Monday, September 22, 2014


Time flies when your in the service of your God,

          I can't believe it's been a year already. This is going by way to fast. I know i'll wake up one morning in my bed back home and not even know where the time went. Right now i don't want that morning to come. i love being a missionary. I feel like i have learned everything i need to know, to know "How to be a Missionary" now it's time to use everything i've learned and will learn to the fullest, to labor till that morning comes. 
          This week was a week of miracles. Rigby is a Zone of miracles. I still love Rigby, its so peaceful and mellow. Driving through fields, trees, no one on the streets. it's calm. And the spirit is felt so strong here. The people are good and the water is clean. haha. i enjoy it here. :)

           Elder Fontes and I have 3 miracle baptisms coming up. Karol, Casey, and Ashley. They are amazing. Karol is a wonderful woman who lost her husband and has found the Lord. Casey a single mother of 2 of the cutest twins. And Ashley one of the most humble 13 year olds i have ever met. 3 separate lives, but similarities in their faith in Christ. They motivate me to change. I try to do everything i can for them and their conversion. they matter to me. 
            It's amazing how, when you love someone you change for them. You change for good. Because you are ultimately changing for God. I find it interesting how you could meet someone for 5 minutes and love them. Love is a strong word. so how could one love someone they have just met? Maybe it's because we found one of our friends from the pre-mortal life, or just the knowledge that they are children of our Father in Heaven. What ever it is it's powerful. 
            I saw friend from the Laie 2nd ward this week. Brother Clements. I don't know if Idaho is just popular or if the world is even smaller in the church. I even met my friend Giddeon's sister in-laws parents. The Morgan's they had us over for dinner and we talked about hawaii the whole time. 
           It's kind of funny that even though Elder Fontes is from Brazil, peoples reactions are still the same when i say i'm from Hawaii. haha i guess people don't really know much about Brazil and it seems like everyone has been to Hawaii here. So they just get so excited about their experience. I find it a blessing to be able to bring those happy memories back and relate to people. The Lord has prepared the way for me.

          Elder Fontes and I got to host and put together the missionary fireside last night in Idaho Falls. It turned out great! Fontes counted about 130 people. I got to conduct the meeting, I was nervous at first but after the first couple announcements i was comfortable speaking on the mic. It's so awesome that the mission teaches us so much. Especially getting out of your comfort zone when you have to speak to a lot of people. 

           I love my mission. 

Stoked to Serve

Elder Soren

Rigby, Idaho

scheduling Appointments?

The Rexburg Temple

with Bro. Clements

Rigby High School

what our weekly planning turns into...
Me sticking Fontes' stuff to the roof

                                                   Domb Dinners


Monday, September 15, 2014



    Rigby is so awesome!!! I absolutely love it here!!! Rigby is so different from Pocatello. Everyone here is so mellow and chill. Everyone is so loving and genuine. Its a very small town. Lots of farms and the houses are all far away from one another. SOOO different. The families are so nice and so supportive of missionary work. Everyone just seems so happy here.

    The Rigby Zone is stacked with exceptional missionaries. There are 6 sets of sisters and 4 sets of Elders including Elder Fontes and I. The Sisters carry the whole zone. They are such awesome sisters! There is an Elder Keil in the zone, he said he has relatives in Laie. Most likely related to the Keils in Laie 2nd ward, garantee Uncle Magi and his family. Small world. All missionaries in the Zone are fun hard working missionaries i'm so excited to be here!!! 

     Elder Fontes is such an amazing missionary. I am so excited to serve with him. He's super chill but such a hard worker. We get along so well. He's super funny and we have a good time with the Zone. I hope i stay here for a long time. I hope to serve with him for a couple transfers. I just love it here! the Lord knows i need good companions to keep me in check haha i've always had the best of the best. 

      We have so much work here and i am so excited to work with families again. We have some amazing investigators here. It already feels like family. 

We had our first miracle this week. One of our investigators, Karol's, baptismal date was on general conference weekend. We asked her to pray about moving her date closer in September. She didn't like it at first. The next time we went over She said... 

"You know what, i've prayed once, twice, 5 times, and i haven't got and answer yet.... So i think God already gave me my answer and now i gotta make my own choices... Your on Buckos!" hahah

We were so stoked! She came to church yesterday and is progressing to her baptism on the 27th.

I am so so so excited to be here and to serve in Rigby. 

Stoked to Serve
Elder Soren

Serious Socks

Elder Keil half Samoan? lol yeaaaaaa

Hermana Nielson! 
She knows some of the California kids from BYUH

Monday, September 8, 2014


This has been such a crazy week! IM GETTING TRANSERED!!! :( i'm finally leaving Pocatello... being transferred up to RIGBY. Its pretty far up there I don't know much about it but that in the winter it gets cold, so that will be an adventure!

       I'm pretty sad to leave poky i've spent a year here, it's home to me. Yesterday when we were baring our testimonies it felt like another farewell talk :( I made so many friends here and there are so many people that I call family, its sad to leave them. But I know the Lord has families and people in store that I am meant to meet. I'm gunna miss Elder Jones and all the missionaries here in Pocatello. I only know a few missionaries up north in Idaho falls but all my friends are here.

