Monday, December 20, 2010

Dec 20 Crystal's last transfer

Merrry CHristmas in a few days!!! I hope you all have an enjoyable day- spent with family, friends and those you do service for.. This week has been pretty good! we got our transfer calls- Im staying and "dying" (yeah weird/creepy mission vocab- meaning im ending my mission life here) in Saskatoon.. Im excited! and ill be comps with sister dunn! yes! i love it. S marble has been stressed about transfers and stressed that we go home soon. i think its 7 weeks left.. dear Soras are home from their missions!!! I love them- Sora Holden and Olson!! (Sora Holden- please email me- i dont have your post mish information!).. and its all coming to a close end.. its hitting me more and more as the days go on.. BUT Im excited about Christmas!! dad- I received the CD you sent- thank you! well its in the mission office- hopefully ill get it in time to open it! umm other than that.. things are going well. i wish i had a ton to say- but we have to go because we are diong service today for a member- so that cuts into our pday time.. oh well. have a great day! i know this church is true and im excited to celebrate Christmas- the celebration of Christs birth! without Him- nothing would be possible! i love this gospel and i love this work! love you all!
sister horning

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dec 6. 1986

YEP.. I was born today 24 years ago!!! thank you for all the Birfday emails! i loved them! since (as usual), i dont have much time- ill make this quick and tell about how my day has gone- I went to sleep last night super sick and bummed because on Fri at Zone conf- Prez paulson said that we cant play cards on pdays anymore.. UGH.. thats my favorite- to play scum with the elders!!! so yep- no scum on my bday :(.. then I was told last night there was no FHe tonight.. UGH. my other fave thing.. well.. it is what it is.. so i went to sleep early and awoke this morning at 6.10 as usual-to pray before my comp gets up.. and I found postit notes all over hte house!! sssoo cute! s marble was putting them all over wtih cute lil things on them. Thank you! shes cute.. then the elders called and sang me a bday song and hung up.. then as i was getting in the shower i pulled open the curtain to find the tub FILLED with balloons!!! of course i loved it and yelped!! i was ssoo happy! then s marble throw home made confetti at me as i exitedthe shower- yes!! shes ssoo good..and i keep finding cute notes with "old" jokes on them.. one even said- "now youre almost as old as sister barclay" ahha. oh and Court- we stopped by stephanie yesterday and she asked where my "older" friend was.. shhahahahaha.. i love it. anyways.. then we get to Preperation activity- i can FINALLY play.. and a set of elders brought me a jones soda and 2 reeses oh henry bars! they know me all too well! another set brought me cookies and they all sang to me..i loved it so much! Oh.. and then we played bball and ratsmear- my favorite games.. and then i heard that 6 of the elders TRASHED our appartment.. i havent seen it yet.. but i heard they wrote on all of our stuff- flipped over all our beds adn literally TRASHED it.. i saw a few pictures.. its hilarious.. but ugh.. now we gotta clean it.. there were a few who offered to help.. they said the pictures were taken abut mid point of the disaster.. ugh. THEN we ate wing world- my fave and played 2 truths and a lie.. it was really fun.. oh then i received 2 more candy bars from another companionship.. ohh man. the elders are my favorite!! i have had a great bday so far! tahnk you all! its been way better than i thought it wouldbe and way better last year- mainly because pretty much just stef shumps, a efw ysa sisters and e. schulte arethe only ones who remembered it was my bday.. yeah my comp forgot.. well its all good! thanks again!

well a efw things from this week- we had zone conf.. my last one! it was really weird because i was to bear my 'final' testimny- i dont feel like im going home soon so it was really weird.. well im not going home soon- in 2 months.. thats a ways a way.. umm but we got a really cute scarf from the mission presidency in s'toon and csome coookies.. it was a ton of fun.. we talked a lot about finding.. that 2was fun and pumped me for the work..
we met with brendaand atalked about baptism.. shes getting there!! but ehr hubby is NOT being supportive.. he said we shouldnt talk about baptism OR church with her.. he doesnt have faith in her changing.. its really sad.. i think he holds her back a bit.. but thats pretty much the highlights.. we will be able to start finding this week. FINALLY . im pumped! we have had to stay inside and only go to appiointments the last 2 weeks.. ugh. im ready to go preach the word! im doing well. love you all! have a great day!
sister horning

