Monday, July 24, 2017

#kissedbyadrunkman

Hi guys, this last week was quite the week for Elder Horton. Still a boring (for you guys) missionary week, but a lot of cool things happened on my side of the barn.
First off! Before church yesterday, my companion and I traveled into the trailer park to invite our less-active to church. Her son was there, completely plastered drunk, and smoking a cigarette. After he gave my companion a big ol' hug and kissing him on the forehead, I got worried. But in his broken drunk Spanish, he introduced himself to me and gave me a bear hug. We shared a short scripture with him, and then on the way out another big drunk hug. At which point, I guess he felt comfortable enough with me to kiss me on my forehead and send us out with a "les amo". So yeah.. adventurous.
Next up, happy 24th of July/Pioneer's day to you all. If you ask me if they celebrate it in California, I would say Yes! Absolutely! The stake held an activity at which there was free breakfast, stick pulls, snow-cones, dancing and all kinds of fun for the members of the stake. The whole time, the missionaries of the stake were giving out church tours. Considering the amount of non-members there, it was a fantastic opportunity to introduce them to the church and the Gospel. What better way to help someone come to the Lord than showing his house? So yes, that was awesome. I will include a video of the two biggest guys in our Zone doing a stick pull. The Spanish Elder won! yay!
Also we got a District picture of all the Spanish Elders, and a couple English sisters decided to get in there. haha.
Well for all those considering leaving on a mission, just know you're going to have some serious downs. Those don't matter, as much as how you bounce back from them. For example, on Thurday and Friday my companion and I had 8 appointments fall through. By the time the 8th fell, we were pretty disappointed. But we were with a member who was going to accompany us. We all went into the chapel, read out of 3 Nephi 18, and he gave his most powerful testimony. That will do it!
Anyways, sorry I'm out of time. I've got lots of pictures this week.

Elder Horton



Biking exchange! yeehaw!



Investigators galore!



Spanish district



drug bust?



my view right now

video

Stick pull with the two biggest elders.

Monday, July 17, 2017

#Fresh

Hola todos! How are you all doing? I hear the weather has been a little nicer to everyone, so that makes for a more fun summer.
I'm doing well here, about as much as you should expect from a missionary...
So in Spanish, people often use the word "fresca" (fresh) to describe the weather. It means not too hot, but not too cold, and okay to spend a lot of time outside. Well where I'm serving now, most of the people speak fluent Spanish with OK English. However the problem is, "fresh" doesn't directly translate! So often the people stay "It's fresh" that I've gotten used to it. It's pretty funny. Laugh!
Thursday we had our Zone Conference. Sometimes I don't like Zone Conferences, because they go from 9am-4pm. That's 7 hours of sitting and listening, with a little lunch break in-between. But this time was a little different. My companion is a Zone Leader so we had to go early to set everything up. At the beginning, I didn't really go in with the heart to learn something from this meeting. But eventually things warmed up, the Spirit touched my heart, and I was able to learn a lot. We focused a lot on helping people come to church, helping them as they prepare for their baptisms, and aligning ourselves with our purpose. Very good conference, and it's always a pleasure to hear from our mission president. His counsel and words are very wise.
Speaking of our purpose, I don't know if a lot of you know our purpose. It is "invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored Gospel through Faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the end." Or, in short, "Teach Repentance, Baptize converts"
Becoming a missionary is learning to align yourself with that purpose, and understanding the great responsibility we have as disciples of Christ to bring his Gospel to all the world. People may try to drag us down, Satan can throw temptations and obstacles in our path, but "no unhallowed hand will stop the work of the Lord from moving forward." We already know who's going to win the fight here. There will be, and already have been, a lot of casualties. But the ultimate victory will go to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The only question we must ask ourselves is if we are on his team.
Saturday we had the awesome opportunity to help out at a wedding. This was for a Return missionary who served his mission here, came back, and married one of the girls he baptized. For a while in this stake after his mission, he was the Ward Mission Leader. So all the missionaries call him "Papi". He asked us to help serve food at his wedding, and we happily agreed. This wedding was so big, they had to buy 70 Walmart chickens. Seventy. We gladly helped prepare the food on plates and sent them out to the gym where the tables were. It was a great experience to see him married, and I think all the missionaries there were a little jealous, and thinking about what they may do after the mission *wink wink*
Anyways I'm having a great time here. I love you all and I hope your weeks go well.
Con Amor, 
Elder Horton


Monday, July 10, 2017

#July4th?

