Sunday, March 30, 2014

Missionary Work is a Rollercoaster

Dear family and friends,
    Wow what a week. It truly has been such a rollercoaster of emotions this week. It is crazy how fast things can change. A couple weeks ago we had so much success and things were really soaring high for us. We had so many investigators we were working with as well as less-actives. But this week it seems like everything kind of fell apart on us. I guess we needed to be humbled again. I'm finding that we are always going through the refiners constantly.This week a lot of the investigators we've been working with have lost interest and we have had to drop them or at least put them aside for a little bit until they are ready. And also a lot of the less-actives we have been working with have been so hard to even catch anymore. We have found it hard to reach some of these people and they haven't been letting us come anymore. So that has been a challenge. So lets just say our teaching pool went way down in only one week.
   Regardless of all of those things that happened this week and all of the discouragement that we had we still saw many miracles. We had one whole day that we went from one house to the next and worked so hard but no one was home or no one had time to talk to us. We got no lessons that day and we were so discouraged. But I knew that the Lord would provide and help us. We got to a point that we just sat in the car for a minute just trying to think of what we could do next. Our zone leaders shared with us a miracle that they had with just going through their phone and calling all those people that they didn't know. We decided we didn't have anything to lose so we decided to try it. We went through our phone and started calling all the people we didn't know. It was incredible! We were able to talk to quite a few people and they were so nice to us. We were able to make 4 appointments with some less-actives that haven't seen missionaries in a long time. That really lifted our spirits and kept us going.
     The next day was incredible! We didn't even know how to act when we found almost everyone home and were able to meet so many new people. It was Saturday and we decided to get out right after studies and just go work hard to see some people after the long day before. We were able to see so many less-actives that we haven't seen in a long time and we had some good lessons with them. We were also able to get 2 new investigators just by going through our area book and trying some of the people on the ward list.
   One lesson that I have really learned this week is that the Lord will always provide a way, we just have to trust in Him. Things don't always go exactly how you plan or exactly how you would like things to go. This is the Lord's work and we are on His timing. He knows all of these people and He knows those that are prepared. We just have to rely on Him and he never ceases to provide a way for everything. This week I have been reading of the 2,000 stripling warriors and the great courage and faith that they had that the Lord would deliver them from their enemies. I think it is so ironic that I happened to be reading this part in the scriptures this week. Their strength that they had has given me strength this week to fully rely on the Lord. And as many of you know in the story of the Stripling Warriors none of them were killed. As it reads in Alma 57:25-27, "not one soul of them who did perish; yea, and neither was there one soul among them who had not received many wounds. And now, their preservation was astonishing to our whole army...and we do justly ascribe it to the miraculous power of God..."
       How incredible is that? I love this story and I can testify that they Lord is always there for us. Yes there will be times that we are discouraged and we feel that God is not there. But I can assure you that you ARE NEVER ALONE. The Lord knows who we are and knows what we are going through so he will never lead us astray or leave us to go through this life on our own. We just have to trust in Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). We just have to be patient and continue to do what the Lord would have us do and we will be blessed immensely.
I love you all heaps! I hope you all have a great week!
    Sister Heidi Sorensen
P.S. Oh and I also was able to be a little basketball coach this week. The 2nd counselor in our bishopric coaches his little girl and boy on a team but he says that he doesn't know what he is doing so he asked me to come help. I said I would gladly come and help, it was so much fun to help those little kids learn how to play a game I love! See you never know when your talents will come in handy.

We absolutely love the Manousso's. They took us out to dinner this last monday.

Tim Tam Slam competitions at the Manousso's house. Man I got to work on my Tim Tam Slams..I'm as slow as molasses!

We learned how to crochet from some members this week.

Last P-day we wanted to do something really fun. So we decided to go on a train ride. But because we have to stay in our area we were only allowed to go as far as Glenfield. Which is only 2 stops away so pretty much nothing. But it was a fun adventure. We even were able to teach this guy who was a was awesome! You just never know who you will meet on a train.

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