Monday, July 27, 2015

week 59







to my surprise, i received a transfer call...im leaving Toronto East! but i'm not going far :) im heading back to Spanish work, to Christie East. my new companion is Hermana Sandorf and we are making the area a Sister Traning Leader area! this means i am heading back to the Christie ward! (the ward i was born into last year with my trainer) Toronto just can't get rid of me :) i literally did not see this coming one bit. i was SO SURE i was staying here! but back i go to my beloved hermanas y hermanos en el barrio Christie :) i love them. i am a little sad, because we have 5 solid people who are being baptized in August into the Toronto ward... but i will be in the same chapel so looks like i will just be sneaking over to see them :) i will also miss my companions so much, the people we are teaching, as well as the members who i have really gotten to know so well in just 6 weeks. this has definitely been one of my favorite transfers of my whole mission!!!

we had such a great week! :) we achieved a lot of our goals and are still teaching and finding like crazy. it has been so awesome! i am so excited and happy for Timothy, who is going to be baptized this Sunday. he passed his interview yesterday and was so happy to plan his baptism! when we taught him the 10 commandments this week we asked them how he felt about them. he just looked down at the Book of Mormon and said, "i love them." awwww it was so cute. man i can't even tell you how much love i have for the people here. and guess who else came to church yesterday? the Sabado family! i have talked about them a lot.... because seriously they are amazing. sadly they have a lot of legal things going on right now that didn't go well this week but when we asked Teri (the dad) if he still wants to be baptized on August 16, he said "yes yes, that is what we are working towards as a family." my heart just melted!!! Teri told the family too that in the mornings they need to have scripture study together, then he showed up with the kids at church yesterday and absolutely loved it. 

we went on exchanges this week with other STL's that are from the far east. a sister came with us that had never been on a bus or subway before, and had never seen the CN tower, never really been in the actually city. haha it was so fun cause she was so wide-eyed all day! it is funny cause a lot of areas in this mission are like walking into a whole new country.

also here is a cool moment of the week... totally the hand of the Lord: we were at a members home having dinner and they invited a friend (awesome member missionaries!) so we taught about Joseph Smith. the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was playing in the background all night, and right when Sister Bott started quoting the first vision, Joseph Smith's first prayer came on in the background. literally like, "i saw a piller of light..." and "oh how lovely was the morning!" at the same time. such a movie moment! God is so cool :)

its been really hot here and definitely humid. also i can't even wrap my mind around the idea that it is almost August. holy cow! i am loving the mission and really wish time could slow down. i love this work more than i can even tell you. i know it is the work of the Lord. i know He stands by me and guides. i love giving my all to the service of the Lord.... this really is the MTC for life!

con mucho amor, hermana horton

Monday, July 20, 2015

week 58





we had a great week! i love my companions so much. it​ really freaks me out that transfer calls are again this Sunday
. we just had them! this transfer has flown. and they are just getting faster and faster. it's crazy! we have a good feeling the 3 of us are getting split... gotta make the most of our last week together!!

it's WICKED humid here. it was 30 C and 80 % humidity on Friday. holy we almost died! i have sweet pictures but unfortunately thanks to a dumb dollar store card reader, i lost all of them :( yes i am ticked. but holy i felt like i was literally swimming!!!

one of the coolest miracles of this week was when we found 7 new investigators in one lesson! it was sweeeeet! we found a potential named Fay, and she told us to come back Saturday at 12... and when we came back, she gathered her family (husband and 2 boys) and went and got her sister Kate and her 2 boys, and we had a massive lesson with those 2 awesome Jamaican families. so cute when all those 10 and 14 year old boys read the pamphlet with us, and they were all amazed at the experience of Joseph Smith. i know that He saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. that experience of a 14 year old boy in a grove of trees in New York was an answer to a prayer that changed the world. and i am so grateful for it! 

