Monday, November 20, 2017

#safeandsound

Hello friends and family! Thanks to the beautiful invention of technology and the blessing to have it in this mission, I'm typing this email while in my apartment, listening to Christmas music :)
Happy Thanksgiving to all those who get the chance to celebrate it this week. For me and my companion, we will be working!
This week also went by fast, but nevertheless it was a fantastic week for me and my companion. We are really starting to see some of the fruits of our labors in this area! We're out here working like dogs, packing a lunch into the field, changing and patching bike tubes in the middle of the day, talking to everyone, trying to connect members to investigators, and more and more. It really feels good to lose yourself in the work of the Lord.
This past week Elder Ramirez and I were able to help 2 more investigators set the goal of being baptized soon. One for the 17th of December, who's name is Jocelyn. She simply just wants to follow God and set a good example for her brother. She has made some wrong choices in the past and wants to make everything right. A fantastic desire to change! The other for the 24th of December. Lupita's daughter Amarie decided to join her mother and sister in their decision to be baptized Christmas eve. What a better present to the Lord then to join his fold!
Also, Lupita brought her family (minus her husband) to church for the first time in a long time. Her sister also joined with her kids. They enjoyed it so much! And the members almost flooded her after sacrament meeting was over. Even our mission president, who showed up to our church services, talked with her and her kids afterwards! It was a magnificent experience to see them all there.
I didn't know what to put in my subject line, so I figured I would take the opportunity to let you know we are safe here in Hawaiian Gardens , California. 
Nothing else of news this week, but I appreciate all your love and support! Have a great week this week!
Con amor,
Elder Horton

Monday, November 13, 2017

#Spainish

HOLA AMIGOS! 
I'm going to limit my Spanish in this email to that.
Really, this week not much happened. I'm going to apologize in advance for the shortness of this email. But this week truly was good! It's getting a lot colder in the night, so I have had to start wearing a light sweater as we bike in the night. It gets down into the 60s and the 50s here.
We have found some really good people to teach this week. One of them is named Pedro. He let us right in to his house, and we taught him the Restoration. He understood the whole thing and responded to all our questions! My testimony that the Lord prepares people to hear the Gospel has grown so much.
This week in my personal studies I have been substituting my name or the names of those I work with. I encourage all you to do the same! I especially loved Alma chapter 7 (https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/alma/7?lang=eng). Anywhere is says "my beloved bretheren", "his people", or "you", substitute your name in. It really makes things more meaningful and personal. I invite you all to try it!
I've run out of ideas and time. Love you all! Until next week.
Con amor,
Elder Horton








Monday, November 6, 2017

#14months

Hello friends and family! I hope you have all had a great week. For me, it went by pretty quickly. My butt doesn't hurt from biking anymore, I'm adjusting to the new diet which requires me to eat more since I'm burning more calories, being on bike and all. Oh yeah, did I mention we are on bike? It's actually a lot of fun. My companion and I have started counting the number of Close Encounters we have to a crash with a car, whether it be someone pulling out in front of us or almost hitting us. Surprisingly, a lot of drivers here can be pretty ignorant. Even when they see you are there... Friday we counted 7 close encounters of almost crashing into a car. But the Lord protects us so much! I have gained such a big testimony of how the Lord blesses his ordained servants.
This week went by really fast actually. On Tuesday I hit 14 months in the mission which means almost nothing, except for the fact that I'm marveling at how quickly the time is passing.
Elder Ramirez is showing me very much how to work with members. He's a fantastic missionary and I am learning a lot from him! We have been taking a member of the congregation out to work with us almost every night. Even though we are on bikes, it works! Normally if we were in a car, we would be expected to pick them up and take them with us. But they are so nice! They will meet us in a place, and drive us from place to place.
Let's see... Oh yeah! Let me talk about the food here. Of course you all know it's a melting pot. I can go anywhere and find bomb Korean, Indian, Mexican, Peruvian, American, Greek food, etc. It's fantastic. For me, I have tried so many different mexican dishes and I love them all. The unique thing about mexicans is their affinity for Spicy food. My tongue has been burned time and time again. But as they say, one learns Spanish faster when they learn how to eat spicy!
So I'll talk about the people I'm now working with.
We are still working with Lupita and her family. They are progressing very well and I dare say they're close to baptism! Lupita has had a lot of crazy things going on in her life lately and we haven't been able to sit down and have a good solid lesson in a while. But she's reading in the Book of Mormon as often as she can. It's awesome- when she reads, she takes notes to make sure she understands!! That's fantastic! We are doing our best to introduce her to more members because they are those who make the difference.
The same thing with Diana, Armando, and Erick. We are connecting them with more members. Tonight we will be doing a Family Home Evening with them and Diana, Armando, and Erick in this family's home. It was very kind of them to offer us their home.
We have also been doing a lot of finding. We have to spend more time working with those who are willing to find out the truth of the message for themselves, and spend less time with those who are just willing to listen just to be nice. So we have found others who are willing to act on the message! I'm very excited to begin working with these sons and daughters of God.
Another thing I have been pondering on recently. In John chapter 6 is registered the account of Christ teaching how he is the bread of life. This is a beautiful chapter, and the church even has a video about it! I will attach the video link and I encourage you all to go watch it.
I have been pondering the coorelation this teaching has with the sacrament. Watch for how many promises he makes to those who eat of his flesh and drink his blood, or to those who eat the bread. We know that he is talking about the sacrifice he will soon make for every one of us. To commemorate that sacrifice, we take the sacrament. I invite you all to think how much the sacrament means to you. Is it simply eating a piece of blessed bread, or is it truly having an intervention with the father and committing to follow His commandments?
Con Amor,
Elder Horton




