Monday, February 16, 2015

i still got it!

This week was awesome.  It's so great when you notice the little blessings more than the big miracles.  It makes everyday a special day.  Especially being a missionary we see small blessings that we used to look past.  And it's because of the little things that great things are brought to pass.

Last week Sarah Nielson was baptized at the Stake baptisms, and now the Nielson family is complete!  What a blessing it is to help whole families come into the Gospel.  The Nielson family means so much to me.  I know that our Heavenly Father has given me an opportunity to know the Joy that comes from teaching families.  The lasting Joy from this is far greater than just an hour or a day's worth of happiness.  Joy and Happiness are definitely 2 different things.  I am so grateful that i know what joy is because of my mission. 

The Swanson's made some ono foood this week for me!  Kalua pork and cabbage!!!  I was especially stoked on the cabbage!  No one knows about da cabbage!  was winnahz cuz.  They put me on pineapple duty... even though i don't know how to cut pineapples but i rushed it and tried to remember what my mom taught me haha.  I even remembered to wash it with salt!  It was an awesome dinner.  SOOOO GOOOD.  And the Swanson's are the best.

We've been tracting a lot lately trying to find new people to teach.  Our teaching pool is low but we have found 2 new people we hope to have consistent lessons with.  We're just being patient and positive!  That's the most important part! 

This is an exciting experience that i was able to have this week, that i could use my talents in the work.  We started teaching Louis, he comes to our soccer night and we started teaching him at his house a few weeks ago. Louis reminds me of myself and friends back home.  We have a lot in common, so it's fun to teach him and talk about skating and art.  Louis works at a barber shop called "Graffiti" it's themed as well.  It's a sweet idea for a barber shop.  Louis asked his uncle if i could paint one of their walls.  So that's what we did this week!  We went up to Rexburg and painted!!!!  I haven't touched a can in 16 months.  I was in Heaven!!!  I almost died when i smelt the paint!  I miss it so much!  It was super fun!  I was pretty nervous at first that i would be a bit rusty but it turned out pretty good for not painting my whole mission!

            We had a good time.  Troy, Louis' uncle was super chill, reminded me of some of my friends i used to paint with.  And i met this guy Keoa who grew up in Millilani graduated from Kam and started his own head wear company called "NATIVE head wear" it's pretty sweet i bought a hat to support.  He's going to BYU-I.  We talked a lot about home and especially POUNDERS ahhhh. 

         We had a ton of fun. There was a moment that topped it all off, Louis' Uncle is an RM, and has been trying to help and be a good example to Louis.  When i finished we had shared a scripture and we were gonna close with a prayer.  I asked Louis if he wanted to and he said yes.  He said an awesome prayer.  As we were at the cars, Louis had to lock up the shop, his uncle thanked us for teaching Louis.  He got really emotional and started to cry.  He said "to hear him pray man..." and just broke down.  It was totally unexpected but tender.  I told him that his example would have more of an influence than us and he replied that he needed to step it up.  This was the cherry on top.  To see someone like my friends back home, cry because of how much the gospel means to him, made me so happy. 

It gave me hope.  It gave me a vision of what's possible no matter who you are or the hobbies or habits you have, that the gospel can soften any heart.  That Heavenly Father loves every one of his children.  That sometimes even the roughest of characters can be sweet and feel His love.  That Change is possible. 
Also that we can be who we want to be, do the things we enjoy doing, if they are good.  We don't always have to be "molly mormons" to be an example or a light to others.  We just have to keep the commandments, stay true to who we are as sons and daughters of God, and LOVE LOVE LOVE. There is no room for judgement. 

Ironically, there was a new video released on about a guy who changed from a gangster to a good man.  I LOVE THIS VIDEO! mainly because there's a lot of graffiti and i dress similar to him haha.  I feel like this is me without the violence haha.  I'll put the link up and invite you to watch it and see a little bit of my hope.  

My hope is to be a "Good Man"... to not completely give up talents or friends but to use them in a different way to promote good.  To be an example of the Believers and be original.  To be Myself and live the Gospel and Love. 

The Lord teaches us lessons in very mysterious ways.  I am so grateful for these lessons and who i've become because of them. 

I love you all and invite you to be the force for good for someone in your life. 

Always Stoked to Serve

Elder Soren 


Sarah Nielson Baptism Day!

Pineapple Duty

Pork & Cabbage

It's been 16 Months!

The Late Ones in Rigby

Troy on the left Louis on the Right

Rad Haircut Elder Thomas!!!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Gods Love.

Hey Home!

I don't have much time to tell you about my week but I wanna share something I sent one of my missionary friends about a lesson I've learned about LOVE.

"Guess what tho! I LOVE GOD. 

not just a missionary love, but a real love.  Everything I do now is for Him and only Him. Not that it wasn't before but now I understand what you have been talking about your whole mission.  That kind of love.  That love that has gotten me out of bed every morning.  It makes me do things I wouldn't normally do.  My obediance has increased 100x because He's asked me to be obedient.  This is one of the most amazing feelings in the world. When you stop worring about everyones opinion and the only one that matters is GOD's your whole life is changed." 

I am so grateful for the lessons I've learned on my mission so far.  All the lessons life teaches arent only for us, they are really meant for others. 

As we ask for strength in the Night for our day tomorrow it is because we need to strengthen our brothers and sisters the next day.  We pray for wisdom, not to take to Heaven but to share on earth. 

Everything God blesses us with is for others and not our own. 

Prayer- in the Bible dictionary taught me that there's a huge chunk missing when we pray. 

"We pray in Christ’s name when our mind is the mind of Christ, and our wishes the wishes of Christ—when His words abide in us (John 15:7). We then ask for things it is possible for God to grant. Many prayers remain unanswered because they are not in Christ’s name at all; they in no way represent His mind but spring out of the selfishness of man’s heart."

I invite you this week to talk to God.  Don't just pray.  Talk to Him.  Develope your relationship with Him.  Talk to him as you would your Father. 

These prayers have changed my life.

I love you all and hope your life is changed by God's love.

Stoked to Serve
Elder Soren