Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The week before Christmas

This has been one of the best weeks of my mission!! Such a fun week!

Last Monday we did a lot of fun things like caroling, getting our nails done (by a friend), going out to eat, and shopping. Love p-days! 

Tuesday we had exchanges with the STLs! They are so awesome. Love them. We had a busy day and had some cool miracles! 

Wednesday was the Christmas Conference which was so fun!! I got to see one of my favorite people from my MTC district! They had really good musical numbers and speakers. The Spirit was so strong! That night we met this super awesome family (the parents are inactive and the college aged kids aren't baptized) and it was really fun talking with them. 

Thursday we saw our investigators Joe and Carol. Love them. They are hilarious. Friday we did service at a place in the Elders area where they serve food to the less fortunate so we helped with that for a few hours and it was really fun. Some members from the ward came and helped too.

Christmas Eve we studied in the morning and then went to Beacon Point (a memory care facility) and went caroling with them. So fun! After we made a gingerbread house and then went to a less actives house and read a Christmas story with her. We hurried over to a recent converts house to help her get ready for Christmas and then went to the church to meet the elders to carpool. We went to the Smiths house and played games and had a yummy dinner then had hot chocolate floats (best thing ever) and read Christmas stories. Then from there we went to the Yates. SO FUN. Oh my goodness, I was crying laughing at one point. They had three college kids home and then two girls in high school and then the Andersens were over too and they are just hilarious. We had a talent show and everyone had to prepare a talent so me and Sister Reintjes decided to learn a missionary rap and it was rough haha but they thought it was funny. We sang a lot of carols and sang about Christ and watched the Nativity to end the night. 

Then Christmas day we woke up and made cinnamon rolls and had hot chocolate and opened presents. Then went to church which was SO good. This ward is so talented oh my goodness. The primary kids sang and it was so cute! Then we went home and relaxed for a little bit and gave candy canes to our neighbors before going to the Bringhursts! We had a delicious dinner and then skyped home!! Loved seeing my family and can't believe that I only skype home one more time before going home! So weird! After being at their house we went to the Olsens and had pie and talked with them for a little bit. The members in this ward are the best. 

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!! 

Love, 
Sister Horne

 The members here are so good to us!

THE HUGE PEANUT BUTTER CUP!!


Sisters Armstrong and Johnson - both in my MTC District!

Elder Cook joined the picture without us realizing it. haha



We are STOCKED with hand warmers

Post Christmas means studying under the table because you're too lazy
to get up after kneeling for the prayer lol

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Week Full of Cookies and Miracles

Hello!!

Life has been so good! So I'm in Glenville now! It is a super nice and pretty wealthy area. There are some ginormous houses--so tracting is fun because we just admire all of the houses and we get to see all the cute Christmas decorations. :) The ward is huge! Its like a Utah ward...so fun! They are super good to the missionaries here--its even someones calling to make sure we get fed dinner..good thing my companion loves to run or else I would be in trouble! haha

My companion is Sister Reintjes and we are practically the same person its the best haha We have so much in common and work really well together. We are both super excited for this transfer and are working hard and seeing results. She's been out one transfer less than me and is from Vegas and went to school for a year in Wisconsin on a running scholarship. She is super into cross country and track and we live right next to a school so we run on the track every morning! I love it! She laps me a billion times but that's okay haha

We do A TON of service here! More service than I have ever done at one time haha its so fun!! I absolutely love the people we do service with! We go to a memory care facility every week and play games and do poetry with the people there(old people are the best--some of them are super sassy haha). We also go to a place called Captains Treasure which is a thrift store that we organize the donations that come in and price them and put them out for people to buy. Then we go to a food pantry and organize the food that's brought in. The last place we do service at is Skyler Ridge--its an elderly care facility--and we play word games with them! I love doing service, I'm so glad we have so much!

