We got our transfer calls yesterday!!!! Elder Ghee is going to Yuba City and I am getting Elder Burrell. Elder Burrell has been out for 3 transfers and I was actually his Zone Leader in Gridley, so we already know each other pretty well. He’s a great missionary, I’m very excited I’ll be with him my last transfer. I feel like it doesn’t happen often where your with a guy you’ve already served around, but I’m not complaining! I was actually the first person he ever went on exchanges with since he was trained in Gridley. Kinda funny.
We actually had a bishopric change in the Lake of the Pines ward. The new bishop was the Elders qourum president and is actually a convert of I think like 10 years. Mike and Cindy came to church in the Alta Sierra ward, they also brought their grand daughter Samantha who is 10. We also had another investigator there, a little guy named Noah. He is 10 as well. We’re trying to get the whole family to come of course, but right now Noah is the only one who is willing to come. He is such a great investigator too, he read all of what we told him and before we left he asked what he should read for next time. He has such a great hunger to learn. Mike and Cindy actually have a full week this week too, they have been invited over to a families home for FHE on Monday, then Tuesday we have a lesson with them, then Thurs they go to an ARP class, then Fri and Sat they have been invited over to members homes to eat! That is a full weekof exposure to the church! Dave still doesn’t want to come to church, but I was inspired from Zone Conference to plan on committing him to be baptized the next time we teach him. So we’ll see what he does with that. He read the assignment that we gave him last time. We taught him the Restoration and he said that he disagreed with a lot of what we said, but told us that he didn’t invite us over to argue with us. So that was cool to hear. We picked up another investigator this week too, her name is Katie. We found her tracting, she said she’s searching for something in her life, so hopefully she’ll find it here. Things are really picking up here, slowly, but definatly picking up. We actually have a good amount of appts set up for next week. We had one neat experience at dinner on sat. We had dinner with a family, the Bearry’s, and they have a niece who is staying with them. She ate dinner with us and we offered her a BOM and she intially declined, but later on in the lesson she asked if she could have it! So the family is continuing to talk to her and she says she has Qs for them!
Something that impressed me at Zone Conference is the question President Weston posed to us. He asked “Do I get IT?” And the IT is the Atonement. And do I really get it? I think I understand it a little. I know the only way to access the Atonement is to give Heavenly Father our will. When we submit our will to Heavenly Fathers, and make covenants to obey him, then the power of the Atonement can be manifest in our lives. I love that question anyway. Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week!
From: Polly Marie Harrell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 9:11 AM
Subject: FINAL REVISED RETURN Travel Itinerary For HORNING/MICHAEL ADRIAN – 27Mar – 44D4X6
To: California Roseville Mission <email@example.com>, “THORNING13@GMAIL.COM” <THORNING13@gmail.com>
I found this flight that will work better than him arriving at midnight.
Missionary Travel services
***ELECTRONIC TICETS HAVE BEEN ISSUED AND ARE READY FOR TRAVEL SEE ETKT INFORMATION BELOW***
***NON REFUNDABLE TICKET PENALTY WILL APPLY***
CHURCH TRAVEL CWT DATE 17JANUARY12
50 EAST NORTH TEMPLE ST AGENT VH/PH BOOKING REF 44D4X6
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84150
CALIFORNIA ROSEVILLE MISSION
SERVICE DATE FROM TO DEPART ARRIVE
_____________________ _____ ______________ ______________ _______ ______
DELTA AIR LINES 27MAR SACRAMENTO CA ATLANTA GA 1120A 642P
DL 320 TUESDAY INTERNATIONAL HARTSFIELD JAC
L ECONOMY TERMINAL A TERMINAL S
NON SMOKING FOOD FOR PURCHASE NON STOP
RESERVATION CONFIRMED 4:22 DURATION
AIRCRAFT: BOEING 737-800 (WINGLETS)
SEAT 25D NO SMOKING CONFIRMED
DELTA AIR LINES 27MAR ATLANTA GA CANTON AKRO OH 850P 1038P
DL 1755 TUESDAY HARTSFIELD JAC AKRON
L ECONOMY TERMINAL S
NON SMOKING NON STOP
RESERVATION CONFIRMED 1:48 DURATION
AIRCRAFT: BOEING (DOUGLAS) MD-88
SEAT 26C NO SMOKING CONFIRMED
RESERVATION NUMBER(S) DL/GH9LER
HORNING/MICHAEL ADRIAN 142491-R
**IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, FLIGHT CHANGES ENROUTE
OR SIGNIFICANT DELAYS, IMMEDIATELY TELEPHONE
CHURCH TRAVEL IS AVAILABLE 24/7
POLLY HARRELL – EXT 25162
(PH) MISSION PRES JOHN G. WESTON
* NOTICE * STATE OR FEDERAL PHOTO I.D. REQUIRED AT AIRPORT.
