Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Flame on

August 14, 2017

Well hello everyone! This week is going to be a little all over the place in terms of what I talk about so bear with me, but I promise that it will still be really good.

Firstly I wanted to talk about the theatrics that was Elder Freeman’s departure. As we all know Elder Freeman went home this week, but his departure literally as they say, went up in flames! That’s right. As soon as we stepped outside we looked out across the parking lot and at the buildings right across from us to the right the bushes just burst into flame. We were just uh… that’s not good! We scrambled to try to help get it put out. Someone called 911 and fortunately the building the bushes were right next to did not burst into flame. Elder Freeman was flaming as he left the mission. You might even say say he was on fire at the end of his mission. He was smoking! (he literally did smell like smoke. He ran through it to go knock on some people’s doors) [insert another fire pun here] Ok those were really lame and not even funny so I will move on now.

Something I failed to talk about a couple weeks ago was Ruben and Amanda’s Baby Gender Reveal Party that we got to go to. It was really fun and there was some good food. They are having twins and there will be one boy and one girl! Woohoo! Super fun! Also on Sunday(not yesterday) one of the members in the ward, Brother Smith, made us Ukrainian food! He served his mission in the Ukraine so we had some Green Borsch, Perogies, and Cabbage Rolls! It was all super good. We also Monday night got to eat at the Star. It is this super fancy Basque restaurant and I mean SUPER fancy. You order your food and they bring you out soup, salad, spaggetti, fries, beans, and bread all before your main course comes out. It’s family style and with the first things they will keep bringing you more until you are done. Also with it being Basque (Basque are these people from over in Spain that back in the day came over here and settled so there is a lot of Basque heritage around here) there was garlic all over my steak. (Ha I first typed it out Stake. You know you’re Mormon when :D ) The Basque love their garlic. Good thing I’m a missionary and didn’t need to worry about kissing anyone ;)

After we dropped Elder Freeman off on Tuesday I spent the day going out and working with the 5th ward Elder’s, Elder McGee who is getting transferred to Reno, and Elder Johnson who is training. 8/10 of the Companionships in Elko are training, 7 of them getting brand new greenies with the last one having the person being trained only out 6 weeks so still in the training stages. It is going to be one green zone! We had fun and Elder McGee taught me how to make ties. I made 2 but failed hard on one of them so Elder McGee came in and saved the day by quickly making a third that was good so Elder Lee and I could have matching ties! Oh and yes my new companion is Elder Lee from Lake Orian, Michigan! Last time I had a companion who wasn’t from Utah or Arizona was when I was with Elder Jones. Apparently the only way to get variety in where my companions are from is to train :D

We have had a fun week so far. We had the chance to teach Robin a little bit. She is just going through some heavy opposition but she is reading the Book of Mormon, praying, fasting even, and she came to church all by herself this week for sacrament meeting! She even told us she wants to start staying for Sunday School. Ken and Mary Anne who she normally comes with weren’t able to come on Sunday but she was determined to come because she new that she needed the help church gave her! She has some awesome faith!

We got to meet Mr. Johnston this week too. He says he is from Ireland and we also think that he might have taken a trip to the pub before talking to us if you know what I mean. He was off to paint some blank wall they found in a cave with some spray paint. He admitted it might be a tad illegal but he said he would put a cross right in the middle just for us. How thoughtful!

I guess I should also tell you a little bit more about Elder Lee. He is 18 and just graduated. He likes reading, writing, drawing, and is into making short films with his friends. At school they had this class where they would do their schools tv news thing and do other film stuff. They had a lot of fun and entered film festivals and won awards! It is really cool.

Oh on Saturday we got to help build up more of Joe's deck! I have seen it since it's beginning stages which is really neat to have seen. It is almost done!

Alright my thought for this week is this. I have been pondering on how to improve. One night at dinner we were with the Lewis family. Brother Lewis is actually President Lewis he is our stake president and he is in the 4th ward. With he and his wife we got talking about some things and we got on the topic of daily repentance and talked about it for a little bit. With this I was reflecting back on when Elder Christofferson came. If any of you remember I asked him a question about how to have the Spirit more and he told me to repent. I realized that this one word answer has so much behind it. We need to strive to repent daily so that we are looking for how we can use the power of the Saviors Atonement daily in our lives. If we repent daily we will daily look for what we can do better, ask for that forgiveness of what we did wrong, commit sooner to do better, receive personal revelation on how we can do better, and daily experience the joy that comes from repenting. It takes a little more effort on our part in our daily prayers to be doing this, but if we truly take that time to do it we will feel so much more joyful on a more consistent basis. I have been starting to experience it as I started doing it this past weekend and I am feeling a lot more content. A lot of times we get down on ourselves because we are harrowed up by the pain of our sins. The more we repent, the less time these sins have to work on us, and we will draw even closer to our Savior! I testify that He lives and His arm is always outstretched to each and every one of us at all times, in all things, and in all places. Love you all! Keep being awesome and don't forget to smile! Bye!

