Marcus was called to serve in the Japan Kobe Mission. He entered the MTC on May 19, 2010. He arrived in Japan on August 3,2010.
Elder Horton will be returning home on April 27, 2012!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Transferred to Ibaraki

Transfer from Kakagowa to Tsuyama
So we got transfer calls on Tuesday and I was actually way surprised to find out that I was transferring. They whitewashed Tsuyama with two other missionaries. one new one and another who is on his last transfer. He is a Nihonjin by the name of Nishio and he is actually from Tsuyama. Tsuyama used to be part of the hiroshima mission and Nishio was in the Kobe mission but then Tsuyama got made part of the Kobe mission and his family moved out of Tsuyama but he got called to serve there. That would be crazy to serve in your hometown. But anyways, I'm in Ibaraki now. Its a City in Osaka so its pretty urban here. A very different place from Tsuyama. people dont even say hello back to you.  But I already got to meet a lot of the members in our ward and there are around 80 active ones which is good for our mission. The members seem like they're all way cool and they love the missionaries, so we're going to do a lot of work with the members i think. Which brings me to my companion. His name is Elder Hale (different from the one i was in the MTC with) and he is on his second transfer. I'm like his follow-up trainer or something. but yeah he doesnt speak or understand much Japanese, but he's doing his best and so we're doing pretty awesome. We had a lesson with a Hondayama-san who hasnt heard much but he is way cool. We taught him about the plan of salvation and he says he wants to get baptized and go to the celestial kingdom so we're going to teach him how. I'm way excited. We also housed into this lady who has this really weird religion where they kind of believe everything, including the bible. So i asked her if she needed to be baptized and she said she didnt know. so we shared about the book of mormon and about baptism and set a date to meet her and her friends tomorrow, but im actually not going to be there because i have some leadership training thing i have to go to. So my companion and another really you missionary by the name of Shigeta,who is nihonjin,are going to have to teach them. they should be fine.
We actually have 4 people in our apartment. me and elder hale and 2 other japanese elders. but its way fun. every day is a party.
I probly have more i could say but i dont really remember. I also had pictures to send but i left my camera in Okayama. hopefully ill get that back sometime.
So thats about it. Hope everything is awesome back home.
Elder Horton

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