BECAUSE CHECK-IN TIMES AROUND THE WORLD MAY VARY BASED
ON THE INDIVIDUAL AIRPORT AND DAY-TO-DAY SECURITY ISSUES
PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY FOR YOUR FLIGHTS.
IF YOU NEED FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING AIRPORT SECURITY,
PLEASE CONTACT THE AIRPORT DIRECTLY.
Use CheckMyTrip to view your itinerary and flight changes at any time:
Feb 20 2012
We got some pretty exciting news this morning. Elder L. Tom Perry will be here on March 8th to speak to us and the Sacramento mission!!! That will be exciting. And I hope Joselyn’s birth goes well!!! Good luck Sarah and David!
It was my first week with Elder Burrell and he is such a great missionary. He is obedient and works really hard. He actually had a cold this week but didn’t complain about it and didn’t use it as an excuse to work less. It was just like he felt normal, but I knew he probably didn’t feel that great. So he’s a trooper, I really like him. I just have to remember to be humble. I think thats probably why I didn’t get along with a lot of my companions, I was too darn prideful. We had a pretty good week this week, Dave came to church! He said he wouldn’t be there so it was quite a surprise to see him there. He also sai a kneeling prayer this week at our lesson, and read 15 chapters of the BOM!!! So he’s doing pretty well. Mike and Cindy unfortunatly didn’t come though, Mike was trying to get a house remodel done and the deadline is coming up fast. Noah was also at church too. That kid is such a stud. He is going to be a leader in the church one day. He actually is in the same spot in his BOM reading as Dave. He read 15 chapters in the BOM as well. He’s awesome. We didn’t find anyone new this week to teach, actually, take that back, we are now teaching a RC in the Lake of the Pines ward. She never go the new member lessons, so we will be teaching her and her kids those. Her name is Jen by the way. No new investigators though, but we have some good possibilites for next week. There is a couple, Beau and Monet, who have been coming to church consistently for months in the Lake of the Pines ward who are finally ready it seems, to get baptized. We can’t meet with them this week, but hopefully will the following week. So things are going pretty well. I think thats all new that has been going on here.
Love you all!
Elder Michael Horning
Feb 27 2012
Well, I guess we had some big news this last week! Congratulations Sarah and David! And welcome to the world Joselyn! Thanks for the pis Mom and Dad. I hope everything goes well with the new baby.
I just found out from President Weston that our MTC district will be all going to the temple together the Friday before we leave! I’m really excited for that. Oh, and I forgot to include this in my letter to you Mom, but shipping my bike home will only cost $21, so I think I will send it home because it is so cheap. What do you think?
Only Mike and Cindy came to church this week, which was great, they brought both of their grand kids this time, usually they just bring one. But unfortunatly we didn’t have any other investigators at church. We didn’t find anyone new this week either. We knock a lot of doors, but not a whole lot of success. We probably are going to be spending more time tracking down LAs, and maybe there will be a PMF we can start to teach. Actually, all of our investigators are PMFs. I like what our bishop said this week, he said that in prosperous communities that the appeal of the gospel isn’t so much, you need the gospel, but the gospel needs you! We need your help sorta attitude. I really like that idea. Especially because our area is pretty affluent. Inviting people to help on a service project is a great way to get people involved and interested, so the Bishop is trying to think up some service projects to do.
And for some exciting news… I ran into a fence backing up! I was so embarrased! I’ve never scratched a car until 4 weeks before my mission is over! I was bummed. But I wasn’t having my companion backing me, so thats what I get for being disobedient in the small things. And it was so dumb because at lunch time we were watching the car safety DVDs and in the DVDs it made a comment about, “you should make it yur goal to go throug your mission accident free.” And then I told Elder Knight (we were on exchanges) “Thats me Knight, zero accidents!” And then literally, less than 2 hours later, that happens! I hate karma. But the car is only scratched, but still, I hate that any damage was done. But that was kind of an exciting thing that happened this week.
But I think thats about it!
Love you all! (and the new addition)
Elder Michael Horning
Mar 5 2012
I just had my first shamrock shake of the year and it was fantastic! Its great to hear that Sarah and Joselyn are doing well. Hope you had a good birthday Mom! Joselyn was born pretty close to you huh? I just sent off a package with a lot of my journals and books, so hopefully that gets there in 2-3 weeks.
