Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Elder Sorenson - January 15, 2018

Hi Everyone!

My first week in the new world and I have already lost over 5 pounds. I love it here, but it is freezing cold and the amount of taxis we have to take because of how big the sector is, is insane!

I know you all want to know what the members are like and how it is here. So I am in a branch with four other missionaries. So there are six missionaries assigned to the branch. The sector is huge and has a ton of hills. There is a myth here that it is impossible to find people to teach but it is not true. There are quite a few people that are willing to listen and are super sweet. Another thing about my new sector is that is really quiet and peaceful. In Guayaquil, there is always music in the streets but here it is like silent during the evenings.

My new companion is Elder Tomeolo. He is from Brazil, but lived in Mexico and the United States so he knows 3 languages. So right now, I am learning Portuguese and it is really fun, but hard because I am used to pronouncing words in Spanish. He is a really hard worker and really cares for and loves everyone. He is a great missionary and I’m excited to work with him.

Also, I think the Lord knows how organized I am and that I am a great help to move houses because we are moving again. Every sector I have been in we have moved at least once so it’s awesome getting a fresh start here in Loja.

The biggest miracle this week was out of the blue. We got out of the taxi and I saw a lady struggling with grocery bags going up the big hill. We felt inspired to help her and started walking with her bags. We started talking and right there, in the street, invited her to be baptized. She said she would love to! What a tender mercy from Him!

I love you and hope you have a great week!

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson

2 Nephi 4:35
“Ask for just things!”


Photos of Elder Sorenson's new sector in Loja, Ecuador

Photos of Elder Sorenson's new sector in Loja, Ecuador

Photos of Elder Sorenson's new sector in Loja, Ecuador

Photos of Elder Sorenson's new sector in Loja, Ecuador

Photos of Elder Sorenson's new sector in Loja, Ecuador

Photos of Elder Sorenson's new sector in Loja, Ecuador




Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Elder Sorenson - January 8, 2018


Hi Everyone,
 
“Oh Guayaquil, Oh Guayaquil, we bid thee farewell. We’re going to the mountains of Loja to dwell!”  I am still in Guayaquil, but I received transfers to Loja and so tonight I am going to be on an 8-hour bus ride traveling to my new sector! It is a lot different there and it is super cold and I might have to eat Guinea Pig, so I am excited to go on this new adventure.

My last week in Guayaquil was a great one and I am really learning a lot here as a missionary. I feel stronger than ever in the Gospel and have developed so many habits and talents that I didn’t know even existed before my mission. I love being a Disciple of Christ and being able to wear His name on my shirt every day. I have witnessed miracles, powerful spirit-filling-the-room experiences and the everlasting joy of the restored gospel. If you are hesitant on serving a mission and are reading this, DO IT! It is the best 2 years and will be the biggest accomplishment you have made in your entire life. DO IT NOW!

Earlier this week, I found out that our beloved prophet, Thomas S. Monson, had passed away. After discovering the news, it made me think of how much service he has given in the church over the past 50 years. I love him and will forever sustain him. His everlasting impact and example has changed my life, especially the last message he gave in April of 2017. Please read the Book of Mormon every day. Read it until you have a testimony of its truthfulness and when you receive that testimony, and I promise you that you will, you will never want to put that powerful book down. I have a firm testimony that the Book of Mormon is true and I will never deny it. This knowledge has changed my life and I know it will for you too.

Love Always,

Elder Sorenson

2 Nephi 32

 




This picture was FB messaged to Elder Sorenson's mother from a sweet Sister in Ecuador who said this about Elder Sorenson, "We are going to miss our dear Friend and Chef Elder Sorenson...LOL...He is a great missionary, very educated, very mature, and very noble. ..We love him very much!!! We hope that someday we will see him again!!"

This picture was FB messaged to Elder Sorenson's mother from a sweet Sister in Ecuador who said this about Elder Sorenson, "We are going to miss our dear Friend and Chef Elder Sorenson...LOL...He is a great missionary, very educated, very mature, and very noble. ..We love him very much!!! We hope that someday we will see him again!!"

