Sunday, January 11, 2015

Carrying On

January 05, 2015
I'm doing fine, just trying to do everything I can for the next 3 weeks before I leave for my last area. Haha it sounds like a lot less when you say 15 weeks instead of 107 days. I can't believe it’s going that fast. It feels like I have a lot longer than that. I believe that as long as you do all you can to see the good in others and do everything you can to focus on that instead of the bad qualities, you'll see your image of them change a lot. I had a big lesson in that this past week.
This week was pretty cool; it was one of my best weeks for numbers on my mission so far! On Monday we had a Less Active lesson. On Tuesday we went out to Skegness and spent the day going by everyone we could find that lived out there. It's a 40 minute train ride so when you go you kind of have to make the most of it. Kind of like Entiat for our missionaries I'm sure. We found a few people had moved, but we did get in and get to teach someone eventually. Every once in a while, Elder Limb and I go through all of the potentials and formers and call everyone to see if we can set up an appointment. Well this week we actually had someone call back! His name is John and he is originally from Nigeria, but he is working as a general practitioner while he's in England. We had an awesome first lesson with him, but unfortunately he'll be moving to Nottingham soon, so we'll hand him over to them. On Wednesday, Elder Limb and I had a bonfire out the back of our house to celebrate the New Year and then we spent the beginning of Thursday doing weekly planning. We had lunch with a member and dinner with another member. It was pretty fun. On Friday we had district meeting, a dinner appointment and Mary’s, an appointment with Autumn (we taught the plan of salvation and she's doing really well.) and then we were invited to the YSA activity. It was a pretty awesome day. Saturday we taught Sean the word of wisdom, which he is already keeping for the most part! Just tea is his problem. We finished the day contacting a couple of referrals. Sunday was very normal finding. That was about it! Hope you guys have an awesome week!
I love you!! Tell grandma and grandpa I love them!
Elder Sorensen

Sunday, January 4, 2015

December News

December 8, 2014
Things here are okay. As you can tell I'm getting kind of annoyed with the areas I've been serving in. I really just want to teach all day every day. But I know whatever I go through is what I need to go through and it's what God needs me to go through for his righteous purposes. This week was alright. Elder Limb and I get along pretty well. I can be moody sometimes, but I get over it. On Tuesday we spent the day doing a service project for a nonmember family. We chopped down a tree with an axe! Hopefully this week we'll do the other one. Wednesday we went on exchange with our district leader. I stayed in Boston with DL Elder Holman. It was pretty good we got 7 potentials with the He is the Gift cards so that was pretty miraculous. Then we had a DA and taught the restoration to the family. On Thursday we had district meeting and then spent the day working in Lincoln. We ended the day with a DA. On Friday we spent most of the day cleaning and doing weekly planning and had a DA. On Saturday we had a cleaning inspection, taught two lessons, had our bible study and did some finding. On Sunday we spent most of the day doing finding!! That was pretty much everything. I can't wait to talk to you guys in two weeks! I'd also like to talk to the Toolsons if I can. We should have plenty of time to talk.
Love you guys! Have a good week!
Elder Sorensen
December 15, 2014
I took a picture just for you this morning!! Haha it's with me and the bike I'm building (if you remember mine got stolen.) I did the paint job myself, so that's why it's terrible haha. It was quite a crazy week. On Tuesday we had a full day of finding followed by ward council and youth. For young mens we had a joint Christmas party. It was really fun. I've been seeing more and more young men turn out since I've been doing this. I'm trying to make it fun for them and really show them that this stuff (church stuff as they call it) is important. I hope that I can be a positive influence on them. On Wednesday we tried to contact a few AUF's and give out our He is the Gift cards. Nothing too exciting. On Thursday we had our Christmas conference over in Leicester (pronounced lester). It was pretty fun, president gave us a lot of time to just hang out and talk to people so I really enjoyed that. we did a musical number for our zone and it ended up pretty good. On Friday we went on exchange with the zone leaders. I went with one of my favorite missionaries of all time Elder Debeikes. He's in the top 5 missionaries I've ever known. It was quite cool we had a miracle happen while I was in Nottingham with him. We were going by AUF's and not having much luck when we went by this one lady called Lauren. She answered the door and was a little confused at first, but then recognized us. She said she had been baptized about 12 years ago and invited us into her porch. We chatted for a bit and then she said that she was just in complete shock that we were standing here. When we asked why she said that her daughter who suffered from Bipolar disorder had committed suicide just three days earlier and that her and her sons had just been chatting about the missionaries and about the church and then we showed up! She was very grateful for us coming and we shared a bit about the plan of salvation. she graciously accepted our invitation to meet with us again and to talk about the plan of salvation. We were able to answer a lot of her questions and it was just an awesome miracle. I had a long conversation with Elder Debeikes on the car ride home about my mission and loads of stuff. It was good. Therapeutic. Saturday we had a lesson with Sean and the ward party which was fun. I played guitar for the musical item we did. That was really fun, and on Sunday we ate dinner at bishop’s house. that was about it!!
Love you guys!!
Elder Sorensen
December 22, 2014
This week, we had a pretty average Tuesday with Sally’s service project, dinner at the Andrew’s and youth. For youth we did a carol concert at the old folk’s home. It went pretty well, and then I took the young men out for ice cream at McDonalds. I'm pretty sure that's the only reason they came haha. On Saturday we went by a bunch of AUF’s (address unknown file) people who the church has lost and found. and finished the day with Chinese buffet with the YSA On Sunday we did weekly planning and had a couple of less active lessons. Talk to you on Thursday!
Elder Sorensen