I guess I'm going to join on the bandwagon of the rest of the Elders and wish you all a happy 4th of July. Do they go crazy here in California? Why of course, yes they do. Tuesday night as my companion and I were trying to contact some of our investigators, we were walking down the street while every other house was setting off legal and illegal fireworks, some off the top of a ladder so they can see it better. All the while the police were busting people for using illegal fireworks. Nonetheless, it was quite a sight to see.
At the end of the night my companion and I were able to sit down in our second-floor apartment and enjoy the fireworks instead of trying to avoid them. It was quite a sight to see! I hope you were all safe and no one did anything too stupid.
AS for the missionary work! this week, Elder Anglin and I tried to contact every single one of our investigators. Every day. having a lot of investigators, that was tough. We tried to either pass by, send a text, call them, or have someone talk to them for us. The purpose? We wanted to help them gain desires to come to church. It worked! We had 3 investigators at church even though it was looking pretty gloomy Sunday morning and like no one would show up. Blessings, brothers and sisters!
That just about sums up my week. Sorry for the short email, but I have lots of pictures to make up for last weeks lack and the lack of content today. Enjoy my smiling face!
Con Amor,

Elder Horton




Elder Anglin and I BOSSES in the car.



Try #1 for that same picture.



If you ever find yourself at a crossroad...



la luna



Cerritos college




Monday's activity with the missionaries at the park

Monday, July 3, 2017

#4thofJuly

Good morning/afternoon my friends and family! I hope this last week has been awesome for you.
In the life of Elder Horton, all is well.
I'm just working hard in the Lord's work, thrusting my sickle, and trying my best to reap the harvest.
So the 4th of July is going to be awesome. The Zone Leaders have planned an activity for today for the whole zone to hang out and play sports in the park, while we grill hamburgers and hot dogs. It should be super fun!
But the funny thing about fireworks out here... For some reason I guess people couldn't wait until the 4th of July to send off their fireworks. Ever since the 1st of July they've been going off all day. Morning, Afternoon, night, you name it. You can count on hearing a "Bang" every 30 minutes or so. I'm not sure which fireworks are legal and which aren't, but there's a lot that are shooting into the sky. Some are even so powerful that when they blow up in the sky, the shockwave sets off a few car alarms. Super funny, but I still haven't learned to discern a firework bang from a gunshot. So yeah.
We have been working with a few investigators. One's name is Vick. He's about 20, speaks both English and Spanish, and questions EVERYTHING. He even questions the way he questions things sometimes! Lessons with him easily go an hour or more. Preach My Gospel says, "sometimes people will intellectually question what you teach, but it's hard to question a heartfelt, sincere testimony." Well, we've born testimony to him, he's felt the confirming witness that the Book of Mormon is true, but he still second guesses all that. He's not hesitant or anything, just a really intelligent guy who's a little confused.
We're working with a family named la familia Lopez. Just like the Ambrosio family in my last area, the mother and kids love us, but the father wants nothing to do with us. He even hid from us when we knocked his door on Saturday! But not to worry, it's a work in progress. We fasted for him and we're going to see where this goes.
We just have so many investigators that it would be too much to tell you guys about all of them but those are the ones we have been working the most with. This last week we found 7 investigators which is extremely good. Almost double the standard! We hope some of these people are prepared by the Lord to be baptized in this next month.
AAAANYWAYS! I hope you all are having fun. Have a safe 4th of July, don't blow up anyone (or anything that's not a firework) and stay safe.
Con amor,


Elder Horton

Sorry, I didn't take any pictures this week... Next week for sure

PS from Ryan's mom - Here's a picture of Ryan and his buddies before they all left on missions.

