Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Elder Sorenson - November 20, 2017

Hi Everyone!

I can't believe that I have been in this country for a year now! It is crazy to think back and see how lost I was, how I couldn't talk to anyone, and how small my testimony was. Now, I am fine with my Spanish and I have a firm testimony, but I still get lost every once and awhile. Haha!

This week was quite crazy because of the baptism of Luis. Baptisms are a lot different here. The missionaries here have to do everything or else it won't get done. We set up decorations for the party, cleaned, filled the font, set up everything, brought everyone, and even bought the food.  It was quite a hassle getting everything ready, but with the help and patience of the Lord, we got it done!

My investigator who was baptized is such a special person and I love him to death. His name is Luis and he has such a strong testimony of the Gospel. He told me something that will help me and hopefully you get through this life with happiness and joy. He said, "You members have something amazing. You might not know what you have in this church but from the outside you have salvation and exaltation with every family!" I really know that what he said is true and that I am a Disciple of Christ sent to Ecuador to teach and inspire people to want to learn how to reach exaltation and better understand what salvation means for them.

I learned this week the importance of patience and that, I, as a missionary am responsible to find, teach, and baptize. If I am not doing one of those things, I need to rethink and realize that I am not here to waste the Lord's time. I am here to make Him proud and do all that I can do to help build up His kingdom and I need to start with myself.

I can promise all of you that I am converted to the Gospel and I know these things are true. I will never give up what I have and I will never deny that Christ lives and that He loves every single one of you!

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson

2Nephi 31:14 - You know what you have so don't fall away from it.
Preparing the wedding party for Elder Sorenson's investigator!

The wedding party of Elder Sorenson's investigator!

Elder Sorenson and his companions singing Happy Birthday to his mom back home in California! #bestbirthdaypresentever
Preparing the wedding party - silly face  
Elder Sorenson's investigator, Luis, cutting the cake!


Elder Sorenson's investigator, Luis, baptism!



Elder Sorenson's zone enjoyed lunch together on Monday, 11/20/17! Hamburgers, French Fries and Coke!




Monday, November 13, 2017

Elder Sorenson - November 13, 2017

Hi everyone!

These weeks are going by too fast! I discovered how out of shape I was playing basketball with the Zone. Neither my companion or I could walk for a few days. Ha ha! The mission really does change you!

A spiritual experience I had was with an investigator who is going to get baptized this next Saturday. His name is Luis, and he is so down to earth and loves the gospel. Speaking of him, I got to go to his wedding today which was awesome! Anyways we watched, “On the Lords Errand” with him and he loved it. Right after, he told us, “I 100% believe that Thomas S Monson is a true prophet of God. I just know it. “It is so amazing to hear an investigator say, “I Believe.” Sometimes it takes one lesson for someone to know that it is true and sometimes it takes months. It’s the Lord’s way and His time for people to know.

Earlier this week, we were teaching a sister named Sandy and she asked a powerful question, “How is the Book of Mormon the word of God? “With pleasure, my companion and I both testified of the book and promised the next lesson that we would go more into detail about it and invited her to pray. We visited her a few days later and started teaching what she had wanted when she stopped us mid week. She told us, “Elders, I know 100% that the Book of Mormon is true because I prayed yesterday and I got my answer.” My companion and I were just super happy and overwhelmed with joy that she knows the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

I learned to recognize this week, the power of the Book of Mormon and also, the power of the prophets. I know 100%, as well, that what I teach is true and I have really developed a deep passion and love for this gospel of Jesus Christ. I love the church and I love all of you!

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson

2Nephi 25:26


Wedding of Elder Sorenson's investigator!

Wedding of Elder Sorenson's investigator!



After party of the investigator's wedding!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Elder Sorenson - November 6, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Well, it’s sad to know that the Dodgers lost in game seven, but there is always next year! 

My Halloween this year wasn’t like last year when I was in the MTC. My companion and I just bought a bag of candy and gave it out to the kids that were dressed up, which was like three people the whole night. It is crazy how different cultures are around the world. It is crazy to think that this with my last Halloween in my mission, wow! Time flies!

I had a fun week though, I taught a bit during the week, but nobody was home Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Those four days we just walked in circles not finding anyone home because it was their version of Spring Break for everyone. Nobody works and nobody has school, so they all go to the beach or some other place for the weekend.

A spiritual experience I had during the week was during a lesson with a girl named Genisis. The rest of her family is Mormon so we are working on getting her baptized. We talked about the Book of Mormon during our discussion and the Spirit immediately filled the room. We testified of the power and truthfulness of the Book. After we finished, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. So this week we are going to teach her more and have her prepare for baptism.