Elder Sorochan

 Fire in a bush in our apartment complex

 Elder Freeman signs the companionship jersey

 Elder Lee (my new companion)

 Good bye Elder Freeman

Hangin with 5th ward Elders 

 My Steak at the Star

Patio we helped build (This has been going on since I got here)

Friday, 11 August 2017

Who will it be?

August 7, 2017

Alright y'all we have some news. Transfers are this week and as we all know Elder Freeman is going home so that means there will be a new companion. Who will it be I wonder. I would tell you but... I don't know! Why you may ask? Well... I'm training again! WOOHOO! Round 2 and this time I won't be as freaked out as last time! Good thing I love Elko 4th cuz it's looking like I will be here a long time... :D

Alrighty so for this week some fun things happened. First off Monday we had a super fun zone activity. We went on a hike to Lamiole Canyon up in the Ruby Mountains. They are some sweet mountains over here by Elko. At around 7 or so the way the sun reflects off of them causes them to glow red. Even though you can’t see the effect super well in Elko it still looks the bomb! We started off late and we had some funky car pool stuff going down. Elder Freeman and I got separated just how it ended up working out and I got stuck in the middle between Elder Hadley and Elder Feichko (I have some photos attached) We all went on the hike and just ran out of time before we could get to the top. While waiting for everyone we started trying to do some Mariachi shouts or something. We sounded pretty professional. Anyway it was fun.

Ok on Tuesday I had this super cool experience in following the Spirit. I haven’t normally felt too directly prompted to go to a specific place before. It is normally just me going and trying and we just end up being in the right place at the right time. This time though I felt like there was this former investigator we needed to go see. He isn’t very productive but the feeling persisted so I decided to try it. A saying I’ve heard a few times on my mission is that it is inspiration until proven otherwise so why not. We got to the point of the day when I had felt like we needed to go try the guy and I wanted to do something else but I still felt like we needed to try him. So we went. There was a lady sitting on the stairs of the apartment building across from this former’s building with some young kids. I said hello but she just said hi and looked back down at her phone. Now these ones are hard for me because I don’t want to force a conversation with someone who isn’t interested in talking. I just feel apprehensive about it. We went and tried the former and he wasn’t home. I was kinda wondering why we should go over here and when we walked down the stairs the lady was still there so I thought maybe her and I gave it one more shot and tried to make conversation. This time it worked! We talked for awhile and we were actually able to set up an appointment!!!!! Such a cool miracle! It was inspired to go over there. Plus we were able to talk to someone on our way out who’s car has a British Columbia licence plate. Turned out she grew up in Calgary Alberta and we were able to have a solid conversation with her. She mentioned how we were cool guys and although she didn’t want to meet, she was built up for future missionaries one day! Tuesday was also Elder Freeman’s last District Meeting so we took appropriate pictures.

Another couple of neat finding miracles came from Trudy and Clint. She is a less active member that we just randomly tried, and she very easily set a return appointment. Not too common but still awesome! We went back on the day we had set without even confirming and they were still there waiting for us! We sat down and talked about what has been going on with them. Turns out a year and a half ago he was taught but she was not interested. Through some big events happening in their lives they have had a softening of heart and say they are open to the lessons now! First lesson is on Friday!

Robin is doing well too! Came to church this Sunday and we had a mini lesson with her. She is facing a lot of opposition in her life right now but she is still determined to be baptized. We have another lesson on Friday with her as well and we will be able to help her be ready to keep moving forward! She is awesome!