Monday, June 26, 2017

#Cerritos

Hola amigos, this is Elder Horton once again, hailing from the 2nd floor of the Cerritos Library, on one of the more-than-70 computers.
This week has been absolutely crazy. As my companion is a Zone Leader, we have been to and fro, dealing with a lot of business. However that hasn't stopped the work. Elder Horton has been busy learning his new area which includes Norwalk and Lakewood. I've also been a little taken aback by the amount of work in this area. I've had to learn a lot of names, which results with losing a lot of names from my old area. Such is the life of a missionary.
There are some significant changes from down in Long Beach to up here in Cerritos. First off is the weather. We're hitting a constant 95 in the mid day, and increasing every day. Before, I was able to have the ocean breeze cool me off 10 degrees cooler. Also, there's a lot more members in this Ward I'm serving in. It's crazy! however, as far as missionary work goes, there's a lot less Hispanics here. There are more full houses, and less apartments. A lot of Hispanics down here aren't able to find a good secure job, because, well, they're not legal. but with a more secure job you can make more money and live in a house. Kind of twisted logic, and Elder Horton is even boring himself.
Also apparently Elder Horton has started talking about himself in the third person. What a weirdo ;P
Fun story!
Elder Anglin and I were walking down the street, and tried to contact a man who was just about to light up his blunt of Mary Jane. As we got talking, he told us he's a Christian and believes in Jesus. Somehow we got on the subject of his blunt and he told us this. "This is natural. It comes out of the ground, just like tomatoes. Except you eat tomatoes, but you don't eat this. I smoke this."
Elder Anglin and I got a little bit down the road and just burst out laughing. People here are fun to talk with.
That's about it. Sorry for the short email, but I promise more cool stuff next week.
Con Amor,

Elder Horton




Elder Anglin and I



UGH



The Franco Family



The unbeatable trio



The Quintanilla family



The Camarena family



Mi casa es su casa

Monday, June 19, 2017

#thattriolife

Brothers, sisters, animals, and cats of every kind! How are you!?
I'm great, thanks for asking.
First order of business. Elder Horton is back in a trio for 3 days! This last Saturday, an Elder in our district went home early. So for the second time here in Long Beach, I am in a trio for a short time before the transfer date. This one has lasted for 3 days. Our tag-along buddy is named Elder Kimball. He was in the MTC with me, and so we had a fun time fooling around and working hard. He's a fantastic missionary, and has been called to be District Leader this coming transfer in the Ximeno district.
Next order of business! Transfer facts are in, and I will be transferring to the Cerritos stake. My next companion is Elder Anglin who's a Zone Leader. I don't know much about him, neither do you! I'll let you know next week. Of course I'm sad to not stay here with my good friend Elder Wallis. We have worked so hard, gotten along, and increased our investigator pool so much. It's going to hurt a little bit to know I can't help these people progress more to baptism, but I have faith in Elder Wallis to help these people with his new companion. Meanwhile, I have business the Lord needs me to do in Cerritos.
There are many opportunities for growing in this next area where I will serve! I'm going to a strong ward, with many members who are willing to help us in the missionary work. I'm hoping they are as willing as the branch I'm in. We have so few members to help us here, and a lot of them are busy. However they are so willing to help when they can. Also I have an opportunity to learn from this new companion. He's a strong missionary, and a great guy from what I've heard. 
I'm sure after 6 months here, I have forgotten a little about how to change. Same area, same people. I hope I can remember and embrace this new change with new missionaries, new working area, new members to meet, and new everything virtually! As I submit my will to the Lord's, who wants me to work here for the next little while, I know I will be blessed.
This can apply to all of you! You all are facing a little more change than missionaries. School, friends, family, job, etc. If you learn to embrace and love change, things will go so much better for you. "Fighting the system" is not good. It is change that helps us adapt so new situations, grows us spiritually and mentally, and can often stretch us into the person our Heavenly Father wants us to become. Please, everyone learn what kind of changes the Lord is placing into your life and try your best to embrace it. You will be blessed beyond belief.