My testimony of the Gospel has grown for sure. Before my mission, I never read the Book of Mormon regularly neither did I pray earnestly. I didn’t do what I needed to do to know the truth. Now, being out in the Lord’s vineyard, there isn’t anything better. I know with a surety that this is the Lord’s church and that I am doing the right thing. He lives and He loves me and you; through Him, we can be with our loved ones forever. In His name I pray and I testify, Amen.

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson

2 Nephi 31:21   


A sweet sister in Ecuador FB Messaged Kim, Kyle's mom, these pictures! 

A sweet sister in Ecuador FB Messaged Kim, Kyle's mom, these pictures! 

A sweet sister in Ecuador FB Messaged Kim, Kyle's mom, these pictures! 

Monday, October 30, 2017

Elder Sorenson - October 30, 2017

Happy Halloween!

I hope your week was as busy and amazing as mine was! Please be careful tomorrow and eat a ton of candy for me, especially Reese's and Skittles!

To start off this week, we had a Seventy come and it was great! The choir my companion and I put together sounded great. I'm mad at myself because I forgot to record the quartet that we sang, but you will just have to take my word for it that it sounded great! In the meeting we had with the Seventy, we talked about a lot of things. The first question he asked us was, "What does the prophet hope of me?" Then he asked us, "What do your parents hope of me? "I really thought about those two questions and the importance of always doing my best to make my parents proud. I really believe that question can apply to anyone because we should always be doing the correct thing too make our parents proud.

After the training, my companion and I had the urge to work hard and find every single family we could and baptize them. We did exactly that, but the families all planned not to be home when we came. It frustrated my companion and I because we wanted to work, but every single appointment fell through. So we decided to knock on random doors and we found some great potential for this week! I also received a call to renew my visa! I can't believe it has already come to that! So I spent a good half of the day in North renewing my visa and it was fun to be with some of the elders I hadn't seen in a year!

We ended up having a companion exchange and I was with Elder Boltran for a day! So we work together and had a blast at the same time. We also drink 3 liters of Coke each but that's besides the point. I learned a lot about trust and the importance of teaching by the Spirit. If I don't teach with the spirit, I won't have converted investigators and whatever I say it won't affect or help them to change. 

So in my weekly letter, I want to leave you with a few questions to ask yourself, "What level am I reading the scriptures? "To what level am I in tune with the spirit? " "What level am I....?" Always have this question in your mind and make sure you are always living to your potential, because you are a son or daughter of God and He loves you. And I love you too! 

Love Always,

Elder Sorenson

John 4:7-9, 20–21
"Love One Another"

English Bulldog that we might buy for Christmas! HAHA! Just Kidding! 

My companion! 
The exchange night when him and I drank 3 liters of Coke each! 

The exchange night when him and I drank 3 liters of Coke each!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Elder Sorenson - October 23, 2017

Hi Everyone! 

I will be honest and say that this was quite a slow week, but we are working harder than ever in this new ward! What was awesome is that this week my companion and I had absolutely nothing to do (no investigators, no appointments, no knowledge of any members house, etc). It also was the week of the most sun and the hottest temperatures that Guayaquil has had in the last three years! Let's just say that I'm not a gringo anymore because I got a lot of sun this week!! Haha! 

Supposedly, this sector was dead and there wasn't anyone to teach but my companion and I have found some great potential and we are working super hard! My companions name is Elder Tarbet and he is from Thousand Oaks California! He is by far the hardest working missionary I have ever been with. He was in the mountains for seven months and there wasn't that much success there, but here in Guayaquil let's just say it is the "Promised Land". My companion and I are running around finding more and more people to teach. 

This past week I was reminded of the power and importance of working with members. In my other sectors, I worked with the members but not as much and they never really visited with me. This last week, we met with a member every single day of the week. There is a young man preparing to serve in Bolivia in January who was with us three of the days from 2PM - 9PM meeting in teaching with us. I could not believe his diligence and how much he was preparing to serve his mission in just a few months. He is my example. 

I'm so blessed to be in this ward. This ward is hungry to work and baptize people. We have been given so many referrals. We had a leadership meeting yesterday. I have never been in a ward where they are willing to do whatever it takes to help the missionaries out. My companion and I were overwhelmed with all of them. Each one asked us "When can I do visits with you?" So that being said, I am so grateful for the ward I have been placed in because they truly know the importance and the impact of the Lords work. 

I love you! 

