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Well, Paradise is EXACTLY like Rootstown. Pretty much everyone in the congregation is over 60. And we are in the hills. Everything is pretty spread out. Thats one disadvantage to a car area, it means that the ward is really spread out and fewer members. But it is gorgeous here, there are evergreens everywhere and occasional redwoods. It has rained everyday since I got here, but its not too bad since we have a car. I hate being cold and wet though so when we go out in the rain I wear my running pants underneath my slacks, and let me tell you, they are a life saver!! Its so comfortable with those on. And that vest has really come in handy too, thanks Mom. And those gloves that you sent a while ago are great. I wasn’t expecting it to be so cold in California! Thanks for writing your conversion story Mom! I haven’t read it yet, but I will soon! We live with members and for the most part its pretty nice. It didn’t smell the best so we got a bunch of candles and now it is actually really nice. Our bathroom isn’t the greatest, I’ve done what I can to clean it up. I love Elder Grant too, he’s a hard worker. We have done a lot of tracting since we don’t have anyone to teach. On Saturday we did like 3 hours of tracting and on Sunday we did like 2. He is from Texas, has been out 16 months, and apparently is a pretty good Rugby player. He asked if I knew where Bowling Green was, I guess they offered him a scholarship to play there! Pretty nuts, and he knew about Kent and Miami of Ohio. The car is way nice too, brand new Ford fusion!
Like I said, when I got here on Tues we had 0 investigators. But on Saturday we met with a PMF, the Parkers. Jessica Parker is a member and has been LA for a long time but wants to come back to church, and her husband has come with her in the past and wants to come to church as well. I think he’ll get baptized soon, I don’t think he thinks so though! And their 13 year old daughter Stormy isn’t baptized. So that was way exciting!! We picked up 2 new investigators, and then, they came to church on Sunday! Which was a real surprise since there was a storm and a lot of people’s power went out. So there is a ray of hope! Every new area that I have gone to, the teaching pool is always very low, but I guess its probably like that in most areas.
So yeah, its just like Rootstown! There are maybe like 10 youth, and everyone else is ancient with a couple young families sprinkled in. It just makes me wonder how we are going to find people to teach! What have the sisters done in the ward to boost the teaching pool? The Bishop is anti activities, and everyone is old, so not a lot of people show up. So we think we are going to be doing a lot of tracting, also having a lot of Active member lessons, and visit all the part member families. Any other suggestions????
Thanks for the journal paper again too Dad! I think thats about it! I love you all!
Elder Michael Horning
Mar 28 2011
Apr 4 2011
I’ll give a shout out to Sarah! Congrats on passing the test!
Conference was fantastic. We were at the church and a nice Sister in the ward who fed us lunch in between sessions. Did you guys get the email of some pictures of me? Someone we are teaching has a Browns helmet signed by Mike Holmgren and I put it on and he snapped some photos then sent them to ya. I’m assuming you didn’t get them though.
And we actually picked him up as a new investigator this week! He is a non member spouse and has been coming to church for like 2 or 3 years with his wife. He actually told us he is planning on getting baptized next month! We were pretty excited to hear that, we’ll see if he follows through with it. He is good friends with a lot of members, so he has some great fellowship. So we are very excited with our teaching pool. We went from zero to hero, with hopefully 2 or 3 baptisms coming up.
Oh and some exciting news! Elder Christofferson is supposed to be at our mission next month! First time meeting an apostle!
Something I’ve studied this week has been the will of the flesh vs the spirit. It seems that this life is a test of how we react when we are physically tired or hurt. When we are tired or feel pain, we want to resort to the will of the flesh because it will relieve our physical pain immediately, but the test is to be patient and long suffering and not give in to the will of the flesh, but submit to the spirit. In Gethsemane, Christ suffered in agony and he responded by not succumbing to the flesh but by praying to His Father (Luke 22:44 I think) So that has been kinda interesting. That talk at conference really sparked my interest in that too.
Sorry the email is short, I hate being pressed for time.
But I love you guys! I hope your business does well this year Ange and I hope your trip was good Emily!
Love, Elder Michael Horning
Apr 18 2011
Glad to hear Emily is applying at Panera! Ya know if that doesn’t work out, please don’t get a fast food job. There are a lot better options, they’re just harder to find. And oh, also volunteer places, it looks way good on applications and is just really fun!
Well, today we actually went golfing with our investigator Gary Simmons. I don’t really like golf, its too slow of a pace, and I’m not very good! He’s doing really well. Our lesson on tithing lasted like 10 mins. We gave him a pamphlet to read, he said he read it, understands it and we committed him to live it and he said, duh, of course. The lessons with him are going to be pretty easy. When you have been coming to church for a decade I bet you learn a couple things. And the Parkers are doing great too. Roger has actually been one of the most consistent men in coming to elders quorum. He shared a neat experience with us this week. He is totally on board for getting baptized. One thing that has been a kind of testimony builder is that he has put an ad in the telephone book for 2 yrs for his work and hasn’t had any responses from it. But all of a sudden since he has met with us, 2 people have called him asking him to work for them. That was pretty cool. And it is nuts how the work has picked up so suddenly. We tried to look into some volunteer opportunities this week. There is this place called the gold nugget museum, at the end of April the whole town comes to see the “gold nugget days.” Its a pretty big deal with a parade at the end. But we might be working at that. The lady at the museum was trying to rope us in to a lotta stuff though, so we might or might not do it. It might take up too much time.
