Thursday, September 19, 2013

Leaving Linwood

So the big news is: I'm being transferred!! Its crazy, I've only ever been in this ward, this area, my whole mission. It's going to be really different going somewhere else, but I'm excited for the change, it should be a lot of fun. So hopefully next week I'll be able to get you all the info on my new companion and new area and ward and all that.
So this week Elder Shayne Bowen came to our mission, and we had an awesome meeting with him. He talked a lot about the blessings that come from obedience. I was thinking about that, and how sometimes its easy for us to play around the gray line, because we're not doing things that are necessarily harmful or sinful, but that aren't good for us, and obeying what the prophets have said with exactness. I was thinking about how some of those things don't necessarily seem harmful, and some people have the tendency to rationalize those things, but I realized the greater harm comes from losing the blessings promised. We talked about exaltation, and how that is our end goal, but how in this life we can be happy and find joy, and that comes from obedience. I know that sometimes it may be easy to not obey with exactness, but that as we do we will receive all the blessings that the Father hath. I know that obedience is the first law of heaven, and that all blessings are predicated on that, so be obedient to the Lord!
Love you guys and hope you're doing great,
Elder Horne

Thursday, September 5, 2013

S'mores, Monopoly, and Miss America

I know I haven't written a lot recently. Everything is awesome out here, the summer has been nice, and it will be interesting to see how fall missionary work is like. 

Chris is doing awesome. He has found the "pearl of great price" and has been doing everything he can to greater experience the joy that comes from fully partaking of the gospel. 

Here is a picture of us with Chris at the Ikners. We came right after our zone unity, so we're wearing normal clothes. It was really weird not being dressed as a missionary. We had a water balloon fight and played games with the zone before that though so that was fun.

Also we had zone conference this week and Elder Kim is going home so I had to get a picture with him
Also some fun facts that I learned! Atlantic City (where we go a lot) is home of the Miss America Pageant, it is about to start here in a couple weeks, so that will be weird. Monopoly, the game, was also based off of Atlantic City. It's actually kind of cool to get on the bus at the bottom, and take it up and go through the game pretty much as you go up the city. 

Love you guys and hope you're doing great!

Elder Horne

Monday, September 2, 2013

Busy, Busy, Baptism!

Hey guys! Sorry its been awhile but it's been super super busy here, lots of work and without the car we have to spend a lot more time travelling and less time to do other things, like email. I hope that you guys are doing great! It's been awesome here, Elder Stubbs and I are doing great!! 
I had my first baptism last week!!!!! His name is Chris and he's the best. We taught him from ground up, and it was so incredible to see him make that first step and enter into the first covenant. I love the work its so great, and I hope you are all doing awesome. Here are some pictures to keep you guys filled in.
Elder Tan was able to come down from Pottstown, PA for the baptism. It was awesome. My hair is super long, I cut it myself this pday, and it doesnt look half bad! I was freaking out though I'll be honest.
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I decided that I wanted to serve a tropical mission, and we were doing service for some Puerto Ricans and they fed us afterwards but I took this awesome picture with my name tag, so I'm a Puerto Rican now, get over it.
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Love you guys, talk to you next week!!
Elder Horne