We have met a lot of potentials these past two weeks which has been super great! And we have picked up a lot of new investigators!! We have been contacting a lot of people who have been taught by missionaries in the past and stopped investigating the church and the coolest miracles have happened. I'll share a few of them.

So B...hes been taught a lot in the past and has read the Book of Mormon twice and Doctrine and Covenants (super impressive) and we stopped by his apartment and talked with him for a little bit and shared a scripture (we couldn't go in because he's a single man) and set a return appointment. (Side story--so a member in the ward just came back from his mission in Brazil--he reminds me a lot of Josh (his name is actually Josh too haha) and he was a super awesome missionary and baptized dozens of people) We asked him and his mom to come with us to B's lesson. They did and it was the coolest thing ever. Sister Reintjes and I joked that we learned more in that lesson than we have our whole mission haha I love when members come to lessons with us! They have such strong testimonies and can really relate to those we teach, sometimes more than we can. Bill has a lot of potential, I can really see him getting baptized in the near future. He came to the ward Christmas party too! He really enjoyed it. :)

Aimee! Oh my goodness she is the cutest. So we stop by her house (shes a former investigator) and she opens the door and says "Sisters!! Come on in!" We were like "Okay!!" We ended up talking to her for probably close to an hour. She had so many really good questions and we taught her the restoration and she was so open and welcoming and kept complimenting us on our outfits haha she even gave us a tour of her house and gave us Ghirardelli chocolates! We set an appointment for this upcoming week to see her again and I'm super excited. She is definitely prepared.

J and C are former investigators too and we stopped by (it was probably around 8pm) and they opened the door and said come in!! (that is seriously the best thing to hear as missionaries) They are a cute older couple and J has read the entire Book of Mormon and we shared with them Moroni 10:3-5 and invited them to pray about it. They are super nice and we can see potential there.

T and S are so awesome. So we had our ward Christmas party on Saturday which was super fun(and it was even better having Bill there and a couple of the less actives we visit and a recent convert). Then afterwards we had a little time before going in for the night so we walked around our big apartment complex trying to talk with people about Christ and we run into a Chinese couple. We talk with them and S says she is Christian and goes to a church that speaks Mandarin but they were super friendly and we invited them to our church and they said yes! They promised us they would be there. We were super excited and just so grateful for all the blessings we've been given this week.

We go to church the next morning and we were waiting for them but didn't see them so we were about to go into class(we have sacrament meeting last because two wards meet in our building--its kinda weird but I'm getting used to it) and then all of a sudden we see S and T walk up to the church doors!! We were SO happy! We walk with them to class and there's actually a member that served his mission in Taiwan and knows Mandarin so the Elders go get him and he comes in and translates the whole thing! (they have lived in America for about 10 years but their English is still a little rocky) And then he takes T to Priesthood and Sofia stays with us for Relief Society.

After that we go into the chapel to meet up with T and S says they have to go because they own a nail salon and they need to go there. But we start talking and there's actually another member who knows Mandarin so he's talking to T then one of the members of the Bishopric goes up to start the meeting so we all hurry and sit down. One member was talking to S in Mandarin and the other was talking to T in Mandarin. Both members were translating sacrament meeting for them! It was the coolest thing ever! The members here are the best! I couldn't stop smiling all through church. And the lessons that were taught were super good too, in RS they talked about service and specifically those who quietly and valiantly serve and don't get recognition. I was almost getting emotional because the Spirit was so strong in that room (and because I thought of my mom who is the most perfect example of selfless service).

There have been so many miracles this week its incredible. I love being a missionary! In exactly one year from today I will be on a plane going home which makes me sad! I don't want to leave! For anyone who is thinking about going on a mission, DO IT. It will really be the best 18 months (2 years) of your life.

Sorry if this was all over the place. I just had a lot to talk about! :)

Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season!!

Love, 
Sister Horne

 Tracting in 28 degree weather that we weren't very prepared for haha

I got three things in the mail--it felt like Christmas!!

p-day and half baked ice cream makes for a good day :)


12.5.16

pictures coming soon....

