Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Elder Thorne July 16, 2012 ~ Still Training!

Hello from cool and sunny California,

Today it hasn't reached above 72 degrees and it was breezy and sunny. I love this weather. Ill take weather like this anytime in the middle of July!   Fine by me!!

So our Baptism this past Saturday was WONDERFUL! We confirmed them on Sunday and the spirit was so strong. I feel so blessed to have been apart of their lives. I am so happy for Katy and Ramon. 

Today Elder Grantham left for Brazil and Elder Wright arrived from the MTC. He is waiting for his visa to go to Argentina so hopefully i can do a better job at learning Spanish than i did learning Portuguese. I'm excited to be able to train again. Transfers are in two weeks and chances are that I am not going anywhere. Im 99% positive that I'll be here till at least Sept.11th maybe longer. Im planning on serving my whole two years right here in Roseville. I told President I'm ok with that. There is a lot of work here.

This past week we picked up two new Investigators, investigators Jillian, her mother. We taught last sunday and committed Jillian  to baptism on the 28th then we met with her again on Tuesday only this time with her mother and her mom kept saying I'm so excited for you, I know your making the right decision and then when she found out Jillian was getting baptized was Thrilled. She said she was jealous and she wished she could get baptized! Me and my companion looked at each other in shock and said to her....well there is no reason why you cant! So we committed her to baptism and then the next time we met we invited her to be baptized on the 4th of august and she agreed. so we changed Jillian date to the 4th so that they could get baptized together! We are super excited for them. 

I'm Excited for all the work here, I'll write more next week

Love ya and keep strong, 
Remember that the Lord works miracles if we trust Him.

Elder Thorne

Friday, July 13, 2012

Nathan and his Adorable Kiddos!

Tracen being Goalie...think he likes it?
Besides being Adorable...she LOVES her daddy!!!
Preston and Tracen showing off their soccer skills!  They are so awesome!!!
Nathan home from his mission!

Tracen, Preston, Kelci, Nathan

Sporty dude ran the 5k!  Good for him!

Smart, funny and Athletic!  I love this family
Tons!!! xoxo

Tiff and J...and the Crew!

What a wonderful family!
Tiff's Beautiful, talented family!
They say the darnedest things!!!
no really!
Tanner is one of the best pitchers around!  Look at him throw!

Hayden is running like a super star!!!

I hope Caison can see the ball!!
Cutie pie!

This is my favorite picture!!!

Breckyn, the little  princess!

I love you all!  Your an amazing family, full of life and love!!!

Leeann and her Fabulous Family!!!

Photo: Hanging w/ my main men @ the pool...
Look at Leeann's studly boys,
Bobby and Cody!

Sadi and Leeann
cant be more beautiful!
Amanda, Lance, Tytan and Ethan
Brian, Samantha, Braydon and Ashlyn

Cody, Leeann and Bobby
at Amanda and Lances Wedding!

 How I love their humor and kindness.
They like to pretend to be tough but are oh so kind!!!

The Thorne Family...and one on the way! (Arli)

The Thorne Family
Arli and Jake have one coming any minute now a sweet little girl...Hurry Avery, Hurry!
Rick, Lorri, Jake, Arli, (Avery), Taylor, David, and Danie girl!

How cute are they?
Trust me they get cuter!!!
David, Taylor, Arli and Danielle

David in the MTC
He is the super tall dude in the middle!

Jumping off the wall, of course!
Arli finished BYU in El. Education in April!!!!!
and now she has only
Arli 2 weeks to go!!!!

Jake in Cambodia.  Married to Arli!
Jake wants to be a helicopter pilot!

Taylor Ra`Chelle

Danie Marie!

I cant tell you how much I love my kids!!! They are amazing, 

funny and keep me happy!

Lesli and Ian's Amazing Family

This is Lesli and Ian's youngest grand baby, Zaih Zoo!
Look at that Kiddo smile!

Gunner and Kali
Loving the Water.

Lesli is such a great grandma!!! She loves these babies to death!!

