Sunday, April 12, 2015
April 6, 2015 To be honest I'm quite worried as well. I don't have any plans to go apostate when I get home haha but I know that the world can so easily distracted you. I just want to maintain my studies, I think if I can do that then I'll be alright. Sounds good for the homecoming thing! I want to go to an authentic Mexican restaurant!! I was able to sign up for all my classes. I think we can do the housing when I get back. YOU NEED TO TELL ME NOW IF THERE IS ANYTHING YOU WANT ME TO GET! Next Monday is the last chance to tell me anything. Not a whole lot happened this week. Just a bunch of finding and a lot of appointments falling through. Ben is still solid, he actually called us this week to tell us that he is telling all of his family and friends that he's Mormon! He said he was afraid to at first, but decided that if they didn't accept him then they must not really love him. They were all fine with it though :) I love Ben! He is like the sickest investigator I've ever had. We've taught him everything, he just needs to get married before he can be baptized. I'm really looking forward to seeing you guys again! 2 more weeks! Sorry for the short letter, but there's not much to talk about. Just make sure you let me know if you want me to get you anything. I think that's it! I love you guys and I'll talk to you next week! Elder Sorensen
Sunday, April 5, 2015
March 23, 2015
>Things in Cannock are awesome right now. We saw so many miracles last week!!! :) So the main two people that we found and have been working with are Monique and Ben. The other person that we've been working with is Monique. Monique is the mother of a part member family in the ward. Ingrid is a single mother of 6 kids and Monique is her mom, she has been visiting here for the past month or so to help Ivy out with the kids. The whole family is French. When we got into the ward everyone was telling us about this French family (because Elder Gros is French) and they were actually the first people we stopped while GQing in city center!! Crazy right? So long story short we went over to their home and were talking to Monique (Elder Gros translated for me because she doesn't speak any English) and asked her if she wanted to learn about the church that her daughter belongs to. She said yes and we started teaching her. We taught her every day last week and on last Thursday she committed to be baptized on March 28th!! SO WE'RE HAVING A BAPTISM ON SATURDAY!!!! It's just been insane to see her faith and watch her conversion happened. She’s made Elder Gros and I cry more than once. haha on that Friday we decided that we needed to find out if she was serious about her date as we had only taught the first three lessons. Sso we taught tithing, Law of Chastity, Word of Wisdom, and fasting all in one lesson, and she bore testimony of each of them and committed to live them until she dies. She said that she knows that we were sent to her from God and that anything we tell her is of God, because she can feel the spirit when we are there and when we speak. Needless to say we were weeping like little babies hahah She is so amazing. I adopted her as my third grandma. Elder Gros will be baptizing her and I'll be giving her the Holy Ghost while Elder Gros translates. :) It has been so crazy to see so much happen so fast since we got here. This week is looking like we will have even more happening as well. I'm stoked!! That's about it for this week I think. I've been doing really well with video journals here so We'll be able to watch them together when I get back! Love you guys so much!! See you in 3 weeks and 6 days!! Elder Sorensen March 30, 2015 GQing stands for Golden questioning. it's asking people the golden question that makes them want to know more. it's really more street contacting that we do, but GQing has just become the term for it in this mission. Ha that would be so cool to see dad on the stand. Things with elder Gros are really good! It's hard to have issues right now because I know that I've only got 3 weeks left! It's really starting to freak me out haha. A couple days ago I started crying in the shower thinking about it. it's the strangest mix of feelings I've ever had.... Our area is doing well! I just want to get it going and really productive before I leave. Yup! I confirmed Monique a member of the church yesterday and Elder Gros knelt next to her and translated while I gave the blessing. It was so cool. it's definitely been the most solid and most spiritual baptism of my mission. Let's see what's worth mentioning this week. We taught Ben. He had some questions about tithing, so we taught him that and we taught about the 10 commandments and Sabbath day. I love teaching Ben. He's so awesome and humble. He's really just a genuinely great guy. We keep talking about when he is going to come visit Washington. He wants to come in August, but there is plenty of time to organize all of that later. You can always feel the spirit really strong in our lessons with Ben. I think it'll be cool when I'm home I can join in the lessons via skype. Paul is a Polish less active member who has a lot of issues with anti. We've met with him a couple of times now and finally gotten his real concern figured out. pray for us that we'll be able to explain the anti in a way that makes sense to him. We had an exchange from Thursday to Friday which was really fun. I went with Elder Huff (he's been out for 6 months) and Elder Gros stayed here with the grandson of Boyd K. Packer... Elder Packer. It was pretty cool. Nothing really exciting happened other than me getting sick. haha I've been sick for about 3 days now. I think I'm nearly over it now though. Then of course we had the baptism. it was like I say definitely the best baptism I've been to on my mission. I'll send you pictures via Dropbox. It pretty much went off without a hitch! Ben came to it as well and he really wants to be baptized, but of course there is the issue of him needing to get married to Elly (his fiancée) who he is living with right now. I can't wait to see his baptism. I'm definitely going to fly over here for it next year :) After the baptism, we needed to go to the mission office to pick up some supplies for the Because He Lives initiative, and Ben actually drove us 40 minutes there and 40 minutes back! Can you believe that? if that's not a solid guy then I don't know what is. That's Pretty much everything for this week! Love you guys!! Elder Sorensen
Monday, March 23, 2015
March 16, 2015
March 2, 2015
February 16, 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Just and FYI, I (Casey's mom) got behind with all that has happened in our lives so please excuse the next two long posts.