This picture was FB messaged to Elder Sorenson's mother from a sweet Sister in Ecuador who said this about Elder Sorenson, "We are going to miss our dear Friend and Chef Elder Sorenson...LOL...He is a great missionary, very educated, very mature, and very noble. ..We love him very much!!! We hope that someday we will see him again!!"

This picture was FB messaged to Elder Sorenson's mother from a sweet Sister in Ecuador who said this about Elder Sorenson, "We are going to miss our dear Friend and Chef Elder Sorenson...LOL...He is a great missionary, very educated, very mature, and very noble. ..We love him very much!!! We hope that someday we will see him again!!"

Map of Elder Sorenson's new area, Argelia, Loja Ecuador! He will be arriving in Loja on 1/9/18.

Elder Sorenson's new area, Argelia, Loja's current weather - 22 degrees colder than where he has been for the past 15 months!

Elder Sorenson's previous area, Guayaguil's current weather - 22 degrees warmer than where he has been transferred to as of 1/9/18!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Elder Sorenson - January 2, 2018

Happy New Year! 

There are two ways to celebrate the New Year:
  1. the legal way OR
  2. the Ecuadorian way
Fireworks were going off and people were blowing stuff up all night long on New Years Eve in my neighborhood, but Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 is full of great times and amazing experiences. 

During church on Sunday, the speaker said something that I want to share with you. He was talking about New Year’s goals and said that, “We shouldn’t be making a goal to go to church every Sunday, we shouldn’t make a goal to pay tithing every month, and we should not make a goal to read the Book of Mormon every day. These things are not goals; they are commandments from God and we should always be doing them without relying on a new year motivation.” 

One of the best experiences I had this week was being able to go to a sealing in the temple. It was so powerful and spiritual in the sealing room. When the daughter was sealed to her parents, there were a lot of emotions that overcame everyone. It was an amazing experience! I know the things they do in the temple are real and are all true. The feelings that I get every time I go to the temple are so powerful and are feelings I can’t describe.

Another great thing that happened was also during church yesterday. We were sitting in Sacrament meeting and an unfamiliar face showed up, so after the meeting was over we talked to him and he shared his life story with us. He had stopped doing drugs for over a year now and he asked us, “how the baptism thing works.” Unfortunately, he doesn’t live in our ward, but he is being prepared for baptism in a few weeks by a different pair of Missionaries! 

The work here is honestly great and is really easy to talk to people about God, because everyone has faith and they know that there is something better - the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

I love you! Happy New Year! 

Elder Sorenson

*Make meaningful goals and actually fulfill them! 

D&C 82:10

Elder Sorenson is pictured here with a family who was sealed in the temple.  

This is a video of Elder Sorenson singing a solo during the song, Mary Did You Know?
*This video, and the longer video below is posted on Elder Sorenson's FB page* 
These pictures were sent to Kim, Elder Sorenson's mom, from a sweet Ecuadorian sister.  This was the Christmas Devotional choir that Elder Sorenson and his companion were asked by the Mission President to put together and conduct.
This is a video of Elder Sorenson signing with the choir he and his companion put together for the Christmas Devotional. *This video, and the video of Kyle's solo above, is posted on Elder Sorenson's FB page*

These pictures were sent to Kim, Elder Sorenson's mom, from a sweet Ecuadorian sister.  This was the Christmas Devotional choir that Elder Sorenson and his companion were asked by the Mission President to put together and conduct.



Friday, December 29, 2017

Skyping Elder Sorenson - December 25, 2017


CHRISTMAS 2017


Nevada Skype - Christmas Eve 

Elder Sorenson Skyped his dad, stepmom, and brother on Christmas Eve, 12/24/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his dad, stepmom, and brother on Christmas Eve, 12/24/17!!  
Elder Sorenson Skyped his dad, stepmom, and brother on Christmas Eve, 12/24/17!! 


