potential here!

As most of you know, I am ending my mission pretty soon (9/19/18). I still don’t know how I feel about going home because serving a mission has been the greatest decision I’ve made in my life. I’m saying this because when I received my new sector, I was also assigned to be the District Leader. To be honest, at first, it made me sad and I didn’t want to stop serving as a Zone Leader. I know I’m ending my mission and that is why I stopped serving as a Zone Leader, but it still hurt. The more I thought about it, the more I had to remember this quote from Dallin H. Oaks, “We do not ‘step down’ when we are released and we do not ‘step up’ when we are called. There is no ‘up or down’ in the service of the Lord. There is only ‘forward or backward’ and the difference depends on how we accept and act upon our releases or callings.”

I absolutely love this quote because it has helped me during the mission and I know that after I get home, it will help me even more. The Lord knows why I am here and what I need to do in these last few months on the mission. I just need to be willing to accept His will and obey His commandments.

I love you all and will see you soon! Enjoy America’s birthday for me because I sure do miss it. Light an extra firework for me and remember that I will see you soon and will be home for the next one!!

Love Always,

Elder Sorenson
Jacob 1:19

Friday, June 29, 2018

Elder Sorenson - June 25, 2018

Elder Sorenson did not have time to write us a letter today; however, he sent us a few fun photos to enjoy!

Elder Sorenson - June 18, 2018

Hi Everyone!

Once again, I witnessed a huge miracle in the mission this week. But to begin, we had a Zone Conference and we learned quite a bit of stuff. One thing we learned was the power and importance of the Book of Mormon. The other vital thing to have a powerful testimony of is the First Vision of Joseph Smith. I realized that I need to be converted 100% in this Gospel in order to be able to help others realize the blessings this Church can bring. And I promise, I am in 100%!!

The miracle I had this week was our eternal investigator, Efan Lopez, got baptized! He has had an addiction to tobacco for over 50 years and had been struggling to overcome his addiction. This last week, after working with him for the last 6 months, he finally gave it up and was baptized. I can't explain to you enough how much I love that man. He has a powerful testimony and has such a sweet heart. I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father and the Plan He has for each of us. I know everything goes according to His time and will.

I have been learning a lot about patience and love in this Branch. After being in it for 6 months, I have seen some good things and I have also seen some bad. With the natural man in me, it is so hard to not get mad or lose my patience and unfortunately, I have done that occasionally. But what matters most is that THIS IS CHRIST'S CHURCH. He runs it and I know 100% that it is His. I also know that the church is run by imperfect people but I, as a representative of Jesus Christ, have to support my leaders and always do what's right.

I love this work and it honestly tears me apart that I only have 3 months left. But I know that even after my two years of wearing a plaque, I will never stop serving or being a missionary of the Lord.

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson