Monday, September 18, 2017

Miracles Happen

Hey y'all!

This has been a pretty crazy week for sure!

So, remember when it was so hot the mountains were on fire? Well, it's been in the mid 60's this past week! I've been freezing! Sunland has strange weather for sure!

Another crazy, and sad thing, is we had to drop almost all our investigators. :( BUT, we saw some amazing miracles!

We got a referral about 2 months ago. We made contact, but we never had an opportunity to really teach her. Last Monday, we were finally able to teach her about the Restoration!

Another miracle was a woman named Sunny. We were sitting in Relief Society (a women's organization in the church) when all of a sudden someone from the Spanish ward comes in and asks for us. Sunny just walked into the church and wants to learn more! She couldn't stay for sacrament meeting, but later in the day we gave her a church tour. She asked awesome questions, including how fast she'll learn the basics of the church!

We have been struggling to find, so Sunny was an amazing miracle! God really does prepare people for the gospel. I know that through our diligent efforts and prayers that a miracle happened! I definitely don't think that I am the reason for this miracle, but I do know that when we are open to them and do our part, they happen!

Quick funny stories and explanations to my pictures:
-Bro. Gillan fell asleep while he was in the middle of talking... He's a stinker. 
-We learned from a member that green spots on your potatoes means it got sunburned. So when I saw a green spot on my fry, we had to take a picture! 
-Sis. Honey (a member in our ward) called a former investigator OUT for not getting with the Lord! 
-Sis. Honey also fed us this week and she had her crazy chicken Luise running everywhere! 
-We got clothes from a member and I was feeling fabulous. You get sick of wearing the same things so many times. 

I'm so happy to be a missionary! I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience thus far and I'm excited for the future ones too!

Love y'all!
Sister Sorensen

Monday, September 11, 2017

She forgot a subject heading......

Hey y'all!

This week was better than the last! Wooo! Thinking positive!

We didn't have a lot of appointments... BOO! But it's a new week! And we finally got people to church!

We had an awesome lesson with the Browns. They are really opening up more and expressing their goals to us. We love them sooooooooooo much! They came to church yesterday and everyone there was so kind to them!

Fun story from the week. I went tracting up and down a street for the first time! Usually we'd only do a couple of doors because it's not very effective here. But, we showed our faith and hope to the Lord. We didn't see immediate success, BUT we had fun doing it! One guy opened the door and said hello, saw the badge, and said NOOOOOOOOO THANK YOU! We yelled "have a nice day!" and laughed. On the mission you have to laugh and find joy, even if you wanna cry.

Not much else has happened. We had a BOMB zone conference on Tuesday and I saw my old companion Sister Briscoe! She's companions with one of my MTC comps., Sister Luke! Ahhh I was so happy!

I have a testimony of the atonement and how it blesses each and every one of us. I don't know how I'd be able to get through my mission, especially the tough days, without Him. He is ALWAYS there! We just have to take His hand and cry with Him a little bit. I'm so grateful for the Book of Mormon and all that it teaches about Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice. We're reading the Book of Mormon as a mission and it's such a wonderful experience!

Have an awesome week y'all! Love y'all!

Sister Mackenzie Sorensen

1. A Wild Peacock! Yup, that's a thing here. We have wild Parrots and Peacocks, so I guess you could say I'm exotic ;) it's a cool story if anyone wants to hear about how we got wild Parrots and peacocks.
2. SISTER BRISCOE HOLY MOLE! I was so happy you can't see my eyes! :P

Monday, September 4, 2017

This Week Ended in FLAMES

Hey y'all!

This week was interesting for sure. It stayed over 100 this week. The lowest temperature was 106... Thank goodness for awesome people giving us frozen waters and such.

It wasn't our best week, unfortunately. Almost all our appointments fell through. I guess people don't like the heat! At least we had a bomb lesson with the Brown's! We get to see them tomorrow and I'm so excited! 

Soooooo... The fires. Because it's been so dry and so hot, THE MOUNTAIN WAS ON FIRE!!!! We were safe and nobody was harmed. But it was a crazy experience!

Friday we were weekly planning and all of a sudden, the zone leaders call us to make sure we're okay. We're like, ".... Yeahhhhh? Why?" they're like, go outside and look at the mountain. IT WAS HUGE! Well, at least to me. And the thing about fires here is that they JUMP AROUND! It kept spreading and we watched it move down toward some of our members! We were even an emergency contact for a member that's 90 YEARS OLD! 

