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, September 26, 2011

Monday, Sept 26th

Kia ora!

     This week was really good.  Temple trip (which was really good) and busy last minute things, but everything went well for Peter's Baptism.  This font takes at least 2 hours to get luke-warm.  We were going to fill it Saturday night and warm it Sunday morning, but bishop said not to.  So we got to the chapel at 5:30 in the morning to fill and warm the font.  That meant waking up at 4, getting ready, and taking the 10-15 minute bike ride uphill to the chapel.  I almost fell asleep on the ride up.  But the baptism went well.  Nice and short, one speaker.  And on Friday I think it was, he asked me to baptize him.  So thats my 3rd person I've baptized.  Pretty cool experience.  He really enjoyed the baptism as well which was good considering how nervous he was.  Something I've noticed about pretty much all the people I've helped to get baptized is that they all go through a big trial.  But the ones that come out on top are really strong converts.  
     Pare ended up coming to church, and really enjoyed it.  On one of our first lessons she said she was a lot like Joseph Smith going to lots of different churches looking for the right one.  She said she doesn't like the crazy rolling on the ground ones.  So she liked ours.  Last lesson she had some doubts and want to be a fence sitter (for at least the word of wisdom), and is really tired of being pulled so many different ways by friends, family, and everything else.  Hopefully we'll be able to talk to her and help her to see that following Christ will be the easiest path.  Aubrey didn't get baptized on Wednesday.  We called him at 5 on the way back from Auckland when we stopped at Pokeno's for some ice cream.  He said that he didn't like the font and wants to get baptized in the river.  Isn't that the weirdest concern you've ever heard of?  We've got a lesson with him tonight and hopefully we'll be able to clear it up for him.  I wouldn't mind doing it at a river, but both bishop and President Lekias both said if there's a font available, use it.  This'll be an interesting one.  
     The temple trip was really good.  We had to get up early so we could leave on the bus at 7:30 in the morning to get to Hamilton in time for the session.  It was really fun being on the bus with heaps of Samoans that sang the whole way down.  Man, Islanders are mean singers.  There were so many people in the session that quite a few men had to sit in the balcony, which included me.  So I was one of the last ones, and when I got to the Celestial Room they said it was about time to leave.  After that we had a really good conference at the Higgens Road chapel (my first area chapel).  Then on the way back we stopped at Pokeno's ice cream.  The one where you can get heaps of scoops of ice cream.  
     I'm happy healthy, and now that I'm back in the city, gaining weight again.  Things are heating up and raining more, and I'm still loving every minute (except for biking in the rain) of it.  Love you all thank you for your support.

Aroha nui!  
Elder Sorensen

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Sept 19th


     Happy birthday to Jake!  I can't believe you're 23.  So weird.  Time is going so fast because so much is going on.  With having four people set for baptism we have to make contact with them daily plus all our other investigators and keep up with meetings and everything.  It feels a lot like spinning plates.  When one slows down you have to run and spin again, then to the other, and the other.  It makes time go fast, but its sure hard to keep track of everything.  
     This last week has been really wet and rainy.  Some days are windy too.  Its sunny for about 5 minutes, so I take my jacket off because its too hot to bike in the sun with a jacket and my suit on.  Then a big cloud comes and rains off and on for about an hour.  Then it repeats.  Makes long bike rides a real pain.  Especially when we have to go to Green Bay to visit Aubrey every day or so.  After some talking and questions and everything else, we've settled on baptizing him on Wednesday at 8pm after our temple trip.  I'm super excited to go.  It feels like its been ages since we've been.  
     Peter after much prayer and fasting has found a place to stay with a member of the Titirangi ward!!  So his baptism will go ahead at 8 am on Sunday morning.  Sorry its so short and so late, but our P-day activity took a lot of time today.  Thank you for your prayers on my behalf.  Aroha kotau!

Aroha nui!  
Elder Sorensen

Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Sept 12th

Kia Ora!

     This week was pretty crazy.  We lost the car to some new Chinese Elders last Wednesday, and so we're back on bikes.  Then Elder Fiu popped his tire on Saturday morning, and we ran out of patches.  So we had to walk Saturday and Sunday.  We had an investigator named Aubrey call us up and Friday (because we hadn't seen him in two weeks) and he said that he wanted to meet with us.  We went over, and in a round about way he said that he's had a big think, and a change of heart and wants to be baptized!  He said that if we could clear up a few questions for him he would be baptized.  So after a long as lesson we asked him when he'd like to be baptized.  He said that Sunday.  It could have been possible, but the bishop said to do it next week.  But he needed to come to church one more time, and he missed this Sunday.  So we're going to have to do it on the 24th.  He's not going to be too happy about it, but thats how its going to have to be.  
     Other than loosing the car, walking for two days, setting and and resetting Aubrey, and giving talks and a lesson in each ward on Sunday, not too much has happened.  Oh yeah, the world cup started last Friday!  We could barely see the fireworks from where we were, but it was still pretty cool that the world cup was within sight.  I'm so close and I can't go or watch it!  Gutted bro!  Sorry, I'm a bit short on time today or I'd write some more.  Could someone at home check and see if the cup is being recorded, because I set it up to record.  Thanks for everyone's support.  I really appreciate it!

Aroha kotau!
Elder Sorensen

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sunday, September 4th

Malo se fua! (Samoan hello)
     Wow, another week has gone by.  Not too much is happening here.  I'm still getting used to the city again.  As they say here, its much more busier.  I'm trying to learn all the street names.  I didn't realize how nice the block system is.  You can actually figure out where things are.  But here, if you don't know the street names, you're out of luck.  Its nice that my companion knows it pretty well. 
     I'm not sure if I've mentioned about Alana, but she's 18.  She's given up smoking and drinking tea and coffee.  Well, she's doing pretty well.  She's been good for a week.  She didn't make it to church, but she still qualifies for her baptism on Sept 24th.  And then we have Peter who's 51 and never been married.  I feel bad for this guy.  He's just been flatting around NZ for about a year.  He's from Brittan.  Got diagnosed with asthma two years ago, and diabetes on Friday I think it was.  And he just got told he has to be out of his flat in two weeks.  The last one is a mixed blessing because he technically lives outside of the stake, and so now he's looking at flats that are in the ward.  But last lesson he said he's not nervous about his baptism.  So he's moving along pretty well.  Then the only other real investigator we have is Tanaea (Tanaya).  She's turning 21 next month.  She said she was really close to God last year.  Then something happened and she wants to get close to Him again.  She's really smart (for a change haha).  So things are looking good for her. 
     Last week I also got to go on a trade off with the district leader Elder Walk, who happens to be in the chinese programme, and the only missionaries allowed in downtown Auckland.  It was so much fun.  I got to go down queen st and see sky tower.  We also had a lesson completely in chinese, where I just sat there and looked important.  I found out afterwards that they commited him to be baptized and he accepted.  I could only tell that they were talking about the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Anyways, it was really fun, and I like Elder Walk, he's really down to earth, but has lots of faith and a really strong testimony. 
     I'm still loving my time here in New Zealand.  Gearing up for the Rugby World Cup opening on Friday.  I wish we could go.  Oh well.  Love you all!
Aroha nui! 
Elder Sorensen
 Michelle (Frederick was asleep)
 Green Bay Beach
 Me at Green Bay Beach

 Downtown Auckland
 My area at night time