Monday, March 5, 2018


Hello family! This week's hashtag goes out to my new companion, Elder Price. He's from Dublin Ohio, he's 19 years old, has been on his mission 8 months, and it's been a ball this week!
Not much really has happened this week. Of couse we had transfers, though! Elder Price comes from the other part of Pico Rivera. 
We have had a good week of my companion getting to know the members and investigators in the area.
The J family is doing really great! We had a lesson with them on Thursday night, where Hermana J received her answer. As we were teaching the Restoration, her husband kept on bringing up arguments against our church, not believing what we were teaching, etc. While Hermana was trying to convince him of the truth of the Restoration, the Spirit touched her and testified of the truth of what we were talking about. They committed to be baptized on the 18th and confirmed the following Sunday,  the 25th of the his month.
We have also found a lot of new people who are interested in the message and who we are excited to work with. One of those is a girl named D. She moved from Mexico recently into the household of one of our members, the O Family. She has been to church twice now and she seems very interested.
Dangit... it appears I have run out of time. Thanks everyone for your love! Take care and make this the best week of your life!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018


Hello all!
So as my subject line says, I'm now beginning my 13th transfer in the mission field. 14th transfer total, if we are counting the MTC but no one does :P
So that also means transfers. The news is in and.... I am staying in Pico Rivera! My companion, Elder Lopez is being transferred to the city of Paramount and I am receiving Elder Price. He's from Ohio! Prior to coming to me, he was working in the other area which included Pico Rivera. So he's hopping areas in the same ward, just like I'm used to!
This week I don't have a lot to report on. We had a lot of our investigators decide to stop investigating the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ,  which is super sad, but in the Lord's work we have to wipe away the tears and move on. Find new people to teach. And honestly, I'm happy with some of the new people we found to teach. They seem awesome.
Today for lunch we ate at a place called Big D's burgers. They are famous for their challenge. This challenge includes a 3.5 pound burger, 2 pounds of chili cheese fries, and a 30 oz. Milkshake. You have 30 minutes to eat it. If you cant, it costs 50 dollars. I decided not to try it, but still got a decent size picture. I will attach a picture.
Love you guys! Keep it cool!

Elder Horton

Monday, February 19, 2018


Hello brothers and sisters!
I hope you all had a happy Valentine's day. I know I did. It wasn't any different from any other day of the week, but it was a good day nevertheless. 
This week flew by even faster than the last. And once again I find myself in the hot-seat, trying to remember what I did. I'm not very good at this remembering thing sometimes. I'll try a day-by-day summary for you guys!
Monday- we had a zone activity in the park for p-day. We cooked tacos and hot-dogs and played various sports, including soccer, ultimate frisbee, and basketball. It was a lot of fun.
Tuesday- went on exchanges with my District Leader Elder Fonseca. It was great. Their area was lacking a bit, so we went on a finding frenzy. We made a competition with the other Elders, that whoever found more investigators would win ice cream! Well, we tied and each found three. So no one won ice cream
Wednesday- we went by most of our investigators, since we hadn't seen them in 2 or 3 days. Some of them have not been keeping commitments or progressing very much, so we had to stop working with them. It's sad, but this work has to move forward.
Thursday- we had interviews with our mission president. It's always a great experience to recieve guidance from him about the people we are working with. He's a wise man
Friday- nothing special really....
Saturday- we had a great conversation with some less-active and inactive members about various things, including the purpose of life, Adam and Eve, etc. It was in half Spanish and half English, and they all had some really good questions. It was different speaking with someone who knows a lot about the church, versus teaching someone who knows nothing about the church.
Sunday- we saw a turnout of 0 investigators at church for the first time in a couple months. It was sad, but every missionary has weeks like that!
Anyways. Here's some pictures for you all. Stay cool!
Con Amor,
Elder Horton

Valentines Day ties!



Monday, February 12, 2018


Hey all!
Well I know that all this time I couldn't have avoided getting sick again. So in this popular time of year to get sick, it hit me. Plz pray for me.
Sooo Crystal didn't get baptized this last weekend. She's a foster child living in a less-active household. And so when we thought we were close to baptism with her, the state of California stepped right in and let us know there are some laws we have to go through first. Well dang. That's not the first time the laws of the land have impeded Salvation. Fortunately, she can still be baptized in the coming weeks. We just have to keep working with her.
We are super happy to see Ramona still progressing toward baptism. She's so ready for the 24th. Even better, her husband committed to be baptized 25th of March! We are excited for both of them.
There's a stray cat who keeps coming by are apartment and hanging out on our balcony. So my comp and I named him Taylor (a pretty gender-neutral name) and bought him some food.
I got a 4x4 from In 'n out for the first time. Those suckers are huge.
We had a nice ward party for valentine's day! Hispanics always cook the greatest food and go ham at ward parties, so it was fun to be with them.
I also have seen an odd number of Utah lisence plates recently.
Sorry for the blandness of this e-mail. I'll make up for it with some pictures.
Con Amor,
Elder Horton