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nose Surgery Nov 22, 2010

Hey miss man! thank you for the letter! I thought you and dad didnt write- i just got your emails now.. well i wont write a family email.. but if you wouldnt mind- emailing this update to the family.. well i had nose surgery- i was having a hard time breathing and it was free to do it here- so i prayed and felt ok about doing it.. im healing really well- and continuing to take it easy.. so ive been sleeping a lot and trying to recoup.. i have another week inside though.. then we can go out.. but with teh cold we are to limit actiivities to a FEW appointments a week- MAYBE one a day.. so it will be pretty lax.. hopefully ill be full and running soon. i cant stand being stuck in the house and not working. ugh. but im excited to be able to breathe. yes! wel. thats about it for here. ill email more later.. love you so much! i got your letter and im mainling you one out soon. and tell ND fam im maliling the ornament today or tomorrow. this nose thing has delayd me.. but ill send it out this week. k love you so much!
sister horning

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

nov. 16 2010

Hello Hello from the Great white North! Hey ya Hosers! Well well. Sora Holden- im PUMPED you are with s. Olsen and an AP! ahha thats great.. of COURSE YOU would be! i love reading your emails- they seriously make me want to be a better missionary! youre always so pumped and excited about the work! you get home a transfer before me- so you and Olsen BETTER be at my home coming.. or else..
well- this transfer has already started off great! me and S marble (MY MTC comp), we are getting along great- no big surprise.. shes amazing.. we have scheduled a TON of appointments wtih our potential investigators and already have members lined up and all! s marble is SSOO good on the phone- she seriously is ssoo good on the phone and bares her testimony- which is ssoo sincere.. i love it.. we are already a good pair- i HATE talking on the phone and she LOVES it and is great at it.. and she does not like contacting but i LOVE it.. so we will work well.. yes! there are ssoo many miracles and blessing we are going to have poor out on us!
theres a Scripture i wanted to share and a great quote i got from one of the members here.. speaking of members- court- LANA came to church and FINALLY said shed be taught by us! this is what happened.. i came up to her (ps shes a members friend- had been coming to activities and institute and church.. but said she didnt want to learn after we asked her about 3 times).. i came up to her and didnt ask this time- i just SAID.. "lana- so this is the deal.. me and s marble are going to teach you and baptize you.. ok?" she said ok.. then i told ehr i was serious and her friend said shed come back for it (shes moving to BYUI in dec).. dont worry i told her shell be baptized before her friend leaves.. haha. but then i was talking about it with her for a minute.. then later on i asked her and she scheduled a time! what a miracle!! i love it! oh and court- youll need to design the tees for this zone- since you left and took your talent wtih you.. ugh..
ok so back to the scripture.. its 3 nephi 12.13- this is Christ speaking to the people in the ancient Americas 34 AD- after He was resurrected and came to visit these people
" Verily, Verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the salt of the earth; but if the salt shall lose its savor wherewith shall the earth be salted? the salt shall be thenceforth good for nothing, but to be trodden under foot of men. 14. Verily verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the light of this people. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid."

Heres a quote that i received in relation to that scripture- "among the ancient Hebrews, salt was used as a preservative, in seasoning food, and in all animal sacrifices. So essential was it to the sacrificial ordinance that it was a symbol of the covenant made between God and His people in connection wtih that sacred performance. Accordingly, our Lords statement first to the Jews then to the great body of Hebrews- the Nephites; that they had power in other words "to be the salt of the earth", takes great significance.. they had power, in other words, to be the preserving influence in the world, the influence which would bring peace and blessing to all others." -Bruce R Mckonkie
-- "a world renowned chemist told me that salt will never loose its savor with age. savor is lost through mixture and contamination."- carlos e. asay
I love that quote and scripts.. it really puts it into perspective for me.. that we are the ones to preserve others! i love this gospel i know that its true! The Lord Jesus Christ is the Savior of our Earth.. He has died and risen for us so we too can live again! i love our dear Father in Heaven.. He truly is mindful to all of us and what we need. He will never leave us! put your trust in The Lord continually. I better go. I love you all! sister horning
ps- JOrd.. how are you!? love you!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Victoria Day

