Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ripley Has a Walmart!!! I am so pumped! 2/25/2015

This week has been super eventful! It literally rained ice! Where in the world does it rain ice? West Virginia of course!!! The ground was this thick sheet of ice and it was impossible to walk anywhere without almost killing yourself. The sick kitty is much better! This cat is only alive because of Gods loving grace. I didn't do much for it!! Haha. 
Snow and ice!
More snow!
Thank you for the birthday wishes. My birthday was filled with cheese cake, laughter, progressing investigators, and a super great companion. I am so blessed to have a family that loves me and wants me to progress and succeed! Thank you so much.
Happy birthday banana bread.  (Hmmm)

Happy birthday cakes with Diana and Sandy.
I got a hair cut last week. The women totally chopped off all of my hair! I was not impressed! AT ALL! Haha. Good thing it will grow back. 
West Virginia sweatshirts and a hair cut.
 So I have some great news! Sister Erickson and I are both getting transferred tomorrow. She is going to Blacksburg Virginia and I am headed to Ripley West Virginia. The missionaries in Flatwoods will be Elders now. When they changed the mission age to 19 for sisters there were a lot of sister missionaries.  Now they are all going home and there are not as many sisters so we are turning Flatwoods over to the Elders.  My new companion will be Sister Lopp! She is so sweet! I have met her a couple of times during zone meetings and exchanges.  She is fantastic! I cant wait to serve with her. I will however miss Sister Erickson with all of my heart. She is an amazing missionary and she is going to change the world. I love her so much.
Sister Erickson and I have really focused on bearing our testimonies this week. A lot of our investigators and members are really sad to see us go. I don't blame them at all. I was the same way when I learned the Sister Missionaries were being transferred from our stake back home. It has been amazing to see the way the branch has become unified and the determination our investigators have to keep progressing. I will miss them so much. 
But I know that there are good people everywhere and I cant wait to meet the members in Ripley. Its going to be a great adventure!
I love you!

Sister Sorensen
Beautiful West Virginia!

Just Do It!

Fred and the Sutton Food Bank Crew.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happy Birthday! 2/20/2015

It has been a little chilly this week. It has snowed and snowed and snowed! Like 6 inches!!!!! The world stops in West Virginia when it snows. Nobody goes out! They have these things called flurries here. Its where the wind picks up the snow that has already fallen and blows it in your face and up your skirt! It is not a pleasant feeling at all! Haha. Mercy, its gets cold!
This week was full of adventures! I drove the truck through a super deep river! We may or may not have almost got stuck and died. Sister Erickson almost peed her pants! It was a blast! I love driving a truck!! You can go anywhere and do anything! I am wise though! Safety first!!
On Monday I got a call from one of our investigators asking us to come over to her house because her cat had a wound that needed to be fixed. She knew I internshipped with a vet clinic for a VERY small portion of my life and wanted me to see if I could help the cat or not. So we get to the house and the cat has an open wound the size of a silver dollar!!!!! I have no idea what to do!!! I came on my mission to help people not animals!! Sister Erickson was totally grossed out and so was I. We irrigated the injury and put some neo on it. I then told the family that I had done everything I could but we needed heavenly fathers help too! So we all kneeled down around this dying cat and said a short but sweet prayer. The cat is still alive! Thank heavens!
So I had a sorta kinda had a traumatic experience this week. I was backing up the truck and I scraped a little bit of the paint off of the upper right side of the bumper. I lost all hope for a couple of minutes. We called the mission vehicle coordinator and he told us he would examine the truck at zone conference on Wednesday. I was freaking out!!! We super washed the truck and vacuumed the inside like twelve times in hope of softening his heart. The day quickly came and I thought I was going to vomit! During a break in the meeting I walked up to him to apologize for the damage. Before I could speak he shook my hand and told Sister Erickson and I that we had the nicest looking vehicle he had seen in while. The scratches were not super deep so he wasn't worried about them! I am so blessed! What a tender mercy!
This week was full of miracles. When it is cold the people don't like to go out. So we can knock on any door and someone will be home. We have picked up 7 new investigators this week! What a blessing! Our investigators are all progressing! I know that it is all because of God! I am so grateful to be serving in Flatwoods. The blessings are so great as well as the people. There is no greater gift than to get to serve Christ! I love ya.
Sister Sorensen

Monday, February 9, 2015

Busy Week! 2/9/2015

With President and Sister Salisbury
Sister Erickson and I had a super busy week. We love busy weeks because it means there are good people out there that are ready to hear our message of comfort!
I when on exchanges in Charleston this week with Sister Kitto. Thankfully there were no falls or injuries. Haha. I love exchanges because you get to see different teaching styles and learn more ways you can be obedient. I LOVE our Sister training leaders. They are always reminding us Sisters to look at our hearts and to never focus on the negative. They are the best! 
However, coming back to Flatwoods was my favorite part of the exchange. Flatwoods has become my home away from home. As soon as we pulled into the driveway I hopped out of the car, ran inside the apartment, and gave Sister Erickson a huge hug. She is by far the best companion and Trainer ever! I have come to love her like a real sister.
We did a lot of tracking this week with not much success. It was a beautiful week so no one was home. We looked everywhere. We went to the park, the grocery store, and the gas station. When the weather is nice I'm not sure where the people of Flatwoods go? Haha. Next time its sunny outside I'll have to go on another adventure!
Sister Erickson and I also had a Zone meeting this week. It was great. I learned that you reap what you sow and we should always be striving to make a Christ like effort in all our actions. Zone meeting is always fun because you get to meet and mingle with other Sisters.
We put a new investigator on date to be baptized while another one went to jail. That was interesting. Haha. I have learned how bad of a drug problem America has while serving here in West Virginia. It breaks my heart to see people ruin their lives and family's lives.
We met our new investigator through his wife who is a less active member. He is super kind!
Sister Erickson and I have high hopes for him!
I love this gospel! It is the best thing ever! .

Sister Sorensen
I just had to take a picture of this.

Look at what Grandpa sent me!!!  Potatoes!!!!
No words necessary!!