Monday, February 24, 2014

Valentines Means Food

I'm going to apologize upfront. Elder Smith and I have been terrible about taking pictures. HOWEVER, with Valentines day, and thanks to my lovely family, I was able to take some pictures for that. So, happy late Valentines day!

Pink strawberry banana crepes for breakfast. Yum.

Here we have all the decorations, thanks to the wonderful family!

We found some pigeons in an alley. I feel like I'm in the city again.
It's great.

I find things around the apartment and I like to color. Then I get things like this.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Hastening the Work

The iPad has arrived.

I'm not exactly sure yet all that we'll be able to do with them, but I know a few things. We can teach people from around the world that are interested in the gospel via Facebook, Facetime, and Skype. We can use the tools on the iPad in the Gospel Library to share messages and scriptures with others more easily. There is a lot to learn, but a lot of potential.

SO, if you are not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and would like to, or be open to, learning more than you can email me at! If Facebook, Facetime, or Skype would suit you, we can definitely work that out.

Now, here's an awesome experience with the iPad. The day we got them (Tuesday) I was on exchange, and we didn't get back until really late. We were asked by a member to visit her friend in the hospital who had recently been in a very tragic accident, and give her a blessing. We arrived, and gave the woman a blessing, and started talking to the only other person who was there. Her cousin from New York. She was clearly going through a hard time as well, and we asked if we could show her a video. We pulled out the iPad and showed her the Mormon Message 'Mountains to Climb' which is an incredibly powerful video. We had a tremendous experience to teach her about the Holy Ghost, and the Savior, and it was very powerful. Miracles happen with the iPads.

The Lord is hastening His work. I know it, I'm experiencing it.

Rediscovering Our Potential

"Of all the titles of respect and honor and admiration that are given to deity, He has asked us to address Him as Father." (Quorum of the Twelve Apostles) 

We are children of God. Do we sometimes forget that? Do we forget that we have an all loving, all knowing, all powerful Heavenly Father who is the literal father of our spirits? Do we forget that as His children, we are capable of receiving all that He has? Elder Richard G Scott reminds us: "you really have no idea yet who you are and what you can accomplish in life. You have great potential far beyond what you can imagine today." (Recognizing Our Divine Potential)

We have potential greater than we can possibly imagine. We aren't perfect, but we can be better. We can accomplish marvelous things. As children of God, our potential is limitless.

Yet, sometimes it's hard to recognize that. The world would have us believe that we are nothing, that we can't succeed, that we are destined to fail; and if we accomplish something, it doesn't even matter. That we are just one in billions, and that our value only comes from our talents, our strengths, or success: pride. This point is illustrated by the teachings of Korihor, an Anti-Christ in the Book of Mormon, who taught that "every man fared in this life according to the management of the creature; therefore every man prospered according to his genius, and that every man conquered according to his strength" (Alma 30:17).

We are more than that, much more. We can make a difference, we can help others, and we can become great. The world would have us look outward for our value, our confidence, our pride. The Savior invites us to look inward and find true happiness, peace, and eternal value. Greatest happiness in this life can be found only in following the commandments of God. You won't find it in a store, at your job, or on the news; you won't find it from others, you will find it in Christ. Through Christ we find our potential, we find joy, we find peace, and we find strength. The only way we can overcome the natural man and overcome the world is through Christ. He is "the way, the truth, and the life." (John 14:6)

When you find yourself doubting your potential, doubting your value or doubting your ability to succeed, remember: you are a child of God. 

I am reminded of Simba from the Lion King. He had forgotten the potential that he had to be king; he had forgotten who he was, and what he was. Yet when his father reminded him, he was able to accomplish wonderful things and become the king he was always meant to be. The same is true for Hercules. His father was Zeus, yet because Hercules had been separated from him, he had forgotten who he was, and what he was capable of. He saw himself as an outcast, an oddball, and a failure; until he realized the potential that he had to become a hero.

We all have that potential, because God is our Father. We can be the heroes and heroines, the kings and queens we were always meant to become. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wading and Waiting...

This past week was fun fun fun. With lots of snow. Snow = No Car = Walking = Adventure. So, when it snows we're not supposed to drive the car (which happens a lot), which means we get to walk everywhere! Now, the roads get plowed pretty well, the sidewalks on the other hand, do not. Wednesday we went trudging through snow, up to a foot in some places, and it made for quite the adventure. I felt like a member of the fellowship of the ring, and was trying to get over the mountains. All I needed was a dwarf for a companion and some epic background music. Needless to say, it was a good week.

Exciting news!!! Tomorrow, we're getting the iPads! We haven't heard much, if anything, about them. So we will be in a meeting tomorrow that will take most of the day and include lots of training. Next week I'll write about the changes and opportunities this will present!

OK. People are getting married. I know it. I WANT THE WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS. I know I am a missionary, I know that I won't be home in time, but I really want to see who is getting married and to whom. Alright? So, all you engaged people. Send send send.

Elder Matt Horne
721 Paxon Hollow Rd, Suite B
Broomall, Pennsylvania 19008

Send away.

8 inches of snow when we came outside in the morning! 
LOTS of shoveling...

On Wednesday we wear pink. 
The cold never bother me anyway.

Homemade Italian desserts? Don't mind if I do.

OK, I might have secretly worn this under my shirt all Super Bowl Sunday.
That's what suits are for, right???

Monday, February 3, 2014

To Whom Shall we Go?

After many of His disciples left him, and "walked no more with him," Christ poses this question to his apostles, "will ye also go away?" (John 6:66, 67)

Throughout our lives we're presented with this same question, just in different forms. Any time we are tempted to make a mistake, to do something wrong, to abandon our beliefs, we're met with the same question. Will we go away? Will we stray? Will we fall? Will we deny what we know? Will we put other things before God? 

 As we contemplate our decisions, and ultimately decide the direction we want our lives to take, its important to remember the follow up question: "To whom shall we go?" (John 6:68)

If we choose not to follow the commandments, to read our scriptures, to pray, to go to church, to serve the Lord; what are we choosing to do? Who are we following, and why? Why let something pull us away from our Savior?

We have the ability to distinguish the results of our actions. "For behold, my brethren, it is given unto you to judge, that ye may know good from evil; and the way to judge is as plain, that ye may know with a perfect knowledge, as the daylight is from the dark night" (Moroni 7:15). We can't pretend that we are acting in ignorance, because the light of Christ is given that we may judge, that we might know good from evil. 

The blessings of God are there for the obedient. They are always there, and they always will be. He has promised it, and I know that He will keep his promises. To whom shall we go? When we're lost, when we're down, when we feel that there is no light at the end of the tunnel, no hand reaching down for us; hope is not lost. I know that the Lord's hand is outstretched still, and that His love never ends. "Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me" (Isaiah 49:16). I know that's real. If nothing else, that is real. If we're doubting, weak, or afraid; to whom shall we go? The Lord. "In Christ there should come every good thing" (Moroni 7:22).

"And again I would exhort you that ye would come unto Christ, and lay hold upon every good gift." (Moroni 10:30)