Yuri and Teri and their kids were able to come to church again yesterday too :) they are so cute. i seriously love them so much. praying i stay in the area so we can help them get baptized! Timothy who is supposed to be baptized this Sunday is doing AWESOME spiritually... but is having lots of problems with the voices in his head from his Schizophrenia that he has had for at least 20 years now. i feel so bad for him :( he couldn't come to church yesterday because of it, but we did help him to receive a Priesthood blessing.

went on exchanges this week to Toronto YSA! the area i was in for 1 week. love it :) a lot more happened this week but i can't really remember..... we were SO BUSY though! barely found time to eat... having combined areas is forcing us to have back to back to back appointments. but the Lord always provides :) basically i love being a missionary, i love Toronto, i love this area, and i love the Lord. the Church is TRUE! 

con mucho amor, hermanita horton

toronto is awesome

Monday, July 13, 2015

week 57




oh man. as i sit down to write this email today and think about this past week, i can't help but feel so grateful for the blessings God poured down upon us. He is way too good to us. so many prayers were answered, and we saw so many miracles... i don't even know where to start! definitely one of the GREATEST weeks of my whole whole mission!!!!

well, first off... i am in a trio. again :) my 4th trio haha! which is awesome cause i LOVE them. i was on exchanges with a sister on Tuesday night and we got a call from President saying there was going to be an emergency transfer since a sister had to go home. luckily Sister Mencarelli or i didn't leave! i was so nervous. Sister Bott joined us on Wednesday :) she was already serving in our ward as well so we have just combined areas for the last 3 weeks of the transfer. i love her! she is so great! 

miracle #1 is TIMOTHY! so i mentioned him last week... we found his name on a potential list one night and gave him a call. we have been teaching him a LOT since he is super prepared and already feels in his heart that the church is true.... and he came to church yesterday! he will be getting baptized in 2 weeks :) i am so excited for him. last night we taught him family history and temples and he LOVED it! he is excited to go to the temple and be baptized for his dad :) he is from Sudan.

miracle #2 would be the amazing part member family we are teaching, the Sabados. they are from the Philippians... (mom, Yuri, is a member, dad no) and the lesson we had on Friday was definitely one of the coolest experiences i have ever been a part of. hands down one of the best moments of my whole mission! last week as we were teaching the 2 little girls, Trisha 9 and Tyra 8...  and we asked the dad, Teri, if he wanted to learn more. it was our first time meeting him and he said he did! so on Friday we taught their family the Restoration of the Gospel through Joseph Smith. oh man it was SO hot in there. and all the little kids (5 of them...) were being so so loud that we felt like Teri couldn't even hear anything we were teaching. but when we shared the First Vision, we invited Teri to read it. the spirit filled the room, and we could all feel it so strong even with the little kids screaming. when we asked him if he believes it is true he said, "yes i believe it! this really touched my heart today." we invited him to be baptized, and before i could even finish the invitation he said "yes yes YES!" him and his 2 little girls accepted a baptismal date for August 16!!!! we were all in awe. MIRACLES are real. and the little girl Tyra said, hey i will be baptized for my birthday! Teri said the closing prayer, thanking Heavenly Father for his family and him and Yuri were both crying. im tearing up just thinking about it! because there is a lot of things going on in their family right now (a huge misunderstanding and legal complexity) we have been praying for them like crazy and weren't sure if they were going to make it to church. but there we are sitting in Sacrament meeting yesterday, and in walks the entire Sabado family!!!! Sister Mencarelli and i just looked at each other and cried!!! i can't even express my joy to you knowing this amazing little family is preparing to be baptized and go to the temple to have their prayers answered and be an ETERNAL FAMILY <3 are="" class="aBn" data-term="goog_1595957975" fhe="" having="" span="" tabindex="0" them="" we="" with="">tonight
, and i pray we can help them continue to progress towards baptism!

