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
Elder Feichko and Elder Sorochan
Car ride to the Zone hike
Squishy car ride