Red Robin


People park this close in Cali on a regular basis... so do we


Wallis's drawing



Elder Wallis eating candy like always


Haciendo la obra

Monday, June 12, 2017

#Shoutouts

Hello folks! It's shoutout time!
First. S/o to Elder Bison Hancey who leaves for the MTC this Wednesday to learn Mandarin to go to Canada. He's joining the force and we're all so happy for him.
Second. S/o to my recently-released Stake President Russ Nielson for serving so honorably in his calling and for dealing with Pre-mission Elder Horton.
Third. I know this is a little late, but S/o to all those of you who graduated. You did it.
Well this week was a rollercoaster that didn't stop going up. Last Monday night, we went to an investigator's house to find her father, Nacho, there visiting from Mexico. He was open to listen to our message so we taught it. He heard us out and loved everything. He's catholic by tradition, but had never gone to church nor prayed. He needed God, and that's exactly what we gave him. It was an incredible experience as we taught this man how to pray and committed him to be baptized on the 24th of June, the day before he goes home. Sadly, they didn't show up to church so they will not be able to meet the requirement of 3 weeks church attendance before he can be baptized. However we will continue to teach him and his family, increase his faith in Christ, and prepare him for baptism so the missionaries at his home in Mexico can baptize him.
Also throughout the week we found 6 new investigators and had 4 investigators at church. That's absolutely incredible if you're not familiar with the norm here. They have a "standard of excellence" which we met for the first time this transfer. And honestly, it felt extremely satisfying as a missionary to see the fruits of my labors. We are truly working to bring souls unto Christ.
I made a stir-fry this week. I burned my finger, and I burned the vegetables a little, but it turned out awesome! I felt like a real chef cutting up vegetables and chicken and cooking them on our stove. It was really tasty, too.
That's about all from the life of Elder Horton. A lot of missionary work here. Transfer calls are this week, so I will be learning whether or not I will stay for a 5th transfer here in Long Beach East. I really do hope I'll be staying, because Elder Wallis and I are just getting started! We've really found a groove for when we teach, we get along super well, and we're just seeing a lot of results from our work. But if I am transferred, I will serve happily in the new place I go to. It will be sad to leave this beautiful branch with all the great members and leadership. BUT let's just see!
I hope you're all doing well. Send me an email with how you're doing on a scale of 1-10 mentally, physically, and spiritually. And as always, let me know if there's anything I can do or help with you! I'll do anything I can in my power.
Quick spiritual thought: An investigator of mine mentioned to us that it's even a blessing that we have food on our plates and a place to live. Seems simple, yet it's so profound. I'm not sure I could imagine my life if the Lord didn't bless me with the things I take for granted every day. I'm so blessed to be a missionary and spread the word of the Lord. This week, I saw the Lord work miracles through me. I'm just a tool! I may not be very sharp but he uses me. I hope we all take a minute to sit down and think how blessed we are, with each little thing we have. I'm blessed to be here in a library with as much time as I want, to email my family, sitting on a chair and gah... everything's a blessing. We need to thank the Lord a lot more.
Anyways, sorry for rambling. Love you all.

Elder Horton


Happy Guy!


Selfie-deserved stir-fry


The view from Signal Hill, a full 300 degrees of that!


The famous Elder Wallis with a chicken.  Welcome to Long Beach!