Alma 26:16 
Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which i feel. 

my joy is so FULL!! we were also able to have interviews with President Clayton on Friday and i just love that man. he is so inspired. also we had back to back exchanges this week. it was INSANE. hahaha we had an hour together as the 3 of us then switched with another companionship. but i did go to Chinese work for a day which was a blast :) i realized the spirit is strong while teaching about Jesus Christ no matter what language it is. 

i love this work! i love this area... Toronto has stolen my heart. i love the members here. i love the Gospel with all my heart and i love being able to help and invite everyone to Come unto Christ. thank you all for the love and support! i testify that this work is GOD'S work. i know He lives<3 div="">

con mucho amor y besos, hermana horton 


Monday, July 6, 2015

week 56






hope you all had an awesome 4th of July! my one and only 4th out of the U.S. i missed it. i am proud to be an American :) Canada day was on the 1st and they actually didn't even celebrate it a lot. there were a few fireworks but nothing big. we definitely go all out compared to Canadians :) then again no one is Canadian over here...... haha.

we have been SO busy! this week just flew past my eyes. don't even know how it is July. with lots going on the days and weeks are flying. it hasn't been that warm here #canada. but we are finally getting above 30 C! woo hoo! 

we are teaching like crazy. it has been awesome! we are teaching Golam still who is progressing faithfully. it has been different to teach him and he has a lot of questions and not much of a Christian background.but he is also the most open person in the world! we are also teaching the cutest lady in the world named Joyce. she is from Uganda and is still learning English so she says the cutest things like "Jesus lovin me" "you come teach me and me happy. before me cry." awwww she is adorable. also, Timothy. an awesome new investigator who has decided he wants to be baptized. we are struggling big time on getting people to come to church. it really is the worst when they commit to come, and you stand there waiting and they don't show up... "noooooo not again!" hahaha. but the members here are great too, we are loving getting to know all of them.

i had another exchange this week with Sister Tang. she came to work in our area and we had an awesome day together! she is a great missionary. i also went to my first MLC meeting. Missionary Leadership Council. the Spirit was so strong. i really am learning so much as a missionary. about what it truly means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ for the rest of my life. who have i become? how can i continue inviting others to Come unto Christ even when i am not a full time missionary? Christ is everything. and i will always continue to serve Him. i am so grateful He knows and loves me personally. i love Him.

the Gospel is true and real and is being spread all over the world. the Lord needs us! this is His work and His glory, and He invites us to invite others to come with us as we strive to be like Him and endure to the end. 

con amor, hermana horton


Monday, June 29, 2015

week 55







what a busy crazy awesome week! we are back to just Sister Mencarelli and i since we had to hug Sister Vermunt goodbye yesterday as she heads home :( i will miss her so much. but i am so glad i had the opportunity to serve and learn from her for these past 2 weeks. i did just inherit like 10 new skirts/dresses from her too.... haha she said they were 'old' but anything different than the 10 skirts i have worn for a year is new to me :)

it rained so much this week! and we had no umbrellas so everywhere we went we looked like drown rats haha. also, we got fed so much food! but it was all so delicious, i was in heaven!!! perks of being in Toronto - you get fed food from literally every country. we had food this week from Mexico, Philippians, India, and China. it was amazing. i love the members here! i think i say that in every single area, but really they are so good to us and i just feel so much love from them. i'm so grateful.

this week we taught so many lessons! and found some great new people. i also went on my first exchange as STL.. with Hermana Hoffman. my awesome old companion (in Mississauga) it was fun to be back in Spanish work for a day!

okay, we did have lots of crazy weird experiences this week. soooo the Gay pride parade has officially started over here in downtown Toronto... and unfortunately majority of our investigators live in that area so we have had to be down there a LOT haha. oh man... we have had some very interesting experiences. yikes. BUT, we also have the Pan Am games starting in 2 weeks (like a mini olympics...) and over 20,000 people are coming from all over the world to participate. CAN'T WAIT. 

there is a quote by Elder Holland for missionaries that i really love, that talks about how we only get one chance to serve a mission. there is a part in it that really motivates me everyday, at the end he says "come out of your mission proud of what you have done." i want that so bad. i want to give every last ounce of energy to it. and all the hardships and all the tears really will be looked back upon as the greatest 18 months of my life, because it has changed my life. i want to give it everything i have and do all i can to bring souls unto Christ. i truly love this work so much!