Well I have a thought for y'all today and it comes from Alma 5:12-13 "And according to his faith there was a mighty change wrought in his heart. Behold I say unto you that this is all true. And behold, he preached the word unto your fathers, and a mighty change was also wrought in their hearts, and they humbled themselves and put their trust in the true and living God. And behold, they were faithful until the end; therefore they were saved." I really like this because this is what I am striving to achieve. I am trying to have that mighty change of heart. I had many hopes, dreams, and desires when I came out here on a mission. They were wrong. They were not what the Lord had in store for me. Now I want to have joy. Having desires and our will not in line with the Lords does not bring us joy. To experience true joy, we must align our will with His, and often that requires "a mighty change wrought in [your] heart." Now this change is not easy, nor is it convenient. It takes a lot to change, and a great deal of faith, not to mention time. Sometimes some change is fast and easy, but out here, it isn't. You even have to trust God that the change will even happen. I testify that it does. I am not where I want to be yet, but I am on my way there. Thank you for your prayers and support. They mean the world. Here's to an exciting six weeks with a new missionary. It's going to be incredible! Love you all, especially you Mom, Dad, and Anna! Y'all keep being awesome and don't forget to smile! BYE!

Elder Kynan Sorochan

 District meeting

District meeting 

District meeting 

 Elder Feichko and Elder Sorochan

Car ride to the Zone hike 

 Zone hike

 Squishy car ride

Friday, 4 August 2017

You're in charge

 July 31, 2017

Well everyone this has been a good week. To start off we can talk about a couple exchanges that happened this week. First was with Elder Feichko. He is super fun and I will get yall a picture of our exchange next week. We had a fun time visiting Sister Price and having lesson with Tacio. Sister Price is an active member that had cancer last year and Elder Feichko every week came and mowed her lawn. They are very good friends. Something funny happened though we had to call the vehicle coordinator to switch our car with another companionship and when Elder Feichko asked when it should go down the vehicle coordinator told him he was in charge and could make the decision. Now since Elder Feichko is our Zone Leader I started teasing him the rest of the exchange that he was in charge. It was funnier in the moment. We stopped by Tacio and had an impromptu lesson on the priesthood which worked out. Sadly later in the week, we got this text from Tacio, "Hi Elder... I think I won't be continuing with our meetings. I'll need to make some progress on my own first before I eventually feel the need to have more guidance. I appreciate your interest in helping... Maybe in the future we can revisit. Is that ok?" It was neat to see that he recognizes he needs to be able to do things himself before he progresses. He will get there. It was a pleasure to find him and help him on his way!

The other exchange was with Elder McGee! I went into his area and we had a blast! We worked our butts off and although we didn't see a lot of outward success but we did a lot of good and just had fun! I would love to be his companion one day. Elko Zone is awesome! So many friends here and in the ward. 

My thought today is about how we don't really see ourselves as we really are. We judge ourselves about how we are doing when we can't really see our true progress. We are with each ourselves every second of everyday and it is hard to see how we progress. Always know that if you are trying you are getting better. God see's our progress and is always helping us along so we become more like him. Trust Him and it will all work out. Love you All! Love you Mom Dad and Anna!

Elder Sorochan

Friday, 28 July 2017

Don't say no to Spanish food

July 24, 2017

Hi everyone this was a really cool week and I have a couple neat miracles to share!

First is Robin. We taught her the first half of the Plan of Salvation and she is super on board. We had a good discussion and she committed to be baptized! When we extended a specific date to be baptized on (we are always making sure we are prepared to do this. Our mission has a goal to increase our vision to baptize, not to set quotas of people getting baptized, but our vision) and she wasn't sure. We asked if she would pray about it and she said yes and she would even fast about it too! How cool is that? She also asked if her friend Ken who sits in on our lessons and we teach at his house if he could baptize her!

We this week got to teach the Relief Society about doing missionary work at their Additional Meeting this week, but something really neat happened while we were there. While we waited to teach, we heard the church phone that hangs on the wall in some random place start to ring. No one ever calls these phones so we were super confused at first. We went and answered and on the other side of the phone was this woman named Liberty. She is super interested in the gospel and needs some help getting to her new place because she was in an accident. She has had help from Mormons a lot over the past number of years and wants to investigate. She is not in our ward but she had been calling and calling and we were the ones to pick up and hear her story!

We had lunch with the Rodriguez couple in the Spanish branch. They live in our area and when we passed their house they began to talk to us and invited to have dinner with them. The night they said we already had a dinner and we tried to tell them that and suggest another day but they didn't understand at first and began to get offended! We dodged it though and set something up but woops! Need to really learn Spanish. Dad help me out after the mission. Legitimately help me out!

