Tuesday, January 6, 2015


Dear all,

Happy New Years!!! Hope you all had a sweet New Years Eve and are ready for a sweet year!! This is gonna be the only complete year that I am in Ecuador so I´ve decided imma make it a good one ;)

Running short on time, like usual (I think I am slowly becoming Brian haha) but heres a speedy rundown!

My new area is AMAZING. I love it...I really do. There are definitely members from Los Chillos who I miss a lot but this ward is awesome! Everyone told me its the best ward in all of Quito and dang they were right. The members are excited to work with us and are active in the work. Our landlord of our house who lives right above us brings us breakfast/snacks/fruit most days, and there are a ton of returned missionaries who love to work with us and know how to work.

My fav park in the new sector

We are teaching 2 main families, 1 who we found through a reference yesterday. A homie who returned from Lima Peru South Mission (yes, Cam knew him!) hunted us down and then took us to go teach a family who is excited about learning about the church and accepted a baptismal date for the 31st of February. We are super excited for this change....hoping to have lots of success and work like machines! 

New Years was dope. We ate a ton of food and spent time with members and had an AWESOME firework show from our roof at midnight. Literally every single direction was shooting off fireworks. For about 15 minutes we watched thousands of fireworks go off from every direction accompanied by super loud music from every other street. NY here is way more crazy than the states....people dress up like halloween and go HARD. It was sweet. Elder F and I realized that this year he goes home and this year I wont ever touch foot in the States...so then we jammed out to some Les Mis to celebrate those to facts hahaha.

NYE 12;00 pic! 

Also hung out with Elder A (comp from MTC), and 3 other buddies from the MTC today. They all had been 3 hours away in one direction or another but are all here in Quito now. It was sweet.

Overall it was a sweet first week. Stoked for the change!

How is your new apartment? Are there just two of you, or four? Its awesome. Small, but has what it needs and is super calm. There is just 2 of us which makes everything easier/better.

Do you still have mamaitas to feed you lunch? Yep, we have mamaitas every day except Thursday, but on Thurs we eat with the family we are teaching who owns a restaurant (they’re from the coast so they make BOMB sea food and shrimp of all types!) We also eat dinner there with them whenever we want. Perks of finding a family from the coast with a restaurant :)

How's the adjustment to a new companion? Its great. Still talking Spanish 24/7, knows even less English than my last comp. But he is great. Has a ton of experience and we get along super well. The only down side is we go to bed super late cuz we end up talking forever....but its a sacrifice I am willing to make (shrek...jajaja)
Elder Sorensen

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