Hello dearest friends and Family! today is a GREAT day! aaww man.. started out waking up at 5 am to some people in the swimming pool- we have a pool for the apt. right by our window- and these people were SO loud. i woke up and thought they were in the room. seriously. ha. but i was able to take a short nap and wake up at 5.45. we did an INTENSE work out at a members home- it was SSOO good. then we carried on with our usual morning schedule- THEN we had activity- played football, ultimate frisbee and then SOCCER. ugh i was sssoo sweaty- i was working really hard- i love it. and now here i am reading my dear emails! love it. well this week has been soo great! a few highlights:
1. we saw a girl with a HUGE eye- with stitches- her bf whos much older than her (shes 15), broke a bottle over her face.. scary.. (this happened a few weeks ago but i just thought about her)
2. our dear Alicia is growing a ton in the gospel and shes really making changes- she may not see them as much as we do- but shes soo good!- she gave us sisters a CUTE heart necklace carved from wood, a cute elephant (means good luck and fortune), a leather ring (ssoo cute), a cross made from hemp stuff, and chocolate! she is SSOO cute. i love her so much!
3. we had a Word of Wisdom lesson with Crissy- she stopped smoking! she said she needed a challenge (originally she was going to quit right before baptism), so crystal, our GREAT member- said shed quit pop! well crystal was assuming SHED quit pop just until th ebaptism.. then crissy laid it down and said- nnoo.. im quitting forever- so are you! ahha.. then i HAD to do it- so i chimed in and i quit pop FOREVER too!! haha.. i didnt realize how much i love pop (well i did- just not really admitting it), until that moment i said i would do it with them! i realized how hard it would be. i dont see anything wrong with drinking pop.. well i mean pop and the sugar are not good for you- but anyways.. BUT i realized how hard it must be for people to stop a bad habit! they KNOW that its bad for you- but since you dont see the 'bad' results right away, all you think about is the instant gratification.. you continue with the habit. you say.. ah a cigarette here, drink(pop included!) there- it wont do me any harm.. but really it does! its bad for you physically and spiritually.. WHAT GOOD IS COMING OUT OF IT? nutritional value.. hhmm no. yeah no good.. BUT when we think- meh- i like the taste, it calms me down etc.. then we realize that its not doing good- just wasting our money.. ugh. anyways.. im over this tangent.. but really. just quitting things that are not good for us really helps us! man the Lord is ssoo good when He gives us commandments!He KNOWS what He is talking about! i LOVE it! BUT i know its hard and it will be hard for all of us- but we gotta do it! you gotta take it one day at a time and think of the blessings you will see!
4. we were in a lesson with Crissy- it was me, katie, crystal and the other 2 sisters- this man knocks on the door (she lives in a lil studio apt.), and she goes to see who it is- its her neighbor that has apparently been coming over and trying to take her out- for a while.. well he was asking to use her phone, then for her to call an ambulance-- he had his zip up opened up with his body hangin out- and shorts on- it was a lil shaddy. she asked what was wrong and he said he cut himself but he didnt want her to see it because it was so bad.. so he started walking into the door and continued to ask to use the phone. meanwhile us other 5 girls are sitting on the bed a bit sketched out and confused because this big man is trying to come in. well. she saw his arm and he was bleeding all over! he slit his wrists! scary. so katie knows first aid and was talking to him while crissy was talking to the ambulance.. it was pretty intense.. he had blood all over- weird.. but anyways. he got taken away.. hes fine now- hopefully hes doign better..
5. on weds we went to institute and the teacher was telling us abotu 'thinking time' that he has at his home with his 5 kids. he said that they take 30 minutes a day and just THINK.. not read, sleep or draw.. just think.. he said they love it and its really good to just think and receive revelation. well his kids are all 6 and under- so the first time he did it- he asked the eldest what they were thinking about; the response: "how you can be a better dad".. haha so he asked, "how can i do that?" "more kisses and hugs" his daughter told him!! ssooo cute! i love that. we all need time to think and reflect and see what we think and how we feel about things.. i know we all get caught up in life- its good to just look back and take things easy and see what we really think and feel about.. life.

Recently we have been teaching members about the atonement. i LOVE this.. its so important for everyone to know! i think so few of people actually know what it is.. i didnt before my mission and im still trying to wrap my head around it. i kow that it works- that we will be cleansed from sin and forgiven when we apply it.. that it heals us of all our pains and sorrows.. but i dont fully understand everything- thats okay with me! just like a cell phone. i cant fully understand or begin to explain it- but it works and thats great- ill use it! BUT the atonement is made up of 3 parts:
1. when Christ bled in the garden of Gethsemane (bible-Matt. 26.36-45). WHen He did this He felt all of our pains, sicknesses, broken hearts, bones trials, temptations, death.. EVERYTHING.. so He would know how to help us and comfort us when we go through hard times.. (book of Mormon- Alma 7. 11-14). Ive had people say- "i know how you feel".. umm. actually, you dont.. BUT Christ DOES! thats the great thing!
2. when He died on the cross for us- this was necessary- He HAD to die so that He could feel death(being crucified- one of the worse ways to die) and so He could become resurrected- for US.(bible- matt 27. 23-50)
3. when He was resurrect:His body and spirit reunited and together again.. He did this so that we could have our bodies again! ( bible-matt. 27.51- matt 28).. what a blessing! imagine NOT having your body again.. yikes.
There is a scripture in the Book Of Mormon- its talking about charity and how charity is the greatest attribute to have. well Christ had a perfect charity- perfect love for others.. well the hardest- most expressed act of charity was the atonement.. in Moroni 7. 44-45, it helps me get a feel for how important the atonement is. lets replace 'charity' with the words 'the atonement..
44. If so, his faith and hope is vain, for non is acceptable before God, save the meek and lowly in heart; and if a man be meek and lovly in heart, and confesses by the power of the Holy Ghost that Jesus is the Christ, he must needs have the atonement, for if he have not the atonement he is nothing; wherefore he must needs have the atonement.
45. And the atonement suffereth long, and is kind and enveieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things and endureth all things.
46. wherefore, my beloved bretheren, if ye have not the atonement, ye are nothing, the for atonement never faileth. wherefore, cleave unto the atonement which is the greatest of all, for all things must fail-
47. but the atonement is the pure love of Christ, and it endureth forever; and whoso is found possessed of it at the last day, it shall be well with him.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE that. without the atonement we truly are NOTHING> we woudlnt have a purpose in life because we wont be able to return to our Heavenly Father! we need it! we can use the atonement by repenting, having faith, being baptized or taking the sacrament once you have been baptized.. and staying true and faithful to the things we know to be true- the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
I know these things to be true and i will continue to live to tell others about them and i will die for it! i know that our Heavenly Father loves all of us and wants us happy! we just need to get over pride and ourselves and ask for help! we can be forgiven! i better go. i love you all! thank you for all you do!
love sister Horning