Alma 29:9 - I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.

i love you all so much! i am so grateful for the love and support i have from all those who i love and miss. never forget how blessed we are to have the fullness of the Gospel in our lives. 

con amor, hermana horton

Monday, June 22, 2015

week 54






since i didn't get to say it yesterday, HAPPY FATHERS DAY! to all the father figures i have and especially do my dad. who has raised me so strong in the gospel and been the greatest example to me. i love you dad :)

this week was so crazy busy! man, English work is so different too haha we literally have taught so many lessons this week its insane. also i am still learning to teach in English :) its different! i wish i could say that i have crashed every night as my head hits the pillow but having a trio has made us pillow talk every night hahaha. i love my companions :) so i failed to mention this last week when we got the transfer news, but yes i am in a trio, again! i am serving with Sister Mencarelli (the Italian) and Sister Vermunt (who is actually an Albanian missionary but is finishing up her mission here. she goes home next week though!) 

i have loved being in downtown Toronto again!! i just absolutely love this area. it has been so different though to walk in the same places i was like 9 months ago, but with a different mind set -- instead of hunting down the Spanish people.... everyone is our potential! which is why we have been teaching nonstop. its been so great though because we have seen so many miracles! 

i have found myself this week just doing everything for the people here. because "when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." Mosiah 2:17 and all i want is that these amazing people will desire and choose to Come unto Christ! the biggest miracle of the week would be Ausra. she is amazing. she is recovering from a lot right now and has such a desire to change and follow Jesus Christ. she wants to become whole and new again! i have felt so much love for her. she accepted a baptismal date forJuly 18! please pray for her <3 u="">

we taught a part member family this week from the Philippians (literally, our whole teaching pool. they are so awesome! i love Filipinos! who knew i'd be teaching them haha #imspanish... looks like i gotta learn Tagalog) and it literally broke my heart. they are having the hardest family trials right now and i just felt so bad for them. the 8 and 9 year olds have baptismal dates, and all they want is for their family to be eternal. :( i really hope things will work out. cutest little family.'

man we have been in the sketchiest places this past week. we actually had a really scary experience one night too. i am just really grateful we had a priesthood holder with us, because i have never felt so far from the Holy Ghost. it scared me so bad. i KNOW the power of God is real, and i now realize how strongly missionaries carry the Spirit! i am so grateful for it too, because it really did protect us. Wellesley, Sherborne, and Church street.... i had literally JUST told my comps this creepy story that happened to me 9 months ago with Hermana Dudley in this same area, when all the sudden we found ourselves there everyday. haha i wanted to die! 

i LOVE my mission. i love feeling Christ's love, and i love testifying to others that He really is there. i know Heavenly Father's plan for us is perfect, even when we don't always understand it. i know this is the greatest work in the world! and i love it. i love that through the power of the Atonement, we can feel the grace of our Savior, and allow Him to carry us. i love him.

XOXO, HERMANA HORTON

Monday, June 15, 2015

week 53








this week was so so great! i have actually always had this dream that i could serve in YSA... i just never knew how that could happen as a Spanish missionary. but it did happen! and even if it was just for a week, i absolutely loved it. LOVED IT! Sister Herfort and i worked super hard this week, and it definitely paid off :) before i left Mississauga last week, i prayed really really really hard to Heavenly Father, that i could know every single day while in this new area, that this is where i am supposed to be. (since it was so hard for me to say bye to Mississauga, but i really wanted to accept God's will.) and it came to pass.... every single day! it was mostly with people i would talk to on the street or the bus.... where i knew that the Lord placed me in their paths for a reason. some of which were very faithful Muslim and Jewish people who accepted a Book of Mormon and wanted to learn more. God answers prayers! i know He knows me personally. i am so grateful that He is right beside me in this work. Heavenly Father really does want to bless His children. and He really did send me here for a reason.

Alma 32:21
And now as I said concerning faith - faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.

God is working miracles with everyone we are working with!