Any questions for Elder Christofferson? Ya know what I might ask him and maybe someone can answer this. How do we keep exact obedience from becoming Pharisee/Saducee obedience? One lady told me this week, “People are more important than rules.” And that really struck me. Am I too concerned about following the rules than loving the people? The Stripling warriors “obeyed with exactness,” so how did they keep from becoming obsessed with the rules?
I think thats about it. My poison oak has just turned to scabs now. Thankfully its not itching!
Elder Michael Horning
May 2 2011
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Jun 6 2011
We got our transfer calls this morning… I’m staying here and Butler is going to Corning. Kinda funny, his last companion was Horning, he’s going to Corning, and found out in the morning. We weren’t expecting that, although I had an idea that that would be a possibility. I am getting Elder Bouchelle, I guess its french and means “small mouth.” Something like that, he has been out 5 months. I told some of the ward I might be getting transferred, so I think it will be a big shocker to see that Butler got the boot. It was kinda funny, because we already had a ride in place. I called a member in the ward to be on standby just in case I would be transferred, but instead he’s taking Butler! I am very glad I am staying here. 3 months is not enough time. But its always interesting getting used to a new companion, but I’m very excited.
Church was very eventful this week. Gary Simmons got up and bore his testimony!!! I did not see him doing that for years, he has told us that he is deathly afraid of public speaking, especially in front of a microphone. So that kinda blew me away. Roger received the priesthood. And out EQ lesson was awkward, it was on tithing and the guy teaching didn’t think it was a commandment and like was confessing that he didn’t pay tithing and he and his wife fight about it. Very awkward. And Roger was there too! But right afterward he came up to me and said that he needs to pay it. We have been doing a lot of active member lessons. The only people we are really teaching are Karen and the Parkers. And we set a baptismal date with the Parker boys. Although teaching them will probabaly be a pain, the 9 year old, James, is pretty active and doesn’t pay attention too long.
I have really, really learned the importance and power of prayer this week. I have had a real spiritual awakening with prayer. Its amazing that if I have specific problem or question, it often seems easier to go to another person for an answer. But to get the best answer, it takes more time and work, but its worth it to ask God, he will answer, and we can get very specific instructions. And I have learned what it means to pray always. Like literally, just all the time, getting on my knees and saying a quick prayer. It doesn’t take a lot of time either! But I am sad to say that I have really underestimated the power of prayer. Because of the “simpleness of the way.” Like what I wrote in my email a couple weeks ago. When reading about the Israelites and the brass serpent, I always think, “Wow, how foolish. All they had to do was look!” And it ceases to amaze me how similar I am to them. Because it seems like too simple of a solution. But it is the solution! The article in last months Ensign really influenced me.
But thats about it! I’m doing great with everthing Mom, OH! Thank you for the CDs!!! Sorry I forgot till now. I love them! I bought a cd player and listen to them in the bath room (because I spend a lot of time in there) and its great, I feel a huge difference. It really invites the spirit and gives me things to ponder in the morning and throughout the day. So thank you.
Love you guys!
Jun 20 2011
Glad to hear you got the card Dad! Hope your fathers day went well! That is sad that Bishop Jeppson got released, but an exciting start of the journey for Brother Mars. I thought that was funny what you wrote Mom about plans for coming home! I’m not there yet! Although its crazy to think that I am down to single digits of months remaining and only 6 transfers left!!!! It really has gone by fast and it is really sad to know that it is finite and has an end. And thats nice that you noticed that about that sister going home Mom. It really does make a difference when you can ride the plan home I think.
We picked up a new family to teach too! Its a LA/PMF, the Jamesons. The Mom, Ginger is divorced and has 2 boys Zach 10 and Steven 6. She really wants to start coming back to church and Zach isn’t baptized so we will be teaching him. We taught them on Thurs and then came to church on Sunday! Usually that doesn’t happen, I was very impressed that she came all by herself, that takes a lot of courage. She also has 2 LA friends that live down the street from her (Michael Johnson and LeAnn Murray, not married) that want to come back to church too, but are a little less motivated than Ginger. But they also have a daughter that isn’t baptized so there might be some potential there. But its really sad to see that Michael sees that his life is miserable, he feels a ton of guilt and he has no direction in his life, but won’t do the things that I know will bring him lasting happiness. But we were very excited to just finally pick up someone new. Its really interesting because the Parkers are kind of on the back burner now, the training wheels are off and they’re doin great. We are still teaching them but at church they just know what they’re doin now. Roger asked a question in the gospel principles class, first time I think he’s done that, so I think thats a sign that he’s feeling a lot more comfortable.
