Saturday, February 22, 2014

Travel Plans

It has been a marvelous week. on Sunday I was filled with the spirit! We had a great Relief Society by Bonnie Oscarson. Her talk was sooooo good! I learned so much and had a even greater desire to be the best missionary as possible. Then for devotional it was so special. We had the UVU choir come and sing with us and guess who was presiding the meeting.....Elder Holland!! What so cool! He only said a few words and introduced his son President of UVU Matthew Holland. His talk was about Joseph Smith and it was amazing! I learned so much about Joseph's early life that I had no idea about. For the Closing hymn the MTC choir and the UVU choir sang praise to the man.......I was blown away at how powerful the spirit was in that moment. I was glad that I got to be a part of it!
During one of our lessons with Felipe early in the week we were sitting there teaching him and it was kind of a quiet moment and my throat made the weirdest sound....One of my companions started laughing so hard and I started to as well. It was so bad we just laughed and laughed and cried. It was uncontrollable and i felt so bad. haha but it was also hilarious. I love the MTC I laugh so much i cry and i also cry so much because the spirit is always so strong here. On Thursday we had another lesson with Felipe and we gave him a church tour. I'll be honest and admit that i wasn't so prepared for the lesson so i thought it wasn't to go that great. My companion took the lead and talked most of the time which was great because i didn't really know what to say. We ended with the sacrament room and as soon as i walked through the door i felt the spirit overcome me. We sat on a bench and had him read one of the sacrament prayers....I was overwhelmed in that moment with love. I couldn't stop crying. For some reason I knew more than ever that moment that God loves me so much and has a plan for me and the Jesus Christ is my Savior. It was incredible. I shared my testimony with Felipe and i knew that he could feel it too and it was great. I literally cried the rest of the night for almost a good 3 hours. I just didn't care I felt filled with so much love and gratitude for my Savior and Redeemer. I read a talk by President Monson that night as well. I love our Prophet. He truly is a man of God. The talk is "I will not Fail Thee, nor Forsake Thee." It is so powerful. I invite you all to read it if you haven't and to read it again if you already heave. I loved the poem he quoted that says, 
Good timber does not grow with ease,
The stronger wind, the stronger trees.
The further sky, the greater length.
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow."

I love it so much. It is so true. Please read the talk. I know you will learn from it and it will benefit your life if you do.
I am so excited!!! I leave on March 3. We fly to Colorado, then to Huston, and then to Veracruz!!! Our first flight is at 8 something and we get to Veracruz at 10:30. All day ya...... So fun! 

Want to hear something kind of embarrassing.... ok i though so. When I was feeling the spirit really strong in the chapel and was crying and baring my testimony i said, "Yo se que Jesucristo es me hombre." for those who don't know spanish i said i know that Jesus Christ is my man. oops. but don't worry i quickly corrected my self so all is well.

I love you all so much and I am so grateful to be a missionary!

-Hermana Gunnell

http://youtu.be/kpKAQacDkFo (Trisha's embarrassing moment made me think of this lovely Byrds song)
http://youtu.be/uSzjbYomSWA (or watch it performed on one of the greatest TV shows of all time!)



Trisha's suitcase broke, so her mom got permission to meet her with a new one on p-day.




Sunday, February 16, 2014

Did you know? I went to Idaho!

First off i hope you all had a wonderful love day full of love.
 This week was a really special week..... IDAHO IDAHO IDAHO......I went to Idaho.. for what?
I got transferred there because i'm terrible at spanish and they don't think i'm capable of learning it.
But not really. I went to get my VISA for MEXICO!!!! ya ya ya!  A big group of us left on Monday afternoon and rode the front runner down to the airport (I kept wishing to see someone I knew, but I had no luck). We had to wait forever at the airport, but a few Elders did some good missionary teaching while we were waiting. The flight was super short and then we were greeted by two super sweet senior couples. All of the Hermana's went to the Nampa Mission home which was huge and beautiful! The mission president and his wife had us draw numbers for which be we got to sleep in (side note, because I am in a trio and we all have to sleep in the same room I am very privileged to sleep on the mattress on the floor=not so comfy for me.)  But! I got to sleep in a huge most delicious queen size bed all to myself for one night. Blessing. It was the best sleep i've had in weeks! They told me thats where the general authorities sleep when they come...I felt weird and thought it was cool at the same time...ha. In the morning we got homemade waffles!!! We also got to do a session in the Boise Idaho Temple which was so beautiful and great! I got my visa:) And an extra bonus! we got to go on a nature walk. We got back to the MTC around9:30 Tuesday nigh. Best mini trip ever! A break I really needed! Can you believe that I go to Mexico in 2 weeks?!?! I about pee my pants every time I think about it from excitement also fear because I still don't understand how Spanish works....I have two weeks to figure it out!
Beside my lack of Spanish everything is going so well!
Sorry I can only write letters on Saturday and they take for ever to get mailed. Why? I don't know.
Keep writing me lots of Letters and Dearelders! I look forward to them everyday!
I love you all!

-Hermana Gunnell


 Happy valentines day from the Single Sisters........<3 

Sisters going to Mexico


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Hola!

