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