Thursday, February 16, 2017

I'm Home!

Our friend took pictures for us at the airport ...



Happy Brandon could kinda be there!!

All ready!!


It seems like it too forever for her to come!















Her luggage was opened and she lost a few things.  Kyle was
trying to fix it!


Jared grew the most while she was gone!!


Monday, February 6, 2017

Week 78

February 6, 2017

SURPRISE!


I actually do get time my last Monday to write home.  I don't know why, because I'll see you guys tomorrow! but I better take advantage of the time I have!

Basically this has been a crazy week. 

Raul, as promised. got baptized! It was a great experience. Usually there are always like 10,000 problems when we are preparing for a baptismal service and we were a little stressed because I had lots of ending the mission meetings that stopped us from being able to plan as much as we would have liked too.  Saturday was fast weekend so we started our fast so that everything would go well with Raul`s baptism ... and it did! There was not one single problem! It was a miracle! Such a testimony that God answers our prayers and our fasts!

thats the bishop on the left and Raul in the middle!

Raul's daughter and daughter-in-law who aren't members came to  the baptism with their kids!


We also had the GIANT blessing of finding a very prepared soul to teach- her name is Bertha.  Her best friend is a returned missionary that lives in another ward, and Bertha also has classes with Paola, a girl in our ward. They both gave us the referral of Bertha so we went to go teach her!  After one lesson, she told us she felt peace, more peace than she has ever felt in her entire life.  She has never felt so good in any other church. She came to Raul´s baptism and told us "That is how Jesus got baptized.. I want to get baptized like that"!   She accepted getting baptized the 25th of February! Even though I won't be there, I know it will be such a special experience for her!

This week has been quite the emotional experience.. lots of lasts. It's been quite sad.

I don't have much else to say, but I'd like to share what I've learned from my mission.

It has been a wonderful experience. Definitely one of the hardest, but one of the best. I have learned so much about the importance of having God in our lives. Without him, we will never be anything. Howard W Hunter said, "Please remember this one thing.  If our lives and our faith are centered upon Jesus Christ and his restored gospel, nothing can ever go permanently wrong. On the other hand, if our lives are not centered on the Savior and his teachings, no other success can ever be permanently right".  I have learned that to be so true. 

I hope that all of you can remember daily the Savior, because he really is the reason we are all here. I am so happy to know that someone willingly gave His life for me, and that thanks to Him I can return to live with my family.

I know this is the true church, and I know that it is the only way to be truly happy!

Love you all! See you soon!
Hermana Gurney