Ashes were coming down like rain. The interstate was closed. It smells. You can't breath... It was insane! But, luckily everyone was safe and they are out now! The mountain is still red and there's huge clouds of smoke! Honestly it looked like a war scene.

Another funny (I guess you could say) story is that Saturday Sis. Bullock and I were running away from this crazy dog and when I opened the door, it slammed into my nose. It's not broken but man, it scared me for a second. I hope I come home in one piece!

Despite having a tough week, I am so hopeful! Opposition in all things! Missions are one huge roller Coaster ride! But it's such a great one! Today I hit my 8 month mark and I honestly can't believe I'm almost half way done! I feel like I just got here! I know the Book of Mormon is true ans I'm so thankful for all that it has taught me.

Love y'all and stay safe! Keep praying for Sunland, Houston, and Montana.

Sister Sorensen

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Keepin it 100 (degrees)

Hey y'all! 

Its been a pretty good week, but this upcoming week is going to be BRUTAL! It's supposed to stay over 100 degrees! Dry heat is not very fun, but I'll survive... Hopefully ;) 

We had some amazing lessons! Most of them were with people we haven't seen in a while and thought about letting them go. 

The Brown's kept their commitment! We had them watch, "What is the Blueprint of Christ's Church?" it's a very bold devotional. They really liked it and we're looking forward to seeing them today. 

Mike and Debbie are doing well. We reviewed the Restoration and the spirit was so strong! 

Brad Owen is such a cool dude! He's open to our message, he and his family just have to work through a couple of things. 

We finally had a lesson with Jackie! I met her street contacting a couple of weeks ago. She's so awesome! She had a lot of good questions and she has an open mind. 

One of the coolest moments this week was at a member's house for dinner. Her name is Dora and she's from Mexico. She speaks pretty good English, but sometimes she still speaks Spanish. Somehow, I was able to understand her even though I don't speak any Spanish! Blessings! And her food is so good! She made us papas en salsa de tomate. Which translates to potatoes with tomato sauce. It was SOOOOOO GOOD! 

Not much else is happening here! My east coast peeps, please send humidity.... This dry weather is killing Sis. Bullock and I ;) 

I love my mission. I love the people I meet and the experiences I have. Even the crazy ones! I love this gospel and most importantly, I love my Savior. 

Have a great week y'all! 

Sister Sorensen 

1-2 The OLIVA'S!! I love them so much!

This man was in a hospital bed just goin across the street! There's not a hospital close by either sooo...?

A tree in the middle of the sidewalk.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Pretty Faced Hillbilly

Hey y'all! 

Its been a great week! We stayed busy, got 3 new Investigators, and STAYED HEALTHY! WOO! Transfers are today, but Sis. Bullock and I are staying! We love Sunland <3

We starting teaching former investigators and it's going amazing! I had a prompting to go by the Brown family and we were able to pick them up and start teaching! Hopefully all goes well with that. They're such a sweet family and love missionaries! 

We also taught a former named Jeanne. She's so sweet! Her son's mother in law was there and she's a member! She was so awesome and bore her testimony every chance she got! 

Vency is doing well. Her granddaughter just started school, so we're hoping to get her to church! 

We've missed Mike and Debbie so much! Hopefully we'll meet up with them soon. 

A young man in the Sunland ward had a farewell party thing on Saturday because he's going to BYU I! It made me think of all the amazing memories I had there! Crazy to think that it was a year ago when I started my first semester of college! Time flies and a lot happens in a year! 

So, the subject line. Tuesday was so nuts! We went by an older less active because he loves visitors and he's just so sweet! But when I offered for us to do service for him, he said I was just a pretty face! I laughed it off, but I can work y'all! Then after him we went by another less active and HE CALLED ME A HILLBILLY BECAUSE I GREW UP IN THE CAROLINAS! I ain't a Hillbilly! I'm southern! I got class with a little bit of sass! Ain't nothing wrong with that! But it was kinda funny because he's more of a redneck than I am! 

I have a testimony of this restored gospel. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to share that with others and help them change their lives. I love the Book of Mormon and all that it teaches me. I love the Savior and I'm eternally grateful for His sacrifice for each of us. 

Love y'all! Have an awesome week! 
Sister Sorensen 
1. Craft I did for some members! I thought they turned out. Could work on my cursive though ;) 
2&3. Looking at the Eclipse!
4. Sis. Bullock and I <3

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

0 to Hero

Hey y'all! 

I won't lie, it's been a pretty tough week. But everything picked up right at the end of the week! 

I don't have a lot to say about our investigators because a lot of our appointments fell through, but this upcoming week is looking up! 

