Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Time does indeed pass

April 16, 2018

Well everyone... the time has come! Who knew 2 years would eventually come around. There is much to say but not very much time to say it. On Friday or Saturday I will post a final message on my blog but till then this will be short. I love all of you. Thanks for coming along with me on this journey. It was nothing I expected but everything I needed. See ya soon!

Elder Kynan Sorochan

Thursday, 12 April 2018


April 9, 2018

Hey everyone this is really fast because there has been a lot of stuff to figure out and a lady just came and talked to us for forever offering to teach the missionaries Greek so we can learn the Greek new testament.

Quickly Monday was cool. I felt prompted to go stop by Brother Lardin which hasn't really happened before, but I had the thought and we went. Turned out to be the perfect night to see him.

Finished the restoration with Chloe and Andrew. They are so solid! They are really fun to teach too.

We did service for Isabella! The missionaries have been pushing for that for months and it has finally happened!

Did a lot of service this week and putting records into our phones. Has been really weird having a smart phone.

Not too much crazy else to report. Wish I could write more but, oh well!

Love yall!

Elder Sorochan

Saturday, 7 April 2018

A new era of missionary work!

April 2, 2018

Well everyone I'm back! This week was weird and I'll tell ya why!

Monday was pretty normal. I almost twisted my ankle AGAIN but that shouldn't surprise anyone. I have a hard time being careful. It's ok though. It didn't because of the exercises I've been doing or at least that's what I'm sticking with! We also had lunch at Costa Vida and got 70% off!!!!!!!!!!! I love being a missionary. We also had a solid active member lesson with the Steimle's where we taught part of the restoration and help set goals of some things they could do to be a missionary to people they know. They all participated and are set to go!

Tuesday was our last day with a flip phone. I do not miss it I do not miss it I do not miss it. Don't get me wrong, I was super grateful to have a phone, but there was so much that was just tedious and slow with it that I will not miss it so far as the quality of phone goes.

Wednesday two things happened. We got our smart phones. I get a loaner one due to time but it is nice! We both have a phone but only one has a sim card. The other is just kind of a tablet. Our whole zone conference was on it so that was both fun and tiring. Lots of video's. I played the piano again and something cool happened. The closing hymn was 246 onward christian soldiers and while playing I felt inspired to stop playing for the last verse and have all of us just sing. I did it and President apparently when we got to it I found out later was going to lower his book and ask me to stop playing. Inspiration is cool! That night we also had a sweet new member lesson with Andrew and Chloe. They are so solid and we had an awesome discussion about prophets and the priesthood. One of the members we brought had never been out with missionaries before apparently and she killed it! She needs to go with us more.

Thursday we helped at Davis creek and was actually the day we met with Andrew and Chloe, not Wednesday! APRIL FOOLS

Friday we went to the hospital and visited a member that has been in there since December! Helped Mark which was fun.

Conference was amazing! I loved it so much! I felt great power during the solemn assembly. I already new President Nelson was a prophet, but that just gave it more power! I learned so much and gained some good direction as to where to go forward in my life of studying the gospel.

Love you all!

Elder Sorochan

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Goooood Burger

March 26, 2018

Hey everyone! I hope yalls week has been as good as mine. Sit down, buckle up, and enjoy the show!

Monday was a good day. Elder Casablanca and I didn't have dinner because the member who was supposed to feed us became unavailable so they gave us some money. When this happens you naturally have to go to Red Robin. Naturally with money from someone else we get one of their fancy burgers and oh my goodness it was amazing. Best burger I have ever had from there. That night not too much happened. We just did some normal stuff.

Tuesday was such a good day. In district meeting we did this activity for teaching by the Spirit where we thought about our companions and shared something we felt prompted that they could need to hear. We had to focus on the charity we have for them. Elder Casablanca I know was inspired when he shared his bit with me and that he cares about me. He shared the scripture about where Christ talks about considering the lilies. He said I've been doing good at not worrying about things, but there are times where things bug me, and he helped me see how I could improve on this area of my life. I was really grateful for his worthiness to have the Spirit! That night we also had a super good talk with the Foothill ward mission leader Brother Castiblanco. He is so funny. His nickname for me is El Pollo Loco. My first dinner there the spanish elders were there too because the Castiblanco's are from Columbia. They were all speaking in spanish. I can pick out a word here and there I know and at one point I heard loco. I thought I would try and chip in so I said, no, pollo loco. Everyone laughed really hard at that so I was happy. Well turned out they had been talking about me so I then became Elder Pollo Loco. (down here there is a fast food chain called El Pollo Loco so that's where the name comes from)

Wednesday we had dinner with Andrew and Chloe. Andrew made it which is apparently risky since he has never made anything that tastes good but with some help from his brother Dakota who is a really good cook it worked out great! Chloe ordered pizza just in case though XD Then we watched the restoration video with them and it went really great. Then a member fixed Elder Casablanca's bike!

Thursday we had interviews. Presidents and mine was longer since it's my last. We talked about a lot of things. He helped me understand how to transition, to date, and we went over school stuff too. He committed me to all the things we commit people to do.

Friday we had dinner with a member family and non member and it went super well. We got to explain what the book of Mormon is. Saturday was exchanges with Elder Tolbert. We are becoming really good friends I love that Elder! We even got to attend a baptism and a less active just opened up a ton on the porch at one house.

That's it for now. Love yall!

Elder Sorochan

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Pixy Stix!

