Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wow! What a Week!!!

So I´m going to ask perdón (forgiveness) because I am exhausted today and I will explain why but if my letter doesn´t make a lot of sense it´s because of that!

Today we went on the BEST hike I´ve ever been on! I mean I have only gone on like two... But this was incredible. I took a ton of shots with a really nice camera that someone lended me so I will send a lot today if the time permits and I invite everyone to see the blog where my mother dearest will put them. We climbed up the tallest hill in the Santiago valley if I am not mistaken and it was just the most beautiful view from up there. You can see the Andes like a wall in front of you and basically have a 360 degree view of all Santiago. I can´t believe how pretty it was. It was perfect since we just had a big rain and wind storm from Saturday to Monday so that took away all the smog (because there is normally a ton) and the Andes got a good amount of snow. Today was a bluebird day and just gorgeous. I loved it. I love nature!! Where are my Utah mountains?! It´ll be good to be home haha. 

We had a spectacular week. My comp had a great idea of talking to two people every 30 minutes. Instead of thinking about how many people we were going to talk to every day we decided to break it up into something small, like 30 minutes. The first day that we did it we didn´t even get a block away from our house before finding two new people to teach whom we also visited on Sunday and we were able to meet the whole family and teach them all! It was incredible. Our day went from having nothing to too many things to do! It was great!! We will do it this week and see how it goes!

The Haitian convert in our ward recieved the Priesthood this last Sunday which means he will now be able to baptize his friends!! We are pretty excited about that and so is he.

We finally got a less active man, Omar, to come to church! We have been doing service in his house forever and finally last week we sat down and had a serious talk with him and his wife. On Saturday when we did service he asked us if we were going to go to his house to get him for church and we obviously said of course! Then he invited us to eat breakfast with him before hand. He went and the bishopric was quick on their feet and asked him to teach a class on the segund and third Sunday of next month! That will be a huge blessing for him and the ward!!

The four of us missionaries gave talks this Sunday. I will be humble and say that it was probably one of/if not the best talks I have ever given in spanish or english so I was very content for that. I will end my little with the little story that I based my talk around. You may or may not have read it on lds.org but if not here it is!

¨As illustrated by the following tale, we all sit by a “pot of stew.” A man sought out a respected old sage and said, “O wise one, I would like to know what heaven and hell are like.”

The sage led the man to two doors. He opened one of the doors, and the man looked in. In the middle of the room was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and made the man’s mouth water.

The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms. Each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The wise man said, “You have seen hell.”

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew that made the man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled spoons strapped to their arms, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The man said, “I don’t understand!”

“It is simple,” said his venerable guide. “It requires but one skill. You see, they have learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves” (author unknown).¨

With much love,
Elder Gunnell

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

They Took the Wrong Black Guy!

So we have been meeting with quite a few Haitian people lately. They are incredible. They are so humble and fun and good-hearted. This last Sunday our only Haitian convert, Melsince, brought 5 friends with him! We had been meeting up with two of them but he brought us three more to meet! It was great to see them all walk in. They are so willing to accept the Gospel and they just can´t get enough. Anyways we went to go get David from his house so that we could go to a family home evening last night. He is one of them that we met a couple of weeks ago and will be getting baptized the 23rd of this month. He speaks decent spanish and understandable english so with those languages we can understand each other. So we went to his house to go get him and as we were headed down the street where we take the bus we realize that he doesn´t have his bus card and neither does my comp so we split up real quick. We went to our house and he went to his to get their cards and we only live like two blocks away. We waited for him in the same street where we were before and he just never showed up. One of the other Haitians who lives with him was coming down towards us in a very hurriedly manner and tells us that David was taken by the police and that he was going to the police station right then to see why and to take him out. So we quickly went up to his street and sure enough he was gone and there was quite a commotion with what had happened. We didn´t know what to do at that point and had other people waiting for us at the bus stop to go to the family home evening so we just headed there. Later that night we talked to Melsince and he told us that they were mistaken and took the wrong person and that David was okay. In the end everything was alright but it was definitely something unexpected!! Haha.

We finally got some rain and it is getting a little colder! It´s great!!!

I hope all is well and that you are all enjoying the spring!

Elder Gunnell

Fall is Just Around the Corner

It`s starting to get a little colder finally!!! There were actually a few raindrops that fell today! I am excited for the cold again. I am tired of the heat. 

I will have to agree with those who wrote me saying that conference was great! I completely agree with that. I certainly loved it. I could really feel their messages hit me and I am excited for the next six months that we have to study and listen to their talks again! I know that those were the messages that God wanted us to hear so that we could be safe and protected in the next six months. Especially with the world heading where it`s heading. There were so many talks that I just loved. I also really loved the messages that talked about marraige:) I don`t know why that would apply to me in the next 6 months... But I mean we just have to obey the prophets and we`ll be good right?! Haha.

I´m having a technological fight with the computer right now trying to put all the talks on my iPod. The computer is currently winning. I might need to take a ¨How to use a computer for beginners¨ class when I get home cause I don`t remember how technology works. So if my letter today is a little lame it`s for that reason.

My comp is hilarious. We get a long great, he makes me laugh and man it`s good to laugh again! Laughing does good for the soul (see Proverbs 17:22 for a scripture that backs that up haha) and so it was a good week. We didn`t get a lot of work done because we had quite a few meetings and things to do but it was still a great week! We invited the zone over to our house on Saturday morning to do a big `ol breakfast before conference. We made buttermilk pancakes, scrambbled eggs, and sausage (the closest thing to sausage at least). It was a blast! We also made home made corndorgs the other day just to see how they were. They turned out delicious!

Today we had another great opportunity to go to the temple:) haha I love it so much. It`s marvelous. I can`t wait to go back into Logan! Speaking of temples did you see the Prove City Temple?!?! It is GORGEOUS. I couldn`t believe it when I saw it. I love it. I love it so much.

Things are well here, I am happy and excited! Thank you for all your support and letters!

Elder Bayler Gunnell