And Elder Bouchelle is a really good singer. He can harmonize really well, and can beat box too. I guess he was in an a capella group before he came out. So we sing an awesome version of follow the prophet. For some reason though I just feel super prideful. He is a leader and a really good missionary, so I dunno if I just don’t want to take the counsel of a younger missionary and thats why I feel so prideful. I just feel kinda in a rut, I feel like I’m becoming very complacent, but don’t know how to turn it around. We are still working hard, but something is missing and I can’t figure out what. I am praying a lot and trying to figure out what I need to change. Any suggestions? I think I like the role of a Robin though more than Batman, I’m a good supporting character, but always get puffed up when I get some authority.
And how is Ang doing? I hope you can get a job Emily, I think that that is a really important thing.
But I think thats about it! Love you all!
Elder Michael Horning
A missionary in the 1st ward is from North Carolina and just made some Cajun shrimp and then we’re playing basketball after that, so I’m pretty excited, I haven’t been able to play a lot on my mission and am way, way out of shape.
Jul 7 2011
Thanks for the addresses everyone! I think I’ve got everyone, but its gonna take me a while to get those letters sent off. I’m glad Emily and Ange got their letters! I’m working on a birthday card for Emily! Thanks for everyone’s comments on how to control thoughts, very helpful.
Oh Sarah, I’ve got a request for you. I don’t have my trainers address and I want to write him, so here’s my plan to get it. Could you add him as a friend on facebook? His name is Taylor Archibald from Texas. Tell him his son wants to write him a letter! If you could do that that would be awesome.
This week has been really good. We just had a tri-ward breakfast, that went pretty well. We picked up 2 new investigators this week! Their names are Jamie Whalberg and Lori Schmidt, Lori is Jamie’s mother. Jamie is 21 and is married and has a little 6 month old son, which is absolutely crazy to think about, because we are the same age and she is married! I can’t imagine. But she actually came to church on Sunday! She was kinda emotional though because her husband is away in Iraq, and everyone was thanking her for her husbands service, but she really misses him. She is an awesome cook too, so every lesson we have, we some over for dinner. She cooked gumbo for us, I think thats the first time I’ve had gumbo. We have a deal going on where they make the dinner and we make the dessert. Last time I tried to make apple crisp, but it wasn’t crispy at all. It was super dry, I think I need to add more butter, but I was kinda diss disappointed with the way it came out. But she gave me a recipe for peach cobbler so I’m trying that this week!
Oh and my poision oak is gone! A member gave me some pills and it didn’t even make it to the itchy stage! It just bubbled up then went back down!
And when we were getting ingredients for the apple crisp on Friday, a guy in old, ripped clothes and unshaven, came up to us and asked us for a card. So we just gave him a pass along card and just kinda left it at that. But then we came out of the store and he grabbed us again and asked where the building was and he said he was a member! His name is Brandon, he just moved from Oregon with his wife, who isn’t a member and they want to come to church! Thankfully he persisted! We kinda dropped the ball on that. We set up a return appt with them, and they said they would be there this sunday, but weren’t, so we’ll see. But things are goin great. Roger Parker said a prayer in Elder Quorum! Which I was really surprised at, and the boys are still on track for baptism in the middle of the month. We have interviews and zone conference with President Weston this week, so that will be cool to meet him and I’m going to ask him if I can stay here, I’m having a lot of fun in this ward. Elder Bouchelle and I get along and the work and the ward are great! But we’ll see!
I think thats about it and all I have time for!
Love you all!
Is Tanner home? Tell him I love him!
We made the Bishopric cry on Sunday. We sang “We’ll bring the World His Truth” and there were a lot of people that we could see were gettin a little emotional. I wish I could have fully enjoyed it from the congregation.
We had Zone Conference this week in Redding. We got introduced to the Westons, they have 4 kids. But hearing them wasn’t the best part. I saw that on the Departing Testimonies in the program, Elder Butler was listed on there. I was shocked that he was going home, and was nervous for what he was going to say. But his testimony was incredible! He had a huge change of heart! He bore testimony that God loves him (which was completely opposite from what he thought before) and that the test of life is to trust in God through trials. And he said something to the effect of that he was sorry for putting his companions through a lot, and I also talked to him afterward and he apologized for being a crappy companion. That really meant a lot to me, and what was just even more amazing was his huge change of heart, he said he wanted to raise a righteous posterity too, which he was totally opposed to having kids before. And it was neat that I was his only previous companion that got to hear that. So he’s goin home with his testimony!
We are teaching the guy that flagged us down, Brandon, and his wife, Amanda, who is the nonmember. She is really open to learning more and they came to church! No one else did though, kinda a bummer. BUT, a LA that we’ve been teaching since I got here, Esther Davis, finally came to church! We had a great lesson with her during the week, where she told us that she is just not happy with anything in her life, so we sorta “prescribed” some things to do, like quitting coffee, coming to church, and reading and praying everyday. So that was cool.
