Sunday, October 25, 2009


It has been awhile since Matthew has sent pictures
so it is always fun to get some!!!
These are the Elders in his district.
(I love sepia pictures)

And this is one of the families that has
been recently baptized.

Matthew is turning 21 in November!!!
We are excited and so we are asking as
many of you who would like to send him a
birthday card!!! He will love it!!!
If you send it during this next week
he will receive it by his birthday on the 22nd.

Here is his address:
Elder Matthew Sorensen
Mexico Culiacan Mission
Rio Choix 888
Colonia Rosales
Culiacan, Sinaloa 80230

This isn't pouch mail so it will cost 79 cents.
A date hasn't been set yet but Matthew comes home
in January!!!!
It is getting close and we are excited!!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Funny Story...

This last Sunday, I was teaching our little Primary children
in our little Jennings ward the Primary songs
to get them ready for their
Sacrament Meeting Presentation.

I brought Lincoln Logs so they could build
a house (or a happy family) with them as we sang the songs.
I wanted to start out with "How Firm a Foundation"
because we were putting down
the foundation of the house!!!
But one of the little boys
(we had a total of 4 children) insisted
on singing "Bob the Builder"!!!

At first it didn't occur to me
what he meant but as soon as we
moved on to the second song he
became very happy!!!

We have now renamed "My Eternal Family"
to "Bob the Builder"!!!

He was so funny and cute that it totally
made my whole day!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"Diamonds are a girls best friend".....

....but first we have to find them!!!

This last weekend we went to the Crater of Diamonds
State Park in Arkansas with our
friends the Smiths, Neelys and Knowles.
It is a fun place where you can dig around in the dirt
and keep any diamonds that you find!!!
The largest diamond that was found in the park
was a 40 karat diamond found back in 1924!!!

We were told there was still plenty of diamonds
left to find and we were all convinced that we were
going to find some....
so we proceeded to dig.....
(Yes, the Smiths are in the background)

We were told that some of the biggest diamonds
had been found just laying on the top of the soil...
So Wayne proceeded to walk all around the park
looking for a little sparkle!!!

I got tired of walking around so I picked a spot
and dug up all the dirt around me.
But all I found was this cool green rock
which turned out to be......

.....a cool green rock!!!!
Actually they said it was Jasper!!!

We thought Michele might have found a diamond
when we saw her sparkly crystal....

...but it was a sparkly quartz!!!

Some of us like the Knowles decided to use the
sloushing method.
(I don't think that is the exact term)
They washed their rocks first to get all of the mud off
and then sloushed them around some more
and then looked for anything that sparkled....

...they just got dirty....
......but they looked good doing it!!!

The "Diamond Man," which we decided to call him,
found a diamond while we were watching him.
We could tell that he had been diamond hunting for awhile,
maybe because of the magnified glasses on the top of his head,
but mostly because he actually

On our way back to our hotel, we stopped at the quaint
little town of Washington, Arkansas which had been
the capitol of the confederate United States for a period of time.
We wished we could have looked around a bit more
this booming town with a population of 148,
but they were just closing as we arrived.

But we did go inside the court house which reminded
us of the court room in the movie,
"To kill a Mockingbird."
There was no balcony but it was a very
beautiful building with wood floors and ceilings!!!

We had a great time!!!