California Skype - Christmas Day


Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!


Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!



Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!

Elder Sorenson Skyped his mom, sisters, his dog Shadow, and several of his Fuller Family members on Christmas Day, 12/25/17!!


  Elder Sorenson, his mom, and sisters had time to talk to and laugh with each other during his Skype call on Christmas Day!

Elder Sorenson, his mom, and sisters had time to talk to and laugh with each other during his Skype call on Christmas Day!

  Elder Sorenson, his mom, and sisters had time to talk to and laugh with each other during his Skype call on Christmas Day!

  Elder Sorenson, his mom, and sisters had time to talk to and laugh with each other during his Skype call on Christmas Day!

 Elder Sorenson, his mom, and sisters had time to talk to and laugh with each other during his Skype call on Christmas Day!








Elder Sorenson - December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

Espero que este dia esta lleno de alegria y memorias spectaculares! 

Honestly, I still do not believe it is Christmas because 1. It is 95° here, and 2. There aren’t any Christmas lights. So I feel like it is just in the middle of June right now. Ha ha! But I know and feel all of the love that you have this Christmas season!

It was quite an up-and-down week this past week because all of the non-missionary stuff we had to do. We had another Christmas devotional and my companion and I had to mop, clean, and set everything up. It was quite a stressful day and it didn’t turn out how I would’ve liked, but I know the Christmas spirit was there and it made a lot of people feel the true meaning of Christmas!

I know that Christ lives and I know that the true meaning of Christmas is to help other people. I have been given a great opportunity to do that 24/7 here in Ecuador. I love the work and there is honestly nothing better. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I am also very grateful for all of your support and prayers. I feel them every day as I walk the streets of Ecuador. You don’t need to worry about me here because I truly am in good hands.

To close my letter this week, I want to end with one of my favorite verses of Christmas. “Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in thy tender care, and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.”

Merry Christmas from Ecuador!

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson

Luke 2:49
Don’t worry about me!






Thursday, December 21, 2017

Elder Sorenson - December 18, 2017

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas season is here, but it does not feel like we will celebrate the birth of Christ in a week! I guess part of the reason is that I am not huddled next to a fire like usual because in Ecuador, this time is the hottest time of the year. To really picture Ecuador at Christmas is not hard. They aren't really festive and don't really have lights, but the majority of people have a little tree in their family room. They care more about blowing things up than anything else.

I have really gotten caught up in the work because I didn't realize it was Christmas time until recently. But that is okay because I need to forget myself and go to work, right? We had a baptism of a little girl named Valentina and she reminded me of my little cousins (just speaking Spanish). Haha! It was honestly super spiritual and she asked me to confirm her as a member of the Church which was such a privilege to do! Another soul saved that can enter God's Kingdom!

Honestly, the best part of the week was the Christmas Devotional that our mission put together for a few stakes last night.  My companion and I are both into music and know how powerful it is and so we started planning the devotional in October. But everything in South America is last-minute so we didn't start rehearsing until last Thursday. Haha! We got it done and it was successful. There were about 300 people who showed up to the devotional. The music was so powerful to me. Once I get my hands on the video, I will send it to all of you!

I hope you all have a wonderful and memorable Christmas! This is the "most wonderful time of the year" if you remember it for the right reasons. It is to remember the Lord's birth and to give service to others.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from me to you here in Guayaquil, Ecuador! I love you all.

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson

Luke 2



Elder Sorenson and his companion "Lighting the World" with a little bit of paint!

"The good looking (and single) Christmas choir" reports Elder Sorenson

"The good looking (and single) Christmas choir" reports Elder Sorenson

"The good looking (and single) Christmas choir" reports Elder Sorenson
Baptism of Valentina - a little girl who reminds Elder Sorenson of his little cousins!  Elder Sorenson confirmed Valentina  as a member of Church.







Elder Sorenson's covert from his first sector!