And yes it is getting warm here too. Umm, I think thats about it. Next week we are going to try and sing in all the nursing homes.
Oh! And I loved the Ensign article “Start Moving.” Thats kinda exactly how I feel. I need to come up with some more goals, any ideas for some goals I could have on the mission?? I want to try and reach some outrageous goal, I want to find a pretty lofty goal I could have. But what?
Love you all! (I’m in the process of making your birthday picture emily!)
Elder Michael Horning
Jul 18 2011
Transfers today…and…no ones going anywhere! No one in our whole district actually, which is answer to prayer, I really love our District, we have an awesome group of dedicated Elders. I am very excited to stay, things are just getting better and better in the ward. We had 5 investigators at church yesterday! That was way nice, usually we just have 2 to 3. We had Justin and James Parker there (who are going to be baptized next week!) and Jamie and her mom Lori, and Amanda and her LA husband Brandon. And we had 2 other LAs we’ve been working with that we have been trying to get out, Esther, and Ginger. Esther has come 2 weeks in a row!! Just an awesome, awesome day. And Jamie and Amanda exchanged numbers and really clicked, so that was cool to see. And this week we have a ton of appts and a mexican fiesta and live mariachi band on saturday! Oh, and check it out, my ZL, Elder Mortenson, who has the same hairline as me, is using this shampoo called Nioxin, and he said that some of his hair is starting to grow back!! So I’m totally gonna try getting some today!
We also had some exciting news last night, the Butte County Jail called us and one of our RC/LA members is in jail and needed a ride home!! So we told our WML about it and he went and got her. That was crazy though, we had no clue she would be in jail! She better come to church now! We bailed her out.
We got a baptismal date with Amanda too! Aug 13th. So hopefully she’ll continue enduring to the end and be able to make that date. I think thats about it! Sorry the letter is short.
Love you all!
Jul 25 2011
Sounds like things are pretty hot in Ohio. I think it is way more mild here than there, things are pretty nice here. Thanks for the comments on the pictures, I have been able to stay in pretty good shape, lots of pushups. We just came back from another hike on the flumes. This time we went down into the canyon and I got some awesome pictures/videos of a waterfall. Oh, and could you send my old memory card back out that I sent to you? I would love to see those pictures of you guys! Thanks mom.
Things are going great in the ward. We had James and Justin’s baptism on Saturday. It was an interesting baptism though, defiantly a memorable one. First thing was that Roger just could not get the prayer right for the baptism to save his life! It was very hard for him, and he didn’t really know how to dunk Justin, so he had to do it 3 times before he got all the way under! He basically had to bend his knees so far that he baptized himself. James was easy because he is so small. Then for the special musical number, Sister Southwick, who has a great voice, choked up during her solo and could not finish the song. I felt so bad for her, she tried to keep going, but eventually just had to say the words instead of sing them. Then Jessica (their reactivated mom) gave the talk on the holy ghost and it was really neat to hear her testimony and how coming to church has blessed their family.
We had 3 investigators at church. 2 of them, Jamie and Amanda, are actually becoming fast friends! They just met at the gospel principles class and have had a couple of play dates. So we are hoping that Amanda helps encourage Jamie to baptism! We are watching “Joseph Smith: Prophet of the Restoration” this week with both of their families. We are also teaching an excommunicated member as well, named Cindy. She’s kinda bitter about the missionaries in Provo, apparently they are so busy that they didn’t have time to see her. She said that she’s been in Paradise for 2 weeks and has seen the missionaries more in 2 weeks than the whole time she’s been in Provo! But things are going great, Amanda is still workin toward getting baptized, and we have so many appointments that its hard to find time to tract! And we did that a lot when Bouchelle first got here.
Happy Birthday David! I will try to send off a card soon!
Love you all,
Elder Michael Horning
Aug 1 2011
We had kind of a bummer week. First, Jamie dropped us. She was doing so well, she came to church 3 times and was reading the BOM and praying. She sent us a text message on Thursday saying she wanted to be baptized, but only if it was in a creek or river. So we were sorta excited, but sorta worried, because if there’s a font available it has to be done in the font. We told her that after talking to President Weston and she was upset. So we met with her on Saturday and had a pretty intense lesson with her. She was very avid she wanted it done her way. But that wasn’t her real concern, obviously, I don’t think anyone gets worked up just about where they want to be baptized. But we could not find her deeper concern. She obviously did not have a testimony, although she thinks she does. I felt bad because I think I offended her. I kinda told her I didn’t think she was being very humble about the whole situation, a “my will be done, not thy will” sorta thing. And the first qualification in D&C 20:37 is to be humble, and she obviously wasn’t, but maybe I could have handled the situation in a more tactful way. But on Saturday night she said she didn’t want to take the lessons any more and wasn’t at church on Sunday. It is very sad for her because she see’s the blessings that have come from meeting with us and coming to church, and there are more blessings that she knows can be hers, but because of this, she can’t have. But I think once she matures she’ll be baptized. I think when she sees what she’s missing out on from a silly argument, then she’ll be baptized. But it kinda sticks because I wonder how much responsibility I have for her not investigating!