Monday, June 5, 2017

#plzattendchurch

Hola familia y mis amigos. Espero que estén bien.
Well this week seemed to fly by. My companion Elder Wallis and I are having such a good time out here in Long Beach talking to stoners, Buddhists, and borrachos in the street on Sunday night!
Well basically these last 4 weeks of this transfer we have focused on finding new investigators. We were extremely successful and we found what we believe to be some of the people God has prepared to hear our message. But this last week we tried to focus more in on our investigators and committing them to baptismal dates and to come to church. Sadly our efforts didn't see any fruits as we ran dry for investigators at church and we still report a big ol' 0 to our district leader for baptismal dates. I can tell all of you one thing for sure, I am going to spend a lot of time on my knees this week. When I'm not on my knees, I'll be using them to work. 
Always as missionaries we are told we are assigned to our own mission for a reason, the same with the area we are serving. There is someone there our words can touch and hopefully convert. I believe that completely, so I need to just get out and work!
Enough about me, how are you all doing? I appreciate your letters and love you send me. It means a lot to have more to do than I have time. I heard that Max Stidham tied the knot, so congrats to him. I heard the Stake presidency in my home stake is being reorganized so I'm very excited to hear who becomes the new president and his counselors.
I know a lot of you are in Utah currently, so I hope that 90 degree weather isn't killing you yet. Maybe you're enjoying the sun for now. Here in Long Beach the heat comes in waves. One day will be cloudy without rain, and the next day will be the high 80's. I never know what to expect. We had 3 days of clouds in a row, so the 4th day I put on a sweater. Well that was the day the sun decided to show himself! Ha!
I'm pretty proud of myself. I am cooking! This week I made tacos for my companion and I, we have made homemade pizzas, and I am going to cook a stir-fry this week. Simple meals, but trust me. It's a step up from mac&cheese and the classic PB&J.
We had Zone Conference this week, as well as interviews with the mission president. I learned different things from each. I learned how simply we must teach. So often we can over complicate things and just confuse the people we teach. But if we teach simply, almost as teaching to a child, they will understand so much more. The Gospel is simple, people! Let's teach it that way!
Also I gave myself another haircut. Thanks for all the comments telling me to cut it ;)
Pues, eso es todo para mi. Espero que pasen una buena semana!

Elder Horton


Free donuts from Krispy Kreme on national donut day


TACOS



In Signal Hill the richest apartment complexes have this

Monday, May 29, 2017

#SantaMaria

Haha, hello friends and family. How are all of you? I hope that answer is good. Right now it's a good 70 degrees and cloudy here in Long Beach, and I've got some missionaries complaining about how everything is closed because it's Memorial Day and P-day. How dare they put a holiday on our P-day!
 I'm sure you're all wondering about the Subject line so I'll get straight to it. Something I have not quite figured out is Catholics and the Virgin Mary. When we walk into the house of a Catholic, it is quite normal we find a lot of paintings of Mary and the same, if not fewer paintings/pictures of Christ. They have prayers they say to Maria, and I just don't understand it. Maybe one of you could shed some light on that. Yes, we do believe she was a great woman and a chosen vessel of God to bring forth Christ into this world, and yes she raised Jesus but I don't understand why some people pray to her.
Besides that, I am still having such a fun time in Long Beach. We meet the most interesting people! Most of them tend to approach us, and not long after such approach I learn that they're not quite right in the head. If there's anything I have gained a testimony of in the mission, it's substance abuse. Whether one is a current user or a past hard user, we can surely distinguish by they way they talk and think. One of these great sons of God ,Mark, approached me and my companion the other day and began to talk to us. He proceeded to tell us how we as missionaries are on the right path, and that we are saved in the book of Lambs while others aren't. Even though he was holding a stuffed animal and wasn't quite there mentally, it did give me an opportunity to bear testimony how we are just trying to teach everyone how God is our loving heavenly Father and how it will be well with us through keeping the commandments. He began to list off some of the commandments then said this, my favorite quote to this day. 
"yep, yep you've got to repent not three, not five, but seven times and be baptized as a born-again Evangelist..." So yep. Elder Horton's having fun.
Another thing about Long Beach. Multiple times a day we see people, sometimes homeless, riding by on a bike with a speaker attached and they're just blasting music. It's always something different, but it's a lot of rap and stoner-type music.
At a members house 2 little perritos began to fight and bite each other. While all the sisters in the room starting freaking out and not knowing what to do, I calmly walked up and picked both the dogs up to separate them. Was I afraid one of them would bite me? Psh.... not at all...
Okay well those are some awesome experiences that Elder Horton is having. Long Beach is by far the craziest place I've been and since I didn't know what to include in this email, I just put some of those. Let me finish my email with the most important story of the week.
We got one hermana and her son to come and teach a lesson with us on Saturday. We went and knocked the door of this investigator, and when she wasn't home, we asked if they would go with us to talk to a potential. They happily agreed, and this potential investigator let us right in. We had already talked to her about the Plan of Salvation once before but this time we were able to teach a lesson. So out of the blue, we taught the plan of Salvation. We had not prepared with this hermana, but the lesson went so well. I noticed at one point, I was speaking words that were not mine. I know the spirit used my mouth to speak the words to her heart. Now, she's an investigator! We are going to talk to her on Saturday
This work is so real. It's of God. If you have the chance, join His mighty army and beat against the foe.
Con amor,
Elder Horton

Even opposites can be companions


Made personal pizzas


My hair these days


Sunglasses??


