Hey everyone! This week was alright! There was some exciting days, and some boring days! I will just get right to it!
Monday- We ended up having to go to Fayetteville on Monday because Elder Augustus had to take a Guitar back! We took that opurtinity to play some basketball with the missionaries up there! I got to see some of my old homies! Elder Jackson being one of them! It was a ton of fun! Then some missionaries said we could come to dinner with them! We didnt have a dinner in Poteau so we went! After dinner was over it was to late to drive home, so we ended up spending the night! It was the worst night sleep of my life! I slept on the floor, that isnt to bad, but their apartment was like 80, so i was on fire, and I couldn't figure out there thermostat, so I just tried to tough it out!
Tuesday- We drove home in the morning, so I was not feeling very good at all! When we got back to town I was feeling a really bad mixture of sick and tired, so i laid down to try and get feeling better! After a little while I was feeling better, so we went out for the day! Now really there was not highlights from Tuesday, so we will leave it at that!
Wednesday- We had District meeting, and that went a ton better than it did last week! We were actually able to get through announcements and stuff! It was a decent meeting to! After the meeting we got a call from the Vehicle coordinator guy saying that we are getting a new car! That is some dang good news! I had to mail in our Tiwi, so until we get a new car we dont have one of the Tiwis!!! It is great!! We also helped that family move that we were going to help on Saturday! It was still a mess, but we got it done!
Thursday- I went on exchanges with the zone leaders! I went to Fort Smith with Elder Tolman! He is alright! We had a pretty good time! The first thing we did when I got there was go move a family in! You will never guess who it was either! It was that dang family we moved out that everything was a mess! It was not the funnest thing in the whole world! I am glad to be done with that one! We did a little tracting, and went out with a priest later that night! It was a pretty good day! We saw quite a few people!
Friday- In the morning before we switched back the Fort Smith Elders had a baptism interview scheduled, so that was pretty fun to go to! I didnt have to give the interview, but It is always a ton of fun to meet people who are just about to get baptized! We exchanged back after lunch, and honestly the rest of the day was pretty boring!
Saturday- It was the slowest day of them all! We tried to do a ton of finding new investigators, and had almost no success, so we will leave Saturday at that!
Sunday- We had church, and that went pretty good! Our Branch presidency was switched up a little bit, so that was kind of interesting! We had to teach gospel doctrine again, and we once again got no heads up! I think it went ok though! We also got the chance after church to meet with our most solid investigator! Her name is Dawn, and as soon as she stops smoking she will be baptized! It is going to be awesome!!!!
Well that is my week! Something crazy is that as of today I only have 60 days left! I love you all and miss you all! Have a great week!
Love Elder Jordan Sorensen
Ps I didnt take a picture this week, so this is one I havent ever sent home!
Monday- It was a good day on Monday! We went over to Sallisaw to be with the Elders there! We didnt really do anything to exciting! We mostly just threw a football around! After Elder Hawkins came to Poteau with me! That was a ton of fun! Exchanges are always good!
Tuesday- We went to the Food Pantry, and it was a pretty slow day! It was still kind of fun though! We also were able to teach 3 recent converts afterwards which was way good to have them all in a row! I also took the opportunity to take Elder Hawkins up the highest hill in the world! He seemed to really enjoy it!
Wednesday- We had district meeting, and let me tell you it was something! Usually I like to keep my district meetings at an hour! Well our zone leaders gave me a ton of announcements! Then while I was giving them everyone Kept asking questions! The announcements alone took an hour and 15 minutes, so that was really an interesting meeting! After we exchanged back! We went to a Recent converts for dinner, and it was pretty interesting! She needs to learn a lot of things about the way the church works! She wants everything to be her way every time, and it is not always like that! We did have a good meal though! Wednesday was also a crazy day! It was my 666th day as a missionary! Nothing crazy happened thank goodness!
Thursday- We had our planning session on Thursday! That was about as rough as normal ;) Planning is just not my thing! We had a family move out on Thursday, and they were the most perfect move possible! They had everything boxed up, organized how they wanted it, and in the garage when we got there! All we did was help them move it up into the truck! It only took 30 minutes! It was so great!! We usually go over to this less active family named the Lewis family on Thursdays, and this week we were able to give the husband a blessing! That went really awesome, and I really feel like they are close to coming back!
