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!











Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Elder Sorenson - October 2, 2017

Hi Everyone! 

Today marks exactly one year ago that I was set apart as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. I know, it doesn’t seem that long ago, right? Well, it might for some but it feels like just yesterday when I went to the MTC, not knowing what to expect and not having a clue on how to teach random people the gospel of Jesus Christ. Honestly, it might come as a surprise to some but I have learned more about my beliefs and faith in the past year than I have in my entire life. I have learned why we are the true church, that I am not alone, Spanish (only by a miracle), the importance of opening my mouth to every person I see, even if my Spanish isn’t there, the power of the priesthood which I hold, the power of the Book of Mormon in my life, and the lives of my converts and investigators, and the importance, amount of revelations, and insights to Preach My Gospel contains. (If you’re preparing for mission, read the dang thing!) Although, I think the biggest miracle I have come to realize and recognize the power of the Atonement in my life and the role and has had in others.

Speaking of the Atonement, we have been working with an investigator, Jon, who loves talking to us and loves the message but he also loves drinking. It has been such an up-and-down roller coaster with him. Last night, we stopped by his house and he had been drinking. We sat down with him and he told us that he wants to change. So obviously, we taught him that he needs to have a desire to stop and that to stop completely he needs to turn to the Lord. A thought came to my head of what he could also do. I told him that every time he has that urge to drink, open the Book of Mormon and read (no importa donde). He took the invitation and we will see how it goes. He then asked us, with tears in his eyes, “How do you know that I can stop? And how do you know that God is at my side when I am like this?” The spirit filled the room and I shared first Corinthians 10:13. What a powerful scripture and what a wonderful promise! The Lord promises us that He will never give us any temptation or addiction that we can’t overcome! Or resist! I promise you that it is true that “God is faithful” in every moment.

So that being said, I want to invite all of you to read the Book of Mormon! If you’re struggling with an addiction (alcohol, smoking, pornography, etc.) you can overcome it with and only through Christ! When you have that urge for a drink or want to view pornography, have the strength to first open the Book of Mormon and I promise, in the name of Jesus Christ, that it will satisfy your desires in a much better way. Our prophet said it best, “If you’re not reading the Book of Mormon, do it now."

I hope each of you struggling, will
  1.  find a desire to change
  2.  come to Christ
  3.  put your trust in the Book of Mormon and when you have that urge, open it and read a part of it until the urge goes away!

General conferences are the most edifying events for missionaries (and everyone else)! I learned so much these past two days and feel like I am on a spiritual high from it. I hope you were able to watch it, and if not, visit www.lds.org and you can watch all of it there! I recommend watching ....ummm... THE WHOLE THING! Haha! 

A quote from one of the General Conference talks is what I want to leave all of you with for this week, “Blessings will not come because of our abilities, but because of our choices.” So, that being said, make wise decisions and choices and the blessings will come! We were all sent here on earth with our own agency, but we all know the blessings will come from smart choices! The scriptures say it best, Luke 12:29-31.

I love all of you from the depths of my heart. You mean so much to me and I know I wouldn’t be serving without all of the support, prayers, and love I have received! Thank you and please read those scriptures I shared, watch conference, and read the Book of Mormon! I know it is a lot, but how much has Christ done for you?

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson

baptism that finally happened!! We have been waiting months for it!! 



The Malvinas family, it is where I started my mission. 




Monday, September 25, 2017

Elder Sorenson - September 25, 2017

Hi Everyone!

This week went by great, but once again, super fast! We had a few meetings with the stake and also one with the president! They were really great and we all learned a lot. I felt like this week we didn't have very many lessons because of all the meetings.

One thing I learned this week is that enduring to the end is so important and having patience for every investigator that you have. I don't know if you remember this, but my first baptism on my mission was Lila. She is 80 years old and down to earth. She had a few problems, but we finally got her baptized. The last month when I was in my first sector in January we started teaching her son Jose. He's about 60 or so and had a problem with leaving the house. He hadn't left his house for six years because he was scared of the outside world. We had him committed to going to church in February and were super excited! That day I received changes to go to another city and he changed his mind about leaving the house. Now we will fast forward to two weeks ago or so and I saw him for the first time in seven months. His eyes lit up and he got super excited! This last Saturday, he was baptized. He told us the first thing he wanted to do when he left his house was go to church. It was such a special moment to be at his baptism and see how happy he was at the service! I know that a lot of missionaries have helped him know the truth and the importance of baptism! I am so fortunate to have been part of that experience with him!

Another thing I would like to invite all of you to do is to read the Book of Mormon with the mission and I. We are all, as a mission, going to read together every day. We're going to start in October 1st! I attached a picture of the days and their reading assignment of what we will read! I hope you will join me and the rest of my mission as we read the book of Mormon together!

Take care!

Elder Sorenson
Matthew 6:19-21 - "God is always first!"










Monday, September 18, 2017

Elder Sorenson - September 18, 2017

Hi everyone!

Well, this week went great and my companion and I had a lot of fun! We had a baptism yesterday, but forgot to take pictures (sorry mom)!  It was such a beautiful service and my companion and I got to sing at it. I had my second meeting with all of the zone leaders and it went well. I learned a lot, especially how I can be the example to help people in my zone become better. Since I came back to Guayaquil, I have really grown and strengthened my testimony that this work is true. I love being able to serve as a leader in this mission!

I want to talk about the importance of the Book of Mormon. As a missionary, I have really learned to love this Book and it literally can be applied to any aspect of our lives. I know what it says is true. It is the key to our religion and another testament of Jesus Christ. I invite all of you to read this book and learn from it. In about two weeks, our beloved prophet will speak to us and in order to be able to learn and truly be edified from this Conference, we need to be spiritually ready and we can do that by reading the Book of Mormon and praying every day!