Sunglasses??





Prayer to the virgin mary on the back of a candle


Drying your shoes, huh Juan-Carlos?

Monday, May 22, 2017

#HEATWAVE

Hello friends and family! Today, I hail from the Orange County Library in Seal Beach, California instead of the normal Family History Center in the Stake Center. This morning was nice and overcast, a cool 68 degrees.
But it wasn't like that the whole week.
FridaySaturday, and Sunday were hot, hot, hot and it seemed to come from nowhere!
Saturday was our busiest, and most successful day of the week which isn't normal. Saturdays are usually when the Hispanics are out running their errands or whatever and no one is home. But this time we has 6 set appointments and we were outside so much. It didn't help that it almost touched 100 degrees with a bolstering sun that day.
Let me tell you a little more about my companion Elder Wallis. Not only is he a really hard worker, but he is all in. He knows how to work efficiently in the field and he is a blessing to this area! He has an older sister on a mission, and a little brother about to leave. Yes, his family will have 3 kids on missions all at the same time. His other sister is getting married, so I can imagine it's a busy time for his parents.
We have met quite a few fun people, as well this week. Some, sadly, won't accept a message, not even a picture of Jesus Christ. But by talking with everyone, we can find those that the Lord has prepared to hear the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.
It sounds like you are all doing well, from your emails to me. I will give a quick shoutout to my brother Kyson "Bison" Hancey who gave his farewell talk and enters the MTC in a little less than a month to speak Mandarin in Canada. Who woulda thunk.
Well, It's about that time. Time for you to either go on and read another missionary's weekly email, or go outside for 5 minutes and soak in the sun/clouds/snow depending on whether or not you live in Utah.
Con Amor,
Elder Horton



Monday, May 15, 2017

#Diadelasmadres

Hola every one! I hope you all had a great Mothers day, because I definitely did! *wink*
First off, I thank the Park way 9th Ward for "sending their love" to their missionaries. Second, thank you all for showing  love to your Mothers. 
Sad news. As I have said  the whole  week, Kevin "dropped us like a hot  pocket". As we were texting  him to set something up, he indicated  to us that he doesn't feel we are inviting  him to church, but that we are pushing him to go to church. Poor guy, he's running  off of 4 hours of sleep every night between school and work. Good things, but they impede us from meeting with him.
Oh yeah, I got a new companion! His name is Elder Wallis and he's from Washington. We get along suuuper well and I am excited to work so much with him this transfer. It feels like a relief to be able to work well with my companion and get along so well with him at the same time. The spirit is more abundant in our companionship and we can help our investigators to feel that.
Also I apologize for the shortness of this email, as well as the lack of pictures. I only have one picture with my new companion and I will try to send that today but I am on a computer that doesn't upload pictures very well.
In sacrament meeting we had all the kids from primary get up and sing the song to the mothers. It was a smaller primary choir than what I am used to, but still powerful. I have been in this branch for 4 1/2 months and I'm so excited to spend another transfer here.
I hope you all have a great week.
Con Amor,
Elder Horton


