quite the long week! it definitely had its ups and downs. and it's pretty freezing up here, we're averaging everyday now at -20 C, which is about -2 F. yes, im frozen! luckily we are in a car area, and in one of the "warmest" parts of this cold mission! but i really do love when it snows :) it's that wind that is just SO frijo!
we had a Specialty Training meeting with President and Sister Clayton. our Zone Leader's had texted us earlier in the week and told us "IPADS!" and told us to pick our color... but we showed up and it definitely wasn't Ipads haha. we were PRANKED!! rude right? haha and we totally believed them. (they are still supposedly coming sometime *soon* but i sorta lost all faith at this point haha) the meeting was still incrediblethough. President Clayton has received such amazing revelation about hastening the work here in the Canada Toronto mission, its unbelievable! we saw 499 baptisms as a mission last year, and President has set the goal for this year to see 1000. i repeat, A THOUSAND! and it's totally possible! we learned about all the little things we can do now, to be better and harder working missionaries to team up with the members and make it happen. i'm excited to see the changes in the mission, and so excited to be a part of it! President and Sister Clayton inspire me so much. i love them. i felt the spirit so strong during that meeting as we bore testimony of the Savior and His Atoning sacrifice for all mankind. i couldn't be happier about serving HIM.
lots of our appointments fell through this week :( it makes things so discouraging! we knocked on this door night and found a SOLID man named Carlos. he said him and his mom want to learn! we were SOOO excited to teach this Colombian family since we have been really struggling to find new people to teach. but when we went back for our appointment, his dad answered and said he had met with missionaries before and to never come back. a lot of doors have been slammed in our faces, but hey that's part of being a missionary! you learn to just work harder because of it :) we did learn though, that revelatory planning WORKS. we have learned to plan around names and people to visit so the Lord can place people in our paths. we WILL find NEW!!!! con fe, y oracion.
i was feeling super down though this week. one night i pulled out my "100 days!" letters my mom sent me, from all my supportive and loving friends and family. as i read each one again i couldn't help but feel so grateful for each and every one of you!!! the words touched me so strongly, and it made me realize how grateful i really am to be here serving the Lord. and i know that as long as we are doing our part as missionaries, and invitingeveryone to come unto Jesus Christ, God will do his part too! even if we don't always see the fruit of our labors :) i have such a strong testimony of that!!! which is why Hermana Hoffman and i aren't getting down about anything! our investigators are slowly progressing but we have a lot set up this week.... we are praying for miracles :)
i LOVE this Gospel. with all my heart! i KNOW its true!!!
XOXO, HERMANA HORTON