The menacing 4 by 4

The cat Taylor

The Ward dancing

When they catch you off guard

Monday, February 5, 2018


Buenos dias/buenas tardes a todos
Hi guys! Good morning (from me) and good afternoon (to all you).
This week my companion Elder Lopez and I have seen a lot of blessings come from our hard work, obedience, and giving our hearts and wills to the Lord. He is changing me as much as he is changing the hearts of those we work with.
One person's heart who was changed this past week was Iris, who entered the waters of baptism. I had the privilege of baptizing her and then participating in her confirmation. What a sweet experience it was to see her enter the fold of God!
Other hearts are changing. One is our friend named Crystal. She has been reading the Book of Mormon diligently, praying, and attending church and she plans to be baptized this coming Saturday. She is very excited, and we are for her too. She has shown us how she has been highlighting the verses she likes, and we can see how she is repenting of her sins and wrongdoings. She is excited to be baptized and recieve that fresh start.
Another friend of ours, Ramona, recently set a goal to be baptized on the 24th of this month. She has met with the missionaries for a very long time and we believe that she is finally ready to take that big step! 
we are seeing so many miracles in this area we have been assigned to. I know it's no coincidence because this is the true church. The Gospel of Jesus Christ- his pure teachings- have been restored to this earth and anyone who wants to know that for themself can open a Book of Mormon, read, ponder, and pray about the message it contains. Those who do that will gain a powerful witness that Jesus is their Savior and that he is still speaking to us. His word did not end with the sealing of the Bible. I know that.
Thanks for all the love you are showing to me and to the other missionaries in the world. It's not easy, but it's rewarding.
Con Amor,
Elder Horton 

Hike from the mountains of Whittier

California sunrise. You had to be there.


Check out this wrapper from Chipotle

Bad attempt at a Selfie while on a walk.

Monday, January 29, 2018


Well I'm reading all these emails from missionaries exclaiming how cold it is getting in their mission. I don't know if this serves as any consolation, but yesterday we hit a sunny 89 degrees Farenheit.
To be honest I kind of miss the snow. I understand that Southern California is so packed because the weather here almost constantly stays between 55 degrees and 100 degrees. It stays a pretty constant warm here! so basically I'm spoiled. I know.
I'm also convinced that we meet some of the most unique people here. Saturday while in the library to print off a talk, I was asked by a man if I was Catholic. When I responded that I wasn't, he asked why not and proceeded to tell me that the Catholic is the only valid church and that all the others are bogus. It was clear that he's not completely there so I didn't put too much effort into convincing him otherwise. Just cordially responded and left as soon as possible. Plenty of those experiences to tell!
Crystal is doing well. She felt she needed a little more time, and she thought a week would be appropriate. So we continue to hope and pray she makes it to this Saturday with our other baptism. But we still have a couple other barriers to knock down. Getting people to baptism is not easy here. But it's possible. I believe that.
I'll tell you guys about a cool teaching experience I had with Crystal this past Saturday.
Originally we had planned to teach her about the 10 commandments, living-day prophet, tithing, and Obeying and Honoring the Law. But as we started, the Spirit guided me to talk about church. It was no coincidence, because we came to figure out that she doesn't like church all that much and that she doesn't really get anything from it. So we read in 3 Nephi 18 where it talks all about the sacrament, and we talked with her about the purpose of church. At the end of the lesson, we invited her to join us for church the next day, and she still didn't seem convinced. So I said something along these lines. (by the way she loves chips)
"Okay Crystal I want you to imagine for a second that I have a big ol' bag of Cheetos right here. It's a new flavor that you've never tried before, and we are sitting here telling you it's SO good. We know how much joy and happiness it will bring you. We come every day and try to convince you that you need to eat these Cheetos, and that your life will be changed for the better the moment you try them. But you need to be the one to open the bag and try it for yourself. It's the same with baptism and church. You have to be the one to do it to find out how much joy and happiness it will bring you."
Then Elder Lopez said, "So Crystal, how bad do you want the chips?"
Crystal responded, "see you tomorrow"
It felt like a movie scene to be honest.  It was really cool.
Well, that's about all I have for you all this week. As President Nelson exhorts us to do, I echo. Keep on the Covenant Path.
Con Amor,
Elder Horton

When 4 show up for a 1 man service project

I have no words

Bike Selfie

Tuesday, January 23, 2018


Hello all!
This week has been a really good and humbling one for me and my companion. We have been working hard, and we are really happy to see some of our efforts bringing our investigators to baptism. We have some baptisms set for this weekend and the next. 
Crystal is set to be baptized this Saturday. She still feels iffy about being baptized. We have invited her to keep reading the Book of Mormon and to keep praying. She is honestly so ready! Tomorrow we will find out if she has received an answer to her prayer and if she does want to still be baptized. Keep her in your prayers.
We have been working with a part member family to baptize their teenage girl named Iris. She has Down Syndrome and is one of the cutest girls ever. The decision is ultimately up to her mom, and her mom would like her to be baptized. We have agreed to hold the service February 3rd. We are super excited for her to take this step.
These past 7 days we have seen the greatest small miracles. We have found contact with a few of our friends, after we were out of contact for a while. It felt good to talk with them, and remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God.
We were also able to see the broadcast where a new Latter-day prophet was ushered in. I firmly believe that he will lead us well, under the direction of Jesus Christ who is the head of this church. I have a firm testimony of prophets. I know they speak with God to understand his will for his children in this day and age. Just as he has done before, God has called a prophet to lead and guide us and lead us to safety.
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." -Amos 3:7
I know how important a prophet is and that Russel M. Nelson will do his absolute best to lead and guide us.
con amor,
Elder Horton