Hey everyone! This week was a pretty good week!
On Monday we went to Rolla, and we went to Wendys for lunch! We went and hung out with the Salem Elders and the Rolla Sisters! It was a pretty good day! We honestly didn't do to much! We just hung out, played basketball, and had a bunch of laughs! We ended up having Wendys for dinner as well, so that was kind of funny! After that the sisters asked us to come over to the YSAs FHE, so we went over there, and I am just going to be honest here! The ysa members there really made me not want to go to a ysa when I get home! They were all MAJOR GOOBERS! It was kind of funny, but defiantly something I wouldn't want to do every week lol!
Tuesday was a very humbling day! So every month we have a certain number of miles we are allowed to drive in our car! Well last month we went quite a bit over our limit, so Tuesday Morning we got a call from President Loveland! He chastised me a little extensively, and in the end told me to park our car for the week! He also told us to not go over again, or he will take the car! So we walked most of the day Tuesday! We did service at the food pantry, and it was interesting they had us do something that we usually dont do we had to work in the freezer, so not only were we out walking in the cold, but we were working in the Freezer, so I think the Lord was really trying to teach me a lesson! We had to bike about 5 miles out to dinner in the cold as well, so it was really an interesting day!
On Wednesday we went out tracting! Again we were on foot, and again it was a pretty cold day! We were all bundled up though, so it wasn't to bad! We knocked into a super less active members house, so that was cool, but he didn't want to talk! We also tracted into this Weirdo! He let us in, but it was so weird he wouldn't turn on any lights besides this little tiny lamp, and he just keep saying like weird and creepy things! Needless to say we didn't stay very long! On the walk back to the apartment for the night we noticed that there was little flurrys flying around, so I got really excited, but not snow yet :(!
On Thursday we got a media referral which means someone got onto Mormon.org, and requested either a Book or Mormon or a Bible! Well this address said it was about a 30 minute drive for us! Now us not having a car asked a member to take us out there! We got out where we thought it was, and tried calling them because we couldn't find it! Well to make a long crazy story short They live in Texas, and their address is very similar to one here in Missouri, and I guess they didn't put a zip code, so it came to the one here! It was pretty funny to talk to that guy though because he was clearly black, and he was super funny! Also with this walking it made me really appreciate our car because a drive that takes under 10 minutes took us about an hour to walk, and that was hard! We had dinner at a members house, and they had Fried Chicken for us! It was pretty good, but they had it on a really nice serving platter! I asked them if it was a home made receipt and it turns out they got the chicken from a fast food place, and they tried to hide that they did, and it was super funny!
On Friday we went out with a member to Owensville to go out, and try and contact all the less actives that live out there! On the way out there the member wanted us to try and teach his landlady, and he said we could come over, so we went to her house! She didn't answer her door, so the member was like lets just walk in! We are just sitting on some random persons couch waiting for something, well them some dude walks out of the bathroom, and at the angle of the hallway and stuff he could only see Elder Durrant and Me, so he was reaching in his pocket for something, and walking towards us! He saw the member, and recognized him! He was reaching for a gun that he thought he had, so he let the member know how dumb that was, and then told us that the lady we were looking for wanted us to come visit her at work! It was kind of crazy! Out in Owensville we didn't have a ton of success, but it was still pretty good! We had a ward party for dinner! We celebrated all the December birthdays in the ward, so yes Mine included! We ate at a Chinese buffet, and that is always a good time! After we played basketball with the youth, and it was a lot of fun!
On Saturday we went out and cut wood! We did that all day! We did 3 trailer loads, and two truck loads full of wood, and then we delivered it to members who needed it! It was kind of crazy when we were cutting it this guy with a chainsaw was cutting this tree, and it fell wrong, and almost hit our Elders Quorum president! He was wearing a beanie, and it got so close that a branch hit his beanie and pulled it off, but he said that not one branch touched him, so that was really crazy! I dont know if any of you remember me talking about an Elder Bettinson when I was in Tahlequah, but he was in my District! One of his areas was Sullivan! He is home now, but he came and visited Sullivan on Saturday, so I was able to have dinner with him and his family, and that was kind of cool! At dinner there was this little kid there, and he didnt want to eat his dinner, but you know parents were making him eat! Well he was saying his tummy hurt, and all of a sudden he just puked everywhere! So hopefully there was a lesson learned there lol!
On Sunday we went to Church! It was pretty normal week! I dont know if I told you guys this, but Elder Robert C Gay of the Seventy visited our mission on the 12th! So on Sunday we drove down to Springfield to spend the night because the conference started at 7 in the morning in Bentonville! So we got a ride to Rolla, and then got in the car with Salem,and drove down to Springfield! We spent the night with Elders Green, Roberts, Hess, Coley, Durrant and myself! Elders Wilcox and Roy were supposed to be there two, but there was a really bad car wreck, and they got stuck in the traffic after it, and was parcked on the Highway for 4 hours, so they got in at like 2 am! We had a ton of fun! I know why they dont let us do that very much! We stayed up way to late lol
On Monday we woke up at 4, so I got like 3 hours of sleep lol! We got on a bus, and rode to Bentonville! Elder Gay was really cool! He told us a lot of cool things! One thing he said really stood out to me! He said "The Spirit is ALWAYS talking! It is just a matter of if we are listing" The rest of what he said was really good as well! One of the best parts of the conference is that I got to see so many of Missionaries that I have really missed! Including Elder Naef and Elder Wilde who go home in 2 days! It was so much fun! President then made a crazy announcement! They are taking 3 of our zones, in the Tulsa are (including Tahlequah) and moving it into the Oklahoma City Mission! We keep all the missionaries, but loose the areas! Now this kind of jacks up our transfers, but ill explain that in a minute! After the Conference we got back on the bus and drove back to Springfield! When we got there it was 8pm, and because we had a two and a half hour drive home we decided to just spend the night in Springfield!
Tuesday was a really boring day, but at night we got our transfer calls, and Elder Durrant and I are both staying, but we herd a rumor that it is only going to be a 3 week transfer, and then we will have another one! It is a 3 weeker, so we can line up our transfers with the Oklahoma City mission for the zone swap things!
Well that is about it for me! This is my last week as a teenager, so that is kind of a crazy thought, but I Love and miss you all so much
Love Elder Sorensen