Splits with Jacob Arteaga


Big bug! I named him Joe




I may or may not have used this last night                          California

Monday, October 30, 2017

#BIKES//AGAIN

Hola everyone. How's your week been? For me, it was HOT. I don't like the random 3/4 day heat waves we have here in California. Last Monday the car told me it was 107. I didn't believe it, so as we kept driving around I was watching the temperature gauge. And sure enough, it stayed at 107. Ay caramba!
As I mentioned in my last email, I was transferred to another area in this ward. I'm covering all area that I have covered before. So nothing is new, except for some people, and the fact that I'm back on BIKE! I can't tell you all how much my butt hurt in the first few days back on bike life. It also takes 20-30 minutes to bike to the part of our area where we work. I can't complain too much though, at least we have bikes to use. I know some people just have to walk and walk for hours. But yeah. Bikes require a lot of maintenence. I've had to go under the hood and check some things out. But thanks to God, everything is well. I've only got one flat so far.
Speaking of my new comp, his name is Elder Ramirez! Some of you may be thinking, "Hey, wait wasn't Elder Horton already comps with Elder Ramirez?" And you would be correct in that. But I'm with a different Elder Ramirez. This Elder Ramirez is very different! He hails from Orlando Florida, though his family has recently moved to South Jordan Utah. He has been on his mission for a little less than I have. In fact, he will hit his year mark this week. He's a native Spanish speaker. His father is from the Dominican Republic, for all of you who know what that means. This is his first time being on bike his whole mission so we both have had to settle into it. I'll attach a cool photo.
Along with being with a new companion in a new area, we've got to talk about the new apartment. So, this apartment had been vacant for a few weeks since the sister missionaries living here before got transferred. They didn't want to sell this apartment just to have to buy a new one later, so they left it for us. It is big and nice! I'm super happy to be living here. There seems to be so much space for everything. A small family could live here!
 There's not too much else to talk about, to be honest. This week has just been full of trying to get to know all the people in the new area, contacting people, and simply just working. I've already learned a lot from Elder Ramirez. He's the District Leader here so I've got a lot more to learn!
Something I've been thinking and studying about a lot lately is the importance of the Spirit. Not only in the life and teaching of the missionaries and investigators, but in the life of everyone. Why do you guys think the spirit would be important? Go ahead and reply below. I understand a little more how the spirit can be our guide. I've seen the spirit guide me and my companions in the mission field, and I have seen the spirit guide the lives of my investigators. I know that is how the Lord communicates to us. We live in a world of so many loud things and distractions, but if we could simply take a few minutes to sit down in silence, and feel that peace that comes from the spirit, we can learn to discern his whisperings. I encourage you all to more fervently pray for the guidance and feelings of the Spirit in your life. It will not only guide you, but it will be your comfort in times of need, he will warn you of danger, and he will teach you ALL things. Let the Lord Jesus Christ be our focus.
Con Amor, 
Elder Horton


