Monday, July 20, 2015

Bitter sweet...

I really cant believe that 18 months have gone by..... Its bitter sweet.
It still doesnt seem real to me yet. I still can remember so clearly getting of the airplane thinking "i dont know spanish...how am i going to survive here?" haha.
Its been a long journey full of beautiful experiences that have impacted me forever. After 5 areas, 11 companions, and 18 months, I can say that im not the same fragil girl that i once was. It truly has been unforgetable:)
There are sooooo many things that i will miss such as: The cocacola, all of the delicious food, taxis that honk at us every five seconds and drive crazy, the sick dogs in the street que me dan asco, ¡los cerros!, the heat and humidity, la musica, los burros, que me dicen guera siempre, hablando en español siempre, la horchata, los voladores, todo papantla, tajin, los hormigas y cucarachas, los baños haha, fútbol, la playa, la ropa, el cultura, la gente bien buena, y pues la vida latina. But what im going to miss most is being able to meet new people everyday and share the gospel with them, help them feel a little bit of the love God has for them and help them see the great plan that He has for all of His children. Im going to miss having a nametag that says i represent La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Utlimos Días. Im going to miss having a companion always by my side to help me learn and be obedient. Im going to miss these people that i have grown to love soooo much. The bitter thing is that im going to miss a lot of things. The sweet thing is that ill be seeing my lovely family again. And knowing that as much as i would love to stay here more i know that my work here is done and i feel content about it. I know that this is a new chapter in my life and a change that i need to keep progressing and to become more like my Savior. I know without a doubt that my Heavenly Father loves me because i am His hija. That he has a plan for each one of his children. He knows us perfectly. I know that i have great potential. I cant reach it alone but i know that with my Savior at my side i can do all things. I know that this is the Church of Jesus Christ and we can enjoy all of the blessing here in the earth thanks to a young boy who put His faith in God and trusted him comletely, and restored the gospel to its fullest. im feel extremly gratefull for all of the blessings i have in my life and the God keeps blessing me even when i mess up. This truly has been one on the greatest blessing. Being able to help others come unto Christ also helped me go to him. I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ more than words can express. I love this gospel and i love living it. :)
I share these things in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

See you soon!

-Hermana Trisha May Gunnell

pd. ¡Hasta luego México! Te voy a extrañar mucho...

-la mejor mamá galleta.:) la amo mucho!

-so tempted to jump in haha

-enjoying the delicious wind :)

-disfrutando la vida!

-Mary Chui :)

-Selfie.... last tacos :,(

-100% Papanteca

Monday, July 13, 2015

burro

Everyday goes by so quickly it makes me a little sad :/
This week lots of people told us their life stories. Some of them happy things and a lot of sad horrible things that made me realize that my life has been so simple and sweet compared to some of the trails that they have had in their lives. I always knew that the world was currupt but i guess i didnt realize how much until i came on a mission. Truly opened my eyes to the trails people have in their families, school, work and home life. And even though there is so much evil in the world i know there is a lot more good because God is greater than all of it and i have seen and heard of so many miracles that happen everyday if we are looking for them.
There is this burro (donkey) that we always see carrying so much stuff and his owner is so mean to him so we went and gave him some love one day.. he has the sadddest eyes :( I wish i could take him home with me and make him happy!
i love la vida latina and i never want to leave it!!!!
love you all:)
-hna Gunnell


Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Brushing teeth.

We got to see some cool Police car chasing action yesterday :] i was only a little frightened haha.
I wanted to share what the bishop in the ward here talked about yesterday because i liked it a lot:) He gave the example of brushing our teeth. How when we dont brush our teeth everyday it makes us feel uncomfortable ( unless you dont ever brush your teeth then its just normal haha) but it makes us feel uncomfortable and even more when we have to talk to some close to us. He related it to how when we dont pray or read the scriptures everyday we should feel uncomfortable. When we dont go to church one sunday or dont fast or pay tithings we should feel uncomfortable. Its a habbit we should have and should enjoy doing it. He said that when we dont do these things and we feel normal its because our spirit it weak and dying. (Strongly said but true.) I really like this example because i believe its true. We all should have the habbit to do these simple and importante things because when we dont our spirit begins so weaken and we lose precious things like our desire to do them, our testimony, and our Faith. One of my favorite things to do is visit less or inactive members. Although some times it does make me feel very sad for them. I love it because even though they have stopped doing these things they can start doing them again. They can start praying and reading and slowly they gain their testimony back. They more fully understand the importance of these simply things and their spirit is stronger.
I know that we are busy and stressed and some times we forget to do these small and simple things, but i hope we havent forgotten the importance they have in our lives. I hope that we are all striving daily to pray and read the scriptures. Making our best effort to obey these commandments and that we are not making excusses. I know that if we make time and obey the Lord will bless us in so many ways physically and spiritully. We should all have the habbit to do these things, and if not... you should probably feel uncomfortable.
I love you all!
-hermana gunnell

Monday, June 29, 2015

Thinking....