Sunday, May 16, 2010

may day

This week has been pretty good.. I was ssoo glad i was able to phone my mommy and 6 out of 7 sisters!!! it was soo good to talk to them! AND i was able to hear baby Calvin for the first time!!! and hear baby Ej- ssoo cute.. i wish you all a happy mothers day! ESPECIALLY YOU EMILY FRAME!!! ugh. i need to talk to you..
well- me and my companions did a lil musical number at a baptism.. it was really good! i have a pretty... not so good, voice- but it didnt sound too bad! S drake and I sang "the olive tree" and s. hope accompanied us on the piano. loved it! i LOVe that song- if you havent heard it- please look it up and hear it- the piano is sssoo beautiful for it! E. riding was saying something in the talk he gave- he was talking about why people go to different churches- because their parents and their parents parents went.. because its close.. because its convenient.. well- if you think about it- its just like school.. you go to the BEST school (for what you want to get out of it). if you want to get the best education in a specific study- you go to the school that has the best program.. you dont go to the school because your parents went there. you dont go because its close nor do you go because its convenient.. you LOOK around- and you go to the best school for what you want.. just like churches.. if you want to have fun and play games- just looking for a good time- you go to that church.. if you want TRUTH- you go to the church Christ Himself organized.. I love that.
We had a lesson with my favorite investigator.. we were talking and we had her think of what and how her life would change if she was a "mormon".. she named 6 things.. 1. she would have to go to 3 hours of church on sunday 2. she would have to change her wardrobe to be more modest 3. read scriptures daily 4. have cleaner language 5. earnestly pray 6. maybe hear some persicution from friends/family members.. I asked her what she would gain- if anything for those things she would be giving up.. she said- faith in God and "i could be as happy as you sisters say you are".. i asked her then if she thought we were fake.. she said no..she said she can tell we are truly happy- even after walking around getting rejected for HOURS at a time.. she said that that is something she wants and there HAS to be more in life.. a lil background on this girl- she is a VERY happy young lady.. she knows how to have fun and is very silly- and easy going.. she reminds me a LOT of what i was like a few years ago.. but its interesting that she notices and desires to have this 'happiness' we have.. so i asked her to really think about it.. what would she be giving up and what would she be gaining.. then make a list and think- is it worth it? some things in life are worth it.. some are not.. ive noticed in my own life when i do that- make a list of 'pros and cons' (thanks to mom), i find what i truly want nad what is truly best for me.. (of course also add prayer in there).. things take work and require more of us are things that end up meaning more in the end..

I will challenge all of you to make a list.. pros and cons.. what would you have to give up and what would you gain out of living the gospel! im not going to lie- ive had to do it before! many of times.. i had to give up a LOT .. friends, habbits and lifestyles, PRIDE.. but i did it because i KNOW its worth it and the end is far greater than what ive given up! i do neeed to go but please all of you think of it.. whats most important to you.. what are you getting and what are you sacrificing..
i woudl love for you to all read 1 nephi 2.1-4 then jacob 7.7-14
k better go! love you so much!
love sister horning