        Although i'm leaving I am stoked for a fresh start and a new adventure! I met my new companion Elder Fontes at MLC this Friday! he's super cool. he's from Brazil, my second brown companion! haha We are already best friends! we sat next to each other at the meeting and talked about the Zone. We have some really great missionaries, i'm so excited to work with them and serve them! I'm excited for the Holidays and spending the major ones with Families I get to meet in Rigby. IT'S GUNNA BE FUN BEING IN THE SNOWWWW I can't wait for it to be packed with snow!!!!

       I don't have my new address yet but this is the new mission address!

 135 S7th Ave. Pocatello ID 83201

This morning I became a true Idahoan. And Embraced my inner MOKE. Roman and Raul Barela took elder jones and I up the mountain to look for Deer Sheds ( Antlers ) so we hiked the mountains.  They taught us how to look for tracks and where the deer lay. I found one! It was cool. I loved being in the hills early in the morning with a nice breeze, it reminded me a little of home or my new home ;) I miss being out doors were ALWAYS indoors. so it was refreshing to be out in the open. I'm gunna miss the mountains I heard Rigby's flat.

        This week we had so many blessing!  We were able to teach a bunch and find so many new investigators! We had 2 church tours! that's awesome for us!

         We contacted a referral from my second area. Her name is Kaite she is sooo awesome! She has bin fellowshipped by her neighbors who I knew really well. Bishop Bybee and I went to go contact her on splits and she was so enthusiastic and let us in and talked with us for half an hour!  It was so awesome, we invited her to church and a church tour. She called us yesterday an hour before church and said she was there and we felt bad because church didn't start for an hour. She knew, She wanted a church tour before church so we were stoked! We gave her one and introduced her to some of the members in the ward. It was such an awesome Fast and Testimony meeting. She Loved It!

          I am so excited for Elder Jones and all the upcoming success that him and his new companion will have.

          What I learned from Elder Jones this Transfer:
I learned PERSISTANCE, he is very persistent and diligent. Once this guy totally told us that he wasn't interested and didn't want to meet with us but we convinced him to just learn a little bit more and so he ended up talking to us. We talked for a while and he was pretty interested at the end! so that was awesome!

I learned to WORK HARD. Just to keep working and working till its time to go home. He never liked being in the house and I caught that bugg too. I don't like being home so we're always out and about.

I learned to be BOLD. He is very Bold, and confident in what he says. I learned that the only way you can be bold and confident is by being Obedient. If you are obedient you have the spirit so what ever BOLD thing you say is inspired.

I learned a lot more but those are some of the attributes I really needed to learn I am so very grateful for Elder Jones and for all he's taught me.

I am so so so excited for this fresh start and excited to meet new people and new families in a very different small town area! I love missionary work and the eternal blessing that come from it!

 135 S7th Ave. Pocatello ID 83201

Stoked to Serve

Elder Soren

with new comp Elder Fontes (from Brazil)

with Roman and Raul 

Pocatello Mountains

an adorable deer 
need to find the right side before going home

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dis Week Bah....


       This week was sweeeet. Elder Jones and I got to conduct Zone Conference. It was pretty fun! It was cool to work with President Brinkerhoff. We spoke in church yesterday. My talk was based off of this past April conference talk by Bishop Stevenson "Your 4 Minutes". One of my favorites! I definitely do not want to waste anymore time! Especially how fast time is going. This month ill hit my Year Mark. I remember when i was home and Caleb got to his year mark and now he's HOME!! holy cow. NUTS. I love my mission. Every single aspect of it. I am thankful for the Lord in giving me this opportunity to serve him. 

I got to go on exchanges and meet some great people! James Odeary, he's awesome! His prayer sounded like a rap!  He's trying to quit drinking so we write Jesus Christ on his beers. haha he doesn't finish them and tries to run away when he see us coming. hahaha. He appreciates our help tho he knows he needs to quit.
         We have been having success. Success in different ways. Success in ways that don't always seem like success. But we feel successful because we work hard. We're obedient. and we dont give up! we know that the Lord has something great in store for us :)  



Jaque said that her sister was sooo happy the whole time, and there were so many people there to support! what a blessing it is! they had to have it in the Logan tabernacle because there was so many people. She said her sister came out of the water laughing because she was so happy!

i am so so happy! Jaque is taking a D&C class at the institute and is loving her new ward! I am so happy for her! SHE'S THE BESTTTT!

I love love missionary work. We are finding a ton of people to teach! our good friend Mike is meeting with us again and he's awesome. I have always been worried about "Getting Baptisms" that i didn't find the joy in just teaching people about Christ. I now have that mindset. that no matter if our lessons cancel or we don't have much in baptisms or people not wanting to meet with us, just sharing the gospel makes me so happy.  

      Elder Jones and I are getting along so well. We pretty much read each others minds. Transfers are coming up and I hope we get to stay together. He has taught me so much and there is so much more to learn.

I read in Mosiah this morning for studies and i was moved by his humility. i want to echo the words of the great King Benjamin because i feel the same way "I had spent my days in your service, I do not desire to boast, for i been in the service of God."  This is Gods work. He is always in control. Miracles happen because of him. We are only servants. We are only messengers. But all the great things that happen, is because He loves every single one of his children. 
I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve. I am forever indebted to my Father in Heaven for this wonderful blessing.

I love my mission. I love Idaho. 


Elder Soren 

BTDUBS I buzzed my head! 

Jaque and her Sister

with James

got to have dinner with the Barelas! 

and saw Destiny and Ravyn on the Street!!
i haven't seen them in forever! (my first baptisms)