Monday, May 30, 2016

Week 96

Well this was a really good week that just passed by! Well... Sunday was really nice, but every other day was actually really tough. We walked a lot!! On thursday and friday they had some sort of holiday and so everyone left on vacation. It was pretty crazy because on Friday we literally walked the entire day, without teaching very many people. Everyone turned us down, but we kept on working. Sunday was awesome. Alfredo and Cesar are doing really well. They are 2 of our investigators that are progressing really fast. Alfredo is 21 and we have pretty much played Ping Pong with him the entire day today. He is pretty good.  Cesar is 84. In his family all of them are members. His wife was Relief society president, and his daughters are return missionaries. He just never wanted to get baptized until now. He will be baptized the 25th of June

      We also had a really cool experience yesterday after church. We went to a house of a reference that we recieved. We had went like 5  times and everytime they had told us that we couldn't enter because they were busy and then shut the door on us. Well this time before we knocked on the door we decided to say a prayer and in the prayer we asked God to let us into their house to teach them. We then knocked on the door and they immediatly opened the door and let us in. We taught the 2 parents. (the mom and the dad). The mom said that she did not believe much in God because there are many bad things that happen in the world and if he wouldnt let these things happen if he lives. We immediately invited her to pray and ask God if he is there. She prayed and during her prayer she started to cry. We asked her how she felt after, and she said that she couldn't explain how it felt, but that she had recieved her answer. It was really cool to see how fast her prayer was answered. Hopefully they will continue to let us visit them, and we will see what happens with them. 

This week coming up we could be having a baptism. There is somebody in our ward that has gone to church his whole life, but never wanted to get baptized. He told us yesterday that he would like to be baptized, so we have an appointment with him today to see what happens. 

Well I hope that everyone has a great week!!!

Love, Elder Sorensen

Monday, May 23, 2016

Week 95

Another great week in Guayaquil! We are currently teaching 2 people that are progressing really well. Alfredo and Pilar. They are reading the Book of Mormon and praying alot, so that is really great! They have not recieved their answer yet, but I am sure that they will recieve their answer soon. We had a multi stake conference this week as well. It was for Ecuador,Colombia, and Venezuela. It got cancelled because of the Earthquake so the rescheduled it for yesterday. It was great. Elder Oaks, and Elder Hales gave really great talks. They talked about tithing alot, because that is what these 3 countries need right now. We also ate a good lunch Sunday. The sister gave us a big bowl of Albacore (tuna) with Shrimp. I dont think I have ever been so full in my life. I finished the first bowl really fast, so she gave me another haha.  That is about it for this week! It was a great one! I hope everyone has a great week!
Love, Elder Sorensen

Pictures from the baptisms last week!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Week 94

Well another great week here in Guayaquil!! It was a great one because it was Stake Conference and a member of the 70 came. He gave a really great talk about keeping the commandments. The temple president from Eduador gave a great talk about family history. He shared a lot of his family's history and it was pretty good. President Torres was there and he gave a great talk about miracles and he invited all of the young men to go on a mission. We had 3 baptisms this week so that is always great. It was a special baptism because the 3 were so excited for their baptisms. The all were at church this Sunday  We have another person that should be baptized in the next couple of weeks. Her name is Pilar. She lives with her 2 sons, and she is really cool. She is reading the Book of Mormon  and she liked Stake Conference a lot. She even got to talk to President Torres,  so that was great. It was fun because I got to see all of my converts from my first sector. Yanina is the Young Woman's President in the ward 25 de Julio right now. Well that is about all for this week I hope that everyone has a great week!!

Love, Elder Sorensen

Monday, May 9, 2016

Week 93

Well another great week here in Ecuador. It was a great one and of course -it was awesome to talk to my family yesterday! :) My companion had transfers and my new companion is Elder Zarate from Bolivia. He has 1 year in the mission. The Ortega family is doing really well. The are really smart and really excited for thier baptism this Friday at 7:00. They will be happy because they have been going to church for 5 years and now will be able to be baptized, so it will be a special day. We are also teaching some other people, but they were out of town for Mother's Day, and they were not able to go to church, so hopefully they can go this week. The ward is really excited to get to work, and they are all really great people. I hope that everyone has a great week! 

Love, Elder Sorensen

Monday, May 2, 2016

Week 92

It was another great week here in Guayaquil! Well the entire weeek was actaully really good. We worked hard and found alot of people to teach. It was great until Sunday..... We went early in the morning to pick up the investigators and nobody could go... They all made up excuses. We were bummed but we put on good faces and went to church.  During church I was praying the entire time that we could find somebody to teach. Well at the end of church a member came up and told us, "My 3 kids are not baptized and I want them to be baptized". They  have been going to church for 5 years, but none of the 3 were baptized. It was a miracle to hear that. So we might be having some baptizms coming up.  I think this week or the next week we will have the 3. I am excited to see it!!! Well not much more has happened. We played ping pong all day today so that was pretty fun. I won of course haha. Im joking! I won a couple. Well I hope everyone has a great weeek!!! 

Love, Elder sorensen