Monday, March 15, 2010


Good morning! Today is already starting to be a great day! its soo beautiful out here in Regina! I love it here! im SO excited for this transfer.. well for a few reasons. 1. The area needs quite a bit of help 2. new area- FINALLY 3. my comp Sister Drake is AMAZING 4. The Gospel is TRUE! well. weve been working really hard to get a hold of less active members and people that are former investigators- clean up our area books and work through the members.. we have been seeing success already! a few miracle stories.. 1. we had 15 women in relief society this week!!! last week we had 6.. sso improvements for SURE! we have been stopping by peoples homes and one home we stopped by an older lady answered the door- she was really sweet but really confused when we asked if this girl was home.. turns out the lady is Sister Henrie- a member and the girl had been liviing with her quite a few months ago.. well we asked if we could just share a quick scripture before we leave- so she let us in and we just chatted for a bit.. then left a thought.. she said that she had a few girls that she worked with before and they asked her questions about the gospel. she said she is going to try and contact them so we might just have a few referrals!! soo good! what a blessing! she is SSOO sweet and the spirit was so strong in her home! i love it! well all i can say is that the lord really blesses us when we do all we can- he makes up the rest.
I have learned soo much on my mission so far and ive only been out 8 months-today!!(only in canada for 7.5) But i love learning about the gospel! Its soo true! i love looking back and seeing how much ive grown! im slowly becoming the person i want and am meant to be! the more we learn about the atonement and jesus christ, the more we truly learn about ourselves and our purpose here on this earth. its such a blessing to be serving the lord! ive really noticed the attitude we have toward things in life effect us ssoo much! we need to be sure we stay postitive and tell ourselves we CAN do what we want to do! aahh.. i wish i was better with explaining myself. but i ,love being so close to the spirit. i can truly see the impact it has on others when i rely on the Lord- not my own wisdom. ive seen that i take time to think about the things i say, think and do.. slowly refining myself. its great! there are a few situations that i get into where i dont like the way i conduct myself.. backhome- i would move, leave the situation, avoid the people or places.. and figure id get a ' flesh start'.. this is TERRIBLE! ive learned how to deal with life better and to help myself grow! i cant just leave a situation or move anymore! i have to stay and DEAL with whatever ive done here! ssoo that causes me to THINK before i act.. when i think good thoughts and have good intentions for things- then i make better decisions and i dont want to 'flee' from what happened. this is SOO good for me to learn! anyhow.. i love that the lord knows we are weak and STILL continues to work with us. i love seeing the changes and happiness brought into others lives because of the gospel. i knw the church is true. i know it because its changed my whole life! like Bishop Baum told me numerous times- the first time i met him to now.. all the changes that have been made in my life! its amazing! Im so much of a better person. i dont say these things to tell you how great i am- but to tell you that Christ does that! he can change ANYONE and help them be better. be the person we WANT to be. i love it! we just need to have faith.. not only faith in Christ. but faith in what WE can do with him! well. i hope you all are doing well. i miss you and love you all! please continue to press forward and PLEASE pray. PLEASE read the scriptures. if we all in this world only UNDERSTOOD a TINY bit of how important this life is and how important the gospel it- we would all be and strive to be so much better. o promise you that the Lord hasnt given up on you! please turn to our Heavenly Father and LEARN about Him and our Saviour! you will never regret it! i love you all so much!
love you!
love sister Horning

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

March 09, 2010 Crystals Comments

Happy March! well. Here I am.. In Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. I love it! Im companions with S. Drake and I love her! Ugh.. so lets start with back in Winnipeg, Manitoba... i was trying to pack my 7 months of life and inherited goods into 2 suitcases and one lil bag.. joke of the day... we didnt have much time to pack because we were so busy with appointments- which is ssoo good.. but it left pretty much everything until the morning i was to leave. Yikes.. well with a lot of help from the Lord and sister Sullivan, i was able to get most of my stuff packed in and ready to go. transfers went great! so the first couple of days was sooo good.. we stopped by former investigators and some less active members and a few members.. NOW we have someone to teach and a few members to start working with! EXCITING! church on sunday was great! fast and testimony! i love it! so the ward here meets in a strip mall- next to a subway so all fast sunday it smelt like the delicious bread! gulp! and theres about.. 18 members that show up to church? let me think.. 6 women and about 8 or 9 men? something like that.. so its REALLY small. im excited to help get the area growing! i love it because even though its so small- the lord still has a place provided for them! when you go into the church it has the same type of stuff all the other ones have- just a LOT smaller.. the whole place is probably about 100 sq. feet.. but really.. haha. i love it!