Then on Sunday there wasn’t very many people at church, everyone was on vacation. And at the start of the meeting we had 0 investigators, but after the sacrament was passed we had one come, the Jamesons. And just another thing that has made this week a bummer is that we only have 1 person signed up this week for dinner! But we are going to make some calls and try to get it filled. We have a lesson today though with a PMF, the Davis’s. They have 2 daughters that haven’t been baptized, but were super close at one point. So hopefully we’ll be able to pick them up today.
Right when I thought missionary work in this area was just getting easy! Maybe the point here is never get too cocky, things can get turned upside down in a hurry!
I am getting tired too. My body I think is taking a toll. I think it is exhausted, but there is no time to rest! I guess thats what coming home is for, which Tanner will be home soon huh!?
But I am trying to keep a positive attitude and to learn from these situations to be a better missionary and person, there are things I need to learn.
I think thats about it! Love you all!
Elder Michael Horning
Aug 8 2011
Thats exciting that Tanner’s back! I wonder what that will be like, RM status. By the time I get back he’ll probably be engaged and at BYU and have no time for his old buddies in the Canton ward! But thats cool, tell him I say Hi!
We just got done hiking the flumes yet again. This week has been ok, not amazingly good and not terribly bad. Some exciting news though, we’re getting a new Ward Mission Leader! We didn’t know until on Sunday when everyone found out. But I am excited to work with a new guy, although I’m sad that I might only be able to work with him for 1 or 2 weeks. We have been tracting a lot. We picked up one new investigator named Bill, but he’s kinda crazy, he’s on medical marijuna. The Parkers again didn’t come to church this week which was kind of disappointing. But Brandon and Amanda came to church! She is our only investigator that made it. Her baptismal date is supposed to be this Saturday, but I think she is still smoking, so it will probably be in 2 weeks. We tried to get an appointment with a PMF that moved into the ward, but they flaked on us 4 or 5 times. We don’t have too many other leads. My theory for finding is as long as we are obedient and work hard, the Lord will bless us with people to teach. We’re trying to get a musical # organized where Elder Bouchelle and I will sing and our Bishop will play the violin, and we are trying to get the sheet music for Homeward Bound (not the movie with the animals one). Something I’m really frustrated about is my inability to conquer my weaknesses. I just do not work well in a team and I can’t seem to get better at it. I want to do everything myself because I think I have the best ideas.
Well, I think thats about it!
Love ya guys!! Sorry I didn’t write more!
Aug 15 2011
Aug 22 2011
Well this week has been rather interesting… First I’ll start with the spiritual, good stuff. One of the guys we’re teaching, Bill, came to church yesterday. First time he’s been to church in 30 some years. And he wore a shirt and tie, first time he’s done that for a while too. So it was a big day for him, hopefully he was impressed, I’m not sure how much he liked it. The Leroy family also came to church, and Justin Parker was made a Deacon! Good stuff. As far as the the not so good stuff goes, we still haven’t been able to meet with Brandon and Amanda, thats 3 weeks now, and they didn’t come to church. I’m not sure whats going on with them. But the big drama of the week was on saturday. Elder Bouchelle and Elder Bean (in the 3rd ward) were going to a baptism of someone they taught in gridley, about and hour away, and they wanted to use our car. I wouldn’t let them do it and they weren’t very happy about it, Elder Bean especially. I called the ZLs and they said they did not have permission to drive a mission vehicle. But apparently Elder Strickland (Elder Beans comp) didn’t know that and let them use their car. So now, Bouchelle and Bean are in a little trouble I think, we’re going on an exchange with the ZLs tomorrow so I think I’ll know more after that. But I’m not sure who is at fault, Bouchelle or Bean, I don’t think anyone does. But someone is lying about something. Elder Strickland also let me know that when they were on exchanges together last week they drove up to Stirling city in our area, which is about 45 mins away, and they pretty much didn’t do anything the entire day, and Bouchelle didn’t tell me about that. And I was checking our phone and some messages to Elder Bean were deleted. I asked Bouchelle about it and he said it was an “accident”. Which I think is ridiculous. So, I’m a little disappointed in Bouchelle right now. I feel like he’s just like Elder Miller, loves to just screw around. And other missionaries in the district have told me he wants more responsibility or be more involved. And I just don’t see how I can get him more involved when he does stuff like that. Thats something I’ve been frustrated with my entire mission. I feel like I’m pulling a lot of the weight, like a baby sitter. Maybe thats not true though, maybe I just like to do everything all my self. And I always wonder why I haven’t gotten along with my companions. It really worries me for when I’m married.
But anyway, this is the last week of the transfer so hopefully everything goes well and I’ll let you know where I’m going next week! Oh and I cut my own hair last week. I think I’ll start doing that at home, do we still have clippers?
Love you all!
