Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Work Continues...

June 17, 2013 Last week was pretty cool. Week 4 of this transfer! We went to the Cheltenham stake center for zone P-Day. The stakes are the zones, so Cheltenham stake is Cheltenham zone. It was pretty cool; we just played sports with all of the missionaries in our zone and had a big water balloon fight. oh, and elder Harris got a call from president saying to start getting his English license, which means either he's going to be transferred to one of the two areas in our entire mission that need a car, or he's going to be a zone leader. Tuesday we had zone meeting, which is basically a small-scale zone conference, had a DA (dinner appointment) with the Stanley’s, and taught Janos Jr. Janos is cool. He’s Hungarian and he's going to be baptized. Wednesday I was on exchange with Elder Webber (our district leader from New Zealand) and had an awesome time in evesham. Thursday was boring as usual. Friday we exchanged with the zone leaders like I told you and had an awesome birthday. And then there was Saturday. Saturday was very eventful! We started off by taking a train to Malvern where we did a service project for one of our deaf members (weeding) and then learned some more British sign language (which I'm learning by the way) and then ate and took a bus back to Worcester (pronounced "worster") once we got there we changed back into proselyting clothes a caught a bus to our appointment with Steve brace. Steve referred himself from and lives all the way out at Brockhampron estate in Bringsty.(52.195192,-2.470315)<-- if you put that into Google maps you can see how far out in the middle of nowhere that is. Right as we were getting onto the bus we found out that there were no busses coming back, but we couldn't cancel the appointment at that point so we just went anyway. We got off the bus at the entrance to Brockhampton estate, which is massive, and started walking. We had to walk through a field and a pasture full of sheep to get to his driveway. But we had an amazing lesson with them and I'm pretty sure that they're going to get baptized. When we finished we got all the way back to the highway and started hitch hiking.. but that didn't yield any results so we started walking. once we had walked for a couple of miles we decided that calling the ZL's and getting a ride would be safer, not to mention we would get home about 5 hours sooner than if we walked. Sunday was Sunday and now we're here!
June 24, 2013 Not much to be said about the past week, I'm having trouble remembering because I'm so excited about the missionary announcement! Have you heard?? We're now authorized to use Facebook and texting and everything. And we may be getting ipads soon! It’s so cool! We have to do a training thing for it first though. I don't know when that will be, but I need my login info. This past week was really good, we are working with about seven investigators right now that we have found through our own efforts. The one I’m most excited about is Mandy. We found Mandy (40 yr. old) through her Aunt Betty (70 yrs.). Betty is completely crazy and has pretty much her own religion. Last time we were over there we tried to get Mandy on a date, but we couldn't really do anything because Betty kept interjecting and ranting on about the apostles or about sometime when she said she was saved.. And then we shared a DVD of a talk that elder Holland gave and she thought we broke her T.V. because we changed the inputs to put it onto her DVD player. She went completely berserk ranting up and down her living room about something we didn't understand and talking about how she would never be able to get her TV. fixed again. It was actually quite frightening.. At some point we got her calmed down and put her TV right and she invited us back next week... we're hoping to teach Mandy somewhere else this Friday.