Elder Sorenson 
Nephi 10:23




Monday, October 16, 2017

Elder Sorenson - October 16, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Today, I didnt have any time to write today because I have changes. What happened is that my old companion had emergency changes and I received two Elders and then had to teach one of the Elders the entire sector as fast as I could before I recieved changes to a different sector in the same zone! So that being said, I will have been in 3 of the sectors of the same zone and am in now in Huancavilca, Ecuador.
 
I am really going to miss my old ward but I know I can see all of them because I am still in the same stake so-to-say. Elder Tarbet and I are going to have some fun and getting super lost because we are opening this new sector, so I hope we can find some success this week!
 
This past week went well and we worked really hard trying to find as many new investigators as we could. My new companion, Elder Tarbet, works hecka hard and I love him to death! Him and I received a call from our Mission President today and so we are in charge of putting a choir together because a General Authority Seventy is coming in a few weeks!! 
 
I hope all is well with everyone and just know that you are in every prayer that I say!!
 
Love you all!
Elder Sorenson
 
Elder Sorenson and his companion have been asked to open a new sector in HaunCavilca, Ecuador.

Elder Sorenson and one of his investigators.

Some of the men in Elder Sorenson's ward he had to say goodbye to but he got invited to one of their sealings with their wife, so he will see them again!

Some of the men in Elder Sorenson's ward he had to say goodbye to but he got invited to one of their sealings with their wife, so he will see them again!



Elder Sorenson's old Zone Leader he found at the mall. He is ending his mission in two days, so Elder Sorenson was able to say goodbye to him!!
 
 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017


Hi Everyone!

What a crazy and fast week! A lot of things happened, but first off, my companion has changed and I am not with my Vegas buddy anymore! He was so awesome and I’ll miss him, but I know I will see him a lot in my mission! Haha! I am still waiting on my companion because he is traveling from pretty far away. He is a gringo and was in the choir with me so it will be fun! We are going to sing a ton!

This last week, my companion and I bought an oven and let’s just say that we love cooking! We cooked some super good food (I mean for being missionary food) and I hope you don’t get jealous of the pictures! Haha!

In other news, we had a meeting with our Stake and our Mission President was there. We were to just listen and speak, representing, for our Zone. The meeting lasted until 9:50PM, so we were all shaking in our boots to be home before 9PM, but our President was there. Haha! I say this because after my mission, I know it will be an adjustment to be out past 9PM! Haha!

As you may know, I hit the one year mark this last Thursday and I do not know where the time went! It is crazy looking back and seeing how much I’ve grown spiritually and as a missionary. This mission truly has been a blessing and I will forever be grateful for the blessings I have received and that are yet to come. I don’t have much time to write today, but I want to end with what I wrote in my journal exactly one year ago. After writing an experience I had in the MTC, I wrote, “I know this is exactly where I need to be. I love the missionary life, just not the Spanish. I can’t wait to speak fluently. Hasta manana, amo la vida misionera.”

I promise and still know this is where I need to be! I also have improved my Spanish just a little. Haha! I still and will always love missionary work. I hope you have a wonderful week and know that you are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Love Always,

Elder Sorenson

D&C 39:20-24

*A sweet sister from Ecuador sent these pictures and message via FB Messenger to Kim, Elder Sorenson's mom!

*Hello Sister. Today we celebrated the birthday of Elder Beltran and ate tacos. We also celebrate the independence of our city is a holiday. This was awesome. Your son ate 8 tacos. They (the Elders) could not breathe (because they ate) so much food. They are crazy!



*Hello Sister. Today we celebrated the birthday of Elder Beltran and ate tacos. We also celebrate the independence of our city is a holiday. This was awesome. Your son ate 8 tacos. They (the Elders) could not breathe (because they ate) so much food. They are crazy!

*Hello Sister. Today we celebrated the birthday of Elder Beltran and ate tacos. We also celebrate the independence of our city is a holiday. This was awesome. Your son ate 8 tacos. They (the Elders) could not breathe (because they ate) so much food. They are crazy!

*Hello Sister. Today we celebrated the birthday of Elder Beltran and ate tacos. We also celebrate the independence of our city is a holiday. This was awesome. Your son ate 8 tacos. They (the Elders) could not breathe (because they ate) so much food. They are crazy!

*Hello Sister. Today we celebrated the birthday of Elder Beltran and ate tacos. We also celebrate the independence of our city is a holiday. This was awesome. Your son ate 8 tacos. They (the Elders) could not breathe (because they ate) so much food. They are crazy!

*Hello Sister. Today we celebrated the birthday of Elder Beltran and ate tacos. We also celebrate the independence of our city is a holiday. This was awesome. Your son ate 8 tacos. They (the Elders) could not breathe (because they ate) so much food. They are crazy!