Monday, February 19, 2018

One Foot in the Grave

Hey y'all!

Its been a great week! I love being in Claremont! We cover part of Pomona and I think that's one of my favorite places to go! 

WE HAD A FAMILY OF 3 COME TO CHURCH FOR THE FIRST TIME AND STAY ALL 3 HOURS OF CHURCH! It's the Wirtes family and they have a cute little 8 year old who shares a birthday with my younger sister Lydia! 

Tina is SO CLOSE TO BAPTISM! All she needs to do is pick a date! She's the SWEETEST, CUTEST, MOST ADORABLE woman ever! I love her!

Lamont is pretty good. We haven't met with him as much as we wanted, but it'll get better!

We got a referral from some missionaries in Covina and we went by them. It's a family from India! They're so cute! We have an appointment with them tomorrow and I'm SO EXCITED! They seem super cool! 

We went to a woman's meeting on Saturday and it was so fun! It was about how we are virtuous women and that when we do our best, the Savior is proud of us. Look up "His Grace is Sufficient" by Brad Wilcox on lds.org under BYU speeches. IT'S AMAZING!

Sister Smith and I are having too much fun together, so that's been awesome! For only being together for a short time, we're pretty unified! 

Funny story, we changed companions for the day with some leaders. At the end, the sister reminded me that I have a little less than 4 more months on my mission! When someone goes home, they say the missionary is dying. So she told me I have one foot in the grave!  I was like NOOO! I'M NOT READY! I love the people here way too much to think about leaving! 

I know that His grace really is sufficient after all we can do. As long as we continue to grow and change for the better, we will LEARN heaven, not EARN it. The Savior's arms are always open to us, weather it's sin or we just need comfort. 

Thanks y'all for the prayers, especially about my health. It's been hard some days, but I know I'm learning something from it! Have a great week!

Love, 
Sister Sorensen
1. Found a pretty flower while trying to find MIA investigators
2. Sis. Smith and I!
3. Me and Danise's (a recent convert who moved here from Texas) granddaughters puppy. She's a little ugly (Danise said it... Not me ;)) but she's pretty cute too! 
4. Sis. Smith braided my hair and it looked super cute! 
5. Sis. Smith and Ziggy! That's the puppy's name.






Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Claremont

Hey y'all!

I made it to Claremont and this place is awesome! We're teaching so many cool peeps! I've been sent to the best areas in the mission! 

Lamont was a mormon.org referral and he's so cool! He has a desire to be baptized! We're meeting with him tonight! 

Tina is such a cutie! She is SO CLOSE TO BAPTISM! She's so ready! She loves the Book of Mormon so much and really enjoys church! We just got help her see how ready she is! She definitely has the desire! 

We picked up a new investigator named Hugo and he's super cool too! We also picked up Esther! She's older and doesn't see too well, but she's adorable! I love her! 

Spiritual story: we were walking to Esther's and we ran into an investigator named Dee. We haven't been able to get a hold of her, so it was a miracle that we found her. She was super upset about some stuff going on. We were able to teach her right there on the street. She's so sweet!

We're also working with a few returning members and new converts (meaning they were just baptized less than a year ago). Danise just moved here from San Antonio Texas and she was baptized last April! She's adorable! She gave her first talk yesterday! We also got to see Sis. Pless who is coming back to church strong! She will give you the best Pep talk of your life! 

Fun story: I had elote for the first time on Saturday! It's Mexican corn with butter, mayo, parmesan cheese, and chili. It's pretty good! Super messy. They sell them on little carts on the street.

In personal study today, I read in John 13. It's a super fitting chapter for Valentines Day in a couple days. In this chapter, Jesus washes the feet of his disciples. He also talked to them about how to treat others.
    34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
    35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

As I've been on my mission, I have never loved so much! I feel sad when I have to leave people in my old areas, but I get to feel my heart grow in love for even more people!

I sure do miss y'all! Have a great week! 

Love, 
Sister Sorensen

1.Sister Smith and I eating elota!
2. This member really loves the missionaries and languages! He made this for me and it says "Dear Sister Sorensen, Welcome into our lives." So cute! 



