At age 19 I chose to leave my family in Providence Utah for 2 years, to spread the Gospel to the people of New Zealand, so they can be with their families for Eternity...

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday August 29th

Kia ora, or now I can say Malo se fua!

     Transfers happened, and the news is I got shifted out.  I'm back in the city (Auckland).  My companion is Elder Fiu from Savai Samoa.  I'm covering two wards in the Waterview Stake.  I cover Avondale, and Titirangi wards.  Its a pretty big area for the city.  On Sundays we are at church from 9am till 4pm going to the two wards.  There was a convert baptism on Saturday, which was the first on in the Titirangi ward in about a year and a half.  So thats about all I know about this area.  Elder Fiu has been out for about 6 months now and he's pretty on top of it.  He went to church college for his four high school years, so his english is pretty good.  Its pretty cool to hear him speak samoan to other people.  I wish I'd been called to one of the language programs.  I found out that Elder Falepapalangi (my MTC compnion) was put in the Tongan program pretty much right after he got here.  Now he's training in the English program for this transfer.  I found out that he covered all the tongan speaking people in the stake I'm in now.  
     There's a lot to look forward to in this area, its big with heaps of people.  My district here covers the Chinese elders, the samoan elders, and us.  There used to be the tongan elders too, but they closed the area for at least this transfer.  And that means we've got a car for this transfer.  That sure would have been nice in Tokoroa.  But I'm happy we've got a car.  If I can get a picture I'll show you my area.  But we stay on 121 Lynnwood St (I think Avondale).  I don't know how to explain it any other way.  
     I don't know much else to talk about, so I'll let you all know about stuff next week.  I love you all and appreciate your support!

Aroha nui! 
Elder Sorensen
Baptism of Peter and Vienna      
Cristus at Visitors' Centre

My last district

 Me kicking Elder Fiu into the font

Baptism of Bianca Pita

My companion Elder Fiu (Savai, Samoa)

Monday, August 22, 2011


Kia ora whanau!
     This past week was a good week.  Not too much has happened.  The weather is about like it is in Utah.  Cold nights, frosting overnight usually, but warm sunny days.  It feels like spring every day.  Sun shine sure puts people in better moods to talk to.  We've finally been able to find some more new investigators.  Its been a while since we've found any investigators that want to keep learning.  Jack, Paige, Vienna, and Peter are all still coming to church, and I got a letter from the Puletaha's in Te Kuiti.  This is what Stacey Puletaha said
     "Things are great here went in to the temple to get my nan and brother baptisted,but yes cant wait to seal into the temple so for sure will let you know.  Kasey is doing great he is now second councilor in the church and we have received heaps of blessings,so happy that you and Luckhardt made me see the once again thanks heaps.  I have a calling in the church I am relief society security and its not much but hey its something."
     Being able to see the people I have baptized so active and happy feels so good!  Missionary work is hard and I think no matter how much you get used to it, you still have to get out of your comfort zone every time, but when things happen, it is sure overwhelming.  And it strengthens my testimony and makes me want to do it more. 
     Transfers is this week, and I have no idea what's going to happen.  I have lots of thoughts both ways.  I've been here for about 4 months, but missionaries here usually stay for about 6 months, so...?
     Oh yeah, last week I got to go to a burial for member.  He was a Cook Islander (I knew his son when I was in Hamilton), so there was heaps of people.  I'd guess a couple hundred.  Rather than being all quiet, there was heaps of singing and chanting.  Even though he was a member, the pastor from the PIC (pacific island church?) Presbyterian church said a couple of prayers and sang a couple of songs.  Then Howard's (the deceased) son Theo (the one I knew from Hamilton) dedicated the grave.  Its pretty cool to experience the cultural differences in things like deaths and things.
     Well next week I'll let you know the news about transfers.  Thanks again for everything you all do for me!  I appreciate all the prayers and support.  Love you all!

Aroha kotau! 
Elder Sorensen

Monday, August 15, 2011

Aug 15, 2011

Kia Ora Whanau!!

     IT SNOWED HERE IN TOKOROA!!!!!!!  Its the first time I've seen snow in over a year!  It started after I got out of the shower and my companion was in the shower.  So I had to run out and play in it a bit.  It only built up a tiny bit on the car windscreens, nothing on the ground.  It lasted off and on for about an hour or so, and now its sunny, but still cold.  People here have said that in their lives they can only remember it snowing in Tokoroa like 3 or 4 times.  They say that it only snows in Taupo and Turangi southwards, so I thought I'd never get to see the snow in New Zealand, but boy am I lucky.
     Peter and Vienna's Baptisms went great!  A real special one.  The spirit was there and lots of people were crying.  Not me though, I'm tough.  I looked over at Vienna's mum while she was getting baptized and saw the tears in her eyes.  After the baptism both Peter and Vienna bore their testimonies (after a bit of encouragement).  Vienna walked up to the pulpit with one of her friends from the ward by her side.  Its always so touching to see the power of friendship.  Peter was grateful for the friends he has made in the ward, and he said he hopes to be able to live up to what he said he'd do. 
     To think that a baptism like Vienna's came from one of the young women inviting her to church a few times, her feeling the spirit, and asking her if she wants to learn from the missionaries.  It can happen so simply.  It makes me think back and wonder if there were any non members who came to church that I didn't talk to. 
     Peter also bore his testimony at church on Sunday too.  The confirmations were great too.  The ward mission leader has a great idea of spreading out the new member lessons over three months so that they can have good contact with the member during the hardest part of conversion. 
     Things are great, and I'm happy to be a part of such a great work.  Aroha kotau, I love you all.
Aroha nui! 
Elder Sorensen

Monday, August 8, 2011


Kia Ora!!

     Ke te pehe kautau?  I can't believe another week has passed in my oversea's experience in Kiwi Land.  I see it more and more ever week, that days feel like weeks and weeks feel like days.  Last Saturday we had a temple trip, and Peter and Vienna came.  It was a big success.  Pretty fun to go with everyone packed in a mini van, 8 seats full. 
     Brother Wright as the ward mission leader is awesome.  He's saving us a lot of stress making sure there's food/clothes/food/programme/food/water and a light refreshment afterwards.  So its really nice that he's taking care of everything.  Sadly we're going to drop Patu.  He's just not keeping any commitments. 
     So last week my bike got stolen again, and found again.  We've been pretty busy otherwise I'd take a picture and show you a picture of it now.  We were going to a lesson with Brother Wright and we saw a couple of teenage girls on bikes, and Elder Jibas yelled out "thats my bike, follow them!"  So we followed them down a street and they took a dirt footpath between a couple streets.  We turned around to head them off.  We jumped out of the car to look for them and they were running back the other way.  Went back to the other street and they were gone, but my companion went to look where they were at and they had left the bikes in the trees.  His was pretty much the way it was, but they've hand painted mine.  You'd think that they'd do a halfway decent job, but it's pretty terrible.  But it still runs from point A to B.  I'll have to get some mud flaps again so I don't ruin my suits.  But all this just makes me laugh.  And I'm definately going to take better care that my bike won't be stolen again. 
     Well I've got limited time this week, but enjoy the pictures.  Love you all and thanks for everything!

Aroha nui!
Elder Sorensen

Feed after Jack's Baptism

Kaimai's pass

Back Side of Kaimai's