I got to give a talk yesterday in church that went well... i think it was really more for me than it was for the members. I talked about a change of heart and how its something we constantly have to work at. It helped me realize a lot of things... a member has been telling me a lot not to change when i get back from the mission and not to be like "before" It kind of scares me because i really dont want to go back to my old ways but i know its going to cost some work to keep moving forward and progressing and not to back track a little. I really loved preparing for my talk sunday because more than anything it has helped me to realize that its not going to be easy but it is something that i continually have to keep striving to do. I love the talk in the last conference by elder Dale G. Renlund you should all read it!
This week we had a really powerful lesson with an investigator and it was just amazing!! It reminded me how much i love being una misionera para la Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santo de los Últimos Días :)

Les AMO!!
-hna gunnell



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

El Libro de Mormon

This week we were walking on a little dirt path under a tree and a HUGE iguana fell from the tree almost on top of me and ran away so fast...heart attack. I also have a heart attack thinking how much little time i have left in the mission :l
My companion and I (and the whole mission) have been focusing a lot on the book of mormon and i just want you all to know how much I love the Book of Mormon! It is the best and i am filled with so much joy everyday that i read it :) It truly gives me so many blessing to read and apply the teachings everyday of my life! These last 6 weeks of my mission i made a goal to read the whole thing over again and every day i learn something new. Its the best! This awesome guy named Gerardo got baptized yesterday and he is one of the few investigators that ive know who has read a good amount of the Book of Mormon before his baptism and ive seen how its changed his life! I hope you are all reading daily to receive grand blessings :)
i love you all!
-Hermana Gunnell



Monday, June 15, 2015

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This week has been so sweaty.... its the worst. Literally like 5 minutes being out side and everything is dripping with sweat...ew. We always carry this little towels so we can dry our face and neck off and yesterday morning while passing for investigators the towel ended up being so wet it my companion was ringing it out :P but at least we are getting all of the toxins out haha. My new companion is Hermana Perez. She is 21 from Mexico D.F. She is a really hard worker and we get along really great :)
Nothing really exciting happened this week. i got a super cool infection or something in my insides... but i got meds and all is good:) Yesterday in church in the last class the ward sec. came up to me and my comp and asked ¿who is the hermana Trisha? whut....? i was so confused. haha. Turns out the bishop wants to help me get used to my name again so in my assignment to give a talk on the paper so offically says hermana Trisha.... haha thank you obispo :)
love you all!

hermana gunnell
my last zone :)

hna perez from guatamala

the hermanas


enchula tu taxi hahah


Monday, June 8, 2015

Sylvester Stallone

¿Pues ya que? Voy a quedar me aquí en Papantla para vivir la vida latina.
I had a generous offer this week from a borachito named "Sylvester Stallone" It was love at first sight. He has lots of cars, a jacuzi, lots of land, and a helicopter. whut? He told me to marry him a billion times. He also didnt believe that i am american. He insisted that i am from France and wanted me to speak in french. nope sorry. Then he started talking about the virgin and i was getting annoyed and wanted to leave and he started being dramatic saying that i was mad because he is feo and negro.. ay este señor. Well the thing is i told him i would think about it ;)<3 Another old man told me this week that ive got a "cara de pocos amigos" (a face with few friends) thanks.... its the truth haha.

I really love fast and testimony meeting here in Mexico it always surprises me alot because everyone wants to share their testimony! I love it! As soon as they open up to the members half of them stand up and go sit up on the stage in a large line. Yesterday i counted how many got up and it was around 60. Little kids, teenagers, everyone. and they all are pure testimonies. without stories or anything like that. And even though they all are testifying of the same thing its something so powerful :) Why isnt it the same in the states...all of the awkward pauses. haha. I really love life here!
This week started my last change in the mission :,( I will be staying in the same area but with a new companion, hermana perez. Hoping and praying that everything will go well :)
I love you all!!
-hermana gunnell

sorry i didnt take any pictures this week so heres the sun :)