Monday, April 6, 2015


First item of news is that I'm staying in Rigby for another transfer!

It will be 9 months by the end of this new one.  I was so mind blown when we got calls.  I had no idea what to think.  I was so convinced that i was going to be transferred, 7 1/2 months is a long time to be in an area.  But i guess the Lord has further plans for me here. And i'm so excited to see what it is.  That's something that has helped me change my attitude and do something different in this area. 

Elder Coggins is getting transferred to poky and my new companion is Elder Carson Jones again!  IM SUPER STOKED.  We had a good time when we served in YSA together.  He's coming from serving in the office as the assistant so he's excited to DO WORK! 

This week was pretty bitter sweet cuz Elder Coggins is leaving but we had some awesome things happen. Courtney, our investigator is so excited to be baptized.  We had a great lesson with her on Thursday and she can't wait. 

Our 5th Ward is doing a 40 day fast for missionary work.  A family fasts then we go and teach that family a lesson.  We got to have some pretty spiritual lessons with active families.  It's so awesome to see families engaged in missionary work.  They are all willing and excited to fast and be apart of this.  When we leave them invitations they are so excited to accept them and reach out to those they know that need love.  It gets me excited to see these families experience the joy of missionary work. 

How about General Conference though.  The emphasis on Families was awesome!  It was so sweet to see how a lot of what was "impressed to speak on" was Families.  I know Heavenly Father sees the need of such council and we know these things from His mouth pieces.  It makes complete sense that we know how to keep our Ohanas strong, even when there are so many distractions in life that pull us apart.  I am so grateful for Modern Day Prophets and Apostles who speak to the world about what our Father in Heaven wants us to know. 

My favorite talk was by Wilford Anderson about Dance Steps and the Music of the Gospel.  It hit home.  It probably was one of the favorites of everyone who watched but it related to me because of my artistic background.  I felt like i knew exactly what he meant when he expressed, "When the dance is coupled with music it becomes a lot more natural."  Flow is a feeling or even a mindset that i feel like any artist knows very well.  And i remembered my flow.  I miss it and i think it's so important because if you don't have that creative flow what comes out on paper isn't the same.  Expression of what's inside changes the way the picture or the dance turns out.  "If we just dance without music its awkward" love it, although i can dance without music and still have fun it makes sense.  I thought of my sister, Rani who recently took up this art form of Dance.  Although i have never seen her, the word my mom used in describing her flow was "Natural."  As he compared it to living gospel principals if we don't hear or FEEL the music of the gospel it gets awkward.  Same as missionary work.  I know exactly what awkward is.  All missionaries know this feeling but there is a significant difference when you teach and flow with your companion than when you fight for words.  When we have the spirit everything flows.  When we don't it's awkward and uncomfortable.  It needs to come from within, you need to love what you do, have a passion for it.  As a missionary we need to have passion to love God and share the Gospel, that's when the work starts to flow.  That's when hearts are softened and the Spirit enters. 

I am so thankful that we have a loving Heavenly Father who knows us each individually and knows what we need to hear when we most need it.  I am so thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ and for his Atoning Sacrifice.  I know that HE lives and loves us and is involved in our lives more than we realize but once you realize it, your life will change.  Look for Him in your life and i promise that you will feel his love and strength bare you up and lead you to more peace and joy than you now know. 

I love you all and miss you much

I am grateful to be a servant of God

Stoked to Serve
Elder Soren

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