February 2, 2015
SO. The big news is that I got transferred. I'm now serving in the city center of Birmingham!!! I freaking LOVE IT!!! It’s so amazing. We average about 20 lessons a week and my companion is amazing. His name is elder wiser and he is from pleasant view Utah. I have a feeling that we'll be together for the rest of my mission. I love it so much here. Everyone that we are teaching is right around our age so I feel like I can really connect with all of our investigators. It feels like I'm just hanging out with friends all day! I'm still in a bit of shell shock because I'm just not used to being this busy, but it is truly amazing. Having city center to GQ in is awesome. We could be there all day every day for the next two weeks and not meet the same person twice. It's a bit of culture shock as well living in a big city. I've never in my life lived in a place like this. It's so cool, although I still think Washington tops it ;) Today we're going over to one of our Chinese recent convert's house and she is teaching us how to make sushi! I am just on cloud nine. I feel kind of bad as well because I know how hard of a time Andy is going through right now and I don't want him to resent me for talking about how great my life is right now, so if you could keep this all of the down low for now that would be good. We have 4 sets of missionaries in this ward and an average of about 200 that make it out every Sunday. My companion is the district leader which make me the DLC (district leader companion.) The most sought after position in the mission. All of the perks of being a district leader without all the annoying things! haha I am really on cloud nine right now. It's been a long hard road to get to this point, but it looks like the last 10 weeks of my mission are going to be pretty flipping awesome. Elder Wiser and I have set some goals for this transfer, which are really going to stretch us, but I know we can do it.
This last week started really slow and ended at a pace that I've never before experienced. Tuesday I spent a lot of the day packing and got a few cards from the ward and a lot of really nice heart felt goodbyes. Wednesday was transfers and as soon as elder wiser and I had dropped off the luggage we headed out and had three lessons..... I know, three lessons, on transfer day. Since then it's been all GQing and teaching and giving people baptismal interviews. Something really funny happened while gqing as well haha we were talking to people outside the library and we saw this guy getting kicked out of the library by security, he came over to us and gave us a hug. haha he smelt really bad of alcohol and wasn't really making any sense, but he told that his name was Al and that he was a drunkard! I basically said that's cool I guess we all have our own callings in life or something to that effect. He took me by the arm and started marching down the street with me. He sees this really old couple and shouts at them “JUST MARRIED??" hahaha the old man laughed and asked him if he knew what the building just to the left of them was called. He shouted"PISSWATER!!" and walked away leaving them speechless. haha we madeit over near a statue and I asked him who the statue was of and he shouted at me " IT'S OBVIOUS!" I said well I don't know who it is! and he says, I'll give you a hint. and just started peeing in a drain.. haha I said pisswater? and he goes OF COURSE!!
I don't have much time right now mom, so I'll let you do the editing of all that. I love you guys so much and I'm, praying for Yulia and Andy right now!!
Love you guys!
February 9, 2015
YES I am still loving. My new problem seems to be time effectiveness, planning so that we have enough time to get to appointments and accomplish everything that we needs to, but that's definitely not the worst problem to have. I'm planning on doing a video journal today with just a complete rundown of all the investigators we are working with. I can't believe that week 1 in Harbourne is already over.. so crazy. Time is moving so fast right now! can you believe it's 9 weeks until i come home!! that's insane. On Monday we had a pretty chillaxed day. just roamed around the bullring with the zone leaders after planning. Our zone leaders are Elder Unice and Elder Kerr and they are flipping amazing. I love them so much. I'll try to send you a picture with them. On Tuesday we taught 4 lessons and a recent convert lesson and then had missionary coordination. On Wednesday we taught 3 more lessons and went to institute with one of our investigators. that was quite fun. On Thursday We had zone meeting which was really really good. The sister training leaders gave some awesome training about specific accountability and specifically fallowing up with investigators who aren't receiving answers to their prayers. then the zone leaders gave an awesome training about priorities. we don't usually ever focus on t hings that are unimportant and not urgent, and we don't usually waste our time on things that are urgent and unimportant, we spend most of our time doing things that are urgent and important, but real effective use of your time comes when you can figure out how to accomplish those things which are not urgent, but very important. after zone meeting I went on exchange with Elder Higham. he is probably one of the best missionaries I've ever met. It's like his personality was tailored for missionary work. haha It might sound fake with how positive I'm being but this is all 100% legit from Elder Sorensen himself. I love my life right now. On Friday we exchanged back and taught 3 more lessons. and did a bit of weekly planning. Saturday we had sports morning and elder wiser had to do 3 baptismal interviews. that night I had probably the dodgiest dinner I've ever had hahahaha It's a long story but I'll tell you about it when i get back. Got to save the best ones for later;) On Sunday we had all three of our appointments fall through so we finished weekly planning. that's about it! I'll try to take some pictures this week and send them to you! Love you guys!!!! Elder Sorensen
Sunday, February 1, 2015
January 27, 2015