Monday, February 5, 2018

Just Call Me Dad

Hey y'all!

So transfers are on Wednesday and both my companion and I getting transferred AGAIN! It's sad to leave people, but I'm excited to meet new people! I'm going to Claremont with Sister Smith! I'm her Dad, which means I'm her 2nd companion in the mission field! I've been a Dad 4 times! It doesn't mean much, but I think it's funny!

I'm really going to miss this ward! I've been crying for the last 2 days! So many women that I got close to gave me a squeeze. One young man was like, "Dang it! I wanted to give y'all a hug! Handshakes are dumb! Come back and visit so I can hug you!" I'M GOING TO MISS THIS WARD! 

This week was pretty awesome! Elyse is on date for the 24th! I'm so dang excited!

Jose is still super awesome!

Julia fasted yesterday! She's so awesome! She's pretty sad about us both leaving, but we promised we'd keep in touch. 

We found a few new investigators and a couple of potentials. I hope they can feel the Spirit and take the lessons soon! 

I love being a missionary because I get to love so many people! It's super hard being a missionary some days, but I know that I'm going to be around people I love more than I ever thought possible. Although I'm SO SAD I HAVE TO LEAVE ALL THESE PEOPLE I LOVE, I'm SO EXCITED to love more people! 

Love and miss y'all! 

Sister Sorensen

No pictures this week, so enjoy a selfie of me and Sis. Wayman :) 


Monday, January 29, 2018

Another Week in the Books

Hey y'all!

It's been a busy week! Lots of good stuff happening! 

Elyse is AWESOME! We're going to set her on date for baptism and it's going to be great! I'm really excited! :) 

Julia is so sweet! She keeps taking her lunch break to come to church <3 it's really amazing to see her sacrifices.

We had a lesson with Jose on Saturday and he's so sweet! He seemed to enjoy listening to us teach and he really wants to strengthen his faith in Jesus Christ! We're hoping he progresses! 

So, cool story. We were had a feeling that we needed to stop by this guy who used to take the lessons. We pull up and he has signs that say "No Soliciting," and we were trying to figure out what to do. All of a sudden, he comes out of his garage! We didn't get to talk to him very long, but he said we could come by again!

We also found a family who used to talk to missionaries and they said we can come back! It was a good Saturday! 

My testimony today is simple: Jesus Christ is our Savior and with Him, we can become more. 

I hope y'all have a great week! 

Sister Sorensen

1. Back at the chiropractor 
2. Groovy Companions 
3-5. Fencing! I didn't participate because my back is sore :/ next time! ;) 
6-7. Cute swan!








Monday, January 22, 2018

Oh Snap

Hey y'all!

Its been a pretty good week! We had some cool experiences!

So, we got a WHOLE BUNCH of less active referrals from a member in our ward. So we stopped by the one family and as soon as we pulled up and put our bikes up, the dad pulls into the driveway! So we talk to him for some time and it was awesome! Then as soon as we got on our bikes, this man walks across the street and starts talking to us.

He's like, "You called me! Where have you been! I've been waiting for you to come back!" we were like, uhhh... We couldn't remember and we looked all over our AreaBook and couldn't find him! So we got his phone number and we're going to see him on Saturday!

We also did another district blitz and we found a former friend who really wants to come back! <3

JULIA MADE IT TO CHURCH! AND I FINALLY MET DYLAN! He's 9 and sooooooooooo cute! 

Elyse is meeting with us tonight, so that's awesome! 

We had a sisters conference this weekend! It was about being astonishing, using Helaman 5. We did yoga, had workshops (including makeup with free samples!!!!!), and exchanged some clothes! It was fun! And I SAW SIS. BRISCOE!!! I love her so much! 

I went to the chiropractor today and I feel like a whole new person! It's amazing what a little cracking can do ;) Hense the subject line.

I love this gospel! I find a lot of comfort reading the scriptures daily. I love them so much! And I love my Savior! 

Have a great week y'all! 