Monday, October 23, 2017

#transfers-kind-of

Hello everyone! Transfer facts are in. What is Elder Horton's fate? Drum roll please......
After only 3 months/2 transfers in this area, I am packing my bags again to head  to another area. My companion has been called to train! But Im not traveling far. I'm opening up a new area in the same ward. This new area has part of my current area, and part of my old area. So this will not be too bad! I have already worked in every part of my new area. I have some of my old investigators and current investigators.
This week has been good, and we have seen a lot of progress in the work. We should see many baptisms soon because the Lord is blessing our hard work and Obedience. 
On Sunday, we had the privelage to again watch the kids give a performance for their primary program. It was awesome! I always love to see the kids singing and learning about Jesus Christ and his example.
Today, as we were driving around, we saw a car on fire! We stopped to watch the firefighters douse out the fire. Crazy experience! First time I've ever seen that in my lifetime.
I apologize for the shortness of the email but  I don't know what else has gone on this week... I'll leave it until next week because I'll have a lot more to talk about then! Love you all!


VIDEO: me eating the chile


After eating the chile


Made and grilled some chicken!!


Awesome sandwich from a restaurant named Norm's


Picture of the smoke from the wildfire


"nice"-ish nails?


Temple


Picture with a return missionary (Benjamin Rios-Lazo) in my area. He served in Guatemala and got these super thick ties!

Monday, October 16, 2017

#2weeks

Hello everyone! It's so great to be able to write you again. It has been 2 long weeks. Sorry I wasn't able to write last week. We had to change our P-day to Tuesday because we had an opportunity to attend the temple, which happens only once every 6 months for us. It was a marvelous experience and I always love feeling the spirit there in the temple.
But I've had a good last couple of weeks in the California Long Beach mission. If you didn't already know, our mission received smartphones and we were authorized to use facebook as well! This new use of technology has been a great blessing to help progress the work of to the Lord. In that light, Mondays will remain my only day to communicate with friends and family under normal circumstances. 
Well the work progresses here in the Cerritos Second ward. We had the incredible opportunity to sit down. And have a nice conversation with Lupita's husband! He's really nice, and even invited us to eat with his family. We learned a lot about his life and how he's willing to learn. We're excited to keep working with the whole family.
I'm going to attach a video of me eating a chile. Now there's a great story behind this video. As i eat the chile in the video, all seems well. Nothing burned very bad, as I was expecting. I even take a drink and eat some tortilla. But as soon as that camera turned off for some reason, the spicy HIT me like a train. My mouth burned for quite the while! Following this video is a picture of me suffering. Hope you enjoy.
Turns out I actually didn't bring my camera. I'm so sorry guys. One more week and I think I'll have this thing we call life figured out. Forgive me.
Fun story to leave you guys off with, because I best be going. On Saturday, we wanted to have a meeting in the park with Lupita and her family, and another hermana and her kids from the ward. We arranged for us all to bring food at 1:30 and just have a good time. This hermana had to leave at 2:30, so we knew we had a short window. Well Elder Diaz and I showed up at 2. (I know, super late but we were at another appointment) This hermana and her kids were all playing there at the park, but Lupita was nowhere to be seen! 2:30 hit, the hermana had to leave, and we suddenly got a call from Lupita. She stopped at the grocery store to get food for the park, and her truck battery died! The absolute worst time to die, I know. She was too nice to go ask someone to give her a jump, so I told her to pray that someone would come to help. She hung up, prayed, and a big ol' truck rolled up and asked her if she needed a jump. Prayer answered right then and there! She eventually got to come to the park. A little late, and she didn't get to meet this hermana, but I know she had a spiritual experience today.
Brothers and sisters I know that the Lord's hand is in everything, and he's working to make sure his work progresses. But I also know that the adversary is working his hand to make sure people don't receive that certain happiness that comes from following the Lord's commandments. The adversary wants us to be miserable, but God wants us to be happy. And, as the scripture says, there must be opposition in all things. So please do all you can to stay on the Lord's team. Satan has various ways into trapping us in to confusion, doubt, and sadness. But if we stand firm and hold on to that foundation we've built on Christ, however small or large it may be, we cannot fall. (Helaman 5:12)
Love you all. Until next week!
Con Amor,
Elder Horton

