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Monday, January 24, 2011

Hermana Sorensen's Identity Crisis

Alright here goes:
Reasons why this week may have been the hardest week yet:
1. Elder Jensen and Elder Moody- two Elders in our district and one, being my besty, left on Thursday morning. It was probably the stinkiest time.
2. Got some new Hermanas this week. 4 to be exact. That is supposed to be awesome right and i'll have more friends and more Hermanas to chitty chat in spanish with right? WRONG! GUESS WHO HAS ANOTHER HERMANA SORENSEN (spelled the same way) IN HER ZONA!!! THIS GUUUURRRRLLLLL! Its fine its fine right? She's probably ugly and a really hard person to get along with? WRONG! SHE IS WAAAY COOL AND I'M PROBABLY GONNA HAVE TO BE HER BEST FRIEND. Is my complex about my name going away? Not in the least.
Reasons why this week stinkin rocked and why i didn't let satan get me down:
1. I HAVE THE BEST FAMILY IN THE WHOLE STINKIN WORLD. DID THEY REPRESENT ON BOTH SIDES? hECKS YEST THEY DID!!!!!!- did i get a stinkin Rocky Mountian Elk Foundation Poster- Yes. Yes i did.
-----i opened up the package from Val and Mike and said HOLY BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPPPPPP!!! i stinkin lucked out.
3. MY BROSEPH WENT TO ISRIEL and is now back safe. Bangarang Pete- how was it? You have a letter headed your way.
4. Am i starting to understand how to teach people and not be a total awkward freak. I can form complete sentances in english.....still working on the spanish.
5. LAURA WENT THROUGH THE TEMPLE!!!!!!!!!!- that made my day Laura! You know what else made my day? When i knew Libbi was there.  You guys are awesome and honestly, the white team rocks. I am so happy for you and it seriously made my day. Find David and go to the temple with him. He is a solid
6. My D.L. (who for no apparent reason decided to hate me and attack me any chance he can get) well he and i almost got into blows. seriously. well after that, i prayed waaaay hard that i could be better. I decided that i would kill him with kindness. I love it. it has moved forward and i think its actually moving forward to a bright futue friendship. The hate, turned to love.....kind of.
7. I just got a lot of sick mail. It was great.
8. Did we go to a beauty class this last week that told us how to do our makeup? YES WE DID. And got loads of free stuff. It was cool. -YES LIBBI. MAKEUP IS VERY IMPORTANT HERE. I didn't think i would fall into it but i have found myself loving makeup. Kill me now. Hello Texas and blue eye shaddow. its gross.
9. My companion Hermana Furman- she too has taken an interest in her beauty and guess what we did. We plucked her eyebrows. I was laughing so hard. Don't you worry, i captured pictures of it. I will be sending them home. Then you can experience the tripanionship
I have a great family. I miss you. My companionship just kicks my trash but i am no longer senior companion so the mantle of responsibility has moved forward. I am loving them more and more. I have lots of hope for it. thank you to everyone who sent me mail. I am writing you back today. I miss you all more than words. HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY GUS! i HOPE YOUR BIRTHDAY IS AMAZING. I have sent you a little some'm some'm. Ya'll are beautiful. Write me.
Hermana Sorensen