Hola!
This week has gone by so fast! As always was so busy! We go to teach via Skype on Monday twice. They are both members one is from Mexico and the other one is from Honduras. It was so fun and they were so nice even though they couldn't even understand our Spanish. We had a really good devotional on Tuesday  the speaker was Elder Evans from the seventy. He is over the missionary department. At first I thought his topic was strange because it was about families and revelation but it was so good!
For gym time one of my companions likes to play volleyball. We go with her but most of the time just watch. Let me tell you how hilarious it is. Every time the ball goes out of bounds a few people will be like "what oh sweet i have time to do some quick exercises". For example: Ball goes down the court, lets do some pretend jump roping. Oh time to switch positions, better do 10 crunches. Someone hit the ball way far, I got time for a few push up and I have to make sure to clap my hands in between so everyone knows how athletic I am! Anyways I hope you can all imagine how great this truly is.

This week we started teaching our two new investigators Marley (Hermana Bryce) and Felipe (Hermano Mace). Its been super difficult but good. Hermano Mace is the best teacher ever! He is so funny and energetic and just great! We had a really good lesson with him on Wednesday night about prayer. On Thursday we had our second lesson with Felipe.....We planned to talk about Christs life and we got through part of it but then we just went off on something different because we felt like thats what he needed to hear the most. I was talking about prayer and shared and experience and my testimony of pray so of course I was crying...a lot...one of my companions was as well and Felipe was a little watery in his eyes too! At the end of the lesson he said the prayer and it was precious and we all cried more. After our district had a discussion about the plan of salvation and we all were crying because it was just so good and the spirit was so strong.
I had to take a nice language assessment test yesterday.....hardest most frustrating thing. It was on the computer and a question would pop up like "You just had a lesson with an investigator about the restoration. What invitation are you going to give him?" Then I had to answer the question and it would record my voice and then I had to listen to it! And I got tons of hard questions like "Discuss the differences between The Book of Mormon and The Bible." What? In Spanish?? Lets just say I said a lot of umm...... eh..... and long pauses. I'm sure who ever listens to mine wont even understand anything but oh well.
 
On a spiritual note here is a quote i love by Thomas S. Monson. "Mortality is a period of testing, a time to prove ourselves worthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order to be tested, we must sometimes face challenges and difficulties. At times there appears to be no light at the tunnel's end- no dawn to break the nights darkness... If you find yourself in such a situation, I plead with you to turn to our Heavenly Father in faith. He will lift you and guide you. He will not always take your afflictions from you, but He will comfort and lead you with love through whatever storm you face." From the time I have been gone I have realized how many weaknesses I have and they are so clear. I have been very humbled. I know that if we truly turn to our Father in Heaven with faith and a humble heart He will help us turn our weaknesses into strengths.
I love being on a mission!
I love you all!!!!


  -Hermana Gunnell
My district working so diligently.
We all have one word we say a lot. Me: ehh. Hermana Westover: Anyways. Hermana Jeaneau: Horrible.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Buenos Dias los amigos y familia!

What a week! I was able to go to the temple last Saturday and today for
those who were wondering. Last Sunday was amazing! Janice Kapp Perry came
for Relief Society and she had a great talk and we got to sing a lot of her
primary songs and as sisters in zion but a special one she wrote just for
the MTC. It was beautiful! We also had a great devotional by
Elder...someone i can't remember his name right now...from the 70. It was
about finding peace and it was so good as well.
On Monday we got to skype chat with a member from Mexico and share a
message with him. It was very cool. We also did the same on Tuesday but
with a member from Argentina!
If you have been worried about my spanish...don't be any more! I have
learned so much just in the past week! I still am kind of terrible but i've
gotten a lot better! Hooray!  Also i'm in the choir....big surprise right?
haha i'm a terrible singer but its really fun. Tuesday night there was a
big devotional at the main campus and the choir sang and the talk was about
member and missionary work. It was fantastic!
On Thursday Hermana Westover went to Vegas to get her visa so it was just
Hermana Jeanneau and me all day! It was weird just having the two of us but
I loved it! She is so great. I love her! She has helped me so much with
spanish and she makes me laugh all of the time! Best French girl i know!
haha. Also we did yoga for gym...hilarious.
Friday we had a big zone training lesson that was amazing! Hermano Mace
(who was our "investigator Rodrigo". Who broke our hearts by not wanting
anymore lessons with us..) Taught the lesson and they had a role play
lesson that was so great!
This week we will be teaching a lot of lessons with our new "investigators"
Marley and Felipe. We also get to Skype with some members from all over the
world!

I truly have learned so much in just the week and a half that I have been
here. It amazes me. I'm so happy that I have the best companions in the
whole world and that we get along so well and love each other so much!
Thank you for sending me letters and such...everyone is always
jealous...but I really do love and appreciate them so much! Its something I
look forward to everyday.
Sorry i never really have any cool stories........ I'm sure I will when i
get to Mexico! Where its beautiful and will be so warm! Sooo excited!

Con amor
-Hermana Gunnell