We recently did what's called a District Blitz. It's where 4 other sets of missionaries came to the Sunland area and we gave them a list of people to go by. It went SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD! We ended up getting 2 new investigators and an update on people we haven't seen in a while. We also had 8 people at church on Sunday! Our spirits went from so discouraged to super excited. Opposition in all things! 

Craziest thing from this week is that one of our investigators has the craziest dog EVER! It gets out of the fence a lot. Well, Wednesday we had dinner dropped off. So we're just chilling in our car before our lesson. We see her dog in the distance and ALL OF A SUDDEN IT STARTS JUMPING AND SCRATCHING THE CAR! After it walked away from our car we drove off and IT CHASED OUR CAR DOWN THE STREET! I literally had a mini heart attack.... 

Besides that crazy story, not much is happening here! 

I have a testimony of the Savior and His role in our lives. He is at the head of this church and He is constantly directing our paths! His hand is in all things and He cares about the little details of our life. As we continue to pray, read our scriptures, and go to church, we will be able to come closer to Him and better recognize Him. 

I love y'all and I'm so happy to be a missionary. Time is flying by! 

Sister Sorensen 

We have fig trees in our back yard! They're pretty good! 
Goldfish statue thing in a trailer park. 
The view in Sylmar! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Church Tours and Hospitals

Hey y'all! 

Its been another crazy week for sure! 

Mike and Debbie were able to have a little church tour, which was so awesome! They feel more comfortable coming now, which is such a blessing! 

We had to drop Elaine :( when they don't fully feel the spirit, it's hard to teach. 

Vency is doing well. We've kept pretty good contact, but she wasn't able to meet as much as we wanted. 

Dennis is another investigator/part member family. He can't get baptized until his girlfriend/person he's kinda engaged to gets a divorce. All of that is going well and they're progressing in the gospel and with all the other logistics. 

We did some fun stuff this week for members. During weekly planning (Friday we sit down for 3 hours and plan our lessons for the upcoming week and some other things), we baked some goodies for members of the ward. We heart attacked the Olivia's and left some baked goods. We also delivered some goods to Darlene because she came to a lesson with us. It was a lot of fun! 

So, the hospital. Thursday night after I was done praying, I wanted to put my hair up cause it's pretty hot. Well, I'm on the top bunk and the lights were out. I miss judged how close the ceiling was and smacked my head pretty hard. I'm pretty sure I blacked out, but only for a second. After almost 30ish seconds I was able to respond to my companion. Somehow I also made my jaw go out of place. But we just went back to bed. By Saturday night, my head was still hurting, so I decided to text the mission presidents wife and tell her what happened. Right as we're falling asleep the mission nurse calls me and says I need to go to the emergency room ASAP. Now, missionaries are supposed to be in bed and asleep by 10:30. It was so weird being out past 11. Long story short, I'm okay. No concussion. Worst case, it was a super minor one. But it was an interesting adventure. 

I love this gospel. I love watching it work within people and help them change their lives. It changes my life. I'm so grateful to have amazing parents who taught me about the Savior. I'm so grateful for all the youth leaders who have helped me learn and grow. 

Love y'all! Keep being awesome! 
Sister Sorensen 

Some pics before we went heart attacking! 
Deer going up the mountain! 
My hospital bracelet! 

OK, story time! So 21 years ago, almost to the DAY, I went to the ER for head trauma. Kenzie remembered this picture and made the same pose. SOOOooooo.... who wore the hospital bracelet better???

I was voicing my concern for all her injuries after only 7 months and she replied this to me, 

"Lol I'm sorry my injuries made you frustrated. Not going to lie, I'm pretty frustrated with how many injuries I've had. But I'm always reminded of this talk by Elder Holland to mission presidents. 

Missions are not easy because salvation was NEVER easy! It wasn't easy for Him, it's not easy for Investigators, so little wonder why missionaries have it hard. We are representatives of Jesus Christ and we stand shoulder to shoulder with Him. So that means we must go through trials! I don't know why I have been in so much freaking pain for the past 7 months, but I KNOW my loving Heavenly Father knows me and understands me. Jesus is weeping alongside you and I! He knows more than anyone. Alma 7:11-13 is an amazing reminder. 

LOL I'm so glad you caught on to my hospital bracelet picture! I meant to mention that. The next day I was like, "I have to recreate this picture!" like mother like daughter. Except, yours was worse."

I don't know if mine was worse or note, but I can chuckle a little bit.

I'm praying that she'll have NO MORE INJURIES!!!!! Say a prayer too!