Sunday, December 18, 2016

11.28.16

coming..
(first transfer & pics)

Happy Thanksgiving!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Its been a super busy but super fun week!!

Wednesday was my last day at meals on wheels since transfers are next week :( it was sad. I love all of the people who volunteer there!! I will miss them a lot.

We also had our last District Meeting--I love my district! They are all so awesome. 

Thursday we helped out at the monthly community dinner which is always fun. The people we do service with are seriously the nicest people ever. I love them!

Friday we had exchanges with the STL's (Sister Training Leaders) in Syracuse! That was my fourth and my last exchange there! It's fun because I know some of the people they teach now and have been able to see them a couple times. I was with Sister DeVries and we went to a couple less actives in the morning and the lessons were so good! I felt the Spirit so strongly! I love teaching with Sister DeVries! We got some good life advice from the less active we visited. She told us to save money every month so that when there's an emergency or something that we really want to spent our money on then we will be able to use our savings. And she said that material things don't matter and that we have thousands of tiny drawers in our hearts where we put the things we care the most about in and that is what we take with us to heaven. 

After lunch we went to another less actives house and that lesson was so fun. We talked about what we learned at stake conference last week and at the conference they talked about writing our story down so that we can learn from our experiences and that our posterity will as well and so the lady told us some funny stories that had to do with skunks and snakes and all sorts of things that she has been meaning to write down. 

We also met a guy named Dr. Love/Mr. Love/Brother Love hahah and I gave him a Book of Mormon and we set up an appointment to teach him more. He's a funny guy. 

On Saturday we did some service and we went by a potential investigators house and we talked with him and his dad? not sure if they are related or not we didn't ask. We taught the restoration and we taught it differently than I have ever taught the restoration before but it was so fun! Just going by the Spirit. They are super awesome and he read from the Book of Mormon(we gave it to him when we first met)!! 

And a guy me and Sister Case used to teach but we ended up handing over to the elders got baptized on Saturday! I was asked to give the talk on baptism and I was SO nervous but it went pretty well! Baptisms are the best.

Soo yesterday morning we wake up to a little snow and then it KEEPS SNOWING ALL DAY! And is currently still snowing and is supposed to all day today too. Gotta love upstate NY! Over a foot of snow in November! I love it though. 


Hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving!!

Love, 

Sister Horne

Week 24

...coming soon

Week 23

11-7-16

Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 22 - Lovin' New York!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!! Hope you all have a fun day!

This week we went to try a potential investigator again that we had met a few weeks ago and haven't been able to catch at home. This time she was home and we taught her the restoration in like 5 minutes because that's all the time she had. It was rushed but the Spirit was still there as we taught and testified of Joseph Smith and the First Vision and how the Book of Mormon can help her feel peace and happiness and draw her nearer to God. One of the coolest things to witness is the reaction people have when we recite Joseph's experience of the First Vision. :)

In the next lesson we taught about God's plan of happiness and how we can return to live with Him again. She really liked it and said it helped answer questions she had and that she kept the Book of Mormon in her work bag so if she ever had down time at work she could read it. I love when people are excited to read the Book of Mormon! It really is the best book ever! 

On Wednesday we had the ward Halloween party which was a lot of fun! We helped pass out candy during the trunk or treat and got to spend more time with the members. The kids were dressed so cute in their little costumes! 

This week we went to a new pizza place that opened up by us and it was pretty pricey but it was so good! I love NY pizza!!

Even though we had a lot of plans fall through this week, it was still a great week! When you are on the Lord's errand everything always works out how its supposed to! 

I love New York and feel so privileged to be able to serve here!

Love,
Sister Horne


When you arrive early for an appt,...ya gotta look around for something to do!

Having fun with a family visiting from Australia!

It SNOWED!
 We're all bundled up - ready for the cold!