Monday, May 8, 2017

#HOLA

Hola mis amigos y mi familia. How are you? 
I'm just great.
First off, you all remember Kevin? How he was supposed to be baptized the 23rd, then the 30th, then the 7th? Welp. None of those came through. He's got a job that's pretty far away, and it's got some crazy hours. We will continue to work with him, hopefully setting a new baptismal date we know for sure he can keep. (and ask for work off)
In other news, my companion Elder Gutierrez goes home to Costa Rica tomorrow. He's super excited to see his family and friends, for sure! These last couple of months of his mission have clearly been rough, as he has thought about all the regrets he has and how much he misses his family. Now that it is a reality of his going home, he's very happy and that's awesome for me to see.
Since he's going home, I am getting a new companion! I'm staying here another transfer in the Long Beach East stake, Ximeno Branch. My new companion is named Elder Wallis. You know as much about him as I do! He's 3 months younger than me in the mission, which makes me senior companion. Also, he's learning Spanish. So I'm assuming my Spanish will be the better of the both of us, which worries me a little all things considering! But I know with the strength of the Lord I can do all things. This will be a difficult transfer in different ways than these last two, but through rough times we learn to rely upon the Lord and we learn the power of prayer!
Next big piece of news. The proselyting areas changed (again) here in the Ximeno district. Don't worry, this time it should be for a long time. Though I have seen 3 area changes in my time here, I know this one will stay! Our district leader counciled with the Branch president and with the mission president to make sure the areas are fair for active members, equal opportunity for work, and less-actives. 
I'll leave you all with a cool experience. Last night was my companions last night for proselyting, and so I let him pick where we went, who to talk to, and everything. All according to his will as we went along. at about 7:45 we decided to go by an investigator we have, who we haven't seen or talked to for about 4 weeks. To our surprise, we found her outside in her yard! We went and talked to her on her porch and she just started talking. She shared with us that she's going through a hard time where sometimes she just doesn't want to do anything at all. She admitted that she knew if she continued to meet with us often, that she would find the strength to kick her unmarried boyfriend out and that she would want to be baptized. For that reason, she was avoiding us. She knows baptism is the correct thing to do, so I don't know if it was out of fear or whatever. Now she is sad that Elder Gutierrez is going home. However, we offered to give her a blessing! That was a spiritual impression from my companion. She accepted, we entered her house, and gave her a blessing of comfort. She appreciated it so much. To our surprise, as soon as she got out of the chair we blessed her in, her 10 year old daughter hopped in there and asked if she could have one too. Well that was awesome so I got to give her a blessing too.
Anyways that's it. Love you guys! Next Sunday is mothers day!! WOOP 


More selfie action after a hard days work


Foggy day



These murals are everywhere

Monday, May 1, 2017

#8months

Hello my friends and family. Today is my 8 month mark! All I can think is that I get all the time I just used, again. Twice. I am so happy I get to serve for a lot longer and bring more souls to Christ.
This week... uhm... went by pretty quick. Sad news, Kevin was unable to be baptized this Sunday. He recently got a job who didn't let him Sunday off. So, he could not attend Sacrament meeting nor his baptism which we scheduled for the 30th. My companion and I were super sad, especially considering we held a special fast for him this Wednesday.
His job also disallows us from seeing him every day, as we previously were doing! He goes straight to work after school and works until 10pm or 12am. But we had a great miracle. Friday night we found ourselves short on time to visit all the people we had to visit. As I pulled over on the street to park, my comp said "I wonder if we can find Kevin right now..." So we drove to his house. To our surprise, we found Kevin outside talking to his family in Honduras on his phone. We decided to give him a little time then we could talk to him. That's a true miracle, brothers and sisters! We have been trying our best to be exactly obedient this week and I know that obedience led to blessings. Sadly, he asked us to come back Saturday night and then cancelled on us Saturday night. We are in what feels like a rut. We still have hope he will be baptized this Sunday though! Faith!
I apologize that this is bien corto. I just want you to all know that I love this work. I have come to a new knowledge of obedience, love, gratitude, and my savior as I have served my mission. I see people through a different light now.
My thought today is on humility. I'm sure you can imagine how tough it can be to be put with someone you don't know and be forced to spend 24/7 with them, especially if you come to learn you have a lot of differences. The biggest thing I have seen to help with getting along with your companion is humility. I've been on both sides, when I have been too prideful to change and when I have been humble and submissive, willing to learn. ALWAYS it is better to be humble! My brothers and sisters, if you are humble and willing to learn in any experience you are in, you will be blessed. I see pride tear families apart, and bring sadness and hatred into lives. Truly pride is the universal sin. So many of us are sinning without knowing it!
Below I am attaching a talk given a long time ago, about pride. I encourage you all to take a quick 10 minutes and listen or read it. Focus on what you're doing to be prideful and how you can change it.

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