So I dont like milk therefor i dont drink it that often. wellive come to a conclusion.. Im lactose intolerant! I havent drank straight milk for a while.. but i eat dairy products.. So lets look back on the last 7 months..ive been having terrible stomach pains my first 2 transfers and would be SSOO sick to my stomach.. they thought it was stress.. but it just wouldnt go away, no matter what exercises i did.. Looking back- i was eating icecream and yogurt EVERYDAY of that transfer! So one day i saw soy milk in the fridge and i like soy milk, so i drank it.. scary- my throat swelled up and it was hard for me to breathe and my lips got HUGE and my face and chest were red and had what look liked a rash or hives.. well after 2 days of drinking that milk i realized i must be allergic to it (thanks to Heavenly Father having that come to mind!). i would have NEVER guessed i was allergic to it! ive had soy milk TONS of times and NEVER reacted to it! WEIRD. well.. then a few transfers later i would get bad stomach pains and throw up randomly and have 'bathroom' problems.. Well we ate a lot of cheese and sour cream! looking back in Utah- i would randomly throw up out of nowhere (Emily Frame knows what i mean!), and i couldnt control it, it was just 'normal'.. NOW over the last 2 days ive had cereal and milk and just 2 big glasses of milk with breakfast.. i was SICK as a dog to my stomach. it hurt SSOO bad and id be in the washroom for about an hour i was so ill.. BOTH days. then we had icecream and i threw up again.. came to my mind- maybe im lactose intolerant! so i noticed when i dont drink or eat daily im fine! uggh.. well thats my fun journey i was on~! i am SSSOOO glad to find this out! all this time i thought me puking randomly was 'normal' and that i just was 'borne' with stomach pains! ugh. now i am limited to what i eat- but i will save myself from pain and waste of time in the washroom! ahha.. i dont know about you- but i was/am excited for the discoverY!
anyways-something i have been so excited about is goals and DISCIPLINE! which i dont have a lot of! But i was listening to a fireside that was talking about prioritizing whats important in this life and holding out for something that will be better later! we neeed to not do things in our time- but the lords time and the lords way. we need to start taking responsibility for our actions and not saying 'they made me', 'its not my fault' and whatever other excuses we can come up with! we need to be in CHARGE of our lives and our goals.. our plans and dreams. we need to not let others discouragement get in the way of what we want to do! when we set big/ longterm goals and then plan them out with short term goals leading us there- then we can stay focused and not let others bring us down! we need to make sure that we are positive and if things dont work out, its only us who can be at fault or change that! aaaww.. maybe that was just for me.. but i love that. i love setting goals and plans! i have a TON of plans and things i want to accomplish and at times i get overwhelmed.. so i also learned that things need to be prioritized! PRAY about what we want our goals to be and how we can achieve them! we need to do things on the lords time and in His way! then we will know they are in the correct order.. i love it.
recently as ive been reading my scriptures, ive noticed so many things in the bible and book of mormon that i remember and can cross reference. i love it! it helps me remember what im reading and what is going on in each book! ssoo good! well. i better go! I do have a request.. well 2 requests. 1. if anyone sees a cute/ really good journal and thinks of me- please send one! im looking for one for my nightly journaling and my study journal for morning studies.. ive been looking for good/cute ones here and ive found nothing- well unless i want to pay about 25$.. and thats just way too much.. but i might have to give in! i just know US stuff is way cheaper than canada.. well if not- no worries! but 2. i challenge everyone to read from the book of mormon and bible each day! BOTH of them! even if its just a chapter! but i promise you will be able to understand them better, get closer to Christ and Heavenly Father and i know your testimony will grow! i also know you will be able to apply what you learn (if you want to). the Lord will help you! ive started reading from the beginning of the old testament, new testament and bof m so i read at least a chapter from each each day. it really helps me understand them and realize how true they all are, understand that the Lord is the same yesterday and today and forever.. i just love them all! please do and update me on how your studies go! k love you all! i hope everything is great! please let me knowhow life and the family is! love you!
Sister Horning