We had a pretty good week this week. We were kept pretty busy with lessons, I think its been one of the highest totals on my mission. A lot of things really fell into place. Still no new investigators though. We haven’t had any new ones all transfer. But things are looking good with a mother and daughter that came to church, Rita and Anya. They were invited by a family in the LOP ward and they came! We don’t know how interested the mom is, but we’ll see! We have dinner this week with Beau and Monet, a young couple that come to church almost every week, just aren’t baptized. So we’re hoping to start teaching them and set up a baptismal date! We had kind of a funny/bad experience this week. On Saturday we were scheduled to eat with a PMF, the Salters. We tried to get a hold of them on Fri and on Sat, but we couldn’t get a hold of them. So we thought they forgot and so we ate at someone else’s home. But they called us and they were totally expecting us! So that made me feel bad, I haven’t ever had that happen, but it would have been nice if she would of tried calling us though. We had a great experience with an older guy in the ward, Brother Hoer. He was driving us back from a lesson and he shared some really meaningful experiences with us. He is a great father and grandfather, I really appreciate his counsel. We had a neat experience on Friday, a lesson in the evening cancelled on us and then out of the blue, Mike and Cindi called us after our dinner and asked if we could come over that night for a lesson! So that was a big blessing. Mike and Cindi came to church, and they brought their 2 grand kids. The only thing is that they are still smoking, but I think what we’re going to do is just focus on quiting smoking from now on in our lessons. We have a lesson with Dave tonight. He’s reading a lot of the BOM, but he isn’t coming to church and is kind of just checking out what his wife believes instead of wanting to change. And Noah is still doin awesome. We talked to his LA dad this week, who is a returned missionary, and its really sad to see his attitude toward the church. He is very resistant to coming and has been super negligable in teaching his children gospel principles. For finding, we’re trying to visit all the members on our ward lists, there are quite a few! And we’re inviting them/giving invitations to them to invite their friends to a chapel tour on March 18th. We’re hoping that activity generates a lot of success. I’m really trying to work on always extending invitations to people and not being scared of it. Sometimes I second guess myself when I shouldn’t. I really need to work on that. And we get to see Elder L. Tom Perry this week too! I’m super excited for that! But I think thats about it! I hope everyone has a great week!
Mar 12 2012
Our meeting with Elder Perry was pretty neat, but unfortunatly we didn’t get to meet him. If I did I wanted to mention that I live where he served his mission. I think he served in Mansfield. It was really neat to see all the missionaries there too, I got to see all my past companions and the Elders I’m going home with too. It was a nice little reunion. Elder Perry talked to us about the priesthood, he talked about how the prophet is called. He said it was a very unique system, which it is. He said that the Lord knows who he wants to be called and it is the most senior Apostle that gets chosen, and the Lord makes sure that basically who he wants to be prophet just outlives everyone. And it is perfect because the Lord has power over life and death. I thought that was kinda interesting.
I packaged up my bike today, so thats all taken care of. I went to the dry cleaners and am getting my suit dry cleaned for the first time since I’ve been out too! So that will be very exciting.
We had a great week this week too. We finally found 2 new investigators! We had dinner with the Plummers and they invited their friends, Scott & Jeannie. They are going to feed us next week actually. Brother Plummer talked to Scott later and Scott said that he checked out the internet and he had a lot of questions. Which we assume is Anti, so we’ll see! They don’t seem like they are searching for the truth. Which is something that Elder Maynes of the 70 was talking to us about. That we are looking for truth seekers who will keep the commitments we extend to them. We were surpried by 4 investigators coming to church on Sunday! Dave came, I think to probably hear his wife sing, and we are teaching another PMF named Jake and Heather and Jake came to church too. We have a lesson with them tonight too. And Mike and Cindi and Noah of course came to church. They are solid. We didn’t have an appt on Sunday and Mike randomly called us on Sunday evening and wanted us to come over that night! They are really struggling to quit smoking, I suggested to memorize a hymn and sing it when they face temptation (thanks bishop Hunter 😉 Cindi took the advice, but I don’t think Mike did. So we have some pretty good things going on. I think thats about it, can’t think of much else. Thanks for all your updates!
Elder Michael Horning
Mar 19 2012
Guess what?? We had snow this weekend! And one of our wards was cancelled as a result! It didn’t snow more than a couple inches, but since we have a lot of people that live out in the boonies then I guess the bishop thought it would be safer to not have church! We had our chapel tour on Sunday too, it was probably the worst weather ever for it, but we still had a nice turnout. We had 3 LA famalies and one non-member couple that showed up with a member family. President Weston actually came and spoke too. We thought we were going to have a lot more people there, but it was still good. And we didn’t have anyone at church at LOP and obviously for AS we didnt have anyone. We have some pretty good prospects next week. I wish I would’ve set some higher goals this transfer, but I think for this next week, I want to find 5 new investigators. We will get one for sure with a referral from our WML. His daughters have been bringing a girl named Rachel to church, and she said she would take the lessons.
I’m excited to see everyone next week!!!! I don’t think I’ll be checking my email next week, so don’t feel obligated to email me. Ummm, I think thats about it! Sorry its a short one.
See you all next week!
Elder Michael Horning
NOTICE: This email message is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender by reply email and destroy all copies of the original message.