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!

Love,
Elder Sorenson

That He May Become Strong Also
Henry B. Erying – Priesthood Session, October 2016
https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/10/that-he-may-become-strong-also?lang=eng


 

 

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









Monday, April 30, 2018

Elder Sorenson - April 30, 2018

Good Afternoon Everyone!

I am writing once again because another P-Day is already here. This week we had so many things to do and it was quite crazy. On Saturday, we had a wonderful day, super busy, and exhausting, but it was worth it in the end! For a ward activity, we too a trip to Ibiza (fictitious island) and it was super fun! They asked me to be the pilot because I am the tallest one here and I am white. Haha!  It was so great seeing everyone having a good time and enjoying themselves as a religious family. Right before the activity, our awesome investigator, Dominique, got baptized!

During the activity, I started to think and I realized, or remembered, something so vital in the conversion process. Obviously, one needs to come to know the Gospel and that the Book of Mormon is true. But the other essential part that is truly necessary is the SOCIAL PART. I went from an amazing baptism service, where someone was making a sacred ordinance, to an activity where the same person was laughing and having an amazing time! It is so important for people from outside our religion, to really see that we are pretty normal. Amongst ourselves, we are the most normal people and we seem to forget what we really appear to people outside our religion. Activities with other members and non-members gives us time together to laugh, enjoy one another's company and create memories that don't just include people in a white shirt and tie, saying that our faith is like a mustard seed 24/7.

Obviously, there is a missionary thought to all of this as well! BRING YOUR FRIENDS TO THE ACTIVITIES!  Show/introduce them to the missionaries and let your non-member or less-active friends experience or re-experience the abundance of joy this church can bring and the blessings they will receive, both temporal and spiritual.

I love this church and the love and energy it has. I love the people and I am so grateful for the happiness it has given me throughout my life.  I might not of realized it before my mission, but the blessings have been there all of my life and I am finally spiritually mature enough to recognize them and I will be forever grateful.

Love Always,

Elder Sorenson


















Monday, April 23, 2018

Elder Sorenson - April 23, 2018

Hi Everyone!

This week I was able to study Mosiah 2 and it was very interesting. All of the things I learned are so valuable and precious to me. At first, verse 17 in Mosiah 2 states that when I am in the service of my fellow beings, I am only in the service of my God. It is completely true, but there is another thing that is super important. We have to serve with our WHOLE SOUL, without this, it says we would be "unprofitable servants" which means, really, the work we give to others without putting our whole souls into it, goes undone and doesn't help us grow!

Where do I want to go with this? It says in verse 21, that we shouldn't do things according to our own will, or "withhold our whole soul in the service of God". Why? Verse 23. He gave us and granted us this life! We are "indebted unto Him!" We all have a loving Heavenly Father who gave us a life to prepare and progress in this Gospel. He loves each and every one of us. He sent His Son to pay and die for our sins. His Son gave His WHOLE SOUL, His WHOLE LIFE in the service of helping others. As it says in verse 24, "Ye are still indebted until Him, and ARE, and WILL BE, FOREVER AND EVER; therefore, of what have ye to boast?" We are nothing. We are life-long debtors for what the Lord has done and still does for us. I, for one, have lost myself in this work and I have realized, I am just His servant not only for these 2 years, but for the read of my life. I will forever be in debt with my loving Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I love Them with all of my heart and soul.

I love all of you and this time on the mission is flying by and I do not want it to end. I invite all of you to lose yourself in the Lord's work, give all of your soul and remember to always be humble and remember the Light of Christ in your life.

***I was asked by my President to put together a choir for the District Conference, The song we sang was the Army of Helaman. Below are the lyrics to the song:

We have been born, as Nephi of old,
To goodly parents who love the Lord.
We have been taught, and we understand,
That we must do as the Lord commands.
 
We are as the army of Helaman.
We have been taught in our youth.
And we will be the Lord’s missionaries
To bring the world his truth.
 
We have been saved for these latter days
To build the kingdom in righteous ways.
We hear the words our prophet declares:
“Let each who’s worthy go forth and share.”
 
We are as the army of Helaman.
We have been taught in our youth.
And we will be the Lord’s missionaries
To bring the world his truth.
 
We know his plan, and we will prepare,
Increase our knowledge through study and prayer.
Daily we’ll learn until we are called
To take the gospel to all the world.
 
We are as the army of Helaman.
We have been taught in our youth.
And we will be the Lord’s missionaries
To bring the world his truth.
To bring the world his truth.

I included the words to the song we sang at the District Conference in this week's letter to remind all of us to always, "Bring the world His truth."

Love Always,

Elder Sorenson