Friday, February 19, 2010

c gail

Happy Valentines Day from the North! i hope everyone was able to enjoy the day in some way or another.. at least being able to enjoy church! i know i did! So this will be a really short email.. but we had our zone conference and it was POWERFUL- as always. i love it. Something we talked about is doing a 20 day fast from things that 'poke' at our spirits. i am SSOO excited for this! i have been really thinking about the things i do and say and THINK and how they affect the work. i know that when i think 'worldly' thoughts it CAN be easy to get side tracked and hard to get back focused.. well we wrote those things down and for 20 days as a mission, we are fasting from those things! i love it. i know that when the spirit is here and felt, that i have better things to say and do and that when i am worthy of the spirit- it effects others.. im excited and ill for sure tel you how it goes! well something else that i have been thinking about is being prepared.. its SO important! not only that we ourselves are prepared but also those around us. we take members to appointments and its so important we prepare them so they can have the spirit and feel confident in the message they share! i love it. i loev prophets and that they help us know and learn how to be prepared.. weither its food storage, saving money, whatever it may be- He is always giving us advice and instructions on how to better our lives. i love it. i know the prophet is called of God to help us in our days today! i know that Heavenly Father truly talks to him and lets him know what we need! i love itl well i have to go. but know that I KNOW this church is true. i know it because the fruits of it. youll know anything from its fruits.. (i wish i could remember the bible ref. but i know its in alma 32).. but i know that when we move towards something good we are blessing not only us but those around us! i encourage you all to do things that bring you closer to the lord and bring your families closer together! thank you for all your love and support! i truly need it and appreciate it. OH and i challenge you to all bring ONE PERSON to church.. just one sunday. please help others feel the joy of the gospel and receive the blessings of knowing the truth! i love you all! take care!
love sister Horning/Canada Winnipeg Mission
845 Shaftesbury Blvd.
Winnipeg, MB R3P0M5

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Transfer 5 in full swing: Sister Horning

Hello hello! its been too long.. the last week i didnt have time to write an update email.. the week before i wrote a long beautiful email- and i got kicked off the website, then the time on the computer ran out. ugh- so i wasnt able to send that.. ha. SOO illl hurry this week.. Well. this is the 5th of 13 transfers.. and im STILLL here in Winnipeg YSA ward! IM serving another transfer with SIster Price- I LOVE her. and I LOVE it all. by the end of this transfer i will be here for 7 months! YIKES. so- i gave a talk in church 2 sundays ago.. I told the 'journey' of my first triathlon. i was compairing it to life and trials.. so lets just picture this for a minute.. here are a few of the details to this race. 1. i had never swam more than 4 total laps in my entire life. 2. i hadnt ran but 1or 2 5ks before this race. 3. i didnt prepare- not even an ounce! and 4. this was my first time using a road bike (the gears are different than a mountain bike). SO here i am ready for the race! I was ssoo pumped! I had the goal to NOT stop running, biking or swimming the entire race. i just wanted to finish. so there i was in the water- with hundreds of other ladies.. the whistle blows and we take off.. women are literally swimming over me and others to get to the front- they dont intentially drown me- but they do. This is a trial caused by someone elses actions. Good thing i have a wetsuit on- i am able to stay above the water a lot better than if i didnt have it on (blessing from Heaven). so i learned to stay back a bit and get out of their way.. the water was chilly and the wind was blowing pretty hard! it was held in a lake and its half mile swim. im not gonig to lie- im a terrible swimmer! so i started with the breaststroke then couldnt do it so i just did the back float the rest of the way! haha. so i finish the 'swim' ahha float, and then get on the bike and take off.. of course everyone else has been gone for a WHILE so im on the road myself- which i like.. i start and all of the sudden the chain falls off the bike! oohh no.. a trial that happens just because its life.. i couldnt prevent it nor could i 'blame' someone else for this happeneing... so i put the chain on and continue onwards.. the chain ends up falling off another 2 or 3 times.. so- i learn the gears and the chain stops falling off.. IM set! actually-theres a HUGE hill. i kept seeing people get off their bikes and walk them up the hill. i remembered my goal (swim, bike and run the WHOLE way).. so i just sit my keester down and pedal my lil legs for all their worth. it was hard- but i had to pedal slowly, be steady and be focused on my goal.. i was LAUGHING and smiling the WHOLE time just thinking of how fun yet hard this was.. i just kept thinking about the goal.. i make it through the 18 mile bike ride and start on the course for the 5 k run.. i figured it would be pretty easy- running was my best sport out of the three so i thought it would be a breeze.. not. it was a rough and unkempt trail that had bushes, rocks, mounds and everything else on it! so i start running and there are people all over.. there wasnt any sign or anything at least that i saw, that would show you if you were gonig the right way- so i just ran by faith and followed those whom seemed like veterans and like they knew the course.. along the way they had people with water and these energy gel things.. so they were helping give me the energy i need to continue on.. i could see ambulances picking people up that had not been able to complete the race. i saw cars picking up others that had taken them selves out of the race.. never once was there anyone that told anyone to stop- that they were doing a terrible joba dn they couldnt compete anymore.. people had to WANT to quit.. then as i was running to the finish line- there were people lined up cheering me on.. i didnt know a soul there! they all were still cheering me- telling me to push and keep going.. the last part of the run was at an incline and it would have been easy to walk it- but i remembered my goal. i pushed my hardest and gave it my all. when i hit the finish line it was the BEST feeling of my life! noone knew what i felt.. noone i knew saw me cross the line.. i knew though. i knew what trials i went through. i knew how hard it was. i knew there were things i could have trained adn prepared for- done better.. i knew there were people and obsticles in my way that tried to slow me down. i knew how it felt to overcome them.. well.. i compared this to life.. we ALL have trials and obsticles.. ones that we cause, others that others cause and some that just come from us being mortal and living life! i know that we can overcome them! we all came to this earth to suceed! we all came with a goal and purpose in mind.. when times get hard we can easily forget that goal, but we NEED to rememebr it! remember that Heavenly Father will neever tell us we are disqualified' or tell us to give up! WE take ourselves out of 'the race'.. sssooo we just need to hold on, stay strong and remember to turn to the lord for help in those hard times.. be positive! we are cared for and loved!@ we need to remember who we are, where we came from, why were here and how to get back!@ we are here for such a short time.. but when we get to the end- we will find so much joy when we know we did what was right and we gave it our all! i do have to go! but i love you ALL and truly keep you all in my prayers. please keep our investigators and the people here in yours. the Gospel is TRUE and we need to find those that are ready- have their hearts softened and minds open to received the gifts from God. kNOw that you are loved and that you have a father in Heaven who wants to help you! TURN TO HIM! be humble and ask for strenght. dont ask your trials to be taken away or minimized.. ask for the strength! thats when you learn and grow! i love you! thank you for all you do!!!
Love SIster Horning

