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 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

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