Tuesday, August 19, 2014
HOLA! what an awesome week! wow, i can't even believe how much we have seen the hand of the Lord in our missionary work this week. He works in miraculous ways. what a blessing it has been! my testimony has really grown so much already as a missionary. i've noticed it a lot this week when in street/bus contacting, people deny the Mormons or what we believe. i am able to stand up for what i believe and testify of what i know to be true! we have been a little slow to find new investigators, but we have faith the Lord is preparing people to place in our path :) we're sure to talk to everyone so we can find them!
-- we had some awesome spiritual lessons with our investigator Simon this week... he has accepted a baptismal date forand agreed to a smoking stop date as well! he is diving into the scriptures lately and it is so cool to watch :) im excited for him.
-- had the opportunity to do some service for an Indian man this week (who ended up being a millionaire....???? so cool!) who hurt his back and can't clean his yard. the weeds were huge and it was actually way fun haha
-- had a great FHEnight with some investigators/members/kids. we taught L3, the gospel :) i love my ward!
-- had lots of lessons with Ofelia & Betty this week. Ofelia is getting baptized!!! i am so excited for her! Betty will too as soon as her broken wrist is healed :) they are so ready to be baptized. every time we start to teach them something they're like "oh we've been keeping that commandment for years!!!" haha they are awesome.
-- taught our new investigator Raul... everything about the gospel made so much sense to him it was so cool! "oh yeah of course... we definitely need 2 books to testify of Jesus Christ!" "so the authority was lost... is it back now?" *taught the Restoration* "wow that makes so much sense. so we have a prophet now?" an awesome lesson, and one i felt like i was able to teach really well
-- had the miracle of groceries this week. a stranger approached me and my comp late one night with a trunk full of groceries (he got my address from my mom... FB connection) i cried and cried.... God is REAL. and he watches out for His missionaries :)
it's amazing how my spanish is coming along. i can never translate everything that the people say in spanish, but somehow, i know exactly what they are talking about. the Holy Ghost places the knowledge in my head and i am able to teach/testify/answer questions! the gift of tounges is so REAL. and while i am not perfect yet, it's definitely coming along :) i am loving this work so much, i love being a mouthpiece for my Savior Jesus Christ. i am trying my hardest to develop and perfect Christlike attributes each and everyday. the church is true and i love spreading it here in Toronto! and hey... never forget that we are all in this together.... all you members at home... help the missionaries! we are all missionaries :)
Heavenly Father has a plan for each and every one of us. He loves us! He guides this work :) thanks for all the love and support. i feel so blessed to be a misisonary!
xoxo HERMANA HORTON
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
wow, such a great week! very hard, but very rewarding. this week we were lucky to have a lot of miracles. and even after having a few days where every single appointment gets canceled all in the same 10 minutes (really though.... every single appointment hahaha i just wanted to scream) i know Heavenly Father is guiding this work and that when some things don't happen, God has better things in store :) and i have really tried to apply that with my companion this week! and we have sought out all the miracles we could, especially when our days don't go how we think they will. it's amazing what being an obedient and hard working missionary can do for the work of the Lord. we have also learned that everything is in God's timing, and we don't always see "the fruit of our labors". we talk to like 50 people a day, and pass out pass along cards to everyone. bus, subway, street contacting, everyone. but we don't always see success obviously! its all in Gods timing :) i know that's true! and as we do our part as missionaries, the Lord promises to do His. our success as missionaries is based on OUR commitment to find, serve and teach.
so here are some funny and crazy stories of things that happened this week
>> we brought our 2 investigators from Mexico to church. after traveling to get them, we get to the church and the daughter fainted while walking down the stairs... so they both tumbled down! it was really scary, and we thought they were okay, but in the middle of sacrament meeting we ended up having to call 911 for an ambulance. pretty crazy for Hermana Dudley and i hahaha. luckily she is okay, but she did break her hand. hopefully they are still committed to baptism and we didn't freak them out too much???? haha just kidding :) they are!
>> found a new investigator through street contacting named Simon who is probably the most prepared person i have ever met!! he wants to change so much in his life and has such a desire to do good. he knows we are an answer to prayers! and seeing him just LOVE our message and lesson about the Restoration of the true church on the earth almost just brought me to tears. the spirit was so strong. he has never heard of the church, and told us he has been searching, and doing everything he can to please Jesus Christ. he is AWESOME and will definitely be baptized soon :)
>> i invited a stranger to follow Jesus Christ and be baptized this week. haha that was fun! they challenge us to do that sometimes during contacting and i felt the prompting.... and the man said YES! so awesome! complete stranger. sadly he is English speaking so we can't teach him, but we turned him to the other missionaries. i hope in the future he comes unto Christ and is baptized :)
>> we had a lesson with an investigator named Elizabeth this week and it was the first lesson yet where i have understood EVERYTHING in Spanish!!!!! it felt so amazing. i was finally able to teach and testify of what i really wanted to say.... and i actually knew what was going on hahaha. (always a struggle.) i know it was through the power of the Holy Ghost that i was able to do that. it was amazing!
missionary work is hard but rewarding and i try to soak up every minute of it :) everyone should go on a mission. God has chosen US to do this work for Him of bringing His children to the truth because He wants US to grow as well. the world needs our help. sometimes i feel so sad that so many don't know of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and i just want to tell everyone!!!
i just have to share something from Elder Holland, "you only get one chance to serve a mission. it's your responsibility, your duty, to use it to its fullest. come out of your mission PROUD of what you have done." <--- :="" all="" and="" are="" cheering="" count="" every="" for="" gonna="" here="" it="" last="" love="" loved="" make="" many="" me="" means="" minute="" my="" of="" on="" ones="" support="" thanks="" that="" the="" to="" u="" world="">--->
the church is true :) go spread the gospel!
xoxo, Hermana Horton