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Report from Semana Dos

Ohhhh snapp!!
I know God loves me because I have a family who rocks. THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH FOR THE PACKAGE. i AM AN INSTANT SUCCESS THANKS TO THEM APPLES. 
So get this: Family, you are getting a package. I sent it today because i promise you  I have had no time to write countless letters. The insanity of life continues. A very brief sonopsys of some major events in the last week: some Elders from my zone left last saturday. They were waaaay cool and guess what, their visas haven't come in so they got sent so SLC, SOUTH MISSION! Soooooo Libbi: if you don't get your visa, you can always go home ;) - Naaa jk lol lol lol.
Elder Holland came on Tuesday night and layed it down!! There wasn't a dry eye in the house. He talked about the eternal change this would have on our lives and it struck me pretty good --yeah libbi-- it struck me good. hahaha
My Hermana who has the bum foot? Has it just been one fantastic situation after another? Why yes it has. Unfortunately, I have been in class with my teacher for maybe 3 hours in the last two days. We have to spend a lot of time at the doctor. I die a little inside but i am at more of a loss as to help my companion. It seriously is so sad. I have never felt so helpless. Oh well.. the lord giveth and he taketh away......and then he giveth again right?
Anywho: Hermana Furman (otra hermana) is siempre falling down and its so sad. yo sentio muy triste por que yo ayudo nada. I am bad at spanish and there is no time to improve it. ---oooohhh I HAVE RECIEVED SOME MAJOR COMPLIMENTS ON MY BLOG SO BANGARANG FAMILIA ONCE AGAIN.
A tragic note: Elder Jensen and Elder Moody are going to the Dominican Republic next wednesday. I am dying because Elder Jensen has been so awesome. He is such a solid individual that it kills me to see him go. I have ordered some pictures off of my card here so i will be sending some pictures your way soon but seriously....this MTC time seems to progressively slanting at a near vertical angle. (so its uphill till the end). 
I got a letter from one Jamison Jackson Lundgren. SAAAAAAAWWWWWEEEEEEEETTTTTT! - your response is in the mail. Not as cool as the letter i recieved, but i am doing my best. 
Also shout out to my lusty: I would have sent you at tape but i lacked one...and a tape recorder. I'll work on that.
Umm mom: this package i recieved today was amazing. I couldn't pick it up yesterday because i was running to doctors appointments for both my hermanas and going to the MTC prez office. Yeah...oh i got a shot yesterday. That was fun. Not. The thank's are in the mail. I sent some of them to you becasue you are either going to see them before me or i didn't have their address. I wrote about five letters. They are all in there. I didn't deserve that. I love you so much. it makes me cry i am so blessed. I miss you soo freakin much. I love you.
Dad: i love you. Your letter was awesome.  
Meg: come on. Where are the letters? haha i'm just kidding. I hope you are keeping MY PHONE in working order ;) i love you girl.
Pete: HOW THE FREAK WAS ISIRAEL?! i will write you back this week but as i have said to everyone, no time. I love you too.
Ben: I hope school is going well. I love love love you. Keep the lord in it. He wants to help.
I love you all. I love you. I love you i love you. Talk to you soon. DEARELDER.COM!!!!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Week 1 Complete...(It was the best of times, it was the worst of times)

Hola familia!!
IT was the best of was the worst of times....seriously about the only thing that runs through my head when i try to sum up this past week. I will be sending you a few of my incoherent thoughts to help with some explinations. Starting on monday, we started our regular routine and i think once i get a hold of it, it will get better. The dryers don't work here so most of my clothes come out wet and i have to air dry them. ITs a party. Well i guess lets start here: my comp. Hermana Furman has red hair and unforyunately she slips continually, so bad this week that she scraped her knee. I felt so bad for her. She has small legs and mi otra Hermana tiene "boot let" so in so in so many words we move slowly. Unfortunately even when we are not trying to get from place to place we still move slowly. ITs soooooo hard to get on the same page when learning and teaching. It kicks my trash. It really breaks my heart. Its a waaaay good lesson in pasiencia. I am praying in muy broken espanol and bearing mi testimonio. \
Dose tiempos this semana mi companieras y yo got to go outside of the mission gates. Ooohhh really quick- rumor goign aroudn that a kid a couple of days ago told his comp that he was going to the bathroom at 9:30 but instead walked out of the building, out of the gates, and walked 3 HOURS IN THE FROZEN NIGHT TO HIS AUNT'S HOUSE! wHY everyone is asking could he not have taken some of that determination and put it into his learning. Its pretty cold here and 3 hours es no bueno. Anyways- we left because we had to go to several doctors appointments for mi companiera's foot. Its still just sprained but about every other second we need to go to the health clinic or take pills or pick up my companions from off of the sidewalk or...yeah. I am getting used to it and i have heeps more patience than i did before i got here.  
I should have started my letter off with this: I HAVE THE BEST FAMILY EVER IN THE WORLD BECAUSE I GET LOADED WITH LETTERS AND EVERYONE IS ENVIOUS. I am not happy because of the envy but because i know i am so loved. I almost felt bad because i always get so many. KEEP USING DEAR ELDER.COM!! I am pretty way sure its devinely inspired. I promise now that i am going to have a regular schedual, i am going to write you all back this week. I promise. Its been a week of adjustment and change. I ran into about a bazillion people that i have the most random connections with. 
1. A new elder that came in and i sat by in the Cafeteria just happens to be John Richards-from highschool- nephew
2. While sitting at one of my many health clinic visits i talked to a mission couple goign to Daniel's mission!!
3. In that same waiting room, i met a couple who knew DAVID PHILLIPS AND SERVED WITH HIM IN AFRICA.- did she get my e-mail and contact info? -yes she did. Did she take a picture with me? -uuuuhhh you better believe it!!
4. Hermana  Maxwell just got here
I feel great and so tired and so sad and so happy all at the same time. I got to go to the provo temple this morning. It made my day. it was hard waking up at 5:45 though and walking there. -not my best memory but inside was warm and very amazing. 
I am going to have to write more about my adventures later but my laundry time is at 12:45 so i will be writing around that time to now every friday till i get out o hurr.
I love you guys soooo so so so soso much. 
mom, dad, LIBBI, MEG! - I STINKIN LOVE YOU. YOu all made me cry for the first time the other day when i was talking to a "investigator" about eternal families. did i cry in my bed that night thinking about my family and in particular my sister who i won't get to see for 2 years? yes i did. Was it such a happy time? yes it iwas. 
I need some immunization info from you mom. I love yo. I love love love lo9ve love you. i will write you soon but my time is seriously 1 minute. I love you  forever i love luuuuuuhhhhhh yall. seriously. love you. bye. 
Hermana sc 