Monday, January 4, 2010

2010 New Year Message!

Hello Hello 2010 here you are! Well this update from the North has to be short.. but hopefully just as sweet.. We had a week of helping opportunities! i love it. We were driving to an appointment and wed gone the wrong way, so we had to turn around- we saw a van in the middle of the lane stopped- teh man, Yosif, couldnt get his car to start- so S. Price and i park and RUN (in our buddled clothes and skirts), to his van and help him push it to the side lane out of traffic... he was so greatful! he said hed been there over 10 minutes and didnt know what to do! bless his heart! the Lord allows us to help others when we are open to find those opportunities! NEXT we were able to volunteer at the nursing home here.. I LOVE the residents! they are hilarious- ive met some of my new best friends there.. There is a lady Dorthy- shes a HOOT.. she strolls around and just CRACKS jokes and hilarious comments.. were pals for sure.. we are going there weekly for a few hours to chat it up with the residents- i think we enjoy it more than they do! haha.. THEN we were contacting for a minute and ran into Chris.. we noticed he was moving or something, so we asked to help- he said "yeah if you can help clean the place".. so we told him of course thats what we were wanting to do! he and his sister and their friend had to be out of their home by 12 on new years eve and were frantically cleaning and moving their stuff out.. we came in and helped clean- hopefullly it was of SOME help.. they said they noticed missionaries like us before and hadnt talked to them.. but knew who they were.. so it was really good to be able to be of service to a few opeople.. i LOVE knowing that im just out here to serve.. just here to help others- no matter what they need thats what we do! what a blessing and opportunity! i love it.. THere are a few things ive really learned and that have hit me so hard this last week.. ONE.. there was a testimony by someone in our ward and they talked about people putting up walls- thinking that they are protecting themselves from others when in actuallity they are just isolating themselves and making yourself lonely and singled out.. we should be OPEN and let everyone in- this is when we find true love and friendship and TRUE happiness in others! i love that..
Something i was also thinking about was obeying the commandments. It says so many times in the scriptures- "if you love me keep my commandments".. I was thinking this morning what that meant.. of course we love Christ and our Heavenly Father.. why would they ask/say that!? but then i got to thinking.. who do i TRULY love.. my parents.. a few select friends.. and why do i love them.. what doesw it mean to love them.. what makes them different than other people i care about? well here are a few reasons and attributes about the people i love.. i have a HIGH respect for them. i want to be like them. i TRUST them and what they say. I want to be around them and know more about them.. This is how we should view Heavenly Father and Christ. If we truly love them- we will trust them and what they say. we will listen to them- OBEY them. i think of a young brother/sister and a sibling that is just a few years older than them. the older one can ask the younger to do anything- get me a drink, give me your candy, go in the wishing well and get out money (sorry Breaann for being bad!).. and they will do it. they dont ask- they just do it because they look up to the sibling.. they love them and KNOW (if the older sib is not naughty) that the older sibling has their best interest. We need to "be submissive as a child" and listen. Heavenly Father loves us all so much and he always wants whats best for us..He KNOWs whats best for us- we just need to trust in Him. bah.. anyways.. i better go. BISHOP and WARD- how are you donig as to brining people to church and ativities? i hope you are all inviting others to come closer to Christ! k. i love you all and thank you all so much for all your love and support!
Take care! love you!
Sister HorningN