Monday, October 2, 2017

#Generalconference

To give an accurate comparison for those who are not familiar with the life of a missionary, General Conference is much like the Super Bowl. We spend the weeks approaching with much anticipation, talking with nearly everyone we know about it. Excitement mounts, we make plans to watch with a bunch of others, and finally the big day comes. General Conference may not be as exciting to watch as the Super Bowl, nor do we eat Doritos and Burgers during the presentation, but it's something big to look forward to. Such inspiring messages, and such a spiritual overload! I hope you all took the opportunity to cherish the words spoken, and if not, will review them sometime in the future.
This week for my companion and I was full of that anticipation. We spent a lot of time explaining it to people, why it's so special and important, and getting ready for the weekend! So much so, that we almost forgot we had to find more people to teach, as we must do every week. So once again, we found ourselves at 7pmSunday night, 2 hours before we had to submit our numbers to our leaders. With a heap of faith in our hearts, we jumped out of the car to go visit some potential investigators. No answer, asleep, asleep, etc. So at 8:30 we felt a little discouraged. But instead of throwing in the towel we just simply walked down one street. And guess what? The Lord placed someone in our path! As we walked, I approached a woman and asked if I could give her a pamphlet. I guess she had already seen us coming, because without taking a look at us she let us know that she's a pastor for another church. But we didn't give up there. We simply just starting asking her about her beliefs, where her church is located, and had a pleasant conversation about Jesus Christ. Eventually her husband came up to us and he was even more pleasant. He expressed how good it is that us, as young people, are spreading the word of God instead of getting involved in gangs and drugs. We then explained a little more of our beliefs, gave him a Book of Mormon, and got a return appointment.
If that's not another tender mercy faith-building moment, you tell me what is!
That's the biggest thing on my mind lately so I hope I didn't put you guys to sleep with that story. I hope you're all doing well, wherever you may be. And if you're not, let me know and I'll pray for you ;)
This week my companion and I talked to a lot of people, and there's a lot of good things happening in our area very soon. So stay tuned!
But Elder Horton is out of time, so he'll leave it until next week!
Hasta luego 
Elder Horton

Pictures:



Chile Relleno. A BIG CHILE...



Went to a marching band competition for our investigator, who is the drum major!



This board always has different interesting quotes

Monday, September 25, 2017

#miracle

Buenos dias/buenas tardes everyone! I hope your week was just dandy!
As you can probably tell from the subject line, my companion and I had a miracle this week. It was Sunday night and we had only 2 investigators found in the week. We had to find 2 more in order to meet standards and we had 90 minutes to do it. My companion and I sat in the car, as an awkward silence filled the air. 
Elder Diaz voiced "dude we have to find 2 investigators tonight." 
At which point I replied, "Do you have faith, Elder?"
His response "Yes I have faith."
We immediately started up the car and went to visit a potential investigator. It was a mom and a daughter with a bunch of little kids running around. We went up to them, and told them we had come to share a message of Jesus Christ with them, and asked if we could have some of their time. Immediately they said yes, invited us in to sit on their only couch, and sent the kids into the room to play. We shared our message and they loved it! We considered it a true miracle, because the Lord heard our cries. It was a small miracle, but nevertheless a tender mercy. The Book of Mormon teaches us that by small and simple things, great things are brought to pass. 
Lately my companion and I have been more focused on involving the members of the church more in the missionary work. The concept is fantastic. Because the missionaries come and go, it is understandable that someone may not want to come to church nor stay. But when they become connected to a member, they have someone to talk to during church, they have someone without a tag who can also bear testimony of the gospel. That's why member missionary work is so vital. So we have started to get members more involved and we have seen the blessings come from it. Those who come on visits with us feel the spirit, get so excited, and want to do more.
So, since Elder Horton is a little low on time, I want to invite you all to become more involved in the missionary work. There are many ways to begin. Invite a friend to a church activity, or go out visiting with the missionaries. Invite one of your friends to learn about the church, or if they have fallen away invite them back. It's simple and easy! Brothers and Sisters we are all involved in a righeous cause. So go out there and Let's Do Something!
Con Amor, 
Elder Horton



 


