Monday, November 23, 2015


the long awaited reuniting blog post :) excited? holy cow i am! do you know how long Tyler and i have waited for this day????? well, 730 days... 104 weeks.... 2 YEARS. i really feel like "i cannot say the smallest part which i feel" when it comes to that long awaited hug. yes it was perfect because we have dreamed of experiencing that together for much too long! i am eternally grateful Tyler chose to serve a mission. and i am eternally grateful that because he served, i had the desire to as well. it changed the both of us, and we learned to love and appreciate each other every single day we were apart. i love him with all my heart, and though this was one of the hardest things i have ever done, and some days i thought it would never end, it did. and boy oh boy, was it worth it. that distance only made our hearts grow stronger! and we are happier than ever!

many great things await us :) ***including an awesome video about this awesome day!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

upon returning, part 2

 happy wednesday! here are a few more pictures from LIFE upon returning home...

^^^ i can't even tell you how happy i was to see that thing so full. DO YOU REALIZE HOW MANY STAMPS THAT IS???? Tyler is home now and it is AMAZING (ill post more about that soon!) but as the days were numbered before he arrived home, i couldn't help but just stand in awe that these 2 years have actually gone by. some days, i NEVER thought that day would come. those really really long days where i missed him dearly. i have stamped this thing since day 1! haha one by one... it seemed like it took forever. anyways... seeing it filled was a happy day!!!

 ^^^ a few weeks ago at Nightmare on 13th with the Peery clan for Jeselyn's birthday! so fun! and seriously SO SCARY.

 ^^^ temple trip with my girl Kaylee :) so great to see her post mission for the both of us!

 ^^^ girls night out with these ladies! my megan girl, mia + kels. we shopped our hearts out and finished off with dinner at Blue Lemon. one of my favorite places ever. so much fun!

 ^^^ a few photos from a super fun photoshoot i was a part of a few weeks ago with Mia! this was for a new online clothing boutique called DIVI. they have the cutest clothes! check them out :)

^^^so im actually recovering from 3 surgeries, a bone infection in my tailbone/body, and a 4 day hospital..."trip". its been quite the process/adventure. a few set backs but also miracles have occurred and im just grateful everything is happening when it is. as hard as it is sometimes to deal with all this right now, it has been a miracle just to find answers since i have been dealing with this since i was 13. and this is going to be the end of it! im kinda done talking about it all the time though... haha sooooo we're done with that. 

be back soon kids! --- "the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is all we need."

Thursday, November 12, 2015

upon returning, part 1

HOLA! soooooo to be honest, i am not sure how i feel about coming back to the blogging world. serving my mission changed my life and it means everything to me... and it has been hard for me to step back into the real world and especially to do everything that i once did before my mission. even if it is keeping my online journal :) i have dreaded hopping back on my blog and am still not sure i will continue it but at least 100 people have asked me if i am going to continue blogging and update you all on LIFE.

with that said, the reason i love blogging is because i just love to have a space where i can post all the pictures i take and actually remember the little details about my everyday life! which is why i had my mom keep my blog updated while i was on my mission.... so i can look back at those weekly emails and miracles with all the pictures! and to one day show my future children + posterity.

even though i am not quite sure how often ill be blogging... i thought i would at least share a few pictures of the things that have happened in the last 2 months upon returning home. and actually, since there aren't just "a few" this will have to happen in 2 posts, hence, the part 1!

so, onward! lots of pictures updating on whats been happenin ova here as of late.

 ^^^ General Conference!!! MAN i love it so much. every time. i grew such a deep love for General Conference as a missionary. it really is like CHRISTMAS! my family and i were able to go up and see it live at the Conference center and we absolutely loved it. how lucky we are to receive such divine revelation from living Prophets and Apostles of God. alsooooooo i was able to meet Dawn Armstrong from the movie Meet the Mormons! she is such a doll and a huge inspiration to so many.

 ^^^ Peery family party! it has been so good to be with the Peery's again as well. i love them so. they cracked out the kayaks and we ate good food and played some volleyball.... it was so fun! love those cute cousins.

 ^^^ MISSION FRIENDS!!! so grateful for them. i was able to see my AMAZING mission mom -- Hermana Dudley who i love with all my heart! we went to the temple together and it was so special. also had a little get togethaaaa with some mission pals at my house. mission friends are life long friends!

 ^^^ my bestie mia and i at Womens Conference. i missed her more than anything and it has been so great to be together again :)

^^^ my LAST package for my love Elder Peery! YES he is home and ill post all about that later :)

 ^^^ cousin love :) so wonderful to catch up with them again! now that kenz is living down here and briana is a married woman!

 ^^^ babysitting my sibs + cousins for a week with mia was quite the adventure. my parents went to Hawaii for a week (luckies! they deserve it. i love them and they needed that awesome week) we took them to do a lot of fun activities even while mia and i were both working full time! annnnddd these delish treats were made one night. oh so good.

^^^ David Archuleta concert! me, ky, savan & aydels. so fun!