We participated in a heritage celebration celebrating 75 years since the first stake was created in Elko. It was fun, had my first Tamale, and sang called to serve.

Love you all!

Keep being awesome, and don't forget to smile! Bye!
Elder Sorochan

 Dinner appointment

 At the Heritage Festival

 At the Heritage Festival


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

And the Wisdom!

July 17, 2017

Hello everyone! It was a really busy week so lets get into it!

First off we have said bye to Carter as he embarks on his mission to the glorious state of Virginia. That kid was awesome I love him and his family. I am going to get to stay in contact with him and one day come back and watch a hockey game with him and his family. They love watching hockey so they just became that much better!

Ok something really cool also happened this week. A few weeks ago we were walking by a house and I saw a car with an Alberta license plate on it. I saw some people sitting on the porch of the house it was in front of and called that I was from Alberta too! They didn't really respond and did not look like they wanted to talk to us so we just kept walking. Well this week we passed a lady pushing a stroller and we said hi and then she asked us which one of us was from Alberta. Turns out she was there on the porch (didn't see her) and we started talking and found out she is from Spruce Grove. She said she was heading up there later this week and asked if I wanted any treat from back in Canada. I asked for some Old Dutch Salt and Vinegar Chips and she said she would get it for me! Now all that has to happen is when we get the chips we talk to her and her family about the gospel, they get baptized, and I enjoy the chips! Bam!

Ok last weird thing we talked to this drunk guy named Kent this week. We cover part of the trailer park section of Elko and while over there we ran into him and he just started talking and talking and talking. He told us many different things including that he was too old to be saved. The lesson he taught us though was what serenity it. He showed us a quote on his phone that "serenity is contentment with the things you can't change, the courage to change what you can change, and the wisdom to know the difference between the two." His drunk buddy bursted out "and the wisdom" loud when Kent said that part. Elder Freeman and I now say and the wisdom to each other.

This week we found a new investigator Robin. She is a friend of Ken and Mary-Anne! We had lesson with them and Robin wanted to learn more about the church. We taught her the Restoration and are teaching her the Plan of Salvation today. Really exciting.

I gained a deeper testimony that the Lord puts us in the place we need to be when we need to be there. We got a referral on Friday and stopped by at 6 but he wasn't home. We had some back ups planned of just some less actives we didn't know in the area. We had just picked some names from our list, but what happened is when we tried one of the names a family had just moved in temporarily with that less active member and they had just been talking about trying to get in contact with the church in the area. They wanted to know what time church was and where at and we just showed up at the door! Later we contacted the referral and then he was home, but if it wasn't for the referral we wouldn't have been in the area. Really cool miracle.

We had Zone Conference and Interviews. At zone conference we had a great focus on Christ Like Attributes. I learned something really powerful about humility. To truly have humility we really need to have an attitude of gratitude. I listened to that talk from President Uchtdorf a couple weeks ago but zone conference really hit it home. Grateful for those meetings.

We also got to attend 2 baptisms this Saturday. One we got to teach the Restoration at. It was for the sisters and the 5th ward elders. It was 5th wards investigator that moved to the sisters area. The other was of Bobby Joe, an 8 year old that Elder Freeman got special permission to baptize. He taught Bobby Joe's family 2 years ago when he started his mission, and right before he came to Elko he taught them again. President gave him permission to baptize her and it was the first time he had personally baptized someone.

Love you all! love you Mom Dad and Anna!

Keep being awesome!
Elder Sorochan

 Bobby Joe's baptism

 At Zone Conference

 At Zone Conference

At Zone Conference

Saturday, 15 July 2017

4th of July

July 10, 2017

Hi everyone hows it going? It has been a great week. We had a super fun 4th of July this past week. We started the morning by going to President Lloyd's house (he is the Second Councillor in the Mission Presidency) and having breakfast. That was over in Spring Creek which was cool. We had district meeting out there than had an impromptu lunch at a family Elder Freeman is super close to back out there from his time before here in Elko. We then went and switched our slide phone over to our new fancy flip phone which took way longer than it needed to but we got it done. After we went to over by the convention center and spent the rest of the day with Bishop Howard and all the people over at his bbq. We had brisket, steaks, turkey, it was so good! The fire works were fantastic too! Waaaaaaay better than Carson's last year. Good day.