Monday, June 17, 2013

News from Worcester England

June 3, 2013
Yeah, last Monday was bank holiday, so the library was closed, so we couldn't email until Tuesday. No new pictures today, but I'll be sure to have a few more up next week.
Teresa is golden. She actually already has a calling and will be going visiting teaching two days before her baptism, so yeah.
Words he wrote to his cousin, but fitting for everyone.
No matter what you do or where you go, never give up. I've only been out here for about a month, but I've already seen how truly amazing that this gospel can be and what an incredible influence it can have on people. Be an example to your family. This is an extremely crucial time for you to follow the example of your savior and keep the commandments. As your family sees the light that you bring by doing this, they will remember what they are missing and they will want to be a part of it again. Don't ever let someone else stand in the way of you doing what's right for you. You know you always have us, your family, to support you. Stay strong!
~ Elder Casey Sorensen
This week wasn't overly exciting, Elder Harris and I stayed in with hay fever on Saturday and on Friday we were gone all day for the missionary choir. I had an awesome opportunity to sleep and recover from my illness though! Pretty much the only thing cool that happened last week was when I met Janos and Janos Derian. These guys are a Hungarian father and son. Janos Sr. is fat, loud, and loves to cuss, but he also says he knows the Book of Mormon is true. His only hang-up, or so he says, is that the people in the church are no-good two-faced jerks. Even though he's only been to half a sacrament meeting. Janos Jr. is more understandable, he says that he believes in the Book of Mormon, but he doesn't know if his faith is strong enough to change his life. We’ll be seeing and talking with them today.
Words he sent to the Toolson’s,
Kurt and Shannon, Thanks so much for the weekly Emails! I love having letters to read from home about what's going on, it keeps me connected to home. I just wanted to let you both know how large of a role you played in me staying in the church and making the decision to serve a mission. I think that had you guys not been there to set an example and uplift me, I may not have made very good decisions. well... I would have made WORSE decisions. I think Kurt would agree with me in saying that I was never perfect, but I still made it here somehow and I think that your family was a big part of that. Things are going really well here! We have one investigator on date for this Friday and we hope to have a few more on date by the end of this week. I have seen a giant difference in the productivity of our day when we are being obedient as opposed to being... less obedient. These first few weeks in the field have seriously flown by. I have no idea how I've already been out here for almost 3 weeks! I'm really not used to the lack of food here. We almost never get DA's so we're left to our own devices with food and we're too poor to afford a whole lot of anything. I've already dropped a waist size, but the pants here still don't fit me. I put on a pair of size 36 waist trousers last week and my thighs nearly exploded out of them! WHO HAS A SIZE 36 WAIST AND SIZE 28 THIGHS?? That is one oddly shaped man, but that's the English for you.
Lots of Love, Elder Sorensen
June 12, 2013
I've been super busy with zone P-day on Monday and zone meeting yesterday and exchanges with the district leader today. I'm in Evesham right now on exchange and I'm only just now able to email everyone.
Glad to hear things at home are still exciting and that the blog is doing well. It feels good to be popular worldwide. I love hearing all this stuff about home so keep sending it. My bike broke last week beyond repair (I'm on exchanges right now so I don't have my camera, but I'll put up pictures when I can.) It was pretty sweet, we were about 4 or 5 miles from home and I hit a pot hole. My back wheel came off of the bike and pretty much destroyed itself in a glorious blur of flying metal parts. I then had to hoist the bike onto my back and carry it all the way back home. It felt pretty great. The baptism went awesome! We had all kinds of non-members there so that was great. Everything went through without any major problems! I'm looking forward to the package as well! I haven't gotten any post since I've been here so that will be refreshing. Could you give people my address so that they know where to mail me at? England is so cool. I'm starting to call everything by their British names. It feels pretty cool. Although I still haven't gotten used to calling pants "trousers” which gets me into trouble because "pants" over here means panties. So that gets awkward. That’s pretty much it for now, like I said I should have pictures up in the next few days.
For those of you who are reading this, PLEASE leave comments. I am going to make a book for Casey and would love to have your comments to share with him. Also,please send him hand-written letters (he is begging for "post" to:
9 Sidbury House
3 College Street Worcester,
WR1 2LT United Kingdom

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Words From the Field

Casey got his wish of cooler weather!
Words from the field:
I feel like I'm stronger than I've ever been and also weaker than I've ever been. It's not easy. It's really tough, but at the same time it's amazingly rewarding. The church is true,the book is blue.
All of our hard work is paying off. This areas (AND MY)first baptism in years is on the 7th! I've taught her for about half of her lessons. She's an awesome lady by the name of Teresa and she is just great. I'll send pictures once I have them.
I have, however, really been appreciating dad in the past few days. I've never really told him how much I have appreciated him and the example that he's set for me in life of how to act and how to be a man. Whether he has realized it or not, I wouldn't be the man I am today if it weren't for the way I've seen him conduct himself around others as well as the lessons and other things that he's taught me as I've grown up. Being in the real world has shown me what can come of kids who don't have a strong father role in their life and I can really appreciate the fact that he's done that for me.
Profound words Casey wanted to share:
Mosiah 4: 16-24
16 And also, ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish.
17 Perhaps thou shalt say: The man has brought upon himself his misery; therefore I will stay my hand, and will not give unto him of my food, nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer, for his punishments are just—
18 But I say unto you, O man, whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent; and except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever, and hath no interest in the kingdom of God.
19 For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?
20 And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins. And has he suffered that ye have begged in vain? Nay; he has poured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy, and has caused that your mouths should be stopped that ye could not find utterance, so exceedingly great was your joy.
21 And now, if God, who has created you, on whom you are dependent for your lives and for all that ye have and are, doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right, in faith, believing that ye shall receive, O then, how ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another.
22 And if ye judge the man who putteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not, and condemn him, how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance, which doth not belong to you but to God, to whom also your life belongeth; and yet ye put up no petition, nor repent of the thing which thou hast done.
23 I say unto you, wo be unto that man, for his substance shall perish with him; and now, I say these things unto those who are rich as pertaining to the things of this world.
24 And again, I say unto the poor, ye who have not and yet have sufficient, that ye remain from day to day; I mean all you who deny the beggar, because ye have not; I would that ye say in your hearts that: I give not because I have not, but if I had I would give.
Words from his Mom
This week has been a tough one. For some reason, I have been more emotional about Casey being gone. Yet, I am so proud of him. I know that he is doing the Lord's work and this is where he needs to be at this time.