March 19, 2018

Hey everyone! Quick funny story before we get started. A couple weeks ago I got a package. Who from you may ask? Well it was from Grant. Who is that? The formerly Elder McKenna! We had a joke when we were together that whenever I was stressed or anything he would take a pixy stick, throw it at me and say "Elder Sorochan, EAT A PIXY STICK" and then I would have to eat it and it would make me feel better. Well, he sent me TWO POUNDS OF PIXY STICKS. I'm going to just give them away... :D Make me fat!

This week was fun. WE GOT OUR CAR BACK!!!!!!! Monday afternoon Elder Bellamy dropped it off it was great. We can really do things again! Tuesday we went up into the Virginia city highlands which was super fun. We have about an average of 60 miles a day we can use. We are doing ok at using it. Our dinner that day fell through but the last less active family we tried, the Dixons, let us in! They even invited us to dinner with them so we know why our dinner fell through that night it was awesome! Sister Dixon used to come every week but just stopped for a little bit she should be coming back to church soon! That's good.

Wednesday we did a lot of service as per usual but the weather was good so we were happy!

Thursday we had a lesson with Andrew at the Crossmans! Chloe was sick but we had planned to talk about family scripture study, family prayer, and FHE and they were already doing the first two things! A talk in this last sacrament meeting inspired them to do it so essentially half our lesson was done! They are so solid it was cool. They are also really excited to go to the temple to do baptisms. That should happen in the next couple of weeks we are hoping.

Then it snowed. And snowed and snowed and snowed. I haven't seen this much snow in 2 years! we got like a foot and a half of snow! Needless to say we shoved A TON. We did some planned shoveling and some anonymous shoveling. I like to do things like that. People then don't know who did it!

Saturday we had a Easter breakfast in Washoe and that was really fun. A non member friend of someone came. We've had dinner with her a couple times. Her name is Isabella. She is from Poland.

On Sunday I learned something neat. Repentance works best when you include someone else. If others know you are working to improve and change, they will be more understanding and better able to help you improve and change. When they don't know, they are more likely to judge you and be unsupportive. They may even put you down not knowing you are trying. We need to do better at creating a culture where it's ok to talk about the things you struggle with so that you don't feel like people are mocking you for your imperfections and are going to knock you down rather than build you up. The Savior I know will always help you change and repent, you just have to go to Him for Him to help you.

Love you all!

Elder Sorochan

Sunday, 18 March 2018

I want dinner!

March 12, 2018

Hello everyone! It's been a great week!

Elder Christiansen had to say goodbye! We had so much fun together I am sad to see him go! His replacement is great though, it's Elder Casablanca!!!!!!!!!! He is from Atlanta Georgia but has spent time all over Florida and in Texas! He is cool. Kinda nerdy, but in a good way. Also loves soccer. He is a hard working obedient fellow who is good at biking which has been useful this week!

With our car gone we have been biking a lot. One round trip to Davis Creek is around 15 miles so that was fun to bike. Wind wasn't bad to us though so that was nice. Chloe's baptism interview went great. She came out of it crying which is a good sign. Happy cry!

We did some service for a man named Dennis digging some holes. He had some good tools which made it easy to dig them which was GREAT!!!!!!! My ankle is doing way better but it's nice to not have to worry about hurting it doing something like that. The Lord has been blessing my ankle to finally heal I am so grateful for it.

Saturday was the Baptism. I'll have pics next week. It was so fun a lot of people showed up. There was cookies after and the talks at it were on point! There is a nice peaceful feeling at baptisms. They are such happy times.

I didn't see Chloe and Andrew come into church so for the confirmation I thought they weren't there and I thought "this is really awkward, they aren't here for the confirmation." Then I saw they had somehow snuck in without me seeing and a wonderful blessing was said. I love seeing stuff like that!

All our dinners this week fell through it was so funny. Nothing worked out it was so random. As soon as Elder Casablanca showed up they all fell through each day. Today will be the first day it doesn't. It was so weird this has never really happened to me. Little random quirks.

Love yall!

Elder Sorochan

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Be still and know that I am God

March 5, 2018

Well everyone this week was C R A Z Y . If you think missionaries don't have hard and crazy weeks, well I'm going to tell ya, they do. The week started with on Monday me getting some kind of flu bug and it lasting till Thursday. Wasn't even able to go to District Meeting this Tuesday haha. On Friday the car got damaged and we spent all day dealing with that. That day the weather was terrible and roads were bad. We didn't have a dinner that night though and we had before the incident asked a certain member if we could have dinner with them. Turned out they were able to help us a ton with the car and we were able to get the car towed into Reno for free through their AAA insurance and then they took us to A&W for dinner. Saturday and Sunday were whack because we couldn't go really anywhere because there was snow so no biking and we are so spread out walking is hard. Sunday too one of the church services got cancelled but the other didn't but no one told us about the status of the second one. We were late to church because of it. MISSIONARIES LATE TO CHURCH ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! I was so embarrassed but it was fast Sunday and without breakfast my mind doesn't think as well. Plus just the week.

At some point in the week I was wallowing in my difficulty because I sometimes do that and an interesting inspired thought came into my head. The phrase "Be still and know that I am God." I also on Saturday or Sunday watched a video documentary from President Hinckley we have in the house and he talked about that same scripture for himself. It has all still been hard but it is working out. I know His hand is with me and that it is all going to work out.

We met with the Zone Leaders referral. Her name is Chloe and she is getting baptized this Saturday! She is so prepared and normal. That sounds bad but a normal person amongst all the crazy is a blessing and a half sometimes. Her husband Andrew grew up in Washoe Valley so they are going to fit in great!

Well love yall!

Elder Sorochan