Elder Michael Horning
Aug 29 2011
Sep 5 2011
Wow. This week has been super busy. I think we’ve gone to bed at 11:30 or later this entire week. On saturday though we were on exchanges with Elder Lee and Elder Frank, I was with Elder Lee and he is not feeling well, I think actually he has the same thing I had, so I just stayed in the apartment all day and read, and also cleaned their filthy bathroom. We had stake correlation on sunday too, where the stake and mission president sit down with us and the high councilor over missionary work and discuss how our Zone is doing. I was super nervous about it because I had no clue how they were run and don’t like to be unprepared to these things. I was even more nervous because we were 10 mins late too!! I hate being late, and thats something I have to be patient with Elder Galovich with, he’s always late! But the meeting went well I guess, we are having a meeting with all the Zone Leaders in the mission tomorrow and then a member of the 70, Patrick Kearon (who spoke at the last conference with a British accent) is coming to our mission. So he wants to meet with all the ZLs next Sunday night down in Roseville, then we have 1/2 mission conference with him the next day! Lots of meetings. But I am enjoying it thus far, ZLs just get so many neat opportunities to interact with President more and others. We have to do a lot of paperwork and emailing and spreadsheets too. And I love Elder Galovich, he is a way good guy. He’s very obedient and charitable. He knows what his weaknesses are too and wants to improve. We just had a great comp study this morning and both of us like to do things our way, but it was cool that we could talk about things and try to compromise. I’m not sure of all the people we’re teaching yet. But I do know one guy, named William. He was kinda homeless when the missionaries were teaching him and after he was baptized got kicked out of his moms house, so now the ward is trying to find him a place to stay and get him a job. And I just feel so bad for the ward, because they already have a lot of needs and I can just imagine what the Bishop was thinking when the missionaries were teaching this guy. The missionaries leave, but the ward gets stuck with these people. And its tough because we love everyone, but its not the wards job to do everything for this guy. The other person we are teaching is Salude. She is a mexican lady who always comes to church, we’re gonna try and commit her this week to a date. One great and bad thing about this area is we are always busy with teaching people and meetings and reports. But I think thats about it!
Love you all! And have a nice Labor Day Vacation!
Sep 13 2011
Congratulations to Sarah and David with their first girl! Probably the biggest highlight this week was Elder Kearon and his wife speaking to us at 1/2 mission conference yesterday. Wow. What a great meeting. And we have General Conference in a couple weeks! I am really going to enjoy these next couple of weeks! Whats neat about being a ZL is we have a lot of meetings, which are tiring and boring sometimes, but most of the time it is an amazing revelatory experience each time. At this meeting I felt inspired. I have been feeling very exhausted recently and really loved what was shared pertaining to this exact thing. Elder Kearon used Alma 62:41 in a different way than I have thought about it. In it, you get 2 reactions to peoples afflictions, they become bitter, or better. And it is the same for us as missionaries, we came either be angry and complain about the hardships, or be humble, enjoy them, and learn from them. Sister Kearon gave an amazing talk, and she talked about the rich young ruler in Matt. 19. He asks the question, What Lack I Yet? Which is what each of us should be asking ourselves, we like him, are keeping the commandments, but there might be something more we could do, or get rid of to follow Christ. Then she contrasted that with Luke 5 when Peter and the others are fishing and Christ tells them to cast in their net again, and Peter says, “Master, we have atoiled all the night, and have taken nothing.” And sometimes I feel that way, its hot, I’m exhausted, lessons cancel, its easier to just go to the apartment early or complain about how hard and physically demanding the work is. But I absolutely love the next thing Peter says, “nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.” Nevertheless, I’ll do what you asked me too. I thought that was great. It has really motivated me to do better, to push through this last stretch of the marathon. Its easy to get distracted and make excuses to not push as hard, but I need to do better and have the apostles response, ” And when they had brought their ships to land, they aforsook all, and bfollowed him.” Unlike the rich ruler, they forsook ALL to follow Him. I loved that! We had a special meeting with him as ZLs on Sunday night and that was neat too. I really feel for these general authorities, they must be exhausted from all their meetings that they do. it really puts into prospective for me, they probably do more than me and they aren’t even in as good of shape as I am!
Things have been going well. Elder Galovich is awesome. He is such a charitable guy, he makes my bed and ironed my shirt. He is a great example to me. We have a little difference of opinion about how the work should go, but we can still get along great despite that, and it makes us better I think because we have different flavors we can add into the companionship. It seems like the ward trust is a little down in the ward though. The previous 2 baptisms in the ward really have created more of a problem for the ward instead of being a boost. I would venture to say thats why a lot of people who are baptized don’t stay active, the missionaries baptize people that aren’t ready. And I would get sick of that if I was the ward. Oh and those tires on the corolla might need to be changed to get better traction. That helped a lot when I did that. I think thats about it!
Love you guys!