New York is full of surprising people

YUM  - NY Style Pizza Pie!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween!


Week 21 - I Love Sharing the Gospel!

Hey Everyone!!!  Its been another great week!
Some highlights...

So since I already kinda said goodbye to people at Meals on Wheels because I thought I was leaving last week, when I walked in to Meals on Wheels this week then everyone started clapping! It was so sweet!! They were so happy I was staying another six weeks! :') And yesterday some of my favorite ward members came up to me and were happy I was staying too, it was so sweet! The people here are the best!! 

We had a pasta dinner at Meals on Wheels because they were having a fundraiser (our friend who volunteers with us there paid for us--she's the sweetest) and it was super good! Pasta and homemade meatballs with Italian bread, salad, and then pie and cake for dessert. Yum!

This week with a couple of the less actives that we visit we read the Proclamation of the Family with them and showed them pictures of our families and they showed us pictures of their families. It was so fun!! They loved seeing our families (especially Sister Priests' and my nieces :) ). We had a lot of fun looking at the pictures of them when they were younger and the cool experiences they have had too. 

So we were teaching one of our investigators this week and we were planning on teaching the restoration but as we were talking with her I got the impression to talk about faith and how we can increase our faith and read from Alma 32 and it was just really cool to see how the Spirit led the lesson. One of the best parts was that we started with the first point of the restoration (God is our Loving Heavenly Father) and then Sister Priest and I were both on the same page of where the lesson needed to go without saying one word to each other about changing our plan. The Spirit is the best thing in the world! Missionary work and just life in general can't be done without it!!

The other day it was really rainy and cold and we had a lesson scheduled with one of our investigators (T, who is 17) in the afternoon. The lesson was going to be outside because that's the only place we could meet so he cancelled and then later that day we were tracting from 6pm to around 7:30pm and we were about to go to one of our other investigators apartments to teach him but then I felt like we should walk on Route 11 for a little bit (the main street that we live by) and talk with people who were just as crazy as us to be out walking. So we did and a couple minutes later we see a guy walking towards us and we were like "Is that T??" and it was!! So we talked with him and asked if we could just teach him right then. So we walked a little further down the road and sat on a bench where people wait for the city bus. We talked about the Book of Mormon (we already taught him the restoration) and how important it is and he told us that his step dad who he was really close to passed away and I felt prompted to flip to Alma 40:11-12 that talks about what happens after we die to help bring him comfort. Even though we were all crammed on a bench next to a busy street at night in the rain, the Spirit was still there guiding that lesson. In the lesson Sister Priest felt prompted to ask him to be baptized and he said yes!! I just love being a missionary!!

Sunday there was a fireside for the youth in the ward and the theme was preparing for a mission so the YM leader asked us 6 missionaries to be in charge of the fireside. We showed a couple videos that are on the missionary page on lds.org and bore testimony, talked about our day to day lives, answered any questions they had, and talked about the miracles we have seen on our missions. The Spirit was so strong and it was another testimony builder for me and made me so grateful that I chose to serve a mission. It has honestly been the best decision I have ever made. There is nothing more important than sharing this gospel with God's children!! It is worth every sacrifice! And I got to know the youth better after talking with them while we ate refreshments. I love this ward so much!!

And to top the week off we had a lesson with one of our investigators (C, who we tracted into a while ago) after the fireside. When we were at the church, a super awesome member overheard us say we had a lesson to teach and asked us if she could come -coolest thing ever! It was such a great lesson!! We taught the Plan of Salvation and it really answered his questions and he told us that his mom passed away and how he has wondered and hoped that she would be in heaven. We read from the Book of Mormon with him and shared our testimonies and I felt the prompting to ask him to be baptized so that's what I did and he said yes!! He said he will pray about a date so that isn't set yet but he said yes!! AHH! We were just so happy after that!! When we got home the first thing we did was say a prayer of gratitude for the awesome day we had! 