I love all of the letters and support that I receive from all of you! I pray for you every day. I know this is where I need to be. I hope the best for all of you and I really hope you can all find this true happiness that I have found here on my mission. This is all true and this is so important for the people of Ecuador to know.

Please listen to Jeffrey R. Holland's talk, "The Best Is Yet To Come" Watch It. Live It. Love it.
https://www.lds.org/ensign/2010/01/the-best-is-yet-to-be?lang=eng&cid=email-shared

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson

Ephesians 4:32


Kyle's companion made homemade soup!


Elder Sorenson and his missionary companions making Kyle's mom's homemade chocolate chip cookies They were delicious! A HUGE thank you to the sweet Ecuadorian sister who FB Messaged Kim the pictures! 


Elder Sorenson and his missionary companions making Kyle's mom's homemade chocolate chip cookies They were delicious! A HUGE thank you to the sweet Ecuadorian sister who FB Messaged Kim the pictures! 

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Elder Sorenson - September 11, 2017

Hi everyone! 

This week was transfers for everyone so we were pretty busy because everyone in our zone had them and two of them were receiving brand new missionaries fresh out of the MTC! So my companion and I were running around looking for beds and desks for the new missionaries. I can't believe how fast time goes, do you remember my old companion Elder Cortez? Yeah, he is in his house and finished his mission this past week! Also my first companion, Elder Espinoza finished on Wednesday as well!

We got to do service this week in the middle of a community park and the people are so nice! A member had asked us to help them out and we ended up raking a bunch of leaves, but what was super cool is that two or three random people that lived there came up to us and bought us coke, crackers, and juice. They then expressed their appreciation for us and how much this little act of kindness meant to them! The service was simple, but you know how the quote goes, "How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time!" I know that service is a great way to help people to realize that we don't just teach. We serve in many different ways! Many people here are surprised that my companion and I don't care about getting dirty in our church clothes. Ha ha! My companion and I will just drop our backpacks and go to work...whether it be moving bricks, concrete, painting or whatever things we can do, we will do it in a heart beat! 

Oh, and I also gave a talk in sacrament yesterday and it went really well! I talked about the importance of the Book of Mormon and how we should study so that we can know for our self that it is true and that we are all able to receive revelation! I want to leave you with a quote I said during my talk (in Spanish of course), "When we take the term of the scripture and adapt it to conform to our circumstances, it will mean so much more! We should do it with integrity, taking the eternal principles and applying them to our own life to be able to receive the answers we need for eternal happiness."

Love Always,
Elder Sorenson

D&C 93:49
D&C 25:16
Everyone can receive revelation if we truly desire it! 
On 9/10/17, a sweet sister in Ecuador FB messaged this picture to Kyle's mom, Kim, letting her know that her mom had made this tie for him! 




Monday, September 4, 2017

Elder Sorenson - September 4, 2017

Hola! Como Le va? Estoy muy bien, solo un poquito cansado! My week once again flew by, but I enjoyed the time this week with my companion in my zone.

First, I have to tell you about a spiritual experience I had.  We have an investigator named Valeria. She is married with three kids and we have been trying to teach them all together, but her husband is always working. We had a lesson with her on Tuesday. She has always had a lot of doubts about the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith as a prophet, and that kind of stuff. So we have been trying to get her to read the Book of Mormon to know if it is true. At first, she wasn't reading and still had all of those doubts. We started our lesson this past week and the first thing she said was, "I read the book you gave me." My companion and I were kind of in shock and so we asked her, "So what do you think?" She told us that she loved it and believed everything it said. My mouth hit the floor and then she told us how she felt while reading it and that it impacted her a lot. The spirit instantly filled the room and tears came into her eyes and she asked, "When can I be baptized?"  This moment/experience showed me how powerful the Book of Mormon is and that it helps people (more than any words I can say) come unto Christ. I invite you to read this book to know for yourself and experience something that will change your life forever.

This week I was able to go to the temple which was just so amazing. It is such a privilege to be able to enter the Lord's house and make covenants with Him. I saw my dad (my first trainer) at the temple and he is ending his mission this Wednesday, along with Elder Cortez. So it is just crazy how fast time flies and how precious and important being diligent in the work is. 

I guess I would consider my fun for the week to be the activity that my companion and I were in charge of. We are both gringos, so we wanted to go all out on the activity. So we did an Ecuadorian style Minute To Win It and it was a huge success! We had seven or eight investigators there participating and enjoying the events. I was the person in charge of getting the audience involved and excited! So let's just say I lost my voice because of how much I was screaming. Ha ha! But overall it went well and we had a lot of fun. My companion and I spent hours creating the Minute To Win It challenges and making sure everything was OK and it definitely paid off! We must've done a good job because the Stake President wants us to plan and do another activity.

An elder in our town is finishing his mission so we were invited to a family home evening at family Artio's who are in my old sector.  Two of my converts were also there and they were super surprised to see me! Ha ha! I guess you could say that during this week I learned the power of the Book of Mormon and the importance of me enjoying the time I have to be on the Lord's errand because eventually it will come to an end. I love missionary work! I'm working on loving rice, but I don't know if I'll ever get to that point. Haha! 

I love all of you and thank you for the support and your prayers! I appreciate the emails every week and all that you have done for my family and I. Keep going strong and just know that I pray for you all every night and that I miss you, but will see you soon! 

Love Always, 
Elder Sorenson

John 10:4-18

My companion and I doing service for a family in the area. 

My companion and I doing service for a family in the area. 

My companion and I made 10 gallons of juice and drank it in a week.

My companion and I made 10 gallons of juice and drank it in a week.

Our matching Zone shirts! 

Our matching Zone shirts!