Playing pool on p-day



my pretty companion

Monday, September 18, 2017

#Teaching

Hola todos mis queridos, amigos, y conocidos. Esta semana pasó bien rapido. Así que no tengo mucho que decir...
Hello family and friends. For all those who didn't understand what I wrote, use google translate I guess.
But yes! Though this week didn't have much, it was full of teaching. That's great for a missionary to tell and to hear. I'll tell all you guys some cool experiences I've had this week.
One of my favorite things about being a missionary is when people have questions for me. This gives an opportunity to immediately seek revelation from the Lord to give the best answer I can. I usually always like to answer questions with the Book of Mormon or the Bible. After that, simply explaining does okay too. Our investigator Diana has reached a point where she can trust us as missionaries to be able to ask us anything. So we asked her to write down all her questions. When we sat down for our lesson on Saturday, she opened up her notebook to find a full page of questions!! So we tried as hard as we could to answer them all, but only got through about 10 when we ran out of time. A theme I seemed to notice amongst all those questions is that for one to find out the truth of our message for themselves, they need to read the Book of Mormon, attend church, and pray to the Lord asking with faith and real intent.
Another cool teaching experience was with a woman named Yesenia. She has one boy about 9 months old, and she's a single mom. So we got talking with her about the purpose of life, and how she thinks that God made us and put us here for us to enjoy life, and that one shouldn't get too caught up in religion or things of that type. While my companion and her went back and forth for about 15 minutes, I just soaked in every word and then it was my turn to speak. I said something along the lines of this. "We've got to know that everything is made with a purpose. My shoe right here was made to be a shoe. If I try to use it as a glove, I'm gonna pee my pants. So everything was made in the Wisdom of the one who knows all. And in his word, we find what he made us for. He told us his purpose and our purpose. If your son leaves the house when he's 16 to get a job or something, you're probably going to give him some tips about how to survive out there. Don't go and shoot anyone, don't eat too much McDonalds, don't stay out too late, etc. Because you know more than him. That's how God is. He knows us perfectly, and for what purpose we were made. Now it's our job to find out and fulfill that purpose."
I've got to give credits for the shoe/glove metaphor to my past companion, Elder Anglin.
But yeah.. my time has run out. I hope you're all well and settling in school, fall, or whatever is new in your life. Be sure to include your heavenly Father in every aspect of your life, and you'll be blessed.
Con Amor, 
Elder Horton

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

#transfers/birthday

Alright, ladies and Gents. Transfer facts are in. Can I get a drum roll please!
*drum roll*
Elder Horton is... staying in Cerritos 2D! and his companion Elder Diaz is.... staying in Cerritos 2D! We're gonna go a second transfer together and we're excited. We're very determined that we are going to baptize an investigator this transfer. Whether it be Lupita and her family, Diana/Armando/Erick, or Carlitos! Or, who knows? Maybe we'll find one the Lord has prepared, and be able to baptize them. All in the Lord's infinite wisdom and timing.
The second big news of this week is that Elder Diaz had his birthday this last Friday. Because he's been in this area for so long, a lot of the Hermanas knew and tried to do something nice for him. So we spent a lot of time eating specially-made-dishes for him and lots of cake from Northgate market. It was such a fun time to celebrate him and his 20th birthday. And then, we were right back into the work.
Well despite all our efforts and all the promises made to us, 0 of our investigators attended church. That's right, a big ol' goose egg. Which put me into a little rut. But it's hard to stay down with all the blessings the Lord is sending me for my work! I just have to realize things like that happen at times, and we have to roll with the punches. Pick ourselves up and brush the dirt from your pants and move on! That's how life is sometimes.
Last thing today. On Saturday, I was able to go on exchanges with my District Leader! Well as it so happens, my District Leader is Elder Ramirez, the very man who trained me! My first companion in the field. So it was awesome to be companions with him once again, almost a year later. I got to realize how much I have changed and grown as a missionary and as a person. I definitely have a much better grasp on the mission language, and I feel older and more mature. But don't worry. For those who know me well, I'm still the good ol' me ;)
Alright well I believe that's all for this week. There's not much to update you on this week as far as those we are working with so I'll just leave it there. Thanks for all your support, love, and prayers. May the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ be with you all.
Con Amor,
Elder Horton

Pictures:

cake #1, 2, and 3



the one picture I have with Elder Diaz on his b-day



Cake #1


Cake #2



Cake #3


Monday, September 4, 2017

#HEATWAVEAGAIN



So apparently we had a heat wave down here... I just thought that's how things were going to be from here on out but I'm so pleased to hear it will get better. This week we had 3 or 4 days hovering around 100 degrees or higher. Now don't get me wrong, I know I don't have the worst of it. But it has still been uncomfortably hot here in Norwalk/Cerritos/Artesia/Hawaiian Gardens!
With that out of the way? Hello how are all of you?
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Great to hear! I'm the same!
But in truth it was a fantastic week! We saw the progression of our investigators, and we found some interesting new investigators. 
We had a very good lesson with Lupita and her kids to teach the importance of baptism. They told us they were told they don't have a very good grasp on the significance of baptism, so we were able to prepare some very good scriptures and sit down with them to help them understand more what they'll be doing. Lupita agreed, and will progress towards, the 24th of this month as a baptismal date. The only thing is she needs to come to church! She came 4 weeks ago, but hasn't been since. That's a problem we're trying to deal with. Sometimes her husband won't let them go so we fasted for his heart to be softened to our message, and the church in general.
Diana, Armando, and Erick are all doing super well. They opened up to us this last Monday night and let us know they weren't very comfortable with being baptized so soon. They wanted to learn more, which is always perfectly okay. So we set a new goal with them, after much pondering and prayer, for the 8th of October. We want to go over more often to help them progress more to baptism!
Carlitos is doing so well. He just started school and is having a little tough time learning, but his mom is helping him out. His father, who was hesitant about baptizing Carlitos, had an interview with the bishop. We have yet to hear the results, but we're assuming all went well and he's feeling a little better about this coming Sunday as his baptism.
That's really all I have to talk about, as this week wasn't the most eventful. Haha but I hope these pictures make up for it!  
Elder Horton


Pictures:

THERMOSTAT



we had 15 minutes of a solid rain!



Service!



Golfing



F.A.I.L ;P





Monday, August 28, 2017

#1year

Yes, my friends you read it right. This coming week, Elder Horton hits the big speed bump. His 1 year. Still not sure what I'm going to do to celebrate, but Thursday will be legendary.
With that out of the way, Hello! How are you all doing? I realize you can't immediately answer that question so it's kind of dumb that I ask that. But hey, it's a missionary tradition.
This week I truly saw the Lord's hand in the work! We found some people along the way to teach, and a lot of these people seem to have been prepared by the Lord to recieve his Gospel. In total, me and my companion found 9 investigators, exceeding our goal of 8. Most of these people seem ready. Quite ironically, one of these sisters we found (named Elena) told us later this same week that her husband doesn't want her listening to us. Soo that was actually a very quick encounter with the missionaries. We gave her a Book of Mormon, and encouraged her to read it, beginning with the Introduction.
We had the opportunity to offer a lot of service this week, as well! It's kind of funny. Always, as missionaries we ask someone if there's anything we can do for them. This opens up a lot of opportunities to serve but people so often say no. But this week, we did! The first thing we did was on Friday. We went and helped an hermana build a bed frame with some wood she bought from home Depot. It was fun, and afterwards she fed us some elotes! The second service opportunity was for a family moving apartments. Well it wasn't the most fun thing to do, considering the family is pretty young. So my companion and I were moving all the heavy stuff down the stairs from their second floor apartment and in to a u-haul truck. We were able to fit all the furniture from their apartment into the truck. Thank heavens I played tetris before the mission!
Thursday we had Zone conference, with another zone. For the whole 7 hours, all we talked about was the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is the true key to conversion. It testifies of Jesus Christ. for almost 200 years, people have tried their hardest to negate the Book of Mormon. But every accusation made has an answer. I know in my heart, the Spirit has made it manifest to me, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It was revealed through a prophet of God in these latter days. I still find comfort in the fact that Joseph Smith endured so many persecutions, trials, and even death, to stand up for a book which truly testifies of Jesus Christ and his mission. Joseph was willing to DIE for this book. I fully believe he knew it was the word of God. If it was some dumb book he just made up out of the blue, he surely would not have died to protect it.
Anyways that's about all I have for this week. It wasn't very eventful but this week should be big. Love you all, stay safe this week.
"Read the book of Mormon erry day." -Elder Hancey
Con Amor,
Elder Horton

1 picture for you all today... a very dark, blurry picture of some cool sunglasses I found in a member's home last night.