^^^ i got a job!!! an amazing job that i love so much. im a CNA at Provo Rehab and Nursing. it is so fulfilling, and i just feel like it's another transfer :) my next step in life. the next thing my Father in Heaven wants me to do. i help people all day long and i have developed such a love for these people. which is why i love work! unfortunately i am on a bit of a medical leave of absence because of all my tailbone issues (which is a whole other story...) but i can't wait to go back. this job was such an answer to so many of my prayers!

so anyways, hey guys, im back! it's hard to even scratch the surface the way i feel about my mission and i hope to continue to express my love for it + the deep love i have for the Gospel of Jesus Christ... AND missionary work! but blogging and social media in general is such a resource to spread that love! so here i am, a changed Hermana Keena :) xx

ps: shoutout to my lovers! thank you for all the love and support. also, part 2 comin soon.

Thursday, September 17, 2015


 i'm home

...from my full time service to the Lord. it absolutely changed my life... and i already miss it so much! i learned how to rely on Christ. i learned how to love people and give everything for them. i learned how to use the Atonement of Jesus Christ. i learned the importance of always putting the Lord and His gospel first no matter what! i learned the importance of missionary work, and most importantly, i learned the importance of my lifelong commitment as a disciple of Jesus Christ. i know He lives! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

week 66

for all those that don't know...

i'm home.

soooo as many of you are aware, i have been struggling a LOT with my tailbone problems as of the last 2 months. i haven't mentioned a lot in previous emails but it has been pretty bad since about June (and for those who don't know i have had problems with it since i was 13...) it has gotten a lot worse and i have been battling the pain since then. it's a different pain... a lot worse than before my mission :( and it was scary, because we aren't exactly sure what is wrong. i am so grateful for the Lord though, because since then, He has REALLY helped me to do His will... and to really work hard. there are things He needed me to do in His service! there is a lot of other things that happened in between August and now (contact with my Mission President + parents, Canadian walk in clinics (that were pointless) and lots of prayer) but basically after deciding i was going to pray to receive the strength and health to keep going, the Lord had another plan. this past Monday night i received the strongest impression and answer to prayers that i really needed. it is truly amazing how perfectly our Father in Heaven knows us. i knew in that moment, that i had finished the work the Savior wanted me to do, and that it was time to go home and take care of my tailbone. Tuesday was just a real confirmation of that answer to prayers, since i was in horrible pain allllll day!!! my Mission President and i had a conference call with my parents, and it only took us all a matter of 30 seconds before we realized we were all on the same page and i needed to go home. i felt really at peace about it at this point.

i had my interview with President on Thursday morning (which was absolutely amazing)... jumped on an airplane to Minneapolis, had a 3 hour lay over (i was alone and it was so weird! haha) then flew to SLC and landed at 7:30. it was an amazing reunion with my family.... words don't even describe! it was emotional and spiritual and i am so glad it was captured on video. 

i wish i could describe in this email what my mission meant to me. it absolutely changed my life! and basically... as said in Alma 26:16... "i cannot say the smallest part which i feel" i know this Gospel is true, and i know it was restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith. i know Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. i KNOW that He LIVES! i know it. and i love Him. i thought it would feel so different and sad to "take the badge off" but it hasn't, because it's truly engraved upon my heart. the mission really changed my life. i know my purpose in life, and it will always be the same! to invite others to come unto Christ. the church is TRUE! and i will always be, a disciple of Christ.

Hermana Keena Horton

Monday, September 7, 2015

week 65

hola a todos! 

we had a good week and we are continuing to see miracles in our area of Christie East :) transfer calls were last night and Hermana Sandorf and i will be staying together here! which i am happy about because there is SO MUCH potential here in downtown Toronto for Spanish work. also because our ward needs a lot of strengthening... there is just so much to do and i am pumped to be staying! 

MARTINE GOT BAPTIZED!!!! it was a beautiful service. he was sooooo happy! the Gospel of Jesus Christ really has changed him. i have loved seeing that these past few weeks. he took the big leap last week and completely quit smoking marijuana... which was SO hard for him. but he did it! i know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real, and that we all have the opportunity to repent and change every day of our lives. in one of the lessons this week, i love how he asked "so what can i focus on next after baptism and confirmation?" YES! the Gospel is all about progression! on to receiving the Priesthood and going to the Temple :) i am so proud of him. every single day he tells us he is so happy to be making this change in his life.

we also got the wonderful opportunity of going to the Temple on Saturday. that meant we were up at 3 am and at the temple at 5, but of COURSE it was worth it!!! i felt such peace there. i love the Temple with all my heart and i invite all of you to do all you can to always live worthy of going to the House of the Lord. what a blessing it is.

for those who do want a health update -- i am very much still dealing with tailbone pain, and continue to pray on making decisions and relying on the Lord for peace, comfort and guidance. i will do all i can to serve with all my heart, might, mind, and strength, but i am also very aware of these physical needs, and especially the fact that i will not be able to resolve them here in Canada. the prayers on my behalf are very appreciated so thank youuuuu! 