Sister Sorensen 

At the chiropractor! 




Monday, January 15, 2018

Rain, Rain

Hey y'all!

We finally had a rain storm!!! It was so fun! But I definitely don't have the right attire for rain. It was so funny though because everyone couldn't believe we would walk outside in the rain! 

This week was a little rough. We pounded the pavement and didn't see a lot from it. But, we can go nowhere but up!

Elyse is still sweet as ever! It's so fun being able to see her grow! The temptation to drink sweet tea is gone and when she remembered that I was doing a chocolate fast for her, she was stunned! There are great blessings that come from doing hard things, like fasting! 

Watching President Thomas S. Monson's funeral was a neat experience! Although it's sad that he's no longer with us, we know where he is. His daughter gave a wonderful speech. I'm excited to hear President Nelson's special announcement! 

We start our 40 day sugar fast tomorrow! Our zone has also decided to do a 40 day obedience fast. We write down a list of things we can work on and we tell the Lord every day that we will do NOTHING on that list. It's going to be SO HARD BUT IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT! We need to learn to do hard things! 

As a mission, we have studied the New Testament and its so cool being able to learn SO MUCH about the Savior. It really enhances my Book of Mormon reading because both are testimonies of Jesus Christ. I'm so grateful for the scriptures and the things I can learn from them :)

Have a great week! The Lord loves you and so do I! 

Sister Sorensen





Monday, January 8, 2018

Church Celebrities

Hey y'all!

This week was SO AWESOME! ESPECIALLY THIS WEEKEND! 

So not too much happened at the beginning of the week. We've been doing a lot of finding! On Thursday afternoon, we did exchanges with the STLs and it was super good! We found a new friend, so hopefully that goes well :) right before the end of our exchange on Friday afternoon, we ran into the Spanish sisters and a member PULLS OVER AND IS LIKE GET IN WE'RE GOING TO LUNCH AT GRAND BURGER! So. Good. I love the members here! 

JULIA IS LITERALLY AN ANGEL! She works Sunday mornings and she took her lunch break at 9 am to COME TO CHURCH BECAUSE SHE LOVES IT! And then she asked if she could bring some friends! We were like UH, YES YOU MAY! <3 It's kind of crazy to me how much I love her even though I just barely got here! 

Elyse had a lesson with us tonight and I'm super pumped! She's super cute and strong! She gave up sweet tea to follow the Word of Wisdom and it's been a little tough because she's surrounded by it all. the. time. SO, I decided to do a chocolate fast for her this past week and y'all..... That's been hard! I'm surrounded by chocolate! But I feel like I've gain a better appreciation for my friends who have given up tea and coffee to follow the example of Jesus Christ.

This Saturday, I SAW ELDER OAKS! He's a member of the quorum of the 12 Apostles. As soon as he walked in the spirit just filled the room! He talked to us about being FULL-time missionary, not part time and being focused. He also gave us some teaching advice because he used to teach law. Such a neat experience! 

Thursday was my year mark and I was reading my journal when I got to the MTC. I kept saying how much I already loved the people in Arcadia. But I didn't know what love was then. I literally feel the Savior's love for EVERYONE! I never knew I could love someone so much! I think of Micheal and Alicia and Charles. I will never forget them and I will always carry them in my heart (and my other friends that I've taught). 

I also know that the church is so organized! With the passing of our dear President Monson, we are still able to carry out the Lord's work! It shows that man does not run this church, it is Jesus Christ. 

Sorry for a super long email! So much to share! The Lord loves you and so do I! 

Sister Sorensen 

P. S, Our mission is going on a 40 day sugar fast starting Jan. 16th. Wish me luck!

1-3: ELDER OAKS AND THE WHOLE MISSION! AND I GOT TO SHAKE HIS HAND! "I'm never washing this hand..." - majority of the mission 
4: On exchanges and ran into the Spanish sisters. (l-r Hma. Angomas, Hma. Logan, Sis. Cook, me) 
5: ONE YEAR! WOOO! 
6: Are there still selfie Sundays on the mission?