Monday, August 21, 2017

#Exchanges

Hi guys! I apologize for the lack of time these past weeks. But I have had a request that I write my weekly email earlier so I have more time. So yes, I have PLENTY of time ;)
I hope this email finds you all cooling down from the hot weather you've had. Did you all see the solar eclipse? Cool huh?
This past week, and these past few weeks, have been very good. I've seen plenty of success in this new area I'm in. There are some areas where we work with plenty of hispanics to teach. A lot of these have been prepared by the Lord as well to receive Christ in their lives, so it's a pleasure to work with them. 
My companion, Elder Diaz, is quite the guy. We get along very well! He's a jokester and makes the work a lot of fun for me. We work hard, and when the time comes we play hard. He's also a very good teacher! As missionaries, we are encouraged to teach simply as if we were teaching children. Some of the concepts we teach are tough to understand and for that we must simplify it. Elder Diaz is very good at that!
The weather here in Norwalk/Cerritos/Hawaiian Gardens is very good. It's still hot and humid, but it's seemed to cool off a little and seems like the sun is giving us a break from the triple digits. We also are in a car with A/C which helps!
Probably the biggest event this week was exchanges. I was with Elder Lee, who's one transfer younger than me in the mission. It was cool to see how he's grown since I saw him come in my first transfer!
So let me update you all on my investigators in this new area. We have the R*** family, consisting of the mother, L****, and her kids M*****, A****, D****, and C****. They love us as missionaries and have been looking for a church for a while. They embrace the Gospel and try to live the teachings of Jesus Christ as we teach. L***'s husband, W*****, is the only problem! He's got a pretty hard heart towards religion. And we almost never get the chance to talk to him, because whenever he's home he goes and hides from us. But we pray and pray his heart will be softened. With some very good planning, perhaps secretive planning with L**** to find this guy at home alone, we can help L**** and her kids progress quicker towards the waters of baptism.
Then, we have D****, A****, and E****. D**** (16) and E**** (11) are brother and sister. A**** is D****'s boyfriend who comes to visit, from 2 hours away biking. He stays there for the weekend, (when we teach them) and goes home for a couple days. He's already graduated from High School and soon to start college. They're very nice people and attended church for the second time yesterday. They're progressing well and we have planned for them to be baptized the 3rd of September!
C**** is a 9 year old kid of a family returning to activity. He wants to be baptized and he's learned almost everything! We are just waiting for the father to be ready to baptize his child. His faith is not very big and he's hesitant to baptize his child.
Anyways this email has dragged on and on and on. I hope you're all now well-informed about the life of Elder Horton. I'm doing well! Also I have lots of pictures
Con Amor, 
Elder Horton

Pictures:




Jus Chillin



We are trolls



I hear a who...



Terrible attempt at taking a picture of the eclipse



Monday, August 14, 2017

#outoftime

I apologize everyone for the shortness of this email! I took too much time emailing my mother...
Just know I survived this week without getting in another car crash this week.
I'm alive and that's all that matters.
Cool moment of the week: I saw a man leaning up against a wall, and kinda staring at us. People do that all the time, so it didn't trip me up! But, as soon as I waved at him, he turned an walked away quickly. My companion then revealed to me that the man was peeing on the wall. Welp, welcome to California!
Con Amor,

Elder Horton

PS - More from Elder Horton's email to mom and dad...

Hello! Well, a little about Elder Diaz. He went to Snow Canyon, just like Jacob (Ryan's cousin). He used to ride a motorcycle before the mission. He's really super chill, already fluent in Spanish, and a cool guy. He's a joker for sure so we have a fun time with each other. 
I'm judging my hump day as the official year mark August 31st.  BUT, 1 year from today I'll be home. Crazzzy to think.

It's been pretty cold too for us. It felt cold for me the other night, then I got in the car and saw it was 72 degrees... Oh no.. 

The investigators are doing well. This new area is hopping. It's the standard to get 2 investigators to church every week, and these last 2 Sundays we have had 6 then 5. This is awesome because church attendance is the most important thing for an investigator, and often the hardest thing for them to keep. Our investigators are:
The R*** family. L***, and her kids. They are 4 in all. The father almost seems scared of us. Anytime we come over, he runs away into his room. He lets us come over and tells his wife "Haz lo que tu quieres!" or "do what you want!". So she comes to church with her kids. We are trying to work on him. We hope he will let his wife and kids be baptized, simply because the church respects the authority of the head of household. They are on baptismal date for the 27th. On track, too.
D***, A***, and E***.-  D*** and E*** are siblings and live in Hawaiian Gardens. (Where we do a lot of work). A***** lives 45 minutes away in Pamona, and he comes over and lives with them on weekends. He is D****'s boyfriend. Every Saturday we teach them and they love it. They came to church last Sunday for the first time. Too late, they couldn't see the sacrament passed. But next week for sure. They were on Baptismal date for the 20th, but it will have to change now, as an investigator must attend church 3 times before they can be baptized.
C***, who is the 9 year old kid of a family returning to activity. We taught him, and he could be baptized any time. we have set a date for the 26th, and God Willing we can get him there.
B*** is what we call an "eternigator or eternal investigator". People are eternigators for many reasons. What it means is the missionaries have taught them for an unreasonable amount of time without them being baptized. Many people are eternigators for a myriad of reasons. Normally, it's that they don't want to keep commitments or that they have one big thing holding them back from baptism they haven't revealed yet. In Bill's case, the obstacle is the parents. He's 15 and it requires the permission of his parents for baptism. Well, they think he's too young to make a decision like that and therefore won't allow it. We are going to work with him to make a plan to show his parents how badly he wants to be baptized.
Well those are the main ones we're working with. There are many,many others. About 40 investigators we have. But these are they who are progressing the most.