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The start of a Happy New Year! - Sarah's first email from the MTC


I just want to continually scream that. My first few days have been........hhhmmmmm interesting. I hope you get my letter today because it will explain my companion situation. In short. I am part of a three-some and it is crazy. They are very very nice but we are literally the handicapped companionship. It takes us 10x's longer to do anything. My elders are very driven little boys. They make it hard though because they set awesome goals for us to reach but in my threesome case, they are impossible. I am learning soooo much espaniol. It makes me excited. I hope the lord knows how much i really want this language. The problem is that i have to drag my companions (literally) everywhere. My exercise is near impossible due to this...we'll just call it my "situation". 80 lbs here i come!! I really really really really really long for someone that i can truly talk to.  I know this is a lesson in relying on the Lord. Believe me, its everywhere here.. The MTC is not as negative as i am making it sound, i just wish i had someone to vent to. I know, pray to the Lord. I do.  I have and i will. I have an awesome Zone leader. He has a sweet English accent. It makes me smile when i hear it because sometimes i can't even understand what he is saying. In so many words...i love it. I am learning a lot all the time. It feels like i've been here for years though. Good thing its my third dia. No bueno. I am doing well though. The food here is no bueno despite personas telling me it was. I am eating well though. Having Elder Jensen in my district is such a blessing. We can start to joke a little before everyone gets mad at us for laughing. Its very intense and i can't wait to have some light heartedness here (which is not allowed). Oh well. So typical.

My next p-day will be next Friday. I can use this e-mail and that’s it. I can send letters so i LOVE RECIEVING THEM! Oh and for all y’all that don't want to send a physical letter, get onto and send me a letter. I seriously encourage everyone to do that. i love hearing about what is going on with you. It doesn't distract me, it actually helps me to focus. I wish i could see you guys. Tell Libbi to write me. Tell Peter to write me, tell Ben to write me. Thank you so much Mom and Dad for your letters. i love them.

Aunt Tia Val y Tio Mike, MUCHAS GRACIAS POR TU letter. It made me so happy. It was just what i needed. Yes, this place is a trip. I bet Daniel had an awesome companion because i feel like it kind of makes or breaks your experience here. Both of them are from Idaho (Rigby y Rexburg). Both of them have a great desire to want to learn. One is a convert and is a recent Physician Tech. The other has worked at the DI and as a CNA. Both are physically handicapped. Their names are Hermana Furman and Hermana Gneiting. Hermana Gneiting (nighting) slipped on some ice the monday before we got there and now has a giant boot on her black and blue foot. Both are very very nice girls though. They are both very open to the gospel and the spirit. My amigo Elder Jensen es en mi districto! He makes life better. Well i have no time. persevenar hasta el fin. (endure to the end).

I miss you all. I am growing. ITs good for me. Thanks for everything. I love love lvoe luuuuhhhhhh you! Talk to you soon,

Hermana Sorensen