Ashli, Isaiah, Alyssa, Joe, Whitney, Gunner, Trent, Kali
too cute for words!
Cutest boy around, Trent.
Her youngest and most talented athlete!
Lesli and Ians family.
Joe is married to Whitney.  Isaiah and Ashli.  Trent, Lesli, Gunner, Ian and Kali!
Go Arizona!

WE  love and Miss you ALL!  

My Brother Len and His Beautiful Family!

Photo: summer nights with the familyy(: http://instagr.am/p/M9tYQvOk8b/
Len and oldest Lindsey, 17!
Lindsey will be a senior this year!!!
Woo Hoo!

Len and Lindsey and Nikki
Two beautiful and talented girls.

Austin, Len, Nikki and Lindsey!
Such a wonderful Family!
Talented, athletic and Kind!
We love and miss them so much!

Len and Nikki at her Orchestra Concert.

Len and Lindsey at her Varsity Choir Concert!
Len and Austin and a BYU vs TCU basketball game.

Just Met You...

This is how I see my son!  
Brave and  even willing to sing and dance.
Maybe this could be a musical!  

Hot and Cold!

Hello from HOT California,

This week the weather has been VERY strange. One day its over 100 and HOT then the next day its 70 and cool then its HOT again for a few days then its drops back down i think one day this week it dropped under 70. then the next day it was 102. I don't get it. Its another sign that Christ is coming. They keep telling me its going to get hotter but then it never does. This week despite the heat we have seen MIRACLES and fortunately for me discovered some areas of improvement in developing myself and my character. It has been a sort of emotional week. Good and bad. Turns out I'm not perfect after all. who would have thought?

So this week Elder Grantham and I killed it. We had an awesome week. One of the best that I have had so far on my mission. This past week we picked up two new investigators and we committed them both to baptism and one with a date. One was a part member family that we felt we should go visit then the ward council talked about going to visit them and so they could invite them to take the missionary lessons but they weren't sure how. so the next day Elder Grantham and I took the initiative and went and invited him to take the missionary lessons and we were met with warm open arms he has truly been prepared to accept the gospel. Now he is praying about the Book of Mormon. He said that he would be baptized and that he would do whatever it took to have his family be eternal if he found out the Book of Mormon was true. He is by exact definition a honest seeker of truth. We are excited. Then yesterday we met with another one of the investigators we picked up earlier in the week. I saw her at church during fast and testimony meeting and as soon as I saw her the spirit prompted me to go and talk with her and invite her to be baptized. so after sacrament meeting we talked with her about meeting with us. she wanted to and was excited. We had an awesome lesson with her yesterday and she had been coming to church with a recent convert family. she accepted the invitation to be baptized and we set the date for the 28th of this month. she told us something that was awesome she said that the reason she wanted to be baptized was because she noticed the change that attending church had on her life. (she has been about 7 times) She said that she knows that being baptized can and will make her happier and that it will give her a fresh start. she is amazing and eager to learn we are excited for her. This past week as you can tell has been full of wonderful miracles and the Lord is truly giving us the children He has prepared. All this because of our obedience. this past week has been our most obedient and consequently our most productive. I'm thankful for the work that has been entrusted to us. It is amazing how the Lord has used us as his tools. He truly led us to His children that He prepared to accept the gospel. 

Katy and Ramon are progressing wonderfully. Katy has totally quite smoking and they are both super excited to be baptized. Katy told us that she is determined to not let anything keep her from being baptized. She met with our mission president yesterday for her baptismal interview and its a GO for Saturday. we are super excited. 

Elder Grantham got his visa and he is leaving the 16th for Brazil. I have NO idea what is going on but i guess i will find out soon enough. the next transfer is the 31st of the month about two weeks. I have a feeling I'm going to be transferred VERY soon. president has been dropping hints. 

I'm glad Danie and Tay are getting some sister time. Hopefully Avery come soon, I know Arli wants her to be here already be sure to let me know asap! I have not received an email from dad in two weeks I'm sure he is working hard. I cant wait to know what Steve said. I will be looking forward to it. I have been praying very hard for him and I know that it is making a difference.

This week I have been really trying to refine myself and get better and develop more Christ like attributes. I have especially been focusing on D&C 121 I have been struggling with trying to stop habits that I have developed.