Monday, August 7, 2017

#AnotherCrash?

Alright folks, this is the run down for this week.
Sorry I don't have too much time because I tend to leave writing my weekly email until the last minute.
1. Yes, we got in another car accident. No, it was not the same car/companion/area. Yes, it was also a rear-ending. But this time, to make a difference, the lady who rear-ended us was frazzled. She immediately told us not to call the cops, as she doesn't have a license or insurance, and that she would have to pay us out of her pocket. After we were able to get some basic information from her, (AKA personal information and car information) she sped off because "she couldn't trust us". Well, I believe of the two missionaries versus the lady who's driving without a license or insurance, who's the one who really isn't to trust? Oh well. We called the police and got a report filed. It's all good. Welcome to California.
2. I'm in my new area, with my new companion, Elder Diaz. I'm still in the same ward just jumped to the area which is across the street. 
3. 
I'm out of time, sorry guys. Have a great week!

Elder Horton

PS from Ryan's mom - Here's a little more from Ryan that he sent to Mom and Dad...

Obviously I'm in a new area with a new companion. My new area seems to have sooo many members, that we eat with a member almost every night. It's pretty fun, and so I'm not cooking as much anymore haha. It helps save a little money.

We had a bomb week, with lots of people at church.

Yes, same ward. different area. I still get to see all the members at church.
The move went smoothly. I still live in the same complex, so the good thing is I didn't have to pack any clothes into suitcases, we just took a couple trips with all my stuff from one apartment to the other.
The ward is divided into 4 areas, the areas look long and skinny from north to south. My area, since the stake is pretty circular, looks like a big D. It's a pretty big area, and we do a lot of our work in the southern area in a city called Hawaiian Gardens.

Elder Horton finds his peace through music. As missionaries we have little DVD players, where we can plug in a USB. I have peaceful piano music, General conference music, and talks, and more. Sometimes the life of a missionary can be stressful but we have plenty of time to sit down, rest, and think about the Savior. I find a lot of peace knowing that the Lord is in every aspect of our lives and that we need not fear, but to simply trust in him. If something happens, or doesn't happen, we know it's the Lord's will and he knows what's best for us in order for us to grow and become like him.

Yeah, I'm still running. But my companion likes to use the restroom in the morning, #2, so by the time we get out the door, to run to the track nearby, we don't have too much time left. we run there, then I usually do a mix of run/walk for 3 laps or so, depending on how I feel, and we get back to the apartment. So not too much running. We run every other day. The days in between we work out in the apartment. I still think 6:30 right when I wake up is too early.

Pictures:


Elder Horton at his prime



Don't ask



Elder Diaz and I




Damage to the car

Monday, July 31, 2017

#transfers/11months

Hi everyone! Sorry I'm short on time today, so I'll give you the condensed version of everything I would like to say.
First off, I hit my 11 month mark today. Flipping crazy, I know. I'm about to hit the year. No, it's doesn't feel like it if you were wondering! Time just whooshes by on the mission!
Second, transfers are tomorrow. I got the call last night! After one transfer in this area, I'm being transferred! Super different. However I'm not going far. Just a different area in the same ward here. I'm going to my 5th area here on the mission, which if you're wondering, is super rare. My new companion is named Elder Diaz. He's from St. George, Utah. He's been here for a while and we have been able to become friends over the last transfer. There's a lot of good work going on in this new area and I'm super excited to jump right on in.
Also, we got rear-ended this week. Nothing really bad (or so it appears), but it's just a lot of business, forms, and calls that take time away from the work. It made us feel a little better that the lady who hit us, (who was looking down at her phone) was willing to hear us out! It's awesome!
That's about it. Right now I have to go email my mission president and i'm off, for the rest of P-day. Enjoy your week, everyone. I love you all! Keep cool!
 
Elder Horton





found a lizard. Teeny little guy



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