Monday, October 16, 2017

It's Gonna Take Work

Hey y'all!

Its been a hard working week! We've knocked so many doors... And no one was really interested or home.

I think the funniest moment from Tracting was a man, half way holding the door open, and saying really quickly, "Hey, whatcha need? I got dogs and naked babies!" Maybe he thought it would scare us away. But it was pretty funny!

Despite not seeing immediate results, we have started to receive and recognize the blessings! A guy named Dennis called the Bishop and asked for a ride to church. We're going to stop by his house this week and see if he's interested in learning. We also were able to set up a return appointment for one of our potential investigators that we've been trying to contact for months! 

Our mission is going to have a mission tour by one of the general authorities! We get to meet with him and his wife this Thursday! I'm really excited about that. 

I have a testimony of faith. Faith is such an awesome thing that allows us to see miracles. Without faith, we wouldn't have very much hope or know a lot about the gospel. It is through our faith that we can gain spiritual knowledge. I'm grateful for my faith. 

I love and miss y'all! Missions are tough sometimes, but I'm having a blast! 

Sister Sorensen 
1. Mexican soda. It's pretty good! Sis. Parker is getting me Cultured! 
2. We have these little beads that make the room smell good. One was left in water and one got dried out... Yes this is the kind of stuff we do with our free time. 
3. Sis. Parker and I were getting dehydrated on Saturday, so we stopped by a gas station. Apparently they charge for the ice! 
4. Knocking on doors after 5ish hours. 

She went to the temple last Wednesday and here are the pictures from that trip. This is the Los Angeles temple.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Temple Trip

Hey y'all!

Sorry this email is so late! We had a temple trip today, so our P-day changed to today!

This past week was interesting. We're trying to find new people to teach, but it's a bit of a struggle right now. But, we know that the Lord sees our efforts and that we will be blessed!

We had a couple of good lessons though! That's always exciting. We finally had a formal lesson with Dennis! Moe and Michelle have come to our Book of Mormon class often!

So, my companion, Sister Parker, used to be in Spanish work. She misses the food A LOT. She buys and makes a lot of Mexican food, which means I have to try them too. Dinner dishes are great. The snacks? Not so much for me.... But to each their own!

Well, not much else is going on! I love and miss y'all! Thanks for all your prayers and encouragement!

Sister Sorensen

1- Duritos. It's like fake pig skin? I don't know. They add Valentina and lime juice (I think)
2-Pretty sunset
3- it was President Wells birthday yesterday and we sent this... The woman on the card belongs to our ward 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Conference and Transfers

Hey y'all!

Its been a good week! Sis. Bullock had a birthday! #20 so that was super awesome.

A lot of our appointments didn't go according to plan, but we still had a great week!

Sunny is a little challenging right now, but we're letting the Lord guide us.

The Brown's came to our Book of Mormon class, so that was super awesome!

Didn't get in contact with Amanda :( but we know the Lord has a plan!

So, transfers are today and my new companion is Sister Parker! She's so sweet! She used to be in Spanish work, so I'm so excited! We'll be able to contact more people!

Not much else is going on here! General Conference was amazing! I loved how bold our leaders were. I also loved how they said it doesn't matter what your race, ethnicity, language, or culture is. Everyone is a child of God. I know that to be true. God loves everyone, regardless of who they are. I'm so fortunate enough to learn that on my mission!

Have a great week y'all!
Sister Sorensen
1. This really cool light thing a member has
2. Always on the phone....
3&5- playing around with a street sign
4&6- the district!
7&8. Matthew Veliz. This crazy and funny recent convert. this sign cracks us up!
10. I made a rose with play dogh my mom got me!
11. The Consolo's have a pet mouse and it just ran around during conferences! Heck no! 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Half Way There

Hey y'all!

Its been a pretty good week. We had a great lesson with Sunny! We hope that she'll progress. We were able to do some unplanned service for Amanda. Hopefully we can really get into teaching! We taught a good amount of members too, so that's exciting. 

We also did some service for a less active. We moved some furniture into her house. That was super cool because I FED A PEACOCK! Yes, a wild peacock! So, I guess you could say I'm cool. After that we drove around a little bit to find some more and SURE ENOUGH! It was so cool! The blue ones are the males and the white and green ones are females.

Its been freezing this past week! It was in the 60's! Rexburg is going to kill me next year! This upcoming week is supposed to heat back up, but not in the triple digits!

I hit my half way mark and honestly, I can't believe how fast it's gone by! I'm so grateful that I was given the opportunity to serve the people of Arcadia California! 

I'm so eternally grateful for the Plan of Salvation. One of my best friends from back home and her father passed away unexpectedly. I am still heartbroken, but I KNOW I will see them again! I KNOW she's being a fantastic missionary on the other side. I KNOW she is without pain. I am so grateful for the Savior and His sacrifice for us so that we CAN see our loved ones again. I keep thinking of Alma 7:11-13. Y'all should look it up in the Book of Mormon. 

I love y'all so much! Have an amazing week! 


My companion is so cute so we take a lot of selfies ;)

My moms the greatest and sent me a half time show package for my half way mark! It's so cute!!! 

Alma 7:11-13
11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictionsand temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people.
12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.
13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me.

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