Sep 19 2011
We had a good week this week. We had 5 investigators at church! We were a little surprised by a couple of people so that was nice. Elder Galovich and I had a great comp study this morning. He is way good at communication. When he knows something is amiss or I’m irritated at something, he’ll address it, and he does it quite tactfully. I still feel like I’m not quite sure what I’m supposed to be doing as a ZL, but trying to do my best I suppose. I saw Dad and Susans wedding pics and Andrew is really working up quite the beard huh? You look like a mountain man! Oh and I hear your talk was great too Ange! Your becoming quite the popular speaker, I wonder when the singles ward will ask you next 😉 . We had some powerful lessons with some people on saturday. We were on exchanges and I was in our area and I still have no clue how to get around (thank goodness for the GPS I brought!) and we were up in Berry Creek that day, the sticks of our area, its a 30 min drive just to get up there. So I was feeling lost and a little overwhelmed, but it turned out to be an awesome day. We have one lady really close to baptism named Salud. She just needs to quit smoking and drinking coffee. She loves Elder Galovich though, I hope when he leaves that it will be a smooth transition. We picked up a new investigator named Doug. He comes to church with his wife and she is a RC of 2 years. His holdup is also smoking, he’s been smoking for 50 years! It seems like smoking is a huge obstacle to overcome for people, its such a sad habit to be in. We are playing football today for P-day, flag football, in honor of the byu vs utah game that just happened. Sorry this is kinda short, I’m having trouble thinking about anything amazing that happened this week and I don’t think too much happened. I miss the fall though in Ohio, enjoy that weather!
Love you all!
Elder Michael Horning
Sep 26 2011
Is everyone excited for General Conference??!!! Should be great! We have a week full of meetings for this upcoming week. Every day this week except Friday we have a meeting. Thanks for everyones emails, although I’m dying to know which city the Federkeil’s live in PA! (if someone could email me that that would be awesome!) We had a good week this week. I have been feeling so good lately, very very peaceful. Running I think has really helped, I go running almost every morning and Elder Galovich rides his bike, we go about 2.5 miles and I feel so incredible the rest of the day. i can’t wait to get back on longer runs. And something I’ve been thinking of this week is that I would consider going into teaching and maybe could coach cross country too. I think that would be very fun and very rewarding, I don’t want to have a job that does not make people self reliant. So let me know what you think. Oh, and I had a cheeseburger with bacon and peanut butter on it this week at a restaurant some members took us too.
There was a baptism in the Oroville 1st ward on saturday and we had 2 investigators go to that, Salud and Pauline, which was really nice. Then they stayed for the RS broadcast, so we’re hoping they were touched by that. Salud is doing great, she’s even paying her tithing! But she doesn’t want to set a baptismal date and we think she has a bigger concern than what she’s telling us. We are also have a new Ward Mission Leader!!! He’s a younger guy, and I’ve never worked with a younger WML yet, so I’m very excited. His name is Brother Leonard and he is pumped up to work with us and really wants to do the best at his calling. I really love the old timers, but it seems that most of them are stuck in their skewed way of doing things, so it will be nice to have a WML who hasn’t been corrupted by the tradition of his fathers. President Weston has finally chosen councilors too. One of them is in our zone, President Papa. He is an amazing guy and I can’t wait to glean some things from him. We had a neat experience this last week too. We went on a tiny street to contact a referral we got. The man, Bill, was receptive. His wife passed away a year ago and really wants the fellowship of the church. After contacting him we decided to knock the rest of the doors on the little street. The next door was a young guy and he actually said yes when we asked him if he wanted to learn more about the plan of salvation. So we set a return appt for this wed. Then the next door a couple of ladies were out moving stuff and we asked if they needed help and they were very stand offish and did not want to talk about religion at all, they were very stressed out. But we were just offering to help them out, and they finally relinquished and allowed us to help. It felt really good to help them because I think the one lady was getting evicted and had to be out that night and they were super stressed and it was nice to be able to help them and relieve their stress a little. And I bet their view of Mormons will completely change. So that was a good street! And on that day as well, our car wouldn’t work! We were planning to go up to an area thats 45 mins away from us, but the battery was dead! So we got it fixed a couple hours later, and actually talked to a guy where we were getting the car fixed and referred him the the missionaries in Yuba. But we changed our plans for that day and had that great experience!
I think thats about it though! Thank you for your help!
Elder Michael Horning
Oct 3 2011
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH!!!!! I’ll send off a card, but unfortunately it will be late as usual, sorry!
Thank you for your emails, everyone seemed to have enjoyed conference thoroughly. I did as well, I can’t wait until the Ensign comes out with them. Jeffrey R. Holland was amazing as usual, I thought President Monson was funny in the Sat. morning session when he just said “Hello” to start off his talk. I guess you can do stuff like that when your the prophet. Wasn’t that cool when you could hear everyone gasp when the temple in Provo was announced? That will be a neat one to go to. Last p-day I actually tore a tendon in my middle finger while catching a dodge ball, so now my finger is in a splint that I have to have on for 8 weeks!!! I can’t really get it wet, so it really stinks, and its interesting trying to wash my hands with one hand. There’s defiantly a little adjusting to everything, especially typing on the computer. This is Elder Galovich’s last week too! He’s been a great companion and we’re gonna send him off with a great next week. I’ll be a little lost without him though, I still am having trouble trying to figure what whats goin on in the ward and the zone.