Friday- We woke up to a super gross smell in the apartment! After some investigation we found it to be our fridge! We had to clean that stuff out immediately! We found food that I am pretty sure was dated BC! There was some nasty stuff in there! We were able to meet with Matt! He is one of our investigators! He is so cool! We had a really good lesson about the Plan of Salvation with him!
Saturday- We had another family move out on Saturday! This is a bad example of what to do! They told us to be there at 9 am! We showed up at 9 just as they were leaving to go get the truck! They asked us to wait, so we did! After an hour of waiting we called them! The told us they were just gettig to where they needed to be to get the truck, and that they would be another hour and a half! Needless to say we didnt end up waiting! We also found out that they were not packed up at all! So please if you are going to get help moving! Be like the first family! We did quite a bit of fishing on Saturday! We went with a Part member family! I caught my first Cat fish! It was a ton of fun!
Sunday- It was church on Sunday, and that was pretty fun! Honestly I was to excited to pay attention because after church I got to skype my family! The call was super great! It was much needed!
Well those are my highlights for the week! I just wanted to make a note that today is my 22nd month mark, so that is super crazy!! You guys have a great week!
Hey everyone! This week has been another good one! I tell you though Time sure goes by fast! It seems like I just shot you guys an email yesterday!!
Monday- We ended up going up to Sallisaw on Monday to be with the Elders up there! We really didnt do to much, but we had a pretty good time doing nothing! Sallisaw just got whitewashed meaning they got 2 different missionaries, so It was cool to see new faces! We had dinner with our elders quorum president, and the relief society president! They are husband and wife! Not only did we have a really great meal, but we also were able to talk about some less actives, and we made a game plan on what to do with a few of them, so that was really awesome!!
Tuesday- We went to Fayetteville for a Zone Conference on Tuesday! You know those are really good, but they are really long! It started at 9, and we got done at around 4:30! There was some really good stuff, but it was just super long! The best part about the whole thing Is that I got to see Elder Jackson, and Elder Durrant! It was so good to see them again!! We didn't end up making it back to Poteau until around 6:45, and so that made it for a long day as well!
Wednesday- We had a super weird day weather wise on Wednesday! Around 9am it rained harder than i have ever saw rain! Then after 20 minutes it was clear, and kind of sunny, and then 30 minutes later it was back to raining super hard! It was like that off and on all day! It was so weird! We had this appointment, and they have fence around their house with 2 dogs! We have never saw the dogs, so they didn't know us! We walked up to the gate, and they were freaking out! They didn't look the nicest, so i tested the waters, and put my hand against the fence! The one dog started licking my hand! I took that to mean they were nice, so i went to move my hand, and as soon as i did that dang dog bit me! It turns out when he was licking me he was just taste testing! Luckily he couldn't bite me all the way because of the fence, but it was pretty dang funny! That evening we had a priest come out with us! That was pretty fun because it was the first time in a long time that I have been out with a priest! It was a good day!
Thursday- Was our planning day, and let me tell you there is nothing interesting about that! It is not my favorite thing in the whole world to do!! It was also 50 cent corn dogs at sonic, so we hit that up! I dont know if you remember, but I did that last year! It was rough! This time I didnt eat as many, and it was pretty enjoyable! There was also this pretty funny story! Earlier in the week we ran into this guy, and he said to come back so he can tell us his story! People do that quite often because there are a lot of people who "found Jesus" and love telling that story! So we went over there on Thursday, and this is what he said "I was raised Lutheran, Baptized Baptist, I work for the Methodist, and I am Pentecostal by choice" That was all he said! We were both expecting this crazy story because this guy was kind of different, and that is all he said! It was pretty funny!
Friday- In the morning we had a lesson with an investigator who is living at an Active members house right now! That lesson went really great! She is going to pray about a day to be baptized on! It was way cool! The lesson was at 10am, and after the lesson the member made us pancakes, so it was a win win for sure! We spent some time with a part member family that is way cool as well! They are pretty fun! They took us to get ice cream, and I dont think I have laughed that hard in a long time! It was fun!