i know that Christ is and will always be at my side. i know He loves us each personally and perfectly. that Hedoes know how it feels, because He suffered it first. this is a scripture that has really affected me throughout my whole mission, one of my all time favorites:

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will i rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
10 Therefore i take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses forChrist's sake: for when i am weak, then am i strong.

i love each one of you so much! thank you for your love and support. i thank my Father in Heaven each day for this amazing opportunity i have to serve Him because i truly love it, and i KNOW it is His amazing work!

xoxo, hermana horton

Monday, August 31, 2015

week 64

¡hola a todos! 

i want to start off this email by thanking everyone who loves and supports me. you have no idea how much i appreciate it! i am so grateful. i am especially grateful for the many blessings my Heavenly Father has poured down upon me. for the knowledge that Jesus Christ knows and loves me perfectly. that is something i am so so grateful for everyday.

this week was pretty challenging for me personally... President Clayton could tell i was suffering pretty bad with my tailbone at MLC this week and we really decided to take action... which has been so hard for me. something i realllyyyyyy don't want to have to deal with on my mission!! or ever again in my life really haha. anyways, even after Xrays there has yet to be answers... which i expected. they did give me pain killers which are crazy strong. haha they TOTALLY knocked me out on the subway to our appointment!!! the person Hna Sandorf was talking to was like... is she okay? hahaha oh man. too good. everything happens for a reason, and everything will be okay, because i know Heavenly Father is watching over me. and i KNOW that Christ does understand me. perfectly. He knows what it's like to not be able to sit :) i'm grateful for Him. i am learning what it truly means to trust in the Lord. especially in God's timing. 

we have continued to see wonderful miracles here! best news ever -- Martine passed his baptismal interview! which means he will be getting baptized on Sunday! woooo hoo! excited for him. we showed him parts of Meet the Mormons and he loved it. he is very excited to be baptized :)

Leonardo is another miracle... i talked about him last week, but man he is so great! he came to church yesterday and really enjoyed it. when we visited him this week, he told us he had decided that morning that he was going to be baptized and become a member. "¡si, yo decidí!" sooooo cool. he's great!

i spoke in church yesterday. my first full talk in Spanish. crazy eh? it was a missionary Sunday, so i spoke on member missionary work. which was great because it's exactly what our mission is focusing on right now! WE ARE ONE!!! i cried as i shared of experiences in the mission where i am so grateful for members, when they open their mouths and share the Gospel and have truly partnered with us in this great work. many members were touched. i am so glad they felt the Spirit. 

i know that Christ truly is the Prince of Peace. "...Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, whosoever will come, Him will i receive; and blessed are those who come unto me."  3 Nephi 9:14

con amor, hermana horton

Monday, August 24, 2015

week 63

we had a great week! we have still been super busy which i love. i love when the Lord puts us to work :) our mission is changing! we are applying and learning new things, to become a full force member-missionary proselyting program. which is going to be awesome, because that work is what helps people stay active in the Gospel. a friend for those investigating the church makes all the difference... and its so much better if the friend is the one who introduces them to the church! i'm loving applying everything. it's really making us do things differently but it's what the Lord wants and what our mission needs.

coolest miracle of the week was on exchanges on Tuesday. a new sister, Sister Meleisea came to our area with me. we went and visited a less active, Francisca. she is 86 and the only reason she can't come to church is because of her health. when we got there... we did the round up :) which simply means we invited everyone in the house to join the lesson! her son Leonardo was home and gladly joined us. we switched around the whole lesson and taught the Restoration because he joined! i felt bad... because they hardly spoke any English. i was translating a lot so Sister Meleisea could teach as well, but it was so cool because mid way through the lesson, she just finished what i was teaching... i looked at her and i was like... what the heck how did you understand that. hahaha the gift of tongues is real kids!!! SO COOL! Leonardo told us he had been to church a few times with his mom and when we asked him if he believed its true he said YES! Sister Meleisea invited him to be baptized, and he committed to prepare. gotta get him to the Temple!

i also went on exchanges with the Chinese sisters which was awesome. Sister Liao is so cute! language work is fun. i had to apply the gift of tongues there too haha :) 

MARTINE CAME TO CHURCH!!!! such a miracle! we have been working with him since i got here... and he has been progressing so well, just has been really nervous about coming to church. which is definitely necessary. he finally came yesterday and is preparing to be baptized! i'm so excited for him. he might have to get baptized in the English ward because he definitely has been white washed by coming to Canada. meaning he barely speaks Spanish now haha. but he is awesome.

we've been doing all we can to work with more and more less actives to get them to the Temple. i was so happy in church yesterday because the chapel looked so much more FULL than previous weeks. commitment to living the Gospel and making it a part of who we are is so important. the Gospel has changed my life. i know what it means and how important it is to ALWAYS put Jesus Christ first. this work is incredible!

con mucho amor, hermana horton