We had a lot of people watch conference. Saturday was a day of eating and watching conference, we ate a ton! In the morning we went to the Wever’s house to watch conference. The husband, Doug, is not a member and he gave us some muffins, cold cereal (which was delicious, I haven’t had that for what feels like a long time) and the highlight, chocolate milk! Thats another luxury I miss having. Then we were fed lunch in between sessions by another PMF, the Cossins, where the husband, Rob, is also not a member. They are a pretty interesting pair, they are not very wealthy, they live out of their 5th wheel, and have some interesting ideas. Then we went to the afternoon session, and then had dinner after that! We were not hungry at all, but the priesthood session was at 5, so if we ate afterward it would have to been at 7 and we had an appt at 8. So we were stuffed. A LA guy were picked up a couple weeks ago came to the Sunday morning session. He hadn’t been to church since his youth, so it was a big step for him to come, he said that the building looked very familiar, just a lot bigger! His 2 year old daughter was not used to sitting for more than 2 mins though, so Elder Galovich sacrificed watching conference to babysit her and let Dave watch it peacefully. That was really nice of him. Salud was there in the morning as well and she got some sort of personal revelation and said she needed to go home right away and pray. She believes that Joseph Smith saw Jesus Christ, but can’t believe he saw God. An interesting case, she comes to church regularly and pays tithing, not sure why thats a big hold up for her. I went on exchanges with the Hmong missionaries in our zone and that was fun. It was interesting in lessons because I had no idea what they were saying. At one point a lady let us in, it was our first meeting with her and we were there for a while when Elder Yang (who I was with) pulled at the cell phone because I thought he was just looking at what time it was, but he was actually checking the calender to set a baptismal date! That was pretty nuts. The Hmong people are so nice though, I hope I can do it again. Hope everyone has a great week!
Love you all!
Transfers today!!!! I love getting transfers! Its just like Christmas! I am getting Elder Adams, who is coming from the chico zone, my old zone. He hasn’t been a ZL before either, so this should be really interesting because I still feel like I don’t have a clue as to what all our responsibilities are. Its cool that I get a good companion, but I’m nervous that he will want to do things his way, because I love doing things my way! President is really trying to get a spark in Gridley, a small town in our zone. All the 3 wards are changing, we are actually getting sisters in the gridley 3rd ward! We haven’t had sisters up in the northern part of the mission since Prez Pendleton was put in, so its a pretty big deal. They are moving the 2 elders there and putting in 2 brand new sisters. Then the other 2 missionaries we have there are both training new missionaries. Cool stuff happening in our zone.
To respond to mom, yeah, I had to go to a doctor. I was so completely lost, I would have been so easy to take advantage of. I was signing stuff I had no clue what it was for and didn’t know how to fill out the insurance stuff. Quite a learning experience. And yeah, I do put a bag over it in the shower.
Galovich is leaving today. The ward absolutely loved him, so he will be a tough act to follow. I am still trying to get to know all the members. I can’t think of anything too terribly exciting that happened this week other than transfers…. There’s a lady from West Middlesex, PA, see if David knows where thats at. And do we have any Ross stores in Ohio? That store is amazing.
Sorry for the short email!
Oct 17 2011
That seemed like a nice weekend with Emily’s senior night. Yeah, that brings me back, I miss Friday night football games.
This week has been pretty tough. I have been sick for a lot of it. Just a cold, probably because I have gone to bed late and haven’t gotten a lot of sleep. But I have felt pretty overwhelmed this week. Sunday was probably the climax. I am just forgetting tons of things and feel very lost. I don’t think I have felt so unprepared in any other area. Its almost like I am forgetting how to run an area, its weird. What makes it tougher is that I’m with a very capable companion. I guess thats the downside of having a great companion, its hard to keep up with them. I feel so bad for Elder Adams, he is super organized and this week has been the week of disorganization. I know he’s thinking, “great, this guy doesn’t have a clue about what he’s doing.” But this is good I think to feel a little stress, I really haven’t had this since my greenie area. Its a good wake up call. Elder Adams is from New Mexico and he has been out a transfer longer than me, so I think he kinda assumes the role as senior comp. I think this week we have had the lowest numbers I’ve had on my mission. But a big chuck of the week was spent organizing people to see and organizing other things. Elder Galovich was a great missionary, but wasn’t a good planner or organizer. Thanks for your encouraging words Mom, I appreciated that. I really do need that help.
No one came to church either! That was a huge bummer. But, things can only get better right? We had a lesson with Salud and she just asks off the wall questions that don’t have a purpose. She has been taught for a year and doesn’t seem like she has learned much from the lessons. We have no clue what to do with her.
Sorry I haven’t been able to get a card off to Sarah and Andrew yet for their birthdays, I promise I will get them some time!
Love you all! Thanks for your updates and wish me good luck this week.
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