Marlon accepted a baptismal date this week for July 5 :) he's so excited and actually has called us everyday asking us questions about what he will have to do haha. he loved church yesterday! we also taught a Muslim man! that was a first. also, ALL the YSA kids we have taught seriously have the Bible memorized. i realized i gotta study up... haha i am just really grateful for the Spirit :) that's all we need. and the members! i have loved getting to know all of them this week. they are so great.

we did receive transfer calls last night. i will be staying in downtown Toronto but heading to the English ward (same church building and area as when i was in Toronto last year... but in the English ward) because i also got called to be a Sister Training Leader. lots of change! i am so so happy to be staying downtown :) i will miss Spanish work but i am in Toronto... which means ill talk to Spanish people every single day! Sister Training Leader means i'll have the opportunity to go on exchanges with the sisters here. it humbles me a lot to know the Lord and President Clayton are trusting me with so much. it surely helps you grow and learn so much! my new companion is Sister Mencarelli :) i have served along side her for a lot of my mission and i LOVE her! i can't wait to serve with her. also she is a convert from Italy... yes she is amazing.

i realized this week how much God really does want to answer our prayers. He wants to bless His children! i have spent a lot of time on my knees as a missionary... but there is so much power in prayer. he really will pour out the blessings from heaven, if we just humble ourselves and plead for His help. i know that He guides this work. being a missionary is the greatest blessing in the world. the greatest joy has come when i have truly forgotten myself, and served Heavenly Father's children with all my heart. i love serving Him, and i love being a missionary <3 u="">

XOXO, HERMANA HORTON

ps: aYSA member works at the science center so we are going for free today :) woo hoo!


Monday, June 8, 2015

week 52






soooooo i got emergency transferred on Saturday. i am back in Toronto. transfer calls are actually this coming Sunday, but there we are doing studies on Saturday morning when we get a call from President Clayton. a sister had to go home for medical reasons, and he felt inspired to send me to work in her place. not sure if its for just this week until transfers or for longer? i guess we'll see! but i felt so sad knowing i had to say goodbye to so many i love so much in Mississauga :( the worst part was, that i was being picked up in 8 hours and had no time to say much of any goodbyes. i did get to write a bunch of goodbye letters, and say bye to the Gundakers whom i love. im just happy they are moving to Utah soon! i will miss the people in Mississauga a lot. a lot of them are like family to me. i was also so sad too, because we found some SOLID people this past week in Mississauga. we saw a lot of miracles in following small spiritual promptings that we received! 

President and Sister Clayton picked me up with my new companion, Sister Herfort and brought us here to Toronto on Saturday evening. i am now in English work, and it's also YSA. its been hard :( i kind of feel like i have no idea what i am doing but i do testify that the Lord has carried me. i have felt so close to Him. the Atonement is real and i know He is there for me. i love the Lord and i will do anything He asks me to do with a full purpose heart. i will go and do! (1 Nephi 3:7)

i do feel like i have no idea what i am doing though. i sound ridiculous when i teach in English haha i literally have to translate everything back to English and it just doesn't sound right. there are a few Spanish members here though. the YSA branch is really great! all the members are super sweet. but everyone is engaged there.....

i hit my year mark this week. that is CRAZY. i really feel like i just got here!! i feel so blessed to be able to serve the Savior in any part of his precious vineyard. i know that i can always depend on Him to lift and strengthen me. i am so grateful for that knowledge. i love the Book of Mormon! we were out proselyting last night and ran into a man who was carrying heavy groceries and we offered to help. we helped him carry the groceries for quite a distance and we told them about what we do as missionaries. when i told him about the Book of Mormon and how Jesus Christ appeared to the people in the Americas, his eyes got so huge. "i want to read this book!" i was super nervous to ask him for his age hahaha since we only teach people 18-30 here. he's 38 but he was such a miracle. i love sharing the Book of Mormon with all of God's children!

XOXO, HERMANA HORTON

ps: i am super happy that i am back in a bus area! even if its just for a time. my tailbone has definitely had it with the 6 month car area.