Saturday- We went to a recent converts house, and they are pretty poor! The have cockroaches everywhere! It is just a cool testimony to me because they literally have almost nothing worldly, but they do not miss a week of church! Isnt that so cool? They are a huge example to me! It was super warm on Saturday to! It was 86 degrees, and that means there was a ton of yard sales! everywhere! It made for some really good opportunities to talk to some people, so that was awesome! We had two people that wanted to feed us! They both are the type of people that would get pretty upset if we cancled, and neither one of them could do a diffrent day,so we didnt eat all day, and tried to eat just a little bit at each place! It turned out pretty good, and in the end everyone was happy!
Sunday- We had Church on Sunday, and it was a pretty normal day as far as that goes! So I have been debating talking about this for like 5 weeks now! The 1st councilor of the Branch Presidency loves this movie called "The Cokeville Miracle"! I am not kidding when I say he has talked about it at least once every Sunday for the last 10 weeks! I was thinking his streak was over, and then at the very last minute of Fast and Testimony meeting he got up, and sure enough he bore his testimony about the movie! It was so funny!
Well that was the highlights of my week! I sure love you all and miss you all a ton! Have a great week!
Hey everyone! This week was kind of a crazy week! I got a new companion, and we had tornado!
I will get to all that in a minute though!
Wednesday- Most of the day Elder Butler was packing, so it got a little boring at times, but it wasn't
to bad! It was also weird Elder Butler said goodbye to some people today, and I tell you it is so weird
to be the missionary that is staying when someone is leaving! In the evening we played some Badminton
with the youth! That was pretty fun actually! I am not going to lie to you though it got super competitive
which is weird because it doesn't seem like that kind of sport! It was fun though!
Thursday- It was Transfer day, so we had to be in Springdale at 8 am that means we left at 6! It was
super weird to say goodbye to Elder Butler! We got to transfer point, and it was fun I got to talk to some
missionaries I always enjoy! Elder Jackson was there, and it was cool we went out to Lunch! I got Elder
Augustus that day as well! He is pretty cool! He is from Idaho, and has been out just under a year!
He is kind of quiet, but I really like him! That evening we went over the the Lewis family, and that was
a ton of fun! We are getting closer to getting them to church! They are just kind of being a pain right n
ow lol! We will get them though!
Friday- We had Brother Fountain come out with us, and it was awesome as normal! He took us all over
the map! I learned that there is a part of our Branch that is an hour away from the church! It was crazy!
The worst part is that the people we were going out to see had moved, so we drove a long way for
nothing! It was good to talk to Brother Fountain though! In the Evening we had an appointment with
a family, and when we got there it was only the one guy everyone else had other things come up! We
taught him a really good lesson though,and he says him and his wife are probably going to come to
church sometime soon, so that was really cool! (They didnt come yesterday! We also go to give a
member a blessing! She has had some medical issues, and was in the hospital! Her super less
active daughter was there, and it was good for her to be there for that! The Spirit was defiantly there,
so that was awesome! Friday night at approximately 11 pm there was a tornado! It was a pretty small
one, and was just outside of town! But it was a Tornado none the less!
Saturday- It was a pretty boring day Saturday! Most of the day we were updating records, and I was
helping Elder Augustus to get caught up in the area! That was honestly pretty boring, but it had to be
done! We went tracting later, and it was pretty good we got 3 return appointments which is super
awesome! I will let you guys know how they go though!!
Sunday- We went to the church and hour early, and our Branch President gave Elder Augustus a
blessing! It was pretty cool actually! Church was pretty boring honestly! There was only 40 or so people
at church, so it was way small that day! We went out with our branch president after, and we
taught this way cool guy named Matt! He has had a pretty rough life! He spent quite a bit of time
in Jail and Prison! He "found Jesus" his last time in Prison, and has cleaned up his life since then!
He was a media refferal, and he is just eating everything up! He is so cool! He Is reading the Book
of Mormon, and it has been so awesome to see him!
Well I know this one was shorter than normal, but It was a good one! I Love you and miss you guys