We found a new gator this week that has some really high potential! His name is Tacio and he is from Brazil. We were stopping by a member just to say hi and try and share a short message but he wasn't home. It was in an apartment complex and so when we walked away from the members door on the adjacent building there was 2 guys out on the patio. We got called over by one of them and started talking to him. Brian is his name and he comes from Utah 3-4 days a week to work and then goes back for the weekend to be with his family. He is a member and we talked with him a little bit. Tacio is his room mate and we started by inviting him to a stake event we are having in a couple weeks. When we went up to the apartment room it turned into us talking about the gospel and we ended up giving Tacio a Book of Mormon. Brian had served a mission and taught Tacio about the Book of Mormon right then and there like a champ! We set up an appointment for Saturday and we went over there and it went super well! Tacio said he believed the things we were saying and was very interested in learning more. He even asked a question about where we go after this life. When we shared with him Moroni 10:3-5 he noticed himself the part about pondering and he said he already believes in what that scripture teaches. That principle he said is how he justify's not going to church very much. Hey whatever helps you sleep at night right? He said though he will probably join us at church soon though. We set up another appointment for the coming Saturday. He doesn't have miner shift work so we can meet with him weekly. HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!

Well everyone I had a neat experience this last week where I learned how to better give up our desires and turn them over to the Lord. I had something happen where some selfish desires of mine were tested. It got to the point where I was willing to do anything to get rid of them. I had already known they weren't right, but I found out I wasn't doing all I could to get rid of them. I cried out in prayer to my Heavenly Father that I wanted them gone, I just didn't know how to get rid of them. I found out the answer is to pray for them to be replaced with Christlike desires and to go forward each day trying to do better. It works. They have not been 100% changed yet, but they are better than before and I feel even happier now. As I keep trying and having faith things keep getting better. I know this will work for you too.

Love you all! Love you Anna, Mom and Dad!

Elder Sorochan

 Grass fire

 Hockey with Elder Freeman

Zone picture

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Fear Not Little Flock

July 3, 2017

Hello everyone! First off we must pay tribute to the great man named Elder Clark! What a great companion is he. He has taught me so much about being someone who loves everyone! He is diligent, fun, loving, caring, and just a downright awesome person. It has been some of the best 3 months just getting to be with him. We did some really great work together. We built a friendship that will last forever.

Now the time is with Elder Freeman. He has 5 weeks left in his mission. Let's hope he doesn't get too trunky eh? He he no he is good. He wants to finish his mission strong. The walking around all the time is making him pretty tired. He sleeps real well at night.

This was a super awesome week! On my last day with Elder Clark we had 3 appointments go through! One active member lesson, a lesson with Ciara, Zeke, Daija and Eric, Ruben and Amanda's kids, and one with Clint. The lesson with the Ruiz kids was fire! They joked around with us a lot before the lesson but once the prayer was said they were all business. They did not joke around at all. They really wanted to learn. Eric especially was firing off questions left and right. Since they are teenagers they are having difficulty committing to set times to meet, but Amanda is starting to help us a bit with that which is awesome!

We also had another lesson with Thomas. It was really cool because we had a lesson plan and then when we sat down I felt like we needed to do something different. We were going to teach about following the prophet and keeping the 10 commandments, but instead I felt like we needed to read 3 Nephi 11. We were going to commit him to read that, but we ended up testifying of him truly getting an answer. He said he really wants an answer and he knows in order to do so he has to open his heart. Super awesome!

My thought today comes from our mission's monthly recitation. This was June's:

33 Fear not to do good, my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good ye shall also reap good for your reward.

34 Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.

35 Behold, I do not condemn you; go your ways and sin no more; perform with soberness the work which I have commanded you.

36 Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not.

37 Behold the wounds which pierced my side, and also the prints of the nails in my hands and feet; be faithful, keep my commandments, and ye shall inherit the kingdom of heaven. Amen.

I love it for a few reasons. One I love the phrase "fear not little flock" and secondly it just tells us to put complete trust and faith in Jesus Christ. He is our source of hope. As I try to do this work and overcome my inadequacies, this helps me know it isn't about me. I can be humble and know I am just a tool in the Lords hands. I need not fear, for I am with Him. I am built upon His rock. Things may not work out how I wish them to, but they will be how he wants them. Keep being great y'all! I love you! I love you Mom, Dad, and Anna!

Elder Kynan Sorochan

 Goodbye Elder Clark :(

 Happy Canada Day

 Canada Day wings

 Cool shades and Elder Freeman

 Hi Elder Hadley

YSA sisters parked in our spot and left their door unlocked so... :D