I love mission life! I love the people here! I love having the opportunity to share the gospel everyday and help brighten people's lives! I love all the tender mercies that we receive every single day!! The Church is True!!

Sister Horne

Our District

Sisters in the Syracuse Zone 

Syracuse Zone 

Stopped at Tully's for lunch - compliments of some good friends. 

Tracting in the Rain



Fall here is so GORGEOUS!!!


 Getting cold enough I finally had to break out the gloves. 


Sweet Martha Ryan

What's up? with Shirley and Sherri



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Week 20 - Life is good!

I'M STAYING! Transfers are this week and I'm staying in Liverpool for one more transfer! I love this ward and this area, I can't wait to see what miracles happen in the next 6 weeks! Staying in my first area for 6 months seems crazy but its exciting! 

I'm doing great. We have had some awesome lessons and are teaching some of the coolest people. There have been lessons where we are seriously laughing the whole time. I LOVE NEW YORKERS.

Life is good! Have a great week!




no mail.... 

...please send some. PLEASE! :) 

before 11.28.16
Sister Alyssa Horne
5562 Bear Rd #5Q
Syracuse NY 13212


Week 19

HI!! 

It’s been a great week! We did some service, some finding, taught people about the gospel, had dinner at Panera with members, you know the usual.

We had a lesson with one of our investigators who I love so much. She is the cutest. We taught about faith and charity (Ether 12) and how through Christ we can overcome our weaknesses. The lesson went really well and the Spirit was definitely there. It is so cool to see people's perspectives change and see how our investigator used to fear God and now because we have been teaching her she knows that God loves her and wants the best for her. Mission life is so rewarding :) 

We had a luncheon at Meals on Wheels to thank all the kitchen volunteers for their service and it was really good! One of the head guys owns a catering business and he and the other staff made lunch for all of the volunteers and it was so good!! It was so fancy too, I didn't know what half the things I ate were, but they were really good! 

This week we had dinner at a members house and she just got her shipment of LuLaRoe clothes and she gave each of us one thing (whatever we wanted--a maxi skirt, dress, shirt, tunic) and I got a dress! It was SO nice!! I love LuLaRoe! 

We are teaching a couple people who their first language is Spanish and Sister Priest knows Spanish so in a couple lessons I have just been sitting there trying to pick out the few words I know in Spanish while Sister Priest talks to them in Spanish. It’s kinda weird to not know what they are talking about, but the coolest thing is that I can always feel the Spirit even though I don't understand what they are saying. It doesn't matter what language the gospel is being taught in, it’s all true!! :)

I love New York and missionary work! I'm so grateful to be able to do this every day and spread the joy that the gospel brings! I hope you all had the opportunity to watch General Conference last weekend. If not, GO WATCH IT!! It is so so so good. You will love it. I know I did. 

Thank you for the prayers, thoughts and letters! 
LOVE,
 Sister Horne





Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 18 - more Birthday & General Conference






  



The Elders "needed" some extra pass along cards so we decorated their car.
 

 How do missionaries celebrate general conference? 
With cake cookies - of course!
 

Week 17 - Zoo, Birthday and Visit to Palmyra


 Off to the Zoo...













Celebrating my birthday- the big 2-0



 ...new watch.
 Love it- Thanks!



Birthday Breakfast ....made for me by Sister Priest. She's so sweet!

Lunch with a super great family in the ward - The Ewells. 
Thank you for making my favorites and the fun time. Love you!




Palmyra Temple 





We walked through the sacred grove. The whole time I was thinking "Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ came here..." I mean how cool is that!! I said a prayer in my heart to receive the witness again that Joseph Smith really did see them and after I prayed the wind picked up a little and rustled all the beautiful green leaves (the weather today was perfect) and I just smiled.  





The temple spire emerging from the trees

A tree that is said to have most likely been here when Joseph Smith was.

the Barn
 

a remake of Joseph's home