Monday, January 26, 2015


Well it was another week of hard work here in Piñas. We talked to a lot of people and met some pretty cool people as well. Elder Pollock and I went to Portovelo almost everyday because we seem to have a lot more success there. When we are in Portovelo everyone will talk to us, but in Piñas we just hear "I am busy come again another time". So we like it a lot more in Portovelo.
Mario and Maria were in Guayaquil this week so they were not able to go to church, but they should be there this next week. That will be their 3rd time going so in about two weeks they could be baptized. Hopefully it all goes according to plan. Mario is very sure that he wants to be baptized. Maria not so much. We are working as a team with Mario as we teach to try to convince her. On Wednesday we are having another family night with them. While they are in Guayaquil they are buying some root beer and we will be having a root beer float party, we are pretty excited. Our last family night with them was very cool. We made some cookies and cooked them at their house. It was nice to have some cookies from the U.S.

Arturo did go to church yesterday. He has gone to church 2 times now too, so this next week will be his 3rd time. Everything should be good to get him baptized on the 7th with Mario and Maria-hopefully! We are pretty excited to teach him because he keeps on telling us of more and more people that he is sharing the gospel with too. He said next week he is bringing one of his friends to church, and last week he brought his brother.
Well this week we had some pretty good food too. Our Mamita made us some really good French bread, and we had some pretty good chicken. She does not like to cook us a lot of rice because she knows we do not like it a whole lot, so that is nice too!
Well that is all for this week, I hope everyone has a good week!

Elder Sorensen


Monday, January 19, 2015

Week 25 Best Week Yet!

Hey how is everyone doing? 

It was another very good week here in Piñas! Probably the best week yet!! We had some good lessons with Mario and Maria, and also found another new investigator in Portovelo.  His name is Arturo .He has a baptismal date for the 14th! We also found a bug that I've never been seen before. It looks like a giant ant, with wings and is as big as my hand... It was very scary. We had some spaghetti this week to, so that was a little different!

Mario and Maria are progressing very well! They went to church this last week so Mario has been twice and this was Maria's first time. They really only need one more time going to church and they can be baptized! The only problem is they will be in Guayaquil next Sunday so we will have to wait one more week after that... So they should be baptized on the 14th of Feb. We are going to their house tonight for a family night and Maria will be making us some tacos. We are pretty excited about that!

We also found Arturo this week. He is a 60 year old miner. He is a very cool guy. It is a miracle that we found him!  He was at church too and has a baptismal date for the 14th as well. He has a son named John that has some brain damage. We had a pretty cool lesson with him yesterday. We went to his house just planning on teaching him a little about the Book of Mormon, but has soon as we started with a prayer we thought we needed to teach lesson 2 (the plan of salvation.) It ended up being an awesome lesson that was completely guided by the spirit. 

These are the 3 investigators that will be getting baptized pretty definitely. They are all very cool people. We also have another family that did not make it but they are very cool too. They own a chicken and fries shop. We went there to buy fries and taught them. After that, they invite us every night to go and eat there as we teach. They won't ever let us pay and we feel pretty bad about it. They always insist that we don't pay. They are some of the most charitable people I have ever met. Some nights when we don't go in they get mad at us because they had already prepared our plates.

Well that is all for this week I hope you guys all have a good one!

Love, Elder Sorensen

Monday, January 12, 2015

Week 24

Hey guys!

Hope that you guys have all had a great week because I have had a very good one!

We are still teaching Mario. He and his wife are very cool and Mario knows a lot about the church. Oh and another cool thing is that they can both speak English fluently! They want to practice their English so they have us teach and talk to them all in English. It is pretty cool to do. He also used to have the Singles Ward song track, so he was singing us Book Of Mormon stories in English it was pretty cool. Him and his wife have baptismal dates for the 14th of February, but they only need to go to church 2 more times,  so the date can be moved forward very easily. Mario really wants to be baptized, but his wife Maria, is not too sure. But she seems like she is liking the church more and more with our lessons.

We also have a couple of other investigators, that we are teaching, but they did not come to church, so we are going to find out what happened, and what we can do to help them. This last week we went to Porto Velo a lot. It is a little town outside of Pinas. Everyone that works there are Miners. It is a cool little Miner town. 

We also are going to start having only one Mamita cooking for us everyday for lunches. It is a new rule the mission is doing. We chose Maria a lady in the ward that has a son on a mission is Brazil. She always makes really good food. This last week she made us a really good fruit salad.

Well, that is about it for this week. I hope everyone has a really good week!

Love, Elder Sorensen

Monday, January 5, 2015

Week 23 5 Months!

Hey! How was everyones new year? It was pretty crazy here in Ecuador!
Well it was a good week here in Piñas. We found a lot of new people to teach and we brought 4  to church so that was pretty good. We also had a guy just show up to the church that we had not seen before and he ended up being a really cool guy. The members have helped us a little more than the last couple of weeks and with their help we were able to have more success.
The guy that showed up to church is Mario. He is a really cool guy. He lives in Porto Velo which is a little city outside of Piñas but is in our area. It takes about 20 minutes in a car to get there. We talked with him a little bit during church and scheduled an appointment to go meet him and his wife at their house a little after church. It was a really good lesson and him and his wife are very cool people. They will be meeting us at the church tomorrow for another lesson and we will try to put a baptismal date down with them. 
We also had a couple of other people come to church. Well 3 others, but they all need permission for us to baptize them because they are under 18 years old.  We also put a baptismal date down with a guy named Luis. He is 21 and an old investigator of Elder Pollock, when he was here before. He was not able to come to church, but we should be able to get him there the next week.
We had New Year's also this week. They celebrate it pretty crazy here in Ecuador. They all make these huge paper statues. In Piñas they are not as big, but in like Guayaquil some are as big as houses.  Once the clock strikes midnight, they burn all of them. We did not see it, because we had to be inside at 6 pm, for the 31st and the 1st.  There was absolutely nobody outside during these 2 days. I think we ended up talking to like a total of 5 people each day, because there was nobody to talk to. 
There was not much more that went on this week. We had a good week bringing people to church. If we can bring them 2 more times and get permiso (Spanish) then we can have some good baptisms on the 31st of January

Well I hope that everyone has a very good week!

Elder Sorensen